“Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks and invents.”

~ Ludwig van Beethoven

Film

DeepWater4Deep Water is the stunning true story of the first solo, non-stop, round-the-world boat race, and the psychological toll it took on its competitors. Sponsored by the Sunday Times of London, the much-ballyhooed event attracted a field of nine, including amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst, who set out to circumnavigate the globe in late 1968.

In telling Crowhurst's story, directors Louise Osmond and Jerry Rothwell inter-cut narration from Crowhurst's journals, archival film, and interviews with the sailor's family, friends, and colleagues. What emerges is a portrait of a man sinking rapidly into a pit of despair as he comes face to face with his own darkest nightmares of personal failure."

This 2006 documentary is a must see.

Website: http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/deep-water

Volunteer

“Founded in 1988, My Friend’s Place is a nonprofit Resource Center offering a comprehensive continuum of care that includes free emergency resources such as food and clothing in combination with health, educational, and therapeutic services to over 1,800 homeless youth and their children each year.”

I’ve been volunteering there for over a year and can’t tell you how incredible these folks are. If you’ve been looking for a great cause to bet behind, don’t hesitate to contact them.

Website: http://myfriendsplace.org

Food

AnimalPic“In its short, happy existence, Animal has become the most influential restaurant in Los Angeles, the one where visiting chefs go when they have time for only one dinner in town” - Jonathan Gold, Pulitzer Prize winning food critic for the LA Times

Chefs Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook have put together an insane menu. Make a reservation, bring a few friends so you can try everything, and enjoy one of the city's best.

Website: http://animalrestaurant.com

Beverage

Covell1“Owner Dustin Lancaster fell in love with the East side of Los Angeles a little over a decade ago, which is why he’s chosen Los Feliz as the location of this first endeavor. An actor by day and proprietor by night, Dustin has been cultivating a unique craft of making Angelenos want to meet, eat, drink and be merry at Café Stella in Silver Lake throughout his time here. Now, that craft and nearly every facet of his life is reflected in his design of Covell: it’s rustic, it’s creative, it’s inviting and it’s comfortable. Even the name refers to a home: “Covell” is the name of the street in Deer Creek, OK where Dustin recently bought his mother, Penni, a new house. You’ll hear Dustin say wine doesn’t have to be pretentious, intimidating or complicated, and that is exactly what is reflected in his purpose and execution of Covell.

Incredible wines, delicious draft beers, and a solid menu make stopping by this place a must.

Website: http://barcovell.com

TV/Webseries

HOCPic"An adaptation of a previous BBC miniseries and based on the novel by Michael Dobbs, House of Cards is the story of Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey), a Democrat from South Carolina's 5th congressional district and the House Majority Whip. After getting passed over for appointment to Secretary of State, Frank decides to exact his revenge on those who betrayed him."

Spacey is at his best and is well supported by co-stars Robin Wright, Kate Mara, and Corey Stoll. The series, which is currently streaming on Netflix, is as addictive as any show out there.

Website: http://netflix.com

I think every music lover takes pride in putting together the perfect playlist. And though I’m no exception, I also enjoy the element of surprise that comes with the iPod Shuffle. This section is dedicated to random songs that I re-discovered while shuffling my music library.

  1. Orange Sky by Alexi Murdoch – One of my favorite tracks from this Scotsman.
  2. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) by Marvin Gaye – Simply genius.
  3. Strange Behaviour by Roots Manuva – A slick, sick beat compliments Roots’ smooth flow.
  4. Crazy Love II by Paul Simon – A delightful b-side on the incomparable Graceland album.
  5. Cisco Kid by War – Maybe you’ve heard it a million times. If not, treat yourself.
  6. Somebody by Depeche Mode – Haunting and epic, this ballad always hits home.
  7. Little Wing by Jimi Hendrix – Hard to choose the best Hendrix… this one is up there.
  8. Old Black Mattie by R.L. Burnside – Great track on the Black Snake Moan soundtrack.
  9. It Ain’t Hard To Tell by NaS – You had me at hello with the Human Nature sample.
  10. Dream Lover by Bobby Darin – Featured in countless films, this 1959 classic still holds up.
  11. Grinnin’ In Your Face by Son House – It’s one of Jack White’s favorites and it’s one of mine.