FEST: Desert Trip
The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Roger Waters, and The Who take over Coachella Valley for what’s fondly been dubbed “Oldchella.” More information (October 7–9, Empire Polo Club).
NIGHTLIFE: Into the Night: Pop for the People
Catch performances from alt-pop musician Seth Bogart and electro-pop musician Chela at the opening of the Skirball’s new Roy Lichtenstein retrospective, Pop for the People. The late-night gallery hours are mean extra time to enjoy drinks, snacks, and a DIY poster station. More information (October 7, Skirball Cultural Center).
FILM: Monty Python’s Life of Brian
Watch the Monty Python flick al fresco at the Getty Villa (that’s the one in Malibu) while you snack on marinated feta and hummus from the on-site concession stand. More information (October 7, Getty Villa).
MUSIC: Ravel & Stravinsky
The LA Phil performs Ravel’s Concerto in G and Stravinsky’s The Firebird in this installment of the Casual Fridays event series, marked by shorter concerts (sans intermission) and Q&A sessions. Pablo Heras-Casado conducts, and the pianist is Pierre-Laurent Aimard. More information (October 7–9, Walt Disney Concert Hall).
THEATER: Wicked Lit
Three immersive plays adapted from classic horror literature are performed among headstones and mausoleums in this macabre Unbound Productions event. The last three productions sold out, so grab tickets ASAP. More information (October 1–November 12, Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery).
FEST: David Lynch’s Festival of Disruption
Brace yourself for an evening of unscreened Lynch short films, speeches from Mel Brooks and Debbie Harry, and music from the likes of Robert Plant, St. Vincent, and Questlove. Ticket sales benefit the David Lynch Foundation, which uses transcendental meditation to reduce trauma. More information (October 8–9, The Ace Hotel).
PHOTOGRAPHY: We Got Power!
See photos of Black Flag, Sonic Youth, The Descendents, and more at this show of images from rock photography book We Got Power! Come to get a book signed by photographers David Markey and Jordan Schwartz, stay for a performance from Gitane Demone Quartet. More information (October 8, Pop Obscure Records).
Get ready to dance to the Allah-Lahs’ perfect California rock at this hometown show. The evening is bound to feature tracks off new album Calico Review like 200 South La Brea, which is an ode to L.A. More information (October 8, Regent Theater).
SHOP: Costume & Clothing Sale
Only 25 days until Halloween. Get your best costume ever from Cornerstone Theater Company’s impressive closet sale. More information (October 8, Cornerstone Theater Company).
ART: Culver City Art Walk
Walk through Culver City’s many galleries and enjoy music, dancing, and food at this celebration of the fall art season. With Pokemon Go events, chalk art, face painting and more, there’s something for art lovers of all ages. More information (October 8, Washington Blvd between Helms and Fairfax Ave).
DRINK: Wurstküche Oktoberfest
Feast on pretzels, Spaten Oktoberfestbier, and Wurstküche bratwurst to the sound of Bavarian bands at this West L.A. Oktoberfest. There’s a competition for best dirndl and lederhosen, so dress to impress. More information (October 8, Wurstküche Venice).
MUSIC: Sia with AlunaGeorge and Miguel
English electronic duo AlunaGeorge and crooner Miguel open for Sia at this two night Bowl performance. More information (October 8–9, Hollywood Bowl).
FEST: Pier del Sol 20th Anniversary
Enjoy unlimited games and rides at Pacific Park, a VIP outdoor brunch with food from 36 L.A. restaurants and more at this Special Olympics fundraiser. Ticket proceeds provide free year-round sports training for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. More information (October 9, Santa Monica Pier).
FILM: 2001 A Space Odyssey
Watch a laser show performed to the movie’s soundtrack, then hear a talk from actors Gary Lockwood and Keir Dullea in addition to a screening of Kubrick’s classic film. More information (October 9, Egyptian Theatre).
EAT: The Food Event
Plan ahead for next weekend and book your spot at our very own celebration of L.A.’s culinary genius. Sip drinks from 20 wineries, taste dishes from a slew of restaurants selected by our James Beard Award-winning Dine editor Lesley Bargar-Suter, and quench your thirst at a spirit and beer garden. More information (October 16, Saddlerock Ranch).