‘The Office’ Castmembers at LA Improv Comedy Fest

Angela Kinsey (Angela) and Kate Flannery (Meredith) of NBC’s hit comedy “The Office” will perform at The Los Angeles Improv Comedy Festival at iO West next week. This year’s event is the 9th annual festival and runs from June 6-11, 2011. The fest will feature more than 80 comedy workshops, as well as improv and sketch comedy shows on three stages at the iO West Theater in Hollywood all week long. Kinsey and Flannery are both alums of iO West. The two will perform on June 8 at 8 p.m. in the theater’s famed “Armando” show.

Sunset Strip Picks: Tinie Tempah, Outernational, Chasing Aphrodite

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Tonight, explore one of the biggest scandals in the history of art history when Book Soup hosts Los Angeles Times investigative journalist Jason Felch as he presents Chasing Aphrodite: The Hunt for Looted Antiquities at the World’s Richest Museum. The book is a fascinating read that documents Felch’s investigation into the Getty museum’s illicit antiquity acquisitions; a scandal that resulted in the indictment of former Getty curator Marion True for trafficking, and the seizing of 40 artifacts that were returned to the Italian government. Signing and discussion begins at 7 p.m. www.booksoup.com

DOUBLE PICK(S) OF THE WEEK: Two big shows on Wednesday, June 1, whether you prefer rock or hip-hop. The Key Club hosts Tinie Tempah, one of hip-hop’s hottest, most talked about rising stars. Hailing from London, the show marks a limited U.S. engagement and one of his only non-arena plays.

Sunset Strip Picks: Jack’s Mannequin, Burlesque, Scott Weiland

Get a double-dose of Scott Weiland on Tuesday, May 24 as he spends his day on The Sunset Strip. Stop by Book Soup at 7 p.m. as the Stone Temple Pilots frontman and solo artist signs copies of his memoir, Not Dead & Not For Sale. Then take a quick half-block walk to the Viper Room for his (sold out) performance at 10:30 p.m. www.booksoup.com www.viperroom.com

Wednesday, May 25 Slurpee MixMaker LA presents Something Corporate “side project” Jack’s Mannequin at The Roxy Theatre. These OC giants have outgrown their place as a time-off solo endeavor for S.C. frontman Andrew McMahon and have become an established band with their own following. Grab an ice cold Slurpee while ingesting some hot tunes on The Sunset Strip.  Doors open at 7 p.m. www.theroxyonsunset.com

Get some much needed comic relief this Thursday, May 26 when The Comedy Store presents hardcore comic Doug Stanhope.

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.

Sunset Strip Picks: Xzibit, Shwayze, Cisco Adler, Loaded

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PICK OF THE WEEK: One of rock n’ rolls most valuable players, Duff McKagan (GNR/Velvet Revolver), hits the Viper Room on Tuesday, April 19 fronting his own musical project, Loaded.  Don’t miss this rare chance to see a living legend in an intimate setting. Doors open at 8 p.m.  Tickets are $15. Stay tuned to TheSunsetStrip.com for an exclusive interview with the man himself. www.viperroom.com

Wednesday, April 20 head to The Roxy Theatre for “Buzzin’” dynamic duo Shwayze with Cisco Adler & The Pigeons. Join the Malibu party boys as they drop rhymes about good times in the California sun.

Sunset Strip Picks: Janet Jackson Signing, Big Audio Dynamite

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Head to the Cat Club on Tuesday, April 12 for their weekly residency, Reality Bites. Jamming all your favorite hits from the ‘90s, this aptly named cover band will have you singing along with everything from Alice In Chains to Weezer.  Band hits the stage at midnight. Tickets are a low, low $5. Help your brain cells remember the lyrics to that long forgotten one hit wonder by ordering up some ice cold 24-ounce tall boys for only $6! Bitchin’ bands and beer without breaking the bank; only on The Sunset Strip.

Sunset Strip Picks: Warner Drive, Evil Beaver and More

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Promoter legend Dayle Gloria (a.k.a. “The Notorious One”) returns to the Viper Room tonight bringing yet another selection of rock n’ roll deliciousness. This week’s showcase features performances by Sex N Violence, No Thanks (with birthday boy Kenny Price), Thousand Watt Stare and the tactfully named Evil Beaver. Doors open at 8 p.m. And to really start your week right, this show is FREE! www.viperroom.com

Alt-metal pioneers Helmet hit the House of Blues Sunset Strip on Tuesday, April 5 with the best of the best in blistering metal as part of The Metalliance Tour. Bringing together a healthy smathering of all your favorite “drop D” tuners, the lineup also features Saint Vitus, Crowbar, Kylesa, Red Fang, Howl, Atlas Moth and Witchburn.

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 to March 13

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Kick off your week with a tasty sampling of local fare at the world famous Viper Room. Monday night features music from your own backyard, including performances by KrashKarma, Thousand Watt Stare, Roman Candle Wars and a plethora of other talented noise makers.  Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door. www.viperroom.com

Death metal anti-gods Deicide return to the Key Club on Tuesday, March 8 along with likeminded minions Belphegor, Blackguard, Neuraxis, Pathology and Maleficent Vigor. Get your fill of Cookie Monster vocals and “sign of the horns” hand gestures before you have to give up your devil’s music for Lent. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets range from $24 to $84 for a “four pack.” Ages 16 and older.

Sunset Strip Picks of the Week through March 6

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House of Blues Sunset Strip presents Steel Panther tonight with special guest Tranzkontinental! If you thought those guys in ’80s-inspired spandex were femme, wait till you get a load of these guy/gal drag queens as they belt out some of the best classic rock songs of all time. Two of L.A.’s best cover bands join forces for a night of gender bending, anything goes, rock n’ roll glam. Don’t miss. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and tickets for this 18+ show are $15.