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Farewell Los Angeles

Posted in LACMA, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Theatre on December 6, 2011 by babylonbaroque

In a few days LA will be a memory, we ship out on the 21st.

I am feeling ambivalent, LA has never been a good fit.

That said I have made many fine friends, I will treasure the memories. The following is a scrap-book of fond remembrances:

My  view will be missed,

I will miss the drama of my apartment.

Nature has been elusive, but I have had a few random encounters.

Although, this tends to be the norm.

I have wonderful memories of the Getty Center, a marvel of a place,

here with my sister Kat and niece Grace, visiting from Philly.

We married in LA, our tiny West Hollywood condo, gotta love that,

making it legal, July 3rd 2008,

a very sleepy Flower-Pug, Daisy

There are of course many sights that I will miss, the beautiful Grauman’s Chinese.

I only visited once, saw something forgettable, BUT the interior, that will not be forgotten.

China Town, although modest in size, is not without its charms.

One of the most dazzling places is the Los Angeles theater, Queen of the faded Broadway beauties.

Difficult to speak of LA without mentioning Street Art,

Regarding the Blessed Virgin, the Cathedral is always worth a visit.

An obvious delight is the Getty Villa in Malibu,

the husband enthroned.

A less obvious palace of delight is the Clark Library in Downtown, a wonder of wonders,

ceiling decorations that are as subtle as a train wreck,

the grounds are a delight particularly given the bustle and grit that surrounds this sanctuary.

Far removed from poverty and grime, the Huntington with its impressive collection of Anglo portraiture and stunning gardens stands aloof and gorgeous in Pasadena.

Always the right choice to spend an afternoon wandering about.

My favorite Sunday jog is up Runyon Canyon, spectacular views of the city and nearly naked flesh.

I have grown incredibly fond of LACMA, I now consider it “my” museum.

I have grown to know the collection, I will perhaps miss this most of all.

Quite simply my favorite painting in LA, Guido Reni’s Bacchus and Ariadne, the placement is particularly handsome.

As I will begin the tedious task of packing up, I will most likely not be making many posts until the new year.

Wishing my readers a very joyous holiday season until that time.

Take care, Babylon Baroque

Babylon Baroque in Ruin, the Los Angeles Theatre

Posted in 20th century, architecture, Los Angeles Theatre on May 31, 2010 by babylonbaroque

Last Wednesday I had the pleasure of catching the screwball flick, “How To Succeed In Business Without Even Trying”, presented by the Los Angeles Conservancy as part of their Last Remaining Seats film series;classic films screened in historic film-Vaudeville palaces. I was thrilled to visit the Los Angeles Theatre for a second time, a rare treat.

Los Angeles Theatre

615 South Broadway

Los Angeles, CA 90014

As is the case with all of these palaces, the Los angeles is a smoldering pile of beauty.The voluptuous grandeur weighed down by decades of dust, neglect, and fire. Shocking, yet beautiful, romantic, heartbreaking, uplifting.

I snapped away on my phone, rather terrible quality, but a slice of what you have in store if you take part in this admirable series of films and their venerable venues. Please consider joining the Los Angeles Conservancy at http://www.laconservancy.org. A worthy institution.