Monday, February 5, 2007

Fun weekend

Friday night we drove into LA and had dinner at Grace- a new restaurant (new to us) on Beverly Blvd near Melrose. The food was outstanding...35 page wine list. Excellent service. Pricey. I started with a Thai Lobster Soup and Carl had Butternut Squash soup. Both soups were tasty but mine was better. For entrees, Carl had the John Dory and I had scallops. We shared a bottle of Cakebread Chardonnay. One of our favorite wines.

After dinner we headed over to The Troubador in West Hollywood to see Ron Sexsmith. What a great show. Beautiful voice. Thoughtful lyrics. Sounds just like his recordings. We couldn't have been happier with his performance. However there was an asshole sitting behind us who was drunk and obnoxious and kept yelling and making stupid noises. We ended up moving down to the floor where it was better for a while. Then two guys moved to the bar area where we were standing and started a loud (also drunken) conversation. I don't get how people can be so rude when someone is performing. This was a small club. Voices travel.

We loved that The Troubador is still funky and run down. Wooden benches. Exposed ceiling beams. Holes in the bathroom walls. Initials carved into tables. So much history there. Since opening in 1957, it has hosted greats like Jim Morrison, James Taylor and Tom Waits, who performed there early in their careers. The tickets to see Ron Sexsmith were only $15 each. An amazing value when some pop stars charge over $100. My favorite Ron Sexsmith song is "In a Flash." He didn't sing it.

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