As the nights get cooler in Los Angeles, the entertainment options on Melrose are heating up. This October, you’ll have movie, comedy, theatre, and music choices for date night, family outings, and good times with friends. Heck, you can even go by yourself – do your thing!
Don’t forget that going out on Melrose is full-service. There is plenty of parking (free, metered, lots) and you won’t have to walk far to get to where you’re going. There are dozens of food and beverage possibilities for before and after the show, from classic Italian and nouveau pizza to specialty ice cream and rock & roll cocktails.
Here is what’s on stage in October:
The last entry in Greenway Court Theatre’s Movie Monday series is the epic Labyrinth. The musical fantasy stars Jennifer Connelly as Sarah, an impetuous teen on a quest to save her infant brother from Jareth, the Goblin King (portrayed by the unforgettable David Bowie). There are also dozens of fantastic Henson puppets to provide some ridiculous comedy. The movie plays on October 8 and starts at 7p. Tickets are $10 and $5 if you’re 17 and under.
GREENWAY COURT THEATRE
544 No. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles 90036
The Groundlings will make comedy creepy AF this season with their Halloween sketch show, running Fridays and Saturdays at both 8p and 10p, starting October 5. Yikes! It comes with a warning: strobes, gore, clowns, severed body parts, and the truly alarming unconscionable wig usage. Too much? Then experience the magic of Julia Sweeney as she workshops a new show I, As Well on October 7, 14, and 28 at 6p.
THE GROUNDLINGS THEATRE
7307 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
The Columbus Day holiday show at Sal’s Comedy Hole is going to be the best way to get your weekend started. It’s an all-star comedy jam, featuring the L.A.’s finest including Eleanor Kerrigan, Jayson Thibault, Esther Ku, Ian Edwards, William Martinez, Punkie Johnson, and Chao Feng with host Michael Gilkison. As always, great food and drinks are available before, during, and after the laughs.
SAL’S RESTAURANT AND COMEDY CLUB
7356 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90048
This is the final month for two critically-acclaimed don’t miss shows at the Zephyr. UK Underdog, written and performed by Steve Spiro, is based on true events in his life. As a Jewish boy growing up in London, Spiro experienced bullying at a level that could have ruined his life. He instead harnessed his emotions to recover, create, and give back (all proceeds of sales go to animal rescue and anti-bullying organizations). UK Underdog runs Thursdays-Sundays until October 28.
What does it mean to be black in the U.S.? In England? In Jamaica? In Africa? Michael Washington Brown explores those questions in his one-man show, “Black!” This wide-lens view of race as interpreted by four distinct characters illuminates what stereotypes and divides as well (and importantly) what empowers and unites. ”Black!” performs every Sunday at 7p through October 14.
7456 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046