The Magic Castle: Hard to get into
I have read raves about The Magic Castle and our own Odinnthor, Erik recommends this place every chance he gets. So when I had the chance to go I took it.
Someone at VT must be a magician to get us in this place and I'm so happy they did! It is an experience worth the effort. We had dinner and access to all five Bars and all shows offered that night.
The Palace of Mystery is the big venue, but there are several others and you are free to check them all out without extra cost. Close-Up Gallery is probably the smallest room. That doesn't necessarily make it easier to catch on to the tricks, but it's really fun to try.
The show at the Palace of Mystery was really very funny. It starred Dana Daniels with Richard Allen and it was called "The No Show." Which at first seemed a rip-off. Some guy "filling-in" for various acts that failed to show up. Some of the tricks were so easy to discover that it's impossible to believe the they were not meant to be so obvious. As the show progressed the laughter continued and the magic began to seem real.
Not only the scheduled performers, but half the people in the place was some sort of magician so tricks were all around. Even the Bar Tenders were tricky!
Really a fun place to spend an evening.
Dress Code: Yes!!!! There is a Dress Code and Rules for visitors to The Magic Castle. Be sure to check the link and follow the commands. Any deviation will result in your removal. Believe me, there is as much security as if the President of the USA were here each night.
Don't be intimidated, as long as you are respectful and follow the rules there will be no problems.Related to:
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The Hollywood Bowl: It doesn't get more Hollywood than this!
The Hollywood Bowl is the epitome of Hollywood. It's been here forever. Most people think they can't afford to see anything at the bowl but tickets can be really reasonable at times. Just make sure to bring your binoculars. Actually, the several big screens help with that. One of the best and unique opportunities about the Bowl is that you can bring a picnic - your own food and drink. But be aware - some venues/concerts won't allow you to bring in glass containers so read your tickets well.
Dress Code: It's California, anything goes!Related to:
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Cat Club on Sunset: Rock on Sunset
The Cat Club is owned by Slim Jim Phantom of Stray Cats (or was). When I visited in Feb 08 the house band on thursdays and saturdays was the 'starf**kers' which featured Dizzy Reed on keyboard (ex guns n roses) and Eric Dover (ex Slash's Snakepit, etc). They play a mixture of cover songs, mainly rock from 80's 90's etc. I loved it. The entrance charge was reasonable too. Drinks were approx $7 for a bottle of beer. The place is very small so it can get packed, but it means you are very close to the stage and it seemed you get a good view from any part of the club.
Dress Code: Didnt appear to be any specific dress code, jeans were fine and many wearing sneakers. There was a mix of ages and 'types' there.Related to:
Lucky Strike: Bowling with an attitude
Have you ever been to bowling alley with a dres code? Check out Lucky Strike....
This bowling alley is like no other, it's a bar, a restaurant, a pool hall and a bowling alley in one. It somewhat resembles a 'cosmic bowling' meets lounge atmosphere - dark wood, boldly-colored light fixtures, and pop art. There's enought black light along the lanes and there are large video monitors above the pins that show art and video clips. There's also a ball speedometer to tell you the speed of your ball, which could be really fun until someone get's hurt...
You can reserve lanes for a private party. There's a velvet draped off area with 2 lanes and your own personal bar area.
Dress Code: LIke most Hollywood.... dress to impress
La Velvet Margaritia: Blue Velvet and Margaritas
Bleu velvet all over the place. Very colorful!
The light in the Ladies Room was all Pink, that was kind of fun...
My sense were very satisfied with all the deep colors and delicious Margaritas. I had a Pomme Granate Margarita.. or two...
Dress Code: We went on a weeknight and we were wearing jeans. It was no problem, but I guess that during the weekend you want to dress it up a bit.
Annual Hollywood Halloween Party on Sunset: Hollywood Fun & Hilarity at Halloween
OK, so it has been a good 5 years or so since attending this colorful celebration in West Hollywood but I can't leave it out of my page!
This is the street Halloween party of the American West, or probably of the whole USA. (More photos to be seen in Travelogues)
Every year is sure to not disappointed as far as the costumes and entertainment goes. Party-goers, including a good percentage of cross-dressers get down right creative and elaborate about their firght night attire. Some prepare months in advance to look their best. I was left jealous of some of those guys! I dressed as a stereotypical gypsy, like one from a Disney cartoon.
I was a participant but not an active one at the event. I had enough joy and laughter from looking at the party-goers letting loose. I left with this hot below and more to be seen on travelogues.Related to:
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