Top 5 Things to Do in L.A. This Week

Craig Thornton of Wolvesmouth. Photo by Christie Hemm Klok

Many of this week's top events are about transforming spaces in interesting and unusual ways. A new exhibition at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, for example, will raise a darkly wooded den in the main gallery to house the underground dining series Wolvesmouth for a two-week residency. Union Station meanwhile will serve as the site for a "headphone opera," and Griffith Park's Old Zoo has been recast as a nightmare-inducing horrorscape. Also this week are a performance from a famously reclusive stand-up comic and a city-spanning "festival of neighborhoods."

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"Cut Your Teeth" at the Santa Monica Museum of Art | Event details
For devotees of Craig Thornton's Wolvesmouth, the underground supper club run out of a downtown loft, Thornton's intricately composed dishes are as much art as food. It's fitting then that Wolvesmouth is taking up residency in the Santa Monica Museum of Art this week, where Thornton and artist Matthew Bone have collaborated on an art installation-cum-dining room inspired by the relationship between predator and prey. The duo will present a series of dinners in the evenings, and the installation will be open during museum hours for attendees to look around and watch the Wolvesmouth crew at work.

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride at Griffith Park Old Zoo | Event details
Drawing inspiration from the history, folklore and supposed paranormal activity of Griffith Park and beyond, this fifth annual haunted attraction takes thrill seekers on a 25-minute tractor ride to be set upon by ghosts, ghouls and demons. In addition to the hayride, there's also a creepy dark maze (illuminated only by a single low-wattage lantern per group) and a freaky side show featuring a house of mirrors, a "scary-go-round," psychic readings, photo ops, food and drink, merchandise, and more.

Dave Chappelle at the Terrace Theater | Event details
Ever since skyrocketing to popularity with his sketch-comedy series "Chappelle's Show," only to walk out on a multimillion-dollar TV deal after just two and a half seasons, Dave Chappelle has maintained a low profile, mostly popping up for the occasional impromptu standup show. But earlier this year, the comedian returned to the stage, and his latest tour finds him in Long Beach on Thursday for an evening sure to be filled with insightful, irreverent meditations on race, class, sex, fame, family life and more.

Found L.A.: Festival of Neighborhoods (multiple venues) | Event details
The L.A. River serves as the backbone and backdrop of this third annual festival aiming to connect Angelenos to one another and the city itself. Following the theme "The River of Your Imagination," this daylong series of tours spans the city, exploring such landmarks as the half-mile-long "Great Wall of Los Angeles" mural in Valley Glen, the Japanese Garden in Van Nuys, the L.A. Equestrian Center in Burbank, the San Antonio Winery in Lincoln Heights, the Hansen Dam in the San Fernando Valley, the Ballona Wetlands in Playa Vista and Golden Road Brewery in Atwater Village.

"Invisible Cities" at Union Station | Event details
Ordinarily, wearing headphones to the opera would be frowned upon, but for this site-specific theater experiment, they're part of the experience. Adapted from Italo Calvino's mind-bending novel imagining a series of conversations between Marco Polo and Kublai Khan, Yuval Sharon's new stageless opera will float through the architectural gem that is Union Station, with headphone-wearing audience members searching freely for the eight singers and seven dancers backed by an 11-piece chamber orchestra.

For more options this week and every week, go to kcet.org/events.

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Oliver Gettell is a writer and editor based in Los Angeles.

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