Simon's mom, Mary Jo! She traveled from Pennsylvania to Los Angeles to spend time with Simon on his 30th birthday, which was Sunday. A year ago that day, we were moving to Los Angeles for the second time... and now we are here permanently. :)
We picked up Mom Morris from LAX late on Saturday night, and had a beer before we all went to sleep. Sunday morning, we started off Simon's birthday with breakfast at Sycamore Kitchen. Afterward, we went to the Larchmont Farmer's Market, then came home to relax and have Simon open birthday gifts.
The rest of the afternoon was spent watching Oscar red carpet coverage and the awards. This is an annual tradition for me, so Mom Morris and I watched while Simon tinkered with some of his gifts. After a brief intermission for a grilled salmon dinner, and another short break to eat some birthday Key Lime pie, we headed off to UCB for Gravid Water. As we waited in line, I checked Twitter for the last few award winners, and took some pictures.
They were running unusually late at UCB, but eventually we got in and seated. Gravid Water is the show that pairs an actor who has learned a scene with an improviser who goes into the scene completely cold. It's one of our favorite UCB shows, and we thought Mom Morris would enjoy it as well. There were plenty of familiar faces for Simon and myself: Scott Adsit, Maria Thayer, Tara Copeland, Brian Stack,
But there were a couple of new-to-us people as well. David Cross, Michael Delaney, and Jon Glaser all improvised for the show, and the director, Neil Ruddy, did a scene as an actor.
Overall, it was a great show and we all enjoyed it. Once we got home, though, we were ready for some sleep.
The next day, we made breakfast and went for a walk around Silver Lake Reservoir. The rain had completely cleared up, and though there were some muddy bits, we enjoyed the sunshine and the walk.
Afterward, we stopped by Tender Greens for some lunch, then headed back to the apartment to relax and catch up. We haven't seen Mom Morris since Christmas, so we all had a lot to talk about.
For dinner, we went to Golden Road Brewery,
where we had a couple beers and some dinner on the patio.
For the next few days, Simon had work, so Mom Morris and I did some exploration of the neighborhood on foot. We saw the LACMA rock,
ate at Mendocino Farms, walked through the Tar Pits and The Grove, stopped by the turtle pond, checked out the new hardware store on La Brea, bought some cards at Pulp, picked up groceries at Trader Joe's, and had lunch at a new place called Twist on La Brea,
In the evenings, we switched it up. Tuesday night, we ate dinner at Connie and Ted's, a seafood place in West Hollywood, and then came home and watched the movie Now You See Me. It looked promising initially, but we all agreed that it was not very good.
Wednesday night, we went to the Geffen Playhouse to see Slowgirl, a play starring William Petersen (Grissom from CSI) and Rae Gray.
The play was performed in the smaller theater at the playhouse, which we had not seen before. They had seating set up on either side of the stage, and the set was easy to see through.
The room was small, but versatile. Everything on the stage was moveable, and there wasn't a bad seat in the house. Because our seats were also movable, they were not very comfortable, but we didn't mind too much since the play was only an hour and a half long. It was an interesting show, and we all liked it.
Thursday during the day, I found a flea on Miso and spent the rest of the morning vacuuming and laundering everything in the apartment. We ordered flea treatment, and have since treated both cats. They have never had fleas before, but with the weather being nice all year round and dogs living in our apartment building, it's not surprising that they found a way inside. Thankfully, it seems like it was a small problem, and we haven't seen once since. ::knocks wood::
Thursday evening was Mom Morris' flight, so we went out for a final early dinner before she was due at the airport. We got to Father's Office a half-hour before it opened, so we wandered around some incredibly expensive furniture stores nearby before digging into our beer and burgers on the outdoor patio.
After we finished up our dinner, we summoned an Uber to take Mom Morris to the airport and said our goodbyes. It was so nice to see her! And I am pretty sure that she had a good visit. Her next stop was San Francisco, to see Simon's sister April and her boyfriend Tony, so I hope that the rest of her trip went just as well as the first part!
We left Father's Office and drove to UCB, where we caught a couple of new shows. First up was Casey and Woods, with Neil Casey and Zach Woods doing improv for 45 minutes or so.
After that, we had a couple of drinks at Franklin and Company before show #2 of the evening, Search History.
Search History has an all female cast, which was made up of Nicole Byer, D'Arcy Carden, Jocelyn DeBoer, Fran Gillespie, Marcy Jarreau, Aubrey Plaza, and Tracey Wigfield. An audience member volunteered her cell phone, and one of the performers went through her search history and interviewed her about what she'd looked up. Then, the ladies did improv based on her searches.
It was a fun show, and it was great to see so many hilarious women performing onstage together. Even if it doesn't intend to be, UCB can be a very male dominated place, so I love seeing shows that feature women.
After the shows, we headed home and went to bed. Simon worked on Friday, and we spent that evening mostly catching up on TV. Saturday, we made breakfast and then Simon went to work on some school stuff. Later on, we walked to TJ's and made dinner, and then we drove over to UCB for ASSSSCAT.
The guest monologist was Nate Corddry, and the improvisers were Lauren Lapkus, Sean Conroy, Zach Woods, Neil Casey, Charlie Sanders, and Betsy Sodaro.
It was a great show, and the next day, I saw pictures of Zach Woods doing ASSSSCAT in Austin, TX at SXSW. People in comedy make it look easy, but they definitely work hard.
Sunday, it was close to 80 degrees almost all day long, which is a heat wave for March in Los Angeles. First, we got breakfast at CJ's Cafe, a small diner with mainly Mexican and Southern dishes. I had Chilaquiles con Huevos, while Simon had a fried catfish sandwich and onion rings.
Both were really good, and the price was right. We'll definitely be back.
After breakfast, we drove to Arclight to catch a screening of Wes Anderson's new movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Since we were a little early, we browsed Amoeba Music next door for a bit before checking out one of the miniatures from the movie in the lobby.
We both really like Wes Anderson films in general, and this was no exception. Lots of actors we like, a quirky plot, interesting visuals, and crazy characters always make his films fun to watch.
Unfortunately, the room they keep the art in was closed for an event, so we will have to try back later this week.
Tonight, we have a movie at LACMA, and tomorrow we have a podcast taping at a bar. I will try to recap those for you soon, so that I don't have such a long blog post to write, and so that you don't have such a long blog post to read. Love you guys, and I hope you all get the same heat wave that we have currently!