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The Lehrer Report for January 4, 2019

  • Phyllis LEHRER


Thursday, January 03, 2019

Feast of Three Kings greetings to all our Latinx friends and neighbors. The event keeps the holiday celebration going for another week. It’s also Twelfth Night, which provides another excuse to get together with friends and neighbors.

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Driving on the Pacific Coast Highway and going to the beach in California is a splendid way to spend Christmas Day.

That was my first day in Los Angeles, where I went to see my son.

This is my postcard to you:

The weather is gorgeous not hot but warm — 70s. I went to the Getty Museum, where the views are incredible. Lots of water features. The special exhibits were Sally Mann photographs and Renaissance art. However, the site needs traffic control. Cars wait in the traffic lanes on both sides of a major boulevard to enter the parking garages. It took 30 minutes to travel a half mile.

I visited the Central Library, the focus of the book, “The Library Book” by Susan Orlean, about the fire that devastated the library. It is stunning and huge. I think the entire Jones Library footprint could fit in the three-story rotunda.

I saw the stars embedded in the sidewalk and the Dolby Theater, where the Oscars will be held. This area is a major tourist attraction and the site of cheap souvenirs. Vendors sell fresh fruit on each corner.

I had lunch in Chinatown and harvested limes and tangerines right from the tree.

For movie buffs, I saw the house that was featured in the “Fast and Furious” movie franchise and the homes of Marlon Brando and Jack Nicholson that were next door to one another. I have pictures and am willing to share.

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The Amherst Leisure Services Community Theater is performing “Peter Pan” Jan. 10-13 and 17-20 at Bowker Auditorium at UMass. Better get your tickets now before they sell out. I have mine.

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On the movie theme, the Jones Library is featuring four films that had the best costume design. The series begins Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. Check the library listings for the movie titles. The library can’t publicly announce the titles because of legal restrictions. The series is free.

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