The prompt Waiting offers many opportunities for photography.
Waiting to be served at Augie’s Coffee Roasters and Le Pain Quotidian
Waiting for 21 Choices to finish remodeling its Foothill Blvd. location. In the meantime, visit 21 Choices in the Village.
These pumpkins at Sprouts are waiting to become jack-o-lanterns.
via Photo Challenge: Waiting
After our LA Art Tour, and a little lunch at the Wurstküche (recommended!), we weren’t quite ready to leave DTLA. I’m not sure how it is that we have lived in So Cal for over 30 years and have never been inside the iconic LA City Hall. Our day had come. The only trick to getting through security was that H had to remove his small Swiss Army Knife from his keychain and “hide” it somewhere outside (next to another, larger Swiss Army Knife).
A list of instructions in about 10 languages explained that to get to the observation deck, one must take the elevator to the 22nd floor, then find the next set of elevators to get to the 26th floor, and from there, walk up a flight of steps. A kind security guard suggested we stop first at the third floor to look at the rotunda. Very nice.
One can walk all the way around the viewing platform for some great views of the city and the mountains.
Grand Park and Disney Concert Hall are not hard to spot.
The big art piece, that looks like a spaceship, in the lower part of the photo is the Triforum.
Building reflections and patterns
And, a bell.
And, yes, we remembered to pick up the hidden Swiss Army Knife on the way out.
Entrance to City Hall is free. Parking is not.
As far as I can tell, Claremont may have lots of art, but no graffiti street art. Maybe because that’s when someone even covers a tree trunk with yarn it gets removed. However, the Art District in Downtown LA (DTLA) has so much that it is well worth a tour to see it with LA Art Tours. There’s parking at the tour starting point, but we chose to take the Gold Line from downtown Azusa and walk from the Little Tokyo stop.
Our guide was Galo, and I think this is probably his wikipedia page. He has a special fondness for fonts.
Everywhere you look you can find LA in the shape of the Dodgers logo.
I didn’t even think to look at the utility poles, which is why it’s good to take a tour so the guide can point out things.
There are so many large murals.
You can be thankful I did not post all of my photos….
The house on Indian Hill and 12th St. sold without an open house, so I was unable to see inside. However, the second season of Vintage Flip on HGTV will allow us to see the transformation. I believe the show for this house will be next week, so set your DVRs because it will be on late at night. Or, if you don’t have cable, you can buy the episode on Amazon or iTunes when it becomes available.
See before pictures here.
Here are some “in process” photos.
Here is a recent photo of the finished front of the house.
Another year, another Saturday trip with CUSD music students to visit the Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA for a Concert for Youth. I never tire of taking pictures of the Gehry building.
Two rules. First, one does not drive into LA, find and pay for parking, and just see one place. Second, one does not go near a bookstore and not go in.
Therefore, we included a visit to The Last Bookstore after our time at The Broad.
With over 250,000 new and used books, vinyl records, art galleries and a yarn shop, old couches and chairs, the only thing missing is a coffee bar.
Most books are downstairs, but there is a Labyrinth Last Bookstore upstairs with half-empty shelves waiting for you to sell yours to them. The art galleries are upstairs encircling the main floor with great views of the space.
We managed to walk away with a new book, The Martian, the book that the recently-released movie is based. We liked the movie, and we’ve heard that the book is even better.
The main floor
So. There’s this new major art museum in Downtown LA. The Broad (pronounced with a long o sound, like road with a B up front) with its white facade paints a contrasting picture to its across-the-street neighbor, the silver sails on the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Read two articles about the museum here and here.
Tickets are free, but must be reserved in advance. Since the museum has only been open for a hair over a month, one cannot commandeer these on a whim. BUT, if you show up at least 30 minutes before opening time at 10:30 a.m., chances are good you can get in anyway. At least on a weekday. At least we were lucky enough.
We took advantage of a free day during the college’s fall break to give this place a look-see. One of my favorite things about visiting an art museum is taking my own photos. Aside from taking pictures of art I like (especially if it is new to me), I like to try to make my own art. Here are some of my favorites.
I like playing with the panorama feature on my new iPhone.
Peeking through the Broad’s facade looking toward Disney Concert Hall
I liked the reflections of the ceiling in this doggie-balloon shiny sculpture, and the shiny bunny sculpture with the doggy.
This is the line we waited in to reserve a 45-second visit into the Infinity Mirrored Room. It was pretty cool.
Some final exterior shots.