This Weekend: Brazilian Dance Lessons, East LA Meets Napa, Hollywood Wine Tasting

— by Caroline on Crack

Besides that awesome Radio Room contest I have going on right now, here are some cool things going on in the upcoming days. Hopefully this Christmas-in-July weather will go away SOON so we can enjoy our weekend!

Thursday, July 8

2010 Cupcake Showdown at Downtown LA Artwalk
This cupcake contest hosted by all-girl band Nylon Pink not only features 10 cupcakeries going up against each for the title of best cupcakes in LA, but 300 free mini cupcake samples, live DJ sets, a photobooth and pop-up shots by Hello Drama Jewelry. All during DTLA’s Artwalk!

  • 6-9pm. 620 S. Main Street, Downtown (map).

La Descarga’s Brazilian Night
The hot party tonight’s going to be at rum bar La Descarga. From 8 to 9pm, there will be a Cachaca master class by Gerard Schweitzer, founder of Leblon Cachaca, and Daniel Nelson, the head of education for Leblon. What follows from 9 to 10pm is a class of a different sort with the La Descarga dancers giving Brazilian Samba dance lessons! You’ll get your chance to put those new moves to use on the dance floor after and Leblon Cachaca cocktails will be available for a discounted price all night. RSVP: reservations [at]

  • 8pm. $10 cover. La Descarga, 1159 North Western Avenue, Los Angeles (map).

Friday, July 9

AltaMed’s 5th Annual East LA Meets Napa
Forget pairing wine with French food or cheese, how about keeping it real and pairing the finest of Napa vino with the spiciest and finest of our very own East LA? At this fifth annual party, set in the historic Union Station, you’ll get the opportunity to do just that. Participating restaurants include Rivera, Loteria Grill and La Parrilla Restaurant and wineries are Madrigal Vineyards, Ceja Vineyards and Renteria Wines.

  • 6-9pm. $150. Union Station, 800 N. Alameda Street, Downtown (map).

Tuesday, July 13

Vintage Enoteca Wine Tasting
Brand-new Hollywood wine bar will be featuring the wines and snacks of Alto Adige (northern Italy) for the evening. For $25 a person get tastes of Pinot Bianco: Elena Walch, ?Kastelaz,? Alto Adige, 2009; Moscato Giallo: Alois Lageder, ?Vogelmaier,? Alto Adige, 2009; Schiava: Alois Lageder, ?Romigberg,? Kalterersee Classico, Alto Adige, 2008; and Lagrein: Elena Walch, Alto Adige, 2008.

  • 7-9pm. $25. Vintage Enoteca, 7554 W Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood (map). (323) 512-5278.