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Baby’s First Rock Concert May 5, 2012

Filed under: Baby,Hollywood Events — Kelocity @ 8:14 am
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I’ve been dying to see Coldplay live for SO long! They are one of my favorite bands and I didn’t want to miss them this time around! Tickets went on sale months ago and I pretty much just told Irving we were going no matter what. He reminded me that I’d be almost 9 months pregnant, but we decided to go for it anyways. Baby loves good music.
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The show was at the Hollywood Bowl and for some reason we got there 2.5 hours before the show started. I should know better that shows never start at the time on the ticket. We clearly don’t go to enough concerts.

Everyone in the audience was given one of these funky 80s bracelets and were so excited to see what they were for.
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Turns out they were actually part of the show. They all lit up different colors to the beat of the music they were playing. It was so cool to see thousands of them blinking in rhythm at the same time.

Here’s a video I found on Youtube:

We loved the show, they had tons of energy and the lasers, lights and wristbands were really fun.
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But we were surprised that all those wristbands went to waste after. They didn’t recycle them or have collection bins. Kind of a bummer.Coldplay at Hollywood Bowl (5)

I think the baby liked the show, I could feel him/her dancing around in there.
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Now we’re more excited than ever to play this CD over and over when the baby gets here! YES!
ref=dp_image_0 <—–click here to here the songs!

 

Salzburg: The Hills are Alive October 7, 2011

(Just one more Trip Recap post left after this one! Bringing it back to Salzburg!)

We awoke on September 10th in beautiful Salzburg. Our bed was so comfortable I didn’t want to leave the hotel, but we had an exciting day planned. I would never sleep away a day in Europe. Too many fun things to explore!
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We had Clif Bars for breakfast and jumped right into our Sound of Music Tour! When I did this tour in 2003 it was in a small 8 person van. This time, we were on one of TWO huge coach busses filled with tourists. I was a little annoyed, but it was still an excellent tour.
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The tour brings you to all of the famous shooting locations for the film. Recognize this? It’s where the back patio and lake scenes were shot. Remember when the kids tipped over the canoe?!
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We didn’t get too close, but this is where they shot the front of the house (see that yellow building in the background?) It’s also where Maria sang I Have Confidence when she first arrived at the Von Trapp house.
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And right around the corner from that is where we were yesterday (at the Crazy Fountain Palace). We were so glad we took pictures the day before because this is what it looked like today:
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We got a brief glimpse of the abbey up on the hill:
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And then we headed off into the countryside to see a bit of the lakes region and a few more filming locations. The scenery was absolutely beautiful.
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Is this where Maria sang The Hills are Alive? I don’t think it actually was, but any of these hills looked like they’d be excellent contenders. I love Austria, seriously everywhere you look there was something gorgeous to look at.
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[Flashback 2003] Last time I was here it was cold and snowy!
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Next time I come back here I’m going to explore the outdoor activities a little more. See the skydiver?!
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After a bit of driving, we arrived into the town of Mondsee where the wedding chapel scenes were filmed. Where Maria married the Captain.
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We had an hour for lunch so we found a cute restaurant across the street>
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And ordered some quick pizzas. Delicious!
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After the tour, we drove back to Salzburg and watched some of the scenes from the movie on the bus. Once we got back we explored Mirabell Gardens where most of the Do Re Mi sequence was filmed. Remember this scene?
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Here it is! Irving looks like Friedrich doesn’t he? “I’m Friedrich. I’m fourteen and I’m impossible”. LOL
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And remember this?
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Here we are!
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[Flashback 2003:
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And Now!
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Just a week after we got back from our trip, we went to the Sound of Music sing-a-long at the Hollywood Bowl.
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We try to go every year because it’s just so much fun. This year was extra special since we just got back from Salzburg!
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Erica brought popcorn (love that girl!) and we brought Mozart Balls to share. I love me my Mozart balls! Anyone know if you can buy these in the states?
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Before the show, all of the actors who played the Von Trapp kids came out on stage!
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My favorite part was when the (super hot) Captain sings Edelweiss and everyone holds up their cell phones. So funny. I love bowl nights. 
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A great end to the bowl season too.
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One last Europe recap post coming tomorrow!

 

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!

 

Dudamel and Lang Lang At the Bowl July 14, 2011

Filed under: Hollywood Events — Kelocity @ 7:33 am
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We haven’t really have a ton of plans recently, but I’ve been keeping busy with scrapbooking, digitizing some home video tapes and of course, reading THE TWILIGHT BOOKS!! (I’m in the middle of Breaking Dawn and I am LOVING it!

We actually almost forgot that we had Hollywood Bowl tickets for Tuesday night. It was just the two of us this time, and we were happy to be outside, hear some good music and get out of the house for a few hours. It was a cool and breezy night, perfect for wearing a hoodie (my favorite!)

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We kept it real simple for dinner. Instead of our usual picnic, we opted to just bring a small pizza in. Easy peasy.
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Before the show started, we were just talking about how lucky we are to live in LA. We absolutely LOVE it out here. Sometimes I take it for granted that we have all these amazing places to see right at our fingertips. From our seats, we could see the Hollywood Sign, the Ford Theater and the Griffith Park Observatory! What you don’t see in this picture is the Greek Theater, Hollywood and Highland, The Walk of Fame and SO many others within a half mile from there.

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Soon the show began. Dudamel is such a talented young conductor. He gets really into the music and you can tell he’s passionate about what he does.

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I don’t know much about classical music, but I did recognize a few of the songs they played. It’s such an amazing orchestra.
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And then Lang Lang came out and played his piano along with the band. He is incredibly gifted. He doesn’t even look at the keys when he plays. It’s amazing that only ten fingers are making such beautiful music. It sounds like there would be three people playing at once!  IMG_6320

I really enjoyed the music, but I have to admit, I was so excited to read my book while I listened. I bought Breaking Dawn on the Nook software and was happy to read for an hour. Yea, it was probably rude, but we were in the cheap seats and we were the ONLY people in our section. Don’t judge.IMG_6322

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In other news, I am in love with the flowers Irving bought me for our anniversary this week! I love buttom mums. I had them in my wedding bouquet. So summery!anni (9)

And I bought us two cupcakes to share. They were good, but not as good as our wedding ones. Le sigh.anni (7)

 

Grease is the Word… June 25, 2011

Filed under: Food,Friends,Hollywood Events — Kelocity @ 10:47 am
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Last night was our first summer night at the Hollywood Bowl. Hard to believe the season is here again!
The show was a Grease Sing-A-Long! They played the movie on the big screen and everyone sang along! It was a blast!
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But let’s back up to dinner! We met up with Katherine, Kaitlin, and a few of their friends.
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One of the pest parts of going to the bowl is being able to picnic beforehand! We spread out our blanket and munched on some goodies.
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I had a spinach & tomato salad with a drizzle of honey and some buffalo pasta chicken salad. Delicious!
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Irving had that awesome sandwich I made him earlier. haha Wife for the win!IMG_6126

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LA Bloggers!
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And then we waited for the show to begin!
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They put the lyrics up on the screen so everyone could sing along! It was a blast.
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They also gave everyone a goodie bag before the show with props to use during the movie. I missed what all of them were, but the yellow fabric was to hold up during the drag race, and the pom poms were for the pep rally scene. And the bubbles were for the “beauty school dropout” song.

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Such a fun night, it’s been a while since I saw Grease and I was surprised by how much of it used to go over my head when I was little. My favorite part of the night was when Danny and Sandy are in the drive-in and a little kid behind us asked his dad what Danny was trying to do. BAHAHA. Awkward!

 

PS. This was Irving’s FIRST time seeing it. Whaaaat? I think he liked it though.

 

Do you remember your first time Seeing Grease? Mine was at a fifth grade sleepover!

 

John Williams at the Hollywood Bowl August 29, 2010

Filed under: Food,Friends,Hollywood Events — Kelocity @ 1:57 pm
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Last night, Erika and Timmy, Erika’s Mom, Irving and I headed to the H-Bowl for one last show of the summer. It was ‘John Williams and the Music of the Movies’!
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John Williams is a legend in Hollywood. He conducted the music in SO many of the world’s greatest movies!
-Indiana Jones
-ET
-Jurassic Park
-Star Wars
-Catch Me if you Can
-Harry Potter
-Jaws

-And SO much more!

But before the show, we had dinner ––picnic style (per usual!)
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Summer Must be coming to an end because it was SO dark out!

On the menu was:
-Eggplant+Tomato Salad
-Bruschetta
-Fried Chicken
-Cole Slaw
-Cheese + Crackers
-Sweet Hawaiian Rolls w/ Honey
-And… Wine!!

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They allow you to bring in whatever you want, but they still check bags at the gate when you walk in. We were joking that they are probably checking to make sure you BROUGHT your wine… maybe you wouldn’t be allowed in without it. LOL

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Anne, Erika, Timmy!
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Me and Irving!
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For Dessert, Irving’s Favorite!
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I mean… his ULTIMATE favorite! This man can easily eat a whole box of these babies. 🙂 But he shared.
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The show was great!
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I love how they light up the bowl.
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Of course, the highlight of the evening was when he played the Star Wars theme!

Out of NOWHERE, all these Light Sabers came to life in the audience!!
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Look at them all!!!!

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We were laughing so hard. Light Sabers are officially on my Christmas List for this year. (I never thought I’d say that!)

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It was a great show to end the season on!

 

Hollywood Bowl: Dudamel! August 6, 2010

Filed under: Friends,Hollywood Events,Los Angeles — Kelocity @ 10:31 pm
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Last night was my 3rd Bowl Night of the summer (here’s night one and night two!)

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We got there a little later than usual, so we didn’t do the usual potluck picnic, but we still brought our dinner to enjoy under the stars. Erika and Timmy and I went to Vons to get Deli Sandwiches. My high school friend, Luca, texted me to place his order: Turkey + Cheese on sourdough with lettuce, avocado and pickles—-well imagine our dismay to find out when we got there that they forgot to put the cheese AND the turkey on the sandwich! How does that even happen?!

hahaha. two thumbs down for Vons.
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Luca didn’t seem to mind too much, but I felt bad! Sorry Luca!
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It was so fun to have a mini high school reunion at the Bowl! Still friends 13 years later!
(Well, I’ve known luca since 5th grade –which is 17 years?!?!)
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Everybody knows that a night at the bowl isn’t complete without a bottle of wine (or two), but the older couple sitting next to us didn’t get the memo. Right when we sat down, the man proclaimed “Geez, I hope they don’t let the music interfere with their drinking.” I was kind of annoyed because my little group of friends is probably more respectful than the average twenty-something. I don’t like being judged. And PS, we split 1.5 bottles between 5 people –hardly the rowdy group!

So I did what any decent person would do, I offered them some watermelon and they obliged. 🙂 Situation remedied. Then he was nice to me for the rest of the show.  Kelley: 1, Rude people: 0.
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PS, after the show, the man told me that he’s been coming to the bowl for 66 years. I told him that I’ve been coming for 6. He smiled and said “ah, well that means you have 60 wonderful years at the bowl to look forward to.” He’s now my friend, I thought that was sweet.

The show was conducted by Gustavo Dudamel (if you haven’t heard of him, watch the piece that 60 Minutes did on him last year, it was phenomenal.)
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He has so much energy and he just LOOKS like he’s having a great time up there, which makes it so much more fun for the audience. He captivates people like I’ve never seen at the bowl. He got standing ovations.

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We had so much fun listening to the awesome music under the stars.
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We always sit way up in the bleachers (really can’t beat $8 tickets)! But I always bring my binoculars with me to get a closer look. (I even offered to let the old man use them, but he declined! See! I’m nice, not rowdy!)

Great night, as usual. I love living in Los Angeles!

 

 
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