I’ve lived in southern California since 2005 and in the Los Angeles county area since 2009. Although I’m approaching my 10 year anniversary in southern California, there are still a ton of things that I’ve yet to experience. I originally wanted to share the 25 item Los Angeles Bucket list, I thought that it would be more fun to share a more complete list of fabulous things to do in Los Angeles. All of the 25 items on my own personal Los Angeles Bucket List are marked with an asterisk*.
When we moved back to California, Matt and I said that we wanted to treat Los Angeles with a tourist point of view: try new things, visit museums, and explore all aspects of the city. Truthfully, we haven’t been doing very well with this goal. But since our time in the Los Angeles area is limited, I want to start making it a priority. Last week we finally checked off an item from our Los Angeles bucket list when we adventured out to The Getty Center for a friend’s birthday picnic.
The Getty Center
The Getty Center grounds are absolutely beautiful. It features stunning architecture, lush gardens (where we set up our little picnic), and beautiful views. The gardens, made up of more than 500 varieties of plant material, are a great place for a picnic, to read a book, or roll down some hills (slash hope that people rolling down hills don’t hit you). The artwork featured in the museum is obviously another highlight. The top floor displays paintings and sculptures from the Renaissance and Impressionist periods. While that is beautiful, I prefer the photographs featured on the bottom floor of the museum. The Getty is currently showing a special selection of Ansel Adams photographs that are gorgeous.
Do you have a singer or a band that just moves you? For me, it is Ben Gibbard, and just about every band or project that he has been involved with.
I began as a Death Cab For Cutie fan, and started my love affair with him back in 2001 with the release of the band’s record The Photo Album. Then came Transatlanticism and I was hooked for good. In addition to Death Cab, Gibbard has been involved with a couple of other (amazing) projects including the Postal Service, ¡All-Time Quarterback!, and teamed up with Jay Farrar for the album of Jack Kerouac’s Big Sur. Truly epic stuff. This concert was like no other. I’ve seen Ben Gibbard … a lot (4-5 times with Death Cab, 1 solo – with a surprise Jenny Lewis duet! – and 1 time with Jay Farrar). This show, however, was all about the music. Just Ben, a guitar (or two) and a grand piano for close to 2 hours. He played a lot of the ‘oldies’ as well as some of the new stuff off his most recent solo album. The venue, the Whilsire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles, provided an amazingly intimate experience (I could hear every toe tap or silly side comment Ben was making – without the mic). All of it was amazing.
I always do a bad job of remember set lists (my job is to have fun, not sweat the details) but here are the songs he played – minus the new stuff – that I remember. They are listed in chronological order, because I’m particular like that.
Cleveland (¡All-Time Quarterback!)
You Remind Me of Home (Home)
Blacking Out The Friction (The Photo Album)
Title and Registration (Transatlanticism)
Lack of Color (Transatlanticism)
The District Sleeps Alone Tonight (Give Up – The Postal Service)
Such Great Heights (Give Up – The Postal Service)
Recycled Air (Give Up – The Postal Service)
Soul Meets Body (Plans)
I Will Follow You Into the Dark (Plans)
Crooked Teeth (Plans)
Cath … (Narrow Stairs)
You Can Do Better Than Me (Narrow Stairs)
Grapevine Fires (Narrow Stairs)
One Fast More or I’m Gone (Kerouac’s Big Sur)
Unobstructed Views (Codes and Keys)
As a side note, I was kind of disappointed that he didn’t play Why’d You Want to Live Here. I mean, he was playing in LA so I felt like it was only appropriate Maybe it would be too obvious? Well, here is a video of him doing it live in 2007. Enjoy.
This Monday came too soon. Seriously. I spent this weekend with my manfriend’s father, sister and six year old nephew at the La Brea Tar Pits and Lego land (both of which are awesome places). The nerd in me LOVED visiting the tar pits – In all honesty I can’t think of a better way to spend an afternoon than watching scientists clean fossils and talking to volunteers about alternative theories of Ice Age creatures’ migration patterns. While I already knew how much I love kids, 1 day at Lego land with 1,000 screaming children made me realize that I think I’m just fine waiting on having kids. Like at least another 5 years.
I’ll do a proper update of the weekend later on in the week but for now, here are a few things that from the weekend that are making me smile this Monoday. What is making you smile this early Monday morning?
Matt & his nephew racing rolling down the hill.
Scientists in their natural habitat. Try no to tap on the glass.
Crooked glasses love.
One of my favorite places, the Opera House, made entirely with Legos … thousands of Legos.