Things To Do in Los Angeles This Week [9-25-2023 to 9-29-2023]

Image via Boney Island / NHM LA

With October on our doorstep that means one thing: Halloween season is now in full effect!

This September 25-29 in Los Angeles, catch Poetry Under the Stars at Fowler Museum, What is the State of Surveillance? at Zócalo Public Square, 75-cent pancakes at Norms, Shaqtoberfest at The Queen Mary, Boney Island at Natural History Museum, a sunset dance party at Broker Shaker, a 24-hour dublab anniversary celebration, and more.


Things To Do This Week

M = Less than .5 miles from an L.A. Metro Station, FA = Free Admission, TP = Top Pick

John Waters: Pope of Trash -> Celebrate the prolific artist John Waters and his remarkable cinematic contributions through a new exhibition at The Academy Museum, on view now through August 4, 2024. Pope of Trash explores Waters’ creative process, iconic themes, and unparalleled style through an array of artifacts. View costumes up-close like Ricki Lake’s roach dress from “Hairspray” or Debbie Harry’s explosive prop wig. Handwritten scripts, posters, film clips and so much more are also on display. Museum admission costs $25. Hours are Wednesday to Monday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. More info here.

Meet Cute at The MontalbánM > Single and over the apps? The Montalbán Theatre is hosting a series of IRL dating events held over three-day blocks (Monday to Wednesday) through October 25. Expect a mix of speeding dating, happy hours, and icebreaker games, all held on the Theatre’s iconic outdoor rooftop. One-day entry is $15, or you can purchase a three-day set for $35. More info here.

What is the State of Surveillance?M FA TP > In the age of big data and information gathering, what should be our standards for digital privacy? Do we know when Big Brother is watching us? Do we care? This Tuesday, Zócalo Public Square interrogates these issues through a special panel presented in partnership with ACLU of Southern California and The Progress Network. What Is The State of Surveillance? will include ArtCenter College of Design art and tech scholar Mashinka Firunts Hakopian, Brennan Center government surveillance expert Faiza Patel, and ACLU SoCal attorney Mohammad Tajsar, all joining for a timely discussion moderated by UCLA’s Ramesh Srinavasan. Begins at 7 p.m. at the ASU California Center in DTLA. Reception with free bites/drinks to follow the main program. More info here.

Poetry Under the StarsFA > This Wednesday, head to the Fowler Museum for an evening of poetry that will transport guests to the primordial homeland of Armenia. 5 published and award winning Armenian-American poets will read works as part of the program. Runs 6 to 8 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

The Music Behind BarbieM > On Wednesday, The GRAMMY Museum convenes a panel to discuss the music behind the blockbuster film Barbie, featuring soundtrack album producers Mark Ronson, Kevin Weaver, Brandon Davis and Barbie music supervisor George Drakoulias. The program begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 (currently sold out, waitlist only). Get more info here.

Play Readings at Greystone Mansion – > On Wednesdays in September, Theatre 40 and the City of Beverly Hills team up to present a series of new play readings inside the the renovated Greystone Theatre (located inside the historic Greystone Mansion). This week, the series features Beatnik Girl by Leda Siskind. Tickets are $10 for Beverly Hills residents, or $15 for non-residents. All shows begin at 6:30 p.m. More info here.

Boney IslandM TP > Starting this Thursday, Boney Island moves its immersive Halloween haunt from the confines of Griffith Park to a new home at the Nature Gardens of Natural History Museum Los Angeles Attendees can expect an array of glowing installations, spooky skeletons, and shadow puppetry interlaced with artistic performances, real fossils from the museum’s collection, live animal presentations, and plenty of trick-or-treating opportunities for the little ones. Boney Island runs Thursday to Sunday through the end of the month, plus October 30-31. Tickets are $25. More info here.

ShaqtoberfestM > If NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal is going to stamp his name on a Halloween haunt, it better be big, right? Well, this year’s edition of Shaqtoberfest is back at the historic Queen Mary in Long Beach, offering evenings of live entertainment, themed bars and lounges, carnival rides, plus a brand new “Gray Ghost” haunted trail that takes guests deep into the depths of the historic luxury liner. Shaqtoberfest opens this Thursday to Sunday, and continues on select dates through October 31. There will also be family-friendly hours with trick-or-treating during the last three Sundays in October. GA tickets start at $29.99. More info here.

Sunset Dance Party with JADEM > Join Broken Shaker this Thursday for their second Sunset Dance Party with JADE. This 2SQTBIPOC-centered event runs 5 to 9 p.m., taking over the entire rooftop and pool. Dance to DJ Hoeteps and Cquestt’s Latine y Afro diaspora rhythms, or participate in a Sound Bath & Queer Ancestral Ceremony by Allie Brown & Devyn Galindo. Tickets are $20, or free for hotel guests at Freehand LA

Knott’s Scary Farm -> Continuing this Thursday to 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. The haunt continues on select nights through October 31. Tickets start at $59.99 More info here


Los Angeles Haunted Hayride -> The signature Halloween experience held in Griffith Park is back for 2023, continuing this Friday to Sunday. Fictional horror-town Midnight Falls is once again your setting, filled with roaming monsters, a haunted mortuary and of course the iconic Hayride. Tickets start at $29.99. The scares continue on select dates through October 31. More info here.

dublab 24th Anniversary CelebrationM FA TP > Internet radio station and creative collective dublab marks their 24th anniversary with a 24-hour live music broadcast and activation taking place at The Music Center’s Jerry Moss Plaza. From 6 p.m. on Friday to 6 p.m. on Saturday, expect continuous DJ sets and performances from a roster that includes Colored Crag, Gay Felony, Monalisa, Optometry, Jerry Paper, Juliet Mendoza, Jen Ferrer, floating, Underwater Garden Ensemble, DJ The Witching Hours, In Sheep’s Clothing, and many more. Get more info here.

LAPD’s Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration at Union StationM FA > In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, join Los Angeles Police Department is hosting a public celebration at Union Station this Friday that includes music, food and and a special performance by Mariachi Los Servidores (a mariachi ensemble of LAPD sworn and civilian personnel). The event runs 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is free to attend. More info here.

Dining & Drinking

(picks by Christina Champlin)
The happy hour spread at BOA Steakhouse. Photo courtesy of BOA Steakhouse.

An Updated Happy Hour at BOA -> BOA Steakhouse has updated its happy hour menu, available daily from 4 to 5 p.m. at their Manhattan Beach location. Diners can now enjoy $12 cocktails and bar bites starting at $8, including a Bar BOA Caesar salad, and the indulgent Wagyu Smash Burger will only cost you $16. Noteworthy cocktails include the Peaches and Dreams, featuring blanco tequila, peach liqueur, fresh peach, lime, and tajin. For those in need of a caffeine kick, there’s the Fresh Pressed Espresso Martini, made with vanilla vodka, Mr. Black Coffee Liqueur, and a shot of espresso.

A Golden Bachelor Donut at Randy’s -> This week, Randy’s Donuts celebrates ABC’s The Golden Bachelor with a limited-edition gold dusted fancy donut. Stop in between September 25 and October 1 during Golden Hour, from 5 to 7 p.m., buy one donut and receive a free Golden Bachelor donut. On Thursdays premiere day Randy’s Donuts is giving everyone a Golden Discount (aka senior discount) offering 10% off your bill all day long. 


Free Coffee at Laidrey -> Celebrate International Coffee Day on Friday, September 29 with a complimentary drip coffee at Laidrey Coffee Roasters in Encino and Tarzana. The promo runs from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The newly opened Encino location is also highlighting a Latte Bowl ($7) made in collaboration with All About the Cinnamon. It features a bread bowl lined with dark chocolate, generously tossed in an organic cinnamon and sugar mix, and filled to the brim with Laidrey’s espresso. 

75-Cent Pancakes at NORMS -> Celebrate National Pancake Day, or ‘Hotcake Day’ as NORMS calls it, on September 26. All NORMS Restaurants will offer two hotcakes for just 75 cents all day long. Available for dine in, take out, and online order. The catch is there’s a limit of two orders per customer. Still a great deal to us!

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