This week in Los Angeles, snag tickets to a discussion with Bryan Cranston about his new memoir, catch a special screening of the beloved scary movie Halloween, and head north for the Burbank Beer Festival. Wrap up the week with a performance by the unique vocalist Alejandro Escovedo, or head out of town to the enjoy the quiet beauty of Borrego Springs.
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October 13 | Book talk
Bryan Cranston presents A Life in Parts
Known best for his role as the antihero Walter White in the critically acclaimed AMC drama Breaking Bad, Bryan Cranston is an Emmy award—winning actor who has been working tirelessly since his early 20s and can boast over 150 roles. In his memoir, A Life in Parts, Cranston delves into his experiences from childhood to now, including some stories unbelievable enough that they rival the antics of his characters onscreen. Cranston will be discussing the book with Jay Roach, director of HBO’s All the Way (in which Cranston plays Lyndon B. Johnson).
8:00 p.m. | Barnum Hall at Santa Monica High School, 601 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica | From $45 | website
October 14 | Film
Special Screening of Halloween
It’s almost Halloween, which means it’s time for a requisite viewing of John Carpenter’s classic tale—at midnight, of course. Though Halloween first premiered in 1978, the creepy film is as memorable as ever. Rewatch as the masked maniac Michael Myers chases after Laurie Strode (played by Jamie Lee Curtis), which is even scarier when you see it on the big screen.
11:59 p.m. | Nuart Theatre, 11272 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles | $11 | website
October 15 | Food festival
Burbank Beer Festival
If you’re a beer drinker, you do not want to miss this street festival. We’re talking over 85 craft beers on tap, live music, and local vendors selling goods of all types. Sip on pints from breweries such as Portland Cider Company, Fireman’s Brew, and Thatcher’s English Cider. A ticket allows you to sample many different varieties. And when you need a break from beer, there will also be kombucha available to taste.
12–3 p.m., 4–7 p.m. (two sessions) | 201 N. San Fernando Blvd., Burbank | $45 | website
October 15–16 | Escape the city
Located three hours out of Los Angeles in San Diego County, Borrego Springs is a tiny town in the middle of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park with no stoplights and very little lighting of any kind at night. These facts make it a haven for astronomers from around the world and have fostered the creation of California’s first Dark-Sky Association. Stay at La Casa Del Zorro, and when you’re not stargazing, you’ll be taking a dip in the pool, playing tennis, or getting in a few rounds of golf. Don’t miss the work of local artist Ricardo Breceda, who creates larger-than-life sculptures that he scatters throughout the desert.
October 16 | Music
Singer Alejandro Escovedo is a veteran on the music scene—he’s currently touring to promote his 10th studio album—and his sound combines elements of both punk and country. He’s also a lyrical genius, and this all-ages show at Hollywood’s iconic Roxy Theatre is a chance to hear those lyrics belted out live in an intimate setting.
8 p.m. | The Roxy Theatre, 9009 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles | $20 | website
Eva Glettner is a writer and a native Angeleno. She loves art, travel, coffee, and skateboarding.