Francisco Real killed people. He smuggled illegal immigrants. He sold drugs and collected taxes for the Mexican Mafia. He ran a gang and family criminal enterprise that made his street in Glassell Park one of the most dangerous in Los Angeles. But L.A. being the city of reinvention, last week...
Now in its sixth year, Los Angeles Haunted Hayride turns the Old Zoo area of Griffith Park into a scare fest you're unlikely to forget. The hayride itself is a 25-minute jaunt through devilish scenes; the attraction will include encounters with massive hydras, a larger-than-death Grim Reaper and even Cerberus, the hellhound that guards the underworld. The In-Between (Dark Maze), where you must fumble through a blackout labyrinth, is back, too. After drawing 50,000 folks per season, Haunted Hayride is expanding. This year, the fright fest includes two new areas: an interactive walking tour, where guests set the scenes into motion, plus an apocalyptic journey through Pestilence, War, Famine and Death. They've also added a Theatre Macabre, with interactive shows that bring classic horror movie scenes to the stage, as well as Blood Drums, the spooky, October incarnation of Street Drum Corps. Still not enough? Jack's Carving Shack's offers pumpkin-mutilating competitions. 4730 Crystal Springs Ave., Griffith Park; Oct. 3-31, Thu. & Sun. and Wed., Oct. 29, 7-10:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 7 p.m.-mid.; $30 (Hayride and Purgatory), $42 (all-attraction pass), VIP passes and season tickets available. losangeleshauntedhayride.com.More
Our sense of smell is incredibly powerful — it triggers memories, captures emotions and is key to our experience of food. Smell is what brings tastes beyond the standard — sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami — and into the realm of complexity. That's why the Institute for Art and Olfaction has partnered with Castle Gourmet for Stop and Smell Your Dinner, a four-course tasting menu with scent pairings. Says chef Anne Lee of the all-vegan menu: "This is our favorite time of year, where late summer and early fall flavors are both readily available, and I am taking full advantage of that fact!" In its most recent iteration, the menu featured edible flowers, lavender ice cream and burnt mushroom dust. Hosted by drag performer and Pop tArt Gallery owner Phyllis Navidad and taking place in experimental restaurant/art space Thank You for Coming, this promises to be one event where perfume won't take away from the dining experience. Instead, integrated into the menu, it will enhance and play with the flavors of the food. Now that smells good. Thank You for Coming, 3416 Glendale Blvd., Atwater Village; Fri., Oct. 3, 7:30 p.m.; $65. (323) 648-2666, thankyouforcoming.la.More
The celebrated contemporary choreographer Garth Fagan gets help from the equally celebrated trumpeter Wynton Marsalis whose music provides the soundtrack for Lighthouse/Lightning Rod. Fagan’s new work receives it West Coast premiere in four performances.More
In After It Happened, nine dancers, two musicians and a raft of blue trash bags mourn the trauma and celebrate the resilience of a community grappling with their upended world following a natural disaster. Choreographer Laura Karlin takes a page from the percussive performance group Stomp to showcase the transformational theatrical possibilities of commonplace objects, in this case blue trash bags. Tickets at 424-229-2141 or www.invertigodance.org/aih.More
When it comes to the life of Bruce Haack, separating truth from fiction is not easy. The groundbreaking electronic music composer and inventor is said to have taught himself to play piano by age 3. By 8, he apparently was escaping his abusive mother's wrath by sneaking off to Indian...
Visual allure often isn't a virtue we value when chasing obscure flavors in L.A.'s international neighborhoods. In fact, adventurous diners tend to appreciate the opposite: The grungier the location, the more accomplished we feel for having sought it out. Looks be damned — let the fireworks happen on the flavor...
The Los Angeles art world has been saying a collective "hallelujah" since the arrival in January of Philippe Vergne as MOCA's new director. Although some East Coast commentators condemned the appointment — citing in particular a budget crisis scandal in which Vergne resorted to selling off a number of works...
An undefeated middle-weight from Kazakhstan, boxer Triple G smiles a lot and looks relatively naive even when he's destroying an opponent. In artist Cyril Kuhn's portrait of him, he's even more big-eyed and endearing than in real life. It's hard to tear your eyes away. Kuhn's new show at Jancar, called "Mirrored Face-Off," is full of paintings like this, which turn public figures and pop stars (Hillary Clinton and Madonna also make appearances) into vulnerable characters in some alien fantasy. 961 Chung King Road, Chinatown; through Oct. 4. (213) 625-2522, jancargallery.com.More
Claressinka Anderson and Sonny Ruscha Granade co-curate the newest exhibition and integrated pop-up shop at the Underground Museum, a rather new, utterly experimental, independent exhibition space in what could be thought of as the far east end of Culver City's gallery district. (It's technically Arlington Heights.) "My Self Is an Other" gathers together five contemporary artists for a painting-centric group show that's self-absorbed by design, as each artist takes on a facet of existential philosophy examining where "me" ends and "you" and "everyone else" begin. Alexandra Grant deploys words and social/psychological theory as both composition and content and frequently collaborates with writers (including in her new book with Keanu Reeves). Collaboration and collective authorship also are themes for Kendell Carter, whose woven painting is an unfinished work to be physically completed by the involvement of the other artists in the show. Dennis Koch makes finely constructed drawings that reflect his interest in theoretical math and physics. April Street's sculpturally manipulated and painted hosiery works take a more directly feminist point of view. And finally, painter Rives Granade builds up layered images, re-creating the gradual distortions that accrue in public image and private memory, addressing the chasm of perception between the mind and the world. The curators also take over the store space with a thematic pop-up offering work by artists including FriendsWithYou, Francesca Gabbiani, Matt Merkel Hess, Jow, Polite Society Paper, Robert Minervini, Fay Ray and Eddie Ruscha. So if you're not quite up to finding yourself just yet, you can fill the void with shopping. The Underground Museum, 3508 W. Washington Blvd., Arlington Heights; Sat., Oct. 4, 6-9 p.m.; free. Exhibition continues Wed.-Sat., noon-6 p.m., through Nov. 22. (323) 989-9925, theunderground-museum.com.More
For a lot of reasons that probably have to do with shareholder value maximization, this is an era in which mainstream cinema has been eclipsed by excellent television. You could argue that the people who make TV tend to be more interesting and complicated than those who make films. This...
The tragedy of Jason Reitman's Men, Women & Children is that it was released the year it was made. A snapshot of today's cultural disconnection, in which Facebook, texting, World of Warcraft and streaming smut lure people away from dinner with their families, the film's so current that its observations...
In terms of both size and selection, Ross Cutlery is the biggest knife shop in the country — 6,000 square feet of kitchen knives and hunting knives and Swiss Army pocket utility knives and daggers and ninja swords.
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Comedian Aziz Ansari seems perpetually caught between that moment of surprise at doing a thing and the subsequent moment of meaning to do that thing all along. It's hard to believe that it's only been since 2007 that he burst on the scene with Human Giant alongside Rob Huebel, PaulRead more about this event
Rosanne Cash is coming to town, touring on her first album of original material in more than six years, and she brings a formidable load of heritage and artistry. The new record, The River & the Thread, characterized by minor keys, Southern Gothic grooves and deftly wrought lyrics, is anRead more about this event
Everyone in Ryan Mosley's whimsically colored paintings has heavy hair growing from heads, faces or both. The figures look like circus performers or troubadours who just woke up after sleeping at least as long as Rip Van Winkle. They're memorable in the way certain cartoon characters are. Once you've seenRead more about this event
Brother Ali's grooves may float like a butterfly, but his incisively caustic words sting like a full hive of bees. "No, I'm not a prophet, nor am I proselytizing," the Minneapolis rapper explains on his recent EP, Left in the Deck. "My assignment: to take my little light and shineRead more about this event
Now in its sixth year, Los Angeles Haunted Hayride turns the Old Zoo area of Griffith Park into a scare fest you're unlikely to forget. The hayride itself is a 25-minute jaunt through devilish scenes; the attraction will include encounters with massive hydras, a larger-than-death Grim Reaper and even Cerberus,Read more about this event
DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist come together again, this time for the daunting task of retelling the history of hip-hop. The medium: six turntables and 650 pieces of vinyl spanning four decades, pulled from the 40,000-plus collection of the godfather of the genre, Afrika Bambaataa. Audiences should not expect anRead more about this event
Our sense of smell is incredibly powerful — it triggers memories, captures emotions and is key to our experience of food. Smell is what brings tastes beyond the standard — sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami — and into the realm of complexity. That's why the Institute for Art andRead more about this event
The indie-rock space-time continuum collapsed for good between those early All Tomorrow's Parties — when select bands began playing their classic albums start to finish — and this year's Chicago Riot Fest, where seemingly every band played their classic album start to finish. But there's something to be said nonethelessRead more about this event
For the past handful of years, Elton John has barely taken his red piano to Los Angeles as a headliner. While he's played with others, notably Leon Russell, and done several charity shows, the iconic pianist has kept a relatively low profile in Southern California. But this Follow the YellowRead more about this event
In 2002, Los Angeles' Historic Filipinotown became the United States' first official "historic Filipinotown," a well-deserved designation: L.A. is home to the largest population of Filipino-Americans in the country. The southwest enclave of Echo Park, bounded by Hoover, Glendale, Beverly and Temple, has historic origins dating back to the 1940s,Read more about this event
You know his wired-in mixes from his time as a member of electro-pop people The Postal Service, but that's just a tiny splatter on Jimmy Tamborello's wide-open palette. From the misty depths of his Silver Lake home studio, the curious sound-freak/conceptualizer is, even as we speak, making influential contributions toRead more about this event
In an era when virtually no music by African-Americans is ever heard on lily-white classic-rock radio, Living Colour's ongoing presence emphasizes that blacks not only invented rock & roll, they continue to make vitally powerful rock music, even if much of it occurs out of the mainstream spotlight. The NewRead more about this event
Claressinka Anderson and Sonny Ruscha Granade co-curate the newest exhibition and integrated pop-up shop at the Underground Museum, a rather new, utterly experimental, independent exhibition space in what could be thought of as the far east end of Culver City's gallery district. (It's technically Arlington Heights.) "My Self Is anRead more about this event
What does knowing each other from your (self-proclaimed) loser boyhood to gracing the cover of Rolling Stone do to your relationship? In the case of The Drums' Jonathan Pierce and Jacob Graham, it leaves you holed up in a dark cabin, crafting a comeback masterpiece devoid of self-consciousness and strivingRead more about this event
Lily Simonson does serious research for her paintings. She studies specimens or goes on expeditions (she's on her way back to Antarctica this fall). But her paintings, like the ones in her "On Ice" exhibition at CB1, don't necessarily read as scientific. They read as intuitive, painterly explorations of whatRead more about this event
Eighty years to the day of its 1934 premiere, this celebratory screening of Cecil B. DeMille's infamous epic Cleopatra provides a dizzying mixture of stunningly overwrought faux-period art direction and Hollywood's spicy pre–Hays Code cheesecake culture. Claudette Colbert's Cleo — a sizzling, high diva/brat performance, drastically enhanced by eye-popping, décolletage-celebratingRead more about this event
Ella Yelich-O'Connor, aka Lorde, is that rare pop diva with a fully functioning brain. Unlike many of her peers, she seems uninterested in the trappings of fame, and her commercial-minded electro-pop tunes are flecked with unexpectedly defiant lyrics. "Everything's cool when we're all in line for the throne," the NewRead more about this event
For those who have worried that the sub-mental and the hyperliterate can never be reconciled, your deliverance this week comes as Stephin Merritt discusses and signs 101 Two-Letter Words/. The book is the Magnetic Fields' singer's new collaboration with New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast — basically, it's her hip grannyRead more about this event
Stuart Murdoch is well-versed in the ways of gentleness. As leader of Belle and Sebastian, he's been crooning sweetly laid-back pop laced with literate, witty lyrics since the indie-pop band formed in Glasgow in 1996. Even a song like "Calculating Bimbo," from the group's most recent album, 2010's Belle andRead more about this event
Robert Plant refuses to stand still. While most of his contemporaries continue to trot out their old hits on the nostalgia circuit, the former Led Zeppelin frontman lives up to the title of his 2005 album, Mighty Rearranger, reinventing his sound every few years with a rotating cast of collaboratorsRead more about this event
The charming rogues at So Percussion are among a rarefied bunch of virtuoso drum ensembles, which specialize in that curious new world of classical and avant-garde, writing for anything that produces a sound when you hit it. While the quartet's young, Brooklyn-based members are gaining a reputation as innovative composersRead more about this event
The objects Katherine Bernhardt depicts in her quite large paintings at China Art Objects are so flat that they start to look more like letters, or symbols in a secret code. Probably, given the quirkiness of the flattened-out cigarettes and messiness of the Coke cans, they're code for joke telling.Read more about this event
Tired of being bummed-out by the homeless guys at the end of your favorite off-ramp? Captivated by phrases such as "moral hazard" and "return on investment" as you enter into deeper middle age? Two-time Pulitzer-winning New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof has the answers as he presents A Path Appears:Read more about this event
Steve Hurd's photorealistic, up-close paintings of open mouths of cats are the hardest part of his Rosamund Felsen exhibition to get out of your head. The cats are aggressive and whiny in the way only cats can be, and Hurd made them look pixelated and used pastel-ish, Instagram-worthy colors. SoRead more about this event
Norway's perennially optimistic Sondre Lerche is not an artist wont to weigh listeners down with gloom, even when the occasion calls for it. Bringing a freshly odd-angled sound to most anything he touches, the Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter has shown that he's seemingly incapable of missing points of interest in a wideRead more about this event