Ahh, the company Holiday Party. A chance to dress up and have a free shindig on the brass. Usually a pretty good time with prime activities being: eating, drinking, watching to see who drinks too much and embarrasses themselves, and watching to see who dresses like a skank and embarrasses themselves. Good times.
Well, for several reasons, the company that I work for decided to forego its Holiday Party this year, and so the Beloved and I were a little bummed that we didn’t have a “dress up” affair to go to this year, so we decided to kick off our Christmastime and create one for ourselves that included art, food and music – with an excursion to the best place to see and be seen – L.A.
Art: Since we were too early to check into our hotel, for our first stop, we went to the LACMA (LA County Museum of Art). They have a brand new contemporary art wing, which in the words of a cantankerous old man that was nearby “broke the record for fewest pieces per acre”. Yeah, it was a little sparse, though some of the stuff was good. They also had an exhibit on the portraiture photography from Vanity Fair (dating back to 1913) — that was cool.
Food: After getting spiffed up, we went out to a great dinner at a restaurant called "Grace" — where we had the chef's "game tasting" dinner (don’t read: Mrs. Soytastic). 4 courses (venison tartare, roasted squab, duck breast, antelope loin) that were all really good (and appropriately sized so that you didn't feel like SO MUCH of a pig) — there was also a dessert in there (that was not game) — freshly made butterscotch donuts. Holy crap, those were good.
Music: After dinner, we made our way over to the Troubadour to see Over The Rhine. They were incredibly fun to see in a small venue. We were maybe 20 feet away. Awesome. Karen’s voice was spectacular — they were really great. Though I have to say, it’s been a while since I’ve stood for three hours straight for a concert – my lower back could tell. Hey, get off my grass while you’re at it.
Sunday we slept in had breakfast and drove back – breaking out our Christmas Music playlist on the way back down to San Diego.