Events | LA Weekend Events Roundup 10.29.15

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 10.29.15

Edited by Christina Xenos

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Rain Room
Nov. 1-March 6. Random International’s Rain Room (2012), is an immersive environment of perpetually falling water that pauses wherever a human body is detected. The hugely popular installation—people waited hours to see it at New York’s MoMA and London’s Barbican Centre—allows visitors to experience the seemingly impossible: the ability to control rain. Founded in 2005, Random International is a studio using science and technology to challenge the human experience in a machine-led world. Capacity is limited. Reserve tickets are available online. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.857.6000.


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West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval
Oct. 31. Billed as the largest Halloween street party in the world, this wild Halloween-night costume bash is also one of L.A. County’s biggest annual events, complete with live music and entertainment, photo stations, food vendors and the crowning of a celebrity “queen.” 6-11 pm. Free. Santa Monica Boulevard between La Cienega Boulevard and Doheny Drive, 800.368.6020.


nightmareTim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas Live with Danny Elfman & Orchestra
Oct. 31, Nov. 1. Legendary composer, singer/songwriter Danny Elfman, takes the stage at the Hollywood Bowl performing his role of Jack Skellington singing live to film for a very special screening of Disney’s, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. Joining Elfman will be a cast of singers and special guest artists performing the film’s songs live. The concert transforms the Hollywood Bowl into Halloween Town with special pre-show activities including an audience participation costume contest. Tim Burton-inspired costumes are encouraged. 2301 N Highland Ave., L.A., 800.745.3000. Tickets.


la-philHalloween Organ with Film: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Oct. 31. Paramount’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, directed by John S. Robertson and produced by Famous Players-Lasky, was the first of three film treatments of Robert Louis Stevenson’s famous novella produced in 1920. It starred John Barrymore as the fatally split personalities, and featured Martha Mansfield and Nita Naldi as their love interests, roles based on a stage treatment, not the original story. Watch the silent classic accompanied live by Clark Wilson on Walt Disney Concert Hall’s monster organ. 8 p.m. 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown.


dracula-aceDracula with Philip Glass and the Kronos Quartet
Oct. 29-31. L.A. Opera Off Grand presents 1931 classic Dracula, starring Bela Lugosi on the big screen at the Theater at Ace Hotel. The movie is accompanied by a live performance of Philip Glass’ 1998 score by Glass himself and the Kronos Quartet. On Halloween night, stick around for some bloodsucking fun at a special Black and White Ball in the lobby, featuring guest DJs, themed rooms, bars and more. (Ages 21+, black-and-white attire required.) Th, F 8 pm; Sa 4 pm, 8 pm. $34-$160. The Theatre at Ace Hotel, 929 S. Broadway, downtown, 213.623.3233.


ep-lpL.P. Thriller Halloween Rooftop Party
Oct. 31. West Hollywood’s Asian eating house and rooftop transforms its roof deck into a cemetery and haunted house. Don your most festive costume, and party under the moonlight with with small bites from Executive Chef Louis Tikaram, a hosted open bar with spirited cocktails and tunes from DJs. Snag a VIP ticket and gain access to an exclusive Veuve Clicquot lounge from 8-11 p.m. $100/$150 VIP; group packages available. Tickets. 603 N. La Cienega Blvd., L.A., 310.855.9955.


wilternThe Wiltern’s Night of Horror
Oct. 30. The Wiltern Theater will be transformed into a haunted house and host a classic horror movie marathon, along with a virtual reality horror film showcase, costume contest with amazing prizes and giveaways and dance party hosted by DJ Loboman and special guests. Films screened will be An American Warewolf in London, The Cabin in the Woods, The Descent and Demons. $15+. 7 p.m. 3790 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 213.388.1400.


Find our full list of Los Angeles Halloween events

ice-santa-monicaIce at Santa Monica
Opening Nov. 1. Downtown Santa Monica turns winter wonderland with the arrival of the popular 8,000-square-foot outdoor skating rink. M-Th 2-10 pm; F 2 pm-midnight; Sa 10 am-midnight; Su 10 am-10 pm. Admission, including skate rental, $15. 1324 5th St., Santa Monica, 310.260.1199.


Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 7-8 and 14-15. An audacious new operatic experience about a disappearance across time, takes place in a network of crisscrossing cars throughout the city. The work can be experienced in the intimacy of a car, with artists and audience members sharing a confined space, or for free at the Central Hub, a large outdoor pop-up structure at the Southern California Institute of Architecture. At the Hub, 24 journeys are live-streamed simultaneously to create a dizzying panorama of life in Los Angeles. The experience is a collaboration of the Industry and its artistic director Yuval Sharon with six L.A.-based composers, six writers, more than 100 artists, Sennheiser, Southern California Institute for Architecture and 5D Global Studio. (Departure points vary with the route.) (photo: Dana Ross) Central Hub, 960 E. Third St., downtown.


Oct. 31-Nov. 28. Epic in every sense, Moby-Dick comes to Los Angeles after a series of triumphs around the world. In it, a fanatical sea captain’s unrelenting obsession drives his crew into the face of death and destruction as they search the vast oceans for a monster. Returning as Captain Ahab is the sensational Jay Hunter Morris. Based on Herman Melville’s classic novel, Jake Heggie’s sweeping, gorgeously detailed opera has taken its place as a contemporary masterpiece. “Sumptuous and stirring! Theatrically stunning,” enthused the San Francisco Chronicle. “An undeniable success,” opined the New York Times. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.0711.


Serena & Lily
Sausalito—based Serena & Lily opens its doors on Melrose Ave. to offer an extensive selection of home decor fixtures—furniture, rugs, bedding, pillows and lighting—including textile swatch wall with over 300 designs and rotating art displays from L.A. and California-based artists. Their first SoCal shop is all about inspiration. Bring in a photo or sample of what you’re working on and design experts will help you complete the picture, gratis. Everything in the shop and on their website can be ordered and ships within the week. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m. 8422 Melrose Ave., L.A.


tacos-tu-madreEAT + DRINK
Free Tacos at Tacos tu Madre
Nov. 1. Celebrate the opening of the new street fare-inspired taco window from Joshua Pourgol and Oliver Mateen with free tacos. The new concept offers rotating assortment of made-to-order tacos, sides and desserts. Signatures include a variety of tacos (including duck confit with foie gras), breakfast burritos, red velvet churros and more. On opening day, you can indulge in tacos ranging from crispy fish to birria-style lamb to chorizo and egg—all you have to do is show them that you’re following them on instagram. 8 a.m.-midnight Sun.-Weds., 8-3 a.m. Thurs.-Sat. 1945 1/2 Westwood Blvd., L.A.


little-sisterLittle Sister
Chef Tin Vuong and partner Jed Sanford of Blackhouse Hospitality Management (Día de Campo, Steak & Whisky, Abigaile, Wildcraft) are bringing a new edition of Manhattan Beach’s acclaimed Little Sister to L.A.’s Historic Core. “We’re hungry to be a part of the dynamic dining revolution in downtown L.A. and eager to introduce locals and visitors alike to Little Sister,” says Vuong, who grew up in the San Gabriel Valley and is fluent in multiple cuisines. A trendy French colonial setting features private and communal tables, a kitchen-view counter and a hand-painted mural of butterflies—a Little Sister trademark. Signature dishes include deep-fried Balinese meatballs with banana ketchup (a Filipino condiment) and a salt-andpepper lobster dish that’s apt to turn first-time diners into Little Sister regulars. 523 W. 7th St., downtown, 213.628.3146.


California fare from Executive Chef Dakota Weiss (Top Chef season 9) and fresh cocktails from mixologist Gia St. George collide on the Sunset Strip at Estrella. The new restaurant aims to channel Hollywood Hills bungalow culture of the ’60s and ’70s with a Laurel Canyon-esque layered restaurant, bar, patio and lounge space decked out with glistening pendants, vintage found pieces and lush plants. Dine for breakfast, lunch (grab-and-go style until January) and dinner on comforting dishes like chai-spiced French toast; sous vide hangar steak with orange-habanero chimichurri; truffle honey grilled cheese; roasted bone marrow with confit quail, kabocha squash spatzel and red wine-truffle jus; and honey fried chicken with cornbread. Cocktails are mixed with housemade juices and small batch spirits and include selections like the Sex, Drugs and Rock ’N’ Roll, inspired by Ian Dury and a spin on the classic “Penicillin,” featuring reposado tequila, mezcal, lime, ginger syrup, rosemary honey and nutmeg. 8800 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.652.6613.


GudetamaGudetama Menu at Plan Check Kitchen + Bar
Oct. 30-Nov. 29. Stop by any Plan Check location to delight in a new multi-course Gudetama x Plan Check menu. The neighborhood restaurant draws its inspiration from Hello Kitty’s newest friend—a lazy egg that likes to sleep under slabs of bacon and swim in bowls of udon noodles. The multi-course menu will include variety of egg dishes that have been created by Executive Chef Ernesto Uchimura. Highlights include a crispy blanket egg, soy sauce egg, spicy pork belly sausage and miso aioli; Gudetama sliders (two beef sliders sunny fried quail egg, cheese two ways, bacon two ways, ketchup leather and hot sauce); chocolate custard pudding; apricot thumbprint cookie and an orange-ginger egg cream soda.


coffee-beanCoffee Bean & Tea Leaf
Oct. 30. Get in the Halloween spirit with a BOGO pumpkin drinks. Grab yourself a fall-themed beverage like a pumpkin latte, pumpkin ice blended, pumpkin chai ice blended or the ultimate pumpkin ice blended (blended with chocolate-covered espresso beans) and receive a pumpkin drink of equal or lesser value for free. 2-6 p.m. Visit website for participating locations.


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
Through 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
Through 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.