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Jeff Garlin's Reading Group Reads Lolita!
Sep 2 2014 - 7:00pm
Book Soup

Jeff Garlin's Reading Group returns! It was a long hiatus but he's a busy man with a hit show, stand up, and his choice of projects! We are delighted to have Jeff back this month and he's excited to read and discuss Vladimir Nabokov's classic Lolita with you.
This reading group is open to anyone who has read the book.
About Lolita:  The most controversial classic novel of the 20th century, Lolita tells the story of Humbert Humbert, a middle-aged man who is aroused to erotic desire only by a young girl.
About Nabokov: Vladimir Nabokov was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1899. After studying French and Russian literature at Trinity College, Cambridge, he launched his literary career in Berlin and Paris. In 1940 he moved to the United States, here he achieved renown as a novelist, poet, critic, and translator. Lolita," " arguably his most famous novel, was first published, by the Olympia Press, Paris, on September 15, 1955, and became a controversial success. Nabokov died in Montreux Switzerland in 1977.

 

Doyle, Ashylus, No One's Mercy, Scurvy Kids, Nightmare Syndrome, Swine Pop
Sep 3 2014 - 7:00pm
Crobot, AEGES, Tommy Smith (of Leogun) , Special Late Night Performance by Dive: A Tribute to Nirvana
Sep 4 2014 - 8:00pm
Viper Room

$10

Crack 'em Up Thursdays
Sep 4 2014 - 10:00pm
Comedy Store

Belly Room

Hookers & Blow featuring Dizzy Reed of Guns N' Roses, Fire Glass, Shattered Systems, The Blondes, Failing To Fly, Atoms Fall, Robot, Twenty 2 Salute
Sep 5 2014 - 7:00pm
Cage, Sadistik, Awol One
Sep 5 2014 - 8:00pm

$17

Leonard Maltin discusses and signs Leonard Maltin’s 2015 Movie Guide: The Modern Era
Sep 6 2014 - 5:00pm
Book Soup

The definitive New York Times bestselling guide to the movies.  Now that Netflix and Hulu can deliver thousands of movies at the touch of a button, the only question is: What should I watch? For decades, Leonard Maltin has been America's most trusted film critic and whether readers are in the mood for a Hollywood hit or a little-known gem, his bestselling guide can help them make a satisfying choice. (Plume Books)

Starke, Starch Monkey, Hotwired, Black Water Soul, Army Of Kings, Zed, Jeffrey Poulson
Sep 6 2014 - 7:00pm
MC Frontalot, Nerf Herder Dr. Awkward Corn Mo
Sep 6 2014 - 7:30pm
Viper Room

$12

Tammy Jo Dearden's Comedy Store Live!
Sep 6 2014 - 7:30pm
Comedy Store

Belly Room

Bruce McCulloch - Young Drunk Punk
Sep 6 2014 - 7:30pm

$25

Carly De Castro, Hedi Gores, & Hayden Slater present and sign Juice: Recipes for Juicing, Cleansing, and Living Well
Sep 7 2014 - 4:00pm
Book Soup

A lushly illustrated and accessible guide to juicing and juice cleansing, featuring 75 recipes for making organic juices, milks, and other concoctions at home to provide the vital nutrients a healthy body needs to function at an optimal level.  Once considered a fringe practice of raw-food zealots, juicing has gone mainstream. In this beautiful full-color health guide and cookbook--which requires only a juicer or blender to use--the founders of Los Angeles-based Pressed Juicery explain how juicing and juice cleansing can be part of a fit and healthy lifestyle. Featuring seventy-five recipes for the shop's most popular juices--including greens, roots, citrus, fruits, aloe and chlorophyll waters, and signature beverages like Chocolate Almond and Coconut Mint Chip--this inspirational handbook outlines the benefits of juicing, explains how to do a juice cleanse safely, and shares testimonials from people who have experienced personal health transformations after integrating juice into their lives. (Ten Speed Press)

Poetiic, Open Our 3rd Eye, Natalia, Westbound, Altered Change
Sep 7 2014 - 6:00pm
The Chop Tops, Coffin Draggers, The Quaranteds, DJ VON BADSVILLE
Sep 7 2014 - 8:00pm
Viper Room

$10

Camille Solari & Adam Barnhardt's Whores On Sunday
Sep 7 2014 - 8:00pm
Comedy Store

Original Room

Mr Denton On Doomsday, Bruce Thomas, Instinct, Sunday Drive, Quinn Archer
Sep 8 2014 - 6:00pm
Peter Seth discusses and signs What It Was Like
Sep 8 2014 - 7:00pm
Book Soup

"It's really a very simple story. What happened was this: I met this girl and did a very stupid thing. I fell in love. Hard. I know that to some people that makes me an idiot and a loser. What can I say? They're right. I did some extremely foolish things; I'm the first to say it. And they've left me in jail and alone."
So begins one of the most compelling, emotionally charged, and affecting novels you are likely to read this year.  It is the summer of 1968 and a young man takes a job at a camp in upstate New York before starting his first semester at Columbia University. There, he meets Rachel Price, a fellow counselor who is as beautiful as she is haunted. Their romance will burn with a passion neither of them has ever known before...a passion with the power to destroy.   In the tradition of Endless Love and Gone Girl, What it was Like is an intimate, raw, and revealing journey through the landscape of all-consuming love. It announces the debut of a remarkable storyteller.  (Story Plant)

Potluck
Sep 8 2014 - 7:00pm
Comedy Store

Original Room

Deathsquad presents Kill Tony
Sep 8 2014 - 8:00pm
Comedy Store

Original Room

The Ding Dong Show
Sep 8 2014 - 10:00pm
Comedy Store

Original Room

The World's Greatest Tribute Bands A Tribute to Elvis by Justin Shandor
Sep 9 2014 - 6:00pm
Michaela Carter discusses and signs Further Out Than You Thought
Sep 9 2014 - 7:00pm
Book Soup

Combining the eloquence and raw sensuality of Jeanette Winterson with the romantic, renegade spirit of Patti Smith, Further Out Than You Thought is a taut and erotically charged literary debut, set against the chaos of the 1992 L.A. riots, about three people searching for identity and meaning from award-winning poet and indie bookshop co-founder Michaela Carter.

In the Neverland that is Los Angeles, where make-believe seems real, three dreamers find themselves on the verge of transformation. Twenty-five-year-old poet Gwendolyn Griffin works as a stripper to put herself through graduate school. Her perpetually stoned boyfriend Leo dresses in period costume to hawk his music downtown, and seems to be losing his already tenuous grip on reality. And their flamboyant best friend and neighbor, nightclub crooner Count Valiant, is slowly withering away.

When the city explodes in violence after the Rodney King verdict, the chaos becomes a catalyst for change. Valiant is invigorated, Leo plans a new stunt--walking into east L.A., naked, holding a white flag--and Gwen, discovering she is pregnant, is confronted by troubling questions. Can Leo become a good, dependable father? Can she leave the club life behind, or will the city's spell prove too seductive?

Combining poetry and sensuality with an edgy urban sensibility, Further Out Than You Thought is a celebration of life and a haunting story of love, friendship, and one woman's quest for redemption. (William Morrow & Co)

Come Unity Presents : Gypsy Rose, Til All Is One, Ayin Aleph, Hear Kitty Kitty
Sep 9 2014 - 8:00pm
Viper Room

$10

Hilltop Hoods, Sims (of Doomtree)
Sep 9 2014 - 8:00pm

$18

Prong, Motheride, The Erkonauts
Sep 10 2014 - 6:00pm
5 Seconds of Summer
Sep 10 2014 - 7:00pm
Swans, Carla Bozulich
Sep 10 2014 - 8:00pm

$32

May Contain Nuts!
Sep 10 2014 - 8:30pm
Comedy Store
Slaughter and the Dogs, Empty Pockets, Dirty Eyes, Animal Pleasures, The Shag Rats, Ciphers of Transcendence, Bitten Beans, Recnamorcem
Sep 11 2014 - 6:00pm
Luke Davies discusses and signs God of Speed
Sep 11 2014 - 7:00pm
Book Soup

I will fly at last. I will unfold my wings. I will unpack my head. I will step back outside. One day I may even make love again. But one thing at a time. Let's not get ahead of ourselves. Film mogul, aviator, addict, inventor, visionary, recluse, serial womanizer, and political meddler: Howard Hughes was one of the strangest and most significant figures of the 20th century. His obsessive-compulsive disorder would end up crippling and isolating him; in the end he self-medicated his way into oblivion. It's a summer night in 1973, and holed up in his hotel penthouse in London, Hughes can't sleep. Tomorrow he takes control of an airplane for the first time in more than 15 years. As the reclusive, drug-addled billionaire waits for dawn, the shape and preoccupations of the times emerge from his ruined psyche; a world of oil, flight, money, movies, drugs, sex, power, greed, fear, yearning America. Transcendent and debauched, God of Speed is a fever dream, a giant and extraordinary leap of the imagination into the fractured mind of a man who was both great and greatly fallen. (Rare Bird Books)

Larry Storch Live: At Ease, Boys and Girls!
Sep 11 2014 - 7:00pm
Comedy Store
Swans, Carla Bozulich
Sep 11 2014 - 8:00pm

$32

Crack 'em Up Thursdays
Sep 11 2014 - 10:00pm
Comedy Store

Belly Room

Golden Rivet, Timsh'l, Cave Under Water
Sep 12 2014 - 6:00pm
Ramita Navai discusses and signs City of Lies: Love, Sex, Death, and the Search for Truth in Tehran
Sep 12 2014 - 7:00pm
Book Soup

Drawn from conversations whispered across tables in the cafes that line Vali Asr, Tehran's pulsing central thoroughfare, Ramita Navai gives voice to the unforgettable lives of ordinary people forced to live extraordinary lives in modern Tehran: the porn star, the ageing socialite, the assassin and enemy of the state who ends up working for the Republic, the religious militiaman who undergoes a sex change, the dutiful housewife who files for divorce, and the old-time thug running a gambling den.
Rich, absorbing and exotic, this is an insider's glimpse into the local personalities, the unremarkable busy bodies and hysterical intrigues buzzing about the city like you've never seen before. This is a place where Mullahs visit prostitutes, cosmetic surgeons restore girls' virginity and homemade porn is bought and sold in the bazaars. Here, survival depends on an intricate network of lies and falsehoods. Far removed from the picture of Tehran we glimpse in news stories, we are shown another city--a hidden city--but a far more honest one. (PublicAffairs)

Martin Harris Comedy Night
Sep 12 2014 - 7:15pm
Comedy Store

Original Room

Zen Robbi, The Dirty Diamond, R-Mean, Belmont Lights, Korbee, Stemlife
Sep 12 2014 - 7:30pm
Crazee Cindy's Comedy Show
Sep 12 2014 - 7:30pm
Comedy Store

Belly Room

Slow Magic, Kodak to Graph, Daktyl
Sep 12 2014 - 8:00pm

$14 - 16

Daisy Hernandez discusses and signs A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir
Sep 13 2014 - 4:00pm
Book Soup

In this lyrical, coming-of-age memoir, Daisy Hernandez chronicles what the women in her Cuban-Colombian family taught her about love, money, and race. Her mother warns her about "envidia "and men who seduce you with pastries, while one tia bemoans that her niece is turning out to be ""una india"" instead of an American. Another auntie instructs that when two people are close, they are bound to become like "una y mugre," fingernails and dirt, and that no, Daisy's father is not godless. He's simply praying to a candy dish that can be traced back to Africa.   These lessons--rooted in women's experiences of migration, colonization, "y carino"--define in evocative detail what it means to grow up female in an immigrant home. In one story, Daisy sets out to defy the dictates of race and class that preoccupy her mother and tias, but dating women and transmen, and coming to identify as bisexual, leads her to unexpected questions. In another piece, NAFTA shuts local factories in her hometown on the outskirts of New York City, and she begins translating unemployment forms for her parents, moving between English and Spanish, as well as private and collective fears. In prose that is both memoir and commentary, Daisy reflects on reporting for the New York Times as the paper is rocked by the biggest plagiarism scandal in its history and plunged into debates about the role of race in the newsroom.  A heartfelt exploration of family, identity, and language, A Cup of Water Under My Bed is ultimately a daughter's story of finding herself and her community, and of creating a new, queer life. (Beacon Press)

Otherwise, Vattica, Alexa Villa, Chandler Juliet
Sep 13 2014 - 6:00pm
Tammy Jo Dearden's Comedy Store Live!
Sep 13 2014 - 7:30pm
Comedy Store

Belly Room

Paradise Fears with special guests Hollywood Ending, William Beckett, Pop! Fiction
Sep 13 2014 - 7:30pm

$13

THE MOLLY RINGWALDS
Sep 13 2014 - 8:00pm
Rick Elliot & The Secondhand Smoke Band, Fairfax School Of Rock, God's Weapon
Sep 14 2014 - 6:00pm
Crazee Cindy
Sep 14 2014 - 8:00pm
Comedy Store

Main Room

Camille Solari & Adam Barnhardt's Whores On Sunday
Sep 14 2014 - 8:00pm
Comedy Store

Belly Room

Headbang for the Highway presents Battle for Knotfest 2014 w/Ophiuchus, Concrete Sledge, The Mendenhall Experiment, Still Not Dead, Helldorado, Death Before Dying
Sep 15 2014 - 6:00pm
Potluck
Sep 15 2014 - 7:00pm
Comedy Store

Original Room

Deathsquad presents Kill Tony
Sep 15 2014 - 8:00pm
Comedy Store

Belly Room

The Ding Dong Show
Sep 15 2014 - 10:00pm
Comedy Store

Belly Room

The World's Greatest Tribute Bands A Tribute to Def Leppard by Pyromania
Sep 16 2014 - 6:00pm
Laff Mobb presents
Sep 16 2014 - 9:00pm
Comedy Store

Main Room

Gavlyn, Mod, King Rod Luve, Altered Change, Prada G, Us: The Folks We: The People, Kidreal
Sep 17 2014 - 6:00pm
Lil Dicky, DJ Omega
Sep 17 2014 - 8:00pm

$18 - 95

Lovelife
Sep 18 2014 - 7:30pm

$15

Crack 'em Up Thursdays
Sep 18 2014 - 10:00pm
Comedy Store

Belly Room

H.R. of Bad Brains, Vigilant Playground, Grant My Wishes, Once A Wolf, The Wyldz, Frostfire
Sep 19 2014 - 6:00pm
Son Lux, Helado Negro
Sep 19 2014 - 8:00pm

$15

Jonathan Kite (CBS's 2 Broke Girls) & friends
Sep 19 2014 - 8:30pm
Comedy Store

Belly Room

SSMF: LA Guns, Bonnet, Wild Roses, Unwritten Law, Nekrogoblikon, Fartbarf, The Killing Lights, Future Villains, Dirty Machine
Sep 20 2014 - 6:00pm
Martin Harris Comedy Night
Sep 20 2014 - 7:30pm
Comedy Store

Original Room

Tammy Jo Dearden's Comedy Store Live!
Sep 20 2014 - 7:30pm
Comedy Store

Belly Room

News

New Year's Eve Party List!

Get ready to pop the bubbly and ring in 2014 in style on The Sunset Strip! We've got you covered from vintage-themed parties to DJs, rock shows and multi-course dinners.

 

PARTIES & SHOWS

Picks of the Week: Dec. 16-21

Tonight kickoff your almost there, pre-Xmas week with a trifecta of great shows on The Sunset Strip. Heading from east to west, don’t miss:

New In The Neighborhood: Rare By Drai's Steakhouse

You'll definitely want to sink your teeth into this: Rare by Drai's steakhouse is open! The French-inspired steakhouse is decked out in red hues with velvetty red curtains, plush sofas and ornate lighting and seating. 

The menu includes cold and hot seafood offerings, filets, prime NY strip, ribeyes, prime porterhouse and rack of lamb as well as a full bar with signature cocktails. Items that caught our eye include iced Kumamoto oysters, pepper steak filet with fresh cracked peppercorn sauce, lobster truffled macaroni and cheese and the "On Sunset" cocktail (tequila ocho plata, arbol chili infused St. Germain, honey, lemon and ginger).

Expect a well-heeled crowd and lots of seductive engery with DJs, outdoor patio seating near the lounge and a candlelit dining room. 

Rare by Drai's is open for dinner service. For reservations and more information, call 310-360-1525 or visit www.facebook.com/rarebydrais. 

 

 

Picks of the Week: Dec. 10-15

Holiday blues got you down? Head to The Comedy Store on Tuesday, Dec. 10 for a sleigh full of laughs, as the legendary landmark presents their tried and true weekly showcase 16 Headlining Comics, with Whitney Cummings, Mark Ellis, Bobby Lee, Erik Griffin, Brody Stevens and more on the lineup tonight. After breaking the bank with all your Yuletide cheer, finally catch a break with $15 cover for a night chock full of the best of the best in laugh therapy. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. This show is ages 21 and older. www.thecomedystore.com

Cherie Currie Rocks Good Cheer To The Sunset Strip

This Friday, Dec. 6 pioneering rock n’ roll frontwoman Cherie Currie returns to her humble beginnings here on The Sunset Strip for a very special Toys for Tots benefit show at the Viper Room. 

Before heading out to “Rock This Christmas Down” and sing-a-long to all your favorite youthful angst anthems, catch up with Currie as she reminisces about her early days on The Sunset Strip, talks about a possible Runaways reunion and shares her newfound love of…chainsaw carving?

 

Paint us a picture of what The Strip was like in the mid-seventies when The Runaways were first getting started?