Oct 242015
 

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Halloween is a big deal in Los Angeles with tons of fun things to do. Here are a few suggestions-

Haunted Attractions

Running until Halloween is the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride in Griffith Park. It has five attractions this year including a maze, the House of Shadows, and a Trick or Treat “experience” ($30 for the hayride or $43 for all attractions)

Dark Harbor on the Queen Mary provides haunted horror with monsters and mazes on the boat until Nov. 1st ($20 for “happy haunting hour” or $24 and up depending on extras)

A unique take on being scared is The Alone Experience. After signing a waiver that says you can get wet, be touched, painted on- you are immersed in a 45 minute walk through (and at times crawl through) alone. This review will give you more of an idea of what the experience is like. Running through Nov.1st. ($50)

If women’s issues frighten you there is KillJoy’s Kastle: A Lesbian Feminist Haunted House based on the Christian hell house.  An un-dead Valerie Solanas splits you into groups and gives an introduction to what you are in for followed by a feminist zombie folk sing-a-long in the courtyard. Afterwards a crazed women’s studies major leads you on a tour through various rooms filled with “gender-queer apparitions, ball-busting butches, and never-married, happy-as-hell spinsters” among many other frights.  Get there by 8:30pm to guarantee entrance. It runs from Oct.23-25, and Oct. 28-30 (free)

The amusement parks also have Halloween themes –Knott’s Scary Farm, Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights and Six Flags Fright Fest will all work hard to scare you.

Horror Movies

Electric Dusk Drive-In is showing Rosemary’s Baby on Oct. 24th ($9 for astroturf, $13 for your car)

Starting Tuesday (10/27) on the roof of the Montalban Theater in Hollywood Rooftop Film Club is showing movies with a horror theme including The Thing, Nightmare on Elm Street, Psycho, Friday the 13th and on Halloween, Beetlejuice ($17)

The Wiltern is showing An American Werewolf in London, The Cabin in the Woods, The Descent and Demons for their pre-Halloween bash, Wiltern Night of Horror. There will also be a costume contest and dance party. ($30)

Oct.30th the New Beverly Cinema has a horror triple feature- Curse of the Demon (1957), Carnival of Souls (1962), and Night of the Living Dead (1968) all for $8

On Halloween (10/31)

West Hollywood’s Halloween Carnaval is a huge free event with a large part of Santa Monica Blvd closed to traffic for costumed chaos. This year’s theme is the Rocky Horror Picture Show. There are also six stages of live music and entertainment if the bars and people watching are not enough.

Street Food Cinema is showing Shaun of the Dead at Exposition Park

The Aero Theater in Santa Monica is showing The Shining

Cinespia is showing The Rocky Horror Picture Show at Hollywood Forever Cemetery ($25)

El Capitan is showing The Nightmare Before Christmas in 4D (it’s pretty magical when it snows in the theater) through Nov 1

One of the more expensive options is Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas Live with Danny Elfman at the Hollywood Bowl. Elfman is playing with the orchestra as the film is shown and the Bowl will be decorated like Halloween Town (as of this writing cheapest tickets available were $80)

The Center for the Arts Eagle Rock is having a Haunted House in a former library with local high school students doing the scaring ($10)

The Well is hosting a Halloween party at the Figueroa Hotel with a long list of musical performers on 3 stages ($40)

The Ace Hotel Downtown is having a Black & White Ball for Halloween with DJs Daniel T, Peanut Butter Wolf, And Vitto and Druzzi. Tarot readings, aura photography and more. Black and white attire required. ($25)

Jul 022015
 

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Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (7/2-7/5)-

Thursday

The Craft and Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) is hosting a craft night with mural/graffiti artist Man One– $8 includes supplies, drinks and snacks- http://www.eventbrite.com/e/craft-night-at-cafam-canvas-art-with-man-one-tickets-17283515460

Smokey Robinson is at the Hollywood Bowl for three nights with fireworks but tonight has the best seat availability- http://www.hollywoodbowl.com/tickets/july-4th-fireworks-spectacular-smokey-robinson/2015-07-02

Friday

The 90′s are back at the Greek Theatre with Blackstreet, Ginuwine, Tony!ToniTone!, SWV and Troop performing- http://www.greektheatrela.com/events/event_details.php?id=3060

Television is playing the Teregram Ballroom- http://www.teragramballroom.com/event/872917-television-los-angeles/

Friday and Saturday

Fireworks are on at Dodger Stadium today and on the 4th- the Dodgers are playing the Mets both nights- http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com/ticketing/singlegame.jsp?c_id=la

Saturday (July 4th)

Looking for somewhere to see fireworks for free? Grand Park is having a block party with DJs and perfomances- you can bring your own picnic but NO beverages of any kind, it is an alcohol free event- http://grandparkla.org/event/4th-of-july-block-party/?instance_id=33055

If you want to celebrate the 4th with beer and BBQ- Angel City Brewery is having ‘Merica Fest which will include games and live music- you could check it out before heading to see the fireworks in Grand Park- http://angelcitybrewery.com/events/merica-fest-2015/

The Queen Mary in Long Beach has a fireworks event on the ship that includes a vintage traveling circus and carnival ($44) with a VIP option($99) that adds “the ‘20s Gatsby Deck, hush hush ‘30s Speak Easy, and 2-steppin’ 2000s Country Deck with premium firework viewing”- http://www.queenmary.com/events/july-fourth/

KCHUNG Radio is having a BBQ/ performance at pehrspace- https://www.facebook.com/events/1072758266072274/

The park at the Los Angeles Coliseum is having free fireworks, as well as games, rides, and music – http://www.lacoliseum.com/index.php/event/4th-of-july-extravaganza/

Sunday

The Regent Theater is having a boozy brunch bingo Sunday Funday with prizes including concert tickets- $25 (or 2 for $40) gets you bottomless mimosas, a brunch item and a cookie- and you can check out the Rock N Roll Flea Market as well;- http://www.theregenttheater.com/event/894431-sunday-funday-boozy-brunch-los-angeles/

The Appleseed Cast are playing at the Echo- http://www.theecho.com/event/847405-appleseed-cast-los-angeles/

All weekend-

Anime Expo is at the Los Angeles Convention Center- http://www.anime-expo.org/

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/