The High Holidays are Upon Us
It's no secret that October is my favorite month. Not only is Halloween the most sacred of all holidays in our house, but we also got married on mischief night (Oct. 30) in a Halloween themed bacchanal. Then there's the close proximity to Day of the Dead and last but not least, my brat younger sister was born Oct. 14. Hi brat! Love you. Essentially the month of October is my busiest, so while I have neglected my dear readers for way too long, I am here to tell you what events I am most interested in attending in relentlessly sunny Los Angeles. Did I miss an event? I'm sure I did. If you are looking for a list of Halloween haunts, a very full one can be found at the Midsummer Scream Facebook page. Is there a highbrow and creepy snoot fest you think I should know about? Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Without further ado, on to the dark delights...
Every Monday for all time:
Who doesn't appreciate a good burlesque show? Truthfully, everyone appreciates breasts regardless of your preferences. It's the first thing you have to like in life or you die.
Imagine The Gong Show in LA with offbeat performances just feet away from you. That's what this weekly variety show offers.
Ongoing through November 26th
I know I'm going to have a hard time finding a date to this one. Walk through a "safe" open room and gaze in wonder (and horror) at spiders spinning happily in their webs. Seriously, I want to go. Anyone? Anyone?
Ongoing through October 31st
This one has become a staple of Halloween fun in LA and this year's theme is clowns. Clowns are objectively horrible and a curse upon this earth at the best of times. This is not the best of times. Enjoy!
Saturday, October 7th or Sunday, October 8th
Learn how to make anywhere from six to ten different vessels. Then they'll fire them for you and ship them within two weeks. Sign me up.
Sunday, October 8th
The fine and witchy folks at the Mystic Museum in Burbank have started a series of classes to make you a better witch and truly, who doesn't want to be a better witch?
Enjoy sweets and tea while you participate in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. It meets in the Japanese garden of course. While you're there you might also want to snag tickets for Enchanted: Forest of Light, a spectacle of light and sound. I went last year and it was lovely.
Monday, October 9th
I must confess, I wasn't a follower of the powerhouse that is Nicole Angemi of I Heart Autopsy fame. One part mom, one part medical examiner, she's the pride of New Jersey and she's at the Mystic Museum in Burbank. Limited tickets for this morning (mourning, ha) event.
Tuesday, October 10th
Master of the theremin and a delight for the eyes, Armen Ra has curated a night of chamber music and it promises to be an intimate affair.
Saturday, October 14th and Sunday, October 15th
While decidedly spendy, Mr. Lynch has curated an interesting weekend of music, film, lectures and meditation. If you have the cash, check it out.
Two sessions, one each day of the weekend. Learn to identify and prepare plants for your aches and pains.
Tuesday, October 17th
"Girl I just had to kill him." Who hasn't heard that from their best friend? I'm gleeful at the thought of this reading/signing. Tell me of all the wicked women.
Friday, October 20th
Do you love cowboys? Food trucks? Outdoor entertainment and shopping for knickknacks? Then do not miss the last Odd Market of the season.
Saturday, October 21st
Bring a picnic and watch scary movies surrounding by creepy old Victorian houses.
Tuesday, October 24th
I am obsessed with Dr. Lindsey Fitzharris. Medical historian and scholar, Dr. Fitzharris gives us a peak into the world of surgery in the 19th century in her new book. Follow her on instagram (@drlindseyfitzharris), you will not regret it.
Wednesday, October 25th through Friday, October 27th
Do not miss this special Halloween themed installment of Lucha Vavoom. It promises to be bloodier and funnier than ever.
Thursday, October 26th through Saturday, October 28th
Ok garden nerds, this is the time to buy and plant California native plants and Theodore Payne is the place to buy them. Sign up for their garden design classes and do a little something nice for the environment.
Saturday, October 28th
This is one of my favorite things to do in October in LA. It never disappoints.
Saturday, October 28th
I've never seen Labyrinth. Yes, I'm married to a puppeteer and yes, I know I should have seen Labyrinth. There are whole chunks of the 80's when I was practically raised in a cave. I am curious because: David Bowie.
It would seem that everything is happening on the 28th so you must choose, my dears. I am thrilled that the KCRW ball is happening again this year. I've missed it.
Aaaaaand again, on the 28th is an event that looks amazing. Why must everything be the same night? Why? Screen Cocteau's beautiful black and white film with a new score by Philip Glass at the Ace Hotel Theater and then enjoy a costume party after. If you miss the 28th screening, dry your tears, you can attend one on the 29th or on the 31st and you can enjoy another Halloween party after.
Saturday, October 28th and Sunday, October 29th
Go to one of the prettiest places in LA and learn about Victorian mourning practices and the rise of Spiritualism.
Tuesday, October 31st
Be prepared to experience the unique, the unusual and the wondrous as The Edison resurrects the dark spirit of Halloween past.
Celebrate the life of Anton Levay, founder of the Church of Satan in the one time speakeasy of Rudolph Valentino.