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Check Out The Best Los Angeles Things To Do In October


Hello Kitty Con 2014

From outdoor movies and music fests to Hello Kitty extravaganzas and more find the best Los Angeles things to do in October 2014 in our events roundup.

Edited by Christina Xenos

Hollywood Costume
Oct. 2-Mar. 2. Multi-media exhibition includes more than 150 costumes from movies both classic and recent, including such favorites as The Hunger Games and The Wizard of Oz. Presented by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. M, T, Th 11 am-5 pm; F 11 am-8 pm; Sa-Su 10 am-7 pm. $10–$20. Wilshire May Company building, 6067 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 310.247.3049.

Buccaneer Days
Oct. 2-5. Set sail for Two Harbors on Catalina Island for a weekend of great food, strong drinks, live music, a treasure hunt and costume contest. Enjoy live bands and DJs spinning into the night. The Pirate Village will encompass the Harbor Reef Restaurant deck and the plaza below, with multiple satellite bars, treasure hunts and costume contests to provide fun for everyone. You’re also welcome to arrive in your best pirate costume. Catalina Island, Two Harbors.

Dark Harbor
Oct. 2-4; 9-12; 16-19, 23-26, Oct. 29-Nov. 2. Scary Halloween mazes, plus thrill rides, “freak shows,” food, lounges and other entertainment at the Queen Mary. Not recommended for children under 13. 7 pm–midnight. $20–$109. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 877.342.0742.

Café Bustelo Pop-Up Café
Oct. 3-5, 10-12. Hit up the pop-up cafe for complementary coffee and wi-fi, giveaways and an exciting line-up of live acoustic bands and DJs. Artists performing include DJ Myles Hendrik, Nancy Sanchez, DJ Ana Calderon among others. Café Bustelo® is once again partnering with the Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE) for its El Café del Futuro Scholarship Essay Contest, where eligible students nationwide can apply for a chance to win one of nine $5,000 college scholarships. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 1540 N Cahuenga Blvd., L.A.

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride
Oct. 3-31. Famed Griffith Park attraction takes thrill-seekers on a ride through the Old Zoo, where they’ll face the underworld and portrayals of the Seven Deadly Sins. This year features new mazes, interactive theater, a 40-foot-long Leviathan and returning favorites such as the Scary-Go-Round, House of Mirrors and more. S, Th 7 pm-10:30 pm; Fri-Sat 7 pm-midnight. $30-$58. 4730 Crystal Springs Ave., Griffith Park, L.A., 310.993.8289.

Knott’s Scary Farm
Continuing. Knott’s Berry Farm transforms into a Halloween fright-fest with interactive mazes, monsters and an all-new stage show featuring the Mistress of the Dark herself, Elvira. See website for details. W-Th, Su 7 pm-1 am; F-Sa 7 pm-2 am. $39-$49. 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, 714.220.5200.

Check out our full list of Los Angeles Halloween Events

Front Porch Cinema
Oct. 3-24. During October the iconic Santa Monica Pier will be transformed into a cozy front porch environment, providing the perfect setting for a night of movies, food, drinks with a variety of films for all audiences. Unwind on old-timey lawn chairs and watch oceanfront films on a giant inflatable screen provided by LA’s premier outdoor movie producers, EatISeeIHear. You can also bring your own chairs as a limited number will be available for rent. The season kicks off Oct. 2 with Jeremy Jones’ Higher and continues Oct. 3 with Frozen, Oct. 10 with Gravity, Oct. 17 with Gravity and Oct. 24 with Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica.

Eagle Rock Music Festival
Oct. 4. Community street festival features innovative indie music from local bands. Aloe Blacc headlines this year. 4-10 pm. Free, $10 suggested donation. Colorado Boulevard between Argus Drive and Eagle Rock Boulevard, 323.226.1617.

Ciclavia—Heart of L.A.
Oct. 5. Several miles of L.A.’s normally congested streets turn into a car-free park for a walk and bike tour of the city’s most celebrated attractions. October’s route extends into new areas including Echo Park and the historic Broadway Theatre District. See website for route details. 9 am–4 pm. Free. 213.355.8500.

Pearl’s October Movie Nights
Oct. 5-26. Spend your Sunday watching flicks on TVs throughout the restaurant over pop corn and specially themed cocktails. This months Halloween-themed lineup includes Ghostbusters (Oct. 5), Little Shop of Horrors (Oct. 12), Scary Movie (Oct. 19), Rocky Horror Picture Show (Oct. 26). 8:30 p.m. Pearl’s Sunset Strip, 8909 W Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.360.6800.

The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord
Opening Oct. 7. This smart comedy centers around a spirited debate between the three great minds, as imagined by Real Time with Bill Maher executive producer Scott Carter. Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454.

Barnsdall Outdoor Movie Nights
Through Oct. 18. The Los Angeles summer tradition continues into the fall at Barnsdall Art Park. The “School Nights” series celebrates beloved high school movies: Election (Sept. 27), Rock ‘n’ Roll High School (Oct. 4), Fast Times at Ridgemont High (Oct. 11) and Carrie (Oct. 18). Throw down a blanket on the lush west lawn of the famed Frank Lloyd Wright Hollyhock House and and enjoy wine tastings from Silverlake Wine and musical entertainment along with food truck fare and more. Doors 5:30 p.m., movie 7:30 p.m. $25 (movie + wine tastings), $10 (movie only). 4800 Hollywood Blvd., L.A.

The Magic Flute
Oct. 8-12. The Isango Ensemble, a theater company from Cape Town, is known for re-creating classics with a South African flair. Witness the West Coast debut of the troupe’s celebrated reinterpretation of Mozart’s classic fairy tale musical. The Eli & Edythe Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica, 310.434.3200.

The Australian Ballet, Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake
Oct. 9-12. Set to Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s immortal score, and performed by live orchestra, Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake captures the passion, romance and magic of the classic ballet in a way that’s both original and  classical, performed by the Australian Ballet.
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.7211.

Oct. 9-26. Playwright and performer Dael Orlandersmith’s new play has its world premiere run in L.A., before its New York debut. The riveting family tale addresses topics including Harlem and Jim Morrison. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 213.628.2772.

Fig & Olive Fall Cooking Class
Oct. 10. Learn how to create a three-course French Riviera-inspired menu including seasonal dishes such as pumpkin sage ravioli, crab and heirloom tomato salad and creme brulée cheesecake. 3-5 p.m. $85. Space is limited; reservations required to Fig & Olive Melrose Place, 8490 Melrose Place, West Hollywood, 310.360.9100.

Charlotte Tilbury
Oct. 10-11. For 20-plus years, makeup maestro Charlotte Tilbury has created looks for our generation’s most recognizable stars, including Kate Moss, Jennifer Lopez and Rihanna. Now, thanks to the launch of her eponymous makeup and skin-care line, mere mortals, too, can benefit from Tilbury’s personal mantra: “Give a woman the right makeup and she can conquer the world.” Oct. 10 and 11, stop by the brand’s beauty festival at Nordstrom at The Grove, where you can learn Tilbury’s tips and tricks, glimpse her celebrity friends and shop the 10 signature looks she’s created for her new line. Our new routine: a depuffing massage with Charlotte’s Magic Cream, followed by application of “The Rock Chick,” entailing generous helpings of Full Fat Lashes mascara and lip lacquer in Blondie. Eat your heart out, Kate. Nordstrom at The Grove, 189 The Grove Drive, L.A., 323.930.2230,

Kiss Me, Kate
Through Oct. 12. Wayne Brady lends his talents to this production of the classic musical, known for its iconic songs by Cole Porter. The play celebrates both Shakespeare and theater itself, and this retelling showcases the trailblazing African American actors of the early 20th century. Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena, 626.356.7529.

Los Angeles Sriracha Festival
Oct. 19. We pay homage to many delicious things in Los Angeles: fried chicken, food trucks and tacos—to name a few. That’s why it only seems fitting for us to turn up the heat for our favorite hot sauce—Sriracha—with bites from some of L.A.’s best chefs from restaurants around the city. And who better to organize than the man who wrote the book, Randy Clemens author of The Sriracha Cookbook and Food GPS. Tickets $59/$69, $90/#100 VIP. Tickets are only available for people 21+. Proceeds benefit Food Forward. 3-6 p.m. Chinatown’s Central Plaza, 943-951 N. Broadway, downtown.

Jersey Boys
Through Oct. 19. The award-winning musical about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons makes a stop in L.A., bringing hit songs “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Oh What a Night” and more. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770.

Marjorie Prime
Through Oct. 19. Playwright Jordan Harrison’s innovative new drama deals with hard-hitting questions technology poses­—specifically, whether one should use it to simulate departed loved ones. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772.

Beverly Hills Artshow
Oct. 18-19. This 40-year-running outdoor art showcase displays work from some 240 exhibitors twice a year. Wine and beer gardens and food trucks are also on offer. 10 am-5 pm. Free. Beverly Gardens Park on Santa Monica Boulevard from North Rodeo to Rexford drives, 310.285.6830.

L.A. Dance Project
Oct. 24-26. Having traversed the globe, the L.A. Dance Project remains committed to downtown L.A. and now returns to its “home of choice,” new cultural hot spot the Theatre at Ace Hotel. The three-day residency, Oct. 24-26, boasts an innovative program of three performances each night: a preview of a new work by Millepied, new director of the Paris Opera Ballet; the U.S. premiere of Morgan’s Last Chug by celebrated Israeli choreographer Emanuel Gat; and L.A. Dance Project showcase Quintett by William Forsythe. Take in Millepied’s virtuosic choreography in his work, which features music by celebrated contemporary composer Philip Glass. 929 S. Broadway, downtown, 213.623.3233.

KCRW’s Masquerade
Oct. 25. 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 Bonobo (DJ Set), Fool’s Gold, Tom Vek and more. $100 advance/$125 door. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Park Plaza, 607 South Park View St., downtown.

Choir Boy
Through Oct. 26. Tarell Alvin McCraney’s play deals with discrimination at a boys’ prep school, set against beautiful gospel harmonies. Gil Cates Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454.

The Trip to Bountiful
Through Nov. 2. Cicely Tyson, Vanessa Williams and Blair Underwood star in this inspiring tale of an aging matriarch embarking on one last trip to her Texas hometown. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772.

Opening Oct. 21. The classic whimsical musical gets an update, complete with new choreography and impressive acrobatics, in this Broadway version. The tale of a young prince searching for the meaning of life won a Tony for best revival of a musical. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770.

Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty
Oct. 11-Apr. 26. Hello Kitty turns 40 this year, and the Japanese American National Museum is helping Sanrio mark the occasion with a special exhibition—the first large-scale museum retrospective in the United States devoted to the fan-favorite character. Since her very first appearance on a coin purse, Hello Kitty has developed into a pop icon and cultural ambassador. Head to JANM downtown beginning Oct. 11 to see a collection of rare and classic Hello Kitty products and contemporary art inspired by the character, including Konatsu’s “Kitty Negora” piece, above. Then, double your dose of cute at the four-day Hello Kitty Con 2014, kicking off Oct. 30 at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA next door. 100 N. Central Ave., downtown, 213.625.0414.

Hello Kitty Con 2014
Oct. 30-Nov. 2. Celebrate Hello Kitty’s 40th Anniversary at the world’s first official Hello Kitty Convention. Hello Kitty Con 2014 is a global gathering of fans and friends to celebrate all things Hello Kitty. Throughout the weekend, learn everything you need to know about Hello Kitty, vista a Hello Kitty workshop, visit panel discussions, shop for exclusive hello kitty merchandise and more. $20-$30. The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, 152 N. Central Ave., downtown.

West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval
Oct. 31. Los Angeles County’s biggest Halloween event—and one of its biggest annual events, period—is this costume bash in West Hollywood. Live music, entertainment. 6–11 pm. Free. Santa Monica Boulevard between La Cienega Boulevard and Doheny Drive, 323.848.6503.

Halloween Film with Live Organ: Nosferatu
Oct. 31. Directed by German Expressionist filmmaker F. W. Murnau, this 1922 classic is accompanied by Clark Wilson on Walt Disney Concert Hall’s incredible organ. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 South Grand Ave., downtown, 323.850.2000.

Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton
Oct. 31.-Nov. 1. The legendary composer performs pieces from his 16 films with Burton and reprises his role as Jack Skellington’s singing voice at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. 777 Chick Hearn Court, downtown, 213.763.6020.

Haunted Screens: German Cinema in the 1920s
Through April 26. Explore the height of German Expressionist film history through nearly 250 objects on view at LACMA’s newest exhibition. From the fantasy of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919) to the murder mystery M (1931), cinema during the liberal Weimar era was innovative in aesthetic, psychological, and technical terms. La Cinémathèque française partnered with the museum for the show and offers a vast collection of set design drawings to complement an array of film clips, photographs, posters, documents, and cameras on view; these artifacts represent 25 films, 20 artists, and 14 directors. Kino Ektoplasma—a three-screen installation created for the exhibition by Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, and Galen Johnson—resurrects lost films of the Expressionist era in film sequences. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.857.6000.