Stolen Car Culture

It’s L.A., so I’ve come to accept the fact that everything here revolves around cars. But with this sighting, I proved to myself that I can still be surprised:

Spirited away ...

I guess there must have been some sort of unreported automotive rapture, and the vehicle to which these wheels were once attached was spirited away. (So what does that say about the vehicles that remain?)


Bam! There’s always something happening on Sunset Boulevard. Here, Rick Fox backs his Range Rover into a BMW in the drive-through line at In-N-Out Burger:

The aftermath ...

This was one of the funniest displays of human nature that I’ve seen in a long time.

Here’s what went down. A big old Range Rover is in the drive-through line in front of a black BMW. The Range Rover backs up without looking and slams into the front of the BMW. The driver of the BMW throws up his hands in anger, gets out of the car, and starts storming toward the Range Rover. Meanwhile, the driver of the Range Rover gets out and, in an instant, the mood of the BMW driver changes from rage to surprise to glee, as soon as he realized that the RR driver was Rick Fox. By the time I left, it looked like they were best friends.

Celebrity goes a long way in this town.

Master Cook

Let me heap some unabashed praise on one of the great performing artists of our time. Barbara Cook, whose evening of songs is being performed at L.A.’s Ahmanson Theatre, continues to be one of the pre-eminent interpreters of American song.

This evening of tribute to Stephen Sondheim — in songs written by him and songs, she informs us, that he wishes he had written — is about as pure and simple a performance as one could hope for. Her characteristic clarity, coupled with her willingness to be vulnerable, is a perfect match for her song choices. Cook has the bravery to stand on a stage with simply a piano and a bass and she has the wisdom to know that no more than that is needed to fill a theatre.

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