Sunday With Morrissey

Last night I was able to attend the Part Time Punkx danceparty at the Echoplex that featured a night of music by The Smiths and Morrissey (DJed by the incomparable Jose Maldonado, frontman of the coverband Sweet and Tender Hooligans and host of Breakfast with The Smiths: The World of Morrissey weekly radio show), which is a danceparty that I have attended many times in the past (most recently last September). Because these parties happen only a few times a year (maybe every 3 or 4 months?), I make every effort to get my buns out there so I can boogie down to the wonderfully maudlin sounds of The Smiths and Morrissey. Earlier in the day, tho, I was able to use a gift certificate I had to get a little bit of pampering done at a Burke Williams spa so all in all, I’m happy to say that my Sunday was a total funday. More »

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Movie Review: ‘RoboCop’

Yesterday was a fun-filled day for me. I met up with Ollie for brunch before we made our way to the Cohen Gallery to see Shia LaBeouf‘s #IAMSORRY art installation. After we had our fill of “art”, we made our way downtown to hang out for a bit with Caleb before I met up with Adriana for a dinner and movie date. I don’t usually pack my Saturdays with so much running around but it couldn’t be helped … I have too many great people in my life that I have to get out and see, you know? I ended my bizzy Saturday with a late night showing of RoboCop and I’m happy to say that I enjoyed the remake of the 1987 original very much. More »

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‘Ladies And Gentlemen …’

Last night I enjoyed the best Valentine’s Day ever with some of my dearest friends as we enjoyed one of the most special concerts that we’ve ever seen. I met up with Ollie, Tamar, Rob, Caleb and Irene in downtown LA for a fun VDay dinner before we attended a concert by Spiritualized where the entirety of their masterpiece album Ladies and Gentlemen, We Are Floating In Space was performed in concert. The show was the first ever performed at the newly opened Ace Hotel Theater in DTLA and it made for a stunning setting of a very special night. Ollie and I met up for drinks on the roof of the Ace Hotel which gave us a breathtaking view of the city. It was only the best night ever with people I love very much. More »

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Mags, ‘Cards’ & ‘Floating In Space’

My plan was to go out and see a movie last night but I ended up staying closer to home so that I could catch up on some way overdue reading. I try to keep up with reading The New Yorker but, obvs, I can’t always find the time to read the issues when they are delivered and they tend to pile up. I figured I’d spend a bit of time reading an issue or two and the next thing I knew, my evening turned into night and it seemed like the better option to just keep reading. I got almost all caught up so I do feel accomplished. At midnight, the entire second season of House of Cards was released so I was able to starting watching those new eps (OMG!!!!!). Tonight, I have plans to meet up with some very good friends for a truly special concert event. Today is going to be a great day. More »

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Lows And Highs

My Wednesday turned out to be a pretty fantastic one … even tho it didn’t really get off to the best start. For many, many months now, I have been trying to figure out a hang session with my friend Tamar’s parents — who I love entirely. I see them all the time at various parties and larger friend social gatherings and we always have the best time just talking. Tam’s mom Jackie and I have been talking about having a tea date together where we could spend time talking, just the two of us. I saw Jackie at Tam’s short film screening last Sunday and decided, enough is enough — we have to have our date. We decided to hang out Wednesday, fine, set. I get in my car to leave for our date and my car batter is completely dead. UGH. I’m not really good in situations like that so I was basically ready to just throw in the towel and call it a day. Thankfully, I managed to just rally, get the problem solved and I was able to get my car fixed, make my date with Jackie AND enjoy a really great night with both Tam’s mom and her dad Richard. More »

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Meeting The Chrisleys

Yesterday I shared a super trailer promo video for the new reality TV series Chrisley Knows Best and I mentioned that I would be meeting the family at a press event here in LA last night. I gathered up Emma and Darion and we made our way to the Sunset Tower Hotel to meet the Crisleys and had only THE time of our lives. The event started with a little Q&A with patriarch Todd Chrisley, which members of the family chiming in here and there, and then the event was opened up so that anyone who wanted to meet the family could do so. Emma, who is a HUGE fan of the show already (having only watched the trailer I showed you yesterday), wasted no time and made a beeline for Todd, Julie and Savannah … and we all basically became BFF instantaneously. More »

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My Night With A Few Oscar Nominees

Last night I was graciously invited to attend The Hollywood Reporter‘s annual Oscar Nominees Night event at Spago in Beverly Hills so that I could hobnob and rub elbows with some of the actors who have been nominated for Academy Awards this year. Honestly, when I saw that Lupita Nyong’o was scheduled to attend, I was ALL in. The Nominees Night event is really a laid back, casual night where Oscar nominees can hang out and just enjoy one another’s company (as opposed to the Luncheon that happens earlier in the day which includes press conferences, interviews and the big Oscar Class Photo session). Karen O of Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Cee Lo Green were the performers last night … and I had the best time ever. More »

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Movie Review: ‘The LEGO Movie’

As I mentioned a bit earlier, I met up with a group of friends last night to see the movie that absolutely EVERYONE is raving about — The Lego Movie. I had planned on seeing it Friday night with Emma and Josh but that plan didn’t work out so I figured I’d see it sometime soon. All weekend long, all I kept hearing from people is how good the movie really is. Darion invited a group of us to meet up with him to see the movie last night and I was able to make it. Based on what I heard, I knew the movie would be good … but I really wasn’t sure what to expect. The movie is so funny, so cute, so entertaining that I can see why everyone loves it so much. More »

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Everything Is Awesome

On Sundays I usually do my work by day, relax and chill by afternoon and sometimes go out and see a movie by night (or stay in and watch TV on the couch). My Sunday yesterday was unusual in that I spent 90% of it out and about running all over town hanging out with some of my amazing friends. I met up with Jordan for a LONG overdue brunch before I made my way out to Santa Monica to attend an afternoon lecture/workshop hosted by author Sharon Salzberg (who I met the night before at an intimate booksigning). Late in the afternoon I met up with a longtime friend who I’ve known for years but only just finally got around to hanging out with in person … we then made our way to the Cinefamily movie theater for a private screening of my friend Tamar’s short film It’s Okay. After a short reception after the screening, I met up with some friends in Century City to see The Lego Movie. It was go go go all day long but it was also fun fun and MORE fun the whole time. More »

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Real Happiness

Last night my friend Lisa took me as her guest to a book signing/discussion event hosted by the amazing Sharon Salzberg. Salzberg is a much-beloved teacher and author who has touched the lives of so many with her insights about meditation and mindfulness. Her book Real Happiness is a fantastic introduction to her teachings on meditation (which I became interested in last year at the suggestion of my friend Tamar) so I was very interested in hearing her discuss her new book Real Happiness at Work. The gathering was held at a private residence so it was an intimate way to hear Sharon speak and offered the opportunity to talk with her one on one. More »

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