All four of us drove up to Beech Street Cafe this morning for brunch. The wallpaper there was wild, and so were the floors! The food was pretty good too. Meg and Greg pointed out to us that it’s somewhat of a tradition in LA for restaurants to have delicious food and terrible service. They were nice there, but pretty slow and unattentive. This so far has been true everywhere we ate today.
Greg bounced after brunch, but the three of us checked out various shops around town. We hit up the massive Amoeba record store. They had so much stuff there! No Snarky Puppy though. For some reason, whenever I go into a record store, my first instinct is to see if they carry the Pups. Not today!
Tonight was the LOST show, We Have to Go Back! As soon as we walked up to the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, we were instantly stoked about the show. We honestly hadn’t thought much about it on this trip so far, but walking up to it, they had some great auditory atmosphere going. There was a distinct jungle vibe with the smoke monster sounding in the distance. Several people came dressed in Dharma Initiative jumpers; it was a huge group of nerds and I loved it. The line for merch was immense, but we waited.
Michael Giacchino and Carlton Cuse did a Q&A before the show, and a (probably, SURELY) inebriated Josh Holloway (Sawyer) emerged with a microphone to goof off a little. When they finally talked him backstage again, he shouted, unprovoked, that Giacchino wears g-strings.
The Hollywood Symphony did an amazing job playing the music of LOST. In fact, most of the musicians that performed tonight also recorded the songs originally for the show! A few more special guests came out periodically during the show, including Sam Anderson (Bernard), Sonya Walger (Penny), and Mark Pellegrino (Jacob). They took little breaks between tunes to have the actors come up and read parts of the script. It was cool to hear the language used in the script itself.
The unfortunate part of the show was the insane wind and noise. The venue is outside, so we could hear the state bird–helicopters–flying over constantly. With the whole California-is-a-water-free-wasteland thing going on, the fall-bringing Santa Ana winds brought loads of dust with them. Every minute or so we’d hear the trees rustling, which was our cue to shield our faces from the incoming dust cloud. They even had to take down the projection screen during intermission because of the strong winds. Despite all these hiccups, it was a great show! I think it was still totally worth the trip–not to mention all the other great stuff we’ve been doing with the Sadlers. I do not regret this impulse trip.
After the show, Emily and I ate at STOUT, a burger joint that was highly recommended. I can easily see why, too. It’s very similar to Goodfriend in a lot of ways. The burger recipes are unique and extremely delicious, and they pair each burger with a beer as well. I should definitely go back.