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Party Goes On, World Doesn't End

"If you have to go, you might as well go partying," one reveler says at city-sponsored bash.

The chances of an apocalypse Friday night were infinitesimal -- in fact they were nonexistent, according to a group of NASA experts.

But for the city of West Hollywood, that was more than enough reason to party, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday.

About a hundred revelers gathered in the cold for a rainbow-lit dance party off Santa Monica Boulevard between the nightclubs Revolver and Eleven, with go-go dancers on platforms gyrating to a pulsing techno beat.

"This city can find any excuse to have a party, and tonight it was the end of the world," Michael Arrigo, who serves on West Hollywood's disabilities advisory board, told the Times.

Along Santa Monica Boulevard, clubs waived cover charges and threw apocalyptic theme parties. Police officers closed off a small section of the road for the outdoor event, organized by the city, it's tourism board and the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

But Friday's celebrations paled next to the city's Halloween event, which draws hundreds of thousands. Also, the event ended about 40 minutes earlier than scheduled.

Dwight Warren, 54, of Van Nuys, didn't want to spend what he believed could be his last night on Earth alone. Clad in a Santa hat and holiday colors, he danced until the music stopped a few minutes later.

"If you have to go, you might as well go partying," Warren told the newspaper.

Warren drove from Van Nuys to meet his friends for a night of celebration. He said he's one of the only people he knows that took the Maya rumors seriously.

"I told my friends and family that I loved them, just in case," Warren told the paper. "You just never know."

But Warren's belief was limited. "I didn't sell my stocks or anything," Warren said.

Jeffrey Bertollini, general manager of Revolver, helped plan the event with the city over the last three weeks. Many of the revelers immediately relocated to his club, where there was a "Mad Max" theme.

"It's just kinda silly and fun," Bertollini told the Times.

Chloe Ross December 22, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Who paid for this one?
me December 23, 2012 at 01:24 AM
watch john duran make a complete fool of himself yet again at: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/12/end-of-the-world-party-wraps-up-early-in-west-hollywood.html
me December 23, 2012 at 01:27 AM
this may be officially THE dumbest thing the city has ever done....well, in addition to robo-garage, plummer park re-design, go go night.....oh well, forget i said that....just too many dumb things now that i list them....so end of the world with drag queens, new years eve horns, strippers, some mrs. santa claus thing, mardi gras beads, the 2 doofs running for city council re-election and an ugly carpeted covered podium with the city logo displayed for the LA Times to write yet another "there goes those crazy WEHOan's" story again.....yes, WHO did pay for this mess???....i walked by there last night while they were setting up and nobody seemed to know why the sheriffs were blocking the street.....everyone thought it was a crime scene....where was this damn thing advertised/promoted anyway???
Riley December 23, 2012 at 06:44 PM
What a fine use of the Sheriff's time. The photos show Prang and Duran speechifiying and partying...can we charge this to their campaigns? In a way it WAS a crime scene; politicians using our tax dollars without asking to party and run for office. Kinda' like using our money to wine and dine people. Let's hope it's the end of THEIR reign, Mayan AND Wehoan.
Profes Shivers December 23, 2012 at 07:10 PM
It had some weeks earlier been reported by the city to be planned for the night before, so when I showed up then nothing was happening. Is that why it was so under attended? More incompetence by our city council and their overpaid staff.
Ali December 24, 2012 at 12:02 AM
This City has become a joke. No money for lower income housing, but plenty of money for stupid things like this. Duran and Prang have to go!
90069 December 24, 2012 at 03:31 AM
I'm sorry but some of these comments are completely unhinged. This was a fun and noteworthy event and the chamber and council should be praised. West Hollywood was able to latch on to a talked about news event for free publicity even if the actual event was a complete joke, it was generating a lot of discussion in the general population. We shouldn't discount the importance of street fairs and civic events. We receive drive tourists into town to spend money here on a Saturday and not somewhere else and we give the community social events to do with one another. Duran gave a great explanation of the event and even threw out a morsel for a more existential discussion.
me December 24, 2012 at 03:41 AM
yes, it was such a great idea that no other city thought of doing it!!!!.....twas a very idiotic idea and total waste of money....not to mention, why are these events always held between 2 gay bars and not at other locations throughout the city???
me December 24, 2012 at 05:09 PM
and if you didn't already think this event was a dumb idea, just read this: http://www.wehoville.com/2012/12/24/weho-block-party-over-quick-but-its-not-the-end-of-the-world/
bobby trendy December 25, 2012 at 09:42 PM
It was fun. THIS is a party city. If itwasnt for the vibrancy of this city partys,events to keep this city relveant people wouldnt come here and we couldnt afford our new library, roads and them pretty trees that line the sidewalk .
bobby trendy December 25, 2012 at 09:43 PM
Also if you DONT like the partys then simply move. I love living here and wont move!
Riley December 26, 2012 at 06:52 PM
@bobby trendy - you are delusional if you think the parties are keeping this town going. Look back at the articles about Halloween and just how much that costs the city. According to Mayor Prang the City doesn't make a thing on the Halloween extravaganza and we certainly didn't make a penny off of this ridiculous end of the world nonsense. Time to grow up West Hollywood.
Ali December 26, 2012 at 07:23 PM
That is a very good question!
Ali December 26, 2012 at 07:23 PM
That is a very good question!
Riley December 26, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Your naivete is showing bobby.
90069 December 27, 2012 at 12:30 AM
The reason the events are held between two bars is because these bars pay for the entertainment as it is part of their operating budget. And if you have actually ever been out wandering the City at night you would know that this area has far more foot traffic during the evening hour than anywhere else in the City. Perhaps you do not like gay bars, and that is OK, but they generate plenty of business, moreso than Laurel Hardware or the Strip.
me December 27, 2012 at 05:51 AM
(A) what "entertainment"???? (B) if the city is going to develop events, as opposed to gay bar owners, they should also develop them for gay, straight and everything in between....the sunset strip music festival is about the only event not geared towards the gay community per se
me December 27, 2012 at 05:57 AM
further, and this is off subject, if you look into what the gay bars HAVEN'T contributed to the gay community (AIDS, LAGLC, trevor etc), you would be astonished....the abbey "hosts" APLA's oscar event, but they make APLA pay the hard costs.....bar owners buying personal tickets to fundraisers and bidding on personal auction items for themselves doesn't count as support....they need to pony-up for all of the money they pull in from our community....i wish someone would write a story about that!!!!!

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