Jewish Journal

AFI Film Festival

By Joy Bennett

2 days ago

The AFI Film Festival is coming up soon, it's held from November 6th to 13th.  It's a fun film festival in Hollywood and does have some free events; I will be covering it here.  For more information visit afi.com and click on AFI Fest. 

  • Stand-Up on the Spot

    By Joy Bennett

    1 week ago

    Event Host and Performer Jeremiah Watkins

    Last night I went to a really fun, fast-paced event -- a stand-up comedy event with a twist.  Stand-Up on the Spot is a lively monthly event where the comics take suggestions from the audience and tell jokes from them right there on... read on

  • Ethan Johns

    By Joy Bennett

    2 weeks ago

    I saw singer/songwriter Ethan Johns at The Mint last night in Los Angeles.  He has a deep, soulful voice, plays masterful guitar, and writes darkly poetic lyrics.

  • Gone Girl

    By Joy Bennett

    3 weeks ago

    Just saw this new movie starring Ben Affleck, pretty good!  Full of twists and turns.

  • Trip to New York City

    By Joy Bennett

    September 24, 2014 | 12:29 pm

    The Pod Hotel, Manhattan

    Just got back from a quick weekend trip to New York City, what a fun town.  I stayed at the adorable Pod Hotel which is super convenient.  It's right on 51st Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues in Midtown Manhattan.  The rooms are the size of a dorm, but it's clean, very reasonable and right in the middle of things.  Check out Buttercup Bakery on 2nd Avenue nearby too!

  • New Film

    By Joy Bennett

    September 9, 2014 | 3:38 pm

    Today I attended an advance screening of The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby:  Them directed by Ned Benson starring Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy.  This introspective, somewhat unsettling film studies a married couple after a tragic event affects them, and how they each cope, separately and together.  Nicely acted, a moving, heartfelt film.

  • Atticus

    By Joy Bennett

    September 7, 2014 | 4:49 pm

    There's a new ice cream and pie shop called Atticus across from Westside Pavilion on Pico and Westwood Blvd. in West Los Angeles. Yummy homemade tasting small pies and ice cream. Just had a soft opening recently so they will be getting more flavors soon.  Delicious!

  • Wrongchilde Record Release Show

    By Joy Bennett

    August 21, 2014 | 2:02 pm

    Mat Devine

    Last night I was invited to the Wrongchilde Record Release Show at Community in Los Angeles fronted by Mat Devine of the band Kill Hannah.  It's a new project of Mr. Devine's and several other notable musicians of the alternative rock scene.  Great music, impressive sound -- much luck to Mr. Devine and his fellow musicians!

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Joy Bennett lives in Santa Monica, California and is the author of Under a Quarter Moon, a poetry and short story collection; and a novel called Cruise.  She has also been...

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