Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 10.23.14

Edited by Christina Xenos

KCRW’s Masquerade
Oct. 25. Don your favorite costume and discover a feast for all your senses with five uniquely themed ball rooms, DJs, ghost stories, food trucks, performances by Bonobo (DJ Set), Fool’s Gold, Tom Vek and more. $100 advance/$125 door. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Park Plaza, 607 South Park View St., downtown. kcrw.com


L.A. Dance ProjectL.A. Dance Project
Oct. 24-26. Having traversed the globe, the L.A. Dance Project remains committed to downtown L.A. and now returns to its “home of choice,” new cultural hot spot the Theatre at Ace Hotel. The three-day residency boasts an innovative program of three performances each night: a preview of a new work by Millepied, new director of the Paris Opera Ballet; the U.S. premiere of Morgan’s Last Chug by celebrated Israeli choreographer Emanuel Gat; and L.A. Dance Project showcase Quintett by William Forsythe. Take in Millepied’s virtuosic choreography in his work, which features music by celebrated contemporary composer Philip Glass. (photo by Laurent Philippe) 929 S. Broadway, downtown, 213.623.3233. ladanceproject.com


Halloween Food FestHalloween Food Fest
Oct. 25-26. From the foodies behind KTown Night Market comes this festive foodie celebration that includes delicious bites from vendors—such as Ham Ji Park, Ramen Burger, Shinsengumi, and Mama Musubi—as well as carnival games, live entertainment, art displays and pop-up stores selling everything from clothing to car accessories. In the spirit of Halloween, the first 500 guests in cosplay or costumes each day will receive free gift bags filled with KTown Black Cards, artist CD’s, sponsored goods and more. $3 online, $5 door. Sixth Street, from Normandie Ave. to Vermont Ave., L.A. ktownnightmarket.com


Night of the Living ZooNight of the Living Zoo
Oct. 24. Claw your way over to Griffith Park for a frightful adults-only costume bash that will transform the Los Angeles Zoo grounds with hair-raising special effects, ghouls, ghosts, fortune tellers, dancing with DJ Johnny Hawkes, music by neo-rockabilly band So-Cal Rocket Dynamics, “terrifying” keeper talks, feedings of “fearsome” animals, and some spooky surprises. Mysterious, macabre delights also include moonlit performances of goose-bump-producing Edgar Allan Poe and Edward Gorey stories by Drama After Dark. Dress for the occasion, with awards given for “Scariest,” “Best Animal” and “Most Original” costumes, including a VIP behind-the-scenes docent tour as the grand prize. Ticket prices include all the fun, plus two drinks (beer, wine or soft drinks). A full bar with mixed cocktails and food for purchase are also available throughout the evening. $41+. 7-11 p.m. 5333 Zoo Dr., L.A., 323.644.4200. lazoo.org


EEK! At The Greek!EEK! At The Greek!
Oct. 25. At this family-friendly event the 60-piece Symphony In The Glen Orchestra with Maestro Arthur B. Rubinstein will play a creepy collection of frightening favorites. Additionally, the program will showcase the return of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-tale Heart” with special guest narrator Bruce Boxleitner. Adding to the festivities, The Greek Theatre’s front plaza will be transformed into a “Trick-or-Treat Village,” welcoming families to bring their children for safe trick-or-treating and Halloween activities from 4:30-6:30 p.m., , including arts & crafts, face painting, a costume contest and more. $8-$100. 2700 N Vermont Ave., L.A., 323.665.5857. greektheatrela.com


Brewery ArtwalkBrewery Artwalk
Oct. 25-26. More than 100 artist studios at the former brewery open their doors for the 32nd anniversary of the twice-annual artwalk. The event offers goers the chance to see new works of art, speak with the artists and purchase works at non-commission studio prices. Dining available at the artwork and their on-site restaurant. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 2100 N Main St., downtown. breweryartwalk.com


Halloween Fall Festival at The GroveHalloween Fall Festival at The Grove
Oct. 26. Celebrate the season with a fun-filled Halloween fall festival. Stop by for pumpkin decorating, Halloween crafts, face painting and trick-or-treating at participating tenants. 2-5 p.m. The Grove, 3rd Street and Fairfax Avenue, L.A., 888.315.8883. thegrovela.com


Montage Beverly Hills Children’s Halloween FestMontage Beverly Hills Children’s Halloween Fest
Oct. 25. At the first-ever children’s Halloween fest, little ones are welcome to dress up in their best Halloween costumes for an afternoon of festive cookie decorating themed snacks and pastries, story time with a special guest and Halloween arts and crafts. $45 per child, 48-hour advanced reservations required. Montage Beverly Hills, 225 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills. montagehotels.com


Get Your PhilGet Your Phil
Oct. 24, 30; Nov. 14. The Los Angeles Philharmonic continues its season at Walt Disney Concert Hall with their annual dinner and show program, partnering with some of downtown L.A.’s best restaurants. Dine on a $25 prix fixe dinner followed by a concert featuring the world-class LA Phil at Walt Disney Concert Hall. The series kicks off this week with dinner at Chaya followed by Salonen, Saariaho & Sibelius; future dates are Oct. 30, Eat. Drink. Americano and Zinc followed by Mozart & Beethoven; Nov. 14, Rivera and Faith & Flower followed by Ravel & Elgar. Look for more dates in 2015. laphil.com


Archibald Motley: Jazz Age ModernistART
Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist
Through Feb. 1. In Los Angeles, we love to throw back to Prohibition times, whether it’s with cocktails, parties or nightlife venues. But currently at LACMA you can transport yourself to into the epicenter of African American culture during the Jazz Age with this full-scale survey of one the most important artists of the Harlem Renaissance. Get a first hand look at Archibald Motley’s interpretations of black communities from the lively Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago, to Paris just before and after the Great Depression and finally to Mexico when Motley traveled there in the 1950s. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.857.6000. lacma.org


Homage to Pablo PicassoHomage to Pablo Picasso
Oct. 25-Nov. 24. Pablo Picasso is arguably one of the most influential artists of all time. In celebration of his 133rd birthday, Galerie Michael is presenting more than 100 unique original works by the Master. The exhibition explores the characters and faces that inspired seminal works such as Portrait d’Olga Picasso, 1919-1920 and Portrait de Jacqueline Accoudée, 1963-64. The Blue Period opus, The Frugal Repas, 1904, depicting Picasso’s early days as a starving artist in the Spanish Quarter of Paris, is a visual masterpiece central to the development of early Modernism and a jewel in the crown of the art historical canon. 224 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310.859.6154. galeriemichael.com


Plan Check EAT + DRINK
Plan Check Kitchen + Bar Downtown
You can now get your burger and ketchup leather fix in downtown L.A in the third location of the modern American eatery. At the new 3,600-square-foot outpost, Executive Chef Ernesto Uchimura pay homage to nearby culinary pockets such as Koreatown and East L.A. with special menu signatures like the K-BBQ Burger with kimcheese (gruyere cheese processed with wine and dried kimchi for seasoning), Gouchujang barbeque sauce, grilled pork belly, sesame salt, fried onions, and sprouting onion; Meat & Potatoes with beef short rib pot roast, caramelized tomato, cauliflower purée, cheesy tots, and flaked wasabi; and Spicy Tuna Salad with Sriracha vinaigrette, avocado, puffed rice, sesame, black radish, yellow frisée, nori, and garlic flowers. You can also enjoy an extensive happy hour menu from 4-6 p.m. and 10 p.m.-close. (photo by DYLAN + JENI) 1111 Wilshire Blvd., downtown, 213.403.1616. plancheck.com


White Truffle Dinner Series at SAAM at The BazaarWhite Truffle Dinner Series at SAAM at The Bazaar
Oct. 23-Nov. 23. It’s that decadent time of year again when white truffles are in season. SAAM, the chef’s tasting room at The Bazaar by Jose Andres, celebrates truffle season with a 16-course tasting menu that showcases with each course Italian white truffles hunted by the Truffle Brothers. Savor selections like Pumpkin Meringue with savory Chantilly cream and truffle salt; “Light & Shadow” little neck clams kissed with truffle butter air and truffle cream; and the Five Star Breakfast featuring an egg yolk bathed in sodium alginate so it bursts open into the surrounding bacon cream sauce that is accented with dehydrated piquillo pepper and chanterelles. Thurs.-Sat. evenings. $350/pp, additional wine pairings available. Reservations required. 310.773.5460. sbe.com


Hello Kitty’s Hungry HuntHello Kitty’s Hungry Hunt
Oct. 24-Nov. 21. Just when you thought there couldn’t be any more Hello Kitty in your life, Sanrio (the global lifestyle brand best known for beloved pop icon) has partnered with restaurants around L.A. to launch Hello Kitty’s Hungry Hunt. Dine at specially selected venues that will serve up everything from Hello Kitty Ramen (at Daikokuya Sawtelle), Hello Kitty Bento Boxes (Plan Check Kitchen + Bar Downtown) to Hello Kitty donuts (Cafe Dulce) and Hello Kitty Sausage (Seoul Sausage Sawtelle). As a bonus, each Hungry Hunt menu item will also include a collectible Hello Kitty’s Hungry Hunt pin featuring Hello Kitty enjoying a different treat from each of the participating restaurants. sanrio.com


Coffee-BeanCoffee Bean & Tea Leaf Spooktacular Open House
Oct. 25. Prepare for a spirited Halloween with $2 pumpkin and chocolate flavored treats, including caffeine-free options such as the Pure Pumpkin Latte, Pure Pumpkin Ice Blended and Special Dutch Hot Chocolate. To complement the seasonal beverages, try the Spooktacular Pumpkin-shaped Sugar Cookie for $2.25 or three for $6. 2-6 p.m. at participating locations. See website for locations. coffeebean.com


Opening Oct. 21. The classic whimsical musical gets an update, complete with new choreography and impressive acrobatics, in this Broadway version. The tale of a young prince searching for the meaning of life won a Tony for best revival of a musical. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770. hollywoodpantages.com


Oct. 9-26. Playwright and performer Dael Orlandersmith’s new play has its world premiere run in L.A., before its New York debut. The riveting family tale addresses topics including Harlem and Jim Morrison. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 213.628.2772. centertheatregroup.org


The Gospel According to Thomas JeffersonThe Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord
Through Nov. 23. This smart comedy centers around a spirited debate between the three great minds, as imagined by Real Time with Bill Maher executive producer Scott Carter. Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454. geffenplayhouse.com


BountifulThe Trip to Bountiful
Through Nov. 2. Cicely Tyson, Vanessa Williams and Blair Underwood star in this inspiring tale of an aging matriarch embarking on one last trip to her Texas hometown. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772. centertheatregroup.org


Choir BoyChoir Boy
Through Oct. 26. Tarell Alvin McCraney’s play deals with discrimination at a boys’ prep school, set against beautiful gospel harmonies. Gil Cates Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454. GeffenPlayhouse.com

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