Category Archives: Los Angeles

More Where That Came From

Last night at the hockey game, my watch tried to warn me…

As they say, “No shit, Sherlock!”

There will be more of that tomorrow night. LOTS more. (That’s a good thing!)

Later, walking to the subway station (did you know that LA has a subway/light rail system, and actually a pretty good one that’s growing every year?) I could see that downtown LA at night can be spectacular and beautiful.

It’s also a very urban environment, with all that brings. Keep safe.

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Finishing The Ahmanson Season

The regular Ahmanson Theater season is six plays with a seventh “extra” which we added, plus the Taper production from last Saturday. The first play of this season (“A Christmas Carol”) was wiped out by COVID last December, so tonight will be our seventh of the year.

Not to worry that we’ll get bored, we’ve already gotten our subscription for next year, with the first play in December.

Tonight, LA City Hall is lit up in…pink? Purple? Lavender? Still no clue as to the whys for any given night’s color.

The big question of the night, of course, is if the Astros-Mariners game will be done while we’re at the play, or if we’ll come out at 23:00 to find it still 0-0 in the top of the 37th!

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Music Center Panorama

From Saturday.

(Click it – blow it up.)

The full moon and Jupiter on the far left, LA City Hall lit up in red, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion center left, the fountains in the Music Center Plaza, and the Mark Taper Forum.

The search for the “forever home” is on and unless there’s a lottery jackpot out there, Los Angeles is out.

But I will miss this and its like.

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Something New At The Music Center

At least, new for me!

After close to a dozen plays over the last couple of years at the Ahmanson Theater, plus some concerts at the Disney Concert Hall next door, I’m going to my first play at the Mark Taper Forum.

“The Search For Intelligent Life In The Universe” is in a revival here, of course made famous originally by Lily Tomlin. She won the Tony Award for it in 1986. I’m looking forward to it.

Meanwhile, LA City Hall is lit up in bright red tonight while the full moon and Jupiter are rising in the west (to the left). Quite the sight!

A quick Google search doesn’t tell me why it’s lit that way tonight. I suspect it’s not in support of my beloved Kansas City Chiefs – but we’re going to go with that until someone comes up with a better (i.e., a real answer!

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Play #5 For This Season

And the Ahmanson already has banners up for next year’s season. “2:22,” which is some kind of supernatural thriller. “Ain’t Too Proud,” which will have great music. “1776,” which is currently on Broadway and one of my all-time favorites.

Tonight we have drizzle, and the legal vax & mask requirements have been relaxed (idiot politicians!) but we’ll be masked up anyway. It’s a policy that got us through two plane trips, Worldcon, lots of sightseeing and restaurants in Chicago, and still with negative COVID test results.

Are any of you getting out to do anything fun this weekend? Tell me in the comments!


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Fifty Years More Or Less

All turned to firewood just because it had started to rot a bit and the city was afraid it would tip over into the street or onto a car.

If you see me looking wobbly and wandering along the sidewalk and headed toward the curb, push me back onto someone’s lawn. Those guys from the LA City Street Maintenance department are viscious!

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A sunset picture of a slightly different nature.

Looking due south, with the sun setting off to our right, a number of houses on the hillsides of Woodland Hills and Calabasas will catch the setting sun just right. The glint and reflections can be quite bright.

The hills between here and Malibu, centered around Saddle Peak with the array of microwave towers on top of it, are also quite lovely. Especially when they’re not on fire.

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Acton Sunset

Out in the desert tonight, 50 miles or so northeast, celebrating at a nice, recommended restaurant in a Western style, unincorporated area called Acton.

Got out near the railroad museum just as the sunset was finishing up. With LA to the south, Santa Clarita to the west, and the Antelope Valley to the northeast, I wonder how dark the skies get here. They’ve got to be better than in the San Fernando Valley, right?

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Summer At The Theatre

All this week we were getting warnings about the heat wave coming.

Okay, maybe. But it’s either not here yet or it missed us completely. We’re at the Ahmanson again tonight (“Come From Away” tonight, really looking forward to it) and out here on the plaza having dinner before the show I’m freezing my ass off!

It’s 64° and breezy, which is fine if I’m dressed for 64° and breezy, but if I’m dressed for 85° or 90°, not so much.

Stay warm, enjoy your Saturday night folks!

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Long Weekend

It’s a three-day, holiday weekend in the US, but I’m not sure that has anything to do with the stars aligning and loading up the social calendar. Maybe. I don’t know. I think that’s well above my pay grade.

Last night we were back at the Ahmanson Theatre, this time for “Hadestown.”

Utterly spectacular! From the first words out of Hermes’ mouth to the last toast to Orpheus, I was totally enraptured. It was an absolute delight.

(Panorama – click to see full sized.)

This afternoon we went down to the sea in Redondo Beach to meet friends for lunch.

I only had a few minutes before lunch to wander around the marina with camera in hand, looking for the storks, seagulls, pelicans, and harbor seals that I could see and hear off in the distance. I didn’t really find them. But there were boats. LOTS of boats.

Holes in the water that you pour money into.

But cheaper than planes. (But planes are better and worth it!)


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