LA Insider | Week of October 26, 2023: River of Angels, Bride of Frankenstein, Exotic Cider, Dusty Relics & Halloween Bats!
Ready for Halloween? This week we highlight some fun and scary events around LA and beyond... as well as some intriguing art exhibitions and cultural happenings that shouldn't be at all frightening! We also take a few road trips to the countryside for the end of apple season because this week's food theme is a quest for cider. Trick or treat!
Gallery & Museum Exhibitions
The House Was Too Small: Yoruba Sacred Arts from Africa and Beyond Exhibition: Artist(s) unknown (Yoruba peoples, Nigeria), Ogo elegba (dance wand), collected prior to 1958; wood, cowrie shells, leather, indigo; Fowler Museum at UCLA, X64.311
Fowler Museum | UCLA Campus, Westwood
The House Was Too Small: Yoruba Sacred Arts from Africa and Beyond
October 29, 2023—June 2, 2024
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 28, 2023 | 5pm
More than 100 sacred artworks including carved sculpture, beadwork, costumes and other art forms from Nigeria, Benin and the Yoruba diaspora of Brazil, Cuba and the U.S. The objects trace continuities in the Yoruba Atlantic culture, reflecting the impact of empire-building, colonialism, slavery, international trade networks and global migration. The opening will feature a live performance by artist / abolitionist Patrisse Cullors.
LACMA | Miracle Mile
Painting in the River of Angels: Judy Baca and The Great Wall
October 26, 2023—June 2, 2024
The LA-based artist conceived The Great Wall of Los Angeles (1975) as a monument to the people of California. Over five summers (1976–83), Baca collaborated with 400 youth, artists and community members on a mural that told the erased histories of local communities. Baca and SPARC artists will paint two new sections of The Great Wall during the museum’s public hours.
Hamzianpour & Kia | Miracle Mile
Hossein Edalatkhah: Tales of New York
October 28—November 21, 2023
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 28, 2023 | 4–8pm
Featuring oil and acrylic works, Tales of New York is a visual diary of a seminal phase in the artist’s personal journey.
Noon Projects | Chung King Road, Chinatown
Jenna Thornihill: Beaded Bestiary — The Challah Show
October 27—December 9, 2023
Opening Reception: Date
A bestiary of sculptures made of challah dough formed and baked as an effigy to the artist's life in Southern California. The works reflect Thornhill's research into the flora and fauna of the local landscape, the history of the San Pedro area where she lives and her interest in ornithology. Curated by Libby Werbel.
Vielmetter Los Angeles | DTLA
Elizabeth Neel: The Ghosts of My Friends
October 28—December 23, 2023
Titled after the guestbook, The Ghosts of My Friends, published in 1908 by Cecil Henland, this suite of paintings by the NY based artist approaches mark-making as a trigger for memory, a reminder of loss and a proof of life in a cultural moment increasingly defined by the speed of communication and the depersonalization of experience.
Vincent Price Art Museum | Monterey Park
Yoshie Sakai: Grandma Entertainment Franchise
Through February 3, 2024
In her first solo museum exhibition, Yoshie Sakai brings together three immersive installations produced over the last three years. Composed of Sakai’s video and sculptural work, these installations satirically reproduce public sites of leisure, re-imagined with grandmothers as their target demographic.
Film, Music, Theatre & Festivals
Elsa Lanchester and Boris Karloff in an iconic moment from "The Bride of Frankenstein." @ The Theatre at Ace Hotel, DTLA
FILM: The Bride of Frankenstein
The Theatre at Ace Hotel | DTLA
October 27—28, 2023
Theatre at Ace Hotel presents James Whale’s 1935 horror classic. The LA Opera Orchestra will perform Franz Waxman’s ordinal soundtrack score live. Tickets: $29-114
FILM: Killing Spree on VHS
Whammy! Analog Media | Echo Park
Sunday, October 29, 2023 | 7:30pm
No-budget splatterfest starring one Asbestos Felt. Lovingly projected from an original VHS copy pulled from the Super Secret Whammy! Vault, with an introduction by filmmaker Tucker Bennett. Tickets: $8
MUSIC: Kumi James (aka Bae Bae)
Hammer Museum | Westwood
Friday, October 27, 2023 | 8pm
Sound artist and DJ Kumi James will stage a duration performance next to Rita McBride’s installation Particulates. She will be joined by performer Colloboh. Free
MUSIC: Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas in Concert
Friday, October 27—Sunday, October 29, 2023 | 8pm
Tim Burton‘s The Nightmare Before Christmas in Concert featuring Danny Elfman, Catherine O’Hara, Halsey, Fred Armisen, Riki Lindhome and Ken Page with live orchestra. Come early for a Halloween costume contest hosted by Greg Proops and explore the Hollywood Bowl transformed into Halloween Town. Tickets: $54.50 and up
MUSIC: NeoPerreo: Halloween
Friday, October 27, 2023 | 11:30pm
NeoPerreo, a goth rave party, returns to LA with its annual Halloween party. With DJ sets by Mia Carucci, TechGrl and more. Drinks will be provided by South Norte. Tickets: $10-20
Fine Foods, Quick Bites + Bars
Snow-Line Orchard, Oak Glen/Yucaipa
This week we go all out for cider...and that means mini road trips to Goleta and Yucaipa! It's the end of apple season so check with farms to make sure the apples are still there for the picking and the cider is ready for sipping!
Santa Barbara Cider Co | Santa Barbara
Northward bound? Explore exotic ciders like Peachy Keen (dried peach and tropical fruits), Déjà Brew (low pigeon Thailand coffee and brown sugar) and many more. Tastings of flights of four or fill your growler.
Parrish Pioneer Ranch | Oak Glen / Yucaipa
Fresh pressed cider, a variety of apples like Granny Smith, Gravenstein, Gala, Jonagold, Spartan and Arkansas Black — along with apple butter, food and more…
Riley's Apple Farm | Oak Glen / Yucaipa
Cider pressing and apple picking Saturdays and Sundays — or make a weekday appointment to avoid the crowds.
Stone Soup Farm & Heritage Orchard | Oak Glen / Yucaipa
Historic heritage farm with heirloom variety fruit (apples and berries) for the picking — as well as pumpkins when available. Seasonal. Reservations required. Pay by the pound.
Snow-Line Orchard | Oak Glen / Yucaipa
Family-owned apple farm with a variety of apples as well as a cider mill and winery. Wine and cider tastings, treats like mini cider doughnuts, honey and more.
Literary, Readings & Book Launches
The Poetry of Annahita Mahdavi West, in Conversation with Dr. Cornel West
Beyond Baroque | Venice
Saturday, October 28, 2023 | 7–10pm
A reading of poetic prose from Annahita Mahdavi West’s book, Dusty Relics, touching on connections to the poet's homeland of Iran through themes of family, memory and war – followed by a conversation with writer / academic Dr. Cornel West, author Gail Wronsky and Theresia de Vroom about the poetry of Iranian women and immigration due to war and political conflict.
Things To Do & Workshops
Carved at Descanso Gardens @ Flintridge
Tryst Alternative Art Fair
Del Amo Crossing | Torrance
October 27—29, 2023 | Weekend from 12–6pm
Preview: Friday, October 27, 2023 | 4–6pm
An international art fair for artist-run initiatives featuring painting, sculpture, video art and installation art by more than 60 international artist-run spaces. Tryst will run alongside Nomad II, a 3-day pop-up exhibition of Southern California based contemporary art organized by the Torrance Art Museum. DJs and live performance. Free
Heal the Bay Aquarium Santa Monica Pier | Santa Monica
October 28—29, 2023 | 12–4pm
Heal the Bay's annual fishy spooky Halloween and Día de los Muertos celebration with kid-centric crafts, special exhibits, deep-sea activities, story time and trick-or-treat costume parade on the Santa Monica Pier. Admission: Adults and children 13+: $12 / Under 12 free
Día de los Muertos
Hollywood Forever | Hollywood
Saturday, October 28, 2023 | 9am–3pm
This daytime event will feature a children’s plaza, altars, art exhibitions, cultural performers, arts and crafts, food and more! Tickets: $35-150
Carved at Descanso Gardens
Through Sunday, October 29, 2023 | Nightly: 6–10pm
An after-dark Halloween-themed light experience in the Descanso Gardens with luminous jack-o’-lanterns, hand-carved giant pumpkins and Rhizome, an installation by Tom and Lien Dekyvere. Food and drink available. Advance tickets required: $20 to $45
Creatures of Halloween with Eaton Canyon: Bats
Eaton Canyon Nature Center | Pasadena
Saturday, October 28, 2023 | 10:30am–2:30pm
Come learn about bats and other amazing animals at this educational session hosted by Teranga Ranch.
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