We've had the Swan Lake theme song in our heads the entire time we’ve been writing today’s Weekender. You’ll have to read through to find out why, but in the meantime we’ve got Azealia Banks playing on repeat in a seemingly futile attempt to cleanse our mental palate lest we end up driven mad this morning à la Natalie in Black Swan. And now, onto (slightly) less inane things...
We know you’ve been constantly asking yourself just how to get in touch with the psychic from The Bad Girl’s Club.’ Look no further than the Angeleno Hotel this Friday night -- “celebrity” psychic Jusstine Kenzer will do her thing at 7 p.m., followed by a performance by jazz vocalist Claude Hall. Afterward, grab dinner at Alma, Venice’s newest pop-up restaurant.
Start your Saturday off with a Stand Up 2 Cancer Walk-a-Thon honoring the late film producer Laura Ziskin at 9 a.m. C’mon, we’re not even asking you to break a sweat on this one! Afterward, swing by a free museum or two (thanks, B of A, you evil empire, you!) or skip straight to brunch at The Waffle. After you’ve made yourself sick on Red Velvet Waffles, pop over to the W Hollywood to partake in the Simply Stylist event. Tix to shop this event are $20, or you can get $25 off a pricier package using code RACKEDLA25. Then, hightail it over to Beverly Hills to score a free glass of prosecco at Culina in the Four Seasons Hotel. Stick around BH after to get 50% off drinks at venues like Sidebar or Erbe Matte via Yelp.
If you’re a Hunger Games fanatic, your next steps should be towards the Century City Mall at 6:15 p.m. to meet stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth (YUM.) Then, hike it downtown to take advantage of $3 drinks and a 3-course prix fixe dinner for $33 at Chaya in honor of their anniversary. Afterward, hit up the Derby Dolls match and, once you’ve worked up your appetite again watching all of that physical exertion, stop into the much-buzzed-about UMAMIcatessen for a late-night bite (open until 2 a.m.).
Sleep in, then partake in a new special brunch deal at The Yard in Santa Monica -- bottomless mimosas are $15. Afterward, swing over to UCLA’s Royce Hall for a 2 p.m. performance of Swan Lake (ugh, there’s the song again!) by the Los Angeles Ballet. Later, be the first of your friends to check out Main Street newbie Brick + Mortar for some (more) drinks and Sunday-night-comfort-nosh like seafood stew, pizza, burgers, and steak.