Thursday, October 24, 2013

Events for Oct. 24-30, 2013


Crystal Fighters (Neil Krug)


Crystal Fighters @ The Fonda (Hollywood)
The Basque/UK-based quintet recorded their latest album, Cave Rave, here in Los Angeles with Grammy-nominated producer Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Beck, Air, Paramore) and return to town to share the new songs with Angelenos. Be prepared to dance, because practically every track off their sophomore release is guaranteed to get you moving, from opener "Wave" to "LA Calling," "Love Natural" and "Are We One." They combine traditional folk instruments from their native land with African beats and synthesizers for completely unique dance music.



In Theaters This Week

Pulitzer Prize-winner Cormac McCarthy's first original screenplay, The Counselor, immerses a lawyer in the underworld of drug trafficking, is directed by Ridley Scott and boasts an impressive cast that includes Michael Fassbender, Pen̩lope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem and Brad Pitt; Spinning Plates is a documentary that follows three restaurants (Grant Achatz's Alinea in Chicago, Breitbach's Country Dining in Balltown, Iowa and La Cocina de Gabby in Tucson, Ariz.) and their stories of family, legacy, passion and survival. Also in theaters РBlue Is the Warmest Color; Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa; The Pin; Torn



Muse Costume Ball @ LACMA (Mid-City West)
If you want to mix some art into your Halloween fun, then LACMA's 10th annual event is for you. Aside from the modern art in the museum's galleries, you can view Chris Burden's Metropolis II, Bruce Nauman's For Beginners, Richard Serra's Band, John Divola: As Far As I Could Get and See the Light – Photography, Perception, Cognition: The Marjorie and Leonard Vernon Collection. There is also a contest for Best Black-and-White Costume, Best Classic Movie Monster and Best Ghost of Hollywood Past and entertainment from Clairy Browne and the Bangin' Rackettes, Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Group and a DJ set from Theophilus London.

Glasser (Jonathan William Turner)
KCRW's Masquerade @ The Legendary Park Plaza Hotel (Westlake)
The station's fifth annual costume ball and dance party adds live screen printing by Hit + Run, Harlow Gold's vintage burlesque revue (Blind Tiger) and Haunted Dancehalls to its usual costume contests, macabre storytellers, artisan food trucks, five themed rooms with music from KCRW DJs like Jason Bentley, Anne Litt, Liza Richardson and Chris Douridas, performers from Lucent Dossier and the Bella Donnas and Shana Koenig's amazing Solar Sculptures. The lineup of musical acts is not to be forgotten, either: Glasser, DJ Dave Sitek, Har Mar Superstar, the Lions, Grizfolk and DJ sets from Thievery Corporation's Rob Garza, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. and Tom Chasteen's Dub Club.



Sausage Fest @ Fig (Santa Monica)
Chef Ray Garcia throws his second annual Sausage Fest (tee hee) with contests, live music and more. Participating chefs include Primal Alchemy's Paul Buchanan, Haven Gastropub's Greg Daniels, BierBeisl's Bernhard Mairinger, Ray's and Star Bar's Kris Morningstar, Short Order's Christian Page and Little Fork's Jason Travi. All hail meat in tube form.

L.A. Sriracha Festival @ Lot 613 (Downtown)

Organized by Food GPS and Randy Clemens, author of The Sriracha Cookbook, the afternoon pays tribute to the world's most iconic hot sauce. There are themed dishes and desserts aplenty from stations manned by Westly Avila (Guerrilla Tacos), Ernesto Uchimura (Plan Check), Tai Kim (Scoops), Neal Fraser (BLD, Fritzi Dog), Eric Greenspan (the Foundry) and more. Don't worry, you can fight the heat in your mouth with plenty of local craft beer, cocktails and sodas while enjoying live DJ sets.

Joe Iconis

"The Black Suits" @ Kirk Douglas Theatre (Culver City)
One of the best moments in "Smash" was when you heard Jimmy Collins (Jeremy Jordan) sing for the first time, sitting at a piano belting out "Broadway Here I Come." The incredible song was penned by Joe Iconis, who is the composer and lyricist behind this world-premiere musical. "The Black Suits" follows a Long Island band as they try to win a battle of the bands and, more importantly, as they move from adolescence to adulthood.



Danny Elfman's Music from the Films of Tim Burton @ Nokia Theatre (Downtown)
There was a time when Halloween was always commemorated by Oingo Boingo's Dia de Los Muertos shows, and this string of three nights is sure to stir up lots of Angelenos' memories from those concerts. They also mark Danny Elfman's first live U.S. performances in 18 years. He is joined by the Hollywood Symphony Orchestra and the Page LA Choir conducted by John Mauceri in a celebration of his compositions from the many Tim Burton films he's worked on. The music is accompanied by visuals from those films that include Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Beetlejuice, Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, Alice in Wonderland and more.



Lucha VaVoom @ The Mayan (Downtown)
For two evenings, Lucha VaVoom's Mexican masked wrestlers, burlesque dancers and comedy troupe take over the Mayan for a Halloween extravaganza. The nights include stripteases from stars like Michelle L'Amour, an all-mini Battle Royale and the return of the flying luchadore Stuka. You can get in on all the costumed fun on either night, but on Halloween there will be a special contest with a $250 prize.


Gov't Mule @ The Fonda (Hollywood)
The Southern rock jam band just released a new album, Shout!, which features a second disc with vocal interpretations from Elvis Costello, Dr. John, Ben Harper, Jim James, Grace Potter and more. This show is special for many reasons: It celebrates the release, keeps with their annual tradition of throwing a Halloween-themed concert and features Robby Krieger of the Doors sitting in with the group. Definitely the show not to miss this week.

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