Big weekend guys, big. Between all of the world class movies, art, food, yoga and theatre going down during the next three days, there will be nary a time for sleep. But who needs it? Consider yourself booked, LA.
What: "Revenge of the Electric Car"
Why: If you saw 2006's wholly depressing documentary "Who Killed the Electric Car?" then the sequel chronicling the current revival of electric car technology might revive your spirits as well. The film gets its west coast premier on Friday night, as director Chris Paine reveals what's happening behind closed doors at Nissan, GM and Tesla as the electric car experiences a global resurgence.
When: October 21, show times vary, $10.50
Where: Landmark Nuart Theatre, 11272 Santa Monica Boulevard, at Sawtelle Boulevard, (310-281-8223 or landmarktheatres.com)
What: Bringing Burton's World to Life
Why: The final stretch of LACMA's much-celebrated Tim Burton retrospective, (which closes on Halloween, natch), will explore what it's actually like to actually work with the director, as a panel including composer Danny Elfman, costume designer Colleen Atwood and production designer Rick Heinrichs will recount tales from the sets of Beetlejuice, Batman and more before a screening of Edward Scissorhands in 70mm at 9pm.
When: October 21, $10, $5 for movie screening only, 7:30pm
Where: LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, at South Ogden Drive, (323-857-6010 or lacma.org)
What: International Skateboard Film Festival
Why: The first day of the International Skateboard Film Festival, (which oscillates between downtown's Independent Theatre and Art Theater Long Beach), features a night of 3D skate films and a panel discussion featuring skate movie director Ty Evans. The rest of the weekend includes more movies, discussions, an art show and probably some sick 180s.
When: October 21, 6pm, $12, (through October 25)
Where: Downtown Independent Theater, 251 South Main Street, at East 3rd Street, (213-617-1033 or intskateboardfilmfestival.com)
What: Dia de Los Muertos at Hollywood Forever
Why: Dia de Los Muertos, ("day of the dead"), the traditional Mexican celebration of departed souls will fill Hollywood Forever with a day to night extravaganza of 100+ ceremonial altars, music, art, lectures traditional food, processions and a stunning assortment of elaborate costumes. If you need further convincing, consider that the gorgeous Hollywood Forever is the only cemetery in the United States to open its gates for this type of holiday celebration.
When: October 22, 12pm - 12am, $10, free for children six and under
Where: Hollywood Forever, 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard, at Gordon Street, (323-469-1181 or ladyofthedead.com)
What: Yoga Day LA
Why: LA will get even more limber as yoga enthusiasts from around the city take to the Santa Monica Mountains of Topanga Canyon for a day long celebration of balance, flexibility and sun salutations. The first annual Yoga Day LA aims to bring the city's large and diverse yoga community together for a run of classes from instructors including Kia Miller and Power Yoga's Bryan Kest. There will be food, vendors, a farmers market, free coconut water and music from the Earth Harp. Children are welcome.
When: October 22, 8am - 7pm, $25 first class, $15 for a second class, children 12 and under stretch for free
Where: Topanga Canyon Community Club, 1440 North Topanga Canyon Boulevard, (310-592-2509 or yogadayla.com)
What: Lucent Dossier Experience
Why: Los Angeles' favorite mad-cap vaudeville troupe invites you to experience their whimsical "velvet underworld" at downtown's historic Palace theatre. The group's two night run (which begins on Friday) will feature Lucent's ever-stunning displays of creative theatrics, dance, aerial ballet and live music. 100 percent of the show's proceeds will benefit Brent 'Shine' Spears, a Lucent cohort and designer of the House of Blues interior and the 2008 Burning Man temple, who was recently involved in near-fatal car accident.
When: October 21-22, $20 - $135
Where: The Palace Theatre, 615 South Broadway Street, at 6th Street, (lucentdossier.com)
What: Art Center Car Classic 2011
Why: Pasadena's Art Center trains some of the most visionary leaders in car design, and the school celebrates this achievement on Sunday with a car show featuring concept vehicles, vintage rides, panel discussions from designers on California car culture and display of rare, exotic and assorted futuristic automobiles.
When: October 23, 11:30am - 5pm, $50 online, $60 day of
Where: Art Center College of Design, 1700 Lida Street, Pasadena, (artcenter.edu/carclassic)
What: Los Angeles Magazine's Food Event
Why: An A-list roundup of LA restaurants will take to Malibu on Sunday for an afternoon tasting event featuring the fare of culinary all-stars including Black Market, Coolhaus, Farmshop, MB Post, Mo-Chica, Picca and Stello Rossa. Libations will be provided by Chambord, Herradura, Samsara, The Naked Grape and many more, and a crew of epicurean experts will also be on hand to give foodie type lectures.
When: October 23, 1pm-4pm, $95 advance, $110 at the door
Where: Saddlerock Ranch, 31727 Mulholland Highway, at Zuma Ridge Fire Road, Malibu, (lamag.com/thefoodevent)