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October 21-24


Activate LA at ROW DTLA photo courtesy The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Jacob Jonas The Company at ROW DTLA

Oct. 22-24. Bring your family and friends to a cultural experience of dance and live music in Jacob Jonas The Company’s world premiere of Juxtapose at ROW DTLA. Before the outdoor rooftop show begins, grab dinner at Rappahannock Oyster Bar or preorder a special bento box from Pikunico featuring its signature fried chicken tenders and homemade sides to enjoy during the show. Note: Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. 7:30 p.m. $35. 777 S. Alameda St., L.A., 310.746.4000. jacobjonas.com

Founders Ryan Matthew Cohn and Regina Marie Cohn of Oddities Flea Market photo courtesy SRO PR

Oddities Flea Market

Oct. 23-24. Explore an assortment of curiosities at the Oddities Flea Market, co-founded by Ryan Matthew Cohn and Regina Marie Cohn (pictured). This annual event returns to Globe Theatre in downtown Los Angeles featuring three curated floors of medical history ephemera, anatomical curiosities, natural history items, osteological specimens, taxidermy, home decor, jewelry, one-of-a-kind art and more. Note: Must provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test (taken within 72 hours of event) to gain entrance. VIP: 10 a.m.-noon.; GA: noon-6 p.m. $15 GA, $45 VIP. 740 S. Broadway, L.A. theodditiesfleamarket.com

People sitting on a giant purple Vegandale sign photo courtesy Vegandale

Vegandale Festival

Oct. 23. Calling all vegans! Get ready to experience the vegan festival that has dominated Toronto, Chicago, New York City, Houston and Miami. Boasting more than 100 vendors with over 30 out-of-town ones from across the country, Vegandale Festival is hosting its first L.A. festival at Los Angeles State Historic Park. Aside from the delicious food, the day-long celebration will also feature live music, contests, art installations, vegan clothing, merch and more. See website for the full list of vendors and to purchase tickets. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. $7-$30. 1245 N Spring St., L.A. vegandalefest.com

Food + Drink

Rainbow dumplings by Sandy Ho at Employees Only x Sandita's Pop-Up Dinner photo courtesy Carving Block PR

Employees Only x Sandita’s Pop-Up Dinner

Oct. 24. The elevated cocktail bar and restaurant Employees Only is reintroducing its Social Club Series with Sunday Social Club, a culinary incubator that hosts pop-up restaurants and concepts that collaborate with chef Josh Buckwald on a unique dinner menu with complementing beverages to match. On Sunday, Employees Only is collaborating with Sandita’s by chef and food-stylist Sandy Ho, known for her colorful dumplings (pictured) and tostadas, to produce dishes such as chicken and apricot ragu dumplings; whole fried fish plate; and Mum’s 12-hour curry and mushrooms. 6 p.m. 7953 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.536.9045. Reservations

Halloween Macaroons cooking class at The Gourmandise School of Sweets & Savories in Santa Monica Place photo by Valentina Sallas

Halloween Macaroons Cooking Class at The Gourmandise School

Oct. 24. Learn how to make festive homemade macaroons this Halloween during this three-hour in-person class at the Gourmandise School in Santa Monica Place. Pastry chef Clémence Gossett will walk attendees through the process of creating pumpkin and mummy macaroons that will be sure to steal the show this season. Registration available for guests ages 16+. 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $105. 395 Santa Monica Place, Suite 323, Santa Monica, 310.656.8800. cookingschoolsofamerica.com

Chicken and waffles at Fixins Soul Kitchen photo courtesy Fixins Soul Kitchen

Fixins Soul Kitchen

Now Open. With its original location in Sacramento, NBA legend and 55th Mayor of Sacramento Kevin Johnson brings the same comfort soul food to Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE with Fixins Soul Kitchen. Inspired by his search for the best soul food restaurants in every city that he used to play in and by his grandmother’s family recipes, Fixins features made-from-scratch dishes such as the signature chicken and waffles (pictured), oxtails, shrimp & grits, deep fried deviled eggs and more. Su-Th 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; F-Sa 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Game days 11 a.m.-11 p.m. 800 W. Olympic Blvd, Suite A150, downtown, 213.799.7685. fixinssoulkitchen.com

Arts + Culture

Attendees view the Community Altar at Grand Park's Downtown Dia de los Muertos 2019_ photo credit Jose Sanchez

Grand Park’s Downtown Día de los Muertos 

Oct. 22-Nov. 2. Celebrate with Grand Park as they pay tribute to the cultural tradition of Día de los Muertos—Day of the Dead—with a 12-day public art installation. The public can contribute to the large Community Altar and stroll through the park to view 20 altars made by local advocacy organizations. The 9th annual Grand Park’s Downtown Día de los Muertos honors people, places and ideas that merit reverence and commemoration through free, family-friendly programming. See website for list of activities. 200 N Grand Ave., L.A., 213.972.8080. grandparkla.org

Chucho Valdés, Dianne Reeves and Joe Lovano photo courtesy The Broad Stage

Duets with Chucho Valdés, Dianne Reeves and Joe Lovano

Oct. 23. Mark your calendar for an evening of piano duets with three masters of jazz performing at the Broad Stage. This all-star concert features the most influential figure in modern Afro-Cuban jazz, Chucho Valdés (pictured far left), sharing the stage with preeminent jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves, and celebrated saxophonist Joe Lovano. Note: Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and wear masks at all times. 7:30 p.m. $60, $80, $100. Santa Monica College of Performing Arts, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica, 310.434.3200. thebroadstage.org

Curator’s Choice – The Map and the Territory Exhibition Walk-through_concept/image by Sebastian Clough

The Map and the Territory Exhibition Walk-Through

Oct. 23. On the closing days of The Map and the Territory: 100 Years of Collecting at UCLA and UCLA Bruin Family Weekend, spend your Saturday afternoon at Fowler Museum for a gallery walk-through with chief curator Matthew H. Robb. Learn more about this exhibition, which presents selections from the vast holdings of the university’s diverse collections of rare books, works of art, musical instruments, meteorites, bird specimens and more. 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Free with RSVP. 308 Charles E. Young Drive North, L.A., 310.825.4361. Tickets

Photo credits: Jacob Jonas The Company courtesy The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Oddities Flea Market courtesy SRO PR. Employees Only x Sandita’s Pop-Up Dinner courtesy Carving Block PR. Halloween Macaroons by Valentina Sallas. Grand Park’s Downtown Día de los Muertos by Jose Sanchez. All other images are courtesy of the businesses and venues.

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