Saturday, October 30, 2010

Halloween, Rifftrax style

In honor of Halloween and my abiding love of making fun of movies, I headed out to the Rifftrax live event this last Thursday.  The movie they riffed was the classic Vincent Price "House on Haunted Hill" a delightful product of its times movie that was perfect for Kevin Murphy, Mike Nelson, and Bill Corbett to go after.

This is the second Rifftrax Live! presentation that I've gone to (the other being their Christmas special last year).  The last one was fun, but this one was amazing.  Part of the fun is being in a semi-crowded theater.  Southern California has enough former MST 3K fans like myself to fill a theater for these types of events, and the fun of seeing them do their shtick live really adds to the laughs.

Sunday, October 3, 2010


Last Friday, I headed up to Scripps for their once-a-semester free concert on their big lawn.  This is part of a series of concerts organized by a Scripps Alum, Elizabeth Levitt Hersch '74.  Part giving back to Scipps, part advertisement for the Levitt Pavillions, this is always a well-organized nice event.  Performing this time were Dala, an acoustic folk duo from Canada.  

They were awesome!  I have to admit, my consumption of folk has dropped dramatically since leaving North Carolina, so it was nice to get a booster.  Lovely harmonies and an easy back-and-forth between two friends made for a wonderful concert.  The concert setting itself was also very nice--by setting the time from 5:30-7:00, there was a pretty transition from day to night while they played.  And they even gave chairs and/or blankets to everyone.  A great way to start the weekend!