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Yesterday afternoon I got to share a late brunch with my friend Sergio who flew back home to Detroit last night … his time was limited in town but I’m glad I got to see him all 3 days he was in town. Last night I met up with Kirsten, Josh and Darion and the 4 of us made our way to the ArcLight Theater in Hollywood, CA to see Where the Wild Things Are:
Because I loved this storybook as a child I had high hopes that the movie version would be just as good. I have to admit that I really liked the movie … up to a point. Let’s start out on the positive … young actor Max Records, who plays the lead boy in the film, was a revelation. He was so enjoyable to watch on the big screen … for me, he really made the character in the book come alive. Never once it look like he was acting — he really became the character. Spike Jonze‘s direction was superb … the visuals were just outstanding and the movie really is a sight to see. For me, the movie was only half good. It started out strong and held me rapt for the first half of the run time … but once the Wild Things started to show how emo/whiny they were made out to be, I quickly lost interest. For me, the story held such wonder and imagination as a child … and visually, the movie does as well … but the “poor me”, self-loathing, whiny bullshit that the Wild Things started to spew was such a turn off. I was totally bummed out by the time the movie was over. I was sure one of the Wild Things was gonna commit suicide … and I’m utterly convinced that some of them are emotional cutters. Dude, I get that this film was meant to be an emo masterpiece but it got really heavy-handed midway thru. Once the main Wild Thing named Carol ripped off the arm of his best friend out of self-hating frustration, I was pretty much checked out. I personally felt that casting James Gandolfini as the voice of main Carol was a huge mistake. All I could hear was Tony Soprano … his very audible nasal breathing-while-talking manner was hugely irritating. So yeah … the movie is really, really good for the first half and almost just as equally bad for the second half. Because the book is only like 13 sentences long, the director really had to take liberties with the extrapolation of the story … IMHO, he got it half right.
Not sure what the plan is for tonight … David and I are expecting his sisters for a visit later on this week and we have LOADS of cleaning to do before they arrive. Depending on how much work we get done will determine if I will be able to get outside and see the sun.
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Yesterday was a pretty fantastic day all around … not only was it a beautiful SoCal day but it was one that full of love, friendship and endless amounts of happiness. The day started off with a trip to the dealership so that David and I could take possession of our beautiful new car:
David and I have been planning on getting a second car for AGES but because we’ve been traveling so much the past few months we never got around to getting it together enough to find the right car. Because this is David’s first car he wanted to find the perfect one … after checking out a few models we decided to go with the 2010 Cadillac CTS. Folks, this car is phat … and at long last we don’t have to fight over who’s gonna get the car at any given time. I hope you’ll join me in sending congrats to my boo. David looks good next to our new ride, don’t he?
If you can believe it, the day got even better. David and I were invited to a very special wedding ceremony which took place last night … we were honored to attend and enjoyed one of the best nights of our lives with a very special couple who celebrated their love with family and friends. After the jump, check out some fun photos from the festive event last night … More »
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Last night my friend Sergio, in town from Detroit this weekend, and I made our way to Club Nokia at LA Live in downtown LA last night to see KMFDM in concert. The German industrial band is currently on their Kein Mitleid Tour and not only was I lucky enough to attend but I was graciously set up with a photo pass so that I could snap some pics of the band rockin’ out on stage last night. Here are a few of the photos that I took last night:
I have been a huge fan of KMFDM for many, many years. They were effing incredible last night. For various reasons, I haven’t been able to see the band perform live for a few years so I was anxious to see them on stage again … I was not disappointed in the least. The new material was awesome but the classic tracks they performed were just KILLER! If you are a fan of KMFDM, this tour is not to be missed. Among my fave songs I got to hear last night was Megalomaniac, Light and Godlike and former KMFDM member Tim Skold came out to perform with the band for the encore! It was just AMAZING!! The band cares so dearly for their fans (Keiner Macht Fur Dich Mehr) … they are worth the devotion.
Quick story: I first saw the band live back in 1995 at Deep Ellum Live in Dallas, TX. There was a problem with the venue because the band had a strict policy about not marking up their t-shirts because they didn’t want to exploit their fans. They sold their shirts for $15 and Deep Ellum wanted to jack up the price to $25 … KMFDM vehemently refused and almost canceled the show. They decided not to sell any merch at the show at all and the concert went off as planned. At the end of the show, they announced that they would be selling merch at a record store down the street for the regular low prices and hung around to sign autographs and take photos with everyone who showed up. From that moment on, I was a devoted fan. I am so happy I was able to see the guys and Lucia live last night … the show was fantastic!! Click HERE to see all the pics I snapped last night.
Today … David and I are running a special errand (which I have to keep secret for another hour or so … watch my Twitter for the reveal) and then tonight we are going to the wedding of a couple of dear friends of ours. It’s going to be an amazingly fabulous day … I can’t wait to enjoy it :)
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Last night David and I met up with Darion, Loy and pretty much ever gay guy in LA to attend a special performance by Aussie comic Pam Ann at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills, CA last night. Pam Ann‘s shtick is that she is a saucy flight attendant … and she is hilarious!
I was not too familiar with her show so I didn’t quite know what to expect … she was so much fun … we had a blast!! If she comes to your town, you must see her live. She is loads of fun … good times, I swear. After the show, the four of us met up for a late night dinner at Fat Fish in West Hollywood, CA and then David and I went home. Darion and Loy went to the official Pam Ann afterparty and got to meet the lady of her hour herself. It was a really fun night.
This evening, I’ll be making my way to Club Nokia in downtown LA to see KMFDM in concert:
KMFDM is one of my fave industrial bands of all time … I’ve loved them for YEARS. It’s been a while since I’ve seen them live so I’m really excited. The band graciously set me up with a photo pass so hopefully I’ll have some great pics to share tomorrow ;) Happy Friday … let the weekend commence!
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Yesterday I managed to get a lot of very important errands taken care of … I got a haircut, found a great gift and picked out a great outfit for a special event this weekend. Yesterday was really my only day to get all of that taken care of and thankfully, I managed to get it all taken care of. After my errand run was completed, David and I met with our friend Joe Zee for dinner at East on Hollywood, Blvd:
Some of you may recognize Joe as one of the new folks on The City this season. He is the creative director for Elle magazine and is one of our good friends. He’s in town for meetings so we met up for dinner last night. I SO love Joe on The City … he and Erin Kaplan (Elle publicist also new to the show) make that snoozefest worth watching. I love how Joe is like the Charlie of Charlie’s Angels at Elle mag … he’s awesome. I’m hoping we can hang out again before he has to go back to NYC next week.
Tonight, David and I are meeting up with Darion and some peeps to see Pam Ann perform (an Aussie comedienne based in the UK) … I’ve heard amazing things about her so I’m excited.
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David and I made it home from NYC late last night … we ended up getting in at 1AM … which was not fun but at least we made it safe and sound. We were very surprised to see that water was falling from the sky upon our arrival:
I suspect LA missed us so that it cried tears of joy once we returned home. I believe it will be cloudy/rainy today but will warming up considerably this weekend. I heard the temps. will be back in the 90′s … which is AWESOME news for me :)
David and I have so much stuff going on this week … I have very important errands to attend do today, then we have a show tomorrow night, I’m gonna try and see KMFDM in concert on Friday night and then we have a very big, special wedding to attend on Saturday. Altho I’m happy to be home, it’s still gonna be a few days until I can rest and do nothing. OY!!
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Last night I was lucky enough to attend my 4th and final performance of Kylie Minogue‘s first ever North American Tour For You, For Me. My good friend Tony and I made our way to the Hammerstein Ballroom last night and managed to get all the way to the front gate right in front of the stage. It was the closest I’ve ever been to Kylie Minogue and it was a THRILL beyond words:
After the jump, you can check out a few of the AMAZING photos I snapped last night … I was all up in her grill so I got a lot of really fantastic photos. Tony managed to get video of Kylie busting out the Cabbage Patch dance move on stage and you can also watch that video behind the cut … More »
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Lawd … yesterday was a very bizzy day for me. As you prolly already know, David and I made our way down to Washington DC early yesterday morning to participate at the National Equality March and then came straight back to NYC so that we could attend Kylie Minogue‘s first NYC concert EVER at the Hammerstein Ballroom last night:
The show, once again, was freakin’ fantastic. David and I got to see Kylie in Oakland, CA and then again in Hollywood, CA and last night’s show was JUST AS FUN as the previous two. My friend Tony, who is also here in town to see the Kylie shows, managed to get right up front and took a whole bunch of amazing photos. After the jump, check out some of his photos — trust me, they are deffo worth checking out … More »
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Today is a very important day for equal rights in the United States of America … legions of Americans of all walks of life will be marching in our nation’s capital, Washington DC, today to demand the government provide the same equal rights for all citizens — regardless of sexual orientation:
The National Equality March describes its aim as:
Equal protection in all matters governed by civil law in all 50 states. We will accept no less and will work until it is achieved. Equality Across America exists to support grassroots organizing in all 435 Congressional Districts to achieve full equality.
We are guaranteed equal protection under the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution. Free and equal people do not bargain for or prioritize our rights. Full equality necessarily includes all members of the LGBT community and encompasses, but is not limited to:
* The right to work our jobs and go to school free of harassment and discrimination.
* The right to safety in our daily lives, and protection from hate crimes.
* The right to equitable healthcare, and the right to donate blood.
* The right to equitable immigration policies.
* The right to marry.
* The right to serve in the military openly.
Many bills currently exist to address some of these issues, but we do not support a piecemeal strategy. We seek one federal solution to full equality.
David and I feel compelled to lend our presence and our voices to this call to action and will be marching proudly with our compatriots today. I will be tweeting all day long from the National Equality March (#NEM) which you can follow along with right here on the blog. After the jump, watch a live stream from C-SPAN from the National Equality March in Washington DC and check out an interactive widget that will allow you to log in with your Twitter account and follow the #NEM tweets that will becoming out of Washington DC all day today … More »
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So … David and I have made our way back to NYC for a quick trip lasting just a few days. We are here to celebrate David’s sister Lara’s birthday tonight (I think she turns 53) and then we head down to Washington DC tomorrow to participate in the National Equality March for same-sex marriage rights before we return tomorrow night for Kylie Minogue at the Hammerstein Ballroom. I see Kylie again on Monday night then we fly back home on Tuesday. Yes, it’s a whirlwind but these events cannot be avoided … it’ll be lots of fun.
We got in at, like, midnight last night and we were famished … so we dropped our bags and ran out for a few slices of NY pizza:
While we supped on the pizza (and garlic knots!!!) we watched an episode of The Suze Orman Show … don’t ask, we’re weird.
This afternoon, David’s parents are coming into the city and we’re all planning on spending the day together … let the fun begin!!