Weekend Docket: 10/22/10

It's kind of a slow weekend event wise... I mean, since I'm not reporting any events that are happening in Awesometown that is.  But there are still a few gems in the mix!

Friday, finally seeing The Town using my totally awesome $5 Weekly Cinema tickets.  Then Saturday is Artisanal LA during the day where I hope to try some sustainable caviar among other goodies & score a jar of bacon jam... mmm!  And at night I'll be shaking my hips to Shakira while hopefully watching Ms. Shenanigans in action.

Sunday, while avoiding a prolonged hangover, the Cha, Jack Jack, JamshidiA1, IZ & I (and perhaps K-dog if we can convince her to come out) are hitting up Oktoberfest, Old World style for some Weenier dog racing!  Nice way to ease out of the weekend.  Oom pa pah chicken dance here we come!

All Weekend
Artisanal L.A.
11AM - 6PM (Saturday & Sunday)
Coming to downtown October 23-24, Artisanal LA is a weekend long community event celebrating the city’s finest local, sustainable and handmade edibles all under one roof. Taste, shop, sample and learn while supporting the local economy and local artisanal vendors at this weekend-long downtown event. There are so many things that sound incredibly exciting about this event, and you can find their entire schedule on their website, but I do have to say I'm the most interested in the Local Honey Panel on Saturday. What with my dad being an aggie entomologist and all, I've grown up with more bee history than your normal non-farm raised girl. Plus, with the event running from 11AM - 6PM, it gets out just in time for the start of the plethora of downtown happy hours! $10 advance || $15 at the door. The Cooper Building, 860 S. Los Angeles St., 11th-floor Penthouse Downtown artisanalla.com

"Come to the Macabaret", 13th Annual Trick or Treat Festival & Halloween Hearse Show
 All Weekend
13th Annual Trick or Treat Festival and the 11th Annual Halloween Hearse Procession and Show at the Orange County Market Place, the weekend swap meet at the O.C. Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa. Includes free trick or treating for kids in costume from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., world renown pumpkin sculptor “Farmer” Mike Valladao returns to carve three- dimensional masterpieces out of 400 plus pound pumpkins include a giant dragon. All day exhibition of antique and classic hearses preceded by a three mile ceremonial ride through Costa Mesa with national radio personality Dr. Demento returning as the grand marshal. dmission to the swap meet is $2 for ages 13 years and over and free for kids 12 and under. All Halloween events are included with admission. 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa www.ocmarketplace.com

Saturday, 10/23
Derby Dolls LA: Swarm vs Tough Cookies
Doors open @ 6pm
The L.A. Derby Dolls are the premier all-female, banked-track, quad-skating, rock 'n' roller derby league in Southern California.  While their uniforms may be stylish and their names playful, the L.A. Derby Dolls are real athletes who skate a sport that is pure, unscripted and real.  1910 W. Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA derbydolls.com/la

Champagne Tent Event
4pm - 7pm
Bubbles Galore! We are throwing our annual fall Champagne Tent Event on Saturday, October 23rd at our Hollywood store from 4pm until 7pm. Join us as we transform our space into a fun outdoor lounge as we sip some of the best bubbly on the market. A group of our favorite artisanal grower/producers will be flying in from France to present their wines exclusively to K&L guests. We will also have many of the big name producers on hand to present their selections. More than 50 Champagnes to taste in all including Bollinger, Dom, Krug, Louis Roederer, Moe¨t & Chandon, and more. We will have some small bites as well. Perfect way to start your Saturday night! Tickets $75 K&L Wine Merchants - 1400 Vine St - Los Angeles, CA www.klwines.com

“Thriller” World Record Breaking Attempt at Pomona Fairplex
4pm
Thrill the World Los Angeles (TTWLA) will be holding the third annual “Thriller” worldwide simultaneous dance on Saturday, October 23rd, 2010. The event will take place at Pomona Fairplex, located at 1101 W. McKinley Ave, Pomona, CA 91768, at 4:00 pm PST., to break the world record for the most people simultaneously dancing on Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Do you want to be part of it? You still have time to learn the dance and join us in this amazing event. It’s FREE!!! This fair type event will be a fun day for all, filled with festivities, last-minute dance lessons, entertainment for the entire family and much more. Before 4 pm, we’ll get ready to dance in full zombie gear and makeup, so that at exactly 4pm to perform Thriller and break the World Record. Pomona Fairplex http://www.thrilltheworldlosangeles.com/thriller-lessons-october-13-17.html

Sunday, 10/24
Taste of Abbot Kinney
3 to 7 p.m.
Venice is showing off its culinary chops this Sunday at the second annual Taste of Abbot Kinney. Benefiting Inside Out Community Arts--a nonprofit that brings arts education to at-risk L.A. youth--the fair will feature west-of-Lincoln restaurants including The Tasting Kitchen, The Brig and more. Admission is free, but eats are bought with tickets, which you can purchase here. Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice; tasteofabbotkinney.com

Los Angeles Magazine’s The Food Event
1pm to 4pm
Los Angeles magazine's "The Food Event: From the Vine 2010," the fifth annual culinary extravaganza, also celebrating Los Angeles magazine's 50th anniversary and the November "Mexican Food Lovers Guide" issue. The day features great chefs, culinary experts, sommeliers, and more, up close and personal, plus lots of food, wine, and other treats, all for one price—unlimited food and beverages; all demonstrations by celebrity chefs in the Snyder Diamond Sub-Zero/Wolf Kitchen and panels like the Top Chef Masters panel in the Conversation Lounge (on comfy furniture); plus parking included. The icing on our cake and secret weapon that sets this culinary event above others is our host partner and the incredible setting for the event, the Saddlerock Ranch in the Malibu Hills, home to Semler and Saddlerock wines. Acres and acres of natural beauty; vineyards; rolling hills and ponds; shade trees with swings; animals like llamas and zebras; and space to spread out and relax, a true escape from the city, but just a short drive. $95. Saddlerock Ranch, 31727 Mulholland Highway, Malibu http://www.lamag.com/thefoodevent/