The five coolest things to do in and around Los Angeles this week
Last week may have felt like it was Halloween (everyone certainly seemed to be dressing up early this year), but this weekend we have the real thing, and the festivities in Los Angeles go way beyond your traditional trick-or-treating. If you’ve never been to a midnight showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, the screening in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery is about as good an introduction as you can get to this cult classic. If music’s more your thing, Danny Elfman will be playing Jack in a live performance of the score from The Nightmare Before Christmas. And if you’d rather spend the evening among artists, there’s a gathering of over 150 artists discussing their work at the Temporary Space. Later in the week, there’s a chance to try a variety of wines from Italy’s Campania region. Or you can escape to Idyllwild for some hiking and gallery-hopping.
October 31/ Film
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Halloween and The Rocky Horror Picture Show go together like macaroni and cheese. It’s a seamless fit. After all, for the fans who love this cult classic of a musical-comedy-horror film, every screening is a chance to dress up as a favorite character. A Hollywood Forever screening is sure to set the bar even higher, with celebrity ghosts roaming the grounds, a contortionist, jugglers, magicians and a RHPS photo booth. There’s even a glam dance party before and after the movie. This could quite possibly be the most perfect Halloween night ever.
Gates 5:15 p.m., Movie 7:00 p.m. | Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood | 323-469-1181 |$25 | website
October 31 Art
Art lovers often find that it’s hard to connect with artists at their openings because they’re usually quite busy (and rightfully so). So Artra Curatorial came up with a great idea: Masque Attack. At this salon-style event, each of the approximately 150 artists who participate shows a small work and then discusses it with the crowd. This way, everyone gets to know each other without the pressure of buying or selling a piece (which is against the rules). It’s a place to share passion, vino, and conversation with other art-minded individuals.
6 p.m. - 10 p.m. | Temporary Space, 5522 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles | free | website
October 31-November 1 / Music
Danny Elfman Live
Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas is required viewing around this time of year. The memorable Jack Skellington sings gusto baritone straight from his bones, and his kidnapping of Santa Claus is every child (and adult’s) worst nightmare. A live performance of this score (with Danny Elfman as Jack!) from the hills of Hollywood is sure beat a couch and pajamas marathon. Replace your popcorn with Pinot Noir, and get thee to The Hollywood Bowl.
Various Times | Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood | 323-850-2000 | from $29.50 | website
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November 2 / Wine Tasting
Wines of Campania
Most people flock to Campania, in southern Italy, for gorgeous views of the Amalfi Coast and Capri, but oenophiles know the area for its delectable wines. There’s Lacryma Christi, which is produced on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius, aglianico, which comes from a black grape native to the region, and lesser-known varietals like biancolella and forastera. If a trip to Capri isn’t in your future, a Campania wine tasting should be. Sotto’s wine director, Jeremy Parzen, will be leading the tasting paired with light bites from Chef Steve Samson. Stay for dinner and receive a discount on the entire meal.
6:30 p.m. | Sotto Restaurant, 9575 Pico Blvd., Los Angeles | 310-277-0210 | $35 | website
The beautiful mountainside town of Idyllwild, in the heart of the San Juanito Mountains, is a perfect retreat for both art lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. You can spend a day hiking along the local trails (which range from easy to strenuous), go mountain biking or rock climbing, or just wander around in town visiting the many galleries that show the work of local artists. The quaint Strawberry Creek Bunkhouse, an eco-friendly mountain lodge, is the perfect place to recharge. The vibe is outdoorsy and rustic, and a breakfast basket with homemade scones is delivered to your door every morning.
Eva Glettner is a writer and a native Angeleno. She loves art, travel, coffee, and skateboarding.