October is flying by faster than you can say "but what am I going to be for Halloween?" Relax and enjoy the build-up to the impending end of the month costume party with this weekend’s world class collection of music, art, film and harvest events. You’ll figure it out, LA.
What: Foo Fighters
Why: If you missed the Foos during their around town club-run last spring, catch Dave and the boys at The Forum during this second show of their two night stand. If you saw the band’s recent rock doc Back and Forth, you know they’re really best seen in a massive arena setting anyways. Cage the Elephant and Mariachi El Bronx open.
When: October 14, 7pm, $39.50 - $59.50
Where: The Forum, 3900 West Manchester Boulevard, at South Prairie Avenue, Inglewood, (213-480-3232 or thelaforum.com)
What: Thomas Dolby performs The Floating City: A Dieselpunk Dystopia
Why: You likely know Thomas Dolby’s 1982 hit “She Blinded Me With Science.” You may not know that Dolby is an accomplished solo artist, producer and musical director of the prestigious TED Conference series. He will perform selections from his recently released triple album 'A Map of the Floating City,' (Dolby calls it "a travelogue across three imaginary continents”), and give what will likely be a very interesting or at the very least quirky lecture in the Masonic Lodge on Saturday evening.
When: October 14, 8pm doors, $20
Where: The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever, 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard, at Gordon Street, (323-469-1181 or hollywoodforever.com)
What: Hollywood Home Movies III: Treasures from the Academy Film Archive Collection
Why: Did you know there is an international home movie day? There is, and it’s Saturday. In LA, “home movies” mean rare, vintage footage of some of the most famous faces of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Get a 16mm glimpse into the private lives of stars including Marilyn Monroe, Carole Lombard, Bette Davis and Errol Flynn at this Saturday evening screening, which will also feature recently discovered behind the scenes footage from the set of Gone With the Wind.
When: October 15, 7pm, standby tickets may be available at the box office before the show
Where: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Linwood Dunn Theater, 1313 Vine Street, at Fountain Avenue, (310-247-3000 or oscars.org/events)
What: Saturdays Off the 405 featuring Thundercat
Why: Brainfeeder favorite Thundercat will perform his slick brand of bass guitar heavy electronica that even your mom will like for The Getty’s always classy Saturdays Off the 405 event. Labelmate and Low End Theory regular Daddy Kev will join.
When: October 15, 6pm, free
Where: The Getty Museum, 1200 Getty Center Drive, (310-440-7330 or getty.edu)
What: Piece Riot Collective at 1551 Art Space
Why: The Piece Riot collective is composed of a crew of young Burbank artists who have taken over the temporarily empty space at 1551 Olive, (which you may remember from its time as Warehouse Records), with an impressive collection of art, photography, sculpture and more. Catch this weekend show before the building becomes a Chase Bank.
When: October 14-16, 7pm – midnight, free
Where: 1551 West Olive Avenue, at Verdugo Avenue, Burbank (818-312-1074 or Facebook.com/pieceriot)
What: West Hollywood AIDS Walk
Why: Whether you participate as a walker, a volunteer or a cheering spectator, taking part in the 27th Annual Los Angeles AIDS Walk is a prime way to help a good cause. And there are good incentives for walkers, as WeHo fast-casual Asian restaurant Fresheast is offering a ten percent discount to walkers, and the route-adjacent Petrossian Boutique and Restaurant is offering a free glass of champagne with brunch to finishers.
When: October 16, sign in begins at 8:30am
Where: West Hollywood Park, at the corner of Melrose Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard, (213-201-9255 or aidswalk.net/losangeles)
What: I’m Going Somewhere With This: A Monthly Storytelling Show
Why: Fans of The Moth will dig this live story telling event led by comic Josh di Donato. The night’s theme is “Crimes” and will feature story tellers including Mad TV’s Arden Myrin, UCB’s The Walsh Brothers and The Moth’s Brian’s Finkelstein.
When: October 16, 7pm, $10
Where: The Mint, 6010 West Pico Boulevard, at Stearns Drive, (323-954-9400)