Have A Socialite’s Night: It’s Vegas In LA

Los Angeles:

Witness Vegas’ corruption of LA this weekend at the “Vegas in LA” event at the Santa Monica Airport on Saturday night. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will benefit the Step Up Women’s Network so don’t feel too bad if you lose your shirt – it was all for a good cause. [Link]

The second official “Battlestar Gallactica” Convention will also be held at the Burbank Airport Hilton this weekend. The event seems to be overflowing with appearances by cast members and all sorts of contests, so if you can pry yourself away from the Emmy’s (or the SciFi channel), it might be somewhat interesting to attend. [Link]

Rosanna Arquette hosts the Re-Boot and Rock the Beach clean-up party Sunday afternoon in Venice Beach. Need more incentive? How about prizes for the first 500 volunteers and music by Jurassic 5. [Link]

The New York City and Chicago events are after the jump.

New York:

Meet Tennis legends Billie Jean King, Chris Evert and Mandy Moore’s ex Andy Roddick Friday at Grand Central Terminal. The event, which begins first thing in the morning, should give unsuspecting commuters and hardcore fans a chance to celebrate the start of the U.S. Open and rub elbows with some tennis greats. [Link]

Jamaican Bobsledder and three-time Olympian Devon Harris will be signing copies of his memoir, “Yes, I Can” at Bluestockings Bookstore Sunday afternoon. You might not want to bring your copies of “Cool Runnings” on DVD, but it should be a good chance to find out what the journey to the Olympics (sans Disney) was really all about. [Link]


“Mingle, Quench, Laugh” on the last Friday of every month at The Freedom Museum. The two-hour event is jam-packed with incentive: open bar, a catered meal, and performances by various local music and comedy groups. [Link]

Take dance lessons from international tango sensations at The International Chicago Tango Festival is this weekend. Workshops include classes for beginners and pricey all-inclusive (meals included) packages are available for both singles and couples. [Link]

A far cry from the average college dining experience, The Chefs Under 30 dinner might just be one of the smartest benefits around. Held Sunday at Kendall College, the event menu includes everything from Guinness Ice Cream to Duck Shepard’s pie. [Link]

Written by E.K. Jones