The Weekend (and Hump Day) Go Go: Lit Crawl L.A., Bon Appetit Grub Crawl, Burlesque & Bible Ladies, Sriracha!

Crawl for books
Culture crawl, y’all.

This week is all about getting lit and getting fed.

Wednesday is your Hump Day gateway to weekend fun, which includes two food fests so you don’t have to rely on spaghetti brains and peeled grape eyeballs at your fiendish pals’ Halloween hoo haws.

Sunday morning, it’s street saints and scintillating sinners.

Go Go’ers, the latter is not a comment on your masked revelry’s Morning After.

But if the costume fits….

The Lollapalooza of Literature

Go Go’ers, get ready for a glorious evening with L.A.’s best word slingers at Wednesday’s inaugural Lit Crawl L.A.: NoHo: three hours of free poetry,  prose, plays, literary panels and a pop-up bookstore capped with a ticketed “SPEAK EASY” After Party.

The downside?  You’ll want to clone yourself.

Check out the rock stars of L.A.’s poetry scene from Red Hen Press’s “Not the Lakers” Dream Team of poets (including the dynamic Brendan Constantine); curator/coordinator Jessica Ceballos’ eclectic, inventive Avenue 50’s Poesia Para La Gente: Poetry From the People; and the award-winning Get Lit – Words Ignite (featuring teen poets).

Not sure what words you’re in the mood for?  The evening’s literary grab bags include: Dirty Laundry Lit and The Rumpus: Show Me How! featuring writers such as Susan Orleans and Jillian Lauren; Lit Crawl co-organizer Conrad Romo’s long-running Tongue and Groove: Literary Variety Hour and the Los Angeles Review of Books YA‘s transmedia reading A Book and A Movie in which YA authors pair readings with their favorite film clip.

Ms. Go Go wonders if Carrie will make the cut….

Want to combine authors with alcohol?  (Rhetorical question.)  Head to the Black Clock: Cocktail Hour at Skinny’s Lounge for readings by authors including Janet Fitch and Matthew Specktor.  Dine and drink at the Bow and Truss during In Conversation: Mike Sager and Jeffrey Lewis. Or settle in at The Federal Bar for Lit Crawl co-organizer/Spoken Word artist Sally Shore’s New Short Fiction Series: The Sounds of Science, which includes Hal Ackerman and Deirdre Gainor.

Yep, that’s the way to get lit.

Other highlights include: LA Playwrights Collective: View 10 New Plays in 1 Hour; The Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society: Hugo Award Nominated SciFi, The LA Word: Queer Memoirs About Life in Los Angeles, and the Pop-Up Bookstore, Blastoff Comics.

Continue to celebrate the spoken word with the SPEAK EASY After Party at the Hesby; your $15 ticket raises funds for Lit Crawl LA and gets you free booze, food, entertainment, and a chance to win a year’s free lease at The Hesby’s penthouse apartment.

Thanks to the poets, you too could be livin’ large.

LIT CRAWL LA: NOHOWed, Oct 23; Lit Crawl 6-9 pm/FREE.  After Party 9-11pm/$15For more info, schedules, list of venues and After Party tix, go to 

Got grub?
Got grub?

Great Grub, Great Day

This Saturday, Venice is the venue of choice for the second, annual Bon Appetit Grub Crawl.  The venerable food mag continues its multi-city stroll and sup on Abbot Kinney: the Westside’s fave food mecca.

Go Go’ers, the weather will be fantastic and so will the food.

Fittingly, the seaside-adjacent crawl kicks off at Salt Air, the pescatarian-centric resto from Carol Ann Emquies and David Reiss (A-Frame, Littlefork).  Next, you’ll head to The Brig, Venice’s venerable watering hole for retro/classic cocktails.  You’ll want to put aside your preconceptions at 3 Square Cafe + Bakery where you’ll sit down with a signature brew and their even more signature “burger in a bottle”.

C’mon, you know you want to.

Enjoy perfect oysters, pizza and beer at European-inspired market cafe Local 1205 then settle in to your final stop at Chef Jesse Barber’s Barnyard: famous for tapas and small-production wines and beers in a lovely, rustic setting.

The Brig’s motto is “Every Time is a Good Time”.  Go Go’ers, it’s also the perfect motto for a perfect day.

BON APPETIT GRUB CRAWLSat, Oct 26, noon – 5pm; $149 ($119.20 if purchased with MasterCard); 21+Grub Crawl kicks off at: Salt Air, 1616 Abbot Kinney Blvd, LA 90291 (Note: Night Crawl is Sold Out.)  

Spice up your Sunday morning.
Doing Sunday morning right.

Worship at the Altar of Tassels

Saturday night is bound to be rough with all those sexy devils, demented clowns, and bobbing for skulls in wicked strong punch.

The perfect way to recover from the previous night’s excesses?  How about strong French coffee and a little oo-la-la?

Join writer and award-winning filmmaker Leslie Zemeckis as she talks about– and shows photos from — the brand-new book version of her critically acclaimed documentary Behind the Burly Q: a history of burlesque’s strippers, comedians, variety acts, and “tit singers” like Alan Alda’s father Robert.

If only you’d known about tit singers before assembling your H’ween costume.

Behind the Burly Q is only half of Sunday’s Los Angeles Visionary Association (LAVA) Salon: brainchild of the Esotouric bus tour company.  In addition to Zemeckis’s glitz and g-strings, Biola University’s Professor Paul Rood will present “Bible Women” and Urban Gospel Welfare Work in Los Angeles, 1890-1925 about the colorful and determined women who ministered in both word and deed to the unfortunate in L.A.’s worst neighborhoods.

LAVA Salon takes place upstairs on the mezzanine of the historic, former Schaber’s Cafeteria: now home to Les Noces du Figaro bistro.  Be sure to get to the Salon early to order yummy French fare to bring upstairs

Because there’s nothing quite like pancakes and pasties to kick off your Sunday.

LAVA’S 29TH SALONSun, Oct 27, noon – 2 pm; FREELes Noces du Figaro, 618 So Broadway, DTLA 90014, 213.915.8687 (NOTE: the Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon will head through DTLA Sunday morning; for LAVA’s suggestions on best routes (and other Salon info), go to:

Sunday gets hot, hot, hot.
So much Sriracha

Riding the Tiger Rooster

Want to atone for Saturday night’s sins or scorch out the cobwebs from your multiple Zombies? Head Downtown to the first L.A. Sriracha Festival.

Presented by Josh Lurie of Food GPS and Randy Clemens, author of The Sriracha Cookbook, the fest reflects the latter’s interest in the hot chili sauce as an ingredient as well as a condiment, even in desserts.

Visionary or nutso?  On Sunday, you be the judge.

Chefs boldly going where no chef has gone before include: Wesley Avila of Guerrilla Tacos, Nadav Bashan of Bashan, Neal Fraser of BLD, Gabe Gordon of Beachwood BBQ & Brewing, Eric Greenspan of the Foundry on Melrose, Tai Kim of Scoops, Edras Ochoa and Javier Fregoso of Mexicali Taco & Co., Christian Page from Short Order, Tui Sungkamee and Jazz Singsanong of Jitlada, Chloe Tran and John Vu Cao of East Borough and Ernesto Uchimura of Plan Check Kitchen + Bar.

Parched at the thought of so much sriracha?

Never fear: the fest offers plenty of local craft beers, cocktails and sodas to cool you down.  In addition to all-inclusive food and drinks, VIP tickets are available and include early entry, reserved seating and a copy of Clemens’ The Veggie Lover’s Sriracha Cookbook.  A portion of the proceeds benefits Food Forward.

Go Go’ers, the forecast for Sunday is hot, hot, hot.

THE L.A. SRIRACHA FESTIVALSun, Oct 27, 3 – 6 pm; $49 – $90; 21+ —  LOT 613, 613 Imperial St., Los Angeles

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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