Originally the plan for yesterday afternoon was to get a bunch of folks together for a fun game of Laser Tag in early celebration of David’s birthday (which is tomorrow) … unfortch, David wasn’t feeling too well and we decided to push off the Laser Tag until next Saturday. Fortunately, tho, David was feeling up for seeing a movie last night so we met up with Emma and Josh and went to the ArcLight in Hollywood to see “the other Facebook“ movie titled Catfish:
Before seeing the movie last night, I had only seen the trailer for the film once … and it creeped me out entirely. I have to say, I think the film works best if you go in seeing it without knowing too much about the plot. Here is the trailer for Catfish so you can judge for yourselves:
I liked the film, mostly, but there were parts of the film that are still bugging me the morning after. If you’ve seen the film or don’t mind having the plotline kinda spoiled, you can read my review after the jump … More »
While I enjoyed Marina‘s last show in July, I felt it was a bit rough and I decided to reserve judgment until I could seen her on a bigger stage with her full band. I am very happy to say that Marina and the Diamonds KILLED it last night … they put on a show that was very worthy of the building hype that she has been receiving. After the jump, check out some photos from the show as well as some video from last night’s performance … More »
Last night David and I met up with our dear friend Josh to enjoy an impromptu birthday dinner with him at Hugo’s in West Hollywood, CA. Even tho Josh wasn’t all that interested in celebrating, we did manage to impose a piece of chocolate cake on him:
Josh is seriously one of my best friends and it was our pleasure to celebrate in even a small way with him last night. We had short but very sweet fun last night.
Tonight, Josh and I will be making our way to the El Rey Theater to see Marina and the Diamonds play her second LA show. I got to see her in concert back in July and I’m really curious to see her again, with a fuller band. It should be fun. Happy Friday, Happy Weekend!!
On Monday I wrote a post that reminded me of my love for the superhero character Wonder Woman from a very young age. Even before I became the huge Batman fan that I am, my first love was for Wonder Woman … in fact, at age 6 I would tell everyone that I was going to grow up and marry Wonder Woman (ie. actress Lynda Carter who played WW on TV). Since being reminded of the WW watch I loved so much as a kid, I decided to dig out my DVDs of the complete WW series and begin watching the series from the start last night:
I think some of you oldsters (like me) remember the action/adventure series from the late 70′s. The first season on ABC was titled The New Original Wonder Woman and was set in the WWII era 1940′s. The second and third seasons were titled The New Adventures of Wonder Woman and were set in the present 1970′s. I can’t even tell you how much I loved WW as a kid … rewatching the original pilot episode brought back all of that love last night:
Despite the fact that Wonder Woman was “for girls”, my parents were very supportive of my love for all things WW. I’m telling you, I haven’t watched the entire WW series since I was prolly 10 years old (the show ran in re-runs for a couple years after the series went off the air) so I’m very excited to relive my youth again :) I have more vivid memories of the third season of the series, mainly because it featured more robots and aliens and was very much like The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman. After the jump, check out video of the opening sequence of the third season of The New Adventures of Wonder Woman to be reminded of how amazing the show was and for you young’ns, to see what you missed out on for being born too late … More »
Yesterday afternoon I became the proud owner of one of the biggest working Swatch watches in existence. Do try and hold your applause. As an avid fan of Swatch watches for many years, I’ve been well aware of the coveted and elusive Swatch MAXI wall clocks that are giant-sized Swatch watches that hang on the wall. After an unsuccessful bid on eBay a few weeks ago (that angered me to NO end), I was able to successfully procure another Swatch MAXI clock on eBay last week … and it arrived yesterday:
Trust me, I know there is nothing dorkier than blogging about a wall clock but this is a pretty sweet ass wall clock. I remember seeing these big clocks back in the 80′s and now I have one hanging in my office … see folks, dreams can come true ;) Please pardon my obsessiveness but I couldn’t help but share photos of the coolest clock I’ve ever seen in my life.
Last night, David and I went out for an extended and delicious dinner with our friend Lisa who is visiting SoCal from NYC. We don’t get to see Lisa nearly enough but we love her entirely and had a great time with her last night. We had previously planned to holiday together in Iceland but, well, that trip didn’t really work out for us … so now we’re planning to do another trip together next year … perhaps in South America. It is always such a pleasure to get to spend time with Lisa … it’s a shame she has to head back to NYC today.
Tonight I am gonna try and hook up with Jordan since I haven’t seen him in AGES. Life is good, quiet and lovely. Happy Hump Day!
The fine folks at Showtime very graciously sent me a promo pack for the upcoming 5th season of Dexter which included a DVD of the first 3 eps of the new season … and as you can imagine, that DVD went into my DVD player faster than you can say blood spatter analyst:
Now, I am unwilling and unable to spoil any of the eps for y’all but I can reveal that the first 3 eps will be titled My Bad, Hello Bandit and Practically Perfect. I know you Dexter fans are DYING to find out what will happen in the wake of Season 4′s shocking ending and I promise, things pick right up where the show left off. Season 5 begins very satisfactorily … I am really amped for the coming season. After the jump, if you dare, you can check out a screencap from the season 5 premiere ep of Dexter in order to tease the new season … More »
Yesterday, on the always kind invitation of MTV, I was able to attend the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards. I’ve been very lucky to be able to attend the VMA for the past few years so I am always grateful for the opportunity. Sure, this year’s show didn’t have as much bang as last year’s show but, in all honesty, it’s a blast to be able to attend these shows in person. I worked the red carpet before the show got underway and was able to talk to a few of the VMA attendees … here are some of the photos I snapped yesterday:
I got to talk to the cast of the US version of Skins and shared with them how much I love the original British series … they promise me that the US version will be as gritty as the original and they seemed confident that fans of the original series will love their version. We shall see. I also got to talk with Alan Ritchson about his work on Blue Mountain State and as Aquaman on Smallville. He was such a sweetie, very funny and kind … he promises more fun from the second season of BMS, I cannot wait!! I also got to meet Dina Deena Nicole Cortese, the newest castmember on MTV‘s Jersey Shore. She was very sweet, still humble and promises is more fun to watch than Angelina Jolie Pivarnik (who was cut from the show for season 3). All in all, I had fun on the carpet and at the show itself. MTV is always so good to me … I have to send out lots of love and many thanks to Tamika for taking such great care of me this year. I tend to have really great experiences at the VMAs and I am always thankful to be invited to the party.
Tonight David and I have big plans to stay IN and relax. He is home from Vegas, our travels are finished for a while … it’ll be very nice to just decompress. Hope your Mondays are going well!!
On Friday night David, his family and I were welcomed guests of the new Cirque du Soleil show Viva Elvis which is performed nightly at the Aria Hotel and Casino inside CityCenter in Las Vegas, NV and we had THE best time ever. The folks at Cirque du Soleil are always so kind and generous to us whenever we want to see one of their shows and this time was no exception. Because we were celebrating David’s dad’s birthday and because he is the biggest Elvis Presley fan ever, it was just a no-brainer that we would all convene in Las Vegas to see the show. The folks at Cirque du Soleil (and Ann especially) made sure that we all had the best time ever for David’s dad’s birthday:
The show itself is a Vegas must-see. Viva Elvis tells Elvis‘s life story thru his music but in only the way Cirque du Soleil can. The emphasis of the show is on the music of Elvis Presley but the Cirque-style performances are just insanely entertaining. There is a portion of the show that features trampoline work and I was left with my jaw on the floor … it was just incredible to see live. I was also impressed with the portion of the show where fire was utilized in the performance … each number was unique and inventive and gives the classic music of Elvis Presley an exciting shot in the arm. I’ve enjoyed many Cirque du Soleil shows over the years and Viva Elvis is only the latest fave for me to add to my list. If you are an Elvis fan, you MUST see this show … it’s like Elvis Heaven. We just had the best time ever. After the jump, check out some of the fun photos we snapped at the show and more … More »
Yesterday evening David and I made our way to Las Vegas, NV to meet up with his parents and siblings for a fun birthday weekend celebration here for David’s dad’s birthday! Because David’s dad is a huge Elvis Presley fan, we thought it would be fun to have the family assemble here in Vegas at the new CityCenter complex on the LV Strip, the vibrant new entertainment center of Las Vegas and the home of the fabulous new Cirque du Soleil show Viva Elvis:
We are staying at the amazingly swank Vdara Hotel & Spa and are LOVING every single second of it. The place is totally state of the art and the amenities are just amazing:
We were all a bit tired upon arrival so after we settled in, we stepped out for a delicious extended Thai dinner at Lemongrass inside CityCenter before calling it a night.
Tonight, we will be seeing Viva Elvis and then will be dining at Sage. The best part of this entire trip is that we don’t even have to leave CityCenter at all. I’m not the biggest fan of Las Vegas but the amenities here make that fact a non-issue … we have having a blast! Happy Weekend!!
Last night David and I met up with our friends Emma and Josh for an impromptu dinner at Greenblatt’s Deli in West Hollywood, CA to celebrate the Jewish New Year:
We supped on delish matzo ball soup and brisket and had a fun time just hanging out. Both David and Josh are Jewish but neither of them thought it was worth celebrating the New Year last night … it was up to Emma to bring us all together and I’m so glad that she did. Last night was really fun.
This afternoon, David and I fly off to Las Vegas, NV to meet up with his entire family so that we can celebrate his dad’s birthday in Sin City. We have big plans to see a couple of amazing Cirque du Soleil shows and just enjoy the city. While I’m not too eager to get on a plane again so soon, I am very excited that we will be spending some time with David’s family. Wee.