Oct 252018
 

Tess Parks- Life After Youth

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (10/25-10/28/18)-

Thursday

Kitten are playing at the Bootleg Theater with Blame Candy and New Dialogue opening

Artist Rodney McMillian will be discussing some of the works in Hammer Museum’s Adrian Piper exhibition for their Artist Dialogues series

ESG are playing at The Regent Theater with Alice Bag and L.A. Qoolside opening

MOCA Curatorial Assistant Rebecca Lowery is leading a walkthrough of One Day at a Time: Manny Farber and Termite Art at their Grand Avenue location (free)

Shana Nys Dambrot will be speaking with artist Robbie Conal at gallery Track 16 (free but RSVP)

Celebrate Halloween in Little Tokyo tonight with a free outdoor screening of Godzilla (1954)

Cypress Hill are playing at the El Rey Theatre

Ex-Cult are playing with Die Group and Enemy opening at the Moroccan Lounge

 

Friday

Tess Parks is playing at Zebulon with Cosmonauts and Entrance

It’s week two of the free Friday performances celebrating the Triforium downtown. This week YACHT will play a DJ set and there will be performances by Julianna Barwick, the LA Opera, and Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs

The Other Art Fair, presented by Saatchi Art, is at a new location- the Barkar Hangar in Santa Monica- and runs through Sunday ($15)

Fashion designer Jason Wu will be speaking at LACMA with senior curator of costume and textiles Sharon Takeda ($10)

Exploded View and Exek are playing at The Echo

 

Saturday

The Día de Los Muertos celebration returns to takeover Hollywood Forever Cemetery with live music, dance performances, altar pieces, face painting, food, a marketplace and more ($25)

Grand Park is hosting Noche de Ofrenda (Night of Altars/ Offerings) with Self Help Graphics and Art & Lore Media and Art, a night honoring the deceased. The event begins with the unveiling of the park’s Día de Los Muertos altars, and continues with music and dance performances, and more (free)

Seu Jorge is performing The Life Aquatic- A Tribute to David Bowie at The Luckman Fine Arts Complex

Black Moth Super Rainbow are playing at Lodge Room with The Stargazer Lilies and Air Credits

The Red Pears are playing at the El Rey Theatre with Jurassic Shark, Spendtime Palace and a DJ set by Sister Mantos

KCRW is hosting Masquerade, a Halloween party at the Historic Los Angeles Theatre, with DJ sets by Santigold, DaM-FunK, and Brothers Griiin, performances by Cherry Glazerr, White Denim, Wajatta, Shannon Shaw and Lucent Dossier Experience, a costume contest and more

Superet are playing with Midnight Sister and special guests for a free Halloween Party at Bootleg Theater

 

Sunday

Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas is playing at The Hollywood Bowl with Danny Elfman (Jack) and Catherine O’Hara (Sally) performing live along with a live orchestra. Tonight is the only show not sold out (yet)

Aero Theatre is showing Boris Karloff’s Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein

Y La Bamba is performing at Lodge Room with Kera opening

Celebrate Día de Los Muertos on Olvera Street with altars and a nightly procession at 7pm (running 10/25- 11/2)

The Luxembourg Signal are opening for The Ocean Blue at the Echoplex

Busdriver is performing at Zebulon with Deantoni Parks and Matthewdavid

Oct 282016
 

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Los Angeles is a great place to celebrate Halloween and with so many things to do it can get hard to choose. Here are some suggestions:

Friday (10/28/16)

It’s sold out on Saturday and Sunday but there are tickets available tonight to see Danny Elfman perform as Jack Skellington, Catherine O’Hara as Sally, Ken Page as Oogie Boogie, and Paul Reubens as Lock while a live orchestra plays in sync with the film for Halloween at the Hollywood Bowl: “Tim Burton’s A Nightmare Before Christmas”

L.A. Girlfriend along with Nicky Blitz and Disco Shrine are playing The Goth Ball at Resident where costumes are encouraged

LACMA is screening Pan’s Labyrinth in conjunction with their exhibit Guillermo del Toro: at Home with Monsters

Saturday

The Santa Monica Zombie Crawl starts at 6pm and has food and drink specials all night as well as an after party ($12 for the wristband)

Villains Tavern in the Arts District is having a free Halloween bash with Rumprollers Organ Trio and a traditional NOLA jazz band

The Boulet Brothers 16th Annual Halloween Ball is at The Globe Theater which will be turned into a night club/haunted mansion. The party includes three floors of DJs, “interactive horror areas”, carnival games, performances and more, with Clive Barker and Drag Race star Violet Chachki in attendance for a meet and greet  ($30)

Cinefamily is showing Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie

Sunday

Cinefamily has two showings of the 1959 Vincent Price film The Tingler with their seats wired to simulate the effect used at the original film’s screening which had seats equipped with buzzer shocks for certain key moments in the film

cARTel Collaborative Arts LA is hosting SpiritSpirit: a cocktail and ghost story pairing at Think Tank Gallery with performances, music, a DJ, craft cocktails, “Summon the Spirits” immersive game, and one prize each for the best dressed- theme and non-theme ($15) . You can also combine it with Think Tank’s escape room and get $5 off with code SPIRITX2

All weekend and Halloween

The theme for this year’s free Haunted House presented by Rotten Apple 907 in Burbank is The Not So Enchanted Forest. Although it is free to go, donations are requested- this year’s charity is VBAS (Volunteers of Burbank Animal Shelter)

The Los Angeles Haunted Hayride in Griffith Park has a “Secret Society” theme this year and for the first time ever passengers will leave the safety of the hay wagon for a section of the trip. There is also a haunted suburb to go trick or treating in, a haunted maze, and more.

Think Tank Gallery is hosting Trap House-a combination art show/ escape room running all day and night. The sci fi/ horror themed art show is free. The escape room is a ticketed half hour experience with a human trafficking and organ harvesting theme.

If you missed The Nightmare Before Christmas at the Hollywood Bowl you could see it in 4D at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood

Halloween (Monday)

The biggest event in the city has to be the West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval– a massive free street party (500,000 people!) on Santa Monica Blvd.  with multiple music stages and a chance to see some of the most creative costumes around.  Palihouse nearby has tickets for their rooftop party ($20) and there are also additional parties at several places in the area. Definitely don’t drive there though- it gets pretty hectic!

Organ virtuoso Clark Wilson is improvising a soundtrack for a screening of the classic silent film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari at the Walt Disney Concert Hall

LA Opera’s incoming Artist in Residence, Matthew Aucoin will create and conduct a new score for chamber orchestra for the film Nosferatu at The Theatre at Ace Hotel

LACMA is showing The Bride of Frankenstein with extended access to the Guillermo de Toro (5-8pm) included in the ticket price ($15-20)

 

 

Oct 312015
 

Thinking of staying in this Halloween? You can still enjoy the spirit of Halloween from the comfort of your home, courtesy of two films currently streaming on Netflix.

The first, The American Scream, is the story of three families in Fairhaven, Massachussetts and their personal quests to turn their homes into Halloween haunted houses. The perfectionism and creativity of the attraction creators combined with the support and help of their families, make for an incredibly touching film with plenty of humor mixed in. It’s also a portrait of the community, and it’s a joy to see people come out in large numbers to see the finished work on Halloween.

Part love story, part vampire film, part Western, Ana Lily Amirpour’s debut feature, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, takes place in the fictional, often seemingly deserted Bad City in Iran (it was shot in California). With its ghostly oil rigs and a mysterious pit full of dead bodies, it’s also a place with a lot of bad things going on beyond just the local vampire. The Girl spends her nights wandering around town doling out justice and interacting with the troubled locals. One night she ends up making a connection with a young gardener who has done some bad things himself. Although less a traditional horror movie and more a surreal look at isolation and loneliness with horror themes, it is also beautifully shot with a great soundtrack.