Thursday, January 31, 2008

Don't throw that sticker away!

Our favorite LA blog, LAist is having a Super Tuesday party...and we're all invited!
The party takes place at Seven Grand in Downtown LA. Here's the deal: the first 75 people to arrive with their "I Voted" sticker will get a free drink! LAist says, "All of the TVs will be showing election returns, so come out and join other hip politically conscious Angeleno's to cheer on your politcal candidate, talk propositions or just drink."

When: Super Tuesday, February 5th
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Where: Seven Grand in downtown LA.

Sounds like a plan! I'll be there...

BTW...if you didn't already know this, Heath is a contributing writer for LAist. Read all his posts about the Writers Strike here.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Murakami at MOCA

This weekend we finally found some time and headed down to Geffen Contemporary Museum at MOCA for the Murakami exhibit. We got there around 4:00pm and found the line snaked around the building. I don't know if everyone decided to venture out after being held prisoner from the dreary Los Angeles rain, or if people were inspired to catch the exhibit because it's closing next weekend. Regardless, I have never seen it so crowded there before. We sucked it up and stood in line for about 15 minutes until some nice dude from the museum walking down the line informed us that members get to enter immediately. Off we went to the front of the line. Thank you, nice dude that works at MOCA! Murikami's works are a mix between anime and comic book art with a splash (or five) of an acid trip. The exhibit takes over the entire MOCA space, which is no easy feat. It features over 90 artworks in various forms of media, from paintings, sculptures, even commercials and a Louis Vuitton boutique that actually sells merchandise! I saw a sugar daddy pull out his black American Express card and purchase three purses for his girlfriend. Don't they only make like, 100 of those black Amex cards worldwide? Fancypants.

MOCA didn't allow photography inside this particular exhibit, which is a downright shame. Every where you turn you're hit with cool images and brightly colored sculptures that just scream, "PHOTO OP!!!" Below are images I stole off the internet...sorry, I'm too unorganized to give photo credits. My apologies.

According to the Gallery Guide, in an effort to brand his own identity, Murakami created his alter ego DOB. The name comes from a Japanese comic book. You see these funky characters scattered throughout the exhibit. They range from cute:
To trippy:I could've stared at this painting for hours. It's filled with a lot of subtle sexual innuendos. Heath pointed out a great visual pun for conception. You can't see it in this photo, but there's actually a penis hi-fiving an egg!These sculptures, however are not subtle in the least. They are pretty much as overt as it gets.Here's a Louis Vuitton bag for sale at the boutique:
The pieces are whimsical and fun, but when you look closely you notice how much time, effort and control it takes to create something so amazing. I'm no art critic, but WOW, how cool is this shit? My favorite piece hands down is this ginormous sculpture titled Reverse Double Helix. This picture I found below does not do it justice. The sculpture is this beautiful mushroom cloud filled with vibrant colors and flowers. It had these hands spilling out near the base of the cloud. The hands reminded me of The Supremes singing Stop, in the Name of Love. I loved it so much I was willing to risk my reputation by sneaking a photo of it. I had this brilliant idea to climb the top of the stairs near the entrance of the Vuitton boutique and get a birds eye view shot. I'm guessing a lot of people have that brilliant idea, too. As soon as Heath slipped me the camera we noticed a museum page giving us the stink eye from below. He even went as far as to whisper in his little walkie talkie thingy and warn the two other museum pages across the way.

I suddenly had a flashback of me at the Sistine Chapel back in '95. This time, I acted on my "Brilliant idea" and actually took a picture of God Creating Adam, one of the amazing ceiling frescos throughout the chapel. Suddenly, I heard a VERY loud voice from across the room scream, "NO PHOTOS, NO PHOTOS, NO PHOTOS!!!!!" in Italian. Every tourist turned and stared at me. All 200 of them.

Back at the Murikami exhibit, I decided it best not to take a picture. After all, my reputation was at stake.

Epilogue: This is not the actual photograph, but don't you think a photo like this is worth being yelled at by an Italian security guard?

Thursday, January 24, 2008

I Wanna Rock And Roll All Night And Do Puzzles Every Day

On New Years Day, we went to a fun gathering at a friends house. In one of the rooms, they had an unfinished puzzle laid out for their party guests to help with. We liked the idea of doing a puzzle, and the host graciously lent us one on our way out. Last night, after only three and a half weeks, we finally finished it! (Or I should say, Gina finally finished it.)

We were semi-disappointed when we finished the puzzle, because it was so much fun to put together. But then, we found this in our closet...

Let's see if we can do this in less than a month.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

The Worst Beer Ever?

Seriously. How gross does this look? I sincerely doubt that this is "La Combinacion Perfecta". More like "La Combinacion Disgustinga".

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Los Angeles Marathon, Anyone?

So I'm thinking I might try my hand at the whole marathon experience again and go for the Los Angeles Marathon. Well, not really the whole marathon. I'll either walk/run the half marathon or run a 10k or something. They even have a bike tour starting before the actual race begins. How often can you bike 26 miles through the streets of Los Angeles without worrying about a truck sideswiping you? NEVER.

Who's in?

Friday, January 4, 2008

Happy Holidays!

The craziest fuckin' house we've ever seen.

We were driving down a major street in Phoenix, when we saw signs advertising "Santa's House - Free Tours". The lights were so bright, we could see them from a block away, even though the house was around the corner.

Room after room had been severely redecorated for the holidays.

We were greeted at the front door by the guy who owned the house. I'm guessing he's single.

I can only imagine how much time goes into setting everything up. It seems like a year-round full-time gig.

Hmmm... No underwater Christmas decorations? What a slacker!

The dude's angel collection puts my Satan beer bottle collection to shame.

We counted over forty trees scattered around the house. My favorite was this upside down one.

The garage was redecorated to resemble a 99 cent store. All these Xmas items had price tags on them.

I'm still not sure where the guy sleeps. The house is completely uninhabitable.