Weekend Planner: 20 Awesome Things To Do In Los Angeles

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There's a Fleetmac Wood Halloween disco party on Friday night at Union. (Image: Courtesy of Fleetmac Wood)

Here are 20 awesome events happening in L.A. this weekend, some Halloween related, some not. Other options can be found with Film Screenings and Food.

FRIDAY, OCT. 27

FLEETMAC WOOD PRESENTS SISTERS OF THE MOON (Halloween ball)
On Friday, Fleetmac Wood presents Sisters of the Moon, a Halloween disco at Union in Los Angeles with Roxanne Roll, Smooth Sailing and guest dancers. Dance to remixes and edits of Fleetwood Mac and solo projects (no cover versions). Tickets: $20+ fees. 21+.

STAN LEE’S L.A. COMIC CON (Expo)
Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con returns to the L.A. Convention Center from Oct. 27-29 and is a must-do event for fans of comics, sci-fi, anime, horror and pop culture in general with performances, panel discussions, workshops, games, collectibles and more. Guests/panelists this year include: Dwayne Johnson, the Black Eyed Peas, Paul Reubens, Walter Koenig, Chloe Bennet, Burt Ward, Kevin Smith, Gates McFadden, Phil LaMarr and many others. One-day tickets $30-$45; passes at $80-$569 and add-on packages cost extra.

CHESTER BENNINGTON TRIBUTE (Music)
The remaining members of Linkin Park come together for a one-night only memorial and tribute to their friend and bandmate Chester Bennington, who committed suicide on July 20. The special event takes place on Oct. 27 at the Hollywood Bowl with the band being joined by a number of artists on stage. Linkin Park members intend to contribute their fees from the event to Music For Relief's One More Light Fund in memory of Bennington. Sold out, so try your favorite alternative ticket broker.

GRAND CENTRAL MARKET ANNIVERSARY (Birthday party)
Los Angeles' iconic Grand Central Market turns 100 years old on Friday, and Angelenos are all invited to the party. For the celebration, one of the tallest birthday cakes ever created will be served—standing one-story high with more than 100 layers. The celebrating begins at 10:30 a.m. on Friday with the unveiling of the cake created by Valerie Gordon of Valerie Confections with free slices for everyone. From 6 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., the Market thanks Angelenos for 100 years of support with a free birthday bash. Market vendors will serve up specials inspired by the food hall's history and the number 100.

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Old Pasadena holds its third annual Day of the Dead Celebration this weekend. (Image: Romero’s 'Wings of the Dead')

OLD PASADENA DAY OF THE DEAD WEEKEND (Arts + culture)
Old Pasadena celebrates the Day of the Dead all weekend, beginning with an altar artist reception on Friday at 6 p.m. at Indiana Colony Marketplace for the 2017 Community Altar created by Sonia Romero. The reception doubles as a print release party for “Wings of the Dead,” the 3D limited edition print that inspired the altar. More than 25 Old Pasadena businesses have also created altars in their spaces for public viewing. In addition to the altars, there’s also free Calavera face painting, salsa dancing and food pop-ups. All events are open to the public. Free admission unless otherwise noted.

SUPERNATURAL JUNKYARD (Paranormal comedy)
Paranormal investigator, Tarot card reader and comic Karen Rontowski brings her Supernatural Junkyard show to Flappers Burbank on Friday at 8 and 10 p.m. The 90-minute Halloween stand-up show features real ghost stories and live audience Tarot readings. Tickets: $20. She’s also playing two shows tonight (Thurs).

UN-AMERICAN: A 70TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATION OF THE HOLLYWOOD BLACKLIST (History + performance)
Un-American: A 70th Anniversary Commemoration of the Hollywood Blacklist is a commemorative event on Friday night that marks the 70th anniversary of the Hollywood Blacklist. Celebrities and activists join surviving victims and family members to re-enact the hearings of the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), a witch hunt for those in Hollywood and elsewhere with Communist ties. Confirmed participants include: actors Richard Dreyfuss, James Cromwell, Illeana Douglas, Andrea Marcovicci, Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz, former Writers Guild of America, West President Howard Rodman, and Hector Villagra, Executive Director of the ACLU of Southern California. Doors open at 6 p.m., show begins at 7 p.m. Ticket prices vary.

SATURDAY, OCT. 28

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LA Opera presents 'La Belle et la Bête' at the Theatre at Ace Hotel beginning this weekend. (Image courtesy of LA Opera)

LA BELLE ET LA BÊTE (Film + opera)
LA Opera off Grand presents La Belle et la Bête—Jean Cocteau’s beautiful 1946 cinematic masterpiece of Beauty and the Beast, for three screenings + performances on Oct 28 and 31 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 29 at 2 p.m. at the Theatre at Ace Hotel. There’s a new soundtrack composed by Philip Glass, who reimagines the film’s original music and dialogue with a classical opera, performed live. Tickets: $34-$124.

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS - DAY OF THE DEAD (Celebration)
The 18th Annual Dia de los Muertos at Hollywood Forever Cemetery takes place from noon to midnight on Saturday. In addition to altars, costumes and cultural traditions that honor ancestors, there’s live music and performances. Music by Aterciopelados, Cuco, Ximena Sariñana, Very Be Careful and La Chamba. Tickets are $20. Children 8 years and younger and seniors 65 and older free until 4 p.m.

CAJUN SHRIMP BOIL (Food)
The Great Race Place and Ragin’ Cajun Cafe throw a shrimp boil on Saturday at Santa Anita Park. Guests can dive into cajun-style eats, beer and watch Thoroughbred racing at the track. Single tickets ($55) include 1 lb. of shrimp boil (shrimp, potatoes, corn), 2 hush puppies, a craft beer, a souvenir Santa Anita “Solo Cup,” $5 wagering voucher, Clubhouse Admission, a racing program and tip sheet. Cajun four packs ($185) and two-packs ($105) are also available.

TASTE TALKS L.A. (Food + drink + talks)
Taste Talks, the national series of festivals that celebrate food and drink future trends through symposia, awards, tastings, dinners and parties, returns this weekend to L.A. On Saturday night, there’s a "FAM-to-TABLE" dinner ($99 for dinner only) presented by ALTOS Tequila at The Holding Co. On Sunday, there’s conference talks and demos, followed by an All-Star Cookout at Mack Sennett Studios. Passes: $49-$149.

ICE-T + UNCLE JAMM’S ARMY (Hip hop history + Music)
Red Bull Music Academy Festival features two great events on Saturday: A Conversation with Ice-T at 5 p.m. at The Miracle Theater in Inglewood. He’ll talk about his career, beginning with Uncle Jamm’s Army parties. Tickets: $25. 18+. At 8 p.m. on Saturday at the Savoy Entertainment Center in Inglewood, Uncle Jamm’s Army reunites for a one-night only party with Egyptian Lover, Ice-T + The Glove, Bobcat, Arabian Prince, Alonzo Williams & Cli-N-Tel (World Class Wreckin’ Cru), Dr. Funkenstein, L.A. Dream Team. Tickets: $15. Ages 21+.

ECHO PARK FILM SERIES: MARS ATTACKS! (Stories)
The Echo Park Film Series, sponsored by Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell, screens free movies at Echo Park Lake. On Saturday night, the series presents Mars Attacks! Directed by Tim Burton, the film stars Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close and Annette Bening, among others. Bring a blanket, a chair and a picnic dinner. 6:30 p.m.

ZOMBIE CRAWL (Party)
The 5th annual Zombie Crawl returns to Santa Monica Pier this weekend. Join hundreds of other zombies, moaning and growling through the streets of Downtown Santa Monica on Saturday beginning at 6 p.m. The zombies then gather post-crawl for the official after party at Thriller Night Halloween Party at 1212 Restaurant on the Third Street Promenade. The official wristband gives zombies access to drink specials such as $4 drafts, $5 wells and $5 shots at Rusty's Surf Ranch, Big Dean's, Del Frisco's Grille, Cabo Cantina, Ye Olde King's Head, Barney's Beanery and 1212 Santa Monica. Wristbands $12-$15.

TALES FROM THE CRYPT (Performance + variety)
Captured Aural Phantasy presents Tales from the Crypt: Theater of Mystery on Saturday and Sunday at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater. The variety troupe brings four classic horror comic stories to life, live on stage. The productions mix old-time radio theater with more modern artistry. The shows include projections of the comic art, live music, effects and spooky puppet routines by the Bob Baker Marionettes. The Saturday show includes a short magic act and the Sunday show serves as a tribute to a Haunted Mansion with legendary voice artist Peter Renaday. Doors at 7 p.m., shows at 8 p.m. Tickets: $20 or $25 at the door.

THE GROWLERS SIX (Music)
The Growlers Six is a genre-defying music fest curated by OC’s own The Growlers. Bigger than ever, the festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro. Joining The Growlers on the bill are bands/acts like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Modest Mouse, Dan Auerbach, Rostam, Butthole Surfers and many many more. Single-day tickets start at $66.

SUNDAY, OCT. 29

THE ECSTATIC WORLD OF ALICE COLTRANE TURIYASANGITANANDA (Music)
On Sunday at the Cooper Design Space in DTLA, the Red Bull Music Academy Festival Los Angeles closes the month long festival with The Ecstatic World of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda, a tribute to the late, influential jazz musician. The lineup includes Coltrane’s grandnephew Flying Lotus and sister Marilyn McLeod, Brandee Younger, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson String Ensemble and The Sai Anantam Ahsram Singers. 4 p.m. doors. Tickets: $25. Ages 18+.

PIER TO PIER FRIENDSHIP WALK (Fundraiser)
On Sunday, more than 12,000 people are expected to participate in Skechers’ 9th annual Pier to Pier Friendship Walk, which supports children with special needs and education. The walk begins at 9 a.m., next to the Manhattan Beach Pier with participants walking south towards the Hermosa Beach Pier for the turnaround point, then back to the Manhattan Beach Pier. Total duration of the walk is ~3.5 miles. Registration ($30, individual) is still open, with funds going to help support The Friendship Foundation.

SMITHSONIAN ROCK AND ROLL: LIVE AND UNSEEN (Book talk)
On Sunday at Book Soup, music producer Bill Bentley and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominee, MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer, are in conversation about Bentley’s book Smithsonian Rock and Roll: Live and Unseen. The book uses never-before-seen concert photography to showcase more than 140 artists over 70 years of rock and roll. 3 p.m. Free.

SAN PEDRO: DIA DE LOS MUERTOS (Festival)
The 6th Annual San Pedro Dia de los Muertos Festival takes place in San Pedro on Sunday with live music by headliners Buyepongo and Cuicani, and Cutty Flam. There are more than 30 altars created for the occasion and more than 30 food and craft vendors. 3-9 p.m. Free admission.

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