It’s a scene familiar to anyone with experience in the restaurant industry: late afternoon, two sassy servers bantering about menu changes, comparing notes from the previous evening and preparing for the long shift ahead. Hilarious and all too real, playwright David J. Duman‘s Fishing brings the foodie culture to an intimate stage in Downtown Los Angeles. The cast of six, directed (and co-stared, on the night I attended) by David Marmor brings everything–from the self-important but emotionally clueless chef to the bickering between servers–to life. The performance is only enhanced by the intimate setting at the Archway Theater, where the front row is just a breath away from the restaurant’s table settings.
We really ought to do a food tour of all of the museums in town (art or not), ranking them on which have the best cafés and eating establishments. While on our LACMA marathon this past weekend, we came across a small café we’ve all seen but have not taken the time to actually sit within, letting its beauty sink in. C+M (Coffee and Milk) is little hot coffee, cold coffee, food, and other drink establishment located just to the West of where you purchase LACMA tickets. It’s a clean modern, industrial setting for a pre or post-art viewing drink.
We’re so bad (SO BAD) at checking our mail. Every other month or so we’ll check our mailbox and be greeted by lots of goodies from locals that we will try to remember to share but will eventually forget and then remember and then forget, etc., etc., etc. It’s a terrible cycle and we’re (always) working on making it better. One great things we got was a zine dedicated to “exceptional personal experience”: Cop Dad. What a fantastic zine to get in the mail!
It wasn’t until this past Saturday at the KCRW’s Good Food Pie Contest that we finally got to encounter LACMA’s art rock star Levitated Mass in person. We’re aware that we are the last people in the city to see the Mass and we were also well aware of what Heizer’s installation would be: a giant floating boulder. It’s a sublime entry in land art that points toward man’s ability to deconstruct the Earth, its placement ironic as the impenetrable natural rock is framed in man made structures. The story of Mass is now carved into Los Angeles art history as its arrival became a sensation.
Standing and observing Mass, you realize its power. You also realize that it is just a giant rock that was fortysomething years in the making. It now sits in a small desert off of Fairfax and is one of the most Instagramed art pieces in the world (that’s just a guess, though). Meditating on the piece, we got to thinking about what else Heizer could have levitated and what it could have meant for the city and art. Is a “mass” the most powerful image? We think not. Thus, we thought up some ideas and made renderings of other masses that would be nice additions to LACMA’s property.
In college, I got a little tired of how gross bathrooms on campus were. It became my mission to find the best bathrooms on campus so I knew where to go when I had to go. I eventually got a bit obsessive and tried to rank them all by cleanliness, ambiance, privacy, technology, accessibility, and a few other arbitrary ranking items. I used one of the school’s newspapers to broadcast my findings and became known as “That Guy Who Wrote That Bathroom Article” by many of my professors. Late last week, we noticed an article from KPCC on how the Hollywood Bowl may have one of the best public restrooms in America. Is it really that great? What’s so fab about it? When we went to the Hot Chip show this past weekend, we were sure to check out the bathrooms. Let’s break things down…