JOAN OF ART - Hollywood Forever, Urban Death, LOADED and LA Comic Con

Joan Alperin

Writer, Registered Critic

Halloween is all about witches, ghosts, goblins, zombies and anything and everything that can scare you silly and there are many events happening this weekend that will do just that.

One of my favorites is on Saturday, October 27th noon until midnight. It's the 19th DIA DE LOS MUERTOS FESTIVAL put on by Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

This year they are honoring the Aztec goddess who gave birth to the moon, stars and the sun. This is a celebration to the divine feminine, the loving mother that unites us all. If you can't wait till Saturday, Friday they will be having The Ceremonial Altar set up starting at 3pm.

I've gone to this festival the last five years and have never been disappointed. The costumes, altars, art, food, crafts and music is awesome. Walking through the cemetery you feel as if you've been transported to another time, another place.

It's definitely something you must experience at least once. Dia de los Muertos is a celebration of life and it's also a day to remember those that are no longer with us, but this festival is anything but sad. It's bright and joyful and a time to sing and dance.

General admission is $35.00 per person. Children 8 years and under are admitted free until 4pm. Seniors 65 and over are also admitted free until 4pm. They encourage you to dress in Dia de Los Muertos attire. Fine Mexican cuisine and a wide spectrum of Day of the Dead arts and crafts are available for purchase.

Location Address: Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles 90038. To purchase ticket and find out more information about this fabulous event go to

URBAN DEATH TOUR OF TERROR: Haunted Theatre Attraction

URBAN DEATH TOUR OF TERROR: Haunted Theatre Attraction


The Urban Death Tour of Terror made its European debut at the 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe - the largest performing arts festival in the world, haunting audiences with its signature brand of live horror. Created by Zombie Joe and Jana Wimer, Urban Death reveals our deepest fears through a series of wordless non-linear vignettes and intense physical performances.

You will experience a maze of inexplicable horrors, unfathomable monstrosities and meet the disturbed spirits that walk among us. What could be better?

Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre is located at 4850 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood. For tickets and more information go to

Now as much as I love being scared I equally enjoy laughing so this weekend you'll find me at LOS ANGELES COMIC CON which will take place, October 26th - October 28th at the Los Angeles Convention center located at 1201 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles.

Last year 90,000 people attended this event. It's one of the most diverse and celebrated pop culture happenings in the U.S.. There will be over seven hundred diverse artists and vendors selling comics, collectibles, art, toys, apparel and everything in between.

You will also get up close and personal with some of the biggest and best names in the entertainment industry with hand picked selection of panels and meet n' greet opportunities as well as a confluence of comics, gaming, horror, anime, film, television and according to the event creators, one obscure thing that you thought everyone had forgotten about.

For more information and to purchase tickets go to

Now after screaming and laughing I'm ready to sit back and see some extraordinary performers so I'll be ending the weekend at the Ford Amphitheater where Heidi Drucker Dance Company will be performing.

At sunset performers and audience members will share the confined space of the Ford's loading dock, transformed by award winning choreographer Heidi Duckler into the arresting site specific work LOADED.

According to Drucker as our society contemplates the implications of erecting walls, both physical and psychological - LOADED explores how borders manifest in physical space- who is allowed inside and who is kept out, how control is confronted and how dreams of freedom are realized.

Heidi hopes to inspire audiences to think differently about their assumptions of borders and 'the other' and ideally to become more accepting of those who come from different places in our society.

I've seen her company in the past and they are absolutely mesmerizing. I'm sure this year at the Ford will be no exception. Showtimes: Saturday October 27th and Sunday October 28th at 5:30pm.

Tickets are $50.00 and $25.00 for students. For tix go to The Ford Amphitheatre is located at 2580 Cahuenga Blvd East Los Angeles 90068.

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

Joan was born in Brooklyn and spent many years working as an actress in New York City. Even though she traveled extensively, Joan couldn't imagine living anywhere else.. Well one day, she met someone at a party who regaled her with stories about living in L. A. specifically Topanga Canyon. A few weeks later she found herself on an airplane bound for Los Angeles. Joan immediately fell in love with the town and has been living here for the last twenty years and yes, she even made it to Topanga Canyon, where she now resides, surrounded by nature, deer, owls and all kinds of extraordinary alien creatures.. Joan continued acting, but for the last several years (besides reviewing plays and film) she has been writing screenplays. Joan was married to a filmmaker who created the cult classic films, (way before she knew him) Faces of Death.