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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