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Weekend roundup

October 8-11


Mr. Jack O’Lanterns Pumpkin Patch

Oct. 10-11. Grab your kiddos and stop by the Original Farmers Market’s pumpkin patch, hosted by Mr. Jack O’Lanterns Pumpkins, to find the perfect pumpkins (big or small!) for decorating or carving jack o’lanterns at home. There will be crowd control to allow 6 feet physical distancing along with mask-wearing guidelines. For a donation of $5 or more, families receive a take-home pumpkin-decorating kit with craft supplies and mini pumpkin—all proceeds go to the Salvation Army COVID-19 relief fund, benefiting families in the L.A. area. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 6333 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.933.9211. farmersmarketla.com

Spooky Drive-In Movies

Begins Oct. 11. Have a frightfully good time at the historic Hollywood Roosevelt’s first ever drive-in movie theatre with a Spooky Sunday’s theme throughout the month. Stop by the Stella Artois Airstream concession stand to fulfill the movie night munchies with a full bar and menu. This Sunday kick things off with a showing of Beetlejuice. Following Sundays have double features of Ghostbusters and The Exorcist (Oct. 18), and The Addams Family and Halloween II (Oct. 25). $55 GA per car, $75 VIP per car. 7000 Hollywood Blvd., L.A., 323.856.1970. thehollywoodroosevelt.com | Tickets

Screamfest Drive-In

Through Oct. 15. Get your goosebumps going during the 20th annual Screamfest—the largest and longest running horror film festival in the United States! Considered the “Sundance of Horror,” the festival premieres and showcases new work from American and international independent horror filmmakers, which fans can watch from the safety of their cars this year. See website for full schedule and tickets. Regency Theatres | The Plant Drive-In, 7876 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys, 310.358.3273. screamfestla.com

Grand Central Comedy

Ongoing. Los Angeles’ famed food hall presents a new weekly series, Grand Central Comedy, Wednesday through Saturday evenings featuring a roster of well-known local talent, emerging acts and surprise appearances from some of the most iconic names in comedy. Crafted in collaboration with Jeff “Heavvy” Danson, Chris Burns, Sarah Mello, The Comedy Roof and Don’t Tell Comedy, the weekly shows take place on the iconic building’s rooftop offering unparalleled views of Downtown L.A.’s skyline not often available to the public. $30-$35. 317 S. Broadway, L.A. Info

Food + Drink

Mora Rooftop at Comoncy 

Opens Oct. 8. Looking for a new rooftop stop to make your go-to? The beloved Encino restaurant welcomes fans of Italian cuisine to its second location—an intimate rooftop eatery on the corner of West 3rd Street and La Jolla Avenue with outdoor-only seating. Under the culinary direction of executive chef Mindy Oh—who also presides over the Encino location—the menu showcases the same quality-driven staples with seasonal specials rotating throughout the year. W-Su 5:30-9:30 p.m. 8201 W. 3rd St., L.A., 213.588.0225. moraitaliano.com

“Dinner at Home”

Oct. 10. The Billy Harris Dinner Series presents this virtual dine-from-home event and multi-course dinner from chef Jason Neroni (pictured) of the Rose Venice, benefitting the Careers Through Culinary Arts Program, Los Angeles. Highlights include dessert from pastry chef Duff Goldman (Food Network’s Ace of Cakes), an online appearance from acclaimed chef Marcus Samuelsson, and a special musical performance by the award-winning Vonda Shepard. Pick-up from 2-4 p.m., virtual event 6:30-8:30 p.m. $195 per person; minimum order of two tickets. 220 Rose Ave., Venice, 310.399.0711. Tickets

Bob’s Well Bread Bakery in Ballard

Now Open. Start your mornings off right with handmade bakery goods and café selections at the newest location of the award-winning Bob’s Well Bread Bakery. Locals can sit back and relax in the outdoor dining space while enjoying daily baked pastries or signature breakfast items such as Egg-In-A-Frame, gravlax platter, mushroom toast and raisin challah French toast. Swinging by in the afternoon? Lunch offerings include Reuben sandwich, seasonal vegetarian ficelle and the Well Bread BLT tartin. Th-M 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 2449 Baseline Ave., Suite 101, Ballard, 805.691.9549. bobswellbread.com

Arts + Culture

Chinese Garden Expansion 

Opens Oct. 9. Stroll through the new areas of the expanded Chinese Garden at the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens! Now at 15 acres, Liu Fang Yuan is one of the largest classical-style Chinese gardens in the world and now includes winding pathways, intricate courtyards, and a stargazing tower. Reserve tickets online. W-M 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, 626.405.2100. huntington.org

Los Angeles Dance Festival: Weekend 2

Oct. 9-11. Immerse yourself in the world of contemporary dance during the annual L.A. Dance Festival. Co-produced with the Luckman Theater, this year’s virtual festival showcases 50 choreographers over a 4-week online series—at no cost. This second weekend features works by Versa-Style Dance Company; CyberYOGA; Luminario Ballet; X2DANCECOLLECTIVE; Mixed eMotion Theatrix; Danza Floricanto/USA; Seoul International Dance Festival in TANK: Kim Hyunsun, Kim Ok and Yoo Gawon; and many more. 6 p.m.-midnight. Free. ladancefest.org

DISRUPT the Fowler

Oct. 10. Change the way you view art and the world during this digital program hosted by Fowler Museum and DISRUPT, a UCLA student design organization that aims to establish inclusive spaces and create opportunities for students of all backgrounds. This program centers on photographer Denisse Ariana Pérez who’s work, such as the Men in Water series, addresses the fluidity of the masculine identity. 11 a.m.-noon. Free, RSVP required. fowler.ucla.edu

Style + Beauty

Tamara Mellon Mobile Store in Malibu

Through Oct. 12. Step up your shoe game at women’s luxury footwear brand Tamara Mellon’s mobile shoe closet in Malibu Village. The 26-foot open air truck displays each shoe style from floor to ceiling in sizes 35 to 42, allowing customers to discover and shop their size while being outdoors. Customers who want to visit should book an appointment slot on the website, as social distancing will be enforced and PPE will be provided. M-F 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sa-Su noon-6 p.m. 3836 Cross Creek Road, Malibu. tamaramellon.com

Photo credits: Pumpkins by Aaron Burden via Unsplash. Francisco Ramos at Grand Central Comedy by Andrew Max Levy (@justoffthesix). Mora Rooftop by Jim Sullivan. Jason Neroni courtesy Lawrence Moore & Associates Inc. Bob’s Well Bread Bakery by Ali Beck Photography. Chinese Garden by Beth Coller. “Men in Water 1” by Denisse Ariana Pérez. All other images are courtesy of the venues.

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