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The patio view is nice, but executive chef Ben Diaz’s menu is even nicer at this South Park hotel eatery. Among the starters are fried calamari and glazed wings, while entrees include a steakhouse burger and a slate of oven-fired pizzas. Salad lovers can try an heirloom tomato and burrata offering, or one built around organic kale. Close things out with the Chocolate Caramel Crunch. At 1020 S. Figueroa St. or luxecitycenter.com.

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Faith and Flower, 705 W. Ninth St. or faithandflowerla.com. Bottega Louie, 700 S. Grand Ave. or bottegalouie.com.

BEST GELATO Gelateria Uli

Uli Nasibova’s frozen array of the Italian alternative to ice cream has been luring people to the Spring Arcade Building since 2014. The rotating list of flavors is perfect for any weather, and options including California Pistachio and Sea Salt Caramel are always reliable. Pay special attention to the fruit and berry options, such as the vegan Strawberry with Balsamic Sorbet. At 541 S. Spring St. or gelateriauli.com.

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Pazzo Gelato, 735 S. Figueroa St. or pazzogelato.net. Ugo Café, 502 W. Sixth St. or cafeugo.com.

BEST ICE CREAM/YOGURT Salt & Straw

This Arts District creamery comes from the Portland artisan chain, and the quality has traveled well down the coast. Favorites include Mr. Holmes’ Cornflake Cookies with Boysenberry Jam and a streaky mix of Birthday Cake and Blackberries. More traditional types will be sated by the Double Fold Vanilla and the Chocolate Gooey Brownie.

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Crumble and the Key Lime Pie. Or go unconventional with choices including the Salted Honey Custard and the Peanut Butter and Jelly pies. There’s even the “Slice Cream Shake,” where you pick your favorite pie and ice cream, and they do the rest. At 714 Traction Ave. or thepieholela.com.

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Big Man Bakes, 413 S. Main St. or bigmanbakes.com. Sprinkles, 735 S. Figueroa St. or sprinkles.com.

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Yogurtland, 130 S. Central Ave. or yogurt-land.com. McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams, 317 S. Broadway or mcconnells.com.

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Little Jewel of New Orleans

A heaping serving of the Big Easy is packed into this Chinatown delicatessen. It starts in the morning, with beignets and cafe au lait, while Crescent City-evoking lunches include a bevy of Po-Boys (there are fried oyster and blackened catfish options). Plates include a Craw Mac and the Spicy Creole Style Jambalaya. There’s no need to book a flight to the bayou when Little Jewel brings the bayou to you. At 207 Ord St. or littlejewel.la.

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Little Easy, 216 W. Fifth St. or littleeasybar.com. Preux and Proper, 840 S. Spring St. or preuxandproper.com.

BEST ASIAN FUSION Wokcano

Marcus Kwan’s Wokcano takes the term “Asian fusion” to heart. The Financial District mainstay serves a variety of Pan-Asian dishes, from Pad Thai and Shanghai Lo Mein to Shrimp Fried Rice and addictive Honey Walnut Shrimp. The Seventh Street spot, which always seems crowded, particularly during Happy Hour, also offers a generous sushi and sashimi menu. At 800 W. Seventh St. or wokcanorestaurant.com.

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Little Sister, 523 W. Seventh St. or littlesisterla.com. Asian Box, 445 S. Figueroa St. or asianbox.com.

BEST CHINESE FOOD Yang Chow

The Slippery Shrimp might be what brings people through the doors, but the rest of Yang Chow’s menu is nothing to balk at. Expertly crafted Mandarin and Szechuan cuisine has been the name of the game at the Yun family’s restaurant for 42 years, so no matter what you ultimately order, you know

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delicacies that come zipping past. There is pork, beef, chicken, duck, buns and vegetarian fare. Golden Dragon is best experienced in a group. At 960 N. Broadway or goldendragonla.com.

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Ocean Seafood, 750 N. Hill St. or oceanseafoodchinatown.com. CBS Seafood Restaurant, 700 N. Spring St. or cbsseafoodlosangeles.com.

BEST FARM-TO-TABLE Otium

Located next to The Broad, this rustic space spins from the mind of acclaimed chef Timothy Hollingsworth. There’s everything from a Smoked Garbanzo dish to an avocado with beets, wild rice and more, to Spinach Bucatini to Black Cod to a Snake River Farms New York Strip. Cool fact: Some of the ingredients are grown in the restaurant’s mezzanine garden. At 222 S. Hope St. or otiumla.com.

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Blue Cow Kitchen & Bar, 350 S. Grand Ave. or bluecowkitchen.com. Tender Greens, 700 505 W. Sixth St. or tendergreens.com.

BEST FRENCH FOOD Le Petit Paris

This romantic Historic Core restaurant is deeply, passionately French, with options such as a French onion soup, beef Bourguignon, mussels and escargots. The wine list offers a mix of Bourdeaux and other bottles. There are weekend brunch menus and live jazz on Wednesday evening. When it’s warm, try dining on the pretty patio. At 418 S. Spring St. or lepetitparisla.com.

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Taix, 1911 Sunset Blvd. or taixfrench.com. Patina, 141 S. Grand Ave. or patinagroup.com.

BEST INDIAN FOOD Badmaash

Pawan Mahendro and his sons Nakul and Arjun offer a taste of India with a dash of modern sensibilities at the Second Street spot. Badmaash shakes things up with dishes like the juicy Spiced Lamb Burger and Badmaash Fried Chicken. If you’re looking for something more traditional, options in-

clude the Chicken Tikka Masala and Goan Pork Curry. Enjoy the unique Gandhi-with-sunglasses imagery. At 108 W. Second St. or badmaashla.com.

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BEST ITALIAN FOOD Maccheroni Republic

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This Historic Core mainstay serves delicious homemade pasta at family-friendly prices, and indeed, it seems as if every family in Downtown winds up here. Standout options include the Agnolotti Di Osso Bucco and the pumpkin ravioli with a butter cream truffle cheese sauce. There are numerous bottles of wine in the $30-$40 range, and you can finish off a meal with cannoli or tiramisu. No reservations are accepted. At 332 S. Broadway or maccheronirepublic.com.

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Bestia, 2121 E. Seventh Place or bestiala.com. Colori Kitchen, 429 W. Eighth St. or colorikitchen.com.

BEST JAPANESE FOOD Katsuya

This L.A. Live favorite is filled before a game or concert at Staples Center. Katsuya offers sushi, tempura, robata grill options such as the Teriyaki Beef Tenderloin and Wagyu Beef Skewers, and entree plates including the Jidori Chicken and the Miso-Marinated Black Cod. There’s also an omakase menu. At 800 W. Olympic Blvd. or katsuyarestaurant.com/lalive.

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Takami Sushi and Robata, 811 Wilshire Blvd. or takamisushi.com. Ramen Hood, 317 S. Broadway or ramenhoodla.com.

BEST SUSHI Sushi Gen

Decades into its run, there is still always a line of lunchtime customers eager to dine at the petite Little Tokyo haunt. There are a variety of sharable rolls, but a safe bet is the sashimi deluxe plate. For fun, grab a seat at the sushi bar and

watch one of the masters cut and craft your order. As at many standout sushi spots, you’ll be well-served by asking the chef what he recommends, and then taking his advice. At 422 E. Second St. or sushigen-dtla.com.

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SugarFish, 600 W. Seventh St. or sugarfishsushi.com. Kazunori, 421 S. Main St. or kazunorisushi.com.

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Okipoki, 507 S. Spring St. or okipokila.com. Ohana Poke, 735 S. Figueroa St. or ohanapokeco.com.

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BEST TACOS Sonoratown

In a city filled with taco joints, the Sonora-style flour tortilla tacos created by Teodoro Diaz-Rodriguez Jr. and Jennifer Feltham stand out. There are grilled steak, chicken, tripe and chorizo options, and the prices are among the best in Downtown Los Angeles. Sonoratown is open for lunch and dinner on Tuesday-Saturday. At 208 E. Eighth St. or sonoratown.com.

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Guerilla Tacos, 2000 E. Seventh St. or guerrillatacos.com. Guisados, 541 S. Spring St. or guisados.co.

BEST KOREAN FOOD Korea BBQ House

For more than two decades, Korea BBQ House in Little Tokyo has offered a menu full of classic Korean fare. Mix and match meals with beef, pork, chicken, ribs, shrimp, salmon, tilapia and more. At lunch there are a whopping 25 specials. At 123 S. Onizuka St. or koreabbqhouse.com.

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Manna Korean BBQ, 333 S. Alameda St. or mannabbq.com. Oleego by Parks Barbecue, 735 S. Figueroa St. or oleegousa.com.

BEST LATIN AMERICAN FOOD Border Grill

Longtime restaurateurs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger continue to lure crowds to Fourth and Fig with their reliable and inventive spin on the food found on the streets of Mexico City. The Border Grill menu is fashioned with intelligence and care, as exemplified by the Chicken Poblano Enchiladas, the

Seabass Veracruzana, the Yucatan Pork and the selection of ceviches. Don’t miss the margaritas. At 445 S. Figueroa St. or bordergrill.com.

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Guisados, 541 S. Spring St. or guisados.co. Bar Ama, 118 W. Fourth St. or bar-ama.com. El Cholo, 1037 S. Flower St. or elcholo.com.

BEST MEDITERRANEAN FOOD George’s Greek Grill

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DINING AND DRINKING, 15 spanakopita and falafel. At 350 S. Grand Ave., 735 S. Figueroa St. and 445 S. Figueroa St. or georgesgreek.com.

serve Boneless Rib-Eye. While you’re eating, gander at the caricatures that line the walls. The wine list is mega-deep. At 1100 S. Flower St. or thepalm.com.

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Spitz, 371 E. Second St. or eatatspitz.com. The Exchange, 416 W. Eighth St. or freehandhotels.com.

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The kabobs come in all flavors at this purveyor of Persian cuisine. Reliable choices include the Beef Koobideh Kabob and the Lamb Chop Kabob. If you can’t choose, there are combination plates and mix-and-match skewers. Complement the entree with a selection of salads and rice. At 141 W. 11th Street or ckkabob.com.

This Grand Central Market favorite has been serving its authentic and original take on Thai street food since 2013. There are panfried noodles, variations of rice plates and specials including the Crying Tiger Steak and Gai Yang. Depending on the time of year, you can also order Mango Sticky Rice. Naturally, there’s a Thai iced tea to wash everything down. At 317 S. Broadway or eatstickyrice.com.

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The Exchange, 416 W. Eighth St or freehandhotels.com. Bavel, 500 Mateo St. or baveldtla.com.

BEST SEAFOOD Water Grill

As the name implies, seafood is the specialty at this Financial District establishment that has been feeding Downtown for three decades. The raw bar is jammed with more than a dozen types of oysters and other shellfish. Entrees are pulled from waters around the globe, with everything from Alaskan halibut to a Maryland soft shell crab to a Chilean sea bass and even a wild New Zealand pink bream. At 544 S. Grand Ave. or watergrill.com.

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Fisherman’s Outlet, 529 S. Central Ave. or fishermansoutlet.net. Rock ‘N Fish, 800 W. Olympic Blvd or la.rocknfishrestaurants.com.

BEST STEAKHOUSE The Palm

The Downtown L.A. outpost of the nearly legendary small chain serves USDA Prime beef that is aged a minimum of 35 days. The Palm serves all the classic cuts, which are seasoned with olive oil, salt and parsley butter, including the Bone-In Rib-Eye, New York Strip, Filet Mignon and the Chairman’s Re-

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Bang Na, 437 N. Spring St. or bangnathaifusion.com. Rama Thai, 625 S. Hill St.

BEST VEGAN/VEGETARIAN FRIENDLY Zinc Café

Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner, the meatless menu at Zinc is extensive, and that includes a collection of burgers, sandwiches, entree plates and bowls. Among the evening options are a Potato Arugula wood fired pizza, the Spiced Tofu and Quinoa Bowl, and the Dinner Burrito with vegetarian sausage, black beans, brown rice and more. Enjoy it all in Zinc’s pretty courtyard. At 580 Mateo St. or zinccafe.com.

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Café Gratitude, 300 S. Santa Fe Ave. or cafegratitude.com. Veggie Grill, 523 W. Sixth St. or veggiegrill.com.

BEST FILIPINO FOOD The Park’s Finest

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Lasa, 727 N. Broadway or lasa-la.com.

BEST VIETNAMESE FOOD Blossom

Duc Pham’s Blossom is a love letter to Vietnamese favorites. The menu at both Downtown locations is flush with options including five kinds of pho, a collection of vermi-

celli rice noodle salads, and rice dishes with beef, chicken, shrimp and more. Be sure to finish up with some Vietnamese coffee or a glass of wine, and don’t forget the spring rolls. At 426 S. Main St. and 451 Gin Ling Way or blossomrestaurant.com.

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Pho 87, 1019 N. Broadway or pho87.net. Pho Saigon, 1753 S. Hill St. or phosaigonla.com.

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Cassell’s

Sometimes a no-frills burger is all you need. The patties at the Eighth Street spot are juicy and served with a choice of cheese on a Portuguese bun. Spruce things up by adding bacon, chile con carne, a fried egg or a variety of sauces. There are also patty melt and vegan options. At 421 W. Eighth St. or cassellshamburgers.com.

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Umami, 852 S. Broadway and 738 E. Third St. or umamiburger.com. Tommy’s, 2575 Beverly Blvd. or originaltommys.com.

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Bottega Louie

The cheese is bubbling when the server brings the pie to your table at this always crowded and still-always-loud Financial District landmark. Bottega Louie offers seven pizza variations, from a classic Margherita to more specialized selections such as the Burrata, Calabrese and Tartufo pies. There’s an extensive wine list, as well as draft and bottled beers and Italian sodas. At 700 S. Grand Ave. or bottegalouie.com.

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Born out of the neighborhood just west of Downtown, this ramen haunt is a welcome addition to the Central City. Start with edamame or gyoza before settling in for a big bowl of Shoyu, Tonkotsu or Tsukemen ramen. Each bowl can be customized with a slate of add-ons, and there are vegetarian options. Silverlake Ramen also serves five varieties of rice bowls. At 615 S. Spring St. or silverlakeramen.com.

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Ramen Hood, 317 S. Broadway or ramenhoodla.com. Daikokuya, 327 E. First St. or daikoku-ten.com.

BEST SANDWICH/WRAP Mendocino Farms

A true Downtown original, Mendocino Fams operates on the idea that top-shelf ingredients make for great sandwiches. There’s classic fare such as the Farm Club and the Hot Italian Hoagie, along with originals like the Chimichurri Steak on Pretzel Bread and the Pork Belly Banh Mi. The Impossible Burger Queen is one of four vegan options on the menu. There’s always a collection of seasonal options, too. At 735 S. Figueroa St., 444 S. Flower St., 300 S. Grand Ave. or mendocinofarms.com.

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Philippe The Original, 1001 N. Alameda St. or philippes.com. Wexler’s Deli, 317 S. Broadway or wexlersdeli.com.

BEST BREAKFAST

The Original Pantry Café

Owned by former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan, this Downtown classic has been around since 1924, has supposedly never been without a customer, and serves heaping plates of food. At breakfast that means all manner of

bacon, eggs and potatos, as well as giant orders of buckwheat pancakes. There’s often a line here, particuarly on weekend mornings. At 877 S. Figueroa St. or pantrycafe.com.

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Eggslut, 317 S. Broadway or eggslut.com. Nickel Diner, 524 S. Main St. or nickeldiner.com.

BEST LUNCH Urth Caffé

A variety of organic options make the Arts District spot a reliable destination for a mid-day meal. Sandwich selections range from a caprese to a pot roast, and there is a bevy of small and large salads. There are also eight pizzas, and full entrees include the Falafel Platter, the Urth Quesadilla and

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Pez Cantina, 301 S. Grand Ave. or pezcantina.com. Tender Greens, 505 W. Sixth St. or tendergreens.com.

BEST BUSINESS LUNCH Water Grill

Suited power players come out in force to this Downtown lunchtime favorite. Water Grill is professional without being stuffy, the waitstaff knows when not to intrude, and it’s easy to pace yourself through a multi-course meal — start with a soup or salad, and move on to a seafood entree or sandwich — that allows ample time to talk business. At 544 S. Grand Ave. or watergrill.com.

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Factory Kitchen, 1300 Factory Place or thefactorykitchen.com. Faith & Flower, 705 W. Ninth St. faithandflowerla.com.

BEST BRUNCH Border Grill

Come for the boozy drinks, stay for the small plate offerings at this brunch favorite. Every weekend Border Grill hosts a collection of Downtowners who dig into the Green Corn Tamales, Yucatan Pork Benedict, Chilaquiles and more. There are bottomless mimosas for $15 and unlimited small plates for $30 per person. There’s also a vegan brunch menu. At 445 S. Figueroa St. or bordergrill.com.

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Perch, 448 S. Hill St. or perchla.com. Bottega Louie, 700 S. Grand Ave. or bottegalouie.com.

BEST RESTAURANT Bestia

Chef Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis’ shrine to Italian cusine has been a hit since opening in the Arts District in 2012. Start with the Roasted Marrow Bone or the Mussels & Clams with housemade spicy ’nduja sausage before digging in to a pizza or grilled branzino. Finish it up with one of Gergis’ pastry options such as the Sonora Brown Butter Almond Cake or Créme Fraiche Panna Cotta. Naturally, the bar program is strong. At 2121 E. Seventh Place or bestiala.com.

Step into the Victorian era at this Spring Arcade Building newcomer. Husband-and-wife team Elizabeth Peterson-Gower and Tony Gower’s pub offers a selection of beers and cocktails, as well as food choices such as the crispy Fish and Chips and a Shepherd’s Pie. There are also salads. At 541 S. Spring St. or claytonspub.com.

BEST FINE DINING Redbird

The lovely spot in the rectory of the former St. Vibianas cathedral has a retractable roof and chef Neal Fraser’s inventive take on American cuisine. It’s a reliable special-occasion destination with creative cocktails and dishes including Seared Fois Gras, Braised Goat, Barbecue Smoked Tofu and a 32-ounce Porterhouse to share. Don’t miss the desserts, including the beignets and the Chocolate Mousse Bar. At 114 E. Second St. or redbird.la.

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Pacific Dining Car, 1310 W. Sixth St. or pacificdiningcar. com. Water Grill, 544 S. Grand Ave. or watergrill.com.

BEST DOG-FRIENDLY RESTAURANT Urth Caffé

You’ll see almost as many pooches as humans at this Arts District favorite. Just around the corner from the Arts District Dog Park, both two- and four-legged species spend hours hanging on the patio and talking with or sniffing friends. While the menu only serves bipeds, you’re welcome to bring a bowl for water and treats. At 451 S. Hewitt St. or urthcaffe.com.

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BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK Philippe The Original

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BEST NEW RESTAURANT Clayton’s Public House

You’re never digging deep into your wallet for a sandwich at Philippe’s, which is mind-blowing considering the fresh ingredients, soft rolls and the fact that your lunch is assembled in front of your eyes. Nor will you break the bank by adding a pickle, a cup of potato salad or a glass of refreshing lemonade. And coffee is still only 45 cents. At 1001 N. Alameda St. or philippes.com.

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L.A. Café, 639 S. Spring St. or thelacafe.com. Guisados, 541 S. Spring St. and 1261 Sunset Blvd. or guisados.co.

BEST DOWNTOWN CLASSIC Philippe The Original

Forget the “influencers” selfie-ing the next Instagramable joint offering spoon-fed organic kombucha-raised yogurt. Philippe’s is gloriously old-school. There’s sawdust on the floors, a skilled coterie of carving ladies, a sweet candy stand and perfect French dip beef, turkey, lamb and other sandwiches. There’s a reason the restaurant founded in 1908 still always draws long lines at lunch and before Dodger games. At 1001 N. Alameda St. or philippes.com.

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The Original Pantry Café, 877 S. Figueroa St. or pantrycafe.com. Clifton’s Republic, 648 S. Broadway or cliftonsla.com.

there you glimpse the old and new buildings in the Historic Core, South Park and beyond. Or just gander at the street life 15 floors below. At 448 S. Hill St. or perchla.com.

BEST VIEW Perch

Maybe the only thing better than the French food and cocktails at this bistro is the vista of Downtown that it provides. The restaurant overlooks Pershing Square, and from

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Takami Sushi, 811 Wilshire Blvd. or takamisushi.com. 71Above, 633 W. Fifth St. or 71above.com.

BEST DECOR

NoMad Restaurant at the NoMad Hotel

Dine in luxe chic surroundings in the restaurant that is the dining centerpiece of the gorgeous former Giannini Building. There’s a 1920s feel, plush chairs and banquettes, and a dazzling blue and gold Italianate ceiling. It’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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At 649 S. Olive St. or thenomadhotel.com/los-angeles.

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Cicada, 617 S. Olive St. or cicadarestaurant.com. Redbird, 114 E. Second St. or redbird.la. Faith & Flower, 705 W. Ninth St. or faithandflowerla.com.

BEST OUTDOOR DINING Perch

The view here is stupendous, but so is the rooftop seating amid ample greenery, along with the fireplaces and fire pits that are perfect for those summer evenings when L.A. gets a bit of a chill. Even people who just come for an after-work cocktail often wind up spending hours at Perch. There’s also live outdoor music seven days a week. At 448 S. Hill St. or perchla.com.

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Manuela, 907 E. Third St. or manuela-la.com. Urth Caffe, 451 S. Hewitt St. or urthcaffe.com.

BEST FIGAT7TH EATERY Mendocino Farms

The upscale sandwich chain’s FIGat7th location is a comfy destination with indoor and outdoor seating. All the faves are available, from the Peruvian Steak Sandwich to the Vegan Banh Mi, and the counter staff is friendly and efficient. This Mendocino Farms serves lunch and dinner and has beer and wine. When you finish your meal, there’s a foosball table. At 735 S. Figueroa St or mendocinofarms.com.

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The Melt, 735 S. Figueroa St. or themelt.com. Oleego by Parks BBQ, 735 S. Figueroa St. or oleegousa.com.

BEST GRAND CENTRAL MARKET EATERY Eggslut

You know the drill: Arrive early. Wait in the always long line. Order your bacon, egg and cheese or sausage, egg and cheese sandwich (or another variation), then revel in the fresh eggs and other ingredients that taste even better when placed between a brioche bun. If you’re still hungry, get back in line and repeat. At 317 S. Broadway or eggslut.com.

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Horse Thief BBQ, 317 S. Broadway or horsethiefbbq. com. Wexler’s Deli, 317 S. Broadway or wexlersdeli.com.

BEST L.A. LIVE RESTAURANT Yard House

It doesn’t matter whether it’s a basketball or hockey game, a concert or something else: Yard House is always jammed before an event at Staples Center. Crowds throng the place for the reliable burgers, sandwiches, salads and more. Then there’s the beer, with scores of familiar and craft options. Try something new! At 800 W. Olympic Blvd. or yardhouse.com.

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Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, 800 W. Olympic Blvd or flemingssteakhouse.com. Shaquille’s, 800 W. Olympic Blvd or shaquilles.com.

BEST HOTEL RESTAURANT NoMad Restaurant at the NoMad Hotel

Acclaimed chef Daniel Humm and restaurateur Will Guidara have turned the NoMad

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into a buzzworthy dining destination. The whole-roasted chicken gets the most attention, while other options include the English Pea Tarte and, get this, a bacon-wrapped Black Truffle Hot Dog. Save room for dessert or a cheese selection. At 649 S. Olive St. or thenomadhotel.com/los-angeles.

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Best Girl at the Ace Hotel, 927 S. Broadway or bestgirldtla.com. The Exchange at the Freehand Hotel, 416 S. Eighth St. or freehandhotels.com/los-angeles.

BEST COFFEE Urth Caffé

The Arts District spot carries pretty much every kind of caffeine drink a person could want, from espresso and drip coffees to twists on lattes and cappuccinos, plus flavored beverages. These are complemented by a selection of pastries, breakfast foods and smoothies. Urth Caffé is almost always packed, especially on weekend mornings, so get there early. At 451 S. Hewitt St. or urthcaffe.com.

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Blue Bottle Coffee, 300 S. Broadway and 582 Mateo St. or bluebottlecoffee.com. Tierra Mia Coffee, 653 S. Spring St. or tierramiacoffee.com.

BEST JUICE

Pressed Juicery

With its green blends and citrus-heavy concoctions, Pressed Juicery is one of the healthiest places to get a drink in Downtown. The Bunker Hill and Fashion District locations carry everything from single-fruit juices to smoothies to frozen treats. For those trying to work off eating elsewhere around Downtown, Pressed offer multiple juice cleanses. At 350 S. Grand Ave. and 860 S. Los Angeles St. or pressedjuicery.com.

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Juice Crafters, 702 S. Spring St. or juicecrafters.com. Press Brothers Juicery, 317 S. Broadway or pressbrothersjuicery.com.

BEST WINE BAR Mignon

Nestled on the ground floor of the Pacific Electric Lofts, Mignon has some quintessential wine bar components: It’s intimate, candlelit and carries extensive French cheese options. When it comes to the grapes, Mignon has almost entirely European vintages, with an emphasis on French varietals. Be sure to check out choices from lesser-known winemaking countries such as white wine from Georgia or Slovenia. At 128 E. Sixth St. or mignonla.com.

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Pour Haus Wine Bar, 1820 Industrial St. or pourhauswinebar.com. Garcons de Café, 541 S. Spring St. #114 or garcons-de-cafe.com.

BEST SPORTS BAR Casey’s Irish Pub

This cavernous underground pub has plenty of TVs showing the big game — it carries the Dodgers and all major sports playoffs. Casey’s also has a full menu of Irish fare, plus enough Guinness and Jameson to satisfy every fan. During commercial breaks and at halftime, Casey’s has bar games, inContinued on page 24

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BEST BOOZE AND GAMES Arts District Brewing Co. DTLA

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Wang’s Tavern, 801 S. Olive St. or bigwangs.com. Tom’s Urban, 1011 S. Figueroa St. or tomsurban.com/los-angeles.

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The Traction Avenue space is a game-and-beer fan’s fantasy. Arts District Brewing Co. makes roughly a dozen beers on site, with everything from lagers to hearty stouts on draft. Then add in darts, ping-pong and the 10 Skee-Ball machines (there’s even a skee-ball league). There are also rotating beers from other craft brewers, including Downtown options. At 828 Traction Ave. or artsdistrictbrewing.com.

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Everson Royce Bar, 1936 E. Seventh St. or erbla.com. EightyTwo, 707 E. Fourth St. or eightytwo.la.

BEST LGBTQ BAR Redline

The Sixth Street bar is many-splendored, with a solid bar menu, a Sunday brunch, Friday and Saturday happy hour from 9-10 p.m. with double pours (for those who know the password), and LGBTQ-oriented activities including a selection of drag shows and a weekly Thursday “New Queens” night. There’s also plenty of dancing. At 131 E. Sixth St. or redlinedtla.com.

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Precinct DTLA, 357 S. Broadway or precinctdtla.com. Bang Bang Room, 221 W. Seventh St.

BEST LOUNGE BAR The Edison

Located inside a former electric plant, The Edison is an ode

to Los Angeles’ Art Deco past. Decked out in velvet curtains, with brass and metal that recall the building’s history, the club in the basement of the Higgins Building feels like a step into the past. The cocktail menu is solid, but the many varieties of whiskey remain the biggest draw (outside of the decor). Be sure to check out the regular burlesque and aerial performances. At 108 E. Second St. or edisondowntown.com.

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Seven Grand, 515 W. Seventh St. or sevengrandbars.com/la. Pattern Bar, 100 W. Ninth St. or patternbar.com.

BEST NEIGHBORHOOD BAR La Cita

Located just south of Grand Central Market, La Cita is a neighborhood mainstay where the focus is on comfort and simplicity. There’s often live music inside, while the outdoor patio provides plenty of space to dance or enjoy a drink. The happy hours at La Cita are also worth checking out. Come by for daily themes, including the Sunday Bloody Mary bar. At 363 S. Hill St. or lacitabar.com.

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Cole’s, 118 E. Sixth St. or 213hospitality.com/coles. Las Perlas, 107 E. Sixth St. or 213hospitality.com/lasperlas.

BEST IRISH BAR Casey’s Irish Pub

Los Angeles is not exactly Dublin, and authenticity in any Irish pub outside of Ireland is dubious, but Casey’s does a darn good job. The dark wood-paneled space is heavy on Guinness and Smithwicks, and light on green-dyed beer. The food keeps Casey’s close to its roots, with corned beef, boxty and numerous potato-based dishes. It doesn’t hurt that the large underground spot has loads of games and televisions. At 613 S. Grand Ave. or 213hospitality.com/caseys.

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Dublin’s Irish Whiskey Pub, 815 W. Seventh St. or dublinson7th.com. Limerick’s Tavern, 615 S. Flower St. or limerickstavern.com.


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BEST RESTAURANT HAPPY HOUR Pez Cantina

The Bunker Hill establishment woos local office workers with its modern coastal Mexican cuisine. Pez Cantina’s happy hour reflects that, with good deals on after-work food and drinks. There are $3 oysters, tacos, and a dozen shared-plate dishes including ceviche tostadas and potato taquitos. Wash those down with $5 draft beers, from Mexican lagers to heavy, malty Belgian dark ales. At 401 S. Grand Ave. or pezcantina.com.

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Public School 213, 612 S. Flower St. or psontap.com. Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse, 330 S. Hope St. or patinagroup.com.

Prank Bar

The South Park spot offers the rare treat: two happy hours. From the very specific periods of 2:40-7 p.m. and 9:42-10:47 p.m. there are $7-$8 food and drink specials, including tacos and bourbon smashes. Prank’s large outdoor patio also makes for great people watching. At 1100 S. Hope St. or prankbar.com.

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La Cita, 336 S. Hill St. or lacitabar.com. Nirvana Sports Bar and Grill, 314 E. First St.

BEST HOTEL BAR

Dekkadance at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown

It’s hard to top the view from Dekkadance, which is what happens when a bar is on the 69th floor of the Wilshire Grand Center. But Dekkadance stands out for more than the vista, as it offers monthly wine specials, specialty cocktails including a soju mojito, and regular items such as a peach Moscow mule and a bourbon buck. Drinks are on the higher end of the Downtown price spectrum, but it’s a one-of-a-kind place. At 900 Wilshire Blvd. or dekkadance.com.

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Sheraton Lobby Lounge at the Sheraton Downtown Los Angeles, 711 S. Hope St. or marriott.com. Giannini Bar at the NoMad Los Angeles, 649 S. Olive St. or thenomadhotel. com/los-angeles.

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BEST BEER SELECTION Wurstküche

It’s not hard to find a good pint around Downtown, but the Arts District spot is a particular haven for those desperately seeking ales and lagers. Wurstküche carries a variety of beers from the United States, the United Kingdom and the hopsoaked countries of Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium. Pair any of the beers with something from the extensive selection of sausages, and get an order of fries. At 800 E. Third St. or wurstkuche.com.

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Yard House, 800 W. Olympic Blvd. or yardhouse.com. Wang’s Tavern, 801 S. Olive St. or bigwangs.com.

BEST BREWERY

Arts District Brewing Co.

Downtown has emerged as a craft beer destination, but the Arts District Brewing Co. ups the game with more than a dozen selections brewed on site. The variety is strong, from the light Mateo Golden Ale to the Cole’s Honey Brown Ale. There are even Belgian varieties, plus tons of the requisite hoppy IPAs. If you can’t decide, try a tasting flight. At 828 Traction Ave. or artsdistrictbrewing.com.

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Karl Strauss Brewing, 600 Wilshire Blvd. or karlstrauss.com/visit/downtown-los-angeles. Modern Times Brewery, 832 S. Olive St. or moderntimesbeer.com/tasting-room/los-angeles.

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DINING AND DRINKING, 25 1920s and 1930s, The Edison’s drink menu and bar sticks to the classics, done right. The martini here stands out whether it is fashioned in the traditional style with gin, or made with vodka. It’s cold, it’s strong, and as you sip it will feel like you’ve gone back in time. At 108 E. Second St. or edisondowntown.com.

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The Palm, 1100 S. Flower St. or thepalm.com/restaurants/los-angeles. The Varnish, 118 E. Sixth St. or 213hospitality.com/the-varnish.

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Rising young chefs have been flocking to the Central City for years now. One of the newest and most successful is Lin, whose Nightshade opened in the Arts District in January. The 33-year-old Lin, who won season 12 of the Bravo network cooking competition show “Top Chef,” has earned raves for her Asian fusion-meets-California cuisine, with Eater, the Los Angeles Times and the James Beard Foundation among those offering praise (she was a finalist for the former’s Best New Restaurant). Nightshade’s prawn toast — topped with shrimp paste, deep fried to a golden brown and layered with crispy curry leaves — was named Food & Wine magazine’s Dish of the Year. Another offering, the Szechuan hot quail, served on a bed of Japanese milk bread, proves that Nashville hasn’t cornered the market on hot poultry dishes. Lin even managed to take a simple blooming

onion and reinvent it. At 923 E. Third St. or nightshadela.com. —Sean P. Thomas

BEST NEW ROOM The Wolves

After three years of painstaking work, Al Almeida and Daniel Salin opened The Wolves in September. Located inside the Alexandria Hotel annex on Spring Street, The Wolves delivers one of Downtown’s most dynamic cocktail interiors. Modeled with the style of the Belle Époque in mind, the space is filled with aged artifacts, antique mahogany and Batchedler tiles. The bar tops are made with glistening white marble and the ceilings are lined with stained glass panels. Look up for the indoor/outdoor balcony above the gold leaf trimmed wooden doors. At 519 S. Spring St. or thewolvesdtla.com. —Sean P. Thomas

BEST BIG FOOD VISION The Manufactory

Almost like a Russian nesting egg, the deeper you travel into The Manufactory, the more is revealed. The Los Angeles offshoot of San Francisco’s Tartine brand opened in January in the Row DTLA complex and is truly massive. The 40,000 square feet of space is the culinary playground for chefs Elisabeth Prueitt, Chad Robertson and Chris Bianco. It’s not a single experience, but rather a compendium of options including the main dining space Tartine Bianco, the private dinner spot Alameda Supper Club, as well as the patio bar the Alameda Cocktail Club. There is also an all-day cafe and pickup window, a subterranean coffee roasting lab and a bakery that pumps out nearly 4,300 loaves of bread and 6,000 pastries per day. At 757 S. Alameda St. or tartinebakery.com. —Sean P. Thomas

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Doubletree by Hilton Los Angeles

The venerable Little Tokyo landmark has a collection of rooms and suites, and serves business and leisure travelers with amenities including a gym and a business center. The lovely Kyoto Garden is a pacific escape in the center of the city. There’s even what the hotel dubs a “War Room” for board meetings, depositions and more. At 120 S. Los Angeles St. or doubletree3.hilton.com.

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Omni Los Angeles Hotel, 251 S. Olive St. or omnihotels.com. L.A. Grand Hotel Downtown, 333 S. Figueroa St. or thelahotel.com.

BEST BOUTIQUE HOTEL Luxe City Center

The Luxe is across from Staples Center, and it’s an easy walk from the hotel to the heart of Downtown. There’s a playful approach here — the website describes the Platinum Suite as “the rock star of rooms. Sometimes with actual rock stars in it.” The Nixo lounge offers scenic views with your dinner, there’s a fitness center, and dogs are welcome. Woof! At 1020 S. Figueroa St. or luxecitycenter.com.

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Standard Downtown L.A., 550 S. Flower St. or standardhotels.com. Miyako Hotel, 328 E. First St. or miyakoinn.com.

BEST FLORIST

Darling’s Holm & Olson Florist

Darling’s has been doing flowers since 1925, and can handle arrangements for birthdays, weddings, proms and more. There’s even an “I’m Sorry” bouquet (with lavender roses). It’s got a deep stock of colorful, sweet-smelling lilies, tulips, hydrangeas, peonies, orchids and more. At 1219 W. Temple St. or darlingsflowersla.com.

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Downtown Flowers, 505 S. Flower St. or downtown-flowers.net.

Bloomies Flowers and Gifts, 515 S. Olive St. or bloomiesflowersandgift.com.

BEST DAY SPA

Desuar Spa & Boutique

This Financial District destination offers a litany of restful

services, from Swedish and deep tissue massages to facials; there is also tanning and waxing. They provide robes and slippers, and memberships are available. Feeling romantic? You and that special someone can order a couple’s massage. At 220 W. Fifth St. or spadesuar.com.

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YOU’RE DOWNTOWN. WE’RE DOWNTOWN. UCLA Extension at The Park DTLA, 261 South Figueroa St. For over 100 years, UCLA Extension has helped adult learners realize their potential and advance their careers. Find our most popular courses within easy reach of downtown businesses. It’s closer than you think. Evening, weekend, and online courses begin in the Fall Quarter on September 23, 2019. Winter Quarter starts January 6, 2020.

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Since 1921, Felix Chevrolet has proudly served as your new and used Los Angeles Chevrolet dealer of choice. We have operated from the same familyowned location for the life of our business and we are committed to our community. Whether you’re looking for a great deal on a new Chevy or used vehicle, or are looking for a certified service center, we have got you covered. Felix Chevrolet is your place for ‘Downtown Prices and Uptown Service!’ We carry everything from the Chevy Malibu to the Chevy Tahoe so you’re sure to find what you’re looking for. Felix Chevrolet has deals and specials for all our customers! Whatever your credit situation, our financing experts can work with it to get you approved. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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BEST HAIR SALON Salon Pure

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Frais Spa in the O Hotel, 819 S. Flower St. or fraisspa.com. Ritz-Carlton Spa, 900 W. Olympic Blvd. or ritzcarlton.com.

BEST HAIR SALON Salon Pure

The cool spot in the Santa Fe Lofts has a team of experienced stylists who do cuts and colorings for men and women. There’s a number of styling options, from the Flat Iron to an Updo, and extensions and Brazilian Blowouts are among the services offered. You can book an appointment online. At 117 E. Sixth St. or salonpure.com.

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The Loft 8W Salon, 560 S. Main St. Suite 8W. Neihule, 607 S. Olive St. or neihule.com.

BEST NAIL SALON

Harmony Nail and Threading Salon

The Little Tokyo spot has a bevy of nail stations, and offers the expected lineup of manicures, pedicures and other treatments. Glimpse the online gallery to check out the dynamic array of colors and styles. It’s open seven days a week. At 239 S. San Pedro St.

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Nail Place L.A., 712 W. First St. or nailplace-la.com. Nail Envy, 513 S. Broadway, Unit 114 or nailenvylosangeles.com.

BEST BARBER SHOP DTLA Cuts

This spot on the Figueroa Corridor has eight chairs and a sort of Art-Deco-meets-classic-barbershop look. Services range from the standard men’s haircut to a buzz cut to a beard trim. If you want your face to feel extra smooth, there’s a hot towel and shave with a straight razor. Prices

are reduced for college students. At 2288 S. Figueroa St. or dtlacuts.com.

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Goodbarbers, 215 W. Sixth St. Unit 11. Bolt Barbers, 460 S. Spring St. or boltbarbers.com.

BEST DENTIST

Dr. James C. Feng

Dr. Feng graduated from the UCLA School of Dentistry in 2000 and has been working on Bunker Hill since 2003 — yep, he’s been here longer than most DTLA residents. He specializes in “smile makeovers,” and in addition to general dentistry he offers implants, cosmetic dentistry and emergency services. At 350 S. Figueroa St. or downtownladds.com.

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BEST CHIROPRACTOR

Downtown Live Chiropractic

BEST DANCE STUDIO Lindy Loft photo by Gary Leonard

Calm Dental, 525 S. Olive St. or calmdental.com. West Coast Dental, 1725 W. Sixth St. or westcoastdental.com.

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Back pain is, well, a pain, but when it arises, the experienced Dr. Levon is a go-to for local workers and residents. The South Park office is easy to reach and Levon takes the time to explain the science and purpose that go into each adjustment and treatment plan. At 714 W. Olympic Blvd. Suite 1001 or downtownlivechiropractic.com.

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Downtown Chiropractic, 800 W. First St. Suite 301 or dtlachiropractic.com. Chinatown Chiropractic Clinic, 838 N. Hill St. or lachinatownchiro.com.

BEST DANCE STUDIO The Lindy Loft

Lindy Loft owners Dax Hock and Sarah Breck are champion dancers whose mission is to deliver their love for swing to Downtown. The Lindy Loft’s wood floor holds an assortment of classes in Lindy, Swing, Balboa, Shag and more. Never tried it? Don’t fret — the schedule includes multiple weekly group sessions for newbies. There’s even monthly “Dance in a Day” workshops. At 560 S. Main St. Unit 9N or lindyloft.com.

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Downtown Dance & Movement, 1144 S. Hope St. or downtowndancela.com.

BEST YOGA STUDIO Yoga Circle

Living in Downtown can be stressful. Yoga Circle puts minds and bodies at ease with classes that meet seven days a week. Yoga Circle opened in 1999, and the San Fernando Building studio continues to promote wellness, strength and happiness with its experienced instructors. Drop in for a single class, buy a package or get a month of unlimited yoga. Namaste. At 400 S. Main St. or yogacircledowntown.com.

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Peace Yoga Gallery, 903 S. Main St. or peaceyogagallery.com. Evoke Yoga, 731 S. Spring St. Suite 600 or evokeyoga.com.

BEST DRY CLEANERS

quickly? The Cleaners on 8th team answer both parts of that query with an emphatic yes, and in addition to laundry service, the Historic Core spot does alterations. At 225 W. Eighth St.

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Art’s Cleaners, 209 W. Seventh St. Executive Image Cleaners, 600 W. Ninth St.

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BEST PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION DASH

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Good Samaritan Hospital

The City West institution has been treating patients in its current location since 1911. It boasts 408 beds, 18 surgical suites and state-of-the-art equipment, including in the $100 million Frank R. Seaver Ambulatory Surgery Center that opened last year. In addition to keeping Downtown healthy, Good Sam offers community services such as infant CPR classes and the annual Blessing of the Bicycles event. At 1225 Wilshire Blvd. or goodsam.org.

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Adventist Health White Memorial Medical Center, 1720 Cesar E. Chavez Ave. or adventisthealth.org/white-memorial. California Hospital Medical Center—Dignity Health, 1401 S. Grand Ave. or dignityhealth.org/socal/locations/californiahospital.

BEST AUTO DEALER SERVICE DEPARTMENT Audi of Downtown L.A.—L.A. Auto Group

Your German luxury car is making a strange noise or won’t start. What’s going on? The factory-trained Audi technicians on Figueroa Street have the tools and experience to diagnose the problem and get the vehicle running. Appointments are easy to make, whether it’s simple scheduled maintenance or a big fix. The service center also has loaner vehicles and shuttle service. At 1900 S. Figueroa St. or audidtla.com.

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Porsche of Downtown L.A.—L.A. Auto Group, 1900 S. Figueroa St. or porschedowntownla.com. Toyota of Downtown L.A.—L.A. Auto Group, 1901 S. Figueroa St. or toyotaofdowntownla.com.

BEST PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION DASH

The Los Angeles Department of Transportation continues to move Downtowners around the Central City on five local mini-bus routes. DASH expanded its Downtown offerings this year, and there is now service in the Arts District, as well as throughout South Park, the Historic Core, Bunker Hill and beyond. At 50 cents a ride, it’s among the best bargains in L.A. At ladottransit.com/dash.

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Metro Subway/Light Rail, multiple lines or metro.net. Metro Buses, multiple routes or metro.net.

MOST BEAUTIFUL HISTORIC THEATER Palace Theatre

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of furry children. The Historic Core clinic offers everything from regular check-ups and vaccines to surgery and, when required, compassionate end-of-life care. They provide pet dental care and, should you think it right for Fido or Fifi, animal acupuncture treatment. At 333 S. Spring St. or dtlavets.com.

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Grand Park Animal Hospital, 333 S. Alameda St. Suite 222 or grandparkvets.com. Little Tokyo Pet Clinic, 236 S. Los Angeles St. or littletokyovet.com.

BEST BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT South Park BID

The BID staff provides all those services city government just can’t handle on its own, and “Green Team” members can be glimpsed on the streets every day. The BID hauls away 30,000 pounds of trash each week, and safety teams operate on foot and bike 24/7. Anyone in the 52-block area can make a service request by phone or online. At 1150 S. Hope St. or southpark.la.

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Historic Core BID, historiccore.bid. Chinatown BID, 727 N. Broadway or chinatownla.com.

BEST WEDDING SPOT

Millennium Biltmore Hotel

the Palace originally opened in 1911, and still boasts a lavish stage, ceilings and walls. It’s a go-to-spot for film crews, and every summer screens movies as part of the Last Remaining Seats series. The Palace is a lovely reminder of how Broadway was once the center of the L.A. nightlife scene. At 630 S. Broadway or palacedowntown.com.

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Orpheum Theatre, 842 S. Broadway or laorpheum.com. State Theatre, 703 S. Broadway or statetheatre.la.

BEST VETERINARIAN The business founded by doctors Leia Castaneda and Eve Flores has become a vital safety net for Downtown parents

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BEST PRIVATE EVENT VENUE Millennium Biltmore Hotel

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STAFF PICK: BEST SPORTS TEAM OWNER Steve Ballmer

The Biltmore has 70,000 square feet of space for corporate or celebratory events, everything from suites to the Crystal Ballroom that can hold 800 guests under a lovely hand-painted ceiling. When a meal is served, the experienced staff hums, ensuring that no one waits too long to get their dish or have a plate cleared. Cool fact: Eight Oscars banquets were held here in the 1930s and ’40s. At 506 S. Grand Ave. or millenniumhotels.com.

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J.W. Marriott, 900 W. Olympic Blvd. or marriott.com/los-angeles. Oviatt Penthouse, 617 S. Olive St. or oviatt.com.

BEST RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE AGENT Alex LiMandri

LiMandri, a founding principal of the DTLA Life brokerage, has been repping Downtown real estate interests since 2007, and possesses an encyclopedic knowledge of the local rental and home sales market. He knows every neighborhood and can help a veteran resident find a new flat, or shepherd a newbie into his or her first Downtown home. At 1000 S. Grand Ave. or dtlalife.com.

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Bill Cooper, larealestateexpert.com. Roxanna Godinez, loftway.com/agents/roxanna-godinez. Christiano Sampaio, loftway.com/agents/christiano-sampaio.

BEST MOVING/STORAGE COMPANY Los Angeles Self Storage

The 11-story edifice just west of the 110 Freeway has 5-by10-foot spaces starting at $139, with prices going up from there. Units are accessible seven days a week, and there is a 24-hour digital recording system. You can even ask for an

its Venice home for new digs in the CalEdison building in Downtown Los Angeles, putting it closer to a market where it hopes to increasingly work. Jerde has an international portfolio, but also a local base — decades ago it designed the complex now know as FIGat7th. At 601 W. Fifth St. or jerde.com.

air-conditioned storage space. At 1000 W. Sixth St. or smartselfstorage.com.

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StorQuest Self Storage, 3707 S. Hill St. or storquest.com. Uncle Bob’s Self Storage, 801 E. Commercial St. or lifestorage.com.

BEST ARCHITECTURE/DESIGN FIRM Jerde

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Steinberg Hart, 818 W. Seventh St. Suite 1100 or steinberghart.com.

BEST CREDIT UNION

NuVision Federal Credit Union

NuVision, which began as the credit union of Douglas Aircraft, offers an array of financial services, from auto and RV loans to mortgages to IRAs. It also serves businesses, and there are numerous e-banking options. Loads of services are available online. At 555 W. Fifth St. or nuvisionfederal.com.

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L.A. Financial Credit Union, 716 W. First St. or lafinancial.org. First City Credit Union, 717 W. Temple St. or firstcitycu.org.

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BEST SPORTS TEAM OWNER

Steve Ballmer, Los Angeles Clippers

The irony of the modern local basketball scene is that as Jeannie Buss runs the Lakers with a level of ineptitude that recalls a certain former Clippers owner who shall not be named, current team owner Ballmer reminds hoops heads of the forward-thinking M.O. of the legendary Dr. Jerry Buss. Ballmer green-lit the deal that allowed the Clippers to acquire stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, but his biggest move may have been building up the front office with Laurence Frank, Michael Winger and the icon Jerry West — the team that made those players acquisitions possible. Additionally, he has invested in bball technology and boosted the Clippers' business team. Ballmer is volcanic in his baseline seat at games, but he’s turned the former NBA laughingstock into a consistent winner with a bright feature. —Jon Regardie

BEST BILLION-DOLLAR BEGINNING The Grand

Nearly 15 years of work came to fruition in February with the groundbreaking of The Grand. Located on Grand Avenue and First Street across from Walt Disney Concert Hall, the $1 billion mixed-use development is an exercise in persistence, overcoming hurdles including a constricting recession, design changes and shifts in political leadership since architect Frank Gehry and Related Cos. won a bidding competition to build on the County/City-owned parcel in 2004. Construction crews are now building the project’s two towers, a 39-story edifice with 436 rental units (20% to be set aside as affordable housing) and a 20-story building that will have a 309-room Equinox Hotel. There will also be a large retail component. The Grand is expected to open in 2021. At thegrandla.com. —Sean P. Thomas

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for a luncheon hosted by the Los Angeles Current Affairs Forum. Run by public affairs consultant Emma Schafer, the invitation-only events provide a rare opportunity to get the inside scoop from leading elected officials, minus the spin and platitudes so prevalent in politics. There are always prepared remarks from the speaker followed by a thoughtful Q&A. At a May luncheon County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas revealed, on the record, his interest in running for mayor in 2022, and at an event this month City Attorney Mike Feuer told the crowd he is also considering the race. Mayor Eric Garcetti has made multiple appearances at the Forum, and other featured guests have included state Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla and Council President Herb Wesson. In a city dominated by “messaging,” this is where you go to find the truth. —Jon Regardie

BEST POLITICAL GUESSING GAME Huizar Watch 2019

It’s been eight months since FBI agents raided the home and offices of Downtown City Councilman José Huizar, but no political observer has forgotten that November morning — the sight of agents carrying boxes out of Huizar’s City Hall office, and a sniffer dog named Ginger bouncing around outside his Boyle Heights home, looked like scenes from a TV procedural. Some key facts hold — neither Huizar nor anyone else has been arrested or charged with a crime, and the Feds have been mum. Still, after Council President Herb Wesson stripped Huizar of his committee assignments, everyone is waiting to see what comes next. Speculation remains rampant and the biggest question is whether the 14th District rep and any other City Hall elected officials or employees will face charges. It’s a waiting game, but everyone is still watching. —Jon Regardie

BEST CAR ALTERNATIVE PROJECT Main & Spring Forward

Downtown Los Angeles is not abandoning the automobile anytime soon. That said, the Central City is increasingly becoming friendlier to pedestrians and bicyclists. Not all of the infrastructure projects have clicked — think of those “bike lanes” that barely separate cyclists from cars — but one that seems to receive the most praise is Main and Spring Forward. Pushed by 14th District City Councilman José Huizar, the $2.3 million initiative reworked the two key Historic Core streets, creating protected bike lanes, new and expanded signals at intersections and crosswalks, and better signaling for drivers to avoid collisions. The Spring Street work wrapped last October while the improvements on Main were completed in the spring. —Nicholas Slayton

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BUSINESSES, 37 getting the boutique hotel makeover — just witness the massive NoMad Los Angeles, which opened in the historic Giannini Place. On the opposite end of the size spectrum is the Firehouse Hotel. The old Engine Co. No. 17 building in the Arts District has been turned into an establishment with just nine guest rooms. The team behind Silverlake’s Hotel Covell undertook the project where each room has a unique theme and decoration. The building’s historic features have been preserved, but instead of fire trucks behind the large red doors, there’s a coffee shop, bar and a large, outdoor New American restaurant. The Firehouse hotel opened in April. At 710 S. Santa Fe Ave. or firehousela.com. —Nicholas Slayton

BEST UNRESOLVED TRANSPORTATION TREND Dockless Scooters

The city’s one-year pilot program for dockless scooters went into effect last March, and since then thousands of the devices have flooded Downtown. Now residents and tourists zip around city streets (which is allowed) and sidewalks (not allowed). The scooters, provided by companies such as Lime and Bird, are an alternative to transportation options like buses, trains and cars, and provide a solution to the first-mile/last-mile conundrum

posed by traditional public transportation options. Still, Downtowners and others are divided, as scooter clutter is everywhere, and there are safety concerns from riders who ignore the rules or don’t wear helmets (not required by law, but smart to do). Meanwhile, city officials continue to debate and try to modify an appropriate set of guidelines for the new mode of transportation. —Sean P. Thomas

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Fort Moore Pioneer Memorial

Last November, the waterfall at the Fort Moore Pioneer Memorial monument on Hill Street was turned on for the first time in 42 years. It was a landmark step in the refurbishment of the deteriorating monument, which finally reached its endpoint during a July 3 rededication ceremony that included the burial of a community-sourced time capsule. Located at the site of the first Independence Day flag raising in Los Angeles, the monument between the Civic Center and Chinatown features an 80-foot long, 47-foot tall water feature, a massive terra cotta bas-relief wall, and a 275-foot long brick wall. The monument originally opened in 1958 but fell into disrepair in the late 1970s when the water was turned off due to a drought. Now it has a glistening pool, more than 285,000 new tiles, a redone plaza and an environmentally friendly water system. —Sean P. Thomas

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California Plaza (Grand Performances)

First things first: The Bunker Hill venue is closed this summer for a major renovation that will turn the Watercourt into a waterless attraction with more seating and green space. But Downtowners still adore the eclectic Grand Performances series for its music, dance, theater, poetry and other events. Cal Plaza is large enough to draw big acts but has nooks and crannies so visitors can escape the crowds and dance with friends. Best of all, admission is always free. At 350 S. Grand Ave. or grandperformances.org.

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BEST MUSIC VENUE (SMALL) The Redwood Bar and Grill

The compact stage at this onetime L.A. Times haunt is actually one of the best spots in Downtown for near-daily live music. Get past the pirate-themed decor and The Redwood has the good drinks and welcoming vibe of a neighborhood bar, along with a mix of local acts. There are cabaret-inspired shows, plus a nearly weekly metal night. Weekends are particularly busy, with afternoon matinees and evening bills that can feature up to six bands. At 316 W. Second St. or theredwoodbar.com.

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BEST NIGHTCLUB La Cita

Sure, La Cita is great for day drinking and enjoying Bloody Marys on the weekend, but it really takes off at night. Nearly every evening packs a theme, from cumbia to reggae, and there are DJs and live bands. The inside dance floor is as wide

as the bar and can get very busy and sweaty. There’s also an outdoor patio for when you need some fresh air, and don’t miss that patio’s covered dance floor. At 336 S. Hill St. or lacita.com.

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Pershing Square Friday Night Flicks

The park’s annual summer cinema program sets up a 40-by20-foot screen, and once the sun sets, the movie begins. This year’s lineup includes the wildly successful Afrofuturistic superhero film Black Panther, the Che Guevara biopic The Motorcycle Diaries and the 1980s-set coming of age work Sing Street. Visitors can bring lawn chairs, and leashed, wellbehaved dogs are allowed. All screenings are free. At 532 S. Olive St.. or laparks.org/pershingsquare.

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BEST MUSEUM Grammy Museum

This L.A. Live spot traces decades of music history, from blues to rock to hip-hop to modern pop. There is loads of memorabilia, actual Grammy awards, listening stations and numerous interactive elements. The museum keeps things interesting with special exhibits on the likes of Cheech and Chong or Dolly Parton. The frequent live performances and interviews with musicians inside the museum’s Clive Davis

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the other options are a walk looking at Downtown Art Deco gems, and a City Hall tour. The excursions, led by experts from the Conservancy, dig in to not only the history of each location or district, but they also put the building or neighborhood in context with the wider scope of Los Angeles’ development. At various locations or laconservancy.org/tours.

The preservationist organization boasts 10 different tours, including of the Historic Core and Union Station. Among

Metro Rail Art Tours, various locations or metro.net/about/art/art-tours. Walt Disney Concert Hall Tours, 111 S. Grand Ave. or laphil.com.

Theater make it worth visiting again and again. At 800 W. Olympic Blvd. or grammymuseum.org.

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The mammoth Exposition Park attraction is regularly jammed with kid-parent combinations. There is all-ages appeal in the regular and special exhibits (including the current Dogs! A Science Tail), and all eyes widen when checking out the Space Shuttle Endeavour or catching an IMAX film. Need more? Entrance is free. At 700 Exposition Blvd. or californiasciencecenter.org.

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BEST PERFORMING ARTS CENTER Los Angeles Theatre Center

The Historic Core venue, which has four theaters in a transmogrified bank, offers a smashing lineup of diverse shows. Recent productions included the Miles Davis-sparked Birdland Blue, and Desert Rats, a noir play about a kidnapping gone bad. While at the LATC, go downstairs and check out the old bank vault. At 514 S. Spring St. or thelatc.org.

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BEST DOWNTOWN EVENT Last Remaining Seats

The L.A. Conservancy’s annual summer showcases revives Broadway’s Golden Age, with a lineup of stellar films in classic venues including the Orpheum, Palace and Los Angeles theaters. This year’s lineup featured The Maltese Falcon, Spartacus and Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca. There is usually a pre- or post-show event. At multiple venues or laconservancy.org/last-remaining-seats.

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‘n’ roll and different facets of the era’s counter-culture. Even the arrangement was unexpected, with photos of varying sizes simply pinned to a beige background. Her subjects included everyone from Jerry Brown to Keith Haring to Ray Charles. The Early Years provided a vital window on the evolution of one of the most important photojournalists of our age. —Sean P. Thomas

BEST DOWNTOWN RESIDENCY

Yuval Sharon at the Los Angeles Philharmonic

Jaws dropped at the Mark Taper Forum in January when playwright Tracy Letts’ dark comedy Linda Vista opened. The stunned expressions came from a first-act scene in which 50-year-old self-proclaimed loser Wheeler brought Jules, a life coach, home with him. They kissed, then some clothes came off. Then all of their clothes came off and the pair got deeply physical. The lighting was low, but what followed was some of the gutsiest work seen on any local stage recently, as actors Ian Barford and Cora Vander Broek — and later a third actress, Chantal Thuy — gave themselves over to their characters’ passions and peccadilloes. It was a moment of mastery for the players and director Dexter Bullard — they made themselves vulnerable, and in the process, showed how strong, talented and believable they truly are. —Jon Regardie

In 2015, the Phil announced that young opera director and composer Yuval Sharon, who made his name as the inventive head of the small company The Industry, would serve as the orchestra’s “artist-collaborator” for a fixed term. That threeyear stint came to an end last month, but not before Sharon delivered his magnum opus, a presentation of Atlas, which was the first time Meredith Monk’s experimental opera had been staged in more than 25 years. It was widely lauded, and followed other Sharon successes, many of which involved using the entirety of Walt Disney Concert Hall, and not just the stage. For example, Sharon’s 2018 operatic re-imagining of Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds brought audiences into the concert hall proper, but also had people at old air raid sirens in Downtown. In a year that saw varied and fantastic artistic productions throughout Downtown, Sharon’s works may have been the most ambitious. —Nicholas Slayton

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In February, the Arts District mega-gallery Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles opened a stunning exhibit showcasing the early work of the lauded shooter. Described by Leibovitz as an “ode to a young photographer,” the show with more than 4,000 photos followed her budding career working for the upstart Rolling Stone magazine, covering politics, the wildness of 1970s rock

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BEST SOCIAL SCENE

The Last Bookstore’s Book Clubs

The Historic Core literary landmark hosts a number of author readings and events, and built on that last year by launching a series of book clubs. The monthly sessions are unique and often unexpected, everything from a LGBTQ club to one focused on feminist literature to horror, dystopia and graphic novel groups. Members pay $25 for each session and enjoy snacks and wine, then dive into a discussion of the chosen tome; the talks are led by a moderator. The Last Bookstore has been expanding the lineup, recently adding a current eventsfocused club. At 453 S. Spring St. or lastbookstorela.com. —Nicholas Slayton

BEST UNEXPECTED PLACE FOR FREE CULTURE Union Station

Yes, historic Union Station is where you go to catch a train, but these days you can catch so much more there. Metro, which owns Union Station, programs a steady, diverse and surprising lineup of activities at the transportation hub’s indoor and outdoor spaces. The past year alone has brought poetry readings, a donut festival, a cascade of free-to-play old-school video games, music including jazz and a Bach marathon, movies, a Halloween festival and more. Even better, virtually everything is free and family-friendly. Check unionstationla.com/happenings for what’s next. —Jon Regardie


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Cody Bellinger and Clayton Kershaw

The Dodgers are sitting high atop the National League West and are a favorite to finally capture a World Series. If that happens for the first time in more than three decades, it will be propelled by two key players. Bellinger flashed brilliance in 2017, winning the Rookie of the Year award before a sophomore slump in 2018. This year, however, the right fielder is a veritable monster at the plate. He’s leading the majors in most offensive categories, and with 34 homers, 77 RBIs and a .340 batting average at press time, he’s in the mix to capture an MVP award. He’s become one of the most feared hitters in baseball, helping to plate runs from the top of the Dodgers’ already formidable lineup. Meanwhile, in his 12th season, Kershaw has found a new level. Gone are his days of overpowering hitters, and instead he frustrates batters with crafty pitch selection married with pinpoint accuracy and veteran instinct. Hyun-Jin Ryu might have the best numbers on the pitching staff this year, but Kershaw’s 8-2 record and 3.00 ERA still make him a feared figure on the mound. If the Dodgers do finally capture that elusive trophy in October, it will likely be in large part because of Kershaw’s skills and leadership, and Bellinger’s power. —Sean P. Thomas

BEST LITERARY REVOLT The ALOUD Series

The local literary scene exploded last August when Louise Steinman and Maureen Moore,

who ran the Los Angeles Library Foundation’s beloved ALOUD speaker series, were abruptly and unceremoniously removed from their positions. Supporters’ calls for an explanation went unheeded, and a petition campaign demanding transparency received nearly 900 signatures, with endorsements from Pulitzer Prize winners and poets laureate. Subsequent ALOUD events were marred by protests and calls for LAFL President Ken Brecher to resign. Eventually Brecher offered his side of the story, saying a shift was undertaken to address a program that some felt were stagnating. ALOUD continues, with a new direction, fewer events and some changes in programming, while many fans eagerly wait to see what Steinman and Moore do next. —Sean P. Thomas

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BEST DOWNTOWN FILM CAMEO ‘Destroyer’

Karyn Kusama’s bleak neo-noir was a showcase of Nicole Kidman’s acting talents, but she had an unexpected co-star: the streets of Downtown Los Angeles. The thriller follows LAPD Detective Erin Bell (Kidman) as she hunts down a cult-like gang she once infiltrated, but along the way she spends a lot of time in the Central City, including having meetings at Fletcher Bowron Square, or leaving her office at the Central Division station on Skid Row (not often seen in a Hollywood production). Other scenes veer into Chinatown, or by the freeways in Downtown. A chase through the hills ends with a stunning view of the Downtown skyline and Dodger Stadium lit up. —Nicholas Slayton

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Every Saturday, vendors fill Joel Bloom Square at Third Street and Traction Avenue in the Arts District with fresh produce, baked items and artisanal goods. The weekly market also brings food trucks and pop-up spots, and there are boutique fashion options. It’s also a great place to run into seemingly every Arts District resident. At 740 E. Third St.

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Located at Seventh and Mateo streets, the almost nondescript building is an oenophile’s dream. The store features options from around the world, and is known in part for its collection of natural orange wines. Additionally, the Silverlake Wine Club program offers customers ways to learn about and sample new varietals. At 1948 E. Seventh St. or silverlakewine.com.

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Buzz Wine & Beer Shop, 460 S. Spring St. or buzzwinebeershop.com. Pali Wine Co., 811 Traction Ave. or paliwineco.org.

BEST PET SHOP/BOUTIQUE Healthy Spot

One of the biggest trends in Downtown Los Angeles in recent years has been the boom in pet stores. Enter the local branch of Healthy Spot, which includes a grooming salon and training for dogs, plus nutritional plans and even dental care for pets. The store also provides daycare services for small canines. Like any Healthy Spot, it has a large retail component with a variety of pet foods, toys and catnip for feline friends. At 1000 S. Grand Ave. or healthyspot.com/pages/dtla.

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Pussy & Pooch, 564 S. Main St. or pussyandpooch.com. The Pupper Club, 607 S. Los Angeles St. or thepupperclub.com.

BEST SUPERMARKET Target

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Whole Foods, 788 S. Grand Ave. or wholefoodsmarket.com. Grocery Outlet, 1120 W. Sixth St. or groceryoutlet.com.

BEST STORE FOR THE HOME West Elm

Need a sign of how far Downtown has come? Just consider the proliferation of home goods and furnishing stores. Located on the ground floor of the Broadway Palace complex, West Elm’s Downtown branch provides sleek and modern furniture that fits with the high-rises going up across the neighborhood. In addition to beds and couches, the store carries the kitchenware, plates, utensils and bath items that will make any new apartment or condo feel like home. At 928 S. Broadway or westelm.com.

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Hammer & Spear, 255 S. Santa Fe Ave. or hammerandspear.com. Mattress Central, 439 S. Broadway or mattresscentralstores.com.

BEST BOOKSTORE The Last Bookstore

This two-story Historic Core landmark stocks the latest releases, rare prints and even a section dedicated to California history. The sprawling, maze-like upstairs features extensive sections of science fiction and fantasy reads, with clever displays and arrangements (a horror section inside a vault, anyone?). Not sure what to pick up next? The staff is helpful and there’s always a table with recommendations. Check the website for the list of author readings and special events. At 453 S. Spring St. or lastbookstorela.com.

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Hennessey + Ingalls, 300 S. Santa Fe Ave. or hennesseyingalls.com. Kinokuniya Bookstore, 123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St. or usa.kinokuniya.com.

BEST CANNABIS DISPENSARY MedMen

Recreational pot is legal in California, but the number of spaces that have secured all necessary permits is limited. One of those is Broadway’s MedMen, which takes an Apple storelike approach to selling cannabis. The glossy space includes marijuana that is both THC heavy and CBD heavy, depending on one’s desire. There are also extracts and edibles, and the staff can guide customers new to the world of weed. At 735 S. Broadway or medmen.com.

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Buddha Company, 2038 Sacramento St. Peace of Green, 1155 E. Pico Blvd.

BEST BIKE SHOP Just Ride L.A.

Los Angeles is a car city, but the cycling subculture is growing. Just Ride L.A. builds on that, and stocks a variety of twowheelers, from mountain bikes to beach cruisers. The store also offers bicycle repair and customization services. Additionally, Just Ride L.A. carries accessories including backpacks, helmets and bright cycling jerseys. At 1626 S. Hill St. or justridela.com.

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DTLA Bikes, 425 S. Broadway or dtlabikes.com. El Maestro, 806 S. Main St.

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The Jewelry District is a destination for anyone looking for gold, diamonds, rubies or other precious gems, and in the heart of it sits the Los Angeles Jewelry Center. The blue-green 1930 edifice houses an unending selection of dealers offering necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings and everything else you can imagine. Whether it’s purchasing a silver watch as a gift or treating yourself to pearl earrings, you’ll find it here. At 629 S. Hill St.

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St. Vincent Jewelry Center, 650 S. Hill St. or dtlaglam.com. California Jewelry Mart, 607 S. Hill St.


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In a few short years, developer Atlas Capital has turned the massive concrete blocks at Seventh and Alameda streets into a buzzing shopping destination. Forget the clutter and department stores in most malls, as Row DTLA is a tree-lined destination with unique boutique stores. The collection includes highend fashion and home goods shops, and there are outposts of Tokyo Bike, Dandelion

Chocolate and the sneaker emporium Bodega. Don’t miss the Sunday Smorgasburg outdoor food festival. At 777 S. Alameda St. or rowdtla.com.

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The Bloc, 700 S. Flower St. or theblocla.com. FIGat7th, 735 S. Figueroa or figat7th.com.

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dream. The eclectic space is packed with colorful dresses and pants, extremely high-heeled shoes, and everything from sparkly jumpsuits to swinging ’60s dresses. The clothing veers toward the alternative, fetish and club world, but nearly every decade from the last 50 years is well represented. At 605 S. Los Angeles St. or round2la.com.

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Hammer and Spear, 255 S. Santa Fe Ave. or hammerandspear.com. Popkiller/Popkiller Second, 343 E. Second St. or popkiller.us.

BEST STREET FASHION BOUTIQUE Round 2 L.A.

In addition to its stock of vintage clothing, Round 2 L.A. is a goto for the best in alternative styles and street fashion. It carries brands such as Elektrix Love Yoga wear, Third Eye Clothing and more. Whether it’s tracksuits or harnesses, you can probably find it here. At 605 S. Los Angeles St. or round2la.com.

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Uniqlo, 700 W. Seventh St. or uniqlo.com. Bodega, 1320 E. Seventh St. or bdgastore.com.

BEST MENSWEAR Uniqlo

The Japan-based fashion chain opened a massive store in The Bloc last year, and the Seventh Street space has an extensive collection of men’s items. The offerings span the spectrum from preppy Polo-style shirts to printed T-shirts, bomber jackets and sportswear. Think of it as a one-stop spot for all of a man’s clothing needs. At 700 W. Seventh St. or uniqlo.com.

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Pocket Square Clothing, 205 W. Seventh St. or pocketsquareclothing.com. A.P.C. Store, 125 W. Ninth St. or apc-us.com.

Art Lewin and Co., 315 W. Ninth St. or artlewinbespoke.com.

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If Uniqlo has nearly everything a man could want in a clothing

store, its offerings for women are even larger. Styles range from graphic T-shirts to cardigans and dresses, and Uniqlo keeps up with trends, so be sure to check out the jumpsuits. There are also lines for work, maternity clothing and swimsuits. The price points are affordable, with blouses, dresses and pants in

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the low double digits. At 700 W. Seventh St. or uniqlo.com.

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Round 2 L.A., 605 S. Los Angeles St. or round2la.com. FIDM Scholarship Store, 919 S. Grand Ave. or fidmscholarshipfoundation.org/en/store.

BEST SNEAKERS Nice Kicks

Broadway is becoming a “sneaker row” with stores from Shiekh, Jordan and soon Vans, but head east two blocks to the two-story Nice Kicks for one of the biggest local selections of stylish athletic footwear. The store carries brands including Nike and Adidas, and yes, you can find Air Jordans here. The shop routinely hosts big releases, so don’t be surprised to see a line of sneakerheads waiting to enter. At 862 S. Main St. or nicekicks.com.

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Footaction, 749 S. Broadway or stores.footaction.com. Bodega, 1320 E. Seventh St. or bdgastore.com.

BEST AUTO DEALER — NEW CARS

Volkswagen of Downtown L.A.— Downtown L.A. Auto Group

The Volkswagen dealership on the Figueroa Corridor carries every one of the German automaker’s numerous models. This includes Jettas, Tiguans and more with all manner of trim levels. There are even electric vehicles and the soon-to-be-out-of-production Beetle. Test drive crossovers or hybrids or just peruse the showroom. At 1900 S. Figueroa St. or vwofdtla.com.

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Toyota of Downtown L.A.—Downtown L.A. Auto Group, 1901 S. Figueroa St. or toyotaofdowntownla.com. Honda of Downtown Los Angeles, 780 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. or hondaoflosangeles.com.

BEST AUTO DEALER — USED CARS Felix Chevrolet

The landmark Felix the Cat sign is a beacon drawing car buyers. In addition to new vehicles, Felix Chevrolet has an extensive stock of used models, including “Certified”

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pre-owned cars that meet high standards of reliability. There are all manner of sedans, SUVs and trucks here, and while it’s a Chevrolet dealership, there are also preowned Mitsubishis and other makes on the lot. At 3300 S. Figueroa St. or felixchevrolet.com.

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Toyota of Downtown L.A.—Downtown L.A. Auto Group, 1901 S. Figueroa St. or toyotaofdowntownla.com. Kia of Downtown Los Angeles, 1945 S. Figueroa St. or kiaofdtla.com.

STAFF PICKS BEST RETAIL TREND The Boom in Gyms

Downtown has become a hub for all kinds of food, including rich and fattening treats. Almost as if to confront that, gyms are opening at a rapid clip in the Central City. There are long-term stalwarts like the Los Angeles Athletic Club and the Ketchum YMCA, but in the last year Downtown has welcomed a series of crossfit studios, and chains big and small are setting up shop here. Recent additions and soon-to-arrive spots include Depot Crossfit, two spaces for the group exercise space F45 Fitness, Hardcore Fitness, Orangetheory Fitness, Metcon Method Fitness, EöS Fitness and more. —Nicholas Slayton

BEST POP UP

Tiny Beans Kitten Lounge

It’s impossible to miss the Instagram friendly pop-ups in Downtown. But Tiny Beans Kitten Lounge actually has a noble cause. The popup, in a compact space at 551 S. Spring St., comes from the Westside’s CatCafe Lounge, and is full of kittens in need of a home. Tiny Beans, which debuted in May and will be open until September, aims to get 300 felines adopted. Visitors can reserve a 50-minute slot and cuddle and connect with the cats. The fee is $25 and 15-20 affectionate, friendly and extremely cute kittens are usually on site. —Nicholas Slayton

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The Play That Goes Wrong Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave. or centertheatregroup.org. July 23-26, 8 p.m., July 27, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and July 28, 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.: Ideally, a theater company is staging a cliché-filled murder mystery. What happens next is anything but ideal as everything that can go wrong on stage does. New Original Works Festival REDCAT, 631 W. Second St. or redcat.org. July 25-27, 8:30 p.m.: The 16th edition of the experimental theater festival is a three-week program with three artists or groups performing each night. The opening week lineup includes performance artist Sola Bamis, Zach Dorn accompanied by composer Danielle Dahl, and a dance composition from Helen Fisher and Andrew Ondrejcak.

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1720 1720 E. 16th St. or 1720.la. July 22: Spose. July 23: Moon Diagram, Shigeto. July 24: Cozyboy, Sadeyes. July 25: Zack Fox, Houdinne, Ka5sh, Yung Skrrt, Paul Maxwell, Kill Whitey, Sonny Side Up, Spaghetti J, KO AKA Koala, Diveliner. July 26: P.L.F., BruceXCampbell, Fiend. Blue Whale 123 Astronaut E.S. Onizuka St. Suite 301, ( 213) 620-0908 or bluewhalemusic.com. July 22: Matt Gordy’s JazzTonight Sextet. July 23: Ethan Sultry Group. July 24: Peter Sprague’s Rendezvous in Real Time. July 25: Miguel Atwood Ferguson Ensemble. July 26: David Binney’s residency continues. July 27: Danny Janklow and Elevation Band. July 28: Chris Fishman Group. Bootleg Bar 2220 Beverly Blvd., (213) 389-3856 or bootlegtheater.org. July 22: Polartropica’s July residency goes for a “Summer Loving – Pool Party” theme, with Holander, Thrill You Kill You, and The Colour Coast. July 23: Lexi Whatever isn’t phased by your ambivalence. July 24: New Zealand-based band The Beths has at least one person named Beth. Continued on page 55

THREE In that hard to pin down space between rock and greaser culture stood the band Sha Na Na. Melding rock ‘n’ roll with the dulcet tones of doo wop, the group expertly placed its own spin on the popular sounds of 1950s New York, going so far as to earn a television variety series from 1977-81. That followed the national notoriety gained after an appearance on stage at Woodstock. In celebration of the group’s 50th anniversary, the Grammy Museum will host Jocko, Screamin’ Scott Simon, Bowser and other past and present members of the gang on Monday, July 22, for a conversation and performance. Doors are at 7 p.m. and advance tickets are recommended. At 800 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 765-6800 or grammymuseum.org.

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The work of a group of cutting-edge artists will be on display this week during the opening weekend of the 16th annual New Original Works Festival. The NOW Fest is spread across three weeks at REDCAT, with different programs each week, and begins on Thursday-Saturday, July 25-27, with daily performances from a trio of genre-bending artists. Performance artist Sola Bamis will examine Hollywood colorism through her own personal skincare routine in The Tutorial Part II: The White Tears Tea Steam, while Zach Dorn, accompanied by composer Danielle Dahl, will showcase a live-action graphic novel in Sponge Hollow. Katherine Helen Fisher and Andrew Ondrejcak’s dance composition The Muses (shown here) will conclude the slate. Each performance will premiere on Thursday and will be repeated on Friday and Saturday at 8:30 p.m. At 631 W. Second St., (213) 237-2800 or redcat.org.

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THURSDAY, JULY 25 Janette Robinson Flint at The Broad The Broad, 221 S. Grand Ave., (213) 232-6200 or thebroad.org. 7 p.m.: The executive director of Black Women for Wellness talks about mental health and social justice in a discussion based on the museum’s ongoing “Soul of a Nation” exhibition. FRIDAY, JULY 26 Dance DTLA Grand Park, 200 N. Grand Ave. or musiccenter.org/dancedtla. 7 p.m.: This week, disco is not dead. Instead, it’s the theme of the night. Admission is free and there are also free dance lessons. It’s BYOWS (Bring Your Own White Suit). Movements at Union Station #1 Union Station, 800 N. Alameda St. or unionstationla.com. 8 p.m.: In the first of three events, DJ crew The Soul Children host a night of dancing and music. SUNDAY, JULY 28 Horror and Graphic Novel Book Clubs The Last Bookstore, 453 S. Spring St., (213) 488-0599 or lastbookstorela.com. 9:30 p.m.: This month the two clubs team up to tackle the graphic novel adaptation of “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

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Like art? Then consider Bright, a group art show now in the Arts District. The event includes nine outside-the-norm galleries in a single building behind the shoe store ComunityMade. The event features artists such as Cocovan, who invites audiences to add a personal touch to the world’s longest love letter, Olivier H. Dressen (his work is pictured here), a Belgian director and photographer who has worked alongside the likes of Kobe Bryant and Sophie Marceau, and 19-year-old Slum Visions, who will reveal images of his life growing up in Los Angeles. The event kicked off last week and continues every Thursday-Saturday evening until Aug. 3. There is also a full bar and food trucks. At 584 Mateo St. or hellobrightworld.com.

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The California Philharmonic’s summer concert series rolls on at Walt Disney Concert Hall with an exploration of cosmic-themed compositions. The program dubbed Space: A Giant Leap includes performances of “Mars” from Gustav Holst’s The Planets, John Williams’ themes from Star Wars and E.T., and the theme from “Star Trek.” Gustav Mahler’s “Titan” is also on the lineup, and the performance will include projected images from NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The show is at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 28. Show up an hour early for a talk with maestro Victor Vener. At 111 S. Grand Ave. or calphil.com.

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Summer is in full swing, so why not ditch the megaplex and catch a film in the open air with the Rooftop Cinema Club this week? Held on the pool deck of the Level Furnished Living complex, this week’s lineup includes the Keanu Reeves vehicle Point Break (Tuesday, July 23), Julia Roberts’ star-making turn in Pretty Woman (Thursday), the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody (Friday) and the inner-city basketball tale Above The Rim (Saturday). The week culminates with the film that taught us all that you can’t put Baby in a corner — Patrick Swayze’s Dirty Dancing on Sunday. Each screening begins at 8:30 p.m. and headphones are provided so neighbors aren’t bothered by the audio. At 888 S. Olive St. or rooftopcinemaclub.com.

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LISTINGS, 54 July 26: Gold Star’s latest album is called “Uppers and Downers,” seizing on the zeitgeist. July 27: Grunge-tinged indie rock with Stef Chura. July 28: Get another taste of L.A.’s strong folk-pop scene with Lou Roy, who likely has less in your face irony than Father John Misty. Exchange LA 618 S. Spring St., (213) 627-8070 or exchangela.com. July 26: The In Trance We Trust night features Memno de Jong, Sean Tyas, Alex Di Stefano and Casey Rasch. July 27: Ducky and friends. Grammy Museum 800 W. Olympic Blvd. or grammymuseum.org. July 22: An evening with Sha Na Na. July 23: Rapper, activist, and “John Wick” co-star Common. July 24: Ben Platt. July 25: Singer and producer Big Wild. Moroccan Lounge 901 E. First St., (213) 395-0610 or themoroccan.com. July 22: Per their bio, Gardens & Villa are near their peak in maturity as a band. So catch them before it goes downhill. July 23: S. Holden Jaffe performs as Del Water Gap and says he is inspired by “romantic encounters and dimly lit rooms.” One of those things will be found at the Moroccan Lounge. July 24: Youtube star and singer Anna Akana has the early show (you might also know her from “AntMan”). Boy Epic plays later. July 25: Mike’s Dead plays an early show. For extra fun, try to solve Mike’s murder. July 26: Local rock with Superet. July 27: Blues rock with The Altons, art rock with the fantastically named Weapons of Mass Creation, and O.C.-based rockers The Hurricanes (who, apparently “just want to make love to the world”). Pershing Square 532 S. Olive St. or laparks.org/pershingsquare. July 24: The Yacht Groove gets nautical. July 27: Aterciopelados. Resident 428 S. Hewitt St. or residentdtla.com. July 22: Wesley is on the “Alive Tour.” July 23: Elektric Voodoo & The Routine win best band name of the week. July 24: Blues guitarist Jamey Arent. July 25: Carly and the Universe, The Max Tribe, Uncle Uncle (no, not UNKLE, sorry). Seven Grand 515 W. Seventh St. or sevengrandbars.com/la. July 22: Modern Grass Quartet likely is not a reference to California’s cannabis laws. July 23: The Makers are ready for this upcoming Democratic presidential candidate debate. July 24: William Porter. July 25: Wes Smith. July 26: Vignes Rooftop Revival. July 27: Midnight Blues Revue. July 28: California Feetwarmers. The Novo 800 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 765-7000 or thenovodtla.com. July 25: The XXL Freshman 2019 show features the rising stars of hip hop with a stacked line up. July 27: Cuco. July 28: Cam’ron has a $5 show. The Redwood 316 W. Second St., (213) 680-2600 or theredwoodbar.com. July 23: The Give, The Mercury Wheel, Palm Trails, Tim Russ Crew. July 25: Barrio Tiger, Stalins of Sound (almost band name of the week, almost), The Ghoulies, Brain Fragment, Dangerously Sleazy.

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July 26: Channel 3, The Hellflowers, Glitter Trash, Something Ferocious. July 27: The Sloths, Electric Children, The Sound Station, Cromm Fallon, P200. July 28: An evening with Boots Electric, plus Lujuria and Battery Electric. The Smell 247 S. Main St. in the alley between Spring and Main or thesmell.org. July 26: ModPods, The Groans, Plasmic. July 27: The Lanitarians, Kosher Green, Tyde-Eye, Blivet. Teragram Ballroom 1234 W. Seventh St. or teragramballroom.com. July 26: Ty Segall & the Freedom Band start a 10week residency. July 28: Teens play rock songs in the School of Rock AllStars tour.

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Alamo Drafthouse 700 W. Seventh St. or drafthouse.com/los-angeles. Through July 28: Apollo 11 (12, 2:45, 5:25 and 8:10 p.m.); Do the Right Thing (12:55, 4, 7 and 10:10 p.m.); Hail Satan? (2, 4:45, 7:30 and 10:15 p.m.); Midsommar (11:30 a.m., 3:10, 6:15 and 9:50 p.m.); Slut in a Good Way (1:20, 4:10, 7:15 and 9:50 p.m.); Spider-Man: Far From Home (11:05 a.m., 2:30, 5:55 and 9:20 p.m.); The Art of Self-Defense (11:20 a.m., 12:35, 2:20, 3:25, 5:10, 6:45, 8 and 9:45 p.m.); The Lion King (11:45 a.m., 12:15, 1:45, 3, 3:30, 5, 6:15, 6:45, 8:15, 9:30 and 10 p.m.). Downtown Independent 251 S. Main St., (213) 617-1033 or downtownindependent.com. July 23-25: Lila Avilés’ feature debut The Chambermaid is a slice-of-life drama about a maid working in a luxury hotel, and her struggle to better herself. IMAX California Science Center, 700 State Drive, (213) 744-2019 or californiasciencecenter.org.

Dogs can do more than just slobber over your shoes. Check out all of their unique abilities in Superpower Dogs 3D. Explore the technological achievement of the Hubble space telescope, and the breathtaking images of space it’s captured in Hubble 3D. If space isn’t enough to get you in the seats, Leonardo DiCaprio narrates the film. Witness the destructive and raw power of volcanoes as Volcanoes 3D: The Fires of Creation tours different hot spots around the globe. Pershing Square 532 S. Olive St. or laparks.org/pershingsquare. July 26: Celebrate the joy of travel and the life of T-shirt icon Che Guevara in The Motorcycle Diaries. Regal Cinemas LA Live 1000 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 763-6070 or lalive.com/movies. Through July 28: The Lion King (9, 9:30, 10, 10:30, 11 and 11:40 a.m., 12:20, 12:50, 1:20, 1:50, 2:20, 3, 3:30, 3:40, 4:10, 4:40, 5:10, 5:30, 6, 6:30, 7, 7:30, 7:50, 8:20, 9:10, 9:40, 10:20, 10:40 and 10:50 p.m.); Crawl (12:30, 3:10, 4:50, 8:30 and 10:50 p.m.); Stuber (12:40, 4, 6 and 10:50 p.m.); Midsommar (9:10 a.m. and 12:40 p.m.); Spider-Man: Far From Home (9:10 and 11:10 a.m., 1, 2, 4:10, 7:20, 8:40 and 10:30 p.m.); Annabelle Comes Home (9:40 a.m., 4:20, 8 and 10:50 p.m.); Toy Story 4 (9 a.m., 1:20, 5:10, 6:50 and 9:30 p.m.); Aladdin (1:20, 4:30, 7:40 and 10:10 p.m.); John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum (9 a.m., 7:20 and 10:30 p.m.). Rooftop Cinema Club Level Furnished Living, 888 S. Olive St. or rooftopcinemaclub.com. July 23: The Southern California action classic Point Break. Keanu Reeves, Patrick Swayze, surfing, robbery. It’s everything you need. Vaya con dios. July 24: Before he was the Joker, Heath Ledger was in the Shakespeare adaptation 10 Things I Hate About You. July 25: A working class woman gets a taste of the high life in Pretty Woman. Continued on page 56

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LISTINGS, 55 July 26: Another week, another screening of Bohemian Rhapsody. July 27: Basketball is big in Above the Rim. July 28: Need more Patrick Swayze in your life? Of course you do. Enjoy Dirty Dancing.

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Contemporary” features artists working in response to the multimedia creator White. Through Sept. 8: Celebrate the iconic paintings of athlete-turned-artist Ernie Barnes in “Ernie Barnes: A Retrospective.” Through Sept. 8: Artists explore the human form in various media in “Aspects of Nude.” Through Sept. 8: “The Liberator” showcases a short-lived but important African-American newspaper that was published in Los Angeles at the turn of the 20th century. Ongoing: The multi-functional “Gallery of Discovery” offers visitors the opportunity to connect with the lineage of their own family, engage in artistic workshops, educational tours and other programs of historical discoveries. Hear recordings of former slaves from the Library of Congress archives and discover stories from the past. California Science Center 700 State Drive, (323) 724-3623 or californiasciencecenter.org. Ongoing: “Mission 26: The Big Endeavour” presents Los Angeles’ very own Space Shuttle in all of its splendor. Ongoing: “Science in Toyland” presents physics through favorite kids’ toys. This hands-on exhibit engages museum visitors with Dominos, Sails and Roller Coasters in a fun, but informational primer on friction, momentum and chain reactions. Ongoing: The Science Center’s permanent exhibits are interactive and focus on human innovations and inventions as well as the life processes of living things. The lobby Science Court stays busy with the High Wire Bicycle, a Motion-Based Simulator, the Ecology Cliff Climb and “Forty Years of Space Photography.” The human body is another big focus: The Life Tunnel aims to show the connections between all life forms,

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