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Weekend Alibi: Beaujolais Nouveau, Downtown on Ice and Star Wars at the Discovery Science Center

by The Madeleine Brand Show

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Japanese customs officers check bottles of 2011 Beaujolais Nouveau wine made in Bourgogne just after the arrival at Haneda Airport in Tokyo on Oct. 29, 2011. Beaujolais Nouveau is released at midnight the third week of November each year. JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images

Meghan McCarty brings us the lowdown on fun events happening around Southern California in her regular feature, Weekend Alibi. This week: Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrive! ... Pershing Square freezes over for Downtown on Ice and a new Star Wars exhibit opens at the Discovery Science Center.

Beaujolais Nouveau release events:

Beaujolais Passions
Where: Beverly Hills Country Club, 3084 Motor Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90064
When: Friday, Nov. 18, 7 p.m. – midnight
Admission: $50 ticket includes glass of wine, food, entertainment and souvenir glass
Buy tickets

Beaujolais Wine Festival celebration at Normandy Bakery
Where: Normandy Bakery, 6022 S. Cochran Avenue (and Jefferson Ave.) 90008
When: Saturday, Nov. 19, 6 p.m. - midnight
Admission: $40 includes wine tasting, French buffet and Edith Piaf tribute act

Or check your local wine shop for a fine selection:
Domaine L.A.
K&L Wine Merchants in Hollywood
Silverlake Wine
Wally's Wine and Spirits in Westwood.

Downtown On Ice

Where: Pershing Square, 532 S. Olive St., L.A.
When: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Mon - Thur; 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Fri - Sun; through Jan. 16, 2012
Admission: Skating session $6, skate rental $2
Website and Events

Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination

Where: Discovery Science Center, 2500 North Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92705
When: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Fri – Sat, ; 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sun – Thur; Nov. 18 - April 15
Admission: $8 at door/$6 online

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