I've got the power!

April 15, 2004 at 2:00 pm in Uncategorized

Tuesday night I was in need to some serious boozin so myself and Mr. R.G. Fogarty headed down the street to one of our favorite dive bars in Hollywood. The Powerhouse! It’s about half a block north of Hollywood Blvd on Highland. Directly across the street from the overpriced bowling alley “Lucky Strike” and the utterly annoying Ryan Seacrest show. They have cheap beer. An amazing jukebox and darts. It’s all about the darts! Usually we get there early enough to juke-block the entire evening but missed the window that night so we were tortured by the Bon Jovi and Prince tunes. But the darts are all important. Celeb sighting of the night was “Angel” actor Christian Kane playing darts with his friend at the board next to us for pretty much the entire evening. Too bad he’s in a Country band. Evil! If you aren’t scared of clown art and crappy beer add it to your dive-tastic list.


A Milkshake with My Sharona

April 15, 2004 at 1:19 pm in Uncategorized

Tonight from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. is karaoke night at the Mel’s Drive-In on Highland. A friend of mine hosts the weekly event, but I must add this disclaimer: Mel’s is a very strange place for a karaoke night. The performers are positioned inside the U-bend of the bar facing the front door, so folks sitting at the bar get an up-close and personal experience, plus the wait staff often has to move around them to take orders or retrieve cutlery from the bins under the counter. Combine this with the fact that the seating at Mel’s on Highland doesn’t lend well to seeing anything except the people you are dining with, and you have a recipe for weird.

Still, it’s my understanding that this particular karaoke night is very popular with the post-bar crowd, allowing them the opportunity for a drunken chorus of “I Will Survive” and a coupla patty melts.


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Adultcon 6

April 15, 2004 at 2:19 am in Uncategorized

UPDATE: I had a major brain fart. Adultcon 6 takes place on Sunday, May 16th. My bad!

WARNING: All links except for the first one in this post are NSFW.

Coinciding with the news earlier this week in the porn industry that a male pornstar has tested HIV positive, this Sunday is Adultcon 6 at the Marriott Hotel in Woodland Hills from 2:00 PM-8:00 PM, with a post convention party at VIP Showgirls in North Hollywood from 8:00 PM-12:00 AM.

Unfortunately, the roster of porn stars scheduled to be in attendence is extremely lacking in star wattage, especially considering the fact that past attendees have included Jenna Jameson, former gubernatorial candidate Mary Carey, and the hedgehog himself, Ron Jeremy. But that could be an advantage as this Sunday’s convention should be nowhere near as crowded and chaotic as their past conventions.

While there is usually a charge for an autograph, there is no charge to take photos. And if you do go, get ready to be creeped out by the guys taking upskirt shots of the pornstars without the pornstars realizing it. :o


A LITTLE HISTORY WITH YOUR PRESCRIPTION?

April 14, 2004 at 5:07 pm in Uncategorized

Want a little stroll down memory lane at the office supply store? I stumbled on this display (pretty much literally) on my way to work one day. There, in the middle of a parking lot are two dozen street lights. No two the same. I found them at the corner of Vermont and Santa Monica, known as the Vermonica shopping plaza. (Catty corner from the subway station and down the street from LACC.)

You’ll find a Staples, Rite Aid, a donut shop and various restaurants and shops. And there in the center median of the lot is this odd assemblage. To be honest, I found it rather unattractive at first because they’re such a jumble – if each were set apart or on a street with others of the same type I think they’d shine a bit better. But here they go from ornate to positively pedestrian with little to cleanse the pallette in between.
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Off The Air America?

April 14, 2004 at 2:03 pm in Uncategorized

According to a report on Drudge posted just now, Air America has been yanked off the air in L.A. and Chicago, reportedly because of bouncing checks. The Smoking Gun has what seems to be an injunction filed by AAR against Multimedia Radio Broadcasting, owners of the stations in question. No word on whether Republican troops are demolishing liberal landmarks around the city. ;) I’m not near a radio at the moment — can anyone confirm or deny?

Update: apparently it is for real. See comments for more info.

Update 2: Sean has posted a followup to the ongoing saga.


Brewery Artwalk This Weekend

April 14, 2004 at 9:31 am in Uncategorized

My resident status at the Brewery compels me to tell you about the fun and fabulous Brewery Artwalk this weekend, April 17 and 18. The Brewery is an artists’ community near downtown Los Angeles, and the Artwalk is held twice a year. Over 100 resident artists will open their studios to the public. You’ll see art from student, up-and-coming, and established artists, in a variety of mediums such as painting, functional metal art, photography, and robots. Robots that breathe fire.

Admission and parking are free, and studios will be open from 11-6 both Saturday and Sunday.


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Tailgaters

April 13, 2004 at 4:19 pm in Uncategorized

So every now and then I’ll have someone madly and impatiently tailgating me on the freeway, and it’s in those rare moments of being harassed by such an ass-clown that I take pride in the way that I tell her/him to fuck off: I turn on my windshield wiper jets and leave them on for several seconds.

At the speed with which I’m usually travelling, much of the resulting spray flies directly over my car and goes directly into the ass-clown trailing me. I then look on with absolute glee as the offensive driver then turns on her/his windshield wipers in annoyance. And if s/he is driving a car that’s been freshly washed, well even better! Serves her/him right for being such an idiot.

I don’t know if a friend of mine was joking when he wrote that when he’s been caught in those circumstances, he usually tosses a few peanut M&Ms out of his sunroof and that usually does the trick. Talk about inventive, not to mention obnoxious!


Um, what city are we in?

April 12, 2004 at 11:05 pm in Uncategorized

So I’ve been sporadically listening to Air America, and here’s my question: Why does the LA station – 1580 AM – seem to always be transmitting the New York feed? In the past two weeks I’ve heard about 672 commercials exhorting me to buy tickets for Tim Robbins’ “Embedded” at the Public Theatre (never mind that I couldn’t get tickets when it played at Actors’ Gang). I’ve heard a simulcast of a talk show from 770AM WABC-NY, complete with calls from Chuckie in Clifton and Jerome from the Bronx. I even caught a traffic advisory telling me to avoid the Goethals Bridge while it was being repaved, and to use the Bayonne Bridge instead. I’m keep listening to hear if they’ve suspended alternate side of the street parking.

I’m thinking of going to NYC this weekend, on a fact-finding mission to get to the bottom of this.


Mmmmmmassimo’s

April 12, 2004 at 6:44 pm in Uncategorized

On my way to pick up a wee pair of Vans for the newborn son of a skater friend, I ran across Massimo’s Delectables in Culver City. Though not as wee as the aforementioned shoes, it is a very small bakery tucked behind the Vans store at 13222 W. Washington Blvd.

Massimo is from Milan by way of Vancouver, and not only does he bake lots of yummy cookies and cakes, he also makes his own gelato. Aw yeah. Do your sweet tooth a favor and visit either the Washington Blvd. bakery or his cafe at 1029 Abbot Kinney Blvd.

The man gave me a free cookie, which makes him my new hero.

Here’s a (rather old) Los Angeles Magazine review of Massimo’s.


B.la Mystery Photo Contest: / Vol. 1, No. 2

April 12, 2004 at 12:48 pm in Uncategorized

0411mp.jpg Given the underwhelming response to the inaugural edition of this cheesy endeavor, I’m guessing that this week’s mystery pic is going to generate even less interest (if that’s possible), in large part because it’s a much tougher one to EyeDee. In other words, how does that old En Vogue song go? “Never gonna get it / No you’re never gonna get it…” I was beginning to sing that last week until bubblicious Bronwyn chimed in at the last second and correctly answered that the subject of the previous week’s image was located on Myra (just south of the Sunset Boulevard overpass).

Clue: The margarita’s-eye-view image was taken of this statue, which also happens to be identifiable by the street near which it resides , but an historical street where no cars travel. Bonus points if you name the establishment it oversees.

tinytush.jpgRules First one to post a comment most correctly listing the location wins the admiration of the blogging.la readership (or me, whichever’s greater at the time) and a collector’s edition Tush sticker printed with real ink and made with real adhesive. In the event of no one getting it right, the creator of the most entertaining guess will be crowned.


Puncturevine

April 12, 2004 at 10:22 am in Uncategorized

There is a menace in Southern California, one that imperils every right-standing citizen who chooses an alternative means of transportation. Of course I’m referring to bicycles and the goathead thorn menace.

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Pick This “Daisy”

April 11, 2004 at 3:13 pm in Uncategorized

daisy2.jpg In my lifetime here in L.A., strange that it took my recent interest in the ancient Aboriginal instrument, the didgeridoo, to get me to the John Anson Ford Theatres Complex for this first time last night where I watched Lynne Kaufman’s “Daisy in the Dreamtime.” The play, directed by Simon Levy, explores the life of Daisy Bates, an Edwardian Irish woman who lived with the remote Aborginal tribes for many years beginning in the early 1900s and who advocated strongly for the presevation of their culture and customs and dignity.

With its crack cast, featuring Lisa Pelikan (pictured) in the lead and Anthony J. Haney as Daisy’s Aboriginal friend King Billy ó not to mention Lance Guest in a supporting role (think back to 1984′s “The Last Starfighter”) ó “Dreamtime” is a moving tribute to this remarkable woman and a testament to the tragedy that comes from Western civilization’s unquenchable need to assimilate and subjegate that which is “different.”

Good show and great performances aside, what got my butt into a seat there was the mention in the review I read of the live didgeridoo accompaniment throughout the show. Indeed, the didge sytlings of Andjru Werderitsch deliver an added dimension of haunting authenticity to the proceedings. Onstage throughout the entire two acts, Werderitsch is Zen-still when not playing and mesmerizing when he is.

“Daisy in the Dreamtime” continues at the [Inside] The Ford Theatre through April 25. Tickets are $25.


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‘Weasel!’

April 10, 2004 at 10:46 pm in Uncategorized

Bobby “The Brain” Heenan is scheduled for an autograph signing of his book Chair Shots and Other Obstacles: Winning Life’s Wrestling Matches at Rob Van Dam‘s 5 Star Comics store down in Lakewood this Tuesday, April 13th, at 7:00 PM:

Quite possibly the greatest wrestling manager of all time, Heenan was recently inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. Over the years, his numerous protÈgÈs included a virtual ìWhoís Whoî of legends, including the likes of AWA Champion Nick Bockwinkel, the Blackjacks, Big John Studd, King Kong Bundy, ìRavishingî Rick Rude, ìMr. Perfectî Curt Hennig, Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard, Harley Race, and of course, the first WWE Hall of Famer, Andre the Giantówhom Heenan led to the ring at WrestleMania III before 93,173 fans at the Pontiac Silverdome in 1987.

Meanwhile, WWE Judgment Day tickets at Staples Center went on sale this morning at 10:00 AM. Nah, I didn’t get any tickets. Somehow, the main event of Eddie Guerrero vs. John “Bradshaw” Layfield doesn’t have me excited one bit. Seems like I’m not the only one who isn’t excited for the pay-per-view, as I was able to pull up two $300.00 tickets (+$9.25 convenience charge!) for Floor Section 8, Row 2, Seats 3 and 4 (but hey, you get to keep the chair!), as well as two $90.00 tickets (+$7.00 convenience charge!) for Section 119, Row 13, Seats 5 and 6. I doubt that this event will sell-out, but if it does, it’s probably due to all the ticket scalpers and peeps looking to make a quick buck on eBay. :P


Beastly Blessings

April 10, 2004 at 6:01 pm in Uncategorized

bota.jpg Indeed, looking spiff and trim, that is his high holiness Cardinal Roger Mahony smiling benevolently (we hope) upon my Russian tortoise Buster and only a fraction away from benedicting and flinging real-deal holy water upon me, my girlfriend Susan, and said reptile who’s in the basket Susan’s holding.

It’s all part of the annual Blessing of the Animals at Olvera Street, and the turnout was huge. Susan’s a veteran of past pilgrimages, but me I was a virgin visitor (and a card-carrying Protestant, no less) and we were awed and amazed by the camped-up parade of birds, rodents, cats, dogs, and reptiles that Mahony dutifully piddled on before and after us.

Buster was a big hit, drawing questions and interest from young and old. But what I need to know is if I should be worried about the searing of my flesh where the holy water hit it!? It burns!! It burns!!


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Bull shit bull true

April 10, 2004 at 4:58 pm in Uncategorized

Dear sean n caryn: Thanks for the blogging la biltmore invite. I’m sorry I wasnt’ able to attend last night – I had even washed my hair for the big shindig. But if you notice, wil wheaton was there. Just so you know, the two of us can never ever attend the same event at the same time – Its no coincidence that I attended your birthday dinner but he did not. It always goes back to the time we both auditioned for the lead in Stand by me – oddly enough the original role is actually a short chinese boy…but that damn all in the family castoff director changed everything. I know its not wil’s fault but I still carry have some deep resentment. We’ll work it out some day. Sincerely, bill.