Last night I met up with my friends Ollie and Caleb for a quick bite to eat at Barney’s Beanery in West Hollywood, CA before we made our way to the Troubadour to see Marina and the Diamonds live in concert. Ollie is the one who got me into Marina‘s music so we were all very excited to see her LA debut performance. The show was a pared down version of her normal full band set-up and while Marina‘s performance was a bit green, it was plainly obvious to everyone in the venue that she is a hugely talented young singer with an absolutely stunning voice:
Marina came out on stage wearing day-glo lipstick that prolly sounded like a good idea in theory but didn’t really work under all the blue lights inside the Troubadour. The glowy lips made her look a bit like David Lee Roth, an image I couldn’t get out of my head all night long. Thankfully her singing was more than enough to keep me entertained. I absolutely love her voice and her songs are really smart, really witty. I wish she would’ve had her full band with her because the support players she had with her didn’t really do her songs justice. For a first LA show, she did a great job … but she will be returning to LA in September with her full band and I am really anxious to see her live again. Marina and the Diamonds have a big future ahead of them, this was a nice first step toward that future. After the jump, check out a couple of fan-shot videos from the show last night for a taste of what the show was like … More »
David and I enjoyed a very nice and quiet 4th of July with our friends Emma and Josh yesterday at their place and we had a total blast all together. Emma provided a bountiful feast while Josh took care of the drinks … ’twas a nice time, indeed:
After we tried to watch the fireworks from the roof (not a good idea) we decided to venture out to the park to get a better view … we kinda got sidetracked and ended up watching the light show from a street corner. Trust me, it was fun … even tho it doesn’t sound like it ;) The best part of the night was just hanging out by the fire-pit together. David and I love them so much, we had a blast.
So yeah … yesterday … David and I did a whole lotta nuthin’! I had briefly entertained the idea of going out last night but I inadvertantly got sucked into watching A Night of Pixar on Starz last night and ended up watching Monsters, Inc., WALL·E and Up all in a row:
I honestly only planned on watching Monsters, Inc. since it’s been a few years since I’ve seen it … but I couldn’t resist watching WALL·E and then after SWEARING I would only watch the opening segment in Up … well, that’s where my whole night went.
David and I are planning to get out to the beach today but we’re still undecided so … well, we’ll have to see how we end up celebrating our 4th of July. I hope YOUR day is going well, whatever you’re doing wherever in the world you are :)
Essentially, it is a way for us all to party in a non-partisan, non-religious, non-complicated way. I would hope that all y’all are able to get out there and partake in today’s 4th of July celebrations in some form or another. Today is a great day to get together with family and/or friends at BBQs, pool parties, picnics, etc. It’s also a great day to just put your feet up and relax. How every you choose to celebrate our nation’s birth today, I hope you so safely and very happily. If you snap some fun pics for your day, send ‘em in so I can post them on the blog next week!!
Here is a fun patriotic vid clip that features Sam the American Eagle from The Muppets doing a musical salute to the US of A:
Earlier this week Darion and I made plans to hang out together last night and our little hang out session turned into a fun night with old friends we hadn’t hung out with in ages. David and I met up with Steph, Alek and Darion for dinner at Fat Fish and then we made our way to The Abbey for drinks afterward:
We ended up running into our friend Mike at The Abbey as well as a bunch of Darion’s friends … it was a really nice night out! Try as we might to get him hooked up with a nice fella, Darion managed to hit on every single straight guy at The Abbey last night. Oy! Nonetheless, a blast was had by all.
No plans for today … I think we’re gonna keep it chill. We’re planning on heading down to Laguna Beach, CA tomorrow but today … keepin’ it chill. Happy 4th of July Weekend!
Yesterday afternoon, David and I attended a matinee performance of the hit Broadway show In the Heights (which won the Best Musical Award at the 2008 Tony Awards) which just opened at the Pantages Theater here in Hollywood, CA. I’ve been wanting to see this show for a very long time but we never managed to see it while we were in NYC. When I heard In the Heights was coming to LA, I bought tickets as soon as I could and managed to get us front row center seats:
I knew that the show would be good but I was not prepared for how blown away I would be by it. The music, the lyrics, the subject matter … it all spoke to me so perfectly. I’ve never seen a show where rap was utilized in the performance and was quite impressed with how it was integrated into the show. I’m not even kidding … I nearly started bawling my eyes out 3 times during the show. The woman next to me was crying so much, I had to hold it together so as not to embarrass myself. I am so in love with this show … I am gonna try and see it again before it ends its LA run. The audience was FULL of young Hispanic children (many schools and groups were in the hiz with us yesterday) and I thought it was really cool that they got to see a Broadway show that featured an entire cast of color. David and I were totally wowed … if you get the chance to see In the Heights either here, in NYC or elsewhere in the country on tour you MUST see it. I think you’ll love it as much as I did :)
Tonight, I’m hoping to meet up with Darion for another hang out session … we need to get the 4th of July Weekend off to a great start! Happy weekend! Get out there and enjoy it!!
And so … the day that so many have hoped and prayed for finally arrives … The Twilight Saga: Eclipse opened in theaters yesterday and I decided to make the trek out, brave the screaming crowds and see the film for myself. I managed to cajole my good friend Josh Z. to come along with me. As a straight dude who hadn’t read any of the books or seen any of the movies, I thought he would be the PERFECT person to go with me. Well, okay, actually he was the only person who agreed to accompany me (which, I suspect, was due in large part to the fact that he had never read/seen anything Twilight-related before). So off we went to see The Twilight Saga: Eclipse:
In all honesty, the movie wasn’t all that great … but I place most of the blame on the source material. I’ve said it many times before, the Twilight books written by Stephenie Meyer are pretty bad … but the movies are a bit better. I honestly felt that Eclipse was the best movie they’ve made thus far, primarily because of the inclusion of the werewolves. The story isn’t that inventive but seeing the werewolves in action was the best part for me. And, of course, the best werewolf of the bunch is Jacob Black … who spends 80% of his scenes in the film half-nekkid. While Eclipse didn’t blow me away as a cinematic masterpiece, the sight of Taylor Lautner‘s chiseled body makes the film absolutely worth seeing. If you let yourself go, Eclipse can be a lot of fun … but I still can’t get over the ridiculous melodrama. If they toned that part down A LOT, I think people could take the movies more seriously. But, the screaming fans really love the melodrama so … in it stays. Having read all of the Twilight books, I really wish the story had ended with Eclipse. Breaking Dawn has to be one of the worst books I’ve ever read in my life … I am so scared of how the 2-part movie will turn out. But, that is a worry for another day … Eclipse is ok, I’m glad I saw it. I don’t think I need to see it again … tho, another round of Lautner‘s abs does sound appealing ;)
This afternoon, David and I are going to see the musical In the Heights at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood. We missed seeing it on Broadway so we’re excited to see it here. Hope YOU have a great Thursday, y’all!
Last night Darion and I met up for a nice sushi dinner together before we made our way to the Barnes & Noble inside the Westside Pavilion to grab some coffee and run amok the bookshelves looking for ways to entertain ourselves. Fortunately, we both found books that we hope will make for AWESOME Summer reading:
I’m telling you, we can’t WAIT to read our new books. Well, no … just kidding, actually. We were just in the mood to take silly pics. I love hanging out with D, he and I always have the best time together.
Again, no big plans for tonight … but I do have some shopping to do for a fun event I’ve got coming up. I’m not ready to reveal just yet but I shall … in due time :D
No big personal updates to share today … yesterday was full of a whole lotta nothin’. I did receive a delivery yesterday that will make future visits to Disneyland a whole lot smoother … so I guess I can share with all y’all. Whenever David and I go to Disney, we have a hard time figuring out who’s gonna carry the keys, the sunglasses, the bottled water and all the crap we undoubtedly buy (well, I undoubtedly buy) so I’ve been in the market for the perfect bag to use on our trips to Disneyland … and I managed to come upon this awesome Buzz Lightyear backpack:
Not only does it look like Buzz Lightyear‘s jetpack but it also has my name on it! See, stuff like this can be fun for folks older than 10 years old. Yes, I know it’s silly to think of a grown man wearing a Buzz Lightyear backpack but, to be honest, inside the hallowed borders of Disneyland … it’s perfectly natural to see such a thing. Well, at least that’s the notion that I will be sticking to ;) If I can rock the Mickey Mouse ears, I can rock the backpack.
Not sure what the plan is for tonight … I’m hoping to meet up with Darion for dinner. He just returned home from his visit with the folks up in Oregon so we need to catch up. Hope your Tuesday is going well!!
Last night my good friend Adriana and I enjoyed a lovely date together which started out with dinner at Senor Taco before we made our way to the Center for the Arts in Eagle Rock, CA to attend the Dead Man’s Bones First Birthday Concert called A Special Evening with Ryan, Zach and the Kids: