Tori Amos Is ‘Unrepentant’ In Detroit, MI

Last night my BFF Sarah and I made our way to the Fox Theater in downtown Detroit, MI to see our 3rd of 4 Tori Amos concerts on her current Unrepentant Geraldines Tour. As you may recall, Sarah made her way to LA a couple of weeks ago so that we could see Tori in LA and in San Diego. This weekend, we have tickets for Tori in Detroit and Toronto, Ontario. It’s really hard to compare and rate shows because they are all magical in their own right. It’s always wonderful to see Tori play in Detroit. Sigh. So many years of great memories here. Last night, Sarah and I had the best seats ever and we got to meet and chat with Tori‘s daughter Natashya Lórien before the show. Tori was perfection … it was a really special night. More »

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Cross Country

I successfully made my way home to Michigan yesterday after a flight that felt like an eternity, to be totally honest. Thankfully, I was able to make it to the airport without incident and amazingly, I even got an upgrade. The flight was totally fine except that it felt really long. I can’t complain at all tho cuz I’m home safe and sound. I have a few fun things on the books for this trip, which will likely be my last trip home of the year. More »

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Movie Review: ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’

Last night I was invited to an early screening of the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie and to be honest, I had to think long and hard about agreeing to see the movie. Ever since the movie was first announced, all I heard were bad things about production, casting, storyline changes and on and on. Everything I heard about the movie before I saw it led me to believe that I would not like the movie. I’m glad I decided to see the movie anyway because all of the negative things I heard about the movie are completely untrue. The biggest surprise for me was that TMNT is NOT a Michael Bay movie (ie. it is nothing like the super annoying crapfest that his Transformers movies have become) — her merely produced this movie, he didn’t write or direct it. The second biggest surprise was how funny and charming the movie is. Altho the turtles are computer animated via motion capture cameras, they do have the same feel that we got from the rubber-suited turtles from the original TMNT movies of the early 90s. The movie isn’t without its flaws but I really enjoyed TMNT so much that I can totally forgive the few things that I didn’t like because there are far too many things that I really DO LIKE about the movie. More »

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Extended Family

Yesterday was another Sunday Funday for me at the Disney parks down in Anaheim, CA — which probably isn’t a big surprise — but I really wanted to go all out since I will be out of town for the next week. I was able to meet up and hang out with the whole Sons of Anakin SC family but spent much of my time hanging out with members of our club who I hadn’t seen in a very long time. There are so many cool kids in our group that I’m lucky enough to have too many new friends to hang out with. Altho it was painfully hot and humid yesterday, I ended up having a superfun day with some really great friends. More »

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Beyoncé & Jay Z SLAAAAY LA With Their ‘On The Run’ Tour

At long last, I finally got to experience Beyoncé and Jay Z‘s On The Run Tour in person last night and I can tell you right now, I was murdered right there in the Rose Bowl. I knew the show would be great but LORDE, I was not expecting it to be so big and so epic. Because I previously sprung for VIP tickets to see Beyoncé in concert before, I know that the ONLY way to see Bey live is up close and personal. I know I shouldn’t have done it but I sprung for the VIP tix next to the stage for the show last night and I LIVED MY LIFE like nobody’s biz. I took about a million photos and a few videos … some that you can see below. More »

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Mariachi Madness

I kept things low key last night, only going out to meet up with some friends for dinner. It had been some time since I got to hang out one-on-one with Emma and Josh so we decided to grab a nice dinner together. I was in the mood for Mexican (micheladas, actually) and Josh came up with the perfect place for dinner. He and Emma had been there before and they loved it. He swore up and down that I would love it, too … and he was right. More »

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Movie Review: ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’

Last night I attended an early showing of Guardians of the Galaxy in the Cinerama Dome at the Arclight Theater in Hollywood because any chance I get to see a movie early is a chance that I’m going to take. I’ve been really anxious to see Guaridans for many months now — even tho I had never read a single Guardians of the Galaxy comic book ever, I had zero knowledge of ANY of the film’s characters and I stayed completely away from all plot spoilers. I saw the movie completely cold. But, because it was a Marvel Studios film, I knew that it was a movie that I had to see as soon as possible … and I was right. There will be a few contenders for the best film of 2014 and I’d argue that Guardians is one of those movies. It will surely be the best superhero film of the year (sorry X-Men: Days of Future Past) and might even be the best Marvel Studios film yet. More »

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The 3 Amigos

Yesterday was a very good, very productive day for me. Having just paid off my car IN FULL, the DMV mailed me the title of my car … which proved to be a GREAT start to the day. I then went to look at what may be my new home in Hollywood but until I know for sure, mum’s the word (tho I wouldn’t mind if you keep a good thought for me). Last night, I made my way down to Anaheim, CA to enjoy a night of karaoke with a couple of Sons of Anakin SC friends at the House of Blues in Downtown Disney and SINCE we were in the neighborhood, we may have ridden a ride or two in the parks. Not bad for a Wednesday, I think. More »

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Happy, Happy Hour(s)

Last night I met up with my friends Tamar and Caleb for an Oyster Happy Hour at Mess Hall in Los Feliz because we had been talking about checking it out and our happy hour turned into happy HOURS. Tam and I ate about a million oysters, which we augmented with a bunch of other deliciously snacky things. As we tend to do, the three of us got into a really engaging conversation that covered an array of topics and when we were finished, we realized that we had been in the restaurant for 5 hours! Like, I’m not even exaggerating. The time flew by, we had fun … hours and hours of fun :) More »

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Fully Patched

Because Sarah and Mark had a noon flight back to Detroit yesterday, we really didn’t have much time to end their trip with a bang. We ate a delicious breakfast at Mauro’s Cafe at Fred Segal and then I had to take them to the airport for their flight home. SINCE I was already halfway to Anaheim, CA anyways and SINCE it was the first Sunday that I was able to wear my Sons of Anakin Social Club patches on my vest, I decided to head down and enjoy a fun day at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure with my peeps. I know you’re probably not going to believe this but, I only had the best day ever. More »

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