By Laura Medina
There are times the stars shift, especially during the holidays; and that makes them special.
Well, the stars had churned this past Tuesday night.
The night started with Church Key celebrating their third year in business, which is pretty healthy in the trendy restaurant business.
Then second, Tuesday was when this twenty-first, Millennial psychedelic trip-hip hopper, "Childish Gambino" dropped his album on iTunes then celebrated the launch at a very intellectual, civilized Questions & Answers at Microsoft Lounge (the home of the future) with Childish Gambino's true identity, the young Lando Calrissian, a.k.a. "ALT" Donald Glover. Yes, Donald Glover is turning into such a Renaissance Man that he has to split his musical identity away from his acting identity.
Though, this scribe, during holiday mind-warping craziness, wishes that Donald Glover would stick to his real name through-out his artist/career endeavors, so it'll be easier to track and archive while cheering him on.
First, let's fuel up...
The way things work biologically, is thirst first.
Church Key's one-night-only Jamberrie was specially created for their third-year birthday. This busy scribe was happy to learn you can do many things with leftover jam and jelly and some tequila and soda water. This will make a great holiday punch.
Sure, there was calorie-conscious, tapas-portioned bites of Bacon Jam Grilled Cheese Sandwiches...
Spicy Tuna Crispy Rice with Ponzo Sauce...
Pea Falafel nestled in a bed of Truffle Tahini...
Korean Chili Glazed Pork Belly Skewers...
Vegetable Empanadas drizzled with Chipotle Aioli to nibble on...
Guests grabbing a fist full of Salt n Vinegar Popcorn.
These were mere warm-ups to the real star of Church Key's third birthday.
Their star ultra-crunchy, honey sweet Fried Chicken n' Waffles...Oh, this scribe fueled up on two plates of this specialty. With so much food on so short of time and with food waste guilt, the staff is kind and considerate enough to doggy bag the minor tapas, so you can focus on wolfing up the main meal, before seeing Donald Glover's musical alter ego, Childish Gambino, all the way at Microsoft Lounge in Abbot Kinney.
Even though Microsoft Lounge is a home of the future, built entirely with Microsoft home technology, it's a bungalow built like an industrial loft with a dream stain-less steal appliances.
Hipster Baby Boomers and weary but established Gen-Xers were pleasantly shocked two days prior that trip-hop hip artist, Childish Gambino was and is Donald Glover making an official musical drop of his full album on iTunes on this recent Tuesday.
But his core Millennial fans already know who Childish Gambino is and jam-packed the heck out of Microsoft Lounge bungalow, to watch and hear Donald Glover speak about him being Childish Gambino.
It wasn't even a mini-concert. Remember, it's Microsoft. They bring Childish Gambino's psychedelic Zulu Warrior to you.
Smart phones are bringing back the View Masters. Instead of clicking slides, they're now watching portable tv screenings to better watch your shows on your phones.
The lucky guests were transported to Childish Gambino's first official live concert in the California desert.
With Microsoft edging deeper in music video effects and live concerts, this wasn't surprising.
Microsoft's collaboration with Donald Glover/Childish Gambino and the back-up DJs, Wolf + Rothstein, was called PHAROS.
Cheers to you, Donald Glover, the Millennial Renaissance Man. From being the young Lando Calrissian to being just casted in another revamped "Spider Man" to your hit "ALT" to expanding into music as performance artist/trip-hip hop/Psychadelic "Childish Gambino."
Paraphasing the late, great Prince, he's a little Red Corvette who needs to slow down so the rest of us can catch up with him.