Start your weekend off right with Janet Jackson at the Forum Friday night.
As opposed to last weekend’s events, this time around we don’t have much of a common theme, save for having fun! We have two of the best female performers in music, Janet Jackson and Florence Welch, in town, Courtney Love and David Arquette starring in original theater productions, the Kings hosting the Avalanche, some cool movie screenings, a seafood feast on the Santa Monica Pier and the East Side Food Festival. So get out there, and enjoy.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16
Janet Jackson @ The Forum
It was announced last week that Janet, Miss Jackson (if you’re nasty), is one of the nominees up for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016. The singer-songwriter and entertainer extraordinaire has been performing for the masses since the age of 7, has sold over 140 million records worldwide and has five Grammys under her belt, so it’s not a surprise that she’s being honored for her contributions to pop and R&B. She just released her 11th album, Unbreakable, and the world tour in support of the effort stops in Inglewood tonight. If you love her music but have never seen her perform live, I don’t know what the heck you’re waiting for. She always puts on a phenomenal show.
Blade Runner @ The Montalbán
While Ridley Scott is currently flying high at the box office with his most recent film, The Martian, the director’s 1982 sci-fi thriller Blade Runner will forever remain one of his seminal works. With its stunning visuals and a cast led by Harrison Ford and Sean Young, Blade Runner is consistently mandatory viewing for film school students the world over as the leading example of neo-noir. Rooftop Film Club presents this unique screening atop the Montalbán in Hollywood at 8 p.m., so you can take in the view of present-day Los Angeles’ landscape while watching Scott’s vision of what 2019 could look like.
“Kansas City Choir Boy” @ Kirk Douglas Theatre
Thanks to her turn as Elle Dallas on “Empire” and now her starring role as Athena in composer/lyricist Todd Almond’s “Kansas City Choir Boy,” Courtney Love is being introduced to a whole new generation of fans. The attention is well deserved, as Love shines in Almond’s “theatricalized concept album.” The chemistry between Almond and her on stage is palpable, even just watching clips of the two performing a duet from the show. Witness their searing energy for yourself in person through Nov. 8 in Culver City.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17
John Hughes Double Feature @ Aero Theatre
Come on, sing it with me, “Hey, hey, hey, hey. Won’t you come see about me? I’ll be alone, dancing you know it, baby.” Even if you aren’t a child of the ‘80s, you’ve undoubtedly seen John Hughes’ The Breakfast Club – or at least know the Simple Minds’ hit song from the film, “Don’t You (Forget About Me),” from watching Pitch Perfect – which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Equally as essential to any teen’s cinematic education is Hughes’ 1986 ode to the charismatic and snarky king of high-school truants starring Matthew Broderick, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. See them both at the Aero this evening, and you’re sure to leave with a smile on your face.
Murder at the Getty Scavenger Hunt @ The Getty Center
Even chicken little me is quite curious about this event since it combines some of my favorite things: art, a scavenger hunt and the Getty Center. Watson Adventures’ has crafted an afternoon full of cryptic clues for you to solve in order to find out who murdered a curator involved in the purchase of Leonardo da Vinci painting for the museum. Greed, lust, pride, revenge and treachery – what more could you ask for in a Saturday afternoon?
Off the Hook @ Santa Monica Pier
Bet you didn’t know that October is National Seafood Month! Shock Top presents the first-ever Santa Monica Seafood Festival, Off the Hook, on the legendary Santa Monica Pier. Some of the city’s best restaurants – Fig, Herringbone, the Lobster, Del Frisco’s Grille to name a few – are offering tastes from under the sea. In addition to all the oysters, shrimp, sushi, clams and fish your tummy can handle, there are curated cocktails, live music, chef demos and games to enjoy as funds are raised for Seafood for the Future.
Florence + the Machine @ Hollywood Bowl
For quite a while after “Dog Days Are Over” – the second single from Florence + the Machine’s debut album, Lungs – released, there was no escaping the song. One of the main reasons it became such a huge hit is Florence Welch’s unique and powerful vocals. The frontwoman is even more magnetic live, and the group plays their second of two nights at the legendary Bowl this evening with songs from Lungs, Ceremonials and their latest effort, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, in tow.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18
“Sherlock Holmes” @ The Montalbán
I know what you’re thinking: David Arquette as Sherlock Holmes, huh?! If you think about it, though, the actor best known for playing Dewey in the Scream films has just the right amount of quirk to pull off the iconic yet famously weird detective. Written by Greg Kramer, directed by Andrew Shaver and designed by Cirque du Soleil’s James Lavoie, the award-winning take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories has a steampunk vibe and also stars “Big Time Rush”’s James Maslow as Dr. Watson. The final performances of the production’s North American tour preview before it heads to Toronto, DC and Chicago are at 1 p.m. and 5: 30 p.m. today, so get your tickets fast.
EastSide Food Festival @ Mack Sennett Studios
I just moved from the East Side to the West Side over the summer, and to be honest, I don’t miss anything from that side of the city except some beloved eateries, coffee shops and breweries. Luckily for all of us, the EastSide Food Festival returns for a second year to celebrate locally owned/operated businesses from Downtown to East Hollywood. Do not miss tastes from Alimento, Belcampo, Pine & Crane, Starry Kitchen, Go Get Em Tiger, Angel City Brewery and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams while you’re there.
Kings vs. Avalanche @ Staples Center
With all the commotion over Dodgers playoff baseball I haven’t had the chance to include a Kings home game since the season began on Oct. 7. Sadly Los Angeles sits at the bottom of the Pacific Division, but that’s only for the moment I’m sure. Whether they’re winning or losing, it’s always fun to gather up the crew and head over to Staples Center on a Sunday evening to root for the Kings.