ADULT STAR ASA AKIRA SIGNS AROUSING NEW READ “INSATIABLE” AT HUSTLER HOLLYWOOD

Veteran adult performer Asa Akira recently made an appearance at Hustler Hollywood (the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre of the adult film industry) to promote the release of her probing new memoir, Insatiable: Porn — A Love Story.  The multiple AVN award winner, host and now author, met with eager fans who lined up around the building for a chance to snag a personalized autograph (even on a skateboard) and a photo op with the starlet.  
Before the doors opened, TSS.com had a chance to grab a quickie with Ms. Akira to discuss her new book, her aspirations beyond the porn industry and relive her most embarrassing on set moment. 
 
There have been a number of porn star memoirs over the years…  How is the documentation of your journey in Insatiable different/unique?

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PICKS OF THE WEEK: MAY 27-JUNE 1

Tonight, “When Worlds Collide” industrial rockers Powerman 5000 play an intimate CD release show at The Viper Room.  Doors open at 9 p.m.  Tickets are $15 GA.  www.viperroom.com
 
Whitney Cummings, Iliza Shlesinger, Bobby Lee and more hit the stand-up stage this Wednesday, May 28 for a star-studded edition of The Comedy Store’s signature weekly show, (the very thoughtfully named) 16 National Headliners.   The Doors open at 8:30 p.m.  Tickets are $15 GA.  www.thecomedystore.com
 

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FIFTH ANNUAL LA VEGAN BEERFEST: SERVES UP FROTHY ANIMAL FREE FARE

The fifth annual Los Angeles Vegan Beer Festival took place this past weekend featuring beers from over 40 breweries, animal free fare from over two dozen restaurants and food trucks, plus a full lineup of live music.
The sold-out event produced by Roxy owner Nic Adler, Quarry Girl and Tony’s Darts Away was a day-long social scene bringing together not only vegans and beer enthusiasts, but hipster foodies and music fans from across SoCal.   
For those that don’t have a doctorate in beer-ology, turns out not all beer is vegan.  Some producers use animal byproducts such as fish bladders in their filtration process or mellow/modify their flavors with lactose or honey.  However, none of these old school brewing methods were apparently missed, as evidenced by the tapped out kegs left behind by days end.
 
 
All photos courtesy Jon Viscott

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MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND ON THE SUNSET STRIP

Since few people in West Hollywood have the good fortunate of owning enough real estate for a backyard BBQ…  Celebrate your extended weekend of freedom at these fun and festive events here on The Sunset Strip.
 
Enjoy four days of poolside parties (Friday-Monday) at the Mondrian hotel’s ultra exclusive Skybar.
Friday: Hosted by Creative Reaction with sounds by DJ Metric.  12 p.m.-7 p.m.
Saturday : Sounds by Pirate Stereo.  12 p.m.-7 p.m.
Sunday: Plastic Plates and pornstar turned DJ Jessie Andrews.  12 p.m.- midnight.

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PICKS OF THE WEEK: MAY 19-25

Tonight and every Monday in May, revive your 90’s alt rock days when you head to The Viper Room to catch Fountains of Wayne guitarist Jody Porter.  Doors open at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $10 GA.  www.viperroom.com
 
Tuesday, May 20 House of Blues Sunset presents a headbang worthy bill of metal featuring SoCal heavies Devildriver plus special guests Whitechapel.  Doors open at 5 p.m.  Tickets are $29 GA.  www.hob.com
 

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PICKS OF THE WEEK: MAY 12-18

Tonight 80’s new wave cover spoofers The Spazmatics return to House of Blues Sunset Strip for a month long May residency.  Doors open at 9 p.m.  Tickets are $19 GA.  www.hob.com
 
This Tuesday, May 13 join author Stacey D’Erasmo plus special guest Beth Orton at Book Soup as they discuss Wonderland, D’Erasmo’s new fictional read that examines the life of a musician with one last shot at stardom.  Signing/discussion begins promptly at 7 p.m.  www.booksoup.com
 

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†††: ASCENSION ON THE SUNSET STRIP

Thus far (no pun intended) 2014 has been a big year for ††† (Crosses) – the new project from Deftones frontman Chino Moreno and Far guitarist/producer Shaun Lopez.  The band released their first full length record, which debuted at number 26 on the Billboard Top 200 and just recently sold out The Roxy Theatre on their break between Coachella weekends.
Amidst a crazy mid-tour schedule and a hailstorm of media requests, TSS.com was fortunate enough to snag a few minutes with ††† co-founder Shaun Lopez, who shared with us some “revelations” about the band’s upstart, his first Coachella experience and explains his fondness for a certain rather creepy song from Silence of the Lambs.
 
Give us a quick primer on how this whole project got started and your role in the band?

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PICKS OF THE WEEK: MAY 5-11

Tonight celebrate your Cinco de Drinko all over The Sunset Strip with fiestas at the following landmark locales:
Head to House of Blues Sunset for $5 margaritas and $5 specialty menu items in their Cross Roads restaurant, plus get a special “Pass the Line” voucher for the Chiodos show with the purchase of a Corona and shot of tequila.  Pre-show dining starts at 5 p.m.  Doors open at 7 p.m.  www.hob.com
Pink Taco is hosting happy hour starting at 4 p.m. plus DJ Beefowl from 6 p.m.-10 p.m.  www.pinktaco.com
Rosa Mexicano will be wrapping up their extended Cinco de Mayo weekend with a special prix fixe & à la carte menu, pitchers of margaritas, drink specials plus a live DJ starting at 2 p.m.  www.rosamexicano.com

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Cinco (And Quatro, And Tres…) De Mayo!

The party is going strong all weekend long on The Sunset Strip. Here’s your guide on where to find the best drink and food specials and live music.

 

May 1-5: Five Days of Cinco De Mayo @ Rosa Mexicano

Rosa Mexicano is keeping the fiesta going for five days with a special four course $35 pre-fixe menu May 1-5. (View menu.) May 5 includes the special $35 menu as well as mariachis and drink specials. www.rosamexicano.com

 

May 2-4: Cinco de Drinko Weekend Celebration @ Cabo Cantina

Two-for-one priced drinks from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 99-cent Coronitas all day while supplies last. www.facebook.com/CaboSunset

 

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