This Weekend: Diva Costume Sale, Ghostbusters Cemetery Screening, Oompah & Brews

— by Caroline on Crack

I’m still in NYC but was thinking about you guys and your weekend plans. I’ve got some ideas. BTW, I’ll be back in LA in time for Taste of Abbot Kinney. You going?

Thursday, October 8

826LA’s Young Hollywood Party 2009
Fete it up with industry folk, tastemakers and celebs at the 7th Annual Young Hollywood Party which will benefit 826LA. There will be an open bar from 8 to 10pm featuring sponsors Jett Vodka and Bud Light and one of the sponsors is Famous Cupcakes. BTW, for every ticket sold, a notebook will be donated to a student involved in 826LA programs. Yay!

  • 8pm-2am. $65 general, $135 VIP. Playhouse, 6506 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood (map).

Saturday, October 10

LA Opera Halloween Costume Sale
Forget those lame Leg Avenue costumes this Halloween. You always end up running into someone else in the same exact outfit. Embarrassing. But if you shop the LA Opera Costume Sale, you’ll for sure be an original. For the first time, LA Opera’s costume shop is making over 2,500 gowns, hats, gloves, shoes, capes, coats, bodices, and complete ensembles available to the public. Prices range from $20-$250 and have been featured in La Traviata, Carmen, Don Giovanni, The Fly, and more. Divalicious!

  • 10am-6pm. LA Opera Costume Shop, 330 S. Alameda Street, Los Angeles (map).

Halloween Swap-O-Rama-Rama
I’ve gone to one of these swap-o-ramas before and they are so much fun! It features sewing and silk screening stations so you can customize your finds. Also a great way to clean out your closet while refilling it again with new used stuff! Take home as much clothing as you can carry. Admission is $5 with a bag of your unwanted clothes/Halloween costumes, $10 without clothes donation. Remainders go to Out of the Closet.

  • 12-5pm. Venice Center for Peace and Justice, 2210 Lincoln Boulevard, Venice (map). (310) 391-2314.

LA Oktoberfest
Who here loves beer? Pull on your Lederhosen and head to the LA Oktoberfest downtown where you can sample traditional German food and booze all day. This boozy fest features beer maidens serving Bavarian brews; Bavarian bands playing lively tunes and leading sing-along’s of old time drinking songs. The general admission tix are sold out but they just released 100 more $100 VIP tickets which allows you early entry, eating and drinking all day and you get a 1-liter boot from which to drink.

  • 1-6pm (12pm VIP entry). $100 VIP. LA Mart, 1933 S. Broadway, Los Angeles (map).

Sunday, October 11

Ghostbusters Screening at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Already miss those cemetery screenings this past summer? Fortunately you can catch funny/scary movie Ghostbusters at Hollywood Forever this Sunday. Can you believe it’s celebrating its 25th anniversary? This special event is in answer to the dangerously low levels of supplies at LA food banks so admission is five cans of food. Enjoy a favorite LA pastime while supporting a good cause. BTW, here are the do’s and don’ts of cemetery screenings for the uninitiated.

  • Gates open at 6, movie starts 7:30pm. Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles (map).

Savor the Season
This food and wine extravaganza is one of the top food fests in Southern California and this year features the most buzzed-about chefs like Gloria Felix from Reservoir and Stefan Richter of Stefan’s at L.A. Farm. VIPs get to imbibe with Beer Chick Christina Perozzi and sample treats from the Saltistry ladies. Proceeds from the event benefit Break the Cycle, a nonprofit that works to end domestic violence among teens.

  • 6-9pm. $100 general admission, $250 VIP. Lot Studios, 1041 N. Formosa Avenue, West Hollywood (map).