This Weekend: Wine, Green Beer or Pink Martini?

— by Caroline on Crack

Andy and Manhattan

OK, now it feels like the official end of summer what with the Bowl season and the cemetery screenings ending this weekend. Don’t be sad. Keep the party going and pick your poison from the events below.

Friday, September 14

Pink Martini at the Cocoanut Grove/Hollywood Bowl
Saturday’s show, the one I’m going to, is all sold out but there are still some tickets available for the Friday and Sunday shows. With Pink Martini resurrecting that Cocoanut Grove swank, a fireworks finale and…Carol Channing? (she’s still alive?), it’s a great way to end the summer Bowl season. Tear. Bring your own pink martini fixings: some vanilla vodka and cranberry juice, a little shaker, ice and plastic martini glasses from the party store.

  • 8:30pm. $17-$22. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Avenue, Hollywood. (map)

Saturday, September 15

Wally’s Fall Tent Sale in West L.A.
With the holidays just around the corner (can you believe it?), Wally’s Tent Sale comes just in time. For two days you can get up to 80% off wine, bubbly, cheese, liquor, etc. Some deals include ’05 Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay for $19.99, Johnnie Walker Blue Label for $149.99, discounted Riedel glassware and cheap-ish Davidoffs. Stock up, people.

  • 9/15-9/16. 9am-5pm. Wally’s, 2107 Westwood Boulevard, Los Angeles. (map) (310) 475-0606.

Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina Wine Tasting at Mel & Rose
Wally’s not enough for you, you wino? Check out the Argentinian wine tasting at this family-owned wine store. Light apps will be served and you can get $5 off your purchase of $40 or more the evening of the tasting.

  • 4-7pm. No reservation required. $15. Mel & Rose, 8344 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles. (map) (323) 655-5557.

The Exorcist at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
OMG, it’s the last screening of the season in the ol’ Hollywood Forever Cemetery. And The Exorcist is the perfect way to go out as it’s the scariest horror movie ever. Lots of images in that one that just haunt you for a long time. Eek! I’m sad I’m going to have to miss it. But all you lucky folks who go, color me puke-green jealous.

  • Gates at 6:30pm, film at 8pm. $10. Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood. (map)

Stephy from Yelp’s Virgo Birthday Bash at Blue Goose Lounge
Yelp queen Stephy (“Steph” to those who know her) is celebrating her coming of age at the current favorite bar of L.A. Yelpers, the Blue Goose Lounge. No need to RSVP. Come to celebrate Virgos or to check out what Yelpers look like or to just see what’s so great about this Hollywood lounge. I’ll be there after the Bowl concert since they’ll be going til the owner kicks everyone out. And who knows when that will be? Happy birthday, Steph!

  • 9pm. Blue Goose Lounge, 5201 W. Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood. (map) (323) 667-1400.

Sunday, September 16

Free Cardio-Belly Dancing in Beverly Hills
Work up a sweat in an oh-so sexy way. I can’t believe they’re giving out free cardio-belly dancing classes in BH of all places. But sure enough, professional belly dancer and director of Lotus Dance Company, Layla, will be showing willing participants how to shake that thang and get a good workout doing it. It’s free and open to the public so take advantage.

6th Annual Taste of Santa Monica
You like to eat, right? Well for just $40 presale ($45 at the door) you can go hog wild in Santa Monica’s food festival on the pier. Munch your way through food booths for 40 of SaMo’s well-known restaurants like Abode, The Lobster, Laconda Del Lago, Tengu, El Cholo and Hooters to name a few. I wonder why chi-chi Wilshire, Penthouse and Whist aren’t in attendance? Oh well. Of course there will be chef demos, live music and a silent auction.

  • 12pm-4pm. Santa Monica Pier, 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica. (map)

**Halfway to St. Paddy’s Day Party at Patrick Molloy’s
** Do you have a little Irish in you? Would you like some? Patrick Molloy’s can help you with that. In anticipation of the biggest drinking holiday of the year, they’re marking the halfway point with green beer and 2-for-1 Irish Car Bombs, Guinness and shots of Jameson. So crazy it’s on a Sunday. Sounds like people will be calling in hungover on Monday. PS: Green attire is a must.

  • 8pm-2am. Patrick Molloy’s, 50A Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach. (map)