For Your Consideration: The Musso & Frank Grill

Musso and Frank Grill neon sign
That is bona fide, actual dialog I heard while sitting in my red leather booth at The Musso & Frank Grill in Hollywood. The maitre d' was ... Continue Reading

Lustig Lust at LACMA

Alvin Lustig Staff/Look Magazine Covers
You don't really need a specific reason to visit Los Angeles. Seeing all those places you've heard about in song or in film could keep you busy for ... Continue Reading

Get Lucky at Seven Magic Mountains

Seven Magic Mountains from a distance
I don't know what it is. But I want to get closer. Getting off at the exit marked "Seven Magic Mountains" I see seven stacks of huge limestone ... Continue Reading

My New Imaginary Boyfriend, Mike Simi

Saltines by Mike Simi
It actually causes me such stress — thinking about the perfect birthday, Christmas, Valentine's gift that will not look lame in comparison to a ... Continue Reading

Step into the Light: James Turrell at Louis Vuitton

Entrance to Louis Vuitton Las Vegas at James Turrell artwork
Seeing Akhob by James Turrell at Louis Vuitton in Las Vegas is sensory distortion at its finest. In a city of constant bells, clanging, clapping, ... Continue Reading

Part Sonic Youth, Part Getty

Lee Ranaldo playing at the Getty
"You don't have a glass?" In the museum cafe, a well-heeled hipster was grilling the cashier on the lack of a glass for his bottle of Stella Artois. ... Continue Reading

Killer Heels A Good Fit

The Palm Springs Art Museum can do no wrong. The permanent collection is stellar and the width and breadth of the special exhibits allow something ... Continue Reading

Goodbye, You Old Bag

Dragged over cobbles, puddles, and asphalt. Wedged into elevator and train doors. Pulled down city streets, as I walked briskly and pretended to ... Continue Reading

AIA Honolulu Architectural Walking Tour

Walking tours are a smart way to get oriented to a city or area. An added bonus is if the tour hits one of your interests. The AIA Honolulu ... Continue Reading

Shangri La Not Nirvana

Maybe it was the heat. Maybe it was the noodles I had for lunch. Maybe it was the guy who did a crossword puzzle all through the tour. Whatever it ... Continue Reading