This Weekend: Awesome Mix Tape of Fun

— by Caroline on Crack

What with my birthday party and DJ Shadow at the Bowl this weekend, it’s going to be a helluva good time. Unfortunately for me, there are soo many other fun things going on, too, that I’ll have to miss cuz of my previous plans. But if for some reason you’re free, you might want to consider the following ecclectic to-dos.

Friday, June 22

Lisa Kline Blowout Sale
The once tented bi-annual sale for the men’s and women’s stoes is now being taken indoors cuz it’s so huge. If you can’t find anything on the sale racks which are discounted up to 75% off, rummage through the $10, $20, $25, $30 bins. You’ll find marked down goodies from the likes of C&C California, Joe’s Jeans, and Theory.

  • Thru June 24. Women’s Store: 136 S. Robertson Boulevard, Los Angeles. (310) 246-0907. Men’s Store: 143 S. Robertson Boulevard, Los Angeles. (310) 385-7113.

Shakespeare in the Cemetery: Hamlet in Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Dying to check out an event at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery but don’t feel like braving the crowds at the Saturday movie screenings? I betcha Shakespeare at the cemetery won’t have quite the same draw but it’s still eerily cool. Tonight, Hamlet among the bones. Shakespeare runs through the summer til July 29.

  • 7pm doors open. $20, $10 through GoldStar. Shows also on Sundays. 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood. For tickets, call (800) 595-4849 or click here.

Saturday, June 23

The Haunting at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery
I’ve heard that due to the growing popularity and ample publicity of these screenings that they’re crazy difficult to get into. Long lines and traffic jams galore. Just make sure you get there early as this Saturday’s screenings and be prepared for the worst. If you want to get spooked, check out The Haunting, “one of the most genuinely spooky films ever made.”

  • 7:30pm doors open. $10 donation. 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood.

Parking Lot Art Show
An art show on trucks in the Sunset Junction. Can art get any more real and gritty than that? “Founded by Christine and Gareth Kantner, Eric Pfleeger and Christa Renee for the purpose of searching out emerging artists and giving them a unique place to show their work.” Forget museums and galleries, this is art for the people.

  • 5-11pm. 1066 Sanborn Avenue, Los Angeles

Hooked on Handbags
OMG, liquidated overstock designer handbags obtained from Bloomingdales, Macys and other department stores! Coach, Burberry, Michael Kors, Fendi, and Kate Spade all 45%-90% off at “one of the best kept secrets in the Southland” for low-priced high-end designer bags.

  • June 23-24. Valley Indoor Swap Meet, 6701 Variel Avenue, Woodland Hills

Sunday, June 24

Taste of the Nation
Combat hunger by pigging out in Culver City. The Taste of the Nation event benefits the charity, Share Our Strength which works to end hunger and poverty in the U.S. and abroad. Restaurants at the event offering mouth-watering dishes include Blue Velvet, Grace, and AOC to name a few. Enjoy cocktails, fine food, and live entertainment in the park. Jason Bentley will be djing the event.

Ghetto Gourmet Downtown
Sick of the oppressiveness of restaurants? Give the Ghetto Gourmet a try. This Sunday, if you’re not going to the Bowl that is, have dinner at a yet-to-be-disclosed downtown location where Chef Damon Bruner (formerly of Cinnabar) will prepare a special four-course dinner for you: free range chicken breast stuffed with gorgonzola is the entree. Yum!

  • $65 and byob. 7:30-10pm. Location TBA in Downtown.

Sunday Summer Cinema at the W
I know I already mentioned this but it’s worth another mention cuz it sounds like a cool, fun thing to do on a lazy Sunday evening. Tonight’s movie, Die Hard 2, before things got ridiculous. John McClane saves the world yet again. The Backyard restaurant is open til 11pm, but Jenn Laskey of Redlight Promotions promises the party will continue for those who are up for it at W’s Whiskey Blue bar after the flick.