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So … for Hallowe’en this year I decided I wanted to go all out and really put together a costume that I would really love so I decided to go with my fave serial killer EVER — Dexter Morgan from the Jeff Lindsay book series and the Showtime TV series Dexter. As I mentioned before, David had planned on being Dr. Horrible but since his costume got pilfered, he decided to go as his fave music artist of all time — The King of Pop, Michael Jackson:
We spent a fun, long day running ALL OVER TOWN to hit up our various parties … starting the day with our friends Alyson and Alexis, then making our way out to see our friends Gillian and Tim and then ending the night at Tam and Rob’s. After the jump, check out some fun Polaroid photos of our Hallowe’en day/night …
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Last night my friend Josh and I attended a live performance by Dead Man’s Bones, the band made up of actor Ryan Gosling and his partner Zach Shields, at the Echo in Silverlake, CA. I’ve been really looking forward to this show for weeks now and last night was the night:
Dead Man’s Bones was joined on stage by the Silverlake Conservatory Children’s Choir and because of the spooky nature of their music, the kiddies were all dressed up in costumes … as was much of the audience. After the jump, check out some of the photos that I snapped at the show last night … More »
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Last night was Date Night for David and me and because it was my turn to choose, I decided that we would do something that neither of us have ever done before but I have ALWAYS wanted to. Ever since I moved to LA over 3 years ago, my good friend Adriana has been urging me to go see Lucha VaVoom! I’ve always been curious about Mexican Masked Wrestling and I can appreciate a good burlesque show so I was intrigued … but every time the show took place here in LA, I was out of town. This year, thankfully, David and I were in town to see it … and it was a blast:
The masked wrestlers and burlesque dancers (Sexo Y Violencia) were really fantastic … here are some scans from the show program of last night’s performers:
After the jump, check out some photos I snapped at last night’s show … More »
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Last night David and I were invited to join a group of friends at Universal Studios to enjoy a night of fun at Halloween Horror Nights (the same thing that MJ‘s kids and Elizabeth Taylor enjoyed a couple of weeks ago). To be honest, when I agreed to attend I wasn’t really anticipating that it would be an actual night of horror … I guess I thought it was gonna be more like Halloween Time at Disneyland … yeah, I was wrong about that. There are few things in life that I hate more than haunted houses so when I learned that we’d be visiting mazes based on some Universal horror films … I damn near bolted for the door. But, because I was with a group of good friends (and I knew I could rely on Tamar to be just as scared as I was … she is THE BEST friend to have around when you’re scared) I bit the bullet and just enjoyed … and had the time of my life! I was SO impressed with the horror attractions at Universal … the haunted houses looked exactly like the movie sets used in Halloween, SAW, My Bloody Valentine, etc. Yes, there were a lot of things jumping out at you but … with a group of friends (and David’s jacket to hide under) it was really fun. Here are some pics that I snapped with my phone at Universal Studios last night:
In addition to the horror stuff, we got to visit sound stages, back lot sets and got to ride some fun rides. After the jump, check out some Polaroid pics that we snapped last night and see some of our superfun photos from a couple of the rides we rode last night … More »
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Last night a group of friends (Tam, Rob, Brett, Ollie, Caleb) joined David and me at the first public screening of Michael Jackson’s This Is It documentary/concert film. We’ve already heard what Elizabeth Taylor had to say about the film and earlier today we read a glowing review from the press of the film … now I’m going to chime in with my personal feelings on the film:
The overriding thought in my head while I watched all 111 minutes of this film was What Could’ve Been. From the onset, you could see that MJ had planned nothing short of an epic stage production to mark his return to live performance … and thruout the film, you can get a sense of what he had planned. To be honest, I found much of his performance raw and unpolished, not at all surprising considering they were still in rehearsals … my hope was that we would get to see as close to the final product as possible but, alas, that is not what is presented. What we do get is a very interesting inside look into a part of Michael Jackson‘s world that we would NEVER have been privy to had he not passed away in June. Considering how much of a perfectionist he was, there is no way AT ALL he would ever have wanted the public to see this footage if he were still alive … but since he is no longer with us and the world was waiting with bated breath for his concert staging we, at least, get as close to the real thing as possible. I am just STUNNED at the prospect of what could’ve been had he been able to bring this concert to life in front of a live audience. The Thriller section, which was meant to be viewed in 3D, just looked EPIC. But … we will never get to see the final product and therein lies the feeling of loss. I’ve read review after review that praised MJ for his “lucidness” in this film and, to be honest, I didn’t really see too much of that. I did see a 50 year old man holding his own as best as he could with a team of much younger performers. I’m utterly convinced that MJ would’ve come ALIVE on the concert stage … no moniker of disappointment would even be visible if this show had been allowed to come to life. But without the glitzy costumes, full production projections and any honest run-thrus of the show numbers (I understand MJ had not yet run thru a single full dress rehearsal before his death) we are left with fragments of … what could’ve been. It’s a shame that he was so adamant about “saving his voice” because I would’ve loved to have heard him sing his heart out … but, again, therein lies more of the loss. The film will be a boon for any MJ fan. Folks who are marginally interested in the man may find entertainment in this film but it’s really not meant to win over new fans … it’s a gift to the legions of fans Michael Jackson left behind.
Tonight, David and I are meeting up with friends again to enjoy a night of horror fun at Universal Studios. I’ve never been to Universal‘s Horror Nights so I’m excited … I hope to have fun pics to share tomorrow :)
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Yesterday was a bizzy day for me … I spent most of it running around all over town taking care of various errands … some fun, some not so fun but all very necessary. Much of my evening was spent hunting for props to go along with my AWESOME Hallowe’en costume. I don’t want to say, just yet, what I’m gonna be for Hallowe’en this year but I will reveal that I had to go to Toys R Us, Office Max, CVS Pharmacy and The Sports Authority to procure the items needed to go along with my costume :) I have but ONE last item to get … and it better arrive by mail in time for Hallowe’en night! I’ll be making the big reveal on Twitter Saturday … I think many of y’all will love it ;)
Tonight, I’m meeting up with a bunch of friends for a 9pm screening of Michael Jackson’s This Is It:
At long last we will finally see if all the hype leading up to this inside look at Michael Jackson‘s last days alive really amounts to anything. I’m totally reserving judgment until I see the film for myself. I’m really exctied … mebbe I’ll see some of you out at the theater tonight? Wherever in the world you are, I’m sure a great many of you will be watching the movie as well … 9PM PT, 12AM ET and so on. Showtime … at last.
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As I mentioned earlier today, David and I attended a stunning performance of The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later, An Epilogue as staged by a group of insanely talented actors at the Hollywood United Methodist Church yesterday afternoon:
I was so umprepared for the emotional impact of the show that I felt physically drained aftwards. I almost decided to call it a day but I have a standing date with my friends to hang out on Sunday nights so I rallied and made my way to Darion’s for dinner. His friend Yasmine joined us and we had a blast … Jordan showed up after dinner and we spent the rest of the night playing Rock Band. ‘Twas a very fun night … and a great way to wind up the weekend.
This coming week is really bizzy … we’ve got things scheduled every single night. This afternoon, I have some errands to run … not the least of which is to pick up props for my Hallowe’en costume. I’m SO excited about my costume … I can’t WAIT to wear it!! I’m gonna keep my costume a secret for now … and will make the big reveal on my Twitter account on Hallowe’en … stay tuned :)
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Last night David and I carved the pumpkins that we picked on our last Date Night outing … and we had a blast! David’s sisters Lara and Eden helped out immensely (they were great at scooping out all the pumpkin guts) and Eden baked up all the pumpkin seeds but David and I did the actual carving … behold:
David adeptly carved his design and I went old skool … it was really fun :)
After the pumpkins were carved, we took the girls to XIV for dinner … and ate our faces off. Sadly, the girls have already made their way to the airport and should be taking off for the East Coast any moment now. It was great having them here … hopefully next time they can stay longer.
This afternoon, David and I are going to a performance of The Laramie Project at the United Methodist Church in Hollywood, CA and then are meeting up with some friends for our weekly Sunday night hang session. Fun!!
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Yesterday was a fun day for David, his sisters and me … we met up with our friends Ollie, Tamar, Caleb, Rob and Brett at Disneyland so that we could enjoy an evening of mirth and merriment celebrating Halloween Time at the park. I brought along my full size Polaroid Spectra camera and Tamar brought along her Fuji Instax Mini 7S camera and we managed to get a few fun instant photos:
After hearing the good news that Polaroid cameras and film will go into production again next year, I was inspired to start snapping more Polaroid photos again :) I also took a few fun cameraphone photos and posted them on my Twitpic page HERE. We had a total blast last night … if you live in SoCal you MUST get to Disneyland for Halloween Time … it’s really very fun :)
This afternoon, David and I are taking the sisters out for some sunshine fun … not sure what we’re doing just yet but I’m sure we’ll think of something. Happy Weekend!!
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Early yesterday afternoon David’s sisters Lara and Eden rolled into town from their road trip from San Francisco, CA (where they ran the SF Marathon last Sunday and chilled with their brother Aram) and quickly settled in. We all managed to enjoy a lovely dinner last night to welcome them to town:
After dinner I met up with my friend Josh so that we could make our way downtown to the Mayan Theater to see Hope Sandoval (formerly of Mazzy Star) live in concert:
It turns out that Hope is NOTORIOUSLY camera shy so there was a strict No Pictures policy in effect last night. I did manage to get some atmosphere shots of the venue tho … The Mayan Theater is beautiful … altho, it does make you feel like you’re inside The Temple of Doom:
As for Hope Sandoval‘s performance … ye gods, it was beautiful. Her vocals are just spellbinding … and she makes it all sound so effortless. She just opens her mouth and you can’t help but get caught up in the emotion and splendor that comes tumbling out. She truly has the voice of an angel … and it sounds as beautiful today as it did all those years ago when she was in Mazzy Star. Some drunk fool yelled out for a Mazzy song and she just shook her head and carried on … she made sure that there was no spotlight on her at all so that even if you did manage to sneak a camera inside you couldn’t get a picture. Shyness aside, it was a fantastic concert … she performed selections from her solo albums Bavarian Fruit Bread and her latest release Through The Devil Softly. Her band The Warm Inventions were really great but it was all about Hope‘s voice … just stunning. If you have the chance to see her live I urge you to do so … it’s an experience you won’t soon forget.
Fun stuff planned for today … David and I are taking his sisters to Disneyland to enjoy the Hallowe’en Time fun there today! We’re meeting up with some friends so it’s gonna be a blast. I plan on taking a bunch of fun photos to share. It’s gonna be 90+ degrees today … the perfect way to celebrate Hallowe’en at Disneyland :)
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