JOAN OF ART - Chills & Scares, An Iconic Singer, Songwriter and Poet, A Rock Group That's Still Rocking & More Halloween Fun For The Whole Family

For the past five years, every Halloween, I find myself having the intense need to be scared and the place that fulfills that desire is found on the Queen Mary where they put on one of the most creative and terrifying Halloween event entitled DARK HARBOR.

This is the ultimate SCREAM festival. You walk through dark mazes where you will be greeted by monsters, ghouls, super gory scenes and people sneaking up on you in pitch black darkness to tap you on the shoulder. I can't tell you how many times I've screamed at the top of my lungs during this experience all aboard the Queen Mary which has been said to be haunted. What could be better?

There are over two hundred monsters, six terrifying mazes, nightly live entertainment, secret bars and exciting rides. This is Southern California's most authentic haunted attraction. It started in September and runs through November 2nd. There is no better place to experience Halloween.

For tickets and more information go to QueenMary.com/calendar-of-events/dark-harbor/2019 or call 1-877-600-4313.

If getting terrified isn't you thing then I suggest on October 11th, you take a trip over to UC Irvine-Bren Center to see the one and only BOB DYLAN. There is no need to explain who Bob Dylan is. If you don't know, then you should go to I tunes and download all of his music.

 

No musician has had such an influence on society as he had. The show starts at 8pm. UC Irvine-Bren Center is located at 100 Mesa Road, Irvine CA. For tickets go to BobDylan.com.

Speaking of music, there is another group playing in Los Angeles this weekend and perhaps you've heard of them. They're called THE WHO and if Dylan isn't your thing, fo see The Who instead playing at the Hollywood Bowl this coming Friday, October 11th, at 7:30pm.

This is their North American MOVING ON TOUR and they will definitely bring their indelible brand of powerhouse rock to the Hollywood Bowl. For tickets and more information go to HollywoodBowl.com.

Now kids might find the DARK HARBOR event a little too scary so that's why I suggest you take them to NIGHTS OF THE JACK which is an interactive family friendly Halloween experience at the beautiful King Gillette Ranch in Calabases CA.

You and your family will walk around a half mile trail around the vast grounds that display intricately hand carved and illuminated jack o'lanterns. It also features a live pumpkin carver, gift shop, top LA food trucks and their 'Spookeasy Bar' serving specially crafted Halloween cocktails and tons of other 'Instagramable' moments for all to enjoy.

This year they are in partnership with Nickelodeon so the event will feature a special 'SpongeBob Square Pants' installation which bring to life fan favorite SpongeBob characters and iconic Bikini Bottom places through an illuminated pumpkin display, as well as an "Are You 'Afraid of the Dark?" pre-show tent space to include twisted surprises, along with an interactive augmented reality experience.

For tickets and more information go to NightOfTheJack.com. The King Gillette Ranch is located at 26800 West Mulholland Highway, Calabasas, CA 91302.

Whatever you chose to do this weekend, have a great one people.


Joan's LA Weekend, Scares, Food, Redford's last film,( maybe) and a powerful one man show

For the last five years, I have gone to the Queen Mary's Dark Harbor and I am never disappointed. If being scared out of your mind is your thing, then don't walk, run to the Queen Mary because I promise you will be screaming out loud from fright.

"There are over 200 heinous monsters that will jump out at you as you move through the six terrifying mazes on the boat. You never know when a creature will tap you on the shoulder as you get lost in the darkness."

As I mentioned before I love to be scared and no Halloween event has ever scared me as much as Queen Mary's Dark Harbor. But don't worry, if you need a break from all the creepy crawlers you can relax at one of the haunted bars or sit down in one of the secret rooms and listen to live entertainment. This event has been dubbed one of the 'top 10 most haunted places on earth' by Time Magazine and I totally agree. So thrill seekers to purchase tickets go to QueenMary.com/DarkHarbor. The show begins tomorrow, September 27th and I will be there. Dark Harbor runs through November 2nd. 2018.

Next to being terrified, I love to eat. My favorite thing is to go to a resturant and share different foods with my friends. That's why I love Eataly LA in Century City and will be there on Saturday afternoon.

The first Eataly opened in Torino, Italy in 2007 and I had the pleasure of being there for the opening. It now has "39 stores around the globe including New York, Chicago, Boston and now Los Angeles... We are talking about 67,000 square feet of pasta, pizza, meats, cheeses, wine, cannoli, bread and olive oil. You can get food to go or dine there. But whatever you choose to do, I guarantee you will be returning to this glorious food establishment many times over." according to Zagat.com.

The Eataly is located at 10250 Santa Monica Blvd in Century City. It's open daily from 8AM to 11pm on the second and third floor. Their website is Eataly.com

Saturday evening you can find me at the Zephyr Theatre located at 7456 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles to see a powerful one man show entitled 'Underdog'.

According to the Theatre's website the story "is based on true events in a London Jewish boy's life. Bullied and humiliated at school, Steve Spiro realizes his strength to move forward, but that ultimately comes at a price. Told with humor and plenty of chutzpah Steve reveals how the struggles of our past can be a gift to the future and that, no matter what never give up."

The play is profoundly engaging, funny and deeply poignant. Plus the best part, "all proceeds of ticket sales go directly to START Rescue and selected local animal rescue and anti-bullying organizations. Spiro is the President and co-founder of Shelter Transport Animal Rescue Team which is focused on relocating dogs and cats from high kill shelters in California..." How could you not love this guy and how could you not purchase a ticket to this important play?

To purchase tickets: go to ZephyrTheatre.com or plays411.com/ukunderdog or call 323-960-7788.

Finally Robert Redford's new movie, 'The Old Man & The Gun' opens on Friday, September 28th. Redford who says this may be his last acting performance plays "Forest Tucker, who at age 70 makes an audacious escape from San Quentin and goes on to commit an unprecedented string of heists that confound authorities and enchant the public." The cast includes Sissy Spacek and Casey Affleck and both are excellent. I saw this film the other day and highly recommend it.

Whatever you choose to do this weekend, have a great one.


Joan's LA Weekend, Vampires, Ghosts, A Train Station, and One Beautiful Love Story

Well it's getting close to Halloween and the ghosts and goblins are already out in full force.
I love to be scared. I go to horror films (as long as they aren't gory) haunted hay rides and the Queen Mary's Dark Harbor Tour. To say Halloween is one of my favorite time of year is an understatement.

On Friday night I will be at the Odyssey Theatre, located at 2055 South Sepulveda Blvd, West Los Angeles to see BLOOD ROCK: THE MUSICAL described as 'West Side Story' with Vampires. Now I've seen 'West Side Story' more times than I can remember so you can imagine how excited I am to see this. This show will have a limited run so I wouldn't wait too long to get tickets. The performances are: September 20th through September 23rd and again September 27th through the 30th. For more information and tickets go to BloodRocktheMusical.com.

Continuing the theme on Saturday I am going on HOLLYWOOD'S HAUNTED WALKING GHOST TOUR. According to the site the walking tour is packed with haunted locations and scary stores in Los Angeles. You will step into the shoes of the fallen stars of Hollywood and peer into the grisly fates that fame and fortune had in store for them. In between sights, you'll take a break at a haunted bar to make the rest of the journey extra enjoyable. If you like to be scared as much as I do then go to HollywoodHaunted.com to book your tickets.

Now next to being scared I love anything vintage and arcade games so on Sunday I will be downtown at Union Station to step back in time for the ultimate arcade rewind: Union Station's Retrocede Experience. It will feature over forty cabinet games from the 70's, 80's and 90's. The event starts at 11 am and goes to 9 pm on Saturday the 22nd and 11:00 am to 7 pm on Sunday the 23rd. You will be able to play on the eclectic collection of classic arcade games and my favorite, pinball cabinets including Pac Man, Donkey Kong and Street Fighter. From 5pm - 7pm each day, you will be allowed to enter a Pac Man Tournament and compete for top honors and a Pac Man trophy. The fee is only $5.00 to enter. At the Arcade Lounge there will be classic arcade food and 80's candy. Beer wine and specialty themed cocktails will also be available. To learn more go to UnionStationLA.coum/happenings.

Finally I have to recommend a film that I have already seen entitled 'Life Itself'. It opens this Friday and it's definitely high up on my 'must see' list. In fact it's one of my favorite films of 2018. 'Life Itself' was written and directed by Dan Fogelman, creator of the television show 'This Is Us'. I absolutely loved this film and you will too. The story takes us on this incredible poignant journal through love, family, tragedy, joy and fate weaving stories of different people from different generations and different parts of the world and eventually connecting them. The film starts Olivia Wilde, Antonio Banderas, Annette Bening, Olive Cooke, Mandy Patinkin and Oscar Isaac and they are all amazing.

Whatever you choose to do, have a wonderful weekend.