The Weekend Go Go: So Much Beer,Laff Riot, Donut-a-thon, and John Lennon’s Typewriter

Way more than two stars for L.A. Beer Week!

You wouldn’t know it from the weather but the end of summer is nigh.

How to tell?

There are enough upcoming food and  drink events to sustain a platoon of party-hearty squirrels.  (Winter. Coming.   Must. Eat. Food.)

Don’t worry, Go Go’ers:  there’s a whole lot more here than nuts.

Beer Wonderful Beer

Here’s your take on numbers:  in terms of fun, three isn’t necessarily a crowd, it’s not always cheaper by the dozen, and when it comes to beer, eleven is your lucky number.

Lucky, that is, during L.A. Beer Weekwhich is not a standard seven but an exciting eleven days of beer and (usually) food events around Los Angeles starting this Thursday, September 20th.

Note to self: ask for more vacation days, stat.

Weekend-and-before highlights include: the pre-opening of Stone Brewing Company’s Pasadena brick ‘n mortar,  Dogfish Head’s Invasion of Little Tokyo via Far Bar (nonstop Godzilla flix, hai ya!), a five-course dinner of Poutines and Schneider-Weisse beers at P’tit Soleil in Westwood,  and the Better Weather Festival: Golden Road Brewing’s one year anniversary at their newly expanded digs in Atwater Village. There’s a big end-of-week festival at Union Station on the 30th (more on that next week) plus approximately a gazillion more events.

Note to self: an eleven-day “family leave”…also an option.

L.A. BEER WEEKThurs, Sept 20 -Sun, Sept 30; 21+.  Full schedule of events + buy tickets.

Tears of Laughter/No Tear Gas

There’s A Riot Goin’ On

If laughter is the best medicine, then this weekend’s  Riot L.A.: Alternative Comedy Festival is the Dr. Feelgood of yuk fests.

Over 100 comedians, including Patton Oswalt, Maria Bamford, Paul F. Tompkins and Eddie Pepitone — subject of Steven Feinartz’s documentary The Bitter Buddha, screening at Riot — will be performing in  30 shows during the two day/three night DTLA fest/block party on Main Street.

A block party is so convenient if you’re punch drunk from laughter and can’t walk a straight  line.

Riot L.A. Executive Producer/Creator Abbey Londer, who’s produced hundreds of comedy shows with comics from Late NightHBO and Comedy Central alone, felt L.A.’s alt comedy scene needed more exposure and Kickstarted Riot L.A.; sponsors, including KCRW and IFC, have since come on board.  In addition to lots and lots of stand-up, including a free open mic for the alt-comedians of tomorrow, shows include KCRW’s Storytime for Grown-Ups, a Moth StorySlam, and the Channel 101 Experience, co-created by Dan Harmon (Community) and Rob Schrab (The Sarah Silverman Program), in which the audience “green-lights” five-minute comedy pilots.

Punch drunk on laughs and power?  You’ve never felt better.

RIOT L.A.: ALTERNATIVE COMEDY FESTIVAL — Fri, Sept 21st, 8 p.m.-midnight; Sat, Sept 22nd,  2-11 p.m.; Sun, Sept 23rd, 2-10:15 p.m./Tix: $110 VIP pass (all shows and KCRW benefit); $60 general festival pass; $5-25 individual show tickets; Free open mic — The Downtown Independent, the Smell, Five Stars Bar, and the New Jalisco Bar: all on Main Street, between 2nd and 3rd streets, DTLA.  Information: http://www.riotla.com

24 hour Donut-a-thon

More Clock-Watching + Donuts for Free

Regrets.  You’ve had a few.

But if your “coulda, shoulda” list includes missing the free, 24-hour screening of artist Christian Marclay’s The Clock at LACMA in March (despite Ms. Go Go’s helpful alert), you’ll get a second chance to mark time this weekend from Saturday noon to Sunday noon.

It’s said that “A watched clock doesn’t tell time.”  Not so with Marclay’s masterpiece of edited bits  which is sync’ed to the viewer’s local time.

So basically, The Clock is a movie you can set your watch by.

Of course you’ll need sustenance for your moment-to-moment marathon.  Luckily, there will also be a redux of Around the Clock: 24 Hour Donut City: ForYourArt‘s 24-hour gustatory companion piece to Marclay’s movie and a doughy love letter to the city of L.A., which debuted donut drive-throughs. This time around, ForYourArt asked LACMA employees to share their fave, deep-fried treats; along with coffee, the across-the-street art org  will introduce a new donut every two hours over the course of the film.

Among the yummy staff picks chosen  by Top Chef judge Krista Simmons:  Stephen St. Laurent’s Chocolate Glazed Old Fashioned from Tang’s Donuts,  Miranda Carroll’s Green Tea Donut from Café Dulcé, and Franklin Sirmans’s Traditional New Orleans Beignets from The Gumbo Pot.


CHRISTIAN MARCLAY’S “THE CLOCK” — Sat, Sept 22 @ noon to Sun, Sept 23 @ noon; FREE/May not be appropriate for all ages – Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd, LA 90036;  323.857.6000

AROUND THE CLOCK: 24 HOUR DONUT CITY – Sat, Sept 22 @ noon to Sun, Sept 23 @ noon; FREE — ForYourArt, 6020 Wilshire Blvd, LA 90036

Louise Marler Loves Typewriters


It would take a major intervention to separate Ms. Go Go from her laptop but as anyone who’s ever used an actual typewriter knows, it’s a  visceral experience like no other.

Suddenly, the phrase “banged something out on the typewriter” makes sense.

Artist L.A. Marler made her dad sad when she eschewed the family typewriter business started by her grandpa for a life as an artist and designer but celebrates both her family and old school technology with TypoWriters: her colored and captioned photos of vintage writing machines.

This Sunday, Marler and her machines will be at Beyond Baroque where you’re invited to “Unplug and Reconnect” at the Venice Type In.  You can type for free on plain old manual typewriters, request a  typewritten personal poem, watch films and look at art about typewriters, or, for a $100 donation, type on typewriters once owned by John Lennon, Ray Bradbury, and Orson Welles.

Typing Helter Skelter backwards?  Not really in the spirit of the event.

VENICE TYPE-INSun, Sept 23, 1-5pm; FREE-$100; all agesBeyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd, Venice, 90291,

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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