The weekend is here and with it comes the bevy of all the things you can do in Los Angeles. What to choose? We combed through the multitude of offerings in our favorite Eastside (and beyond) neighborhoods and curated a list of the most enticing options – take a look below:


Grilled beet, hazelnut, labneh | Photo by Anne Fishbein

Nosh: get a leisurely brunch at Mh Zh, a Silver Lake gem that is small in stature but large in flavor. The Israeli/Mediterranean restaurant sits on a quiet corner in Sunset Junction and serves up a delicious fare –  we loved the grilled beets covered in roasted hazelnuts. Come for the food and stay for the atmosphere – almost entirely outside,  Mh Zh has a true sidewalk cafe vibe.

Art: catch some Pacific Standard Time programming at the Armory in Pasadena. Opening this Saturday is “Below the Underground: Renegade Art and Action in 1990s Mexico”, an exhibition that examines diverse independent artist initiatives – including street performances and interventions, clubs, collaboratively produced ‘zines, archives and collections, radio programs, and more. Come to the opening reception on Saturday, October 14 (7-9 pm) and enjoy a special DJ performance by Sonido Apokalitzin.

Dance: combine a visit to a time-honored Echo Park institution and see some cutting edge contemporary dance; see Milka Djordjevich at Bob Baker Marionette Theater. The UCLA-educated dancer, who went on to get her MFA at Sarah Lawrence, performs Anthem, a work that questions modern dance’s conventions by embracing theatricality. The performance is a part of LAX Festival, produced by Los Angeles Performance Practice. Starts at 9 p.m. Get tickets here.


Music: take a sound bath in the midst of DTLA – listen to a hundred cars’ soundsystems form the world’s largest synth orchestra at the premiere of Japanese minimalist composer Ryoji Ikeda’s “A [for 100 cars].” The free Red Bull Music Academy Festival takes place at 131 South Olive Street in Downtown L.A. at 5:30pm.

Halloween! Get into the holiday spirit aboard the Halloween Ghost Train, a family-friendly ride through a slightly spooky stretch of track in Griffith Park. Everyone’s favorite Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad Museum tradition makes a glorious return from the dead following a year off. A short hop from Los Feliz, Silver Lake or Echo Park – stop by after visiting our Open House in Silver Lake, 1225 Manzanita St.

Nosh: contribute to relief efforts in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands by taking part in Winsome’s “No Island Left Behind”, a fund-raiser that features Puerto Rican fare, oysters and cocktails, all for $25 per person and to benefit the One America Appeal, an organization dedicated to helping hurricane victims. Echo Park, 3pm-7pm. Reserve your tickets here.

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