Things That Make You Go "Eek!"

Any parent could attest to the discouraging emphasis our kids terminally place on all those damn screens -- PC, TV, iPad, iPhone, whatev -- but festive musical-theatrical extravaganza Eek at the Greek provides a refreshingly live experience good enough to tear teens and tots alike away from their devices. The event comes with all the chocolatey Halloween trimmings, including a trick-or-treat village, with a trove of sweet treats; such activities as crafting and face painting; a costume contest; and a program of suitably macabre musical selections -- Dukas' The Sorcerer's Apprentice, de Falla's Ritual Fire Dance, the newly composed show-tune spinoff orchestral suite Wicked: A Fable for Orchestra -- all performed by the 60-piece Symphony in the Glen Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Arthur B. Rubinstein. But the real chills come when the big-voiced, brilliant Stacy Keach reads aloud Edgar Allen Poe's thumping hunk of literary terror, "The Tell-Tale Heart," an experience certain to provide enough chilling thrills to short-circuit even the most technocentric juveniles kindle into a state of fritzed-out submission. Greek Theater, 2700 N. Vermont Ave., Griffith Park; Sunday, Oct. 27, plaza activities 3:30 p.m., music at 6 p.m. (costume contest finale during intermission); $7-$100. (323) 665-5857,
Sun., Oct. 27, 6 p.m., 2013


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