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This week Los Angelenos are in a sharing mood -- everyone from writers to reverends to the mayor Eric Garcetti has a story to tell. The city is featuring a wide array of media launches and discussions to sharpen the mind and feed the soul (or stomach), all at a reasonable price. Get inspired by Faith Meets 8, an LGBT-friendly talk that explores sexual and religious identity, or deconstruct the meaning of family with Far From the Tree author Andrew Solomon. Or for a more hedonistic shot of culture, celebrate German tradition with Link N Hop's twist on Oktoberfest. With advanced tickets at $20, this value festival is the most expensive item on our list.
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Oktoberfest, that age-old German agricultural festival-turned-beer guzzling jubilee, is celebrated with relish at the beginning of the fall season. For local brewers and sausage purveyors, it's the Super Bowl. To the rest of us? Only one of the best traditions to sprout from Bavaria outside of pastry cream. Atwater Village taproom and wurst-slinger Link N Hops, which opened in August 2012, is getting into the biergarten game, hosting a two-day Oktoberfest party. Breweries Golden Road, Bootleggers, Hangar 24 and New Belgium will feature three beers apiece, which have been fine-tuned to conjure images of warm fireplaces and changing leaves, all ready to wash down Link N Hops' glorious selection of sausages, including shockingly good veggie and vegan options. Pair a pumpkin beer with a duck, fig and brandy sausage. Or add some bite: Go for the rattlesnake. It's like the Wurstküche of Atwater, but with a really convenient parking lot. And if you go to Link N Hops on Saturday, you can partake in another treat -- said parking lot will be home to Atwater Village's Classic Car Show from 2 to 6 p.m. Lowriders will cover the asphalt, with live music onstage. It probably won't be authentically German music, but hey, you're going for the beer, not an oompah band. Link N Hops, 3111 N. Glendale Blvd., Atwater Village; Sat., Oct. 19-Sun., Oct. 20, 1-5 p.m.; $20 advance ticket ($30 at the door) includes six 6-ounce beer tasters. (323) 426-9049, linknhops.com. --Rena Kosnett