Summer Fun Pops Up On The Strip

DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince said it best: It’s time to sit back and unwind.
In celebration of the sunnier skies and warmer weather, The Sunset Strip is kicking off summer with two new outdoor events: ColLAboration Pop-Up Craft Beer Garden and the Sunset Strip Record Swap, hitting The Strip next weekend.
You can catch both events on Saturday, July 9, starting with the Sunset Strip Record Swap at LIVE! On Sunset, the former home of Tower Records. The event will feature more than 40 vendors and 100,000 records for your listening and DJing pleasure. Record Collector News and KLOS are partnering with the Sunset Strip Business Association to host the Record Swap, which will take place from noon until 7:00 p.m. Early bird admission is $15, or $10 with the donation of a nonperishable food item, and is free after 2 p.m.

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Picks of the Week: June 28-July 3

Don’t waste another warm summer evening sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic while inhaling exhaust fumes.This Tuesday, June 28 take a detour to The Den of Hollywood where you can while away the gridlock hours exploring their newly revamped $5 happy hour menu . Choose from half a dozen new menu items including delectable dishes like bacon and cheese doughnut holes with powdered sugar and maple syrup. Mmmm…forbidden doughnuts! Your happy time lasts all day until 7 p.m. www.denofhollywood.com
 

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Coney Dog Brings Detroit To The Sunset Strip

Michigan natives rejoiced on Sunday, when Coney Dog officially opened on The Sunset Strip. The lines wrapped around the block as die-hards patiently waited to taste a piece of home — coney dogs, loose burgers, pop and chili cheese fries. While some Detroit traditionalists may have bypassed the California-centric additions (veggie dogs and vegetarian chili), all were happy to have this hometown staple in Los Angeles.
In addition to the food menu, Coney Dog also boasts an extensive list of craft and local beers. And good news for late nighters: Coney Dog is open until 2 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday and until 4 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.
Stop by and say hello!
www.coneydogla.com
 
–Photos: Brent X Mendoza

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Sunset Strip Record Swap Bringing 40 Collectors To The Historic Tower Records Location!

On Saturday, July 9, the historic Tower Records location will once again be the site of a music exchange as Record Collector News, KLOS and The Sunset Strip present a record swap. The event will be held in the parking lot of LIVE! On Sunset (former Tower Records, 8801 W. Sunset Blvd.) and will host more than 40 collectors and their stock of more than 100,000 records available for purchase.
Tickets to the event are $15 for "early bird" admittance (12 p.m. – 2 p.m.), or $10 with a canned food item to be donated. Entrance is free after 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. close.
For more information about the event, call 818-308-4695.
 

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Frontman Mo Ruckus Shares The Secrets Behind Bar Patron Etiquette, Band Performances and Gunpowder

Tonight, local up-and-comers Gunpowder Secrets will share the stage with the Viper Room’s current band in residence, Boy Hits Car. Fronted by in-house drink slinger Mo Ruckus, Gunpowder Secrets has been drawing huge crowds since their introduction to The Sunset Strip. 

Before channeling your weekend warrior and hitting the Viper for their show, get a crash course on band performance and bar etiquette from The Strip’s newest favorite bartender/musician/philosopher, Mo Ruckus.  
 

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SSMF 2011 Lineup Announced! Motley Crue, Bush, Public Enemy, Matt & Kim, Dredg, Voxhaul Broadcast + 50 Bands

Organizers for the fourth annual Sunset Strip Music Festival have announced that 2011 SSMF honorees Motley Crue will return to their roots and perform live on The Sunset Strip Saturday, Aug. 20, closing the outdoor street festival stages. The street fest will also feature  performances by a range of artists throughout the day, including Bush, Public Enemy, Matt & Kim, Escape The Fate, The Dirty Heads, Cobra Starship, She Wants Revenge, Black Veil Brides and Tribal Seeds.

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Sunset Strip Picks: June 13-19

Monday, June 13 gender bending teasers Transcontinental join Sunset Strip staples Steel Panther for a night of “sing at the top of your lungs” cover-tastic indulgence. Don’t miss this monthly meeting of tribute titans. Doors open at 9 p.m. and tickets are $15. This show is ages 18 and older. www.hob.com
 
Get your poetry and wine on this Tuesday, June 14, as The Standard, Hollywood, hosts a poetry reading with John Tottenham. Tottenham will feature readings from fellow poets Dottie Grossman, Eric Erlandson and Hank Cherry. The evening kicks off with a wine reception in the Cactus Lounge at 7 p.m. followed by the reading at 8 p.m. This event is free and is sure to add some class to your FourSquare check-ins. www.standardhotels.com/hollywood
 

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TheSunsetStrip.com Exclusive Interview With Adam Carolla

Last week, funny man Adam Carolla stopped by Book Soup on The Sunset Strip to meet fans and sign copies of his new literary endeavor, In Fifty Years We’ll All Be Chicks: And Other Complaints From an Angry Middle-Aged White Guy. 

From extremely humble beginnings, Carolla is the definition of the classic but rarely realized Hollywood success story. Starting his career at KROQ radio in Los Angeles, then switching gears to co-host and develop “The Man Show” for Comedy Central, and recently writing and staring in the indie feature The Hammer, Carolla has more than paid his dues. 

Now with his The New York Times bestselling book and a podcast that exceeds more than one million downloads per week, the sky is the limit for the guy who once dreamed of being a strip club DJ. 
 

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Sunset Strip Picks: June 6-12

Hollywood club impresario Dayle Gloria resurrects her infamous “Club With No Name” tonight at the world famous Viper Room. In the early ’90s, this legendary nameless night hosted the likes of Alice In Chains, Rage Against The Machine and every other band of any significance. Come see what treasures Gloria has dug up this time at the premiere showing with The Dreaming, We Are The Riot, The Disowned and more. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are a throwback priced $5. (The Viper Room is ages 21 and older.) www.viperroom.com
 

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