Get To Know The Comedians & Musicians You’ll Be Ringing In 2012 With

The Sunset Strip roars into 2012 with rapture worthy revelry set to take place at The Comedy Store, The Viper Room, The Roxy Theatre and Rock & Reilly’s. Before committing to your first regrettable midnight make out sesh of the New Year, see how the members of Semi Precious Weapons and Warner Drive as well as Dirt Nasty, Kosha Dillz, Cisco Adler, and your favorite standout stand-up comics plan to usher in Armageddon at the most ragingest parties since Y2K.
 
 
 
Who will you be kissing at midnight?
 

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Shredding Lens At Dimebash 2011

On Dec. 14, the Key Club hosted one of the biggest "must attend" shows of the year: the 2011 Dimebash, a tribute to that big pink beard in the sky that is Dimebag Darrel of Pantera. One of heavy metal’s favorite sons, Dimebag’s life was celebrated once again with an homage to the metal god who passed in 2004. This shred for the dead party was chock full of of metal heads and a who’s-who list of big name metal performances.

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Picks of the Week: Dec. 28 – Jan. 1

Candlebox frontman Kevin Martin returns to the Viper Room tonight, Wednesday, Dec. 28, with his solo incarnation The Hiwatts. Born of the early ’90s Seattle grunge scene, Martin’s career and vocal stylings have continued to thrive over his 20-plus year career in music. Come see why this artist is still thriving in this post modern rock era. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $10. www.viperroom.com
 

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Affordable Parking On The Strip: It’s A Fact!

Sorry to bust some myths, but The Sunset Strip does boast more than a few affordable parking options. The City of West Hollywood launched the newest public parking lot on Dec. 22. Located at 9056 Sunset Boulevard, on the southeast corner of Sunset Boulevard and Doheny Drive, and is in close walking proximity to the Key Club, Talesai, Rainbow Bar & Grill and The Roxy Theatre. The lot is open daily from 8 a.m. – 2:30 a.m. with rates of $1 per hour.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2011

So, that plan to knit everyone on your holiday shopping list wool sweaters didn’t work out as planned. Don’t panic. We’ve got you covered with gift ideas that range from deals to splurges. And with these unique items and experiences being offered by Sunset Strip businesses, everyone on your list will still feel like you personally selected each gift especially for him or her. And as a double bonus, many items can be purchased online and shipped directly to you, so no need to deal with those $25+ checked bag fees.
 

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Sunset Strip Picks: Dec. 12-18

Tonight, Club With No Name and Swing House present Some Hear Explosions with So&So at the Viper Room. ‘Tis the season at this Toys for Tots benefit/birthday celebration for Warner Drive bassist Ronnie Elvis James, rocking out to Christmas tunes and amazing local faves. Bring an unwrapped toy and receive a complimentary cocktail with any paid admission. Doors open 7:30 p.m. Tickets are a holiday-shopping friendly $5. www.viperroom.com
 

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Tis The Season For Giving

This month, Sunset Strip businesses are getting in the holiday spirit by hosting special events benefiting a range of local charities. In addition to getting that warm, fuzzy feeling for supporting a good cause, some of the participating businesses are also giving extra perks back to the giver in the form of shopping discounts and complimentary drinks. Who said good deeds go unnoticed?

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TheSunsetStrip.com Exclusive Interview: Ray Manzarek of The Doors

One of the most influential and pivotal keyboard players in rock music, Ray Manzarek has continuously performed in one incarnation or another since co-founding The Doors in 1965.
 
On his new collaborative effort with guitarist/producer Roy Rogers, Manzarek continues doing what he does best: pounding out bluesy, jazz-inspired key riffs, accompanied by the words of America’s great modern day existential poets. Manzarek shared the stories behind this new collection of songs, reminisced about his early days with Jim Morrison and The Doors on The Sunset Strip and explained the term “chicken wing.”
 

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