Monthly Recap: June

Art in the Streets
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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.
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Dad’s visit to LA!

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my dad’s first visit to see me in Los Angeles was this past weekend. his birthday was on Friday and he flew down on Saturday. i picked him up from LAX around noon and we battled traffic through downtown then finally up highway 2 to the 134. i pointed out the tallest building in LA – the US Bank tower. strangely, downtown proper isn’t as big as the the world thinks it is, but it’s beautiful in it’s own way.

before we came home, we stopped at Phillipe’s for lunch. their reviews are mixed but i really think their sandwiches are good, and not badly priced, either. combined with a lemonade and chocolate cream pie for dessert, it is really something to crave.

after a short rest, we traveled out to the infamous Galco’s Soda Pop Shop. dad didn’t think it was anything to write home about, but Ryan and i really enjoy picking out our favorites and new ones that we’re excited to try. for whatever reason, i get a kick out of trying as many root beers as i can. i grabbed 4 or 5 this time.
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