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Ghetto Klown: Call your Bank and Press 2 October 4, 2011

Filed under: Celebs,Hollywood Events,Los Angeles — Kelocity @ 5:59 am
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“If you want to learn Spanish, call your bank and press 2”. That was my favorite of the many great jokes we heard John Leguizamo tell Sunday night during his performance of Ghetto Klown. We were invited to the press opening of of the show, which has just come off Broadway. Irving and I are both huge fans of John Leguizamo and were really excited to see him back on the stage.
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Ghetto Klown was written and performed by John himself. He weaves hilarious stories of his youth in with his tough family history as he struggled to become the person he knows he wants to be.
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John comes from Latino descent and growing up in Jackson Heights, New York was far from easy for his family. He’s a great writer and knows how to tell a great story. When he talked about the harder moments in his life, it was almost uncomfortable to watch. As if he brought you inside a life that you weren’t supposed to see. But that is one of the reasons that makes the show outstanding. It was real. It was raw. It was personal. And he’s brave enough to share it with the world.

I don’t even think this show can be reviewed as a show. You can’t review a person’s life. His stories opened up his vulnerable side when he talked about how he was at war with himself, torn between his personal and professional life. Finding that balance and believing in himself.  I especially loved hearing about his experience in Romeo + Juliet since it’s my favorite movie. He even acted out some of his lines from the movie. I got chills.

The stage was phenomenal. At first it didn’t look like much. Just a desk, a few chairs and projector. But the way the space was used was really unique and impressive. He intertwined video, slides and sound effects to make the stories come to life for the audience.

The theater house, The Montalban Theater, is old and gritty, located in the heart of Hollywood. I can’t think of a more perfect venue for a show like this. The show runs through October 16th and tickets can be found here.
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I love the concept of “Everybody has a Story” and it’s always a treat to hear someone tell theirs… and tell it well. It also makes me reflect on my own life. What’s MY story? What actions along the way have defined my life? Any play that makes you ask yourself questions like that is a winner in my book.

 

Just Like That It’s Over. August 8, 2011

Filed under: Blogging,Celebs,San Diego — Kelocity @ 7:54 am
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I love these funny pictures from the BlogHer sponsor booths. Some of them are so funny. 

This one especially. HAHA.
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Anyways, the closing keynote was on the power of women in media. The panel was Carol Jenkins, Fatemeh Fakhraie and Ricki Lake!
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Right after, Ricki bought drinks at the bar for anyone who wanted to go! I didn’t grab one, but they looked delicious.
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After having dinner at the pool, it was Party Time!!! We went to two, but the one everyone was talking about was the Cheeseburgher Party… sponsored by McDonalds. I will just come right out and say that I do not eat Micky D’s. I haven’t had a burger from there in a good 11 years or so.
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They actually did have burgers and fries on platters at the party… but I did not partake.IMG_6935

I stuck with my H2O instead.
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And with that, BlogHer was officially over. What a great experience.

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We had breakfast in Little Italy the next morning (and boy was it nice to sleep in!)

Cream Cheese and Pesto bagel? So good!
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And then we headed back to LA. It took us about three hours to get home (oh, the traffic!!!) I’m finally unpacked and organized again.
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And I love this card. It is just TOO perfect, isn’t it?
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Breakfast with Bob! August 6, 2011

Filed under: Blogging,Celebs,Food — Kelocity @ 12:33 pm
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My morning started out with some Excedrin and a Vitamin Water. Man, I haven’t had a lick of alcohol in months and yet I felt hung over this morning. lol But these guys did the trick, thank goodness!  (First migraine in over a month though, this is progress!)
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Thankfully the headache was gone by the time I got to the conference today. And I had a really important date! Breakfast with Bob Harper, one of the trainers from The Biggest Loser.
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The session was sponsored by Quaker. I had some Oatmeal Squares and fruit while I drooled over listened to Bob. There’s just something about him that makes people excited about healthy living and getting fit.
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Some of the things he spoke about:
-Breakfast is the most important meal of the day (duh!)
-Nutrition is the #1 and #2 most important thing. Exercise is #3.
-Bob actually hates the Biggest Loser scale (haha)
-His Mantra: “Believe in yourself, trust the process, change forever”.

Fun fact: Bob and I have each run 3 marathons. If I run one more, I’ll have run more marathons than him. HAHAHA Perhaps a new goal??

 

Singing Stars of Hollywood August 2, 2011

Filed under: Celebs,Hollywood Events — Kelocity @ 11:10 am
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We had yet another night at the Hollywood Bowl this past weekend. It was the LA Philharmonic with “The Singing Stars of Television”! It was quite the all-star cast and we had a great time. But first! The food!

We usually picnic beforehand, and it’s SO much more fun with a big group of people. We had an impressive spread this time!
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We had 8 people in our group (whoo hoo!) and this was the menu:
-Chicken and Beef Skewers from Zankou Chicken
-Basmati Rice from Zankou
-Buffalo Chicken Dip with chips (made by yours truly! Recipe coming tomorrow!)
-Summer Garden Salad
-Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad
-Fresh Fruit
-Hummus
-Blonde Brownies
-CRUMBS CUPCAKES!
-Sparkling Lemonade

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Yea. It was epic.
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I’d say the Bowl was only about half full that night (which is crazy considering how amazing the show was!) We had a whole section (or two) all to ourselves!
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Ok! Get Ready! Blurry pictures ahead!

First up was Michael Feinstein. He’s really talented. I was impressed at the range of his voice.
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Next up was Florence Henderson! Yep. THE Mrs. Brady!!! She even sang the theme song to the Brady Bunch! It was so cool!!! She’s adorable.
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Wayne Brady and Cheyenne Jackson also did a few numbers. Cheyenne is super cute! I guess he’s on Glee? I need to watch more TV.

But I was most excited to see Dick Van Dyk. That man is incredible! You can just tell that he’s had a career doing something that he loves. He did a bunch of songs from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Mary Poppins!!!
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And perhaps the best part was when he actually rapped a song with his group “The Vantastics”.
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I found a video of it on Youtube that you have see. Click ahead to 2:45 in the clip.

I feel so lucky to see these amazing stars live on stage! What a fun night.
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PS. Check out my next Guest Post on Contiki! I reveal my top-secret tips for creating our fun annual holiday cards!

 

LA Galaxy with J&J May 9, 2011

Saturday night, we took Jake and Janie to an LA Galaxy game (sort of a late Christmas gift!) We got to the stadium really early and had fun walking around before the action started.
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Instead of watching the game from our seats, we had reservations at the Stadium Club!
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They had a great buffet and the food was amazing. Everything was fresh and tasted homemade.
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Our seats were pretty good too. A neat perspective on the game.
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Irving loved it. He’s a huge soccer fan, remember?
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Rumor has it that Leonardo DiCaprio was at the game too. They showed him on the big monitor, so I whipped my binoculars out (not kidding) and tried to find him, but I guess he was hiding.
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The game ended at 1-1.
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Hi David Beckham, you looked dapper at the Royal Wedding!
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In other news from the weekend, we saw Jay Leno on Saturday at Menchies! He pulled up in an old Bentley and parked right next to me!
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He said hi, got his ice cream and left. Just a typical Saturday living in LA. We were with Erika and Timmy and Jake and Janie too, it was fun to see a celeb so up close and personal.
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Yesterday, we had brunch at Porto’s in Burbank (so good!) We sat outside and dined al fresco. It was so relaxing and nice.
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Yesterday, we both felt a little blah. Just not motivated, a little sluggish and sad. Clearly, we were lacking endorphins. So we laced up our sneakers, gave ourselves a pep talk, and headed out for a four mile walk. Muuuuuch better. The fresh air and exercise were just what we needed to end a great weekend on a high note.

Happy Monday!

 

Raining and Lunching in LA February 25, 2011

Filed under: Celebs,Food,Friends — Kelocity @ 5:14 pm
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Today, it rained in LA. I LOVE the rain. I like to hear it pattering on the windows, I like to jump in puddles, and cozy up and read a book on the couch.

But sadly, none of these things happened today and so therefore, today I hated the rain.  I had to deal with LA drivers who simply can NOT drive when it rains. It’s just water, people!!! It took me a half hour to go four miles, and another half hour to get back. It was quite annoying.

But I did enjoy a wonderful lunch with an Emerson College friend I graduated with. We also went to Europe together back in 2003! I just found out that she works close by, and so we got together to catch up a bit. We ate at Sweet Salt, which I highly recommend. Everything there is fresh, healthy and delicious.

Because of the rain, the place was packed and we had to fight for a table. We were stalking two people who were just wrapping up, hoping to steal their table. And then we realized it was Eric McCormack from Will & Grace! Thanks for the table, Eric!
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