Hollywood: Part I

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There was so much to do in Los Angeles on Sunday, May 22!

Just to name a few…

The 66,000-pound NASA Space Shuttle external fuel tank, ET-94, arrived at the California Science Center Saturday evening after a 19-hour journey through Los Angeles. ET-94 left the dock at nearby Marina Del Rey this past Friday morning and began its 16.5 mile, 18 hour journey to its new home at the California Science Center, where it will eventually be set up with the Endeavour shuttle to replicate its launch position. In the meantime, for those (like me) who missed its journey as ET-94 traveled the streets of Los Angeles, the folks at the Center have temporarily “parked” ET-94 on the grassy area between the Center and the Natural History Museum for everyone to see on Sunday.

In Miracle Mile’s Museum Row, LACMA officially welcomed Royal Hawaiian Featherwork: Na Hulu Ali’iwith an ornate celebration, led by Chief Anthony Morales of the Gabrieleno/Tongva San Gabriel Band of Mission Indians, which also involved the participation of members of the Mainland Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs and dancers from the Hula Halau ‘O Lilinoe and Na Pua Me Kealoha (led by Kumu Hula Sissy Kaio). Lilinoe Kaio performed a Kahiko (ancient hula), ending with members of the Mainland Hawaiian Civic Clubs from Southern California leading a procession to the galleries.


While all these history-in-the-making local events sounded amazing, my family wanted a lazy Sunday, which meant that they wanted to spend all day in front of the television, either to watch movies we have saved on our DVR, or to play video games to the likes of Overwatch and Destiny. I, however, wanted to get out of the house because the weather was perfect! I also wanted to change things up a bit, do something other than our usual outdoor excursions of museum outings and beach frolicking. I wanted to experience a different kind of urban exploration, so I somehow compromised with my husband and kiddies: spend half the morning in front of the television doing whatever they wanted, then join me on an adventure to Hollywood shortly before noon for a fun-filled family day.

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I suppose I wanted to create a lifelong love affair of Hollywood for my family. Absent of the scarring orange sock incident of my youth (of which I will write about on my next post), I wanted to share a feeling of nostalgia for them when they think about Hollywood years later, when this portion of LA changes yet again from the last time they were here. The Hollywood of my childhood days, while somewhat recognizable, is totally different now. To say that I was unprepared for what I was about to discover with them is an understatement. This constantly-changing area of Hollywood always leaves me mesmerized, so much so that I am writing this blog post in two parts. There was just so much to see!

First, we found ourselves looking for street parking off Cahuenga and Sunset, because I wanted to visit Amoeba Records (now Amoeba Music) and I also know that the residential streets close to the businesses would have free parking. We didn’t have much luck, so we meter-parked on Ivar, just south of Sunset, and set out on foot to Amoeba.

I was hoping that we would happen upon one of Amoeba’s free in-store concerts. No such luck, but I did walk out of the establishment feeling satisfied in knowing that my children now know what record albums and turntables are. Ditto with what concert t-shirts and used CDs are. I also will remember the experience of having to explain to my younger one that Jimi Hendrix and Prince are not the same person. I made sure to grab one of the Amoeba’s handy summer concert pamphlets on my way out so that I can be prepared for the next in-store concert. “Why?”, my husband asks. “Just look it up online next time.” Oh, o.k.

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Next, we walked a couple of blocks to the neighboring Hollywood Landmark, the Cinerama Dome. The Cinerama Dome is now an Archlight Cinema. I knew that, but I didn’t know that the powers that be (through the urgings of historical preservationists, I gather) decided to keep the original Dome unchanged. Luckily, I’ve been told that there have been improvements in the acoustics and in digital projection of the original theatre. I later read that the Cinerama Dome began showing movies in the three-projector format in 2002 and today, it is one of only three theaters in the world that features film in this format. No one was around for me to inquire about what is being shown currently. Passerby residents insisted that we, instead, proceed to the rear of the property, where the more modern Archlight Cinema theaters were housed. Not today! There’s still so much to see!

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We approached Vine Street, then decided to head north, then west, wherein we eventually arrived at the weekly Hollywood Farmers’ Market, located at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Ivar Street, in the heart of Hollywood. This part of the outing was quite enjoyable for me, too, because not only were the expected fresh fruit and vegetables being sold, the likes of artisan cheese, olives, bread, as well as crafty wares such as jewelry, crystals, leather good and ornate fabrics, were displayed for everyone to peruse that day.

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Suddenly, we noticed this nearby culinary establishment. Thai, Chinese, Mexican, Italian, Vegan, even Filipino food, can be found anywhere in Hollywood. Canadian, though? This is something new for us! The fine folks at Smoke’s Poutinerie explained to us what this fast-food Canadian delicacy, known as Poutine, is about: French fries and cheese curds dish topped with brown gravy, eaten plain or with the addition of the likes of Korean Bulgogi (which is what I had – delicious!), various reiterations of prepared beef, pork or chicken, or a slew of vegetarian toppings (peas, mushroom, etc.).

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While we were dining, my husband realized that there was a special event happening that very moment at the nearby Hollywood & Highland campus for the Overwatch launch (Blizzard Entertainment’s multiplayer first-person shooter video game that he and the kids were heavily enthralled with earlier in the day) and that we should check it out.

“Sure, but let me check out the rest of what’s new here,” I responded. So we ended our adventure of Sunset and Cahuenga after quickly engaging in window shopping at one of Urban Outfitters’ apparel boutiques, along with its separate interior design showroom and special events space, called Space 15 Twenty. Then, off we go to the our next Hollywood adventure.

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Amoeba Music – Hollywood
6400 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Cinerama Dome
491 Morningside Court
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Hollywood Farmer’s Market (Sundays, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.)
Ivar Avenue & Selma Avenue
(between Hollywood Boulevard and Sunset Boulevard, near Vine Street)
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Smoke’s Poutinerie
1552 North Cahuenga Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Urban Outfitters – Cahuenga
1520 North Cahuenga Blvd, Suite 11
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Urban Outfitters’ Space15Twenty
1520 North Cahuenga Blvd
Suite #1
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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