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Today is a bit of a rough day for me … as a day of celebration has turned into a day of sadness. David and I enjoyed a great visit with his aunts Judy and Susan at their home here in Manhattan last night chatting away on their rooftop patio as we watched lightning roll across the city. Afterward, we met up with our good friend Kanani for a quick drink in the West Village.
Today we are making our way to New Jersey so that we can celebrate David’s other aunt Mary Ellen … who turns 50 years old today:
And while today should be a happy day of celebration, a family very close to me has suffered a great loss today. I’m not comfortable talking about the details publicly just yet but needless to say, the family is in great pain and all of my love and condolences go out to them today. I am looking forward to celebrating with David’s family but my heart and my mind is back home in Detroit with my friends who are dealing with much sadness today.
ADDITIONALLY: The site is having server issues today … it is working for some people, not at all for others. I understand the server hosts are cycling out the malfunctioning servers but I’m not sure how long it will take for the site to be totally back to normal. Thanks for bearing with all of the tech headaches.
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At last … the beautiful weather has returned to NYC and yesterday was a fantastic day for me to enjoy it. After I finished with work, I got my ass out to Central Park so that I could enjoy the natural beauty there on my way to 5th Ave. to do some window shopping:
I made friends with a nice horse, managed to hit my fave stores on 5th (including my fave store Diesel) and spent some time in Rockefeller Center on my way to the Longacre Theater to see last night’s performance of La Cage Aux Folles:
As you may recall, I was really let down by the musical Green Day’s American Idiot earlier this week but I am THRILLED to say that I LOVED every single second of La Cage. After the jump, check out some photos from the show and read my take on one of the funnest Broadway musicals I’ve ever had the pleasure to attend … More »
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Last night David and I met up with his sister Eden and his friend Issac for a delicious dinner at Havana NY. I was in the mood for Cuban food and Havana NY did NOT disappoint … dinner was amazing. But, I have to say, the best part about dinner last night was that our dear friend Jordan (who lives with us in SoCal) met us for dinner cuz he’s in town for a couple of days. We love Jordan so much and are happy to hang out with him wherever in the world we can find him:
It was kinda cold last night (and I was lookin’ like ass) but nothing could keep our spirits down. We had a great time out on the town.
Tonight, David and I are going to see La Cage Aux Folles the new musical starring Kelsey Grammar:
I’m hearing good things about this show but I hope I don’t spend the whole time comparing it to the film version The Birdcage (which is one of my fave comedies ever). We shall see!!
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R. Pattz reveals his first job choice was "rapper"
The principal cast of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (namely Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner) will appear on tomorrow’s episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show but today we get our first look at their appearance on the show. In one part of the interview. R. Pattz reveals to Oprah Winfrey that his first career choice was not actor … it was rapper:
“I used to want to be a rapper when I was, like, 14,” the actor says during an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show alongside costars Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner, which is set to air Thursday. Rap music wasn’t the only American entertainment Pattinson, who turns 24 on Thursday, enjoyed. “I grew up watching American movies and stuff,” he tells Oprah. So, what’s it like to star in one of the most popular American movie franchises in recent years? “It’s a great position to be in because you can walk into a room and everybody’s screaming,” he says of the rapturous fan response, which will only grow stronger as their latest chapter, Eclipse, hits theaters June 30. But Pattinson thinks a lot of the enthusiasm is less about him and more about his character, Edward Cullen. “It’s not really about you,” he says. “So, it never really goes to your head and you can kind of participate in it. It’s about the fans themselves. A lot of people, they just like doing Twilight-related things.” And his costar, Taylor Lautner, agrees. “It’s really unlike anything else,” Lautner, 18, says. “It’s amazing; over the past two years, I’ve had the time of my life. I couldn’t be more thankful.”
Oh man … I’m thinkin’ Oprah is gonna enjoy some major ratings from tomorrow’s show. Make sure you tune in (or set those DVRs) Twihards, I understand the whole ep is chock full of Twilight goodness. After the jump, check out a promo video for tomorrow’s Twilight episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show … More »
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After many recommendations and suggestions from many people, David and I decided to see Green Day’s American Idiot musical at the St. James Theater on Broadway last night. I’m gonna cut right to the chase and say that the show wasn’t really my thing. I had heard and read many good things about the show and was hopeful that I would love it as much as so many others do … unfortch that turned out not to be the case. Before I get to the negative, let’s talk about the positive. The New Yorker magazine wrote the positive review of the show that I most agree with, here’s what they had to say:
Green Day’s theatrical reimagining of the punk band’s 2004 album is an exciting example of the innovative director Michael Mayer’s single-minded attempt to drag the musical into the twenty-first century. In telling the show’s minimal story, Mayer, who co-wrote the book with Billie Joe Armstrong, Green Day’s lead singer and guitarist, jumps between vivid, fragmentary moments, letting sensation substitute for psychology. Three disaffected youths, Johnny (John Gallagher, Jr.), Will (Michael Esper), and Tunny (Stark Sands), decide to leave suburbia (“this hurricane of fucking lies”) and go in search of themselves. Johnny finds drugs; Tunny finds himself in the military and then an amputee; Will, who never actually leaves home, gets a girl pregnant and finds himself a couch potato. “American Idiot” answers the digital age’s requirements of speed, instant gratification, and accessibility. It is a rip-roaring and original musical event. It has not, however, cracked the challenge of characterization. The show has personality, but its characters don’t. Armstrong’s mischievous twinkle is the missing ingredient in the show’s sensational nihilistic hubbub.
While I can sorta see where all the rave reviews are coming from, I do not really agree with them. Wanna know my take on the show? Read on … More »
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Yesterday was a fun day in the city … after we finished with work, David and I met up with Marissa so that we could run around the city together. We did an early dinner at Blue Ribbon Sushi in SoHo and then spent the rest of the evening walking thru the West Village on our way to the Meat Packing District. We did a bit of snacking at SoHo House and decided to play a friendly game of Scrabble:
Right around the corner from SoHo House is the on-going art show ICONS featuring work of the street artist Mr. Brainwash (who is featured in the new Banksy film Exit Thru the Gift Shop). As you might imagine, MBW‘s art is all over the meatpacking … the Madonna photo above is hanging in the SoHo House lobby.
After we finished at SoHo, we met up with Shane, Jason and Issac at The Jane Hotel so that we could catch up … and that was pretty much our day.
Tonight, on the advice of many folks (including quite a few Pink readers), David and I are going to see American Idiot: The Musical on Broadway:
While I’m not certain I believe that American Idiot is “the new Rent“, I’ve heard far too many good things about the show. We’re excited to see it … I’ll let you know what I think about it tomorrow.
It’s chilly and gloomy here in NYC this week but we are having a great time.
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For Mother’s Day yesterday we decided to surprise David’s mom at brunch here in the city. His parents were unaware that we decided to come to NYC for the week so we thought we’d surprise them at brunch yesterday. David’s mom was so surprised and happy that she actually did a face-plant onto the restaurant table:
She was so surprised, so happy … we all had a great day. We brunched at a place called Whym (which I didn’t really love but I did end up enjoying the freshly prepared chicken pot pie) and then made our way to Eden’s apartment to hang out for a bit. After the jump, check out a really cute pic of David and his mom along with a fun group photo of me with most of the Hauslaibs … More »
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David and I made it to NYC safe and sound … and MOSTLY without incident. The flight wasn’t bad at all, the taxi situation into the city was a breeze … but a mix-up with upon arrival at our home-away-from home almost ruined our entire night. Long story short, we had to go out for a late supper and had to miss watching Betty White on Saturday Night Live live … I wasn’t able to watch it until this morning. We did get to meet up with our friend Issac for drinks so … we had a fab night nonetheless. I am really looking forward to this week in the city … and let me tell you about our view of Central Park:
It’s a bit chilly and very windy but … it’s the Big Apple, yo!
This afternoon we are surprising David’s parents, who are in the city this weekend, by showing up for Mother’s Day Brunch. They don’t know we’re here so it should be a fun surprise.
I want to send all my love to all y’all Moms out there. You are the most special people alive, thank you for everything.
And even tho my mom doesn’t read my blog (mainly because she has no idea how to work a computer or any sort of electronic device, really) I want to send all my Mother’s Day lurve to her today! XO
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Last night, amidst my running around taking care of last minute preparations before David and I jet off to NYC for a week, I met up with Darion, Peter and his friend Lesley for a quiet dinner at Genghis Cohen … which, I’ve determined, is the best Chinese meal I’ve ever had in LA. You know it’s very important to have a Chinese restaurant that you can always rely on for amazing food … it appears I have finally found that place here in SoCal. We got to catch up and just hang which was really nice … and, of course, we snapped a fun pic to commemorate the occasion:
David stayed home because he likes to leave everything to the last minute so he was still prepping for our trip.
And so, it’s time to go back to NYC. It wasn’t that long ago that I was jetting back to NYC on an almost monthly basis (when David still lived there) and here I am … this is my first trip to NY this entire year! I haven’t been in NY since I was there to see Kylie Minogue on tour last October. As much as I LOVE LOVE LOVE being in SoCal, I’m really excited to be back in the city for a few days. So … from tomorrow til next Sunday, I’ll be comin’ atcha from the East Coast! Woot!
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For some strange reason — which I cannot pinpoint — I was suddenly struck by the deep desire to re-watch episodes of the 80′s cartoon series Jem and the Holograms. I suppose this isn’t to much of a shock, considering that I’ve been watched old eps of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe lately but that is a “boy” show and Jem is a “girl” show. Even back in the 80′s, when Jem was on the air, I had no qualms at all about watching the show on a daily basis even if it was considered a “girl” show. To me, Jem was an animated version of MTV … and I couldn’t get enough:
I should clarify that I never had an interest in owning any of the dolls (not that there’s anything wrong with boys playing with dolls, considering I had a She-Ra doll among my vast collection of various action figure “boys” toys), for me it was about the music. I know, it sounds a bit lame but the music and music videos in the cartoon were the real draw for me. I had an uncanny ability to convince my female friends to give me the cassette tapes of Jem/Misfits songs that were packaged with the dolls. I LOVED those cassettes. The Jem tapes were white with pink stickers and the Misfits tapes were black with green writing. What you may not understand if you didn’t experience this phenomenon in the 80′s was that MTV and music videos were THE biggest thing. In the days before the vastness of the Internet, all we had to focus all of our free time on was MTV … Jem really zeroed in on that for kids. It’s no wonder I’m such a sucker for sugary pop music … it’s all Jem‘s fault.
IN ANY EVENT, yeah … I’m kinda into wanting to revisit all of that again so … please don’t shoot me.
Tonight, I’m meeting up with Darion for a quick bite to eat and then it’s early to bed so I can early rise tomorrow and work before we fly off to NYC for a week. I hope the weather is fab in the Big Apple right now cuz I am loving the sun here in SoCal. Happy Weekend, y’all!