Last Sunday I was ready to ride Metrolink into L.A. for CicLAvia, a car-free event in which certain streets are shut down for exclusive use by bicyclists and pedestrians. As I waited at the Claremont depot, a fellow passenger named Joshua, who was headed to the L.A. Times book festival, introduced himself and said he'd attended my screening of "North by Northwest" three days earlier.
As there were a couple dozen people at the movie, bumping into one of them randomly was a pleasant coincidence.
One train ride and one subway ride later, I was at MacArthur Park, meeting up with two friends from Pomona. We spent an enjoyable afternoon walking along Seventh Street to downtown, then eating from food trucks in the shade of City Hall.
I took the subway back to Union Station, where I bumped into reader Tim Sunderland of Rancho Cucamonga. He'd been at the books fest and was preparing to take the Gold Line to his car parked in Pasadena.
That made two chance encounters in one day. Boarding Metrolink, I found my train car full and went to the next car, and then to a third. While looking for a seat there, I saw two friends, Andy and Marie Sze of Rancho Cucamonga. They waved me over to a free seat across from them.
"Small world," a delighted Andy said.
They had also been at CicLAvia, and it turned out they'd been on the same train as me in the morning but, in different cars, we hadn't seen each other. We wouldn't have seen each other this time if I hadn't changed cars twice.
"Are you going to write about this?" Andy asked.
I hadn't expected to, but why not? Might as well continue the spirit of unplanned occurrences.
Oh, and the next CicLAvia is June 23 and will shut down Wilshire Boulevard. Even if, like me, you don't bike, it's still fun to take part. And you never know who you might run into.
Something to sing about
The Repertory Opera Company production of "The Magic Flute" last Sunday with a lot of teens in the cast and crew was a smash hit, at least by Pomona opera standards.
Attendance was 235, nearly packing First Christian Church. By contrast, the company had been happy with 92 at "Serenades of Love" in February.
"We made money on this one," company founder LizBeth Lucca said. "Of course, everybody's like, how can we do that again? "
* In the newly released drama "Filly Brown," about a female rapper, Jenni Rivera, the Latin pop singer who died in a plane crash in December, plays the title character's manipulative mother, who is serving 10 years at the Chino women's prison.
* In its first attempt to produce olive oil from trees on campus, Scripps College won first place in the L.A. International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition, besting 639 other entrants. The olive trees had been targeted for removal in the 1960s and were saved after a student protest. The oil was said to have a "fruity, buttery and smooth" taste.
* "[title of show]," which is the title of the show, is described as "a musical about two guys writing a musical about two guys writing a musical." Nominated for a Tony in 2009, the musical is being performed by the fledgling Ophelia's Jump theater company at the dA Center for the Arts, 252 S. Main St. in Pomona, at 8 p.m. Friday, 8:30 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday through May 5. Tickets are $25. The company has plans for six more plays in 2013 in Pomona, La Verne and Claremont; see opheliasjump.com for details.
* "Bible Storyland," a documentary on a planned but unbuilt Christian theme park in Cucamonga in the 1960s, plays at 4:30 p.m. today at the Los Feliz 3, 1822 N. Vermont Ave. in L.A., as part of the United Film Festival. The 2011 film, chronicled here previously, has been on the film festival circuit.
More to read
Recently on my blog: the original Arby's in Pomona will become a Boost Mobile; I take in concerts by the xx and the Japandroids; and I eat at Golden China in Montclair and at New York Pizzeria in Chino. Feast your eyes at insidesocal.com/davidallen.
Stop me if you've heard this one
In Claremont, a woman attended a comedy club performance and then tried to skip out without paying. Police insisted, and when she reached into her bra for her money, a bag of methamphetamine fell out.
As the Claremont Courier's Beth Hartnett reported, the incident may have begun with a comedy show, "but Claremont police had the last laugh. "
David Allen writes Sunday, Wednesday and Friday, laughably. Contact email@example.com or 909-483-9339, like davidallencolumnist on Facebook and follow @davidallen909 on Twitter.
A service of YellowBrix, Inc.
Most Popular Stories
- Fed Committee Optimistic About Growth Prospects
- Sales Show Samsung Needs Next Big Thing
- Judge Strikes Down Colo. Gay Marriage Ban
- Boehner Says No to Palin's Call for Impeachment
- FOMC Minutes From June 17 Meeting: Full Text
- Libyan Production Pushes Brent Crude Below $109
- U.K. Girds for Nationwide Strike
- Warren G. Harding's Spicy Love Letters to Be Released
- Is Eva Mendes Pregnant With Ryan Gosling's Baby?
- UTEP Students Tapped to Test Lunar Dust Device