Monthly Recap: June

Art in the Streets

June was a big museum month for us. Visiting exhibits and museums is one of my favorite things to do.

The first exhibit we visited this month was Houdini Exhibit at Skirball Culture Center. While the majority of his items burned down at the The Houdini Magical Hall of Fame in Niagara Falls in 1995, there were a few momentos at Skirball like handwritten notes, handcuffs and a milk can. The famous water torture cell (seen in the picture below) was a replica along with most of the remaining props but all-in-all, still very interesting. They had movies and pictures of him doing his act as well as period show posters. Unfortunately, I didn’t take any pictures and this makes me sad. This exhibit is free on Thursday afternoons and that is when we visited. Freebies are the best.

magician houdini's water torture trick
[Photo courtesy of Skirball]

Next, we went to the Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art). There were TONS of stuff! Home videos from high school, doodles on notebook paper and hotel pads, props from movies, notes and ideas written on scripts, drawings for cartoons/movies that never panned out….I could go on. So many things! It took me at least 2 hours to look at everything and I still feel like I missed some things. This exhibit was well worth the $20.

Tim Burton Edward Scissorhands
[Photo courtesy of LACMA]

Just as I pulled out my camera, someone else was getting yelled about how taking photos was forbidden, so again, I don’t have any from the exhibit but I got a few of the super cool building.

LACMA Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Since the Brea Tar Pits are right next door, we decided not to waste a trip and take a look around. Super neat to see after many LAers mentioning it.

Los Angels Brea Tar Pits
Los Angels Brea Tar Pits
Los Angels Brea Tar Pits

Art in the Streets at MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) was one of the largest collaborations of street artists I could ever possible see in one place. They set up a faux neighborhood with store fronts and churches and apartments then had artists come in and do their thing. Really neat! Here are a couple of my favorite pieces. We also went to this event during it’s free time, which are Mondays because Banksy was so kind to pay for everyone’s ticket.

Art in the Streets Mini Graffiti Train Set
Art in the Streets
Art in the Streets Shepart Fairy OBEY
Art in the Streets
Art in the Streets
Art in the Streets
Art in the Streets
Art in the Streets

And last but not least (though not technically a museum), we visited the fishies at Aquarium of the Pacific. To our surprise, they had an arctic fox as well. Sitka had been through a lot with a missing ear and limp that caused to him become part of the aquarium. Although, it never made sense because I figured a Zoo would have been better suited. But none the less, we got to see him. He was losing his white bushy hair going into summer, so he looked kind of patchy at the time. Poor little thing:(

I’ve been to a few aquariums in the past, but I’ve never got to touch so much marine life in my life! I got to touch sharks and sting rays and whatever was in this video I took, including a sea cucumber. Ew!

Movies I watched:
Between the Folds – I rented this one from the library we visited last month. If you love (or just like) orgami, you’ll LOVE this movie.
Bridesmaids – I splurged and saw this one in the theater with my girlfriends. It was soooo worth it. Very funny!
Gnomeo and Juliet – I’m a sucker for animated movies. This was was cute and entertaining but not amazing in any way.
Hall Pass – My advice would be to “pass” on this one. Hahaha! …no really, don’t see this movie.
The Adjustment Bureau – This movie is brilliant. You have too see it!
True Grit – I’m not sure why this movie won so many awards but it’s not bad.
Sucker Punch – This movie was fun and the girls kicked ass. Nothing more.
Battle of Los Angeles – I’d rather watch Indepedence Day than this movie again.
The Tourist – This movie was better than what everyone said but didn’t blow my mind either.

TV Shows I watched in June:
White Collar – Season premiere – I love this show. It’s smart and funny!
Covert Affairs – Season premiere – A kickass woman in the CIA? I’m hooked.
Burn Notice – Season premiere – Clever and action packed.
Leverage – Season premiere – The characters are brilliant and funny!
United States of Tara – Series finale – Funny, smart and neurotic. I can’t believe this show got canceled! HUGE :(
Suits – This is my new favorite show! Eeee!
True Blood – I’ve watched this show since day one and still love it.