The official unveiling of GuitarTown on The Sunset Strip is set for Thursday, August 12 from 5pm… and it is going to be a huge celebration with a number of different events.
GuitarTown is a public art project that features 26 ten-foot tall fiberglass Gibson Les Paul model guitars. The oversized Gibson guitar sculptures were created by local and nationally-acclaimed visual artists, with each guitar sculpture celebrating a musician, personality, or influential moment unique to The Sunset Strip’s history and Gibson Guitar. The guitars will be strategically placed along the 1.6-mile Sunset Strip in West Hollywood.
The day’s events will kick off at 5 p.m. with the grand “re-opening” of The Strip, featuring a caravan of classic cars and a ribbon cutting by West Hollywood City Councilmembers.
The “re-opening” follows the seven month Sunset Strip Beautification Project that included such improvements as repaving the boulevard for the first time in 75 years, repairing and expanding sidewalks and crosswalks to enhance the pedestrian experience and planting new trees along the 1.6 mile stretch.
At 6 p.m., a news conference will take place at the Rainbow Bar & Grill announcing the artists who created the GuitarTown sculptures.
Following the press conference, guests and visitors are invited to enjoy the nightlong Block Party on The Sunset Strip from 6 p.m. – 11 p.m., featuring patio parties, live music, drink specials, extended shopping hours and discounts at participating businesses.
“This unique public art exhibit will showcase the dynamic cultural and musical history of The Sunset Strip. It will also provide an opportunity to promote some of the incredible businesses that call The Sunset Strip home. GuitarTown will give our visitors yet another reason to get out and explore this legendary destination,” said West Hollywood Mayor John Heilman.
The 26 ten-foot art guitars include themes such as the jazz era on The Strip, the ’60s counterculture movement and the glamour and glitz of the boulevard, as well pieces celebrating Slash, The Doors, Mötley Crüe and Sunset Strip nightclub founders Lou Adler, Mario Maglieri and Elmer Valentine (The Roxy Theatre, Whisky A Go-Go and Rainbow Bar & Grill).
Each piece also utilizes its own medium from painting to sculpture and photography. The artists were selected by a committee composed of community leaders, business representatives, City staff and members of the arts community.
Gibson GuitarTown on The Sunset Strip will be on display for the next six months. After the guitars complete their “tour” of The Strip, they will then be sold at a Gala Auction with all proceeds benefitting nonprofit organizations and charities.
In addition to the unveiling of GuitarTown, The Sunset Strip is hosting a Block Party on August 12, with businesses along the boulevard hosting events such as…
- a patio reception with DJ, drinks and historic photo exhibit at The Comedy Store
- patio parties with live music and dining specials at Joe’s Pizza and Sunset Deli
- live music and drink specials at Red Rock; wine tastings at Nonna Of Italy
- all-night happy hour at The Olive Kitchen + Bar, Dukes West Hollywood and Carney’s
- extended happy hour at BLT Steak, RH at Andaz, The London Bar and The Standard
- extended shopping hours and discounts at numerous local merchants
“The Block Party is a great way to invite people back to The Sunset Strip following the construction, and introduce them to the many improvements that enhance this storied boulevard,” noted Todd Steadman, executive director of the Sunset Strip Business Association. “In recent weeks we’ve noticed more people out, walking and enjoying the newly renovated Strip, and we look forward to welcoming locals and visitors alike this month with GuitarTown and the Sunset Strip Music Festival August 26-28.”
GuitarTown on The Sunset Strip is supported by Gibson Guitar, the Sunset Strip Business Association, West Hollywood Marketing & Visitors Bureau and the City of West Hollywood.
For more information about Gibson GuitarTown, please visit Gibson.com/sunset-strip.
For a full listing of Sunset Strip Block Party activities, please visit TheSunsetStrip.com/blockparty.
Women in Photography: Visual Disruptors 2020 – Mar 22
WEST HOLLYWOOD — March is Women’s History Month and what better way to celebrate than to inspire a community. Photographers, creatives, consultants of all genders are invited to Quixote Studios’ Women in Photography: Visual Disrupters event on Sunday, March 22.
American Planning Association (APA) Los Angeles would like to invite you to join, support and celebrate women in the photography industry at their third annual Women In Photography event.
The panels will cover topics such as diversity within the industries, women’s advancement, work/life balance, the creative process, social media, mentorship, activism, challenges working women continue to face on set and beyond.
“This is a teaching moment! We are so honored to have two unique panels of successful women share their stories with us,” their announcement boasts.
The day will begin with a panel discussion, then a networking lunch break followed by a second panel discussion. Lunch will be provided.
Parking will be limited; the event suggests using a ride share service.
MODERATOR: Cecily Chambers
Clarissa Garrett (72 and Sunny), Kim Getty (Deutch), Ada Guerin (Los Angeles Magazine), Katie Hawkins (Quibi), Audrey Landreth (Apple), Rachael Lieberman Producer, Heidi Volpe (Patagonia)
MODERATOR: Monica Zaffarano
Sun 22nd Mar, 2020
$25 APA Members
$40 General Admission
$10 Students with Valid ID
‘Clueless’ Pop-Up Coming to WeHo to Celebrate Film’s 25th Anniversary
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (KABC) — “As if” we needed another reason to stroll down memory lane! A new pop-up restaurant for the ’90s classic film “Clueless” is opening on Santa Monica Boulevard and it’s totally buggin’.
The pop-up, which is appropriately called “As If,” coincides with the film’s 25th anniversary and launches on March 31.
The restaurant will feature “Cher-able” drinks and snacks inspired by the film, along with set recreations and photos of the film’s most memorable scenes.
Tickets for the pop-up go on sale Friday, March 6 at 10 a.m. for $35 each and include 90 minutes in the restaurant, an entree and a side. As If runs from March 31 – May 8, Tuesdays – Sundays at 7100 Santa Monica […]
WeHo Reads: Architects Who Built Southern California Opens Mar 6
WEST HOLLYWOOD — Join author Antonio Gonzalez for a free event, as he tells the stories of the people behind some of Southern California’s most iconic buildings.
In the early 1900s, the population of Southern California exploded, and the cities grew at such a rapid pace that builders could hardly keep up.
Among those who settled in the area were ten architects looking to make their marks on the world. Claud Beelman, a man who never received a college degree, would go on to design the Elks Lodge in Los Angeles.
Albert C. Martin, architect of Grauman’s Million Dollar Theater, founded a company that is still going strong more than one hundred years later, and Julia Morgan, the first woman architect licensed in California, was hired by William Randolph Hearst to design the Examiner Building.
Antonio Gonzalez has a BA in journalism from the University of Iowa and an MLIS from San Jose State University. He is a member of the Odd Fellows fraternity, works in an architecture and fine arts library and has a blog where he post items related to architecture and his other interests (misterdangerous.wordpress.com).
In 2015, arts and historic preservation staff began a project of documenting all of the City’s designated historic properties.
This free exhibition shows a selection of photographs from the over 80 properties that were documented by West Hollywood photographer Tony Coelho, representing a wide array of architectural styles and associations with well-known architects and builders. These images celebrate West Hollywood – recognizing our past, present, and future.
When and Where:
Friday, March 6, 7:00 pm
Community Meeting Room at the West Hollywood Library
625 N. San Vicente Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90069
- 7-8 pm: Reading and Architecture Presentation by Antonio Gonzalez
- 8-9 pm: Exhibition Reception with artists upstairs.
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