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Sunset Strip Picks: Dec. 13-19

Kicking off the week with the PICK OF THE WEEKMonday, Dec. 13 professional party planner Tuesdae (Chelsea Girls/Huntress) presents Rock Club at The Cat Club. This high-demand event boasting "the only weekly live rock n' roll karaoke band in Hollywood" is finally touching down on The Sunset Strip. Struggling singers, put your money where your mouth is, and test your skills with a live band while industry movers and shakers troll for new talent. This new weekly residency features surprise celebrity guests and cheap drink specials. Show starts at 11 p.m. Tickets are $10 or $5 with invite before 11 p.m. Set list online at www.facebook.com/RockClubLA.  www.thecatclubonsunset.com

 

Night + Market Lets You Discover Thailand, Without The Checked Bag Fees

Last Thursday, Dec. 2, Night + Market debuted on The Sunset Strip to a packed, and very vibrant, crowd. The newly opened Thai street food restaurant from owner and chef Kris Yenbamroong is the sister to an already standing Talesai, which opened in 1982 by his parents. Yenbamroong took the helm of the Sunset Strip staple a few years ago, and when the space next door to Talesai became available, he knew it would be the ideal location for a new venture.

 

Night + Market is a late night communal dining spot boasting tapas style plates based on Thai street food items. The menu features favorites like crispy catfish, pork stew and fried chicken wings, all accompanied by a selection of beers from Southeast Asia and wine that can be ordered in “taste” size as well as by the glass or bottle.

 

Sunset Strip Picks: Dec. 6-12

Tonight, KCRW presents the funky afro-beats of Chico Mann at The Roxy Theatre. You will most certainly want to catch the artist who is described as a “time-travelling multi-instrumentalist-producer who with drum machines, synthesizers and guitars has singlehandedly filled the 30+ year gap between afrobeat, afrocuban, freestyle and electronic music while throwing a wrench into the cogs of musical history.” See if he lives up to his claim. Doors open at 8 p.m. and tickets are $13.50. www.theroxyonsunset.com

 

Some Hear Explosions!? One of The Sunset Strip’s best and brightest takes the stage at the Viper Room on Tuesday, Dec. 7 along with Hollywood Heartthrob, EchoGram and Shawn Chrystopher. School yourself on some great local up and comers. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $10. www.viperroom.com

 

Week In Rewind: Night Market Opens, Sunset Tower rocks a holiday video, BOA remains a celeb hotspot

Thai Street Food on Sunset [Urban Daddy]

A Look Into Night Market, Open Tonight in West Hollywood for Thai Street Food [Grubstreet]

Celebrate The Holiday Season on The Sunset Strip [Kix Axe]

Watch Sunset Tower’s Holiday Video Card – Made by ‘SNL’ Stars [Hollywood Reporter]

TheSunsetStrip.com Exclusive Interview: Fiction Plane

UK indie rockers Fiction Plane journeyed Sunset Strip side for one of only two U.S. appearances promoting the release of their new record Sparks. The seasoned three-piece, comprised of frontman/bassist Joe Sumner, guitarist Seton Daunt and drummer Pete Wilhoit, has already toured the world in support of Sting, The Police and The Bravery, as well as headlined their own sold-out European tour. Now poised to make their mark in the States, band leader and rock royalty progeny Joe Sumner has relocated to Lala Land and is quickly making his presence known. 

Before taking the stage for their Nov. 18 performance at the Viper Room, the jovial lads from Fiction Plane spoke with TheSunsetStrip.com about the importance of having a driver’s license, the daunting question of nepotism when you are Sting's son, and supermodels who work in coffee shops.