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SATURDAY, November 1
Who’s your deady? Honor your loved and liked ones who’ve gone to the other side, dropped dead, expired, passed on, etc., at Goya’s Festival De La Gente: A Dia de los Muertos Celebration. There will be L.A.’s largest altar and musical ofrendas by Quinto Sol, Santos De Los Angeles, the Wise Guys and a surprise guest. Barker Block Lofts, 519. S. Hewitt St., dwntwn.; Sat.-Sun., Nov. 1-2, 1-9 p.m. (213) 617-0696.
Have fun with death at Hollywood Forever Cemetery’s ninth annual Dia De Los Muertos. Party near the souls of some Tinseltown immortals and enjoy a traditional procession with Aztec blessings, dance groups, calaveras art exhibit, lecture, theater performance and much more. Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood; Sat., Nov. 1, 4-11 p.m. (323) 447-0999.
SUNDAY, November 2
Now in its 35th year, Self-Help Graphics’ Annual Día de los Muertos Celebration is L.A.’s longest-running tribute to the formerly breathing. This year’s began two months ago with an art and altar exhibition. The big day features an art exhibition, amazing altars, children’s art workshops, Aztec dance blessing and ceremony, music, arts and craft vendors and yummy food. Paint your face like a calavera and dance your metatarsals off. Self-Help Graphics, 3802 Cesar Chavez Ave., East L.A.; Sun., Nov. 2, 2-11 p.m.; procession at 4 p.m.; free. www.selfhelpgraphics.com.
MONDAY, November 3
Comics Brently Heilbron and Liz Feldman are getting right to the point with their Don’t Fuck It Up Election Eve Show. Says Feldman, “We know that on Election Eve, you’re gonna be restless with frenzied anticipation. We’re both political comedians who want to commiserate with you. We also want to get our Palin jokes out before they spoil. I just know if we weren’t doing this show, I’d be home biting my nails down to the knuckle. So come join some real Americans and get your comedy catharsis on. We’ll move you, soothe you and give you a full release. I think we’re all praying for a happy ending.” They’ll be joined by Janeane Garofalo, Jen Kirkman, Erin Foley and Seth Morris. Tangier, 2138 N. Hillhurst Ave., Los Feliz; Mon., Nov. 3, 9:30 p.m.; $8. (323) 660-1033.
TUESDAY, November 4
There’s this election happening today that may be distracting, so cut people off and talk on your cell phone carefully when driving. If you’re not glued to the TV, you may enjoy Exchange Rate: 2008, an installment of the “political reckoning” event. In L.A., we have works by Lora Ivanova, along with a “voyeuristic puppet show about Michelle Obama’s secret powers” by Sibyl O’Malley and Caitlin Lainoff. Remy’s on Temple, 2126 W. Temple St., dwntwn.; Tues., Nov. 4, 7-10 p.m.; free; www.exchangerate2008.com.
WEDNESDAY, November 5
Pleasant Gehman has been known as many things — writer, punk-rocker, poet, bad girl, good girl, performer and, most recently, belly-dancer extraordinaire. She’s also a knockout and funny as hell, though surprisingly short in person. (Full disclosure: I fed her cats once.) It’s no wonder someone would want to make a film about Plez. Director Steve Balderson’s Underbelly: A Year in the Life of Dancer Princess Farhana should gain her even more fans. “Seeing myself on film made me hyperaware of my personality quirks ... and after I saw the movie, I realized that I have a lot of quirks! Steve interviewed a wide cross-section of students, teachers, star performers, workshop sponsors and fans — not to mention male belly dancers — and let them express their varied opinions, which helps the viewer see what it’s really like to be a professional dancer. I think Underbelly will help clear up a lot of misconceptions about this amazing art form.” There will be belly-dancing performances before and after the screening. El Cid, 4212 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake; Wed., Nov. 5, 9 p.m.; $10. (323) 668-0318.
THURSDAY, November 6
Madonna, we need to talk. Your arms look like strangled eels and your face like a mortar in search of a pestle. We haven’t seen a sincere smile on your face since ... a long, long time. So a few of us are getting together at Dodger Stadium to come to your aid. Don’t think of it as an intervention. Dodger Stadium, 1000 Elysian Park Ave., Elysian Park; Thurs., Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m.; $55-$350. (213) 480-3232.
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