From Fisher Price’s Phone for Adults to PayPal Purchasing Pinterest and More | Tech News

It’s time for the tech news of the week! We’re covering it all—from a dose of nostalgia from Fisher Price’s working Chatter phone to Paypal’s hopes of purchasing Pinterest. Read on and stay connected with our rundown of the top tech headlines from the week.

Fisher-Price Unveils Working Chatter Phone for the Best Nostalgia of the Year

“Your childhood is calling.” In the news we needed this week, Fisher-Price has unveiled a working Chatter phone. The Bluetooth-enabled device can place and receive calls when connected to your mobile device. Beginning Thursday, October 21, you can purchase the Special Edition Chatter Telephone for $60 from Bestbuy. The iconic childhood toy does not come with apps or your usual 21-century bells and whistles. The working Bluetooth-connected handset for grownups is chargeable and provides nine hours of talk-time. For those hoping to snag their own rainbow-colored rotary dial, you’ll have to order quickly. The phone’s first presale on Tuesday sold out, with the Thursday presale expected to sell out as well. 

New Focus Blocks From Google Calendar Lets You Auto-Decline Meetings

Following a series of new updates to Google Workspace, scheduling meetings just got easier. This week Google announced the addition of new dedicated focus time entries to Calendar. The option will appear as a headphone icon on your Google Calendar. The feature can set focus time entries that can automatically decline meetings that get scheduled. Likewise, the new addition helps users stay focused on a current task and uninterrupted. Additionally, focus entries will appear on the “Time Insights” panel of your tools bar so users can keep track of how much time is being spent in meetings and on work. 

PayPal Looks to Purchase Pinterest

With mergers becoming the norm, Paypal is reportedly in talks to purchase Pinterest. The news comes after multiple reports that the payments company recently approached Pinterest in regards to a deal. Likewise, the companies have begun discussions with talks of a possible price of $70 per share. According to Bloomberg, if the reports are accurate, the proposed price per share would put Pinterest’s valuation at $39 billion. Paypal’s push to grow its profile should come as no surprise to those familiar with the company. The payment company, which has been around for over 20 years, also owns companies like Venmo and Honey, the coupon code tool. Similarly, Pinterest has also made recent changes this year with the launch of its verified merchant program. 

MLB to Launch Streaming Service for Local Games without Requiring TV Subscription

Baseball fans that have been holding out on cutting the cord received good news this week. The MLB is currently considering launching its own web-based streaming service that viewers can use without a cable TV subscription. Likewise, the service will help increase viewership for local teams’ home games. Currently, the MLB offers MLB.TV for out-for-market games, whereas the additional service would provide viewing access for regional games. The potential launch of the service will not have any impact on MLB.TV, which will still be available if and when the new service launches. Additionally, according to the New York Post, subscriptions for the service would vary based on location and cost between $10-20 per month.

Tesla Cybertruck Will Include Removable Mirrors

For those eagerly awaiting the availability of Tesla’s Cybertruck, the company recently announced an update to the vehicle. The electric pick-up truck has added detachable side view mirrors to comply with California law. According to Tesla CEO Elon Musk, the mirrors are “designed to be easy to remove by owners.”  Likewise, the company has other components still in the works as the vehicle remains in development. The update comes after the car was spotted on the road for a test drive, with many social media users inquiring about the design change. The IRL glimpse of the soon-to-be-launched Cybertruck also showcased staggered wheels and tires along with windshield wipers. Of course, the components are not yet finalized as what will be on the car upon its launch, but provide an update that the car is still in the works.

New Apple MacBooks Ditch TouchBar and Reintroduce MagSafe

At this week’s second big apple event of the year, the company announced some significant changes to its products. The most prominent announcement from the event is the unveiling of the new 2021 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros. Gone is the Touchbar, and returned is the MagSafe charger. Likewise, the function keys will replace the TouchBar for the new Macs. Additionally, the beloved MagSafe charger returns for those that found tripping over their charging cable and taking their Mac down with them a problem. Other announcements from the Apple event include a new HomePod Mini and the unveiling of the AirPods 3. 

Weekend Events: October 22-24

With Halloween almost upon us and fall in full swing, it’s time for the best events happening this weekend. Enjoy equal amounts of spooky and autumnal fun with our round-up of things to do near you this October 22-24!

LOS ANGELES

Classic Horror Films at the Roosevelt Theatre

When: October 17-31, 2021

Where: The Hollywood Roosevelt | Hollywood

What: Enjoy a frightening evening screening at one of LA’s most haunted hotels. The Hollywood Roosevelt invites you to a dinner theater screening of classic Halloween films. Select between Night of the Living Dead, A Nightmare on Elm Street, or Friday the 13th if you dare. For a spooky evening accompanied by popcorn and a libation, dress in costume to your film screening of choice.

Grand Park Downtown Día de los Muertos

When: October 22-November 2, 2021

Where: DTLA

What: Grand Park and Self-Help Graphics & Art invite you to their Day of the Dead celebration in DTLA. The nearly two-week display of 20 altars will be on view in the park with a traditional Noche de Ofrenda ceremony. The celebration will also feature a communal circle and blessing led by the indigenous community.

Oddities Flea Market

When: Oct 23-Oct 24, 2021

Where: Downtown Historic Core

What: Head to Downtown’s Globe Theatre for a two-day shopping experience from Brooklyn’s Oddities Flea Market. The vintage market features a bevy of the odd and peculiar to purchase ahead of any haunting fete you have planned. 

 

WESTSIDE AND BEACH COMMUNITIES

Taste of Camp Fundraiser

When: October 22, 2021 | 6:30 pm

Where: The Fairmont Miramar | Santa Monica

What: head back to summer camp for a good cause for the Taste of Camp Fundraiser this weekend. Mezcal El Silencio and Tequila Dahlia have teamed up with Happy Trails for Kids to host the 4th annual event. Proceeds from the fundraiser providing overnight summer camps and other year-round outdoor adventures for youth in the SoCal foster care system. The event will feature entertainment, an exciting live auction, and signature camp-inspired dishes.

Bill Burr

When: Oct 22, 2021 | 7:00PM

Where: Terrace Theater – Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center | Long Beach

What: Treat yourself to some well-deserved humor with a hilarious stand-up show from Grammy-nominated comedian, Bill Burr. Burr has led a prolific career in comedy and appeared in such recent films as Judd Apatow’s ‘King of Staten Island’.

Rooftop Cinema Club Presents: Edward Scissorhands

When: Oct 22, 2021 | 5:00 PM

Where: The Drive-In at Santa Monica Airport | Santa Monica

What: Halloween is not complete without a Tim Burtin showing of some sort and Edward Scissorhands certainly serves as one of the best. Catch Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest, and Vincent Price in this haunting classic. 

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY

San Fernando Valley Halloween Spooky Market

When: October 23, 2021 

Where: 911 San Fernando Road | San Fernando

What: Join the masterminds behind SFV’s beloved drive-in theatre for a haunting street market that all can enjoy. With 50+ Vendors, 25 Storefronts, Music and a Classic Cars Display under the stars, there’s plenty of fun to be had at this Saturday’s ‘Spooky Market’.

A Faery Hunt and Faery Halloween Party

When: Oct 23, 2021 | 10:30 AM

Where: Tarzana Community and Cultural Center | Tarzana

What: If you have little ones in tow this Halloween, celebrate the season early with Tarzana’s A Faery Hunt. The interactive show will have a delightful Halloween party this weekend with costumes encouraged for all ages.

Spooktacular Makers Market

When: October 24, 2021| 11:00 AM

Where: Valley Relics Museum | Van Nuys

What: You can never have enough Maker Markets, especially when they are Halloween-themed! Head to the Valley Relics Museum this Sunday for a day of spooktacular family fun at Van Nuys favorite museum.

 

CONEJO VALLEY

Harvest Night at the Stagecoach Inn Museum Newbury Park

When: October 22, 2021 | 5:00 PM

Where: Stagecoach Inn Museum | Newbury Park

What: For a truly haunting evening Stagecoach Inn Museum invites you to Harvest Night. Beginning at 5:00 PM, enjoy crafts, games, and food before an early showing of classic Casper cartoons. For the adults, the later evening will feature a showing of House on Haunted Hill with Vincent Price. Just beware of what lurks in the shadows of the Inn as you are entertained alongside it.

Ventura County Greek Festival in Camarillo

When: October 22-24, 2021

Where: 515 Eubanks Street | Camarillo

What: The annual Ventura County Greek Festival returns a few months later than usual. The weekend-long event will feature music, folk dancing, food, vendors, and more. For a delicious and fun day, you certainly will not want to miss out!

Halloween Haunted Trail

When: October 23, 6:00 PM

Where: 2525 N. Moorpark Rd | Thousand Oaks

What: The fun and frightening continue with Halloween Haunted Trail hosted by the Conejo Recreation & Park District. This night full of Halloween fun will take place at the Thousand Oaks Community Center. 

Home Tips: Stylish Halloween Home Decor Ideas

Great stylish Halloween home decor can help spruce up the home but also make it a fun place for the whole family to enjoy. Decor helps to adorn different parts of the home to keep guests entertained and lift the entire overlook of living space.

Traditional pumpkin and jack-o’lantern decors may still be the cultural norm for Halloween but more stylish and creative ideas are more necessary each step of the way to bring a novel look to the home each Halloween season. There are multiple ways to approach the event without having to keep to the traditional spooky theme such as the use of florals to represent spring or the renewal of the season. Here are some great Halloween decor ideas that are easy to implement.

Floating Witch hat Luminaries

Lighting is one of the simplest ways to transform a dull place into a magnificent creation. No matter how cramped the space in a room is, it is possible and necessary to have luminaries or light sources for Halloween. Rather than having a traditional lampshade, it is a great idea to use Floating hat luminaries to increase the spooky Halloween feeling without necessarily scaring the kids at home. Many lamp-shaped hats can be bought from the store or even have a DIY transformation. You can hang the lampshades on the porch, in the living room, and in the hallways. Try to ensure the selected hat colors match the rest of the room decor whenever possible.

Colorful Spooky Porch Decor

Most neighbors and friends may not get into all the rooms to appreciate the work and Halloween home decor ideas in each room; they will surely see the porch. Colorful rugs at the entrance with colorful pumpkins and pillows are a great idea. Juxtapose the floor designs with some great flowers or gnarled plants on the side to create a more natural scenery.

Halloween Themed Crockery

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Switch up your cutlery and dishware for something spooky. Incorporate your own DIY Halloween-themed tumblers, mugs, cups, and plates with a customized feel. A webbing pattern with a few spiders and the addition of a glowing dye is going to fascinate guests and family for many years to come.

Wine Bottle Candlesticks

Sprucing up the Halloween home decor depends on how much of the decor is affected and is visible to everyone. Simply paint Halloween bottles in matte black spray paint and insert an orange taper candle once dry. The design will surely bring an eerie feeling irrespective of the place you place the candles in the room.

Horror Novel Door

Think of the chill that ran down your spine reading horror novels. Why not relive the moments by transforming your door into a faux library. We recommend using gold paint for the book titles on craft paper. Add some plant at the door entrance and you’ve created the illusion of library books. Halloween home decor ideas like this can stay long after Halloween.

From William Shatner in “Space” to ViacomCBS NFT’s and More! | Tech News

Stay connected with the latest in technology news. We’re breaking down the week’s leading headlines so you can keep up with all things tech. From William Shatner in “Space” to ViacomCBS NFT’s and more, let’s dive into the top stories below!

William Shatner Rockets to Space on Latest Blue Origin Launch

In a merge between sci-fi and science, actor William Shatner (a.k.a. The OG Captain Kirk), blasted to the edge of space this week. The Star Trek icon departed on his first-ever real trip to space aboard a Blue Origin New Shepard rocket. The launch took place from the company’s West Texas launch site for the suborbital space trip. Shatner was joined by Chris Boshuizen, former NASA engineer and co-founder of satellite imaging company Planet Labs, among others. Dubbed NS18, viewers were able to see the mission via Livestream.

DoorDash Launches $1 Million Disaster Relief Fund for Restaurants 

DoorDash is heading the call to restaurants in need as a result of the recent natural disasters. The food delivery company has launched a $1 million relief fund for restaurants impacted by natural disasters. Eligible restaurants can likewise receive funds dispersed in grants of $10, 000 to 100 restaurants from across the US. Eligible restaurants must also have three or fewer locations with 50 or fewer employees for consideration. Restaurants have “exhibited immense resiliency when disaster strikes, providing for their communities even when their resources on hand are limited,” Tasia Hawkins, social impact program lead at DoorDash, said in the post.

Astronomers Discover Strange Radio Signal from Center of the Milky Way

In fascinating galactic news, extraordinary radio signals coming from the center of the Milky Way are baffling Astronomers. The unusual signals were spotted inconsistently around 13 times between April 2019 and August 2020. According to Astronomers, the signal exhibits a range of characteristics that are highly unusual and unlike other radio sources from the depths of the Milky Way. “This object was unique in that it started out invisible, became bright, faded away, and then reappeared,” said Tara Murphy, an astrophysicist at the University of Sydney and co-author on the paper, in a press release. “This behavior was extraordinary.”

ViacomCBS to Join the Growing NFT Trend

This week the merchandising division of ViacomCBS announced the company will launch NFTs and a place to buy and sell them this spring. The entertainment giant joins a growing list of companies and individuals jumping onto the NFT bandwagon. ViacomCBS has said they will partner with Recur, an NFT-focused startup to create digital “experiences” based on the company’s assets. This range of NFT’s will include characters, programming, and franchises. Likewise, with ViacomCBS portfolio including networks like CBS, BET, Comedy Central, and MTV, among others, the range of NFT’s will be vast. 

Luna Display Lets Users Turn Their iPad into a Dual Screen with Windows Devices

For PC users who also happen to own an iPad, the latest tech from Astropad has arrived to make screen-mirroring simpler. With Luna Display, the updated wireless dongles now include support for Windows PC. The product update marks a major step forward for the company after Apple’s Sidecar made its functionality a built-in part of iPadOS. With Windows support, PC devices can work seamlessly with iPads in a variety of configurations. Likewise, this includes capabilities with the Apple Pencil along with the iPad as a drawing tablet for your Windows device. 

Aurora Autonomous Taxi’s and Trucks to Become available to Customers via Subscription

When it comes to autonomous vehicles, Aurora is the latest company to offer wider accessibility for its driverless vehicles this year. The company announced their vehicles will now be available to customers via subscription. Likewise, the company does not expects its roll-out of self-driving trucks and ride-hailing vehicles to begin until 2023 or 2024. Aurora’s ride-hailing service, called “Aurora Connect, will allow vehicles equipped with the company’s autonomous tech to integrate ride-hailing network software sot it can function as a taxi. Of course, the company has also not yet revealed the pricing for its subscription service. 

 

Weekend Events: October 15-17

Whether you’re seeking a spooky or fun, we have you covered this October with our round-up of weekend events. From the pumpkin-centric fall fests to outdoor screenings and more, check out this weekend’s fun!

LOS ANGELES

 

Book Club with Ron Howard and Clint Howard

When: Oct 15, 2021 | 7:00PM – 9:00PM

Where: LA Live | Los Angeles

What: See Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard and actor Clint Howard for a book club discussion of their new memoir. Their book “The Boys: A Memoir of Hollywood and Family” brings readers inside a childhood spent on TV and growing up in Tinsletown. The discussion will be moderated by Times columnist Mary McNamara. 

Cinespia Presents: Blade

When: October 16, 2021 | 7:00 PM

Where: Hollywood Forever Cemetery | Los Angeles

What: Enjoy a film screening under the stars at Hollywood’s favorite outdoor theater. Catch this weekends showing of Blade for a fun fright that is equal parts nostalgia and terror.

Haunted Little Tokyo Pumpkin Patch

When: October 16, 2021 | 11:00 AM

Where: Japanese Village Plaza | Los Angeles

What: If you are in search of a bone-chilling good time in DTLA, look no further than the Haunted Little Tokyo Pumpkin Patch. A favorite Halloween tradition in Little Toyko, the event will have pumpkins for purchase along with plenty of family fun! 

 

WESTSIDE

Rooftop Cinema Club Presents: ‘Hocus Pocus’

When: Oct 15, 2021 |  7:45 PM

Where: Rooftop Cinema Club El Segundo

What: “It’s just a bit of Hocus Pocus”…and a whole lot of quintessential Halloween viewing. It’s been 300 years, and the Sanderson Sisters are back for a screening of the cult classic hit “Hocus Pocus.” Make your way to El Segundo’s Rooftop Cinema for an evening under the stars; with the three spookiest witches around!

Open Main Street

When: October 16-17, 2021

Where: Along Main Street | Santa Monica

What: Head to Main Street Santa Monica for a family fun day as the buzzy street turns into a fall festive pedestrian plaza. This month’s weekend-long event will feature a pumpkin patch, beer booth, live music, and more!

Family Fun Halloween Festival

When: October 17, 2021

Where: 6400 Pacific Coast Hwy. | Long Beach

What: Break out your costumes this weekend and head to Long Beach for the Family Fun Halloween Festival. Hosted by Creative Communal, a makers market pop-up, the event will feature an array of local vendors, Halloween activities, and more!

 

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY

LA “Rocks” Super Sunday

When: October 17, 2021 | 10:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Where: Hilton Woodland Hills | Los Angeles

What: Get your fitness on this weekend for LA “Rocks” Super Sunday. This ‘welcome back’ event will feature a LIVE workout with super trainer Jennifer Jacobs. The LA MArket Council will also have fantastic raffle baskets on hand that participants can win by purchasing a raffle ticket. Just be sure to wear your best 80’s gear for the rockin’ workout with the ultimate throwback.

BCR: “A Place to Scare” presents CURSED CREEK!

When: October 16, 2021 | 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM 

Where: A Place to sCARE | Burbank

What: We’re diving into the haunting season with more spooky fun. Enjoy ‘Cursed Creek,’ an outdoor haunted walk-thru attraction. Make your way through scare after scare if you dare.

San Fernando Valley Halloween Drive-In Presents: The Nightmare Before Christmas & Gremlins

Location: Lake Balboa Complex, Lake Balboa, CA

Date(s): until Oct 30, 2021

It’s a DOUBLE CREATURE FEATURE! Get your spook on at the Halloween edition of San Fernando Valley’s beloved drive-in. Catch Gremlins or the Nightmare Before Christmas for a nostalgic and joyful cinema-going experience.

CONEJO VALLEY

Annual Ojai Day Street Fair Event

When: October 16 | 10am – 5pm

Where: Downtown Ojai

What: Hosted by the Ojai recreation Department, Ojai Day is not your ordinary street fair. Enjoy a cultural explosion of fun, with art food, and more at this multi-ethnic celebration. There is something for everyone at Ojai Day!

Centennial Guild’s 2nd Annual Pumpkin Patch in Westlake Village

When: October 16 | 12pm – 4pm

Where: Westlake Village

What: Pumpkins, Candy and Music…Oh My! Make your way to the Centennial Guild’s 2nd Annual Pumpkin Patch benefiting Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. This charitable community event will feature a pumpkin patch, live DJ, photo booth, raffles, and of course, candy for all little ghosts and goblins in attendance. 

Calabasas Pumpkin Festival at De Anza Park

When: October 17, 2021 | 10:00AM-5:00PM

Where: De Anza Park | Calabasas

What: The annual Calabasas Pumpkin Festival returns this Sunday at Juan Bautista de Anza Park. The family-friendly event will feature a pumpkin patch and professional pumpkin carving, pumpkin painting, live music, and more! Admission to the event includes access to inflatable rides and games.

LA EATS: The Best Vegan Restaurants Near You

Whether you are 100% plant-based or just in need of some healthy options, SoCal has no shortage of vegan spots. In this week’s blog, we are rounding up the best vegan restaurants near you, from casual to fine dining.

LOS ANGELES

Crossroads Kitchen

Location: 8284 Melrose Ave | Los Angeles 

When it comes to the best vegan restaurants in L.A., it’s hard to top Crossroads Kitchen. Open since 2013, the plant-based menu offers stunning creations you would genuinely be surprised are vegan. We recommend the Artichoke Oysters as a starter with the Spaghetti Carbonera for a main dish worth remembering.

Honeybee Burger

Location: 1820 N Vermont Ave | Los Angeles

Bite into a burger that’s grilled to perfection and 100% meat-free. That’s what you can expect at Honeybee Burger, the vegan fast food stop in Los Feliz. Enjoy your burger with a side of sweet potato fries and a shake for a classic off-the-grill lunch with a healthy twist.

Shojin

Location: 333 S Alameda St Suite310 | Los Angeles

If you are in the mood for sushi or ramen, Shojin in Little Tokyo is one of the best vegan restaurants for Japanese food. Get your serving of their baked “crab” hand roll, or enjoy a hearty kabocha squash ramen. 

 

WESTSIDE AND BEACH COMMUNITIES


De Buena Planta

Location: 1118 Abbot Kinney Blvd | Venice

If you happen to be a fan of Butcher’s Daughter in Venice, the popular spot has a great vegan option for you! De Buena Planta opened in the past year and has quickly risen to be one of the best vegan restaurants on the West Side. From gorgeous cocktails to delicious cauliflower and mushroom tacos, what more do you need? Go ahead and indulge; it’s healthy!

 

Plant Power Fast Food

Location: 5095 Pacific Coast Hwy | Long Beach

With a California coastal menu that’s equal parts pretty and delicious, Plant Power Fast Food in Long Beach has been fast to reach a top spot on our list. Along with the convenience of a drive-through for those on the go, Plant Power offers breakfast and lunch options to help you power through the day. Enjoy house-made burger patties and a horchata milkshake that will have you coming back for more!

 

Plant Food + Wine

Location: 1009 Abbot Kinney Blvd | Venice

Abbott Kinney has no shortage of healthy dining options, vegan and otherwise. At the top of that list is Plant Food + Wine. The restaurant offers Vegan fare so good, you’ll forget it is all plant-based. Focused on locally sourced ingredients, P.F.W.’s’ menu brings together a rich array of tasty options. 


SAN FERNANDO VALLEY



H.O.P.E.

Location: 11943 Ventura Blvd. | Studio City

Healthy Organix Positive Eating is what you will find at H.O.P.E. and also what their acronym means. It’s both eclectic and enchanting with a delicious and vast menu offering Asian specialties and even a few Mexican dishes. Enjoy burgers, wraps, and more for a vegan dining spot to suit any appetite.

O’cado Restaurant

Location: 14568 Ventura Blvd | Sherman Oaks
Offering plant-based fusion with sustainable Wine, craft beer, and cocktails, O’cado serves as a perfect choice for an enjoyable evening out. The food offering ranges between Latin, Mediterranean, and American for culture-infused bites to delight your taste buds.

Veggie Grill

Location: 16542 Ventura Blvd., Encino

Open from the early afternoon through evening, Veggie Grill makes for the perfect stop if you search for a casual lunch or dinner option. When it comes to the best vegan restaurants in the Valley, Veggie Grill has plenty to offer that lads it on our list. While it may be a chain restaurant, the quality remains consistent in everything from the Far East Bowl to the Meatball Sandwich.


CONEJO VALLEY

Natural Cafe

Location: Westlake Village

Fresh, quirky, and tasty are just a few of the ways we would describe Natural Cafe. The Westlake Village vegan spot has an almost endless list of plant-based options to enjoy. We recommend the Buddha Burrito or Portobella Mushroom sandwich for a mealing that’s both filling and delicious!

Inn of the Seventh Ray

Location: Topanga Canyon

When searching for a spot that offers both zen and quality food, Inn of the Seventh Ray is just as it sounds. A picture of tranquility in Topanga Canyon, the restaurant is tucked away from the street hustle and bustle and nestled in the canyon alongside a flowing creek. Stop by for lunch, brunch, or dinner for a day at one of Conejo Valley’s best vegan restaurants. And for those seeking a healthy kombucha boost, they have no shortage of in-house specialties to boost the mind, body, and soul.

Sage Plant-Based Bistro

Location: Agoura Hills

A casual plant-based neighborhood eatery, Sage Plant-Based Bistro offers its best to Conejo Valley and indeed delivers. You’ll find plenty to enjoy at this delicious vegan gem, from the tasty Buffalo Cauliflower Wings to the Jackfruit Stuffed Avocado. 

Out and About: The Best Spooky Fun This October

It’s the spookiest time of the year, with mots of LA’s most haunting attractions back in full swing after a brief departure. From family-friendly to truly frightening, we’re breaking down all the Halloween happenings in your area. Read on for the best spooky fun this October.

LOS ANGELES SPOOKY FUN

Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas Live with Danny Elfman

Location: USC/Exposition Park

Date(s): Oct 29-Oct 31, 2021

Celebrate Halloween with the Skeleton King for truly spooky fun! The O.G. Jack Skellington will be reprising his iconic role for a live performance and screening of The Nightmare Before Christmas. This exciting performance will also feature Grammy-winner Billie Eilish as Sally with the duo on stage at the Banc of California Stadium.

Halloween Organ & Film

Location: Downtown

Date(s): October 31, 2021

Is there anything spookier than organ playing on Halloween, or just anytime in general? See 1923’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame, starring the legend Lon Chaney. Organist Clark Wilson will be providing the evening’s ghostly tunes for this silent film screening.

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride

Location: Griffith Park

Date(s): Until Oct 31, 2021

Fright season has officially begun and you can hitch a ride on the return of LA’s Haunted Hayride. The traditional hayride arrives back at Griffith Park with the return of the mid-’80s fictitious town of Midnight Falls for truly spooky fun.

Bob Baker’s Halloween Spooktacular!

Location: Highland Park

Date(s): until October 31, 2021

Don’t miss the delightfully ghoulish return of “Bob Baker’s Halloween Spooktacular”. October is almost here and it’s the perfect time to celebrate the most haunting year of the month with this beloved “boo-sical revue”. Likewise, the puppet theater’s Halloween performance will run all the way through the end of All Hallow’s Eve.

 

WESTSIDE AND BEACH COMMUNITIES SPOOKY FUN

Open Main Street

Location: Along Main Street | Santa Monica

Date(s): October 16-17, 2021

Head to Main Street Santa Monica for a fun-filled day as the buzzy street turns into a fall festive pedestrian plaza. This month’s weekend-long event will feature a pumpkin patch, beer booth, live music, and more!

Halloween Lights on the Pacific Wheel

Location: 380 Santa Monica Pier | Santa Monica

Date(s): until November 1, 2021

Enjoy a special light program on the Santa Monica Pier for truly spooky fun. SaMo’s famed Ferris wheel will display a range of fall colors, ghosts, and pumpkins to highlight Halloween and Dia de los Muertos. Can’t make it in person? The pier will be live-streaming the event online!

Family Fun Halloween Festival

Location: 6400 Pacific Coast Hwy. | Long Beach

Date(s): October 17, 2021

Break out your costumes this weekend and head to Long Beach for the Family Fun Halloween Festival. Hosted by Creative Communal, a makers market pop-up, the event will feature an array of local vendors, Halloween activities, and more!

Amazon Prime Video’s House of Horrors Pop Up

Location: 8551 Melrose Ave. | West Hollywood.

Date(s): Through Nov 1, 2021

As a part of their celebration as they launch their “Now Screaming” collection, Prime Video has a frightening pop-up WeHo. The House of Horrors brings to life the streaming services’ scariest titles for extra spooky fun. Most importantly, see showed-inspired costume displays from Amazon Originals like The Voyeurs, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and more! Likewise, this free event will also feature a photo booth and candy kiosk.

Oogie Boogie Bash

Location: Disney’s California Adventure, Anaheim

Date(s): until October 31, 2021

Mr. Oogie Boogie returns for a haunting bash at Disney’s California Adventure. Have a ghoulish time after-hours at the happiest place on earth for the Oogie Boogie Bash. Of course, an advance ticket purchase is required. 

 

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY SPOOKY FUN

San Fernando Valley Halloween Drive-In

Location: Lake Balboa Complex, Lake Balboa, CA

Date(s): until Oct 30, 2021

Get your spook on at the Halloween edition of San Fernando Valley’s beloved drive-in. While this weekend’s screening has been canceled, it’s all the more reason to book your tix in advance. Catch Teen Wolf or the Nightmare Before Christmas as the first screening of this limited seasonal series.

Haunt’oween LA

Location: 6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd | Woodland Hills

Date(s): until October 31, 2021

It’s spooky season so you know there’s a bounty of Halloween fun around town. Enjoy this family-friendly on-foot adventure in Woodland Hills. ‘Haunt’oween LA will feature a pumpkin patch, a scarecrow garden, trick or treating, and more!

Halloween Horror Nights

Location: Universal Studios Hollywood 

Date(s): until October 31, 2021

Fright season has arrived early at Universal Studios in Hollywood. The most haunting event of the season returns with Halloween Horror Nights. Navigate through multiple scare zones and mazes if you dare. From The Haunting of Hill House to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Exorcist and the Bride of Frankenstein, plus the return of “The Curse of Pandora’s Box.” 

San Fernando Valley Trunk-Or-Treat

Location: 14006 Riverside Drive | Sherman Oaks

Date(s): October 30, 2021

Head to Westfield Fashion Square for SFV’s Trunk or Treat. This family-friendly event encourages participants to decorate their vehicles and pass out treats for this spooky fun community event. Likewise, costumes are of course encouraged!

CONEJO VALLEY SPOOKY FUN

Reign of Terror Haunted House

When: Until November 6, 2021

Where: Janss Marketplace | Thousand Oaks

What: Make your way to Janss Marketplace this weekend if you dare. The 17-night ‘Reign of Terror Haunted House’ returns for a truly frightful attraction. Entering its 22nd annual season, make your way through 130 rooms and 10 terrifying attractions for a sarcastic evening. 

Fall Harvest Festival at Underwood Farms – Friends of the Farm Weekend

Location: Underwood Farms | Moorpark

Date(s): October 31, 2021

From this weekend through October, Underwood Family Farms invites you to their festival of fall fun. The farm festival featured a giant Pumpkin Patch, Pick Your Own & Fall Harvest experience. Enjoy the annual fall festival with a bevy of games, rides, photos ops, live entertainment, themed weekends, bands, and more! 

7th Annual Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Festival

Location: Strathearn Historical Park | Simi Valley

Date(s): October 24, 2021

Presented by the Simi Valley Historical Society and Museum, community members are invited to join the 7th annual Día de los Muertos festival. The Day of the Dead celebration will feature music, dancers, arts and crafts, food vendors, and more! Visitors are encouraged to come in costume. Of course, social Distancing and safety measures will be enforced. 

Ventura County Fear Grounds

Location: 10 W. Harbor Blvd. | Ventura

Date(s): until October 31, 2021

From a true expert in spook, Edward Marks comes one of SoCal’s newest open-air haunted attractions. The Ventura County Fear Grounds will take place at the Surfer’s Point Live Ventura fair Grounds. Likewise, visitors can test their tolerance for fear if they dare as they encounter ghastly frights at this haunting attraction. 

From a $320k Gold-Plated PS5 to Realistic Holograms and More | Tech News

Stay connected with all things tech! From a $320k Gold-Plated PS5 to Realistic Holograms, we have you covered with this week’s news. Read on for a rundown on the latest in technology and science news from across the worldwide web.

Silicon Valley Start-up Seeks to Make Holograms More Realistic

From a $320k Gold-Plated PS5 to Realistic Holograms and More | Tech News

A tech start-up company in Silicon Valley has its sights set on vastly improving Holograms. Light Field Lab recently started production on a technology called SolidLight. The tech is designed to produce real-life holograms. While the concept sounds far-fetched, it’s not too far off from the future capabilities of hologram technology. Light Field Lab aims to re-create objects in the real world using by causing waves of light to interact at a specific point, and that interaction becomes visible to your eye. The concept would not require special glasses for viewing if successful. The SolidLight device has already gone into preproduction, with mass production on the horizon.

New NASA Photos of Mars Could Point to Fossilized Proof of Life

According to Geologists, new NASA photos of Mars point to a specific ancient river delta that could point to signs of fossilized life. The checkpoints being added for exploration by the Mars Rovers will explore an area near NASA’s Perseverance rover. Geologists say there could be vital organic compounds that suggest the presence of life may exist. The new study comes from a crew of researchers that published the findings in the journal Science this week. Based on photographs taken by the Perseverance rover, the findings uncovered ways that water once flowed on Mars billions of years ago. No need to phone Agents Mulder and Scully just yet. 

Russian Based Design Company Unveils $320k Gold-Plated PS5 for Purchase

From a $320k Gold-Plated PS5 to Realistic Holograms and More | Tech News

If you’re looking for an extravagant gift for the gamer in your life, there’s a $320,000 PS5  with your name on it. The gold-plated gaming console comes courtesy of Caviar, a Russian company specializing in custom-made designer gadgets. Offering a new Prime collection of 18-karat gilded devices, Caviar also has gold iPhone 13’s, AirPod Max’s and iPad Mini’s. The luxe designer tech can be purchased in time for the holidays starting on Dec. 15.

Facebook Launches $10 Million Fund for VR Creators

This week Facebook announced the creation of a $10 million Creator Fund. The new venture will encourage people to build experiences on the tech giants Horizon VR platform. Funds will be distributed over the next three years to three different criteria brackets. The first funding opportunity will be for community competitions to build “the very best worlds in Horizon.” This category will provide $10,000 in cash for the top three entrants. The additional two categories would include a Creator Accelerator Program and funding for developers.

Uber to Allow Travelers to Book Aiport Trips 30-days in Advance

If securing airport travel to and from LAX has been a struggle for you like the rest of us, the latest news from Uber seeks to change that. The ride-share company has announced it will roll out several new features to ease airport travel and likewise the issues it causes. Beginning with select cities, customers will be able to book a ride to the airport 30 days in advance. The new feature will also send their flight information to their assigned driver so they can track progress in real-time. Uber also announced it will deploy machine learning to improve its curbside pick-up service. 

Instagram Makes a Major Change to IGTV

Before Reels, there was and still is IGTV, albeit in a new form as announced by Instagram this week. The Facebook subsidiary introduced a major change to the IG app’s long-form video feature. With the usage of IGTV down, the company has rebranded the tool as Instagram TV. Users can now post videos that run up 60 minutes long to their main Instagram feed, without the 1-minute cap. The change also means the users will not have to leave the app to watch any video that clocks in at that timeframe. A spokesperson for Instagram shared the following on Instagram TV, stating that it will remain “destination for people to visit with the intent of watching video.”

Weekend Events: October 8-10, 2021

This weekend, enjoy some well-deserved fun in your neighborhood. With so much fall fun happening around town, we’re rounding up our favorite picks. Read on for this week’s weekend event guide!

LOS ANGELES

Family Style Food Festival

When: October 10, 2021

Where: Fairfax District

What: Enjoy 50 different culinary offerings and fashion brands for this one-day-only food festival. Family Style Food Festival will be taking over Fairfax for an epic day of food, fashion, and fall fun.

DineLA

When: until October 15, 2021

Where: Various locations

What: Everyone’s favorite semi-annual two-week dining event returns this weekend for its fall session. Enjoy prix fixe menu offerings at some of the best restaurants in town for take-out and dine-in. It’s a foodie event you won’t want to miss!

New Original Works Festival

When: until October 23, 2021

Where: 631 West 2nd Street | Los Angeles

What: Fans of fine art won’t want to miss this cutting-edge display of Redcat’s vibrant performing art scene. The summer festival comes to a close this fall, where varying creative arts collide. See daring and distinctive performances from dance, theatre, and music to multimedia performance art.

 

WESTSIDE

“Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds”

When: Oct 7, 2021Feb 20, 2022
Where: Skirball Cultural Center | Los Angeles

What: Calling all Trekkies, here’s an event for you! Begin your voyage upon this traveling pop-culture exhibition of “Star Trek: Exploring Worlds.” The exhibit’s final stop on its journey home will be at the Skirball Cultural Center until early 2022.

No Humans Involved

When: October 10, 2021Jan 9, 2022

Where: Hammer Museum | Los Angeles

What: Get your dose of weekly art with ‘No Humans Involved’ at the Hammer Museum.  Featuring installations and sculptures from a group of seven artists, the exhibit focuses on 

Danish String Quartet

When: October 8, 2021 

Where: 1310 11th St. | Santa Monica

What: Enjoy the Danish String Quartet as part of the triumphant return of live chamber music to the Broad Stage. Heralded by the New York Times as “prodigiously gifted musicians,” the concert will feature a curated suite of dances, Mozart favorites, and Nordic folk music.

 

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY

San Fernando Valley Halloween Drive-In

When: until October 30, 2021

Where: Lake Balboa Complex, Lake Balboa, CA

What: Get your spook on at the Halloween edition of San Fernando Valley’s beloved drive-in for some fall fun. While this weekend’s screening has been canceled, it’s all the more reason to book your tix in advance. Catch Teen Wolf or the Nightmare Before Christmas as the first screening of this limited seasonal series.

Haunt’oween LA

When: until October 31, 2021

Where: 6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd | Woodland Hills

What: It’s spooky season, so you know there’s a bounty of Halloween and fall fun around town. Enjoy this family-friendly on-foot adventure in Woodland Hills. ‘Haunt’oween LA will feature a pumpkin patch, a scarecrow garden, trick or treating, and more!

USC Marshall Golf Club Annual Fall Tournament

When: October 10, 2021

Where: DeBell Golf Club | Burbank

What: Head to the green for USC Marshall Golf Club’s Annual Fall Tournament. You’re invited to enjoy a day on the golf course, with a shotgun start beginning at 10 am. Tickets for the tournament include a continental breakfast, buffet lunch, open bar, and on-course drink tickets.

CONEJO VALLEY

2021 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K

When: October 9, 2021

Where: 1583 Spinnaker Drive | Ventura

What: It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and your chance to give back. Participate in this weekend’s 2021 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K fundraiser and pancake breakfast for Ventura County.  The event serves as a celebration of survivorship, an occasion to express hope, and a shared determination to end breast cancer for good!

Santa Paula Rotary Pumpkin Patch

When: October 9-10, 2021

Where: 12471 Foothill Rd | Santa Paula

What: Make your way to the Santa Paula Rotary Pumpkin Patch. The two-day event will be filled with music, delicious fall food, and of course, pumpkins.  Other activities include a corn maze, pony rides, face painting, the “Pumpkin Chucker,” and more for a weekend of fall fun.

“Voices of Old Conejo” Living History Performance

When: October 9-10, 2021

Where: 51 S Ventu Park Rd, Thousand Oaks

What: Travel back in time to 1870 with “Voices of Old Conejo” Living History performances. The play will guide visitors through the history of Conejo Valley from the 1800s to the present day.

LA Eats of the Week: October 4-8, 2021

With so many restaurants to choose from around town, we’re saving you the google search. From Los Angeles to the Westside and SFV to Conejo Valley, we’ve got you covered. Read this week’s blog about the best place to grab a bite in your neighborhood!

LOS ANGELES


Mirame

Location: 419 N Canon Dr | Beverly Hills

With Baja California influences and flavors, it’s easy to see why Mirame has become of the best places for a bite in 90210. The stunning dishes boast a bounty of flavor that’s sure to entice any taste bud. When it comes to neighborhood bites, add this to your list.

Republique

neighborhood bites

Location: 624 South La Brea Avenue | Los Angeles

It’s been quite some time since we mentioned neighborhood spot Republique it’s quite overdue. The Modern French eatery from Chefs Walter and Margarita Manzke truly never disappoints. Whether you’re opting for a bakery bite or something more gourmet like the Wild California Salmon, you’ll be delighted to dine at Republique.

Ronan

Location: 7315 Melrose Ave | Los Angeles

If you’re seeking a popular pizza joint in your neighborhood, consider Ronan. The modern pizzeria seasonal share plates and a range of pizza options. From the white sauce, Zucca made with Roman zucchini stem and flower to the traditional Margherita, it’s a pizza paradise.

WESTSIDE AND BEACH COMMUNITIES


Kato Restaurant

neighborhood bites

Location: 11925 Santa Monica Blvd | Los Angeles

With a highly celebrated tasting menu, Jon Yao’s adventurous restaurant draws from his Taiwanese heritage. Kato Restaurant has easily become one of the best places in the neighborhood for impressive upscale Asian food. 

Love & Salt

neighborhood bites

Location: 317 Manhattan Beach Blvd | Manhattan Beach

Bustling and beachy, Love & Salt has much to offer the neighborhood of Manhattan Beach. The Italian eatery serves up a range of dishes to delight from the sea to the oven. We’re a fan of the Whole Roasted Branzino or Spicy Soppressata for entrees with remembering. 

Jon & Vinny’s Brentwood

Location: 11938 San Vicente Blvd | Los Angeles

If you love the Fairfax location, you’ll love that you can skip traffic and visit the Jon & Vinny’s closer to you. The Brentwood location offers all of the same delicious pizza and pasta dishes with the added bonus of being on the Westside. With every dish on the menu being top-notch, you’ll be in food bliss at this neighborhood spot.

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY


Asanebo

Location: 11941 Ventura Blvd | Studio City

When it comes to impeccable dining destinations in SFV, add Asanebo to your list. The neighborhood sushi stop from sushi chef Tetsuya Nakao offers delectable dishes that are perfect for lunch or dinner. From the halibut yuzu to the toro carpaccio, we recommend everything they have to offer.

Petit Trois

Location: 13705 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

An expansion of the original french bistro from the Trois Mec team, Petit Trois offers Parisian delicacies in a cozy setting. Enjoy French classics for breakfast, lunch, and dinner from Chef Ludo at this Sherman Oaks hot spot. Bite into all-day options like the Brittany Wild Sole Meunière or Big Mec ( a delightful French twist on the Big Mac).

The Brothers Sushi

Location: 21418 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills

Two sushi spots on one list? Yes, we love Brother’s Sushi that much. The neighborhood spot offers dine-in Japanese sushi from Japan with the option to order rolls separately or splurge on an Omakase. From the Japanese Yellowtail Sashimi to the Dry Aged Ora King Salom, we recommend trying them all!


CONEJO VALLEY

Sage Vegan Bistro

neighborhood bites

Location: 5046 Cornell Rd | Agoura Hills

If you are looking for delicious vegan bites in Conejo Valley, you’ll love everything that Sage Vegan has to offer. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the Agoura Hills eatery offers fresh and creative dishes. We recommend the Bowl of Soul or Festival Burrito for the perfect nosh to delight your day and your taste buds.

Paul Martin’s American Grill

Location: 100 South Westlake Blvd. | Westlake Village

What could make for a better neighborhood bite than Paul Martin’s American Grill? The Westlake Village restaurant offers an elevated take on traditional American cuisine. Indulge in dishes like the Cedar Plank Salmon or Blackened Ribeye for a deliciously hearty meal.

Hummus Bistro

Location: 587 N Ventu Park Rd #587a | Newbury Park

If you are in the mood for Mediterranean cuisine, you’ll want to try Hummus Bistro in Newbury Park. The casual neighborhood dining spot offers fresh and healthy options using the best-imported spice and hormone-free meats. Order the Kafta Kabob for a filling meal and treat yourself to the most delicious Baklava you’ll ever try for dessert.