9 Great Things to Do in L.A. This Weekend

Danny Elfman, Dia de los Muertos, the Breeders Cup, and more

Find more things to do this weekend in The Guide. 

MUSIC: Danny Elfman’s Music From The Films of Tim Burton
When: Oct. 31 – Nov. 1
Where: Nokia Theatre
Once the front man for Oingo Boingo, Elfman is best known for scoring Burton’s films. The maestro appears downtown (and at Anaheim’s Honda Center on November 2) to conduct pieces from his body of work.

CELEBRATION: L.A. Day of the Dead
When: Nov. 1
Where: Hollywood Forever Cemetery
The Dia de los Muertos bash observes its 15th anniversary by awarding $3,000 prizes to three winning altar decorators.

CELEBRATION: Dia de los Muertos Concert
When: Nov. 1
Where: Grand Park
Past and present Latin American cultures collide. The Grandeza Mexican Folk Ballet Company and Aztec dancers Xocoyote join the club-stoking duo Palenke Soultribe and cumbia punks Very Be Careful for a pulsating party in the downtown park.

RACING: Breeders’ Cup
When: Oct. 31 – Nov. 1
Where: Santa Anita Park
Fancy touches and the breathtaking backdrop of the San Gabriel Mountains have made Santa Anita a premier racing destinations. Recent additions scuh as an upgraded clubhouse, a revamped Chandelier room, exclusive Turf Club areas, audiovisual improvements, and new culinary delights have further elevated the track experience. There’s even a hidden speakeasy for guests in the know.

BET: Stan Lee’s Comikaze
When: Oct. 31 – Nov. 2
Where: L.A. Convention Center
The comic, anime, gaming, sci-fi, fantasy and horror expo includes interactive activities, attractions, exclusives, contests, celeb appearances, and a trick or treat extravaganza.

DANCE: Dorrance Dance / The Blues Project
When: Nov. 1
Where: The Broad Stage
New Yorker Michelle Dorrance commands the stage with her small but kinetic crew, which merges au courant rhythms with classic tap.

THEATER: The Importance of Being Earnest
When: Through Nov. 14
Where:A Noise Within
It’s the play that outed Oscar Wilde and landed him behind bars. Today the 1895 work is recognized as a biting satire of social graces—and the lack thereof. Various times.

MUSIC: Alejandro Escovedo & Peter Buck
When: Nov. 1
Where: The Mint
Two legends: Guitarist Peter Buck keeps up his distinctive style in numerous side projects since the breakup of R.E.M. Plus Austin favorite Alejandro Escovedo is back in L.A. to rock out songs from 13 stellar solo records.

FOOD & DRINK: La Belle et la Bete Halloween Ball
When: Oct. 31 – Nov. 1
Where:  Acabar
DJ Wiseacre and an array of sexy, surreal performers will entertain guests. Dinner reservations required.