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Homes Away From Home

January 17, 2002

The right combination of atmosphere, bookings and clientele creates a sense of community at several local clubs. Some worth checking out:

Dragonfly, 6510 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. (323) 466-6111. Hard-rockers' home away from home. Features the weekly Pretty Ugly Club and shows by veteran booker Dayle Gloria. Over 21.

The Garage, 4519 Santa Monica Blvd., Silver Lake. (323) 662-6166. Local underground rock, punk and dance music draw a range of colorful scenesters. Over 21.

McCabe's, 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 828-4403, (310) 828-4497. Venerable music store features intimate performances by well-known artists. All ages. No alcohol.

The Smell, 247 S. Main St., L.A. (213) 625-4325. Experimental, punk, art-music and a gallery make this storefront downtown's successor to the late, great Al's Bar. All ages. No alcohol.

Spaceland, 1717 Silver Lake Blvd., Silver Lake. (323) 661-4380. Local and touring underground/alternative acts and the audience that loves them. Over 21.

Temple Bar, 1026 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 393-6611. Groove-oriented space has incubated such local gems as the Dakah Hip-Hop Orchestra. Over 21.

Natalie Nichols

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