Annie Motel Presents ‘Tabloid BLVD.’

My good friend Annie Motel will debuting a short film she wrote, directed and stars in at Ham & Eggs Tavern in DTLA tonight and if you’re free, she’d love for you to attend. I have been a fan of Annie‘s work for much longer than I’ve known her personally. She is very skilled illustrator, tattoo artist and, now, filmmaker. For the past few months, Annie has worked on her film, Tabloid BLVD., as a labor of love and tonight she will finally be able to share the project with the public. Click below to see the flyer art for tonight’s event and learn more about Tabloid BLVD. More »

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Bottled Water, Boxed Wine & Babies: Underworld At The Hollywood Bowl

Last night, my friend Eileen invited me to attend a concert at the Hollywood Bowl with a group of her friends and because I always have a great time with Eileen, I was happy to attend. The techno act Underworld were headlining with Jungle as the opening act. Now, I used to be pretty into techno music back in the day (after all, Detroit is the birthplace of techno music) and I am an Underworld fan but, honestly, if it weren’t for Eileen’s invitation, I probably wouldn’t have attended this show. Thankfully, she did invite me because I had a really fun time under the stars at the Hollywood Bowl listening to a live soundtrack provided by Underworld. More »

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All Done

Back in April and in May, I professed my UNDYING love for a the mobile video game Marvel Contest of Champions and here comes the June installment of my continuing obsession with the game. LOL. I’m usually very proud of my nerdy geekdom but something about how obsessed I am with this game makes me none too proud to talk too much about the game. I play it every day. Like, multiple times a day. I’ve always like video games, as I may have made clear before, but there is something about this game that has kept me entertained since the first day I played it. BUT ANYWAYS, the point that I’m trying to get at is that I beat the game entirely, 100% yesterday … and I have to be honest and say that doing so had made me happier than I ever thought a video game could … haha, as sad as that may sound ;) More »

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There’s No Business Like Horror Business

Last night, for the first time ever, I got to see the legendary punk band The Misfits live in concert. For years, I’ve resisted the urge to see The Misfits live because frontman Glenn Danzig left the band way back in the ’80s and I was really worried that the band would suck without him. The Misfits have played many shows here in LA in recent years and I almost went to see them at the House of Blues but something else came up. When I heard that the band would be performing 3 albums in full over 3 nights of live concerts (Thursday – Static Age, Friday – Walk Among Us & Saturday – Earth A.D.) I knew the time to see the band live had come. I bought a ticket for last night’s show, to hear them perform Walk Among Us in full in concert and I can honestly say, it was one of the better decisions I’ve made all year long. More »

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10 Years Of iam8bit

Last night I attended the 10 year anniversary of the pop culture art gallery iam8bit here in LA last night with Eileen and we enjoyed a really nice night of video game-inspired art, free booze and food & drink afterward. I’ve been a huge fan of the iam8bit gallery for years now. The last big exhibit I went to see there was back in 2013 when they installed a life-size Scrooge McDuck bank vault (from Duck Tales) that visitors could play in (remember THESE fun photos?). The show last night was a neat overview of what iam8bit has been showing for the past decade, we had a lot of fun. More »

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‘Heartbreaker’ Hotel

After I did a bit of work around the house I started feeling kinda not-so-great so instead of pushing myself by going out last night, I decided to stay in and listen to some music. I’ve been so busy lately that I haven’t been able to spin my records as usual so I made sure to make some time to curl up on the couch in front of my trusty turntable so I could listen to some records. Ryan Adams recently reissued his debut solo album Heartbreaker on vinyl, much to my ecstatic glee because it was his only album I didn’t have on vinyl, and it was my record of choice last night. The album is so great, yes, but as the title suggests, it’s also a bit difficult to listen to sometimes. More »

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That’s Entertainment

Last night was a really fun night for me … I got to spend time with my friend Michael (who I don’t get to see nearly as much as I’d like due to the fact that he lives in NYC) and then I got to see Jurassic World in 4DX again (I know, I’m obsessed, I can’t help it). Michael has been in San Francisco lately directing a production of Peter Pan (which I am SO BUMMED I missed, it closes this weekend) and he was passing through LA yesterday and reached out for a hang. He took me to see a musical production at the Geffen Playhouse that blew me away so entirely, I can’t even believe how lucky I was to see the show. After my time with Michael, I met up with Eileen and her friend Jacqui at the Regal Cinemas Theater at LA Live in DTLA to see Jurassic again in 4DX … and it was just as fun as the first time! More »

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Dinner With Duke, Party With Lenka

Yesterday was a really great day for me. I got to spend time with dear friends who I hadn’t seen in far too long and then I got to attend a really fun concert of one of my fave singer/songwriters. Before yesterday, it had been almost a month since I saw Emma, Josh and baby Duke … which is just, unacceptable. Emma’s sister Chelsea has moved to LA and her boyfriend Michael was visiting from San Francisco so we had a nice family affair yesterday afternoon/evening. Last night, I made my way to the legendary Troubadour to see Lenka live in concert. I saw her last year in concert at the Hotel Cafe in Hollywood and, well, I simply must see her every time she comes to town. The show last night was so much fun … and getting to chat for a bit with Lenka afterward was just the icing on the cake. More »

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‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 5 Ended Last Night, Leaving Me With A Lot Of Feels

The 5th season of Game of Thrones ended last night and boy, what a season it was. In order to keep this post as spoiler-free as possible above the jump cut below, I shall refrain from talking about GoT specifics until we get below the cut (where photos and text will spoil the season 5 finale episode, Mother’s Mercy). I really enjoyed this season of GoT, I have to say. I know a lot of people have been unhappy with various aspects of the season but, for me, it was another great season of a show that never fails to deliver. Of course, the things that it does deliver do tend to be upsetting to some (and expected to others) but I like that the show remains as faithful to itself as ever … right to the bitter end, to the bitter last scene of last night’s finale ep. Let’s talk about Mother’s Mercy and the things we saw on GoT last night. AGAIN, BE WARNED, the full post below contains SEASON 5 SPOILERS for Game of Thrones. More »

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Movie Review: ‘Spy’

After a couple weeks of reading really great things and hearing really great things from my friends who had seen it, I decided to see the new Melissa McCarthy movie Spy last night. I have been burned by these kinds of movies in the past and, honestly, I went into the theater with a chip on my shoulder, daring the movie to impress me. I have to say, altho it wasn’t the best comedy I’ve ever seen, I was entertained much more than I thought I would be. I found myself laughing more than I was hating so, yes, Spy was a movie that I can say I liked. But while Melissa McCarthy is the star, for me the best person in the entire movie — from start to finish — was the brilliant Rose Byrne. More »

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