LA 1/13-1/16 2006

13 – JetBlue JFK to LGB, traffic towards JFK, traffic towards LGB. finished 'Invisible Cities' by Calvino on the flight and started 'Lamb' by Moore (both excellent). J arrive with Diddy Riese cookies and a full case of Vitamin Water, and we roll towards Pasadena. For dinner, went to Crazy Fish
- huge rolls, pretty amazing.

14 – Next day, started the day off with Noah’s New York Bagel and Peet’s Coffee & Tea near J's. Drove to Culver City (which reminds me of Long Island City, but some will disagree) to scope out sixspace's There Goes the Neighborhood' exhibit.

(underneath D'nell Larson's Under the Rainbow, 2005, glitter on monofilament installation)

There were other galleries and kick ass architecture in the area, but we were on the freeway by the time we realized that :D Afterwards, went to the ArcLight (movies with ushers!) to get tickets for Matador, killed some time going through the massive selection of music and DVDs at Amoeba Music, and stumbled upon other must-sees of Hollywood. Cheering after Matador, off we went to Westwood, Pacific Park, and UCLA area.

(Pacific Park)

Dinner at C & O Trattoria was delicious, must go back for more garlic bread and Chianti!

(oh sensuous garlic bread)

15 MOCA Sunday! The Grand Avenue location had an Exhibit on American Comic Artists (sadly, part two was at UCLA Hammer). Select works from Will Eisner, Jack Kirby, Harvey Kurtzman, R. Crumb, Gary Panter, Chris Ware, and Art Spiegelman were on display, and After Cézanne was pretty good as well.

(in the Sculpture Garden, by Nancy Rubins, constructed from airplane parts, stainless steel, titanium, and aluminum)

Other pretty buildings were nearby, including the Walt Disney Concert Hall and REDCAT Theatre. After the MOCA we swung by USC so I can check out the 'hood, and off to Versaille we go! The garlic chicken was to die for, and the cuban roast pork was pretty good too. OH OH, and there's garlic bread here too hehe. A group of LA hipsters came in - the LA hipster is typically younger and cleaner than the NY hipster :)

16 – Goodbye Long Beach, hello NYC! Thanks J, for putting me up, driving me around, and just being the best host ever.

Next time I visit LA, I want to see this and this.


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