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L.A. New Years Eve Parties Under $40

English: Velvet Chain performing at the Key Cl...

Velvet Chain performing at the Key Club (Credit: Wiki)

My mother believes that her house must be spotless before midnight on December 31 to bring her good luck in the New Year. Personally I rather get ready for a high society party, than worry about random junk that has accumulated under my bed for the past year. In L.A. getting ready for a party doesn’t only involve figuring out what you’re going to wear, but also figuring out the fastest way to get there i.e. which expressway, street, or back alleys to take and often a combination of them all. New Years Eve presents an even more stressful problem with figuring out where is the best place to party out of the hundreds, and sometimes very expensive, options. Below you’ll find a list of confetti-filled New Years Eve parties that are under $40. Once you find the party that arouses your inner party monster, go to their website to get a ticket fast. Prices may go up the closer it gets to the end of the month.

1. Hollywood Pub Crawl
Website: http://pubcrawls.com/events/nye/new-years-eve-pub-crawl-hollywood.php
Price: $20-$30
Time: 7pm-2am
Dress Code: None
Age: 21+
Fist Pump Level: 3 out of 5

This event is geared toward people who hate being stuck in one party for more than an hour. You get V.I.P access to 10 locations on the Walk of Fame. Your one ticket gets you into the clubs and you don’t have to pay an additional cover charge. You do have to pay for drinks, but your ticket comes with reduced drink specials: 2 premium mixers for $13, 2 champagnes for $13 and $3 selected bottles/draft beer. The Hollywood Pub Crawl party starts at 7pm at Outpost Hollywood (1624 North Cahuenga Boulevard). Don’t be late or you’ll lose your party spot. I’d get there at 6pm.

2. Universal City Walk Countdown Bash
Website: http://www.citywalkhollywood.com/nye_schedule.html
Price: $15-$55
Time: 9pm-12am
Dress Code: None
Age: All
Fist Pump Level: 4 out of 5

This event is geared toward people who also like party hopping, but within a confined area and want to invite their family to hangout as well. At Universal City Walk, the entrainment multi-complex, partygoers will have unlimited access to 3 entertainment stages: Gibson Amphitheater, 5 Towers Stage, and Water World Arena.

At the Gibson Amphitheater, Ankhesenamen, a cover band specializing in punked out 80s new wave music, will be performing. The event starts at 9:00pm. At the 5 Towers Stage, Fast Times, a cover band specializing 80s hits from A-Ha to Young MC, will be performing. The event starts at 9:30pm. At the Water World Arena, DJ Host, will be spinning Top Forty music at 9:30pm. This is a family-specific event and seats will be provided, while Gibson and 5 Towers will be standing room only. At 12am fireworks will go off and will be viewable from each event area. Entry into the park does not include entry into City Walk’s regular clubs: Howl at the Moon, Infusion Lounge, Jillian’s, Jon Lovitz Comedy Club, and Saddle Ranch Chop House.

Recommendations: Parking is a nightmare so it’s best to take the Metro (Red Line to Universal City station) or carpool or valet for $55 (Self-parking is $45). Address: 100 Universal City Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90068

3. Key Club (Hollywood) Performance by E-40
Website: http://www.keyclub.com
Price: $40
Time: 7:00pm-2am
Dress Code: None
Age: 18+
Fist Pump Level: 2 out of 5

The first time I heard an E-40 song I couldn’t get the chorus, “sprinkle me main, sprinkle me main,” out of my head. On New Years Eve, Bay Area rapper E-40 will be performing at Key Club in Hollywood on Sunset Blvd. Key Club is an intimate concert venue that is multi-layered. If you love E-40 and enjoy intimate spaces then this is the party for you. According to the promoters, the show starts at 7:30pm but I doubt E-40 will come on at that time.

Things to expect: a long line, disgusting bathrooms, aggressive security, high-priced drinks, and $25 minimal credit card purchase. Address: 9039 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069

4. Belasco Theater PÜR White Party
Website: http://www.wantickets.com/Events/116822/P-R-NYE-BELASCO-2013/
Price: $25 + fees
Time: 9pm-4am
Dress Code: White attire recommended but not required. But strict upscale attire will be upheld. No hats, athletic shoes, or baggy clothes
Age: 21+
Fist Pump Level: 5 out of 5

This party gets 5 out of 5 fist pumps because for $25, you won’t be able to find a better high society party. You will be bathed in ambient light, listening to house and hip-hop, while watching an aerialist performance, balloon drop, and confetti explosions until 4am. The promoters say that there will be six party rooms. However with twelve different ticket prices (the highest being $2500), I am not sure if general admission ticket holders will be able to access all six rooms. The main room is where all the action will take place anyway. The DJ lineup has not been confirmed, but it sounds like they will big names.

Recommendations: Guys look your best. Bouncers are notorious for making guys that don’t have on dress shoes to pay $20 extra even with tickets in their hand. Address: 1050 South Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015 Continue reading

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To Live and Thrift in L.A

How thrift stores help the community

Goodwill Industries

Goodwill Industries

Thrift stores to Los Angeles are like Reality Stars to Hollywood, they pop up announced and are always in line for a comeback. Public reception of resale stores has drastically changed during recently. Even more so when the recession hit in 2007.

According to America’s Research Group, a research firm, about 18% of customers will shop at a thrift store during a given year. While 21% will shop at major department stores. In the country there are more than 30,000 thrift stores, with the majority being in California, Texas, and Florida.

Kisha Roby, an Accessory Designer, from Miami said, “I started shopping at thrift stores eight years ago.”

Kisha went on to say, “I like finding one of a kind vintage items.”

“Thrifting” is a multi-billion a year industry. The largest vintage store, Goodwill, operates over 2,650 stores and has an online auction site, like Ebay, where stores, not individual sellers, post items to bid on like Chanel clutches and scrimshaw hunting knives. In Southern California there are seventy-one independent stores.

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Author Spotlight: Toni Newman and I Rise: The Transformation of Toni Newman

I first heard about Toni Newman from a press release from BlackNews.com. Newman was promoting a play about escorting and S&M. What stood out in the press release was a small sentence on her book, I Rise: The Transformation of Toni Newman. Then Newman popped up on my favorite website Crunk and Disorderly.Today I logged onto Facebook and saw Shahid Manning interviewed Newman on his show “Interviewing Hollywood.” Interviewing Hollywood is an online show featuring controversial and up-close and personal interviews with talent in Hollywood.

In the interview they talk about Newman transitioning from a Play Girl male model to a full figured woman, hormone treatments, prostitution, homelessness, life as a black transgendered woman, Isis King from America’s Next Top Model and celebrity clients, and she names names. The is NSFW. See the interview below:

Interviewing Hollywood’s Interview with Toni Newman Part 1

Interviewing Hollywood’s Interview with Toni Newman Part 2

Interviewing Hollywood’s Interview with Toni Newman Part 3

For my controversial and up-close and personal interviews with Manning’s “Interviewing Hollywood” show go to his website MSE Foundation. At the website you can see more of the incredible work they do and become members to get news and interviews before anyone else.

Book Blurb: “I Rise: The Transformation of Toni Newman is the true story of Toni Newman’s transformation from an internally conflicted male to a proud, pre-operative transsexual,” according to Newman’s website. “Born the eldest son into a strict Christian family, Toni reveals knowing early on in life that she “was a different bird born in the wrong body.” With crisp detail, humor and compassion, Toni tells her story of being a “sissy boy,” a scholarship student, a business professional, an escort, a drag queen, a NYC prostitute, an LA dominatrix, and finally, a transsexual attending law school in order to help her transsexual sisters in need.”

Work for hire photo of Isis King.

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Rejection Letter #4

Dear Author:

Based on your email query we have decided not to pursue representation. We thank you for contacting us and we wish you success in finding a publisher for your work.

Cordially 100th Literary Agent

I’m thinking about turning to a life of Internet crime. I thought after I finished writing my book that I could write to a publisher, they’d love my query, give me a $20,000 advance, and I could move to L.A. and live the Hollywood life among the other young and poor.

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I mailed off another proposal to Redbone Press today and I emailed four other agents. I found another potential publisher who deals primarily with black and/or gay and black writers. Had I known I had to write queries, proposals, chapter summaries, and research similar books, I would have done so along with writing the book. It took me three years to complete The Taste of Scars. I’m going to research more smaller presses and university presses.


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