This Weekend: Meet Betsey, Fast Times at Devil's Drive-In, Cheap Gourmet Food

— by Caroline on Crack

In case you don’t care about the end of Barneys Warehouse this Sunday or the Sunset Junction brought to you by The Man, here are a bunch of other things going on this weekend.

Friday, August 21

Buy Tickets to Girls Only Cooking Class: Truffles and Toffee
Grab a bunch of your girlfriends and head to this nommy-sounding event. Confection expert Clemence Gosset will instruct students on how to make their own bittersweet chocolate truffles, English butter toffees, almond toffees and Valrhona cocoa powder pralined hazelnuts. Normally it costs $75 but was just added to Goldstar so you can now secure your spot in class for $39 instead, the same exclusive price for Taste and Vintage members!

Saturday, August 22

25th Annual Jet to Jetty 5K and 10K
Start your morning running along the beach on a fast flat course through city streets. That’s what I’m doing! I can’t believe this little race has been going on for a quarter of a century. Anyway, after the race you can celebrate at the finish line with an In-N-Out Burger meal for only $5. Race parking is only $1 until noon and you can register for the race the day of the event.

  • 8am. $30. Dockweiler State Beach, Playa Del Rey (map).

Gourmet Imports and Nicole’s Gourmet Food Open Warehouse Sale
Hey foodies, you might want to restock your kitchen at Gourmet Imports’ first-ever open warehouse sale. Here you’ll find artisan cheeses, foie gras and other specialty ingredients for wholesale prices and lower! They’ll also barbecue up some nosh so you’ll have the energy to go through this wide selection of imported goodies.

  • 10am-4pm. Gourmet Imports, 961 S. Meridian Avenue, Alhambra (map).

Downtown Film Festival’s Closing Night Gala: The Jackson 5 in Africa
Check out MJ pre-plastic surgery, pre-superstar years, when he was still cute and performing with his bros in the Jackson 5. This never-before-seen documentary headlines the Downtown Film Festival’s closing night gala and will be playing three times this night.

  • 5, 7, 9pm. $15. AT&T Center, 1150 S. Olive Street, Downtown (map).

Fast Times at Ridgemont High at Devil’s Drive-In
At the Devil’s Drive-In, catch the movie that stars Sean Penn, Mr. Serious Big Time Actor, as iconic burnout, Jeff Spicoli. I haven’t had the chance to check out this outdoor movie venue yet but heard that it’s a lot less crowded than the cemetery screenings. Plus you can bring your car, make out in it if you want (fun!) or bike/walk on over and grab a seat on the Astroturf. Plus the Angel City Derby Girls car hop, bringing over concession stand food.

  • Gates 7pm, show 8:30pm. Tickets: $10. 240 W. 4th Street, 2nd Floor, Downtown (map).

Sunday, August 23

Meet Betsey Johnson at Her Birthday Bash on Melrose
Fantabulous fashion designer Betsey Johnson is celebrating her 67th birthday! Man, I hope I’m still as energetic as her when I reach that age. But she’s throwing a bash at her Melrose store where there will be sweets, treats and a meet and greet with the designer herself!

  • 5-6pm. Betsey Johnson store, 8050 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles (map).