The Bucket List • October 2017 • L.A. Edition
Autumn is in full swing in Los Angeles and for October Coldplay, Gorillaz, and horror-meister John Carpenter are all hitting the stage. Speaking of horror, Halloween is almost here it’s time to get into the spooky spirit. Catch a scary screening at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery and Melrose Rooftop Cinema series, dance the night away at Unicef’s Masquerade Ball or honor the spirits of the dead at Hollywood Forever’s annual Dia de los Muertos event. You won’t want to miss Yayoi Kusama’s much-talked-about “Infinity Mirrors” retrospective at The Broad, Tyler, the Creator’s Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival or Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con. If you are looking to fill your appetite, look no further than Los Angeles Magazine’s Food Event at Saddlerock Ranch, Signature Chefs Auction at Union Station or the EastSide Food Festival. Whatever you’re looking for, The Bucket List has you covered.
Hamilton at Hollywood Pantages | Aug. 11 – Dec. 30
Broadway’s most expensive and hottest ticket finally comes to the West Coast. “Hamilton” is the story of America’s founding father, Alexander Hamilton, and features a mix of hip-hop, jazz, rap, and R&B. Don’t miss your opportunity to witness what is sure to become a contemporary stage classic.
Beyond Fest at the Egyptian Theatre | Sept. 29 – Oct. 10
Celebrate everything spooky and weird at Los Angeles’ biggest genre film festival. The lineup includes exclusive premieres seen nowhere else. It’s a must-see event for all horror hounds and those looking to get into the Halloween spirit. Highlight screenings include, “The Room,” “Better Watch Out,” and a 4K restoration of “Night of the Living Dead.”
Music Tastes Good at Marina Green Park | Sept. 29 – Oct. 1
Enjoy two days of music, food, and art. The event includes a wide variety of Los Angeles’ best chefs and musicians, as they come together to celebrate the upcoming fall season. Performers include Alvvays, Brainstory, Big Freedia, Diane Coffee, and L.A. Edwards.
Werk It: Women’s Podcast Festival at The Theatre at Ace Hotel | Oct. 3 – Oct. 5
This three-day celebratory event focuses on women in the podcasting world, with live Q&A’s, panels, and more. Attendees will get the unique opportunity to sit in on live recordings of today’s most popular podcasts, including “BuzzFeed’s Another Round” (Oct. 3), “Death, Sex & Money” (Oct. 4), and “2 Dope Queens” (Oct. 5). Now is your chance to become a part of the conversation.
Whisky Live at The L.A. Hotel Downtown | Oct. 4
Sip from over 150 different scotches, bourbon, and whiskeys from some of the world’s greatest selections. Pair your delicious cocktail with great food and entertainment. Upgrade to the VIP Experience to access exclusive whiskeys, many not available on the main floor.
Gorillaz at The Forum | Oct. 5
The animated band consisting of 2-D, Murdoc Niccals, Noddle and Russel Hobbs take center stage at The Forum. The latest album, “Humanz,” which also serves tour name, is the band’s first studio release in over seven years. Fans who have been missing their eclectic mix between alternative rock and electronica will not want to miss it.
Coldplay at Rose Bowl Stadium | Oct. 6
Named after their seventh studio album, which dropped back in the winter of 2015, Coldplay hits the Rose Bowl for their “A Head Full of Dreams” tour. Special guests include Tove Lo and Alina Baraz.
Los Angeles Podcast Festival at The Historic Millennium Biltmore Hotel | Oct. 6 – Oct. 8
Join the biggest names in podcasting during live recordings for some of the hottest shows on the web. The three-day festival also includes informative panels by Sim Sarna (“Anna Faris is Unqualifited”), Taylor Moore (Kickstarter), Jordan Cope (Patreon), and many more. Whether you are a fan of podcasts and digital media or you are looking to break into the medium – this is an event you will not want to miss.
Red Bull Music Academy Festival Los Angeles | Oct. 6 – Oct. 29
Celebrates all of the musical and cultural diversity that Los Angeles has to offer. Don’t miss a stellar program featuring a wide range of performances, collaborations, and panels. Highlights include a new technicolor direction from St. Vincent, a performance orchestrated by Ryoji Ikeda, and Flying Lotus’ latest 3-D art installment.
An Evening with Matt Groening & Lynda Barry at The Theatre at Ace Hotel | Oct. 8
Matt Groening and Lynda Barry, the creative geniuses behind one of television’s most successful and beloved programs, “The Simpsons” join together for a conversation on their 40-year journey through the business. The duo will use hilarious slideshow photos and comics to aid their presentation. Creators and fans alike will not want to miss this unique opportunity.
Janet Jackson at Hollywood Bowl | Oct. 8
See global music icon, multiple Grammy Award winning artist Janet Jackson on her State of the World North American tour. The 56-city engagement kicked off in September and only lasts through December. You might want to grab your tickets fast for this one. Oh, and good luck getting “Rhythm Nation” out of your head after the show ends.
Melrose Rooftop Cinema | Oct. 8 – Oct. 22
Sit atop the Melrose Avenue and enjoy the crispy autumn air as you conjure up some scares. The outdoors screenings include the Wes Craven classics, “Scream” (Oct. 8) and “A Nightmare on Elm Street” (Oct. 16), as well as “Silence of the Lambs” (Oct. 22). Get there early enough to grab a good seat. Upgrade your ticket to include a delicious three-course meal.
Screamfest LA at TLC Chinese 6 Theatres | Oct. 10 – Oct. 19
The horror genre’s biggest stars usually come out for Screamfest. The annual festival celebrating all things horror has served as the premiere for 2004’s “Saw” and 2009’s “Paranormal Activity.” Both of which broke out into mega mainstream success. This year’s lineup includes the North American premiere for the new “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” prequel, “Leatherface,” “Like.Share.Follow.,” and more. Don’t miss your chance to catch what could be the next breakout horror hit.
Bright Star at Ahmanson Theater | Oct. 11 – Nov. 19
The Broadway smash comes to Los Angeles’ Ahmanson theater for a limited engagement. The show comes as a collaborative effort from the minds of Grammy, Emmy, and Academy Award winner, Steve Martin, and Grammy Award winner, Edie Brickell. The musical tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of American South in the 1920s and ‘40s.
Depeche Mode w/ Warpaint at Hollywood Bowl | Oct. 12 + Oct. 14 + Oct. 16 + Oct. 18
The English electronic band hits the stage at the Hollywood Bowl on their Global Spirit Tour. The five-time Grammy nominated band will be joined on stage by Warpaint hot off the heals of their latest album “Heads Up” which dropped just last month.
Festival of Disruption at The Theatre at Ace Hotel | Oct. 14 – Oct. 15
This unique weekend, curated by creative visionary, David Lynch, will feature an array of musical performances, talks, film screenings, art exhibits, meditations sessions, and more. The event benefits the David Lynch Foundation, which supports at-risk adults and youth. Festival sponsor, Alex and Ani, will be debuting a limited-edition line of David Lynch products. “Twin Peaks” bracelets anyone?
Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic at Will Rogers State Historic Park | Oct. 14
The celebrities come out to play at the annual Polo Classic. Guests will be able to enjoy delicious food offerings from some of the city’s best food trucks, as they play lawn games and watch the thrilling polo match. Located on lush greens, the event offers three ticketing options.
Los Angeles Magazine’s The Food Event at Saddlerock Ranch | Oct. 15
Set in the scenic beauty of the Malibu Hills, the 12th annual extravaganza celebrates the best in Los Angeles’ cuisine. Sample dishes from over 40 of L.A.’s top restaurants, while you sip on boutique wines and spirits and watch live cooking demonstrations conducted by celebrity chefs.
Signature Chefs Auction at Union Station | Oct. 15
Enjoy an evening of world-class cuisine, wine tasting and entertainment at the Union Station. Served up by the most prominent Los Angeles chefs, the event works to benefit the vital work of the March of Dimes organization. Eat good food and feel good about donating.
Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors at The Broad | Oct. 21 – Jan. 1
Did you miss the Instagram-trending Museum of Ice Cream that stopped in L.A. earlier this year? Now is your chance to redeem those social media likes. Yayio Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors exhibition at The Broad includes aluminous visions that play with the vortexes of lights and mirrors. Hot tip: due to overwhelming demand, additional tickets are dropping October 2. Be on the lookout as they are expected to go fast.
Adrian Villar Rojas: The Theater of Disappearance at MOCA | Oct. 22 – Feb. 26
Adrian Villar Rojas, perhaps most known for his specialty installations including the “Psycho” house atop the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, returns to Los Angeles. For this particular installation, Rojas will transform the Little Tokyo space, employing dramatic aesthetic shifts.
Eastside Food Festival at Mack Sennett Studios | Oct. 22
Enjoy tastes from over 30 food and drink vendors that makeup L.A.’s eclectic eastside. The event also includes live food demonstrations, discussion panels, and raffle prizes. The proceeds benefit PATH organization, with happy hour specials occurring from 3-4 p.m.
Los Angeles Times: The Gold List at The MacArthur | Oct. 23
Helmed by Los Angeles Times restaurant critic Jonathan Gold, the event includes samples from a list of his favorite L.A. restaurants. Fans will not want to miss this intimate opportunity to mingle with the some of Southern California’s brightest food stars.
Ricky Gervais at the Dolby Theatre | Oct. 28 + Oct. 30 + Nov. 1
In his first tour in over seven years, “Humanity” is Ricky Gervais’ grand return to the stage. The worldwide tour stops at the Dolby Theatre for the first time since the opening of the summer. The funny-man is best known for his iconic BBC show, “The Office,” as well as his controversial turn hosting multiple years of the Golden Globe Awards.
Linkin Park & Friends Celebrate Life in Honor of Chester Bennington at Hollywood Bowl | Oct. 27
Originally scheduled as a Linkin Park concert, the event had to take drastic change after the tragic loss of the band’s lead singer, Chester Bennington. The rest of the Linkin Park members will be joined by special guests for a momentous celebration in Bennington’s honor.
Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con at LA Convention Center | Oct. 27 – Oct. 29
Are you a comic book fan who is experiencing withdrawal from San Diego’s pinnacle Comic Con event? No need to fret, because Los Angeles’ Comic Con, helmed by the king of comics, Stan Lee, has plenty of geeky panels, screenings, and meet and greets to tide you over.
Unicef Masquerade Ball at Clifton’s Republic | Oct. 27
Looking for an elegant evening to celebrate Halloween? Look no further than Unicef’s Masquerade Ball. Over 800 emerging global leaders, innovators, celebrities, and philanthropists attend the event each year. Don’t forget to dawn your very best celestial attire and mask.
Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival at Exposition Park | Oct. 28 – Oct. 29
Summer might be over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make a trip back to camp. The three-day musical festival includes an impressive lineup featuring Tyler, the Creator, Solange, Kid Cudi, A$AP Rocky, Mac Miller, Kehlani and more. Also, you won’t want to miss Lana Del Rey in one of her first local performances since the debut of her latest album.
Cinespia Presents Labyrinth + Masquerade Ball at Los Angeles Theatre | Oct. 28
Experience a dreamy night of fantasy and magic at of L.A.’s gothic movie palace. Modeled after the dark musical starring David Bowie, the night includes magic shows, live music, full bars, photo booth, a plethora of other hauntingly exciting surprises, and, of course, a screening of the Bowie classic, “Labyrinth.” A masqueraded costume is required for entry into this dream world.
Dia De Los Muertos at Hollywood Forever Cemetery | Oct. 28
For the 18th year, Dia de Los Muertos, the celebration known as Day of the Dead, returns to the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. The event features the best of Mexican culture, vendors, entertainers, food, and musical performances, as it revolves around the culturally significant holiday. Dia de Los Muertos attire is strongly encouraged.
KCRW’s Masquerade Ball at The McArthur | Oct. 28
Get ready to dance with the dead at KCRW’s Masquerade Ball. This year’s theme is back from the dead. The costume and dance party of the year features live musical performances from Matthew Dear, The Black Madonna, and Tensnake. You won’t want to miss special acts from Lucha Vavoom, Lucent Dossier, and Les Petites Bonbons for a freaky good night.
King Tuts Tomb LA Halloween Party at Egyptian Theater | Oct. 28
If you find yourself in downtown Hollywood on Halloweekend, then look no further than California Nightlife’s 9th Annual King Tut’s Tomb party. Spinning the records at this year’s event, held at the historic Egyptian Theatre Courtyard, are DiJiTAL, J Rhythm, and DJ Shanto. Be sure to check out the site for the wide array of VIP open bar packages available.
Taste Talks Los Angeles | Oct. 28 – Oct. 29
Taste Talks is a collective event that celebrates the best of cuisine through awards, panels, dinner, and parties. Talented food masters will also be in attendance. The two-day event offers one-of-a-kind experiences that all food enthusiasts will want to join.
The Growlers Six at L.A. Waterfront | Oct. 28 – Oct. 29
If you are looking to jam out over Halloween weekend then The Growlers Six (formally Beach Goth) will be worth the trek down to Orange County. The two-day festival features Iggy Pop, Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, Modest Mouse, Dan Auerbach, Butthole Surfers, Danny Brown, Beth Ditto, Alice Glass, The B-52s and, of course, The Growlers, originally formed in California, offers up a SoCal vibe with their genre bending mix of surt music, psychedelic rock, and garage rock.
John Carpenter at Hollywood Palladium | Oct. 31
The master of horror himself goes on tour once again as he performs his original hits. The prolific composer and director has created some of Hollywood’s greatest horror movie scores for his films, including the iconic and simple piano tunes for “Halloween,” “The Thing,” and “The Fog.” Surely, there is no better way to spend your Halloween night than listening to the very key cords that will send shivers down your spine.