Sunday, March 27, 2011

Nokia Show

We had a super fun run last night at the Nokia show. The costume came out great, Elly wowed the audience, I dodged cameras to take pictures. Plus, Baptise let me use his prime lens so I got some great shots. More to come...

Saturday, March 26, 2011

All or Nothing

 Steve Mariott from the Small Faces
love watching him sing 

Thursday, March 24, 2011

in the workshop..

..and I can't get any good new music (aside from you Milo). Pandora is letting me down and I've exhausted my current playlist. Pop/hop is too glossy and synthetic. But everything else new is sounding too hipster-y. It's the purposefully lo-fi production and off-key singing - the novelty has worn off.

I guess it's back to the annuals of history..

.not history but still love her..

Draught in my musicland.

what a gem

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

concert saturday

My friend Elizaveta is opening for Seth MacFarlane on Saturday. It's a big show - almost like a debut into the big leagues for her. It will be recorded for PBS or HBO.. one of the two. If all goes well, she will be wearing the pile of goodness I am hot gluing right now. haha

If you have an extra $30.00 (where did the 15$ concert go?), come on out! Unfortunately all of our "on the list" tickets got used up already - otherwise I'd for sure VIP anyone reading this.
(The description is interesting so I attached it. I'm not a fan of Family Guy for the record, but pretty fascinating that the creater is a '40 and '50s jazz singer.)

Date: Sat, Mar 26, 2011
Showtime: 8:00 PM
Doors open: 7:00 PM
Ages: All Ages
On sale now: Buy at
Ticket Prices: $28.50-$153.50
Special guest Sara Bareilles


Emmy-winning "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane--will perform live at CLUB NOKIA with a 36-piece orchestra Saturday, March 26. Grammy nominated artist, Sara Bareilles, will join MacFarlane and the band to perform their duet "Love Won't Let You Get Away." 

The album, titled Music Is Better Than Words, is a crisp sounding orchestral/big band record that features MacFarlane singing some of the hidden musical gems of the '40s and '50s. Introducing this rich sound and classic integrity to a new audience, the album features duets with beloved artists Norah Jones and Sara Bareilles, and was arranged, conducted, and produced by accomplished film and television composer Joel McNeely, who will conduct the orchestra at the event. Universal Republic Records, who signed MacFarlane in 2010, will release the album in stores and online platforms in September 2011.

MacFarlane has been a fan of music from this era for as long as he can remember, and has even trained with vocal coaches Lee, Sally, and Steve Sweetland. Lee and Sally coached many great singers throughout their careers, including Frank Sinatra. MacFarlane has featured countless musical numbers on his television shows, and has garnered multiple Emmy nominations as well as a win for Outstanding Music and Lyrics on "Family Guy."

Recorded at the legendary Capitol Records, the album was made with MacFarlane singing live in the same room as the orchestra, just as they did in 50's. Additionally, Frank Sinatra's original microphone "nicknamed The Frank", on loan from the Smithsonian, was used to record the album. All songs were recorded to analog tape, to match the warm sound of the historic records of that era.

MacFarlane's voice has been celebrated for it's perfect phrasing, richness, and consistency. He is an experienced live performer, having played to sold out audiences at London's Royal Albert Hall and New York's Carnegie Hall.

This performance will be recorded by Network LIVE in high definition and multi track audio for the HDTV, online, mobile and cinema release in September 2011."

Saturday, March 12, 2011

see you on the other side

Costume design for a show later this month are underway. Before I put everything together, I thought I'd take a few pictures.
We scavenged some bags full of prettiness from the Fashion Disctrict downtown. Until now I had never spent much time down there. That was probably a good thing. Because, wow, if I had a million dollars I'd stock a warehouse full of all these supplies and be an elf. So many cool things to make.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

enjoying yogurt, until the meltdown

Eating yogurt

I've been putting away massive quantities of yogurt these past few weeks - ever since my friend turned me on to Pavel's Russian Yogurt. If  you are wondering, this friend is in fact Russian. Apparently I was in the dark on the Russian expertise in yogurt. I've been adding some sliced kiwi, plump perfectly ripe strawberries, and fresh mouth-watering blueberries - about those berries.

Lately I've been pulling my hair out over the organic/non-organic dilemma. Does it really matter? I started to consciously eat only organic a couple weeks ago after Jeffery Smith - the leading voice in GMO - said that organic also meant no Genetic Modification. But does it...does it reeeallly? Who knows.

For a while, I was assuming that because the FDA is so corrupt, organic labels probably mean as much the "all natural" labels, which mean about as much as a label that says, "contains loads of ingredients and fanciful names."

The popular ice cream in Cambodia, haah!

I've been reading an important book called Seeds of Deception about the genetic modification/engineering industry. Honestly, everyone...everyone...everyone should read this or a book about this or at least watch a documentary on this topic.

GMO is the scariest thing in the world to me simply because once we allow it into our environment, we cannot take it back. It will screw up the natural checks and balances of our ecosystem  forever. I know that sounds dramatic, but call it like it is. Scientists are playing God, when they have no idea what kind of effects consuming altered genes will have. They don't know, mainly because they haven't taken the time to find out. The handfull of tests that have been done on animals have raised nothing but red flags. One test was done on humans, and even this didn't  look at the effects on the body; it studied removed human intestines - still the results showed that GMO was not safe.

One experiement on humans and somehow GMO foods made it into grocery stores. Smith says, "only one test, besides the global test that we are all a part of right now."

Big agriculture companies have prevented grassroots efforts to label the modified foods. People can't even make up their own minds.

Now it's hard to find a crop that doesn't use GMO seeds.The farmers who want to grow organic food have been contaminated with neighboring GMO seeds.

Monsanto patented terminator seeds, which die after one season. I can only speak for myself, but first, I dont want to eat a mutated plant that comes from a dead mutated seed. Second, I don't want to be dependent on a big company for my food (too late, right?). In this scenero, we all are dependent, even the farmers who were carrying the torch for the rest of us. Once a crop is harvested for the season, farmers have to buy a new shipment of seeds from Monsanto because their seeds have been genetically altered to die. Of course there are all kinds of problems we are introducing.

That's no big deal, really, because we can fix them all. Modify nature here. A little adjustment there. And here. And there. Wait, who died and said we were in charge? Was it Nietzsche? He did said God was dead? Haha, so I guess that puts us in charge. It goes back into the Transhumanism Movement that I am always hearing about -  this common strain of thinking that dismisses nature and seems to have everlasting confidence in the exploits of man. Come on though, Mr. H+. Do you really think that you can do this better than nature? Better than God? Here we go again. God is supposed to be dead, but you are here. Isn't that proof?

Until the meltdown:  Non GMO Shopping Guide 

Monday, March 7, 2011

Basketball Championships in Anaheim

Shibat and his uncle, Charlie. Charlie is so funny! I can't properly convey it here. He's 88 years old, on top of everything, involved in every conversation. He's loud, crazy and a smartass. We drove them all down there to give Shibat a break. Charlie was kicking back in the front seat. They were having a disagreement over which exit to take and after saying that J's head was like Gibraltar (a big rock), he turned and spit.
J said, "Did you just spit in my car?"
"What, what are you talking about?"
"I just saw you. You spit in my car."
"Eh, yeah..."

 We went to support our friend's nephew #2 - who's really good
They lost but I think it was solely the responsibility of the uniform designer.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


Remembering Nader today. Two years ago he passed away unexpectedly. He founded a school for kids in Cambodia called Aziza's Place. Kids from the city's landfill are able to go to school because of him, they have a safe clean place to sleep, they have good food, and so many opportunities - extraordinary life work . If you want to know more about Nader and his work, check out my Cambodia blog.

khnyom nuk niak mut payat khnyom

Shots from the recording session

Well, here are some shots from Saturdays recording session at the "big" studio in Glendale.
96 input plugs. The board was huge! (Richard the engineer).  

Milton, the in-house sound tech, gave me a tour of the control room, because I was very curious what all of the knob, levels, rigs, etc were for. They said the control room alone took a couple months to wire. Under the padded walls there are layers of carefully chosen sound tiles and pitted plywood. 

In the sound booth they shoot blanks from a gun and then measure the sound reverberations, then change tile shapes all over the room to get the perfect acoustics. 

Then the sound guy said he felt like he was being interviewed, so I had to back off, haha.

Elizaveta at the control station, listening, giving direction, and pinching herself as her dreams become a reality
The orchestra from the other side of the control window
The people making it happen
Inside the studio, I hovered near the cellos because I'm bias
This cellist epitomized the classic  look. 
Joel deep in thought. 

I will take this opportunity to say I was blown away by his arrangements. I was in the sound booth most of the time, so I didn't hear some of the arrangements on top of Elizaveta's songs, but even alone the string accompaniment was outstanding. It was like being in the pit of an orchestra and somehow getting your head right under their instruments... if you wanted to do that. The sound was top!

There were at least 20 musicians. 
Instruments present: violin, cello(love), bass(love), clarinet, trombone, and harp.

Next up for the album: Mixing. Then the artwork (yep - that's me, stakes are high). Then release. She's playing at Club Nokia on March 26 if you want a preview of goodness.