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A family-owned business in Chinatown dating back to 1946, Grand Star hosts some wild dance-party happenings. The former Chinese restaurant's relaxed, almost-underground atmosphere works for just about any promotion that goes down here on weekends, from sweaty hip-hop ragers like "Boombox" to sexy disco soirees like "Full Frontal." Jazz bands and karaoke fill up the weeknight schedule. The miniature Saturday Night Fever-like light-up dance floor definitely enhances retro-themed events, while the alley location gives Grand Star a charm pretty much unmatched in club venues in Chinatown or anywhere. The nightclub is nestled in a picturesque Chinatown plaza on Broadway, just steps away from the old Hong Kong Cafe, among the brightly painted buildings that are clustered around a festive courtyard festooned with red Chinese hanging lanterns. The bar has a long, storied history and was once a favorite hangout for the legendary Mexican comedian Cantinflas and his friends.
DJs spin Britpop
Afro, Latin, jazz and other sounds from the beyond every second Saturday of the month
A throw-back night of '70s and '80s
FRIDAY/JANUARY/14 DUDAMEL/MAHLER 9TH AT WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL "A symphony must be like the world. It must contain everything." So said Gustav Mahler, and his valedictory ninth symphonic work (composed in 1909-10) seems to do just that. Like an... More »
Calling all roller girls (and boys), disco divas and would-be hipster video stars — this is your week in clubland. Ryan Heffington & Mario Diaz's flash-tastic FULL FRONTAL DISCO marks its first anniversary with hypnotic, synth-sexy dance sounds... More »
Connecting the best R&B, funk, reggae and hip-hop dance sounds (and the people who love each), THE BRIDGE, which ran from 2004 to 2007, returns to mark a special milestone, the 40th birthday of one of its head DJs, the inimitable Mr. Choc. Best... More »
Bear lovers, boom-box beats and a gal named Blank make for heavy highlights this week in clubland. CLUB SCOUT, from the creators of Bears In Space and Shits & Giggles, debuts a new night, so be prepared, boys. DJs Chris Bowen and Victor Rodriguez... More »
A crucial scene in the movie Collateral features Tom Cruise taking his de facto hostage, Jamie Foxx, to a cool, laid-back jazz club, where they listen to an authentic, tastefully smooth combo before Cruise invites the band leader over to their table for conversation, and then calmly blows him away. That scene was shot at Quon Bros. Grand Star Jazz Club, which occupies the same Chinatown pedestrian plaza as Mountain Bar and Hop Louie. While cold-blooded assassinations do not actually occur at... More »
Firecracker, yeah yeah - Frank and Wally and the dearly missed "Mommy" and Yasuko, when she makes it, are the real reasons to go. It was our regular weekend haunt for years...the ghost of Blue Lagoon Bibi attempting to remember all the lyrics to "La vie en rose" still walks the floor to this day...
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