In the past few months, Fresh Cafe on Queen St. has exploded with business. I think at this point it’s pretty safe to say that it’s a new hotspot. I didn’t go by there for a while, but I started hearing about it more and more and eventually couldn’t resist. First, it was just a place for coffee. Then seemed to become the cool hang out where people met up after clubs to get that sober-me-up and get-me-home espresso. Or something. All of a sudden events started to be be held in the warehouse behind the cafe, and then boom. CW decided to host her epic birthday party there, and that was it. Fresh Cafe is everyone’s favorite place. (more…)
First off, Happy New Year everyone! With all the hustle and bustle of christmas, (so much time spent with family/at the mall/ with family at the mall) I haven’t been able to write this post but I’ve been thinking about it for a little bit now. Just recently I went to two very different shows which were M. Ward at Pipeline Cafe and Stomp at the Hawaii Theater. If you understand the concept behind the webzine you might get that I’m into creating contrasts, so I thought “Hey, what if I put them into one post?” Well, here we are!
If you have noticed more confident, liberated women running around town this week it’s probably due to Girl Fest 09. The festival, which aims to prevent “violence against women and girls through education and art,” has been going on all week, finishing off tomorrow. I went to the opening event last Saturday, which was a kick ass roller derby. What better way to celebrate women’s rights than with a sport full of the baddest ass women you’ve ever seen beating on each other? The answer is that there is no better way. This event, featuring the Hulagans (Home) Vs. the LA Derby Dolls (Visiting), was a total hit. (more…)
I know that I’m a week late in this Halloween post, but I figured that you’ve already gone through the cycle of being excited to read the Halloween night reviews, reading too many, getting bored, forgetting your boredom, then started to miss them. So, here I am to satisfy your yearning to grasp on to those fleeting remnants of the Halloween spirit that is oh so quickly being replaced by those Winter Holidays that involve family and not just going insane. I feel it too.
This year for Hallow’s eve I headed over to Chinatown for their Hallowbaloo block party event. Multiple stages with bands and Dj booths, crazy costumes, a mechanical bull, and general chaos in the streets were promised by the large spread in the Chinatown newspaper and I must say that all were delivered. Pretty much all the downtowners were there, waiting for 10:30 pm to hit so they could strap on their $10 wrist bands that granted access to all the clubs all night. (more…)
‘Am I in for a ride?’ That’s the question that you should ask yourself before you decide to see The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, directed by Terry Gilliam. I had assumed that it would be that kind of movie when I went to go see the preview showing of it at HIFF yesterday night, but I don’t think I fully realized the intensity of it. Mind you, however, this could possibly be largely attributed to the fact that I might have…well…gotten locked in the fire escape while trying to beat the elevator traffic at the theater and ended up sitting in the second row with my neck cranked back, with no choice but to let the pretty colors and bright lights take over me.
The Imaginarium is a must see for any Heath Ledger fan, of course, and also for any Alice in Wonderland/Across the Universe general trippy movie lover. If you’re looking for a solid story filled with character depth and real-life drama, it’s not the movie for you. But if you’re looking for a fantastic world filled with beautiful costumes, brilliant green screen, and Gorgeous Men (Heath Ledger, Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell in the same movie. Is this heaven?) then please, step right up! (more…)
Remember when I said that I love all HIFF movies? I lied. Today, for the first time I saw a HIFF movie that I really just didn’t like. It was Bombay Summer, an American Immigrant feature about three Indian friends living in Bombay. It started off all right but even from the beginning the movie was dragging and it just seemed to get slower and slower as it went. I’m pretty sure that the first half of the movie could be condensed into a 6 minute montage. The only thing likable about any of the characters was that the leading actress in it was pretty. Other than that I didn’t care much for any of them. On top of this, the film didn’t seem to be able to focus on anything as far as the story and also the cinematography. I was definitely shifting in my seat. To top it off, after sitting in the theater for what seemed like days, the movie ended terribly.
I’m a sucker for HIFF movies. I love em all. I love the experience of being involved in the festival… the winding lines, the $11 tickets… no, no, I mean the crowds of artsy people all gathered to see INDIE films. That’s what I mean. Sadly, this year I’m really busy so I don’t have time to see too many. So, I’ve seen one so far and it was Amreeka.
Amreeka is about an Arabic Mother and son who are given the opportunity to move to America from the Palestinian territories in Israel. As they make the move, and are staying with the sister’s family, the Iraq war breaks out. That’s when Muna, the mother, and Fadi, the son, realize that maybe moving to America wasn’t such a good idea. Just because of how they look and speak, they have to deal with intense racism and although Muna has two degrees and ten years experience in banking, she ends up working at White Castle.