Loving photographer Alex's Prager's short film excerpt, "Face in the Crowd". It's reminiscent of Fellini and Kubrick, with a dash of Quentin Dupieux-like surrealism. Speaks to the introspect, the aesthete, the agoraphobic. Take a relaxed gander with your morning beverage.
I've officially entered the late-thirties zone, and despite more frequently checking the mirror this week, I can't find an added wrinkle. Just the slowly-but-surely aging mortal shell reflected, with a bit more searching expression. My beautiful sister treated me to Bar Ama's (118 West 4th Street, Los Angeles) highlights - cashew queso dip, ceviche, green enchiladas + an Oaxacan Werewolf in Paris cocktail (mezcal, lime, apricot liquor, chartreuse, peychaud). H drew monsters, and my favorite was the Strawberry Milkshake that shoots strawberry quicksand through its straw. And, of course, lasers.
On Friday (no pictures, because I deliberately left my camera at home), beloved friends hosted a charming BBQ at Rory's residence, which is a Pink Castle wonderment. Irene mixed whiskey sours, which was dubbed the "Angeline" (can you guess what my poison of choice is?), and Carolyn grilled chicken, bacon-wrapped hot dogs and tofu to accompany the various green and pasta salads. Scarlette baked and schlepped a three-layer (one more layer than I've ever made) lemon cake with coconut frosting, which was decimated. These lovely ladies made all the behind-the-scenes work, the generous hosting, and the clean-up look so cheerful and effortless, but I know it was due to days of thoughtful preparations.
Thank you, dearest friends and Jister. For creating a beautiful, heartfelt evening. For all the friends who came and celebrated/danced/laughed with me. I'm lucky already to have seen another birthday, and feel extraordinarily blessed for all the love around me.
I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things that I had no words for.
The day before Independence day, Bethany and I went to visit Ashlie (mama) + Evelyn (baby) Kodsy. I was so ecstatic to finally meet their little one! Evelyn is nearly two months - so very tiny - yet has a beautiful, beaming personality. I held her through repeated spit-ups, and loved every precious, small-limbed minute.
Evelyn. So wonderful meeting you. A universe of blessings for you and your parents.
Purchased popsicles in the intestinal cavity of a Brachiosaurus
Bare-bones camped in Joshua Tree
Woke up before 7am because we were being tent-steamed alive from the desert sun
Scurried over Jumbo Rocks, Skull Rock, and Hidden Valley
Scored rad loot at a handful of thrift shops
Splashed around in the Ace Hotel Palm Spring's saltwater pool
Crave-worthy hummus plate. Amazing cocktails. Obligatory photo booth strip.
H kinda won at Bingo, hosted by a drag queen with the hottest legs we've ever seen
Keyboards > William Gramling / Chris Weldon
Vocalists > Cassie Griffith / Anna Su / Alex Fleeman / Joyce Ma / Nate Miller
Guitar + Vocals > Wendy Wang / Corey Fleeman
Bass > Brian Duke Song
Drums > Mike Lindsay / Gavin Salmon
Coordinators > Elisabeth Kines / Jessica Mitchell
Rad work by amazing musician + artist friends with beautiful hearts. Thank you for all your endless hours of putting this together.