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Sunset Strip Picks of the Week through March 27

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Dine for a cause tonight as BOA Steakhouse and Katana will donate 25% of their sales on Monday, March 21 to the American Red Cross to help support the Japan relief efforts. A good meal for an even better cause. www.boasteak.com www.katanarobata.com

Tuesday, March 22 The Comedy Store presents Greg Dean’s College of Comedy Showcase. Proprietor of the longest running stand-up comedy school in America, Dean has trained hundreds of successful working comedians, as well as penned the book Step By Step to Stand-Up Comedy. See if his students earn a passing grade as they showcase their studies in the intimate Belly Room. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. www.thecomedystore.com

Flash back to a time when O.J. Simpson was the biggest reality star on TV and Mel Gibson still had a promising film career, and you may remember a little song called “Need You Around.”  Reaching No. 35 on Billboard’s Modern Rock chart, this single by Chicago band Smoking Popes was all over the airwaves. Join the band this Wednesday, March 23 at the Key Club and relive the pop punk invasion and the simpler days of the mid-90s. Doors open at 8 p.m. GA tickets start at $14. www.keyclub.com

Take one of the best loved Tom Cruise movies of all time and add adult content. That’s right, your porn spoof fantasies have come to fruition with the release of Hustler Video’s new $1 million dollar epic, Top Guns. (Were you hoping for Cocktails?) Thursday, March 24 pick up your own copy of this tour de force and meet the talented female cast of the film in person at Hustler Hollywood. Event begins at 8 p.m. www.hustlerhollywood.com

Friday, March 25 the Viper Room hosts A Party for Celebrity Author Neil Strauss. Celebrating the release of his new book, Everyone Loves You When You’re Dead, this night will feature performances by Har Mar Superstar, a burlesque act from Rita D’ Albert and many more surprises. Doors for this posh VIP event open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance. www.viperroom.com

Return to the Viper Room on Saturday, March 26 for their annual Japan Night. Due to the tragic events of the recent earthquake and tsunami, this night of all Japanese imports will now be playing for a good cause. Join Mo’Some Tonebender, Lolita No.18, Hystoic Vein, and a few others whose names can’t be translated, for a night of great music and much needed relief.  Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting relief efforts. www.viperroom.com

Sunday, March 27 the world famous Whisky A Go-Go presents “Stars of The Decades Vol. 2 (A Musical Tribute from The ’60s to The Present).” Join Lee Harvey & The Oswalds, Smooth Sounds of Santana, Gretchen Bonaduce + Ankh, Soul To Soul (Stevie Ray Vaughan) and Ninefinger in a musical revue spanning 50 years. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10. www.whiskyagogo.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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