My personal favorite cultural spots in Los Angeles are
Getty Museum (of which I have 60 photos), Zen Garden at the Huntington
Library in Pasadena, the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, and last but definitely
not least, the LA County Museum of Art (LACMA):
The photo at right is of Paul Cadmus's painting Coney Island
(1934). It doesn't show working class people at their best (one of them is
reading about Adolph Hitler, for example). It is one of the more disturbing
paintings that I've seen in a museum. It reminds me a bit of R. Crumb but
executed with the vivid colors of oil paint, framed and lit with art museum
quality. I wasn't surprised to learn that Cadmus was censured, censored, and
threatened with lawsuits over works like this.
Once a year, I check
www.lacma.org to see if they've put up a page about the work, but so far I've
The oldest existing Bob's Big Boy, built in 1949, is in Toluca Lake,
California (in the San Fernando Valley, adjacent to Burbank) at the intersection
of Alameda and Riverside Drive.
If You Don't Like Riots and Crime
If you want the urban experience without the riots and crime, then Universal
CityWalk is for you.