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20 Awesome Events in Los Angeles This (Halloween) Week

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Here are 20 of our favorite events happening in L.A. this Halloween week.


PAN’S LABYRINTH (Screening + conversation)
The Academy presents a screening of Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) as part of the “From Latin America to Hollywood” screening series on Monday at 7:30 p.m., followed by a conversation with the cast/crew of the film. Panelists include: producer Bertha Navarro, cinematographer Guillermo Navarro, and actors Doug Jones (“Fauno, Pale Man”) and Ivana Baquero (”Ofelia”). Tickets: $3-$5.

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GAIL SIMMONS (Book talk + bites)
Top Chef’s Gail Simmons is at Esters Wine Shop & Bar on Monday night from 7-9 p.m. for a cocktail party to celebrate her newest cookbook, Bringing It Home. The $95 event ticket includes a variety of bites inspired by the cookbook, prosecco and a signed copy of Simmons’ book.

The James Beard Foundation and Feastly team up for the first “JBF Goes Local” event on Monday from 7-10 p.m. as Chef Miles Thompson of Michael’s Santa Monica heads to Feastly Venice. The new series spotlights chefs from JBF’s Rising Star Chef of the Year Award semifinalists (and Thompson is a 2017 Rising Star Chef semifinalist). The night’s menu includes Matsutake Cake with Golden Brook trout roe, pickled sea beans and shiso; Dungeness Chawanmushi with uni, coconut and pickled ginger sprout; Japanese Sweet Potato with nori yogurt; Pork Collar Confit with broccoli, dates and sambal; and Honey Roasted Apple and sunchoke custard to finish. Wine pairings by Michael’s sommelier Roni Ginach are also available. Tickets: $100 per person, $50 for supplemental for wine pairings. Address to be provided after registration.

Dating is hard, but to help alleviate the pressure with a few laughs along the way is Tinder Live with Lane Moore, which stops at NerdMelt on Monday night at 8:30 p.m.. The interactive game/dating/advice show explores the crazy world of Tinder with helpful tips and tricks, real-time swiping and messaging. Who knows what may happen…Special guests Caitlin Stasey and Matt Braunger. Tickets: $10.



Learn a little history about Hollywood during the walking tour of Hollywood Forever Cemetery, led by L.A. film historian Karie Bible. (Image: Toto's cenotaph by Christine N. Ziemba)
Just before the Halloween festivities begin, film historian Karie Bible leads guests on the official walking tour of Hollywood Forever—aka “The Cemetery of the Stars”—on Tuesday at noon. She leads guests through the cemetery, pointing out graves of some of Hollywood's most famous, including Cecil B. Demille, Marion Davies, Tyrone Power, Rudolph Valentino, Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer, Judy Garland and others. She also discusses forgotten scandals of the era and sheds light on the history of the cemetery and its residents. Tours are $20 per person and lasts approximately 2-1/2 hours long. No advance reservations required. There are several other tours later this month (mostly Saturdays and Sundays) including this Saturday (Nov. 4) at 10 a.m.

West Hollywood’s Halloween Carnaval takes over Santa Monica Boulevard between North Doheny Drive and La Cienega Boulevard on Monday from 6-11 p.m. Keep the kids and pets at home for this free party because things tend to get a little bit naughty. After the live entertainment and people watching along the boulevard are done, the bars along Santa Monica Boulevard and in WeHo keep the party going well into the night. No backpacks, camera bags or totes allowed. Visitors are asked to carry items in clear plastic bags this year.

HelLA HORROR NIGHT (Film + fundraising)
There’s a benefit screening and fundraiser on Halloween at the Los Angeles Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles to benefit three nonprofits: The Rock Against MS Foundation, sCare Foundation and Fur & Feather Animal Sanctuary. There’s back-to-back screenings of John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978) and Rob Zombie’s Halloween 1 & 2. In addition, there’s live music, DJs and a scare bar, a candy bar, vendors and exhibitors and Hell's Kitchen for food. The screenings begin at 6:15 p.m. and the bands begin at 7 p.m. Tickets: $30-$150.

Film director John Carpenter, who often scores his own films, plays the Palladium on Tuesday. His Anthology Tour features the Halloween score—perfect for the season—as well as other soundtracks. 7 p.m. Tickets start at $45.

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For Halloween, the LA Phil screens The Phantom of the Opera (1925) at Walt Disney Concert Hall at 8 p.m. The silent film is accompanied by Clark Wilson on organ. There’s a pre-concert talk with Wilson and KUSC’s Alan Chapman at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $37.

The 8th annual Zed Fest Film Festival opens on Halloween at Laemmle Noho 7. The Zed Fest and screenplay competition supports and promotes independent filmmakers, who work in the horror, suspense, science fiction, drama,action, adventure and art house genres. Highlights include the festival’s opening with Todd Tucker’s The Terror of Hallow's Eve at 7 p.m. and a Zed Fest Film Festival Women in Film Panel from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday. Tickets: $11 per film block or $100 for festival pass.

DISOBEY (Anton LaVey exhibition)
Disobey is an Anton LaVey exhibit produced by Lethal Amounts gallery that happens on Halloween night at Black Rabbit Rose/Madame Siam’s in Hollywood. The event honors the oculist, showman and Church of Satan founder and his legacy of challenging societal norms with theatrics and flare. On view are photographs, original art by LaVey, original books, writings, personal items, artifacts from the Black House, ephemera and more. The night includes lectures from long-time collaborator and noted film director Kenneth Anger for VIP ticket purchasers, a Black Mass performed at midnight by former high priest of the Church of Satan. Matt Skiba DJs a set, too. Tickets: $50-$100.

DAWN OF THE DEAD (Halloween screening)
On Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. the Hammer Museum screens George Romero’s classic film, Dawn of the Dead (1978). From the Hammer: “Like Night of the Living Dead before it, Dawn helped shape the zombie genre and tapped into the zeitgeist of its historical moment with a deft combination of blood, tension, and social satire.” Free.


The progressive comic Todd Glass brings his show, An Intimate Evening with Todd Glass, to the Hollywood Improv (Lab) beginning Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. (Nov. 1-5, and Nov. 10). He’s mixing jazz and comedy as he’ll be backed by the Todd Glass Band during the run and may have a few surprises guests to open each show. Tickets: $10.

EXODUS 40 LIVE (Music tribute)
It’s been 40 years since Bob Marley released his Exodus album. To mark the occasion, there’s an all-star concert celebration at the Orpheum Theatre in DTLA featuring music director Don Was and performers Ziggy Marley, Stephen Marley, Tom Morello, Gary Clark Jr., Jim James, Citizen Cope, Aloe Blacc, Cyril Neville, Terence Higgins and others. Tickets start at $69.50.

WEEZER (Live in-store set)
Weezer is back. And the guys are doing an acoustic in-store at Amoeba in support of the band’s new record Pacific Daydream on Wednesday at 6 p.m. To attend, you must have purchased the new CD from Amoeba. Space is limited to store capacity.


Actors Zoey Deutch, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Rodrigo Santoro and Vince Vaughn join a live reading of selected scenes from this year’s five winning scripts at the 2017 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Awards Presentation & Live Read. The event takes place on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Effie Brown (Dear White People) returns to produce, and Rodrigo Garcia (Mother and Child) directs for the fifth consecutive year.

Comedian Joe Kwaczala presents Internet Explorer: A Comedy Game Show to the Comedy Central Stage in Hollywood on Thursday at 8 p.m. Kwaczala finds a bunch of weird crap online and then tests contestants' (from the audience) abilities to make sense of it all in a live comedy game show. There will be prizes and special guests, including actress/writer Mara Wilson, voice actor Maurice LaMarche and comedian/author Greg Behrendt. The show is free, but reserve your seats either online or by calling 323.960.5519.

JOHN GREEN (Book talk)
On Thursday at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, bestselling author John Green and his brother Hank Green stop in to support of John’s new novel, Turtles All the Way Down. During this multimedia event, the brothers discuss the book, answer audience questions, perform live music and more. Tickets: $36, and includes a copy of an autographed copy of Turtles All the Way Down. 7 p.m.

LATINAS OUT LOUD: AYER ES HOY (Music + performance)
The Hammer Museum presents Latinas Out Loud: Ayer Es Hoy (Yesterday Is Today) on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. The night of performance and music celebrates Latin American sounds of past and present. The sibling electronic duo Sotomayor mixes Andean rhythms, Afro beat, and cumbia with avant-garde sounds. South Los Angeles band Sin Color blends pop with bossa nova, cumbia and disco, and Chulita Vinyl Club returns to spin throughout the night. Cash bar and food trucks are onsite.

POETRY BROTHEL (Poetry + drinks)
The Poetry Brothel brings its Masquerade tour to HM157 in Lincoln Heights on Thursday from 8 p.m. to midnight. The event is an interactive poetry experience set up as a fin de siècle brothel. Poets performing under pseudonyms offer private, one-on-one readings of their original work in candlelit back rooms…for money. The main room features live music, poetry, an immersive literary cabaret as well as vaudeville, aerials, performance art, visual art, magic and mysticism. Seating is first come, first serve, Masks and vintage evening attire are encouraged but not required. Tickets: $50-$75.

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