Where To Party in L.A. This Memorial Day Weekend

Poolside partying with Rhonda
Poolside partying with Rhonda
Colin Young-Wolff

If the dreary skies the past couple weeks have kept you holed up, you're probably ready to get out and shine. Fortunately, the L.A. party scene is ready for you, weather be damned. Outdoors, indoors, day and night, there are some spectacular shindigs going down all weekend long (no school or work for most on Monday), each providing a fun peek into the sultry haps summer will have in store. 

Friday, May 22

Quintron at HM 157
The creative arts house known as HM 157 is one of the most wonderfully wild events spaces in town. Unfortunately, a couple weeks ago, it was a fire that got wild, destroying the backyard where most of their events take place. The clean-up is done but the repair process will take time… and money. This mega-cool bill aims to help the owners reach their fund-raising goals. Quintron & Miss Pussycat take over with Quin’s new project, Weather Warlock, featuring some venerable special guests (Vice Cooler, Don Bolles), plus Geneva Jacuzzi, Roco Jet and a new short film screening by Miss P. 3110 N. Broadway, Lincoln Heights. $10. www.hm157.com. More info.

Sanctuary One
Euphoric dance floor bliss is promised at this party featuring an extended deep house set by Fort Romeau (aka London-based producer Mike Greene). Greene, a collaborator with Ital Tek's Al Myson and keyboardist in La Roux's touring band, has a rep for lush sounds via the 100% Silk and Ghostly International labels, but his moods really move in a club, and this is a beautiful one. Warm-up sets by Lionel Rifkin & Ray Barragan. At the Golden Box, 6685 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. $10 advance pre-sale tickets available at www.restlessnites.com/sanctuaryone.

Working it at Banjee Ball
Working it at Banjee Ball
Courtesy Banjee Ball

Paris Is Burning/Banjee Ball 
A restored version of Paris Is Burning, the iconic documentary exploring the underground world of New York vogue balls, presents a great excuse to party (and prance) this weekend. Rhonda International hosts the screening at the Cinefamily, followed by a discussion panel and dance demo, and finally, a real life dance extravaganza (with real “House of Xtravaganza” members present) to follow at the Standard, helmed by delish duo Purple Crush. Screening at Cinefamily, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., Hollywood. $15. More info on screening. After-party at Spin Standard, 550 S. Flower St., Downtown. $5 after 11 p.m. More info on party.

Black Fridays
What better way to mark Memorial Day than by looking back and remembering the sounds that shaped your past (or in younger millenials’ cases, your parents' pasts)? The '80s continue to be an enduring decade for celebratory dance parties and the Evil Club Empire’s Blue Mondays is the best. Their Friday night offshoot is no exception, especially on a holiday weekend. DJ Bruce Perdew gives you new wave and dance hits from the decade, plus lots of Smiths and Moz (it's Morrissey night). At Boardner's, 1652 N. Cherokee, Hollywood. $5 with pass before 10:30 p.m., $10 without. More info.

Monochrome Ball
A black and white affair for the goth set, or as they put it, “fauxion contrast and bombast,” this colorless bash from Malediction Society offers DJs Amanda Jones, Xian Vox, Jason Farber and The Baron spinning darkwave, industrial, EBM and sounds that are way more dark than light. 3100 Wilshire Blvd., MacArthur Park. $5 before 10:30 p.m. with RSVP, $10 after. More info

Hot Since 82 at Sound
British beatsmith Daley Padley aka Hot Since 82 brings his visceral progressive house and techno to Sound, and yeah, it’s hot. 1642 Las Palmas Ave., Hollywood. $30. www.soundnightclub.com.

Saturday, May 23

Sunblock
You'll need to slather on the SPF when this one heats up on the roof of the Downtown Standard. Expect a fiercely fashionable crowd to gather for the saucy selector mix: Kingdom, Total Freedom, NA Nguzu and Massacooramaan, each known and loved by the Club Called Rhonda and Mustache Mondays crowd, and beyond too. Hosted By Doy Kitto. At the Downtown Standard, 550 South Flower St., Downtown. $15 presale, $20 at the door. More info.

Fishing With Dynamite
A “thermonuclear disco house champagne jam,” from Bo Burroughs and friends, this one promises a fabulous (fish-less) fete. Swim, sun, be seen and get sexy to DJs London Bridge, Eve Speciall, Moses Truzman and Aaron Colbert. Hosted by the one and only Angelyne. At Skybar, 8440 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. $20-$30. More info.

Moguai at Avalon
German DJ and EDM producer Moguai, best-known for floor stompers "U Know Y" and "The Rock" and his releases on Deadmau5’s Mau5trap label, brings his grand mixes to Hollywood after dark. 1735 Vine St., Hollywood. $15. avalonhollywood.com.

Disco Daddy Does L.A.
San Francisco’s DJ Bus Station John, of the decadent Bay Area Disco Daddy parties, brings the boogie to SoCal, spinning the “the vintage soundtrack of gay liberation”: Hi-NRG disco tracks from the '70s and '80s. And that does not mean wedding disco; John calls it a “'YMCA'/'Funkytown'/Madonna-Free Zone.” Opening set by Victor Rodriguez (Club Scout/Bears in Space). At Akbar,  4356 W. Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake. $5. More info.

Poolside Rhondesians: see Sunday
Poolside Rhondesians: see Sunday
Colin Young-Wolff

Upcoming Events

Sunday, May 24

Rhondesia
A Club Called Rhonda presents the first of three Skybar pool parties this weekend, a dance orgy and splash-fest sure to be filled with micro-Speedos, strappy bikinis and strappier heels. DJs include Resident Advisor-approved deck masters Chez Damier, Todd Edwards, J.Rocc and Victor Romeo, plus Rhonda babes Goddollars and Paradise. Room bookings (which get you two passes) are encouraged for this “sensual staycation.” At Skybar, 8440 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood. $25. www.rhondainternational.com/mondrian. More info.

Studio 69’s Dirty Disco
Perish Dignam’s themed, costumed rave ball returns with a retro twist: Afros, Studio 54-inspired glam garb, polyester, pimps and platforms. DJs will spin disco-inspired dubstep, trap, electro-house and more. Go-go performances and a Rick James guitar tribute. At Couture, 1640 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood. $20. More info.

New York Night Train Soul Clap & Dance Off
New York Night Train Soul Clap & Dance Off
Lina Lecaro

New York Night Train Soul Clap & Dance Off
Anytime Jonathan Toubin comes to town, it’s time to put on those dancing shoes. New York’s hottest '60s-flaired DJ brings his insanely fun party to the West Coast annually (if we’re lucky) and he’s back for a super-duper one this week. Live music kicks off the night, and trust us, the “surprise” act is a biggie (pseudonym is Wardell Nichols). Then it's dancing all night to Toubin's wax wizardry along with just-announced guest Nick Waterhouse. The big “dance-off” contest goes down at midnight. At the Regent, 448 S. Main St., Downtown. $10. www.theregenttheater.com. More info.


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