Los Angeles County Museum of Art | LACMA 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036
The Last Bookstore 453 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013
Although my trip to Los Angeles last week was mostly business, I had the opportunity to fit some fun stuff in to my schedule too. Along with eating a ton of great food (from vegan restaurant Cafe Gratitude, to Santa Monica pub The Independence, and Koreatown mainstay OB Bear) I spent time at various beaches (Venice, Santa Monica, and Hermosa), walked around Griffith Park, drove up Mulholland Drive at night, and visited the Getty Center and Paley Center for Media. Because my camera is a little too large and heavy to lug around all of the time, I only snapped a few pictures at Griffith Park and the Getty Center. Enjoy, and let me know about some of your favorite things to do in LA. I’m moving in about two weeks, and I hope to have an extensive list together of things to do once I’m officially settled in.
Although I’m thoroughly ready to call a new city home, I’m feeling more in love with where I’m from than ever before. Here are some photos taken on my phone during my last six months of adventuring in and around Tucson. << All photos were taken with an iPhone 5s >>
Today marks the 50th anniversary of The Sound of Music – released on March 2, 1965. Directed and produced by Robert Wise, and starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, The Sound of Music is considered one of the most iconic musicals in the history of American film. An adaptation of the 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway musical of the same title, the story is based on Maria von Trapp’s memoir, The Story of the Trapp Family Singers. Though The Sound of Music was not initially well received by critics, it briefly displaced Gone with the Wind as the highest-grossing film of all-time. It also won five Academy Awards including Best Picture, Director, Editing, Sound Mixing, and Music. I first saw The Sound of Music when I was quite young – maybe five or six. To this day, I still feel the same immense joy when I hear Julie Andrews sing “My Favorite Things” or “The Hills Are Alive,” and I’m just as nervous when Rolfe spots the von Trapp family while they’re trying to escape. When The Sound of Music turns 75 or 100, I’ll love it the exact same way I did as …
This summer I posted behind the scenes photos of Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro working together on their many collaborations – from Mean Streets to Casino. With two birthdays in November, I thought it would be a great time to post photos with Scorsese’s other common collaborator, Leonardo DiCaprio. Enjoy! Gangs of New York – 2002 The Aviator – 2004 The Departed – 2006 Shutter Island – 2010 The Wolf of Wall Street – 2013
The EMP Museum (formerly Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame) was founded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen in 2000. The non-profit museum is dedicated to contemporary pop culture and includes a variety of ever-changing exhibits. Current exhibits include Spectacle: The Music Video, Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic, Hear My Train a Comin’: Hendrix Hits London, Icons of Science Fiction, Can’t Look Away: The Lure of Horror Film, and Nirvana: Taking Punk To The Masses. The museum also houses a sound lab where visitors can try their hand at an assortment of instruments, and a stage where guests have the opportunity to film their own music video. Visiting the EMP Museum was an especially fun and enlightening experience and I would highly recommend it to anyone staying in Seattle, even if your visit is short. The museum often hosts events, so be sure to check their calendar before planning your trip: EMP Museum *Note – I recommend taking the monorail from the Westlake Center in downtown Seattle to the museum. It’s a short ride and only …
A few weeks ago I took a wonderful family vacation to Seattle, Washington. Here are just a few of the pictures I took while I was there. Tomorrow I will be posting about the spectacular EMP Museum, which I would recommend to anyone visiting Seattle, even just for the day.
Today marks the 20th anniversary of the premiere of Forrest Gump. Directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Tom Hanks and Robin Wright, the film chronicles the life of Forrest Gump, a simple man with a not-so-simple life. It’s a charming, entertaining, and emotional epic that will remain in my heart forever. “I’ve never met anyone like Forrest Gump in a movie before, and for that matter I’ve never seen a movie quite like ‘Forrest Gump.’ Any attempt to describe him will risk making the movie seem more conventional than it is, but let me try. It’s a comedy, I guess. Or maybe a drama. Or a dream. The screenplay by Eric Roth has the complexity of modern fiction…The performance is a breathtaking balancing act between comedy and sadness, in a story rich in big laughs and quiet truths…What a magical movie.” Roger Ebert July 6, 1994 “Forrest Gump,” Chicago Sun-Times
The other day I was browsing through Tumblr and came across a neat photo of my favorite director/actor duo, Martin Scorsese & Robert De Niro. Considering that they’ve been making movies together since the early 70’s, I thought that there were probably a ton of photos of the two of them on sets throughout the years. I did some research and here’s what I found: mean streets – 1973 taxi driver – 1976 raging bull – 1980 goodfellas – 1990 casino – 1995 **I wasn’t able to find photos of Scorsese and De Niro together from New York, New York, The King of Comedy, or Cape Fear**