The Weekend Go Go +: Where to Halloween in Los Angeles

The Haunting of LACMA Muse by ZJU Theater Group.
The Haunting of LACMA Muse by ZJU Theater Group.

Whether you want to shiver, shimmy, scream, or shake, here are a few of Ms. Go Go’s Halloween event faves.

The Carpet is Red…Probably Not with Blood

Tinseltown more appealing than Terrortown?  Grab tix to the 10th Annual LACMA Muse Costume Ball where the theme is Old Hollywood and you’ll walk the red carpet instead of the razor’s edge.

Clairy Browne and the Bangin’ Rockettes sultry up the Urban Light installation, DJ Theophilus London keeps it smooth ’til the early hours and Zombie Joe’s Underground Theater Group will make sure you don’t forget it’s Halloween.

Not that you were in danger of forgetting.

You’ll view photography exhibits such as See the Light—Photography, Perception, Cognition: The Marjorie and Leonard Vernon Collection  and John Divola: As Far As I Could Get and video installations like Bruce Nauman’s For Beginners in galleries populated by glamorous fellow party goers instead of the hoi polloi.

Unless someone comes dressed as a hoi polloi.

Speaking of disguises, there’s a Costume Contest with costume designers Judianna Makovsky (The Hunger Games), Julie Weiss (Hitchcock), and Daniel Orlandi (Down With Love) awarding prizes for: “Best Black-and-White Costume”, “Best Classic Movie Monster”, “Best Ghost of Hollywood Past”.

Be ready for your close-up…or else.

10TH ANNUAL LACMA MUSE COSTUME BALLSat, Oct 26, 8pm – 1am; $60 – $100 (tix incl. admission & 2 drink tix)LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd, LA 90036

That's not a yellow brick road....
Warning: that’s not a yellow brick road….

Mad Movie Music

It’s said that “Music has charms to soothe the savage breast.”

Note: see Lucha VaVoom’s “saucy striptease” below,

Former Oingo Boingo lead singer/guitarist Danny Elfman’s decades-long collaboration with director Tim Burton has been more likely, however, to bring beasts (ok, and breasts cough Corpse Bride cough) to life.

On Halloween and the two nights preceding it, fall in love again with the dark side — and Pee Wee and Batman and Jack Skellington and Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands and and and — at Danny Elfman’s Music from  the Films of Tim Burton.  Elfman will perform with The Hollywood Symphony Orchestra and The Page LA Choir conducted by John Mauceri at Nokia Theater LA Live.

It will be the composer’s first live U.S. performance in 18 years.

As if that isn’t enough to get you out of your Barcalounger and away from the mini-Mars Bars, the music will be accompanied by film clips and Burton’s art work…

…and Alice and Corpse Bride and Ichabod Crane and Sweeney Todd and and and….

DANNY ELFMAN’S MUSIC FOR THE FILMS OF TIM BURTONTues, Oct 29 @ 8:15, Wed, Oct 30 @ 8:30, Thurs, Oct 31 @ 8:15; $45 – $125Nokia Theater LA Live, 777 Chick Hearn Court, DTLA 90015  For tickets click HERE

Jungle Heat....
Night of Savages

Aztec Horror

Go Go’ers, the above is not a stomach bug suffered by unwitting south-of-the-border tourists.

Still, danger lurks.

You’ll want to guard your loins, steady your drinking hand, and limber up your funny bone for Lucha VaVoom‘s Noche de los Salvajes.

The two-night extravaganza features: savage lust (courtesy of strippers like debuting “Canadian Sensation” Raven Virginia); savage beasts (e.g. flying luchadore/Mexican masked wrestler Stuka); and savagely funny comedic commentators (that in the past have included Patton Oswalt and Fred Armisen).

All this and a Halloween night costume party with a $250 prize!

Caution: you’ll have to find really amazing pasties to stand out in this crowd.

LUCHA VAVOOM’S NOCHE DE LOS SAVALJES!Wed, Oct 30 & Thurs, Oct 31 @ 8pm; $35/21+ — Mayan Theater, 1038 S Hill St, DTLA 90015

Where's the giant can of Raid?
Where’s the giant can of Raid?

Tingler Tales

Q:  What do you get when you combine LSD, “Percepto”, and Halloween horror staple Vincent Price?

A:  A possible buzzed butt and the chance to “scream for your life” in The Tingler.

Shlock and shock-meister William Castle was King of the Movie Gimmicks in the late 50’s/early 60’s.  Publicity stunts included “Fright Insurance” policies for horror movie patrons; seat belts to keep frightened audiences in their seats; and glow-in-the-dark “punishment poll cards” that (theoretically) allowed moviegoers to determine a villain’s fate.

Oh, the power….

On Halloween, feel the retro terror of the Tingler, a creepy, insectosoid monster that feeds on fear in the human body.  Audiences could/may/might experience the monster’s “spine-tingling attacks” — originally filmed in the very theater that is now Cinefamily — courtesy of “Percepto”.  The latter was not a heightened state of awareness  — that would be The Tingler‘s LSD plot device — but electric buzzers Castle had installed on theater seats.

Good decision to have a rubber hot water bottle costume this Halloween….

THE TINGLERWed, Oct 31@ 7:30 pm; $5 -$12Cinefamily, 611 N Fairfax, LA 90036

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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