E Is for Excess
E Is for Excess
Our video-game prowess might be limited to gobbling blue Ms. Pac-Man goblins, but that doesnt mean we arent awed by the graphics of todays game offerings. We marvel even more at just how into it gamer types are. The industrys yearly E3 Convention downtown seems to get bigger and bigger (Bill Gates was there this year), while the parties never spare expense. We kicked off the high-tech hijinks at BPM mags VIP bash atop The Oviatt Hotel, where DJ Benji Madden spun a selection of very unGood Charlottelike hip-hop for biker boy Rick Thorne, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castles John Cho (a.k.a. Harold) and boogie-lovin twins Efren Ramirez (Napoleon Dynamites Pedro) and Carlos Ramirez, whom we still cant tell apart, even when theyre pop-locking on the same dance floor. BPM took the bump n thump up a notch the following night at House of Blues, where its party for Best Buy offered BT, Kid Millionaire, Benji and Joel Madden, and wax masher Z-Trip. The Z man was also a featured DJ at XBox Lives bash at The Social (formerly Hollywood Athletic Club) on Friday, and despite its glossy new private mens club look, we couldnt help thinking back to the old HAC days when promoters Jason Lavitt and Joseph Brooks threw their glam/fetish holiday dance mega-parties there. In one of the upstairs rooms normally for members only we encountered a roundtable of game fanatics trying out the new Shadowrun, which, one of its creators tried to explain, is about a future world in which everybody has different magic powers and an arsenal of wild cyber-weapons (think Dungeons & Dragons meets The Matrix). We didnt get most of the guys mystical computer-nerd jargon, but the game must be fun cause the room was rowdier than the one next door showing the NBA playoffs. The deceptively fruity, free-flowing drinks with names like The Frogger and The Street Fighter, after simpler old-school game faves surely didnt hurt.
Gatherings Gone Wild
Talk about a flashy bash. We got an e-mail invite for Joe Francis Thursday birthday party at Magic Mountain (featuring free rides and DJ AM spinning) but decided to pass after we realized hes behind those awful Girls Gone Wild vids. Those who did ride and glide tell us the place was line-free (even for the new coaster, Tatsu) except, of course, at the bar . . . The new club were already sick of and we havent even been to yet? Shag, where celeb-setters like Paris Hilton and new BFF (blond fake female) Pam Anderson have been shaking their tail feathers lately. Despite the name, dont expect any retro haircuts or groovy 60s sounds. We hear this ones basically Concorde with a modern mini-makeover . . . New eatery at which well probably see both of the above (and everyone else) grazing by next month? The spot formerly known as Les Deux, which has been taken over by Lonnie Moore, one of the fellas behind Dolce, Geisha House and Bella. The conspicuous consumption continues . . .
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