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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Second Home Serpentine Pavilion @ The La Brea Tar Pits

We haven't had the chance, on the count of indigestion; at least that's why some of our staff couldn't make it to this colorful event known as the

Second Home Serpentine Pavilion
Now- Nov 24
Open 11 am to 7 pm daily, open until 9 pm Fridays
La Brea Tar Pits, Use their parking lots
Free, Gotta RSVP
Walk-ins too, but all our timed

So, basically it's a crazy colorful tent paradise to get your picture taken at multiple times. Explore, contemplate, enjoy simply being alive. Oh, and TAKE PICTURES!

For a limited time, explore SelgasCano’s standout architectural creation, up close and personal. Each of the rainbow tunnels takes you on different journey. There are multiple ways to wander, and many entrances and exits, but they all emanate from a center area where you'll be immersed in stained glass light. The pavilion experience shifts from day to night—natural light seeps through translucent walls by day, and glowing lights illuminate its colors and surfaces once the sun goes down. 

Check the official site for special events being held throughout it's stay. And don't complain about LA not having culture or events! We had a free big tent (not a circus) near a museum.

Halloween Weekend: Everyone Is Gonna Celebrate Early

In the year 2019, Halloween is Thursday, Oct 31st next week. That means this weekend is gonna have most parties, events and celebrations before the real big day. So, check out our Halloween Guide, for all them good Halloween events.

Just added

Rated R Speakeasy
Saturday, Oct 26, 7:00 pm
Santa Monica Pier

Rated R is taking the party from their secret speakeasy location in Glendale and bringing it to the Santa Monica Pier Carousel House for a special event this Halloween!

Let's Start A Cult! Glitch City Halloween 2019
Sat, Oct 26, 2019, 8:00 PM
Glitch City
2500 W 8th St
Los Angeles, CA 90057
$5 Capacity is limited, so you must RSVP via Eventbrite if you would like admission to the party. Your donation fee goes directly to future Glitch City events like this one.

This is a special opportunity to get in on the ground floor of our brand new cult! All you need is a human soul, we will figure out the rest.

Anaheim Fall Festival & Halloween Parade
The Festival begins at 11am and ends at 5pm. After the festival hurry to your spot to watch the parade, starting at 6pm. 
Festival is on the Center Street Promenade

A Halloween parade and festival that takes place each year in Anaheim.


A live stage reading of Ed Wood's notorious Plan 9 From Outer Space with Dana Gould, Janet Varney, Bobcat Goldthwait, Paul F. Tompkins, Matt Braunger, Steven Webber, Laraine Newman & more... Live music by Eban Schletter.

From the guide

Cinema Phantasmagoria
Oct 11-31, Select Nights 
Million Dollar Theatre307 S. Broadway Los Angeles, CA 90013
$22 and up

Classic and cult horror films to watch via Street Food Cinema. Enjoy live music before the music and good eats from various vendors.

"Cinema Phantasmagoria is an immersive haunted theater experience with classic horror films. Guests step into a mysterious 1920’s movie palace where time stands still. Sinister ushers, strolling musicians, a demonic barber and an undead Master of Ceremonies will entertain as you hit the bar before settling in to watch a modern classic horror film. And, if you dare, take the historic VIP Backstage Ghost Tour (running every fifteen minutes throughout the night) and step into the depths of the gothic Million Dollar Theatre."

Psycho Live with Orchestra
October 25 - 31
The Theatre at Ace Hotel
929 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015

"Hitchcock’s masterpiece of suspense on the big screen is accompanied by a live performance of the hair-raising score played by the LA Opera Orchestra. Come experience one of Hollywood's most iconic movies paired with the intensity of live music. Warning: you won’t be able to shower for weeks!"

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
Sun, October 27, 2019
7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Cinespia at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
6000 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90038

$18 – $20 
The original horror classic in the cemetery. Free photobooth, DJs spin at sunset. BYOB picnic with beer and wine permitted.

Saturday October 26, 10:00 PM - 2:00 AM
The Theatre at Ace Hotel $25 advance, $35 door

"Our annual All Hallows ritual in our epically haunted cathedral, complete with music, devilish potions, and all manner of dark arts carrying deep into the witching hour with DJ sets from Restless Nites DJs and special guests."

Haunted Little Tokyo Block Party 2019
Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 6 PM – 12 AM
334 East 2nd Street Between Central and San Pedro, Los Angeles, CA 90012

A one night Halloween festival with music and entertainment, local food and retail vendors, 100 foot beer garden, costume contest with cash prizes! And family friendly fun in the heart of downtown Los Angeles.

DynastyLand Halloween - An Immersive Multiroom Party Experience
Sat, Oct 26, 9:30pm

Secret Seance, Comedy, & Magic Shows! Trick-or-Treat Scavenger Hunt! Costume Contest! Dyngo! (Bingo) Glow-In-The-Dark Dance Party! Intoxicating Snacks & Boo-verages! And Much Much More!!
Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 8 PM – 2 AM
Clifton's Republic
648 S Broadway, Los Angeles, California 90014
This Halloween Clifton's explores those dark stories that have haunted us since we were small.  From the classic Brothers Grimm to Nordic & Russian tales from deep within the darkened woods-- we discover the most terrifying, macabre and spellbinding stories designed to teach us life lessons in the most haunting ways!  Come celebrate this astonishing history where you can discover wolves, witches, goblins and all manner of gruesome characters-- while exploring the wonder of our own Haunted Forest and exceptional libations.

DJ's, Dancing, Devilish Entertainment and Drinks-- with a complimentary shot of Spirits included in the price of each General Admission entry.  Be prepared to be enchanted by our cast of Gifted Eccentrics as they guide you on your journey into the dark stories you thought you knew.  Featuring ghosts, ghouls and phantoms fashioned from an assortment of legends,--you're sure to be whisked away to a land rich in tantalizing terror and tauntingly tortuous temptations...

Lucha VaVOOM’s Halloween Spectacular
Oct 23-24
The Mayan Theater  
1038 S Hill St.
$40.00 - $55.00

Los Angeles’ longest-running, celebrated variety show, where Mexican masked wrestling, burlesque, and comedy collide—returns to the City of Angels for its wildest Halloween event yet!

Sleepover: Halloween
Sleepovers include access to museum exhibits after hours, 3D movies, themed crafts, activities, a scavenger hunt, and special performances. It also includes an evening snack and continental breakfast the next day.
Sat, Oct 26th, 4:00 pm
Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum
1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd.
Topanga CA  90290
"Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum transforms into the haunted BOO-tanicum with the company’s annual Halloween extravaganza fundraiser, highlighted by its unique and infamous haunted house. Enjoy the tricks and treats of the season on the wooded grounds with a host of enticements including ghost stories, game booths, festival food and libations, performances by Creative Playground, Peter Alsop, comedy improv group Off the Grid; and more. Beware of zombie thespians! Come on down…if you dare."

$19.01 – $24.66

A Halloween bar crawl around LA.

Long Beach Zombie Walk Halloween Party at Shoreline Village 2019
Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 4 PM – 10 PM
Shoreline Village
401-435 Shoreline Village Drive, Long Beach, California 90802
Calling all rotting, brain-eating, flesh-dripping folks in varying states of decay! Join Shoreline Village this Saturday, October 26th for celebration of all things Undead, including live music, vendors, outdoor movies and of course, a ghoulish walk/shuffle down Rainbow Harbor - FREE, courtesy of your hosts at Shoreline Village and participating sponsors!
Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 4 PM
Metro Red Line- Hollywood/Highland, 6815 Hollywood Blvd

Dress up like a zombie and join the horde.
"The dead are returning to life. Their reanimated corpses are filling the subway tunnels beneath Los Angeles. It's only a matter of time before they make their way to the surface!"

Let’s chat in Japanese! 
Tuesday, October 29 at 7-9pm
The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles
5700 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Free, Register


Zombies, witches and Sadakos of the night!  Put your Halloween costume on and join our Halloween themed conversation café, Tea Time!  You will enjoy Japanese snacks and tea while you chat with native Japanese speakers. All levels welcome.  Japanese language experience is not necessary-this event is open to everyone, ages 18 and up.

Weekly What To Do: Almost Halloween, So Not Much Else

Just, just look at our Halloween's all Halloween stuff this weekend and a few other things.

Judd Apatow & Friends - Benefit for Fair Fight 2020

Sat Oct 26
Will Call: 6:00 PM / Doors: 8:45 PM / Show: 9:00 PM
Patton Oswalt & Friends
Sun Oct 27
Will Call: 6:00 PM / Doors: 7:00 PM / Show: 7:30 PM
Rob Huebel & Paul Scheer present CRASH TEST
Mon Oct 28
Will Call: 6:00 PM / Doors: 7:00 PM / Show: 8:30 PM

F*ck Fascism Game Night!
Thursday, October 24, 6 PM – 9 PM
Alamo Drafthouse Los Angeles
7th Street & Flower St, Los Angeles, California 90017

To celebrate Taika Waititi's new anti-hate film "Jojo Rabbit" we're throwing a game night featuring Secret Hitler & Black Orchestra! Come dressed as your favorite freedom fighter, jam out to some rebellious tunes and celebrate being a TRUE patriot, by questioning authority and standing up against Tyranny.

One Piece: Stampede
October 24-31 (sub & dub)
Select theaters

A pirate dream team rushes the big screen in a brand-new movie from One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda!

Children of the Sea
Starts, Fri, Oct 25
Glendale Laemmle

Children of the Sea is the latest feature from Japan’s STUDIO4C (known for Tekkonkinkreet, MFKZ, Mind Game, Animatrix, Batman: Gotham Knight, and others), and is directed by Ayumu Watanabe

The Toxic Avenger: The Musical
Oct 25-26
The Zephyr Theatre
7456 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, California 90046
The Toxic Avenger: The Musical is rock musical written by Joe De Pietro & David Bryan. Based on the Lloyd Kauffman Troma cult classic film of the same name.

A young environmentalist fights crime, toxic waste, and his own new body and stench, all while singing and falling in love along the way in this hilarious and raunchy comedy about the first superhero from New Jersey.

Cutesy Art Show
Opening Reception:
Friday, Oct 25, 7-9 PM

Cute work from  Jerrod Maruyama

*Also, work from Dano Brown, Steve Casino , Sergio Jauregui and Brad Hill
"60th anniversary of Los Angeles Nagoya sister city affiliation!"
*what a great Engrish title
Saturday, October 26, 2019
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Westfield Century City
10250 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90067

A showcase of Japanese culture in the mall.

Dance The Worm by Ako Castuera
Opening Reception with the Artist:
Saturday, October 26th
6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
2062 Sawtelle Boulevard
Los Angeles CA 90025

Born in LA county and raised throughout its vast expanse, Ako Castuera’s work explores the theme of culture as it crosses physical and temporal boundaries- intangible practices and histories expressing themselves through everyday exchanges between people, place, plants and animals.

Mon, Oct 28, 8pm then repeated every Monday
Alamo Drafthouse Los Angeles
Lost in a quiz night wasteland? Looking for something you can rely on? Blood burning for a way to prove how much you know about movies? Then prepare to enter the TriviaDome!

Join us every Monday in Video Vortex for EPIC movie trivia and a chance to win awesome prizes!

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Two Bit Circus Foundation Anti-Gala 2019

By Eric Harris

Set strangers on fire AND support science, technology, engineering, arts, and math in schools? Hurry up and take our money! Things To Do In LA recently attended the Two Bit Circus Foundation’s 2019 Anti-Gala in Downtown Los Angeles.

I totally trust this guy with my charitable contributions
Wow! Two Bit Circus sure knows how to put the fun in fundraiser! Yes, we know that’s a terrible line, but it’s a great description of the evening. Start off with the standard Two Bit Circus experience arcade games, escape rooms, virtual reality, augmented reality, modernized Midway-style games, and game shows as a base, and then mix in Le PeTiT CiRqUe artists, garnish with the Dunk Tank Flambé, and finish things off a mime-hosted SUPER Silent Auction. All this and more to benefit innovative science, technology, engineering, [art], math STEM/STE[A]M programs in education!

Le PeTiT CiRqUe is an award-winning company of pre-professional 6-15 year old cirque artists. Think Cirque du Soleil, but smaller, much smaller. One could even say “ces artistes de cirque sont très petits.” True to the company name, at least one performer could fold-up into a box for easy storage and transportation. Convenient!
Le PeTiT CiRqUe performer in a box!
The Super Silent Auction was a silent auction hosted by a mime. Everyone loves mimes, and mimes love science, technology, engineering, art, and math education! Silent auction items ranged from sports memorabilia, for example, signed Sugar Ray Leonard boxing gloves, and a Kyle Kuzma basketball to gift baskets and collectables, to hard-to-find items such as tickets for LA’s Magic Castle. TTDILA tip tickets to the Magic Castle can be hard to score, so charitable auctions are the way to go if you don’t have a magician hook-up.

Dunk Tank Flambé is a twisted take on the classic carnival dunk tank. Instead of dunking a person into a pool of water, the person to be “dunked” dons a fire retardant suit and is then set on fire repeatedly. The crowd loved the Dunk Tank Flambé! The show happened every half hour and was packed every time.

Louisiana Love Act
Entertainment also included Louisiana Love Act playing instruments made from found materials, and guest DJ Arabian Prince, a founding member of N.W.A.!

TTDILA staff are not the only people who wanted to support education by playing video games, drinking robot bartender prepared beverages, and lighting strangers on fire (for charity of course). The crowd was full of happy, smiling faces, and event sponsors included Vans, AT&T, YouTube, KMPG, Wells Fargo, and others. We expect great things from Two Bit Circus in 2020!

Single admission tickets started off at $125 for the October 14 event and included complimentary valet parking (first come, first serve).

Two Bit Circus Micro-Amusement Park
634 Mateo Street
Los Angeles, CA 90021

STEAM Lab Tool Bench
A quick note about Two Bit Circus Foundation
As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, the Two Bit Circus Foundation provides educational opportunities for under-served youth in Los Angeles and around the world through their innovative Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math programming. To date, the foundation has introduced more than 300,000 students to STEM/STEAM education, through innovative on-and-off campus classroom and after-school science programs. The foundation has also created more than 140 Makerspaces, portable carts loaded with tools and materials for hands-on STEM/STEAM learning experiences. The Two Bit Circus Foundation has some ambitious projects on the horizon, including a new Makerspace to be located in the Koreatown branch of the LA Public Library.

Picture Gallery

Domo Arrigato, Mr. Robot Bartender!
What the hell did that robot put in my drink?
Virtual Reality !
Virtual Journalist in Virtual Reality !!
Everyone is a winner at Two Bit Circus!
Skee ball is a killer shoulder workout
Dr. Botcher’s Minute Medical School
Got rhythm?
Is that Waldo? Nope, that’s gaming legend Nolan Bushnell !
4 player Pac-Man
Chick Kill A game
Chick Kill A or cyborg chicken?
Kid-designed game
Midway-style game

Dunk Tank Flambé!