Day of the Dead
There are two free Día de los Muertos, Day of the Dead, festivals starting this weekend that are worth a look. The first is at Olvera Street, 125 Paseo de la Plaza, between Main and Alameda streets.
The festival runs from Oct. 25 to Nov. 2. On the two weekends, there’s entertainment from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., during weekdays there’s entertainment from 4 to 8 p.m. There is a Novenario Procession with traditional Mayan blessings and Aztec dancers at 7 p.m. each night.
At 7 p.m., Oct. 26, Grand Park, 200 N. Grand Ave., will present the annual commemoration of Noche de Ofrenda (Night of Altars). The Noche de Ofrenda will feature a large-scale community altar produced by National Endowment Fellow and L.A. icon Ofelia Esparza and the Esparza family, and live entertainment by CAVA, Danza Divina de Los Angeles and Tierra Blanca Baile Folklorico.
Through Nov. 3, Grand Park will have more than 30 altars on display. They are produced by artists and community organizations.
The Modernica Factory, 2901 Saco St., will host Downtown Modernism from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct. 27.
The event features more than 100 vendors specializing in Mid-Century modern design and architecture. In addition, there will be food trucks, a DJ and a dog lounge.
Admission is $8 (cash only). Children under 12 get in free.
Brewery Fall Art Walk
Twice a year, the artists of the Brewery Arts Complex, 2100 N. Main St., open their doors to the public. The fall art walk will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Oct. 26-27.
Art on display spans video, painting, performance, ceramics, interior, fashion and multi-media. There will be more than 100 participating resident artists for guests to discover and interact with.
The arts complex, a former Pabst Blue Ribbon brewery, covers 23 acres in 14 buildings.
Admission is free.
Crime and ghost stories
The Heritage Square Museum, 3800 Homer St., will host a weekend of true crime stories and ghost tours on Oct. 26-27.
On both days, the museum is presenting “True Crime Stories of Los Angeles,” featuring a look at historic characters and investigators and crime reenactments. Witness how detectives of the past solved mysteries in an era before DNA testing and high-tech forensics.
The historical cases discussed will include:
• A Victorian love triangle between two sisters, Hattie and Minnie Woolsteen, and the Los Angeles dentist they both desired. The shocking murderous scandal was front page news for months.
• The attempted murder of Agnes Mesmer by her husband, local philanthropist and Los Angeles booster Colonel Griffith J. Griffith.
• See how a festive Halloween Speakeasy party turned deadly.
There are presentations at noon and 6 p.m., Saturday and at noon, Sunday. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 11 years and younger.
On Sunday, the museum will host special ghost tours from 6 to 8 p.m. The tours cost $45 per person.
For more information and a ticket link, visit https://heritagesquare.org
Late Night! Stanley Kubrick
Last week, I told you about the Stanley Kubrick photography exhibition at the Skirball Culture Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd. From 6 to 10 p.m., Oct. 25, the Skirball will present a late-night celebration of the exhibition and Kubrick.
The event offers after-hours access to the galleries, a DJ, food trucks and a cash bar. At 7:30 p.m., there will be an outdoor screening of Kubrick’s film “The Shining.”
Admission is $5.
Starting Oct. 25 and running through Oct. 31, The Theatre at Ace Hotel, 929 S. Broadway, is presenting “Psycho Live.”
The classic Hitchcock film will be screened with live accompaniment by the LA Opera orchestra. There will be performances at 8 p.m., Oct. 25; 2 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., Oct. 26; 2 p.m., Oct. 27: 8 p.m., Oct. 30 and 8 p.m., Oct. 31.
There will be after parties on Oct. 26 (21 and older) and on Halloween night (all ages).
Tickets for the performances start at $29 and are available at laopera.org
As the LA Opera says, “Bring the squad, come in costume. Mother would approve.”