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It was raining the night we all went to The Magic Castle, which felt thematically appropriate in some ways. I mean – a creaky old castle full of secrets on a rainy night? As if our adventure to the Magic Castle could POSSIBLY get any better!

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Once again (this was the same weekend we went to Club 33) my friend Jenny invited me to experience a rare event in LA – dinner and shows at the private magicians’ club, the Magic Castle!

Sadly, you aren’t allowed to take any pictures outside of the reception area, so these are the only pictures I have from our evening:

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The rose garden at the club’s entrance

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Entrance Guardians

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The Magic Castle Mission Statement, in the foyer

It was a fantastic evening though! We happened to be there for their 50th Anniversary week, so all of the shows were performed by former Magic Castle Junior Magicians (the education program the Castle started to keep the art of magic alive).

The show we were guaranteed entrance to with dinner featured a variety of magic styles which was a nice experience since I had never seen a magic performance before. Surprisingly I even got pulled from the audience to assist one of the magic tricks! It was an elaborate, comedic card trick – at one point the magician cut open an orange and there was a rolled up card inside!

There were also magicians just milling about the various lobby/bar areas who perform close-up magic (like card tricks etc) at small tables. We watched one man for a while who was fascinating – we were literally sitting a couple of feet from him and I have NO idea how he did the majority of his tricks.

After the shows we did a little bit of exploring as well – I was fairly insistent on finding the secret passageways that MUST be in that castle (right?!). Alas, no passageways, but we did wander down to the basement (?) area where there was a small museum and a couple of weird hallways with some illusions and trick mirrors in them. One of the stone hallways even had a few artifacts from The Haunted Mansion! I may have actually squealed with excitement.

Another Disney tidbit about the castle – they have a stained glass door there as tribute to Richard Sherman, similar to the Main Street Window that Richard and Robert Sherman share at Disneyland!

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Jeremy & I in the foyer area 🙂

Who knows when or if I’ll ever get the chance to go back, but if you ever meet a magician or member of the Magic Castle who would invite you to attend, it’s definitely a great Hollywood secret and worth the visit!

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It’s the start of summer, and that means time for the Summer Blockbusters to start pouring into theaters.

The Stars of Super 8

Movies like Super 8, which I just saw last night. A couple of the Arclight theaters out here had Sneak Previews yesterday so Jeremy, Sam & I went to the still-late-but-not-quite-as-bad-as-midnight-showings screening at 11:30 (where we had a MUCH better pick of seats, to boot).

I LOVED Super 8. If you’re into classic Spielberg films (think Close Encounters or ET or Jaws) mixed with a slightly more modern blow-it-up style (but not in an offensive detract-from-the-story way) I think you’d really enjoy it too. It focuses really heavily on the group of kids, but they all really held their own, and I was cracking up at how true-to-life their interactions were. I’m sure my written explanation won’t do it justice, but there are some great moments where the kids are all talking at/over each other interspersed with an ever-deafeaning chorus of “SHUTUPSHUTUPSHUTUP”s that had me particularly dying. My parents literally told me that I should go into politics this morning because I got so excited ranting about the movie that I wasn’t taking breaths between sentences and I don’t think they got a word in for a solid 5 minutes.

I won’t do that to you poor readers though. Just be sure to stay through the credits if you end up seeing it too — there’s a really good payoff about the film the kids are making in the movie.

Super 8 isn’t the only movie I am or have been excited about this season though. Below, check out the movies that are on my List to See (if I’ve crossed through it, I’ve already seen it!)

Something Borrowed

Bridesmaids

Pirates of the Caribbean 4

Super 8

Green Lantern (Undecided…)

X-Men: First Class

Cars 2

Transformers 3

Harry Potter 7 Part 2 (!!)

Monte Carlo

One Day

Winnie the Pooh

Friends With Benefits

Have you already seen any of these? Excited about these or other films coming out this summer? Let me know!

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A couple weekends ago, Sherman Oaks opened their own weekly farmers market.

I’d been to the big, permanent farmers market at The Grove roughly a billion times since I’ve moved out here, but I’ve never gone to one of the weekly ones that are so prevalent in LA before — each one is open different days of the week, and at different times, and I’m always forgetting to go until I see a sign pointing out that I JUST missed one.

This time, though, I’d left myself enough reminders to know that come 9 AM Saturday morning, it was time to get up and get my little butt over to the farmers market!

I was definitely delighted at their first efforts — a good selection of fresh flowers, and a fairly wide range of fresh (and often organic) fruit, vegetables and nuts. Prices were pretty on-par with what I normally pay too, so stopping by weekly isn’t going to break the bank.

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You could also find some bakery options, and local restaurants with stands to provide breakfast. (Eggs or breakfast burritos, anyone?)

There was even some live entertainment (I have no idea if this is a typical farmers market thing, but it was really enjoyable!)

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It was a little smaller than I thought it would be, but it was just the first week. This is also the first Sherman Oaks sponsored one, meaning it’s SUPER close to me — definite bonus points! I’m definitely looking forward to early Saturday morning trips for the foreseeable future!

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