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.
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.