Thinking of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing today. I hope the survivors are able to get the physical and emotional help they need and that those in mourning have family and friends to lean on.
Thank you to http://www.etsy.com/shop/delovelyArts for the artwork. It was comforting to find a loving image to post.
Celebrate the Cherry Blossom Festival tomorrow and Sunday at L.A.’s Japanese Village Plaza. The Sanrio store is featuring face-painting, games, prizes and the opportunity to get your picture with…HELLO KITTY herSELF. Eeeeeeeeee! Eeeeeeeeee! (Calm yourself, girl!)
“A whole new wooooooorld!” Sephora is releasing a follow-up to their fall Disney Cinderella cosmetics collection, this time starring everyone’s favorite sassy Arabian princess, Jasmine. The line features fragrance, eye makeup, nail polish and more. Pet tiger not included.
See the whole collection here.
And who should the next princess be? I’ve got my hopes pinned on Snow White or Belle, but I am biased toward the brunettes.
On Saturday, February 9th, Cinepsia will present a screening of Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 masterpiece (IMHO), William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes as the star-crossed lovers, R+J was a swoonfest for many 1990s teens, including yours truly. I saw the movie three times in the theater, a record that has yet to be broken. (Sorry, Deuce Bigalow!)
Now Cinespia is making a night of it, with a full bar, music by dj/composer David Holmes, and the opportunity to see the movie in the gorgeous, historic Los Angeles Theatre, which is rarely open to the public. I attended a wedding here last year and it’s truly a wonder. You’d never guess how glorious it is from the outside - a true throwback to Hollywood’s movie palace heyday - with crystal chandeliers, gold leaf detailing, sweeping staircases and art deco details.
Tickets are only $15, and proceeds benefit the Los Angeles Historic Theater Foundation. More info here: http://www.cinespia.org/calendar.
On Friday, November 9th, Sanrio South Coast Plaza (as well as other Sanrio stores around the country) will be holding a launch party for the new Tokidoki for Hello Kitty collaboration. From 6:00 - 9:00 PM, get 10% off all Tokidoki items, as well as a desktop calendar with any $75 purchase.
I’m more of a Snow White gal myself, but I was tweenishly (not a word) excited to see a preview of Sephora’s surprisingly sophisticated new Disney Cinderella Collection, which includes a fragrance, eye shadow palettes, lipstick and nail polish sets and a compact mirror. Check it out here: http://www.sephora.com/disney-cinderella-collection
*UPDATE* Show is sold out! Check out the podcasts.
Two great tastes that taste great together! Maximumfun.org will present a live show tomorrow afternoon featuring the masterminds behind the hilarious podcasts “Jordan, Jesse, Go!” and “Throwing Shade” as part of Riot, L.A.’s alternative comedy festival. Jesse Thorn “America’s Radio Sweetheart,” Jordan Morris “Boy Detective,” “Homosensual” Brian Safi and “Feminasty” Erin Gibson are guaranteed to make you chortle as they ride off into the sunset on tangents regarding pop culture, current events and more.
Where and when? Saturday, Sept. 22 at 2:00 PM, Five Stars Bar, L.A.
Today and tomorrow only, the very first Big Orange Book Festival will be hitting Chapman University. The fest will feature a variety of bookish exhibitors and surprisingly fantastic speakers, including Alice Sebold (“The Lovely Bones”), Sapphire (“Push”), Lizz Winstead (“Daily Show” co-creator and former head writer) and many more. Tonight’s line-up includes a panel with Mary Badham, the actress who played Scout in “To Kill a Mockingbird,” plus a screening of the movie to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of the film.
Best of all? The entire event is FREE. Get in line early for the most popular speakers, as space will be limited.
For more info and events schedule, visit http://bigorangebookfestival.com/.
Disney-Pixar’s new movie “Brave” has stunning visuals, funny, spunky characters and moments of suspense, but one reason I loved the movie was that it focused on a mother-daughter relationship. The protagonist, Merida, and her mother, Queen Elinor, both struggle with Merida’s coming of age and her desire to separate herself from her mother’s expectations of her. Ultimately, both mother and daughter realize they can appreciate, challenge and learn from each other’s differences with respect and love. Yes, Merida is a pretty princess, but one who is searching not for a handsome prince, but for the path to becoming her truest self. That’s kind of enlightened fairy tale I can get behind.
Oh, and it passes the Bechdel Test with flying colors: http://bechdeltest.com/