Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Celebrity sightings

Yesterday was my father's birthday, so we had a nice family dinner at Peacock (not what it used to be. I know this; I've known this for the past 5 years that I've been back, but I still want to give it another chance, but it's not what it used to be).

Tangent aside, we're pulling up to the valet, and it's a bit crowded by my side (passenger seat)-- quite a few people standing around, hovering. My brother, who was driving, turns to see what the commotion is all about -- and really, it wasn't so much a commotion as just a handful of guys standing really close to the car -- and makes a comment, "Hunh. Looks like the dude from Terminator; T-1000?"

I look and think to myself, "Hunh. It does look like the dude from Terminator."

Step out of the car, and as we're entering SAS, I hear a couple of guys asking T-1000 for a photo.

Dude. It was T-1000. Real name: Robert Patrick.

So we're in the lobby now, and still sorta smirking at Robert Patrick hanging out at the SAS. As we're heading towards Peacock, I hear a deep, gorgeous voice say, "Michael!" I froze mid-step and whispered to myself, "David Palmer?"

Hell effin' yeah, it was David Palmer! Only the greatest President the United States has ever witnessed!

Ladies and gentleman, Dennis Haysbert, who plays President David Palmer on Fox's "24."

They were both dressed in the same black T-shirt; looked like they were there for some sort of cause or event, but I didn't stick around to find out anymore.

There was shrimp on toast to be had.

"Do not hijack my presidency!" -- David Palmer

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Come one, come all

What: First screening of Amer Al Zuhair's newest film, When the People Spoke III

Where: The Graduates Society [Jam3iyat il Khireejeen], Bneid Al Gar

When: Sunday, May 11, 2008 @ 7pm

As some of you may know, Director Amer Al Zuhair recently won first prize for Best Documentary at the Gulf Film Festival in Dubai for the second part of his documentary series, When the People Spoke. Tonight, and for the first time, he will screen the latest installment, which focuses on the elections of 2006, the first time women participated in the voting process.

This is an important documentary, particularly with elections a little less than a week away.

Your attendance and support would be greatly appreciated. So come one, come all. Tell your friends, tell your family and see you tonight.

"Filmmakers are going to make films, just like painters are going to paint."

Sunday, May 04, 2008


Yeah, I'm back.