Oct 282017
 

Today in Los Angeles celebrate Día de Los Muertos at the huge Hollywood Forever celebration which will have ceremonial altars, theatrical performances, Aztec Ritual Dancers, face painting, food trucks, a marketplace,  music that includes Aterciopelados, Cuco, Ximena Sariñana, Very Be Careful, La Chamba, and more.  Get there early, it gets very crowded.

You can also celebrate the holiday in Grand Park- the altars will remain set up until 11/5, but tonight is Noche de Ofrenda, which will feature traditional dance and prayer led by the local indigenous community, as well as Los Angeles-based poets and musicians.

 

Oct 262017
 

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Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (10/26-10/29/17)-

Thursday

Coaxials Arts and Cathode Cinema are hosting the Super Spooktacular Halloween Show– with “spooky and weird” films, live performances and more

The Greek Theatre is showing Shaun of the Dead, with all attendees getting a free t-shirt (while they last)

The Blank Tapes are opening for Delicate Steve at the Moroccan Lounge plus King Tuff are playing a DJ set

Busdriver is playing with jazz ensemble The Underground Railroad at Zebulon

Friday

FIGat7th is having an all day (til 8pm) Day of the Dead Celebration, with sugar skull face painting, tequila tasting, and live DJs

For The Charlie Factory at The Standard Downtown LA, artist Charlie le Mindu is hosting a series of nights with different performers- tonight it is Peaches and Black Cracker

Rozwell Kid and Mylets are opening for The World is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die at The Echo

Miss Kittin, Keoki and more are playing Sex Cells’ night at Resident

Thievery Corporation are playing at the Hollywood Palladium

Saturday

For the 18th Annual Dia de los Muertos Festival at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, there will be face painting, altars, a market, food, and performances by musicians Aterciopelados, Cuco, Ximena Sariñana, Very Be Careful and La Chamba

Grand Park begins it’s Día de los Muertos celebrations this evening with Noche de Ofrenda, a celebration that includes traditional dance and prayer led by the local indigenous community, as well as Los Angeles-based poets and musicians (altars are up through Nov 5)

Roky Erickson is playing at The Roxy with Death Valley Girls opening

For The Charlie Factory at The Standard Downtown LA, artist Charlie le Mindu is hosting a series of nights with different performers- tonight it is Kembra Pfahler from The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black

Broken Social Scene are playing at The Wiltern with The Belle Game opening

Saturday and Sunday

The Growlers are hosting a music festival at the LA Waterfront in San Pedro with a huge list of great performers including-Beach Fossils, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Girl Talk, Danny Brown, Dan Auerbach, La Luz, Rostam, Frankie Cosmos, Beth Ditto, Butthole Surfers, and many more

Heritage Square Museum is hosting Halloween & Mourning Tours where you can learn about death and mourning etiquette during the Victorian era

Sunday

LACMA is hosting Veterans in the Arts and Humanities Day: Celebration and Film Screening– with short films, a Q & A with veteran filmmakers, and a reception to follow (free)

It’s the last day of Stan Lee’s Comic Con at the LA Convention Center (runs from Friday)

Slowdive are playing at The Wiltern with Cherry Glazerr opening

Livingmore are playing with Nightgown, Rival Cavves, and Ever So Android at The Echo

For The Charlie Factory at The Standard Downtown LA, artist Charlie le Mindu is hosting a series of nights with different performers- tonight it is Ssion and Princess Vitarah

 

Oct 282016
 

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Here are some of the things to do to celebrate Día de los Muertos/ Day of the Dead in and around Los Angeles-

Saturday (10/29)

One of the biggest Día de los Muertos celebrations in Los Angeles is at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. For its 17th Annual event the theme is The Tree of Life. This year the featured performer is Julieta Venegas, and there are numerous music and dance performances on the various stages around the cemetery, as well as altars, an art exhibition, local food and arts and crafts vendors and more. ($20)

Sunday (10/30)

MOLAA (Museum of Latin American Art)  in Long Beach is having an all day festival including a Day of the Dead procession, live music and performances, sugar skull decorating, face painting and more. You can also check out the Museum’s Day of the Dead art and altars exhibit. (free)

San Pedro is having a big Day of the Dead festival with live entertainment, food, an altar competition and more

Downey is having its 4th Annual Día de los Muertos Art Festival. Along with several dance performances, musical performances, two film screenings Macario and Book of Life, an altar contest, an exhibition with local artists and more plus free admission and parking

As part of Pasadena’s Day of the Dead celebrations they are having a free screening of Book of Life at One Colorado

Through November 2

Día de los Muertos events are occurring all week on Olvera Street– with community altars on display, performances, face painting and more

November 2

Self Help Graphics and Art is hosting a free Día de los Muertos party in Boyle Heights with Alice Bag among the musical guests performing, food and craft vendors, face painting, children’s workshops and a traditional ceremonial blessing

Through November 6

Grand Park’s Downtown Día de los Muertos Altars and Art Exhibition spans the park with many creative altars, some traditional and some more contemporary. There is a community altar created by Ofelia Esparza and there are lunchtime tours running through 11/5 with some of the artists.

Oct 242015
 

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Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos in Los Angeles

Here are some suggestions for celebrating:

Oct.24th- Día de Los Muertos at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery– The theme this year is Shamanic Visions of the Huichol. Lila Downs is one of the musical performers this year and there are altars, art exhibits, theatrical performances, face painting and of course food and drink. This celebration gets pretty busy as the day goes on so go early for the full experience. ($20)

Grand Park will have altars set up throughout the park from Oct. 24-Nov. 2, with events on the 24th

Famous Olvera Street downtown will also have events and altars from the Oct. 24th through Nov. 2, with a Novenario Procession nightly

Fig at 7th is having a free all day event on Friday Oct.30th for Day of the Dead which includes Sugar Skull Face Painting, Tequila Tasting, and music from KCRW DJ Raul Campos

Live music, altars, dance performances, art exhibitions and more are all part of Downey’s free Dia de los Muertos Art Festival on Nov. 1

Oct 222015
 

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Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (10/22-10/25/15)-

Thursday

Slothrust is opening for Heartless Bastards at the Fonda Theatre- http://www.goldenvoice.com/#/event/278599

LACMA is hosting Digital Memory and Memorials, a talk with artists Gabriel Barcia-Colombo, Joseph DeLappe and scholar Marita Sturken (free but standby only)- http://www.lacma.org/event/digital-memory-and-memorials

YACHT are performing at the Teragram Ballroom- http://www.teragramballroom.com/event/927083-yacht-los-angeles

John Fleck: Blacktop Highway begins at REDCAT- a one man show with horror themes, just in time for Halloween (running through Sunday)- http://www.redcat.org/event/john-fleck-blacktop-highway

Friday

Brooklyn band Small Black is playing at the Roxy with Painted Palms- http://www.theroxy.com/event/913931-small-black-west-hollywood/

You can watch Guardians of the Galaxy and get some fresh ocean air at the Santa Monica Pier (free)- https://www.facebook.com/events/1489885368002360

Candis Cayne is hosting Le Bal: A One Night Only Drag Extravaganza at the Ace Hotel- http://www.acehotel.com/calendar/losangeles/le-bal

Saturday

Día de Los Muertos at Hollywood Forever claims to be the biggest in the country. This year Lila Downs is headlining, and there will be dance performances, art shows and altars as well as food and drink all around the cemetery to celebrate ($20)-  http://www.ladayofthedead.com/

Grand Ave Arts All Access has several events going on from 10am-5pm including a working orchestra rehearsal of LA Opera’s production of the new opera Moby-Dick, architectural tours of the Broad Museum, free entrance to MOCA  and more- http://grandavearts.tumblr.com/

If you are downtown you can also attend the free Sixth Street Bridge Farewell Festival and Concert with performances by War, Aloe Blacc, and others and a fireworks show at the end to say goodbye to the iconic bridge that will soon be demolished- https://www.facebook.com/events/923096777770808/

Dimond Saints are playing at the El Rey Theatre- http://www.theelrey.com/events/detail/281565

Hammer Museum is having Hammer Bash to celebrate the opening of two new exhibitions of work by Frances Stark and Lawren Harris. DJs, drinks and food from 8-10 (free)- http://hammer.ucla.edu/hammerbash/

Saturday and Sunday

The Observatory in Santa Ana is hosting the awesome 2-day event Beach Goth 4– bands include The Growlers, Grimes, Die Antwoord, Juicy J, The Drums, FIDLAR, DIIV, Cherry Glazerr, Warpaint, and many, many, more ($100 for both days)- http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/beach-goth-4

Luna are playing at the Teregram Ballroom with Quilt. For Sunday’s show the band will be the performing album Penthouse in its entirety- http://www.teragramballroom.com/event/851763-luna-los-angeles

Sunday

LACMA is having a special screening of Claes Oldenburg’s “Possibly a Special on the Bag” which goes behind the making of his famous giant ice bag (free)-http://www.lacma.org/event/possibly-special-bag

Artist Frances Stark will discuss “the political subtext and artistry” of the film Casa de mi Padre starring Will Ferrell. He will be there along with the director, writer and producer “for a post-screening conversation about the distinctly unfunny
consequences of America’s appetite for drugs, including drug-related violence in Mexico”(free)- http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2015/10/casa-de-mi-padre/

Oct 302014
 

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Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (10/30-11/2) for Halloween and Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos)-

Thursday

Lucha VaVoom: Night of the Vampire– Mexican masked wrestling and burlesque with a Halloween theme- http://luchavavoom.com/

Thursday and Friday

It’s the last two days of the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride in Griffith Park which also includes a haunted house, maze and sideshow- http://www.losangeleshauntedhayride.com/#

The Mondrian Hotel is hosting Strange and Unusual: An Interactive Experience for the Recently Deceased- a Beetlejuice themed party complete with recreated sets from the film- https://nightout.com/events/strange-and-unusual-halloween-party-thursday-mondrian-la-los-angeles-2014/tickets#.VFKy3-dfnU4

Friday (Halloween)

The biggest event of the night is the West Hollywood Annual Halloween Carnival– over 500,000 people are expected to attend- http://www.weho.org/Home/Components/News/News/2832/23

At Crawloween, an event sponsored by ACME Hospitality group, all five of their downtown bars Library Bar, Sixth Street Tavern, Beelman’s Pub, Spring St. Bar and King Eddy Saloon are having differently themed parties, candy and $4 cocktails (including one called the Skullsplitter, a hangover predictor if ever there was one)- https://t.e2ma.net/message/xsqtq/d13p8b

Cinefamily is hosting a “Childhood Haunts” Halloween party with scary video compilations, a midnight ghost story, drinks, dancing and more- http://www.cinefamily.org/films/spectrefest-2014/#childhood-haunts-halloween-party

LACMA Costume Ball: The Living Museum where people dress as works of art and enjoy DJs, food and drink, late night gallery walks and live horror installations- http://www.lacma.org/event/costume-ball

Friday and Saturday

Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton is at the Nokia Theater- http://www.nokiatheatrelalive.com/events/detail/danny-elfmans-music-from-the-films-of-tim-burton-3

Saturday

Día de Los Muertos at Hollywood Forever Cemetery is Los Angeles’ biggest Day of the Dead event and has altars, face painting, food and live entertainment including La Santa Cecilia- http://www.ladayofthedead.com/

Grand Park is having a Dia de Los Muertos party as well with music, altars, and dancers- http://grandparkla.org/ai1ec_event/downtown-dia-de-los-muertos-concert/

Thursday through Sunday

Dark Harbor on the Queen Mary in Long Beach has mazes, monsters, rides, live entertainment and of course food and drink- http://www.queenmary.com/events/dark-harbor/

Olvera Street has numerous Día de los Muertos events- http://www.olvera-street.com/Calendar/Day-of-the-Dead-Event/day-of-the-dead-event.html

The Purge:Breakout requires you and your group to solve puzzles and clues to escape or be purged- http://purgebreakout.ticketleap.com/purgehalloween/

Alone: An Existential Haunting is not the usual haunted house experience- it describes itself as a “site-specific, immersive and artistic exploration of fear, loneliness and self preservation” which you must go through, you guessed it- alone- http://www.thealoneexperience.com/about/

Also-through November 8th at the Mountainview Mausoleum and Cemetery in Altadena, Unbound Productions presents Wicked Lit- classic horror literature is transformed into an immersive theater experience  – http://unboundproductions.org/wicked-lit/

Nov 012013
 

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(photo above of Dia de Los Muertos @ Hollywood Forever- 2012)

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend-

Also, the following museums are free all weekend with a Bank America card: LACMA, Hammer, Skirball Cultural Center, Discovery Science Center, and Autry National Center.