LA Weekend Events Roundup 10.20.16

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 10.20.16

Edited by Christina Xenos

Artisanal LA Fall Show
Oct. 22-23. This seasonal event draws both vendors and aficionados of SoCal’s locally made, sustainable edibles, home goods and gifts. Shop and taste offerings from a collection of the finest food and beverage artisans, then try your hand at making your own creations during hands-on workshops. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $10-$15. California Market Center Penthouse, 110 E. 9th St., downtown.



Drama After DarkDrama After Dark: A Night of the Macabre With Poe and Gorey
Oct. 22. Halloween takes a dramatic turn at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Walk the moonlit grounds (bring a flashlight!) and witness productions of chilling works by Edward Gorey and Edgar Allan Poe including The Gashlycrumb Tinies and The Tell-Tale Heart. Ages 10 and up.



Los Angeles Haunted HayrideLos Angeles Haunted Hayride
Through Oct. 31. The popular Los Angeles Haunted Hayride finds groups of scare-seekers piling into the back of a tractor to be paraded through Griffith Park’s Old Zoo. During this year’s Secret Society-themed event, riders are herded off the wagon to face part of the course on foot for the first time—with ghosts of hayrides past haunting their every step—to complete their initiation into an “elite” or “deranged” society. The Dark Maze and haunted village complete the experience. 4730 Crystal Springs Ave., Griffith Park, L.A., 310.993.8289.



Circle V FestivalCircle V Festival
Oct. 23. The inaugural music festival celebrates animal rights while featuring live performances, vegan eats and a speaker panel. Moby headlines the fest that also includes performances by Blaqk Audio, Cold Cave and Valida. There will also be vegan eats, an animal adoption area and top speakers in animal activism during the day. All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Mercy For Animals. 1-7 p.m. speakers; 7-11 p.m. concerts. The Fonda Theatre, 6126 Hollywood Blvd., L.A.



Brewery ArtwalkBrewery Artwalk
Oct. 22-23. This biannual art walk takes place in the world’s largest art complex, located inside a former Pabst Blue Ribbon factory. More than 100 resident artists who live in the brewery’s lofts open up their studios to showcase their work. A beer garden and restaurant are also on-site. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. 2100 N. Main St., L.A., 323.638.9382.



Vegan Taco CompetitionLA’s Best Vegan Taco Competition
Oct. 22. LA is known for its breadth of tacos, and this weekend vegan tacos take center stage. Nine local chefs face off, showcasing their skills in a heated battle at Cafe Gratitude in Larchmont. Taste what chefs like Ernesto Moreno (Cafe Gratitude), Roy Elam (Plant Food + Wine) and Chandra Gilbert (Gracias Madre) are bringing to the table. Admission grants you plenty of tacos, kombucha, beer and cold brew. $20. Noon-3 p.m. 639 N Larchmont Blvd., L.A. Tickets



Celebration of Food & WineCelebration of Food & Wine
Oct. 21-23. Celebrate the finer things in life all weekend long at Terranea Resort. The event offers cooking demonstrations and wine seminars led by experts, along with The Study of Pork reception, Judgment of Paris 1976 dinner, Japanese whiskey dinner, after-party with special entertainment, two grand tastings, a Champagne brunch and more. $50-$1,250. 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes, 310.265.2766. Tickets



Shared PlatesShared Plates
Oct. 22. Dubbed the “night of 100 dinner parties,” the event spurred by L.A. Kitchen aims to bring Angelenos from every walk of life together to reveal the power of food with family-style dinner parties held in homes across the city. All ticket proceeds support L.A. Kitchen’s mission to ensure that neither food nor people will ever go to waste.



Brand Boulevard Block PartyBrand Boulevard Block Party
Oct. 22. Glendale has become a culinary epicenter in recent months and Brand Blvd. is at the heart of the eats. Hit the first-ever block party for tastings from local restaurants like Shake Shack, Mainland Poke, Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Bourbon Steak and many others. $50 advance/$60 door. 5-8 p.m. Brand Blvd., between Colorado St. and Caruso Ave., Glendale.



Storytelling SoireeStorytelling Soiree: Tales of the Underworld
Oct. 23. Head to El Cid for an evening of immersive stories, music, art, cocktails and costumes co-produced by the folks at Beyond Books and the founders of We Like L.A. The highlight of the evening will be a 90-minute series of live readings featuring “Tales of the Underworld” from the new collection Beyond The Veil. Each tale will be read aloud by an author/actor, backed by original art projected on the big screen and music tailored specifically to the performance. $7. 8 p.m. doors, 9 p.m. show. 4212 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A. Tickets



Celebrate ForsytheMUSIC + DANCE
Celebrate Forsythe
Oct. 21-23. The special salute to acclaimed choreographer, William Forsythe features three of the nation’s top ballet companies—San Francisco Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Houston Ballet—each of which will perform one of the famed choreographer’s significant works in a combined program. The program kicks off the 2016-17 season of Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.0711.



The sultry new hybrid restaurant and lounge from the h.wood Group (The Nice Guy) pays homage to the Roaring ’20s in West Hollywood. “I don’t think LA (or anywhere) has seen a place like this, with the mix of dinner, drinking and dancing all coming together in this format,” says h.wood Group’s co-owner Brian Toll. Expect soulful food, live music and surprise acts, specialty cocktails, along with bottle service following dinner hours. The menu features comforting selections like deviled eggs and baby back ribs with Delilah’s secret barbecue sauce, along with steaks, cedar plank salmon and vegan dishes like spaghetti squash pasta and portobello mushroom steak. (Photo by Elizabeth Daniels.) 7969 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood.



Plan Check Santa MonicaPlan Check Santa Monica
The beloved burger and comfort food destination is now offering their menu of favorites along with seafood-focused dishes for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch in Santa Monica. Stop by for modern twists on traditional seaside dishes of New England and the Gulf Coast like chowder fries (housemade clam chowder, bacon, celery and steamed little neck clams in the shell), Korean cioppino (mussels, clams, calamari, shrimp, gochujang and a soju bomb), lobster pot pie (curried lobster bisque, baby beets, green beans, corn, carrots and potatoes) and a seafood platter. Brunch offers sought-after specialties like fried chicken and crullers, breakfast doughnuts with cereal milk and a pork belly Benedict with Sriracha Leather. Week day happy hour includes drinks specials Mon.-Fri. from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 1401 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310.444.1411.



chef-katie-buttonCÚRATE Cookbook Sunday Supper
Oct. 23. Lucques, the flagship restaurant owned by Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne, hosts the first of their Bookfest dinners for fall. Kicking it off is a dinner from Katie Button—one of Food & Wine’s “Best New Chefs”—in honor of her new cookbook CÚRATE. Dine on a four-course dinner that features dishes like watermelon tomato salad with goat cheese and corn nuts; squid ink pasta; and lamb chops with black olive and rosemary crumble; and almond cake with cream sherry, brandy, lemon and thyme ice cream. $75/pp. 8474 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.655.6277.



The Science Behind Pixar
Through Dec. 30. The California Science Center has always had a knack for making learning fun. Now the museum is merging science with popular animated films in what’s sure to be a winning combination. The Science Behind Pixar Exhibition has its West Coast premiere, providing an interactive look at the computer-animation giant’s movie-making magic. Visitors can explore the science, technology, engineering and math concepts behind the Pixar process through hands-on activities and learn how artists and computer scientists bring the company’s award-winning films to life. Full-size re-creations of beloved characters like Buzz Lightyear, Dory, WALL-E and Monster Inc.’s Mike and Sulley let little ones feel like a part of Pixar’s animated world. $9.95-$14.95, under 4 free. 700 Exposition Park Dr., downtown.



Spa Week
Oct. 17-23. Biannual event sees some of LA’s top spas offering signature treatments for just $50. See website for a full roster of participating spas and treatments. 212.352.8098.




Model ApartmentTHEATER
Model Apartment
Oct. 11-Nov. 20. This early work by Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies follows an elderly couple who retire to Florida but can’t escape their brutal past. (Photo by Jeff Lorch Photography.) Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454.