Photo set, 2017 Johnny Ramone Tribute in Hollywood, CA

July 30, 2017,  Annual Johnny Ramone Tribute at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA

Howie Pryo provided a killer DJ set before live music featuring Steve Jones, Billy Idol and Fred Armisen. Linda Ramone and Rosanna Arquette welcomed the crowd and brought up a few quest speakers:  including Cinespia’s founder, John Wyatt and Moby. This year’s movie was one of my all-time faves, Buffalo ’66!  Vincent Gallo introduced the film and also treated us to a few extra short films- a Patriotic piece and Honey Bunny.  The night also included a memorial photo slideshow to remember Chris Cornell.

 

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Pink house art installation, Los Angeles

Pink house art installation by “the most famous artist” Matty Mo in Los Angeles, CA

 

 

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Chris Cornell tribute

RIP Chris Cornell.  Words as difficult to type as they are to fathom.  Last week, the Ultimate Jam fam gathered at the Whisky to celebrate the life of Chris Cornell through his music.  Photos from the event are below, followed by some of my own personal favorite memories- tickets and photos that I took of Chris.

My fave lyric, from Seasons: “I want to fly above the storm. But you can’t grow feathers in the rain” – Chris Cornell

Some of my personal souvenirs and photo memories:

 

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Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve, 4/1/2017

Poppies, poppies everywhere!  I took a drive out to Lancaster to check out the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve this past weekend.  Like my trip to Anza-Borrego desert a few weeks ago, I went on a Saturday (ignoring my own advice).  Not the best idea, but it was still a beautiful and peaceful experience.  I parked about a mile away on Lancaster Road and walked in.  If you’re going to go, I suggest opting for a weekday if you can.  The yellow flower fields were taken on my drive back to Los Angeles, a few miles from the reserve.

 

 

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Anza-Borrego Desert Wildflowers, 2017

With every rainfall over the winter, I’ve been thinking about the prospect of wildflowers!  Yesterday, I ventured out to the Anza-Borrego Desert to see what had bloomed!  On the way from LA, I stopped in Aguanga to check out Ricardo Breceda’s sculptures.  Once I was able to get through the traffic and arrived in Borrego Springs, I happily went on my search for flowers!  I didn’t have to venture very far off the beaten path.  The desert is in full bloom and the surrounding air was intoxicating. Desert Sunflowers, Chuparosa, Purple Mat, Wild Heliotrope, Checker Fiddleneck, , Sand Verbena and lots more!

(It seemed like half of Southern California had the same idea as it was mobbed!  I suggest going soon if you’re interested in experiencing an overload of beauty, but go on a weekday if possible.)

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