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Downtown Weekend Event Highlights

By blogdowntown Staff
Published: Friday, October 22, 2010, at 10:53AM
Heritage Square:  Hale House Joe [Flickr]

Participate in a Victorian era funeral inside the Hale House during this weekend's Halloween and Mourning Tours at Heritage Square.

It will take more than overcast skies and a little drizzle to keep Downtowners from having fun this weekend. Here's a quick look at what's going down:

“America Tropical”: An opera depicting the creation of controversial Olvera Street mural known as La America Tropical and the struggles of artist David Alfaro Siqueiros. Two weeks after its completion in 1932, the mural's central image of a crucified Indian was white-washed and Siqueiros was deported.Part of USC’s “Visions & Voices” art grant/event. LA County Supervisor Gloria Molina scheduled to be in attendance at the performance. Fri Oct 22 / 7pm / Pico House / 420 N. Main

House of Usher: Week four of Pershing Square’s Friday Night Fright Flicks is a free screening of the Roger Corman directed, Vincent Price starring classic based on a story by Edgar Allen Poe - the triad of terror! Bring a chair and blanket, but no alcohol is permitted. Fri Oct 15 / 8pm / Pershing Square / 532 S. Olive

Tour de Fat: This touring bicycle event promotes bike riding and sustainability. Activities include circus and vaudevillian acts, bicycle dance troupes and a bicycle parade made up of participants in costumes - the public is invited to join. MarchFourth Marching Band, the Dovekins, A Honeymoon Cabaret and Scott Nery all perform. Sat Oct 23 / 10am-5pm / LA State Historic Park / 1245 N. Spring / $5 suggested donation

LA Motorcycle Film Festival:: Outdoor, rooftop event that celebrates "the best international short films of the moto lifestyle." Benefits Riders for Health, an organization using motorcycles to reach remote areas of Africa with crucial medical supplies. . Free preferred rooftop parking for motorcycles. Sat Oct 23 / 8pm-midnight / Cretins Clubhouse / 1460 Naud St / $6

Seventh Annual Halloween and Mourning Tours at Heritage Square: Two day event just a few stops away from Chinatown on the Metro Gold Line. On Saturday, Victorian era death and mourning etiquette practices are demonstrated, and attendees can participate in a funeral inside one their historic homes. Learn about Victorian Spiritualism from mediums and spirit photographers. On Sunday, children are invited to play period games, carve pumpkins, and listen to spooky stories inside a creepy house. Members of the ICPIR (International Community for Paranormal Investigation & Research) will discuss ghost hunting techniques. Both days, designer and author Mark Wood will teach how to make your own vintage-era Halloween decorations. Sat & Sun, Oct 23-24 / 3800 Homer Street / Adults: $10.00, Seniors: $6, Children 6-12: $5.00, Under 6: free

Best in Drag Show: Its Miss America for the Misters, as divas from all over the country compete for a cubic zirconia crown as contestants are judged in swimsuit, evening wear, and talent categories. Celebrity judges include Jayma Mays and Dot-Marie Jones, John C. Reilly, Holland Taylor, Linda Hamilton, Chris Pratt, and Anna Faris. Benefits Aid for AIDS, a premier non-profit provider of financial assistance in Los Angeles County for the necessities of life to those impoverished and disabled by HIV/AIDS. Sun Oct 24 / Cocktail party: 5:30pm, Curtain: 7pm / The Orpheum / 842 S. Broadway / Tickets: $35 to $500

Are we missing anything? Let us know what you'll be doing this weekend Downtown.

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