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October 22-25


Grand Park’s Downtown Día de Los Muertos

Begins Oct. 24. In honor of the cultural tradition of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), Grand Park celebrates with a series of free, family-friendly programs throughout the 12-day celebration. This eighth annual event includes a mix of digital programs, such as an online arts-based workshop, digital ofrendas (altars) and audio storytelling, along with socially distant public art installations in Grand Park and on The Music Center Plaza. Guests are asked not to linger or gather in large groups and to wear face masks to comply with L.A. County public health orders. grandparkla.org

Macy Gray’s Virtual Halloween Bingo Bash

Oct. 24. Tune in to watch Grammy award-winning R&B and soul singer Macy Gray host the inaugural Halloween Bingo Bash fundraiser to raise funds for MyGood, a non-profit organization dedicated to support the families of police brutality victims. The evening features special celebrity guest appearances and performances from musician Sheila E., comedians Wanda Sykes and Maz Jobrani, actor Page Kennedy, financial expert Suze Orman and more. Additional highlights include a costume contest, scavenger hunt for prizes and a live performance from Gray. 5 p.m. Tickets start at $25. mygood.org


The Tune In Festival

Upcoming | Oct. 28-Nov. 1. One of the driving features of CAP UCLA’s 2020-21 Season is The Tune in Festival; a convergence of music and poetry in a time of change. A five-day convening of more than 20 artists, bands, ensembles and soloists from across the U.S., Canada and Latin America in a grand gesture of cross-cultural solidarity that shares the time-honored tradition of music and poetry as a wellspring of resilience, resistance and inspiration. This event is free, RSVP now. cap.ucla.edu

Thirteen Days of Halloween

Through Oct. 31. Countdown to the spookiest day of the year with Kidspace Children’s Museum’s Thirteen Days of Halloween! Kiddos can “trick-or-treat” online to learn and laugh about pumpkins, bats, spiders and more by clicking on a new window on the haunted house to unlock a new video treat every day! To sweeten the surprise, kids can unwrap science experiments, crafts and recipes. Free. kidspacemuseum.org

Food + Drink

Bravo Robot’s Ice Cream Truck

Oct. 21-28. For those with a sweet tooth, we’ve got the inside scoop on a special ice cream truck tour you don’t want to miss! As part of this animal-free science-driven dairy ice cream brand’s For the Future campaign, Bravo Robot is taking its truck on a tour to offer samples and highlight a limited-edition flavor, all to encourage consumers to get out and vote for the future—100% of the proceeds go toward supporting youth S.T.E.M. education. Stops include South Pasadena, West Hollywood, Westwood, Santa Monica and Rolling Hills Estates. See website for full schedule. braverobot.co

The Friend

Reopens Oct. 22. Miss having drinks with friends? Now you can do so—safely—in the new outdoor space at the Silverlake French-inspired neighborhood bar, The Friend. Head over to enjoy range of craft cocktails, beers and natural wines—plus snacks such as pomme frites, amigos tacos, vegan tostadas and flautas. All outdoor tables are spaced out and adhere to strict COVID-19 protocols for both guests and staff. Th-Sa 6 p.m.-midnight. 2611 Hyperion Ave., Silverlake, 323.522.6835. thefriendbar.com

Cassoulet Night

Oct. 24. Mark your calendar for the return of the annual cassoulet night by Lucques Catering restauranteurs Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne! This delicious event pays tribute to the traditional dish with roots in Southern French cooking. Guests can opt for a socially distanced dine-in service in the courtyard at Maple Plaza with Lucques Catering ($65 per person); or order for takeout or delivery ($38 for one, $75 for two). 345 N. Maple Drive, 310.800.1789. Tickets

Pasta Sisters Food Truck x Il Caffè DTLA

Oct. 24. Calling all pasta aficionados! Experience the ultimate collaboration between Pasta Sisters Food Truck and Downtown L.A.’s Il Caffè for an evening of pasta and cocktails. Order authentic and freshly made pastas from the Pasta Sisters food truck as you sip on a crafty cocktails from Il Caffè’s menu, such as the Aperitivo or Rose Spritz and Strawberry Bellini. Can’t make it this Saturday? The truck will be back at Il Caffè on Halloween night. 4-9 p.m. 855 S. Broadway, downtown, 213.612.0331. Order online

Grand Central Market’s Market Mashup

Through Nov. 15. Come hungry to this month-long celebration of the iconic market’s 103rd anniversary! Since its start on October 8, Grand Central’s Market Mashup features two vendors that collaborate on a special dish or drinks in honor of the establishment’s anniversary. The rest of the lineup features two different Michelada drinks from Golden Road and La Huerta (Oct. 15-22); housemade focaccia from Fat & Flour and DTLA Cheese (Oct. 25-26); and Knead porcini chitarra pasta (pictured) created by Knead Pasta Co. and Ramen Hood (Oct. 29-Nov. 5). 317 S. Broadway, L.A. grandcentralmarket.com

Fire-Filled Cocktails at Terra

Now Available. Summer might be over, but Eataly’s rooftop restaurant is turning up the heat with a new fall cocktail menu featuring a flame (you read that right!) or spicy touch. Pair any of Terra’s wood-fired dishes with the “Le Chuck” featuring Plantation rum, housemade ginger syrup, Bordiga Aperitivo, Lucano caffe and a burned caramel orange; or “The Storyteller” with Old Forester bourbon, smoked honey syrup, cherry morlacco, lemon and a smoked rosemary cherry. 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A. eataly.com

Arts + Culture

Figuratively Speaking: A Haleh Mashian Solo Exhibit

Opens Oct. 24. Explore Mash Gallery’s 20-year retrospective exhibition of contemporary artist Haleh Mashian with an outdoor opening reception. Running through the end of 2020, Figuratively Speaking features a collection of works that span Mashian’s 25-year study of the female form and showcase her extensive experience working with live models. Reception is on October 24 from 1 to 7 p.m. Free, RSVP required. 1325 Palmetto St., Suite 130, L.A., 213.325.2759. mashgallery.com | RSVP

Scott Silven’s The Journey

On View. Be transported from your home to rural Scotland during illusionist, mentalist and performance artist Scott Silven’s all-new, immersive experience—live and online now through November 15. Hear a long-forgotten story, reveal the mysteries of your own mind and unlock the secrets of Silven’s Scottish homeland through incredible illusions and feats of imagination. Limited to only 30 participants per show. $65+. thebroadstage.org


Through Oct. 27. Step back in time and dive into the riveting true story of Simon Wiesenthal, a Holocaust survivor who devoted his life to bringing more than 1,100 Nazi war criminals to justice. Presented by the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, this one-man, off-Broadway production shows how Wiesenthal was an intelligent, funny, flawed and noble universal hero—enough to be known as the “Jewish James Bond.” Personal access links and passwords will be emailed within 24 hours of purchase. $50 per household. thewallis.org

Photo credits: Día de Los Muertos by Jose Sanchez. Cassoulet Night by Suzanne Lanza. Scott Silven in “The Journey” by David Wilkinson, Empirical Photography. “Figuratively Speaking” artwork by Haleh Mashian. All other images are courtesy of the venues.

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