Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 10.21.11

 

dia-de-los-muertosEVENTS
Dia de Los Muertos

Oct. 22. Astrid Hadad and international musical icon Ruben Albarran, lead singer of Cafe Tacvba perform at the 12th annual celebration at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Come dressed in your finest Calaca apparel and find a vibrant traditional procession, commemorative altars and Mexican cuisine; a wide spectrum of Day of the Dead merchandize available for purchase; arts and crafts expositions and theater performances. noon-midnight. Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, 323.469.1181. ladayofthedead.com

 

whisky-liveWhisky Live LA

Oct. 21. Taste some of the finest scotches, bourbons and whiskies, along with gourmet dining, custom chocolate/whisky pairings, cocktail demonstrations, master classes, live music and entertainment. Mingle with the producers and distillers, independent bottlers and brand ambassadors, and speak with the stars of the industry. 5:30-10 p.m. $105/$135 VIP. Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel, 2025 Avenue of the Stars, L.A. www.whiskylive.com

 

the-beauty-socialThe Beauty Social

Oct. 22-23. Event celebrates every kind of beauty. Discover how the voice of beauty is transforming from social media sensations, celebrity makeup artists, renowned beauty experts, and successful brand founders. Hear your favorite experts, editors, founders, and bloggers reveal their insider beauty secrets, interact with your favorite brands, meet your favorite bloggers and vloggers, and enjoy refreshments with a stunning oceanfront view. Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, 1700 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica. www.thebeautysocial.com

 

shft-pop-upSHFT.COM Pop-Up Shop

Oct. 21-27. Actor/Filmmaker Adrian Grenier and Film Producer Peter Glatzer are bringing their digital multi-media platform SHFT.com to life in a pop-up gallery and shop. Featuring a collection of impressively designed sustainable products with over 30 pieces of art-work by Los Angeles based artists, the shop will embody the site’s vision of conveying an inspiring sustainable approach to the way we live through art, video, design and culture. 161 S. La Brea Ave., L.A. Shft.com

 

los-cenzontles-facto-teatroLos Cenzontles & Facto Teatro

Oct. 22. Los Cenzontles (The Mockingbirds) fuse traditional Mexican music with a contemporary sound, pioneering a new hybrid style of Mexico’s rural roots music and creating a fresh Chicano voice. Mexico City-based Facto Teatro also performs Panteón de Fiesta, a bilingual Toy Theatre production on a miniature stage with stylized rod puppets and a stirring musical score. W.M. Keck Foundation Children’s Amphitheatre, Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.4396. musiccenter.org

 

la-beer-weekLA BEER WEEK

Through Oct. 23. Celebrate the diversity of LA and OC beer culture at one of the many events during this 14-day celebration of beer culture. The festival highlights an array of local beer establishments, breweries, beer cuisine, restaurants and education. labeerweek.com

 

nightmare-before-christmasHalloween
The Nightmare Before Christmas

Oct. 21-30. Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” returns to Hollywood’s legendary El Capitan Theatre in 4-D (digit 3-D along with exciting sensory effects like wind, snow, fog and more). El Capitan Theatre, 6838 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 1.800.DISNEY6. www.elcapitantickets.com

 

kinetic-theory-illusions-showKINETIC THEORY CIRCUS ARTS: “ILLUSIONS”

Oct. 22, 29. The year is 1892, the audience waits in anticipation for the master illusionist to create an evening of wonder and amazement, but the illusionist and her motley crew have something more sinister in mind. Expect a circus theatre spectacle for all ages that is sure to give thrills and chills. 2 p.m., 8 p.m. $10 advance/$15 door. 3604 Holdrege Ave., L.A., 310.606.2617. www.kinetictheorytheatre.com

 

QUEEN MARY'S DARK HARBORQUEEN MARY’S DARK HARBOR

Oct. 20–23, 27–31. Madness and mayhem await in Long Beach for a fright fest that takes full advantage of the Queen Mary’s reputation as one of America’s most haunted places. The annual event features seven bloodcurdling mazes and attractions on the ship and shore, plus food and live entertainment. 7 pm–midnight. $24–39; VIP ticket $50–$60. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 562.435.3511. www.queenmary.com

 

haunted-hayrideLOS ANGELES HAUNTED HAYRIDE

Continuing. This year’s hayride at the Griffith Park Old Zoo is themed to take a deep look into the minds of the Clifton Twins, the daughters of Zoo Keeper Ferdinand Clifton. Rumored to have suffered from violent nightmares so uncontrollable they were treated for sleep disorders, the twins documented these visions in their journals, which were found and recreated into a 25-minute experience set in the woods that leaves guests as prey. $25. Griffith Park (Old Zoo), 4730 Crystal Springs Ave., L.A. www.losangeleshauntedhayride.com

 

lermatage-beverly-hillsEAT | Drink
Lounge at L’Ermitage Beverly Hills

Nosh on small bites and seasonal crafted cocktails to the tune of live music Friday evenings at this intimate Beverly Hills lounge. Chef Joseph Elevado offers a menu that includes seasonal oysters with sushi ginger ‘salsa’, pork belly sliders with tomato jam on a brioche bun, an assortment of fries (pickle, truffle, sweet potato) and more. Mixologist Stephanie Brown weaves the seasons into her cocktail menu, which features market fresh ingredients. Highlights include The Bitter Truth (elderflower liqueur, grapefruit, grapefruit bitters and champagne) and Love For Sale (Brokers gin, blackberry liqueur, vermouth, Peychaud’s bitters). 9291 Burton Way, Beverly Hills, 310.278.3344. www.lermitagebh.com

 

Corkbar Celebrates California Wine MonthCorkbar Custom Flights

Oct. 20. Stephen Janes from Melville Winery leads tastings of signature Melville wines including. Taste four-pour wine flight showcasing the winemaker’s highlighted selections. To pair with the spotlighted wines, dine on items from the new fall menu, including roasted bone marrow plate with chimichurri sauce, Israeli couscous salad, and a Huntington Meats fennel sausage sandwich. 6 p.m.-close. Corkbar, 403 W. 12th St., downtown, 213.746.0050. www.corkbar.com

 

the-churchillThe Churchill

Opens Oct. 21. From the owners behind The Hudson in West Hollywood, The Churchill features stylish American cuisine, an extensive menu of signature cocktails, 20 regional craft beers on tap and a California‐centric wine list. If you don’t have time to relax for one of three meals daily, jog up to their Third Street takeaway window, which serves Intelligentsia coffee and espresso, breakfast, sandwiches, artisanal pizza by the slice, homemade ice cream and more. 8384 W. Third Street, L.A., 323.650.8384. www.the‐churchill.com

 

peninsula-tea“PENINSULA IN PINK” TORY BURCH AFTERNOON TEA

Throughout the month of October and in celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, stop by the Peninsula Beverly Hills for a speicial afternoon tea that offers a five-course menu of savory sandwiches, a glass of Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Rosé Champagne, a selection of pink-hued pastries and the hotel’s signature confection, and a Peninsula Page “Cap Cake.” Additionally, guests ordering the “Peninsula in Pink” Afternoon Tea will enjoy an especially sweet send-off: a $50 Tory Burch promotional card for shopping at any Tory Burch boutique. Peninsula Beverly Hills, 9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.975.2736. www.peninsula.com/Beverly_Hills

 

completenessTHEATER
COMPLETENESS

Oct. 20-23. In a brand new play about love between gun-shy young scientists, Elliot offers to build a computer program to help Molly with her latest research project, but they discovers that love just might be the winning formula – if they can only move beyond their fears and past heartbreaks. Production features Jason Ritter and Mandy Siegfried. All performances will be recorded to air on L.A. Theatre Works’ syndicated radio theater series, which broadcasts weekly on public radio stations nationwide. $15-$49. James Bridges Theater, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, 235 Charles E. Young Dr., L.A., 310.827.0889. www.latw.org

 

next-fallNEXT FALL

Opening Oct. 25. Opposing views on faith and family collide in this critically acclaimed play that exposes a fundamental truth: that we love people because of—and in spite of—who they are. The show makes its West Coast debut, with the Broadway production’s original director, Sheryl Kaller. Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454. GeffenPlayhouse.com

 

ive-never-been-so-happyI’VE NEVER BEEN SO HAPPY

Through Oct. 23. When a mother ties her son to a mountain lion to make him strong, and a father won’t allow his daughter out of the house to protect her virtue, it’s going to take a Texas-sized, foot stompin’, genre-rompin’ (everything from western ballads to metal to opera with a crispy side of R&B) sensory assault to bring these star-crossed lovers together. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 213.628.2772.

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