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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Alanis Morrissette Released ‘Jagged Little Pill’ 20 Years Ago Today

20 years ago today, Alanis Morissette released her album Jagged Little Pill and single-handedly managed to transform the music world with her collection of songs. Jagged Little Pill is one of the most important albums of my life and, I think, of my generation. With just 12 songs (plus the hidden track Your House), Alanis successfully married an emotional, confessional songwriting style with the pop music zeitgeist that resonated with almost everyone. Angsty grungers, riot grrls, casual pop fans, anyone with a radio or MTVAlanis Morissette spoke to everyone with her musical story. Because it is an album that is still so integral to me (and I suspect, many of you), I wanted to make sure to mark the occasion of the album’s 20th anniversary. More »

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Movie Review: ‘Jurassic World’ In 4DX

Jurassic World, a sequel film to the original Jurassic Park that was released 22 years ago this week, opens nationally today but last night I was able to attend an early screening of the movie with a couple of my dearest friends. Eileen, Darion and I met up at the Regal Cinemas Theater in LA Live in DTLA last night to see a showing of Jurassic World in 4DX (which, if you are unfamiliar, is a movie-going experience where the seats move, light, water, air and odor effects are choreographed to match the action in the movie). I can say very confidently that Jurassic World is an excellent action-packed summer movie that will thrill audiences around the world. In 4DX, I can honestly say that it was one of the greatest movie-going experiences of my life. I know, it sounds like an insane exaggeration but it is the truth. More »

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Into Everyone’s Life A Little Sprinkles Must Fall

I’ve been in a bit of a funk lately so Eileen helped get me out of the house last night with the promise of cheese fries, donuts and cupcakes. I know, it’s terrible … TERRIBLE … but I can never resist and we did have a nice night out. Eileen came over and we made our way to Burbank and then ended up in Glendale at the Sprinkles Cupcakes ATM for a late night sugar fix and, well that was my night. Haha. Hanging out with Eileen did cheer me up a lot so it was all well worth the effort … and massive empty calories. More »

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‘Code’ Read

After taking care of a few errands, I decided to settle in to watch some TV and was horrified to find that my DVR was totally devoid of anything new and exciting. I take great pains to ensure that I have integral classic TV shows and movies saved on my DVR (The Golden Girls, Jem and the Holograms, movies like Chasing Mavericks, The Joy Luck Club, Empire Records) but sadly, I had watched all my new TV things. Then, I found that the 2006 movie The Da Vinci Code was on cable so I watched it … and was reminded what a fun, but really silly movie it is. More »

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AY’s B-Day

I’ve been very fortunate to celebrate the birthdays of an amazing group of friends over the past week or so … starting with Darion, then Eileen, then Ollie. Yesterday was my dear friend (and fellow Michigander) Adriana’s birthday so I got to celebrate with her last night. She wanted to something really simple, really small … so we grabbed dinner at Little Dom’s in Los Feliz. We were joined by her longtime roommate and had a wonderful dinner together celebrating Adriana’s amazingness and generally getting caught up with one another. More »

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Movie Review: ‘Dope’

Last night I was invited to an early screening of the new film Dope which was written and directed by Rick Famuyiwa and was produced by Forrest Whitaker and Pharrell Williams. Before I saw the movie yesterday, I had a vague understanding of what the movie is about. I knew that the movie was heavily influenced by ’90s hip-hop music so that alone made it a must see for me. What I wasn’t expecting, tho, was how incredibly entertaining and powerful the film truly is. Dope is one of those rare movies where everything works … from the writing to the acting, the humor and the seriousness. It felt to me like a marriage of Do the Right Thing and Friday, if you can believe that. This is a movie that most of you will enjoy, I think. I went in hoping to be charmed by the ’90sness of this movie and what I got is a whole lot more. More »

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All Aboard

Last night was fun night on the town at a new bar in West Hollywood called Now Boarding. A bunch of friends got together to celebrate Eileen’s birthday and we packed the place with mirth and merriment. My friends Jessika and Jesse were in the neighborhood so I mentioned to them that I would be at Now Boarding so they came out to partake in the fun as well. Eileen was surrounded by a really great group of friends and she looked blissfully happy and totally blitzed all night long so … yeah, we had a blast. More »

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