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April 25, 2005

Dubai, Anyone?


I'm sure someone will now steal this idea, but a while ago, (pre 9/11, I might add), I came up with the idea of an outfit that you could wear to go shopping that would make it much easier to change clothes. This garment, which I dubbed the "shopping caftan" would allow women (and a few adventurous men) to simply slip the caftan off and on (either over the head or with a long zipper), thereby making it much easier to try on clothes. I mean, how many times have you wanted to buy something, but just lacked the energy to take off all your clothes and then put them back on again? The shopping caftan would solve all your problems, and for special occasions, you could leave the house in whatever "special occasion" undergarments you needed to wear, and shopping would be that much easier.

I called my shopping caftan the "Dubai," after the seventh United Arab Emirate, with a play on the phrase "do buy." See how clever I am? After all, according to the Dubai Tourism Center: "Dubai is the City built for Tourism all around the year with excellent Hotels, Resorts, Shopping and Sports facilities available throughout the year!" In fact, Dubai seems to be fiercely commercial: Dubai Lonely Planet tells us that Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) is held from mid-January to mid-February. Surely an outfit named after a country with a month-long shopping event can't be bad!

I was head over heels in love with the Dubai. I fantasized about design, dimensions, and luxurious fabrics. I even sold my family on the Dubai, and was all set to find a seamstress and go into production when 9/11 happened, curtailing my plans to bring Middle Eastern fashion to America.

But now and again, especially when I'm feeling a little bloated, I think that the shopping caftan is still a good idea. I just need a new name.

Posted by DJWanda at 10:42 PM

April 21, 2005

April 22nd Film Releases

Happy early birthday Ms. Jen!! There is absolutely nothing opening this weekend that I suggest you see, but I still say you try to catch Millions before it heads to video. Hit up Serious Dave for a pass, grab an Icee and sneak in a bag of Puffins. Enjoy your weekend Missy!

1) The Game of Their Lives
2) The Interpreter
3) Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room

A Lot Like Love
It actually should be named - A Lot Like When Harry Met Sally Only With Amanda Peet and Ashton "Media Saturated" Kutcher and Bad.

The Interpreter
An interpreter of an obscure African language overhears a plot to assassinate a dignitary and becomes both a target and a suspect herself.
Sydney Pollack is at his best directing intellectual suspense and with Sean Penn and Nicole Kidman costarring it's bound to be a solid movie.

Kings Ransom
A guy has himself kidnapped to avoid alimony payments and no one really misses him. To tell the truth, I'll be missing this entire film.
(Watch it become #1 at the box office, you people do that just to piss me off.)

The Game of Their Lives
You know those great movies you never hear about until there's a small stack of them on the shelf at Blockbuster and you wonder why this never got any publicity? This is one of those movies.
It has all the right elements to make it a terrific movie. It's based on a true story about an underdog team that overcame tremendous odds to win it all. Yes, it's about the World Cup Soccer tournament in the 1950's, but that doesn't mean it's bad.
To top it all off that loner hottie from American Beauty (Wes Bentley) stars and he didn't bring his video camera. Yum.

A movie about a dying town that needs to win a boat race in order to lift its spirits.
Here's my business analysis - Take the money you used for the boat, hire a consultant to suggest ways to attract new industries capable of revitalizing the town in a sustainable manner and lose the creepy kid actor who played Anakin in Star Wars I.

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
I'm just a curious as anyone else. A movie about the rise and fall of Enron. I want to know what happened and if the clips on iFilm are any indication, the events are jaw dropping.

Posted by xx - Ms. Lauren - xx at 8:55 PM

April 20, 2005

BlogHer, ladies?

Road trip to Santa Clara in late July? SoCal needs to be represented!

Let's Go!

I just registered. Come with me. It will be fun! ;o)

Posted by Ms. Jen at 10:40 PM

April 18, 2005



Posted by CindyLu at 10:03 PM

April 13, 2005

Charles Phoenix is AMAZING!

I know Sandra has posted about Charles Phoenix before but I just want to say how cool he is and what an awesome niche he as developed for himself. In March, I got to go on one of his field trips (Thank YOU, Heidi's Mom). It was the "Disneyland" Theme Tour of Downtown Los Angeles.
I totally suggest this if he happens to have this tour again when a friend or relative comes out to visit. It so worth the money, too.

God Bless Americana

As always, his slide shows are mesmerizing! Very funny!

Posted by Tinkinator at 9:45 PM

April 7, 2005

April 8th Film Releases

Another Friday, another weekend. What will you be doing? Going to see Von Iva at Alex's? You lucky dog. I'll have to catch them on their next trip through town.
Me? I'll be baby-sitting a bride-to-be and making sure that nothing resembling her bachelorette party occurs. Don't worry. We'll be in the Valley. What's that worst that can happen?

1) Kung Fu Hustle
2) Winter Solstice
3) Fever Pitch

Kung Fu Hustle
As much as I love kung fu movies, I'm getting tired of all the stiflingly serious, overly stylized works that I've been seeing lately. Luckily, relief waits in the form of a comedy about a gangster wannabe in 1920's China caught in a middle of a war between the real gangsters and the iron-fisted landlady.
The selling point for me - The trailer is set to the music of Sweet. A bunch of clips of fight sequences with "Ballroom Blitz" playing in the background. Sweet.

Dirk Pitt goes in search of treasure in the Egyptian desert. Utterly contrived and completely missable.

Fever Pitch
The Farelly brothers haven't hit one out of the park since Something About Mary. I guess that's the movie world's way of telling them to stick to something a little less bottom scraping and a little more tried and true. Say for example, a Nick Hornby novel that was made into a popular British movie.
I may be a little too much of a conventional romantic comedy for my taste, but it still looks like it could be worthwhile.

A shallow teen finds meaning through helping deformed Chinese kids get plastic surgery.
I would only see it if I were diagnosed with bulimia, because then it would cause me to retch without the nasty requirement of sticking my finger down my throat. Smile about that.

Winter Solstice
Anthony Lapaglia plays a widower trying to get on with his life and hold his family together. It may not be an upper, but it's a touching drama with balancing, realistic humor and a fantastic cast. No bouts bulimia necessary.

Steven Soderberg heads a team of three directors who bring three short films together for one feature length drama about love and sex. Could be good, but may be too much of an art film to have the necessary accessibility to make the top three.
I suppose it may make for a good date movie for couples ready to graduate beyond holding hands.

Posted by xx - Ms. Lauren - xx at 7:24 PM

April 2, 2005

Hot Chicks Cool Rides


Hot Chicks and Cool Rides
Sunday, April 3rd 2005
Mendenhall Sobieski Gallery
40 Mills Place
Pasadena, CA 91105

Car & Gallery Show featuring the art of:

Kent Bash
John Bell
Jack Butler
Michael Hussar
Robert LaDuke
David Perry
The Pizz
Dan Quarnstrom
Ed "Big Daddy" Roth
Keith Weesner
Robert Williams
S. Clay Wilson

Posted by Lucky at 1:04 AM