Tonight, relive the yester-years of The Sunset Strip with hair metal parody masters Steel Panther. Join the spandex superstars as they take the stage at the House of Blues, along with support from local faves Diamond Lane and Vera Mesmer. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for this 18 and older show. www.hob.com/losangeles
Tuesday, July 17 probe the disturbingly creative mind of cult author Chuck Palahniuk (author of Fight Club) as he discusses the “re-release” of his infamous third publication Invisible Monsters. This “remix,” hardcover edition presents a dissected and deconstructed version of Palahniuk’s original conception, along with an introduction explaining the novel’s original intent. Book Soup presents this special event at the Skirbal Cultural Center starting at 8 p.m. Discussion is free, however RSVP is recommended: http://www.skirball.org/programs/readings-talks/chuck-palahniuk www.booksoup.com
PICK OF THE WEEK: Those fans lucky enough to snag a pair of tickets will be heading to The Roxy Theatre on Wednesday, July 18 for the punk rock cabaret sounds of Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra. Best known as the mastermind behind The Dresden Dolls, this theatrical performance artist takes her live show to new heights as a solo act. (This event is sold out!) www.theroxyonsunset.com For those without tickets, take your sorrows to the rooftop and enjoy awe-inspiring views of Los Angeles as well as delicious libations as part of The London West Hollywood’s Wednesdays at Sunset. This weekly summer event puts an open-air twist on the traditional happy hour, with gourmet samplings, specialty cocktails and DJ-curated tunes. Entry is free, but reservations are required by phone 310-358-7766 or email ( SunsetRSVP@luxuryresorts.com) Not a bad way to end your Wednesday. www.thelondonwesthollywood.com
Bringing together a shockingly sexy mix of standup and adult superstars, don’t miss The Naughty Show this Thursday, July 19 at The Comedy Store. Hosted by Sam Tripoli, this long running adult’s only variety show will feature burlesque dancing by porn legend Tera Patrick, the comedic stylings of Anthony Jeselnik (Comedy Central Roasts), Last Comic Standing’s Doug Benson, and if that wasn’t enough, proceeds from the show will go to AbolishSlavery.org. Show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $20. www.thecomedystore.com
Friday, July 20 The Viper Room celebrates The 25th Anniversary of Guns N’ Roses Appetite for Destruction. This tribute night will pay homage to one of the most quintessential rock records of all time, as The Lonely Drunks Club Band performs the landmark album in its entirety, along with super secret surprise special guests. (Shhh!) Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 advance/$15 day of show. www.viperroom.com
Return to The Roxy Theatre on Saturday, July 21 for ’90s alt-rock staples Fountains of Wayne, along with special guests The Relationship (featuring Brian Bell of Weezer). Enjoy a night of pop rock bliss as the NYC-based quartet plows through brand new material from their just released fourth record Traffic and Weather, as well as radio friendly sing-a-longs like “Stacy’s Mom.” Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25. www.theroxyonsunset.com
End your week by enjoying three courses of delicious, culinary delights during DineLA’s summer Restaurant Week on Sunday, July 22. Asia De Cuba, BOA, BLT Steak, Boxwood Café, Crossroads at House of Blues, Gordon Ramsay at The London West Hollywood, Katana, Mirabelle, Night + Market and Rosa Mexicano are among those on the “must eat” list. Get your reservations!
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--Brent X Mendoza, @brentXmendoza