Tonight, the marquee you thought you’d never lay eyes on again: GUNS N’ ROSES live on The Sunset Strip! One of the pivotal bands that made this street famous returns for an intimate show at the House of Blues. For those lucky enough to get their paws on a golden ticket to this much hyped, sold-out show, doors open at 9 p.m., which means Axl may or may not be hitting the stage sometime around midnight. www.hob.com/sunsetstrip
Tuesday, March 13 meet iconic Star Wars screen siren Carrie Fisher as she stops by Book Soup to discuss the latest published episode of her storied career, Shockaholic. Catch up with the Emmy and Tony-nominated, New York Times bestselling author as she discusses her latest psychiatric addiction — shock treatment! Signing and discussion begins at 7 p.m. www.booksoup.com
Spend an evening chillaxin’, sipping cocktails and enjoying the acoustic sounds of Desert Nights at the ultra chic Standard Hotel this Wednesday, March 14. This week’s bill of fare includes the Springsteen-esqe sounds of Jesse Tyre Karp and fellow singer/songwriters Ryan Eggold and Justin Hopkins. Entertainment in the Cactus Lounge begins at 7:30 p.m. and as always, entrance is free. www.standardhotels.com/hollywood
Bringing you only the best in top notch up-and-coming talent, KROQ Locals Only presents The Dear and Departed featuring frontman Dan Smith of "LA Ink" fame, along with In Transmission and The Vegas Breakdown this Thursday, March 15 at The Roxy Theatre. Doors open 7 p.m. Tickets are $12. www.theroxyonsunset.com
Don your Kevlar vest, and head to the Key Club on Friday, March 16 for infamous West Coast rapper The Game. Don’t miss the multiplatinum hip-hop mogul at this rare underplay performance on his home turf. Doors open 8 p.m. Tickets range from $35 general admission - $60 VIP. www.keyclub.com
This Saturday, March 17 the beer will flow a little stronger in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. The Strip’s restaurants, bars and venues have a full day and night packed with parties and shows, including an all-day block party at Rock & Reilly’s featuring an outdoor beer garden, DJs, bands and five bars from noon – 10 p.m. Entrance is $10. The Den, The Roxy Theatre, Whisky A Go-Go, Rainbow, The Comedy Store and Cabo Cantina are also hosting parties and special events. Get the details.
While the LA Marathon takes over the streets of Los Angeles on Sunday, March 18, get in the walking spirit with your own tour de force with a self-guided tour of Gibson GuitarTown 2012 on The Sunset Strip. This week marked the official launch of round two of GuitarTown, the “larger than life” public art display that features 10-foot tall art guitars. The newest installment includes guitars by artists including Shepard Fairey, Tristan Eaton and a collaborative street art guitar by more than 15 artists including DeeKay, Bankrupt Slut, Free Humanity and more. The featured guitars celebrate Rage Against The Machine, Buffalo Springfield, T-Rex, Van Halen and Jane’s Addiction among others. Download a free copy of the walking map and hit The Strip!
Stay informed of Sunset Strip news and events throughout the week at Facebook.com/TheSunsetStrip and @thesunsetstrip.
--Brent X Mendoza, @brentXmendoza