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Hamburgers, Hollywood and Heat April 21, 2012

Filed under: Baby,Family,Food,Hollywood Events,Los Angeles — Kelocity @ 1:33 pm
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It was so nice to have my mom in town this week. We had a blast at my shower and it was so cool she was able to be there. The rest of the week was filled with a mix of relaxation, touristy things, and putting the baby’s room together.

Sunday night after the shower, we stayed in and cooked sliders on the grill. Delicious!
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Monday, was ‘Marathon Monday’! Wish I could have been there to cheer on all the runners! I heard it was super hot! Can’t believe it’s now been TWO years since I ran it!
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We decided to go enjoy downtown Los Angeles for the day. We went to the gorgeous Public Library and then to City Hall. You can go to the top of the building and see the amazing views of the city. I had never been!
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Mom is afraid of heights, but I think she really liked it.
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We saw the Disney Concert Hall, where we took some photos a few weeks back!
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We were told to put our ‘visitor’ sticker in an ‘obvious place’. I chose my belly since you can’t miss it!
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It was SO hot that all that walking downtown really did me in. I was completely pooped by the end. We spent the rest of the day home after that.
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Tuesday, we had a VIP tour of Warner Brothers scheduled…. or so we thought. Apparently I had booked it for the wrong day. Oops, blame the baby brain! But thankfully they let us on anyways. I had been on the WB lot before, but I had never done the official tour.
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This was the old exterior set of ER! It is supposed to look like the L-Train in Chicago.
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This is the soundstage that ‘Friends’ was filmed in!
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They still have the ‘Central Perk’ set assembled in another building.
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The famous friends couch!!
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I wear sunglasses inside because we were in Hollywood and I have to be cool. Bahaha.
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I just realized how coordinated our shirts were! Totally on purpose.

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We saw a bunch more sets and got to visit the prop house. If anyone needs a ‘Seal of the President’, take your pick!
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I believe after the tour, we went home to take an afternoon nap, but before sunset, we headed out again to snap some photos of the Hollywood Sign.
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Hi Daddy! Can you believe our baby will be born in Los Angeles? So surreal we live here!
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I have some more pictures from this little photoshoot, but I’ll save them for my weekly update. =) Oh, the suspense!

After this, we made a simple ‘Make-Your-Own-Tacos’ meal and then headed over to see a taping of the Jimmy Kimmel Show. PS. This was the first time my mom had ever had guacamole! What?!
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The last day of my mom’s visit was all about baby. We had an OB appointment first. Baby is expected to be around 7lbs, 9oz! We’ll see if that’s accurate! Heartbeat is still strong and baby is still head down. YAY!

That night, we had our maternity tour at the hospital. It was awesome. I’ll fill you in on that in my weekly update post as well.

 

What a week! Had a blast! And now I need another nap. ha!

 

Salzburg: The Hills are Alive October 7, 2011

(Just one more Trip Recap post left after this one! Bringing it back to Salzburg!)

We awoke on September 10th in beautiful Salzburg. Our bed was so comfortable I didn’t want to leave the hotel, but we had an exciting day planned. I would never sleep away a day in Europe. Too many fun things to explore!
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We had Clif Bars for breakfast and jumped right into our Sound of Music Tour! When I did this tour in 2003 it was in a small 8 person van. This time, we were on one of TWO huge coach busses filled with tourists. I was a little annoyed, but it was still an excellent tour.
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The tour brings you to all of the famous shooting locations for the film. Recognize this? It’s where the back patio and lake scenes were shot. Remember when the kids tipped over the canoe?!
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We didn’t get too close, but this is where they shot the front of the house (see that yellow building in the background?) It’s also where Maria sang I Have Confidence when she first arrived at the Von Trapp house.
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And right around the corner from that is where we were yesterday (at the Crazy Fountain Palace). We were so glad we took pictures the day before because this is what it looked like today:
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We got a brief glimpse of the abbey up on the hill:
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And then we headed off into the countryside to see a bit of the lakes region and a few more filming locations. The scenery was absolutely beautiful.
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Is this where Maria sang The Hills are Alive? I don’t think it actually was, but any of these hills looked like they’d be excellent contenders. I love Austria, seriously everywhere you look there was something gorgeous to look at.
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[Flashback 2003] Last time I was here it was cold and snowy!
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Next time I come back here I’m going to explore the outdoor activities a little more. See the skydiver?!
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After a bit of driving, we arrived into the town of Mondsee where the wedding chapel scenes were filmed. Where Maria married the Captain.
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We had an hour for lunch so we found a cute restaurant across the street>
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And ordered some quick pizzas. Delicious!
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After the tour, we drove back to Salzburg and watched some of the scenes from the movie on the bus. Once we got back we explored Mirabell Gardens where most of the Do Re Mi sequence was filmed. Remember this scene?
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Here it is! Irving looks like Friedrich doesn’t he? “I’m Friedrich. I’m fourteen and I’m impossible”. LOL
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And remember this?
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Here we are!
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[Flashback 2003:
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And Now!
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Just a week after we got back from our trip, we went to the Sound of Music sing-a-long at the Hollywood Bowl.
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We try to go every year because it’s just so much fun. This year was extra special since we just got back from Salzburg!
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Erica brought popcorn (love that girl!) and we brought Mozart Balls to share. I love me my Mozart balls! Anyone know if you can buy these in the states?
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Before the show, all of the actors who played the Von Trapp kids came out on stage!
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My favorite part was when the (super hot) Captain sings Edelweiss and everyone holds up their cell phones. So funny. I love bowl nights. 
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A great end to the bowl season too.
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One last Europe recap post coming tomorrow!

 

Iris: A Party for the Eyes October 5, 2011

Filed under: Hollywood Events,Los Angeles — Kelocity @ 10:08 pm
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Irving and I love going to Cirque shows. Vegas is known for its out-of-this-world shows with dazzling costumes, incredible acts and gorgeous sets.  We’ve seen Zumanity and KA and really liked them both. It’s always the highlight of a trip to Sin City.
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But now we don’t have to drive four hours to Nevada to catch an amazing stage show. Hollywood now has its very own resident Cirque show. Introducing: IRIS.
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We’ve been itching to see this show since we first heard about it two years ago. Unlike the shows in Vegas, IRIS didn’t have a building designed around the performance. Instead, they had to use the existing space inside the Kodak Theater and retrofit it to their needs. It was a three year process that involved a $40 million excavation project to create room for the sets they had in mind.
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The two hour show is comprised of human artists, mechanical props, film, light, music and sound all interacting with each other in the most magical way you can imagine. The execution is flawless and you really are transported out of reality and into a whimsical world that will catch your breath and hold it til the very end.
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There are 72 cast members, 200 costumes, 20 projectors and more than 300 stage cues throughout the show. There are times when you don’t know where to look because there is so much going on at once. You can look left, right, up or down and your eyes will be fascinated with what they can see.
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The acts were impressive, it is truly amazing what the body is capable of. It’s the human aspect that really impresses me. There is risk, fear and adrenaline involved in all of the performances. It’s the “how do they do that” questions that mesmerizes the audience.The circus has evolved into a fantastical and glamorous occasion and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the marriage between people and technology. 
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The above image represented a film strip. The actors all moved in identical unison and it looked like you watching a movie. IRIS is located in the Kodak Theater which is in the heart of Hollywood. The whole show is about the evolution of the movie industry and it made me giddy to witness it right where the magic originally happened.
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One of my favorite acts was the Cops and Robbers sequence. It plays out like a Dick Tracey skit. The good guys and the bad guys in battle with each other. The pursuit of justice and the evasion of getting caught. I won’t spoil the details in case you get the pleasure of viewing it live, but trampolines were involved and it was so cool to watch!
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After the show, I was invited to join a blogger’s Q&A with two of the performers, Andrew and Kevin Atherton. They are identical twins who perform aerial tricks on the straps together. They both got involved with gymnastics at age 7 and joined Cirque when they were 24. They were with Varekai for 8 1/2 years before joining the cast of IRIS. In those years, they never missed a single performance due to sickness. These guys really love what they do and you can tell they are very proud to be a part of this show.
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They talked about how what they do does involve a bit of risk, but they trust each other with their lives. They said that some people dream of being able to fly and they get to do it for a living.
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The performers get a lot of freedom to choreograph their own acts and the music was added later. Danny Elfman, who has scored numerous blockbuster films (The Hunger Games, Alice in Wonderland, Chicago, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) also scored IRIS. It must have been quite a challenge to not have locked video to work with like he was used to. The music was such an important role in the show and it was very well done.
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IRIS will be playing in the Kodak Theater for more than a decade and I already can’t wait to see it again. The performances evolve over time and no two shows are alike. As cast members are added, new talents will be written into the show. Whether you’re an LA local or a visiting tourist, it’s a must see. For tickets, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/IRIS .

PS: I went to Circus school last year to learn how to swing from the trapeze! Click here for my pictures! What do you think? Should I audition for Cirque?

 

Tickets were provided to us, but as usual, all opinions are my own.

 

Ghetto Klown: Call your Bank and Press 2 October 4, 2011

Filed under: Celebs,Hollywood Events,Los Angeles — Kelocity @ 5:59 am
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“If you want to learn Spanish, call your bank and press 2”. That was my favorite of the many great jokes we heard John Leguizamo tell Sunday night during his performance of Ghetto Klown. We were invited to the press opening of of the show, which has just come off Broadway. Irving and I are both huge fans of John Leguizamo and were really excited to see him back on the stage.
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Ghetto Klown was written and performed by John himself. He weaves hilarious stories of his youth in with his tough family history as he struggled to become the person he knows he wants to be.
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John comes from Latino descent and growing up in Jackson Heights, New York was far from easy for his family. He’s a great writer and knows how to tell a great story. When he talked about the harder moments in his life, it was almost uncomfortable to watch. As if he brought you inside a life that you weren’t supposed to see. But that is one of the reasons that makes the show outstanding. It was real. It was raw. It was personal. And he’s brave enough to share it with the world.

I don’t even think this show can be reviewed as a show. You can’t review a person’s life. His stories opened up his vulnerable side when he talked about how he was at war with himself, torn between his personal and professional life. Finding that balance and believing in himself.  I especially loved hearing about his experience in Romeo + Juliet since it’s my favorite movie. He even acted out some of his lines from the movie. I got chills.

The stage was phenomenal. At first it didn’t look like much. Just a desk, a few chairs and projector. But the way the space was used was really unique and impressive. He intertwined video, slides and sound effects to make the stories come to life for the audience.

The theater house, The Montalban Theater, is old and gritty, located in the heart of Hollywood. I can’t think of a more perfect venue for a show like this. The show runs through October 16th and tickets can be found here.
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I love the concept of “Everybody has a Story” and it’s always a treat to hear someone tell theirs… and tell it well. It also makes me reflect on my own life. What’s MY story? What actions along the way have defined my life? Any play that makes you ask yourself questions like that is a winner in my book.

 

Photography Challenge–Clothes and Clouds October 3, 2011

Filed under: 30 Day Challenge,Photography — Kelocity @ 7:19 pm
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I have to remember to start carrying our good camera with me wherever I go to remind myself to take more pictures.

I’m still psyched about the Photography Challenge so here’s the past two days:

 

DAY 2 – WHAT I WORE TODAY
We were invited to see Ghetto Klown in Hollywood yesterday and enjoyed a night out in Hollywood (more details about that soon!)
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Here’s my picture artistic picture of what I wore to the show. I love Hollywood even if it’s dirty and it smells funny. There’s something romantic under all that grit.
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DAY 3 – CLOUDS
I have to admit that I actually took this picture last week enroute to a Blogger Dinner with Amanda, Andy, Kaitlin and Katherine. I was driving West on the 118 and was blinded by the sun and the golden clouds. I seriously almost pulled over to star at this. These were the most amazing clouds I’ve ever seen in LA.
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Click here to view the other Photography Challenge pictures by participating bloggers!

 

Flashback: Foxploration, Hollywood South of the Border August 29, 2011

Filed under: Mexico,Movies,Travel — Kelocity @ 7:10 am
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Flashback from November 23, 2006

Back before the days of drug wars and Weeds, we bought some extra car insurance and drove down to Mexico for Thanksgiving in 2006. We had four days to explore the area and it actually was a very fun trip. We stayed in the Rosarito Beach Hotel.
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Gosh, we looked so young!
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After exploring Rosarito, we headed to Foxploration (Now Baja Studios). I don’t think it’s open to tourists anymore, but the studio is still there.
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The studios were built for the filming of Titanic and most of the sets are still there.
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Here are a few highlights from the tour:

The car that Jack and Rose made out in under the ship:
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The pipe where Jack was handcuffed while the boat was sinking!
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And the desk in the room where Rose ends finding him.
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Jack’s original 3rd class bunk room.
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When the ship was sinking, passengers got stuck behind this gate! Luckily Irving was on the right side.
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The “Blue Diamond” prop and painting.
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The safe where Rose’s jerk of a husband kept his money.
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Rose’s stateroom
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The clock at the top of the grand staircase.
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One of the dresses that Kate Winslet wore in the movie.
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And some of the other costumes from the film.

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The deck where Rose first meets Jack.
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Lifevests!
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This is the set for when the morse code guy tries to signal for help!
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If they’d just let me drive, I wouldn’t have hit that iceberg!
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A few of the model ships!
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Remember that shot of the Titanic at the “bottom” of the ocean floor? Here is the model they used!
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And a small tank they used for some of the exterior shots:
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In front is the set that they used to film the famous “never let go” scene! I love the magic of Hollywood.
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Remember all those scenes when the ship was turning vertical? Here’s another movie trick they used!
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What? More magic you say? Watch us climb a building!
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The other really big movie that was shot in these studios was Rome + Juliet which just so happens to be my FAVORITE movie of all time. Look! The license plates from the cars!!
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And the dress Juliet wore in the Pool Scene…
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Next to it is the shirt that Gregory wore in the gas station scene too.
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The cars!!! Remember this from the movie?!
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They also had a few ships from Master and Commander to tour as well. I didn’t see the movie, but film sets are fun!
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Also on the tour were some props from the movie Speed.
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Ok, don’t hate me, but I’m not sure if this is from Star Trek or the X-Files. Any nerds fans know?
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Oh and another random fact… the gate that was used in The Sound of Music in the cemetery scene is there too.
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The rest of our Mexican adventure was a blast too. We explored the beaches and the boardwalks for a bit.
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And also made it down for some Wine Tasting in Ensenada.
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PS. I illegally took this photo of the US/Mexico border markers. Shhh!
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I would also like to thank Irving for his mad Spanish skills. He successfully used enough of it to get us out of a ticket for trying to “cut the border crossing line”. Thankfully it worked, but it was a close call.

We had a great time south of the border and hope to do it again someday!

 

Superior Donuts at the Geffen June 29, 2011

Filed under: Friends,Hollywood Events,Los Angeles,Theater — Kelocity @ 7:31 am
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My friend Chely scored some free tickets to the Geffen Theater in a fundraising raffle last year. I was thrilled when she invited me to be her guest for a show last night. I don’t go to the theater nearly as often as I should and it was a great excuse for a night on the town.
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We had a communication mixup and I was parked in front of her house, and Chely was parked in front of my house. We kept telling each other “I’m out front” “Me too” “Where are you?” “Right in front!” Oops. We laughed about it later, too funny. We finally met up and headed over to the theater.
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The Geffen is really beautiful. It’s an intimate theater with all the right touches.
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With our tickets, we also had entrance into the Founder’s Room, a VIP area to hang out before the show. That’s how we roll!
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I know, I had the opportunity to snag a free MINT CHOCOLATE Clif Builders bar or a cookie and I didn’t take it. Day 3 of eliminating sugar. And you know what? I’m not even really missing it yet.

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There weren’t too many people in the room with us, but everyone else was fairly older. I love people watching. I think it’s so cute to see older couples get all dolled up to see a show together. The men wear their suit coats, and the women put on their lipstick. It’s so beautiful.

I also noticed that old people LOVE Hershey Kisses. LOVE them! They’d sneak over, and grab a whole handful. One woman winked at me and said “I took 7. One for every day of the week”. So cute. When I’m old, I hope I can enjoy life’s simple pleasures with such enthusiasm too. If you pay attention, you really can learn a lot from the older generations.
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The play was Superior Donuts and it was just amazing. It starred Gary Cole, who I know from Entourage, but he’s been a bunch of other things. Also starring was Kathryn Joosten (known for her role as Mrs. McClusky on Desperate Housewives) and Edi Gathegi (OMG, he plays Laurent in Twilight!!!!!!!!!)
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It was witty, funny, emotional and brilliantly written. I loved it from start to finish. The set was very impressive and the way the used the space was really smart. I laughed out loud several times. I have to say this was probably the best play I’ve ever seen in LA.
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We had great seats, but behind us was a group of kids on a field trip(?) that were quite loud. The play was riddled with cuss words, adult jokes and (a little) bit of violence, so I was surprised to see so many kids there. But regardless, I think it’s great that they enjoyed the show. I just wish someone would have schooled them in theater etiquette before hand. See, I fit right in with the old people. I’m probably more cranky than they are. ha!

If you’re in the LA area, definitely check out this play before its run is over. You have another week or so. It is definitely worth it.

 

 
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