Not in a bad way though! Actually, it was a really good weekend. On Saturday night, Larry & I went out with Paras & Carey to catch a production of “Little Shop of Horrors” at the Cupcake Theater in Hollywood. Now, I don’t think we were ready for the small size of the theater, as it IS a small small venue, but damn – the performances and the talent on display for that performance was incredible. I think I may have seen part of the movie a long time ago, so I didn’t really remember the story or the songs (except for the main theme song). Fantastic songs (by the same songwriting team behind such phenomenal books for things like “Beauty and the Beast” and “Aladdin”) and quite creative staging and the fun of the Audrey II plant performance was inspired. I’m ready to watch our Blu-Ray of the movie and Larry got the soundtrack. Big fan of “Suddenly Seymour.” We all went out afterwards for a few drinks right there on Hollywood Blvd and damn – that’s a shitshow! Got really buzzed at FiveOFour, a New Orleans “inspired” bar, until it got to be a bit much for us once the regular crowd started flowing in around 11. Got one last drink at El Scorpion before it was time. to. go. Home is so wonderful sometimes!
Oct 25, 2014 – Out at the Cupcake Theater for “Little Shop of Horrors”
Then today, we made it to the Americana for some movie goodness, catching a showing of St Vincent. This movie has been getting a great number of glowing reviews and after seeing it this afternoon, it’s clear why. It’s a very well-told story about some people who are doing the best they can as well as Bill Murray’s eponymous character, Vincent. He’s a hard-to-love kind of guy but through the events of the movie, you find out there’s more to the story. Key to it all is the young actor who plays Oliver, who ends up by happenstance spending a lot of time with him. He delivers a great performance that is vital to selling the whole picture. Melissa McCarthy and Naomi Watts round out the wonderful cast in what turns out to have a few really high emotional payoffs. It’s also one of the funniest movies out right now. Very good and you should go see this if you can. It’s definitely Oscar bait.
Anyway, after the movie, we went to our favorite dumpling place nearby, Dim Tai Fung. SOOOO GOOOD. So here are some pics of our evening at Americana!
And that’s that! I’ve been sharpening my SQL skills this weekend as well as playing around in this powerful data visualization tool called Tableau. And then I’ve been trying to fit in time to play my most recent PC game acquisition, Civilization: Beyond Earth. It’s the next iteration of Civ V, but you’re playing all on the new world the human race is trying to colonize. It’s a bit overwhelming, especially in the tech tree/web section, as you can expand nearly any direction you want.