Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

Arts and Entertainment

Weekend of Horrors

Stories like these are only possible with your help!
You have the power to keep local news strong for the coming months. Your financial support today keeps our reporters ready to meet the needs of our city. Thank you for investing in your community.

5b2bffe04488b3000926dd9a-original.jpg

We here at LAist are strong advocates of Halloween, and have provided the list below in an effort to help all of our readers enjoy this fine holiday as thoroughly as possible. Even if you don't get out there in full costume and party like Bela Lugosi, we hope you enjoy some of the following:

FRIDAY

• Pretty Girls Make Graves, Bullet Train to Vegas and Razrez are on tonight at the Troubadour. Doors open at 8 PM. Tickets are $12 advance.

Support for LAist comes from

• Against Me! perform a free in-store tonight at 5 PM at Amoeba. Doors open at 6 PM at the El Rey to see them perform with Epoxies, The Soviettes and Smoke or Fire. Tickets are $14.

• Jens Lekman, Richard Swift and Nedelle perform tonight at Spaceland. Doors open at 9 PM.

• Dengue Fever are all by their lonesome tonight at The Echo. Doors are at 8:30 PM; tickets are $8. [18+]

• Peter Murphy is here to scare up a Halloween mood: Bauhaus performs all weekend at The Wiltern. The show starts at 9 PM; tickets are $38.50-48.50.

• All this (long) weekend, the Haunted Echo Chamber will be open from 6–11 PM at The Echo. Admission is free and it is open to kids of all ages.

Support for LAist comes from

• The Not a Cornfield project hosts a special program titled "The Story of Corn" from 7:30–10:30 PM tonight. Author Betty Fussell will be on hand to discuss the history, science and politics of corn as the five-week harvest of the Not a Cornfield crop starts.

• Donald Sutherland will be on hand for a discussion following the sneak preview of Pride and Prejudice, starring Sutherland and Kiera Knightly, tonight at the Aero. The film begins at 7:30 PM.

• A special one-week engagement of How the West Was Won in 3-strip Cinerama format begins today at the ArcLight.

REDCAT hosts day one of the experimental writing conference noulipo today, celebrating the Workshop of Potential Literature with speakers Caroline Bergvall, Christian Bök, Johanna Drucker, Paul Fournel, Tan Lin, Bernadette Mayer, Ian Monk, Harryette Mullen, Douglas Nufer, Vanessa Place, Janet Sarbanes, Juliana Spahr, Brian Kim Stefans, Rodrigo Toscano and Rob Wittig. The conference runs through Saturday.

• Enjoy a New Beverly pre-Halloween Jodorowsky/Pasolini double feature of Santa Sangre at 7:45 PM, followed by Salo, or The 120 Days of Sodom at 10 PM.

Support for LAist comes from

• Head to Dragonfly for Miss Kitty's Halloweekend, starting at 9 PM. We would recommend gearing up with lots of leather, and bring $20 to get in.

SATURDAY

• Halloween weekend opens with Blackest of the Black, featuring Danzig, Chimaira, Behemoth, Himsa, Mortiis and The Agony Scene tonight at Gibson Amphitheatre. The show starts at 6:15 PM; tickets are $29.50.

• Lucero, Blackpool Lights and Decibully play tonight at the Troubadour. Doors open at 8 PM. Tickets are $10 advance, $12 day of.

• Duane Peters and Die Hunns, The Pervz, ADHD and KBH perform tonight at Spaceland. Doors open at 9 PM.

Support for LAist comes from

• Bauhaus performs tonight at The Wiltern. The show starts at 9 PM; tickets are $38.50-48.50.

• Warlocks, Gris Gris and Ariel Pink play tonight at The El Rey at 8 PM. Tickets are $18.50.

• All this (long) weekend, the Haunted Echo Chamber will be open from 6–11 PM at The Echo. Admission is free and it is open to kids of all ages.

• If a big party is more your style, hit Monster Massive at the LA Sports Arena, featuring sets by Deep Dish, Felix Da Housecat and DJ Machete, as well as themed rooms and vendors. Tickets range from $30-45, and the party ranges from 8 PM–4 AM.

• Enjoy a New Beverly pre-Halloween Jodorowsky/Pasolini double feature of Santa Sangre at 3:15 and 7:45 PM, followed by Salo, or The 120 Days of Sodom at 5:30 and 10 PM.

• Tonight is the opening reception for "Futurism Restated Again" (a reference to a Minutemen song), featuring new works by Todd Bourret, Mark Hagen and Jeff Kopp. The event runs from 6–9 PM at Rental Gallery, 936 Mei Ling Way.

• Black Maria Gallery is hosting Closing Caskets Halloween Bash from 8 PM–12:30 AM, featuring art from the show "Between Life and Death," a collection of coffins-come-artworks, plus the Seven Sins altar, DJ and cocktail bar. The gallery is located at 3137 Glendale Boulevard in Atwater Village.

• The Double Record Set Halloween Spectacular is taking place tonight in Eagle Rock, as director Tom Recchion takes over the turntables to accompany a cello, piano and musical saw to create live scores for the films Maniac, as well as his own It's Halloween. The show starts at 8 PM; tickets are $10.

Beyond Baroque hosts a Halloween reading and costume party for Chance of a Ghost, An Anthology of Ghost Poems tonight at 7:30 PM. Features readings by Elena Karina Byrne, Cathy Colman, Jeanette Clough, Eloise Klein Healy, Jane Langley, Jim Natal, Marie Pal, Anika Paris, Lee Rossi, Patty Seyburn, Judith Taylor, Kathleen Tyler, Cecilia Woloch and co-editors Gloria Vando and Philip Miller.

• String Theory, artists who perform homemade string instruments/works of art, will be performing live at the Golden Bridge Festival of Light, along with vegetarian treats and a costume contest. Tickets are $25 advance, $30 day of; the party starts at 8 PM.

• Between 8–11 PM, LACMA West hosts Experience the Curse, the second annual costume ball, featuring DJs, live music from Mezklah, drinks and hors d' oeuvres, plus a private viewing of "Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs." Tickets are $80 per couple (non-members).

• Head to Dragonfly for Miss Kitty's Halloweekend, featuring a special burlesque performance by Dita Von Teese, starting at 9 PM. We would recommend gearing up with lots of leather, and bring $20 to get in.

Hollywood Forever celebrates Dia de los Muertos from 4–11 PM with calaveras, sweets, Aztec dancers and mariachis—and don't forget to sign up to create an altar to honor the dead.

SUNDAY

• Exercise for a good cause at the 5K Hike 4 ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) around Legg Lake at Whittier Narrows Park. Registration begins at 10 AM, while the hike starts at 11.

• Tonight is Priest Feast at the Long Beach Arena, featuring Judas Priest, Rob Zombie and Anthrax. The show starts at 7 PM; tickets range from $20-55.

• Islands (2/3 of The Unicorns) play tonight at The Echo. Show starts at 6 PM; tickets are $10.

• Bauhaus performs tonight at The Wiltern. The show starts at 8 PM; tickets are $38.50-48.50.

• All this (long) weekend, the Haunted Echo Chamber will be open from 6–11 PM at The Echo. Admission is free and it is open to kids of all ages.

• The New Beverly has an undead double feature: Land of the Dead at 3:55 and 7:45 PM, followed by The Lost Boys at 5:50 and 9:35 PM.

• Ed Ruscha will be on hand to sign Then and Now at Dutton's Beverly Hills tonight at 7 PM.

Fake Radio presents the original 1938 radio broadcast of "The War of the Worlds" tonight at 7 PM. The show will broadcast at Fake Gallery, 4319 Melrose, and the $20 ticket price will be donated to Katrina relief.

• Take your dog out for something more than a walk in the park at BowWowWeen from noon to 4 PM. The free-to-the-public pet fair and costume contest ($10 entry fee) will be judged by a celebrity panel (including Rebecca Romijn, Jerry O'Connell, Tori Spelling, Tiffani Thiessen, Constance Zimmer, Emmanuelle Vaugier and Kate Walsh, plus dog adoptions, a pet psychic and food from local restaurants. The event takes place at 333 South Barrington in Westwood; for more information, call (310) 441-5414.

MONDAY

• 400 Blows, Heroine Sheiks, Bubonic Plague and Qui hit the stage tonight at King King for a special Halloween show. Doors open at 8 PM; $10 cover.

• The Knitting Factory has the Fright Night Halloween Film Fest, featuring Screaming Skull and House on Haunted Hill starting at 9 PM. Tickets are $5.

• Horrorpops, Roger Miret and the Disasters and Left Alone play tonight at The Glasshouse. Show starts at 7 PM; tickets are $10 advance, $13 day of.

Little Pedro's has a Hell-Ay Halloween with The Hot Tramps and The Prix at 9 PM.

• Meshuggah, God Forbid, The Haunted, Mnemic and Trust in Blood play tonight at the Galaxy Theatre. Tickets are $25; the show starts at 8 PM.

• It's Rock 'N' Roll Karaoke tonight at Bigfoot Lodge. Show up between 10 PM and 2 AM dressed like your favorite rock star.

• Tonight is the last night of the Haunted Echo Chamber, open from 6–11 PM at The Echo. Admission is free and it is open to kids of all ages.

• It's a special Gorey Stories Halloween Gala tonight at the Sacred Fools Theatre. Enjoy the show, some food, some drinks and win a prize for best costume. The play begins at 8 PM; tickets are $30.

• $15 Terrace seats are still available for the "Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror" organ concert at Disney Hall tonight at 8 PM.

• The Aero screens the Halloween classic The Exorcist tonight at 7:30 PM.

• The New Beverly has an undead double feature: Land of the Dead at 7:45 PM, followed by The Lost Boys at 9:35 PM.

• Cinespace is hosting Hollyweird, featuring live music by Remote, Huge, Miss Fairchild, Holy Fuck and DJ Liv Spencer. It all kicks off at 9 PM (with free drinks from 9–10 PM courtesy of Starr African Rum), plus classic horror and slasher films. $5 to get in with costume, $10 without. [21+]

• Nothing says Halloween like bondage, so head for Hex Halloween Dark Hollywood Style from 9 PM–3 AM, featuring carnies, bondage, Theatre d'Sade and Danse Macabre—costumes are required and tickets are $20.

• Neighborhoodies are throwing a Halloween party tonight from 10 PM–2 AM at their Hollywood store. Show up for the costume contest, photo booth, games, prizes, DJs, free Red Stripe and gifts for the first 100 guests.

"Little Shop" photo © velvet_hellvis.
Jack o' lantern photo © notic.