Cultured Ladies

Posted in Life, Pictures by Sarah on June 29, 2010

The past two weekends, Meredith and I have had some very cultural excursions.

Outside the de Young

Two weekends ago, we ventured out to the San Francisco de Young Museum to see an exhibit of artwork on loan from Paris’ Musee d’Orsay.  It was lovely!  And, although we both agreed we missed all of the free museums in Washington DC, the exhibit was great.  The exhibit was called, “The Birth of Impressionism” and it featured 100 pieces of art from some of our favorite impressionist artists, Monet and Manet, Renoir, and Degas.

We saw so many wonderful paintings, and it was just incredible to see them all in their original form – seeing the size of the paintings and the texture of the paint really was surreal.  We loved seeing all of the familiar favorites, like the Van Gogh dancer girls and Monet’s gorgeous landscape paintings.

Meredith and I were both reminded of another favorite, Renoir’s “The Swing.”  The original of this painting is life-sized!  It was so big, colorful, and complex.  We were so impressed.  We could not stop staring at it and taking in all of the little details.

I also found a new favorite!  It’s called the Floor Scrapers by an artist named Gustave Caillebotte.  I love the dark colors and the feel of the painting.  It’s so romantically Parisian (notice the wine bottle) but is simultaneously gritty, depicting the hard work of the working class.  It was actually rejected by “the Salon” because it showed the working class, believe it or not!

After a full morning of art Meredith and I felt very cultured.

But, we were ready for a little variety and, this past Saturday, accompanied Torre & Andy to a Strikeforce event at the HP Pavilion in San Jose and saw some crazy live fights!  Each of the fighters walks out to a huge display of music and FIREBALLS and FIREWORKS!  It was insane.  One fight was between two women, including one of the most badass fighters out there, Cris Cyborg.

Holy Indoor Fireworks!

She is a crazy punching machine and the way she recklessly throws punches all over the place is jaw-dropping.  Her opponent impressively lasted into the second round before getting knocked out.

Cung Le, post-win, before talking about cookies

We also saw Cung Le, who is 38, knock out a young guy with a spinning back kick.  It was like right out of a Bruce Lee movie.  Speaking of movies, Forest Whitacre was there!  He’s a big fan of Cung Le & we spotted him signing some autographs for people who were there.  After Cung Le won, he said he had given up chocolate and pizza for 7 weeks and that there was a bag of chocolate chip cookies waiting for him.  I was jealous.

There was a LOT of build-up for the main event that featured one of the greatest fighters of all time, Fedor “The Last Emperor” Emelienenko.  He’s a huge, beefy, Russian dude who lives in a very small house in a small town in Russia, who fights for the glory of his mother country and to take care of his family. He is pretty unique and was definitely the crowd favorite.  Unfortunately, he made a critical tactical mistake and suffered the second loss of his career that night in just over a minute.  It was a little disappointing but Meredith and I still very much enjoyed the whole experience (Torre and Andy on the other hand were pretty depressed and didn’t want to talk about it!).

So, there you have it, two weekends, two sisters, and two very diverse cultural experiences!


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