Monthly Archives: April 2013

Vintage Ads

It never ceases to amaze me the crazy things I find in vintage ads.  I love old ads because it tells you the mind state of our society at the time.  Including what was considered  acceptable and what we did not.  I do know that many vintage ads could be found offensive to some and before I post anything I just want everyone to know, I do not mean to offend anyone, just share the craziness of our past!

Yes, these are all real and I was shocked too!


Amazing and FREE….Check out the Getty Museum

There are 2 locations and both are free. Only catch is parking is $15 but once you pay that you can visit both locations and use the same parking pass.
The Getty Center location #1 is located at 1200 Getty Center Drive in Los Angeles, California, approximately 12 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Location #2, The Getty Villa, is located at 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades, California, 90272, one mile north of Sunset Boulevard and approximately 25 miles west of downtown Los Angeles.

Please check out the following link for hours and additional information: http://www.getty.edu/visit/hours/index.html#parking
One of my favorite things is not only is there beautiful art but stunning gardens as well.

There are always tours going on and discussions about exhibits,  so please check the calendar to see what is going on when you make your visit.  There is also a family room where small children can learn about art and enjoy a hands on experience.  Anyone with kids knows that this is a great addition to any museum.  I have gone several times and can’t wait to go again.  Of course right now is the best time to visit any garden in California, as the flowers are in full bloom and showing off for all to see!

 


Did you miss the Doo Dah??!

I went again this year to the best parade around in Pasadena, CA.  Both of my kids one aged 7, the other aged 13, had a great time and that does not happen often!  On top of checking out all of the fun participants, you get to throw tortillas at them.  What else could you ask for??!  Here are some pictures I have collected via Google search as my lovely camera battery went dead right when we got there and I got NOTHING!!

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The Huntington LIbrary

The Huntington LIbrary

Don’t let the name fool you, the Huntington Library has MUCH more to offer than a library.  This is one of the most beautiful botanical gardens and collection of French and British art that I have ever seen. The Huntington Art Collections reside in two buildings on the Huntington estate: The Huntington Art Gallery, and the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art. The Huntington Art Gallery houses the European art collection and includes one of the most distinguished collections of 18th- and 19th-century British paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts outside London.

Located at: 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108 626.405.2100

Weekdays Weekends
Adults $20 $23
Seniors (age 65+) $15 $18
Students(age 12-18, or with full-time student I.D.) $12 $13
Youth (age 5-11) $8 $8
Children (under 5) free free

Hours

Monday 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Thursday 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sunday

10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m

 

 

This is my favorite piece at the museum 1784 Sarah Siddons as the Tragic Muse.
In 1903 Henry Huntington purchased the San Marino Ranch, a working ranch with citrus groves, nut and fruit orchards, alfalfa crops, a small herd of cows, and poultry. His superintendent, William Hertrich, was instrumental in developing the various plant collections that comprise the foundation of the botanical gardens. The property—originally nearly 600 acres—today covers 207 acres, of which approximately 120 are landscaped and open to visitors. More than 14,000 different varieties of plants are showcased in more than a dozen garden areas.

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Also enjoy the beautiful mansion on site also used as the gallery.

 


Extra who needs her own movie, Scaramouche Animated GIF

I love your GIFs…and I mean this in the most respectful way haha!

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Scaramouche, French Revolution Animated GIF

This lady needs her own movie, that’s all there is to it. 

Storm the Bastille, citizens!

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The Ultimate Classic Hollywood Experience

The Ultimate Classic Hollywood Experience

April 25–28, 2013  Things to do in Hollywood this weekend!

For years and years I have wanted to go but unfortunately the cost of this event has not allowed me to do so.  The cheapest total event pass starts at $249 per person.  I have thought of just hanging out in the area just to people watch as that can be just as fun sometimes.  The Turner Classic Movie channel has an annual event where they show classic films on the big screen and have lots of actors and actresses old and new come in and do commentary.

You can buy individual event passes for $20 for general audiences, $10 with valid student I.D. for most events. Individual tickets are $30 for general audiences, $15 with valid student I.D

Please note: Individual tickets will NOT be sold for the Opening Night Red Carpet Gala screening of FUNNY GIRL (1968) or Club TCM events – including panels – as these are exclusive events for pass holders (depending on pass level).

Please note: Children under the age of 4 are not admitted to any Festival events.

Please click this link to see the film festival schedule: http://filmfestival.tcm.com/programs/schedule-thursday.php  For movie nerds like us, this event is a guaranteed good time.  If you go, please share your experience here!!


Descanso Gardens

Descanso Gardens

There is no better way to spend a beautiful Spring day than to visit your local botanical garden.  Descanso Gardens is located near the intersection of the 210 and 2 freeways. It is a 20-minute drive from downtown Los Angeles. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011

General $8. Senior/Students $6. Children (5 to 12 years) $3. Guild members and children under 5 free.

Tram tickets: $4. Trams tours are 1 pm Tuesday-Friday; 11 am and 1:30 pm Saturday; and 1:30 and 3 pm Sunday. Please check with the Visitor Center to see if tram tours are available the day of your visit. The tram does not operate on Mondays.

Enchanted Railroad: $3 per rider, $25 for a book of 10 tickets. The Enchanted Railroad is open 10 am-noon Tuesday & Friday; and 10 am-4 pm. Saturday & Sunday. Tickets are sold at the Visitor Center. Riders must be at least 30 inches tall and able to sit on their own.

On site there is also the absolutely gorgeous Boddy House.  Boddy, publisher and owner of the former Los Angeles Daily News, purchased the land that is now Descanso Gardens.  Built in 1937, this 12,000sq foot, 2 story, 22 room mansion is a stunner. 

There is also an onsite art gallery called the Sturt Haaga Gallery.

Please check the calendar to see what is going on and if you go please share your experience here!  I love this place and can’t wait to go back!!

 


The Egyptian Theater

The Egyptian Theater

The Egyptian Theater opened in 1922 the same year King Tutankhamen’s tomb was discovered in Egypt hence the Egyptian theme due to the overwhelming popularity of anything Egyptian that year.  If you love old movies and black and whites, there is no other way to see it than on the original big screens they were intended to be seen on. Check out the calendar to see what movie fits you: http://www.americancinemathequecalendar.com/ 

For  the total “Old Hollywood” experience take a tour of the legendary 1922 Egyptian Theatre. See what it would have been like to be in a Grauman stage show with a visit to the dressing rooms and singers’ boxes. Check out our state-of-the-art projection booth and more! Discover the painstaking restoration work and the marriage of modern technology with a landmark of Hollywood history. Tickets: $5. Tour & movie: $10. Call 323.461.2020, ext. 3 for schedule changes.    FOREVER HOLLYWOOD Screens with behind the scenes historic theatre tours (offered once a month). You do not need to be a group to  participate in our monthly public tours. Tours will start promptly at 10:30 AM at the box office. Tours are approximately 60 min.

After visiting the theater, I suggest eating at the historical Pig & Whistle right next door!

 


Things to do in Beverly Hills P2!

Either before or after your visit to they Paley Center for Media you need to put this address into your GPS: 516 Walden Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90210…..now be prepared to be amazed, a real, live, witch house *cues evil witchy laugh and thunder sound effects*

I give you……the Spadena House!

This storybook style house was built in 1921 was originally used as offices and dressing rooms for Irvin Willat’s film studio in Culver City.  In 1934 it was moved to its current location and converted to a private home.  Unfortunately, it is not open to the public or available for tours, *cues crowd booing*, but it’s really fun to see in person and enjoy all of the detail that is put into this property.  Obviously being in Beverly Hills there are strict rules on lawn maintenance but this house has the most amazing landscaping to give the already cool house the perfect accent. 

If you ever get a chance to check it out, please share your pictures or tell me what you think!

 


Mealy-Mouthed Prude, Scaramouche Animated GIF

What a great piece!

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Scaramouche 1923 Animated GIF

Climene (Edith Allen) is getting pretty sick of Ramon Novarro telling her not to see other guys. Who does he think he is, her fiance? Oh yeah. He is her fiance. Well, anyway, he shows absolutely no sense of sophistication about the whole thing. So what if she’s seeing the guy who killed his best friend and made him an outlaw? Chill, Ramon, sheesh!

Charming girl. Charming.

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GAIN weight for the summer??

Yes!! Once upon a time, women were found attractive with a little meat on their bones.  There were actually advertisements giving women advice to gain weight for the summer.  Since our society has completely turned around, I figured it would be nice to see some different ads for a change, check this out!

Times have changed: These adverts for Wate-on, a supplement that can help people out on weight, imply that being skinny will make you unpopular and unattractive

Weighty issue: This advert from The Strand Magazine offers advice on how to how to improve your life by 'putting on flesh'Celebrating curves: According to this advert, it's no fun being skinny and underweight people 'hate the summer'

 


Things to do in Beverly Hills!

Things to do in Beverly Hills!

The Paley Center for Media AKA The Museum for Television and Radio was founded in 1975 and a really cool place to visit.

Located on the corner of Santa Monica Blvd and Beverly Drive, the white marble/glass venue is open from Wednesday to Sunday, 12PM to 5PM. They are closed on Monday, Tuesday, and major holidays. Parking is free for 2 hours using the Paley Center underground parking on Santa Monica Blvd. Afterwards, the fee is $1 for each 30 minutes. Admission is free

Paley Center for Media is committed to the idea that many television and radio programs are significant works and should be preserved for posterity’s sake. Instead of collecting artifacts and memorabilia, the Paley Center comprises mostly screening rooms, including two full-sized theaters. More than 120,000 television shows, commercials and radio programs are available in the Paley Center’s library, and during each visit, viewers can select and watch shows at individual consoles, and radio programs are accessed through these same consoles.

Some television programs are from the 1940s with radio programs dating back to the 1920s. The earliest TV program in the Museum’s collection is a silent film of NBC’s 1939 production of Dion Boucicault‘s melodrama The Streets of New York (1857), with Norman Lloyd, George Coulouris and Jennifer Jones.[2]

This is a great way to spend a lazy day and watch old shows in their entirety.  I particularly love this because the shows include the original commercial programming, giving you an authentic look into the fashions and mind states of everyone at that time. I took some time to watch some I Love Lucy, but then found myself loving the commercials even more.  I also watched some old Saturday Night Live, then again, was loving the commercials!

I do suggest trying to think of the long lost shows of the past that you would want to see because when I got there with no plan, I was at a loss and couldn’t think of anything .  I also suggest to check the event calendar because they are always having shows and events that are very interesting and include some screenings with commentary.

The Paley Center for Media

465 N Beverly Dr Beverly Hills, CA 90210

(310) 786-1091 Wed-Sun 12 pm – 5 pm

If you go, please share your experiences here!!


James Cagney….The Original Gangster

James Cagney….the original gangster

James Cagney, aka The Professional Againster, born 1899 in New York City, New York. Always a tough guy ready to hold his ground while throwing one liners to the headline gal.

Some Cagney facts:  According to his authorized biography, Cagney, although of Irish and Norwegian extraction, could speak Yiddish since he had grown up in a heavily Jewish area in New York. He used to converse in Yiddish with Jewish performers. 

Though most Cagney imitators use the line “You dirty rat!”, Cagney never actually said it in any of his films.

According to James Cagney‘s autobiography Cagney By Cagney, (Published by Doubleday and Company Inc 1976, and ghost written by show biz biographer Jack McCabe), a Mafia plan to murder Cagney by dropping a several hundred pound klieg light on top of him was stopped at the insistence of George Raft. Cagney at that time was president of the Screen Actors Guild, and was determined not to let the mob infiltrate the industry. Raft used his many mob connections to cancel the hit.

Cagney was known for several of his gangster films like City for Conquest, “G” Men, White Heat, and Each Dawn I Die.

Now to pick a movie suggestion for you.  I could say for your first film watch Public Enemy (1931) so you can really get a feel for what he is capable.  That and most out there have seen remakes of this film, so you will recognize the story line.

The next film I would suggest is Great Guy (1936)

Cagney is the New York Department of Weights and Measures vs. a systematic effort to cheat the public by giving them less product than they pay for…organized by crooked city alderman Marty Cavanaugh, who put the last chief deputy inspector in the hospital. The new man, pugnacious Johnny Cave, steps on the toes of influential merchants and gets increasing pressure, both political and strong-arm, to desist.

If you ever check these movies out or have others that are favorites of yours, let me know!


Another local favorite, the Ames-Westbrook home circa 1888 in Riverside, CA

20th Annual Vintage Home Tour

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Samuel A. Ames was the first owner of this Queen Anne style residence.  Born in Boston in 1832, Mr. Ames worked as a Pony Express rider in the southwest before coming to Riverside in 1878 and prospering in citriculture.  The house is best known for long-time owners Mr. And Mrs. John R. Westbrook, who lived there from 1919 to 1943.  Mr. Westbrook helped establish Riverside’s Franzen Brothers Hardware Store at 3730 Main Street, which later became the J.R. Westbrook Company, one of Riverside’s finest stores specializing in hardware and china.

This Queen Anne style residence was built by grove owner Samuel A. Ames in 1888.  It is best known for long-time owners Mr. and Mrs. John R. Westbrook.  John helped establish Riverside’s Franzen Brothers Hardware Store, which later became J.R. Westbrook Company.

Unfortunately this gorgeous home is not available for tours is owned privately, it is still a stunner you must drive by to appreciate.  One of the most beautiful Victorian properties, located at 4811 Brockton Ave, Riverside, CA, I have seen as it has a lovely grapevine  covered walkway and a cement stage in the front for entertainment.  I can only imagine the wonderful parties that have happened in the past. 

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Riverside is rich with history and I suggest for you to go on the annual vintage home tour.  The Ames-Westbrook has been one of the homes allowed to tour but I am not sure if it will be covered this year as it was recently purchased by new owners.

The information for this can be found here: http://www.oldriverside.org/ORF_Events.html#vintage


Visit your local art gallery. GOPA Gallery in Riverside, CA

Gallery of Progressive Arts is always on the cutting edge displaying the hottest local artists and having a new artist opening show every first Thursday of the month during the Riverside Artwalk.  The gallery also has lots of goodies to buy like prints, clothes, jewelry, and many other things that were made by local artists.

Located at 3595 University Ave, Riverside, CA Suite A (upstairs)

Contact: 909-561-2487

Please call before visiting if not during the Artwalk to make sure the gallery is open for viewing.  I know they are always working on the next project and at times close the gallery to hang new work.

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