A Week of Record

In the course of a week, Otep signed to Capitol Records, Beauty Bar celebrated its first anniversary, I kicked it with System of a Down and performed backup vocals at the Viper Room. . . . Now, in order of importance: Thanks to Dayle Gloria, we got hip to the fierce young metal band Otep back in November, and thanks to the shot-callers at Caitol Rex, the band's already in the studio recording an EP. . . . Word up to the ladies: Serj from System of a Down is sporting a close-shaven look these days, and you should see that face.

Exene Cervenka played deejay at Beauty Bar's birthday party last Thursday, which is the beginning of weekly star-deejay nights. Tonight, Scott Ian from Anthrax will be spinning, and next Thursday look for Dave Alvin. . . . Back at the Viper Room, go-go gal Christina Carey pulled me up on stage with Coyote Shivers to sing backup vocals. I returned the favor the only way I knew how: I threw him the goat and pogoed out of there.

This just in: Gypsy Magic--formerly the Gypsy Kings--is scheduled to perform at the Sunset Room in Hollywood on Tuesday and tix are only 10 bucks. . . . Speaking of the Sunset Room, owner Chris Breed opens his latest club-land adventure, the Pig'n Whistle on Tuesday (after a private gala on Monday). The restaurant, modeled after the original 1920s hot spot and found at its same Hollywood Boulevard location, morphs into a nightclub called NuBar in the evenings.

Took a walk on the wild side Saturday by revisiting the famed Silver Lake dance club, Dragstrip 66, which is held at Rudolpho's once a month. After eight years and a million beers, Dragstrip is still rage-worthy. Party on.

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