Los Angeles

Weekend roundup

October 5-8



Oct. 5-31. Shaquille O’Neal hosts a Halloween event in Long Beach outside the newly-reopened Queen Mary with family-friendly and after-dark attractions such as trick-or-treating, games and live entertainment complemented by an assortment of food and drink options. Daytime activities will cater to a younger audience, transitioning into the evening with elevated music and lights experience for the older crowd. Starts Thursday at 8 p.m. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach. shaqtoberfest.com

The Haunted Hayride Returns to Griffith Park

Now Open. Embark on a spirited adventure with the Midnight Falls Halloween Festival’s annual hayride, revealing hidden scenic destinations while traversing the boundary between the living and the dead. Beyond the hayride, the cursed town of Midnight Falls offers a myriad of Halloween-centric activities and dining option. Hours vary, check website for more details. 4730 Crystal Springs Dr., Los Angeles. Get Tickets Now

La Cage Nightclub Revue

Starts Oct. 5. Discreetly nestled behind a secret bookcase, the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel resurrects the golden age of Hollywood supper clubs. Groove to a blend of live music and dancing featuring celebrity guests like Broadway’s Cheyenne Jackson and “American Idol” star Ada Vox. First show starts Thursday, 7 p.m. 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. Get Tickets Now

Indstry Saturdays

Oct. 7. West Hollywood’s Melrose Place hosts an evening rooftop party to beat the heat this weekend. Enjoy signature cocktails with a blend of minimal deep house rhythms and melodic tech dance tunes headlined by DJ @jigarthakarar and other special guests. Attendees are reminded of the venue’s strict elegant dress code policy. Saturday, at 9 p.m. 8472 Melrose Pl., Los Angeles. Reserve Spot Now

Food + Drinks

Sinners Y Santos

Now Open. It’s time to confess in a secretive booth at a nightclub within a 19th-century cathedral celebrating Mexican luchador, El Santo. Upon confessing, you are transported into an evening woven with agave cocktails and unexpected tributes to the wrestling icon of the 50s and 60s. A DJ booth disguised as a pipe organ underscores the night with pulsating beats, while cocktails serve as a spirited accompaniment. Thursday-Satuday, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. 1254 S. Figueroa Street, 8th Floor, Los Angeles. sinnersysantosdtla.com

Niku X Fall Tasting

Now Open. The Michelin Guide-featured restaurant’s fall DineLA offering is a specially curated tasting menu with appetizers like oxtail & Tokyo Negi potstickers, steak entrees including an 8oz A5 Toriyama ribeye, and a selection of grilled vegetables such as brown butter apple miso sweet corn. Dessert features seasonal sorbets. $120 per person. Open daily, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. 900 Wilshire Blvd Ste 212, Los Angeles. nikux.com

Haunted Soiree: A Macabre Cocktail Party

Oct. 6. The immersive theatrical party inside a historically haunted building is a night of miniature themed cocktails, an array of live entertainers, surreal specters, live music and interactive experiences.  Everyone is treated to four mini-spirit tastings with unfolding ghostly narratives. Starts Friday, 7 p.m. 324 N Orange St., Glendale. hauntedsoiree.com

Lei’d Cookies 

Opens Oct. 7. The popular cookie company known for its wide range of flavors opens its inaugural bakery in Culver City. Cookie enthusiasts will enjoy gourmet offerings like mango sticky rice and guava goat cheese, plus cannoli, halo halo and Mayan flavors. Grand opening with ribbon cutting on Saturday, at 3-8 p.m. 8588 Washington Blvd., Culver City.

APB goes Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Now Open. During October, the plant-based bar is donating $1 from every sale of The Beauty Cocktail to the Breast Cancer Research Fund. The pink-hued beverage, infused with Erewhon collagen, allows patrons to support a cause while enjoying a feel-good treat. Monday-Friday, 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday, 12 p.m.-2 a.m. Sunday, 12-9 p.m. 7302 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. apbmelrose.com

Arts + Culture

Stravinsky and Shostakovich with Dudamel & Mason

Oct. 6-8. Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason joins the LA Phil for a haunting rendition of Shostakovich’s First Concerto. Meanwhile, Gustavo Dudamel navigates the orchestra through Villa-Lobos’ “Uirapuru,” subtitled “O passarinho encantado” (The Enchanted Little Bird), a homage to a melodically gifted bird from the composer’s native Brazil. Starts Friday, at 8 p.m. 151 S. Grand Ave.,
Los Angeles. laphil.com

A Perfect Ganesh

Until Oct. 7. Will Geer’s presents Terrence McNally’s play. In a journey to India, two friends grapple with burdens of loss and internal struggle, encounters with travelers embodying the Hindu god Ganesha. They gradually realize that sometimes the most profound voyage is, inherently, life itself. Last show, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. 1419 N Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga. Get Tickets Now

When You Wish Upon a Star

Oct. 8. Pianist Sean Mason illuminates a century of Disney through a special afternoon of jazz. Alongside two vocalists, Mason reimagines beloved Disney tunes with the signature complex harmonies and syncopated rhythms of jazz, bridging nostalgic melodies with an evocative, contemporary twist. Starts Sunday, at 2 p.m. 6200 E. Atherton St., Long Beach. carpenterarts.org

Photo credit: Sinners Y Santos Interior by Michael Kleinberg, Shaq provided by Shaqtoberfest.com Gustavo Dudamel provided by LA PHIl. Niku X by 22 Black Box. All other images are courtesy of the venues and businesses featured.

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