Saturday, January 20th
Woke up today and remembered the devastating news from last night. Following Lil Peep’s death, this was the last thing I expected. RIP, Fredo Santana.
Working on a Saturday, I was super looking forward to finally visit The Marciano Art Foundation, located in mid-city. As stated in their bio, the #MAF is a new contemporary art space in the heart of Los Angeles. I first caught wind of this from seeing my friends’ posts — the rare pros of social media. I love art. And even better, I love free art. This exhibit features the same reputable artists that you would see in a paid museum such as the MOMA. I lucked out: this was the last day they were open before installation. But the good news is, they reopen on March 1.
I had 6 reserved tickets for the 2pm and 4:30pm time slot, because I’m extra. And my schedule is crazy and I can never make up my mind. I actually couldn’t locate the 4:30pm tickets in my email, so was forced to scan the 2pm. The people at the door legit thought we were just hella late lmao. I pull up to the address at 4357 Wilshire Blvd and had a mini-anxiety attack because of the parking situation. Thank goodness there’s a free lot behind the building — you just had to show security your tickets. I enter the first floor and immediately fall in love. Since my life is comprised of rap songs, “Neon Guts” by Lil Uzi Vert and Pharrell immediately starts playing in my head.
Shout out to Corey and Val who were on the third floor waiting for my slow ass. I’m finding it harder and harder to separate from my phone or refraining from responding to that one email — as if it’s a life or death situation. (It’s not). It was time to be in the moment. Especially since we were surrounded by the work of Takashi Murakami. He’s the SHIT. I’ve gone to a ton of museums that display his work, and always am so inspired and blown away by his abstract and unique style. There was also 2 really dope statues in the middle, one which yielded a blonde girl with tits and ass all in your face lmao. Apparently, this is one of Kanye’s favorite. Fitting, as Takashi is the man behind Ye’s Graduation artwork.
So what’s the backstory with this foundation? “Through exhibiting a diverse and compelling collection, built by a family that is passionate and dedicated to the arts, and initiating special projects by artists working in all areas of artistic production, MAF aims to encourage curiosity and contemplation of art and the ways it impacts and enriches our lives.” This entire foundation is created by two extremely wealthy brothers, who also found GUESS? What started as a small denim company eventually grew into a world-renowned brand. Salute. I bet they don’t have to worry about parking tickets. Or rent lmao.
Shout out to Nykki who joined the fun, even though they were closing shop. The gallery hours stated they were open until 6pm, and we kept getting warnings in 10-minute increments. That was truthfully a bit annoying lmao and unnecessary. There weren’t that many of us in here. There might have been more workers than attendees. Okay, enough shit-talking. We were still on the third floor here. There were so many rooms with so many different pieces. I loved it all. This one def spoke to us.
ICYMI, Drake dropped two fire tracks on us last night and I can’t stop listening to them. “God’s Plan” is the one.
Next, I head to AMC Century City 15 to catch the movie of the year: Den of Thieves. Honestly, I’m so satisfied lmao. This movie was so good!!!! I loved it so much. Shout out to Ari for being my date, we both love 50 Cent so much. We caught the 7:25pm showing which proved to be extra expensive because it was in the Dolby Theater. But it was so worth it. These were the most comfortable sofa-like chairs, with reclining features. The movie had filled up as the day went on, but we lucked out in the handicapped row. Being right near the entrance proved to be beyond distracting, but all was forgotten after the first scene: A ROBBERY.
IMDB plot: A gritty crime saga which follows the lives of an elite unit of the LA County Sheriff’s Dept. and the state’s most successful bank robbery crew as the outlaws plan a seemingly impossible heist on the Federal Reserve Bank.
The main reason I wanted to see this was because I saw the cast on The Breakfast Club. This interview gave me life lmao. 50 Cent, Gerard Butler, O’Shea Jackson Jr. and Pablo Schreiber, bless your buff selves lmao. Seriously. I think I successfully crushed on every one of them by the end of the movie. No shame.
#DENOFTHIEVES WAS SO FUCKING GOOD. i didn’t check my phone once lmao 🙇🏻♀️
— Shirley Ju (@shirju) January 21, 2018
You guys would have been so proud of me. It was 2 hours and 20 minutes long and I legit didn’t check my phone once. It’s sad I have to be proud of something like this, but it’s rare. I was engaged the entire time. There was action, humor, suspense… and a CRAZY plot twist. You guys have to see this. And try and pay attention! I promise it’s worth it. It was the perfect ending to my Saturday. I recommend this with a 3 thumbs up.