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This intimate live-music bar and restaurant is tucked into the Gower Gulch mini-mall, which was once the stellar nexus of early Tinseltown history. These days, the club presents a similarly stellar assortment of top-flight jazz musicians, as well as comedy, blues, flamenco and pop showcases. Presented by Dolores Peterson, the club's signature weekly open mic features such redoubtable jazz vets as pianist-leader Karen Hernandez, bassist Tony Dumas and drummer Ralph Penland backing up sometimes heavy surprise guests. And yet, located at the busy intersection of Sunset Boulevard and the aptly named El Centro Avenue in the heart of Hollywood, the room's vibe is convivial and calming instead of brassy and showy. Booths along the wall and small tables on the wooden floor face a low stage wedged in the corner, where the performers hover palpably close to diners. Black-&-white photos of legendary musicians are framed on wood-paneled walls, while the booths are adorned with elaborate touches like semi-circular, inverted-pyramid-shaped Art Deco-style lamps. The cover and minimums vary but are generally low, with some drinks and entrees priced moderately higher. Chef Juan Mercado's continental menu includes favorites like spinach quesadilla, gazpacho and the salmon mango salad. The restaurant has a small outdoor patio, and, in a true Hollywood rarity, free parking in the mini-mall's lot. Full bar.
Comedian Melinda Hill and writer Eve Sturges' "experimental hour of storytelling with their fancy, famous friends and exciting newcomers."
Pull your chair up to the comedic campfire and enjoy a great (free!) show featuring top comics and maybe a famous drop-in. Maria Bamford and Melind...
Event Review: What's Up, Tiger Lily?
When I saw that the comic genius behind the MOMENT OF CLARITY videos, Lee Camp, was popping in for a set at Tiger Lily's I nearly jumped out of my skin, seriously! Fortunately, my extra-tough outer layer of epidermis kept me in and I did not have to experience yet another OBE (out-of-body experience).
To my surprise, a place which I had driven by a million and six times located right smack in the heart of Hollywood--specifically, the left ventricle--was the headquarters of a hip little Moonday night (yes folks, let's call it what it is) comedy shindig which I had no idea even existed. Not only did Lee Camp deliver the LOL conscientious goods, but I got to see seven other comedians who were quite funny and/or talented.
To the person behind What's Up, Tiger Lily, I just want to say "Thank You" from the inner sanctum of my starboard aorta!
Buyer Beware. This venue once demonstrated potential w/ prime promoter, "D". Unfortunately it's, deteriorating, showing the tell tails signs of vice. Pick & choose your visits carefully i.e. "L.A.'s Best" long-standing, every Thursday night, Dolores Petersen Presents: Showcases and Open Mic / Jams. The only other recommended, worthwhile bets are "D's" limited, occasional presentations. If it's not posted as Dolores Petersen Presents: ask, if it isn't, proceed with caution.
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Calling all fans of vintage scooters, go-go boots and spiffy retro suits, this Friday marks the beginning of Mods Mayday, when all of the above come together to ride and rock around town. Believe or not, this celebration of Quadrophenia-esque... More »
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The Happy Hour Story Experiment is as warm and fuzzy as a Valentine's teddy bear. In fact, prospective storytellers' names are literally picked democratically from a fuzzy Valentine's bear basket. The pro-am talent onstage includes veteran performers like Maria Bamford, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Drew Droege, Jillian Lauren and Anna David trying out new material but is often dominated by newbies taking their first baby steps onstage. Producers Eve Sturges (who writes blog the Magpie List) and... More »
Any comedian can host a comedy room at a random bar, but it takes location, circumstance and a comedy curator to keep one running for five years. That's a nuisance for most stand-ups but a vital necessity for Melinda Hill, What's Up Tiger Lily?'s producer-comedian, and wonder twin Jazz Ponce, whose scouting skills rival any late-night TV booker. The ambitious Monday-night lineup is equal parts raunchy rookies (Shawn Pearlman), out-of-towners (Adam Cayton-Holland) and top-shelf jesters (Aziz... More »
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