This is our last weekend before Halloween, so as you may expect, it’s jam-packed with both seasonal and non-seasonal events.
First up is a helpful community event – the annual Mangnolia Community Drug Take-Back, where you can safely dispose of expired and unwanted medications. This year, the take-back runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at two locations – the First Baptist Church of LA, 760 S. Westmoreland Ave., 90005…and the LAPD Olympic Station, 1130 S. Vermont Ave., 90006. In addition to accepting the unwanted medications, the event will include drug awareness and education, information about safe drug usage and disposal, and basic health screenings such as blood pressure and glucose levels.
For bargain hunters, The Record Parlour, 6408 Selma Ave., will be holding a special sale of jazz records (yes, vinyl) from the estate of a prominent studio jazz musician. The sale, running Friday, Saturday and Sunday, starting at 10:30 a.m., includes thousands of original titles from the 1950s to ’80s, both LPs and 10″ records. The organizers say the collection features “some of the rarest jazz records in the world, mostly in excellent condition.” Prices range from $7.98-$29.98, and artists include Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins, Lee Morgan, Nina Simone, Curtis Fuller, Cannonball Adderly, Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon, Charlie Parker, Art Pepper, Herbie Hancock, Pharaoh Sanders, Jackie McLean, Lou Donaldson, Archie Sheep, Ornette Coleman, Charles Mingus, Chet Baker, Horace Silver, Donald Byrd, Hank Mobley, Eric Dolphy, Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter, Bobby Hutchinson, Freddie Hubbard, Andrew Hill, Larry Young and hundreds more.
For book fans, starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, the Friends of the Wilshire Branch Library (FOWL) will hold its Fall Book and Bake sale in front of the library, at 149 N. St. Andrews Pl. In addition to the books and yummy baked goods, there will also be Halloween-related children’s activities.
Also starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday morning, the Miracle Mile Toy Hall, 5464 Wilshire Blvd., will host a performance of the Bob Baker Marionette Theater’s “Spooktacular” show. It’s a 35-minute production with various Halloween-themed marionettes from Bob’s career, performing to vintage soundtracks accented by sci-fi and spooky themes. The vignettes include “everything Halloween, including trick or treating children, aliens, blacklight skeletons, the invisible man, a saucy black cat, Dracula, and more.” Appropriate for all ages. Tickets available at the link above.
Meanwhile, for food fans, City Council District 4 is sponsoring the first-ever Los Feliz Art & Food Fesitval, from 12-5 p.m. on Saturday, at 1800 N. Vermont Ave. The event will celebrate the best of the community, with chef demos, expert speaker panels, food trucks, live music, food, pop-ups, vendors and more.
If you’re in a movie mood, head over to the Japan Foundation, 5700 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 100, on Saturday, for a free 2 p.m. screening of “Speak Low,” a film by director Akira Yamamoto about “Sara and Ryo, a young, unmarried couple in their late twenties, who leave Tokyo to spend a few days of their paid holidays in Atami, a tourist town of faded splendor…where their relationship also fades. Shown in Japanese with English subtitles.
From 4-6 p.m. on Saturday, you can sample some very tasty treats as Fancifull Fine Foods and Gift Baskets, 5617 Melrose Ave., hosts a “Flavors of Fall” open house, with tastings of “wine, food, chocolate and fun.” Get a preview of items available for the holidays, and start planning your gift-giving possibilities. RSVP to (323) 466-7654 if you’d like to attend.
Also starting at 4 p.m. on Saturday is the big annual Wilshire Park Halloween Haunt, on the 700 block of S. Bronson Ave. Everyone in the family will find something to enjoy, with carnival games, bouncers, performers, costume contests, food, a silent auction, haunted maze, “terror tram”…and more.
For an art fix, the TAG Gallery, 5458 Wilshire Blvd., will hold an opening reception at 6 p.m. on Saturday for three new shows: Lynne Russo – “This Mother Fucker,” Miyuki Sena – “Insomnia,” and Jaime Coffey Bateman – “Red Earth.” See the gallery’s press release for details of the individual works and shows.
And finally on Saturday, if you’d like to “party with a purpose,” Alexandria House, which provides services for homeless women and children, will host its annual Speakeasy and Casino Night fundraiser, starting at 7 p.m. at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 1324 Normandie Ave. Tickets start at $125, and all proceeds benefit Alexandria House. Also, if you can’t attend, please consider making a donation to allow an Alexandria House resident to enjoy the party.
Moving on to Sunday, the Petersen Museum will host its monthly Breakfast Club Cruise-In event, starting at 8 a.m. on the third level of the museum’s parking structure. This month it will feature some festive Halloween “trunk or treating” in the specially-decorated cars on display. RSVP at the link above…and don’t forget to wear your Halloween costumes! There will be free bagels, coffee and candy for all attendees, and museum members will have early access to the museum.
Also for some seasonal fun on Sunday, the Big Sunday organization will be hosting its big annual Spooky Sunday, from 2-4 p.m. The event entertains guests from a number of local non-profits, with a “horribly haunted house,” “kooky costume giveaway,” “freaky photobooth,” “terifying trunk-or-treating,” and “appalling arts and creepy crafts.” Volunteers can have a wonderful time helping with the events – just sign up at the link above and don’t forget to wear your costume!
And costumes are, of course, also welcome and encouraged at the weekend’s biggest local event, the annual Larchmont Family Fair, which runs from 12-5 p.m. Sunday, on Larchmont Blvd. between 1st St. and Beverly Blvd. Events include a talent show, pie eating contest, pie baking contest, live entertainment, and dozens of games, booths from local non-profits, bouncers, food vendors, children’s costume contest, and more…including the weekend’s second local appearance of the Bob Baker Marionettes. Be sure to bring the whole family to this ultimate and quintessentially “Larchmont” celebration.
And finally on Sunday, after you’ve checked out the big fair, movie lovers can also enjoy Hollywood Heritage Museum’s “An Afternoon @ “The Barn“” event, starting at 2 p.m. This month’s event features “Letters from Hollywood,” a program based on a new book of the same name. Authors Rocky Lang and Barbara Hall will take you “inside the private world of classic American movie-making” with “entertaining and insightful letters from some of the most notable and talented film industry names of all time, including Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, Frank Sinatra, and Cary Grant. Culled from libraries, archives and personal collections, the correspondence are organized chronologically and annotated by the authors to provide backstories and further context.” Also, in addition to the authors, special guest Paul Clemens (son of legendary actress Eleanor Parker) will read a letter he received from Ellen Burstyn. Other guests reading letters will include Michael Berman (son of Pandro S. Berman), Gyl Roland (daughter of Gilbert Roland), and Danny Selznick (son of David O. Selznick).
Have a great weekend!