Your perfect LA weekend

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Friday

Go wild, monkey around and do whatever other animal puns you can think of at Night of the Living Zoo. This annual Halloween tradition transforms the sprawling grounds of the LA Zoo into a spooky shindig, complete with live music, a costume contest, animal keeper talks and ferocious feedings—scorpions, spiders and snakes are pretty scary if you ask us. But we’re most excited for the event's performance of Drama After Dark, the candlelight series from the actors of the Guild of St. George that puts a haunting spin on Edgar Allan Poe and Edward Gorey tales.

If you’d prefer your Friday night with a little less wildlife and a lot more Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, then head to the Aero Theatre for a screening of Ghostbusters. Fresh off the news of an all-female reboot, see the original trio of Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and the late, great Harold Ramis as parapsychologists who set up a ghost-catching business and have to save New York from an influx of ghosts. Who you gonna call?

Saturday

Skip out on brunch Saturday afternoon and save your appetite for copious amounts of Korean BBQ and boba at the Halloween Food Fest. Other than costumes and frightening crowd levels, you won’t find much spooky at this offshoot of Ktown Night Market; you will find delicious bites from Seoul Sausage, Ramen Burger, Shin-Sen-Gumi and more. If you value your time and sanity, avoid the parking crunch and take the Metro to the Wilshire/Normandie Purple Line stop.

Make your way to the New Beverly for one of the first notable screenings from the theater’s new programmer, Quentin Tarantino. The avid cinephile is showing a 35mm print of The Dirty Dozen, which follows 12 death-row-bound misfits who carry out a suicide mission in Nazi-occupied France; screening before the movie, Tarantino has put together a special trailer show featuring old coming attractions with the film's actors, from Lee Marvin to John Cassavetes. If you can’t make it to Saturday’s 3:15pm matinee, there’s another screening at 7:30pm.

We know the actual holiday is still a week off, but judging by all of the parties, tonight is unofficially Halloween. For a swanky soiree, spend the evening at the Park Plaza for KCRW’s Masquerade Ball. Looking for a flamboyant dance party? Try Halloweenie at the lavish Los Angeles Theatre. Or if you’re in the mood for boozy, sweaty debauchery, check out Halloween Booootie LA at the Echoplex.

Halloween & Mourning Tours.

Sunday

History buffs, make your way to the Heritage Square Museum for Halloween & Mourning Tours. The living history museum—bear with us, we swear it’s not lame—hosts a ghostly primer on poison, defunct rituals and Victorian era mourning etiquette during this 1930s funeral reenactment. Tour the turn of the century architecture while you’re there and, for kid-toting attendees, peruse the pumpkin patch or go trick-or-treating.

The L.A. Dance Project wraps up its three-night fall showcase on Sunday with another must-see show of contemporary dance and music. See new works by renowned choreographer and LADP co-founder Benjamin Millepied featuring music by Philip Glass, a U.S. premiere of Emmanuel Gat's Morgan's Last Chug and William Forsythe's Quintet, all on stage at the hauntingly beautiful Theatre at the Ace Hotel.

Close out your weekend in the presence of one of the best political satires, period, at this special 50th anniversary screening of Dr. Strangelove. The Stanley Kubrick masterpiece is showing at the Egyptian, and if you’ve never seen this takeoff on the threat of nuclear warfare, now’s your chance to watch Peter Sellers in all his improvised, multi-role glory. "Gentlemen, you can't fight in here, this is the war room!"


Things to do this weekend

  1. Port of Los Angeles 110 E 22nd St
  2. Mon Sep 17 - Wed Dec 31
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Opening Night Musical

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  • Critics choice
  1. IO West 6366 Hollywood Boulevard, at Ivar Avenue
  2. Fri May 24 - Fri Dec 18
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  1. La Quinta Resort & Club 49499 Eisenhower Dr
  2. Fri May 24 - Sun Dec 21
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Diamond Lion

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  1. Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (UCB) 5919 Franklin Ave
  2. Fri May 24 - Fri Dec 18
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Asssscat

  • Price band: 1/4
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  • Free
  1. Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (UCB) 5919 Franklin Ave
  2. Sat May 25 - Sun Dec 20
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The Armando Show

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. IO West 6366 Hollywood Boulevard, at Ivar Avenue
  2. Sat May 25 - Sat Dec 19
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Shitty Jobs

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (UCB) 5919 Franklin Ave
  2. Sun May 26 - Sun Dec 20
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L.A. Dance Project

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. The Theatre at Ace Hotel 929 S Broadway
  2. Thu Feb 20 - Sun Oct 26
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Alex W
Alex W

Well here I am again! Looking for things to do on Saturday and Sunday with friends in from out of town. Friday night we'll be checking out the Hollywood Bowl with trey Anastacio - as mentioned, I work with LA Phil so I see a LOT of shows there! http://hbowl.com/TreyAnastasio Sunday I am thinking the Abbot Kinney festival. See some of y'all at either place? What else is happening? 

Alex W
Alex W

LOL @Tara D ;)


Also, it bears mentioning - since I will be there, I work with LA Phil! - there's DreamWorks Animation in Concert this weekend at the Bowl. I'm bringing my sister, nephew, and his friend...fun for them, and we can picnic and drink some good wine. Hopefully see some of you there! http://hbowl.com/dreamworksanimation

Tara D
Tara D

So, are there any fun things to do this weekend?

Norma C
Norma C

@Tara D Quinceanera Magazine Expo Embassy Suites 211 E. Huntington Dr  Arcadia, CA   12 - 5pm