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Slash Feat Fergie & Myles Kennedy, Common, Semi Precious Weapons, Neon Trees, Steel Panther, Big B & More Added To SSMF Lineup!

The third annual Sunset Strip Music Festival (SSMF), set for Aug. 26-28, 2010, has announced 2010 honoree SLASH will perform with FERGIE and MYLES KENNEDY — two of the vocalists on Slash’s No. 1 album — during the Aug. 28 outdoor street festival. Organizers also announced COMMON, SEMI PRECIOUS WEAPONS, NEON TREES, BIG B & FRIENDS and STEEL PANTHER have been added to the street festival lineup.

 

They all join previously announced headliner The Smashing Pumpkins as the boulevard is closed to traffic between Doheny Drive and San Vicente Boulevard and transformed into a premier concert destination with outdoor stages, beer gardens, a VIP lounge, food trucks, interactive experiences and live performances within the venues during the day.

 

Multi-Grammy award winning musician and noted actor Common, who has spent his career pushing boundaries and taking listeners out of their comfort zones with his socially conscious words, will close the East outdoor stage. The street fest will also feature Semi Precious Weapons (whose appearance marks a break in their tour with Lady Gaga and a return to their Sunset Strip roots); Neon Trees (who “are excited to share the stage with such an amazing eclectic group of artists as well as have the time to become fans for the day"); Big B (known for his high caliber collaborations with guest performers and who will preview songs from his upcoming fifth studio album); and a larger than life performance by The Sunset Strip’s resident heavy metal band Steel Panther.

 

Additionally, a mix of more than 50 local and national artists — including Adler’s Appetite, Ankla, The Binges, Dirty Sweet, John West, Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds and Vanasprasta — will perform within the venues during the Aug. 28 street fest date. Venues Aug. 28 lineups (more to be announced):

Whisky A Go-Go
Adler’s Appetite
Billy Boy On Poison
The Shrill
Yeti
Ankla
Tornado Rider
Forrest Day
Sean Rex
Soma
Subliminal Trip
Reason To Rebel
Electra
Lost Patrol
Acidic
Desecrate

 

The Roxy Theatre
Tomorrows Bad Seeds
Zen Robbi
Nikki & Rich
John West
Andy Grammar
Wicker
New Kingdom
Juke Kartel

 

Cat Club
Oh No Not Stereo
The Dollies
Hillbilly Herald
Lonely Drunks Club
White Arrows
Rattlesnake Shake
HDR
Casper And The Bad Spirits
Dirty Sweet
Diamond Lane
Prohibition Rose
JD Bender
Cast Of Kings
Love And A .38
Lady Sinatra
The Binges
The Royal Highness
 

Key Club
Vanaprasta
Volbeat
Transfer
Dommin
Blowing Up The Moon

Music venues have also started to announce their Friday, Aug. 27 lineups, which include WARNER DRIVE with Run Devil Run (Viper Room); P.O.D. with Static Pulse, Thick As Thieves, Slant, Asphalt Messiah and Sound Of Ugly (Whisky); and KIX (House of Blues).

 

The three-day fest kicks-off with a tribute to legendary guitarist Slash at the House of Blues on Aug. 26. Friday, Aug. 27 includes a Virgin America sponsored VIP cocktail party at the Andaz hotel prior to the venues hosting a full night of music. Again this year, the Viper Room will serve as the official media hub during the day of the street festival, with live remotes from 98.7fm and artist interviews.

 

Tickets are currently on sale via Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com/ssmf). A portion of all ticket sales benefits Los Angeles Youth Network (LAYN), a charity personally selected by honoree Slash. LAYN’s mission is to end homelessness, one kid at a time, by providing shelter, food and counseling for the abused, neglected and abandoned.

 

SSMF 2010’s proud supporting sponsors include Virgin America, V Australia, Jack Daniel’s, Ticketmaster, Vitaminwater, Gibson Guitar, 98.7fm, Andaz West Hollywood, Whole Foods West Hollywood, City of West Hollywood, West Hollywood Marketing & Visitors Bureau and Signature Creative. Street fest production provided by Swing House Hollywood.

 

For more information about SSMF, including additional lineup announcements, visit www.ssmf.com.

SLASH BACKGROUND
Slash is widely considered one of the greatest rock guitar players of all time. His recent solo album SLASH topped the charts as the #1 rock album and #3 on Billboard Top 200 list in its first week of release. He has received countless accolades and awards including a 2007 star on the Hollywood Rock Walk alongside his idols Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix. An original member of iconic rock band Guns N’ Roses, Slash helped the band create signature sounds like the guitar riff of #1 hit “Sweet Child o’ Mine” and “Welcome To The Jungle.” The band dominated the 1980s and ‘90s music scene selling more than 100 million albums worldwide and ushered in a decade of hard charging rock music. After leaving the band, Slash went on to critical acclaim in his personal project Slash’s Snakepit, and global success with supergroup Velvet Revolver. He has been widely sought after by the biggest musicians of all time, performing with everyone from Michael Jackson to Stevie Wonder to Ray Charles. Slash is one of the marquee playable characters in Guitar Hero III, has two signature Gibson guitars in his name, and authored his own top-selling biography Slash in 2007. Slash’s contributions to rock will also be recognized in 2011 when the guitarist receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 

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New French Fashions Unveiled @ Chez Bop

French-inspired boutique retailer Chez Bop hosted a private event on June 16 celebrating the U.S. debut of Elisabeth Delaunay’s award-winning South Of France Lifestyle Collection. The event also included one-of-a-kind jewelry collections from Rosalie Marsh and Anne Christensen. Guests enjoyed champagne, music, shopping specials and Chez Bop artisan exclusives.

Chez Bop is located in the Sunset Plaza at 8669 Sunset Boulevard. www.chezpop.com
 

Sunset Strip Clubs Partner With National Venues For Gulf Coast Relief Benefit

Our friends at The Roxy Theatre, The Comedy Store and Viper Room have partnered with other national and local music venues to host concerts benefitting the Gulf Coast relief efforts. The goal of the July 1 concerts is to raise $500,000 through ticket sales and online donations to benefit nonprofit org Gulf Restoration Network, which provides assistance to the people, wildlife and wetlands affected by the oil spill. The org also provides advocacy work throughout the Gulf region.

 

“We know through music and the generosity of people that we can help make a difference in the Gulf Coast,” said Roxy Theatre owner Nic Adler. “We hope this inspires others to make a donation, attend an event and get involved.”

 

In addition to The Sunset Strip’s Viper Room, Roxy Theatre and Comedy Store joining the cause, more than 25 other venues have been confirmed. The full list of participating venues includes:

 

The Roxy Theatre (West Hollywood, CA)
Viper Room (West Hollywood, CA)
The Comedy Store (West Hollywood, CA)
Echoplex (Los Angeles, CA)
The Mint (Los Angeles, CA)
Fais Do Do (Los Angeles, CA)
Saint Rocke (Hermosa Beach, CA)
SoHo (Santa Barbara, CA)
Mojito (San Francisco, CA)
Fox Theatre (Boulder, CO)
Belly Up (Aspen, CO)
Eddie’s Trackside (Monroe, WA)
Tipitina’s (New Orleans, LA)
The Blue Nile (New Orleans, LA)
The Shed BBQ & Blues Joints (Lafayette, LA)
Blue Moon Saloon (Lafayette, LA)
George’s Majestic (Fayetteville, AR)
Neumeier’s Rib Room (Fort Smith, AR)
The Shed BBQ & Blues Joints (Ocean Springs, MS)
The Shed BBQ & Blues Joints (Gulfport, MS)
Soul Kitchen (Mobile, AL)
The Shed BBQ & Blues Joints (Mobile, AL)
The Shed BBQ & Blues Joints (Destin, FL)
Lola’s 6th (Ft. Worth, TX)
Dante’s Bar (Frostburg, MD)
The Press Room (Portsmouth, NH)

 

For more info, or to make a donation, visit www.GulfCoastBenefit.com.
 

The Smashing Pumpkins To Headline SSMF Street Fest On Aug. 28!

Organizers of the Sunset Strip Music Festival have confirmed that THE SMASHING PUMPKINS will headline the street festival on Saturday, August 28 with a live performance on the legendary Strip! For the second time in its history, the boulevard will be closed to traffic for the day to accommodate outdoor stages and a full day of music in the venues.

 

The iconic band will wrap up the third annual SSMF, set to include a special tribute event for SLASH at House of Blues on August 26; live performances in The Roxy Theatre, the Whisky A Go-Go, Viper Room, Key Club, Cat Club and House of Blues on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights; plus more than 50 bands, two outdoor stages and a full day of music in the venues on Saturday, August 28. 

 

The Smashing Pumpkins–who have created one of the most acclaimed bodies of work in musical history and sold more than 30 million albums–are touring this summer in conjunction with their Teargarden By Kaleidyscope project. It’s a collection of 44 songs being released online for free one at a time as well as in installments of specially packaged four-song EPs for sale in record stores. In late May, the Pumpkins released the project’s first EP "Teargarden By Kaleidyscope Vol.1: Songs For A Sailor" (Martha’s Music/Rocket Science Ventures) to critical acclaim, with Jerry Shriver of USA Today hailing the music as “a delicious swirl of howling psychedelic rock and melodic ballads (5/25/10)." 

 

Look for leader Billy Corgan and his band mates–guitarist Jeff Schroeder, drummer Mike Byrne and new bassist Nicole Fiorentino–to hit the road for an array of intimate shows across the U.S. beginning July 6 in Cleveland, to be followed in August by two headline festival appearances in Tokyo and Osaka before returning to the U.S. to headline SSMF.

 

As in year’s past, the SSMF will honor a figure who is synonymous with The Sunset Strip for their contribution to the history of The Strip as well as the music industry. This year’s honoree: SLASH. Previous recipients of this honor have been Ozzy Osbourne (2009) and Sunset Strip club owners Lou Adler, Mario Maglieri and Elmer Valentine (2008).

 

Last year’s street fair drew 10,000 people to The Strip, which was closed between San Vicente Boulevard and Doheny Drive and filled with two full-scale stages, fans, food vendors and a VIP beer garden. "We are ecstatic to be able to bring this caliber of talent to the street and create what will undoubtedly become the ultimate end-of-summer music festival experience for our attendees,” says SSMF Festival Managing Director Karmen Beck. Following the Smashing Pumpkins’ show, bands will continue to play into the night in venues within the street closure, all of which will be free of charge to SSMF attendees.

 

General admission, VIP and 3-Day VIP tickets for the event will go on sale Thursday, June 17 through Ticketmaster at 10 AM PST. Street fest tickets will be $49.50 in advance ($65 day of at box office) and VIP street fest tickets, which include access to a private tented area with full no-host bar and seating area, are available for $100 in advance. A limited number of three-day “VIP” passes (which include entrance to Slash’s tribute on August 26, the clubs all three nights + access to VIP tent at street fest) will be $250.  There will also be individual ticket sales for The Sunset Strip clubs on Thursday and Friday nights. The SSMF is donating a portion of all tickets sold to the Los Angeles Youth Network (LAYN), a charity personally selected by honoree Slash.  LAYN’s mission is to end homelessness, one kid at a time, by providing shelter, food and counseling for the abused, neglected and abandoned.

 

SSMF 2010’s proud supporting sponsors include Virgin America, V Australia, Jack Daniel’s, Ticketmaster, Vitaminwater, Gibson Guitar, 98.7fm, Andaz West Hollywood, Whole Foods West Hollywood, City of West Hollywood, West Hollywood Marketing & Visitors Bureau and Signature Creative. Street fest production provided by Swing House Hollywood.

 

About The Smashing Pumpkins:
The Smashing Pumpkins have created one of the most acclaimed bodies of work in musical history and sold over 30 million albums. Formed in Chicago in 1988, they released Gish, their influential (and platinum) debut in 1991, which was followed by more platinum and multi-platinum albums including the nine-time platinum Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness and the four-time platinum Siamese Dream as well as the platinum certified 1998 album Adore. The pivotal group’s many hits defined the alternative music era and continue to resonate on modern rock radio, influencing a whole new generation. The Pumpkins returned in 2007 with their gold-certified and acclaimed sixth album Zeitgeist, which entered the charts at Number 2 in the U.S. and in the Top Ten internationally. Since their triumphant return to the stage in 2007, the Pumpkins have headlined some of the biggest events around the globe including the Reading Festival, Rock Am Ring, and the V fest. In 2008, the band was inducted into Hollywood’s RockWalk. Their first post-major label release was the song “Superchrist,” issued via the Guitar Center CD Fresh Cuts Vol. 2.  They subsequently recorded the song–the modern rock hit–“G.L.O.W.” for the Guitar Hero® World Tour game, marking the first time a band has recorded a new song exclusively for the franchise. In November 2008, the band released their first live DVD, If All Goes Wrong.  In December 2009 The Smashing Pumpkins began releasing Teargarden By Kaleidyscope, a 44-song work with songs being released online one at a time for free (4-song physical EPs will be made available as the songs are released). The group’s Billy Corgan has said the new music “harkens back to the original psychedelic roots of The Smashing Pumpkins; atmospheric, melodic, heavy, and pretty.” 

 

About The Sunset Strip Music Festival:
The Sunset Strip Music Festival was created in 2008 to promote, preserve and perpetuate the legendary Sunset Strip music experience. The Sunset Strip Business Association is the managing member of the limited liability company, which owns the Sunset Strip Music Festival.

 

For more information about SSMF, visit:

www.sunsetstripmusicfestival.com
www.myspace.com/sunsetstripmusicfestival
www.facebook.com/sunsetstripmusicfestival
 
Twitter: @SunsetStripFest / @TheSunsetStrip
 

Goooaaalll! World Cup Viewing On The Strip

The 2010 FIFA World Cup kicks off Friday, and while Americans may not be known for their extreme soccer enthusiasm, it doesn’t mean we aren’t susceptible to a little World Cup fever.

Restaurants and bars along The Sunset Strip are showing the games – and offering some food and drink specials – throughout the month-long competition. So grab a seat and get ready to watch the international competition unfold!

 

The Olive Kitchen + Bar | www.theoliveonsunset.com
Newly opened The Olive will show games beginning at 11 a.m. Four flat screen TVs.

Borracho Cantina | www.borrachocantina.com
Running two-for-one happy hour prices on all drinks during the live broadcast of the games. Ten large flat screen TVs, including patio viewing.

Cabo Cantina | www.thecabocantina
Open at 11 a.m. Saturday for the U.S. v England game. Multiple TV screens for optimum viewing. Two-for-one happy hour from 4-7 p.m. daily.

The Den | www.thedenofhollywood.com
Open at 11:30 a.m. Several HD TVs and happy hour from noon to 7 p.m. daily.

Isla Cantina | www.islacantina.com
Open at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 12, for the USA v England match. Multiple TV screens and specials.

Mirabelle | www.mirabelleonsunset.com
Opening early for Greece’s games and serving Greek appetizers and breakfast.

Red Rock | www.redrocksunset.com
Open at 11 a.m. Big screen TVs perfect for the big games and darts for those times when you need a distraction from the game. Happy hour, offering half-priced drinks, available every day from 5-7 p.m.
 

Mass Happy Hour on The Sunset Strip!

The Sunset Strip is celebrating the summer with a Mass Happy Hour every Wednesday night! Kicking off June 2, select businesses are offering extended happy hours from 5-8 p.m. as well as a specially priced “The Sunset Strip” cocktail for $4.

Participating retailers are also extending their hours to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays and offering ‘tax break shopping’ from 5-8 p.m. Enjoy poolside cocktails, delicious appetizers, and stress-free shopping on The Strip all summer long. What are you waiting for?
 

 

PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS/BARS

BLT Steak | www.bltsteak.com
Borracho Cantina | www.borrachocantina.com
Cabo Cantina | www.thecabocantina.com
Carneys* | www.carneytrain.com
Cravings | www.cravingsrestaurant.com
The Den | www.thedenofhollywood.com
Dukes | www.dukeswesthollywood.com
Isla Cantina | www.islacantina.com
Mirabelle | www.mirabelleonsunset.com
Mel’s Drive In* | www.melsdrive-in.com
Panini* | www.sunsetpanini.com
Pi On Sunset* | 8828 Sunset
Rainbow Bar & Grill | www.rainbowbarandgrill.com
Red Rock | www.redrocksunset.com
Saddle Ranch | www.srrestaurants.com
The Standard, Hollywood | www.standardhotels.com
Sunset Trocadero | 8280 Sunset
Talesai | www.talesai.com

*These locations serve beer/wine specials only.


PARTICIPATING RETAILERS

Extended hours to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays with “tax break” shopping from 5-8 p.m. (9.75% discount).

Code C | www.codecusa.com
Chez Bop | www.chezbop.com
LIVE! On Sunset | www.liveonsunset.com
Nicole | 8663 Sunset Boulevard
 

The Comedy Store will offer $3 PBR in their downstairs bar and free entrance on Wednesdays when you print or show their Endless Summer Mass Happy Hour” coupon on your cell phone.
 

 

 

REGULAR WEEKLY HAPPY HOURS

BLT Steak
8720 Sunset | www.bltsteak.com
5-7 p.m. “5 at 5” menu featuring five food items, specialty cocktail, draught beer and red/white wine for $5. Menu items include BBQ short rib, gnocco with pomodoro and pea tendrils, crispy Fanny Bay Oysters with fennel slaw and yuzu aioli and steak sliders with red wine onions and aged cheddar.

 

BOA Steakhouse
9200 Sunset | www.boasteak.com
5-7 p.m. $6 glasses of wine and select cocktails. Specially priced appetizers, including fennel dusted calamari, ahi tuna sliders and steak tartare.

 

Borracho Cantina
8570 Sunset | www.borrachocantina.com
3-7 p.m. and 10 p.m. – midnight, seven days a week. All drinks are two for the price of one.

 

Cabo Cantina
8301 Sunset | www.thecabocantina.com
4-8 p.m. seven days a week. All drinks two for the price of one.

 

Carneys
8351 Sunset | www.carneytrain.com
4:30-7 p.m. daily. $1.50 domestic beer, $2.25 Heineken and Sam Adams and a daily food special.

 

The Den
8226 Sunset | www.thedenofhollywood.com
12-7 p.m. seven days a week. Half-priced drinks and small food plates.

 

Dukes
8909 Sunset | www.dukeswesthollywood.com
4 p.m. – close. $3 draft beers, $5 glasses of wine and specialty cocktails, $2 PBR and food specials.

 

Hamburger Hamlet
9201 Sunset | www.hamburgerhamlet.com
3-7 p.m. Discounted prices on well drinks, draft beer and win by the glass, and select appetizers are half-priced.

 

Isla Cantina
8788 Sunset | www.islacantina.com
4-7 p.m. Two-for-one Miller Lite, $16 bottles of house wine and $5 well drinks. Appetizers priced under $7.

 

The London Bar
1020 N. San Vicente | www.thelondonwesthollywood.com
5-7 p.m. $5 champagne, sake, appetizers and valet parking. Some menu items include crab falafel with cucumber and mini lobster burger with ginger and scallions.

 

Mel’s Drive-In
8585 Sunset | www.melsdrive-in.com
4-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, all drinks and appetizers are half-priced. $3 domestic beers and $4 specialty beers. $9.99 dinner menu with selections including surf and turf or grilled chicken breast with choice of two sides.

 

Mirabelle
8768 Sunset | www.mirabelleonsunset.com
4-8 p.m. $5 specialty martinis, wines by the glass and menu items including hummus and marinated olives with flatbread, oyster trio, macaroni and cheese, Tuscan chicken skewers, lamb chop.

 

The Olive
8462 Sunset | www.graftononsunset.com/dining
5-7 p.m., seven days a week. Half-priced beer, wines by the glass, well drinks and appetizers.

 

Pi On Sunset
8828 Sunset | www.pionsunset.com
5-7 p.m. $4 glasses of Lebanese wine and $3 specialty Lebanese beers. Half-off select appetizers including hummus and baba ganoush.

 

Rainbow
9015 Sunset | www.rainbowbarandgrill.com
11 a.m.–7 p.m. $3 domestic beers, $3.50 import beers and $4 well drinks.

 

Red Rock
8782 Sunset | www.redrocksunset.com
5-7 p.m. half-priced drinks.

 

RH Bar at Andaz
8401 Sunset | www.westhollywood.andaz.com
Wednesday night Mass Happy Hour promotion at RH Bar: 5 p.m. – midnight, $7 "Sunset Strip" cocktail (to start on June 9 we are pouring a Lychee Martini), complimentary valet parking until 8 p.m. and  DJ Julian Nolen spinning. Menu also includes  $5 beers and $6 bar bites, including pan friend Oregon mushrooms, triple fried French fries with truffle oil, and sauteed shrimp. Follow @andazweho on twitter.com to receive special promotions on Wednesdays. Weekly happy hour menu in RH Bar Monday – Friday from 5-7 p.m. offers $9 cocktails, $5 beers, $6 bar bites from 4pm – 7pm.

 

Saddle Ranch
8371 Sunset | www.srrestaurants.com
4-6:30 p.m. Half-priced all drinks and appetizers, including specialty carafes.

 

The Standard / Restaurant + Poolside + Cactus Lounge
8300 Sunset | www.standardhotels.com/hollywood
5-7 p.m. Half-priced drinks and appetizers.

 

Sunset Trocadero
8280 Sunset
6-8 p.m., seven days a week. Half-priced appetizers and drinks, including specialty martinis, champagne, bottles of wine.

 

Talesai
9043 Sunset | www.talesai.com
5-7 p.m. Half-priced cocktails and wines by the glass, $3 Thai beers, and $5 Thai snacks, including filet mignon satay, calamari Pacific, dim sum, Northern Thai sausage with coconut sticky rice and green papaya salad.

 

Yatai Asian Tapas
8535 Sunset | www.yatai-bar.com
6-7 p.m. $3 tapas and sushi rolls.

 

AFFORDABLE PARKING TIPS

City public parking at 8756 Sunset (at Horn Avenue)
M-Sun: $1 per hour 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sun-Th: $4 flat rate after 5 p.m.
Fri-Sat: $6 flat rate after 5 p.m.
Located next to Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf; easy access to Red Rock, Isla Cantina, Il Sole, Mirabelle, BLT Steak, Pi On Sunset

 

City public parking lot at 8459 Sunset (at Queens Road)
$1 per hour 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
$2 per hour 6 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Located near The Olive restaurant, The Grafton, Asia De Cuba, Katana, House of Blues, The Comedy Store, Cabo Cantina. Please note this is a short term parking lot with a maximum of two hours.

 

9040 and 9000 Sunset
$5 flat rate after 5 p.m. Sunday – Wednesday.
$7 flat rate after 5 p.m. Thursday – Saturday.
Located near Talesai, The Rainbow Bar & Grill, The Roxy Theatre, Whisky A Go-Go, Cat Club, Duke’s, Frankie & Johnnie’s NY Pizza, Sunset Deli.

 

Complimentary parking for Sunset Plaza patrons and patrons of LIVE! On Sunset. Complimentary parking at RH bar on Wednesdays.

Photo: Sex And The City-inspired cocktails ($5 weekday happy hour), courtesy The London Bar.

 

Thursday Comedy Nights @ Pi On Sunset

Pi On Sunset has added a new item to its menu. Beginning this Thursday the Lebanese restaurant will offer a night of comedy each week featuring top comedians as well as dinner and drinks.

 

The series kicks off Thursday night and includes dinner, drink and show for $18 per person. Space is limited. For reservations and additional details, call 310.657.1774.

 

www.pionsunset.com

Sunset Strip Restaurants Strut Their Stuff At Structures & Style Tour

There’s more to West Hollywood’s restaurants than just culinary excellence. In addition to tempting your tastebuds, the city’s dining establishments also nourish your eye for design.

 

On May 22, the Structures & Style: Taste & Space tour will showcase both the culinary and architectural delights of eight West Hollywood restaurants. Sunset Strip restaurants on the tour include: BOA Steakhouse, Gordon Ramsay at The London West Hollywood, RH at Andaz and Restaurant at Sunset Marquis. (West Hollywood’s Cecconi’s, Comme Ca, Lucques and The Palm are also featured.)

 

Participants will journey through culinary tasting experiences while exploring and learning about the “avant-garde” architectural design and trends of each establishment.

 

Proceeds from the guided tour will benefit the West Hollywood Community Housing Corporation’s work of building nonprofit housing in the city. Tickets are $100 per individual and $490 for seniors, students or groups of 10 or more. The tour takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a reception at the roof of the Sierra Bonita Apartments from 3-5 p.m.

 

For more information, including tickets, visit www.whchc.org.

 

Photo: wine room at RH
 

Happy Cinco De Mayo!

Looking to add some feliz to your Cinco de Mayo? Stop by The Sunset Strip tonight for live music, food and drink specials.

 

Borracho Cantina
Borracho is throwing the largest Cinco De Mayo party in West Hollywood. Get ready to dance, dine and drink with two salsa orchestras, mariachis, tribal dancers from Mexico and lots of drink specials. Party starts at 5 p.m. www.borrachocantina.com

Cabo Cantina
Cabo is opening early for the Cinco de Mayo celebrations! Join us starting at noon for 99-cent Coronitas and ring in the night with giveaways and Cabo’s famous Happy Hour (all drinks priced two for the price of one from 4-8 p.m. Get there early to reserve a spot! www.thecabocantina.com

The Den
Specials at The Den include $3 Modelo Especial, $5 margaritas, $2 Coors Lite and half-priced items on the small bites menu. www.thedenofhollywood.com

Isla Cantina
Mariachis from 5-7 p.m., DJs from 7:30 p.m. – 2 a.m. keep the party going and specialty drinks and gifts from Cabo Wabo, Miller Chill, Ultimat Vodka and Paco Chicano Tequila. www.islacantina.com

Key Club
Former Kumbia Kings member Frankie J brings his R&B stylings to the Key Club. Doors open at 9 p.m. and tickets are $20.

Saddle Ranch
Take half-off all drinks (excluding bottles of wine) and all appetizers from 4–6:30 p.m. www.srrestaurants.com

Whisky A Go-Go
The Whisky presents Rock N’ Espanol with Buho, Vital, Young B and M. Ripper. Tickets are $10 and doors open at 8 p.m. www.whiskyagogo.com

Looking for the perfect marg? Check out our list of top margaritas on The Strip.

 

Celebrating Mom

Mother’s Day is around the corner, and although she loves the macaroni necklace you created 20+ years ago, maybe it’s time to step up your game this year. The Sunset Strip provides you with lots of options whether you are looking to splurge, share in a little spa time, receive shopping perks or just enjoy a leisurely brunch with free-flowing champagne. You can customize the day to fit your mom.

 

SPLURGE

Special Masterclass: Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea
Learn how to create the perfect English afternoon tea from the master’s at Gordon Ramsay. Make fluffy scones and decadent pastries, find out how to select the right tea blend and learn proper British etiquette. Classic afternoon tea will be served at the end of class. This special Masterclass is Saturday, May 8 from noon – 3 p.m. Price is $350 for two people. Space is limited and reservations are required. Contact 310-358-7788 or GordonRamsayWH@LuxuryResorts.com to reserve a spot. www.thelondonwesthollywood.com

 

Mom’s Retreat at Mondrian
 This package includes Studio Suite with $100 spa credit, two complimentary cocktails at ADCB and complimentary overnight parking. Rates start at $295. To reserve this package, call 800.606.6090 or book online at www.mondrianhotel.com with promo code "SPSAMP". www.mondrianhotel.com

 

Queen Mum Package at The London West Hollywood
Roll out the red carpet for Mum with this Mother’s Day package featuring pampering and attentive service she deserves on her special day. The package includes:
– Spacious suite accommodations
– Daily breakfast per adult from the Breakfast Table in the Boxwood Café by Gordon Ramsay
– Welcome amenity of champagne and chocolate
– Choice of either manicure OR pedicure in the Alex Roldan Salon
Priced from $399 per night. Valid for check-in May 7-8. For hotel reservations, visit www.thelondonwesthollywood.com  or call 866-282-4560

 

 

BRUNCH

Complimentary Brunch for First-Time Moms & Grandmas at RH at Andaz
To celebrate Mother’s Day, RH at Andaz West Hollywood, and Executive Chef Sebastien Archambault will offer a very special set menu, served family style with initial amusements to be offered directly from the communal RH counters. A complimentary bellini will be offered to every adult dining at RH as well as complimentary meals for first-time mothers and first-time grandmothers alike (The promotion requires one paying adult per complimentary meal.) Prices for the brunch are $55 for adults and $20 for children (tax and gratuity not included). Served May 9 from from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.   

RH’s Mothers Day menu includes:

Tasty self-serve options from the RH kitchen counters such as spring market salads, Prince Edward Island mussels and oysters, Pata Negra ham cured 36 months, artisan cheeses from Cowgirl Creamery with homemade marmalades. A choice of slow braised beef cheek, roasted veal chop, or seared halibut served family style at each table with artichokes, roasted potatoes, or green beans. Guests will also receive a choice of a seasonal berry bellini, a colorful variety of Sprinkles Cupcakes, Chef Sebastien’s traditional hazelnut waffles, or homemade crepes with choices of fillings and homemade ice creams. www.andaz.com

 

Alfresco Mother’s Day Brunch by Gordon Ramsay with Free-Flowing Champagne
Dine alfresco on the Hampton Court, with panoramic views of The Sunset Strip and the L.A. skyline. Brunch offers fresh baked goods, artisanal and farmhouse cheeses, omelet station, sushi bar, hot carving stations, pastry table and more. Price is $85 per person and includes free-flow champagne, mimosas and Bloody Marys. Brunch served Sunday, May 9 from 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. For reservations, call 310-358-7788. www.thelondonwesthollywood.com

 

Garden View Brunch with Mimosas at RESTAURANT at Sunset Marquis
Chef Guillaume Burlion has created a Mother’s Day Brunch with seasonal creations meant to be enjoyed in the serene garden. The menu is a cornucopia of all things California. Selections include: fresh burratta salad with heirloom tomato, Alaskan King Crab salad in sweet chili vinaigrette, rotisserie whole free range orange chicken, Black Angus prime rib, toasted coconut cake, cheesecake lollypops, international cheeses and more. Champagne and mimosas also included. Mother’s Day Brunch will be held May 9 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Price is $65 for adults, $25 for children ages 7-12 and complimentary for children ages 6 and younger. Space is limited. Please call 310.358.3759 to reserve. www.sunsetmarquis.com

 

House of Blues Mother’s Day Gospel Brunch
Live music and a full Southern-inspired brunch buffet. Cornbread muffins with maple butter, pecan caramel sticky buns, traditional Caesar salad, hickory smoked bacon and sausage links, homemade biscuits and country gravy, homemade waffles, omelette station, homemade macaroni and cheese, Creole chicken and shrimp jambalaya, carved smoked turkey breast with prime rib of beef, white chocolate walnut brownies, homemade fruit cobbler and white chocolate banana bread pudding. Two shows on May 9 with doors at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Price $38 for adults, $16.50 for kids. www.hob.com

 

Sunday Brunch at BOA
BOA Steakhouse on Sunset now offers Sunday brunch with a menu that includes eggs benedict, caramelized pear and berry French toast, homemade lobster ravioli and seafood tower. Bloody Marys and mimosas customized at your table. Available 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. www.boasteak.com (ADDED: BOA will also feature a live three-piece jazz band during brunch.)

 

 

SHOPPING PERKS

LIVE! On Sunset
LIVE! will offer complimentary gift wrapping for Mother’s Day gifts as well as Larissa Love travel size shower gel, Gal Collection lips balms and La Compagnie de Provence hand cream and soap apothecary items with purchase (while supplies last). www.liveonsunset.com 

 

Code C
On Mother’s Day, Code C will offer a 20% discount on all jewelry, and a complimentary glass of prosecco for all mothers. www.codecusa.com

 

OLE HENRIKSEN Face/Body Spa
All mothers will receive a complimentary 7 oz spa product of their choice with the purchase of a spa service from May 7-10, 2010. www.olehenriksen.com

 

Find the Perfect Card at Book Soup
Although Mother’s Day may have become a pay day for the greeting card industry, you can still add some real style and personality to your card pick — and support independent greeting card makers. Book Soup boasts a collection of letterpress, hand designed and original cards — each an individual work of art. www.booksoup.com

 

 

MOTHER & DAUGHTER SPA PACKAGES

SPA at Sunset Marquis: Mom & Me Manicures
SPA is offering Mom & Me Manicures from May 1-9. Treat your mom to a manicure and pedicure and SPA will give you a manicure and pedicure free. Appointments are required. Call 310.358.3700 to reserve. www.sunsetmarquis.com

 

Agua Spa at Mondrian: Mother and Daughter Package $325
This special spa package includes manicure/pedicure together, target 30-minute massages, use of sauna and steam rooms, mimosas or sparkling apple juice, chocolate covered strawberries and/or mini dessert and a Spa Gift Bag. (Regular price $380.) Reservations: 323.848.6070. www.mondrianhotel.com

 

 

RELAXING SPA PACKAGES FOR MOM

Agua Spa at Mondrian: Unwind Package $45
Package includes hour reflexology foot massage and custom foot soak, use of sauna and steam rooms and chocolate covered strawberries and/or mini dessert. The package is $45 for mom or $90 for mother and daughter. Reservations: 323.848.6070. www.mondrianhotel.com

Agua Spa at Mondrian: Just for Mom Perfect Pair Package: $275
Double the luxury with this package, which includes a 60-minute Agua Signature Massage and a 60-minute Agua Signature Facial. Reservations: 323.848.6070. www.mondrianhotel.com
 

 

Photo: Pool at the Mondrian hotel