LA Opera and Downtown Round Up by Olga

Happy Monday!

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend! Hopefully, some of you made it out to the LA Opera Open House on Saturday. For those of you who didn’t, here’s a roundup:

The open house is not a recurring event. If there is ever another open house, we will definitely let you know, but I suspect that if one happens, it won’t be until next season’s performances are ready to go.

Steven and Golda in front of the LA Opera

The festivities started at 9 a.m., which was unreasonably early for me for a Saturday morning. We got there at around 10 a.m. instead with tickets in hand to the Young Artists Showcase at 11 a.m. The entrance was littered with visitors strolling around in the morning sunshine. There was a cart set up with food and a mini-bar complete with a bartender.

The first floor had been left mostly clear because of performances and meet-and-greets planned throughout the day there. The second floor was host to a children’s opera called “The Prospector,” along with a second bar (the bartender was very sweet). There were also giant screens broadcasting the main performance hall shows for people who didn’t get tickets to watch from inside. Ironically, because we got to the performance a few minutes late, we ended up sitting with a worse view than the screens on the second floor displayed.

Steven and Golda in front of the Fountain

The performance was wonderful, and there were leaflets explaining where each aria was being performed from. However, we didn’t find these until after the show, so we were a bit in the dark during the actual performances. Since it was a free show, there were a lot, A LOT of kids in the audience, and a lot, A LOT of parents not parenting. So I got pretty frustrated with the chip bags the screaming and the children randomly running around. That being said, I doubt that this is a problem during the regular shows.

If you’d like to go to a performance, there are affordable tickets available at $20 a piece for this season’s Romeo and Juliet as well as $32 tickets available to see the Nutcracker. We cannot officially endorse these tickets since they’re well over our blog’s projected budget and we don’t want to tell our readers to spend more money than they have to. But I do, personally, get really excited about the holiday season because of the Nutcracker. So I may possibly go to either of these performances and review it for fun!

After the performance, we strolled around the third and fourth floors. There were costumes, makeup, props, and a pop-up photo-history essay set up respectively.

The highlight of the morning, for me, was the tail of the Occupy LA protest we saw from the third-floor balcony.

There were many other performances lined up and a meet-and-greet with the performers scheduled for later that day but we didn’t stick around for it as Little Tokyo’s top Ramen places were calling out to us.

We walked from the Opera to Little Tokyo, which was about a half-mile leisurely stroll. The reasoning was because we’d all found cheap parking and didn’t want to move our cars. I won the parking war by paying only $4 just a few blocks shy of the Opera.

On our way to delicious ramen, we stopped by the Catholic Cathedral for bathroom break and to explore the interior. It’s a beautiful structure with amazing acustics. I’d be excited to attend an organ concert.

Interior view

Finally we got to Little Tokyo, put our name down at Daikokuya but continued strolling as the wait was over an hour long. During our stroll, we opted to go to Hakata Ramen Shin-Sen-Gumifor Ramen instead. Either way, it was warm and delicious and just what the doctor ordered on a 56-degree day. (I’ve been thinking of ramen ever since.)

Delicious warm Ramen.

Coming up this week, we’ll be (hopefully) heading out to Pasadena on Wednesday for the food-crawl in Old Town. Thursday is Downtown Art Walk and Sunday is the Holiday Shopping Tour in downtown.

Those of you living in San Francisco, Seattle, and San Diego can also check out the Holiday Shopping Tour because they have their own tour dates!

Have a happy week and stay tuned for an update detailing upcoming events.

Love,

Olga

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