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PICK OF THE WEEK: Tuesday, Nov. 23 The Roxy Theatre presents the oil drums and car parts players better known as Street Drum Corps. Midway through their four-week residency, this punk rock percussion collective is bringing in big crowds with their “bang on anything that makes a beat” stage show. Special guests for the Nov. 23 performance include Stephen Perkins (Jane’s Addiciton), Tony Hajjar (At The Drive In/Sparta) and John Sawicki (STOMP). Caroline D’Amore, Mack Rank and Walk The Rio round out the night’s lineup. Doors for this pounding presentation open at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are a pocket-friendly $10. www.theroxyonsunset.com
Return to The Roxy on Wednesday, Nov. 24 as hip-hop hero Talib Kweli celebrates the release of his new album, Gutter Rainbows. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, and keeping in line with Kweli’s socially conscious message, admission to this show is free with the donation of a blanket, gloves, scarves or socks. Just bring your offering to The Roxy box office and exchange it for a ticket to the show (entrance subject to capacity). Doors for this win/win show and charity drive open at 9 p.m. www.theroxyonsunset.com
Happy Thanksgiving! Those who can’t get enough turkey – and those looking to break free from the house – can take refuge at “Thanksgiving Leftovers” at RH Bar. From 5 p.m. to midnight, RH will be transformed to lounge featuring music from DJ Aaron Colbert, drink specials and a food menu featuring reinterpretations of Thanksgiving dinner mainstays, including turkey sliders with sautéed potatoes, turkey Panini with cranberry jelly and turkey hash with chestnuts, gravy and mesclun salad ($9). www.andazwesthollywood.com (See the full listing of Thanksgiving dining on The Sunset Strip.)
Skip the 4 a.m. wait at the department stores for “Black Friday” and head to The Sunset Strip for good deals and a good cause as the Nicole Miller boutique hosts an all-day, exclusive shopping event to benefit the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank. Guests will be able to shop for their perfect holiday season styles and 15% of the entire day’s proceeds will be donated to the Los Angeles Foodbank to help feed the hungry. Event from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. www.nicolemiller.com
Saturday, Nov. 27 the Viper Room presents newcomers Gina And The Eastern Block. Poised to make a splash of a debut, sexy songstress Gina Katon celebrates her birthday and record release party with the premiere of her new musical project. With special guests that include Melody Thornton of the Pussycat Dolls, the band is sure to make a great first impression. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door. www.viperroom.com
Just because this season of “Mad Men” has ended, it doesn’t mean your obsession has. Curb your withdrawal at Book Soup this Sunday, Nov. 28 as illustrator/author Dyna Moe presents and signs copies of his new work Mad Men: The Illustrated World. As if that wasn’t enough to fill your Mad Men void, star Rich Sommer (Harry Crane) will also join the author as he discusses his guide to achieving the iconic look and style of the swingin’ ’60s. This event begins at 5 p.m. www.booksoup.com
The Strange Reality of a WeHo Without a Queer Nightlife Scene
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 […]
WeHo’s Employees Only is Delivering Cocktail Kits, TP 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 […]
R&B, Hip-Hip, Trap & Soul: ‘CLSQ Fridays’ at The Chapel at The Abbey
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.
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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