Even after living in Los Angeles for over 10 years, there are still things that I have never done, or I don’t do enough. In addition, I’ve always appreciated being able to explore Los Angeles to do things that are interesting. There is definitely no shortage of things to do in Los Angeles, but living here, I tend to do the same things all the time. I had half a day off of work, and wanted to make the most of my time. So, I decided to have a fun filled afternoon and evening in Hollywood.
In the things I’ve never done category is PaleyFest. PaleyFest is an annual festival celebrating some of the best shows on television. For about 2 weeks, each night, there is a panel with members of the cast and producing team. Ever since I moved here, I’ve wanted to go. I love television. That actually might be an understatement. Many people think it is a waste of time, but I get so much enjoyment out of it. Anything that brings you joy is not a waste of time. And since I live a fairly active life, I don’t beat myself up about watching television.
This year, they had popular shows Riverdale, Stranger Things, The Big Bang Theory, and others. One of my favorite shows this year was The Good Doctor. To say this is good, is selling it short. This show is one of those shows that comes along every once in awhile that intrigues you, not just entertains you. The show is about surgical resident, Shaun Murphy, who has autism and Savant syndrome. The cast is top notch, especially with Freddie Highmore in the title role. Anyone in their 30s or older has literally watch Highmore grow up on screen. He is a brilliant actor who is going to be one of the greatest of our generation (in my opinion). Highmore is backed by a stellar and fantastically diverse cast that includes Richard Schiff, Tamlyn Tomita and Antonia Thomas. Its obvious how much I love the show. So, it was a no brainer when I heard one of the nights of PaleyFest was for The Good Doctor. And I’m so glad I went!
If you live in Los Angeles or New York, and you love television, I highly urge you to go to PaleyFest. It allows the audience to get a glimpse into the processes behind the show, whether it be the writing, the acting, casting, etc. It also lets you get to know the cast as real people, and not just their characters. For this panel, they actually treated us to the season finale before the cast and producers came out. It was fantastic, and I might love the show even more after this.
Now…onto the things that I don’t do enough. One of my favorites theaters in Los Angeles is the El Capitan in Hollywood. It is now owned by Disney, and they only play Disney movies. I took advantage of its proximity to the Dolby Theatre (where PaleyFest was) to see the latest Disney film, A Wrinkle in Time. The movie was fantastic, and I was reminded that I don’t go there enough. After the movie, it was time to eat before I went to PaleyFest. I chose a place that I love. On the ground level of the Roosevelt Hotel, is a diner/bar called 25 Degrees. They have one of my favorite burgers, and I’m never disappointed. An added bonus is that you can walk through the lobby and feel a little bit of that old Hollywood glamour for a bit. In fact, the mirror you can supposedly see Marilyn Monroe’s ghost in was moved to the lobby because of its popularity. On this particular trip, I ordered the Number Four which is a tuna burger with butter lettuce and crispy onions. It was delicious. If you are ever in the area, check it out.