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Weekend Planner: 20 Things To Do In Los Angeles

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Looking for something to do? Look no further than these 20 events happening this weekend. And don’t forget to check out our favs for Halloween Parties and Spooky Film Screenings, too.


The LA Opera’s Off Grand series presents the 1931 film Dracula, which coincided with the transition from silent pictures to “talkies.” A score was never composed for the film until its 1998 restoration, when Universal commissioned composer Philip Glass to write a “hypnotic new instrumental score, blowing the cobwebs off the horror classic and adding depth to the emotional layers of the drama.” A number of Great Prime Orchestra ticketswere just released for the Oct. 29 and 30 show at 8 pm and the 4 pm show on Oct. 31 at the Theater at Ace Hotel.

COMIKAZE (Gaming + Comics + Pop Culture)
Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo returns to the LA Convention Center on Friday through Sunday, focusing on comics, horror, sci-fi, anime, cosplay and gaming. The expo, with its panels, workshops and exhibits, is expected to draw more than 60,000 attendees and 600 vendors. Celebs expected to attend include: Stan Lee, Elvira, Carrie Fisher, Grumpy Cat, Summer Glau, Greg Grunberg, John Waters, Grant Morrison, Patrick Muldoon, Walter Koenig, William Shatner, Dita von Teese, Nichelle Nichols and more. General admission: $30-$75.

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This could be a cool little road trip on Friday night: The third Dia de los Muertos Celebrationin Santa Barbara is at the Santa Barbara Bowl. Doors open at 4:30 pm for live Latin music and DJs. Performances by Kinky, Bomba Estéreo, La Santa Cecilia and Chicano Batman plus Conjunto Zacamandu and returning guest DJ Carlos Niño. The art, dance performers include Danza Azteca, Chinelo Dancers, Ballet Folklorico and more. Tickets: $35-$50.

LOST MOON RADIO (Undead Cabaret)
Lost Moon Radio presents an Undead Cabaret at The Virgil on Friday night at 7:30 pm. Enjoy a night of “hell-arious” comedy and music beginning with a Halloween-themed set from the Lost Moon’s house band The Doom Units. It’s followed by standup from local vampire/stand-up comic Matt McKenna. The Lost Moon Radio troupe then takes to the stage bringing skits, sketches and song. Tickets: $10-$15.

On Friday night, The Wiltern Theater’s being transformed into a haunted house for its Night of Horror. They’re screening a classic horror movie marathon—An American Werewolf in London (1981), The Cabin in the Woods (2011), The Descent (2005), Demons (1985)—and a virtual reality horror film showcase. There’s a costume contest with prizes and giveaways and a dance party hosted by DJ Loboman and guests. Doors at 7 pm. Ages 18+. Tickets start at $15, more for VIP and private table upgrades.

The Echo Park-based experimental art and music collective, Machine Project, heads west to the Craft and Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) for a special event on Friday from 7-9 pm. Machine Project presents The Exploding-Pumpkin-Carving Laboratory in the CAFAM courtyard. Learn pumpkin carving, gruesome oozing, explosions and lab experiments. Learn about the history of pumpkin carving, too. Fee: $20/$15 members (includes materials & pumpkin). Advanced registration required.

Crime historian and mystery writer Kim Cooper (The Kept Girl) presents Hallowe'en Horrors: True L.A Noir Tales on Friday night at the Historic Beverly Hills Women's Club. What to expect: “You'll hear about the weird rites of Simi Valley's jazz age Great Eleven cult, the tragic fate of the Studio City hula hula girl, a Victorian-era Olvera Street ghost story, and many more tales from the dark side--some with a sugary, seasonal twist.” The evening’s ticket includes a lecture, dinner and book signing. Tickets are $50 for members and their guests and $60 for non-members. RSVP Required.

CAMP TRILL (Dance Party)
Camp Trill takes over the Echoplex on Friday night with indoor and outdoor stages. Performing are Lunice, Danny Seth, Cavalier, Eric Dingus, Neo Fresco, Will Brennan, Skuls, Howmanyollies, Matic. 9 pm. 18+. Tickets: $15-$30.


Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra hosts The Cartoon Network Halloween Art Exhibition and Costume Party​ on Saturday from 2-5 pm. This all ages show features new original CN inspired artwork, with some of CN's lead studio artists from Steven Universe, Adventure Time, Regular Show, ​and Clarence in attendance for signings as well as a CN-themed costume contest.

STUDIO 448 (Music + Dance)
Mrs. Fish in DTLA is holding Studio 448—a 1970’s themed Halloween ball featuring live bands and DJs playing the best in 1970’s disco, funk and soul—on Saturday night from 7 pm to 2 am. Cash prizes will be awarded to the best 1970’s costumes. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres earlier in the evening. Live music by Crystal Starr & the Bowties and Mike Green Group and DJ Phatrick spinning the tunes.

DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (Film + Music)
Walt Disney Concert Hall screens the 1920 silent classic horror movie, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, starring John Barrymore as both main characters, on Halloween at 8 pm. The film features live accompaniment by organist Clark Wilson. An Upbeat Live pre-concert event, hosted by KUSC's Alan Chapman, takes place in Walt Disney Concert Hall's BP Hall one hour before the concert, and is free to all ticket holders. Tickets: $38-$68.50.

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MOBY-DICK (Opera)LA Opera presents the company premiere of Moby-Dick by composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer. Directed by Leonard Foglia and conducted by James Conlon, the six-performance run opens on Halloween at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at 7:30 pm. Tickets: $17-$290.

Angel City Brewery presents Downtown’s biggest free 21+ over Halloween party on Saturday beginning with a beer bazaar that will feature Halloween-themed vendors and treats from 1-7 pm. Later in the evening, Slangin Corea & Brewwings offer eats while live music starts in the beer hall at 9 pm with The Kids in Detention, Dirty Lingo, and Team Vendetta. Costume contests with cash prizes will be held at 10 pm and awards will go to the best-dressed individual and team.

The Santa Monica Zombie Crawl returns for its third year on Saturday at 6:30 pm. Check in at Rusty’s Surf Ranch on the Pier to pick up an official wristband, then get crawling to food/drink specials at participating venues including Rusty's Surf Ranch, Big Dean's Oceanfront Cafe, Del Frisco's Grille, Ye Olde King's Head, Cabo Cantina, Barney's Beanery and West 4th/Jane. Get $4 drafts, $5 wells and $5 shots all night with wristband. The WOK-ing Dead, the official Zombie Crawl after party takes place from 12-2 am at Wokano with costume contests, prizes and more. First-come, first-served until capacity is reached at the party. Wristbands: $12.

SAUL BASS (Lecture)
Jan-Christopher Horak, director of the UCLA Film & Television Archive, presents an illustrated lecture on the work of Saul Bass, the designer of many of Hollywood's most iconic title sequences and advertisements on Friday at 7:30 pm at the Billy Wilder Theater. Horack draws from the research in his book,Saul Bass: Anatomy of Film Design. The evening will feature several short films that Bass directed himself, including The Searching Eye (1964), Why Man Creates (1968), The Solar Film (1980) and Quest (1984), as well as a selection of Bass’s classic title sequences, commercials and industrial films. Book signing starts at 6:30 pm. Free.

Crawloween returns to DTLA on Saturday from 5 pm to 1:30 am with costume contests and no cover at Library Bar, Sixth Street Tavern, Beelman's Pub, Spring St. Bar & King Eddy Saloon. Each bar has its own theme and offers a signature spiked punch for $5 and judge a costume contest at 9 pm.


Singer-songwriter Kristin Hersh (Throwing Muses) is at Book Soup on Sunday afternoon at 4 pm to discuss and sign her book Don’t Suck Don’t Die: Giving Up Vic Chesnutt. Hersh will be in conversation with LA Weekly’s Andy Hermann to talk about Hersh’s friendship with the renowned musician and songwriter Chesnutt, a quadriplegic who could play only simple chords on his guitar, but recorded 17 critically acclaimed albums before his death in 2009.The two bonded over a love of songwriting and mutual struggles with mental health.

Rice & Shineis holding a late brunch on Sunday featuring Filipino Soul Food and mimosas brought to you by Chef AC Boral. Sleep in because brunch doesn’t begin until 4 pm (through 8 pm) on Sunday at Lock & Key in Ktown. Menu items include: Longanisa Scotch Egg, Sisig Chilaquiles, Halo-Halo Cereal, Rice & Shine Chicken and Waffle and more. (Bonus points if you show up in your Halloween costume: You’ll get free Hangover Toast.) RSVP needed.

On Sunday at 7:30 pm, American Cinematheque presents The Quay Brothers In 35mmat the Aero Theatre. Stop-motion animators Stephen and Timothy Quay have created some of the most “eerie and dreamlike shorts of the last 30 years.” Fan and filmmaker Christopher Nolan recently selected highlights of their films for a touring retrospective, and the program also features Nolan's documentary short on the Quay brothers at work in their London studio. Tickets: $11.

HANSON (Music)
Hanson returns to L.A. to play two showsat The Fonda Theatre on Sunday and Monday nights. The Sunday show features a night of cover songs that have inspired the band. Monday night features a night of rare Hanson tunes and fan favorites. This tour launches Hanson’s band's craft beer, MmmHops Pale Ale, in new markets across the country. Supporting acts are Paul McDonald (Night 1) & Carrick (Night 2). Tickets ($80-$95) are for sale as a two night package with or without VIP afterparty.

Related: LAist’s September Guide

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