Yesterday was another fun day here in Detroit … Mark and I went out for one of our regular sushi dates at Little Tree in Royal Oak, MI after we did a bit of shopping on Main St. I’m telling you, I’ve seen my fair share of fantastic shopping in my day but Incognito on Main St. in Royal Oak is still one of my fave shops anywhere. I always find something great there. Mark and I got a pair of great Made In Detroit t-shirts and other fun stuff:
Then we ate our faces off. So much fun. After dinner, Mark went out to hang out with one of his friends and Sarah and I hung out for the rest of the night. Of course, we ended up just being lazy and chillin’ in her room for the rest of the night. We ended up watching White Christmas ’til 2 in the morning. Yeah, we party hardcore.
A dreaded snowstorm has rolled into town today … it’s snowing like crazy right now … big, fat, snowflakes. I’ve decided to stay one more night to avoid all the craziness at the airport and will, instead, fly back to LA tomorrow. Today, I’m planning to hang out with Tracey and Zakiya and then tonight I’m meeting up with Sergio for a party. Happy Sunday! I hope it’s warm and sunny were YOU are today ;)
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Despite the fact that It’s So Cold in the D, I managed to get out of the house yesterday to have a bit of fun around town. Sarah, Mark and I made our way downtown to Joe Louis Arena to watch the Detroit Red Wings take on the Montreal Canadiens. But, before we got to Joe Louis Arena, we took a quick tour around Detroit on the famed People Mover … and I got to use my new Michigan Mittens:
Then it was time for the hockey game! After the jump, check out some of the fun photos that I snapped last night … More »
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Yesterday was my first full day here in Detroit Rock City and I managed to make the most out of it considering how little I really wanted to do. Sarah and I spent the whole day together and then Mark joined us for the rest of the night. Sarah and I made our way into downtown Detroit because I had to pick up a pair of Michigan Mittens from GOODS Detroit shop on Woodward & Kirby. I learned about the mittens in the new issue of Hour Detroit magazine and HAD to get a pair. As you may know, the State of Michigan looks like a mitten and growing up, that is what we would call it — The Mitten State. Can you believe that I have never seen or even heard of mittens that feature a map of Michigan on them? Anyways, yeah, I picked up a few fun Detroit souvenirs at GOODS Detroit (great little independently owned shop very near the Detroit Institute of Arts) which I highly recommend for fun Detroit/Michigan inspired gifts. Afterward, we popped into Good Girls go to Paris Crepes for some snacky snacks and ate our faces off:
This morning, we awoke to the first snow of the year. It was only a light dusting but I hear a big snow storm is on the way for the weekend. Eeep! I’m well acquainted with Detroit Snow Storms … it could be nothing or it could be severe. I guess we won’t know ’til it hits … right around the time my plane is scheduled to leave for LA. Who knows, I might get snowed in for an extra day.
Tonight, Sarah, Mark and I have decided to see the Detroit Red Wings take on the Montreal Canadiens at the Joe Louis Arena and then later on, I’m planning on a fun night of dancing with my good friend Sergio. It may be cold but I’m trying to make the most of it. I hope all y’all have a GREAT weekend! Happy Friday!!
PS: You can order the Michigan Mittens online HERE.
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Greetings from America’s Mitten (aka Michigan) … I have successfully arrived in Detroit and have already started to become acclimated to the FREEZING temps here. Despite warnings from many of y’all here in the Midwest, I wasn’t quite prepared for how cold 16 degrees feels like … yes, it’s that cold here:
Still, I’m very happy to be home again. Last night I spent some time with my parents and already today I ran a few important errands with Sarah. This trip is going to be so low key, I can’t even make that more clear. I’m not lookin’ to do much at all … just chill with my peeps. Tonight, I’m hoping to do a sushi dinner with Sarah and Mark … and that’s about it. I’m gonna try and not think about the 70 degree weather I left back in SoCal … thankfully, I’ve got great friends and family to distract me :)
Happy Thursday, y’all!!
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This afternoon I will be making my way to LAX Airport so that I can jet back home to Detroit, MI for the rest of the week to pre-celebrate the holidays with my family and friends back home:
Despite the fact that I really, really did NOT want to fly again this year I thought it would be nice to go home for a quick trip in between all the crazy Thanksgiving and Xmas melee. I’ll get to spend time with my parents and friends and I’ll get to visit some of my favorite haunts without having to deal with all the holiday lunacy. I’ll be working as usual for the rest of the week but from tomorrow ’til Sunday, I’ll be comin’ atcha from Detroit Rock City!
I hear it’s cold in the Midwest … yeah.
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Last night David and I were invited to the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, CA for a screening event for Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series … which is about to introduce a new villain on the series. Darth Maul may have been killed in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace but his brother Savage Opress lives on in the animated series The Clone Wars:
Three new episodes, written by Katie Lucas (daughter of the master George Lucas himself), were screened last night on the big screen and it really felt like an entire Star Wars movie. After the jump, check out some promo stills from the eps and read more about the villainous Savage Opress … More »
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Yesterday afternoon, I met up with Darion and a bunch of his peeps at Royal/T Cafe, Shop, Artspace in Culver City, CA so that we could grab some dessert and check out the new Tron: Legacy pop-up shop that is there for the next few weeks. It was really great getting to see Darion and everyone … I hadn’t seen any of them for a long time. I got to meet little Miss Flynn for the first time, the beautiful daughter of Darion’s good friends Julie and Vince:
In all honesty, I wasn’t at all impressed with the Royal/T place overall. The service in the cafe was horrid, the art was … nonexistent … and the pop-up shop was full of outrageously overpriced items. The best part of the visit was getting to hang out with everyone, especially Flynn who is the cutest little nugget ever! OY! That baby is so cute … it was all I could do to keep from eating up her teeny-weeny toes!
After this hangout session, David and I met up with Jordan and a group of his friends for a belated birthday dinner at BLD. We had so much fun getting to celebrate Jordan and getting to know better his great group of friends. Despite the rain, Sunday was a pretty rad day. Today beings a whole new week! Tonight I’m heading out to a Star Wars: The Clone Wars screening in Hollywood … and on Wednesday, I fly back to Detroit for the rest of the week. We are just weeks away from the end of 2010 … can you believe it?!
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Yesterday evening, David and I met up with our friend Jen at the ArcLight Hollywood for an early showing of Black Swan (primarily because most of the showings last night were completely sold out) so that we could AT LAST see the film that everyone has been buzzing about … for months. Without question, Black Swan is now one of my favorite films of the year:
Black Swan is absolutely a Darren Aronofsky masterpiece … those of you who are familiar with and love his films will most assuredly enjoy Black Swan. To be honest, I’m having a hard time thinking of ways to describe it. The pace is frantic and the action is dizzying … there are times when you have no idea what exactly is going on and it’s never easy to believe what you see happen on the screen. Natalie Portman‘s acting performance is a tour de force … she is really magnificent as Nina Sayers, overwrought yet hugely talented ballet dancer. Mila Kunis is also fantastic but her role as the cool chick ballerina is fun rather than impressive. The film is all about Portman. I don’t know that I’ve seen a more beautiful film this year … without question, Black Swan will be honored in some way at the Academy Awards next year. IMHO, Swan is a much superior film to The Wrestler (which won a few Oscars) so I’m counting on Portman and Aronofsky to be honored with their own Oscars this time around. I would deffo call Black Swan intense and very scary … be prepared to be in a clenched posture thruout the film. I was so stressed by the franticness of the film that I needed to relax and come down after it was over. Just … brilliant. There are a few things about the film that I must see again so that I can sort them out in my head but YOU MUST see Black Swan at least once in theaters. The film opened in select cities this weekend but it will open more wide in the coming weeks. See this film, you must!!!
After the movie, we went out for some eats at 8oz. Burger Bar and Jen and I chatted away the night for hours! ‘Twas a fun night out, indeedie.
Today, I’m meeting up with Darion and some friends for a fun afternoon hangout session and then tonight David and I are planning to hang out with Jordan for his birthday! It’s a bummer that the weekend is already over already … hope you have a great Sunday!!
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A couple of weeks ago, David and I were lucky enough to attend a preview screening of Tron: Legacy at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood, CA. I haven’t been able to talk about the film … until now. If you see one 3D film this holiday season, it must be Tron: Legacy. Despite the fact that most films are going 3D just for the hype factor, Tron: Legacy actually makes amazing use of the technology:
Legacy starts out a few years after the end of the action from the original 1982 film Tron. As you might expect, a series of events force the characters to go back into The Grid (i.e. the digital video game world of Tron) where they meet other characters who are already there. I will say that the story is a bit heavy in that you get a whole lotta explanation thrown at you in a short period of time. And the one thing I didn’t like was the CGI youngification of Jeff Bridges‘s face. That said, the 3D effects are so inviting that you actually feel like you are in The Grid yourself. The action scenes are fantastic and the story from Tron has been carried over and updated nicely for this new sequel. The movie is really an experience … one that both David and I enjoyed very much. It’s deffo one of those movies that you should check out over the holidays after it gets released on the 17th.
Last night, David and I met up with Emma, Josh and Guy for an impromptu Hanukkah dinner at Greenblatt’s Delicatessen before making our way to Basix for drinks and dessert with Michael and Sam:
All in all we had a great night hanging out with friends last night. Tonight, my other BFF Josh and I will be making our way downtown to Club Nokia to see Brendan Benson live in concert. I love my Detroit homeboy so it’ll be very cool to see him play live again.
It’s the weekend, y’all! Have a great one!!
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