The Skirball Center on a bright and beautiful day in LA.
2010…Can you even Believe it?!
Me and Burt, snappin’ a few pics.
We strolled through Noah’s Ark, saw the permanent exhibit, had a tasty lunch, and got to enjoy a couple of photo shows.
One was of old pictures called “Road to Freedom: Photographs of the Civil Rights Movement, 1956–1968” including many classic shots we’ve all seen before.
Also they had a really fabulous show called “Breach of Peace: Photographs of Freedom Riders by Eric Etheridge” where they had a mug shot of an arrested Freedom Rider and next to it a recent portrait. We both thought the portraits were excellent.
…and an entertaining and instructive tour focusing on the life and times of Phineas Banning who “was a visionary …who played a pivotal role in the development of one of this country’s great cities. Banning was instrumental in building the Port of Los Angeles, constructing the first breakwater and dredging the harbor. He ran an extensive network of stage and freight routes that connected the nascent port east to San Bernardino and south to Fort Yuma.”
We had our private guide and then a sweet high school kid on a class assignment joined later.
Kaitlin took these pictures with her own camera and we made the collage together.
She wrote a note to her Aunt Cynthia: “I took these pictures today and it’s my collage. I want you to see it. The flowers are geraniums and daisies. And my baby sister Lilly of course and Granny’s feet. Is it raining there? On our way back we had to run because it was starting to rain!”
Nancy and I went to McCabe’s tonight to enjoy some music. Shows at McCabe’s are so cool, so intimate and of such good quality.
The opening act was Lawrence Lebo and her backup band singing bluesy bar riffs with a little country thrown in.
The headliner was the very entertaining Doug MacLeod. He sang mostly original material in a deeply Delta Blues tradition even taking on the voice and mannerisms of an old black bluesman, which he did pretty well, but the highlight was his guitar playing – yummy.
More movies. (Here’s a link to the last set.
Inglourios Bastards: First, it’s a Quentin Tarantino flic and it is what it is. Second, Brad Pitt is a stone cold riot.
(500) Days of Summer: A romatic comedy that tries to be more but, for me, isn’t so much.
Sherlock Holmes: Oh that Robert Downey Jr is a cutie, and I didn’t mind that the movie presented a very very different Sherlock and Dr Watson.
Fantastic Mr Fox: Not great, not really bad I think, but in the year of UP, it pales.
District 9: Violent, creepy, loud, very weird, and I liked it a lot.
Now it’s the next day. I know these pictures are massively grainy which is why I’m lusting after a new camera with all that new low light capability that can take pictures in asa total darkness. I’m using 5 year old technology…ancient I tell you.
First I went to an eye appointment to get my eyeballs measured for their new clear sharp beautiful lenses that will be applied during the cataract surgery…one in February and the other toward the end of the year. Another big hurray!
Time for Kaitlin’s Broadway Musical class to do a short presentation!
Ben and Bonnie have the Golden membership at the Huntington with guest passes and a very early entering time, which we did today and it was gorgeous.
(My collection of favorite Huntington photos.
Everyone was invited to bring their own 12-string guitar for an audience participation segment called Electric 12-String Nightmare.
It was Great. They all played Mr. Tambourine Man with the show’s organizer, Deke Dickerson, singing reworked words that there was no way we could hear what with all those electric 12-string guitars.
Crazy Joe up there was pointing to the chords to keep everyone on the same ‘page’ and they had one guy who spent an hour before the performance tuning all the guitars so it sounded surprisingly good.
I’m just so SO excited to report I have a date for my liberation. YEA! I can hardly WAIT to go under the knife and SEE again. I can Hardly Wait.
The ophthamologist did say that without spending a few thousand more dollars not covered by insurance she can’t say for sure what glasses I’ll need when it’s over (maybe just distance, maybe just reading, maybe a little of both, maybe none) but it will be SOOO much better. I’m SOOO excited!
It’s cataract surgery btw. It’s nothing everyone says and I believe them.
I went to lunch today with Peace Corps Volunteer Christopher, home for a couple weeks soon to return for his last 15 months in Morocco. So Cool! After lunch we went into a smoke shop to buy a lottery ticket and I got to hear Christopher speak some Arabic with the proprietor. Now there’s a skill.
These are family members in Christopher’s town.
Mindy in Zambia is my other current Peace Corps Volunteer. Here is what Christopher has that Mindy doesn’t have: walls that meet the roof, running water, indoor plumbing, electricity.
Had to go see some movies, to catch-up for the awards season. Gotta have an opinion after all. Recent viewings noted below.
A Serious Man: If you are unfamiliar with life in a Jewish household you might miss some of the bits, but go anyway.
Julie & Julia: I was constantly aggravated by the designer’s overdone efforts to make Meryl Streep (5’6″) look like Julia Child (6’2″). Constantly.
The Blind Side: Surprisingly, sweet without being too sticky, and a career maker for the little kid brother.
The Hurt Locker: My Best-Movie-Of-The-Year so far…except maybe for the Michael Jackson movie which was entirely FAB.
Avatar: I am Not the only person on the planet who found this, basically, not very good. You can google salon.com avatar review and read what Stephanie Zacharek has to say. What she says, that’s what I think too. (Spoiler Alert! White man goes native, marries the princess and becomes their leader.)