This week is all about eating and entertainment. Start it off with a Halloween film screening at an ice cream shop, and keep the fun going with an immersive dinner and a show experience celebrating the works of Scorsese. Prepare your tastebuds for the openings of two new eateries: an Amalfi Coast inspired Italian restaurant, and a new ice cream shop in the Arts District (perfect for celebrating National Dessert Day). A little opera at the beach and a bike + brew tour are sure ways to keep it casual this weekend, capped by a trip to the fall favorite RISE of the Jack O’ Lanterns.
Outdoor Screening: Casper
Sweet Rose Creamery
4377 Tujunga Ave.
Studio City, CA 91604
Located in the family-friendly Tujunga Village neighborhood, Sweet Rose Creamery is creating a super sweet spot for outdoor movie watching. Continuing their first annual movie series, the shop is showing a different Halloween-themed film every Monday from 7pm – 9pm. Tonight they’ll be screening the 1995 film Casper. Parents and kids are invited out to the shop’s heated back patio to enjoy the movie along with Sweet Creamery’s signature and seasonal flavors, as well as a fun and tasty new Halloween Sundae.
For The Record: Scorsese – American Crime Requiem
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA, 90210
Part concert, part play, part dinner out, “For The Record: Scorsese – American Crime Requiem” is a truly immersive theater experience. The show itself is a remix of all the best Scorsese movies over 40 years, live on stage, with music. It explores Scorsese’s unique storytelling style, and his passion for both music and the people who made it. Sit at the bar on stage as a classic scenes unfolds right in front of you, and enjoy an epic setlist from GoodFellas, Casino, The Departed, The Wolf of Wall Street, and more. Before the show (90 minutes prior to curtain), enjoy Scorsese-inspired cocktails from the newly opened The Bar @ The Wallis, handmade pasta and desserts from The Prince of Venice food truck, and vintage Scorsese films projected on the wall, all in an Italian bistro garden setting.
New Restaurant Opening: Ravello Bar & Grill
6746 Greenleaf Ave.
Whittier CA 90601
The idyllic tree-lined streets of historic Uptown Whittier just got a little more charming this week with the grand opening of Ravello Bar & Grill. Originally a shoe store when it was built in the 1940s, the historic building has been transformed into an upscale Italian eatery, where Executive Chef Carlos Escalante is showcasing local produce and farm-fresh ingredients in authentically prepared dishes. Homemade pastas, Neapolitan-style brick oven-baked pizzas, and fresh seafood are just some of the Amalfi Coast-inspired menu choices, perfect for pairing with carefully selected wines from both Italy and California. The restaurant is currently open for lunch and dinner.
Opera at the Beach
Santa Monica Pier
200 Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Enjoy opera, but prefer sandals to spats? LA Opera has you covered, with a viewing of their season opener, Macbeth, on the Santa Monica Pier. Starring Placido Domingo, the play will be broadcast live in high-definition from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion onto the big screen. Seating is all general admission, so be sure to arrive early and bring your own chair. An area dubbed The Wine Terrace will be open for wine sampling from 6pm – 9pm (ticket required). Eastsiders will also have a chance to see a little opera al fresco, as it will be simulcast at South Gate Park as well. The event is free to the public, and the broadcast begins at 7:30pm.
Celebrate National Dessert Day at New Salt + Straw
Salt & Straw
829 E. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Celebrate National Dessert Day with the opening of a new ice cream shop in the Arts District! This week the area welcomes a new Salt & Straw location, ready to meet all your artisanal ice cream needs. It’s the perfect time to try the shop’s new “Spooktacular” series, with flavors like The Great Candycopia, Dracula’s Blood Pudding, Essence of Ghost, Jack o’ Lantern Pumpkin Sherbet, and Love Potion Sorbet. Grab them by the scoop, or really get into celebrating the day and take home a whole pint.
Bike + Brew Tour
1375 E. 6th Street, Unit 6
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Can’t decide if you’d rather get in some exercise, or do a little day drinking this Saturday? Do both with Cartwheel Art Tours’ Bike + Brew Tour. The tour starts at noon at The Wheelhouse, where you’ll casually pedal your way through the Arts District as founder of Cartwheel Art Tours, Cindy Schwarzenstein, offers insights into the art, history, and development of the neighborhood. The tour stops at three breweries along the way: Angel City Brewery, Arts District Brewing, and Iron Triangle Brewing, each providing a small tasting of their flagship beers and back-of-the-house tour. The tour is BYOBike, or you can rent one at the nearby Metro Bike Share Station.
RISE of the Jack O’Lanterns
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
RISE of the Jack O’Lanterns is back with thousands of hand-carved, illuminated pumpkins arranged along a scenic walking path with scored music. The only one of its kind in North America that comes close to carving 5,000 real pumpkins each weekend, the RISE is truly something to behold. This year they’re doubling the number of carved pumpkins, including favorites like life-sized dinosaurs, dragons, and safari animals, along with new structures featuring characters from some of your favorite films. You can also catch the artists in action at live carving stations set up around the event.