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Silver Lake public library to host beard competition

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Gentlemen, start your 'staches! The Silver Lake Branch library will be hosting a facial-hair face-off Dec. 20. The event has a book hook: Jack Passion, author of "The Facial Hair Handbook," will be on hand to talk about his book. He might even share tips about how to prevail in beard-and-mustache competitions -- he's the two-time reigning natural beard champion of the World Beard and Mustache Championships.

Our fashion blog All the Rage writes:

The new event, which joins an increasingly crowded calendar of facial-hair face-offs around the country, will be awarding first-, second- and third-place prizes in six categories titled: Hipster, Best Fake, Most Scholarly, Most Outrageous, Go Big or Go Home and, the one that's our favorite given the time of year, Santa Claus.

Local businesses, some on the very same block, are helping to sponsor the event: Silverlake Wine, Cha Cha Lounge, Rockaway Records, Relapse Records and the Mane 'n Tail shampoo (for dogs, not beards).

It is free to enter the competition, which will begin at 6 p.m at the Silver Lake Branch Library on Glendale Boulevard. Competitors are asked to register by Dec. 19 at 5 p.m. by e-mailing organizer and library staffer Johathan Pitre at silver@lapl.org.

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Photo: Competitors in the World Beard and Mustache Championships, 2009, held in Anchorage, Alaska. Credit: Ryan McFarland via Flickr.

 
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