weekend guides ( things to do for the weekend )

  1. The Weekend Guide LA
    Sometimes you feel like a nut (movie marathon, rock show, perfume extravaganza). Sometimes you don’t (fashion week redux, home-cooked meal).
    Maurice’s Snack ’N Chat to Go
    What: Sunday dinner means baked chicken, cornbread dressing, candied yams, string beans, homemade rolls, and apple pie for $9.95.
    Why: Just like grandma used to make (in your soul food dreams).
    When: Sun., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
    Where: 5068 W. Pico Blvd., b/t Sycamore Ave. & Redondo Blvd., Mid City (323-931-3879).
    L.A. Fashion Week Highlights
    What: Two-minute clips showing the best parts of all the designer shows at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios.
    Why: No invite, no problem.
    When: You’ve got 30 days to check them out.
    Where: Online at msnvideo.com.
    Scent Bar Trunk Show
    What: Out with the old and in with brand new and exclusive fragrances just for you.
    Why: Smells like spring spirit.
    When: Fri.-Sat., noon-7 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m.
    Where: 8327 Beverly Blvd., at Flores St., West Hollywood (323-782-8300).
    Silver Lake Film Festival
    What: Nine days of new films, music, art, and parties in Silver Lake and beyond.
    Why: Say you saw it when.
    When: Mar. 23-31.
    Where: See silverlakefilmfestival.org for various events and locations.
    Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
    What: Five-piece East Coast indie rock-and-roll band having big-time fun.
    Why: They don’t have to tell us twice.
    When: Thurs. Doors open at 8 p.m.
    Where: The El Rey Theatre, 5515 Wilshire Blvd., b/t Dunsmuir & Burnside Aves., Miracle Mile (323-936-6400). Tickets at craigslist.org.
  2. NYC
    The Beauty Academy of Kabul
    What: NYC film sheds light on a bizarre and amusing cultural exchange between US beauticians (in Afghanistan) and their hair-styling students.
    Why: The Post-Taliban Beauty Without Borders.
    When: Opens this weekend; Q&A with the filmmaker after the 7 p.m. show on Fri. & Sat.
    Where: Angelika Film Center, 18 W. Houston St., at Mercer St. (212-995-2000).
    Night Hotel
    What: Charge cocktails to the corporate card then spend the night at Vikram’s latest fantasyland, which officially opens in early April.
    Why: Go for the nightcap. Stay for the Gothic chariot beds.
    When: When the moon rises.
    Where: 132 W. 45th St., b/t Sixth & Seventh Aves. (212-835-9600).
    Shake Shack Reopens for Spring
    What: You know their burgers, all right. But did you know it reopened this week?
    Why: Cheese fries, thick shakes, and dogs that win best in show.
    When: Daily, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
    Where: Madison Square Park., at 23rd St.
    Elie Tahari and Luca Luca Sample Sales
    What: Cropped jackets, chiffon tops, raincoats, and trenches on the (relative) cheap at Elie Tahari; evening pieces, dresses, separates, and shoes are 75 percent off retail at Luca Luca.
    Why: These last winter winds make for a great day to sale.
    When: Elie Tahari, Thurs. & Fri., 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Luca Luca, Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
    Where: Elie Tahari, 520 Fifth Ave., 2nd flr., b/t 43rd & 44th Sts. (212-398-2622); Luca Luca, 23 E. 62nd St., 4th flr., b/t Madison & Fifth Aves. (212-755-2444). R.S.V.P. to pr@lucaluca.com.
    Hable Construction Moving Sale
    What: Before they head to their new West Village location, they’re selling throw pillows, holiday accessories, antiques, fixtures, and fabrics by the yard at 30-80 percent off.
    Why: Learn the story of Cain and Hable for yourself.
    When: Today-Apr. 10. Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., noon-6 p.m.
    Where: 230 Elizabeth St., b/t Houston & Prince Sts. (212-343-8555).
  3. San Fran

    French Antiques Sale
    What: Score pieces from the city’s fancy-pants furniture stores at below wholesale prices.
    Why: Something old, something new.
    When: Sat., 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Where: 2727 Pacific Ave., at Divisadero St. (415-601-4551). Call ahead if it rains.
    Borrelli Trunk Show
    What: Gents get outfitted for spring in ready-to-wear and custom clothing in the Italian designer’s new fabrics.
    Why: No junk in this trunk.
    When: Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
    Where: Borrelli Boutique, 80 Geary St., b/t Grant Ave. & Kearny St. (415-274-2588).
    Peggy Post’s Wedding Etiquette Event
    What: Emily Post’s great-granddaughter-in-law (and expert in her own right) answers big-day questions at a champagne reception.
    Why: Go Post-al.
    When: Thurs., 6-8 p.m.
    Where: The Crown Room at The Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason St., b/t Sacramento & California Sts. (415-314-0221). Tickets at acteva.com.
    Louis/Dressner Wine Tasting
    What: Sip on French artisan organic/biodynamic wines and nibble on Hog Island oysters and Slanted Door apps.
    Why: You’ll have more than just Paris.
    When: Sat., 1-4 p.m.
    Where: K&L Wine Merchants, 638 4th St., b/t Townsend & Brannan Sts. (415-896-1734). Tickets at 877-559-4637 or online at klwines.com.
    The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things
    What: The film adaptation of JT LeRoy’s controversial novel about an unstable mother who drags her son along in her reckless life.
    Why: Have a heart.
    When: Fri.-Mar. 30.
    Where: The Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., at Market St. (415-621-6120).

    Southport Blues
    What: Jeans are 25 percent off at Denim Days at Red Head Boutique. At Krista K’s Denim Swap, it’s 20 percent off for every old pair you donate.
    Why: You need some skinny ones.
    When: Red Head, Fri., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m.; Krista K, Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m. Thru Mar. 31.
    Where: Red Head, 3450 N. Southport Ave., at Newport Ave. (773-325-9898); Krista K, 3458 N. Southport Ave., at Cornelia Ave. (773-248-1967).

    Free Tarot Readings
    What: Shop for spring, then sit with Madame Lena.
    Why: We see pouf skirts in your future.
    When: Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Where: Jane Hamill, 1117 W. Armitage Ave., b/t Seminary & Clifton Aves. (773-665-1102).
    Over Easy Cafe
    What: Ravenswood’s new breakfast/lunch spot does wonders with eggs.
    Why: You’ll love it, or the yolk’s on us.
    When: Tues.-Sun., 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Where: 4943 N. Damen Ave., at Argyle St. (773-506-2605).
    The Sweetest Swing in Baseball
    What: An artist pretends to be a baseball star in Rebecca Gilman’s com-dram.
    Why: They hit it outta the park.
    When: Thurs.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m. Thru Apr. 23.
    Where: Eclipse Theatre Company at Victory Gardens Theater, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., b/t Belden & Webster Aves. (773-871-3000).
    Flood Sale
    What: P.E.G.’s rain-soaked shoes (Alife, New Balance, and JB Classics) are up to 75 percent off. Designs that stayed high-and-dry (Kangol, Kim White, and Lacoste) are up to 50 percent off.
    Why: Still waters run deep.
    When: Fri., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m.
    Where: Passport Exhibit Gallery, 3112 Swiss Ave., East Dallas (214-443-5190).
    Moving Sale
    What: Prashe’s Indian-inspired summer apparel and accessories are all marked less than $50.
    Why: Sari seems to be the hardest word.
    When: Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., by appointment only (groups of six or more shoppers). Thru Apr. 7.
    Where: Prashe Showroom, 3210 Skylane Dr., Carrollton (972-735-9500).
    Symphony League of Fort Worth Garage Sale
    What: It’s the annual sale of designer clothing, jewelry, and furniture to benefit the Forth Worth Symphony Orchestra Association’s Children’s Education Program.
    Why: Music to your ears.
    When: Fri., 4-8 p.m. ($5 admission); Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (free).
    Where: 6242b Hulen Bend Blvd., Fort Worth.
    Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader Tryouts
    What: Tomorrow’s the last day to get in your entry to audition for the world-famous squad.
    Why: Um. One giant leap for womankind?
    When: Fri. by 5 p.m.
    Where: Send your ap to Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Auditions, 1 Cowboys Pkwy., Irving.
    Decorator-for-a-Day Workshop
    What: Learn to transform your home DIY style.
    Why: Knickknacks don’t make good neighbors.
    When: Fri., 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Where: Meet at Decorating Alternatives, 1800 N. Glenville Dr., ste. 120, Richardson (972-540-6492). Registration required

    All About Eve
    What: Catch Eve Ensler’s new one-woman show, The Good Body, then meet her at a dessert reception which benefits The Young Friends of the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts.
    Why: A little sex ed never hurt anyone.
    When: Tonight. Play, 8 p.m.; reception, 9:30 p.m.
    Where: Play, The Majestic, 219 Tremont St. Tickets at telecharge.com. Reception, Governor’s Room at The Four Seasons Hotel, 200 Boylston St. Tickets at the door; first come, first served. For more information, call 617-616-1647.
    The Kids Fund Dine-Out
    What: Bring a printout of this flyer to your fave South End restaurant, and they’ll donate 10 percent of your tab to The Kids Fund to help children in need at the Boston Medical Center.
    Why: Make sure the kids are all right.
    When: Dinner tonight.
    Where: Any number of South End restaurants, from Union to Perdix. Details at 617-414-3651 or online at bmc.org.
    What: Swing by the bar to sample a swig of the newest answer to sake.
    Why: The sipping news.
    When: Whenever the craving arises.
    Where: Great Bay, 500 Commonwealth Ave. (617-532-5300).
    Wedding Bands
    What: A gargantuan selection of rings (and guy-friendly prizes and desserts) for one weekend only.
    Why: Have your cake and wedding bands, too.
    When: Fri., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m.
    Where: Long’s Jewelers, 60a South Ave., Burlington (877-845-6647 ext. 1804).
    Gail Schneider Shirts
    What: Adorable lace-insert tee designs benefit the American Heart Association.
    Why: It’s tee time.
    When: Thru May.
    Where: To order, e-mail gschnder@rcn.com or call 617-763-7405.
  7. Hmmm... That's neat! The Daily Candy has a similar system, it has some great ideas. I wish there was something as neat as that for Paris.