Molly and I have decided to bring back the Monday Morning Memo so as it were....
Molly and I had dinner at the Library Alehouse in Santa Monica.... this is one that has been on our greater Los Angeles to do list and we can finally cross it off.... huge selection of beer - 29 microbrews and imports on tap... great atmosphere. We sat in the bar area but the patio in the back offers completely different vibe. Grab a gourmet Angus burger and sweet potato fries.
Saturday morning.. a little game called "Running the Towers" in Santa Monica.... In order to take advantage of the gorgeous weather and get a little exercise in the process.. Molly and I headed out west and alternated running/walking the beach in between the lifeguard towers. Bottom Line: I'm still sore.
Sunday my dear friend Jon and I ventured out to the Fairfax/Melrose flea market. One of my favorite booths sells tons of old and used books ... picked up a copy of The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway along with Conrad's Heart of Darkness and five critical essays. One of my top 5 favorite books of all-time.. helped get me through high school essay writing. Dark but brilliant. My other favorite area is where they have all of these random photos. It sounds slightly creepy but something about someone else's old photographs is kind of cool. Like passing on a good book? but instead photos?
And to round out the weekend a few of us went to see LACMA's Vanity Fair exhibit Sunday evening. Pay what you wish after 5:00pm and they're open utnil 8:00pm! With work by Cecil Beaton, Harry Benson, Annie Leibovitz, Herb Ritts, and Edward Steichen it was as monumental as we expected it to be. Highlights included a photo of Clint Eastwood that made all of us weak in the knees, a young and playful Katherine Hepburn, a caricature of dinner at the Coconut Grove, and many others. For example, Nickolas Muray's Douglas Fairbanks, Jr and Joan Crawford, Santa Monica, 1929 on the left. If you're in LA, this is a must as it is the only U.S. stop on the international tour. http://www.lacma.org/art/ExhibVF.aspx
Hope you all had a great weekend. Cheers.