18 February 2010

some enchanted evening...

spent the evening here:

disney hall is simply gorgeous- the exterior and pipe organ alone are worth a visit to the symphony even if you aren't a classical music lover. try to ignore the the carpet and upholstery though, because while disney hall was completed in 2003, the upholstery and carpet look like bad 80's leftovers (you know m21 loves the 80's, but not the really icky bits...)

listening to him:


a visiting orchestra, the leipzig gewandhaus orchestra performed beethoven's piano concerto no. 5 and symphony no.7. the symphony totally rocked, but really, who doesn't like a little ludwig? and again, even if you don't, it's still worth attending a performance as a reminder of human achievement: beethoven composed some of his greatest works- like symphony no. 7- while almost *completely* deaf, so as a good friend likes to remind us, his work is a testament to the power of forging ahead with your passion, because NO obstacle is truly insurmountable...


followed by a chic late night supper here:

bottega louie is one of those restaurants that simply has "it": the food is great, the crowd is chic and the space is completely spectacular- a ginormous soaring white room with touches of marble, brass, gilt and boiserie. it is one of m21's favorite places in LA right now for breakfast, lunch or dinner (and this evening, since we were amongst the last diners to leave, our waiter sent us home with a bag of leftover goodies from their patisserie- how great is that? dinner *and* breakfast to go!)

not bad for a random wednesday evening in the middle of february!

11 comments:

Margaret said...

Oh quelle intrigued re: interior... like driving by a bad accident, you have to pause and look, I rushed to 'Google' for interior photos since you alluded it was 'tres tacky.' Although I didn't find the motherload, I did find some quirky Wiki facts, and a photo of the forest green carpet, worth the HTTP trip! I was disappointed that MJ did not have a 'train wreck of sorts' there, though... Glad you got out and about for some 'culture' (san club).

Paul Anater said...

I'm envious Christian. You combined two of my great loves: classical music and a good meal shared with great friends. Your new music hall is nothing to sniff at either. Huzzah!

Tracy @ ComfortandLuxury said...

Very nice. Except that you've made my recent Mary Poppins at the Ahmanson outing seem so bourgeois. Then again, I suppose it was :)
Haven't been to Disney Hall yet... was just talking with the husband about that... soon.

jones said...

Sounds amazing!!! Love both venues and the music is to die for. Mary

Karena said...

I love the symphony, and what a beautiful setting! The works by famous composers always just blow me away, such talent. Now the restaurant, makes me wish I still lived in San Diego, so I could take a long weekend and include dining at this "it" establishment!

maison21 said...

margaret- thank you for your intrepidness in googling the interior- when writing post at 1:30 am, my bleary mind didn't think to add links, so it wouldn't be such an ordeal (fixed now, so thanks for the reminder!)

paul- our music hall *is* rather fabulous, and the acoustics are great. i'm ashamed to say this is my first symphony outing since it opened but won't be my last (classical at the hollywood bowl is longtime favorite, but i forgot how nice a hall experience is).

tracy- i would have gone with you to mary poppins! love a musical at the ahmanson!!!!! and do go to disney- it's worth it.

mary- don't you just? evenings like this make me truly appreciate big city life. and i want to eat at bottega louie every day- so stunning, in an understated yet still completely glam way...

karena- funny you should mention san diego! we went to the symphony because my brother and his lovely wife drove up from there to visit for a couple days. today we're off to santa barbara! so nice being my own boss so i can give myself thursday off for a road trip!

Margaret said...

m21 re: interior links: I'm so dizzy, my head is spinning, thank you! BTW how did you hear the music over the carpet?

Christopher said...

Have you tried the macaroons (sp?) at Botegga Louie yet?? Divoon!

Elie's Papel said...

great night! i love the concert hall... looks like its coming out of the ground!

HOBAC said...

Yes, but did you meet a stranger?

katiedid said...

Well THAT looks like fun! And the restaurant looks fabulous!