Picks of the Week: May 31 – June 5

Tonight, explore one of the biggest scandals in the history of art history when Book Soup hosts Los Angeles Times investigative journalist Jason Felch as he presents Chasing Aphrodite: The Hunt for Looted Antiquities at the World’s Richest Museum. The book is a fascinating read that documents Felch’s investigation into the Getty museum’s illicit antiquity acquisitions; a scandal that resulted in the indictment of former Getty curator Marion True for trafficking, and the seizing of 40 artifacts that were returned to the Italian government. Signing and discussion begins at 7 p.m. www.booksoup.com

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Fans Get A Double Dose Of Scott Weiland On The Sunset Strip

Iconic Stone Temple Pilots/Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland spent his Tuesday on The Sunset Strip, first stopping by Book Soup to sign copies of his new memoir, Not Dead & Not For Sale, and later taking the stage at the world famous Viper Room for an intimate showcase of soon to be released solo material. 

The show, which sold out in less than 10 minutes, was the only West Coast performance/rehearsal of the pending new record. And for those 200 or so fans lucky enough to secure a coveted ticket, the evening flew by as Weiland and his band indulged the crowd with a set of carefully selected and movingly cathartic covers. 

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Music Unites: Tornado & Flood Relief Efforts

Some of this country’s most influential musicians are natives of southern states—areas hit hard by the rash of tornadoes and flooding in recent weeks.

Nat King Cole (Alabama), Johnny Cash (Arkansas/Tennessee), Nate Dogg (Mississippi/California), Tina Turner (Missouri/Tennessee), Shiny Toy Guns (Oklahoma), Janelle Monae (Kansas) and Sheryl Crow (Missouri) are among the long list of Sunset Strip performers who have called these states home. As the storms continue, a host of musicians—from Bruno Mars to Taylor Swift—have announced giving campaigns and benefit concerts of their own to help give back to the communities that have supported them.

For those interested in donating or learning more about these communities, we’ve created a listing of charitable organizations compiled by news magazines and blogs. Feel free to share any additional organizations you would like to recommend in the comments.

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Picks of the Week: May 24-29

Get a double-dose of Scott Weiland on Tuesday, May 24 as he spends his day on The Sunset Strip. Stop by Book Soup at 7 p.m. as the Stone Temple Pilots frontman and solo artist signs copies of his memoir, Not Dead & Not For Sale. Then take a quick half-block walk to the Viper Room for his (sold out) performance at 10:30 p.m. www.booksoup.com  www.viperroom.com
Wednesday, May 25 Slurpee MixMaker LA presents Something Corporate “side project” Jack’s Mannequin at The Roxy Theatre. These OC giants have outgrown their place as a time-off solo endeavor for S.C. frontman Andrew McMahon and have become an established band with their own following. Grab an ice cold Slurpee while ingesting some hot tunes on The Sunset Strip.  Doors open at 7 p.m. www.theroxyonsunset.com

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Relive The Magic: Cinco de Mayo Fiestas

The date was May 5, 2011, and The Sunset Strip was buzzing with celebratory fiestas along the boulevard: Metalachi (metal mariachis) and carnitas at The Roxy, margaritas at Cabo Cantina and DJs at Isla Cantina were just some of the events that kept revelers going into the night.
So jump in our time machine and relive the magic of Cinco de Mayo 2011, without the hangover.
Photos 1-5: Cabo Cantina
Photos 6-8: Isla Cantina
Photos 9-15: The Roxy
–Photos Brent X Mendoza

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Fans Line Up For Betty White Signing At Book Soup

If you threw a party and invited everyone you knew — or wished you knew — you would definitely have Betty White at the top of your invite list.

While fans of the Golden Girl may not have attended a personal party with her this past Sunday, they were treated to the next best thing: meeting the award-winning actress at Book Soup for the signing of her memoir, If You Ask Me: And of Course You Won’t, a candid and comedic review of her life – from TV and film roles to Hollywood and growing older. Fans lined up around the block for photos, personal signings and to the chance to meet White, whose trademark smile lit up the store.

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TheSunsetStrip.com Exclusive Interview with Mickey Avalon

Grab the “Parental Advisory” stickers, because Mickey Avalon is back! Returning to his home at The Roxy Theatre on Saturday, May 14, with all new jams – as well as a catalog of rap-a-long classics – Avalon is poised to release a truck load of new material over the next few years including a new record, a live album, and a number of unofficial “bootlegs” and “mixtapes.” 

Giving us the inside scoop on all his latest developments, Avalon invited TheSunsetStrip.com to his mother’s house in the valley for an exclusive poolside interview. Over cantaloupe and iced tea, the party boy rapper laid out his not-so-secret plans for music world domination. Here’s how it all went down… 

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Picks of the Week: May 9-15

“The British are coming!” That’s right, a new wave of British invasion descends on Los Angeles as we celebrate BritWeek. Hosting a number of events all over town, the Viper is happy to take part of this cultural celebration tonight, tipping their hat to our allies across the pond. This night will feature UK electro/indie imports Viva City, supported by a cast of locals including Thousand Watt Stare, That Noise and Blackhands. Hurry, doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 (6 pounds). www.viperroom.com

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Happy Mother’s Day! Events, Brunches and Specials for Mom

Celebrate mom, and thank her for loving you during those awkward years, with bottomless mimosa brunches, complimentary desserts, shopping deals and most importantly time with you!

Asia de Cuba
Brunch features a pastry basket to start, entrée selection, a decadent dessert buffet and a choice of bottomless mimosas, bloody marys or sake sangria. $39.50 per person. www.mondrianhotel.com
BLT Steak
Complimentary dessert for mom with dinner. www.bltsteak.com
The Den
Spend Sunday Funday with mom at The Den. Bottomless mimosas or bloody marys plus a menu that includes omelettes, chilaquiles, belgian waffles, lemon ricotta pancakes and smoked salmon. www.thedenofhollywood.com

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