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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.
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:
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
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
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