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.
Just got back from a quick weekend trip to New York City, what a fun town. I stayed at the adorable Pod Hotel which is super convenient. It's right on 51st Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues in Midtown Manhattan. The rooms are the size of a dorm, but it's clean, very reasonable and right in the middle of things. Check out Buttercup Bakery on 2nd Avenue nearby too!
Today I attended an advance screening of The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them directed by Ned Benson starring Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy. This introspective, somewhat unsettling film studies a married couple after a tragic event affects them, and how they each cope, separately and together. Nicely acted, a moving, heartfelt film.
There's a new ice cream and pie shop called Atticus across from Westside Pavilion on Pico and Westwood Blvd. in West Los Angeles. Yummy homemade tasting small pies and ice cream. Just had a soft opening recently so they will be getting more flavors soon. Delicious!
Last night I was invited to the Wrongchilde Record Release Show at Community in Los Angeles fronted by Mat Devine of the band Kill Hannah. It's a new project of Mr. Devine's and several other notable musicians of the alternative rock scene. Great music, impressive sound -- much luck to Mr. Devine and his fellow musicians!