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

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Judgment Day billboard in West Hollywood. Saint Motel will be performing a concert at The Roxy on May 21 that is to be attended by the people behind the billboards. (photo: Bradley Jacobson)

Sunset Strip Picks of the Week lovingly hand-selected by Brent X Mendoza

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. www.theroxyonsunset.com

One of L.A.’s best and brightest, Golden State, return to their home at the Viper Room on Wednesday, May 18. With a massive catalog of hits and scores of songs placed in TV and film, frontman James Grundler and his band are second to none in local L.A. talent. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $12. www.viperroom.com

Thursday, May 19 the Key Club presents the stage show spectacle that is Dread Zeppelin.  Celebrating 20 years, the band has cornered a unique niche market covering all your favorite Led Zep hits in reggae style. And if that doesn’t spark your interest, imagine the songs being sung by the “late-years” Vegas Elvis impersonator. Strange as it sounds, the formula must work, as proof by their devoted fanbase and continued longevity. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $45 VIP. www.keyclub.com

Summer is upon us. In preparation for fun in the sun and shorter (work) days, Asia de Cuba at the Mondrian has launched Out of Office Fridays, a weekly party featuring a $5 food and drink menu and $5 valet parking from 1-4 p.m. Set your out of office auto-responder and get ready for a productive afternoon of day drinking and tanning. www.mondrianhotel.com

The end is near this Saturday, May 21 when 98.7fm, LA Weekly and The Almighty God partner to present Judgement Day with Saint Motel at The Roxy Theatre. The hype has been building for weeks now… See what the 2010 SSMF alum/art rockers have in store for this concept night of biblical proportions. Vanaprasta, The Hundred Days and Queen Caveat round out the lineup.  Doors open at 8 p.m. www.theroxyonsunset.com

Sunday, May 22 Book Soup hosts comic genius Adam Corolla as he discusses and signs copies of his new book, In Fifty Years We’ll All Be Chicks: And Other Complaints from an Angry Middle-Aged White Guy. This new work has the famed radio host and TV personality doing what he does best: creating a literary tirade of gut-busting social commentary on all of life’s trivial annoyances. Don’t miss this chance to see the philosopher warrior in person. Signing begins at 4 p.m. www.booksoup.com

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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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