Six events, from a comedy show to a lecture on lost L.A., all for $11 or less:
Part of the Women's Center for Creative Work's Parlor at the Armory Residency, Studio Cooking explores the intersection of food, art and work. Artists Arden Ellis Surdam and Meghan Gordon have created a temporary kitchen using borrowed equipment from artists' studios, and guests are invited to eat from handcrafted ceramic bowls by Orr Herz while viewing performances. On Friday, Lisa Jugert conducts a live food-focused still life photo shoot. Amanda Katz hosts a "Studio Brunch" on Saturday, with a discussion of hosting, intimacy and labor. And on Sunday, Surdam and Gordon treat attendees to a three-course meal, performance and lecture. Armory Center for the Arts, 145 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena; Fri., Nov. 13, 2-4 p.m., Sat.-Sun., Nov. 14-15, noon-5 p.m.; free, RSVP to email@example.com required. (626) 792-5101, armoryarts.org. —Sascha Bos
Get a head start on your holiday shopping by supporting local makers, rather than corporations, at Patchwork Show. Founded in 2008 by Delilah Snell and Nicole Stevenson, the biannual festival now makes stops in Long Beach and Oakland in addition to the original Santa Ana. But unlike some other craft fairs, Patchwork keeps its event small and curated, so that you can actually get a look at all that's on offer in one afternoon. An idyllic waterfront setting, plenty of food trucks and live music (Avi Buffalo performed at the last Patchwork) make this holiday mart a great alternative to the mall. Bring the dog, bring the kids and bring your bike for free valet. Marine Stadium, Appian Way at Bayshore, Long Beach; Sun. Nov. 15, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; free. dearhandmadelife.com. —Sascha Bos
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Dashiell Hammett's The Glass Key has been adapted for the silver screen twice: in 1935 and again in 1942. LACMA screens the latter film as its Tuesday Matinee, offering an opportunity to see Veronica Lake in all her glory. The plot centers around a corrupt politician's dispute with one of his fixers over (you guessed it) Veronica Lake. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire; Tue., Nov. 17, 1 p.m.; $5. (323) 857-6000, lacma.org. —Michael Nordine
Inspired by her one-woman show, Brooklyn-based comedian and writer Sara Benincasa tackled her struggles with agoraphobia and panic attacks in her 2013 comedic memoir, Agorafabulous!: Dispatches From My Bedroom. Her new novel, D.C. Trip, is about three high school girlfriends running amok in our nation's capital. To launch her latest book, Benincasa hosts True Tales of High School Madness, a storytelling show in which she'll reminisce about growing up in New Jersey. Stand-up comedians Ryan Singer, Lindsay Adams, Edward Salazar, Andy Haynes, Andy Juett and Kristin Rand will recount their own high school stories. Nerdist Showroom at Meltdown Comics, 7522 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; Tue., Nov. 17, 7 p.m.; $8. (323) 851-7223, nerdmeltla.com. —Siran Babayan
Dalton Trumbo is currently getting the unsung-hero biopic treatment, with Bryan Cranston playing the blacklisted midcentury screenwriter responsible for the likes of Roman Holiday and Spartacus. To further honor his legacy, the Aero screens World War I drama Johnny Got His Gun (which Trumbo also directed) and Lonely Are the Brave. Trumbo had an affinity for veterans in trying situations, bringing sensitivity to situations that were more often treated with bravado. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica; Thu., Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m.; $11. (323) 466-3456, americancinemathequecalendar.com. —Michael Nordine
Archivist, filmmaker and UC Santa Cruz associate professor Rick Prelinger is the co-founder of Prelinger Library, an independent research library in San Francisco, which houses historical periodicals, maps and books. Having given lectures in San Francisco, Oakland and Detroit, Prelinger brings to L.A. his interactive "urban history" presentation, Lost Landscapes of Los Angeles, which uses vintage home movies, educational films, newsreels and other ephemera from his archive to discuss L.A.'s "socio-topographical" past and present through images. Hosted by Los Angeles Filmforum, Prelinger also screens his 2013 film, No More Road Trips?, which is comprised of clips from 9,000 travel movies dating back to the 1920s, at the Downtown Independent on Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. REDCAT, 631 W. Second St., downtown; Mon., Nov. 16, 8:30 p.m.; $11, $8 students. (213) 237-2800, redcat.org. —Siran Babayan