I’ve had a crazy busy weekend and week with the time change. So much to update you on, but in the mean time check out Obama on Between The Two Ferns. It’s amazing.
– My goal was to finish all the walks in the book, “Secret Stairs, A Walking Guide to the Historic Staircases of LA” by Charles Flemming. I only had about 10 walks left when I pushed it to the back burner. One of my 2014 resolutions is to finally share those last walks with you. –
Sadly, Im no longer in the funemployment game, so my Secret Stair walking days are now reserved for weekends only. Thankfully I have a handful that I still need to tell you about. This next walk is Secret Stair Walk #5: Mt. Washington.
The walk begins by the busy intersection of Figueroa and Avenue 45. It starts with congestion but then quickly becomes a quiet neighborhood trek.
I love finding little neighborhood details.
After a steep hill, comes steep staircases. Thankfully, what goes up must come down.
This walk was “pre-rain” so the sky still has a cloudy (cough* smoggy) haze to it.
This old ranch had some fun colorful lighting to jazz it up.
It’s rare you see tile work like this along the driveway.
Reaching the top of the hill, I could barely see the faint outline of the downtown skyline. Grrr smog.
This residential neighborhood opens up at the top of the hill to be a quiet valley without many signs of life.
After the short dusty loop, it becomes a plush neighborhood again. In fact, it leads right to the Self-Relization Center on Mt. Washington which has super pretty gardens open to the public. It’s so relaxing there.
They keep the gardens so well manicured.
This is some tile fun on a bridge just past the meditation center.
I passed a few local schools up on Mt. Washington. I imagine the neighbors walking their children here. It must feel so far from LA, because it’s all so peaceful up on the hilltop.
Thankfully, I was not attacked by a dog here.
Stairs, stairs, stairs…
The faux broken turtle trying to climb the stairs…
I love doors and gate doors are no exception.
Back down to the hustle and bustle of Figueroa.
Happy Friday everyone! I hope you have a busy weekend full of Secret Stair walks!
Comedy Palace is the place to be tonight. Come see Karl Hess, Emily Maya Mills, Aparna Nancherla, Erik Charles Neilsen, Mike Burns, MArk Little, Chris Fairbanks, Ari Shaffir, Ian Edwards and Joe Mande. Hosted by the very funny Shawn Pearlman. Be there.
Event: Comedy Palace (event link)
Location: Comedy Palace, 2112 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Time: Thursday March 6, 9pm doors, 9:30pm show
This improv show is amazing. I went back when it was the Myspace show and loved it. Now it’s the Facebook show and stars Rob Hubel, Seth Morris, Chad Carter, Paul Scheer, and Own Burke. These guys are hilarious and such great improvisers. They bring an audience member on stage and look at their facebook page on a big screen. Then they do a series of improvs based on the information and stories that the person shares on their facebook page. It’s always a different show so you can go every week and expect all new comedy.
Event: Facebook at UCB (event website)
Location: UCB, 5919 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles CA
Time: Wednesday March 5, 2014, 9:30 – 11pm
FYI: This show is technically sold out for tonight, but UCB packs people in and has a waiting list. If you show up and put your name on the list, they will find a way to get you in.
This is a tad pricy for the blog, but sounds cool. Check out the LACMA tonight to see Michael Wilkinson (who was nominated for an Oscar in Costume Design for American Hustle) in conversation with Bobi Garland. Warner Bros even loaned some of Wilkinson’s costume designs for the event. If you’re into wardrobe and costume design, this event is for you. It’s $35 for LACMA members, $25 for students, and $40 for the public.
Event: LACMA Conversation with Michael Wilkinson: Superman- Costuming an Icon (event link)
Location: LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Time: Tuesday March 4, 2014, 7pm
Cost: $40 for the public, $25 for students, $35 for LACMA members
Tonight check out Kumail Nanjiani, Sean Patton, Jerrod Carmichael, Jamie Lee, Andi Osho, Greg Barris, Adam Riches, Fringe Riders and more. Hosted by Jeremy Burke (Loud Village). $2 beers and super cheap yummy fish tacos, oh yeah, and it’s FREE!
Event: Comedy Night at Best Fish Taco (event info)
Location: Best Fish Taco In Ensenada, 1650 N. Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Time: Tuesday March 4, 2014, 7:30 – 9:30pm
It’s Monday so it’s Hot Tub day! Join Kurt Braunholer and Kristen Schaal as they present Ryan Conner, Eddie Pepiton, Adam Riches, Steve Rossignol, and Felicity Ward! Tickets are $5 pre-sale or $8 at the door. So cheap! So cheap!
Event: Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen (event link)
Location: The Virgil, 4519 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Time: Monday March 3, 2014, 7pm doors, 8pm show, 10pm party
Cost: $8 at the door $5 presale HERE)