Awards season is in full swing and you can reap the benefits with tons of free screenings and filmmaker Q&As. There’s also comedy by Nicole Byer, Sasheer Zamata, Ilana Glazer and John Early; Korean cooking demos; cheeseburgers galore and a persimmon-centric restaurant week in Santa Monica.

MONDAY, JAN. 7 – SUNDAY, DEC. 13 
Santa Monica Restaurant Week
Various locations
Participating restaurants and chefs create custom dishes using this year’s special restaurant week ingredient: persimmon. Try dozens of items, including the roasted acorn squash and pickled persimmons taco ($3) at Azulé Taqueria, the roasted persimmon tartine at Upper West and a persimmon pizza at Stella Barra.
COST: Varies; MORE INFO