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Friday, October 28

Old Pasadena Day of the Dead

Old Pasadena

100 E. Union Street and throughout the district, Pasadena, CA 91105


PASADENA, CA. (October, 2016) – For a second year, Old Pasadena celebrates Day of the Dead, the reverent yet vibrant Mexican holiday that honors loved ones who have passed before us. During the three-day event, dozens of Old Pasadena businesses will create beautiful altars in their spaces to showcase during the self-guided Tour of Altars. The weekend culminates with Sunday’s lively, free Family Fiesta and One Colorado Courtyard’s outdoor screening of the animated 2014 film The Book of Life.
Friday, October 28 – Sunday, October 30, during participating business hours
Participating businesses throughout Old Pasadena

Visitors are invited to take a self-guided tour of both traditional and contemporary interpretations of altars lovingly created to honor and celebrate the spirits of the dearly departed. The Best Traditional and Contemporary Altars will be selected by a panel of judges and awarded $500 each. A PDF map of the Tour of Altars will be available on our website http://www.oldpasadena.org/dayofthedead/ on October 24, as well as a Google map version for easy reference.
Sunday, October 30, 2:00-6:00pm
Metro Right of Way Alley between Holly Street and Colorado Blvd., 100 E. Union Street

The playful spirit of Day of the Dead comes to life on Sunday, October 30, during the free fiesta designed for families to learn about the holiday together during a colorful, entertaining afternoon. The event features kids’ craft activities sponsored by Color Me Mine and the Armory Center for the Arts, make-up artists who specialize in calaveras (sugar skulls) face-painting, Day of the Dead merchandise and artwork from local artisan vendors, a performance with Mariachi Tesoro de Rebecca Gonzales, photo opportunities, a community altar installation, an authentic ritual performance from In Tlanextli Tlacopan Aztec Fire Dancers, and a 75-minute family program with nationally recognized storyteller Olga Loya, who offers her signature stories and historical insight about the holiday.

Sunday, October 30, 7:00pm
One Colorado Courtyard, 41 Hugus Alley

The 2014 animated The Book of Life follows protagonist Manolo’s mythic struggle between following his heart or his familial expectations. From producer Guillermo del Toro and director Jorge Gutierrez, The Book of Life offers thrilling visuals to accompany Manolo’s journey through fantastical worlds where he confronts his greatest fears and contends with some interesting deities.

All events are free admission and open to the public.

Old Pasadena Day of the Dead is presented by Old Pasadena Management. For more information, the public is invited to visit http://www.oldpasadena.org/dayofthedead/ or call (626) 356-9725.

MEDIA: Please contact Janet Swartz at (626) 356-9725 or [email protected] for further information and photographs.


Marimba Tropical – 2:00pm & 3:00pm
Marimba Tropical, fronted by musician Lucas Critchfield, performs music from Chiapas, Mexico and Guatemala. Critchfield plays on authentic Chiapan marimbas made in Venustiano Carranza, Chipas by Segundo Vleeschower Borraz, brother of the famous marimba soloist Manuel Vleeschower Borraz ("El Raton").
Olga Loya – 3:00pm
Born into a storytelling family in East Los Angeles, San Jose-based Olga Loya has a long career in storytelling, charming listeners with her personal tales, magical folklore, improvisation, and colorful interaction with her audiences. Join Olga for her Day of the Dead program, during which she explores the history of the tradition, shares playful stories and folktales, and ends with a moving personal story about her own mother’s death and the altar Olga’s family created for her.
Mariachi Tesoro de Rebecca Gonzales – 5:00pm
Mariachi Tesoro is a multicultural, mixed gender group of professional musicians that performs a variety of genres, including traditional Mariachi to Tex-Mex and Latin Jazz.

In Tlanextli Tlacopan – 5:30pm
Extended members of the Tellez family from the neighborhood of Tacuba (once known as Tlacopan) in Mexico City comprise In Tlanextli Tlacopan, a dance troupe that performs La Danza Azteca (Aztec dance). With spectacular, plumed costumes and ritual dance performances, the group honors both Aztec ancestors and indigenous legacy.

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Movie Under the Guns

Battleship USS IOWA

250 S Harbor Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90731


Battleship IOWA will be hosting a Hocus Pocus Halloween on Friday, October 28. This family-friendly event will feature a “Trick or Treat” and a “Movie Under The Guns.”

Beginning at 5:30 pm, all guests in costume and those accompanying small children will be invited on board for FREE to trick or treat through a portion of the historic battleship. Costumes should not be violent or offensive and should not contain weapons (actual or replicas). Trick-or-treaters should be 13-years-old and younger and should bring their own “trick or treat” bags.

Then, at 7:00 pm, the 1993 Halloween family fantasy comedy “Hocus Pocus” will be screened outdoors on the ship’s fantail. Starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as a trio of witches, the Sanderson Sisters, who after three centuries, are resurrected in Salem Massachusetts on Halloween night. It then falls upon to two teen-agers, a young girl, and an immortal cat to put an end to the witches' reign of terror.

Both the trick or treat and movie are FREE. Limited seating is available on a first come, first serve basis. Guests are encouraged to dress appropriately, bring light jackets, blankets and outdoor chairs. Concessions will be available, no coolers or outside food and beverages allowed. This unique movie series will be held monthly and features some of the biggest stars and family friendly movies. Donations are greatly appreciated

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The Cherry Bluestorms Live at The Original Farmers Market

EB's Bar at The Original Farmers Market

6333 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles, 90036


After taking a break from performing live, Los Angeles indie act The Cherry Bluestorms will return to the stage with a performance at The Original Farmers Market at the end of October. The band has been working in the studio to bring their third album, Whirligig, to life, and plans to do only a minimal amount of performances until it is complete. Heavily influenced by Britpop bands of the 1960’s and 1990’s including The Beatles, The Kinks, The Stone Roses, and The Charlatans, Whirligig is set for a 2017 release. Whirligig will feature many tracks that have become recent set list staples for The Cherry Bluestorms, including their version of The Beatles’ “She Said, She Said,” “Roy Wood”—their ode to The Move’s frontman, the ‘Mod’ anthem “Purple Heart Magic,” and the Rolling Stones-esque “Brighter Days.” Expect to hear these songs and more when the band takes the stage on October 28.

Guitarist Glen Laughlin had ended a long stint with punk rock legends The Dickies, and solo singer-songwriter Deborah Gee had recently come out of a development deal with A&M Records. After meeting at a coffeehouse they formed The Cherry Bluestorms—a highly stylized rock band inspired by the sounds, looks, and culture of 1960s Britain, but with a contemporary twist—a band that borrows from the past, but does not live there. The band’s debut album Transit of Venus and follow-up Bad Penny Opera were praised by the San Diego Troubadour, L.A. Weekly, Goldmine, Glasswerk UK, and others. Drummer Mark Francis White joined the band shortly before the release of Bad Penny Opera and they gained bassist Neptune J Max in June 2016. The Cherry Bluestorms have graced stages around the world, including The Cavern Club in Liverpool, The Bull & Gate and Dublin Castle in London, Toronto’s The Rivoli, and Los Angeles staple The Troubadour. The band has recently received radio airplay on Rodney Bingenheimer’s Rodney On The ROQ on KROQ, as well as in the UK, Japan, South America, France, and Canada.

The Cherry Bluestorms are set to perform Friday, October 28at EB’s Beer & Wine Bar’s West Patio Stage in The Original Farmers Market, 6333 W 3rd St., Los Angeles at 7:00 p.m. This is a free, all ages performance.

“The Bluestorms are really psyched to take a break from recording and perform at The Original Farmers Market again!” Says Laughlin. “We really hope to see you there for a special show!”

For more information on The Cherry Bluestorms, you can find them at their official website (www.thecherrybluestorms.com) or on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

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Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood

3400 W. Riverside Drive, Burbank, 91505


For the first time ever, Horror Made Here: A Halloween Screening and Twilight Tour will offer guests the opportunity to enjoy a Halloween-themed movie screening in the iconic Stephen J Ross Theater at Warner Bros. and a special twilight tour of the studio lot. This two-night only limited engagement is like no other Halloween experience in Los Angeles, as guests will visit classic set locations and hear insider tales of the most iconic horror films shot on the Warner Bros. Studio lot.

Horror Made Here will take place Friday, October 28th and Saturday, October 29th offering guests the opportunity to go behind the camera with a special evening visit to exterior sets and stages where scenes from iconic horror movies like “The Exorcist,” “The Lost Boys,” “Gremlins,” “House of Wax,” “Monster Squad,” and “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?” and HBO’s series “True Blood” were filmed. After the twilight tour, guests will watch a special screening of the supernatural horror film “The Conjuring” (Friday) and “The Conjuring 2” (Saturday). Movie-themed refreshments and treats are included in this exclusive Halloween package. Additionally, guests can get up close to props and costumes from some of studio’s best-known horror films at our immersive script-to-screen Stage 48 experience.

The sinister Annabelle doll from “The Conjuring” series, along with the costumes worn by the demon Bathsheba and Ed and Lorraine Warren will be showcased amongst a collection of ghoulish film props from our Archive in the Stage 48 attraction.
A spooky photo opportunity provides the final touch to the Horror Made Here experience, inviting guests to take the ultimate “head shot.” The final effect, achieved by a mirror illusion, reveals a photo of guests with their head on a platter to serve as a fun memento of their visit.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on September 17, 2016 for $75 per person (price includes the tour, screening, and movie-themed treats). Parking is available onsite for $10 per vehicle. “The Conjuring” and “The Conjuring 2” are rated R, so guests under age 17 must be accompanied by an adult age 21 or over. Valid ID will be required upon entry to the tour.

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River Song Quartet/ David Baker/ Miwa Matreyek

REDCAT Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater

631 West 2nd St, Los Angeles, 90012


As spellbinding as it is poignant, this double bill of multidisciplinary performance features a deeply resonant collaboration between L.A.’s River Song Quintet and Ohio poet David Baker, and a dreamlike multimedia work by artist Miwa Matreyek, who blends fantastical animation with live shadow play. River Song and Baker offers three iterations of music composed by guitarist Gregory Uhlmann in combination with lyric text by the poet: a semi-improvised interplay of guitar and spoken word; a six-movement art song setting of poems by Baker; and a reading of Scavenger Loop—Baker’s eco-poetic Midwestern elegy—with a score performed by the quintet. Matreyek’s This World Made Itself, a signature solo piece that seamlessly merges projected kaleidoscopic vistas with intricate shadow theater enacted by the artist herself.

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Los Globos

3040 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026


AFRODESIA is an eclectic multi-sensory event engulfed in a unique blend of Afro-Latin, Funk, Soul, House and traditional musics. A unique collaborative series reuniting the community with live music, visual artists, djs and tribal dancers. Each monthly event will start off with a fully equipped and facilitated open drum circle. NOVALA afrobeat will ignite the stage with 2 sets and Gazoo will be selecting the finest vintage funk all night.

The date of this premier event is October, 28th so, y'all know what that means... Start preping those costumes and creepy characters to participate in LA's first MC'd "HALLOWEEN Costume Strut" as well as "Scary Laugh Contest".
- Prizes To Be Announced -

Doors and Drum Circle at 9pm so be sure to get there early.

Drum Circle
Live Visual Artist
Live Tribal Dancers
HALLOWEEN Costume Strut
Scary Laugh Contest

Gazoo is a dj and event producer from Los Angeles. Gazoo's natural ebullience shines at his frequent dj gigs and while acting as the de facto frontman and dj for global bass powerhouse Calentura and Subsuelo. As a dj, Gazoo has set the stage for the late, great Jimmy Castor, Fred Wesley, Shuggie Otis, Nu-Mark, Black Coffee, Gaslamp Killer, Dam Funk, Nicodemus, Toy Selectah and Nortec Collective. These opening credits reflect Gazoo's deep and varied influences; he's combined a lifelong love affair with hip-hop with an ability to spin Funk, Cumbia and Global Bass.

NOVALA represents 21st century Los Angeles by weaving West African and Latin rhythms with Western dance styles such as Funk, Rock, Jazz, and Hip-hop... manifesting some of LA's freshest afrobeat. Comprised of 9 highly sought after So-Cal musicians, NOVALA features the full horn section to the array of Afro-Latin percussion.

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Saturday, October 29

Carrera de los Muertos 5k

El Pueblo de Los Angeles

125 Paseo De La Plaza Los Angeles, CA 90012-2932, Los Angeles, 90012


Join the Run of the Dead on Olvera Street at the 2nd annual Carrera de los Muertos 5k, a great way to celebrate Dia de los Muertos. While the event takes place near Halloween, this is not a Halloween event. Day of the dead focuses on celebrating the memories of those that have passed. Traditions include face painting to resemble skulls, decorating altars with orange marigold flowers, candles, and photos. The course runs through lower Chinatown, across the Los Angeles River and has amazing views of the downtown skyline on the return. You will end the race at Olvera Street with a finish line festival including live mariachi music, face painting and Runner’s Altar to display memories of those that have passed. At the festival, you will collect your T-shirt, skull finisher medal and possibly be a winner in your age group! Registration and more information at www.losmuertos5k.com

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Entertainment Weekly's PopFest

The Reef, DTLA

1933 S. Broadway St.,, Los Angeles, 90007


EW PopFest will be the first and only entertainment festival to feature multiple media platforms under one roof, including appearances and performances by A-list talent across movies, TV, music, gaming and books. The line-up will include appearances from James Corden, the host of CBS' The Late Late Show, a live performance by pop superstar Nick Jonas, discussions with Oscar-winning actress and director Jodie Foster, and Emmy-winning showrunner Ryan Murphy and friends. Attendees will have an opportunity to see first-look footage and special guests from Sony's Dark Tower, a reunion with the cast of Happy Endings performing a never-before-seen episode, the cast of The CW's Crazy Ex-Girlfriend performing their musical mashups live, and a conversation between husband-and-wife YA superstars Tahareh Mafi (Shatter Me) and Ransom Riggs (Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children). The weekend will conclude with a 20th anniversary Scream celebration including a Wes Craven tribute, followed by an outdoor screening of the film. Additional programming will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Children's Book World

10580 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064


By day, Andrew is a film composer and Polly creates music and sound design for commercials. In their spare time, they write and perform friendly, engaging music for children of all ages. Their folksy vocal harmony and cornucopia of acoustic instruments (mandolins, accordions, ukeleles, shakers, bananas) delight kids and parents alike. For all ages. FREE

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