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Absinthe Makes the Head Go Floating

The St. Vincent De Pauls and Good Wills of East Hollywood will be full of hipoisie scrounging for just the right semiformal wear for the first-ever L'Absinthe C'est la Mort. The evening is the brainchild of Amit Itelman, who runs the always head-scratchingly and gut-bustingly adventurous Steve Allen Theater. Hollywood Forever Cemetery's cathedral mausoleum is the setting for the partaking of "the green fairy," a.k.a. the quaff enjoyed by Hemingway, Wilde, Van Gogh — you know the type. He's not revealing where he's getting it from, just that it's "exotic places that I dare not disclose." You won't hallucinate on the stuff, says Amit, though, he adds, "absinthe makes me feel like I'm floating between extreme alertness and euphoria. It's a very specific and pleasant buzz." Janet Klein and Her Parlor Boys provide the musical accompaniment, and tipplers will also experience a rare Magic Lantern show from a turn-of-the-century Masonic ritual.
Fri., Oct. 17, 9 p.m., 2008

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