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Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday, July 18, 2014

LinA In LA

Party Pick of the Week: Obscure Sundays
 with Kommunity FK

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Fri, Jul 18, 2014 at 3:15 AM
Kommunity FK - WES NAMEN
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Beyond the cruiser crowd on Whittier Boulevard and the neighborhood dive bars filled with old-timers, East Los Angeles boasts a mass of music lovers with a taste for the dark side. A new bar in the area is catering to this cool, creepster crowd, and a new night highlights the best bands in black.

Obscure Sundays had Rikk Agnew playing Christian Death songs last week. This week, the wicked vibe continues with seminal L.A. goth group Kommunity FK making a rare appearance. Singer Patrick Mata’s tortured tunes always hold up no matter who’s backing him, and with openers Texylvania and Experiment Perilous, this one will be a solid night of spooky rock and demonic dance bliss. DJs Rocco Horror, Virtigo, Dark Chrystal and Ralphie Nigmatic spin death rock, dark wave, industrial, goth and punk before, between and after bands.

Update: This show is now at Sage Restaurant & Lounge, 6511 Greenleaf Ave. Whittier, CA. 90601

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Charles Phoenix - PHOTO COURTESY OF CHARLES PHOENIX
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  • Charles Phoenix
The king of retro L.A., Charles Phoenix celebrates the gaudy goodness and kitschy cool of the city’s landmarks in his books, tours and website. His irreverent style is always educational and always a laugh riot, because that’s how he rolls.

This week, he rolls all right, returning to a favorite locale, Glendale’s Moonlight Rollerway, for a show and skate dance party. The rink’s skating stars and some world champions will perform costumed musical acts, interspersed with Phoenix’s always colorful commentary.

Dominic, “The World’s Greatest Roller Rink Organist,” according to Phoenix, provides his musical stylings and afterward, it’s hot wheels all the way as the floor is opened to everyone laced up. This one should get pretty wild: The “Hokey Pokey” is promised. Free snack-bar treats, skate rental and parking across the street at Home Depot with paid admission.

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Friday, July 4, 2014

LinA In LA

Party Pick of the Week: Have a Sparkling Holiday Weekend

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Fri, Jul 4, 2014 at 3:15 AM
Shannon Chromegirl - PHOTO BY LINA LECARO
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  • Shannon Chromegirl

There’s lots to do this Fourth of July weekend, and as usual, we call out the cool stuff with a twist, atypical events that the weekend-warrior set tends to overlook. Here are two of our faves.

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Friday, June 27, 2014

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Party Pick of the Week: Hell's Belles and 
Black Sabbitch

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Fri, Jun 27, 2014 at 3:15 AM
Hell's Belles - PHOTO COURTESY OF THE ARTIST
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  • Hell's Belles
Hell's Belles 
THE SATELLITE
1717 Silver Lake Blvd.,
 Silver Lake,  Friday, June 27,
 9 p.m.-2 a.m., $12

By their very nature, tribute bands are nothing new or novel. But when gals tackle testosterock legends - and pull it off - musically, that's something special. Hell's Belles have earned a rep for killing the loud vox and monster licks of AC/DC, but with members based around the country, they don't get out to L.A. often, making this show a rare one to salute.

One Belle, Sharon Needles (not to be confused with the season six winner of RuPaul's Drag Race), is no stranger to heavy-metal fans here. She's known on the cover-band circuit  (KISS cover maidens PRISS) and for her original music with L.A. legends Betty Blowtorch, a band that proved you don't need balls to play ballsy rawk.  

UPDATE 6/27: Originally scheduled openers Black Sabbitch had to cancel. In their place KROQ faves Badflower will now open the show. 

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Friday, June 20, 2014

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Party Pick of the Week: Make Music, Los Angeles!

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Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 3:15 AM
Singer Amy Clarke last year in the Sunset Triangle Plaza. - LINA LECARO
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  • Singer Amy Clarke last year in the Sunset Triangle Plaza.
Sunset Triangle Plaza, and elsewhere throughout the city
Sunset and Griffith Park boulevards, Silver Lake, Saturday, June 21,
 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Free

The annual celebration known as Make Music Los Angeles is back to mark the summer solstice and unify the city in melodious sounds and goodwill. It might seem a bit hippie, but no one can deny the power of music in bringing people together.

MMLA takes place throughout the city, running the gamut genre-wise, from jazz to punk and hip-hop to opera, with simultaneous festivities in more than 700 cities worldwide.

In Silver Lake, one of the liveliest events takes place in the Sunset Triangle Plaza in front of Mornings Nights Cafe (also where the Saturday farmers market takes place). At press time, the lineup for this hap was being put together, but we attended last year and it was a vibrant example of the diversity the neighborhood offers musically, from drum jams to pop-rock to folk. Despite the area's much-derided "hipster" evolution, this one promises zero posturing and pure partying.

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Friday, June 13, 2014

Friday, June 13, 2014

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Party Picks of the Week: A Rave Called Ra, Roadshow Revival

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Fri, Jun 13, 2014 at 3:15 AM
Roadshow Revival's Pin-Up Competition - PHOTO COURTESY OF ROADSHOW REVIVAL

A Rave Called Ra 
333 LIVE
333 S. Boylston Ave., downtown. Friday, June 13, 9 p.m.-
3 a.m. , $20-$30, 18+

When it comes to events, our philosophy is: the more flamboyant and theme-y, the better! Friday, Perish Dignam and the Studio 69 kids are back with a new gilded gathering, A Rave Called Ra, an Egyptian fantasy ball featuring Middle Eastern enchantments such as belly dancers, fire dancers and a ton of DJs making you walk, well, dance like an Egyptian all night. Cleopatra cosplay shall be in full effect.

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Friday, June 6, 2014

Friday, June 6, 2014

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The Best Gay Pride Events This Weekend

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Fri, Jun 6, 2014 at 3:45 AM
RuPaul's Drag Race winners Raja, Sharon Needles and Jinks Monsoon - LOGOTV
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  • RuPaul's Drag Race winners Raja, Sharon Needles and Jinks Monsoon
It's here! Pride weekend is always a big celebration, and this year there's plenty to celebrate. After all, gay marriage was not legal in California during last year's Pride, and now it is!

Here are a few of our favorite gay/mixed haps both in and outside WeHo for the weekend.

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Friday, May 30, 2014

Friday, May 30, 2014

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Party Pick of the Week: Trannyshack, Banjee Ball

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Fri, May 30, 2014 at 3:15 AM
Heklina at Trannyshack - PHOTO BY LINA LECARO
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  • Heklina at Trannyshack
Have a ball (or two) with this weekend's outrageous, mixed-crowd club rubs.

Trannyshack
DRAGONFLY
6510 Santa Monica Blvd, Hollywood, Saturday, May 31, 9 p.m., $15 presale, $20 at the door. 21+ 

On Saturday, San Francisco's famed Trannyshack, with hostess Heklina, returns to L.A. for more dragging and ragging with a special live performance by NYC hard-body Cazwell (who's all boy ... yeah boi!). The party's procession of cross-dressing crazies is another doozie, too: Love Connie, Killer, Ambrosia Salad, Cupcake Canne, Toxic Waist, Wendy Ho, Devan M., Sue Casa, Sugah Betes and Paulie Addams.

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Friday, May 23, 2014

MYTH Masque Ball - PHOTO BY LINA LECARO AND GENNAN SHIPPEN
  • Photo by Lina Lecaro and Gennan Shippen
  • MYTH Masque Ball
Memorial Day weekend remains, hands down (and up) the most action-packed of party times. There are so many great events and parties - big parties that require outfit planning and, often, scheduled recuperation the following  ay. Here are our top three happenings, for extremely varied tastes, from fantastical frolic to retro rockin' to poolside grooving.

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Friday, May 16, 2014

PHOTO COURTESY OF PLASTIC FANTASTIC
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ELEVEN
8811 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, Saturday, May 17, 10 p.m.-4 a.m., No cover before midnight.

The appeal of Disney villains is a dark and deep-seated mixture of nostalgia, fear and fascination. There has always been something about Maleficent, the sinister siren from Sleeping Beauty, that made her arguably the most venerated and voraciously adored of all, and not just with Goths and pop culture geeks. Now that the theatrical version of her story, starring the beguiling Angelina Jolie, is about to hit movie theaters, expect Maleficent mania to gain full momentum.

One thing's for sure: The gay and drag community will have fun with her. Plastic Fantastic, the newish club we touted here recently, is devoting a whole night to the mistress of evil and mayhem. The club from Luke Nero and Andres Rigal will be offering giveaways from the film for the best costumes during its "Night of a Million Maleficents" event, and you can bet your horny headpiece that the looks will be as sexy as they are scary. DJs Aaron and Aaron provide the anything-but-sleepy dance sounds, and the party's always-colorful hosts are sure to bring character-driven ferocity that rivals anything Disney has conjured.

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