LA Weekend Events Roundup 10.22.15

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 10.22.15

Edited by Christina Xenos

Grand Ave. Arts: All Access
Oct. 24. During Grand Ave. Arts: All Access, top cultural institutions fill Grand Avenue between Temple and 6th streets downtown with free performances, tours, exhibitions and family-friendly activities. The Broad museum, Center Theatre Group, Colburn School, Grand Park, L.A. Opera, L.A. Central Library, L.A. Master Chorale, L.A. Philharmonic, MOCA, the Music Center and REDCAT are in on the fun. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.8500.


oystersDTLA Oyster Festival
Oct. 24-25. Celebrate your favorite bivalves with Los Angeles’ only Maitre Écailler (Shellfish Master) and owner of The Oyster Gourmet, Christophe Happillon. During the two-day shucking extravaganza you can taste your way through numerous oyster varieties from Baja, California to Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Also, find shucking workshops and an assortment of French wines. Grand Central Market, 317 S. Broadway, downtown, 213.624.2378.


hollywood-foreverDia de los Muertos at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Oct. 24. 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. Find live music headlined by Lila Downs, Huichol Musical, La Misa Negra, El Mariachi Manchester and Edna Vazquez. Noon-midnight. $20. Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, 323.469.1181.


greek-theaterEEK! At The Greek!
Oct. 24. The family-friendly event features the 60-piece Symphony In The Glen Orchestra with Maestro Arthur B. Rubinstein along with a creepy collection of frightening favorites, plus a trick-or-treat village in the plaza. This year’s program will feature the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles performing “Ghost Riders in The Sky,” under the direction of Dr. Joe Nadeau, Artistic Director. $8-$100. 7 p.m., trick-or-treat village opens at 4:30 p.m. 2700 N. Vermont Ave., 323.665.5857.


grand-parkDía de los Muertos Altars at Grand Park
Oct. 24-Nov. 2. Grand Park expands the celebration and traditions of Día de los Muertos with multiple ways to experience and learn about the holiday. At the center of the festivities is the park’’s presentation of more than 50 altars and art installations in honor of Día de los Muertos in partnership with Self-Help Graphics & Art. The altars, which remain in the park all week long, will focus on both traditional and contemporary topics and explore the connections between the holiday’s origins and the daily lives of Angelenos. Altar subjects range from personal stories that celebrate families and lost loved ones, to more contemporary expressions of current affairs and community challenges, such as gang violence, immigration reform and education. 200 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.8080.


noche-ofrenda-grand-parkNoche de Ofrenda at Grand Park
Oct. 24. For the third year in a row, Grand Park partners with Self-Help Graphics & Art to present a traditional Noche de Ofrenda ceremony honoring the dead and featuring prayer led by the local indigenous community. In addition to enjoying performances by traditional dancers representing the Aztecan, Oaxacan and Michoacán traditions, as well as Los Angeles-based poets and musicians, you can also help build a giant community altar. The event kicks off the display of altars and art installations in the park developed by local artists and community groups. 7-9 p.m. 200 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.8080.


west-edgeWestEdge Design Fair
Oct. 23-25. Explore top trends in modern design, shop from premium home furnishings brands—many new to the West Coast—and meet the designers behind thousands of inspiring products. Don’t miss MADE:MODERN, a new juried section showcasing dozens of independent designers and makers who specialize in unique, exquisitely handcrafted, limited-production designs. Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica.


Sinatra: An American Icon
Through Feb. 15. Celebrate 100 years of Frank Sinatra at The Grammy Museum. The official exhibit of the Frank Sinatra Centennial examines the Sinatra legacy from Hoboken, N.J., through superstardom, chronicling the rise of his music career, his Hollywood success, personal life and humanitarian work. See artifacts like a recreation of a Hoboken trolley car, similar to one Sinatra used to travel to Jersey City to see his idol, Bing Crosby; photos, family mementos, rare correspondence, personal items, artwork and recordings from the Sinatra family’s personal collection; an original Philco radio that plays an episode of Songs by Sinatra featuring Sinatra, Jane Powell and Irving Berlin; and more. You will also be able to step inside a recreation of the historic Studio A at the Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood as it was during one of Sinatra’s recordings sessions in the ’60s, and take control of the soundboard to “re-produce” the arrangement for one of his classic hits. (photo Ken Veeder © Capitol Photo Archives) Grammy Museum, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 213.765.6800.


annenberg-lifeLife: A Journey Through Time
Oct. 24-March 20. Acclaimed National Geographic photographer Frans Lanting made it his mission to interpret life on Earth from the Big Bang through the present. The result? An epic collection of more than 70 images accompanied by texts and stories about them now at the Annenberg Space for Photography. Also find a timeline of life on our planet as well as an original documentary short film and four short videos that explore the human connection to life around us. (photo Flower Hat Jelly, California, USA © Frans Lanting) Annenberg Space for Photography, 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Century City, 213.403.3000.


blue-starEAT + DRINK
Blue Star Donuts
The wait is finally over. Beloved Portland doughnut shop, Blue Star Donuts has officially opened their first California outpost. Aside from their over-the-top gourmet doughnut offerings—think blueberry bourbon basil, hard apple cider fritter and the O.G. (Orxata Glaze)—confection-crazed fans line up because the purveyor uses high-end ingredients like European-style butter and cage-free eggs, and an 18-hour process to make its signature brioche-style dough. In addition to doughnut decadence, the 1,000 square-foot white tiled shop on Abbot Kinney Blvd. also offers Stumptown Roasters coffee and cold brew. 1142 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.450.5630.


Oct. 25. Restaurateur Stephane Bombet (Bombet Hospitality Group) and Executive Chef Michael Hung align to bring a refined culinary oasis to the Avalon Hotel Beverly Hills. Chef Hung will present his interpretation of Continental cuisine for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch through technique-driven seasonal fare. The menu features dishes like lemon ricotta pancakes, Fuyu persimmon and corn salad, herb-baked turkey sandwich, handmade linguine with geoduck and Manila clams, shellfish boudin blanc with Maine lobster, scallops, Gulf shrimp and sauce Américaine. Also, find modernized cocktails from the mid-20th century and an extensive wine list, all in a chic mid-century space designed by Kelly Wearstler. 9400 West Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.407.7791.


Opens Oct. 23. After a brief stint on the scene back in late 2013, Chef Jason Park is back with his eclectic French-and-Japanese-inspired restaurant. Menu offerings include prosciutto and walnut salad, scallop risotto and pear tart. When Park isn’t firing up the stoves, expect to find him browsing Santa Monica’s farmers markets for inspiration and fresh seasonal produce, often paired with fish flown in overnight from Japan, which is also utilized by sushi veteran Itsuroku Kimura who heads up the restaurant’s omakase program. 12400 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 424.832.7118.


Through Nov. 1. The beloved musical about the optimistic redheaded orphan returns with a brand-new incarnation that honors the classic. Original lyricist and director Martin Charnin directs the play, complete with iconic songs like “Tomorrow” and “It’s the Hard Knock Life.“ Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770.


kansasKansas City Choir Boy
Through Nov. 8. Courtney Love stars as the lover-muse in this intimate musical, written by and co-starring Todd Almond. His character looks back at their time as small-town lovers before she moved on to bigger thing. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 213.628.2772.


CarrieCarrie—The Killer Music Experience
Oct. 1-Nov. 22. Theater fans are abuzz with the October premiere of a cult classic that’s being billed as “the immersive Carrie experience.” Carrie: The Killer Musical Experience takes the stage at the lavishly decorated 1931 Los Angeles Theatre on downtown’s Broadway, reimagines the supernatural 1976 horror film starring Sissy Spacek and drags audiences back to the high school prom. There will be blood. 615 S. Broadway, downtown.


sound-of-musicSound of Music
Sept. 20-Oct. 31. Launching a North American tour at the Ahmanson, three-time Tony Award® winner Jack O’Brien will direct a new production of the beloved musical. 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history. In honor of the music, Kendall’s Brasserie and Bar is serving a children’s menu for young fans to enjoy before the curtain rises. Entrées include The Hills Are Alive Vienna chicken schnitzel and the Do-Re-Mi macaroni and cheese gratinée, followed by a Tied-Up with String apple strudel dessert and kid-friendly Odl Layee Oo iced milk with cocoa. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772.