This evening I was happy to attend Crave Expo, a food event featuring outstanding local chefs, caterers, bakers, etc. It was a lovely event, free to folks who hire or market food experts. Beautifully presented at The Mark, a local exhibit space in West Los Angeles, all the food was yummy but three who stood out include: Hanaro Sushi (pictured above), absolutely divine sushi, elegantly presented. Next was PDA Cuisine and Catering, winner of the Food Network's Cutthroat Kitchen, whose samples were so delicious they literally disappeared almost as fast at they were put out. Lastly, my local favorite bakery was there, Jamaica's Cakes, they serve yummy desserts and treats. For more information on any of the presenters or the event, visit craveexpo.com.
Last night I went to a very cool event at DNM BAR: LA pictured above. This is the studio space of DSTLD premium jeans and fashion, a very nice line of high end jeans. etc., with very reasonable prices. They keep the prices down by bringing the jeans right to you from your on-line order. They also had the band BRETT play, an interesting new up-and-coming band. One of the members of the band also works for DSTLD. For more information on the fashion visit www.dstldjeans.com, for information on the band visit www.brett-sounds.com. Friendly, talented folks there!
Last night I went to Sonos Studio in Los Angeles for a performance by Cage the Elephant. This popular alternative band has been nominated for a Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album. Very interesting sound! For more information visit cagetheelephant.com.
Went to see Kylie Hughes (above, center) and her band play outdoors at Santa Monica Place today, she has a new EP just out called Calipopicana -- a fun, sweet sound!
Good news, iTunes recently brought back the free songs and TV shows available through their iTunes store. Just give a listen and download anything you want for free! Click on the "Free on iTunes link from the main iTunes store page. Yippee!
Last night I attended a special screening of the documentary The Search for Michael Rockefeller by Fraser C. Heston, pictured above. This film explores the unsolved mystery of Michael Rockefeller's disappearance, and tells a fascinating story with film footage never before seen. It will be available on Netflix on February 1.
Yesterday I went to the Young Hollywood Roundtable at AFI Fest in Hollywood, it had some up and coming stars discuss their work and life in the industry. Pictured above from the left, it featured Jena Malone, Logan Lerman, Joey King and Jenny Slate. All were focused, articulate and bright, and it was a fascinating discussion aptly moderated by Amy Kaufman. The excellent AFI Fest continues through November 13th, for tickets and more information visit afi.com.
The AFI Film Festival is coming up soon, it's held from November 6th to 13th. It's a fun film festival in Hollywood and does have some free events; I will be covering it here. For more information visit afi.com and click on AFI Fest.
Last night I went to a really fun, fast-paced event -- a stand-up comedy event with a twist. Stand-Up on the Spot is a lively monthly event where the comics take suggestions from the audience and tell jokes from them right there on the spot. It's fun, lively and very topical, and we can all use a few more laughs these days! It's also very reasonably priced, with good values on drinks and street parking available. It's at the Three Clubs location in Hollywood, for more information visit standuponthespot.com.
I saw singer/songwriter Ethan Johns at The Mint last night in Los Angeles. He has a deep, soulful voice, plays masterful guitar, and writes darkly poetic lyrics.