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

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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 …]

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 …]

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 …]

San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum Han Dynasty Tomb Treasures

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San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum’s March 2017’s exhibit provides 160 highlights of one of China’s most recently excavated royal tombs; that of the Han Dynasty’s Emperor Liu Fei who ruled from 183 to 127 BC. Divided among three rooms, the exhibit examines and provides examples of the broad range of items that were placed in [Read more …]

Live from San Francisco, It’s China Live!

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It was years in the planning and the execution seemed to take even longer, but the long anticipated China Live marketplace has finally opened in San Francisco. From our initial, very limited experience, it appears to be on the road to meeting or exceeding expectations. And that is before we have had a chance to [Read more …]

Oakland California Autumn Lights Festival

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One hears a lot in the news about Oakland California, which is right outside of San Francisco. Murders, protests, etc. But Oakland sometimes get too much of a bad rap. It also has some delightful areas to visit, including around Lake Merritt. And it also has a great museum. When we found out about it [Read more …]

San Francisco Fleet Week

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Fleet Week which is held on the first weekend in October, is a big deal in San Francisco. Held every year for the last 35 years, it now attracts more than 1 million people to a celebration that honors the contributions of the United States Armed Forces while simultaneously spurring interchange and understanding between civilians [Read more …]