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Sunset Strip Picks for the Week through August 22

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Brent X Mendoza has the picks for the hottest events on the Sunset Strip this week…

Monday, August 16 the Viper Room presents sexy screen siren Alicia Witt. Yes, apparently the redheaded star of “Law & Order” also plays music. Who knew? Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door.  www.viperroom.com

Tuesday, August 17 House Of Blues Sunset Strip hosts man-at-arms Ted Nugent. Catch the rock ‘n roll legend in all of his splendor, or else! No, seriously. The man hunts with crossbows and will be very peeved if you’re a no-show. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $39.50 advance /$42.50 day of show.  www.hob.com

Head to the Viper Room on Wednesday, August 18 because your choice for midweek music is an obvious one, TotallyLikeDuh! Bringing you the hippest of hipster bands, this taste making promoter knows what’s cool before it’s cool. So a year from now, you can brag to all your friends that you saw The Clams, Cobra Venom, Three Point Landing, Colin Green, Phonoflakes and DJ The Letter B, “like way before they were popular.”  Doors open at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $10 at the door. www.viperroom.com

Thursday, August 19 KROQ Local’s Only presents Italian Japanese, Jets Overhead, Sea Of Cortez and Sabrosa Purr at The Roxy Theatre. Never steering you wrong, these nights never fail to showcase the best and brightest of the freshmen class. Check out personal fav Sabrosa Purr, whose cover of Eric Clapton’s “Cocaine” will make your face go numb. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door. www.theroxyonsunset.com

Infamous promoter Dayle Gloria presents Sex Presleys at The Cat Club on Friday, August 20.  Making their Los Angeles debut, this San Francisco-based quartet mashes up Sex Pistols’ music with Elvis Presley lyrics. Experience this phenom as they share the stage with High Risk, The Butcher Babies and The Knock Out. Long live the King. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door. www.thecatclubonsunset.com

Return to the scene of the crime on Saturday, August 20 when the Key Club presents superstar hip-hopper DJ Quik. Bringing his platinum beats to the stage, this “straight outta Compton” turntablist keeps it old school with a 20 year catalog of undeniable jams. Doors open at 8 p.m.  Tickets are $30 – $35.  www.keyclub.com

Sunday, August 22 spend your final hours of freedom at the Key Club with ‘80s new wave cover sensation The Spazmatics. One of the longest running shows in Hollywood, it’s your weekly destination to “whip it” all over the dance floor. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10/$20. www.keyclub.com

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Ahmanson Releases Statement on Suspending 60 Year LACMA Relationship

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LOS ANGELES — The Ahmanson Foundation is suspending its 60-year funding relationship with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) pending a clear understanding of how the works acquired over that time at a cost of more than $130 million will be displayed in the proposed new building.

Over the past few years Ahmanson has sought information about future display plans from LACMA.

“The museum has chosen to not address these concerns,” said the Foundation. “If an understanding is not met, the suspension will become permanent and The Ahmanson Foundation may need to deepen its relationship with other museums if art acquisition is to remain a funding interest.”

“It is with great sadness and much contemplation that the Foundation decided to suspend LACMA. In January 2019, we denied a purchase request because we could not resolve the issue of when or if the painting would ever be displayed.”

“It’s a regretful end to a trusted partnership where the Foundation worked closely with museum curators to acquire 114 European Old Master paintings and 15 sculptures, including one of the museum’s crown jewels, Georges de La Tour’s, The Magdalen with the Smoking Flame,” the foundation said in a statement. “The Foundation’s giving history with LACMA was guided by the museum’s mission and expressed commitment to build a world class encyclopedic museum to be enjoyed by the public at the Wilshire location.”

Despite public outcry, the existing buildings where the permanent collections have been shown are scheduled to be razed for a new building designed by Peter Zumthor. The new one-story building will replace three multi-story buildings and will have less square footage and less space for LACMA’s expansive permanent collection, including European Old Master’s. Without space to exhibit existing works, collection growth will be limited as well. The Ahmanson Foundation believes past commitments have been breached.

In 2006, Michael Govan, who had just been appointed LACMA’s director, made assurances to the foundation that if a new building were to be built “the Ahmanson Collection will be displayed with equal, and likely much better, space and galleries than today…” Govan has yet to divulge how much of the collection purchased or donated with Ahmanson assistance will be on view in the new museum and has yet to provide the Foundation with any confirmation or promise for the collection’s future display.

Georges de La Tour’s, The Magdalen with the Smoking Flame. The Magdalen with the Smoking Flame Georges de La Tour (1593, Vic-sur-Seille-1652, Lunéville) France, circa 1635-37 Paintings Oil on canvas Canvas: 46 1/16 × 36 1/8 in. (117 × 91.76 cm) Frame: 57 1/4 × 47 1/2 × 4 1/2 in. (145.42 × 120.65 × 11.43 cm) Gift of The Ahmanson Foundation (M.77.73) European Painting Not currently on public view
Georges de La Tour’s, The Magdalen with the Smoking Flame. The Magdalen with the Smoking Flame Georges de La Tour (1593, Vic-sur-Seille-1652, Lunéville) France, circa 1635-37 Paintings Oil on canvas Canvas: 46 1/16 × 36 1/8 in. (117 × 91.76 cm) Frame: 57 1/4 × 47 1/2 × 4 1/2 in. (145.42 × 120.65 × 11.43 cm) Gift of The Ahmanson Foundation (M.77.73) European Painting Not currently on public view

William Ahmanson, President of The Ahmanson Foundation, said, “It is with great sadness and much contemplation that the Foundation decided to suspend LACMA. In January 2019, we denied a purchase request because we could not resolve the issue of when or if the painting would ever be displayed.” In a 60-year history of giving, this was the first denial. Over the years The Ahmanson Foundation purchased at least one work a year. The last work acquired with funds from the Foundation was January 2017, Alessandro Algardi’s Baptism of Christ for $2,500,000.

The Foundation’s greatest concern is that the public will have limited or no access to works carefully curated and collected over decades and that these works will be removed from the Wilshire Boulevard site which was championed by The Ahmanson Foundation founder Howard F. Ahmanson Sr.

For more information about Ahmanson gifts of European art, visit www.lacma.org/publications to view the 3-volume electronic catalog.

THE AHMANSON FOUNDATION — The Ahmanson Foundation serves Los Angeles County by funding projects in the arts and humanities, education at all levels, health care, programs related to homelessness and underserved populations as well as a wide range of human services. By supporting non-profit organizations that demonstrate sound fiscal management, efficient operation, and program integrity, the Foundation strives to enhance the quality of life and cultural legacy of the Los Angeles community

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The Strange Reality of a WeHo Without a Queer Nightlife Scene

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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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LA Mayor to Order Citywide Lockdown of Bars and Dine-In Restaurants

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LA Mayor Eric Garcetti Will Soon Order Citywide Lockdown of Bars and Dine-In Restaurants

LOS ANGELES (Eater LA) — LA Mayor Eric Garcetti said in an interview on CNN this afternoon that the city of Los Angeles will order a shutdown of bars by today, adding that dine-in restaurants will likely be ordered to close very soon, pending orders from governor Gavin Newsom.

Last week Garcetti cautioned against dining in at restaurants , encouraging the public instead to order take-out in order to support local LA businesses. This shut down order today for bars comes amid guidance from the CDC to reduce interaction and mitigate the spread of coronavirus .

Many bars were already struggling to stay remain in operation in light of last week’s orders for the public to avoid crowded spaces, resorting to increased sanitation protocols and capacity […]

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