The Weekend Go Go: Beerathon Lives!, Brewery Art Walk, and Mark Twain in a Cemetery

Necessity is the mother of beervention. (Courtesy of Los Angeles Beerathon.)

Go Go’er’s, this weekend is all about art and the outdoors.

Also, beer and the outdoors.

In other words, a weekend that’s win/win/win….

Mark Twain is in Hollywood Forever

You’ll want to break out those tucked-away-in-the-closet Snuggies (a.k.a. “the blanket that has sleeves!”) or at least don  your best fleece in order to get a glimpse of Mark Twain at Hollywood Forever cemetery this weekend.

Ms. Go Go is not talking seances but Citizen Twain: Val Kilmer’s one man show of Samuel Langhorne Clemens and his even-more-famous nom de plume. Actually, Kilmer’s limited, eight-show-run will take place in the 1927 Masonic Lodge on the grounds of the cemetery so you’ll just have to walk through the shivery cemetery rather than watch the perf perched on Dee Dee Ramone’s head stone.

Not that you wouldn’t….

Never the Twain shall meet....

The show, in which triple-threat Kilmer serves as writer, actor, and director, explores Twain’s relationship with another Gilded Age celebrity: Christian Science founder Mary Baker Eddy.  In addition to the four “workshop performances” this weekend, there will be four more  shows on Easter/Passover weekend.

Your “How to give the out-of-towners an only-in-Hollywood experience” problem?  Solved.

There will be a Q&A with Kilmer after the show and all ages are welcome….

…just in case your wee ones have an affinity for graveyards at night.

CITIZEN TWAINFri, March 30 – Sun, April 8th @ 8pm; also, Sun matinees on April 1 & 8 @ 3pm; $40-$60/all ages – Masonic Lodge (2nd floor) at Hollywood Forever, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd, LA 90038;   For more info, send email to  Free parking on site.

NOTE: The historic Masonic Lodge has NO elevator.

Head on over to Brewery Art Walk - Spring 2012 ("Untitled" by CJ Kang)

Art in a Brewery

Here’s how to get the most bang for your art buck: the twice-a-year, downtown L.A.-adjacent Brewery Art Walk, which is taking place Saturday, March 31st and Sunday, April 1st.

Actually, — April Fool! — it’s FREE so even more bang for no buck.

No joke.

What you’ll find:

Over 100 resident artists in their studios

Every possible kind of art including but not limited to performance/installation, video/multimedia, fashion/costume/jewelry, architecture/interior/landscape.

A 19th century former Pabst Blue Ribbon brewery

Lots of stairs.

What you won’t find: boring art, stuffy people, a bland space, ubiquitous cheese cubes.

Which is good because your personal fun credo eschews ubiquitous cheese cubes.

BREWERY ART WALK – SPRING 2012Sat, March 31st & Sun, April 1st; 11am – 6pm; all ages/FREEThe Brewery, 2100 No. Main St, LA 90031, for info/directions:

Drink for your right to drink!

Beer not in a Brewery

The Los Angeles Beerathon has been canceled…kind of.

Go Go’ers, this is not an April Fool’s joke.

Or if it is, the joke’s on Ms. Go Go and many, many, fun-seeking, beer-loving Angelenos.

The idea behind the inaugural Beerathon was  simple, yet brilliant: participants paid $55 to crawl through 26 different Downtown bars to try 26 unique beers over a course of 13 hours with a portion going to various charities.

A no-brainer, right?

The event has run successfully for years  in New York but because of a dispute with the  California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, the producers have to withdraw from the event.

This is bad news for the organizers who will refund tix and lose money on the event and also for the charities who would have benefited but there is a silver lining…for beer drinkers, at least.  All 26 pubs that were participating in the Beerathon will still be open at the promised time and will offer the promised beer and food specials as well as entertainment.  You just have to pay the bar directly.

Good thing you’ve been practicing.

LOS ANGELES BEERATHONStarts Sat, March 31st @ noon – ends Sun, April 1st @ 1AM/21+

For info/map:

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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