As if there’s not enough to be scared about in this world, this week provides you with several fun opportunities to really lean into that vibe. You can watch scary movies at some new drive-ins, and learn all about the dark underbelly of your city with all kinds of haunted walking tours and webinars.
Arts & Culture
If you’re looking for a way to support Larchmont’s favorite independent bookseller, Chevalier’s Books, you can join one of its many events, including one on Tuesday, October 13th at 7:00 p.m. with the author of The Girl With The Self-esteem Issues, Rosie Mercado. The memoir tells the inspirational story of the superstar’s “journey from helplessness to becoming a model, life coach, and daytime celebrity and one of the “top 25 most powerful Latinas” (People). But as Rosie reveals, that success came after years of pain.”
Whether you’re nostalgic for the 1960s or just a fan of Mad Men, “Cinema ’62 A-Go-Go” is the event for you. Vitagraph Films 360 presents this “100 minute virtual multi-media extravaganza for film and pop culture lovers – based on the book Cinema ’62: The Greatest Year at the Movies” on Saturday, October 10th 3:00 p.m. This variety show features I Dream of Jeannie’s Barbara Eden, Leonard Maltin, and “re-examines the year in film and everything in between as we delve into the cultural context of when these films were made – with special guests, cocktails of the era, major amounts of music, prophetic politics and even a little dancing.” Tickets cost $13 (or $1.51 in 1962 money).
For those of you feeling more nineties nostalgia, purchase a ticket for OUT Under the Stars Drive-In: But I’m A Cheerleader , presented by The Los Angeles LGBT Center and Lionsgate on Sunday, October 11th at 6:30 p.m. This socially distanced movie night on the roof of the Arclight parking lot celebrates National Coming Out Day and raises money for the Center’s programs and services provided during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tickets start at $25.
Another one for the nineties kids among you is the Live Script Reading of Dazed and Confused on Sunday, October 11th at 4:30 p.m to raise money for March For Science and the Voto Latino Foundation. The original cast of the 1993 Richard Linklater film, including Matthew McConaughey, Ben Affleck, and Parker Posey, will reunite for the reading and a Q&A following moderated by Patton Oswalt.
For something even creepier than Matthew McConaughey’s Dazed and Confused character, drive over to Hollywood Blvd. for Spooky Sundays at The Drive-In at The Hollywood Roosevelt which is kicking off with a presentation of Beetlejuice on Sunday, October 11th at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $55 per car which also gets you a free popcorn, and access to a full menu and bar.
Community & History
Not only is the Wilshire Rotary’s Larchmont Pumpkin Patch returning this Saturday, but Mr. Jack O’Lanterns Pumpkin Patch is back at The Original Farmers Market, too. In lieu of The Market’s annual Fall Festival this year, the pumpkin patch will be on the Plaza on Saturday, October 10th & Sunday, October 11th 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. For a donation of $5 (or more) that will benefit The Salvation Army COVID-19 relief fund, you can take home your very own pumpkin-decorating kit with craft supplies and mini pumpkin.
Staying in the Halloween Spirit, our friends at Esotouric, L.A. present “Black Dahlia Days: Sleuthing Out Beth Short’s Southern California” on Saturday, October 10th at 12:00 p.m. On this webinar, you’ll “take a time travel trip in the footsteps of Beth Short, the victim in the still unsolved 1947 Black Dahlia murder” and “ tag along with three veteran true crime historians as they dig into the case that haunts them.” Tickets are $10.
Additionally, Downtown LA Walking Tours is offering IRL walking tours of Haunted Tales in Downtown on Sunday, October 11th at 5:30 p.m. and in Pasadena next week, plus virtual options where you can learn “about the dark side of Los Angeles with this haunted tales tour of murders, mysteries, suicides and unresolved crimes.”
Take the tour underground on Sunday, October 11th at 9:00 a.m. with The Art Deco Society of Los Angeles as they “dig up the dirt” on Hollywood’s history and scandals “through a walking tour of the 121-year-old Hollywood Forever Cemetery at 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard.” The tour will take you to “the gravesites of early Hollywood stars, movie moguls, and pioneers, [and you can hear] their fascinating tales from historians and living history interludes.” Purchase tickets here.
Speaking of, well, death, on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 11:00am, join The Berggruen Institute and Second Home Hollywood for “Rebelling Against Extinction,” an online conversation with Sir Tim Smit, the co-founder of the Eden Project and Rue Mapp, the Founder of Outdoor Afro as they discuss their conservation work and the looming environmental catastrophe that is the one million species on the verge of extinction. You can register for the free event here, which is “essential for anyone who wants to learn more about how we can protect the biodiversity of our planet and integrate these values into how we all do business.”
Throughout the fall, the Los Angeles Department of City Planning is offering Planning 101 training sessions, which “provide a general overview of the core functions of planning in Los Angeles and serves as an educational resource for anyone interested in learning more about participation in the land use process, especially residents, newly elected neighborhood council board members, and members of other community-based organizations.” This year, the series will be virtual and you can RSVP to the Tuesday, October 13th at 1:00 p.m. and Thursday, October 15th at 5:00 p.m. sessions here, as well as view the full list of sessions in English and Spanish.
The Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council’s October board meeting is coming up on Wednesday, October 14th at 7:00 p.m., but this month you can also tune in early, at 6:30 p.m., to join representatives from the Department of Water and Power for a Q&A about power outages, your water bills, and more.
About Julia Moser
Julia Moser is a freelance writer and producer who grew up in Windsor Square. She recently moved back home after living in New York where she worked as a producer for BuzzFeed News' AM to DM and Good Morning America.