Neither sweltering temps nor a $10 cover kept the masses away from the Sunset Junction Street Fair. Saturdays crowds were whiter and straighter than ever before (the leather-boy and tranny quotient was higher on New York Dolls Sunday); still, the essence of the hood wasnt in the streets, but inside the bizzes. The Kiss or Kill Club took over El Cid with a nonstop procession of bands; Sugar Salon had $5 come-overs and allowed junctioners toilet use for the price of a karaoke selection (we sang Respect). Pull My Daisys Sarah Dale showed us her brand-new vintagey footwear shop, Silver Lake Shoes, over cold beers, while newbies like Giant Robot and Kicks provided AC and fans... Cliffs Edge even had a portable swimming pool! Amid all the fresh tats, bad 80s garb and giant sunglasses, twas the locals who as always made this affair seem like a family reunion: punk Sir Keith Morris, retro queen Kari French, I&I Sound Systems Shakespeare & Aurelito, hairy wizard man Paul K, soon-to-re-form Celebrity Skin-sters Tim Ferris and Jason Shapiro (with gal pal and baby in tow), and of course MC Diz McNally, whose stage banter remains as colorful as her acrylic claws.
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ROCK STARS IN RESIDENCE
We love our Silver Lake. Still, the boob tube could turn the hood into the hipster cliché that haters say it is. TVs fall lineup boasts a sitcom set in the trendy neighborhood, called Sex, Lies and Secrets (starring Denise Richards as a publicist!). But Rock Star: INXS, which is like American Idol only with better songs and cooler hair, has it beat. The secret mansion where contestants reside happens to be one of SLakes most famous party houses, and a couple of weeks ago Nightranger attended a jam session/get-together there with the shows remaining contestants and producer Mark Burnett. Though its so obvious Aussie boy Mig Ayesa is gonna win, were shamefully caught up in the faux suspense and fashion sense. We particularly enjoy marveling at Dave Navarros peacocking which, he explained, is about the flamboyant style that every potential rock star must perfect (though it could reference something more salacious where Daves concerned). Party guests included Navy NCIS stars Pauley Perrette and Lauren Holly, actors Seth Green and Hank Azaria (who we overheard chatting up recently voted-off contestant Deanna Johnston) and pretty vacant hostess Brooke Burke.
J.D. Terziu (Dragonfly co-owner and promoter of the late-90s glam-rock rager Pretty Ugly Club along with Taime Downe) passed away August 21 in an auto accident. His smile and his sweet nature made his events feel like celebrations, and hell be thoroughly missed. A memorial at the Dragonfly is planned.