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October 14-17


Danish String Quartet photo credit Caroline Bittencourt

Danish String Quartet at The Broad Stage

Oct. 16. Mark your calendar for a special concert by standout ensemble Danish String Quartet at The Broad Stage. The “prodigiously gifted musicians” (The New York Times) will perform a curated suite of dances, a Mozart favorite and selections of Nordic Folk Music. This performance marks the return of live and in person performances to The Broad Stage. 3 p.m. $50, $65, $80. Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center, 1310 Eleventh St., Santa Monica, 310.434.3200. thebroadstage.org

Haunted Little Tokyo 2020 photo courtesy Haunted Little Tokyo

Haunted Little Tokyo

Oct. 16-17, 30. Have a scary good time and mingle with monsters in Little Tokyo for the 5th annual Haunted Little Tokyo, a fun-filled Halloween celebration with three frightfully fun events that are perfect for ghosts and ghouls of all ages. The events include a pumpkin patch featuring pumpkins from Tanaka Farms, free activities, photo opportunity and a coloring contest on Oct. 16-17 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and then a scavenger hunt and “block party” on Oct. 30. See website for more info. Pumpkin patch in Japanese Village Plaza, 335 E. 2nd St., L.A. golittletokyo.com

Guests sitting inside a theater for the Screamfest Horror Film Festival photo credit Screamfest Horror Film Festival

Screamfest Horror Film Festival

Through Oct. 21. Calling all movie buffs! Don’t miss the nation’s largest and longest running horror film festival—now in its 21st year—at the TCL Chinese Theater. The festival premieres and showcases new work from American and international independent horror filmmakers. On Sunday (Oct. 17), audiences can experience a one-of-a-kind double feature of horror classics Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness with a Q&A with star Bruce Campbell. See website for full film lineup and tickets. 6925 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 310.358.3273. screamfestla.com

Food + Drink

Vegan Oktoberfest in Los Angeles photo courtesy FIM Agency

Vegan Oktoberfest

Oct. 16. Come hungry to the world’s first traditional Oktoberfest celebration with an all-vegan menu at L.A. Center Studios. As one of the most anticipated vegan food festivals, this one-day outdoor festival will feature craft beers, live entertainment and SoCal’s most popular vegan food vendors—including Plant Power Fast Food, Cena Vegan, Thai Mex Cocina, West Coast Pretzels, Donut Friend and more. In addition, Phyto’s Vegan Eats will serve vegan bratwurst and homemade mustard and sauerkraut. 1-5 p.m. VIP entry at noon. $50 GA, $70 VIP, $20 non-drinkers. 450 S. Bixel St., L.A. Tickets

Fettucine pasta from L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele photo courtesy Modern Currency PR

National Pasta Day at L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele

Oct. 17. Get an authentic taste of Italy at Hollywood’s L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele on National Pasta Day. Known for having all pastas and sauces made in-house, the restaurant will be offering a special off-menu pasta—L’antica Pizzeria da Michele’s rendition of the fettuccine pasta (pictured)— that’s made with fresh burrata, prosciutto and piselli. Another crowd favorite for pasta lovers to try is the Spaghetti Nerano, a southern Italian recipe and Stanley Tucci-favorite. 10 a.m.-11 p.m. 1534 N. McCadden Place, Hollywood, 323.366.2408. damicheleusa.com

"Breast Buckets & Sides" special at Georgia's Restaurant photo courtesy Georgia's Restaurant

“Breast Buckets & Sides”

Through Oct. 31. In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Georgia’s Restaurant is bringing back its “Breast Bucket & Sides” special for indoor and outdoor patio dining, takeout or delivery. This 6-piece bucket of boneless chicken breasts (all white meat) includes a choice of two sides—with selections such as the signature collard greens, garlic rice and french fries—for just $25 all month long to help increase awareness and support for breast cancer. Su-Th 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; F-Sa 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Long Beach Exchange, 4101 McGowen St., Suite 155, Long Beach, 562.420.5637. georgias-restaurant.com

Arts + Culture

A scene from LA Opera's 2007 production of "Tannhauser" photo credit Robert Millard

Tannhäuser at LA Opera

Begins Oct. 16. Grab your tickets for one of six nights to watch the 19th-century German Romantic opera Tannhäuser at LA Opera’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Conducted by music director James Conlon, the opera tells the tale of a man returning home after a long erotic entrapment with the goddess Venus to pursue a more virtuous path. In a momentary lapse of judgment, he shocks the town with a passionate affirmation of carnal delights … which doesn’t help him score points with the innocent young woman heʼs smitten with. 135 N. Grand Ave., L.A., 213.972.8001. laopera.org

Olivia Mia Orozco dances in "The Messenger" photo credit Lauren Desberg Photography

The Messenger Dance Performance

Oct. 17. Step into the world of art and dance during this new dance theater performance by Olivia Mia Orozco (pictured) inside Laurie Shapiro’s installations in L.A. Created in collaboration with Julienne Mackey and presented by Performative Pop-Ups, the performance takes inspiration from her repetitive trance-like nature imagery weaving together the world of Orozco’s storytelling with Shapiro’s out-of-this-world setting. Tickets include access to Shapiro’s private studio and an 18 x 24-inch hand-printed work of art by Laurie Shapiro. Masks required. 7-8:30 p.m. $50. 2684 Lacy St., L.A. Tickets

Las Nietas de Nonó, "Ilustraciones de la mecánica", 2016–19, performance, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, June 28–30, 2019. Photograph © 2019 Paula Court, courtesy of Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

No Humans Involved at Hammer Museum

On View. The Hammer Museum at UCLA presents No Humans Involved, a group exhibition by seven artists and collectives whose work interrogates and disrupts Western modes of humanism. This exhibit expands on Jamaican scholar and theorist Sylvia Wynter’s 1992 seminal text “No Humans Involved: An Open Letter to My Colleagues” who’s title refers to an internal code that was used by the L.A. Police Department in cases that disproportionately involved Black and Brown Angelenos. Tu-Su 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 10899 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 310.443.7000. hammer.ucla.edu

Photo credits: Danish String Quartet by Caroline Bittencourt. Vegan Oktoberfest courtesy FIM Agency. L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele courtesy Modern Currency PR. “The Messenger” by Lauren Desberg Photography. “Tannhauser” by Robert Millard. Las Nietas de Nonó, “Ilustraciones de la mecánica”, 2016-19 by Paula Court/courtesy Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. All other images are courtesy of the businesses and venues.

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