Patti Smith

Friday, Oct. 12 at 8 p.m.

The Wiltern

Since the 1978 release of her landmark album Easter, Patti Smith has exhibited photography, published poetry and released a highly acclaimed memoir, Just Kids.

On Friday night, though, the multi-talented Smith puts on her (wide-brimmed) musician hat once more for a performance of her latest album Banga.

Smith, now 65 years old, still rocks harder than today’s youngest punk artists. And her lyrics are all the more poetic, too. At the very least, the evening promises to inspire.

5th Annual All-Night Horror Show

Saturday, Oct. 13 at

7:30 p.m.

New Beverly Cinema

Get your rest now, then head to New Beverly Cinema this Saturday night for a 12-hour fest of the goriest flicks around.

The diverse array of films includes 1942’s Night Monster and 1990’s Frankenhooker. Creepy, campy trailers will also be shown, in addition to a surprise feature — because what good are Halloween festivities without a surprise or two?

Bonus: You can have popcorn for breakfast, dinner and midnight-snack.


Where the Wild Things Are

Thursday, Oct. 11 – Sunday, Oct. 14, Various Times

Walt Disney Concert Hall

Whether you’re a fan of Maurice Sendak’s original children’s book or Spike Jonze’s film adaptation, you’ll enjoy the LA Philharmonic’s musical interpretation of Where the Wild Things Are.

This weekend’s multimedia event features live character performances as well as projected images of Sendak’s original artwork. With Gustavo Dudamel — you might recognize him as the energetic, curly-haired man from Downtown billboards — conducting the orchestra, the LA Philharmonic will put a mature spin on this classic children’s tale.

Plus, the Walt Disney Concert Hall hosts the performances, so catching “Where The Wild Things Are” is just a short Expo Ride away.


An Evening of Vinyl with Suzanne Kraft 

Thursday, Oct. 11  at

9:00 p.m.

Tommy’s Place

Even for those unfamiliar with Suzanne Kraft’s modernized disco stylings, taking a break from Top 40 hits to explore some native L.A. music can provide fresh perspectives on the city’s culture.

Kraft’s Thursday night performance, co-sponsored by KXSC and USC Spectrum, will feature heavy synth melodies tinged with a hint of retro flavor and popular tracks from Horoscope, the artist’s Sept. 4 vinyl release. Be sure to pay attention to the way Kraft effortlessly mixes up and slows down his original beats. Kraft just debuted on the music scene a year ago, but it’s clear that he knows what he’s doing.

Opening acts from Young Adults and Jazner should also entertain, making Thursday night a pleasant mix of unique performances from up-and-coming disco artists.

Need another incentive? Attending “An Evening of Vinyl” requires little effort to attend. The concert has free admission and takes place at the popular ’SC hangout, Tommy’s Place. Just make sure to RSVP on USC Spectrum’s site before biking over.