downtown, to see the gardens.

darlings

a truly lovely day.

we went to the Natural History Museum (yes, Vast Dinosaurs) to see the New Nature Gardens with our friend Richard Hayden, who is the Head Gardener (which made us feel Very Nancy Mitford touring a Friend’s Country Estate in the most delicious way).

wandering around a garden, with a notebook (we are Writing An Article which will appear in the next week or so, we’ll let you know, of course), one finds oneself saying splendid things like:

oh! that’s gorgeous – and look! a hummingbird!

which is the sort of dialogue that Fridays benefit from most.

*shysmiletocamera*

why yes, we did make a short movie…………

*eyesdowncastshyly*

you would?

bless you for saying that.

and after the Gardens we had Something To Do Downtown (further downtown than the Museum you see) and *coughs* yes, we took a few Pictures there too.

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The Bradbury Building (as seen in the glorious Blade Runner)

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the Grand Central Market (as seen in City Of Angels – the bit where Maggie tries to describe what a pear tastes like to Seth – the American re-working of the original Wings Of Desire from Berlin)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

chinese food in los angeles is like no other chinese food on earth – not saying it’s necessarily good but it’s completely sui generis for reasons we cannot put our finger(s) on. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

artisanal coffee makers are creeping into the market (they’re very good so we don’t mind a Bit). OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

and the backs of buildings remind us of Manhattan – after the Apocalypse. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

one of these is now missing because we bought it. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAeven the street art has an after-the-Revolution air downtown.

but anything is gorgeous after a morning in the gardens you see.

rose-tinted glasses – always.

*wavingfromlosangeles*

how was your friday?

plans for the weekend?

do. tell.

a very different sort of evening downtown @chocolateandart

darlings

you may recall (if you visit us regularly and we’re Tickled Pink that many of you do – tis Most Kind) that we went to an art show last night

and this evening we went to a Very Different type of art show – and twas glorious – and a stunning combination of sweetness and disaffected Youth and musicians-in-dark-glasses and graffiti-encased-stucco-walls and a taco stand and twinkly lights (we adore twinkly lights) and, we don’t think we’re overstating the case:

the re-emerging forces of Counterculture railing against a decaying world

there we said it.

that’s how it felt.

probably because we were Downtown (very far Downtown – in fact East of Chinatown at what is known as KGB Studios in a complex from 1925 no less – could we Get any hipper, darlings?)

*asidetocamera*

probably not. but who knows.

we even got to walk around the show with the Artist known as Dub Williams (not his real name, of course) and to discuss one’s Impressions with the Artist him/her/combinationOfBoth_Self is such a Rare treat (and could not have happened at the show Last night as sadly most of those collected at Paris Photo are now on the other side of the Veil of Life)

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAwe have to admit we became very Energiz(s)ed by all the Activity and body adornment (are we the only person in Los Angeles who is not Inked? It’s entirely possible……) and painting canvases and drop cloths (note technical term, we adore new vocab) and Inspiration.

it took us back to Camden Town and watching the human/android-like (as in Bladerunner, not the operating system for mobile devices) peacocks outside the Tube Station circa 1988.

something’s starting to emerge.

and we’re here to witness it and report back.

now isn’t That delicious?

 

the vibrant hues of downtown: @LAArtsDistrict1

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we had a hour so took a trip downtown to see what this place the Arts District is all about in what was a vast orchard of citrus groves, once upon a time.

and now? lots of artists, the smell of oil paint (we made that up, but perhaps we Did sense the Industry upstairs in the lofty eaves just behind the slightly open doors from ironwork balconies festooned with lavender plants and brushes drying in the sunlight), Many british accents (all creative directors have one – or acquire one – together with the traditional precision frameless glasses and a modicum of interesting face hair shaping) and the roasting of coffee beans.

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literally?

The Artform Studio – a melange of vinyl, gentle sunlight creeping through the glass doors and a hair salon out back and a deep feeling of true soul (musically and the other one that’s all about being authentic and True).

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and we also liked peeking into the Little Tokyo Mall because there was an entire boutique of Hello Kitty (a symphony of PINK) and a suspiciously-packed-arcade (for a Friday afternoon) with teenagers – sadly the Time Crisis machines were all taken, or we would have slipped inside and looked Rather incongruous in a white linen shirt, Jackie O sunglasses and shiny-shiny-black-patent-leather-Doctor.Martens.

or not.

maybe there were Lots of people dressed like us in the back playing those racing car machines (we like those too).

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