I was perusing my blog and realized that it was a little…sterile. A little detached from who I am. I want to approach my blog a little different this year, I feel it can be more personal, more tangible, and A LOT more updated. I was going through my film from 2010 and snagged some of my most memorable moments of the year and wanted to share them with you all. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed taking them and being in the moment. So, bear with me as I make changes here and allow me to expose to you more of what I do.
Hope to see some of you tonight at Eso Won Books for a night with the great Ms. Nikki Giovanni…
Don’t miss out on Abbott Kinney’s Festival to eat great food, drink to your heart’s content, update your wardrobe, or to see a modern-day FUNKMASTER perform… DâM-FunK is one of my faves to groove to and watch.
Please someone tell me how in the world did I miss out on a FREE show with Sheila E last night!!!??? This will neverrrrrrr happen again..If it’s free, it’s me!!
DJ Cut Chemist-“Saturdays off the 405”-The Getty Museum
Off the 405 freeway perched high up on the mountain, right before the climb to the valley, sits a majestic place called The Getty Museum. The Getty is probably one of the most easily accessible and beautiful places in Los Angeles but once combined with music, drinks, and an open air pavilion it transforms into an adult playground!
“Saturdays off the 405” (formerly, Fridays off the 405) is extremely generous with their offerings and yesterday TONS came out to receive it. Those of us that were able to make it through the chaoatic directions from the bureaucratic LAPD, with all the twist and turns trying to get parking (many TREKED the distance), who weathered the hike up the hill instead of waiting on the tram, were greeted with the funky, hypnotic grooves that DJ Cut Chemist was brewing up. The set up was amazing and befitting for such a mastermind of sound. The multi-media combination of lights, sound effects, and video screens made for a science lab where experimentations are bound to explode over the heads of the unrealizing. Cut Chemist did things with beats that only a scientist is capable of. Mixing just the right amount of rare grooves and converting them into funk, techno joints. Pulsating bass lines and sound effects forced bodies into an ineluctable groove beyond the pavilion.
There are many that use multi-media concepts to stimulate the crowd however, when you fuse the phalangical (just made that up) work of Cut Chemist with Cinefamily’s VJ Pimpadelic Wonderland an enterprise is born. Pimpadelic dug DEEP to bring out footage that worked perfectly with the set. Vintage cartoons of pimps, Super Bad bitches with pistols, and funky bass players hovered over head, distracting and hypnotizing all who laid eyes on them. It may sound crazy but this show was well worth the other nonsense we had to go through.
Jackin’ 4 Beats
The beauty of this event, is it gives local Los Angeles artist the opportunity to rock a large crowd of music lovers who may have never heard or known about them. You have options of taking a tour of the museum’s current exhibits, eating good food at the café,
and drinking spirits all to an unforgettable soundtrack. Cut Chemist busted out with something he has never shared with his followers in the US, his quick sapid finale dedicated to the late great Nat King Cole, left you wanting more and more, and more.
M Cafe de Chaya (Beverly Hills), is the spot to acquaint yourself with what is really good in life. Macrobiotic food that is alive and, on the up and up, really VERY good! Everytime I eat here I try to venture out on something new but I must confess to what got me at “Hello” on my first visit is what I call “The Staple” meal.
1 order of steamed kale (small)*
1 order of steamed salmon roll (2pcs.)
1 order of seasoned fries (this was my “something new” this trip)
1 Kale Lemonade
The kale is so vibrantly green, tender and…so F.R.E.S.H it would make Popeye ditch his beloved relationship with spinach. Not to mention being dressed in a light coat of peanut sauce with sauteed red onions might give good ol’ muscle bound Mr. Eye a little more brute. Next up are the fries. One bite and here I am again adding something to my staple of M Cafe “must haves”. Just enough of everything; perfectly crisp, perfectly seasoned and just a little pinch of their ketch up (which of course is natural). In my eyes these fries easily crush the Golden Arches’; they would’ve been a great meal in itself but we must have balance in our life. The fresh wild salmon cucumber rolls never would leave my taste-buds stranded. These are fairly consistent everytime they are ordered. Light in flavor, generously filled with salmon, nothing fishy (sign of freshness) and the avocado adds that last flavorful punch. Lastly, the kale lemonade (this is a spring item) is refreshing, and very…welllll, how do I put it without putting you off ; “mildly earthy”, you know what I mean, very “green’ tasting. I gotta admit, it is a taste that is acquired, even for my 15 year old vegetarian palate but I must say, there’s nothing more beneficial I would pick up and drink to compliment such an energizing meal.
The Beverly Hills location (the other 2 are on Melrose and in Culver City) atmosphere is great, the cashier (Crawley) one of my favorite people here, always has good suggestions if you ever wanna try something new, there is one thing I must add, be very careful when trying to grab a table outside. It must be something about the people in Beverly Hills, where they feel entitled. Anyway, grab it when you see it open and pay no attention to some raving lady who feels the world owes her and everything in it. The policy is “1st come 1st serve” chick! (sorry just had a moment!).
Hush up and eat!
*not for those who are allergic to peanuts; kale contains peanut sauce (sorry ya’ll)