By Russ Allsup
Universal Studios and the new Harry Potter attraction story
My first Universal Studios Hollywood experience was in 1981, back when they actually had a couple of ‘Bionic Man’ attractions. I went again in 1994, when the main attractions were for the films ‘Backdraft’ and Back To the Future’. Last week I went to experience the new Harry Potter attraction, which opens up on April 7th. The latest addition should be a big hit with attendees of the park. Anyone that likes the Harry Potter films will love the new attraction, which is a faithful recreation of different sets from the films (the attention to detail is stunning) and should guarantee
lots of smiling faces. Other highlights from the park included the various rides and the studio tour. A standout for me was the Simpsons attraction, which had a Moe’s Bar with real Duff Beer. This is a great part of the park to see if you’re a fan of the iconic TV show. I also really enjoyed the Fast and the Furious 3D attraction, and my favorite part of each time I’ve been there has been the tour of the movie lots and sets, which includes actual sets and props from movies filmed on the Universal Studios lot including ‘Psycho’ and ‘Jaws’. It’s amazing to have seen the changes the theme park has been through over the last 35 years. There are new state of the art attractions along with pieces of Universal Studios movie history.
If you’re in Los Angeles you should make one of the places you go to Universal Studios. It’s a great place to check out by yourself or with a whole family- there’s something for everyone.
A special evening of music took place at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood on Feb. 10th when a diverse array of artist and musicians came together to pay tribute to the music of Fleetwood Mac. What was billed as the Fleetwood Mac Fest was indeed a unique musical event and a proper tribute to a rock and roll institution. Artist as diverse as Dhani Harrison, M. Ward, Courtney Love, Perry Farrell, Sarah Silverman and many more paid their musical respects to the Mac. Highlights included an energized Emily Armstrong, singer of the band Dead Sara, belting out an energetic version of the Stevie Nicks song ‘Edge of Seventeen’, Courtney Love singing ‘Silver Springs’, and comedian Sarah Silverman performing ‘Go Your Own Way’. Many highlights and inspiring musical moments happened this evening, and it was all for a good cause. Proceeds went to The Sweet Stuff Foundation and also Sweet Relief, who benefit musicians in need. This was a marathon of an event, with featured around fifty musicians and performers in an event that went around four hours. Here’s to hoping for more proper tribute shows like this one in the future from the organizers of this event, The Best Fest.