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Things to do in the San Fernando Valley, LA area, Oct. 26-Nov. 2

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Manny Velazquez drops marigold flower petals in front of paper mache sculptures made by Velazquez and his brother Jose Velazquez for a Dia de los Muertos event Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022 at Pacoima City Hall. The celebration included community ofrendas, or altars, live music, community resource booths, food trucks and a vendor marketplace. Los Angeles City Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez' 7th District office presented the event where community members remembered deceased loved ones through personalized ofrenda displays. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)
Manny Velazquez drops marigold flower petals in front of paper mache sculptures made by Velazquez and his brother Jose Velazquez for a Dia de los Muertos event Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022 at Pacoima City Hall. Los Angeles City Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez’ 7th District office presented the event where community members remembered deceased loved ones through personalized ofrenda displays. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)

Here is a sampling of things to do in the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles area.


Circus Vargas – Bonjour Paris!: The circus is in town — Woodland Hills — with a Parisian-style inspired theme. Show runs 7 p.m. Oct. 26; 4 and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27; 1, 4 and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28; 12:30, 3:30 and 7 p.m. Oct. 29; 6:30 p.m. Oct. 30. Tickets vary by seating area: $35 and up; $30 and up seniors; $25 and up children. Location, Promenade Mall, corner of Erwin Street and Topanga Canyon Boulevard, Woodland Hills. 877-468-3861.

Forneris Farms Pumpkin Patch: Make family memories on the tractor-pulled train ride and pick-your-own pumpkin. Hours for the  train ride: 1-5 p.m. Oct. 27 and 30 and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 28-29. Admission $15 (includes train ride and pick-a-pumpkin with a train stop). Pumpkin patch entry, $5. Cash-only event. No corn maze this year due to heavy rains earlier in the year. No pets. No smoking. The pumpkin patch and farm market are open, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily (cash only). Location, 15200 Rinaldi St., Mission Hills. 818-730-7707.

Fall Harvest Festival at Underwood Family Farms: Last theme weekend is “All About Pumpkins,” 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 28-29 ($28). Event includes animal center, a chicken show, corn maze, live entertainment and shows, games, rides and entry to “pick-your-own” fields (check website for more details). Weekend admission is in advance and online only and sold by date and entry times. Check the website for hours, admission and offerings Oct. 26-27 (admission for these days is at-the-gate only). Some activities require an extra fee. Farm market hours, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Location, 3370 Sunset Valley Road, Moorpark. 805-529-3690.

Hollywood Forever’s Día y Noche de los Muertos: Tickets are on-sale now for the two separate time slots for the “Day of the Dead” observance with the 2023 theme  “Máscaras de México — Vida y Muerte en La Máscara” (“Masks of Mexico — Life and Death in the Mask”), 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 28 (there is a children’s plaza at the daytime event; ceremonial procession, 11 a.m.), and from 5 p.m.-midnight Oct. 28 (the nighttime ceremonial procession, 6 p.m.). Event includes altar displays, arts and crafts, entertainment on four stages and food trucks. The nighttime event’s musical headliner is the Colombian band Bomba Estéreo. See website for information on costume and altar contests. Tickets for the early hours $35; $150 VIP; for the evening hours $60; $250 VIP. Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood.

Día de los Muertos Festival: The event includes display of ofrendas (altars), dance and music performances, DJ Royelle, a Catrina contest, with Melissa Rios, from 96.3, and Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez, a children’s zone sponsored by Discovery Cube, community resources booths, Covid and flu shots and food trucks, noon-8 p.m. Oct. 28. Free admission. See the flyer for details. Pacoima City Hall, 13520 Van Nuys Blvd. (between Haddon and Telfair avenues), Pacoima. Flyer:

Japanese Food Expo 2023: The Japanese Food Culture Association present the event that includes samples of Japnese food and drinks plus workshops. Two time slots for admission: 1-4 p.m. or 6-9 p.m. Oct. 28. Admission $60 ages 21 and up; $70 ages 21 and up (with alcohol option); $50 ages 11-20; $30 ages 6-10. Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City, 555 Universal Hollywood Drive, Universal City. Details about the event: More details and purchase admission in advance here:

Día de los Muertos – Forest Lawn-Glendale: The celebration of Day of the Dead observance includes a display of ofrendas (altars), a Bob Baker Marionette Theater performance, dance and mariachi performances, larger-than-life Catrina characters, arts and crafts, food trucks, noon-3 p.m. Oct. 29. Location, 1712 S. Glendale Ave., Glendale. Flyer:

East Valley PALS 2023 Police–Community Partnership Appreciation Luncheon: The 55th annual lunch to celebrate the Los Angeles Police Department North Hollywood Community Police Station officers and personnel and also community members, 11:30 a.m. Nov. 1. Cost $50; reservations required; no tickets sold at the door. Velas Events Venue, 12229 Ventura Blvd., Studio City. Details, to register and purchase tickets: 818-624-0504.

Amal Walks Across America: The 12-foot puppet, representing a 10-year-old Syrian refugee girl, makes stops in Los Angeles, Pasadena (Pasadena City Hall), Santa Monica Pier and Beverly Hills, Nov. 1-3. The puppet was designed and made by Handspring Puppet Company of South Africa. The “walk” is produced by the Walk Productions. Check the schedule on the website:

American Heroes Air Show: The “helicopter-only” aviation event that also includes a display of emergency equipment and vehicles, rescue demonstrations, information on emergency and law enforcement careers and an emergency preparedness fair, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 4. Show attendees are also invited to welcome new United States citizens during a special Naturalization ceremony. Free admission and parking. Hansen Dam Recreation Area, 11480 Foothill Blvd., Lake View Terrace. 818-631-8132. Email: Details on the Aug. 24 post on Facebook:

Ventura County Farm Day: Learn about agriculture and farming — including alpacas, antique farm equipment, honey and organics — during a self-guided tour in Ventura County, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 4. The theme for the 11th event is “Meet the Hands that Feed You.” Free to attend, but register in advance to save time checking in at the locations. No dogs or any other pets allowed. Locations include: Camarillo, Fillmore, Oxnard, Santa Paula, Saticoy, Somis and Ventura. The event is presented by Students for Eco-Education & Agriculture (SEEAG). Download the map from the website. 805-901-0213.

Main Street Canoga Park’s Día de los Muertos Family Festival: The theme for the 23nd event is “Ballet del Corazón — A Celebration of Life, Memories and Tradition” and includes a display of ofrendas (altars), a children’s art pavilion, a cultural procession, Danzantes Aztecas, folklorico dancers, a classic car show, food trucks and vendors, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 5. Free admission. Sherman Way between Canoga Avenue and Topanga Canyon Boulevard, Canoga Park. 818-346-7480.

Veterans Day at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library: The event honoring veterans includes a Civil War encampment, a display of military vehicles and a Veterans Day program, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 10. The program, at 11 a.m., includes an honor guard, live music and remarks by keynote speaker Lt. Col. Scott Mann. The retired United States Army Green Beret signs his book “Operation Pineapple Express” at noon. Free for the program and outdoor events; admission charge for museum exhibits. Register for program seats and to reserve a book ($28.99 plus tax) here: Location, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. Event details:

Los Angeles African American Male Wellness 5K Walk and Run: The African American Male Wellness Agency presents the family-friendly event, 7 a.m. Nov. 11. The agency’s goal is to bring awareness of the need, and to push for, greater medical and mental health help and resources for African American males and to increase their life expectancy with the help of free health screenings. Health screenings, 8 a.m., followed by the walk/run at 10 a.m. Honorary Chair for the event is Los Angeles Rams offensive lineman Tremayne Anchrum Jr. Free to register and attend. Register in advance online or on event day. Rancho Cienega Sports Complex, 5001 Obama Blvd., Los Angeles. Details on Eventbrite and to register online:


New Halloween events

Haunted House – Boy Scout Troop 315: The troop’s annual Halloween event, 6-10 p.m. Oct. 28-31. Also, a party with live music, 8 p.m. Oct. 28. No admission fee but donations requested. Snacks will be sold. American Legion Post 520, 9026 Sunland Blvd., Sun Valley. Joe, 818-620-1631.

Haunted Little Tokyo Block Party: The seventh event includes a costume contest, entertainment, music, food and a full bar, 6 p.m. to midnight Oct. 28. Minimum age: 21. Free to attend. Location will be given upon reservation:

Halloween Carnival – Sunland Recreation Center: Event beginning at 4 p.m. Oct. 31 includes costume contests by age and by time (ages 4 and younger, 5 p.m.; ages 5-7, 5:30 p.m.; ages 8-14, 6 p.m.; ages 15 and up, 6:30 p.m.), games, trick-or-treat in “Halloween Town” (7-7:30 p.m.), walk-through a glow-in-the-dark house and participate in a glow-in-the-dark “Haunted Hunt” (7:30 p.m.) Event ends at 8 p.m. Location, 8651 Foothill Blvd., Sunland.

West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval: 6-11 p.m. Oct. 31. Not recommended for children or pets due to density of crowds. No backpacks, camera bags or totes allowed; no alcohol or public drinking (check website for other guidelines). Santa Monica Boulevard between North Doheny Drive and North La Cienega Boulevard, West Hollywood. 323-848-6503. More details, including street closures:

Ongoing Halloween events

Carved – Descanso Gardens: A display of lit-up jack-o-lanterns and other installations, through Oct. 29. Tickets must be purchased in advance; $35-$45; $25-$30 children; Location, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintidge. 818-949-4200.

Reign of Terror Haunted House: Walk-through scares, 7-10 p.m. Oct. 26, 29 and 31; 7-11 p.m. 27-28 and Nov. 3-4. Special event:  “Lights Out!” 7-11 p.m. Nov. 4 (you receive a glow stick to light your way). Tickets are by time; $35; $60 “immediate access” for shortest wait time on certain dates; $40; $65 for “immediate access” for shorter wait time on certain dates. Cash-only for tickets purchased at the door. Minimum age: 13. No costumes allowed for patrons. For other rules and details: Janss Marketplace, 225 N. Moorpark Road (across from the parking structure), Thousand Oaks. Facebook: General details and to purchase tickets:

Boney Island at Natural History Museum: The museum presents its Halloween-theme, interactive light-up experience with live animal presentations, artistic performances and surprises. The “Boney Island” experience was created by Rick Polizzi, producer of “The Simpsons.” Hours: 6-8 p.m. and 8-10 p.m. Oct. 26-31. Admission $25. Make a reservation online. Location, 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles.

Angel of Light: An immersive, walk-through theatrical experience that takes place in a 1935 Old Hollywood setting. Hours: 6 p.m.-midnight Oct. 26-31. The event is created by ODEON. Minimum age: 16. Ticket prices vary by date. Los Angeles Theatre, 615 S. Broadway, Los Angeles.

Nights of the Jack: The Halloween event features illuminated jack-o-lanterns set in theme installations on a 3/4 of a mile walking trail, with live carving demonstrations, a souvenir shop, food trucks and, for ages 21 and older, the “Spookeasy” a full bar. Hours: 6-10 p.m. Oct. 26-31. Admission is by timed ticket only. No tickets sold at the door. No refunds. Rain does not cancel event. Parking pass $9.99 (required in order to park on the grounds). Admission prices vary by date; $24.99 and up (purchase here: King Gillette Ranch, 26800 Mulholland Highway, Calabasas.

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride – Midnight Falls: Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group presents Midnight Falls, a mysterious village where it is always Halloween, through Oct. 31. Scare zones: Haunted Hayride, Hellbilly Halloween, Midnight Mortuary – Scorched Remains, Midnight Falls Town Square and Trick-or-Treat. New this year: the “Monte Revolta Show,” a “theatrical macabre experience,” and “Midnight Falls Axe Throwing” ($5 extra to learn how to throw an axe and five tries to hit the bullseye). Minimum recommended age: 13. Hours vary per date. Admission $29.99 and up. Parking suggestions on the website ( Location, 4730 Crystal Springs Drive (Griffith Park), Los Angeles.

Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights: Event includes the haunted houses: “Stranger Things 4,” “The Exorcist: Believer,” “The Last of Us,” “Chucky: Ultimate Kill Count,” “Universal Monsters: Unmasked” and “Evil Dead Rise” and “Terror Tram – The Exterminator.” Hours: 7 p.m. (end time varies by date) on Oct. 26-29 and Oct. 31. Minimum age recommended: 13. No costumes or masks. General admission $92 and up (varies per date); check website for special deals and passes. Universal Studios Hollywood, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City.

The Vampire Circus: An immersive theater experience into a “cirque-style” vampire story, 2, 5 and 8 p.m. Oct. 28; 2 and 5 p.m. Oct. 29; 7 p.m. Oct. 30-31. Minimum age: “spooky,” so parental discretion (see gallery and videos on the website). Tickets $47 and up. The Montalbán Theater, 1615 Vine St., Hollywood. Details and tickets:


Smorgasburg Los Angeles: Explore the open air food and drink market, some are vegan, plus vendors selling creative, eclectic merchandise, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 29 (and subsequent Sundays). Family-friendly beer garden. The market runs every Sunday. Check the website or Facebook for current vendors. Free admission. Absolutely no pets allowed at this venue. Row DTLA, 777 S. Alameda St., Los Angeles. and

LA Ghosts: Haunted Los Angeles? Choose an experience on the website to find out. Tours include “Terrors of Tinseltown,” “Boos and Booze Haunted Pub Crawl,” “Ultimate Dead of Night Haunted Ghost Tour,” plus “Santa Monica Ghosts: Phantoms of the Pier.” Tickets $16 and up, depending on tour.

Día de los Muertos at Gloria Molina Grand Park: See the 19 ofrendas (altars) created by individual artists, organizations and community partners, and also the community ofrenda honors the victims of gun violence in Monterey Park and those who died as a result of the wildfires on Maui. The ofrenda installations are on display, 8 a.m.-9:30 p.m. through Nov. 2. Location, 200 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles.

Bubble World: The Experience: Fun meets science as you wander through 10 plus rooms and immerse yourself into a world of bubbles. Hours: timed admission on various dates; extended through Dec. 3. Tickets $31.90; $27.90 ages 65 and older; $23.90 ages 4-14. VIP tickets, group bundles and family passes are also available. Location, 1345 N. Montebello Blvd., Montebello. For more information,

Van Gogh – The Immersive Experience: Drop-in to a 360-degree, two-story high projection show to experience the Dutch artist’s drawings, paintings and sketches. Hours: timed admission on various dates; extended through Dec. 17. Admission $34.90 ages 13 and older; $29.90 ages 65 and older; $20.90 ages 4-12; VIP admission is also available. Location, 1345 N. Montebello Blvd., Montebello.


Inside Out Productions Art Show and Open House – Enter the Dream: The non-profit organization L.A. Goal, that empowers adults with developmental disabilities, holds the 33rd annual show, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Oct. 28. Location, 4911 Overland Ave., Culver City.

Michael Kohn Gallery: “Li Hei Di,” solo exhibit (Gallery 1 and 2) and “Faris Heizer: These days” (Gallery 3), both opening Nov. 2. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. Exhibits run through Jan. 6. Location, 1227 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles. 323-461-3311.

L.A. Louver: “Terry Allen: Juarez: Then and Now,” drawings and prints, and “Matt Wedel: Pictures in the Garden” and “Red,” a group show by 15 artists on the color of red. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; and by appointment (call to confirm hours). Exhibits run through Jan. 6. Location, 45 N. Venice Blvd., Venice. 310-822-4955. Terry Allen:

Lowell Ryan Projects: “Rachel Rickert: Wind and Rattlesnakes.” Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; and by appointment. Exhibit runs through Nov. 11. Location, 4619 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles. 323-413-2584. Email:;


Gagosian Gallery: “Derrick Adams: Come as You Are,” paintings. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Exhibit runs through Oct. 28. Location, 456 N. Camden Drive, Beverly Hills. 310-271-9400.

Nicodim Gallery: “Nadia Waheed: A Strange Icarus.” “Chantal Khoury: I Tie Them Loosely” (in the annex). “Devra Fox: Wish, Bone” (upstairs gallery). Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Exhibits run through Oct. 28. Location, 1700 S. Santa Fe Ave., Los Angeles. 213-265-7166.

Thinkspace Projects: “Langston Allston: A Passing Love” (Gallery I); “Fajar Amali: Among Our Existence” (Gallery II); “TRNZ: The Weight of Things” (Gallery III); “Jolene Lai: Secret Garden” (Gallery IV); “Al Marcano: Spirit Ditch” (Viewing Room); “TENSER: Three Halves” (the Doghouse Gallery). Gallery hours: noon-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Exhibits run through Oct. 28. Location, 4207 W. Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles. 310-558-3375. Email:

Glass Reflections, Nature’s Inspiration – Blazing Star Arts Fused Glass: Bonnie Quintanilla and Sue Wolhaupter created more than 100 pieces of fine art fused glass for the show and sale. The glass art is inspired by the Western National Parks and Recreation Areas. Sales benefit the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Gallery hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday through Oct. 29. Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center at King Gillette Ranch, 26876 Mulholland Highway, Calabasas. Visitor Center, 805, 370-2302. Email for the artists:

Duncan Miller Gallery: “Jacqueline Woods: The Black Sun.” Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday; and also, by appointment. Exhibit runs through Nov. 4. Location, 10959 Venice Blvd. (between Greenfield and Military avenues), Los Angeles. 310-838-2440.

Ace/121: “Corrie Siegel: Aphorisms.” Gallery Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. Exhibit runs through Nov. 11. Location, 121 N. Kenwood St., Glendale. Siegel’s Instagram:

Corey Helford Gallery: “Lisa Ericson, Yulia Pustoshkina, Dena Seiferling: Bound by Nature,” and Kazuki Takamatsu: Parallelization Era,” “Mark Landwehr and Sven Waschk (coarse): Because I Wanted You to Know” and “Literartistry: Art Inspired by the Written Word.” Gallery hours: noon-6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; and by appointment. Exhibits run through Nov. 11. Location, 571 S. Anderson St., Los Angeles. 310-287-2340.

Galerie Lakaye: “Haiti Dreaming: Rare Works from the 60s and 70s,” with paintings and sculptures from 22 artists. Gallery hours: Call or send an email to make an appointment. Exhibit runs through Nov. 11. Location, 1550 N. Curson Ave., Los Angeles. 323-528-4076. Email:

It’s About Time: The subject of time is explored by 17 Los Angeles artists in the exhibit that is curated by April Greiman and Stacie B. London. Galley hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday; closed on holidays. Exhibit runs through Nov. 22. Brand Library and Art Center, 1601 W. Mountain St., Glendale. 818-548-2051.

ReflectSpace Gallery: “Hannah Kozak: He Threw the Last Punch Too Hard – A Story of Domestic Violence from a Daughter’s Point of View,” photography. Gallery hours: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 1-6 p.m. Sunday. Exhibit runs through Dec. 10. Gallery is inside the Glendale Central Library, 222 E. Harvard St. 818-548-2021.


Diesel, a Bookstore: Mandy Schaniel discusses and signs “Faith Over Fear: How to Adopt a Success Mindset,” 6:30 p.m. Oct. 26. Jennifer Graeser Dornbush discusses and signs “Last One Alive,” 6:30 p.m. Nov. 7. Liz Moody discusses and signs “100 Ways to Change Your Life: The Science of Leveling Up Health, Happiness, Relationships and Success,” 6:30 p.m. Nov. 8. To reserve a seat, purchase one copy of a book for one seat. Location, 225 26th St., Santa Monica. 310-576-9960.

Book Soup: Nat Segaloff discusses “The Exorcist Legacy – 50 Years of Fear” and “Say Hello to My Little Friend – A Century of Scarface,” 7 p.m. Oct. 26. Nancy Boyarsky discusses “The Big Shakeup,” 7 p.m. Oct. 27. Nathan Hill discusses “Wellness,” 7 p.m. Nov. 1. CJ Leede discusses “Maeve Fly,” 7 p.m. Nov. 2. Location, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 310-659-3110.

Vroman’s Bookstore: Ben H. Winters discusses “The Bonus Room,” 7 p.m. Oct. 26. Location, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 626-449-5320.

Autobooks-Aerobooks: Brian Clune discusses and signs “Ghosts and Legends of Hollywood,” 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 28. Location, 2900 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank. 818-845-0707.

Larkin Campbell and Shea Campbell: The authors of “Halloween Harry, The Werewolf That Wasn’t Scary” sign their book, illustrated by Beau Berkley, noon-4 p.m. Oct. 28. The Open Book at the Village, 6316 Topanga Canyon Blvd., second floor, (next to the escalator, and above the Veggie Grill), Woodland Hills.

Marla A. White: Signs her novel “Cause for Elimination,” 1-4 p.m. Oct. 28. The event includes a raffle for a gift card. The Open Book, 8727 Tampa Ave., Northridge.


TreePeople’s Once Upon a Canyon Night: Haunted Hacienda – A Theatrical Reading, 8 p.m. Oct. 28-29 ($20). Purchase tickets in advance. Proceeds help TreePeople’s programs and work. Directions: S. Mark Taper Foundation Amphitheatre, 12601 Mulholland Drive, Beverly Hills.

Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation’s Sandy Sprint California 5K Run/Walk: The event raises awareness of, and funds for research, of ovarian cancer, Nov. 5. Race day registration or check-in, 7:30 a.m.; followed by a welcome, music by the Gay Men’s Chorus Los Angeles, a survivor ceremony and a warm-up by Kaitlin Humphreys, from Orangetheory Fitness, 8:15 a.m.; the run/walk begins at 9 a.m. The course is a dirt trail and flat. Registration $40; $30 ages 11 and younger; $55 for a walker and canine friend. Park in Lot 3 near Shane’s Inspiration Playground in Griffith Park, 4800 Crystal Springs Drive, Los Angeles. The foundation’s information: Details and to register:

New Horizons’ Power of the Purse – Living Your Best Life!: A two-part fundraiser for the nonprofit on Nov. 5: A pop-up boutique, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. (free admission). A gourmet grazing luncheon (by Kori Jones, Simple Life Things founder), designer purse and jewelry raffle and a panel of women entrepreneurs, noon-2 p.m. Nov. 5. Tickets $140 and up for the luncheon and program (reservations required). Funds raised go to programs and services for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Horizons Sam’s Cafe, 15725 Parthenia St., North Hills. Details and purchase tickets:

Volunteers Cleaning Communities: Join the group for clean-up projects in the San Fernando Valley. Find a list of upcoming projects, and also how to make a donation for clean-up supplies,


The Phoenix: The Realm Co. presents a new ballet, written and produced by Chasen Greenwood, 6 p.m. Oct. 29. Minimum age: 13. Tickets $70; $100; $200. Westside Ballet Blackbox Theatre, 1709 Stewart St., Santa Monica.


LA Chef’s Kitchens: A new food hall, with 15 small business currently, with a variety of food options — burgers, Greek, juices, ice cream, Mediterranean, Peruvian and teppanyaki. Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. daily; but check the individual restaurant hours on their Instagram (click on tabs from the food hall’s website). Panorama Tower, first floor, 8155 Van Nuys Blvd., Panorama City.


The First Horror Movies – A Historic Halloween Special 1896-1915: The San Fernando Valley Historical Society presents a talk by Galen Wilkes and an early film by George Melies will be shown, 7 p.m. Oct. 26. Meetings are free; donations are appreciated. Meeting is held outdoors at Andrés Pico Adobe, 10940 Sepulveda Blvd., Mission Hills (enter the parking lot from Brand Boulevard at the junction of Sepulveda Boulevard). Voicemail, 818-365-7810. and

The History of American Crime Fiction – An Evening with Leslie S. Klinger: Friends of the North Hollywood Amelia Earhart Regional Branch Library present the talk by the Edgar Award-winning anthologist and an authority on Sherlock Holmes fictional stories, 6 p.m. Nov. 1. Free to attend. Limited seating. Due to major repair work being done at the North Hollywood Library, the talk is being held at the Studio City Branch Library, 12511 Moorpark St. Details: Reserve a seat on Eventbrite:


Old Town Newhall Farmers Market: A certified market, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. Location, 24500 Main St., Newhall.

Canoga Park Farmers Market: A certified market, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturdays. Rain or shine. Location, 7248 Owensmouth Avenue, between Sherman Way and Wyandotte Avenue.

El Nido Farmers Market – Pacoima: El Nido Family Centers and the City of Los Angeles present the market, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. Location, Pacoima Family Source Center, 11243 Glenoaks Blvd.

Woodland Hills Farmers Market: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. Location, 5650 Shoup Ave. 818-300-3023. Facebook:

Canyon Country Farmers Market: A certified market, 4-8 p.m. Wednesdays. Canyon Country Community Center, 18410 Sierra Highway.

Northridge Farmers Market: A certified market, 5-9 p.m. Wednesdays. Location, 9301 Tampa Ave. Coastal Pacific Farmers Markets, 805-643-6458.


REEL Recovery Film Festival: The 15th festival includes documentaries, features and shorts about addiction, mental health issues, recovery and treatment, Oct. 27-29. Presented by Writers In Treatment and The Guest House. Schedule: Tickets $10 for one-day; $39 for three-days (purchase film tickets here:; $25 for opening night party, 5-6:30 p.m. Oct. 27, at the Federal, 5303 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood (purchase in advance here: Laemmle NoHo Cinema, 5240 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood.


Rancho Camulos Museum: Screening “Ramona” (1910), based on Helen Hunt Jackson’s novel, said to be the first movie made in Ventura County, and also, on the location where the 17-minute-long drama was filmed, 1 and 4 p.m. Oct. 28. Both programs include a historical presentation by Dydia DeLyser and Hugh Munro Neely and a guided tour. Tickets $20. Seating is limited and advance purchase is recommended.  Rancho Camulos is the only National Historic Landmark in Ventura County. Directions: from the 5 Freeway, take the exit to Highway 126, travel 3.5 miles west of the Ventura County Line. The entrance is on the south side of the roadway. The museum is two miles east of Piru. Location, 5146 E. Telegraph Road. 805-521-1501. Email:

Forest Lawn Museum – Glendale: New: “Reina de Los Angeles,” photography of murals and shrines in Los Angeles that celebrate the Virgin of Guadalupe and Mexican culture from the photo archive of Nydya Mora, through Feb. 11 ( and “Shaping Gravity – Abstract Art Beyond the Picture Plane,” through March 10 ( Also, an updated, 18-minute long documentary-style video that tells the background of the two “colossal” paintings in the Hall of Crucifixion-Resurrection — and information about the hall itself. The video is shown on the hour, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (except no screening at 1 p.m.), Tuesday-Sunday. Free to see. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Free admission to the museum. Location, 1712 S. Glendale Ave.

Skirball Cultural Center: New: “This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement,” through Feb. 25 ( Hours: noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Closed for Jewish and national holidays ( Admission is by advance time-entry ticket for special exhibits, including “Noah’s Ark at the Skirball.” Admission $12; $9 seniors and students; $7 ages 2-12; Location, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. 310-440-4500.

The Getty Center: New: “William Blake: Visionary,” on loan from Tate Britain, through Jan. 14 ( Ongoing special exhibits: “Giacomo Ceruti: A Compassionate Eye,” realistic portraits from the 18th century Italian artist, through Oct. 29. “Reckoning with Millet’s Man with a Hoe,” through Dec. 10 ( “Finding an Audience: Nineteenth Century Drawings,” through Jan. 7, 2024. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Free admission but a timed-ticket admission is required ( Parking $20 ( Location, Getty Center Drive at North Sepulveda Boulevard, Los Angeles. 310-440-7300.

Martial Arts History Museum: The museum is celebrating 24 years this year. Explore the history of martial arts plus exhibits on Asian art, culture, dance and music. Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. Admission $10; $8 ages 65 and older; $5 ages 6-17. Location, 2319 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank. 818-478-1722. Email:

Descanso Gardens: Nov. 19: Tickets on sale now for “Enchanted — Forest of Light,” Nov. 19-Jan. 7 (tickets must be purchased in advance; prices vary per date; Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Admission $15; $11 ages 65 and older and student with valid ID; $5 ages 5-12. Location, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintidge. 818-949-4200.


Sheena Easton: 8 p.m. Oct. 26. Tickets $70 and up. Lisa Smith Wengler Performing Arts Center, Smothers Theater, at Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. 310-506-4522.

Mayan Warrior – Halloween Farewell Fundraiser: The Burning Man soundcamp — whose art car was destroyed in a fire earlier this year — presents an evening of programming from the crew and a special guest, 5 p.m. Oct. 28. Minimum age: 21. Event is presented by Stranger Than. Tickets $113.30 and up (purchase here: Gloria Molina Grand Park, 200 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles.

Dionne Lea – The Way It Is…Now: Concert, 8 p.m. Nov. 4. Tickets $35 and up. El Portal Theatre, Monroe Forum, 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. 818-508-4200.

Mariah Carey – Merry Christmas One and All!: Tickets on sale now for the 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 and 7 p.m. Nov. 19 concerts. Tickets $119.95 and up. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood.


Fear of Heights: Odyssey Theatre Ensemble presents the one-man show written and performed by actor-comedian Kevin Flynn about his Irish American family, their expectations and his own career calling. Show runs 8 p.m. Oct. 26-28; 4 p.m. Oct. 29. Tickets $30. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. 310-477-2055, Ext. 2.

Sally Spectre – the Musical: The dark musical comedy by David P. Johnson, 8 p.m. Oct. 27-28; 2 p.m. Oct. 29. Tickets $35 in advance; $40 at the door; $30 students. Theatre West, 3333 Cahuenga Blvd. W., Los Angeles. 323-851-7977. Details and purchase tickets:

Love Among the Ruins: A romantic courtroom comedy, a new adaptation of the 1975 made-for-television production written byJames Costigan, with JoBeth Williams and Peter Strauss, 3 and 8 p.m. Oct. 28; 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. Oct. 29; 3 and 8 o,n, Nov. 4; 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. Nov. 5. Tickets $45 and up. El Portal Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. 818-508-4200. Details:

Things My Mother Taught Me: Charles Stewart Howard Playhouse presents the play by Katherine DiSavino about a couple who move into their first apartment together and are surprised when their parents show up to help, 7 p.m. Oct. 28. Tickets $21.50. Harter Hall, at Woodland Hills Community Church, 21338 Dumetz Road, Woodland Hills. 818-835-0612. Details and purchase tickets:

14/48 Hollywood – The World’s Quickest Theatre Festival: Fourteen plays are written, cast, directed, rehearsed, scored and designed within 48-hours. Performances, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Nov. 3-4. Tickets $25 plus fee (purchase on Eventbrite: The Broadwater, 1078 Lillian Way, Los Angeles.

Smokus Pocus: Magic by Ben Zabin, 9 p.m. Nov. 3. Minimum age: 21. Tickets $35; $50 for a cocktail table for two (must purchase two tickets). El Portal Theatre, Monroe Forum, 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. 818-508-4200. A glimpse of the show: Tickets:

Van Helsing’s Dracula: An immersive circus dinner theater experience, Nov. 4, 11 and 18. Original story written by Kate Rediger and Corrin Evans. Doors and bar open, 6 p.m.; show and dinner (three-course Romanian-style), 6:30 p.m. Minimum age: 16. Tickets $225; $250; $275; $325 VIP. Ticket purchase and reservations in advance required: Vatican Banquet Hall, 6913 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys.


Cindy and the Disco Ball – The Musical: A 1976 re-imagining of “Cinderella,” by Joseph Leo Bwarie, Rachael Lawrence and Lori Marshall. Minimum age: 5 (parental discretion). Show runs 7 p.m. Oct. 27; 2 and 7 p.m. Oct. 28; 4 p.m. Oct. 29. Tickets $45 and up. Cash-only for parking. Garry Marshall Theatre, 4252 W. Riverside Drive, Burbank. 818-955-8101.

Bisexual Sadness: The Road Theatre Co. presents the world premiere of a play by India Kotis about a woman who is questioning her sexuality. Minimum age: 14. Show runs 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; through Nov. 5. Tickets $39; $15 seniors and students. Location, NoHo Senior Arts Colony, 10747 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood. 818-761-8838.

Birds of North America: Odyssey Theatre Ensemble present the Los Angeles premiere of the play by Anna Ouyang Moench about a father and daughter who connect over “birding” but not so much over contemporary issues. Show runs 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; through Nov. 19. Also 8 p.m. Oct. 30; and 8 p.m. Nov. 17. Tickets $25-$40. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. 310-477-2055, Ext. 2.

Lewis and Tolkien: Actors Co-op Theatre Co. presents the world premiere of a play written and directed by Dean Batali about C.S. Lewis (“The Chronicles of Narnia”) and J.R.R. Tolkien (“The Lord of the Rings”) sparring with words in a pub in 1963 Oxford, England. Show runs 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday; through Dec. 3. Also, 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 4 and 25 and Dec. 2. No show on Nov. 24. Tickets $35; $30 ages 60 and older; $25 students with ID and SAG-AFTRA and WGA union members. Crossley Theater, 1760 N. Gower St., on the campus of First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood. 323-462-8460.

Aladdin, the Princess and the Magic Lamp: Storybook Theatre presents a musical for children and their families, book, lyrics and music by Lloyd J. Schwartz. Show runs 1 p.m. Saturdays through Jan. 13, 2024 (no shows on Dec. 23 and 30). Tickets $15. Parking available at a privately-owned lot across the street; credit card-only). Theatre West, 3333 Cahuenga Blvd., W., Los Angeles. 323-851-7977. Details and purchase tickets:

Submit calendar listings at least two weeks in advance to 818-713-3708.

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