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Yesterday afternoon I made my way out to Amoeba Records here in LA to partake in the Record Store Day festivities that were going on there in order to show my support for the (sadly dying) independent record stores in the US. I picked up a few things and was very happy to see the store full of customers who were also in the market to support their fave indie record shop. After my trip to Amoeba, I made my way to the ArcLight Theater to see the Banksy film Exit Through the Gift Shop:
I got to see the trailer for this film, which is a documentary about the street art of the last decade or so, when David and I saw The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo a couple of weeks ago and I knew I had to see it as soon as possible. I am very happy to report that I was not disappointed. I’ve been a Banksy fan for years and I was happy to see his inclusion in this film … which really revolves around Thierry Guetta who kinda tried to make a documentary about street artists and ended up becoming one himself. Shepard Fairey (the creator of the Barack Obama Hope poster) is also heavily featured in this doc and if you’re a fan, you gotta see this movie. I loved the film entirely and personally feel that street art is a valid and important new art-form … but I have mixed feelings about Guetta (who has named himself Mr. Brainwash) and his rise to “fame”. Sure Guetta has good ideas, but they are other people’s ideas. Yes, his art is made from lots of hard work but it’s the hard work of others. I do like some of his art but the fact that it’s so contrived and shoved down your throat is really off-putting. He is no Banksy, that’s for sure … but is he really relevant? That is the question. The film is insanely fascinating and it sheds light on the creation and eventual ascendancy of street art unlike anything the public has ever seen before. I’m really curious to hear what others think of this film … it’s only playing in a handful of cities right now but will open wide in a few weeks.
And then it occurs to me … that the whole film might be an elaborate Banksy prank on Hollywood. Genius.
After the movie, David and I met up with Darion and his new man Nathan and we were joined by Loy and his new man Ryan. We had a nice couples dinner at Mexico in West Hollywood, CA.
This afternoon, David and I are going to Dodger Stadium to see the LA Dodgers take on the SF Giants … the weather is gorgeous so we’re very excited. Hope all y’all are having a fab weekend!! Woot!!
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David and I were feeling pretty anti-social last night so we decided to shun all others for the quiet company of one another … once that got old after about a glass of wine and 2 re-runs of Sex and the City, we decided to try and salvage some of our Friday night by going to the movies. We decided to see Kick-Ass:
Kick-Ass was a pretty fun movie … a bit violent but it’s to be expected (what was not expected was that the bulk of the film’s violence came from 13-year-old actress Chloë Grace Moretz who plays the “real-life” superhero Hit Girl in the film). The movie envisions what it would be like if people tried to be superheros in real life and the hilarity that ensues. David and I really enjoyed the film but it is not something that you would take your kids to see. But if you’re in the market for an over-the-top and kinda violent action flick, then you should check it out. I have to say that I really hate the McLovin‘ kid (actor Christopher Mintz-Plasse) and he features heavily in this movie. His lispy, dickhead demeanor was really off-putting to me. He tends to play the same douche-like character in all of his films so, yeah, he was a turn-off for me … but the movie was enjoyable despite his inclusion. I was really impressed with Nicolas Cage who was both funny and believable as the superhero Big Daddy. His Adam West/Batman like quality was really fun. David and I both liked this film but, again, it’s a bit violent and silly so it may not appeal to everyone.
Today … we clean. Our place has gotten way messy so we need to do some serious cleaning today. I’m hoping to see the Banksy movie Exit Through the Gift Shop this afternoon so I’ll try to squeeze that in after I get my shizz straight here at home. Tomorrow … we’re thinkin’ about going to the LA Dodgers v. San Francisco Giants baseball game so it looks like it’ll be a pretty fun weekend around here. Happy Weekend to YOU!
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Yesterday evening I was very happy to welcome my friend Devin to SoCal on his first full day in town. I met Devin in Austin, TX at SxSW last year and we became fast friends … I was thrilled to learn that he was planning a move out West so I was really excited to see him. My dear friend Irene, on the other hand, is on her way out of town so we all met up for drinks of hellos and goodbyes at Essex Public House in Hollywood, CA:
While I’m very bummed that Irene is moving to NYC permanently, I’m happy that Devin is in town at last. It’s always sad when friends have to move away but I know we’ll stay in touch and see each other again soon … either on this coast or that coast. After we said goodbye to Irene, Devin and I spent dinner catching up and getting reacquainted … it was a really nice night.
Not sure what is going on tonight … there are a few options … it’s such a beautiful day here in LA today, I think I want to be outside. I hope your weekend is a great one! Enjoy!!
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No big news on the personal front. Things have been nice and quiet around these here parts. I did pick up an amazing 1Tb external harddrive (which is about the size of a wallet and cost a fraction of what I paid for my 500Gb external hard drive a few years ago) and started backing up files off my computer. To be honest that was the excitement of my day yesterday … until a delivery that I had been expecting arrived late yesterday afternoon:
I know, I know … it’s really geeky and a bit weird that I still have a thing for toys from my youth but I can’t help it! I am such a child of the 80′s that I still have a huge fondness for all things 80′s (and, as you may recall, I just recently purchased two art pieces based on He-man and the Masters of the Universe). These He-Man and Skeletor figures are new versions of the original action figures and they look great on my desk. Now, should I ever need to spring into action, hold aloft my magic sword in order to save the day …
… I’ll have the inspiration to keep me on task! Look, sometimes you gotta make your own fun. I’m fairly certain that all y’all have a huge soft spot for things like this from your childhood that you like to hold on to. I cannot even TELL you how much I loved my He-Man Power Sword when I was little. Sigh … do kids these days even like toys anymore? Now that the world is enamored of iPhones, Nintendo DS and the Internet, I wonder what kids like to play with when they actually play with other kids. Sad.
Tonight I shant be playing with myself (that sounds bad, sorry) cuz I’ll be meeting up with my friend Devin who has made his way from Austin, TX to SoCal! I haven’t seen him since last year so it’ll be nice to catch up.
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Last night David and I were invited to a dinner party at the new home of our dear friends Ollie and Caleb. The couple live in a part of downtown LA that I had never been to before and it was like visiting an entirely new city. Ollie and Caleb cooked an amazing meal and we had a blast just hanging out with them for the whole night:
David and I are so lucky to have so many good friends … and we dearly love Ollie and Caleb so much. They are, seriously, the coolest kids we know and word cannot express how much they mean to us. They are always so warm and welcoming, happy to share everything they have … you really couldn’t ask for better friends. Now that Ollie and Caleb are in a new part of town, we have more reason to visit their neighborhood to get to know a whole new part of LA better. We may not get to hang out with these two exclusively very often but when we do, it is always a great time.
I have a few things to take care of tonight so it’ll be a mostly quiet day. I surely hope your Hump Day is going well (and fast) :)
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I’m not sure if any of y’all caught The Colbert Report on Comedy Central last night but if you did, you prolly saw and laughed your ass off about a joke he made about potential Supreme Court Justice nominee Elena Kagan. Colbert reported on and referenced a blog post written by my David on his blog Queerty and managed to turn the story into a very funny joke:
I’ve known for a very long time that David’s site is a good read, I’m happy to know that Stephen Colbert agrees. If you’d like to see the Queerty clip from The Colbert Report last night, you can check it out after the jump … More »
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Yesterday The Turtle Party: Book Club to discuss our thoughts on our last book selection, Sway, and to choose the next book to read. Everyone one of us enjoyed reading Sway (for various reasons) and we all seemed to agree on the notion that the irrational behavior of some may be incomprehensible to others but that everyone seems to have a trigger that will set off irrationality in ourselves. Sway is such an easy book to read and understand, the subject of why we are swayed towards irrational behavior is terribly interesting. Our discussion on Sway yesterday was probably the liveliest convo we’ve had as a group discussing one of our books.
The selections for our next book were brought to the table by David and we decided as a group to next read Going West by New Zealand author Maurice Gee:
So … if you are reading along at home, we will be discussing this novel on our next meeting on May 7th.
Today should be a quiet day … I have a few things to take care of but I am hoping to stay in tonight. Tho, Darion has been trying to get us to go out for drinks so … we shall see. Happy Monday!!
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Yesterday I made another trek down South to pay a visit to Chick-Fil-A and stopped by my friends’ Josh and Emma’s place to see if either of them wanted to tag along. Josh came with me to eat and I accompanied him on a fairly extensive shopping trip and fun was had by all. I picked up a few candy wax mustaches so that we could take some fun photos and they worked perfectly with the new Super Mario Bros. wall decals that Emma hung in their place:
Yes, folks, it doesn’t take much to keep us entertained. We were joined by Emma’s BFF Melanie and proceeded to take a few more photos … pop open some booze and bust out the UNO cards …
… I tells ya, it was a wild and crazy night!
This afternoon, the Turtle Party Book Club will meet to discuss our latest book and to select our next book to read. This evening I have a few things to take care of so it’ll be a bizzy day. It’s cloudy and dreary here in SoCal today so … I might make it an early night as soon as I can. I hope your weekend is going well … and I hope you enjoy it while it lasts :)
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Last night David and I made our way to the Landmark Theater in the Westside Pavilion to see the Swedish film adaption of the world-wide best selling novel The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I’ve had this book on my reading list for MONTHS but haven’t yet found the time to read it … so when I discovered that the original Swedish adaptation, titled Män som hatar kvinnor, is playing in theaters now I had to rush out to see it. The reviews for the film have been exceptional so I had high hopes the film would be good … little did I know that the film would actually turn out to be spectacular:
Män som hatar kvinnor can be described as the Swedish Silence of the Lambs (in that creepy, graphic psychological drama/horror film sort of way). I understand the film version follows the book very closely and altho I have not read the book (yet), I found the film to be very good in every single way. The acting was superb, the direction was quite good and the story — OY! So good! I knew 20 mins. into the film that I was going to love it. I should warn that the film has a run time of 2 hours and 40 minutes which sounds daunting (especially for a foreign film with subtitles) but I promise, you don’t even realize how long the film is once you get engrossed in the story. I understand the 2 sequel novels have already been made into films in Sweden so I’m anxious to see those, too. I will be reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo as well as the sequel books The Girl who Played with Fire and The Girl who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest (which make up the Millennium Trilogy of books written by Stieg Larsson) as soon as I can. I think I was most impressed by actress Noomi Rapace, the troubled computer hacker lead female, who was unbelievable in this film. I cannot endorse this film enough … it’s the best movie I’ve seen in AGES. Trust me on this, check out this film. It’s really fantastic. I’m curious to hear what others who have either seen the film or read the book think. I don’t personally know anyone who’s done either.
The beautiful weather is taking a vacy this weekend as I hear storms are on their way. Still, I plan to get out and enjoy as much sunshine as I can. I see a visit to Chick-Fil-A in my near future as well ;) Happy Saturday!!
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Initially I had planned to make last night a quiet one but because I had a few errands to take care of, I ended up spending most of my evening running all over town. I did make a quick stop at the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf to pick up some java and spent a short bit of time chillin’ out at the Beverly Hills Glen park in Beverly Hills, CA last night to recharge in between errands:
I’m coming up on my 4th year living in SoCal and I couldn’t be happier here. I try not to take my surroundings for granted. It’s crazy that I live minutes away from Beverly Hills, minutes away from Hollywood and a few more minutes away from the Pacific Ocean. I thank my lucky stars each and every day that I get to live in Los Angeles and last night I took some time to think back on my time here thus far. With Summer approaching, I’m planning to spend more time outdoors … which is new for me (as my long-time friends can attest). I’m kicking around the idea of taking up running … but it’s more likely I’ll just buy myself a bike so that I can get to know LA on two wheels. We’ll see if my plans actually pan out in any real way … but sometimes, it’s a good idea to make plans like this. I don’t want to waste the opportunities I have living here in SoCal.
It’s the weekend and I certainly hope yours is a fantastic one. Enjoy the glorious weather, y’all! This is the best time of the year :D