LA Weekend Roundup 10.07.11

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 10.07.11


CicLAvia Blockparty

Oct. 9. Celebrate LA’s creativity and diversity at this citywide festival that closes down 10 miles of local roads to create the city’s biggest block party. Find streets that are normally clogged with traffic filled with art, performances, music, and interactive activities, from dance troops to yoga workshops, a mobile DJ booth and a life-size chess game, among others. Neighborhood guides highlight architectural, cultural, and culinary gems along the route, while food trucks, restaurants, and neighborhood watering holes offer food and beverages for the day of the event. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.


culture-collideCulture Collide Festival

Oct. 6-9. Four-day international festival showcases artists from more than 24 countries, in a musical melting pot of live performances, film screenings, and happy hours featuring food and drink from around the world. See live performance by CSS, Lindstrøm, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Yacht, Gang Gang Dance, YACHT, The Rapture DJ’s, Liam Finn, Datarock, DJ Harvey, Avi Buffalo and many more. Various locations in Echo Park.



Oct. 2-7, 9-14. This gastronomic extravaganza highlights the city’s culinary talent, with participating restaurants offering prix fixe lunch and dinner menus at affordable prices. Enjoy chefs’ creations from Pasadena to the South Bay at more than 300 longtime establishments and new eateries.


taste-of-downtown-burbankTASTE OF DOWNTOWN BURBANK

Oct. 6. Savor delicacies from Burbank’s finest restaurants, relax in the open-air beer and wine garden and tale a sponge on the dance floor. Also enjoy chef demos, competitions and live entertainment at this annual event that spans four city blocks in downtown Burbank. 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.


phantom-of-the-operaTHE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

Oct. 6, 11. To mark its 25th Anniversary year, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh present “The Phantom of the Opera” in a fully-staged, lavish production, broadcast live from London’s Royal Albert Hall for an exclusive run in movie theaters nation-wide. More than 200 original and current cast members will pay special tribute to “the music of the night” featuring the breathtaking songs such as “Masquerade,” “Angel of Music,” “All I Ask of You,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” and more. Tickets are available at participating box offices and online at



Oct. 8. Part of the nationwide Honda Civic Tour, Blink 182 has teamed up with My Chemical Romance and the popular new duo Matt & Kim to bring one unforgettable night of music. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.850.2000.


pains-of-being-pure-at-heartThe Pains of Being Pure at Heart

Oct. 8. New York-based indie-pop group has been lauded by The New York Times, Pitchfork and NME, to name a few. Best known for songs “The Body” and “Heart in Your Heartbreak,” the band released “Belong,” their second LP earlier this year. El Rey Theatre, 5515 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.936.4790.


amanda-mcBroom-ford-amphitheatreChansons d’Amour: Amanda McBroom & Lee Lessack

Oct. 7. Singer-songwriter Amanda McBroom, author of “The Rose,” knows the French songbook. Her latest album, Chanson, is devoted to the artistry of Belgian-French balladeer Jacques Brel. In turn, Billboard Magazine calls Lee Lessack’s singing “Cabaret romanticism of a high order.” The duo lend an American perspective not only to Brel but to Michel Legrand and Charles Aznavour in this world-class cabaret evening celebrating French song. 8 p.m. Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd., L.A., 323.461.3673.



Oct. 7–9, 14–16, 20–23, 27–31. Madness and mayhem await in Long Beach for a fright fest that takes full advantage of the Queen Mary’s reputation as one of America’s most haunted places. The annual event features seven bloodcurdling mazes and attractions on the ship and shore, plus food and live entertainment. 7 pm–midnight. $24–39; VIP ticket $50–$60. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 562.435.3511.


haunted-hayrideLos Angeles Haunted Hayride

Opens Oct. 7. This year’s hayride at the Griffith Park Old Zoo is themed to take a deep look into the minds of the Clifton Twins, the daughters of Zoo Keeper Ferdinand Clifton. Rumored to have suffered from violent nightmares so uncontrollable they were treated for sleep disorders, the twins documented these visions in their journals, which were found and recreated into a 25-minute experience set in the woods that leaves guests as prey. $25. Griffith Park (Old Zoo), 4730 Crystal Springs Ave., L.A.


one-eyed-gypsyEAT | Drink
The One-Eyed Gypsy

Opening Oct. 9. Downtown gypsy-themed cocktail den serves four different types of punch, craft beer and carnival fare such as pizza, corn dogs, deep-friend Oreos and funnel cakes. Don’t miss skee-ball room in the back. 901 E. 1st St., downtown.


breadbar-century-cityLucky 13 at Breadbar

Oct. 9-10, 15-16, 21-22, 28-29. Chef Jet Tila (Wazuzu: Encore in Vegas) returns to Breadbar Century City with a new Bistronomics pop-up titled Lucky 13. Alongside chef Alex Ageneau (The Royce), the duo is highlighting an inventive blend of French technique and Asian flavors with seasonal produce, the á la carte B:13 menu includes inventive creations such as foie gras torchon, lobster bisque, beetroot poached scallops and more. 6-11 p.m. Breadbar Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A., 310.277.3770.



Oct. 9. Nelson’s at the Terranea Resort offers a special Oktoberfest menu featuring an authentic German spread that includes housemade potato dumplings, Bavarian pork sausage, wiener schnitzel, and Bavarian desserts. The meat feast, paired with specialty beers like Paulaner Special Octoberfest Lager, will also feature a steinholding contest with liter beer steins and festive live music from the Rhinelanders. 3-11 p.m. Terranea Resort, 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes, 310.265.2800.



Continuing. Watch out, Vegas! L.A. has finally earned its own Cirque du Soleil spectacle, fittingly themed around the history of film. The long-anticipated Iris: A Journey Through the World of Cinema, written and directed by director-choreographer Philippe Decouflé, runs at Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre; it will be the exclusive host to this production. Described as a “lyrical, fanciful, kinetic foray into the seventh art,” Iris uses dance, acrobatics, live video, filmed sequences and animation to tell the history of cinema and its genres. More than 70 performers don 200 costumes for the show, which is scored by Grammy and Emmy Award winner and L.A. native Danny Elfman. Performances Tu–Su. $43–$133; VIP Ticket $253. 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 877.943.4747.


ive-never-been-so-happyI’VE NEVER BEEN SO HAPPY

Through Oct. 23. When a mother ties her son to a mountain lion to make him strong, and a father won’t allow his daughter out of the house to protect her virtue, it’s going to take a Texas-sized, foot stompin’, genre-rompin’ (everything from western ballads to metal to opera with a crispy side of R&B) sensory assault to bring these star-crossed lovers together. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 213.628.2772.


ghetto-klownJohn Leguizamo in “Ghetto Klown”

Through Oct. 16. Direct from Broadway, John Leguizamo’s “Ghetto Klown” is the next chapter in his popular personal and professional story. His fifth one-man play follows in the uninhibited tradition of his Mambo Mouth, Spic-O-Rama, Freak, and Sexaholix…a Love Story. In Leguizamo’s trademark style, the piece explodes with energy, heating up the stage with vivid accounts of the colorful characters who have populated his life. The Ricardo Montalbán Theatre, 1615 Vine St., Hollywood, 323.461.0663.


poor-behaviorPOOR BEHAVIOR

Through Oct. 16. Playwright Theresa Rybeck’s dark adult comedy about two couples who battle issues of deception, marriage and fidelity, poses the question: Is it adultery if they already think you’ve done it? Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772.


The Elaborate Entrance of Chad DeityTHE ELABORATE ENTRANCE OF CHAD DEITY

Through Oct. 9. Think pro-wrestling is all outrageous masks and pyrotechnics? Think again — there’s so much more in this 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist. The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity slams together thrilling spectacle, incredible characters and geopolitical allegory into an invigorating theatrical experience you can’t find on pay-per-view. This smackdown of a play tackles racism, drop-kicks globalization and brings a championship tale into the ring. In wrestling, as in life, behind every winner lies the story of a really excellent loser. Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., L.A., 310.208.5454.


Hitler Letter Museum of ToleranceMuseums

Continuing. This new permanent, interactive exhibit at the Museum of Tolerance includes the original 1919 letter signed by Adolf Hitler that calls for a ruthless government whose “final aim, [in the words of Hitler]must be the uncompromising removal of the Jews altogether.” The Museum of Tolerance, 786 West Pico Blvd., L.A., 310.553.8403.


james brown grammy museumSAY IT LOUD: THE GENIUS OF JAMES BROWN

Continuing. New exhibit at the Grammy Museum focuses on James Brown as the “Godfather of Soul” — blazing a trail in American music by blending gospel, pop and soul. Through showcases of costumes, early albums, rare photographs and more, the exhibit depicts Brown’s role as a trendsetter in both fashion and dance, as well as illustrates how Brown used his music and celebrity to positively impact the Civil Rights Movement and race relations of the 1960s. Grammy Museum, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 213.765.6800.


freedoms sisters museum of toleranceFREEDOM’S SISTERS

Through Jan. 8. Freedom’s Sisters, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and Cincinnati Museum Center, brings to life the stories of 20 extraordinary African American women who shaped much of the spirit and substance of civil rights in America. The women in this interactive, multimedia exhibit range from key 19th century historical figures to contemporary leaders who have fought for equality for people of color. Free with paid admission to the museum. The Museum of Tolerance, 9786 West Pico Blvd., L.A., 310.553.8403.