PHOTOS: Top 5 Weirdest Things at the Brewery ArtWalk

The Brewery Sign


The Brewery ArtWalk in downtown Los Angeles is a twice annual event where the artists and revolutionaries inhabiting the largest art complex in the world graciously open their doors for us regular folk to gawk at their emotionally transparent wares (and hopefully help pay their rent). The Fall artwalk ends today, October 2, at 6pm, but if you want a taste of the strangest, weirdest and most out-there offerings, Surreal L.A. is here for you:

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Certifiably Surreal Events 9/29 – 10/6


There is always something profoundly weird and entertaining to do in HelLA, but only on can you find events that get our surreal seal of approval:

  • Ooh La L.A. Festival French Kisses the El Rey, Sloppy
  • Occupy Wall Street Brings the Revolution to L.A.
  • Angelinos Decompress from Burning Man
  • The Brewery Gives Good ArtWalk

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Decompression Commences at Culmination of 2011 Burning Man in Downtown Los Angeles


Meet Culver City resident Ryan. This year was his first burn. If you don’t know what that means, you’ve probably never taken the trek to Black Rock City in the desolate desert nowhere to party with strangers covered in playa dust for seven days of complete isolation from the everyday grind. Here’s his story:

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SABER’s Strange Skies over Downtown L.A.


“Art is Not a Crime.” The words L.A. Artist SABER etched into the sky over downtown Los Angeles yesterday in his campaign against City Hall’s moronic moratorium on murals.

After all, if you can’t paint the alleyways, bridges and streets, the only place left is the sky.

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Burning Down the . . . Bank


Painting of a Chase branch on fire: $25,000 on eBay.

Being investigated for your paintings by the LAPD, twice: Fucking Priceless.

Surreal L.A. would like to give it up for Alex Schaefer, this month’s anarchic artist.

This painting, part of Schaefer's "Disaster Capitalism" series, went for $25,000 on eBay. Something tells me that Scheafer won't be making that deposit at Chase.

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Certifiably Surreal Events for the Week of Sept. 9 – Sept. 15


If you are throwing or know of an event that is surreal, strange or unusual, please let us know by emailing us at

Here are the certifiably surreal events that made this week’s cut:

  • Marilyn Manson to read Romantic Poetry at the Getty
  • Ghostbusting @ the SoCal Para-Con
  • Mindshare LA Presents Tantra: Exploring the Relationship Between Orgasm and Enlightenment
  • Brazilian Day in Los Angeles

(And don’t miss Artwalk Downtown TONIGHT! )

Marilyn Manson to read Romantic Poetry at the Getty

“O, Rose Thou Art SICK!” But not as sick as Marilyn Manson. The goth rocker will be reading the works of Romantic poet William Blake during the “Dark Blushing” poetry reading at the Getty this Saturday evening.

When: Saturday, September 10

Where: The Getty

Time: Reading begins at 7:30 p.m. Free parking  after 5 p.m. Although reservations are currently full, the Getty will be passing out standby tickets starting at 6 p.m.

Cost: FREE

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LACMA Gets a Late Night Booty Poppin’ Exhibit


Los Angeles likes big butts and we cannot deny that Boretta Da General‘s midnight bootylicious photo shoot was the of the most bizarre things we’ve seen all week, proving once again that when it comes to “surreality,” L.A. always delivers.

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Surreal L.A. Events for the Week of Sept. 2 – Sept. 8


Hola Angelinos…here are your handpicked, certified surreal, Los Angeles area events for the week of September 1, 2011 – September 8, 2011.

Cinespia presents “Edward Scissorhands”

Tim Burton’s surreal goth fantasy set in an otherworldly suburban nightmare stars Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder. Memorable appearances by an eclectic supporting cast including: Anthony Michael Hall, Dianne Wiest and horror king Vincent Price.

When: Saturday, September 3

Where: Hollywood Forever Cemetery (Hollywood)

Time: Gates 7:00 pm / Movie 8:30 pm

Cost: $10 Donation

Hold Up Art presents “Art From a Galaxy Far, Far Away”

Polish up those light sabers for a battle of the best “Star Wars” inspired art from Ricky Martinez and Denise Vasquez.

When: Friday, September 2 & Saturday, September 3

Where: Hold Up Art Gallery (Downtown / Little Tokyo)

Time: Opens at 11 am

Cost: FREE!

Upright Citizen’s Brigade presents “Celebrity Funeral: Nicolas Cage”

No, Nic Cage didn’t crash a motorcycle or pop one too many blood vessels whilst chewing scenery. But…what if…? Lots of funny people pay homage to the star of kitchy classics like “Valley Girl” and “Vampire’s Kiss” (you know, the one where he ate a cockroach).

When: Friday, September 2

Where: Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater (Los Angeles / Hollywood)

Time: 8 pm

Cost: $10

Skirball Cultural Center presents “Houdini: Art and Magic”

A magical exhibition showcasing over 150 artifacts, images (some from Houdini’s personal collection), Art Nouveau–era posters, playbills, theater ephemera, memorabilia and archival and silent-film footage that tell his story. Observe Houdini’s tools of the trade: his straitjacket, a milk can, and the Metamorphosis trunk he used as part of his miraculous escape tricks. A re-creation of his famous water torture cell is also on hand.

When: Friday, September 2 through Sunday, September 4

Where: Skirball Cultural Center 


  • Tuesday–Friday, 12:00–5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday–Sunday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.


  • $10 General
  • $7 Seniors and Full-Time Students
  • $5 Children 2–12
  • FREE to Members and Children under 2

Nucleus presents “Zombie in Love” Reception

Don your best prom gear, then get it bloody. It’s time to feast on BRAIIIINZZZZ! Nucleus is having a zombie prom-themed party to celebrate the work of Scott Campbell, illustrator of Zombie in Love, a book by best-selling author Kelly DiPucchio. Campbell will be on hand to sign autographs and greet fans. Refreshments and prizes will be given to those that dress up.

When: Saturday, September 3

Where: Gallery Nucleus (Alhambra)

Time: 7 pm – 11 pm

Cost: FREE!

La Luz de Jesus presents “Encyclopaedia of Hell” Booksigning

A tour de force of darkness, Encyclopaedia of Hell is a manual of Earth written by Lord Satan for his invading hordes of demons, complete with hundreds of unpleasant illustrations, diagrams, and a comprehensive and utterly repulsive dictionary of Earth terms. Get your very own copy and have it signed by witty wordsmith Martin Olson, a two-time Emmy nominee.

When: Saturday, September 3

Where: La Luz de Jesus Gallery (Hollywood)

Time: 6 pm – 9 pm

Cost: FREE!

Cain Motter’s Demonology and the Art of Debt

In the Mouth of Debt Madness

When artist and activist Cain Motter looks at a credit card, he doesn’t see a shopping spree on Melrose or a lost weekend in Vegas. He sees the face of a demon.

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Surreal L.A. Podcast #1 : Nearly Nudist Cults and Venice Beach Mayhem

Join Shanon, Valley Girl & A.W.O.L. as they discuss the Raelian Movement, National Go Topless Day, Venice Beach craziness and anarchistic artists. Just another day in Surreal L.A. …