This Weekend: Biz in Front, Party in Back

— by Caroline on Crack


An NC-17 double feature, Swayze’s mullet and chocolate Kahlua bread pudding. You gotta love L.A.

Friday, November 30

So Bad It’s Good Film Festival: Road House
I’ve never seen this movie but people at work were saying it’s one of the greatest films ever. I don’t know if I believe that but I guess now’s my chance to find out. The So Bad It’s Good Festival will be screening Patrick Swayze’s classic, Road House, at the Vista. And in honor of the man, the mullet, there will be a mullet competition where the winner with the sweetest do will receive a free dinner for two (gift certificate valued at $50) at Saddle Ranch Chop House. And as a special promotion from Thursday through Saturday, anyone who visits the Cafe at the Vista and shouts “Road House rocks!” gets a free cuppa joe. How badly do you want that cup of coffee?

  • $10. 12am. Vista Theatre, 4473 Sunset Drive, Los Angeles (map).

Saturday, December 1

Ang Lee Q&A and Sexy Double Feature at ArcLight Sherman Oaks
Prepare for an afternoon of seat squirming at this lustful double feature of Ang Lee’s NC17-rated Lust, Caution and Bernardo Bertolucci’s Last Tango in Paris, a film rated X upon its initial release. Director Lee will be in the house for a Q&A on “Sexuality in Cinema” as a special event for AFI at ArcLight.

  • 12pm. ArcLight Sherman Oaks, 15301 Ventura Boulevard, Sherman Oaks (map).

Holiday Cooking Class at Border Grill Santa Monica
Want to spice up your holiday meals? Sign up for Border Grill’s demonstration-style cooking class where the “Too Hot Tamales” Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger will teach you how to make festive cocktails, appetizers, and more. Mmm, spicy sangrias, cotija cheese and yam quesadillas and chocolate Kahlua bread puddiing. Students will also enjoy a multi-course lunch and cocktails and get to take home a recipe booklet. Make your reservations asap before the classes fill.

  • $75. 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm. Border Grill, 1445 4th Street, Santa Monica (map). (310) 451-1655.

Create:Fixate Six-Year Anniversary: Reunion
For its 6th anniversary, the artsy fartsy party Create:Fixate will celebrate in an even posher downtown location. With over 60 artists in the house, including live painting and performances, there will be lots to see. To do, you’ve got music by KCRW djs to dance to and fashion and jewelry shopping.

  • $15. 7pm-2am. Gallery preview ($5) 4pm-7pm. 613 Imperial Street, Los Angeles (map).

Flip Cup Tournament at El Guapo
That previous event too high brow for you? I’ve got just the thing: a flip cup tournament at El Guapo. You can either enter to drink lots of beer and try for your chance at the trophy or spectate this frat-reminiscent sport.

  • $40 to register, free to watch. El Guapo Mexican Cantina, 7250 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles (map). (323) 297-0471.