Eugene's Blog – June 2008 Archive (38)

Walking With Dinosaurs: The Live Experience - Honda Center 8/20-8/24, Staples Center 9/25-9/28



My first thought: Wow, these dinosaurs look real!



"Walking With Dinosaurs - the Live Experience" is a 90-minute arena spectacular! Inspired by the popular BBC television series, the live show will be presented August 20-24 at the Honda Center in Orange County, and September 25-28 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.



With a budget of 20 million dollars, fifteen roaring, snarling "live" dinosaurs, which include the Tyrannosaurus Rex, Utahraptor,… Continue

Added by Eugene on June 30, 2008 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

The Dark Knight crew remember Heath Ledger

Just from watching the trailer of the new Batman movie, Heath Ledger's electrifying performance as "The Joker" gives me chills. In this clip, Entertainment Tonight's Kevin Frazier sits down with Christian Bale, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Aaron Eckhart and Gary Oldman as they remember their late co-star.



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Added by Eugene on June 30, 2008 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

Urban HOTspot - Father's Office: Santa Monica & LA

Founded 50 years ago, Father's Office is famous for their signature burgers, sweet potato fries, and an eclectic variety of beer from all over the world. Never has a burger, fries, and beer paired up so well. The establishment is so confident that you'll savor every last bit of your burger, that they won't allow any substitution or customize to it. (no ketchup available) The original F.O, located in Santa Monica, has a max capacity of 76 people, while… Continue

Added by Eugene on June 30, 2008 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Urban NOTspot - Beauty Bar: Hollywood

Beauty Bar might be a good place to go for a girls-night out. After all, you can get a manicure or a henna tattoo all while sipping on a cocktail. The crowd mainly consists of young hipsters and the music varies between oldies, 80's, and rock. As for me, I'll probably never go back nor invite my friends to go. The dive bar vibe really doesn't justify the $11 drinks and my biggest complaint is that this place tries to be real swanky, but ends up being… Continue

Added by Eugene on June 29, 2008 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

Metropolis Restaurants - La Paella: Mid-City West, LA

La Paella is exquisite because they keep it simple, but excel in the essentials: the food, service, and the authentic Spanish feel. To start, I would recommend a glass of Sangria which is accompanied by complimentary bread, smooth garlic butter, and ground up olives. Next, decide which of the 31 hot or cold tapas to try as an appetizer. And then there's the paella. The paella is visually aesthetic with so many different colors and ingredients, but it… Continue

Added by Eugene on June 28, 2008 at 7:00pm — No Comments

WANTED: it's official - A must-see summer thriller!

Even with high expectations, "Wanted" kept me at the edge of my seat. Great casting, amazing action sequences, a witty script, and stunning visual effects, make this a must-see movie this summer. Next stop: WALL-E!!

Added by Eugene on June 28, 2008 at 10:00am — No Comments

Believe - Olympic Games



With the Olympics steadily approaching, I'm starting to get Olympic fever! Based out of Milan, Italy, this video was made by the advertising agency: 1861… Continue

Added by Eugene on June 27, 2008 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Take it to the Next Level! - Nike Commercial directed by Guy Ritchie



I like this inspirational commercial by Nike. The viewer turns into a virtual pro-athlete and a member of one of England's top soccer teams,… Continue

Added by Eugene on June 27, 2008 at 5:00am — No Comments

Urban HotSpot - Winston's: West Hollywood

Winston's is a small, low-key bar that isn't overly impressive but definitely has a lot of class. Used as a venue for the show Entourage, Winston's is so hard to spot from the street that it's almost like this place is a secret. Inside, the decor shoots for the classic 1920's American vibe and consists of black leather benches, ornate oil paintings, lots of small mirrors, and a small vintage crystal chandelier at the center of the bar. The bar can… Continue

Added by Eugene on June 27, 2008 at 5:00am — No Comments

Introducing the Tata Nano - cheapest car and enviornmentalist's nightmare

THE TATA NANO

The 50 mpg Tata Nano, aka the people's car, is a proposed car introduced by India's Tata Motors at the 9th annual Auto Expo on January 10, 2008 in New Delhi, India. With a $3000 price-tag, this snap- together car could be just what Indians need and can actually afford, (the middle class household income in India starts at $6000.) But when millions of these tiny little cars hit the streets, it could paralyze the… Continue

Added by Eugene on June 26, 2008 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

THE WEEKEND EXPERIENCE - MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEKEND - 6/27

THE MOVIE I WILL SEE THIS WEEKEND FOR SURE!

25 year old Wesley Gibson (James McAvoy) lives an unassuming life and works in a boring cubicle. That all changes when Fox (Angelina Jolie) appears in his life and recruits Wes into a secret society. With Sloan (Morgan Freeman) giving him advice and counsel, Wes learns about the power he obtains and wavers between newfound heroism and vengeance.



THE MOVIE THAT HAS CRITICS… Continue

Added by Eugene on June 26, 2008 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

WEEKEND EXPERIENCE - ART+CULTURE

Natural History Museum Part I by Carlos Ramos - Opening on 6/27 @ 7pm-10pm

Natural History Museum Part I is a solo exhibition by Los Angeles artist, Carlos Ramos, which will be presented at the Corey Helford Gallery. Ramos' impressive background includes creating numerous shows for the Cartoon Network, Walt Disney Studios, and Nickelodeon. For his first solo show in Los Angeles, Ramos has created 24 large scale paintings that replicate the… Continue

Added by Eugene on June 25, 2008 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Retro gaming on real backgrounds

Having played old school video games, I got a kick out of these pics:…



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Added by Eugene on June 25, 2008 at 12:44pm — 1 Comment

Anime Expo 2008 - Los Angeles Convention Center - July 3-6

Anime Expo has become a staple for anime fans all over the world, and this year it will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center from July 3rd to July 6th. With last year's attendance at 41,671, Anime Expo is the largest gathering of anime fans in its kind. The four day gala is packed with activities, panels, workshops, video and film presentations, live competitions, charity auctions, and concerts. One of the largest and brightest highlights of… Continue

Added by Eugene on June 25, 2008 at 10:30am — No Comments

July 4th Fireworks Spectacular!! 9pm - Marina Del Rey

Watch a fireworks show that is choreographed to patriotic music which will be broadcast on FM radio KXLU, 88.9 and will be in sync with the pyrotechnic display. If you watch the fireworks at Chace Park, music will also be relayed over loudspeakers. The event is sponsored by the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors.…



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Added by Eugene on June 24, 2008 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Urban HotSpot - The Edison: Downtown LA

There is no doubt that the Edison is one of the most dynamic bars in all of Southern California. Previously downtown LA's first private power plant, the Edison provides an industrial rich atmosphere in a world class lounge. As you enter and go down the long grand staircase you get the sense of how large Edison really is. The vast space has plenty of seating, two long bars, and 1920's music accompanied by silent film that is projected onto the walls.… Continue

Added by Eugene on June 24, 2008 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Urban HotSpot: The Garter - Venice

Living in Playa Vista and driving on Lincoln Blvd. all the time, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that this mellow, low-key bar was so close to home. A little bit nicer than a dive bar, the Garter has a full bar, pool table, an upstairs-rooftop chill area, and an upstairs room with a DJ, two comfortable looking beds and some plush couches. I wouldn't recommend taking a first date here, but it may be the perfect place to hang out with friends and… Continue

Added by Eugene on June 23, 2008 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Urban HotSpot - Medusa Lounge: Westlake, Silver Lake

As I walked into the Medusa Lounge I immediately felt like I walked into a classy goth lounge; the place was decked out with arched stone, small black chandeliers, stained glass and intricate wood carvings. Much of Medusa's decor, such as iron gates and a huge crystal chandelier, was collected from movie sets over the years. After dinner hours, Medusa continues to serve cocktails to the hip late-night lounge crowd. Cocktails are $8 and parking can be… Continue

Added by Eugene on June 22, 2008 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Street Art: Pose

"4 Revok"

Hailing from the Windy City, Pose started to graffiti in 1992. Although he tried to quit in 2003, he was unsuccessful and has continued to graffiti both nationally and internationally. About four years ago, Pose helped found a creative agency called Supervision and has continued to design original artwork campaigns for just about every corporation and ad agency. Here's some of his street graffiti.



"Banana… Continue

Added by Eugene on June 22, 2008 at 12:57am — No Comments

Urban HotSpot - Bar Lubitsch: West Hollywood

Bar Lubitsch (pronounced lou-bitch) is a Russian styled vodka bar located in Weho. Inside, red walls are decked out with old school Russian propaganda, antique mirrors, and little red lamps which make it feel like you're really in Moscow. There is are three areas to hang out: an outside patio for smokers, a bar area room, and a dance floor/lounge in the back. I really liked the place because it really had its own unique character and… Continue

Added by Eugene on June 21, 2008 at 3:30pm — No Comments

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