the stories of a los angeles violinist

sister week: part 1

Added on by Jordan Martone.

baby kenna is here!

my mom, dad and brother are all in nashville tennessee this week for a trip with my mom's children's choir. they are singing at the grand ole opry and staying at the opryland hotel and are having a glorious time. in the meantime, i am here in LA taking care of baby kenna and getting her ready for her summer program at cal arts called CSSSA. she will be there for four weeks and then she ships off to NYC immediately after her program. 

so, i decided to give kenna the grand tour of the best place in LA: downtown. 

 excited, much?

excited, much?

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first up was the last bookstore. this secondhand bookstore is a wonderful, incredibly creative space. i knew it would inspire kenna. and of course, she ended up finding some great works of shakespeare to bring to  CSSSA. joe came along and he found the charade soundtrack on vinyl. awesome. and i found a copy of julie powell's book julie and julia, a book i've always wanted to read. (me? reading?! i know.) 

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step two, the bradbury building. this place has been used in many movies over the years. most notably, it was used in the artist and {500} days of summer. kenna's reaction is best described in the three pictures above. it is just office and residential space but it is the most gorgeous building i've seen. the ceiling is made of glass and can be opened to make the building open-air. brilliant! 

 joe being a business man. he's too cute!

joe being a business man. he's too cute!

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we walked kenna through grand market, colburn, the walt disney concert hall, the garden where we got engaged (eeep!) and finally to grand park. i've only ever been to grand park in the evening when i had rehearsals at the performing arts high school down the street. the debut orchestra rehearses there and performs there often and, look at that view of the dorothy chandler pavilion where i performed with john williams! (eeep eeep!) but there were lots of families playing with their kids in the fountain to escape the heat and we just couldn't resist. it was a great end to our day.

i love my city. i say it too often. i'm glad i got to show baby kenna around and inspire her with some of the sights that inspire me the most. it's exciting to walk by and say "i've performed there and crossed it off my bucket list, now i'm waiting for the day i perform there and there." some day i will see kenna perform at the ahmanson, i just know it. she's on her way even now. 

los angeles summer, i love ya.