This weekend: beer, pumpkins, and space. Not necessarily all at once.
- The whole beer float trend was all too short-lived, I think, quickly replaced by other things like bacon in everything and hand pies. Meh. Thankfully, Josh Lurie (Food GPS) brings it all back with his third annual Beer Float Showdown. Five chefs partner with five breweries to create the ultimate dessert Your ticket includes tastings, of course, and you’ll be tasked to judge each concoction based on originality, flavor, and presentation. In other words, whatever floats your boat. $35. 1pm to 4pm at Eagle Rock Brewery in Eagle Rock.
- If you’re not already in the Halloween mood, then this ought to do it: the annual Calabasas Pumpkin Festival will have everything pumpkin, including food and a pumpkin pie eating contest. Boo. $5. 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday at Juan Bautista de Anza Park in Calabasas.
- I don’t know about this one, guys, but maybe you do. Charles Phoenix hosts Home Movie Day, a “celebration of amateur films and filmmaking.” You’re invited to share and screen your home movies, which may be far more interesting to you than to others, like your 1,000 Flickr’d photos of your trip to Europe. But, maybe not. Everyone likes a good drama. Free. Bring in your films starting at 11am; screenings go from noon to 4pm at the Linwood Dunn Theater, 1313 Vine St. in Hollywood.
- It’s National Plug-In Day in Santa Monica. Parade your plug-and-play cars for funsies; Matt Mason has all the details here.
- Whatever it is about this year that’s turning this city into a bona fide coffee and beer town, let’s keep it going, shall we? On the latter front, Tony Yanow of the excellent Tony’s Darts Away and the perpetually crowded Mohawk Bend keeps the kegs rolling with the grand opening of his Golden Road Brewing – that’s right, another damn fine brewery in town to keep everyone nice and sudsy. Your ticket gets you three pour tickets and a collectible 12oz Golden Road Brewing glass. Beer me, and you. $20 (presale)/$25 (door). 2pm to 7pm at Golden Road Brewing, 5430 West San Fernando Rd.
- If you were a liberal arts major, you probably read Jack Halberstam. If you were or are a lesbian, you must have read Jack Halberstam. If you’re none of the above, you have some making up to do. And, conveniently for all of the above, Halberstom, along with Wayne Koestenbaum and Maggie Nelson, will be at REDCAT as part of its “Ugly Feelings” event. Each will read selections from their books, “inviting us to examine, name, and even revel in the ‘ugly feelings’ that fuel the culture of our time.” Our love for, and fascination with, those Uglydolls must come from somewhere, right? $10 (general)/$5 (students). 7pm at REDCAT in Downtown.
- The Pasadena Museum of California Art partners up with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to present A Day of Discovery [links to PDF], a free day of enough science and space events to make even Scully happy. The day will be full of speakers from the JPL, as well as family-friendly activities like a demo of how comets are made. The truth is out there. Free. Noon to 5pm at the Pasadena Museum for California Art in Pasadena.