For the past few weeks I have rekindled my intense love for industrial music and have been missing the countless hours I used to spend at City Club, my fave Goth/Industrial club in Detroit, MI … and after 4 years of living here in LA, I decided it was finally time to go out and check out the industrial scene here in town. I heard that Das Bunker was the best industrial danceparty in LA and I’ve been keeping my eye on their events to find the right time to visit. Last night they hosted a History of Industrial Music party which was DJed by ex Nine Inch Nails drummer Chris Vrenna (among other DJs):
I figured checking out this party would be the best way to get a feel for the place. So … I put on my combat boots and made my way to the club. I am so glad that I finally decided to check this place out … the scene is pretty cool and the people seem very cool. IMHO, a goth is a goth is a goth … the dress is the same but it’s all about the vibe and the music of a place for me. Das Bunker reminded me a bit of my beloved City Club but nothing can replace it in my heart. Still, I’m glad I now have a place in LA to go to when the spirit moves me:
I had a total blast … I can’t wait to go back. I’m certain that none of my friends here in LA (David included) would enjoy the scene but I love it … and miss it. Last night was superfun … I deffo will be going back soon.
Tonight David and I are meeting up with our friend Jordan so that we can all head out to the Hollywood Bowl to see the new Neil Patrick Harris-directed production of Rent! We are all very excited to see the show. I’ve tried to stay away from reviews of last night’s opening night performance but I hear they have been positive … I can’t wait to see for myself!
Baskin-Robbins, America’s Favorite Ice Cream Shop, is featuring Pink Bubblegum ice cream as its Flavor of the Month this August. Ice cream enthusiasts everywhere can satisfy both their candy and ice cream sweet tooth with Baskin-Robbins’ whimsical homage to everyone’s favorite bubble-blowing treat. Baskin-Robbins first created Pink Bubblegum in 1970 as a tribute to bubblegum lovers everywhere. It features vanilla-based ice cream turned pink with bubble gum-flavor along with candy-coated real pieces of bubble gum, making it a treat that’s double the fun! It will be available during the Month of August, while supplies last. “Baskin-Robbins and the color pink have been synonymous for decades. Our Pink Bubblegum ice cream brings together two iconic products — ice cream and bubblegum — into one terrific combination,” said Brian O’Mara, Vice President, Marketing for Baskin-Robbins. “Pink Bubblegum is the epitome of fun and the ultimate summer flavor. It reminds us all to enjoy the fun of summer while we can!”
I can’t even tell you how excited I was to get to Baskin-Robbins last night … unfortch, the store I went to did not yet have August’s Flavor of the Month. I asked if they had Pink Bubblegum and they told me that they did not. I asked why not since it is the Flavor of the Month and the girl behind the counter pointed to a poster and said, That is the Flavor of the Month. I told her the poster was for July and we are now almost a week into August and she just looked at me like I was speaking a foreign language. Thankfully, I was able to sate my ice cream hunger with a couple scoops of Pralines and Creme but still … I was bummed that I couldn’t enjoy the Pink Bubblegum that I wanted. David rationalized that we’ll just have to visit another store soon ;)
Ah well, David and I had a great ice dream date so all in all it was win/win.
I’m not sure what the plan is for tonight but … I’m thinking dancing. We shall see. Happy Weekend, y’all! Make it a fun one!
About 300 people gathered in West Hollywood Park Wednesday night to celebrate the federal ruling in favor of gay marriage. The American Foundation of Equal Rights, which brought forward the case Perry v. Schwarzenegger, hosted the event, bringing together the plaintiffs, lawyers, politicians and celebrities. About a dozen people spoke — all with smiles, some with tears — about the huge step that was just taken. But they warned it was only a step. “So long as a person can be fired for being gay, or a kid can be threatened at school because of her sexual orientation, we will not have crossed the finish line,” said L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who opened the ceremony. Despite the very long road ahead, lawyer David Boies who represented Vice President Al Gore in the Supreme Court case against George Bush, summed up how difficult he sees the fight from here on out for proponents of Prop 8, which banned gay marriage in California. “Most of what you’re going to hear from the other side is going to be a series of attacks. they’re going to attack the judge, they’re going to attack the judicial system, they’re going to attack everything they can think of to attack except the court’s opinion because I guarantee you that the people that you hear criticizing this opinion are not going to be prepared to deal with what the opinion has found. I guarantee you most of the people that are going to criticize the opinion will not have even read it,” he said of the 138-page document. “Because what his opinion does, it goes through in a very orderly careful methodical way what all the claims were and what all the evidence was and the court concludes that there simply is no evidence to justify the invidious discrimination against some of our citizens based on sex or sexual orientation and that is something that the other side cannot deal with. They cannot come forward with any evidence. Their argument boils down to versicular bumper sticker [slogans.] Marriage is between a man and a woman. That’s the question, not the answer in the constitution.”
Yesterday was a very important day for the advancement of civil rights in this country but the speakers at yesterday’s really are correct, this is but the first step of a still very long road ahead. Hatred and malice will never die out … never. Along long as evil people can draw breath, they will work vehemently to oppose the equal treatment of others in any way they can. They will manipulate facts, they will use horrible scare tactics and they will outright lie to try and convince people that they are right. But I believe, with everything that I am, that truth and justice will prevail. Our country has a long history of struggle … notions like the inability of women to vote or interracial couples to marry are so archaic that when someone tries to argue for their practice, they are laughed off as crazies. I know that one day the same will happen to those who oppose marriage equality. The day when all US citizens are free to marry will come one day … I know it … and we will look back on yesterday’s ruling as the first step towards that happy, happy day.
It was very hard not to get swept up in the excitement of yesterday’s events … it was a really great day for the US, indeed.
After a quiet afternoon at home David and I went out for a walk last night to enjoy the cool Summer air and grab a quick snack at Mexico Restaurante Y Barra so that we could eat a bunch of tortilla chips and I could drink a couple of Micheladas:
While we were hangin’ at Mexico, we ran into our friend Peter who showed up for a dinner date there as well. Afterward, we continued our walk to the local Starbucks for a quick caffeine fix. I’m sure all of this sounds incredibly boring but it was really nice … David and I really enjoy our time together so it was the perfect night for us.
Tonight we’re supposed to meet up with some friends for drinks so I looking forward to another nice, relaxing evening. Happy Hump Day! Hope your Wednesday is going well :D
Last night I continued my quest to rewatch all of the Batman films that have been made thus far and after watching Batman and Batman Returns last week I moved on to the third Batman film Batman Forever last night:
Batman Forever, which stars Val Kilmer as Bruce Wayne/Batman, was the first of 2 Batman films helmed by Joel Schumacher and is among my least favorite Batman films. The only other film that I like less is the next Batman film Batman and Robin. That’s not to say that I hate these films, it’s just that they are my least fave of the franchise. Schumacher was hired by Warner Bros. to make the Batman films more “family friendly” … which apparently meant they had to be hypercolor and frantic … with a soundtrack that featured all the biggest pop stars of the year, including U2:
I remember all the hoopla that was made at the time by Schumacher that he wanted the Batsuit to have nipples … that’s when I knew the franchise was going to take a turn for the worse. Rewatching the film again last night, I was reminded that Jim Carrey did a decent job as The Riddler … but Tommy Lee Jones as Two Face was just horrid. The only other acting job which is worse that TLJ‘s is Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze in Batman and Robin. While these Schumacher films hold a lot of nostalgia for me, I really wish Tim Burton had been allowed to make more Batman films in his vision. As much as I don’t love Batman and Robin, I am looking forward to watching it again … Uma Thurman as Poison Ivy is amazingly fun! And I really like Alicia Silverstone as Batgirl … I just wish she would’ve been utilized more in the film (and, by the way, where were the nipples on her Batsuit?). Ah memories …
No plans for tonight … it may end up being another quiet one for me :D
Yesterday was a very nice, very nostalgic day for me. I spent much of my afternoon watching season 2 episodes of Jem and the Holograms as I lazed about the house. Season 2 of the show was when they added new characters to the series … Raya joined The Holograms and Jetta joined The Misfits. I watched up to the episode The Bands Break Up where Kimber left The Holograms and Stormer left The Misfits to start their own band:
I was in such an 80′s mood that I dug around in my closet and found one of my beloved Swatch watches to wear:
Last night I met up with my friend Adriana for dinner and a movie and on my way to see her I listened to the Top 40 Countdown from this week back in 1988 on Sirius/XM. I’m telling you, my Sunday was totally tubular.
Adriana and I met up for dinner at Mexico City in Los Feliz … where she gave me a very fun gift she procured at 2010 San Diego Comic-Con last weekend:
Then we made our way to The Vista to see Inception. Altho I had already seen it, AY had not so I decided to see it again with her. Loved the movie again but I found Leonardo DiCaprio much more annoying the second time around.
I gotta say, all in all, my Sunday was pretty rad. No plans for tonight … our place is a disaster area, I’m prolly gonna spend tonight tidying up. Can you believe it’s August already? Summer is already practically over … boo.
David and I spent most of the day running around looking for a tuxedo for him to wear for our friend Marissa’s wedding in a couple of weeks. We hit up pretty much all the usual places and came up empty … which is worrisome for him because he’s in the wedding. The search continues for him today, so wish him luck.
Last night, we made our way to Rob and Tam’s to hang out with them as they screened the classic 1984 film Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom on a big screen set up in their back yard:
Temple of Doom is my fave Indiana Jones film so I had a blast. Rob and Tam always go out of their way to make their guests feel so welcome, we all had a really great time. I believe they are planning other outdoor screenings for the coming months so I’m looking forward to spending more time with them. The Turtle Party folks, headed by Ollie and Tamar, baked me a belated birthday cake … in the shape of a pink penis. Do my friends know me, or what? So as not to offend any innocent eyes, I’ve put a photo of the marginally-NSFW pastry behind the cut. If you want to see what my cake looks like, you can check it out after the jump … More »
Last night David and I met up with Darion and Peter for dinner at The Smokin’ Joint for some BBQ and we pretty much ate our faces off … it was very fun. After dinner, Darion gave me a belated birthday present that I fell in love with at first sight:
Darion found me a blue trackjacket with my fave Transformers character on the back … Soundwave! Last night was really cold here in LA so I was doubly happy to have this fun new jacket.
I have to say, I think Batman Returns is my fave Batman movie of all. The story is very cool and the villains are among my fave of Batman‘s Gallery of Rogues. I always loved the fact that Max Shreck is the most evil character in the film … you feel sympathy for The Penguin and Catwoman, Shreck is just evil. I also love how Siouxsie and the Banshees co-wrote the Batman Returns theme song Face to Face with composer Danny Elfman:
There is not a single thing I don’t love about this movie. Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman really makes the film … it’s a shame that she didn’t get a film of her own. While I don’t hate the Halle Berry film Catwoman as much as pretty much everyone else on Earth, I think a film starring Pfeiffer would’ve been far superior. Ah well … I guess it was never meant to be.
Tonight, David and I will be hanging out with Rob and Tam and then we’re supposed to hit up a midnight pool party in the Hills … we’ll have to wait and see how any of that actually turns out. Hope you’re having a fab weekend :)
Obviously now, in comparison to the blockbuster films that get released almost ever week these days, Batman looks a bit dated and feels a bit slow … but when it came out, it really set the world on fire. Batman launched the big movie franchise biz and set the stage for all the superhero films that followed. I uploaded the film to my iPhone and watched the entirety of the movie in bed … which is such a marvel considering I was reminded that my friends and I had to camp out for movie tickets to see the film at midnight and then had to get to the theater early to find a good seat. If memory serves, the cineplex showed the film in 4 different theaters which were packed to the gills … there were people sitting on the floor in the aisles. I saw that movie many times in the theater that Summer and then wore out the VHS once it became available. I also LOVED the Prince soundtrack that accompanied the film, despite the fact that I always felt that Prince‘s music wasn’t really well-suited for Tim Burton‘s vision of Batman. But, yeah, Prince‘s song Batdance was my JAM!
I used to watch MTV with the VCR set to record on pause so that I could quickly record the video as soon as it began to play (I used to do the same for the Paula Abdul music videos that came out in 1989, 1990 but that’s another story for another day). I managed to upload all of the Batman films to my iPhone … yes, including the horrid ones made by Joel Schumacher. Batman Returns is prolly my all-time fave Batman film, to be honest. Until The Dark Knight came out in 2008, it was the darkest and truest version of Batman on the big screen. I’m looking forward to watching all the films again … I have a long history with Batman. I’m glad I can look back and relive that history in the palm of my hand.
Not sure what is going on today … David and I are planning to meet up with Darion for dinner … should be fun. Hope your weekend is awesome!
Yesterday was Tracey’s last full day here in SoCal and after we spent the whole afternoon hanging out and enjoying the sun (which finally came out after hiding behind the clouds for the last week) we decided to venture out for a sushi dinner at Fat Fish before going to The Grove to see Despicable Me. I’ve been dying to see this movie for weeks now and, if you can believe it, Tracey has never seen a 3D movie before so … away we went:
While I still contend that Toy Story 3 is the best animated film released this year, Despicable Me is also very, very good. The whole story is really cute and the ending is super sweet … it’s really one of those movies that the whole family can enjoy. I will say that I didn’t really care for Steve Carell‘s supervillain accent in the film but once I got used to it it didn’t really bother me so much. I love the 3 little girl characters in the film … Agnes has to be one of the cutest little animated characters around. She really made me want to have a unicorn of my own … one that is really FLUFFFFFFFFFY! We all enjoyed the film, Tracey was blown away by the 3D effects … a great time was had by all.
After the jump, check out a few more photos I snapped last night and meet a couple of Pink readers who I got to meet at Starbucks last night … More »