Patti Smith keeps the plaudits coming with Banga, her first album since her brilliant memoir, Just Kids, came out in 2010. Expect poetic anthems, verse-chorus rockers, humor, and even pop sweetness from the godmother of punk. Friday, October 12, The Wiltern.
Where the Wild Things Are
Spike Jonze turned Maurice Sendak’s imaginative fable into a hipster film. The L.A. Phil elevates it. Gustavo Dudamel leads the orchestra through Oliver Knussen’s one-act opera, with projected illustrations from the children’s book making the rumpus that much more wild. More information. Thursday, October 11 to Sunday, October 14, Disney Hall.
Unwanted: A Blacklight Poster Exhibit
As part of Nightmare City, its monthlong festival of ghoulish cinema, Cinefamily is transforms its upstairs office into a temporary art gallery to showcase horror-themed blacklight posters. Check out the radiant popular artform once relegated to smoke-filled suburban basements. Comic artist Sammy Harkham does the curating. The opening night party on Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m. features DJs picked by Mount Analog’s Mahssa Taghinia and a cauldron of psychedelic programming from Cinefamily’s band of basement dwellers. More information. Friday, October 12 to Wednesday, October 31, Cinefamily.
David Byrne & St. Vincent
Like global warming in reverse, ex-Talking Heads front dude David Byrne seems to get cooler with each passing day. Having retired his big suit long ago, he’s enlisted up-and-coming indie singer St. Vincent to weave aural tapestries with her delicate, understated guitar. More information. Saturday, October 13, Greek Theatre.
AIDS Walk Los Angeles
Join 30,000 participants who are walking in the largest AIDS fundraising event in California. Proceeds support AIDS Project Los Angeles, which raises money to provide services to thousands of people living with HIV/AIDS. The walk, which begins and ends in West Hollywood, makes a loop around Melrose, Fairfax, Beverly, and San Vicente. Sunday, October 14, West Hollywood.
Lace up the combat boots and rock out to punk band Gossip this weekend. Hailing from the deep south, Gossip is inspired by everyone from British rock band Flying Lizards to jazz singer/songwriter Nina Simone but is anchored by the raw power of Beth Ditto’s vocals. With Magic Mouth, Bonnie Montgomery and DJ Paul V. Friday, October 12, Fonda Theatre.
Wicked Lit 2012
Head to Altadena for Mountain View Mausoleum’s Wicked Lit series, which features performances of pre-20th-century tales of terror. Friday, October 12 to Wednesday, October 31, Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery.
The low-key singer and self-described “Oscar loser” may downplay her charisma, but with her witty songs, mean right hook, and possibly a bass guitar, she lives up to the title of her latest album, Charmer. Saturday, October 13, Wilshire Ebell Theatre.
Annual All-Night Horror Show
The theater pulls out the creepiest, bloodiest flicks from its archives for this all-night cinematic gore fest. Saturday, October 13, New Beverly.
Adrian Tomine won’t just discuss and sign his latest comics collection, New York Drawings. He’ll lead a slide show based on it. Sunday, October 14, Skylight Books.