When it comes to wacky, wonderous, slightly weird entertainment with an old-timey twist, David Arquette knows his stuff. The quirky actor has an affinity for puppets, burlesque, retro standards and magic, and at Bootsy Bellows, the new nightclub he co-owns with John Terzian and Brian Toll, he finally has a fitting forum to showcase them.
The club — named after the pin-up model persona of his mother, a former burlesque dancer who died in 1997 — has been in the tabloids regularly since it opened several months ago thanks to Arquette and his partner's celeb connections (and a secret back room where impromptu jam sessions often go down), but it is on the main stage where Arquette hopes to bring back the glitz, glamour and madcap pizzazz of the Sunset Strip in the 50's and 60's for all to enjoy. Back then, drinking and dining was often accompanied by shaking and shimmering eye candy and live music, and Arquette's show is sure to offer this and more each week.
For instance, at the debut stage show a few weeks ago, Rob Zabrecky's magic, the hip-grinding tunes of Lynda Kay, sassy burlesque of Selene Luna, plus Aztec dancers, comics, jugglers and lots of dolls on strings (many from the Bob Baker Marionette Theatre) made for an anything goes atmosphere on Bootsy's groovily-lit stage. Arquette emceed and took part in a few of the acts, his off-beat humor making for a Lucy-and-Ricky-at-the-Tropicana-feel.
Gourmet pot pies, finger foods (tater-tots anyone?), and fancy fruit and spice infused cocktails (60's Rat Pack era-inspired with names like “Some Like It Hot” and “The Barn Burner Twist”) add to the mix of imbibing and entertainment. Though you may see some of Arquette's famous friends and family sitting next to you, it's the eccentric stars on stage that he wants to shine. And they do, blindingly so. After-parties with DJs (and tougher velvet ropes) go down afterward.
Every Thursday, 9229 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. For table reservations contact RSVP@bootsybellows.com. Weekly line-up varies. See www.bootsybellows.com for more info.