’21 November

LACMA And The Obama Portraits

I saw these balls from a distance and they made me look. The piece is called Convergence, 2005-7 by Sunagawa Haruhiko.


Here until January 2, 2022, from the LACMA website: “Featuring the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery’s official portraits of President Barack Obama by Kehinde Wiley and Mrs. Michelle Obama by Amy Sherald, The Obama Portraits Tour enhances conversations surrounding the power of portraiture and its potential to engage communities.”


Here until April 17, 2022, from the LACMA website: “Black American Portraits features 200 years of Black American subjects, sitters, and spaces, centering Black love, abundance, family, community, and exuberance. This selection of approximately 150 works draws primarily from LACMA’s permanent collection and chronicles the ways in which Black Americans have used portraiture to envision themselves in their own eyes.”

The scope and power of the show is quite remarkable. The curator chose to hang the pictures very close and very tight in a relatively small space so that one is quite surrounded by them on all sides. The show will be up through mid-April so there’s time to see them more than once.


Also in the same building, the Weiwei Circle of Animals / Zodiac Heads is back. They used to be delightfully positioned outside LACMA (see the inset) but now they’re moved into the Resnick Pavilion.

The Friday After Thanksgiving

That’s Marley and Bagel.

It’s the Friday after Thanksgiving and I get to feast on Celina’s leftovers! Gideon and Sam came too, always a pleasure.


Soup, Salad, Turkey, Dressing, Gravy, Cranberry Sauce, Sweet Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts, Green Beans,
Pumpkin Tarts, Pecan Tarts, Apple Pie.
Steve and Celina. Thank you, for Friday and for Saturday too!


With THANKS! A first Thanksgiving in Darryl and Angela’s new home.

Darryl made the spinach, mashed potatoes and gravy, and fried tofu. Angela made beet and arugula salad, Brussels sprouts, and apple crisp. I made the stuffed squash, roasted carrots and parsnips, and orange and fennel salad. Lilly made the pumpkin pie. Rome made an artichoke hummus and put together a bountiful appetizer display, true, even without a picture.


Gary, me, Rome, Darryl, Angela, Liz, Lilly


And oh Oliver, what a Cutie. (You’re plenty cute too Gary!)

Ken The Car Show And

HAPPY HOUR at the Georgian Hotel, sitting on the veranda, enjoying the sunset. Mighty nice!


I’ll comment about parking at the LA Convention Center. OMG. Make a plan before you go to park a little distance away and walk. Yikes those lines to get into the big lots.

Paradise Blue

Ken and Susie weren’t going to use their tickets to the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood to see Paradise Blue and offered them to me. Oh yes, thank you very much! Marsha came along and we had dinner at Violet, a very nice place two blocks from the theater.


There were a few empty seats and Lucky Dog Me I had a straight shot view >this< close to the stage.

From the website: “It’s 1949 in Detroit…And trumpet-playing club owner Blue has a tough decision to make. Should he sell his jazz joint as gentrification is banging on the door? The house band is desperate to stay, Blue’s demons are tempting him to leave, and the arrival of a seductive stranger turns everything upside down.”

A Quick Few Hours

At The Getty Center! Here’s one of the untold number of iconic images.

I went with Nancy specifically to see a very interesting Holbein show and to have a look at a new acquisition, Artemisia Gentileschi’s Lucretia (ca. 1627), the Lucretia story reminding me very much of the Titians I saw in Boston, women subjected to sexual violence.

We ate lunch at the posh restaurant…
…admired the always captivating shapes…
…and of course Hurray for Hip Girl and Frog Boy on a warm hazy day in November!

What’s Happening Here

Coffee is happening. They call it “handcrafted Syphone coffee”. They said they’ve been in this location since 2006 meaning I’ve lived here as long as they’ve been open, less than a mile from my house, and I’ve never heard of them or taken notice of the shop, maybe not surprisingly since this is the google street view of Funnel Mill.

They’re remodeling after covid with some private work spaces to rent.

Thank you Muriel for finding this place and buying me a coffee!

Hamilton You Guys

Hilda couldn’t go so I Got Her Ticket. Thank you thank you Hilda…

And Merlyn!

We met for dinner first at De$phine, the restaurant in the W Hollywood hotel, across the street from the theater.
From the left: Betsy, Ed, me, Kevin, Tim, Alex, Carol. Merlyn took the picture.
The lobby of the awesome Pantages Theater. (internet)
And inside the the theater. (internet)
From our seats looking forward…
…and some details looking up.
They checked vaccination cards and ids going in and continually monitored Masks Up.
And it was Hamilton! What a wonderful night.

The Fence

23 months in now and going strong.


9 months in. I was thinking this would be it.
This one little vine is how it all started. ONE little vine.

If You Like Shapes

Wow, right. Carl invited me to the Chargers game on Sunday and I got to visit the SoFi Stadium for the first time. It had been under construction for years, in Inglewood on the site of the old Hollywood Park racetrack, just down the road from the Forum. It officially opened September 2020 but didn’t host guests until May 2021.

You can read about its construction as there’s much to say, most of it full of praise for the innovative design, environmental awareness, and technical sophistication. It’s home to the Rams and the Chargers, many annual events, and set to host the opening and closing ceremonies and several sports during the 2028 Olympics.

These are internet pictures of the outside since I couldn’t get far enough back, and the big shape is worth knowing.

From the pictures above you can get the idea and I’ll point out some details below.

Heading in.
A pano from the deck where Carl has his tickets. It’s good because it’s here that the openings in the roof bring in the fresh air for circulation, at both small ends of the oval. Notice the screen hanging from the ceiling. It’s the largest display in any stadium now. And I liked it.
Here’s a bit of one of the openings, for scale. They call the roof a canopy because it is independently supported. It feels like those canvas sails people are using now to shade their yards,
And here is where the canopy comes to ground. Notice the two types of covering, the one with holes for some dappled shade and the rest, the translucent material, covers the stadium itself. The light was lovely and bright but not such that I ever felt I needed to get out the sun screen, so good job SoFi.
The outside swoop…
…and the inside cover.
You know this scene…
…the one where the team pours out of the tunnel. By this time the noise level was deafening. I really really hope I remember to pop some ear plugs in my pocket should I go again.
Then I had to chuckle. What’s this? The line up at the gents! Ladies, go right in! How often does that happen?!
From our seats, with little head movement I could glance down at the field and up to the screen so easily I could actually follow the game and for every replay or contested call we got closeups and multiple angles. The Chargers lost but not by much and it felt like there was a chance, right up to the 2 minute mark.
When the Chargers failed to make a first down at 2 minutes we hit it for the traditional LA dash to the car. We went a couple hours early so Carl could get his special spot by the exit and we got out so easily, we were both impressed.

Thanks Carl, it was great!

Let’s Do Something

First we were going to go to the new Academy Museum but sorry, no tickets available, then we were going to walk in the hills but sorry, too hot, finally we decided The Movies, let’s go to the movies!

At Ann’s

Ann’s table centerpiece, right from the garden. All in season and fresh off the trees we get persimmons, figs, lemons and limes and grapefruits, and now we’ve got papayas coming along. Ahhh.

Lilly Meets The Avengers

For Lilly’s birthday outing we went to California Adventure to meet The Avengers. Lilly knows every Avenger movie, every character, every story line By Heart!

More pictures coming when I get Lilly’s.

Ant Man and The Wasp
The super-best ride, Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure requires 3-D glasses and is a real kick, and yes, worth the 75 minute wait.
On our way out we passed these little cuties heading in, I’m sure Disneyland is their destination where Disney Princesses make themselves known. Photoshop cut out the figures in One Click. Amazing.
“PB&J Flavor Lab: assemble your own experiment – smooth Peanut Butter, Strawberry Jelly and Pym Particle Bread, served with a Cuties® Mandarin, Dannon® Yogurt and choice of Small Lowfat Milk or Small DASANI® Water.” And a very tasty pretzel as big as my head. LK.
Lilly’s got those selfies Down!
Mine and her’s. So Fun!

Lilly’s picture of the gate from which Dr Strange emerged to put on a great show. (This is not our Dr Strange…he’s the internet’s Dr Strange.)

0% Visibility 100% Fun

From Merlyn and Hilda’s balcony. The inset below shows what it usually looks like from their 29th floor balcony. I was wanting to get a picture of the 100s of ships waiting outside the harbor but today it was not to be.

Merlyn-Hilda-Alex-Carol, we all got together for an old-fashioned “slide show of my vacation”, and it went like this: appetizers, me, dinner, Carol, dessert, Merlyn. Oh yes it fun!

Merlyn cooked us this amazing feast. On the left, before we sat down. On the right, five people totally stuffed and leftovers for ten more meals. You go Merlyn!

Lona’s Birthday Gift Cards

We went to a big nice Barnes and Nobel to spend Lona’s birthday gift cards to the kids, and it was super-fun to stroll around through a book store. Like the waaay before times.

Hail Hail

Hail Hail the Gang’s All Here.

Ljubicia, Marija, Maxine, Becky, Alicia, Marsha, me, Ann

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