Lyrics and Lounges…

One of the things I love best about Los Angeles is that it is like a huge steaming pot of deliciously, creative soup.  Artists of all types, from all over the planet come here to live, practice their art and to be discovered; while some just come here to share in these dynamic communities of other, one of a kind originals. 

For me, spoken word is right at the top of my list of favorites, as far as performance art goes; so when I hear about a spot called, Da Poetry Lounge, I knew I had to check it out first hand.   The venue is located in the Greenway Court Theatre  located at: 544 N Fairfax Ave in Hollywood and the line was curving into the parking lot nearby as I arrived at 8:40. 

With free parking near the theatre and a five dollar donation for entry, this casual spot draws quite a crowd every Tuesday night, so early arrival is suggested.  Seating for the nine o’clock show is limited so once they are filled, the audience camps out on the stage for an up close and personal view of the performers.

Each artist is given a three-minute time limit before the DJ, Brother Gimmel, sends them packing off the stage to hip hop music.

I take my court side seat just as the lively host and one of the founders( along with brother Gimmel and Poetri), Shihan, is giving us the rules: no cellphones, texting or walking out is permitted during the performances out of respect for the poets.

On this particular night, amateur poets line up and place themselves on a list to perform in hopes of being considered for the upcoming poetry slam competition, which begins the next week and features the two artists pictured above.

The first three acts blew me away with their depth, clarity of thought and the raw emotion of their pieces.  And for a moment I was taken for a walk in their footsteps, led to the windows where they waited for their lovers, stuffed into a body that didn’t match my personality and left knowing what it was like to feel invisible

Some of the content is deep and explicit while other pieces are more humorous and free form; but all of it is guaranteed to be honest.  Even a few songwriters got up with their guitars to test their lyrics on the finger snapping and welcoming crowd that makes up Da Poetry Lounge.

The venue is small and intimate; and the smiling, receptive crowd is made up of all races, ages and backgrounds. This is a great place to test your skills, bring a date or just come alone to be entertained.

Don’t worry if you can’t make the nine o’clock show; Da Poetry Lounge, breaks for intermission at eleven p.m. and new seats open up in the audience for the second half ,where new poets are introduced to the stage.

This is definitely one spot that makes me remember why I love LA!  Check out this performance by Poetri filmed at Da Poetry Lounge http://www.dapoetrylounge.com/:

 

Here are some other lounges worth checking out:

People of Poetry– Each and Every Wednesday@ Hollywood Studio Bar and Grill-6122 W. Sunset Blvd-Doors open at 7:30-$5  http://www.voteforpoetri.com/

2. Bakery Poetry Lounge- Thursdays@ 11020 Magnolia in North Hollywood- doors open at 8-$5  http://bakerypoetrylounge.com/

What I’m listening to: \”Electric Avenue by Eddy Grant\”

As always

~Spread The Love

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Everybody’s Going Green…..

After seeing that springs make-up trend had solidified greens “status” as the must have shade of the moment for eyes and apparently lips; I was interested to find out just how far green was making its impact. So I took to the streets to find other ways of literally, going green.

What could be greener than golf?  It’s a literal day on the “green”.  The grass, the trees a warm breeze blowing in from the nearby ocean; is nature, in all its manicured splendor.

Golf, formally associated with the wealthy set is rapidly changing into everyone’s game. 

No longer associated with class or background, people of all ages and social sets are being introduced, falling in love with this game and never looking back.

Golf is the game that does not discriminate on age.  In fact, I was told by one avid golfer that he once saw an eighty year old man with oxygen tanks playing out on the green (really, it’s that addicting).

As a game that relies on so many variables for the perfect put, this game is one that is tough to master and even harder to get bored with.  All it takes is one good slice and you think you are getting good only to realize that you really don’t know jack.

Lessons are held at reasonable prices for everyone including children as young as five or six.  And most golf courses have women’s leagues, private and group lessons and a clubhouse bar.

Since I am so new to golf, I spend my time at the driving range down at the local club where the demographics are varied and some of the coolest people on the planet hang out.

 For under ten dollars you can g  et up to 100 balls to test your skill on and when you’re a lady like I am there is always someone there, to help you with your form.

Golf is a really great hobby which cuts a boring day down to size.  Come alone or bring a friend, rent a nine iron for a buck, put on your headphones and get in the zone or visit them during super twilight, which starts at 7pm.   For only $10 you get to play however many holes you can complete before the lights turn off at 10pm sharp.

Westchester Golf Course and Driving Range is located at:

6900 W Manchester Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Neighborhood: Westchester / LAX

or check www.golfzing.com for clubs near you

Six Great Reasons You Should Be Steamin~

Ahhhhh…Steam.  The catalyst for the invention of the shower cap and the creative muse for products like John Frieda Frizz Ease.   Environmental changes similar to steam are the reason behind bad hair days, silicone sprays and hat hair all over the world. 

Yes, steam has really gotten a bad wrap when it comes to hair;  but there are many reasons why you should be using the power of steam in your hair care regimen instead of avoiding it.

Ancient cultures such as: The Mayans, Alaskan Eskimos, Russians, Turks and Chinese enjoyed the benefits of steam.  These cultures used steam to rejuvenate tired muscles, provide a sense of spiritual identity and a place for socializing.  They also knew a lot about the healing and relaxation that takes place when steam is used.

  Steam is an important stimulator.  When water is heated and turns into the vapors we see as steam, the molecule size is just small enough to penetrate the hair to its roots in order to release the moisture into the scalp.  The steam having two-fold action also allows the scalp to release  its toxics, built up sebum and open its clogged pores.

Here are six reasons why you want to use steam:

  1. Clogged pores equal little to no growth.  Steam unblocks the pores so your hair can grow fast.
  2. You are wasting your conditioner without steam.  Once the pores are opened up the treatment can really penetrate.
  3. When skin is stimulated and free of toxins, collagen begins to increase, blood begins to flows near the skin or scalp  and normalizies its environment, resulting in a balanced Ph.
  4. Hair retains and keeps it elasticity due to increased moisture.  It stretches without breaking and splitting.
  5. Your sebaceous glands make oil at a normal rate instead of leaving you too dry or too greasy.
  6. The hair stays hydrated resulting in smooth, silky and shiny hair with body (who doesn’t want body?).

Here’s a great recipe I found in the book, The Herbal Home Spa by Greta Breed Love:

*Caution: If your hair itches after the steam treatment it is only reacting to increased circulationPicture of Herb leaf and flower tied in bunches hanging and drying on a stainless steel pole, isolated over white background.

You need:

2 quarts of water

2 teaspoons dried basil

2 teaspoons of dried rose petals (get in the habit of drying roses from your yard)

2 teaspoons lavender petals (dried)

2 teaspoons of lemon balm

2 teaspoons dried comfrey

1 large towel

*Many of the ingredients can be supplied by using a few bags of herbal tea.

  • Bring the water to a boil in a large pot
  • Add the dried herbs
  • Cover
  • Turn off heat after two minutes
  • Uncover and stir the herbs
  • Remove from the stove

To enjoy:

Place the pot on the floor at the end of your sofa or even bed, just position it so that when you are lying down the pot is six to ten inches away from your head. 

Make sure that you are comfortable.  Pin your hair up on your head very loosely so that the steam can penetrate and get to scalp.

Drape a large towel around the hair along the hairline and let it hang down around pot to catch the steam.  Remain a safe and comfortable distance for as long as you can.

Okay, now go on!  Enjoy your healthy, shiny hair.  You can thank me later.

Listen to what I’m  listening to:

\”Golden Brown by The Snatch\”

Until next time,

~Spread the Love