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Heretic, Lyken21, Facial Extraction, Cranial Engorgement
Jul 30 2014 - 6:00pm
Benoit Denizet-Lewis discusses and signs Travels with Casey
Jul 30 2014 - 7:00pm
Book Soup

"I don't think my dog likes me very much," New York Times Magazine writer Benoit Denizet-Lewis confesses at the beginning of his journey with his nine-year-old Labrador-mix, Casey. Over the next four months, thirty-two states, and 13,000 miles in a rented motor home, Denizet-Lewis and his canine companion attempt to pay tribute to the most powerful interspecies bond there is, in the country with the highest rate of dog ownership in the world.  On the way, Denizet-Lewis--known for his deeply reported dispatches from far corners of American life--meets an irresistible cast of dogs and dog-obsessed humans. Denizet-Lewis and Casey hang out with wolf-dogs in Appalachia, search with a dedicated rescuer of stray dogs in Missouri, spend a full day at a kooky dog park in Manhattan, get pulled over by a K9 cop in Missouri, and visit "Dog Whisperer" Cesar Millan in California. And then there are the pet psychics, dog-wielding hitchhikers, and two nosy women who took their neighbor to court for allegedly failing to pick up her dog's poop. Travels With Casey is a delightfully idiosyncratic blend of memoir and travelogue coupled with an exploration of a dog-loving America. What does our relationship to our dogs tell us about ourselves and our values? Denizet-Lewis explores those questions--and his own canine-related curiosities and insecurities--during his unforgettable road trip through our dog-loving nation. (Simon & Schuster)

Hollowbody LA Presents: Rad!, Ashes of Luna, New Anthem Noise, Grit
Jul 30 2014 - 7:45pm
Viper Room

$10

Shabazz Palaces
Jul 30 2014 - 8:00pm

$18

14 Comics
Jul 30 2014 - 9:00pm
Comedy Store

Original Room

Stryper, Lyken21, Gabbie Rae, Lyonhart
Jul 31 2014 - 6:00pm
The Chelsea Smiles, Casper & the Bad Spirits, The Black Marquee, The Burning Ritual
Jul 31 2014 - 8:00pm
Viper Room

$10

14 Comics
Jul 31 2014 - 9:00pm
Comedy Store

Original Room

Crack 'em Up Thursdays
Jul 31 2014 - 10:00pm
Comedy Store

Belly Room

Ralph Nadar discusses and signs Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State
Aug 1 2014 - 2:00pm
Book Soup

Ralph Nader has fought for over fifty years on behalf of American citizens against the reckless influence of corporations and their government patrons on our society. Now he ramps up the fight and makes a persuasive case that Americans are not powerless. In Unstoppable, he explores the emerging political alignment of the Left and the Right against converging corporate-government tyranny. (Nation Books)

Voyager, Urban Development, Crow Canyon, Aurico, Exit North, The Barefoot Bandits, Dirty Little Secrets
Aug 1 2014 - 6:00pm
APPETITE 4 DESTRUCTION
Aug 1 2014 - 7:30pm
Ian Salmon's Comedy Playlist
Aug 1 2014 - 7:30pm
Comedy Store

Belly Room

Ceremony, Nothing, Dangers, Upset
Aug 1 2014 - 8:00pm

$15

Live with John Campanelli
Aug 1 2014 - 10:30pm
Comedy Store

Belly Room

Josey Baker discusses and signs Josey Baker Bread: Get Baking - Make Awesome Bread - Share the Loaves
Aug 2 2014 - 4:00pm
Book Soup

This is the first true entry-level bread-baking cookbook, from Josey Baker (that's his real name!), a former science teacher turned San Francisco baking sensation. Josey Baker Bread combines step-by-step lessons with more than 100 photographs, offering easy-to-follow guidance for aspiring bakers. Recipes start with the basic formula for making bread— requiring little more than flour, water, time, and a pan—and build in depth and detail as the user progresses to more complex loaves, including Josey's cult favorite Dark Mountain Rye. With chapters dedicated to pizza, pocketbreads, and treats, Josey's playful, encouraging tone makes for a fun read full of great advice for bakers of all levels. (Chronicle Books)

Eyes Set To Kill, Evolove, Speaking The Kings, Find The Lotus
Aug 2 2014 - 6:00pm
Tammy Jo Dearden's Comedy Store Live!
Aug 2 2014 - 7:30pm
Comedy Store

Belly Room

Elefante with 5senti2
Aug 2 2014 - 8:00pm
Mike Stud, Futuristic, iamG, Bryce Vine
Aug 2 2014 - 8:00pm

$16 - 50

Kirk Franklin Presents Gospel Brunch
Aug 3 2014 - 12:00pm
Bobaflex, Crvsh, The Songery, Seven Codes Of Bushido, Jesse Lopez
Aug 3 2014 - 6:00pm
Camille Solari & Adam Barnhardt's Whores On Sunday
Aug 3 2014 - 8:00pm
Comedy Store

Belly Room

Sway Parade Productions Presents : Samy.Language, Vegaz- Taelor, Day'nah, Charles X
Aug 3 2014 - 8:00pm
Viper Room

$8

The Festival Of The Lion featuring The Orphics
Aug 4 2014 - 6:00pm
Potluck
Aug 4 2014 - 7:00pm
Comedy Store

Original Room

The Interrupters, Left Alone, Oceanside Sound System, HB Surround Sound
Aug 4 2014 - 7:00pm

$13

Deathsquad presents Kill Tony
Aug 4 2014 - 8:00pm
Comedy Store

Belly Room

The Ding Dong Show
Aug 4 2014 - 10:30pm
Comedy Store

Belly Room

Ann Hamilton discusses and signs Expecting
Aug 5 2014 - 7:00pm
Book Soup

Laurie and Alan are expecting, again. After two miscarriages, Laurie was afraid they'd never be able to have a child. Now she's cautiously optimistic -- the fertility treatment worked, and things seem to be different this time around. But she doesn't yet know how different.  Jack can't seem to catch a break -- his parents are on his case about graduating from college, he's somehow dating two girls at once, and he has to find a way to pay back the money he borrowed from his fraternity's party fund. The only jobs he is qualified for barely pay enough to keep him in beer money, but an ad for the local sperm bank gives Jack an idea.  Laurie and Alan's joy is shattered when their doctor reveals that Laurie was accidentally impregnated by sperm from a donor rather than her husband. Who is Donor 296. And how will their family change now that Donor 296 is inarguably part of it? (Sourcebooks Landmark)

Tarver's Birthday Party : Se7en4, Remnants of Man and Galaxy Crusher, Burning Betty
Aug 5 2014 - 7:30pm
Viper Room

$10

Beardyman
Aug 5 2014 - 8:00pm

$20 - 22

The London Quireboys, The Deserters, The Aviators
Aug 6 2014 - 6:00pm
Todd Glass discusses and signs The Todd Glass Situation: A Bunch of Lies about My Personal Life and a Bunch of True Stories about My 30-Year Career in Stand-Up Comedy
Aug 6 2014 - 7:00pm
Book Soup

A hilarious, poignant memoir from comedian Todd Glass about his decision at age forty-eight to finally live openly as a gay man--and the reactions and support from his comedy pals, from Louis CK to Sarah Silverman.   Growing up in a Philadelphia suburb in the 1970s was an easy life. Well, easy as long as you didn't have dyslexia or ADD, or were a Jew. And once you added gay into the mix, life became more difficult. So Todd Glass decided to hide the gay part, no matter how comic, tragic, or comically tragic the results.   It might have been a lot easier had he chosen a profession other than stand-up comedy. By age eighteen, Todd was opening for big musical acts like George Jones and Patti LaBelle. His career carried him through the Los Angeles comedy heyday in the 1980s, its decline in the 1990s, and its rebirth via the alternative comedy scene and the explosion in podcasting. But the harder he worked at his craft, the more difficult it became to manage his "situation." There were the years of abstinence and half-hearted attempts to "cure" himself. The fake girlfriends so that he could tell relationship jokes onstage. The staged sexual encounters to burnish his reputation offstage. It took a brush with death to cause him to rethink the way he was living his life; a rash of suicides among gay teens to convince him that it was finally time to come out to the world.   Now, Todd has written an open, honest, and hilarious memoir in an effort to help everyone--young and old, gay and straight--breathe a little more freely. Peppered with anecdotes from his life among comedy's greatest headliners and tales of the occasionally insane lengths Todd went through to keep a secret that--let's face it--he probably didn't have to keep for as long as he did, The Todd Glass Situation is a front-row seat to the last thirty plus years of comedy history and a deeply personal story about one man's search for acceptance. (Simon & Schuster)

Matt Bones, Light Collector, Minus One, Samy Lang, Rundown Radio, Danny Silberstein
Aug 7 2014 - 6:00pm
The Temper Trap, Pegasus Warning
Aug 7 2014 - 8:00pm

$25

BIRTHDAYPALOOZA/LEO-FEST : Downtown Attraction, Blackpool Republic, The Sahns, The Lonely Drunks Club Band (Special Late Night Performance)
Aug 7 2014 - 8:00pm
Viper Room

$10

Crack 'em Up Thursdays
Aug 7 2014 - 10:00pm
Comedy Store

Belly Room

Forget Your Friends, Modern Vintage, Rotana, Mind Mischief
Aug 8 2014 - 6:00pm
Kelli Stanley discusses and signs City of Ghosts
Aug 8 2014 - 7:00pm
Book Soup

June, 1940.  For the United States, war is on the horizon.  For Miranda Corbie, private investigator and erstwhile escort, there are debts to be paid and memories--long-suppressed and willfully forgotten--to be resurrected. Enter the U.S. State Department and the man who helped Miranda get her PI license. A man she owes. A man who asks her to track a chemistry professor here in San Francisco whom he suspects is a spy for the Nazis. Playing along may get Miranda a ticket to Blitz-bombed England and answers about her past...if she survives.  Through sordid back alleys and art gallery halls, from drag dress nightclubs to a Nazi costume ball, Miranda's journey into fear takes her on the famed City of San Francisco streamliner and to Reno, Nevada, the Biggest Little City in the World...where she finds herself framed for a murder she never anticipated. Forced to go underground, Miranda soldiers on alone, determined to find the truth about a murder, a Nazi spy, and her own troubling past.   But Miranda will have to learn the difference between reality and illusion, from despair to deceit and factual to fake, as she tries to get her life back...and navigates a City of Ghosts.  Miranda Corbie's back. Noir will never be the same.  And Kelli Stanley will once again mesmerize readers with the most thrilling novel yet in her award-winning series. (Minotaur Books)

The Kooks
Aug 8 2014 - 7:30pm

$32

BIRTHDAYPALOOZA/LEO-FEST : The Shakers
Aug 8 2014 - 8:00pm
Viper Room

$10

CHIPPENDALES
Aug 8 2014 - 8:00pm
Wovenwar
Aug 9 2014 - 7:00am

$15

Ryan Beatty
Aug 9 2014 - 11:30am

$18 - 100

Jenny Mollen discusses and signs I Like You Just the Way I Am: Stories about Me and Some Other People
Aug 9 2014 - 4:00pm
Book Soup

Jenny Mollen is an actress and writer living in Los Angeles. She is also a wife, married to a famous guy (which is annoying only because he gets free shit and she doesn't). She doesn't want much from life. Just to be loved--by everybody: her parents, her dogs, her ex-boyfriends, her ex-boyfriends' dogs, her husband, her husband's ex-girlfriends, her husband's ex-girlfriend's new boyfriends, etc. Some people might call that impulse crazy, but isn't "crazy" really just a word boring people use to describe fun people? (And Jenny is really, really fun, you guys!)

In these pages, you'll find stories of Jenny at her most genuine, whether it's stalking her therapist (because he knows everything about her so shouldn't she get to know everything about him?); throwing a bachelorette party so bad that one of the guests is suspected dead; or answering the eternal question, "Would your best friend blow your husband on a car ride to dinner if she didn't know you were hiding in the backseat?"

I Like You Just the Way I Am is about "not" doing the right thing--about indulging your inner crazy-person. It is Jenny when she's not trying to impress anyone or come across as a responsible, level-headed member of society. With any luck it will make "you" better acquainted with who "you" really are and what "you" really want. Which, let's be honest, is most likely someone else's email password. (St Martins Press)
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Dioses Del Tiempo, Vispera, Eric Seats & The Three 3's
Aug 9 2014 - 6:00pm
Tammy Jo Dearden's Comedy Store Live!
Aug 9 2014 - 7:30pm
Comedy Store

Belly Room

Birthdaypalooza/Leo-Fest: The Shakers, Hudson, Kansas City Bankroll, Down, Outlaws
Aug 9 2014 - 8:00pm
Viper Room

$10

Tammy Jo Dearden's Comedy Store Live!
Aug 9 2014 - 10:00pm
Comedy Store

Belly Room

GNGR, Tre Nation, Randall Rahn, The Fulcos
Aug 10 2014 - 6:00pm
Charm City Devils, Future Villains, Mad Temple
Aug 10 2014 - 8:00pm
Viper Room

$10

Camille Solari & Adam Barnhardt's Whores On Sunday
Aug 10 2014 - 8:00pm
Comedy Store

Belly Room

Martin Harris Comedy Night
Aug 10 2014 - 8:15pm
Comedy Store

Main Room

Potluck
Aug 11 2014 - 7:00pm
Comedy Store

Original Room

Euny Hong discusses and signs The Birth of Korean Cool: How One Nation Is Conquering the World Through Pop Culture
Aug 11 2014 - 7:00pm
Book Soup

By now, everyone in the world knows the song "Gangnam Style" and Psy, an instantly recognizable star. But the song's international popularity is no passing fad. "Gangnam Style" is only one tool in South Korea's extraordinarily elaborate and effective strategy to become a major world superpower by first becoming the world's number one pop culture exporter.   As a child, Euny Hong moved from America to the Gangnam neighbourhood in Seoul. She was a witness to the most accelerated part of South Korea's economic development, during which time it leapfrogged from third-world military dictatorship to first-world liberal democracy on the cutting edge of global technology.   Euny Hong recounts how South Korea vaulted itself into the twenty-first century, becoming a global leader in business, technology, education, and pop culture. Featuring lively, in-depth reporting and numerous interviews with Koreans working in all areas of government and society, The Birth of Korean Cool reveals how a really uncool country became cool, and how a nation that once banned miniskirts, long hair on men, and rock 'n' roll could come to mass produce boy bands, soap operas, and the world's most important smart phone. (Picador USA)
 

Viper Room 21st Anniversary Week: Grammy Nominee & Soul Legend - Bettye LaVette
Aug 11 2014 - 8:00pm
Viper Room

$30

Deathsquad presents Kill Tony
Aug 11 2014 - 8:00pm
Comedy Store

Belly Room

The Ding Dong Show
Aug 11 2014 - 10:30pm
Comedy Store

Belly Room

Dilated Peoples
Aug 12 2014 - 6:00pm
NONONO, Erik Hassle
Aug 12 2014 - 7:00pm

$13 - 15

Cat Who Will Eat Planets, Sauceda, Destination Gypsy, Biscuit Bazooka, Army Of Angels, All Quarters
Aug 13 2014 - 6:00pm
Michael D. Dennis discusses and signs A Native’s Tongue
Aug 13 2014 - 7:00pm
Book Soup

A young man, torn between two women, struggles to find his way in the world in Michael D. Dennis's touching new novel, A Native's Tongue.  Charlie Winters is used to just getting by while living with his single mother and working a dead-end job. Meanwhile, he's constantly grappling with the voice of his sister, who died in a tragic car accident years earlier, echoing in his head.   Soon Charlie finds himself immersed in a destructive relationship with an older woman who still fails to fill the void within him.

But then he meets Jennifer, whose energy and life convinces Charlie to pursue her-even through the darkest corners of Los Angeles.   Escaping to the California coast, Charlie and Jennifer finally find what they've always needed. But a sudden illness quickly pulls them both back to LA.   It is there, amid the sex, drugs, and split-second decisions that pulse through the city, that tragedy strikes-threatening to tear Charlie and Jennifer apart forever.  (Ocean Street Press)
 

Antemasque, Le Butcherettes
Aug 13 2014 - 8:00pm
Pretty, Funny Women
Aug 13 2014 - 8:30pm
Comedy Store

Main Room

Puddle Of Mudd, Slant, Bliss 53, Arkansas Toothpick, Axis Of Vendettas, Echoed Silence
Aug 14 2014 - 6:00pm
Viper Room 21st Anniversary Presents Jesse Malin, Louis Goffin, The Black Marquee, DJ Howie Pyro
Aug 14 2014 - 8:00pm
Viper Room

$20

Crack 'em Up Thursdays
Aug 14 2014 - 10:00pm
Comedy Store

Belly Room

Society Society, Track Fighter, The Wreckage, The Specs
Aug 15 2014 - 6:00pm
Martin Harris Birthday Special
Aug 15 2014 - 7:30pm
Comedy Store

Original Room

Crazee Cindy's Comedy Show
Aug 15 2014 - 7:30pm
Comedy Store

Belly Room

The Sonics, Crystal Antlers
Aug 15 2014 - 7:30pm

$35

The Viper Room 21st Anniversary Week : Paloalto (Reunion Show!) , Jimmy Gnecco and Friends, A VERY Special Late Performance by BITCH: An All-Star Tribute to Classic Rock
Aug 15 2014 - 8:00pm
Viper Room

$20

Boogie Knights, Spazmatics
Aug 15 2014 - 8:00pm
Alex Tizon discusses and signs Big Little Man: In Search of My Asian Self
Aug 16 2014 - 4:00pm
Book Soup

An award-winning writer takes a groundbreaking look at the experience and psyche of the Asian American male.  Alex Tizon landed in an America that saw Asian women as sexy and Asian men as sexless. Immigrating from the Philippines as a young boy, everything he saw and heard taught him to be ashamed of his face, his skin color, his height.  His fierce and funny observations of sex and the Asian American male include his own quest for love during college in the 1980s, a tortured tutorial on stereotypes that still make it hard for Asian men to get the girl. Tizon writes: "I had to educate myself on my own worth. It was a sloppy, piecemeal education, but I had to do it because no one else was going to do it for me."  And then, a transformation. First, Tizon's growing understanding that shame is universal: that his own just happened to be about race. Next, seismic cultural changes - from Jerry Yang's phenomenal success with Yahoo! Inc., to actor Ken Watanabe's emergence in Hollywood blockbusters, to Jeremy Lin's meteoric NBA rise.  Finally, Tizon's deeply original, taboo-bending investigation turns outward, tracking the unheard stories of young Asian men today, in a landscape still complex but much changed for the Asian American man. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
 

Downset, The Pain, Noncon InTheMeanTime, Sickshop, The F Bombs
Aug 16 2014 - 6:00pm
Martin Harris Comedy Night
Aug 16 2014 - 7:30pm
Comedy Store

Original Room

Tammy Jo Dearden's Comedy Store Live!
Aug 16 2014 - 7:30pm
Comedy Store

Belly Room

Lowe's Presents Mas Musica Fest
Aug 16 2014 - 8:00pm
The Helio Sequence, Liam Finn
Aug 16 2014 - 8:00pm

$16

News

8 Questions With 8mm

‘Tis the season tonight at the Viper Room when 8mm hits the stage for their Third Annual Holiday Show. Promising “candy, balloons and holiday cheer,” the trip-hop duo comprised of A-list producer/engineer Sean Beavan (GNR, Marilyn Manson, NIN, No Doubt) and wife Juliette Beavan will deliver a sleigh full of sexy carols to the masses. Before they take the stage, learn about the holiday movie quotes and albums that inspire their sultry seasonal spectacular.

 

Your first LP was titled Songs to Love and Die By. What’s your favorite song to make love to?

Juliette: Anything off of Blackjazz by Shining!

 

And on the other hand… what’s your first choice for a swan song?

Juliette: “In The Lap Of The Gods” by Queen. It’s the appropriate mix of grandiosity and resignation.

Give Your Wallet A Break: Affordable Holiday Gift Guide

The countdown is officially on, and you haven’t started to conquer your ever-growing holiday shopping list. Fear not. We’ve got a list of affordable options on The Sunset Strip that will make your wallet happy and those near and dear to you sing your praises. And to help get you into the holiday spirit, those shopping this weekend can enjoy carolers roaming Sunset Plaza Friday and Saturday nights from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. (Dec. 17 and 18), and warm cocktails served by the fire on The London West Hollywood’s rooftop from 5-9 p.m. Now, back to your list… 

 

TweetCrawl VI: Sleigh Bells On Sunset – Guaranteed To Be More Fun Than Watching FOX News With Your Grandparents

You’ve decked the halls and spiced the cider, now it’s time to walk in a not so wintery wonderland as The Sunset Strip’s restaurants and bars host TweetCrawl VI: Sleigh Bells on Sunset! The signature venue-crawl-meets-social-networking event is taking over the boulevard – jingle bells and all – on Dec. 18.

 

Participants are encouraged to don their tackiest, most festive holiday sweater as the group carols down The Strip spreading cheer and visiting some favorite spots. Indulge in very merry libations, food and goodies – not to mention a chance to win a bounty of awesome prizes from participating businesses as well as The Roxy Theatre (@theroxy) and Dan Deutsch Optical (@dandeutschoo). (Be sure to follow them all for chances to win.)

 

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.