GTD This Weekend: Beer, Grunions, Beards

Courtesy Lord Jim via the Blogging LA Flickr pool.

It’s yet another beer-y weekend, with not one, but two, craft beer-focused events.  Also: grunions.


  • Blue Palms Brewhouse celebrates its third anniversary; expect more then 40 craft beers and cows at the party.  Literally: the brewhouse is grilling up two whole cow legs.  No, I don’t know what they’re doing with the rest of the cow.  Yes, holy cow.  $45 for drinkers (includes ten 5oz beer pours)/free for DD’s.  Noon to 8pm at Blue Palms Brewhouse, 6124 Hollywood Blvd. in Hollywood.
  • As if that weren’t enough, how about a Craft Beer Crawl?  Guided by Beer Chicks Hallie Beaune and Christine Perozzi, you’ll sample over 50 craft beers across 7 different bars and restaurants downtown.  Will you be able to tell much of a difference between the beers and bars after your 8th sample pour?  Probably not, but, two weeks from now, when you’re at a craft beer bar, and can nonchalantly ask for a fruity IPA, you’ll know where that came from.  $50.  3pm to 8pm all over downtown.
  • Between March and September every year, California grunions come to shore to spawn.  Or so they say – it’s never a guaranteed thing, but like scoping out the latest food truck, that’s half the fun.  If they do show up, people apparently like to play beachside angler, catching one or two for the grill.  Ah, the circle of life.  Even if you’re not there for the seafood, Hidden LA’s Grunion Run sounds like a grand ol’ time.  You don’t need anything other than a festive spirit.  And maybe a net.  Free, though donations are encouraged.  Meet at 9:45pm on the beach near the Adamson House in Malibu.
  • Who’s up for an all-nighter?  Cinespia hosts “Movies to Dawn”, an all-night screen-a-thon at the cemetery.  As they explain,  “We will screen rare concert footage, psychedelic animation, visual music, short docs and other ephemera of the era until the sun rises on sunday morning.”  This translates to “everyone will be on drugs”, right?  Anyway, Monterey Pop will be the first to be screened, a concert film documenting the 1967 three-day festival that brought together Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Who, and other greats.  This translates to “everyone was on drugs”, right?  $10.  Pearly gates open at 7:30 at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood.
  • Are you a good witch or a bad witch?  Dorothy was neither, and neither am I, but for those who are witches and for those who are just curious, Cinefamily’s Occult LA: Season of the Witch is like Halloween in August.  A few films exploring witch culture and myth will be screened, then there will be a discussion with a white wizard clairvoyant.  You read that right.  $12.  7pm at the Cinefamily theater, 711 N. Fairfax Ave. in West Hollywood.
  • Pity the Pasadena Museum of California Art.  The museum, tucked all the way in the tony enclaves of Pasadena, had its own street art exhibit on display – “Street Cred: Graffiti Art from Concrete to Canvas” – before MOCA’s, and yet it was overlooked like the quiet, generally compliant middle child it wasn’t.  In a lot of ways, this exhibit should have been the more popular one, as it focuses almost exclusively on Los Angeles street art and culture.   Now that the overachieving MOCA exhibit is over, you can pay proper mind to this one.  $5-$7.  Noon to 5pm at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, 490 E. Union Street in Pasadena.  The exhibit runs Wednesdays to Sundays until September 15.


  • The 2011 Los Angeles Beard and Mustache Competition.  Is exactly what it says it is.  Categories include: best moustache (there are at least two or three baristas that I want to nominate in this category); partial beard; business beard; full beard natural; and freestyle.  No bonus points if the only beard you bring is the one that helps you keep things straight.  $12 to attend; $15 to compete.  2pm to 9pm at the Federal Bar in North Hollywood.
  • It’s Nisei Week time, which means it’s time to celebrate the city’s Japanese-American community.  It also means a lot of giggling, nervous girls in kimonos hoping to be crowned Nisei Week Queen.  Before the coronation, though, is a party: the Nisei Week Grand Parade will feature dancers, cosplayers, and music as it winds its way through Little Tokyo.  Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga, an amazing woman who was just doing a lil’ ol’ research and found a series of damning documents that unabashedly outlined the racist intentions behind the country’s internment policy, is the grand marshal.  Deservedly so.  Free.  The parade starts at 5:30pm in Little Tokyo.
  • In conjunction with the Nisei Week festivities, the First Annual Los Angeles International Tea Festival will give you the opportunity to sample teas from around the world.  You’ll also have a chance to pick up that tea set you know you or your grandma always wanted.  $15.  Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 5pm at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo.
  • And if you need to cap off your weekend with a free show, then head over to restaurant-by-day-music-venue-for-budding-artists-by-night Lot 1, where a few touring bands will show off their skills and turn skeptical hipsters into lifelong fans.  Tiger Stripe and The Fatty Acids are just a few of the bands that will be front and center.  Free.  8pm at Lot 1, 1533 W. Sunset Blvd. in Echo Park.