Downtown Los Angeles

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Our brief, three-day LA visit ended with a visit to the rapidly reinvigorated downtown LA. Although we planned to visit the increasingly hip Koreatown section, these plans were scotched when we discovered that “Here’s Looking and You”, the hot, new restaurant that we planned to visit, was closed the one evening that we were able [Read more …]

West Hollywood, California

Chagal Costumes

As part of our time in the Los Angeles California area, we made an overnight stop in West Hollywood. Yep, we saw the famous Hollywood sign from our hotel window. But we also visited another great museum. LACMA aka Los Angeles County Museum of Art LACMA is the city’s largest and premier art museum. Its [Read more …]

Pasadena California

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Whenever someone says Pasadena to me, I can only think of the song “The Little Old Lady from Pasadena”. We were last in Pasadena California for the Rose Bowl Parade many years ago. If you haven’t experienced this, you should. But this time we were just there as part of a trip to the Las [Read more …]

Return to Nantucket Massachusetts

Pacific National Bank

Since we were already on Cape Cod, we took a fast, hour-long fast ferry (you could also take a 15 minute flight) to traverse the 30 mile stretch from Hyannis to Nantucket. The island, first settled in 1659, became the world’s largest whaling port and one of its most wealthy and progressive towns in the [Read more …]

Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Hyannis Artist shanties

When we lived in Boston, MA, we spent a fair amount of time on Cape Cod (“the Cape”). Now that we live on the west coast, we don’t get to the area as often. This summer we decided to go back—our first time in more than 10 years. Our motivation for the trip was to [Read more …]

Monet’s Early Years

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No, we didn’t have a time machine to go back to Monet’s early career. Instead we went to San Francisco Legion of Honor, which was hosting an exhibit of more than 50 of Monet’s earliest oil paintings The exhibit begins withView Near Roulles. Painted in 1858 when he was only 17, this was the first [Read more …]

New York City—Museums Summer 2017

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New York City Museums and Galleries Cooper-Hewitt Our first visit to this museum of design was timed for its exhibit profiling the Jazz Age, with its Art Deco architecture, innovative design, art and film and the ways in which these and the contemporaneous popularization of radio had on American (and to a lesser extent, European) [Read more …]

New York City, Summer 2017

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We just returned from our semi-annual excursion to New York City. It entailed our typical diet of theater, museums, galleries, new (at least to us) restaurants, other assorted sites and attractions and miles and miles of walking. In other words, the same itinerary as all of our NYC trips. Only the names of the shows, [Read more …]

Carnaval: San Francisco Style

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May 28, 2017 marked the date of San Francisco’s 39th annual Carnaval San Francisco celebration. The celebration, which is held in San Francisco’s atmospheric and traditionally (at least before highly-paid tech employees boosted real estate prices to the point that previous residents were forced to leave) Mission District. It began with a huge, multi-hour morning [Read more …]

SFMOMA, Henri Matisse and Richard Diebenkorn: What’s Not to Like?

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San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) has been opened for almost a year now and we have been enjoying our membership there (at least, when we are in town). Currently, it has a special exhibit that we visited. SFMOMA Matisse and Diebenkorn Exhibit SFMOMA’s Matisse/Diebenkorn exhibition traces the extension of Henri Matisse’s innovative treatment [Read more …]