Autumnal Attractions



18th annual LA Cancer Challenge 5K/10K Walk/Run

Warner Center Park
A Halloween-themed, family-friendly event that benefits pancreatic cancer research. October 25.


Gerald Brommer 200:  For the Love of Art

San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center
This 200-piece exhibit showcases watercolor and acrylic works of the 89-year-old internationally acclaimed artist. October 6 to 24.


Diavolo/Architecture in  Motion—L’Espace du Temps

Valley Performing Arts Center
At the helm of choreographer Jacques Heim, this spellbinding dance troupe opens the 2015–2016 VPAC  season. Accompanied by the New West Symphony. September 19 & 20.


Going On Now

Green Grow the Lilacs

A rough-and-tumble love story featuring singing cowboys and classic folk music of the pioneering era. Through September 26.

LA County Fair

Peruse acres of organic crops, milking demonstrations, the largest petting zoo in the state and live bands. Through September 27.




Lenny Kravitz
The musician showcases his unique version of rock ‘n’ roll with funky grooves and soulful hooks.

11 & 13

Fireworks Finale with The B-52s and The Psychedelic Furs
Dance the night away with two upbeat bands at this annual end-of-the-season bash. Plus the Bowl’s spectacular fireworks.


Frank Gehry
A retrospective with drawings and models that show the evolution of the revolutionary architect’s aesthetics.


Curious George: Let’s Get Curious!
An exhibit that will lead kids on a fun, educational and interactive math, science and engineering-based adventure. Through January 3. 




Boo at the Zoo
Pumpkin-carving demonstrations, live entertainment and up-close encounters with “crawly” creatures. Through October 31.


7th annual Good Food Pie Contest
Home cooks and professionals compete side by side at UCLA. Enjoy a slice, enter a pie or simply cheer on your favorite competitor.


Eat, Drink and Be Merry: Food in the Middle Ages and Renaissance
Illuminated manuscripts offer images of cooking techniques, dishes, grand feasts and diners. Through January 3.



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Worth the Drive (or Uber or Metro Rail): Crawl-O-Ween Downtown

Put on your favorite costume and go bar-hopping downtown this Halloween—and be sure to bring your I.D. The Acme Hospitality Group is hosting themed parties at all five of its downtown bars with uniquely spooky cocktails for $4, costume contests and treats from 7 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Easy gaming: The bars are within a few square blocks walking distance. Safety tip: Assign […]

Game On

Now here was a plum assignment. “Pick the best golf holes in the Valley and write about them,” the editors said. “And we’ll pay you a bit to do it, too.” Well, twist my arm, I thought.


Inn Style

Walk through the doors of the Valley Inn in Sherman Oaks, and you will find it much the same today as the day it opened—from the cozy, pin-cushion booths to the antique cash register at the bar to the comfort-food-filled menu. “The old-fashioned pot roast, potato pancakes and barbecue ribs are still on the menu, made from the same recipe as they were in 1947. They’re still very popular,” shares veteran head waitress, Pat Saxon.