Insider’s Weekend Guide

Start your Friday night off right with outdoor cocktails and live music poolside at Live at the Sunset Marquis. The legendary rock and roll hotel is opening its doors to host a summer acoustic series. Tonight’s event features music by Noah Benardout, Wing And Hollow and El Javi Trio ($20). 

After you’ve soaked up the summer air, head over to House of Blues for Dita Von Teese’s “Burlesque: Strip Strip Hooray!” ($35 GA). Those looking to double-up on their burlesque quota will also want to stop by The Comedy Store for “Paid or Pain?! Burlesque, Stand-Up, Dominatrix.” Part live comedy, part reality TV-inspired game show, “Paid or Pain?!” lets audience members decide whether or not performing comics should be paid for their set or subjected to dominatrix-induced “pain.”


Enjoy some fun in the sun on Saturday, May 12 with the third annual Los Angeles Vegan Beer Fest at The Roxy Theatre. The event will feature 50 craft beers, vegan food trucks, an outdoor stage with performances by Torrey Summer, 28 North, Kevin Martin and The Country. Advance tickets are $50 for GA, $60 for VIP and $25 for non-drinkers. For more information and to buy tickets, visit http://roxy.la/LAVBFtix.

End your Saturday dancing the night away as the Key Club is transformed into Club Bang. Featuring two rooms of dancing, Club Bang features electro, pop, ’80s and indie hits. Doors open at 10:30 p.m. and you can enjoy two-for-one priced drinks from 11 p.m. – midnight.  Need a little nourishment before heading home? Luckily for you Coney Dog LA is just three blocks away and open until 3 a.m. Stop by for some late night hot dogs, salads and burgers.


Treat mom to the ultimate Mother’s Day party this Sunday, May 13. Start the day with brunch at Nonna of Italy (with free mimosas for mom), then make reservations for facials and pedicures at Ole Henriksen before stopping by LIVE! On Sunset for a little retail therapy with sale merchandise priced 50-75% off. End your weekend with laughter at The Comedy Store, and if you bring mom, she gets in free! (Get the full list of Mom Day events.)


Photos: 2011 Los Angeles Vegan Beer Fest.

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