Desert Trip: Heated rumors boomeranged around for months regarding this Indio-based icon-packed spectacular, and it turns out they were as solid as a #1 hit single: Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Roger Waters, Neil Young, and The Who are all calling upon the Coachella Valley for two weekends of major hits, all played live and from the big stage. Palm Springs and its environs'll bustle, hotel-wise, while the Empire Polo Club will ring with rockdom's most stratospheric songs. The dates? The guitar picks are out from Oct. 7-9 and Oct. 14-16.
Feria de los Moles: All sorts of sublime cookery boasts all sorts of fandom, but mole mavens are truly exceptional, employing, as they do, so many rich words (including "rich") to describe one of their favorite foodstuffs. Mole, after all, combines sweet and heat, and oodles of other subtle details, making it one of the king cuisines. Celebrate it, in its varied, vivaciously spiced forms, at Placita Olvera de Los Angeles on Sunday, Oct. 9.
Korean Friendship Bell 40th Anniversary Concert: If you were by the ocean in San Pedro on Oct. 3, 1976, chances are good you were there to witness the dedication of this powerful-of-message bell, a symbol of international understanding as well as the city it has called home for four decades. Be at the bell on Saturday evening, Oct. 8 for live music from the Young Artists Orchestra of Los Angeles, and more memorable doings.
What to do, where to go and what to see
Highland Park Independent Film Festival: Make for the historic Highland Theatre and lend love to a neighborhood-strong cinema gathering that keeps both a lively localness at its heart as well as a devotion to filmmakers' distinctive visions. An American Latino Shorts Program, a Bravery and Spirits Shorts Program, a work spotlighting Charles Lummis, and other movie goodness awaits from Oct. 6 through 8.
Western Exterminator Pop-Up Pestaurant: If you heard that the longtime exterminator company behind Little Man was co-hosting a one-day-only food event, would you guess that grasshoppers and beetles were among the ingredients? You chose correctly. If this intrigues, make for Mondo Taco in Santa Monica on Saturday, Oct. 8, around lunch, and order up some crunchy, bug-vorful dishes ("bug-vorful" is, of course, a snappier way to say tasty insect cuisine).