The dead walk at Son of Monsterpalooza, but they might not be the scariest thing. After all, they're only signing autographs. Along with costumed creatures and their victims from decades' worth of horror and monster films, the massive convention brings into the light the makeup artists, costume designers, movie directors, and screenplay writers who came up with this stuff?and what could be scarier than a consortium of such disturbed minds? Guests, too, are encouraged to come wearing costumes, which they can enhance at a huge vendor bazaar.
Whether competing, hosting, or judging meals on Food Network, chef Aar?n S?nchez is a much loved culinary personality for in part for his enthusiasm, his love of guitars and motorcycles, and of course, his unmatched Latin fusion cuisine. At Crossroads Restaurant at House of Blues, he's designed his signature menu from the ground up, filling it with, in his words, "American classics through my eyes. Reimagined. Reinvented."
Here, the parade of unique eats starts right at the top of the menu with a cornbread appetizer studded with jalapenos and blanketed in maple butter. His citrus-marinated pork chop is rubbed with adobo seasoning and served atop a black-eyed pea and butternut squash picadillo, and shrimp po-boys evoke the Big Easy. Since the dining room is right next to the House of Blues main stage, even concertgoers have enough time to finish up with a bourbon bread pudding or a slice of key lime pie.
Eat|See|Hear offers an unparalleled outdoor movie experience by screening new and classic films in HD on an inflatable, wrinkle-free projection screen standing 3.5 stories tall and 52 feet wide. Using a 30,000-watt sound system, each venue is custom-calibrated to ensure a decibel-appropriate listening experience for audiences lounging on blankets or in lawn chairs. Local food trucks remain onsite during events to dish out cuisine, and pre-film performances by up-and-coming bands get audiences pumped up and help loosen any cobwebs built up inside the ears.
Los Angeles Oktoberfest invites visitors to celebrate the changing seasons with two days of traditional Bavarian revelry. Hosted by Bob Guiney from ABC's The Bachelor, the festival invites attendees to fill their glass steins with any of the 19 available German beers and purchase hearty platefuls of bratwurst, giant pretzels, and strudel. Live bands lead traditional, sing-along drinking tunes, a Bavarian dance group performs for joyous audiences, and a strolling accordionist weaves through the crowds while playing familiar German melodies. In addition to bidding on sports memorabilia at the silent-auction table, patrons can also test their arm strength by competing in the stein-holding competition, which rewards the winners with lifetime admission to the Los Angeles Oktoberfest and a brand new pair of steel biceps to replace the old, used-up ones.
The Bel-Air Film Festival shines a bright light on film reels from around the world, offering a diverse schedule of independent shorts, documentaries, and feature-length films. The fest kicks off with My Father's Will, a U.S. feature that centers around a wealthy businessman who, in accordance with his father's last wishes, must distance himself from his affluent identity and hefty bank account for one month of self-discovery, reflection, and, most likely, frozen TV dinners. Starting Thursday, things heat up with four to five showings a day, including The Italian Key from Finland and Trophy Kids from American director Josh Sugarman. Friday and Saturday's festivities conclude with complimentary wine-tasting events before after parties and competitive Kurosawa name-droppings take center stage. Monday wraps up the whole festival with a screening of Face to Face, a film many consider to be the Australian version of 12 Angry Men.
Goodwill towards man goes hand in hand with a cold pint of good beer, a fact not lost on the organizers of Sin City Beer Fest—a regular celebration of fermented beverages that raises money for local charities. On-hand beers come courtesy of breweries from around the world, with regular contributors that include Yanjing Beer in China, Mortiz in Barcelona, and Lost Coast Brewery in Northern California. Guests enjoy floral hops and refreshing bubbles in swanky environs throughout the city, mingling in poolside cabanas, verdant courtyards, and the Denny's that Frank Sinatra classed up by accidentally haunting.