Arts & Entertainment

Weekend Events: books, a mile of beer, TomatoMania and more

Run, grab a beer, repeat at the National Beer Mile.
Run, grab a beer, repeat at the National Beer Mile.
National Beer Mile

Spring break has arrived and tourists are flocking to L.A. — along with writers. That's "write," the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference and Bookfair is in town and it's basically running the weekend. Don't worry if you're not a word nerd, we've sprinkled in scary movies, a boozy fun run and some Suffragist history. 

1. AWP Party in LA

Ace Hotel in Downtown LA.
Ace Hotel in Downtown LA.
Flickr/Daniel Pouliot


If you can’t shell out hundreds of dollars to get into the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference and Bookfair, check out this party hosted by n+1. Grab a drink, catch a short reading and rub shoulders with fellow literature buffs.

When: Saturday, April 2, 8 p.m.

Where: Ace Hotel | MAP

Price: Free admission

2. "The Shining"

Watch the trailer

Had a week of all work and no play? Catch this creepy masterpiece shown in the creepy abandoned zoo in Griffith Park. What could go wrong? Doors open at 6 p.m. and movie starts at 7:15 p.m. Pro tip: If you’re contemplating your own “Here’s Johnny!” moment, be advised that metal objects, costumes, masks, or props of any kind are not allowed. Attendees must present an ID upon arrival.

When: Friday, April 1, 7:15 p.m.

Where: Griffith Park Old Zoo | MAP

Price: $15 admission

3. Literaoke

Flickr/Derek Gavey

Let the tone deaf rejoice! Kaya Press and Kundiman are hosting an offsite AWP event that combines readings and karaoke in an experimental attempt to make literature the music to your ears. Attendees can also enjoy traditional Filipino food and beer.

When: Friday, April 1, 8:30 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Where: Kapistahan Grill | MAP

Price: Free admission

4. National Beer Mile

Beer run with nana

This gives the term “beer run” new meaning. People will get four beers, one mile and a chance to make it to the finish line using any type of locomotion by foot (running, skipping, whatever). Costumes are encouraged and there's an after-party at the finish line with live music, an open bar, food vendors and more.

When: Saturday, April 2, 12 p.m.

Where: L.A. Coliseum | MAP

Price: $40 per person, $35 per person if you can find 4 other friends to join you in a team

5. 3rd Annual Rock and Roll Reading

Writers are taking over L.A. this weekend and that includes the Echoplex. In place of guitars and amps, fiction and nonfiction works inspired by rockers will taking the stage at AWP's offsite Rock and Roll Reading event. But there will be amps and guitars too. After a series of rapid-fire readings, Frances Gumm will take the stage.

When: Saturday, April 2, 4:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Where: Echoplex | MAP

Price: Free

6. Brewery Art Walk

Brewery Art Walk

More than 100 art studios will showcase their works at the spring Brewery Art Walk. The venue is a 16-acre brewery turned art colony that houses hundreds of artists. From sculptors to installation artists, they'll be showing their work directly from the spaces where they live. If you get thirsty or hungry, fill-up at the on-site beer garden and restaurant. Pro tip: Park for free at the UPS lot next door to the venue. 

When: Saturday, April 2 - Sunday, April 3, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Where: Brewery Art Walk | MAP

Price: Free

7. TomatoMania!

A bowl of heirloom tomatoes.
A bowl of heirloom tomatoes.
The Farmstrs via Flickr

Whether you like ‘em cherry, heirloom or fried green, this mini-fest features seedling sales, a tomato-growing seminar, a tomato cooking demo and a “Tomato Faves” tasting event with a Bloody Mary bar. Repeat: a Bloody Mary bar. Seedling sales will occur both days from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but check out the schedule to make sure you don’t miss out. 

When: Saturday, April 2 - Sunday, April 3, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Where: Descanso Gardens | MAP

Price: Discounted $5 admission for “tomatomaniacs”

8. Suffragist Open House

Inside the historic Garvanza home, staged for the Suffragist Open House.
Inside the historic Garvanza home, staged for the Suffragist Open House.
Martha Benedict

Experience the Los Angeles roots of the Suffragist movement at the Garvanza home, originally owned by early women’s rights activists Anna Howard Shaw and Cora Scott Pond Pope before they joined Susan B. Anthony. The house will soon be up for sale, so get a glimpse while it's open to the public. There will be costumed actors to transport you to the early 20th century, tours by historians, a female barbershop quartet at 2 p.m. and refreshments.

When: Sunday, April 3, noon - 4 p.m.

Where:  200 North Ave 66, Los Angeles 90042 | MAP

Price: Free

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