Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Earthquake

There was a biggish earthquake today. I think it was a 5.8 and was 29 miles outside of Los Angeles. I felt it for about a minute at my office in Studio City. My entire office building shook but nothing fell off the walls. I'm okay, Andrew's okay, and I'm sure the girls are okay. I'm ready to leave work to go check on them, but I think they'll be okay for a couple more hours.

And for your entertainment . . .

I found this video on You Tube. Someone taped this off one of the big screens at the Irvine show. It's delightful.


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Monday, July 28, 2008

My Sixth John Mayer Concert!

I've had so many cool experiences over the past few days that I really need to play catch-up.

Last night's concert was awesome. It's the first time I didn't take my digital recorder to make a bootleg and I really regretted it. He play "Crossroads" and "Panama." I can't wait to see him in concert again and again. Here's a little clip of "Panama" with the incredible David Ryan Harris singing and JM shirtless, playing the Eddie Van Halen guitar. (It was really backlit and I did this with my cell phone, so keep that in mind.)



Brett Dennen opened. He's such a great songwriter. Andrew got him to sign a CD for us after he performed. Dude was just hanging out by the merch booth doing autographs. It was really cool.

I think I'm going to do a photo essay of all of my JM clothing. I got a new hoodie and tank top at the show. Andrew got his first JM hoodie.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Shulke!


We spent Sunday shooting photos for Comic-Con. My friend Chris Payne is a makeup artist, so he painted me green for his portfolio. We trekked through the old Los Angeles zoo and shot all sorts of green pics of me. It was quite fun. I was captured by camera phones, I posed with a family and we were even stopped by the park ranger. Good family fun. I look forward to shooting there again in something completely different.

(These two pics won't be available at Comic-Con. You'll have to go to booth #1617 to see what's up for grabs.)

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Moore Weekends


A crazy little thing I like to do at my house on the weekend is make Andrew Moore take my photograph. He usually winds up using our little Canon, but this past weekend we borrowed a very expensive and very awesome camera from a friend. We don't do photo shoots all the time, but it's a bit of production when we do. It's usually the only reason I'll do my makeup that day. We pull out whatever appropriate backdrops, set up lights and reflectors as needed. We even have a gel. Anyway, we'll do photos until we're tired.

I love getting the dogs involved. This weekend we did two photo sessions. Saturday was spent doing photographs for my new Red Snapper postcards. I involved Felicity in this photo shoot. This was her laziest appearance on camera. I thought she was going to fall asleep. Of course, in this photo it looks like we're both yelling. (She's yawning.) He got a great picture of Piper as well, but I'll have to post that one later.

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Friday, July 18, 2008

The Big Duet



Andrew and I did a Pulp Fiction duet at Monday Night Tease's Tribute to Quentin Tarantino/Anniversary show. When I got the notice about the show several months back, I wanted to respond immediately so I could get a slot in the show. I read the email to him and he said we should do the twist contest. I responded, wheeled and dealed with him, and the rest is history. We learned all the moves from the film, made serious and drugged faces and added our own little twist. The crowd loved the number. I can't wait to do it again, and the audience members I've spoken with can't wait to see it again.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Green Girl


It's been a while since I last updated. Between all of my activities and the one computer with writing software and an internet connection at home, it's been impossible.

The first Los Angeles burlesque show I saw was Penny Starr, Jr.'s Supernova A-Go-Go last summer. It was a fantastic show and I wanted to be a part. I continued my burlesque training so I'd be sharp and ready if the opportunity ever arose.

Last week it did. I was painted green and got to to her sci-fi show. In fact, I'm hitting Comic-Con at the end of the month to reprise my role as the Orion Slave Snapper. I may even have autographed photos for sale at Comic-Con the next day!

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Friday, July 04, 2008

My First Lucha Experience


I've been so busy lately that I'm behind in my blogging! This is a new thing. (Yeah, right.)

Last week I went to my first Lucha Va Voom. My older brother and I used to wrestle when I was a kid, but it was more like him flinging around forty pounds of giggles since he is seven years older than me. Lucha Va Voom takes wrestling to a whole new level. They wear crazy costumes and have over-the-top characters. We became fans of Los Chickens and Li'l Chicken (pictured here in an incredible action photo by Bravo Foto). The wrestlers had theme music and dances. The spectacle of the wrestling part was amazing.

The other part that made this event really special was the burlesque. It's a fantastic idea to combine burlesque with wrestling. My burlesque friend, Vixen Violette, served as an escort for one of the wrestlers (in a photo by Kevin Connery that I jacked from her Myspace page, wearing a corset I'm confident she made herself). It really adds theatricality to the event when the wrestlers have an entourage. My dancetastic teacher, Lux LaCroix, rocked it as one of the burlesque cheerleaders (pictured here in another photo by Bravo Foto). There were fantastic duets and solo burlesque performances as well. These acts were nicely sandwiched between the wrestling.

I highly recommend checking this out if you get the opportunity. I'd seen nothing quite like it before in my life, but I look forward to seeing it again. There are three shows a year - February, June and October.

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Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Guitar Messiah


John Mayer's new concert DVD and album hit stores today. This is the Los Angeles concert I couldn't attend because I scheduled my office party for the same night just two days before the big concert announcement. Since I picked the restaurant and I'm the junior partner, I couldn't bag for John Mayer. It's okay because we have many good years ahead of us -- Andrew, me and John Mayer.

There was a special screening of the film last night so we went. I'm not the craziest or most vocal JM fan, but this is one musician whose albums I pledge to buy until the music stops or I keel over. I've watched "Any Given Thursday" tons of times in my living room. It was incredible seeing this on the big screen.

Over the four years I've been going to his shows and the six years I've been buying his albums, he's gone from mere guitar virtuoso and clever songwriter to something out of this world. The way he tickles the guitar is incredible (and it does look like tickling since his fingers move so fast). I was totally blown away.

As a side note, John Mayer is the musician who most inspires me. I haven't picked up one of my guitars in several months. After seeing this film, I'm going to make some time to play. The only way to become the master of anything is with practice. I think JM has proven that.

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