LA's Hottest - 10/3/19

The Backwoods Maze
Re-opens 10/10, 1912 N Pepper St.
An incredible DIY home haunt in Burbank. I did this last year and it’s so impressive, highly recommend. Keep an eye out for TBA details as it reopens.

Carved: Rise of the Jack O'Lanterns
10/23–27, 6:30–10:30pm, Descanso Gardens
For five nights only, a thousand professionally carved pumpkins – some as large as 100 pounds and all of them real – will line a 1-mile walk through the Descanso Gardens. Pumpkin artistry on display!

Class on Satan
10/24, 7:30pm - 10pm, Philosophical Research Society
Miskatonic Institute presents a lecture on how Satan is reflected back to us in myth, parable, legend, culture, horror, music and fashion.

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride
Thurs-Sun until Nov, Griffith Park
A classic LA hayride staple but wow how it’s grown! In addition to the hayride this year there’s also Midnight Falls (a haunted town that’s always stuck in 1985), Midnight Mortuary (a haunted maze in a funeral home) and Roadkill Ranch (a barn full of roadkill idk).

Live Oak Canyon Pumpkin Patch + Corn Maze
M-F 4pm-9pm, Sat-Sun 9am-9pm, Redlands, CA
Happened to discover this place the other week and it’s a Fall paradise. Just look at the attractions page. Corn Maze, pig racing, pumpkins shot out of cannons, goats, a pumpkin patch, corn dogs, and so much more. About 1hr outside of LA.

The Montalbán Rooftop Screenings
Doors open at 6pm, movie at 8pm, The Montalbán
An antidote to Cinespia’s loud party atmosphere for those who want a fun eventized experience but also want to actually watch the movie. They have noise cancelling headphones and a great lineup of screenings for the entire month (American Psycho, Interview with the Vampire, Let the Right One In).

Natural History of Horror
Opens 10/10, 9:30am to 5pm daily, Natural History Museum
Explore the scientific inspiration for classic monsters from Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, and Creature from the Black Lagoon. Get a glimpse of rare movie props, film footage, hands-on activities, and museum specimens.

New Beverly Cinema
Horror all month long! Eyes Without a Face, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, Kwaidan and an all-night horror marathon are just a few of the offerings.

Rotten Apple 907 Presents: Death Triangle
10/19, 20, 26, 27 & 31, 907 N California St.
A free DIY homemade haunt in Burbank with a bermuda triangle / sea creature theme? Hell yeah!

Through A Different Lens: Stanley Kubrick Photographs
Opens 10/17, Tues–Fri 12–5pm, Sat–Sun 10am–5pm, Skirball Cultural Center
This exhibition explores the early and influential photojournalism work from Kubrick’s formative years working for Look magazine.

"Underground LA" Paranormal Vice Tour
Saturdays 3-5:30pm, meet at Cole’s, DTLA
Downtown LA: The site of murders, mysteries, malfunctions, serial killers, suicides, and spooky encounters. Learn about the ghosts of the Cecil Hotel, the last sighting of the “Black Dahlia” Elizabeth Short, and the Victorian center of vice that is now the city’s government center.

LA's Hottest - 9/20/19

Bar Flores
Daily, 5pm - 2am, 1534 Sunset Boulevard, Echo Park
New cocktail bar in Echo Park, look how kewt! POC/women-run with bright, floral cocktails and a hidden patio. Located in a building shared with two other bars so you can hop around.

BeyondFest
9/25 - 10/8, Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood
LA's preeminent genre film festival. Join me at the PARASITE, JENNIFER'S BODY, TAMMY AND THE T-REX and MISTER AMERICAN screenings, plz (and so much more).

Dino Fest at the Natural History Museum
9/21 - 22, 9:30am - 5:30pm, NHM, Exposition Park
A weekend of all things dinosaur with lectures, live animal presentations, a scavenger hunt, crafts and performances. Take the little ones or just relive your childhood dino obsession.

The Fingerjoint
LA has no lesbian bars! Not a one. The Fingerjoint is looking to change that. They've been hosting pop-ups to build a presence around town before opening a brick and mortar home. Follow them on insta for updates on when they open.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House
Starting Oct 1, Barnsdall Art Park
Never before seen rooms at the famous Hollyhock House are now finally available to the public including the sunken living room, dining room and conservatory.

The Goat Mafia
Every Sat & Sun, 8am - ?, 625 N. Alvarado St., Echo Park
pop-up dedicated to preserving a traditional dish from Jalisco known as Birria, looks delish

Happy / Sad Foot Clinic Sign Drama
An important read chronicling the recent controversy surrounding our city's most beloved sign

Kamasi Washington
Tonight! 9/20, 8pm, The Theatre at the Ace Hotel, dtla
Jazz genius and Leimert Park native Kamasi Washington performs tonight, there are still just a few seats left

Mercado Los Olvidados
9/20, 7 - 10pm, 9/21 - 22, noon - 4pm, pskaufman... gallery, dtla
annual underground artist popup market in a shoestore with various artists mingling and selling their work

Museum of African American Art
Thurs- Sun, noon - 5pm, Macy's 3rd Fl, Baldwin Hills Crenshaw
Tucked away on the third floor of the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Macy's behind the mattress section is a mini museum dedicated to African American artwork and history.

The Society Room
Located in the back of the restaurant Conservatory (which is supposed to be crowded and kind of a headache) is the cutest little bar I've ever seen. Personal dream color combo with pink velvet and bright teal walls. STUNNING. Be warned drinks are $$$

Taiwanese Brick Toast
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TALK TO HER
9/26, 8pm, Alamo Drafthouse LA
Screening of Pedro Almodóvar’s Oscar-winning masterpiece in anticipation of his latest film PAIN AND GLORY.

PS. It's the last weekend to eat food on a stick at the LA County Fair

LA's Hottest - 8/8/19

ASS CAMP Workout Party
8/10, 12:30pm - 1:30pm, Royal Studios
60min workout targeting your booty with lasers and free vegan smoothies. Hosted by someone named Pickpocket.

Ban.do Warehouse Sale
8/17-18, 10:00am - 4:00pm, 1110 N Beachwood Dr.
Annual warehouse sale of Ban.do's super cute stuff, up to 90% off! Free coffee and goodies. Damn!

Fleabag Cafe
8/8-9, 10:00am - 6:00pm, Non Plus Ultra
A cafe inspired by the best show on TV, filled with adorable guinea pigs. Hilary’s Cafe (aww) offers free drinks and snacks.

Folding Days at Eightfold Coffee
A retail installation (currently at Eightfold Coffee in Echo Park) of local indie publications. Acting as a small survey of recent printed works that focus on design, community and art, these projects highlight the variety and richness of the creative community in LA.

IT Chapter Two Experience
I went to this a few years ago on a whim and it was terrifying. I was grabbing onto strangers' arms for safety. Scared the living hell out of me. If this is your thing, GO.

"Once Upon a Time ... In Hollywood" 60s Dance Party
8/9, 10:00pm, Los Globos 
In celebration of OUATIH, Club 90's is throwing a swinging sixties dance party. Mod psychedelic 60's & 70's dance tunes all night. Very shagadelic baby, yeah!

Plantasia at UCLA Botanical Gardens
8/10-11, 5:30pm – 9:30pm, UCLA Botanic Garden
Plantasia (1976 album written for plants and the people who love them) listening session in the gardens. Who doesn't love this album, come on! It will be a transformative experience combining sound, light, and the gardens' lush vegetation. 

Reptile Super Show
8/10 10:00am - 6:00pm, 8/11 11:00am - 5:00pm, Pomona Fairplex/ LA County Fairgrounds
We're talkin over 100,000 sq.ft. of reptiles, amphibians, turtles, and a big ol congregation of reptile enthusiasts. Get tickets here.

Summertramp Disco Waterpark - DTLA Proud Fest
8/25-26, 12:00pm - 8:00pm, Pershing Square
A pansexual DTLA waterpark extravaganza feat. a 20,000 sq ft hot pink pleasure park with colossal inflatable water slides, a giant slip-n-slide, jumping castle, DJs, pool toys & water guns. Attire: "peacocking encouraged."

XU Zhen: In Just a Blink of an Eye at MOCA
Saturdays and Sundays, now - 9/1, MOCA Grand Ave
Performance piece features a group of performers floating mysteriously in mid-air, defying the constraints of physics as if frozen in time and space. Trippy.

LA's Hottest - 5/30/19

Aduke African Cuisine
The best traditional Nigerian food in LA just arrived at Pico and La Cienega. Once a catering company, it’s now a full service restaurant. Many say the shining star of Aduke is Aduke herself, both the owner and chef.

Bliss Castle 
05/31, 7:00pm - 11:30pm, Non Plus Ultra
Utopia-themed party and gallery experience with, and this is from their website, “POP MUSIC! and BOUNCY HOUSES! and DADDY’S DOPAMINE DUNGEON! and FASHUN! and IRL POKEMON! and INCREDIBLY SMALL PURSES! and FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS! HEAVENLY BLISS ♡”

Book Show LA
Lesbian-owned, sideshow-themed quirky book store in Highland Park that hosts events from poetry readings to craft nights. Has a pay-it-forward program and community focus. Looking for contributions to help them expand in July.

CineMyth Film Series - Dead Man
06/02, 6:00pm – 9:30pm, Philosophical Research Society
A demythologizing of Jim Jarmusch’s postmodern revisionist western Dead Man. Free popcorn and byob drinks during the screening, followed by an exploration of the film’s mythic motifs and its commentary on America’s treatment of the sacred over the last two centuries.

Clare V Sample Sale
5/31,11am - 06/02, ROW DTLA, Free entry
Annual feeding frenzy where Clare V offers their normal stuff for extremely marked down prices. Not just bags - scarves, wallets, candles, etc. Great for gifts. Get there early, it’s going to be intense.

Glow in the Dark Ramen
Mobile kitchen currently touring the world’s only “glow-in-the-dark ramen” with an immersive dining experience including folklore (?). Coming to LA in July. $$$. Just watched Chernobyl so not saying I support this.

High Tide
Great new-ish bar in the Arts District with a hot pink patio, brunch menu, frosé all day and live glassblowing.

Kim Sing Theatre
Super fun private event space for weddings, parties, etc. or rent it out for a large group and split it with your friends! Has bedrooms, a movie theater, outdoor space, etc. This is also where Katy Perry filmed her bizarre youtube thing. Opened in 2017 but they've just added some new storefronts

LA River Kayaking
Just reopened this week. Paddle with trained river locals in Frogtown. They’ll tell you river lore!

Taco Bell Hotel
In case you haven’t heard, a Taco Bell hotel and resort called “The Bell” is coming to Palm Springs this August. Reservations go live in June.

PS. Stay away from The Freehand hotel

LA's Hottest - 5/16/19

Barcade
From the NY barcade owners who claim to have invented the bar + pinball arcade concept comes the brand new Highland Park iteration.

Dark Delicacies
Family-run horror bookstore in Burbank with merch signings, rarities, DVDs, and so much more. Owners recently launched a crowdfunding campaign to save their shop and Guillermo del Toro and James Wan vowed to keep it in business. Awww.

LA Zine Fest
May 26, 12pm - 6pm, Helms Bakery
Showcase of over 175 exhibitors of zines and small press publications from across the country for an exchange of art, ideas and more. Don't miss the fest's free readings and workshops.

The Last Bookstore Book Clubs
So many exciting book club events for all tastes! Topics include afrofuturism, spirituality, true crime, politics, noir, feminism, queer lit, and my favorite, the "we're all gonna die" dystopian book club.

Mutant Salon
A beauty salon and collaborative performance that pops up at various venues throughout LA. Offering haircuts, psychic readings, makeup, nails, tattoos, and so much more. Follow them to keep up on future events.

Small Town
Cozy and relatively affordable lill brunch spot in Silver Lake, hit it up before it gets crowded.

Thicc Strip
May 18, 8pm - 1am, DAF Studio
A body positive strip show featuring plus-size and body positive female-identifying dancers. The purpose of this show is to normalize all bodies, empower women, and help bring Internet activism related to body positivity (as well as sex positivity) to life.

This Party is Killing You: Robyn Dance Night
June 1, Echoplex
Roybn all night, how can you go wrong? I hear it gets packed and is a sweaty good time.

Underground Seance 
LA’s preeminent Willy Wonka impersonator Richard Lillard is also a psychic, occultist, and paranormal investigator. He just started hosting tarot readings and group seance sessions in his haunted victorian mansion this week. Going on Monday for a seance, will keep you posted.

Vidiots Trivia
May 19, 5:30pm, Ace Hotel
A monthly film trivia night. Seems hardcore competitive from what I have heard. RSVP required.

LA's Hottest - 5/2/19

Bob Baker Marionette Yard Sale
May 19, 8am - 1pm
I mentioned the BBMT’s relocation to Highland Park. Well, now you can dig through the theater’s kitschy treasure trove while they prepare to move. Guaranteed to be one of the most unique yard sales you’ll ever go to.

Crash Hotel Pools!
My favorite summer activity is crashing hotel pools and with this list you can do it without any fear! I would also add The Ace Hotel, The Freehand and Hotel Figueroa to this list. As a rule, I recommend going when they open to stake out a good spot with your crew before they get crowded.

Everything is Terrible Storefront
Everyone’s favorite found footage wasteland Everything is Terrible just announced this week that they’re opening their first storefront in east LA in July! They’ll have rotating exhibits and a 24-hr Jerry Maguire VHS drop box.

Gay Asstrology Dance Party
May 3, free before 10pm, The Satellite
Inclusive, gay-ass dance party with dancers, vendors, photobooth and tarot readings!

The Gentle Barn
Life stressing you out? Head to Santa Clarita to chill on a farm with some adorable animals. This animal sanctuary for rescued farm animals is only $22 for adults ($12 for kids) and run by some wonderful people.

Mavis & Friends
May 22, The Theatre at the Ace Hotel
Roots legend and civil rights activist Mavis Staples will celebrate her 80th bday with special guests!

New Beverly - Women Directors in May
The New Beverly Cinema’s May calendar is hosting women filmmakers all month long and it’s such an outstanding program. If you haven’t seen The Love Witch, be sure to catch it! It’s playing on Saturdays at midnight all month.

Nocturnal Eats
Stoner-friendly late night delivery and pickup-only restaurant in Pico Union. A good Postmates option when you’re craving a Game of Thrones themed burrito at 3am.

Secret Jeopardy Quiz Society
Every Wednesday at O’Brien’s Pub in Santa Monica, you can test your knowledge against famous Jeopardy winners and other game show champions.

Southland Tales: The Cannes Cut
May 23, 7pm, LACMA Bing Theater
Screening of the infamous 2006 Cannes cut of Richard Kelly’s Southland Tales, a maligned financial disaster which many cult fans and contemporary critics believe actually has a ton of artistic merit and deserves a second look. Q&A with Richard Kelly after the film.

PS. Don't forget to grab your Lizzo tickets for October 18, 20 and 21 at the Palladium!

LA's Hottest - 4/18/19

This week in wtf news - Good Luck Bar is closing after 25 years, the last day to visit is May 4 + Netflix may be taking over the Egyptian Theatre

90s Horror Movie Marathon
April 27, 2pm-2am, Dynasty Typewriter
6 feature films from the 90s presented on 16mm. Secret lineup! There will also be a potluck. Curated by The Voyager Institute, Secret Sixteen and Friday Night Frights.

An Evening with Deadwood
Who doesn't love Deadwood, c'mon. Clips & convo with director Dan Minihan, EP Carolyn Strauss and actors Ian McShane, Timothy Olyphant, John Hawkes, Paula Malcomson and Gerald McRaney.

Bloom & Plume Coffee
Rockstar florist Maurice Harris recently opened this new bold, colorful coffee haven in Historic Filipinotown, right next door to his studio.

BSB at the Grammy
April 10 - Sept 2, Grammy Museum
A Backstreet Boys exhibit! With a fan confessional booth! Truly a must.

Falsettos
April 16 - May 19, Ahmanson
Lincoln Center Theater Production of Falsettos, which the NYT described as a perfect musical. Just saw it the other night and it’s wonderful. Fun Fact: this is Billy Eichner’s favorite musical.

The Free Black Women's Library - LA Launch Night
April 27, Hilltop Coffee
A free, feminist pop-up library and book swap with black women writers at the center. The goal of this launch event is for the library to collect at least 300 books by black women by June.

Firehouse Hotel
LA’s hottest hotel is in a historic firehouse in the Arts District. It just opened April 15! As someone who grew up with this poster in her bedroom, honoring firefighters is important to me. This hotel features 9 rooms, a bar, a highly anticipated restaurant and a boutique.

Intentionally Blank
Previously in an underground space in Chinatown, this shoe store recently relocated to Silverlake. They have the cutest shoes plus some solid hats. A little $ but sign up for their newsletter to hear about their great warehouse sales.

Party Goats LA
We’re all familiar with goat yoga, but did you know that if you live in the LA area you can send a “goat gram” to your friends? More importantly, Party Goats LA has two new BABY GOATS, so if you want to book them, now’s the time. They were also on Animal Cribs.

Tramp Stamp Granny's
Darren Criss opened a kitschy piano bar in Hollywood a few years ago and I’m just now learning about this?! Seems like an attempt to create an LA version of Marie’s Crisis and I’m here for it.

Unarius Disco
April 29, Zebulon
Back in the 1970s and ‘80s, intergalactic science cult Unarius made fascinating outsider art videos on public access. Now, doc filmmaker Jodi Wille (The Source Family) is going to present rare Unarius footage and host a Q&A with Unariuns, followed by a disco dance party!

LA's Hottest - 4/4/19

AcroCats
April 18 - 21, El Portal Theater
Ok so yeah I’ll admit I’ve seen this cat circus show twice already and I’m probably going to see it again. Please check out the official website, it’s incred.

Alamo Drafthouse LA
Update - It’s actually finally happening - it was announced that Drafthouse’s LA theater will be opening at The Bloc in DTLA mid-year! Construction is underway.

Contact High: A Visual History of Hip Hop
April 26 - August 18, Annenberg Space for Photography
An inside look at the work of photographers who brought hip-hop’s visual culture to the global stage, as told through their unedited contact sheets.

Exploring the Third Dimension
April 7, Echo Park Film Center
A museum tour exploring the art of glasses-free 3-D downstairs + a screening of shorts about the art of 3-D upstairs.

In Sheep’s Clothing
Hidden inside a DTLA pizzeria is LA’s hottest hi-fi speakeasy. Modeled after Japanese vinyl lounges (kissaten), it features over 1,500 albums on rotation and transitions from daytime coffee and pastries to a full-service bar in the evening.

LA Art Book Fair
April 12 - 14, MOCA Geffen
An absolute must! Includes a broad range of artists and collectives, small presses, galleries, antiquarian booksellers, etc. Plus food trucks.

LA Municipal Dance Squad
April 7, Club Bahia
Slightly Guided Women’s Dance Party!’ is this weekend - a fun group dance party led by the very talented LAMDS. It's sold out but I believe they're doing a waitlist and maybe opening up more tickets. 

Lonchera Mariscos El Bigoton Truck
East LA food truck serving Mexican seafood. Please look at this pastelazo seafood tower. Ok now check out the truly wild XXXL version that feeds 30 people.

Rated R: A Horror Speakeasy
June 1
Go-go dancers in Jason masks. Need I say more? Located in Glendale. It reopens in June but you can get your tickets now.

The Los Angeles Breakfast Club
Not at all new (been around for 90 years) but definitely a trip, the Strangest Club in LA meets every Wed morning for lectures and community building. The list of past speakers is actually pretty incredible.

LA's Hottest - 3/21/19

Bernadette’s

Love this little DTLA bar! It has the cutest drinks and tiki decor, plus it’s usually not too crowded. Last time I was there they played The Cure’s Disintegration in its entirety. Also they sell a chocolate bar with the word “FARTS” on it for $350.


Bowers Museum Guo Pei Exhibit 

Now - July 14
Journey to Santa Ana to see the iconic 2015 Met Gala Rihanna cape IRL
 

Dirty Looks

Queer cinema pop-up that showcases lost films and vintage art porn! Currently on tour but they normally do screenings / events in LA, so keep an eye out


Nightshade

New asian fusion restaurant in the Arts District run by Top Chef winner Mei Lin. It has a gourmet bloomin' onion!


The Owl Bureau

Highland Park’s hottest bookstore just debuted and features eye-popping design, rare titles, and a community center focus.

Pygmy Hippo Shoppe

My favorite store in LA. Totally unique and tiny inside, it has a regularly updated collection of vintage accessories and gifts. The owner rules.

True Heart Tarot

Tarot readings by actress Rachel True from The Craft! I had a session with her a few months ago and she's legit amazing. It's basically like a cosmic therapy session but she's GOOD. She's now offering email readings lol

Secret Stairs

Stairs are IN in 2019 and here is an excellent list of secret staircases in LA. I also recommend this book, it makes a great gift and tells you which level of difficulty the stairs are (I prefer the 2.7 range)

That's Huge

March 22, 7:30pm
Hosted by everyone's favorite party bro John Parr, this free monthly comedy show relocated from Malo (RIP) to The Virgil. Pro tip - get there early to snag a seat because this show gets packed.

The Underground Museum

March 31
Founded by the late Noah Davis and curated by his brother Kahlil Joseph, this cultural arts center in Arlington Heights features paintings, screenings, lectures, and yoga. It re-opens on March 31 with an exhibit of work by Roy DeCarava

I Want to Believe: An X-Files Party

March 29, 10pm
Can’t even begin to imagine what this scene will be and/or the music but mad props to the freaqs who dress up for this.

LA's Hottest - 3/7/19

Atrium
Los Feliz’s Hottest new restaurant is hidden in an alley and fancy af. Their potatoes are DUSTED. Wow.
 
Blake Webber at Hollywood Improv
Monday, March 11, 7pm
Viral comedian Blake Webber (aka Aristotle Georgeson) is one hilarious dude and this show is going to be a laugh riot. I believe he’s doing a TED Talk-style presentation.
 
Creatington
Adorable multipurpose crafty creative space designed like a small town! Available for kids' parties, photoshoots, arts education, etc.
 
DickArt LA 
March 16, 7pm & 9pm
LA's sluttiest nude figure drawing class! Hosted in random pop-up spaces with an open bar option and featuring a model named "The Masterpiece," this class is a guaranteed good time.
 
EVERYBODY Gym
A new inclusive gym in Frogtown / Glassell Park that's LGBTQ-friendly, disability-inclusive, body-positive, and super welcoming to all. It has the only gender neutral locker room in the country! Queer and trans owned. Fun classes. Great vibes!
 
FeM Synth Lab @ WCCW
March 21, 7:30pm
Ongoing feminist synthesizer lab at the Women's Center for Creative Work. A space for womxn to learn synthesizer basics and collab! 
 
Gold Line Bar
Cozy Highland Park bar featuring 8,000 records is an LA take on Japanese vinyl bars. Weekend DJs and one-off events pull exclusively from the in-house albums. A music lover’s dream!
 
LA CinemaCal
Brand new monthly comprehensive guide to repertory cinema in LA. DM them on instagram to get the list.
 
Lost Spirits Distillery
LA's hottest experiential distillery. Tucked away in the Arts District with no signage and described as the Willy Wonka of distilleries, this truly bizarre space offers acclaimed tours.

Museum of Toys 
March 1 - 17
Pop-up museum of fake toys curated by artist Jeff Wysaski offers a dark, twisted take on toys from the past.

Ooga Booga Store
Super cool hidden gem in Chinatown featuring items for sale by local artists, accessories and unique finds
 
Public Access Talent Show at Zebulon
March 9, 6:30pm
Hosted by Adam Papagan (last time I mentioned his new Real Housewives of Beverly Hills tour), this video showcase of LA’s most legendary public access talent is sure to entertain. 
 
Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power at The Broad
Opening March 23
One of this year's most anticipated art exhibitions. Free admission. Reserve tickets in advance, its going to get booked up!