Things To Do This Weekend | LA Weekend Events Roundup 10.26.12

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 10.26.12

Dia de Los Muertos
Oct. 27. The vibrant Mexican tradition is celebrated at Hollywood Forever Cemetery with dancers, food and craft vendors, a lively procession and more than 100 elaborately decorated altars. Live music is provided by bands including Ozomatli. noon-midnight. $10. Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, 323.469.1181.


west-hollywood-costumeWest Hollywood Halloween Costume Carnaval
Oct. 31. Santa Monica Boulevard shuts down from La Cienega to Robertson boulevards to accommodate thousands of Halloween revelers in their most eccentric costume creations. Live entertainment, food vendors, pumpkin-carving contests and children’s activities fill the week leading up to the event. 6–11 pm. Admission free. Santa Monica Boulevard between La Cienega and Robertson boulevards, West Hollywood, 323.848.6400.


kcrwKCRW’s Masquerade
Oct. 27. Don your favorite costume and discover a feast for all your senses with five uniquely themed ball rooms, DJs, ghost stories, food trucks, performances by Z-Trip, Mexican Institute of Sound, Hanni El Khatib and Dustbowl Revival. $85 advance, $100 door. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Park Plaza, 607 South Park View St., downtown.


lucha-vavoomLucha VaVoom Aztec Horror!
Oct. 25-26. Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the ridiculously fun performance featuring masked Mexican wrestlers, mini Mexican wrestlers, comedy, and burlesque acts, all rolled into one wacky and entertaining evening. Mayan Theatre, 1038 S Hill St., downtown.



cat-canaryHalloween Silent Film: The Cat and the Canary
Oct. 31. The will of wealthy Cyrus West is read to his relatives, who spend the night in his mansion and are stalked by “The Cat,” a mysterious escapee from the local asylum, who claws his victims like canaries. Directed by German Expressionist filmmaker Paul Leni, this 1927 classic silent film is accompanied by Clark Wilson on Walt Disney Concert Hall’s organ. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 South Grand Ave., downtown, 323.850.2000.

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Space Shuttle Endeavour
Opens Oct. 30. You may have seen the stunning flyover in September or its trek across L.A., but beginning Oct. 30, Endeavour starts its new era as an attraction and teaching tool at the California Science Center. Visit it at the Center’s Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Endeavour Display Pavilion while its permanent home, the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center, is being built. Also check out the companion exhibit Endeavour: The California Story to learn about the orbiter, its ties to California and its fascinating legacy in space. 700 State Drive, Exposition Park, downtown, 323.724.3623.


oscars-outdoorsOscars Outdoors
Oct. 27. Get in the Halloween spirit with a double feature of The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957), and Tarantula (1955), screened as part of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Oscar Outdoors series. Moves are presented in the Academy’s new open-air theater, located on the Academy Hollywood campus, and food trucks provided by Roaming Hunger are also on site. $5/$3 students and Academy members, must purchase tickets in advance. Gates 6:30 p.m., movie at sunset. 1341 Vine St., L.A.


womens-expoLos Angeles Ultimate Women’s Expo
Oct. 27-28. At the nation’s largest event designed for active women, indulge in shopping, fashion, food, entertainment, cosmetics, career development, travel, financial planning and more. Spend a relaxing day being pampered with complimentary spa treatments, massages and retail therapy. Keynote speakers include Valerie Bertinelli, Felicity Huffman, Kyle Richards and many more. Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 South Figueroa St., downtown.


Bob Dylan and His Band with Mark Knopfler
Oct. 26. The 71-year-old American music icon has scaled genres ranging from rock, to folk and country blues over the last 50 years. With 11 Grammy Awards already in his possession, Dylan just released Tempest—his 35th studio album—last month. He’s joined by his band, and fellow musical heavyweight (and one of Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 greatest guitarists of all time) Mark Knopfler. Though you can’t bring your picnic into the Hollywood Bowl for this event, you can find everything from sushi to grilled steaks and a wine shop on site. Find more info on all the Bowl’s culinary offerings HERE. 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.850.2000.


garces-strandhouseEAT | DRINK
Jose Garces Dinner at Strand House
Oct. 29. Continuing his Master Chef Series at Strand House, Chef Neal Fraser turns over his notable kitchen to renowned Iron Chef Jose Garces, who celebrates his newly released cookbook, The Latin Road Home by cooking up a sensational five-course, Latin-inspired feast, complete with wine and hand-crafted cocktail pairings. The evening kicks off with a 30-minute reception with passed hors d’oeuvres and a glass of sparkling wine and an opportunity to visit with Garces and Fraser. 7 p.m. $100/pp not inclusive of tax and gratuity; $50 wine/cocktail pairings, signed book. Reservations required. 117 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, 310.545.7470.


shaved-pigs-head“Offal-y Spooky” Menu at Wood & Vine
Oct. 31. Before sous-chef Eric Buss takes over the reigns at Wood & Vine, chef Gavin Mills offers his swan song “offal-y spooky” Halloween menu, which celebrates his interest in and passion for nose-to-tail cooking. Highlights include eight à la carte offerings ranging from blood sausage to calf’s brain, shaved pig’s head (pictured) and cock’s comb; in addition to themed cocktails: Are You Afraid of the Dark? (Famous Grouse, averna, toasted marshmallow syrup, forbidden bitters, laphroaig spritz) and the Re-Animator (Nolet’s gin, cointreau, lemon juice, St. Germain, grapefruit twist). 5:30 p.m.-close. 6280 Hollywood Blvd., L.A.


Through Nov. 18. Kip and Will became Silicon Valley legends after the viral success of their blockbuster video game. But success has driven them apart: Will has become a suit obsessed with the bottom line, and the death of Kip’s wife has turned him into a total recluse. Now they’ve been thrown back together in a high-stakes gamble to complete and ship a new multi-billion dollar game; but as Will re-enters Kip’s life, he realizes that his old friend has built a whole other world — complete with an artificial intelligence to whom Kip escapes to ease his loss. Now Will and Kip must work to resolve their differences, confront the past and face the fact that technology’s brave new world often leaves us with little else but a yearning for the old one. Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454.


Through Nov. 18. Four aspiring young writers sign up for writing classes with an international literary figure. Written by Pulitzer Prize finalist and Peabody Award winner Theresa Rebeck and directed by Obie Award winner Sam Gold, the new comedy stars Academy Award and Emmy Award nominee Jeff Goldblum. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772.


krappKrapp’s Last Tape
Through Nov. 4. British actor and two-time Academy Award nominee John Hurt channels the surly Victor Krapp who, on his 69th birthday, meditates about the choices made in a lifetime. Written by Nobel Prize winner Samuel Beckett and directed by Michael Colgan. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 213.628.2772.


Through Nov. 24. Pulitzer Prize winner David Mamet tells the tale of a president desperate to be re-elected—and the begging, borrowing and integrity sacrificing he does to achieve it. Emmy Award-nominee Ed Begley Jr. (Arrested Development, A Mighty Wind) and Academy Award-nominee and Emmy Award-winner Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives, TransAmerica) lead the cast in Pulitzer Prize-winner David Mamet’s spoof of the highest office in the nation. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772.


By the Way, Meet Vera StarkBy the Way, Meet Vera Stark
Through Oct. 28. A former maid’s influence on race, film and feminism seeps its way into pop culture after she lands a groundbreaking role. Written by Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage and directed by Jo Bonney. Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454.



book-of-mormonThe Book of Mormon
Through Nov. 25. Nine-time Tony Award–winning musical The Book of Mormon comes knocking at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood for a 12-week engagement starting. The hit production—about a duo of idealistic Mormon missionaries sent to Uganda to share their sacred text with the local people—boasts a book, music and lyrics by four-time Emmy Award–winning creators of the animated series South Park Trey Parker and Matt Stone, co-creator of the long-running musical comedy Avenue Q, Robert Lopez. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1779.