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 »
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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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 »
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 »
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 »
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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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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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 MTV … Alanis 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 »
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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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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