Head over to the Magic Lantern Theater Friday evening to watch this past summer’s “The Pineapple Express,” starring “Freaks and Geeks” alums James Franco and Seth Rogen. It’s the perfect compliment to all the Friday-night activities you already indulge in. Plus, it’s nice to see Franco in a comedy for once, rather than getting unintentional laughs in the embarrassing “Spider-Man 3.”

“30 Rock” is back! NBC decided to tease us with Alec Baldwin’s cameo on “Saturday Night Live” last week alongside Sarah Palin, but Baldwin’s Jack Doneghy is still the biggest, baddest (and definitely funniest) Republican we know. Season three premieres on Oct. 30 at 9:30 p.m., but you can check it out at starting tonight.

Author and humorist David Sedaris returns to Santa Barbara to speak at the Arlington Theatre this Saturday, Oct. 25. The event will include Sedaris reading portions of his latest book, When You are Engulfed in Flames. The evening gets underway at 8 p.m., and tickets are $21 for students.

The University Art Museum opens its doors with a new exhibit, “C08, the California Biennial,” on Oct. 29, thanks to the Orange County Musuem of Art, which has been putting the exhibit together for the last four decades. The exhibit will feature work from up-and-coming L.A.-based artists Shana Lutker, Anna Sew Hoy and Brenna Youngblood. Admission is free.

Artsweek just wanted to take a few sentences to declare a moratorium on Joker costumes this Halloween. Heath Ledger’s performance was unique, inspired and one-of-a-kind. Your Joker Halloween costume… not so much. Unless you’re planning on robbing a metropolitan bank or ripping off bad guys in Tokyo, leave the nihilism and purple suit at home.