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Waiting For Guffman

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, April 6, 2008 01:37am | Post a Comment
For some reason as a teenager I was convinced to be a part of a play shown at The Torrance Community Theater. The first time I saw Waiting For Guffman, all those traumatic memories of community theater came roaring back: the bad dialogue, the cheap props and the egos of the lifer community theater players. I saw Guffman on tour when it came out back in 1997 at a movie theater in Portland. It was one of those theaters that served beer. Everyone in my band at the time hated the movie. I of course, because of my traumatic experience with the Torrance Community Theater,  loved it.

Last night IFC showed it twice and I saw it twice. Too funny. Here are some of my favorite parts, courtesy of Youtube:

The Audition:



Corky's Speech:



I Love Corky:

Fernandomania X 2

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, April 6, 2008 12:17am | Post a Comment
Not to bite Whitmore's previous blogs about The Los Angeles Dodgers, but I wanted to write about the start of the baseball season, Last Sunday I went to check out the Dodgers and as I walked up the stairs to my seat, I couldn't help but take a picture of one of my all-time favorites.

Fernando Valenzuela was the pride of Mexico. The biggest reason why the Dodgers are Los Doyers now has everything to do with him. Mexicanos who had no previous interest in baseball, suddenly filled the stadium every time he pitched. In a city so enamored by The Lakers, Fernandomania swept through Los Angeles.  He should be in the Baseball Hall Of Fame. He was the only person to win the Cy Young Award and The Rookie Of The Year in the same year (1981) and helped The Dodgers win the World Series over the the dreaded New York Yankees, In 1990, he pitched a no-hitter. The Dodgers ended his career prematurely by overusing him, mostly to get more people through the turnstiles. Still, to see him in his heyday was something else.
I feel the same pride with Alejandro Ocana, otherwise known as 2Mex. He, along with Xololanxinco, formed Of Mexican Descent, who were the first Chicano rappers that I heard that went beyond what other Chicano Rappers had done previously. Before them it was all Gangster Rap or the numerous Cypress Hill knock-offs. 2Mex lyrics have content, cultural pride and he can freestyle with the best of them. He has numerous collaborations, solo projects and releases. On top of that he is also a part of the Visionaries crew. Check out his insane discography

2MEX DISCOGRAPHY:
Of Mexican Descent: Exitos y Mas Exitos (1998)
visionaries -galleries (1998)
Songodsuns: Love Fights Back (1999) 12"
The Mindclouders (2mex & Mums the Word): Fake it Until You Make it (2000)
2mex: Words, Knot Music (2001, 2000)
VISIONARIES SOHPMORE JINX (2000)
2mex: LA (Like) (2001)
2mex: B-boys in Occupied Mexico (2001)
2mex: Unreleased hits (2001)
2mex & Awol One: Flow & Tell Live (2001)
OMD/Writers Block/Brother J: Live at the Knitting Factory (2002)
2mex: the Sweat EP (2002)
Jel vs 2mex: Diypartisan (2002)
2mex and Luckyiam.PSC: the Summerjam (2003)
2mex: Unreleased Hits Revised Edition (2003)
2mex: Pavillions of Sound (2003)
2mex: Sweat Lodge Infinite (2003)
2mex: 2mex (2004)
2mex & Busdriver: Live Radio Concert-Limited Edition (2004)
2mex: Knowhawk (2004)
2mex: Lovesongmix (2004)
2mex: Baby I Aint Jokin (2004)
2mex: Da Vinci blowed bw Airwolf (2005)
VISIONARIES-PANGAEA (2005)
Squeak E. Clean presents Baldhead Slick and 2mex (2005)
Songodsuns: Once Again (2005)
SonGodSuns 2mex of the Visionaries: Over the Counter Culture (2005) 2 LP
2mex: the Essential Tour (2005)
2mex: Live in Bozeman Montana (2005)
2mex: Instrumentals, Accapellas Of Mexican Descent: "Push the system"/2mex: "the Cross is a Knife" (2005) 7"
2mex and Life Rexall are $martyr (2006) CD
of Mexican Descent: Exitos y Mas Exitos Edición de Lujo (2006, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1993, 1999, 2000) CD
VISIONARIES-WE ARE THE ONE (WE'VE BEEN WAITING FOR)(2006)

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April 2, 2008

Posted by phil blankenship, April 5, 2008 07:19pm | Post a Comment

 




The Grove is the WORST.  I can't believe it's owned by the same company as the Arclight.

Blech.





    

The assholes below were sitting in the row in front of us. They didn't want to be "gay" so they left an empty seat between them. They didn't want to "talk" over that empty seat so they fucking TEXT MESSAGED each other throughout the whole movie. I guess their texts were hilarious because they kept cracking up. I thought they left half way through the film after I yelled at them for the millionth time. But no, they came back. They probably went to complain that I was harassing them. Oh well.
 After the show they didn't want me to take photos of them. I only wish I could have gotten better snaps.

    

As you can see below, validated parking should be $2 for the first four hours. Somebody forgot to let the the theater know it's actually $3. It was a treat I found out when exiting the parking structure. Unfortunately, the photographic evidence below did not help us get out of paying the extra dollar.

Mick Jones Stops In...Thrills All

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 5, 2008 03:11pm | Post a Comment


Last week I received a frantically excited email from our floor manager Tony Green-- Mick Jones of The Clash had just been in the store!  He was with Tony James from Carbon Silicon

And, as the above photo attests, it's true!  Tony Green tells me Mick was a complete sweetheart, even taking a walk down memory lane with him, remembering the Clash show in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1979 that our Tony had attended.  It's good to know Mick is still up on politics-- apparently he purchased a great many politically-related DVDs.

I recall hearing similar sweetheart stories about Joe Strummer, who played an instore at Amoeba back in 2001.  Strummer went to nearby bar Murio's and had a drink with a few of our employees!

It goes without saying that The Clash remain one of the most thrilling and passionate bands to ever make their mark on the musical world.  Check out an old, semi-awkward yet exceedingly entertaining interview with Tom Snyder and the members of The Clash from their vital, ducktailed heyday:

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