Friendsgiving

I hope that all y’all had a great Thanksgiving yesterday (or, if you are outside the US a Happy Thursday) because I enjoyed a really nice day with a group of very special friends. Parents-to-be Emma and Josh hosted a Thanksgiving dinner in their new home yesterday and provided us with the most delicious meal ever. Emma had been slaving away in the kitchen for days leading up to yesterday’s feast and I consider myself extremely lucky to be invited to dine at their table. I have a lot to be thankful for this year and high on that list of blessings is my friendship with Emma and Josh. More »

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My Night With Banksy & Laura Palmer

The night before Thanksgiving is commonly known as the Biggest Bar Night of the Year … so naturally, I spent my Thanksgiving Even laying on the couch watching TV. Yesterday was one of my trademark No Shower DaysTM where I lounged around in my comfies, only venturing out in public to forage for food, before I settled in to do absolutely nothing at all. I managed to catch a showing of the HBO documentary Banksy Does New York which chronicles the street artist’s month-long residency in NYC in October of 2013 and I finally started watching the Twin Peaks TV series all over again. Honestly, ’twas a very nice night, indeed. More »

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Movie Review: ‘Birdman’

For the past few weeks, I’ve been hearing really great things about the new Michael Keaton film Birdman (in fact, Trent Reznor revealed that Birdman is, thus far, his favorite movie of the year) so even tho I’m doing my best to keep things really low key this week, I decided to go out last night to see this movie once and for all. My friend Stacey and I talked about seeing Birdman last Sunday but we weren’t able to meet up so last night was our night to see it. I have to agree that Birdman is one of the better movies of the year. I didn’t know what to expect going in but I was very pleasantly surprised by what I saw as the movie unfolded. More »

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‘Schoolhouse’ Still Rocks

Last night I met up with my friend Eileen for a dinner hang at the Cat & Fiddle Pub in Hollywood (which is closing in a few weeks, I’m sad to say) before I met up with my friend Josh at the Echoplex in Echo Park to see live concert performance of some of the songs from Schoolhouse Rock. Now, I realize that all y’all under 30s probably have no idea what Schoolhouse Rock is or how important it remains to a generation of people but I can assure you, last night’s show was very impactful for me. Dinner with Eileen and the show with Josh conspired to make a Monday night that I won’t soon forget. More »

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Feast Of Friends

Yesterday turned out to be a really fun Sunday Funday with the early party of my day spent with my friends at Disneyland and the latter part of my day spent with Darion and his mom Janai, who was passing through LA on her way home to Oregon. As per usual, Disney was fun because I got to spend time with my Sons of Anakin SC peeps in the Happiest Place on EarthTM. Dinner last night was great because any time I get to spend with Janai is truly special so … yeah, Sunday was a good one for the record books. More »

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Movie Review: ‘Big Hero 6′ / FKA Twigs FTW!

Yesterday was a very fun, pretty busy day for me. In the early afternoon, I met up with my friends Elena and Andreas in Hollywood so that we could see the new Disney Animation film Big Hero 6 at the El Capitan Theater. Afterward, I paid a visit to my superstar hairstylist and BFF Josh Rosebrook for a much-needed haircut and then I made my way downtown to see FKA Twigs live in concert. The movie was great, the company was even better … and the concert was truly an amazing experience. I had a really great Saturday, I have to say. More »

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Forever A Classic

Well, my plans for last night didn’t really pan out the way I hoped. I’ve been feeling a bit rundown as of late, so I decided to spend some time on the couch watching movies. Our intrepid intern Iris reminded me that it had been a few years since I watched the 1994 movie The Crow so I decided to watch it on Netflix last evening. The long story short is that I ended up falling asleep and I didn’t wake up until around 2 AM when I stumbled into bed to sleep for the rest of the night. Sigh. More »

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Movie Review: ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1′

Last night, one day before the movie opens wide in theaters today, I attended an early showing of the much-anticipated sequel movie The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. After MONTHS of counting down the days, I finally got the chance to see part 1 of the 2-part finale of the Hunger Games film franchise. As expected, Mockingjay – Part 1 acted as a placeholder for the second movie due out next year but I felt it was still a very entertaining movie. All of the really big action will take place in Part 2 but Part 1 definitely packed enough of an emotive punch to entertain fans of the Hunger Games series. More »

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A Conversation With Anne & Christopher Rice

Last night I had the extreme pleasure of attending an in-person discussion between authors Anne Rice and her son Christopher Rice at a book-signing for her new novel Prince Lestat. I was super excited to learn earlier this year that Anne would be writing about her beloved vampire characters again and when I found out that she would be appearing at a book-singing event here in LA, moderated by her son and my friend Christopher, I knew I had to be there. The authors conversed for about 45 minutes before questions were taken from the audience and then our books were signed. It was a really great night with a pair of really remarkable people. More »

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My Night With Tegan & Sara and Amelia

Last night, I met up with my friend Amelia for a quick drink/catch-up sesh at The Well before we made our way into the Hollywood Palladium to see Tegan and Sara live in concert. I love me some Tegan and Sara so I had been looking forward to the show for some time now. And because I never get to spend as much time as I like with Amelia, I’m so glad that she was free last night to see the show with me. We had the best time ever … probably aided by the fact that the beers we drank were so large ;) More »

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