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CV! Part 178 – 4th of JULY WEEKEND 2021! (Thurs-Fri-Sat-Sun)

CV! Part 178 – 4th of JULY Weekend 2021! (Thurs-Fri-Sat-Sun)
ALL FIREWORKS ARE ILLEGAL IN THE CITY OF 
LOS ANGELES!

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USA! USA! USA!

Thursday, July 1, 2021 – Rabbit. Rabbit.
Today is the 182nd Day of the year and 183 Days remain until 2022.
The year is half over or half past, and six months remain in 2021.

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O Canada!

It’s CANADA DAY!
On the 154th anniversary of Canadian Confederation on July 1, 1867
NOTE: Many cities cancelled Canada Day celebrations after the bodies of hundreds of native american children were uncovered in unmarked graves on or near former Indian Residential Schools. The border remains closed and tourists won’t be able to cross until at least July 21. And at least 230 people died from the heat in British Columbia since last Friday.

It’s National US Postage Stamp Day!
The United States issued the first postage stamp on July 1, 1847.
Philately is the study of postage stamps and postal history.
And it’s also National Postal Worker Day!

FIRE AND ARREST TRUMP STOOGE
AND GOP TRAITOR LOUIS DEJOY NOW!

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1:55am: Good morning! Happy (month of) July!
We took the dog outside. We made an iced mocha.

8:08am: We slept a little. We got woken up. We are very awake.
The dogs went outside. The dogs got fed. The dogs went outside.
We got the newspapers. We made and drank an iced espresso.
We ate a toasted onion bagel with cream cheese.

Breaking News about the Surfside Collapse in Miami, Florida:
the rescue effort was halted early this morning due to structural concerns.
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A partial collapse occurred at ~1:23am EST on June 24 at the Champlain Towers South condos.
The death toll is currently 18 and 145 people are missing.
And President Joe Biden  is in town to be President at the scene. He is just doing his job.

Oregon health officials blame 63 deaths on last week’s heat wave.
20 deaths in Washington state are linked to the heat, with more expected to come.
More than 230 deaths have been reported in British Columbia, Canada, since last Friday.

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Rapist Bill Cosby was released from prison yesterday. MORE THAN 60 WOMEN!
FUCK THE PENNSYLVANIA SUPREME COURT! Bought and paid for.
AND DON’T THINK THE TIMING IS A COINCIDENCE!
There will be a week of Cosby coverage. Unimportant News that just distracts.
Our Justice System is a total disaster. TRUMP IS A RAPIST TOO!

There is NO JUSTICE in this country. BLACKLIVESMATTER!
Rich celebrities can get away with anything. NO JUSTICE! NO PEACE!
Why are the GOP Traitors still in office and not under arrest?
January 6, 2021 is only seven months ago…. when will they be arrested?
Now Waiting for TRUMP ORGANIZATION INDICTMENTS to be announced.
Jeffrey Epstein didn’t kill himself. Trump lied to you. 600000+ US DEAD!

NOTE: The Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus Vance,
charged the Trump Organization and Weisselberg
with 15 felony counts including grand larceny and tax fraud

DONALD TRUMP AND THE GOP TRAITORS REMAIN
A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER TO THE WORLD in the Summer of 2021!


NATIONAL GINGERSNAP DAY
NATIONAL CREATIVE ICE CREAM FLAVORS DAY

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6:15pm: Today sucks. We ordered a pizza.
The dogs went outside. The dogs got fed. The dogs went outside.
The pizza came. We ate. We’re not hungry now.

On The Menu: Extra-large pizza with sausage and meatball

11:25pm: We took a little nap. We woke up.
We took the dogs outside. We’re chillin’, and that’s our Thursday.

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FIREWORKS!

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Mark Teich (aka “Teichy”) RIP. Another Good One Gone WAY TOO SOON.
Our good friend and “partner in comedy” died yesterday. Cancer got him. Just terrible news. Our thoughts are for his mom and girlfriend and his many friends.
May his memory be a blessing. This one really hurts. FUCK CANCER!
May the Four Winds blow him safely home. 111
The pic is us together is from his birthday party in 2010
with Vaud and the Villains in the VIP Room at Fais Do-Do:


TRAVEL ALERT! TRAVEL ALERT! TRAVEL ALERT!

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It’s the FIRST POST-PANDEMIC HOLIDAY TRAVEL WEEKEND!
It will be the busiest weekend of travel since Christmas of 2019.
47million+ Americans are expected to travel this weekend according to AAA.
132million+ Americans (51% of the population) will go somewhere this weekend.

If you are traveling this weekend, expect crowds, traffic, and delays.
Everyone is understaffed. Flights and other reservations may be cancelled.
Gas prices are spiking this weekend, the highest since 2014.
Los Angeles gas is going for “arvage” $4.30 per gallon!

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Friday, July 2, 2021 – It’s the first day of the second half of the year.

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Fourth of July Friday! Have a SAFE and INSANE weekend everyone!
ALL FIREWORKS ARE ILLEGAL IN THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES!

It’s WORLD UFO DAY! (aka International UFO Day)
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On this day in 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act.
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5:45am: Friday morning. We’ve been awake for a little bit.
We took the dog outside. We made an iced espresso.
We are watching the stupid local news on KTLA. AND IT’S REALLY STUPID!

8:30am: We went back to bed and got woken up. The dogs got fed.
We made another iced espresso. Drink Coffee. Drink Water.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers are at The White House this morning meeting with President Joe Biden. And LA Mayor Garcetti is there (of course he is, because NO PHOTO OP IS TOO BIG OR SMALL). Garcetti is lobbying for a Washington gig while the City of Los Angeles remains a total mess. What about the BUSISNESS OF LOS ANGELES?

President Joe Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris met with the Los Angeles Dodgers. They gave the President and Vice-President personalized jerseys. Pitcher Clayton Kershaw made a short thank you speech. Joe told a Satchel Page story and made a joke about age, and then rambled on for too long again. And then they took pictures.

5:20pm: We got the newspapers and the mail. We took the dogs outside. We took a nap with the dogs. We made another iced espresso. It was HOT outside. We stayed inside. Nothing happened. We ate the leftover pizza for lunch. And it’s time to feed the dogs again. We’ve already set up their supper. Just going to wait a little bit. We didn’t do anything today again. Friday. Friday.
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4th of July Friday Traffic in Los Angeles at 5:00pm Rush Hour!

11:25pm: We took the dogs outside. We fed the dogs. We took the dogs outside.
We made some food for dinner. Good Shabbos everyone!

On The Menu: Bacon cheeseburger on a toasted onion bagel
with dill pickle and potato chips. And a Dr. Pepper to drink
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Saturday 12:15am: We took the dog outside. We took a nice hot shower.
We are watching TV and surfing the interweb. We just drank an iced espresso.

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Saturday, July 3, 2021

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Five to one, baby. One in five
No one here gets out alive

Jim Morrison RIP
December 8, 1943 – July 3, 1971

On this day in 1776, the Declaration of Independence
was adopted by the Second Continental Congress.

On this day in 1863, the Battle of Gettysburg ended.
The three days of fighting in Pennsylvania finished with a victory for the Union.

ALL FIREWORKS ARE ILLEGAL IN THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES!

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EXTREME FIRE DANGER! Just say NO to fireworks this year. 

8:40am: We didn’t sleep well. We slept a little. We woke up.
The dogs went outside and got fed. We made an iced espresso.

11:00am: We drank the iced espresso. We got the newspapers and the mail.
We ate a toasted onion bagel with cream cheese.

3:36pm: We took a nap. We woke up. We took the dogs outside.
We made another iced espresso. We had the dog in the Home Office.
Now they’re in the bedroom. We need to eat. We are listening to music.
Its HOT out. And really bright out. .And we just wasted another hour….

4:20pm.

8:45pm: We made some food. Call it early dinner or late lunch.
We took the dogs outside. The dogs got fed. We took the dogs outside.
Then we took a nap with the dogs.

On The Menu: 2 hotdogs with bacon, cheese, onion and mustard;
dill pickle, carrot & celery sticks, fresh guacamole and salsa verde
with tortilla chips, and a Dr Pepper
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10:55pm: Called the police on the neighbors shooting off fireworks in their backyard again.
Scares the dogs. Annoys the shit out of us. Scares the birds and wild animals.
We are calling everytime from now on. LAPD is overburdened and it’s not an emergency.
And we just spent 22 minutes on HOLD waiting for LAPD Non-Emergency Operator.
CALL 877-LAPD247 to report ILLEGAL FIREWORKS!
ALL FIREWORKS ARE ILLEGAL IN THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES!

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Sunday, July 4, 2021 –
HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!

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12:08am: It’s Independence Day! Happy Fourth!
The alarm next door was going off for about 15 minutes,
There was another loud explosion just before midnight.
Now all is quiet. But random fireworks can still be heard farther away.
LAPD is busy working street racers taking over intersections,
a kidnapping, persons with guns, persons with green lasers,
and the usual robberies, assaults, and other crimes.
AND THEY ARE GOING TO ARREST THE GUY WITH THE GREEN LASER!

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When Independence Day falls on a Sunday,
the following Monday is a Federal Holiday
and a State Holiday in all US states except Texas.

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Putting out Old Glory in the morning:
(and check out our pandemic ponytail)

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Celebrate Liberty and Freedom Today and Tomorrow!

10:05am: WE went to bed before dawn…. we woke up too early.
We didn’t sleep because of the Fireworks….. the dogs went outside.
The dogs got fed. The newspapers were retrieved. We put the flag out.
We drank an iced espresso. We took the dogs outside.

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3:55pm: We took the dogs outside again. We made some food. We ate the food.
We drank a double iced espresso. We took a nap. We just woke up again.
It’s HOT and Bright outside. We turned on the air-conditioner.

On The Menu: Mac’n’Cheese with bacon (and cheese)
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11:30pm: POLICE SCANNERS ARE GOING OFF TONIGHT!
GUNS! FIREWORKS! ASSAULTS! ARSON! Happy Holiday!
Just another 4th of July in Los Angeles.

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We’ve been taking cover with he dogs in the Home Office all night.
The neighbors started with fireworks at 5:45pm. We called the police again.
The dogs got fed. We took the dogs outside.
The fireworks show at El Caballero Country Club has got to be stopped!
TOO FUCKING LOUD! BOOM BOOM BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!
And so many illegal fireworks going off all over the city. Sounds like a war zone.
We took the dogs outside. We made and ate dinner.

On The Menu: Thin cut top sirloin steak and onions
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And we watched the fireworks from New York City, Walt Disney World,
the Hollywood Bowl (with Kool and the Gang), the Rose Bowl,
and Las Vegas, on the TV and on the interweb.

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Walt Disney World Fireworks from 2019:
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New York City Fireworks (Earthcam)
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Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest 2021:
Joey Chestnut! Weiner! Winner 🌭🌭  🌭🌭  🌭🌭
He ate 76 hot dogs in 10 minutes!

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Have a Celebration! Wave that Flag! Have a SAFE Holiday!


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“West Side Story” at the Hollywood Bowl!

“West Side Story” at the Hollywood Bowl!

And we are back! We went to the Hollywood Bowl last week and it was good fun! We’re having a heatwave again in Los Angeles and it’s been 90 degrees+ and into the 100s on some days. So, it has stayed warm at night and it was really perfect weather for an outdoor concert.

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“West Side Story” at the Hollywood Bowl

Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra performing “West Side Story” at the Hollywood Bowl on a Tuesday evening in July!

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“West Side Story” at the Hollywood Bowl

We were invited to the Bowl again. Well, there was a “small” brush fire on the mountain across the 101 freeway at Cahuenga Blvd from the venue at 4pm and we watched on the television as the Los Angeles Fire Department responded and made quick work of it!

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Fire on the Mountain! (That yellow dot is three firefighters)

By 5:30pm the fire was out, they were handling the hot spots and traffic was f*cked. So we left the San Fernando Valley for Hollywood at about 6pm. After some miles of “stop and go” traffic, the Highland exit ramp jam and Lot B parking ($20 cash) we were walking past the crowd of picnickers that occupy any convenient spot they can find out front at 7pm.

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Picnickers Out Front at the Hollywood Bowl for “West Side Story”

NOTE: It wasn’t as crowded as usual! It was a Tuesday night and a lot of people must have stayed home to watch the Republican National Convention night #2 from Cleveland, Ohio. Of course, that meant more people arrived around 8pm as the performance was starting…

We decided to go directly to our seats (Super Seats! not benches) behind the light and sound booth and have our dinner there instead of going to one of the picnic areas. And picnicking at the Hollywood Bowl in the super seats or bench seating is even more of a challenge than dining in one of the boxes because you have no table and very limited space.

Picnic time! On the Menu: Roast beef sandwich, veggie chips, dill pickle, bottled water and 1/4 of a chocolate tart from Sweet Lady Jane. We remembered to take a pic just before finishing the sandwich, but didn’t take one of the sides and desserts. We also brought red and white wine, a bottle of bubbly water, carrots, cole slaw, a rice dish and a berry cobbler.

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Roast Beef Sandwich and Veggie Chips

Show time! The orchestra took the stage  a little after 8pm, just as the sun was setting. They always begin with the “Star Spangled Banner” (note the flags flying at half mast).

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“West Side Story” at the Hollywood Bowl

Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic performing under a full moon on a warm summer evening in Southern California, no complaints here.

“West Side Story”

The musical “West Side Story” has special meaning for us.  We participated in building and and presenting a production on the Performing Arts MainStage at UC Santa Cruz in Spring of 1986.

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Directed by Michael Edwards
I was a Set Builder, Costumer and then Wardrobe Master for the run of show.
I also did the hair/makeup and hand inked tattoos for the actors.

The Jets were “Glam Punks” circa early 1980’s in ripped denim and studded leather.
The Sharks were 1970’s “Cholos” complete with bandanas, pleated flannels, pressed white t-shirts and tan khakis. The Shark girls were hot!

A truly professional production with a live band, great singing and dancing and a truly amazing set design! The program cover above is one of the design sketches, but the freeway was left unfinished with exposed rebar extending out over the audience and then we added chain link fencing, lots of graffiti and debris for texture.

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“West Side Story” at the Hollywood Bowl

 

 

Paul Simon LIVE at the Hollywood Bowl!

Paul Simon LIVE at the Hollywood Bowl!

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Paul Simon LIVE at the Hollywood Bowl!

A warm Summer Wednesday evening and we’re off to Hollywood and the Hollywood Bowl! Traffic wasn’t too bad until we reached the Highland exit off the 101 freeway. They still haven’t figured out how to move traffic in and out of the Hollywood Bowl without a 20 minute wait!

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The Hollywood Sign as seen from the Hollywood Bowl

We planned ahead and arrived early enough, paid $25 to stack park in Lot B, walked up the hill to the cheaper “nosebleed” seats in section S ($52.50 + fees), and ate our picnic dinner (from home) BEFORE the opening act hit the stage at 8pm.

On The Menu: Subway sandwich (oven roasted chicken), dill pickles, carrots & celery, blueberries & raspberries, chocolate chip cookie and a bottled water.

No Cans or Bottles allowed for this concert so they can charge RIPOFF PRICES:
$10-14 for a beer and $16 for a plastic glass of wine!

NOTE: People were still just coming in at 9pm for a show with a start time of 7:30pm. It’s a real problem for the people seated on the benches because there’s no room to walk by someone who’s seated. It’s really annoying when someone arrives late and disrupts the performance for everyone seated behind them. Also it’s just RUDE to arrive late!

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Paul Simon at the Hollywood Bowl – Opening Act

Paul Simon didn’t take the stage until 9pm! So there was a lot of sitting and waiting between the Opening Act and the start of the concert…

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Paul Simon at the Hollywood Bowl

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Paul Simon at the Hollywood Bowl – Encore #1: “Graceland”

He played until 11pm. It was a good show! The sound was great, and even though we were so far away that we’re still not sure how many people were in the band, we enjoyed it.

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Paul Simon at the Hollywood Bowl – Encore #3: “Sound of Silence”

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Joshua Bell at the Hollywood Bowl – Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Joshua Bell at the Hollywood Bowl – Tuesday, August 11, 2015

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Joshua Bell at the Hollywood Bowl

Tuesday evening. Not very much traffic. And we’re back at the Hollywood Bowl for more!

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Joshua Bell at the Hollywood Bowl

The escalator going uphill was broken. So a lot of people had to hump it up the hill, coolers and picnic baskets in tow….a lot of tired old people trying to make it up the stairs.

We had a nice box (No wood bench seats tonight!) and picked up our picnic dinner from The Coral Cafe on the way. The weather was perfect, a beautiful warm summer night.

On The Menu: Roast beef sandwich, Caesar salad, dill pickle, chocolate & cinnamon bread pudding and a bottled water.

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Joshua Bell at the Hollywood Bowl – Roast Beef Sandwich & Caesar Salad

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Joshua Bell at the Hollywood Bowl – Chocolate & Cinnamon Bread Pudding

The food was okay, but not great. I was not impressed by the roast beef sandwich (might have been better with mustard) or the bread puddings, and what can you really say about a “to go” caesar salad? It was fine for what it was, but the food was overpriced and I hate the plastic packaging.

NOTE: The people in the box behind us were still having their picnic during the first act, and decided to pack their trash and turn their chairs around after the program began. **FINISH YOUR PICNIC BEFORE THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER BEGINS!!!!!**

**AND DON’T TALK DURING THE PERFORMANCE!!!!!**

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Joshua Bell at the Hollywood Bowl – Showtime on Tuesday Night!

Joshua Bell & the LA Philharmonic playing Mendelssohn, Bruch & Beethoven tonight:

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Joshua Bell at the Hollywood Bowl – Mendelssohn, Bruch & Beethoven

It was a short program! The Bruch Concerto was beautiful and Beethoven’s 7th was very well done, but needed to build more before the finish, in my opinion. The concert was over  and we were back to the car and on the freeway before 10:30pm.

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Joshua Bell at the Hollywood Bowl – Beethoven’s 7th Symphony in Concert

Joshua Bell at the Hollywood Bowl

Joshua Bell at the Hollywood Bowl – A Beautiful. Warm Summer Night!

It was a lovely evening with wonderful music on a beautiful, warm summer night. I had a nice picnic dinner and listened to first-rate musicians perform classical pieces in a fantastic environment. Happy Birthday to Me!

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Monty Python’s “Spamalot” and “A Midsummer Night” at the Hollywood Bowl

Monty Python’s “Spamalot” at the Hollywood Bowl

Saturday night performance at the Hollywood Bowl on a beautiful, warm, summer night in August! And what a great show! The celebrity cast was awesome! It was so much fun!

Spamalot at the Hollywood Bowl

“Spamalot” at the Hollywood Bowl – A Beautiful and Warm Summer Night!

Spamalot at the Hollywood Bowl

Spamalot at the Hollywood Bowl

Spamalot at the Hollywood Bowl

“Spamalot” at the Hollywood Bowl

Picnic on the bench:

Picnic at the Hollywood Bowl

“Spamalot” Picnic at the Hollywood Bowl – No ham, jam or spam. (there was bacon)

On the Menu: steak & bacon sandwich, potato chips, celery, carrots, cucumber, dill pickle, pineapple juice, Heineken, and chocolate chip cookies for dessert.

NOTE: Our bench seats were in section K2, which is high up and way off to one side. The wood benches are really uncomfortable, even with seat cushions. I prefer the Box Seats!

FINGER OF SHAME! This couple insisted on using bench space for their bag! And when asked if they would make more room, they refused and copped an attitude! This is a picture of their shame after being TOTAL A**HOLES in a fun place!

Look at their facial expression and body language!

FINGER OF SHAME

FINGER OF SHAME! – They know they’re being Total A**holes!

Well the show must go on! And the a*ssholes were ignored.

"Spamalot" at the Hollywood Bowl - Sunset!

“Spamalot” at the Hollywood Bowl – Sunset!

It was great from the opening national anthem, when the orchestra began with “Hail Brittania” before being interrupted and playing the Star Spangled Banner, to the “England” introduction by Eric Idle as The Historian, and the opening number celebrating Finland with the Fish Slapping Dance!

"Spamalot" at the Hollywood Bowl press photo

“Spamalot” at the Hollywood Bowl press photo

The Historian: “I SAID ENGLAND!”

"Spamalot" at the Hollywood Bowl

“Spamalot” at the Hollywood Bowl – “What happens in Camelot, stays in Camelot!”

Loosely based on Monty Python and the Holy Grail there were great bits from the film: “He must be a king”, debating the airspeed of the European swallow, taunting by the French, “large tracts of land” and storming the castle, the Trojan Rabbit, the Ballad of Sir Robin, the Knights who say Nee, Tim the Enchanter, the Vorpal Bunny and of course Camelot!

Warwick Davis gave a fantastic performance as Patsy, King Arthur’s squire complete with coconut shells and amazing facial expressions! He is such a gifted actor.

"Spamalot" at the Hollywood Bowl press photo

“Spamalot” at the Hollywood Bowl

Tom Deckman was hilarious as Not Dead Fred, Prince Herbert and the French Guard. Merle Dandridge was dazzling as the Lady of the Lake and her musical numbers were mesmerizing!

"Spamalot" at the Hollywood Bowl press photo

“Spamalot” at the Hollywood Bowl

Kevin Chamberlin, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Rick Holmes and Christian Slater were just terrific as Arthur’s Knights (and the many other minor roles they alternately played). And Craig Robinson was a very entertaining King Arthur, smiling and “tap dancing” his way through the whole thing.

"Spamalot" at the Hollywood Bowl press photo

“Spamalot” at the Hollywood Bowl – King Arthur & his Knights on a Quest for the Holy Grail

There were wonderfully entertaining musical numbers with inspired dance and fun choreography. And a number of jokes were tailored to the Hollywood Bowl audience including a jab at “overpriced dinner in the Pool Circle” and a little “Uptown Funk”.

Spamalot at the Hollywood Bowl

“Spamalot” at the Hollywood Bowl – “The Ballad of Sir Robin” on the big video screen

Wonderful performances by the entire cast! You could tell they were having a great time performing. I was really impressed by how great they all were!

And big kudos to the Hollywood Bowl for their live video on the big screens, as well as the costumes, sets, sound, lighting and projections which really make the musical productions special.

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“Spamalot” at the Hollywood Bowl

The Grand Finale with the entire cast and chorus was an audience sing along to Eric Idle’s

“Always Look On The Bright Side of Life”

Some things in life are bad…They can really make you mad.
Other things just make you swear and curse.
When you’re chewing on life’s gristle, don’t grumble, give a whistle,
And this’ll help things turn out for the best……….
And, always look on the bright side of life…(Whistle)

Always look on the light side of life…(Whistle)

If life seems jolly rotten, there’s something you’ve forgotten!
And that’s to laugh and smile and dance and sing!
When you’re feeling in the dumps don’t be silly chumps,
Just purse your lips and whistle, that’s the thing.
And…always look on the bright side of life! (Whistle)

Come on. Always look on the right side of life! (Whistle)

For life is quite absurd and death’s the final word.
You must always face the curtain with a bow.
Forget about your sin, give the audience a grin!
Enjoy it! It’s your last chance anyhow.

So always look on the bright side of death. (Whistle) 

Just before you draw your terminal breath. (Whistle)

Life’s a piece of shit, when you look at it.
Life’s a laugh and death’s a joke, it’s true.
You’ll see its all a show, keep ’em laughin’ as you go,
Just remember that the last laugh is on you!

And…Always look on the bright side of life…(Whistle) Always look on the right side of life…

I mean – what have you got to lose? You know, you come from nothin’.

You’re going back to nothing. What have you lost? Nothing.

Always look on the right side of life…

Nothing will come from nothing ya know what they say?
Cheer up ya old bugga c’mon give us a grin! There ya go, see!

"Spamalot" at the Hollywood Bowl

“Spamalot” at the Hollywood Bowl – Finale sing along “Always Look On The Bright Side of Life”

Everyone knows the words! Whistle and sing along! A good time was had by all! The full Blue Moon was shining brightly overhead as the large crowd exited the Bowl at 10:30pm. It was packed and we were on the far side, so I sat and waited for the audience to disperse a little and then cut through the seats directly to the exit. I went right when I should have gone left and ended up half-stepping down the hill with the crowd to the escalator and made it back to the car in about 15 minutes.

"Spamalot" at the Hollywood Bowl

“Spamalot” at the Hollywood Bowl – Full Blue Moon over the departing audience

It was warm and humid all night, so by the time we got back to our parking space I was really looking forward to going home and taking a shower. (and yes, my shower was really refreshing later after midnight…)

"Spamalot" at the Hollywood Bowl

“Spamalot” at the Hollywood Bowl

They stacked parked the cars (unnecessarily) for this performance, so it required a little maneuvering to exit the lot. Traffic is always tough after a full house, but we were able to get back to the freeway and headed home in a reasonable amount of time without too much trouble. A wonderful evening, a nice picnic and a great show. Huzzah!


And the week before we went to

“A Midsummer Night” at the Hollywood Bowl

Tuesday night and we had great Box Seats with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra playing Mendelssohn on a warm summer night in July!

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Hollywood Bowl – Midsummer Night’s Dream with Dudamel & the Los Angeles Philharmonic

Terrible traffic on the 101 freeway from the San Fernando Valley to Hollywood. The price of Parking at the Hollywood Bowl has increased $2 this year from $18 to $20 per car.

TIP: GO EARLY! Traffic is always unpredictable, but you can bet it will take at least 20 minutes to get past the light coming off the 101 freeway at Cahuenga and Highland. Provide extra travel time for walking uphill, bag check, ticket turn stalls, refreshments, restrooms and managing your picnic dinner.

NOTE: It is really bad form to arrive 5 minutes AFTER the performance begins and then start your meal! Finish eating before the Star Spangled Banner (snacks and beverages are acceptable during, but avoid any packaging that makes noise. Wait for intermission if you need to have that dessert! And please don’t set up your picnic blanket in front of the restrooms (seriously, they were sitting on the concrete in front of the restroom doors!).

Midsummer Night's Dream at the Hollywood Bowl

Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Hollywood Bowl

Midsummer Night's Dream at the Hollywood Bowl

Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Hollywood Bowl

Dinner in the Box Seats is great because they provide removable folding tables, trash service and if you choose, expensive catered food delivered directly to your Box.

We ordered from Amer’s Mediterranean restaurant in Encino and picked up our “to go” food on the way. They recently changed ownership again, and the menu changed too. We also packed in our own beverages (advisable at events when they’re permitted) and also brought dessert and ice. The only refreshments we bought were a couple bad cups of coffee at intermission.

Picnic at the Hollywood Bowl - Middle Eastern food: the wrong order!

Picnic at the Hollywood Bowl – Middle Eastern: the wrong order!

Picnic at the Hollywood Bowl - Cheesecake for dessert!

Picnic at the Hollywood Bowl – Cheesecake for dessert!

On the Menu: Middle eastern food, it was supposed to be an “Amer’s Special” shwarma meat with hummus, tabouli, rice, falafel and pita bread. They screwed up the order. I hate beets. They gave us a “mixed grill” with chicken and ground beef kebabs. And they forgot the rice and falafel. At least there was good cheesecake for dessert.

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Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Hollywood Bowl

The first act was Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor with an exceptional performance by Gil Shaham on violin. The second act was “Midsummer Night’s Dream” accompanied by dramatic Shakespearean readings by Bryce Dallas Howard, and guest vocal performances by Deanna Breiwick and Jennifer Holloway with the Women of Los Angeles Master Chorale. It was beautiful.

Hollywood Bowl

Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Hollywood Bowl

The lighting and inspired projections enhanced the wonderful musical performance. The first act was better than the second, and I thought it was a little weird to hear the wedding march played as a classical piece in concert. There was also a lot of noticeable cricket noise during the quiet parts of the show, which I found distracting during the second act.

I thoroughly enjoyed the show! What’s not to like about Tuesday night at the Bowl with Dudamel and the LA Phil? It was a real good time.

Our box was positioned close to the exit, so we were out of there fast. We quickly traveled the long walk to the car and made a fast getaway from the parking lot and onto the 101 freeway home.

The Hollywood Bowl is a great venue! And once you know the “procedure” and tricks to traffic, parking and picnicking it’s a very pleasant experience. I’m looking forward to seeing more shows at the Bowl this summer.

Hollywood Bowl - Parking Lot after the show

Hollywood Bowl – Parking Lot after the show

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Where is the Best Place to see 4th of July Fireworks in Los Angeles? 2015

Q: Where’s the Best Place to see Fourth of July Fireworks in Los Angeles?

A: Here’s my short list of Independence Day events for 2015:


Grand Park BLOCK PARTY!  July 4, 2015 >>> 3:00 pm – 9:30 pm

200 North Grand Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles, CA 90012

FREE!  www.grandparkla.org #GO4THDTLA

FIREWORKS!

FIREWORKS!

From the Grand Park website:

LOS ANGELES! Grand Park is the place to celebrate together with music, food, and an incredible fireworks display launched from the civic center skyline. Grab the best friends, the whole family, and main squeezes and enjoy a bit of togetherness under the beautiful Angeleno sky. **Safety for everyone is número uno. Please read all event info to know what to bring and what to leave at home:**

PICNIC and OUTSIDE FOOD is welcome. SIZE OF BAGS AND BACKPACKS/TOTES and COOLERS must be standard backpack size or smaller (16.75 inches x 13 inches x 8.5 inches). NO OUTSIDE BEVERAGES including juice and soda. ONLY EMPTY (non glass) WATER BOTTLES allowed. FREE WATER FILLING STATIONS will be available in the event space, provided by LADWP, in addition to several booths with water for sale. HANDHELD UMBRELLAS allowed, no tents, large umbrellas or anything that spikes into the ground

NOTE: This will be an alcohol-free event: no beer garden or point of purchase / no outside alcohol permitted in event space. All bags will be checked.

SCHEDULE: Doors open at 3pm for early birds (no prior admittance). Rooftop fireworks show at 9pm. Event ends at 9:30pm. 

FIREWORKS!  HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!!!

FIREWORKS! HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!!!

PLEASE LEAVE AT HOME: Grilling gear, alcohol, narcotics, fireworks, sparklers, candles, large coolers (handheld coolers OK but subject to search), lawn furniture including low folding chairs, tents, lawn umbrellas or sun umbrellas (handheld umbrellas OK) or anything that spikes into the ground or would obstruct views of stages.

THE FOLLOWING ACTIVITIES ARE PROHIBITED: Public Intoxication / Rollerblading / Skateboarding / Smoking / Vaping / Unauthorized Vending / Aggressive Solicitation / Staking Objects to Ground

Grand Park is an LA County park powered by The Music Center. 

4TH OF JULY BLOCK PARTY



The Rose Bowl Stadium and outside the Rose Bowl – Pay to see the 89th Annual “Americafest” show inside, pay for parking to see the fireworks show from the outside. It’s the biggest and longest running 4th of July party in the L.A. area.

Join in celebrating our nation’s independence with the 89th Annual Fourth of July Celebration at AMERICAFEST! The largest fireworks show in Southern California! 

FIREWORKS!

FIREWORKS!

2 PM: Festival begins outside the stadium (parking lots open at 9am)

There will be food vendors, entertainment, crafts, exhibits and inflatable rides for the kids outside the stadium starting at 2 pm and closing following the fireworks. Fanfest is located in Area H southeast of the Rose Bowl marquee sign.

Live Motorcycle Stunts by TNT Action Sports

Celebrating, “The 50th Anniversary of when Elvis Met the Beatles in Los Angeles”

9 PM: Fireworks Spectacular! produced by Pyrospectaculars by Souza

In celebration of the upcoming Universal Pictures “Minions” movie there will be a viewing of “Despicable Me 2” on the videoboard directly following the fireworks.

General Admission $13 Reserved Seating $25 TicketMaster 800-745-3000

General Admission children 5 years and under will be admitted free. Reserved Seating children 2 years and under require a ticket in these sections.

Day of event tickets will be available 10am– 9pm at the ticket booth at Gate B. Before 2pm guests may park in Lot B at no charge for 15 minutes to purchase tickets and leave or they can pay to park in any general parking lot and remain. After 2pm guests will be required to pay to park in general parking as directed to purchase tickets. After 2pm there are no in-and-out privileges.

Active military who present a valid Military ID will gain free admittance (up to 4 per family). Tickets can be obtained from the ticket booth at Gate B beginning at 3pm on July 4th only. Veterans who present a valid Military ID will gain free admittance (1 ticket only). Tickets can be obtained from the ticket booth at Gate B beginning at 3pm on July 4th only.

Parking is $25 per car payable at the parking lots. Advanced parking for $20 per car will be available at the Rose Bowl Will Call Booth by Gate B beginning Sunday, June 28; hours-10am to 5pm; everyday through July 3.

Parking lots will open to the general public starting at 9am on July 4. Guests will be directed to the closest available lot.

For your safety and the enjoyment of all, we ask that you please help by observing the tailgating guidelines. (READ THE RULES!)

Pasadena Police and Pasadena Fire Departments will be patrolling the lots. There is a zero tolerance policy regarding illegal fireworks.

A shuttle from Old Town Pasadena will NOT be in operation this day.

http://www.rosebowlstadium.com/events/detail/americafest-1



3-Day July 4th Celebration at the Hollywood Bowl

FIREWORKS! Hollywood Bowl 4th of July!

FIREWORKS! Hollywood Bowl 4th of July!

Smokey Robinson, the King of Motown will be headlining the three-day Independence Day celebration with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and a Fireworks Spectacular each night at the Hollywood landmark. July 2-4th, 7:30pm $15-$250 + fee

www.hollywoodbowl.com



Marina del Rey Fireworks 9:00pm

Celebrate the 4th of July in Marina del Rey with a spectacular fireworks show over the water! Fireworks are shot from a barge across the Marina’s main channel, lighting up the night sky and water below. The show begins at 9 pm and lasts approximately 20 minutes.

FIREWORKS!

FIREWORKS!

Depending upon weather and cloud cover on the night of the show, the fireworks can usually be seen throughout the marina, and from the waterfront side of most hotels, restaurants, beaches, apartments and anchorages. Popular viewing locations include:

Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way (2 blocks west of Lincoln Blvd.)
Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way (1 block west of Admiralty Way)
**This location will have speakers set-up near the Helmsman statue, allowing spectators to watch the display and  listen to synchronized music 
Marina Beach (Mother’s Beach) 4101 Admiralty Way (1 block south of Washington Blvd.)

Parking
Come early! There is no on-street parking inside Marina del Rey. Parking is available in 14 self-pay public lots. Park early because most public parking spaces are filled by 6pm!

The Marina del Rey Visitors Center (at the corner of Mindanao & Admiralty) will also be open from 10am – 4pm with festive giveaways like complimentary flags , red & blue bead necklaces, and other items to celebrate the 4th!

http://www.visitmarinadelrey.com/events/4th-of-july



Santa Monica 4th of July Parade 

July 4, 2015 – Parade starts at 9:30am

This year’s theme: Inspirational Heroes!

Main Street from Pico Blvd, turning on Marine to the beach in Downtown Santa Monica

The entire stretch of Main Street in Santa Monica will be closed. http://www.opa-sm.org

The Flag of the United States of America

The Flag of the United States of America


The annual Mr. & Ms. Muscle Beach  July 4, the 2015

Pre-Judging begins at 10am, Finals at 1pm

Sign up the morning of the competition. No Late Fee! Registration is 7am – 9:30am.

Muscle Beach – 1800 Ocean Front Walk, between Navy Street and Washington Boulevard, at the Venice Recreation Center in Venice, California.

Bodybuilding.com presents the Mr. & Ms. Muscle Beach, Saturday July 4, 2015. Hosted by Profight Supplements. BB, Figure, Bikini, Men & Women’s Physique, Couples (Mixed Pairs). Mr. & Ms. Muscle Beach features men and women amateur athletes competing in a muscle and fitness competition. Categories include figure, bodybuilding, women’s physique, and men’s physique.

FREE and OPEN to the public. All are welcome!

http://www.musclebeachvenice.com



“Top Gun” + Fireworks! Cinespia at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Gates open at 7:15pm, Screening at 9pm, Fireworks to follow!

Admission $25 (SOLD OUT!)

6000 Santa Monica Blvd in Hollywood

TOP GUN + FIREWORKS

FIREWORKS!

FIREWORKS!



There are many good options for the 4th of July in L.A., and there are many other smaller celebrations, both public and private events, happening all over Southern California. Check the local listings! LA Weekly, LAist, LA Times & google.

The Queen Mary and Disneyland have special events and extra-special fireworks for the holiday. Disneyland has special fireworks all week long!

Disneyland Fireworks!

Disneyland Fireworks!

The Dodgers are playing the Mets at Dodger Stadium at 4:15pm with Fireworks after the game, but we are BOYCOTTING the Dodgers until we can watch the games on television.

BOYCOTT THE LOS ANGELES DODGERS AND TIME WARNER CABLE!

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Happening the weekend before:

Celebrate America!

Saturday June 27 at 5pm – Corsair Stadium​ at Santa Monica Community College

SMC’s Independence Day Celebration, the biggest, most sensational patriotic community event on the Westside! Bring your family and friends to SMC for a star-spangled salute to our nation’s independence. Come early, picnic on the lawn, enjoy continuous entertainment and special exhibits (with plenty of refreshments available for purchase), and cap off the evening with a spectacular fireworks salute to America.
Celebrate America 2015 Flyer

Celebrate America – June 27th, 2015 at Corsair Field at Santa Monica Community College

http://www.smc.edu/ACG/Marketing/Events/Pages/Special-Events.aspx


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Picnic at Sunset at the Hollywood Bowl

Picnic at Sunset at the Hollywood Bowl

Picnic at Sunset at the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Picnic at Sunset at the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

There’s a blog under construction: “Yo-Yo Ma and Dinner at the Hollywood Bowl”, thing is it’s not ready yet….so here’s a pic I never shared from “Hair!” at the Hollywood Bowl.

Top of the Bowl, all the way up, there’s a lovely picnic area with a great view!

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“HAIR!” at the Hollywood Bowl – 01 August 2014

“HAIR!” at the Hollywood Bowl

A warm “first day of August” summer evening under the stars at the Hollywood Bowl!

HAIR! at the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

HAIR! at the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

 

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Beethoven at the Hollywood Bowl! Box Seats! Life is Good!

We went to the Hollywood Bowl again last night! – Tuesday, 22 July 2014

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Hollywood Bowl – sign on the hill (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Hollywood Bowl – entrance and box office (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Hollywood Bowl – Bowl Store (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Hollywood Bowl – Search and Turnstyle (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Hollywood Bowl – escalator going up (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

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Hollywood Bowl – dining al fresco on the patio (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

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Hollywood Bowl – are you ready for some Beethoven? (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

It was a warm Los Angeles summer evening, and after enjoying a wonderful middle eastern picnic and a little red wine:

On The Menu: Shwarma sandwich (pita stuffed with lamb/turkey meat, rice, hummus, taboule, avocado, tahini and spicy sauce), baby carrots, celery, cheese & crackers, watermelon, strawberries, cherries, red grapes, white peach slices, coke and red wine.

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Hollywood Bowl – picnic dinner (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

I sat in my Box Seat listening to Gustavo Dudamel conduct the L.A. Philharmonic through  Beethoven’s Concerto in C Major for Violin, Cello and Piano and then the 5th Symphony. The Capucon brothers and Jean-Yves Thibaudet were tremendous! And from the opening notes of the 5th, it was a robust and wonderful rendition of one of Ludwig’s finest.

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Hollywood Bowl – warm summer night (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

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Hollywood Bowl – the program and ticket (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

And while sitting there enjoying the concert, relaxed, fully sated and comfortably entertained, I gave thanks for my good fortune and the fact that no one was shooting rockets at me, and thought “Life is good.”

Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Hollywood Bowl – Behave yourself, you’ve been warned! (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Don’t you wish this happened in everyday real life? People might behave better…

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Hollywood Bowl Parking – going home (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)