September 20th, 2008

Save Me @ Laemmle 5

SaveMeLuis and I had seen a trailer for this movie when we went to see Boystown at the Laemmle 5 during TLA’s mini gay-film festival. It looked very interesting and we are both Chad Allen fans! When I got the newsletter from the Laemmle that the premiere was Friday in LA, I knew we had to go! The main actors were going to be there after the show for a Q&A.

After work I went home to drop Lola off, I changed and I headed for the theater. Luis was going to meet me there later since he got off work later than I did. Since I Had a little bit of time I decided to purchase the Premiere Card at the Laemmle. It’s kinda expensive at $100.00 but there are a lot of discounts and perks. Every week they have a 2-1 member movie and you get discounts all the time on movies! It’s great! So I bought our two tickets with the Premiere Card.

When I was waiting for the movie to start, and for Luis to get there, I saw Judith Light coming up the escalator. It struck me how skinny and pale she is! It was so cool to see her! I had grown up watching Who’s the boss and here she was! I never saw Chad Allen come up but I did see Robert Gant come up.

The movie was great! It was really nice to see such a well written piece. The movie dealt with an Ex-Gay ministry headed up by Judith Light’s character. Chad Allen’s character, through a series of events, ends up in the Christian ex-gay ministry, and eventually falls in love with another man in the group. The movie is great because every character was so well written. Every person who comes to the ministry has a different reason to be cured from their “gayness”. The most surprising part was how well written Judith Light’s character was. You usually want to hate her character as the evil oppressor, but towards the end of the movie you sympathize with why she’s doing it. You can see that she means well, even though she is way, way, way misguided. You should definitely check it out!

The Q&A afterwards was great. The Producer, Director, Judith Light, Chad Allen, and Robert Gant all came up to talk. Judith Light and Chad Allen were very articulate. Robert Grant seemed very shy! It was a great fun night. We saw a whole bunch of gay celebs that night: T.R. Knight and Reichen Lehmkuhl. After the movie we were both starving since we didn’t have dinner so we ended the night in one of my favorite restaurants: Koo Koo Roo!

September 11th, 2008

TowelHead: Film Club Free Movie

TowelHeadI recently joined the Landmark Theaters Film Club. You sign up with your email and they send you special invites to see a free movie that is about to be released. I have never been to the Landmark Theater and it was a great experience. The free movie was Towelhead. It was so nice to finally see this movie! I had been invited once to the OutFest Wednesdays screening of this movie and I missed it! I was then invited through my other free movie email list and I missed that one too! Third time is the charm I guess!

The theater was really impressive. First of all it was connected to the Westside Pavilion Mall which is nice! And here is the kicker, there is free parking! WHAT!? In LA that’s a gem. The concessions were amazing. They had all kinds of gourmet treats but my favorite things were that they had pizza from Pizza Rustica, which I’ve enjoyed ever since my SoBe days, and they had yogurt from Yogurberry. It was just like PinkBerry but at the theater! And Pinkberry is like crack to me and most Angelinos!

The movie itself was very interesting. I thought it was a light comedy based around racism but it was a much darker movie. The movie moved at a slow pace and dealt with some very heavy topics like pedophilia. The music in the movie was amazing. Especially during the tense parts of the movie. The acting was amazing, and I definitely recommend this movie as a rental. The lead actress in the movie Summer Bishil was phenomenal. The supporting cast was great but she really pulled it off. I’m definitely compelled to read the book now that I saw the movie.

After the movie we walked across the street, because again parking was free, and ate at a little panini place that did shakes and gelato. My sandwich was very good, I had a turkey panini Greek style, but it took forever for the girl to press my sandwich. Luis had a peanut butter shake there and at Coldstone’s, and then we finished off the night with my favorite: Coffee Bean.

August 31st, 2008

College Flyering Day 2: CSULB + CSUDH + LBCC

LBCC

Our Sunday College Flyering outing started out with some drama. By mid-morning though Luis and I had gotten over it. We started out adventure in Long Beach. Most of the colleges we were hitting up were in the area. We went to Staples first to make our copies! We went across the street to Starbucks to start the morning off right and then we were off to the Cal State Long Beach(CSULB) campus.

The CSULB campus was huge! There were some Japanese Gardens that I wanted to check out but we were on a flyering mission, so I didn’t have time for fun stuff. There was a gigantic pyramid in the middle of the school. It looked like their Performing Arts Center. It was very cool and blue! We walked along the campus flyering away and were really taken aback at how beautiful this campus was. There was an outside swimming pool in the Student Center, beautiful fountains everywhere, and a lot of Art Deco architecture everywhere. We were already exhausted, and had used up all our flyers for CSULB, but we had to head to our next stop which was Long Beach City College (LBCC).

The LBCC campus was not that big but it was really pretty. The architecture was amazing. The best part of the campus was that there were wild bunnies everywhere! It was so cool!! Since the campus was small we flyered it pretty well. This was the campus that we got the best response from! I think it’s because it was smaller and we really canvased the area well! We used up all our flyers again! After the LBCC we went to this Chinese Buffet that Luis really likes. I had never been there before. I’m not gonna lie, the food was not appetizing at all to me. Everything looked real nasty. I had a few things. But I wasn’t loving it the way I love Soup Plantation’s buffet!

After lunch we headed to Cal State Dominguez Hills (CSUDH). This campus wasn’t as big as the other ones. It was still pretty big though! What was cool about this campus was that it actually holds the Home Depot Center. The Home Depot Center is where the Galaxy Soccer team plays! Hello David Beckham!

We used up all our flyers at CSUDH! By this point we were fucking exhausted! We had covered three campuses. The next day we were supposed to do USC and some other schools, but that didn’t happen. We needed a break!

Check out the gallery that I created for the College Flyering Weekend by clicking on: College Flyering Gallery I.

August 30th, 2008

College Flyering Day 1: UCLA + SMC

UCLA

Luis and I decided to flyer a couple of local colleges around the Los Angeles area. There are tons of colleges in LA and we wanted to flyer them and also explore them. For the first day we decided to hit up: University of California: Los Angeles, Santa Monica College, and Pacific Western University. We never really found Pacific Western University. We drove by where it was supposed to be, but no luck!

We started our adventures at Duke’s in West Hollywood. It’s a great breakfast spot, it’s very close to our house, and the food is great! We went to make copies at Staples, since we needed to make all the copies for our flyering. It was very exciting to get our day started. We made the copies and then headed off to UCLA. The campus was huge!!! I started taking tons of pictures and Luis and I began flyering. We were very nervous because our flyering was of an adult nature and we were not sure of where we could post our flyers. We forgot to get tape so all we had was a staple gun!

The campus was beautiful. We did the best we could and put flyers in a whole bunch of places. Towards the end of our exploration we found the UCLA store, and we bought some tape! We decided we would come back and flyer more thoroughly next time since we now had tape.

While we were by the Law School at UCLA I had to take a poop!! I hate to use public bathrooms but I had to go!!! The Law School said it was closed but the doors were open. I went in to the pubic rest room and used it. I was so nervous because I thought someone would say, “what the hell are you doing in here, you don’t belong here!”. No one ever bothered me! I did here people coming in and out though, so I guess it wasn’t a big deal.

We were exhausted but we had one more stop: Santa Monica College. On an unrelated note, I applied to SMC for a photography certificate which I will start in the Spring!! It should be exciting!! When we got to SMC I didn’t think it was as big as it was!! It was huge! We used up all our flyers for SMC! We went all over the campus. It was great. They had a huge swimming pool area. It was amazing.

Once we finished flyering SMC we were exhausted. It was a hot day and we walked all over the place! We headed back to WeHo and we were hungry. So we stopped at one of my favorite restaurants in West Hollywood, Koo Koo Roo. It’s great because Koo Koo Roo has so many healthy food choices, and their Macaroni and Cheese is to die for!!!

Check out the gallery that I created for the College Flyering Weekend by clicking on: College Flyering Gallery I.

August 21st, 2008

Rafael Tries the Wii Fit


Rafael Tries the Wii Fit

August 13th, 2008

Trouble The Water

Trouble the WaterI dragged Luis with me to see this documentary for the Laemmle Sneak Preview Club. The Preview Club picks a movie and shows it in one of the Laemmle Theaters for free for people in the Los Angeles area who register for the club. This time around they picked Trouble the Water and it was playing at the Laemmle near our house on Sunset 5. Even though we both were hesitant to go, we were both glad that we went! What can we say we are lazy! It was an amazing documentary.

Trouble the Water is a documentary about a couple, Kimberly Rivers Roberts and Scott Roberts, who experience and document with their camcorder surviving through Katrina. The documentary uses footage that Kimberly took interlaced within the documentary to give the viewer a feel for what it was like to be in the hurricane. The documentary itself was amazing but the shining star of the movie was Kimberly (Kold Medina as she’s known on her HipHop album).

Kimberly has definitely gone through some crazy times in her life. She had her home destroyed by Katrina, went through a tough childhood, had her mother and father pass away, and yet she continues living life with hope, dignity, and such a full sense of positive energy that transcends through the screen. I have to say there were some deeply emotional parts of this movie. The overall message in the movie is hope and strength, but it was hard seeing the poverty and desperation that less fortunate Americans have. Coming from humble beginnings myself, I know how important it is to stay positive and focus on the things that bring you happiness in life. None of which are material.

I knew that there was a question and answer session with the directors after the movie, but what I didn’t know was that the two stars of the movie were there! It was so amazing! I feel so lucky to be in Los Angeles where we have the privilege of having a question and answer session with the director and the people in the movie! It was so amazing. Luis and I were both blown away by it.

The movie is hitting New York and Los Angeles on August 22nd and then hopefully to the rest of the US and the world. If you have a chance go see it! Kimberly started her own record label, Born Hustler Records. Many of the songs in the movie are hers and I have to say they are very catchy and pretty good. She was selling her CD outside the screening but I didn’t have any cash on me and I was broke, so I’ll definitely buy her album on iTunes or on her site! She’ll probably get more money off her site.

If you do catch a screening of the movie let me know what you think. After all,

June 23rd, 2008

Sex and the City the Movie

SATC-MOVIELuis, Ivette, and I went to go see Sex and the City: The Movie today. I didn’t see it right away when it came out, even though I wanted to! Arclight Cinemas Hollywood had a whole package where they included the movie tickets, they had flavored martinis, and mini hot dogs from New York. I so would have done that but it was kind of expensive!

So we just went to a regular showing at the Arclight. It was jam packed! It’s great to go to the Arclight for big movies because you can purchase a specific seat and not have to worry about going in a group and getting split up. I was apprehensive going into the movies because I heard mixed reviews. Some reviewers said that the show works great in a 30 minute format but dragged on in a movie format where it was over two hours long! I think we all in unison when I say we loved the movie. There were some very deep sad moments, some hilarious moments, and overall it felt like revisiting with an old friend. I miss the series so much and I enjoyed the movie so much.

I would kill for that house in Malibu where Samantha was staying with her boyfriend! It was killer!

June 8th, 2008

WeHo Pride: Day 2

LA Pride

I was tired and hung over from the first night of partying!!! But the party goes on. The Pride parade was today and as is tradition we all went to have brunch before the festivities started. For brunch we managed to find a spot at Joey’s. We walked down from my place and actually found a table for us. The group consisted of: Mariano, Dan, Rafael, Brian, David, and myself. We finished just in time to walk over to the parade.

The parade is right off Santa Monica Blvd. so we walked down a couple of blocks from Joey’s to meet up with Jim and some other friends. The parade was great like always. It was hot as hell and everyone wanted to leave early. They all stayed and we had a great time. I saw Jack walk by with his friend. They said hi and then they went their own way.

If you want to see the gallery from the parade this year check out the LA Pride 2008 Gallery.

Once the parade was over we walked over to the festival for the second day! It was jam packed and hot! The men were hot, the weather was hot, it was all hot!! There were so many hotties half dressed that I remembered why the festival was so much fun in LA :) We got some drink tickets, Had a couple of drinks, and we saw the Western Show. It’s put on by Oil Can Harry’s in Studio City. It’s always great and there were some hotties line dancing their little hearts away!

After a bit we decided to go home. We had drank so much, the heat was intense, and Rafael and I had the worst sun burn ever!!! It took days for us to recover from that!! We did have lots of fun though!! I can’t wait for next year’s Pride festival!! It’s gonna be great.

June 7th, 2008

WeHo Pride: Day 1

Pride this year was crazy! LA Pride (Christopher Street West) is my favorite pride. I say that because I live in West Hollywood and we host it :) But it’s so much fun. The parade is always on sunday morning so I woke up early Saturday morning and Rafael, Brian, and I headed down to Hugo’s for brunch. We love us some Hugo’s. They have the best organic brunch in the city I think.

What’s nice about going to the Pride festival on Saturday is that it is not crowded. Everyone comes in on Sunday after the parade and you can’t see or “play” with anyone :). Since it was not so crowded we got to walk around and see all the booths and play all the games. Over at the Hollywood Bowl booth they had a wheel that you spun for prizes. I played twice and both times I won free tickets to the Bowl. The Hollywood Bowl is our gigantic amphitheater in Hollywood. It’s a great pace to catch a concert, have a picnic, and drink lots of wine! The more wine you drink the better the musical performances are! The first time I went to the Bowl I got to see Cher’s farewell tour for the third time. It was great!

Back to the Pride Festival. It was jam packed with super hot boys. Guys had their shirts off and all the booths had the best looking guys promoting their stuff. I have to say the best job was done by the movie Mamma Mia. They had the hottest guys ever giving away sun screen, beach balls, and who knows what else!

We headed over to the adult section of the festival called: Erotic City. They usually have live sex demonstrations and booths of all the popular porn companies. The best booth this year by far was the Dildo cock ring toss. It was so much fun. You paid some money to get large rubber cock rings. You had to toss the rings and they had to land on the dildo’s. If you hit the dildos in the back you wom a $30.00 gift card to the local sex shop. The front-most dildos got you a $10.00 gift certificate. Rafael scored the $30.00 gift card and I scored the $10.00 one. It was awesome!

Brian and Rafael had to leave early because they were going to see a play. I walked back home exhausted. But then Jim called saying he wanted to go down to the festival. Since I had the stamp we walked on down there! I introduced Jim to the Asian boys at the GAPSN table. The idea was to see the musical guests for that night which were amazing. However we met up with Ron and Naim from GAPSN and they had brought some vodka! The rest was history. We got so drunk and messed up. The GAPSN table had some suck the duck gimmick for a free prize and we stayed there for hours egging people to play! It was so much fun.

I had a little too much fun and I went off with a new “friend” to one of the public toilets. Let’s just say I usually have a phobia of public toilets, let alone being inside one with someone else, but when you are drunk, you do some crazy shit!!!! That’s all the details I’ll give out for now! We actually stayed so long out that Pride closed and they were waiting for our drunk asses to get out. The food people gave us their left over food and we were snacking away at around midnight!!! And that was the end of the first night! Crazy!! But Fun Crazy!!!!

June 6th, 2008

Alec Mapa: No Fats, Fems, or Asians

Alec Mapa

I’m a big fan of Alec Mapa’s. I was so excited for this show! For the show, Rafael, Brian, and Julian came with! I love going to events at the Gay and Lesbian Center’s: Village at Ed Gould Plaza. I think either all or a majority of the events that are held there donate money back to the Gay and Lesbian Center. The Renburg Theater, which is inside the Village, is a great venue. It’s pretty big but it still feels intimate.

The show was very funny. I thought it was going to be just stand-up comedy but it was a little stand-up, a little bit of choreographed dancing, some singing, and special appearances by Calpernia and the lady who plays the funny old asian lady. Yeah that’s right, Rafael, Brian, Julian, or I couldn’t remember her name or what show/movie she’s been in. But it was cute.

Calpernia Addams came out and did a country number with Alec and the dancer boys. She busted out with a fiddle and started playing away. It was really good!! I wasn’t too surprised that she was there since Alec was the host of her reality tv dating show for Logo: Transamerican Love Story. I’ve seen Calpernia everywhere these days. She was at Legendary Bingo at Hamburger Mary’s promoting her show at Logo. It was either there or at some other event where I learned that Calpernia’s story was made into the movie Solder’s Girl. That movie was so powerful and moving and to know that it was about her real life experience, was very powerful to me. I’ve been a fan of hers ever since. I even got to meet her at LA Pride 2008.

But back to the show. The show was pretty funny but there were definitely some fucked up parts! There was a part in the show where Alec was talking about his adopted dog and how the dog passed away a while back. It was so touching and emotional except that right after that…they went into a musical number and the singer was dressed like a big shaggy dog and they were singing Mika’s Happy Ending. It was fucked up! But I have to say the female singer throughout the show was amazing. AMAZING!! We had a really good time.

After the show the Village had an art exhibit at the Advocate and Gochis Galleries which are inside the Village also! I totally wanted to stay because the exhibit was really interesting it was a photography exhibit on trans models. There was free booze and a lot of gay celebs. We saw Jay Rodriguez from Queer Eye, Darryl Stephens from Noah’s Arc, and super hottie Reichen Lehmkuhl. Brian and I were interested in staying and seeing the exhibit but Rafael and Julian were over it. So Brian and I quickly walked through the exhibit and then we were done! Oh well. We did have tons of fun though! Rafael got back to my place and then wanted to drink and I was like…hello we could have had free cocktails at the gallery! Another night….same Rafael!!

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