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October 20, 2014

Front Porch Cinema at the Santa Monica Pier

October 3 - 24, Fridays

Music starts at 6pm; Film starts at 7:30pm

Unwind on the front porch of California after a long week. We’ve got films, food, drinks and fun each Friday night this Fall. Oh, and the movies are really good too, and free! There are even old-timey lawn chairs for rent that melt away the stress of the week while you relax and enjoy the ocean breeze. Lineup includes: Frozen, Gravity, Grand Budapest Hotel and Ferris Bueller’s day Off. Special opening night movie on Thursday, October 2nd featuring a screening of Higher.

Santa Monica Pier

200 Santa Monica Pier

(310) 458-8901

Admission: Free

Absolutely Halloween: A Magical, Mysterious, Musical

October 11 - 26

Saturdays at 2:00pm

Sundays at 12:30

It’s the classic family theatre Halloween musical for Kids 2 to 102 – the heartwarming Rudie-DeCarlo tale of the aptly-named Candy, a sweet young girl who learns some surprising lessons about life, love, laughter, and sugar, from a delightful array of characters who take her on a magical All Hallow’s Eve adventure. Help Cattypuss, Patty Patches, Stuffy Steffy, Lester the Jester and Fifika the French Fortune Teller happily save Halloween for one more year. As witching hour approaches, kids, and parents, too, discover the value of team spirit, friendship, sharing, making choices and moderation, especially when it comes to treats and sweets. Come in costume, and get two-for-one tickets for any future family theatre show and every child’s admission includes a free wand – use it to help the magical spells during the show and save Halloween!!

Santa Monica Playhouse Main Stage, 1211 4th Street

310-394-9779 ext.2

Admission: Prices Vary

Halloween Cocktail Theatre:

Zombies Edition

October 24 - 29

Wednesday, Friday, 7-10pm

Mr. Floyd, a mixologist who has created cocktails for a bevy of award shows and big events, returns to 41 Ocean Club in Santa Monica on Friday, Oct. 24 and Wednesday, Oct. 29 to make Halloween sippables, with showmanship and style. The theme of this particular Cocktail Theatre -- Mr. Floyd travels far and around presenting many iterations of his staple show -- is Zombie Apocalypse, so prepare for a side of moan with that martini. Ticket price gets you five signature cocktails and a trio of dishes from Chef Jimmy Martinez.

41 Ocean Club

1541 Ocean Ave #150

Admission: $50-$125

9th Annual Dusk-To-Dawn


October 25, 7:30pm

Spend all night at the Aero Theatre’s ninth annual Horrorthon! Complete with between-film free food, giveaways, trailers, crazy shorts and surprises! Movies include Creepshow, Gargoyles, The Thing, The Night of a Thousand Cats, The Deadly Spawn, Basket Case and Zombie Holocaust. Coffee courtesy of Pete’s Coffee, Monster Energy Drink courtesy of Hansen’s Beverage and prizes and giveaways courtesy of 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment and more.

Aero Theater

1328 Montana Ave

(310) 260-1528

Admission: $15-$20

California Harvest Festival on the Pier

October 25, 12pm

Leaves don’t change color in Los Angeles and sweaters are reserved for December so the transition into fall is often overlooked. A pumpkin patch pops up here and there but the city lacks an event that celebrates the season and its bountiful harvest. The Event Deck on the Santa Monica Pier is a perfect place to gather vendors from up and down California to offer seasonal dishes and drinks in a family friendly atmosphere during the day followed by an after party at night. There will be food, drinks, music and a lot of fun!

Santa Monica Pier

200 Santa Monica Pier

Barbara Kraft: Anaïs Nin and Henry Miller Revisited

October 29, 7:00 p.m

Santa Monica Public Library presents Barbara Kraft: Anaïs Nin and Henry Miller Revisited.

Barbara Kraft, author of Anaïs Nin: The Last Days, discusses the lives and relationship of Henry Miller and Anaïs Nin. A friend to both writers, Kraft is uniquely positioned to talk about the authors’ lives and art. Anaïs Nin, noted for her diaries and erotica, was at the height of her fame when she took on Barbara Kraft as a writing student. Quickly, the two became intimate friends at the moment when both would encounter tragedy: Nin’s terminal cancer and Kraft’s impending difficult divorce. The circumstances created an environment of interdependency. Nin, despite her failing health, supported Kraft’s writing and life decisions, and Kraft became a devoted and untiring part of Nin’s support system during her last two years of life. A book sale and signing will follow the program.

Main Library’s MLK, Jr. Auditorium

601 Santa Monica Boulevard.

The Comedy of Errors: Re-imagined

October 29 - 30, 7pm

It’s the Santa Monica Playhouse “Hands Across the Sea Free Festival of Theatre” celebrating Shakespeare’s 450th birthday and featuring England’s renowned Playbox Theatre and the Shakespeare Young Company. For two nights only, you can enjoy them in Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors, developed by Playbox Theatre founder Mary King, in an original and non-verbal staging, infused with the spirit of Shakespeare’s clowns, Commedia dell’arte and circus clowns of today. A troupe of clowns has happened upon the play and wants to stage it in their own, highly physical and slapstick style; the result is a colorful and fast-paced topsy-turvy story suitable for all ages. Wednesday evening’s performance is followed by an open panel discussion led by Playbox and Playhouse artists with guest panelists Lisa Volpe (LA Women’s Shakespeare Company), Tony Cronin (An American Shakespeare Company) and UK screen personality Victoria Baxter. Want to try your hand at a bit of theatrics? The free festival also features free drama workshops for all ages.

The Miles Memorial Playhouse

1130 Lincoln Boulevard

310-394-9779 ext.1

Admission: Free

Three Naughty Nights of Halloween

October 29 - 31

Celebrate Halloween not one night, but three! Come once, twice or every night for Wicked Brew Specials! There will be DJs all three nights. Priority entry with costume.

Circle Bar

2926 Main St

Shakespeare’s Wronged Women

October 30, 9:00 PM

A trauma therapy session involving Lady Macbeth, Cleopatra, Juliet Capulet, Ophelia, Titania? Director Stewart McGill’s new staging blends powerful dramatic encounters, movement and sound as the women relive their experiences and share their journeys. Across Shakespeare’s plays women are often the victims, pawns and mysterious figures. Will Shakespeare’s Wronged Women discover whether they are as wronged as perceived? Part of the Santa Monica Playhouse 2015 “Hands Across the Sea Free Festival of Theatre celebrating the Bard’s 450th birthday, “Shakespeare’s Wronged Women” features England’s renowned Playbox Theatre and the Shakespeare Young Company. Suitable for ages 11 to adult.

The Miles Memorial Playhouse

1130 Lincoln Boulevard

310-394-9779 ext.1

Admission: Free

Westside Comedy’s Halloween Party

October 30, 8:00 PM

Join us for a free Halloween Comedy Show. Come dressed to impress in your best Halloween costume to get a chance to win a great prize. Unlike other comedy clubs, there is no drink minimum and there is a wide variety of wine and beer available. There will be a haunted green room, costume party and karaoke from 9pm to midnight!

M.i. Westside Comedy Theater

1323 3rd Street Promenade

Admission: Free

Half-assed Halloween Bash

October 31, 9:00 PM

Celebrate Halloween at The Craftsman! There will be drink specials, house made moonshine, scary movies on the big screen, a live band and contest for best and sexiest costumes. No cover!

The Craftsman Bar and Kitchen

119 Broadway

Admission: Free

Halloween Bash

October 31, 9:00 PM

Don’t miss our annual Halloween Bash, Friday October 31st at 9pm. Join us for live music, drink specials, our epic costume contest and much more!

The Craftsman Bar and Kitchen

119 Broadway

Day of the Dead

November 1, 11am-3pm

Join us for a traditional Mexican celebration, Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), where family and friends gather to honor and celebrate loved ones that have passed. The event focuses on the traditions that make up this celebration of life and death. There are a vareity of ways participants can discover the philosophy and history of the day inlcuding an opening procession led by Ketzaliztli dancers, a workshop to create offerings of marigold coronitas (crowns) and papel picado (perforated paper) for loved ones who have passed, self -guided tours of the cemetery that explore the history of local famous people, a documentary on how a small town in Mexico prepares for the holiday, a traditional Nahuatl ceremonial blessing and musicians performing throughout the cemetery to honor those who have passed. There will be free admission, bike valet and parking.

Woodlawn Cemetery

1847 14th Street

Admission: Free

Winterlit in Downtown

Santa Monica

November 1 - January 22

Various dates and times

Every year Santa Monica hosts a series of holiday events and activities that light up Downtown, bringing a festive holiday spirit to this idyllic seaside city. In fact, we’ve managed to engineer some true holiday magic, turning a busy urban corner into a magical winter wonderland with the annual ICE at Santa Monica skating rink, open November 1 through January 22. More Downtown Santa Monica & Third Street Promenade

(310) 393-8355


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