This Weekend: Taking It to the Xtreme

— by Caroline on Crack

Celebrate this weekend with extremes by staying up late, blowing your paycheck on couture, gorging yourself on chili and spectating some Xtreme sports.

Friday, August 3

**Spider After Dark LA’s only Friday Night After Hours
** It’s 1:30am and you still feel like partying, gosh bless you. The Spider Club at Avalon offers an after-hours dance club that goes off from 2am to 7am just for your nocturnal kind. This Friday night/Saturday morning’s After Dark show will feature the musical stylings of DJs Jaime Narvaez and Mikie Smithers. I can’t even think of staying up that late but I understand if you must. Sometimes you just gotta keep dancing.

  • 2am-7am. $20. Avalon Hollywood, 1735 Vine Street, Hollywood. (323) 462-8900.

Saturday, August 4

Sunset Plaza Tent Sale
This oh-so-chic sample sale will feature the high-end designer likes of Betsey Johnson, Isabella Fiore, Jean Paul Gaultier, Nicole Miller, Roberto Cavalli, True Religion, Trunk tees and Vera Wang. I probably won’t be able to afford one sock from this sale but could be fun to do some wishful shopping. Some of the proceeds of this event will be donated to the Los Angeles Firemans Relief Association.

  • August 4-5, 10am-6pm. Sunset Plaza, 8600 Block of Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood.

**The AdDress Boutique Summer Sale
** A $1,500 Givenchy little black dress on sale for $249, $1,250 Richard Tyler Couture for $59! Find new and re-sale dresses, jeans, jewelry, handbags, and even shoes from celebrities’ closets and marked up to 90% off at this summer sale.

  • August 4-12. Mon-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 12pm-5pm. AdDress Boutique, 1116 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica. (310) 394-1406.

**MoCA Night Vision feat. Small Town Talk
** It’s the second to the last NightVision event in MoCA’s summer late-night series and this one sounds pretty cool what with Small Town Talk, a DJ collective, and screenings of Los Angeles Film Festival music videos. Get there early and get treated to an artmaking workshop with artist Jamie Sweetman; come a bit later and catch the exhibition walk-through with a MoCA educator and a screening of Underplayed: A Mix-Tape of Music-Based Videos.

  • 6pm-12am. $8 (museum admission). Museum of Contemporary Art, 250 S Grand Avenue, Downtown. (213) 626-6222.

Long Beach Crawfish Festival
Celebrate all that is good and great about N’Awlins at the Long Beach Crawfish Festival. But if you aren’t really a fan of that crustacean, you have many other eats to choose from at this festival where there are also savories from all corners of the world. And then work off your belly full of eats by shaking it to some Cajun, Zydeco and New Orleans jazz tunes.

  • August 4-5; Saturday 12pm-12am, Sunday 12pm-11pm. $13 presale admission only, $15 at the gate, $25 presale including crawfish dinner, $33 at the gate. Rainbow Lagoon at Pine Avenue and Shoreline Drive in Long Beach

Sunday, August 5

2007 ESPN X Games 13 – Skateboard Vert/Rally Car Racing
Last year, motocrosser Travis Pastrana pulled an amazing double win in both freestyle motocross (for his record-breaking double backflip) AND his new passion, rally car racing. Tickets are still available if you wanna catch the Wunderkind in action and see if he can pull another gold medal-winning performance. Should be exciting stuff.

  • 12pm. $15. The Home Depot Center, 18400 Avalon Boulevard, Carson.

Farmers Market 13th Anniversary Celebration and Chili Cook-Off
Mmmm, chili. What better way to celebrate the summer heat with some nice and spicy chili? Beverly Hills Farmers’ Market will be featuring its annual chili cook-off. Judging starts at 11am as does something called the corn shucking contest. And yes, I did say this is in Beverly Hills. Chili cook-off winners are announced at noon so get there early so you can weigh in your vote as well.

  • 9am-1pm. Free. Beverly Hills Farmers Market, 9300 block of Civic Center Drive.