Downtown – May 26, 2010

I went to see “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo” with Jessica, which was pretty interesting.  They had a Q&A with the cast afterward which I have never seen before but apparently is standard practice here.  The play was interesting, the performances were pretty good.  I have to confess I have seen just as good at Stratford.  Jessica warned me the traffic might be nuts so I gave myself an hour to get to the theatre.  It only took about 20 minutes for some reason ( I CANNOT figure out the traffic pattern here and I am told that there are none).  I spent my spare time wandering around taking pictures.  Downtown LA is yet another completely different vista – like another place altogether and largely empty after business hours.

I went to pick up the tickets at the Will Call and the place was absolutely abandoned except for me, a lone sax player, and James Lipton.  I am not kidding.  He is freakish looking in real life – cadaverously thin and white with appalling skin and a head like Nefertiti.

Jessica showed up then and we were musing on the surreality of the scene when I duck landed in the middle of the square.  A mallard, and we were downtown – miles from the ocean.  I thought it couldn’t get any weirder.  Then Kevin Bacon showed up.

Seriously, only in LA.


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