12 Fun Things to Do This Weekend, 10/23

Just in time for Halloween: fill your days with The Zombies and a few creatures of the night
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CONFAB: Westedge Design Fair
International furniture, appliance, lighting, and rug designers land at the Santa Monica Airport for an expo that focuses on the latest innovations. More information (Barker Hangar, October 22-25)

BOOKS: It Had Been Planned and There Were Guides Book Signing
Author Jessica Lee Richardson won the Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize, as well as the Fiction Collective Two 2015 contest for her debut work of short fiction It Had Been Planned and There Were Guides. She’ll be on hand to share her thoughts and sign the book. More information (Book Soup, October 23)

CONFAB: Every Angeleno Counts 5K and Festival
Join thousands of supporters of Homeboy Industries, one of the country’s most successful gang rehabilitation programs, for a fun festival and 5K run. KROQ DJ Richard Blade will provide music. More information (Homeboy Industries, October 24)

ART: Happiness is a Thing Called Fiestas
Children under 12 can make banners inspired by the work of Corita Kent, the nun whose politically charged prints were a mainstay of the ’60s and ’70s. Yarn bomber Susie Nicholson will be on hand to demonstrate “guerrilla knitting.” More information (Pasadena Museum of California Art, October 24)

CONFAB: Long Beach Zombie Walk
Zombies unite at this three-day long “invasion of un-dead music, film and horror.” Michael Jackson fans can refine their dance skills at the Thriller workshop. More information (The Rainbow Lagoon, October 23-25)

COMEDY: Chris Hardwick: The Funcomfortable Tour
Nerd-icon Chris Hardwick seems to be everywhere these days (not that we’re complaining). He’s the host of AMC’s Talking Dead and Comedy Central’s late night game show @Midnight, as well as the CEO of Nerdist Industries, which includes the popular Nerdist Podcast. Watch him do some live stand-up at The Regent. More information (The Regent Theater, October 24)

CONFAB: Grand Ave Arts: All Access
Learn more about L.A.’s bustling downtown arts scene. This day-long festival featuring 11 arts organizations including The Broad, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, MOCA, and the L.A. Opera includes architecture tours, open rehearsals, film screenings and more. More information (Grand Avenue between Temple and 6th, October 24)

MUSIC: The Zombies: The Odyssey and Oracle Tour
English rockers The Zombies became famous on this side of the pond with their 1964 hit “She’s Not There.” And it didn’t hurt when Rolling Stone included one of their records in their list of 500 greatest albums. Original members Hugh Grundy and Chris White are on tour again with Tom Tooney, Steve Rodford and Jim Rodford. More information (Saban Theatre, October 24)

CONFAB: 26th Annual A Time For Heroes Family Festival
Musicians Nico & Vinz will headline this festival designed to raise awareness and funds for The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Special guests include Mario Lopez, James Van Der Beek, and Rachel Bilson. More information (Smashbox Studios, October 25)

THEATER: John Fleck: Blacktop Highway
Multiple characters and copious costume changes mark this one-man gothic tale from the prolific TV actor and performance artist. More information (Redcat, October 22-25)

CONFAB: The Grove Halloween Fall Festival/The Americana at Brand Fall Festival
These free events—one at the Grove in West Hollywood, one at The Americana at Brand in Glendale—will feature pumpkin decorating, Halloween crafts, face painting, trick or treating, live music, and more. (The Grove: More information, October 25; The Americana at Brand: More information, October 25)

FILM: The Rocky Horror Picture Show
The Nuart has a standing Rocky Horror showtime on Saturdays at midnight, but there’s no better time than October to get your Time Warp on. It is, after all, just a jump to the left (and a step to the right). More information (October 24, The Nuart Theatre)

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