Muse Costume Ball, Dos Dias de los Muertos, Cirque Acoustique, and a Pig Roast Pop-Up

Oh say can you see…the LACMA MUSE Costume Ball?

Superstorms.  Full moons.  Santa Anas.  It’s the perfect time for the wall between the living and the dead to thin.

Step cautiously.  Honor accordingly.  Drink wisely and well.

One Last Halloween Ball

Since ancient days, artists have looked to their muses for creative inspiration.    For the ultimate day-of Halloween party, you look to LACMA’s Muse.

You creative party-er you.

The muse for this year’s Muse Costume Ball is legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick.  Costume Ballers will sip cocktails, get an exclusive early peek at LACMA’s Kubrick exhibit and watch performers including Daedelus featuring Archimedes, Sypher Art Studios, and Astra Dance Company.

Muses will undoubtedly be rampant.

The ball is inspired by Kubrick’s oeuvre:  Eyes Wide Shut, Clockwork Orange, The Shining, and 2001: A Space Odyssey.  You’ll want to use the films for sartorial inspiration; this year’s annual costume contest — hosted by LACMA Film Curator Elvis Mitchell — has three-time Oscar-winning Costume Designer Colleen Atwood on the panel of judges.  Prizes will be awarded for Best Masquerade Attire, Best Halloween Costume, and Best Stanley Kubrick Character.

Luckily, your super-conceptual Hal 9000 costume is good to go.

LACMA’S 9TH ANNUAL MUSE COSTUME BALLWed, Oct 31 @ 8pm; 21+ $75 – $100 (incl. admission, two drink tickets, parking); 21+ — LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd, LA 90036. Tickets: 323 857-6010 or purchase online  Muse members required to show membership ID when retrieving tickets

Memories That Never Die

Hello, dearly departed….

Self-Help Graphics was first in the U.S. to create an open-to-the-public Day of the Dead celebration.  This year, the venerable East Los Angeles cultural arts and community center celebrates the 39th Annual Dia de los Muertos Celebration in their spacious “new” 19-month-old digs.

So, less chance you’ll repeat the faux pas of knocking over Tia Griselda’s commemorative altar.

Every Day of the Dead celebration is different; Self Help Graphics describes theirs as not only a celebration of the antepasados  — “the beloved who are no longer with us” — but also a yearly reminder that “life is a dream from which, one day we will awaken”.

Making sure you remember?  Lots of faces painted with half a calaca (skull).

In addition to gorgeous commemorative altars, expect Catrin Calaveras (“Elegant Skulls”) costumes, a ceremonial procession and blessings, music, food, children’s workshops and face painting.

One calaca with a unicorn, por favor.

39TH ANNUAL DIA DE LOS MUERTOS CELEBRATIONFri, Nov 2, 5 – 11pm; FREESelf Help Graphics & Art, 1300 East 1st Street, LA 90033  NOTE: No Parking on Site! Goldline Metro to Pico/Aliso Stop is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Bigger. Louder. Dead-ier.


How to Wake the Dead

If your ancestors were super into music and Micheladas — holla, Pop-Pop Tony! — you’ll want to head to La Cita’s Grand Park Downtown Dia de los Muertos celebration with Special MC El Vez.  Bands, including local cumbia outfit Buyepongo and Mariachi El Bronx — the side project of the punk band El Bronx — will be on hand to serenade the dead.

Don’t be surprised; the latter are likely to stir.

Altars organized by Victor Payan and Pocho Pena include offerings by Lalo Alcaraz (creator of the nationally syndicated cartoon strip La Cucaracha).

Helping you toast your loved ones…a full bar on site.

Crazy cousin Lulu would def approve.

DIA DE LOS MUERTOSFri, Nov 2nd, 5 – 11pm; FREEGrand Park, 200 N Grand Ave, 90012.  For more info: 972-8080 or

High Wire Meets High Notes

Singer-songrwriter circles?  Ms. Go Go’s a fan.  A singer-songwriter circle with “a touch of cirque”.

Just hangin’ with the songwriters….

Send in the clowns!

Note: Ms. Go Go is not referring to the songwriters….

Actually, there are no clowns in CIRQUE ACOUSTIQUE but rather, aerialists interpreting the singer-songwriters’ lyrics.

By the numbers: eight (confirmed) unplugged singer-songwriters.  Thirteen aerialists and acrobats courtesy of circus pro Le-Studio-Nathalie-Gaulthier-Productions.  One new band: Cicero, introduced by choreographer Dorianna Sanchez (Cher/So You Think You Can Dance?) who has also created a closing number with the circus artists.

There’s also one fireplace and an unspecified amount of wine.

When it comes to cirque, you hate putting a limit on wine.

CIRQUE ACOUSTIQUE — UNPLUGGEDSat, Nov 3, 7 – 8:30 pm;  $20Le Studio/Nathalie Gaultier Productions, 9500 B Jefferson blvd, Culver City, 90232 BRING CANNED GOODS / NON PERISHABLE FOODS TO GIVE TO A SHELTER FOR THANKSGIVING!!!

Kicking Off Turkey Month with a Pig Roast

October.  Whew.  That happened.

This + Frannie’s Pop Up food = happiness.

After the marathon Halloween hype and hoopla, it’s a good thing there’s an extra hour this weekend.  Here’s how to spend it: get out of the city, hike around, kick back, drink some beers, maybe watch some puppets, and eat some pig plus fixins’ in the great outdoors courtesy of Frannie’s Pop-ups.

More relaxed just hearing about it?   Wait ’til you hear more.

Independent chef/cultural producer Frances “Frannie” Garretson is throwing a pig roast under the cottonwood trees near Vasquez Rocks this Sunday.

There are a LIMITED number  of pop-up tix — $30 presale or $40 at the door — which get you all-you-can-eat pig (from ReRide Ranch via Lindy and Grundy butcher shop in West LA), two nanobrewed, artisanal DURO beers, plus local, seasonal, organic sides, which will definitely include Frannie’s special sauerkraut.  The rest of the menu may include:  carrot radicchio slaw, grilled kale and persimmon salad with pomegranate vinaigrette, winter squash and potatoes, apple sauce or chutney.

Aren’t you drooling just thinking about it?

Come early to hike and you may get to share the cooks’ breakfast.  Stay late and you may get posole, dessert, and a puppet show.  Bring an instrument and you’ll definitely get to play.

Hello, November…so glad you’re here.

FRANNIE’S PIG ROAST POP-UPSun, Nov 4th, 10am – 8pm; $30-$40  —  8237 Soledad Canyon Rd, Acton, CA 93510.  For tix/info/directions, go to

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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