Monday, October 11, 2021

CicLAvia Returns to the 'Heart of LA,' and We're Back Too

It had been a while since we grabbed our bikes and headed to the open streets for one of our favorite Los Angeles events, CicLAvia -- a function both of the pandemic and our busy schedules. But Nathan and I made it out to Chinatown on Saturday, and rode our bikes all the way to Mariachi Plaza and back, enjoying the sights and sounds of the city along the way. 

It's been easy to get a little down on Los Angeles lately. There are a lot of frustrating things about the current state of our city. But being back out with thousands of other Angelenos and enjoying the beautiful day... it brought back some of the passion for LA that had been starting to wane. (Later that evening, we also hit a Lakers preseason game — quite a day in LA!) More shots from our Sunday in downtown:

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Freeform's 'Halloween Road' Returns to Heritage Square, With More Candy and More Sanderson Sisters

“Freeform’s Halloween Road” is back, and this year visitors can get out of the car and experience it first hand. Held once again in Highland Park's Heritage Square, the outdoor, immersive event features the worlds of “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas,” “Hocus Pocus,” “The Addams Family” and more.

Continuing through Tuesday, here are some of the attractions for this year's event:

• Extended “Hocus Pocus” Drag Show – In-depth drag show featuring scenes from “Hocus Pocus” and starring the Sanderson Sisters.

• Finkelstein’s Lab from “Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas”

• “The Addams Family” Mansion – Pose for a photo in Pugsley’s new electric chair.

• More trick-or-treat stations

• Halloween characters including Sarah and Winne Sanderson, Billy Butcherson, the Ghostbusters, Uncle Fester, Wednesday Addams and more

• The Sanderson Sisters’ cottage and Billy’s grave in Old Burial Hill from “Hocus Pocus”

• Spiral Hill, Halloween Town Hall, Oogie Boogie’s Lair and Lock Shock and Barrel’s Treehouse from “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas”

• Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and the Ecto-1 from “Ghostbusters”

Some pics:

Friday, October 1, 2021

RETRO FRIDAY/MIKE ON RADIO: Radio Free Hawaii Guest DJ Spot, September 1991

If you're looking for a Friday soundtrack... it's been 30 years (!) since this Sept. 1991 guest DJ spot on Radio Free Hawaii, a week before I headed off to college. Fun mix of The Cure, Jane's Addiction, Dee-Lite, Joy Division, Anthrax/Public Enemy, The Smiths, Information Society, Chris Isaak, Real Life, When In Rome, Faith No More, and much more!

Monday, September 27, 2021

The Return of My Annual Fall TV Network Presidents Survey

It’s the return of my annual Fall TV Network Presidents survey! I asked 18 programmers — from Netflix, ABC/Hulu, NBC, CBS, Fox, The CW, TBS/TNT/TruTV, HBO/HBO Max, Showtime, FX, A+E, Freeform, AMC, Discovery, Paramount Plus, Epix all included — the think that irks them the most about the biz; what show they’d steal from a rival; their potential sleeper hit; their pandemic hobby and more. See all answers here.

And we got 13 of them on to this chart, which ran in the most recent issue of Variety. Click to make it larger:

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Quarantine Baking: Croissant French Toast with Butterscotch Apples and Sesame Brittle

To promote his upcoming cooking competition "Next Level Chef" for Fox, Gordon Ramsay held a live, virtual set tour and cook-along demonstration as we watched from our kitchen. It took us three times as long as it did for Gordon to make this sweet brunch treat, but it paid off in the end: Delicious. I mean, you can't go wrong with croissants, custard, carmelized apples and more. Nathan helped as my sous chef.