One cliche about L.A. that happens to be true: we play as hard as we work. Which means when a holiday of rest comes around, a lot of us choose to do anything but. The long weekend is an excuse to milk the last precious bits of Summer's daytime realness/raucousness dry- skimpy get-ups, frozen cocktails, pool prancing and all. Here, the best shindigs to do just that both before and after dark.
Saturday, Sept. 5
INTO THE DARK/DEVOUR PARTY
A kaleidoscopic way to kick off the holiday weekend, this Devour magazine event meshes music, art, fashion, beauty and shopping into one interactive, flamboyant evening. Live body painting and photo shoots, runway spectacles, henna art, belly dance, fire dancers, psychic readings, alternative fashion vendors (their “New Age Marketplace”) and DJs Jeremiah Alexis & Edwin Riviera spinning all night. LA Weekly People cover model Tess Holliday will also be on hand for a meet and greet. At ArtShare-LA, 801 E. 4th Place. Downtown. Sat., Sept. 5, 7pm – 1230am. Over 18. $10 Presale / $15 at the door. More info at https://devour-magazine.com/happenings/into-the-dark/ and https://www.facebook.com/events/711724668934003/.
Sunday. Sep. 6
No-work-or-school-on-Monday-style escapism is in store as LADEAD™ brings back its exotic celebration of The Orient’s dark side. Asian-inspired attire is requested for this gothic extravaganza- think fine silks and ghost white makeup, modern and classical interpretations inspired by authentic, folklore, theology, and fictional characters. DJs spin otherworldly darkwave, synth pop, industrial, dark 80s (Siouxsie and the Banshees' “Hong Kong Graden” is a must!), post-punk and more. Sun., Sept. 6, 10pm-2:30am; over 21; $10.
At the Montecristo, 3100 Wilshire Blvd. https://www.facebook.com/events/1617272625227110/
Poolside seems the preferred place for many on Labor Day, and why not? It’s about not laboring, it's about lounging— and socializing. The final Cruel Summer party of the year returns to the pool at the Standard Hollywood with an impressive line-up: DJ Ladypills, Julien Roussel, OK GO’s Tim Nordwind & Dan Konopka, Pleasure Principle and more. Sun., Sept. 6, 1-6 pm. At the Standard Hollywood, 8300 Sunset Blvd. W. Hlywd. RSVP at cruelsummerla.com or https://www.facebook.com/CruelSummerLA
RHONDESIA PARADISE FOUND
More pool frolic and floatie fabulosity will be found at Rhondesia, A Club Called Rhonda’s daytime rager at the Mondrian and Sky Bar. The “pasexual pool party” throws down for its final fete of the summer with Dennis Ferrer, Amsterdam’s Boris Werner, desert dance man DJ Day, Pools, DJ Morse Code & Thee Mike B, GODDOLLARS and more. Stay at the hotel for extra holiday hi jinx (room reservation link: https://bit.ly/1DKBIgQ). Sun., Sept. 6, Noon- 10 p.m. 8440 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood. Tickets at https://www.ticketfly.com/event/846853
More info. at https://www.rhondainternational.com/mondrian/
CLUB 90s' BRITNEY BALL
It’s the Britney Ball, bitch. That’s right, Club 90s is hitting you one more time with a celebration for the pop princess at the Regent Theater (last B-Ball was at Los Globos and now they're going for bigger, better and stronger than yesterday!). Bruce Perdew, Jason Lavitt, & Bipjeffington spin non-stop 90s confections all night, and there’s a “Battle of the Britneys” lip sync contest, free Britney buttons and giveaways, and a photo booth for all the Brit slaves. 90s/Britney inspired outfits highly encouraged. At The Regent, 448 S Main St, DTLA, Sun., Sept. 7. 18 & Over. $5 With RSVP before 10pm, $10 after. https://www.facebook.com/events/388157648047304/
Monday, Sept. 7
Auburn Events, Dae, D24K, HomeMade Events end their Afternoon Delight party’s Summer season on the roof of the Standard Downtown with some suitably sexy sound makers. Sets by Cut Snake (Warner Music Group // Three Six Zero, Australia) set the mood, along with Adam Auburn, Aaron Dae, Mister Blaqk b2b January Black, and Amanda Panda. They're touting, “mystery guests” too. Complimentary Popsicles all day! Sweet! 555 S. Flower St. Downtown. Mon., Sept. 6, 1-8 p.m. Over 21. Private event; $20 Cover; RSVP at AfternoonDelight2015.eventbrite.com. More info at https://www.facebook.com/events/150813851920615/
Dim Mak Events and The Well (two major hip-kid tastemakers in town) helm this splashy bash, which has yes, made waves in LA nightlife the past few months. Their Labor Day love-in should be no exception. Christian Martin (Dirtybird Records), Thee Mike B, Overjoy, Cocodisco and Bathhouse provide the tunes. You provide the trendy/skimpy looks. RSVP At www.dimmakevents.com
$5-$20. At the Hotel Figueroa, 939 S. Figueroa Street, DTLA. Mon., Sept. 7, 1:30pm-8 pm. More info about discounts at https://www.facebook.com/events/467492446751842/
HUNNYPOT DANCE PARTY
One of the most respected deejays (female or otherwise) in the world, DJ RAP aka Charissa Saverios headlines this soiree from Hunnypot Radio, sure to make you very tired at work the next day… it'll be worth it, though. Hot Tub Johnnie opens the dance-o-rama featuring electronic grooves of all genres, and there's some dynamic live stuff in the pot also: Hot Sauce Holiday, Breakfast, Pr0files, Jake Davis and more. At the Mint, 6010 W. Pico Blvd. Mon., Sept. 7, 1:30 p.m.- midnight; all ages; free. More info here: https://hunnypotunlimited.com/component/ohanah/labor-day-party-w-charissa-saverito-a-k-a-dj-rap-interview-dj-set-hot-sauce-holiday-breakfast-pr0files-jake-davis?showEvent