Wednesday, October 27, 2004 1-25 | 26-30
First two days of a trip to Los Angeles for a Kevn Kinney show.

imgp2389 imgp2390 imgp2391 imgp2392 imgp2393
Memorial to shoes at our hotel overflow parking garage. Gwen at the historic Tail o' the Pup. A view of last night's venue, the King King club, from our hotel window. Lunch in Echo Park, here's its lake. Not all of it is pretty or inviting,
imgp2394 imgp2395 imgp2397 imgp2398 imgp2399
but it has a lovely island accessed by a bridge. I'm not sure why a lake would need a lighthouse, but maybe it's so you can find your way to the paddleboat dock. Unfortunately, the bridge is closed, but the birds are undeterred. A final look over the lake.
imgp2400 imgp2401 imgp2403 imgp2404 imgp2405
Driving away, the mural reminds me of similar ones in the Mission district back home. The iconic "Randy's Donuts" is easy to spot, but the menu is bewildering. Evidently "raised" means "covered", as in "chocolate-raised". Henson Studios' main entrance on North La Brea. The Ripley's Hollywood. Outside the famous , I see out-of-work superheroes.
imgp2406 imgp2407 imgp2408 imgp2409 imgp2410
We hydrate Kibble in the hotel leaving her on her own recognizance while we head out to see the city lights. The marquee at the King King. Neon draws you to a door, but the entrance is actually in the back. Los Angeles has quite a large number of striking movie theaters,
imgp2412 imgp2414 imgp2415 imgp2417 imgp2419
including the delightfully 50s Cinerama Dome, which still boasts a cinerama-compliant (of the famed "filmed in Cinerama" tagline) screen! And a little further down the block is a familiar site but much larger than our neighborhood version. You'd think it'd have been decades since Air India last used this mascot, but you'd be wrong. The courtyard at Grauman's Egyptian, (one of?) the first movie palace(s) in Hollywood.