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Award-Winning Fun on the Sunset Strip for Oscar Weekend

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by C. Kemp for TheSunsetStrip.com

Just because you’re not on the guest list for Vanity Fair’s Oscar party at the Sunset Tower Hotel or Soho House’s viewing party doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate and party like an A-lister this weekend. There are many great events – many even free! – this weekend on The Sunset Strip, so grab your sunglasses and best paparazzi smile and come join the fun.

Toast Of The Town

Ponder your Oscar picks while enjoying red carpet-themed cocktails at The London Bar on Friday, Feb. 25. The movie-themed selections include “The Spotlight” (pear vodka, fresh ginger and a splash of ginger ale), “Red Carpet Cooler” (citron vodka, pomegranate liqueur, lime juice and splash of soda) and “The Cameo” (gin, Aperol, muddled cucumber and lemon juice) all for only $5 from 5-7 p.m. Want to park like a celeb? Valet parking also available for $5. www.thelondonwesthollywood.com

Party With A View

One of the hottest events of the weekend also happens to be free to attend. Saturday, Feb. 26 Skybar hosts the electronic balladry of Zola Jesus as part of Mondrian Sessions. The KCRW and IAMSOUND music series features some of the top indie artists and DJs as they perform poolside. The million dollar, sprawling views of the city are just icing on the cake. The event is free, but reservations are required: skybarla@morganshotelgroup.com. Ages 21 and older only. To book a table for the event, please call 323-848-6027.

Laugh The Night Away

The Comedy Store will pay tribute to the dearly departed with a night that is far more entertaining than the In Memoriam portion of the Oscar Awards. On Friday, Feb. 25, roastmaster Jeffery Ross will inspire tears of laughter as he brings his sharp tongue and biting wit to celebrate celebrities and historical figures that have passed beyond this world. Contact for availability. www.thecomedystore.com.

Learn How To Be A Player

Two events on The Strip Saturday will help guide you as you transition into a key Hollywood Player. “The Jestfest: A Panel Of Hollywood Industry Executives” at The Comedy Store will feature a conversation with panelists Anthony Hill (writer, Meet the Browns), Traci Blackwell (former VP of Current at the CW) and Dave Becky (manager, 3 Arts Entertainment) as they discuss making it in TV and film, and how to start your journey. 12 p.m. www.thecomedystore.com

Just down the street, learn how to become a media mogul, hip-hop style, as author Dan Charnas discusses and presents “The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop” at Book Soup. The book takes readers from the first $15 made by a “rapping DJ” in 1970s New York to the recent multi-million dollar sales of the Phat Farm and Roc-a-Wear clothing companies in 2004 and 2007. 5 p.m. www.booksoup.com

Dine In Style

Moby, Pierce Brosnan and The Social Network’s solo twin Armie Hammer are among the celebrities that have been seen at The Strip’s Eveleigh restaurant this week. The recently opened farm-to-table style restaurant boasts fresh fare, a patio with garden and amazing views of the city. Even better, they just launched a weekend brunch – with organic cocktails like their take on the Pimms Cup (with fresh cucumber and blood orange) – so you can rub shoulders with Hollywood’s elite and up-and-comers while taking that important call with your agent. www.theeveleigh.com

Get Ready For Your Close-Up

Look like a million bucks without sacrificing your paycheck at the Drybar. For $35, get your hair blow dried and styled to perfection. And on Saturdays and Sundays, enjoy complimentary croissants and bagels during your blowout. www.thedrybar.com

Watching The Big Show

Don’t want to watch the live show at home? Swing by the Cactus Lounge at The Standard, Hollywood for a free Oscar viewing party. Or stop by Cabo Cantina for their party, featuring two-for-one drinks from 4-8 p.m.

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The Strange Reality of a WeHo Without a Queer Nightlife Scene

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WEST HOLLYWOOD (Los Angeles Magazine) — It was an epidemiologist’s worst nightmare set to the new Justin Timberlake/SZA collab from Trolls World Tour.

L.A. was hours away from shutting down all bars due to the coronavirus pandemic, but you wouldn’t have known it from the typical Sunday chaos on Santa Monica Boulevard, as throngs of people (some shirtless) crammed into West Hollywood gay bars like Mother Lode, Mickey’s, and Rocco’s for one last ungloved hurrah.

At Rocco’s, a drag queen in a black latex leotard bravely swooped her hand down to grab a dollar bill from a customer.

Another performer did the splits, touching the floor ever-so-quickly as she pulled herself up. Go-go dancers valiantly kneeled on bar tops, accepting cash in their […]

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WeHo’s Employees Only is Delivering Cocktail Kits, TP and Food

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WeHo’s Employees Only is now delivering cocktail kits, toilet paper and food

WEST HOLLYWOOD (TimeOut) — This week alone, coronavirus has seen some of our favorite restaurants temporarily close and alter their hours and business models. And with Angelenos heeding authorities and staying home to avoid the virus’s spread, many of the city’s restaurants are adapting with new delivery service , special menus and to-go options. As of today, Employees Only just so happens to freshly deliver cocktail fixings and toilet paper—the real MVPs in a lockdown.

The new service is available through Postmates and includes instructions and ingredients to whip up some of the world-famous cocktail bar’s concoctions; all you’ll need are the spirits and a shaker. And because man cannot survive on cocktails alone, the Employees Only kitchen is offering a handful of dishes […]

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R&B, Hip-Hip, Trap & Soul: ‘CLSQ Fridays’ at The Chapel at The Abbey

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — Friday nights at The Chapel at The Abbey will have you moving to a different beat beginning March 6.

Formerly a weekly Thursday event at The Chapel, CLSQ Fridays (CLSQ is pronounced “classic”) joins the weekend lineup with celebrity co-hosts, periodic guest performances, and music from 80-90s up through today’s top urban-contemporary RnB & Hip-Hop.

Brandon Anthony, the creator of Summer BASH (Los Angeles’ black gay pride weekend) and producer of LA Pride’s Hip-Hop Stages is bringing classic and contemporary RnB, Hip-Hip, Soul and Trap music to The Chapel with an evening called CLSQ Fridays.

“B.A.S.H. LA is a platform to build community partnerships for fellowship and provide an outlet of inclusivity within LGBTQ community.” said Brandon Anthony. “The Chapel at The Abbey has evenings and events that cater to a variety of LGBTQ people and we’re happy to bring the CLSQ audience and flavor to West Hollywood for a fun Friday night out on the town.”

Each week CLSQ will feature a variety of celebrity co-hosts and notable LGBTQ people of color who advocate for inclusivity and visibility in gayborhoods and mainstream LGBTQ culture around the world, making The Chapel at The Abbey another inclusive space for locals and travelers within the LGBTQ community.

So get ready to turn up the volume and dance.

The grand opening for CLSQ Friday’s at The Chapel at The Abbey will be co-hosted by beauty and fashion power houses Sir John, global makeup artist to Beyonce and Kim Kardashian, and the iconic red carpet designer duo Wayman & Micah who’re recently featured in the Wall Street Journal.

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The Chapel at The Abbey also hosts Altar Girl Thursday, produced by Girl Bar. It is Los Angeles’ longest running lesbian entertainment group, and hosts its own evening, Heavenly Bodies Sunday, a night celebrating the transgender and queer communities.

The Chapel at The Abbey is located at 692 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069.

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