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Sunset Strip Picks of the Week: The Game, Gibson GuitarTown and St. Patty's Day Guide

Take a walking tour of Gibson GuitarTown II, participate in an all-day block party at Rock & Reilly's or listen to the Dear and Departed, with frontman Dan Smith of 'LA Ink,' at the Roxy.

Spend an evening chillaxin’, sipping cocktails and enjoying the acoustic sounds of Desert Nights at the ultra chic this Wednesday, March 14. This week’s bill of fare includes the Springsteen-esqe sounds of Jesse Tyre Karp and fellow singer/songwriters Ryan Eggold and Justin Hopkins. Entertainment in the Cactus Lounge begins at 7:30 p.m. and as always, entrance is free. www.standardhotels.com/hollywood

Bringing you only the best in top notch up-and-coming talent, KROQ Locals Only presents The Dear and Departed featuring frontman Dan Smith of "LA Ink" fame, along with In Transmission and The Vegas Breakdown this Thursday, March 15 at the . Doors open 7 p.m. Tickets are $12. www.theroxyonsunset.com

Don your Kevlar vest, and head to the on Friday, March 16 for infamous West Coast rapper The Game. Don’t miss the multiplatinum hip-hop mogul at this rare underplay performance on his home turf. Doors open 8 p.m. Tickets range from $35 general admission - $60 VIP. www.keyclub.com

This Saturday, March 17 the beer will flow a little stronger in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. The Strip’s restaurants, bars and venues have a full day and night packed with parties and shows, including an all-day block party at  featuring an outdoor beer garden, DJs, bands and five bars from noon – 10 p.m. Entrance is $10. , the , , , the and are also hosting parties and special events. Get the details, and don't forget to take .

While the LA Marathon takes over the streets of Los Angeles on Sunday, March 18, get in the walking spirit with your own tour de force with a self-guided tour of  on The Sunset Strip. This week marked the official launch of round two of GuitarTown, the “larger than life” public art display that features 10-foot tall art guitars. The newest installment includes guitars by artists including , Tristan Eaton and a collaborative street art guitar by more than 15 artists including DeeKay, Bankrupt Slut, Free Humanity and more. The featured guitars celebrate Rage Against The Machine, Buffalo Springfield, T-Rex, Van Halen and Jane’s Addiction among others. Download a free copy of the walking map and hit The Strip!

--Brent X Mendoza, @brentXmendoza

Courtesy of http://thesunsetstrip.com

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