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Clash Of The Titans

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Last night David and I made our way to Dodger Stadium to cheer on the LA Dodgers vs. the NY Yankees in the first game of a 3 game series … here are a few photos from last night’s fun:


As usual, we had ourselves a great time at the ol’ ballpark. Despite the Dodger loss, we really had a blast. I managed to snag us some sweet seats at the last minute so last night was a total score. After we stuffed our faces with Dodger Dogs and beer sufficiently we were totally primed for the game. That was pretty much the highlight of our night … we decided to just chillax at home for the rest of the night.

Tonight, I’m meeting up with some Turtle Partiers for dinner and Toy Story 3. Should be fun!!

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A Whole New ‘World Of Color’

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Yesterday afternoon, David and I make the 40 minute trek down to Anaheim, CA to spend the evening/night at Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure so that we could finally see the new nighttime attraction World of Color which opened to the public last week. David and I, both proud annual pass cardholders, do our best to get down to Disney as much as possible and we were so due for a trip:


We spent the first part of our evening at Disneyland (because it closed earlier than California Adventure did last night) and we had a blast. I donned my 55th Anniversary Limited Edition Mickey Mouse Ears and we ran amok thruout the park, hitting up our fave rides. Then we made our way to California Adventure for the World of Color show. After the jump, check out some of the amazing photos I snapped of the show last night … More »

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I’m A ‘Disco-Dancing, Oscar Wilde-Reading, Streisand Ticket-Holding Friend Of Dorothy’

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Yesterday was a pretty damn fun day for me … after the FedEx man made my day early yesterday morning with the delivery of my shiny, new iPhone 4 (which allowed me to miss out on all of THIS fun), David and I enjoyed a really great night at the movies together. But, before we made our way out to the ArcLight Theater in Pasadena, CA, I got to chat for a bit with my BFF Sarah and her boyfriend Mark using the FaceTime video chat function of our new iPhone 4 phones:


It was so fun getting to see Sarah and Mark as we chatted (despite how unhappy I look in the screenshot above ;). Because Mark has yet to visit David me and me in LA, I was able to give him a short tour of our home using the FaceTime function. It worked seamlessly and flawlessly. I still want to use the phone for a few days before I write up my review but, thus far, I love the hell out of this phone.

After we all got to chat, David and I made the trek to Pasadena to see one of my fave movies ever on the big screen … for the first time since it originally showed in theaters back in 1995. I can’t even tell you how much I love Clueless:


I did my best to not recite the lines with the movie but … well, I kinda had to say my fave lines. I SO love how Clueless (and other movies from ’95) stand as such awesome time capsules from the mid-90′s. The clothes, the slang, the references … it’s just a great movie. David got a kick out of the shout out to Nine Inch Nails, I just loved seeing my fave film on the big screen again after so many years. I was so happy that they showed the actual film and not just a DVD (as some theaters do when they screen older movies). We had a blast.

Today … we are going to Disneyland! David and I have been talking about going back to Disney and we decided today would be the day. Not sure when we’re gettin’ down there but we are anxious to see the new World of Color show they got going on at California Adventure. Should be fun … wee!

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TV, iPhone Home

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Wee!! At last, my shiny beautiful new iPhone 4 arrived! I’ve been so preoccupied with my new toy that I’ve had a hard time focusing on anything else. But at last … the FedEx Santa Claus knocked on my door and delivered my new baby:


I’ve been spending way too much time playing with, setting up and outright marveling at this glorious piece of technological beauty. I’ll need to play with it and use it for a few days before I can write up a full review but my right-out-of-the-box first impression is — WOW! The screen, wait ’til you see the screen resolution … it will blow you away. I’m curious about the battery life so … stay tuned for my full remarks on the new iPhone 4.

Tonight, David and I will be trekking to the ArcLight Theater in Pasadena, CA to see a screening of the amazing 1995 film Clueless:


My close friends know that the ’95 films Clueless, Empire Records and The Craft have all had a profound impact on me … if you get those films, you get me. I’ve not seen any of these films in the theater since they were released in ’95 so I am very excited to see one of my fave films on the Big Screen again. So excited … about the phone and the movie. Today is going to be a really great day :D

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Y Didn’t I Think Of This Before?

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Yesterday was a pretty quiet day around these here parts … the highlight of the afternoon revolved around a bit of cleaning and decorating … cuz, you see, I happened to come upon this awesome vinyl promo of Tori Amos‘s first album Y Kant Tori Read from her days BEFORE she was a solo piano goddess:


Back in the late 80′s, Tori got talked into doing a rock band sort of thing to cash in on the 80′s hair metal band thing and the result was her debut self-titled album Y Kant Tori Read. It went on to huge commercial failure and is the reason she left the country to write her stunning next album Little Earthquakes. From there the rest his history but, ah, I still have much love for Y Kant Tori Read. The songs are so deliciously cheesy … and the music video for the band’s first single The Big Picture is just … priceless:


Yes, folks, this album needs to be displayed (and I cannot believe I never thought to hang it up before now) so I ran out to find a picture frame sized for vinyl albums and now it hangs in my office. So, yeah, that was the highlight of my day yesterday.

No plans for tonight … but that mound of laundry I keep talking about keeps getting larger. I’m gonna hafta get to it at some point. Oy!

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The Con

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David and I met up with our friends Emma and Josh for a bite to eat at Mexico City in Los Felix, CA last night before we split up and went on two separate dates. David and Emma went to The Greek Theater to see Erykah Badu & Janelle Monáe and Josh and I went to the Henry Fonda Theater to attend the 2010 Smiths/Morrissey Convention:


To make a long story short, the convention was not the hit I hoped it would be. While I would, in hindsight, call the night fun … the overall feel of the convention was just not what I was hoping it would be. That being said, the Smiths/Morrissey coverband These Charming Men put on a pretty good show and managed to save the night from total disappointment — at least for me. After the jump, check out some of the photos I snapped last night at the con … More »

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Play Things

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Yesterday afternoon, David and I met up with our friend Angie and her adorable daughter for a showing of Toy Story 3 and OMG, I can’t even begin to tell you how good the film is. We all laughed, we all cried and we all loved it entirely:


In my humble estimation, Toy Story 3 is the best Toy Story film to date and is even better than Disney/Pixar‘s last masterpiece Up! I really don’t want to talk about the plot, so as not to ruin, but I can assure you … the film is cute, funny, sad, touching and just the best damn thing you’re likely to see all year long. The trailers and promo materials do not do the film justice … and they are a bit misleading — not in a bad way but there is a lot more going on than just good ol’ run-of-the-mill Toy Story fare. I was totally engrossed in the story, it sucked me immediately and would not let go … I was oohing, aahing and cheering louder than the kids in the audience. There is more than enough funny for adults and I DARE you to not cry at least once during the movie. OY! I have to say, I think Toy Story 3 may be my fave movie of the year … it is already my fave film of the year. This movie will make you feel like a kid again … it’s really fantastic.

After the movie, we made our way to Ben & Jerry’s for a little dessert treat … we had a really great day:


Please, see Toy Story 3 … I promise, you will love it and it will really make you appreciate all the fun times you had as kid ;)

Tonight, my friend Josh Z. and I are going to the Smiths/Morrissey convention at the Henry Fonda Theater … which I am VERY excited for. I understand the coverband These Charming Men is the best Smiths/Moz coverband in the world … I can’t wait to find out :)

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Mary Lynn Rajskub Spreads Her Legs, Bares Her Soul

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Last night Darion and I made our way to the Steve Allen Theater here in LA to attend the opening night performance of Mary Lynn Rajskub‘s new one woman show Mary Lynn Spreads Her Legs. Darion and I saw her do a stand-up comedy show at M Bar a couple of years ago so we were really looking forward to gettin’ our yuks from MLR last night … and boy did we ever. The show is utterly fantastic and … surprisingly touching and poignant, too:


The show is all about Mary Lynn‘s pregnancy and subsequent relationship with her now husband Matthew Rolph and very funnily details all of the pitfalls that Mary Lynn endured by becoming a new mom. I don’t want to spoil the show for you in case you get to see it but … I wouldn’t let MLR babysit your child … unless you DON’T own an oven. As I said, the show is riotously funny (tho, I could go a lifetime without every hearing MLR utter the words “tight pussy” ever again) and then shockingly poignant and very, very touching. Mary Lynn is able to switch instantaneously from a funny bit to a quiet and sentimental one. We were so impressed and entertained. Mary Lynn will be performing her one-woman show Mary Lynn Spreads Her Legs at the Steve Allen Theater every weekend all Summer long, thru the end of October! Click HERE to get tix for this show … YOU MUST SEE IT!

We got to chat with her for a bit after the show, she was a total sweetheart … it’s always so nice getting to chat with her :D

After the show, Darion and I were invited to the Friends and Family soft opening night of a new bar on Hollywood Blvd. called Loaded. D’s friend Tara’s boyfriend PJ is part owner so we were happy to show up and lend our support (and get some free drinks, too). After the jump, check out some of our pics from the bar … More »

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Birthday Plans

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So, I’ve been working a little birthday plan for myself for the past few days but until I got the whole thing sorted out I didn’t want to say anything for fear of jinxing my plans … but after getting a few of the really big things sorted, I can now reveal that I will be jetting off to Paris, France in a few weeks to see Tori Amos live in concert at the Olympia Hall on July 19. Even better, my best friend Sarah will be coming with me! She and I have been talking about this crazy, last-minute scheme and decided to go for it:


This will be Sarah’s first international trip and my third visit to the City of Lights. I can’t even explain how excited I am to see Tori — IN PARIS! As you may recall, I spent some time recently reminiscing about Tori‘s Plugged ’98 tour and it was all of that reminiscing that inspired me to do this trip. Sarah and I scored great tickets for the show, reasonable plane tickets and … away we will go!! I’m thrilled that I’ll be here in SoCal for my actual birthday on the 12 but the following weekend, I jet off to Detroit to meet up with Sarah and from there we’re off to Paris for the long weekend. It’s nuts, I know … but I haven’t been all that excited about turning another year older. At least now, I’m actually looking forward to my birthday. Tori, here we come!!

In more local travel news, Darion and I will be going to Silverlake tonight to see Mary Lynn Rajskub do a one woman show called Mary Lynn Spreads her Legs at the Steve Allen Theater tonight:


I just love Ms. Rasjkub so I am super jazzed to see her on stage tonight. If you would like to attend, you can buy tickets for tonight’s show HERE. Mary Lynn will be doing future shows at the Steve Allen Theater here in LA … trust me, you’re gonna wanna see her live :D

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The One That I Want

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Last night David and I were joined by our friends Emma and Josh (cumulatively the Pink ladies) at a preview screening of the amazing movie musical Grease, the sing-a-long version! Paramount Pictures hosted a fan event at the ArcLight Theater in Hollywood, CA to screen the film privately before it screens at the Hollywood Bowl next week and then opens in theaters across the country next month … and we were among the lucky folks who were able to attend. Grease premiered in theaters for the first time 32 years ago to the day yesterday … and let me tell you, last night’s event was just as fun and exciting as ever!


People … this is the way that Grease was meant to be seen … in hypercolor on the BIG SCREEN! If you’ve not seen Grease in a movie theater, then you haven’t experience the movie properly. This version of the film has been amped up with loads of fun subtitles and clever graphics that just make the beloved film even more of a fun experience. I can’t even tell you how much fun the entire theater had last night … everyone was singing, clapping, hand jiving, dancing in the aisles … it was just A BLAST!! After the jump, check out some sneaky pics I snapped during the preview screening of Grease last night … More »

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