Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for Halloween weekend

West Hollywood Halloween Costume Carnaval

Oct. 31. L.A. County’s biggest Halloween event—and one of its biggest annual events, period—is this costume bash in WeHo; live music and entertainment. 6–11 pm. Admission free. Santa Monica Boulevard between La Cienega and Robertson boulevards, West Hollywood, 323.848.6400. www.westhollywoodhalloween.com

muse-costume-ballMuse Costume Ball

Oct. 29. LACMA’s Muse Costume Ball features performances by Killsonic, Jeremiah Red, and Sneaky Nietzsche, and environments created by Sypher Art Studios. Dress to impress in your funerary best or a costume of your choice, as you embark on a night full of art, music, dancing, and, the annual costume contest. Prizes will be awarded to the best Tim Burton character, best movie monster, and most creative. Tim Burton exhibition is also open late, so come by for a final viewing before it expires forever Nov. 1. 8:30 p.m. $100/$75 MUSE members. LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.857.6010. lacma.org

dead-celebritiesDead Celebrities Halloween Costume Ball

Oct. 29. Find two floors of a maze-like atmosphere with hundreds of celebrity wax figures, along with hundreds of costume clad party-goers dressed as their favorite dead (or still living) celebrities. Ball also features an all-star DJ lineup, open bar, three dance floors and buffet. Madame Tussauds Hollywood, 6933 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. www.deadcelebritieshalloween.com

cabinet-dr-caligariThe Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

Oct. 30. Organ virtuoso Clark Wilson will improvise an appropriately atmospheric sound track on Walt Disney Concert Hall’s magnificent pipe organ for this groundbreaking 1920 silent film, one of the earliest, most influential and artistically acclaimed films in the German Expressionist genre, directed by Robert Wiene. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 South Grand Ave., downtown, 323.850.2000. laphil.com

halloween-the-groveHalloween at The Grove

Oct. 30. Create Halloween crafts, decorate your own pumpkin, take a spooky photo, make a ghoulish cookie, listen to live music, enjoy storytime with children’s author Guy Vasilovich, trick-or-treat and more. 2-5 p.m. 3rd Street and Fairfax Avenue, L.A., 323.900.8080. www.thegrovela.com

long-beach-zombie-walkLong Beach Zombie Walk

Oct. 29. Sport your inner ghoul for a night of creepy fun that includes a mass dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and one of the largest zombie walks the world has ever seen. Day-long street fest also includes music, film, food, drinks, vendors and art. Dead Man’s after-party follows the walk. Promenade Ave., Long Beach. zombiewalklb.com

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Through Oct. 31. It’s your last chance to see the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s exploration of the Burbank-born director’s creative work in film and beyond. More than 700 pieces, including drawings, paintings, photographs and costumes, showcase Burton’s inspiration from pop culture, fairy tales and gothic traditions. LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., 323.857.6000 lacma.org

green-festivalGreen Festival

Oct. 29-30. Take part in the nation’s largest, most trusted green living event. Meet and hear renowned authors and visionaries. Participate in DIY workshops. Enjoy films, fun kid’s activities, organic vegan and vegetarian cuisine, local beer & wine, music & art and a diverse marketplace of green businesses & organizations. $10. Los Angeles Convention Center, South Hall G, 1201 South Figueroa St., downtown. www.greenfestivals.org

sytycd-nokia-theatreSo You Think You Can Dance Tour

Oct. 29. See finalists from So You Think You Can Dance season eight performing the most popular routines as well as original pieces created specifically for the nationwide tour. From one of the show’s most explosive collection of dancers, the season 8 tour line-up includes the following top 10 finalists: Caitlynn, Clarice, Jess, Jordan, Marko, Melanie, Mitchell, Ricky, Sasha and Tadd. Nokia Theatre, LA Live, 777 Chick Hearn Court, downtown. bit.ly/qu5u4W

EAT | Drink
rays-stark-barHalloween at Ray’s & Stark Bar

Oct. 29-31. Whether you’re going to the Dead Man’s Ball or catching the last few days of the Tim Burton exhibition, Ray’s & Stark Bar is your go-to destination for those celebrating ghosts, goblins and goons this weekend. Dine on a three-course prix fixe menu by executive chef Kris Morningstar, featuring items such as jack-o’-lantern soup with ricotta toast and sage-pumpkin seed pesto, entrée choices that include “Meat and Bones” hanger steak, bone marrow, and green pomme puree. For cocktailing revelers, Stark Bar has created the Apple Jackerac—a twist on the classic Sazerac, overflowing with fall flavors such as apple brandy, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, and star anise. Ray’s & Stark, LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. www.raysandstarkbar.com

fig-and-olive-figsNational Fig Week Tasting Menu

Nov. 1-3. Get figgy with Fig & Olive Melrose Place as they celebrate Nation Fig Week with a special three course fig tasting menu. You can select from seasonally-inspired fig dishes at the restaurant including a warm goat cheese in fig leaf, roasted veal tenderloin with fig chutney, Fig & Olive tajine and more. Fig & Olive Melrose Place, 8490 Melrose Place, West Hollywood, 310.360.9100. www.figandolive.com

locanda-del-lago-pumpkin-pie-martiniHalloween at LOCANDA DEL LAGO

Oct. 28-31. Get in the Halloween spirit northern Italian-stye. During the weekend leading up to Halloween Locanda del Lago dealifies a special selection of Halloween treats that includes their pumpkin pie cocktail, bloody Mary, roasted bone marrow, beef tongue, pumpkin ravioli and more. Just mention the secret password: “Hal-LAGO-ween.” Locanda del Lago, 231 Arizona Ave., Santa Monica, 310.451.3525. www.lagosantamonica.com

crab-fest-chaya-veniceDUNGENESS CRAB FEST

Through Nov. 6. Indulge in dungeness crab season at Chaya Venice, which offers a nightly sea of crab-centric dishes. The menu takes inspiration from Euro-Asian flavors while paying homage to the succulent crustacean and offers selections such as crab bisque “hot pot,” crab tamales, crab and asparagus risotto and more. Chaya Venice, 110 Navy St., Venice, 310.396.1179. www.thechaya.com/venice

kjazz-sunday-brunchKJAZZ Sunday Brunch

Sundays. Design the perfect omelette, sip free flowing mimosas and Champagne to the tune of some of LA’s best live jazz. $39.95/adults; $19.95/children. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Twist Restaurant, Renaissance Hollywood Hotel & Spa, 1755 N. Highland Ave, Hollywood, 323.856.1200. www.jazzandblues.org


Nosh on small bites and seasonal crafted cocktails to the tune of live music Friday evenings at this intimate Beverly Hills lounge. Chef Joseph Elevado offers a menu that includes seasonal oysters with sushi ginger ‘salsa’, pork belly sliders with tomato jam on a brioche bun, an assortment of fries (pickle, truffle, sweet potato) and more. Mixologist Stephanie Brown weaves the seasons into her cocktail menu, which features market fresh ingredients. Highlights include The Bitter Truth (elderflower liqueur, grapefruit, grapefruit bitters and champagne) and Love For Sale (Brokers gin, blackberry liqueur, vermouth, Peychaud’s bitters). 9291 Burton Way, Beverly Hills, 310.278.3344. www.lermitagebh.com


Throughout the month of October and in celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, stop by the Peninsula Beverly Hills for a speicial afternoon tea that offers a five-course menu of savory sandwiches, a glass of Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Rosé Champagne, a selection of pink-hued pastries and the hotel’s signature confection, and a Peninsula Page “Cap Cake.” Additionally, guests ordering the “Peninsula in Pink” Afternoon Tea will enjoy an especially sweet send-off: a $50 Tory Burch promotional card for shopping at any Tory Burch boutique. Peninsula Beverly Hills, 9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.975.2736. www.peninsula.com/Beverly_Hills


Oct. 28-Nov. 20. Meet the Crooning Crabcakes, the boy group banned from performing at the prom, which made it possible for the The Marvelous Wonderettes to perform there. Now, in the era before “American Idol” and “Star Search,” the guys get one more chance at fame and fortune as Denny and his friend Eugene form a singing group so they can enter and win the local radio contest. La Mirada Theatre, 14900 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada, 562.944.9801. www.lamiradatheatre.com

next-fallNEXT FALL

Through Dec. 4. Opposing views on faith and family collide in this critically acclaimed play that exposes a fundamental truth: that we love people because of—and in spite of—who they are. The show makes its West Coast debut, with the Broadway production’s original director, Sheryl Kaller. Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454. GeffenPlayhouse.com

edith-headA Conversation With Edith Head

Oct. 28-Nov. 13. Edith Head was, and is still famous for making Hollywood’s golden age of actors look good. She was also known for her own snippy “Edithisms” such as “I hate modesty, don’t you?” and “Good clothes are not a matter of good luck.” Based on “Edith Head’s Hollywood” by Edith Head & Paddy Calistro, the one-woman-show starring Susan Claassen features behind-the-scenes stories about Hollywood’s greatest stars from Hollywood’s legendary costume designer, in her own words. The Odyssey Theatre, 2055 South Sepulveda Blvd., L.A., 310.477.2055. www.odysseytheatre.com

twelfth-nightTwelfth Night, Or What You Will

Oct. 29-Dec. 16. A Noise Within christens its new and permanent Pasadena home with one of the Bard’s most beloved comedies. Set in Cuba by director Julia Rodriguez-Elliott, this uproarious bacchanal will sizzle with a decidedly hot, Latin breeze, as plucky Viola, incorrigible Sir Tony Belch and a parade of unforgettable characters burn the midnight oil on a guest for belly-laughs, delicious revenge, and true love’s calling. 3352 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, 626.356.3100. anoisewithin.org

come-fly-awayCOME FLY AWAY

Through Nov. 6. Broadway musical brings together the legendary vocals of Frank Sinatra and the creative vision of Tony Award-winner Twyla Tharp. as 14 of the world’s best dancers tell the story of four couples falling in and out of love. You will experience the exhilaration of a first kiss, the excitement of a first dance, and the bittersweet moments of a first good-bye in a world of sparkling romance and astonishing beauty. COME FLY AWAY features a host of beloved Sinatra classics, including “Fly Me to the Moon,” “My Way,” “New York, New York” and “Witchcraft.” Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770. www.broadwayla.org

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