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Monday, October 26:

Little Sister Downtown Opens
This restaurant in the heart of DTLA’s Historic Core is an interpretation of its Manhattan Beach counterpart with a lighter aesthetic and expanded menu of culinary influences of imperialist rule in Vietnam during the 19th century. As you enter, you walk over a minimalist mosaic with the words “Little Sister” emblazoned in metal. The bright, airy dining room is lined with light oak-trimmed walls, white-washed brick, hand-painted butterflies, two large communal tables, a series of black lacquer tables and distressed English game chairs in green leather. Chef/Partner Tin Vuong and Executive Chef Mikey Segerstrom (formerly at Little Sister Manhattan Beach) debut new menu items unique to the DTLA spot. Breakfast dishes include Congee (confit duck or pork, poached chicken, or fish); Portuguese Egg Custard Tart; and a Sunny Side Eggs with spiced pork sausage, tomato, onions, Maggie, pate, butter, and baguette. Lunch has an Autumn Roll with sweet potato, jicama, egg, Viet herbs, Chinese sausage, and coconut peanut sauce; Bo Kho (Vietnamese Beef Stew) served with a baguette and French butter with marrow, tendons, oxtail, and rib meat; and Pan Fried E-Fu Noodle with twice cooked pork belly, long beans, and tea egg. Dinner highlights include Crispy Chao Tom with black tea salt and spicy curried crab dipping sauce; Roasted Monkfish with hot curry and dill, scallop dumpling, nuts & seeds; and Crispy Sweetbreads with alkaline noodle, chili oil, mushroom froth, and shaved tendon. Desserts include Orange Blossom Crémeaux with ginger, peach, basil, and habanero; Chuio Chien Fried Bananas with salted coconut and sesame; and Vietnamese Coffee Tart with black sesame ice cream, smoked cinnamon, salt, and brown butter. As for the bar, they have international wines, craft beers, and premium sake. There’s also a soju-based cocktail menu with cocktails like the Charlize Theron with hibiscus infused wine, citrus, and orgeat and the Full Metal Jacket with serrano infused soju, mint, basil, cilantro, and kiwi. Opens Monday; 523 W. 7th St., Los Angeles, CA 90014; 213.628.3146

Magnolia House’s Bubbles & Pearls
The cozy, lounge-like bungalow is taking the mundane out of Mondays, offering a night of specials on oysters and Champagne all night long. Sip on $5 flutes of Champagne paired with oysters on the half shell served with a classic mignonette, a sweet and spicy mignonette, cocktail sauce and fresh horseradish for just $7 per half dozen. You can also indulge in snacks and small plates created by Executive Chef Evan Colter. From Truffle Pistachios dusted with black truffle sea salt and Roasted Beets and Carrots to Moroccan Lamb Meatballs and the juicy Magnolia House Burger, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Monday, 4 pm-midnight; 492 S Lake Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101; 626.584.1126; Photo Credit: Courtesy of Magnolia House

Halloween Cocktails
West Hollywood’s Bar10 will offer two Halloween-inspired cocktails sure to get you in the mood to celebrate All Hallows’ Eve! Order up The Cauldron made with Spiced Rum, Cherry Liqueur, BlackBerry Cordial, and a Dash of Fresh Lime Juice and the Irish Autumn made with Tullamore Dew Whiskey, Baileys, Pumpkin Spice Liquor, Pumpkin Purée, a Graham cracker & Pumpkin Pie Spice Crust. $12; Monday-Friday; 8933 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069; 323.332.6445 

 Tuesday, October 27:

Rooftop Film Club presents Halloween Week
Head to the iconic roof of The Montalbãn for a fright-filled week of films as Rooftop Film Club presents Halloween Week. Try to relax in the lush pinstriped Brighton Beach deck chairs while you watch The ThingNightmare on Elm StreetPsychoFriday the 13th, and Beetlejuice. You will listen to each film with state-of-the-art wireless headphones and also get cozy (or hide) under a complimentary blanket if it gets chilly (or too scary). Calm your nerves with a beverage from onsite guest Barman Brady Weise who will be crafting specialty Halloween cocktails to go with each frightening feature film of the evening. Cocktails include The Thing on the Rocks, a mixture of Modern Times Stout with sparkling wine; Freddy’s Sleeping Potion made with sweet vermouth and Coco-Cola; Bates Cough Syrup, a mix of blueberry Juice and Hefeweizen; The Hockey Mask made with Chenin Blanc, lemonade, dry vermouth and fresh seasonal fruit; and Beetle Juice made with Cabernet Sauvignon, sweet vermouth, fresh fruit of the season and dry ice garnish.There’s also sangria, IPA, Hefeweizen, Lager Beers, or a Bottle Of Bubbly, rosé, or white chilled on ice at your seats (or a bottle of Red). Haché LA will be grilling up their Karma Burger and a Veggie Burger. There is also house-made Guacamole & Chips and The Famous, a refreshing mixture of fresh-squeezed strawberry basil lemonade. Indulge in a creamy Cookie Butter Frozen Custard whipped onsite with liquid nitrogen. Popcorn and traditional movie snacks are also available for purchase. Tuesday, October 27: The Thing; Wednesday, October 28: Nightmare on Elm Street; Thursday, October 29: Psycho; Friday, October 30: Friday the 13th; Saturday, October 31: Beetlejuice. $15 (plus service charge); 6 pm/doors, 8 pm/movie1615 Vine St., Los Angeles, CA 90028; Photo Credit: Courtesy of Rooftop Film Club

Wednesday, October 28:

Lucha VaVoom Aztec Horror!
Since 2002, this variety show has had mind-blowing Mexican masked wrestling, burlesque and comedy for a two-night Halloween spectacular. This year’s Halloween celebration–billed as “Mexican Horror Story”–will feature: All Mini Monsters Match; Evil Doctor’s vs. Mexican Masked Maniacs (Dr. Cerebro/Dr. Maldad vs. Extreme Tiger/Relampago); a special appearance by the The Poubelle Twins (the sister duo of Fifi and Bibi dressed up as French Maids who can Mexican wrestle with the best of them); multi-Guinness World Record holder Marawa The Amazing; a HEINO! Tribute to Vicente Fernandez (featuring aerialist Kate Minwegan); Miss Rita and the L’il Homies; plus Chickens; Aliens; Dirty Sanchez and more. $40+Wednesday & Thursday, 7 pm; The Mayan, 1038 S Hill St., Los Angeles, CA 90015

Thursday, October 29:

“Live At The Library”
The Library @ The Redbury continues in their ongoing music series “Live At The Library” with a free performance by Flight over Phoenix, Emma Jane and JoLivi to benefit The Hollywood PAL, a program run by the Hollywood Police Department that works to build self-esteem and positive morals for at risk youth through team building activities. This music series will feature three of today’s up-and-coming artists. Whether you’re grabbing a drink in the book-lined lounge or socializing outside under the stars in the charming courtyard, The Library is the perfect location to take in an evening of live music. Free; Thursday, 8 pm; 1717 Vine St., Los Angeles, CA 90028; 323.962.1717

Steak & Whisky’s Winemaker Dinners
Showcasing seasonal selections from Executive Chef John Shaw, Steak & Whisky is collaborating with Kent Price and Shadybrook Estate from Napa Valley featuring the following pairings: Braised Pork Belly Cassoulet with pumpkin purée, cabbage, crispy octopus paired with Kent Price Pulse Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 and Kent Price Venant du Coeur Rouge 2011; and 15-Day Dry-Aged Flat Iron with spinach soufflé, roasted new potatoes paired with Shadybrook Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 and 2011. $125; Thursday, 7 pm; 17 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach, CA 90254; 310.318.5555

L’Auberge Del Mar’s Fall Meet Opening Day After Party
L’Auberge Del Mar, a destination hotel, is hosting a swinging Fall Meet Opening Day After-Party. This second annual event celebrates the excitement and glamour of 1930’s Hollywood when crooner Bing Crosby founded Del Mar Racetrack with some of his celebrity buddies. Enjoy an evening of dancing, cocktails, bites and live entertainment throughout the hotel’s Living Room, Sunset Terrace, outdoor Bleu Bar and at a pop-up speakeasy in the Sapphire Room. In addition, KITCHEN 1540 will offer a special prix fixe dinner which includes entrance to the party. You are encouraged to dress in 1930’s garb. $129/Prixe Fixe Dinner (includes complimentary admission to the party), $100, $125/door: party; Thursday, 5 pm-midnight; 1540 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014; 858.793.6460

By Whitney

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