Monday, March 17, 2008

Report on Vacation in L.A.

Bob Stuff for Sale @ Skirball Giftshop
We had a lovely weekend! I've been trying to keep that vacation-feeling alive, since our return from San Francisco a few weeks ago. On Friday night we had dinner at Truxton's. I read about it on a fellow-knitster's blog and wanted to check it out. It's in the little Westchester Village, between Manchester and La Tijera, east of Sepulveda. It was crowded, but this is a very large restaurant, so we were seated quickly. I'd classify this place as a combo between Cheesecake Factory and Appleby's. The food was good, served beautifully, excellent service. The menu is varied. I had the Thai Cobb (heheheh) salad; Larry had the fish tacos. Truxton's bar was quite lively on a Friday night. They have private dining rooms for parties and the parking is easy. I'd definitely go back. It is one of those cavern spaces though with all hard surfaces (noisy), so if you want to talk, you might have to yell a bit on a busy night.

On Saturday morning we zoomed up to the Skirball Museum to see Bob Dylan's American Journey, 1956-1966. The lovely Darcy works at the Skirball, so she was sweet enough to get us FREE passes to the event! Thanks, Darcy! Larry and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The Skirball is in a beautifully landscaped setting, just north of the Getty on Sepulveda. We interacted with the Dylan exhibits, read all about Bob's life and times, looked at all of the ephemera, watched videos and Larry even engaged in the simulated music performance space. We also looked in on the R.B. Kitaj exhibit. I've always loved his paintings.

We were starved after all that museum-ing, so we bopped on down Sepulveda and had a yummy lunch (chicken pita sandwiches) at Zankou.
Later that evening we went downtown to Stuart Rapeport's art opening at Dangerous Curve Gallery. It was very well attended, inspite of the blustery weather. The entire gallery was taken over by Stuart's artwork, centering on dogs. It was quite faboo. There was even a dog performance piece and live music!

All in all, our vacation day in L.A. was great!

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