In the world we live in today, I feel like dates, or to be asked on a date usually result in the same scenerio: dinner or movies. But to be asked to go to your favorite museum in L.A., eek, well it’s so close to perfect that well it immediately made me smile. To maybe top of the perfectness well an exhibit by Stanley Kubrick was making an appearance…
There’s no question that the LACMA is easily one of my favorite places in Los Angeles. I’ve probably blogged about that place a billion and one times and have at least told everyone and their mothers why, so we don’t need to go down that garden path. However I will share how I completely geeked out to Kubrick…
This in fact was my third date, with the architect. I was beyond smitten that he asked if we could go to the LACMA for Kubrick. Because it was a third date, I’m was still trying to appear a little cool, so that four date may happen, however the minute I walked up to the LACMA, I was completely heart pounding, pulse racing excited. I, like usual, was running late but what I found out was that so was the architect, so it worked. We got in line to get tickets for the exhibit, and briefed our days to each other. Then it was time for the magic that is Kubrick to unfold. So we walked in and got a laugh about the security door gentlemen, and then I held my breath because like I said before, I didn’t want to blow my cool demeanor, but every little bit of me was screaming with excitement. I probably would have skipped in but well I try to save my skipping for at least date 5 or 6 (where you know they really dig ya)! A new little venture me for has been exploring the world of producing. My roomie is a director and well we kinda like to share projects and get ideas off of each other, and kinda hit it off creatively. When he suggested, because he saw how crazy organized I am, I get into producing. So I began co-producing, and learning the ropes. Finally this past October I got the joy and madness of producing my first music video. Yes this whole tangent has relevance in my story! At the Kubrick exhibit the first thing I saw was the wall of all these scripts that Stanley wrote over made notes, made corrections, added and subtracted. It made me so excited because that’s exactly what I do to my projects, the scripts that cross my desk.
Lets get to the knitty gritty, my all time favorite Kubrick movie is ’ The Shining’. After I saw that movie I left my room for a glass of water, returned to my room and watched it again. I was stunned, and taken a back and just had to watch the madness all over. So let me tell you how amazing it was to see the real costumes, and the props from the movie. Then to see how specific Kubrick was in his notes, made me want to strive for that perfect he showed. Let me tell you how specific his notes were for the snow… CRAZY specific.
I really fell in love with all the costume drawings, the story boards, and the set design. That stuff, ugh! totally got to me. I really could probably go back and look at each drawing for hours. It’s funny because I took no pictures of the drawings, sketches, and such because I was completely and utterly wrapped up, I really forgot. So in the moment that I just wanted to enjoy each sketch.
I know I’m not doing the exhibit justice at all, and maybe that’s because the only way to truly enjoy is by actually going and seeing it for yourself, for the time that its here. After the exhibit, I made the architect stroll through the “spaghetti” (it’s this crazy installation of yellow tubing) I feel like you can’t go to the LACMA without walking through the spaghetti. The architect indulged me. After our walk through the spaghetti we hit up ‘Stark Bar’, and had some great drinks and food. I really enjoyed this amazing butternut squash soup, I wish I really could drink my way out of a room of it, because it was phenomenal. Lately I’ve been drinking gin, too. I feel like it’s extremely old school, and the drink I got that night was the ‘Ginger Rodgers’. Frankly anything old Hollywood hits me in a special spot.
It really was a breath-taking day, into night. If you get the chance, I’d most certainly say check out Kubrick, spend a day at the LACMA, hey you should even skip through the spaghetti :)
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