Frist Firday Rat Klaw

Don’t have time for a long entry, but wanted to note that the art venues in and around Los Feliz are all open together on the first Friday evening of each month, which, by the magic of numbers, happens to be tomorrow. More info (including maps and gallery lists) is available at Circle Elephant’s site. Click “Art Walk” in the nav bar at the top. Happy art going.

Sundown, you better take care

So, has anyone been to a Sundown Salon happening? Take a look:

“in 2000 i moved into a crazy house perched on a hillside in the mount washington neighborhood of los angeles. part subterranean skylit concrete bunker, part airtraffic control tower, part geodesic dome and sitting in a garden that i have been gradually developing into series of diverse outdoor rooms. sundown salon evolved out of the desire to use the house as more than just a place to live. on periodic sunday evenings the home and gardens are made public, as a venue for the free exchange of ideas, art and performance.”

Could be worth a field trip…

New Cinespia this weekend!

We’re definitely getting there early this week! Last time it was crazy ass packed. So if you’re coming this week we should set up a meet-up spot. Comment if interested.

Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer
Saturday, May 8th, 2004 at 8:30 P.M.
Hollywood Forever Cemetery
6000 Santa Monica Boulevard at Gower
No reservation necessary.
$10 Donation. Tickets available at gate.
Gates open at 7 pm.

Bring blankets, picnic dinner and cocktails for this special screening below and above the stars. DJ David Hollander spins soundtracks before and after the screening. Pre-show imagery provided by

“Painted Poems” at Norton Simon


AP is reporting on a new exhibition at the Norton Simon: “Painted Poems: Rajput Paintings From the Ramesh and Urmil Kapoor Collection.” From the description at “Dating from 1450 to 1900, these colorful paintings depict stories from some of the great Hindu epics such as the Ramayana and Bhagavatapurana, mythological subjects, rituals, portraits as well as court scenes.”


The exhibition will be open through August 23rd. According to the AP story, “Ananda K. Coomaraswamy once famously described [these works] as creating ‘a magic world where all men are heroic, all women are beautiful, passionate and shy, beasts both wild and tame are the friends of man and trees, and flowers are conscious of the footsteps of the bridegroom as he passes by.'” Anybody know of a good Indian place on Colorado Blvd. for afters?

Fred Durst Blogging

Looks like Fred Durst is writing a blog to 1. Try to make you think he’s not an idiot, like anyone reading that will believe he’s ever even heard a My Bloody Valentine song, and 2. To post naked pictures of his son. I guess I should thank LA Blogs for the link, although I’m not really too psyched I clicked it.

Gadgetgasm II

senseo.jpg So last month I wafted ga-ga over Garmin’s Forerunner 101, a wrist-wearable GPS device for hikers and bikers and runners and such. This time ’round it’s all about the joe, don’tcha know.

I’m not sure if it was the Senseo coffee machine’s unique design or its promise of a perfect cuppa java jive topped with a rich frothy layer that left me blindsided by the Gottagetit fairy (probably a bit of both). Couple days later in the Vons at Virgil and Sunset (they’re also sold at Target and, I succumbed to the inevitable purchase of the introductory package. For $70 that included the machine, two packages of 18 coffee pods and a couple four-ounce cups รณ a tad on the pricey side, but if it didn’t deliver as advertised I was ready to return it.

So far all’s good, but then I’m not some coffee snob who examines each bean before self-grinding and storing them in a specially refrigerated humidor. With the Senseo you drop in a single self-contained coffee pod for a four-ounce brew or two for eight-ounces and the Senseo machine spills it out piping hot tasty and frothy in less than a minute. Of course, being a cheap bastard I’ve wrung a second cup out of the same pod…
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Rance, Rance Revelution!

I had a dream last night that I got leaked the breaking news about to hit all the papers. It was that sekret LA blogger Rance was actually world famous rapper “Ice Ice Tea”. I write it like that because in the dream I found this out when I somehow saw some que cards in the back of a news van and it was written like that, and I thought who the crap is “Ice Ice Tea?” I remember dreaming that it must be a mistake. Was I thinking “Ice T” and just projected that news guys are idiots and wouldn’t know that his name is spelled with a single “T?” Did I think someone confused something with Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby?” I didn’t even know but the confusion woke me up so I don’t even know where that was headed.

More Shiny Objects

adina_necklace.jpgI forgot to include Adina jewelry in my last post of fabulous items made by L.A.-area craftspeeps. This local designer hammers out nicely understated silver jewelry using her signature circle motif. Most of the pieces are a titch out of my price range, but if you want to cheat and get them cheaper (I don’t think she’s hurting, what with five bees on the “buzz-o-meter” and all), try Go Clothing.

Oh, and don’t let her necklaces’ appearances on “Friends” scare you away; some things can transcend Hollywood celebrity endorsements. Some things cannot.

UNWIRED schmooze tonight in West Hollywood

In LA tonight? Work with wireless tech? Join me tonight — Tuesday, May 4 — as members and friends of the unwired list get together in West Hollywood to swap gadgets and beam business cards at each other under a full moon, on the rooftop of the Wyndham Bel Age on 1020 N. San Vicente Boulevard in West Hollywood. Event starts at 7PM, goes to 10.

Big thanks to the event’s two co-sponsors for making this gathering possible — TELEMEDIA DEVELOPMENT and YAPmobile. See you there!