Gay & Lesbian Center to Honor Chaz Bono at Gala

Writer, actor, musician and transgender activist Chaz Bono (Dancing with the Stars) will be honored at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s 40th Anniversary Gala & Auction, hosted by Leslie Jordan (The Help) and featuring Jane Lynch (Glee) on Saturday, Nov. 12 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel. As was previously announced, Neil Patrick Harris and partner David Burtka will also be honored. Bono, who will be honored with the Center’s Board of Directors award, has been a trailblazer in transgender activism, publicly sharing his experience transitioning to male in the documentary Becoming Chaz. Since 1995, he has been a dedicated activist in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, having served as a spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign and Entertainment Media Director for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).

Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka to Be Honored

Emmy-winning stage and screen star Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother) and his partner, actor and chef David Burtka, will be honored at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s 40th Anniversary Gala & Auction on Saturday, Nov. 12 at the Westin Bonaventure in downtown Los Angeles. Harris and Burtka are steadfast supporters of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organizations, including the Center. They’ve given generously to help LifeWorks, the Center’s youth development and mentoring program, thrive. The two have been out publicly for years, and as the proud fathers of twins they’re the perfect pair to join the Center in celebrating “40 Years of Family” at the gala.

Sunset Strip Picks: Alice Cooper, Michael Johns, Danko Jones

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Tween alet! This Tuesday, September 13, former Ashlee Simpson keyboardist/backing vocalist Lucy Walsh (progeny of Eagles’ guitarist Joe Walsh) cuts her own pop star teeth at The Roxy Theatre. Be there for the launch of what’s looking to be a very promising career. Midnight Mirage headline the night, which also includes performances by Y Luv and Calvillo. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. Contact The Roxy for ticket availability.

Head to Skybar after Fashion’s Night Out Activities

When the stores close on Fashion’s Night Out, West Hollywood invites stylemakers and fashionistas to the official West Hollywood after party at Skybar, complete with a DJ, complimentary champagne, desserts, and photo ops with live models. Skybar, located at the stylish Mondrian hotel on The Sunset Strip, is the perfect backdrop to end an evening celebrating fashion. The party starts Thursday, September 8, 2011 at 10 p.m. until close. All are welcome. just arrive and say that you are there for the “Fashion’s Night Out (FNO) West Hollywood Party.”

Sunset Strip Picks: Fashion’s Night Out, Comedy Heavy Hitters

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Ease back into the four-day week tonight with a jam packed night of laughter from heavy hitters Jeff Garlin, Jeffrey Ross, Erik Griffin, Shawn Halpin, Fahim Anwar, Chelsea Peretti, Mike Black and more (9 more to be exact) at The Comedy Store’s 16 Headlining Comics. You’ve seen them all on your TV, now catch them live in person. Double bonus: Order The Store’s espresso that’s getting rave reviews. Tickets are $15 each. Shows are ages 21 and older, only.

Sunset Strip Picks: Jani Lane Tribute, Women’s Rock

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PICK OF THE WEEK: Tonight come pay your respects to one of the legends of The Sunset Strip, Jani Lane of Warrant. Join rock n’ roll peers Great White, Quiet Riot, LA Guns, Enuff Z Nuff and Slammin’ Gladys at the Key Club, as they remember their friend, fellow musician and founding member of one of the marquee acts that helped define The Strip. Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but you must pick up a ticket from the box office today for entrance. www.keyclub.comEscape the heat on Tuesday, August 30, during Isla Cantina’s three-hour happy hour from 4-7 p.m. All drinks will be two for one prices, so both you and your wallet will be happy. Continue the happiness at The Comedy Store with Late Night Rumble, billed as the “weird and wonderful world of late nights…crude, obscene, vulgar, hilarious.” Enjoy a remarkably obscene $5 entry and $5 Stone IPA all night!

Thursday Declared ‘Motley Crue Day’ in Weho for SSMF

The City of West Hollywood has announced that Thursday, August 18, 2011 will be declared MÖTLEY CRÜE Day in West Hollywood. In addition, MÖTLEY CRÜE will be honored as the 2011 recipients of the “Elmer Valentine Award” for their contributions to the history of The Sunset Strip. The invitation-only award ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. at the House of Blues and kick off the fourth annual Sunset Strip Music Festival, a three-day celebration of music held along the iconic 1.6 mile stretch of Sunset Boulevard on Thursday, August 18, 2011 through Saturday, August 20, 2011. “So many of us native Angelenos consider MÖTLEY CRÜE to be our ‘home boys,’” said West Hollywood Mayor John Duran. “It will be an honor to recognize the ‘Saints of Los Angeles’ in our hometown and thank them for the incredible contribution they made to hard rock, glam and Southern California music,” continued Mayor Duran.

Sunset Strip Picks of the Week through August 7

Mad about Paul Reiser? Best known for his work as an actor and stand-up comic, Mr. Reiser is also an accomplished musician. Who knew? Tuesday, August 2 check out this Renaissance man as he accompanies vocalist Julia Ford for an intimate seated performance at The Roxy. Doors open at 7 p.m.

MySpace music queen Metal Sanaz returns with her monthly showcase, Metal Scene, on Wednesday, August 3.

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: Har Mar Superstar, The Posies

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The Royals’ vacation in the City of Angels may be over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a taste of England – with a California twist. Shake up your Tuesday afternoon routine at the Boxwood Café with their new “Afternoon Tea on Ice.” Relax and enjoy summer iced teas, finger sandwiches (smoked salmon and cucumber, curried chicken with golden raisins, black brioche, asparagus and cured ham), tea pastries, petit cakes and tarts. Hot tea also available for the traditionalists. Price is $28 per person. Available 2:30-4:30 p.m. daily.