If you’re not watching Cloud Atlas, checking out the just opened Stanley Kubrick exhibition at LACMA, or visiting one of L.A.’s top 10 haunted houses, there’s plenty of other stuff to do on this pre-Halloween weekend.
Musician and mixmaster Flying Lotus composes dissonant, chaotic sonicscapes. On his new album, Until the Quiet Comes, the sounds are still eclectic but more restrained. Club Nokia, Oct. 26. More information
Dia de los Muertos
Ozomatli headlines this year’s annual Dia de Los Muertos celebration, which includes altar creations, sacred ceremonial tributes, food vendors, tchotchkes, and face painters. Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Oct. 27. More Information
Catch Your Breath
The Heidi Duckler Dance Theater, known for staging its productions in public spaces and nontraditional performance venues, explores the history of the Barlow Respiratory Hospital and the fundamental act of breathing. Barlow Respiratory Hospital, Oct. 26 – 28. More Information
7th Annual Dusk-to-Dawn Horrorthon
Put on your jammies and head to the Aero for an all-night fright fest featuring zombies, vampires, crazed killers, and supernatural beings. In between screenings, there are giveaways, trailers, shorts, and free food. Aero Theatre, Oct. 27. More Information
Aerobic Butter/Anaerobic Bread
What do gastronomy, music, science, and performance art have in common? Aerobic Butter/Anaerobic Bread answers that strange questions with a hands-on aerobics class that explores the chemistry of butter and the physics of bread–all while getting a good workout. Machine Project, Oct. 28. More information.
Ron Carter Quartet
plus special guests Robert Glasper Trio
Double-bass player and composer Ron Carter rose to prominence as part of Miles Davis’s second quintet in the early ’60s. With his latest quartet, Carter leads another night of innovative musical exploration. Royce Hall, Oct. 27. More Information
Laurie Anderson: Dirtday!
Performance artist Laurie Anderson continues to obliterate boundaries with her mind-bending art and music. This is the final installment of her trio of solo story works, which include Happiness and The End of the Moon. Royce Hall, Oct. 26. More Information
Costumed characters of California politicians, writers, and luminaries stand watch over their plots. Heritage Square Museum, Oct. 27 -28. More Information
Bob Dylan with Mark Knopfler
The Dire Straits guitarist, who recorded with Dylan in the ’80s, joins the Mumbly One’s backup band for a song or two. Hollywood Bowl, Oct 26. More Information
Screamin’ Jay Hawkins Halloween Tribute Show
This over-the-top tribute to the original shock-rocker features performances by up and coming local artists including Tommy Santee Klaws, Dorian Wood, Amanda Jo Williams, Speedbuggy USA, and more. HM 157, Oct. 27. More Information
Halloween Harvest Festival
The annual festival has expanded to include larger festival grounds as well as a larger six-acre corn maze. There’s also a pumpkin patch, farm animals, kiddie rides, a haunted house, hay rides and more. Pierce College, Oct. 27 – 28. More Information