Monday, October 4, 2010
Sometimes we forget there are advantages to living in a metropolitan area. When Mary and I first moved to Orange County we used to drive into Los Angeles to see a play or hear a concert, or even go to some trendy restaurant. That was in the late ‘70s and the traffic has changed so much that we now have Rush Hour from about 6:00 AM until 9:30 PM. Luckily, and probably predictably, OC Theater has improved dramatically (pun definitely intended) and we probably see more good shows now than we did then.
But, it still is nice to pick some things to do that can only be done in a major city. Last week we took advantage of a Member exclusive event at LACMA, where they were dedicating a new building in the complex, called The Resnik Building for the couple who donated $43 million to its construction. We went on a weeknight and were lost in the crowd of 2,000 who bellied up to one of several bars and food stations for wine, POM drinks, Fuji water (all of which came from Resnik enterprises) and Sloppy Joes and Barbequed Chicken.
The nicest thing about the social part of the event was striking a conversation with a couple who shared their passion for film, vinyl records, objects d’art and sincerity in people.
The nicest part of touring the exhibits (I accused the Resniks of needing a place to put all the stuff they collected, like Olmec statuary, so they moved it into LACMA) was the Fashion exhibit which covered all manner of interesting items from 1750 through the Victorian Period, magnificently displayed on striking mannequins.
Does anybody out there share my enthusiasm for meeting new people and seeing new? Leave a comment.