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Things To Do in L.A. This Week [9-26-2022 to 9-30-2022]

September 26, 2022 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
Image via Night Of The Jack

Halloween season in Los Angeles is about to go on full blast.

This week in L.A., from September 26-30, sees the opening of Haunt O’ Ween, Urban Death, and Nights of the Jack, plus plenty of free to-dos including KCRW Summer Nights in Little Tokyo, Astronomy on Tap in Pasadena, and a special screening of Prey as part of the L.A. Times Food Bowl. Scan the rundown below to explore all your options. And have a good one!

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Things To Do This Week

Astronomy on Tap -> On Monday, Astronomy on Tap brings an evening of astronomically-themed pub trivia, live music, science talks, and telescope viewing to Dog Haus Biergarten in Old Pasadena. This month’s theme is “The Search for Life & Planets.” Starts at 7:30 p.m. Free to attend, no RSVP required. More info here.

Kristina Wong at Oxy Arts -> Artist/comedian/writer Kristina Wong comes to Oxy Arts this Monday for a special spoken word performance/talk presented in conjunction with OA’s latest exhibition, Voice a Wild Dream: Moments in Asian American Art and Activism, 1968-2022. Free to attend, and starts at 6 p.m. Get more info on Monday’s event here.

How Should We Prepare For Aliens? -> Zócalo Public Square goes interstellar this Tuesday with a special in-person panel discussion that will delve into the social, scientific, and practical considerations facing humanity if/when we finally encounter intelligent life from outer space. Free to attend. Starts at 7 p.m. at the ASU California Center in DTLA. Get more info here.

Beyond Fest -> The 10th anniversary lineup for Beyond Fest includes 63 films screened across 5 Los Angeles locations: Aero Theatre, Los Feliz 3, TCL Chinese Theatre, Hollywood Legion Theatre and IMAX Headquarters/Playa Vista. The action kicks off this Tuesday with a free screening of Smile at MUBI Theatre at the Aero, and the festival continues through October 11. More info here.

Free Screening of Prey -> As Part of LA Times Food Bowl, Hulu x bxp present a free community screening of Prey this Wednesday at Colorado Center in Santa Monica. RSVP and get more info here.

Totally! Stand-Up Comedy -> Totally! brings an evening of stand-up to the intimate space of Bar Lubitsch in Hollywood. This week’s lineup features Greta Titelman (Search Party on HBO), Luke Mones (Laughing Devil Fest, Carolines Comedy Club), Ali Kolbert (Fallon), Eddie Della Siepe (Hulu, For Fact’s Sake Podcast), Jasmine Ellis (#1 iTunes Album “Trashbaby”), Geoff Plitt (SF Sketchfest), and Alex Nussbaum (SiriusXM). Tickets are $10. Get more info here.

KCRW Summer Nights -> KCRW Summer Nights wraps their 2022 series with a final event at the courtyard of the Japanese American National Museum and MOCA Geffen. Expect evening of dancing, DJ sets, and after-hours access to both museums. Free to attend. Starts at 6 p.m. More info here.

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride -> The signature Halloween experience held in Griffith Park is continues this FridaySunday. Visitors will experience a revamped version of Midnight Falls, a fictional horror-town filled with roaming monsters, a haunted mortuary and macabre theatre. Hayride-only tickets start at $29.99, and GA tickets for all attractions start at $39.99. Get more info here.

Knott’s Scary Farm -> Continuing Thursday-Sunday, Knott’s Scary Farm is back with their signature lineup of haunted attractions, mazes and thousands of monsters ready to scare the living daylight out of you and your crew. More info here

Halloween Horror Nights -> Scary season continues at Universal Studios this Thursday to Sunday. The fall horror takeover features the signature Terror Tram, plus a litany of scare zones, lives shows, and eight different haunted houses, including a nightmare experience based on The Weeknd’s After Hours video series. GA tickets start at $72, but VIP and express packages can push the price point well over $300 depending on the offer. Runs on select dates through October 31. Get more info here.

Writers Bloc at The Wallis -> Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anthony Doerr comes to the The Wallis this Thursday to kick off the fall series of Writers Bloc conversations. Former L.A. Times book critic David Ulin moderates the discussion. GA tickets start at $25 per person. Get more info here.

Latin Nights at Runway -> Every Friday in September, Runway Playa Vista hosts free salsa dancing classes with live latin musical performances to follow. Lessons start at 5:30 p.m. No RSVP required. More info here.

Redondo Movie Nights -> On Fridays through September 30, catch free movie screenings on the Redondo Beach Pier. This week they’ll screen Disney/Pixar’s Soul. Event starts at 7 p.m. More info here.

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Free Friday Film Screening at Ovation Hollywood -> Ovation Hollywood hosts a free film screening on the last Friday of every month that includes a pre-film DJ set and free popcorn. This week they’ll screen Encanto. Get more info here.

Urban Death Tour of Terror -> Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre’s annual tradition of Urban Death is back with a brand new series of terrifying vignettes, bookended by walks through a creepy maze. Performances begin this Friday, and continue on Fridays and Saturdays through October 29, with two bonus shows on Sunday, October 30 and Halloween Monday, October 31. Advance tickets are $20 per person. More info here.

Haunt O’ Ween -> Haunt O’ Ween’s 200,000 square-foot playground of Halloween-themed games, performances, rides, and attractions is back in Woodland Hills beginning this Friday, with the action continuing on select dates through October 31. GA tickets run $36-$44. Get more info here.

Nights of the Jack -> The annual 1-mile trail of Halloween lights and jack o’lanterns at King Gillette Ranch returns this Friday, and continuing on select dates through October 31. In addition to the signature walk, expect live pumpkin carving demos, face painting, a souvenir shop, and a “spookeasy” offering adult beverages for sale. Admission runs $29.99-$44.99 depending on which day of the week you attend. Get more info here.

Dining & Drinking

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The Pay Me A Compliment cocktail at The Green Room. Photo by Max Milla.

New Cocktails & Bites at The Green Room -> The Green Room recently launched a selection of new experimental cocktails and eye-catching bar bites in their Burbank speakeasy. The menu includes the “Pay Me A Compliment,” a sweet and salty cocktail made with butter washed Jefferson Ocean Bourbon, popcorn essence bitters and 24 karat gold dust garnished with an oversized popcorn ball held together with marshmallow and butter infused bourbon. The new food menu offers Filet Mignon Sammies, a Hot Seafood Tower and Mini Pizza Pockets. Plus, a beautiful Alice in Wonderland-inspired dessert dubbed “Down The Rabbit-Hole” is a sweet feast for your eyes served on a tray with Ube Crepe Cake, White Chocolate Ube Mousse, House Made Pistachio Gelato and Candied Pistachios, all whimsically assembled to resemble the mysterious forest in the film.

Mexico City’s Rayo Pops up in L.A. -> Mexico City bar Rayo pops up at two L.A. bars this week, bringing their innovative creations to Bar Flores on Thursday, September 28, and Death & Co on Friday, September 29. Owners Tito Perez, Alvaro Garcia and Victor Garibay will be shaking and stirring up exclusive cocktails created just for the pop ups. 

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$10 Gin Cocktails at Accomplice Bar this week -> This month, Accomplice Bar in Mar Vista hosts a special Wednesday extended happy hour in collaboration with Future Gin from 5 to 7 p.m. Catch several $10 Future Gin cocktails on the menu. 

Looking Ahead

The Tasting Kitchen and Biite will welcome Monte Xanic winery and their Valle de Guadalupe restaurant Artio for two special dinners on Sunday October 2 and Monday October 3. Guests will be treated to a five course tasting experience designed to highlight the vibrant flavors and wines from the Baja region. The Tasting Kitchen’s Executive Chef Travis Passerotti and Guest Chef Viko Morales will collaborate on a menu that includes Duck Carnitas Tostada with Mole Verde, Seasonal Seafood Fideo, and a Flannery California Reserve Dry Aged Ribeye with Umami compound butter. Reservations are available via Biite for $165 a person.

Cochon555’s Heritage Fire -> Cochon555’s Heritage Fire returns to Los Angeles Sunday, October 2 with an all-star lineup of local chefs and artisans gathering in one place to celebrate heritage breed livestock and heirloom produce. The all-inclusive event features unlimited food, a bevy of wines, cocktails, craft beers and live entertainment. Happening at The Westin Bonaventure Hotel in DTLA. General admission costs $99 and VIP is $150. 


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