There are two free weekly newspapers that are the local 'what's on' guides: The LA Weekly and the City Beat. The LA Weekly is larger, and is a very comprehensive paper with tons of listings and lengthy articles of local interest, while the City Beat has a more truly 'in-the know' quality.
Hip people read the City Beat for the more out-of-the-mainstream articles and reviews, but EVERYONE reads the Weekly as the 'find-anything-and-everything' guide. Both are found everywhere, from newstands to boxes on the corners to bars and restaurants.
The tour guide.
When we first arrived we were a bit overwhelmed with all Los Angeles had to offer. We read about fine-art museums, Hollywood, beautiful beaches, exceptional restaurants, Downtown LA, exciting theme parks, Venice and non-stop shopping.
We contacted a sightseeing touroperator and they served us a memorable experience and therefore a great trip. It's maybe the best thing to do, because the overwhelming size of the city and the unknown dangers are a struggle and may keep you away from spots you actually want to see.Related to:
- Road Trip
- Historical Travel
- Museum Visits
Late night snacking...
One of my favorite things to do after a night out at a bar, concert or club is to go look for those street food vendor thingymajiggys who sell them awesome tasting hotdogs wrapped in bacon!
Oh my freakin god those things are heavenly! Probably artery-clogging and generally just bad for you... but eh... who cares? its late at night... the hot dog people are just right there... why not?
Make sure they cook it thoroughly tho... sometimes they're so eager to sell to the ever-growing crowd that sometimes they may sell a hotdog that's not quite cooked...
Celebrity watch - Head to In-N-Out burger
This is a popular place for celebs and civilians to get fast food. It was in In-Touch(a celeb watch magazine I buy religiously) as being a great place to see stars from Brad Pitt to Britney Spears (they had pictures of them all at this place). We stopped off at one in L.A before heading back to Oceanside, but alas, no celebs. Probably because they all go through the drive thru. Worth a try though. And fab., fresh burgers.
The LA Times
Los Angeles is home to one of the world's great newspapers - the LA Times. It's well worth picking up a copy while you're there. Check out the website at www.latimes.com. You have to register these days, but at least it's free...
The Map is Wrong!
Don't go knocking on any doors expecting to find movie stars & musicians.
With too many stop-and-start careers, failures and successes, and secrets & lies, no single map of the stars' homes will be accurate.
Here, the homeowner has obviously had enough of those of us parking across the street to take a picture or two...
Since its inception in 1967,...
Since its inception in 1967, the Ahmanson Theatre has presented a wide variety of dramas, musicals, comedies and classic revivals, including 13 plays by Neil Simon (six world premieres) and the works of such leading American playwrights as Wendy Wasserstein, August Wilson, A.R. Gurney, John Guare and Edward Albee. The Ahmanson has been represented on Broadway as a co-producer of the award-winning productions of Amadeus, Mathew Bourne's Swan Lake, Smokey Joe's Cafe, August Wilson's The Piano Lesson, Two Trains Running and Seven Guitars,and Frank Loesser's The Most Happy Fella. With the closing of The Phantom of the Opera in August 1993 after a record-breaking four-year run, the Ahmanson embarked on a $17 million renovation project. The redesign enhanced theatre acoustics, improved sight lines and brings artists and audiences closer together by moving the mezzanine and balcony nearer to the stage, lowering the ceiling, reducing the width of the auditorium, and developing new side boxes. In addition, the unique, state-of-the-art reconfiguration provides for variable seating capacity from 1,600 - 2,000 seats, allowing the theatre to adjust the size of the house to accommodate a greater variety of plays, from the intimate to the spectacular. The project also included the remodeling of the theatre lobbies, as well as the forecourt between the Ahmanson and the Mark Taper Forum. The new Ahmanson re-opened in January 1995 with a limited nine-month engagement of the musical sensation Miss Saigon. The premiere season in the new Ahmanson began with Candide, which was directed by Gordon Davidson. Since 1989, Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre at the Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County has been under the guidance of Artistic Director/Producer Gordon Davidson, who has also served as the Artistic Director for the CTG/Mark Taper Forum for the past 34 years. Center Theatre Group believes that theatre is a cultural force and has the capacity to transform the lives of individuals and society at large. CTG is dedicated to theatrical work that positively affects perceptions of the world, expands the sense of the possible, and illuminates the human experience. This is where I had the opportunity to see my all time favorite play..... of course: Les Miserables!!!!!!!
The Los Angeles area is rich...
The Los Angeles area is rich in Internet public and companies. If in Los Angeles, go see one of the many conventions put on annually. One convention coming up is the LA Internet Convention found at www.lainternetconvention.com. Good luck on your travels!
If you're intending to do lots...
If you're intending to do lots of shopping here in LA, remember to bring along an extra bag in cloth material (like what I did). :-))
If you're coming from Europe or Asia, buy ONLY the American brand products. They are really, really worth it (read: cheap).
Brands like Clinique, Prescriptives, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Anne Klein, Donna Karan, Anna Sui, Estee Lauder etc. are really good buys.
I gave Calvin Klein products a miss because there are just too many imitations right now in the market (to say it's being flooded is an understatement). Sorry, Calvin.
If you're really SERIOUS about coinciding your holiday with a MAJOR sale, I can't think of a better time than the 4th of July sale. O.K., for those who absolutely MUST know how cheap American products really cost in the U.S.A., here's a rough guide.
Let's take the brand Clinique as an example. Their LARGEST bottle of Clarifying Lotion cost only US$15.50 (excl. sales tax) in U.S.A. That same bottle costs:-
450 French Francs in Paris/ Nice (France).
US$34 (S$58) in Singapore.
Elsewhere, it costs even more..... Scary huh?!
Photo below: Lovely clothes at the Badgeley and Mischka boutique here in LA...
The Glove Doesn't Fit!
We all saw plenty of images of OJ's house during the "trial of the century", but here (assuming this map was correct!) we can see the rebuilding by the current homeowner.
THE PALM TREES..one of the...
THE PALM TREES..one of the many icons of L.A. and California. Cultural tips, you will know when you get there.
Somethimes you can get tickets...
Somethimes you can get tickets to go in a show for free. Just ask the guys on the main streets. Some of this shows are very interesting. You can see the american way to make shows.
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