Category Archives: Out and About

iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Lineup Announced!

Everyone who has read this site for awhile knows I’m a Jingle Baller. It’s one of my favorite shows of the year. You get to see all the hot touring artist in one night. Just the hits with no filler. This year’s line up has been announced and I gotta say, I’m not that enthused by the DC lineup. Check it out after the jump. The star-studded lineup features: Fall Out Boy, Kesha, Logic, Zedd, Charlie Puth, Camila Cabello, Liam Payne, Julia Michaels and Why Don’t We Ticket information available via hot995.iheart.com.  The Capital One Cardholder Pre-Sale begins Wednesday, October 11 at 10am.

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Pink Adds 2nd DC Show

Apparently I’m not the only one of who loves them some Pink. Presale for next year’s tour already sold out. Due to overwhelming demand she’s adding a 2nd DC date. The Beautiful Trauma tour will now hit Capital One Bank Arena (God I hate that name, for now on I’m calling it Cap Center II!), April 16 and 17th, 2018. For the added 4/17/18 show, Presale for American Express® Card Members starts Wednesday, October 11 at 10:00 AMFor the 4/16/18 show, Presale for American Express® Card Members is happening now.  Tickets go on sale to the public for both shows Friday, October 13 at 10:00 AM at LiveNation.com, Ticketmaster, the venue box office, or by phone 800-745-3000.  Visit LiveNation.com for additional presale information.

iHeart Radio JingleBall 2017 Tour Announced

Yes, I’m a JingleBaller! It’s my favorite tour of the year. What’s not to like? You get a chance to see all the hot touring acts in one night for less than $250.  Usually I have no idea who most of these folks are, but I get crash course in pop music.  The show flows well and usually there are only a couple of acts that I end up not liking. The lineup hasn’t been announced, but I’m always up for more Demi, Miley and DNCE. The Capitol One Presale is Oct 11 and artist line up announced Oct 10.

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2017 Knott’s Scary Farm – This year marks the end of the road for Elvira

Knott’s Scary Farm kicked off Thursday night at Knott’s Berry Farm for its 45th year of Halloween haunts, scares, and clowns. This year there are 9 mazes to go through.

One of the new mazes this year is “Dark Ride”, an abandoned carnival attraction. There were fire-breathing dragons and possessed furniture, tons of blood and guts.

Also new this year “The Pumpkin Eater”, taking visitors into the lair of a seven-foot creature that likes to have its visitors for dinner. The maze takes you through the inside of a giant pumpkin, seeds and all, as well as through all sorts of other creepy obstacles, including a cave of creepy insects, a labyrinth of thorns, and a cornfield.

Next the Re-Vamped “Trick or Treat”: One of Knott’s most popular mazes has gotten a very scary new twist this year. This maze is now in the dark! You’ll be given a flashlight to make your way through this well decorated house. But beware, your flashlight is defective. Along the way, your flashlight will turn itself off and on, blink, change colors, and vibrate. This was a highly entertaining attraction. There’s a lot of psychological terror that comes with walking through a maze filled with monsters in the dark! Cool and fun, my favorite!

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Women in Film’s Emmy Nominees Party – Dolly Parton stole the show!

The weekend kicked off with the annual Variety and Women in Film’s nominee party on Friday night held at Gracias Madre in West Hollywood. The event was presented by Halo Top Creamery.

Emmy nominees included Viola Davis, Samira Wiley, Claire Foy, Alexander Skarsgard and Cicely Tyson. Many attendees also stopped to pose with the Mercedes Benz on display before moving on to enjoy mini bean burgers, fig appetizers and the Halo Top Creamery ice cream bar that awaited them inside. Some celebrities like Kathryn Hahn and Abbi Jacobson choose to spend the bulk of the evening on the patio, sipping Svedka cocktails with the Variety logo stenciled on top and chatting under festive blue lights with a soundtrack from DJ Daisy O’Dell in the background.

2017 Host Committee members Kelly Kahl, David Nevins, Mike Hopkins, John Landgraf and Lena Waithe were on-hand to mix and mingle with Women in Film board member Lake Bell, “The Handmaid’s Tale’s” Yvonne Strahovski, “Empire’s” Serayah McNeill and comedy stars like Keegan-Michael Key, Sarah Hyland and Zoe Lister-Jones.

But nominee Dolly Parton stole the show forming a half circle of people around her to say hello and snap a photo with her.

O’Dell’s playlist included ’90s hits and modern day chart toppers, and as the night went on tunes like Mariah Carey’s “Honey” and Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito” even got attendees singing and dancing in front of the ice cream bar.

 

Danny Trejo’s Next Life – Chef!

This past weekend I had the pleasure to attend the Los Angeles Times “The Taste” which took place over Labor Day Weekend at the famous Paramount Studios Backlot. The weekend was filled with cooking demonstrations, LA restaurants presenting a variety of foods, wineries, special cocktails and  a very special appearances by Actor Danny Trejo of Trejo’s Tacos, Trejo’s Cantina, Trejo’s Coffee & Donuts being interviewed by L.A. Times restaurant critic Jonathan Gold.

Danny Trejo  has appeared in numerous Hollywood films, often as villains and antiheroes. His films include Heat, Con Air, and Desperado, the latter with frequent collaborator Robert Rodriguez. Trejo is perhaps most recognized as the character Machete, originally developed by Rodriguez for the Spy Kids series of movies and later expanded into Trejo’s own series of films aimed at a more adult audience. He has appeared in TV shows such as Breaking Bad, The X-Files, and Sons of Anarchy. He also appeared in the spoof movie Delta Farce as the killer Carlos Santana who in the movie keeps getting mistaken for the musician.

This was definitely a surprise treat.

Still Going Strong! – Extraordinary: Stan Lee

Held at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills on Tuesday, August 22nd, Stan Lee was honored by a roster of celebrity guests and industry giants during an intimate, nostalgic look back at his storied career during Extraordinary: Stan Lee. The live show was broadcasted in more than 180 movie theaters in the U.S. and Canada.

Hosted by Chris Hardwick, special guests included: David Hasselhoff (Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2), Tom Bergeron (Dancing with the Stars), Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible Hulk), Pom Klementieff (Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2), Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2), Alan Tudyk (Star Wars: Rogue One), musician/producer RZA (Blade Trinity), director Jon Schnepp (The Death of ‘Superman Lives’: What Happened?), Peter Shinkoda (Marvel’s Daredevil), Kelly Hu (X2: X-Men United), director Morgan Spurlock (Super-Size Me), Todd McFarlane (Amazing Spider-Man), Andy Signore (Screen Junkies), writer Marv Wolfman (Crisis on Infinite Earths), producer Michael Uslan (Batman), director David Yarovesky (Guardians Inferno), producer/director Kenneth Johnson (The Incredible Hulk), Hal Sparks (Queer as Folk), Disney Imagineer Ted Robledo (Iron Man Experience).

Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame 5th Annual Induction Dinner

The 2017 Inductees included Non-Nevada Resident Boxers: Thomas “Hitman” Hearns, Erik “El Terrible” Morales, Michael Spinks, Salvador Sanchez, Michael Carbajal, Lucia Rijker; Nevada Resident Boxers: Leon Spinks, Richie Sandoval, Ken Norton; Non-Boxer Category: Rafael Garcia, Debbie Munch, Mel Greb, Dr. Elias Ghanem, and Davey Pearl.

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Mad Mel Saves the World Hits Off Broadway for a Limited Run!

How many times do I get to say I know someone who wrote and directed a musical and an off Broadway one at that? That’s a pretty impressive accomplishment because doing anything in NYC is hard. Remember Hamilton started off as an Off Broadway experiment.

Journey  16.7 light years to Mad Mel Saves the World, a madcap intergalactic adventure blending pop, rock, rap music, Vogue and club dancing with a dose of political satire, for its world premiere at the Midtown International Theater Festival.

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Broadway Stars in the Alley Tomorrow!

If you happen to be in NYC, tomorrow, June 2, 2017 head down to the historic Shubert Alley at 44th street for one of my favorite events of the year Broadway Stars In The Alley. It’s a annual free concert put on by the Broadway Alliance. Featuring performances from over 20 different Broadway shows including Groundhog Day, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Get on Your Feet, School of Rock and more. It’s really just an excuse to have a free public dress rehearsal ahead of next week’s Tony Awards. I’m busing up to NYC to catch this event and will have a bunch of cool interviews. Check out this amazing list of talent that’s going to be on hand.

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Coheed and Cambria Rocks MD! By Sean Heintzelman

Claudio Sanchez of Coheed and Cambria at Filmore Silver Spring, MD. Photo by Sean Heintzelman

If the nostalgia of a new Dave & Busters in downtown Silver Spring wasn’t enough, then the local concert venue usually has you covered.  On May 6th the Fillmore hosted Coheed and Cambria’s “Good Apollo: I’m Burning Star IV Neverender” tour, dedicated to their 2005 album of the same name.  It’s amazing when a rock band has lasted so long in this day and age, let alone sells out a venue within hours.

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