Sunset Strip Picks: Secret Show, Comedy Store Honors

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Names Nights, a sacred tradition at the world famous Comedy Store, honors the accomplishments of store regulars by adding their names to its hallowed walls. Sharing valuable real estate alongside names like Sam Kinison, Jim Carrey and Chris Rock, this year’s batch of “graduates” will include Sarah Silverman, Tony Clifton, Judah Friedlander plus 25 other well knowns and soon-to-be well known. This Monday, July 25 don’t miss a night sure to be filled with surprises and big guest drop ins. Note: the reception for the honorees in the Main Room is private, but the general public is welcome to attend the show for free. Event begins at 8 p.m. www.thecomedystore.comTuesday, July 26 meet punk rock legend Bob Mould as he signs copies of his new bio See a Little Light at Book Soup.

Sunset Strip Picks: Honor Society, Club With No Name

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Hollywood club impresario Dayle Gloria resurrects her infamous “Club With No Name” tonight at the world famous Viper Room. In the early ’90s, this legendary nameless night hosted the likes of Alice In Chains, Rage Against The Machine and every other band of any significance. Come see what treasures Gloria has dug up this time at the premiere showing with The Dreaming, We Are The Riot, The Disowned and more. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are a throwback priced $5. (The Viper Room is ages 21 and older.) www.viperroom.com

The Standard hosts an art party for pioneering Polaroid artist Jeremy Kost on Tuesday, June 7.

Sunset Strip Picks: Dita Von Teese, Judgment Day Billboard Party

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Monday, May 16 the Viper Room presents Imagine Dragons and The Ruse. Two of indie rock’s most promising bands share the stage for a night of spirit soaring anthems. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and tickets are $10. www.viperroom.com

PICK OF THE WEEK: “The Queen of Burlesque,” Dita Von Teese, kicks off an exclusive two-night, four performances at The Roxy Theatre on Tuesday, May 17. If you missed Dita’s “Strip Strip Hooray!” the first time around, this is your chance to see the jaw dropping, pants tightening show that brings together the sexiest and most talent strip tease artists from around the world.  Two performances per night at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., respectively. All shows are ages 21 and older.

Planning Commision Angers Abbey Over Dancing Permits

The Planning Commission for the City of West Hollywood on Thursday night put off a decision on a request to allow dancing at The Abbey, angering the founder of the popular establishment. “I have supported the community and my customers for nearly 20 years,” said David Cooley, Founder of The Abbey. “It is disheartening how the City Planning Commission chose to treat The Abbey tonight.”

Cooley said that the commission refused to approve dancing and entertainment at The Abbey because the City Commissioners had not done their research and were unsure on how allowing dancing at The Abbey would impact parking. The Abbey is seeking to use 367 square feet of the 12,000 square foot facility for dancing. In addition to contacting the press, management for the venue took to Twitter and Facebook to alert their customers and the public to what they claim is unfair treatment and disrespect to someone who has done a tremendous amount for the community.

Christina Aguilera Immortalized in Concrete at The Abbey

Last night, Christina Aguilera was inducted as the first honoree in The Abbey’s Gay Walk of Fame. Inspired by old Hollywood traditions, Ms. Aguilera joined The Abbey’s Founder, David Cooley in placing her hands and feet in cement that will live on forever at The Abbey. Aguilera was honored for her contributions to gay culture, although many people in West Hollywood were wondering if a notable gay or lesbian person would have been a better choice for the distinction. Nevertheless, there was much excitement at The Abbey last night over the start of a new tradition and appearance of a popular celebrity. “I share a special bond with my Gay and Lesbian fans,” said Aguilera.

Drew Carey at iO West to Benefit Habitat for Humanity

Comedian and host Drew Carey will be the guest performer in The iO West Theater’s Habitat for Humanity Benefit Show Thursday, March 31. Carey will perform from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. as part of “The Armando Show,” iO’s signature improv comedy show featuring its top improvisers that was named “Best of LA” by CBS Los Angeles. iO West is the premiere home of improv in Los Angeles. Carey is best known for his sitcom “The Drew Carey Show,” (1996-2004) but his ties with improv run deep: he hosted the successful U.S. version of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?’ and is in production on “Drew Carey’s Improv-A-Ganza,” a new improv show that premieres April 11 on the Game Show Network that boasts the hilarious Charlie Sheen as an upcoming guest. Carey also currently serves as host of “The Price is Right.”

All proceeds from the Habitat for Humanity Benefit will go to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles.

Sunset Strip Picks of the Week through April 3

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She’s baaack..! Booker extraordinaire Dayle Gloria returns to the Viper Room Monday, March 28, bringing a stellar lineup of handpicked locals with her. With a proven track record of always sussing out “the next big thing,” the legendary tastemaker has wrangled the best of the best and booked them back to back. Sabrosa Purr, Gina & The Eastern Block and The Kenzos, all names you’ll want to commit to memory. Doors open at 8 p.m. and best of all it’s FREE!

Sunset Strip Picks of the Week through March 27

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Dine for a cause tonight as BOA Steakhouse and Katana will donate 25% of their sales on Monday, March 21 to the American Red Cross to help support the Japan relief efforts. A good meal for an even better cause. www.boasteak.com www.katanarobata.com

Tuesday, March 22 The Comedy Store presents Greg Dean’s College of Comedy Showcase. Proprietor of the longest running stand-up comedy school in America, Dean has trained hundreds of successful working comedians, as well as penned the book Step By Step to Stand-Up Comedy. See if his students earn a passing grade as they showcase their studies in the intimate Belly Room.

The Office Restaurant and Bar Soft Opens in Weho

by Marcellas Reynolds

Weho desperately needs something different. It’s great to have a new spot in Weho that is a little off the beaten path of Santa Monica Blvd & Robertson. I popped into The Office Weho last night not really knowing what to expect. Most people know this location as the old Numbers, located in an upper floor space at the corner of Santa Monica Blvd and Hancock.  I’d been to Numbers (a lot) when it was operating here and sort of liked it. Sort of.

Sunset Strip Picks of the Week through March 20

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In Austin for SXSW? Swing by The Sunset Strip lounge and photo gallery on Tuesday, March 15 and enter the chance to win VIP tickets to the Sunset Strip Music Festival. Also, mention you saw this post in Picks of the Week and receive a pass to attend The Sunset Strip cocktail party on Thursday, March 17. Austin Convention Center, booths 523 & 525 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. through Thursday.  www.thesunsetstrip.com/sxsw

You’ve seen the pics. You’ve heard the buzz on the street.