LA Philharmonic – Holst’s ‘The Planets’

Twas near the end of Summer when the LA Philharmonic Performed Holst’s ‘The Planets’ at the Hollywood Bowl. It also happened to be my sisters birthday! So, we went together and had a marvelous time. It was with great joy that we were able to see this performance, under the stars. Could it ever be more perfect than that? Most certainly not. She isn’t all that familiar with classical music but she knows how passionately I feel about certain pieces, and certain movements of ‘The Planets’ are one of my passions.

If you haven’t had the chance to check out Holst’s work, I recommend doing so! On YouTube, here is the entire 7 part act it only takes 49 minutes. But it is so epic and worth it! I have a few favorite pieces myself; “Mars, The Bringer of War”, which is the first act is a particular favorite do to it’s intense fiery nature! And I also love the ending, “Neptune , The Mystic” for it’s amazing feeling of a new day and feeling like an ascension.

Oh such beauty!  It was with great pleasure to be able to see the L.A. Philharmonic perform at the Hollywood Bowl performing Holst’s ‘The Planets’.

My sister and I awaiting for the show to begin!

Of course I come prepared! I brought the bubbly. It’s never a celebration until there is champagne. Bring the ‘pagne on!

Since this is a post regarding her lovely birthday, I also made her a dessert and dinner too. Since she is a big fan of my cooking, I dote upon her. And also, she is a big big fan of my cheesecake. At this point, I am well regarded for my baking prowess.  This birthday, I made her a brown butter cheesecake! Oh, the decadence! She thoroughly enjoyed it and said it was stellar. I think I could do better and will do better next time.

She loves balloons!

My sister with her flowers, yes, I arranged them. Her favorite color is a pale purple. Happiness overload for this girl.

Sweet simple dinner table.

Here is Amoura showing off her beautiful tutu. My little Princess Ballerina. She is definitely a baller-ina. LOL!

My floral arrangement in lovely roses in cream and hues of purple.

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VK United Music Fest!

On July 5th, I had the opportunity to see anti-feminism again! They were absolutely amazing. They were fantastic last year but I think it was even better this year. The venue was at Amplyfi Hollywood. It’s small and a bit confusing to find as it’s right next door to Paramount Studios.  But, I enjoy small venues as it makes the show really intimate.

I set out with my sister to wait early in line because any show I really want to see, I always arrive early, usually way too early. And as usual, the case.  I had her wait in line while I ran and got us Starbucks.  I brought them back, waited to see if some friends were going to arrive but they did not arrive as early as I’d hoped. Therefore, I had to listen to some weeaboos in line talk about the Japanese artists as though they were some sort of rare breed of specimen, it was down right creepy to be honest. Thank goodness I can bite my tongue. I felt uncomfortable for the artists having to deal with being stared at like some display at a carnival, something subhuman. People, BOUNDARIES! Do you have any? This is my big reason that I really dislike going to JRock concerts in America. A lot of “fans” of Japanese music have some sort of creepy yellow fever or something.

Pre-show Selfies? Good for passing time. Pre-show Coffee? Also Good for passing time.

The first band were Phoenix Ash and they are based out of the Bay Area. Their influences are the likes of Luna Sea and Buck-Tick! All you have to do is say Buck-Tick and I’ll be rabid!

Anti-Feminism went on next and boy, what a performance!  I ended up with Kenzi’s dress over my head. He ended up getting down to his bloomers. I urged the crowd to sing him Happy Birthday to which he was completely surprised at. We then sang Happy Birthday to the drummer, who’s birthday was also coming up as well. It was a great joy and so much fun!

Cell were great with Tomo from The Rhedoric on guitar.

Lolita Dark  were fantastic! Rayko on vocals was amazing, a gorgeous voice. They really put on an incredible performance. I wish nothing but the best for this group, they work so hard and are so passionate.

Walking away with my Anti-Feminism Booty.
Kenzi and I from Anti-Feminism | Tomo and I who is from The Rhedoric who played with Cell. Excuse my horrid Look, too much headbanging!
Poel and I – I felt a fool! I was speaking Japanese to him out of courtesy and he speaks English…. Stop me next time, guy! |  The Gorgeous Rayko and I

Pardon my industrial sized forehead. But here are some crowd shots

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