My Night With Mark And Asher

Last night was a surprisingly fun night for me, despite the fact that I was anticipating a quiet night in. My good friend Mark is visiting LA from Berlin, Germany for a couple of weeks and we finally managed to connect yesterday and make plans to hang out. Mark managed to score tickets to a CD release party/concert for Asher Roth‘s new album Retro Hash at The Troubadour last night and he invited me to tag along with a group of his friends. I was all for going to the show because I’ve been anxious to see Mark ever since he arrived in SoCal. I went out to see him and ended up having a blast dancing my buns off during Asher‘s live performance. Fun times, all around. More »

Share:
| Posted under:

Clearly Nostalgic

Inspired by the 25th anniversary of the Nintendo Game Boy yesterday, I went digging further into my Closet of WondersTM (aka my closet packed full of fun crap) and found my stash of classic video games. After I played Tetris for about an hour on my Game Boy, I decided to switch things up and play a game of Pokémon on my see-thru purple Game Boy Color. Yes folks, this is how I spent my Monday night. Because it had been many years since I played any Pokémon game, it took me a while to get back into the swing of the game. Needless to say, I didn’t even come close to completing the game last night … but I did have fun trying. More »

Share:
| Posted under: ,

Easter With My Peeps

My Easter Sunday was a mostly quiet one. I spent the early part of the day recovering from my late night Saturday but I managed to rest up enough to head on down to Emma and Josh’s home for a delicious Easter dinner. As you may recall, Em and Josh graciously invited me to their home for their first Seder dinner for Passover last week so there was no way I was going to miss out on another one of Emma’s amazing dinners. This time around, we were joined by their friend Rebecca who is visiting the US for a few days. Dinner was delish, of course, but the company was the true highlight of my day. More »

Share:

Art In Chinatown

After my very successful morning at Amoeba Music for Record Store Day yesterday, I did a bit of work in the afternoon before I met up with my friend Adriana and her friends Jenny and Lila for an art opening by Adam Villacin + Ashkahn (who are also friends of Adriana). The event was held in Chinatown at a space called Happy Lion … so I got all dolled up in my best 90′s gear and headed out. The art show as a great success, we all had fun. After the show, we made our way to DTLA for a late dinner. I ended my night doing a bit of dancing and, well, I ended up enjoying a really fantastic Saturday. More »

Share:
| Posted under: ,

Record Store Day 2014 Was A Smashing Success

Each year, independent record stores in the US and the UK participate in Record Store Day where customers are lured into their shops to buy limited edition releases on vinyl, cassette, etc. In years past, I’ve had varying degrees of success on RSD, oftentimes resulting in tears more than joy. This year, two of my all-time favorite bands — Garbage and Veruca Salt — released NEW music in honor of RSD and I knew that I HAD to be successful in procuring those releases … or else. The Garbage single is limited to 4000 copies and the VS single is limited to 1000 copies — worldwide! After many hours of waiting in line, and after making a few new friends in the process, I am happy to say that I was completely successful today in that I was able to get a copy of everything on my list :) More »

Share:
| Posted under: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Rufus Wainwright Brings His Show To LA

Last night I made my way out to the beautiful Orpheum Theater in DTLA to see Rufus Wainwright in concert. I’ve been a big Rufus fan from the beginning, way back when he released his self-titled debut album in 1998. My first boyfriend and I saw Rufus many times on his first tour and I’ve since seen him in concert with a few different friends throughout the 00′s. The last time I saw him, he played The Greek Theater here in LA. Last night’s performance was just as fun as I remembered his shows to be. More »

Share:
| Posted under: ,

Spending My Maundy Thursday With †††

Last night I made the trek down to Santa Ana, CA to see the band ††† live in concert and I am so glad I was able to make the trip. †††, or Crosses if you like, are a new band for me. I’ve heard some of their songs and was impressed by what I’ve heard about their live shows from friends in NYC so I decided to check them out in concert. They played The Roxy in West Hollywood on Wednesday night, which is much closer to me, but because I had tix to see The 1975 that night, I had to settle for the 50 minute drive to Santa Ana. ††† packed The Observatory to sold out capacity and it was clear to see why … they put on an amazing live show. More »

Share:
| Posted under: , ,

The Spirit Of ’75

Last night I made my way out to Club Nokia at LA Live in DTLA to see one of my fave new bands, The 1975, in concert. I totally fell in love with this Manchester, England band last Summer and have since seen them 3 times in concert here in LA. They played Club Nokia last night in between their two shows at Coachella last weekend and this weekend so I figured it would be fun to see them play a tiny club date in between their festival shows. Even tho Club Nokia is not my fave venue in LA (largely due to the terrible sound system and horrible sight lines), I managed to have a great time at the show last night. More »

Share:
| Posted under: , ,

Chvrches Rock Ventura

Last night I made the trek up to Ventura, CA to see my fave new band Chvrches live in concert at the Majestic Ventura Theater. Chvrches played the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival last weekend and they will play weekend 2 this coming weekend but in between, they are playing a few small shows in the area to entertain those folks who would/could not venture out into the desert to see them at Coachella. I got to see Chvrches play a couple of shows in LA last year (at The Fonda in June and The Wiltern in November) so it really was a no brainer that I would want to see them again last night :) More »

Share:
| Posted under:

Next Year In Jerusalem

Last evening, at sundown, I was invited to enjoy a Seder dinner with my dear friends Emma and Josh in celebration of the Jewish holiday of Passover. As some of you readers may know, it’s been a couple of years since I celebrated Passover so it was really nice for me to get back in there and reclaim the holiday … even tho I’m not Jewish. Passover is such a special holiday where family and friends get together to be thankful for what they have while remembering the struggle of our ancestors. Last night’s Seder was Emma and Josh’s first ever held at their home and it was an honor to be included in their celebration. After our insanely delicious dinner, we rested for a bit while we waited for the lunar eclipse to take place at 12:06 AM PT and then we spent some time watching the Blood Moon take form overhead. Yeah, last night was a pretty special night all around. More »

Share:
| Posted under: