Last night I caught The Regrettes (pictured above) at The Echo club in Echo Park, a cool spot to hear up and coming bands. They are good! Three women musicians backed by an excellent drummer. Their blend of punk and Go-Go's sound is very appealing. They were preceded by French Vanilla, another emerging band whose lead singer, Sally Spitz, is the picture of energy as she bounces around non-stop to her music. Then the Tacocats played, another up-and-coming band with an excellent sound.
Echo Park is a cool area to hang out in, with friendly people, lots of comfortable restaurants, and fun places to visit, with a mellow vibe reminiscent of Venice without the sand. That's what I love about LA, so many dozens of new and different neighborhoods to visit besides your own.
More information about all these bands can be found here: The Regrettes: theregrettes.com; French Vanilla: https://frenchvanilla.bandcamp.com; Tacocat: tacocatdotcom.com.
Yesterday I visited the Chrysalis organization in Santa Monica for a "Food for Thought" event to get to know more about this impressive nonprofit. Chrysalis is an "organization dedicated to creating a pathway to self-sufficiency for homeless and low income individuals by providing the resources and support needed to find and retain employment." They place about half of the 4,000 individuals that come through their doors every year in gainful employment, and do a wonderful job helping folks get back on their feet. They specialize in practical, effective tools like job training and computer skills, resume writing help, interview practice, classes, support groups, etc. Everything imaginable to get people off the streets and into a job as smoothly as possible. In addition to the Santa Monica office, they also have locations in Downtown Los Angeles and Pacoima. I applaud their efforts and encourage you to join me in supporting this very worthy and important organization. For more information, visit changelives.org.
I ventured down to The Broad Museum yesterday which opened last year. It is spectacular. Even if you are not a fan of modern art, the building and its setting are really worth the trip. It gets crowded though, so study their extensive web site and plan accordingly: thebroad.org. The Cindy Sherman exhibit is outstanding if you are a fan. I will put more pictures up on my Flickr page, too. They allow photography almost everywhere, and it is such fun to explore and shoot away, amazed.
I had lunch beforehand at the upscale Otium Restaurant. Very pricey, really above my pay scale, but quite nice, with impeccable service. Don't be surprised at the $5.00 charge for bread and mandatory 18% tip added to your bill. You have been warned. Very elegant place though. You will want to dress nicely, dig out the good jeans!
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Just published this article at the Huffington Post on how to improve your Karaoke singing: huffingtonpost.com/entry/how-to-nail-a-karaoke-song_us. Enjoy!
Santa Monica has a terrific Twilight Concert Series planned for this summer on Thursdays at 7 pm. Best of all, it's free, and you can take the new Metro Line there to avoid parking and traffic hassles. I'll be there, visit santamonicapier.org/twilightconcerts/ for the schedule and more information.
Just got back from a brilliant private performance by T.O.L.D. of his just released debut album “It's Not About Witches” at the elegant SoHo House in West Hollywood. His work has lyrics of stark beauty, with an utterly unique sound -- the music of a real artist.
My favorite song is “Lucifer’s Eyes” with it’s poetic lyrics, and delicious steel drum rhythms. They gave me a CD as I left, even the photography and artwork on it is artistic and well done. T.O.L.D. is an artist at once sophisticated and elegant, like no one you’ve ever heard before, and certainly one to watch.
I heard today that there will be an opportunity for kids interested in auditioning for MasterChef Junior on July 9th in Los Angeles. Parents and potential chefs can meet with the casting directors directly and find out what they are looking for. You have to be between the ages of 8 and 13. It's amazing what those kids can cook up, love that show! All the scoop is is available here: masterchefjuniorcasting.com/
So happy, I just became a contributor to the Huffington Post, you can read all my articles here: huffingtonpost.com/author/joy-bennett