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38 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Best Keep on Your Radar [10-12-15 to 10-16-15]

October 12, 2015 by Christina Champlin

Every week in Los Angeles there are tons of great things to do (even before the weekend gets started) that we think you ought to have on your radar. With that in mind, we put together a list every Monday morning to keep you in the know about what’s happening in the city you love (or maybe just like).

This week includes a Echo in The Canyon on Monday, the LA Kings on home ice, The War on Drugs at the Greek, FREE Front Porch Cinema, a FREE YACHT Show at Amoeba, and plenty more to choose from.


Hope you find the rundown useful and, as always, enjoy your week!

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The National at The Greek Theater

The National Perform at The Greek Theater in 2014. The War on Drugs will be there this Friday. Credit: Matt Biddulph via flickr

Monday October 12th, 2015

1. Echo In The Canyon

The Echo in The Canyon show will feature Beck, Fiona Apple, Jakob Dylan, Cat Power, Regina Spektor and Jade (formerly of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes) performing the music of the Byrds, the Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield, the Mamas & the Papas, Love & The Association and more, all playing at the Orpheum Theatre. Tickets are going fast, as the first show time (7:30pm) has already sold out BUT a second time slot has been added for 10:30pm.

2. Olio Dishing Out $5 Pizzas All Month Long

To celebrate their five year anniversary, Olio is pricing their hand-tossed, wood-fired, margherita pies for $5 all month long. The deal goes for both the West Third and Grand Central Market locations. The only catch is there’s a limit of one pizza per guest per day.

3. Arcade Nights At SPiN Standard

The Standard’s DTLA’s SPin continues it’s Arcade Night series, Monday and Tuesday from 4:00pm-2:00am. Arcade Night features unlimited games on 20 vintage arcade machines and ping-pong tables for a cover charge of $5.

4. Travel-Inspired Guest Chef Series At Hinoki & the Bird

For the month of October, Hinoki & the Bird will be hosting the Travel-Inspired Guest Chef series featuring Chef Perfecto Rocher (formerly of smoke.oil.salt.). Every Monday of this month Perfecto will curate a 5-course Spanish tasting menu inspired by his recent travels to Spain. The meal cost $85 per person.

5. Hot Tub With Kurt and Kristen

Comedians Kurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal’s Hot Tub With Kurt And Kristen is one of the most popular weekly variety shows happening at The Virgil. You might recognize Kurt from Chelsea Lately and Kristen from The Daily Show and Flight of the Concords. Laugh your butt off for just $5 bucks or $8 at the door. Get your advance tickets here.

6. Carrie: The Killer Musical

An immersive,  one-of-a-kind musical production of the classic Stephen King tale of bullying, cruelty, and revenge. Now playing at the historic Los Angeles Theater. Performances all week and weekend long. Discount tickets and more information available via our friends at Goldstar.

7. The Ancient Forest At Descanso Gardens

Descanso Gardens just opened their brand new Ancient Forest over the weekend, the forest features plants virtually unchanged since dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Highlight includes a new cycad collection that includes almost 175 plants representing 66 species including several endangered species.

8. Free Meditation Classes At The Springs DTLA

Urban wellness oasis The Springs is offering free meditation class, Monday through Fridays at 1:00pm! Grab one of their fresh pressed juices after, it’s pretty much the best in town.

Tuesday October 13th, 2015

9. LA Kings vs. Vancouver Canucks (Discount Tix)

Just a quick reminder that the LA Kings are back on the ice for the 2015-2016 season and you can catch them in action this Tuesday against the Vancouver Canucks. Grab discount tickets to the game via our friends at Goldstar starting at just $10.

10. Debate, Debate LA At The Ace Theatre

A debate viewing and comedy event happening at the Ace Theatre, a panel of comedians will provide commentary on the Democratic debate. Join Tim Heidecker, Douggpound, Eliza Skinner, Brent Weinback, the Lucas Bros and Brendon Walsh as they all weigh in on a slightly delayed broadcast of the live debate. Afterwards, head to the lobby for a party and voter registration drive.

11. Learn To Pickle With GCM’s Kevin West

Through demonstrations and tastings, explore the technique, history, and culture of pickling with Kevin West. A journalist and author Kevin, is the creative director of Grand Central Market and has given guest lectures and demonstrations at institutions and museums throughout the city. Registration cost is $35.

12. Screamfest Horror Film Festival

Happening the 13th through the 22nd, the Screamfest Horror Film Festival is the largest and longest running film festival for horror in the U.S. Paranormal Activity was discovered in 2007 here since then the festival has been called the “Sundance of Horror.”

13. LACMA Tuesday Matinee Film Series Screens Ghost of Frankenstein

LACMA will screen Ghost of Frankenstein. This ongoing  Tuesday Matinee film series cost $2 for members and $4 for non members.

14. $7 Rosé & Oysters At Tanzy

Tanzy Restaurant will launch a new Rosé and oyster promotion this Tuesday. For only $7, the restaurant will be offering diners a glass of St. Supery Rosé paired with four West Coast oysters every Tuesday from 11:00am to 10:00pm.

15. Gourmet Food Truck Night

Every Tuesday night the California Heritage Museum holds a Gourmet Truck Night at the museum showcasing a select of gourmet truck eateries.  All happening from 5:30pm to 9:30pm.

16. Giant Robot Biennale 4

The Japanese American National Museum is hosting the Giant Robot Biennale 4, its fourth exhibition in collaboration with Giant Robot founder, Eric Nakamura. This edition of the popular series, first presented in 2007, will examine the evolution of the Giant Robot aesthetic from its humble origins in drawing to its many celebrated manifestations in painting, installation, muralism, and photography. The show will run through January 24, 2016.

17. Taco & Trivia Tuesday’s at Angel City Brewery 

Every Tuesday celebrate all things “T” with tacos and trivia at DTLA’s open air brewery Angel City. Taqueria el Severo will be serving up grilled tacos outside, while Brainstormer host’s trivia inside. Trivia starts at 7:00pm sharp.

18. Rooftop Film Club

The popular screening series that has already held court in London and New York is now here in Los Angeles! For each screening of the Rooftop Film Club series organizers will set up rows of lawn chairs on the r oof of the Ricardo Montalbán Theatre and provide headphones for each attendee. Doors open at 6:00pm with screenings starting at 8:00pm. Kicking off the week of screenings is Breakfast At Tiffany’s on Tuesday, Guardians Of The Galaxy on Wednesday and Indiana Jones: Raiders Of The Lost Ark on Thursday.

Wednesday October 14th, 2015

19. Complimentary Wine & Candy Pairing At The Andaz Wine Gallery

In the spirit of Halloween, V Wine Room sommeliers will host a complimentary wine and candy pairing in the Andaz wine gallery from 5:00pm-7:00pm. No tricks, just treats. Sip, mingle, and learn how to perfectly pair caramel apples, delectable chocolates, and more with unique California grown wines. Tastings are available for guests and locals 21+. Valet parking is available for $7 with validation.

20. LA Haunted Hayride

If the idea of hopping on a bandwagon that travels through the darkness of Griffith Park while costumed characters seep out of the shadows to try to terrify you sounds like the time of your life… then step right up to the L.A. Haunted Hayride! The hayride will run from October 2-31 (every Friday-Sunday, plus some Thursdays and Wednesdays), and our friends at Goldstar have some special deals to save you about $5 on select dates.

21. Bootleg Theatre Offering Free Yoga With Kali Yoga All October

The Bootleg Theatre in Echo Park is offering one hour long FREE yoga classes with Kali Yoga every Wednesday and Sunday at 11:00AM all October long. Updates,schedules and an indie rock instrumental playlist for the classes can be found on their Facebook event page.

22.Twilight Tenth Anniversary Q&A + Book Signing

Can you believe it’s been 10 years since Bella and Edward first appeared in print? Twilight author Stephaie Meyer will be at The Last Bookstore this Wednesday for a special Q&A + ticketed book signing to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of her best-selling young adult fiction book.

23. Old World Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest is in full effect down at the Old World Village in Huntington Beach. Enjoy beers, brats, German baked goods and plenty of live music and activities. Happening this Wednesday through the weekend.


24. Matthew Barney: River of Fundament

Matthew Barney: RIVER OF FUNDAMENT is Barney’s first major solo museum exhibition in Los Angeles. Barney’s newest film might be his largest undertaking since his five-part CREMASTER film cycle. The artist made 85 pieces for this movie, including a 25-ton sculpture, drawings, photos, and storyboards, all will be displayed at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA starting this Sunday and will run through January 18.

Thursday October 15th, 2015

25. Knotts Scary Farm

For 2015, the Knotts Scary Farm features 11 menacing mazes, tons of interactive scare experiences and more than 1,000 monsters roaming the park and lurking in the fog, whatever you’re imagining, it’s here…at Knott’s Scary Farm. Knott’s Scary Farm takes place on select nights September 24 – October 31. Tickets go for around $46, but sure to check our friends at Goldstar for discount offers throughout the month.

26. Shuck It Thursdays At Bow & Truss

On Thursdays Latin inspired Bow & Truss in NOHO is offering $1 oysters from 5:00pm until they run out. Live music also starts at 8:00pm on the patio.

27. Rise of The Jack O’ Lantern Festival

Attention pumpkin carving enthusiasts! The Rise of the Jack-O’-Lantern Festival features more than 5,000 hand-carved illuminated jack o’lanterns created by professional artists and sculptors arranged in creative ways along a 1/3-mile scenic walking trail all set to an original music score. In 2015 there are two L.A. locations where you can enjoy The Rise, at either Descanso Gardens or Santa Anita Park.

28. 16th Annual Public Safety Appreciate BBQ

To celebrate public safety professionals, DTLA is throwing a BBQ with a live band, prize giveaways and of course plenty of grilled meats! Taking place this Thursday from 11:30am-1:30pm at the Bank of America Plaza in DTLA. The menu includes roast tri-tip Santa Maria style and BBQ Chicken.Vegetarian option will also be available like teriyaki grilled portobellos. The event is free for sworn public safety personnel in uniform and $10 for general admission and $5 for children 10 and under.

Location: Bank of America Plaza 333 S. Hope St., Los Angeles, CA 90017

29. MOCA Free Night

Every Thursday evening from 5:00pm – 8:00pm admission is free to both the MOCA on Grand and The Geffen Contemporary.

30. The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor

Long Beach Harbor transforms into a seaport of the damned this Halloween. At Dark Harbor, six mazes await you that will take you through never-before-visited areas of the haunted Queen Mary. There’s also the Monster Midway, where you, zombies, food and entertainment intertwine, including a sinister freak show and the Mechanical Monster. Be sure to grab discount tickets (while available) for select dates via our friends at Goldstar.

31. Free Night At The Skirball Cultural Center 

The Skirball Cultural Center is free to all every Thursday.

32. Free YACHT Performance + Signing at Amoeba Music

YACHT will be performing a free set at Amoeba Music in Hollywood this Thursday in support of their latest album,  I Thought The Future Would Be Cooler. Things get started at 6:00pm.

Friday October 16th, 2015

33. Front Porch Cinema Screens The Imitation Game

The Santa Monica Pier presents Front Porch Cinema, a free movie night under the stars taking place every Friday during the month of October. Unwind on old-timey lawn chairs and watch oceanfront films on a giant inflatable screen, this week the featured presentation is The Imitation Game. The Cinema Lounge will open at 6:00pm and the movie begins at 7:30pm.


34. The War on Drugs at The Greek (Discount Tix)

Catch indie rock sensation The War on Drugs along with special guest Christopher Owens this Friday evening at the historic Greek Theater. Show starts at 7:30pm, and you can grab still grab discount tickets (while supplies last) starting at $20 via our friends at Goldstar.

35. Oktoberfest At Fairplex

The Fairplex transform into a German playground for Oktoberfest every Friday and Saturday of this month. Expect Bavarian music, chicken dancing, bratwurst and pretzels while knocking back some authentic German beers. Entry is only $5.

36. LA Boo at the Zoo

Every weekend in October, the LA Zoo’s special season program offers live music, storytelling, fun photo opportunities, jack-o-lantern carving demonstrations, costumed characters, crafts and more. There will even be a “Graveyard Safari” to discover creatures that emerge in the dark corners of Los Angeles.

37. Oktoberfest at Alpine Village

Enjoy traditional Bavarian fun, food, and beer at the oldest running Oktoberfest celebration in Southern California at Alpine Village in Torrance. Things kick off on September 11 and the festivities continue all the way until October 31.

38. Halloween Horror Nights

Halloween is just a couple weeks away but if you can’t wait till then head on over to Universal Studios for a pre-game scarefest! Universal Studios has announced some new features to their annual horror night including the Crimson Peak: Maze of Madness, based on the upcoming Guillermo del Toro film. Walk into the world of Insidious, outrun the park’s monsters and try to survive the walkers of The Walking Dead. They even revamped the Terror Tram with a 3-D maze based on the apocalyptic comedy This is the End.

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