Cute is What We Aim For stopped by The Fillmore to show off just how cute they were. Lead singer Shaant Hacikyan belted out their old favorites like “There’s a Class for This” and “The Curse of Curves”. Band members Jeff Czum (guitar) and Tom Falcone (drums) rounded out the group and provided strong support to Shaant’s vocals. The audience participation was at an absolute high. A new single from the band is set to release this year. Be on the lookout!
Oh how excited I was to see a familiar photo used in Sweetlife Festival 2013 Ads. It took me a second but I was thrilled to see my crowd photo from Sweetlife Festival 2012 promote this year’s lineup! If you haven’t already gotten tickets, DO IT. If you’ve never been, GO. And for all you veterans out there, you know how great it was and I’m sure you all will GO AGAIN.
Sweetlife Festival is the brainchild of Sweetgreen - a hip salad eatery whose main focus is on health and sustainability. So attend the fest on May 11th and grab some sweet grub, listen to some sweet tunes and definitely revel in the sweet life.
The National Cable Television Association (NCTA) in conjunction with The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) hosted a special screening of the Oscar nominated Silver Linings Playbook. Senator Chris Dodd introduced Director/Screenwriter David O. Russell along with lead actor Bradley Cooper to speak to the audience about the main theme of the movie – mental illness. Former House of Representatives Patrick Kennedy also spoke about the topic as he is an advocate for mental health.
The movie is Russell’s successful attempt at creating awareness and trying to veer away from the negative stigma surrounding such a very serious illness. Cooper did an amazing job portraying a man experiencing a loss and trying to cope with his actions.
The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) was graced with a legend of the film industry. The night honored George Stevens Jr. on his lifetime achievements – which certainly was a long list – and will only continue to grow. He has won a number of Emmy awards, Peabody awards, Writers Guild awards and numerous others. But his biggest feat was founding the American Film Institute (AFI). The organization is now one of the most revered and renowned in the world. In addition to this huge endeavor, his most recent accomplishment was receiving an Academy Award. George Stevens, Jr. actually brought the award with him (along with his late father’s two Oscars) during the Q&A session. Proctoring the questions was none other than the current AFI President, Bob Gazzale.
Notable attendees at the event included: Mark Shields (PBS NewsHour), Jim Lehrer (PBS NewsHour), Victoria Kennedy (wife of the late Ted Kennedy) and Frank Mankiewicz (distinguished journalist).
P.S. I had the chance to hold the Oscar – it was a lot heavier than I had thought. It was also quite shiny!