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18 Q+A CSI star Jorja Fox brings Where behind the scenes of her hit shows and favorite L.A. spots.

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In August, my mother-in-law, a classical pianist, returned from an evening at the Hollywood Bowl exhilarated by a performance by Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla. She didn’t know then ˙ that the young Lithuanian had just been named assistant conductor of the L.A. Philharmonic; she just knew that she had witnessed something extraordinary. Listening to her describe the electric atmosphere that night—reminiscent of Gustavo Dudamel’s Bowl debut nine years ago—I got goose bumps. Gražinyte-Tyla’s arrival isn’t the only news that has me feeling charged ˙ up about L.A.’s arts and culture trajectory. Philippe Vergne’s appointment as the new director of MOCA, Plácido Domingo’s extended contract at the L.A. Opera, the Music Center’s and LACMA’s 50thanniversary preparations and the anticipated opening of the Broad art museum are all furthering the city’s momentum. Add these blue-chip highlights to the profusion of art galleries, performance venues and public art happenings across the city, not to mention the international prominence of many artists living and working in L.A., and the diversity and breadth of the city’s artistic riches verge on dizzying. This issue celebrates that sprawling, heady trove and aims to demystify it, too. In Tour the Scene (p. 20), we introduce three tour companies whose mission is to make L.A.’s art scene accessible to visitors and locals. We also round up the month’s hottest arts and culture happenings, from modern dance to crowd-pleasing musicals, so you can dive in solo. Whatever your preferred genre or route to discovery, we can’t wait to catch you up in L.A.’s arts excitement. —SUZANNE ENNIS

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From left: Jason Kappus, Nicolas Dromard, Hayden Milanes and Adam Zelasko in a performance of Jersey Boys

THROUGH OCT. 19 OH, WHAT A NIGHT Jersey Boys, the musical chronicle of the 1960s rock ’n’ roll group Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, racked up awards and inspired a big-screen adaptation following its 2005 Broadway premiere. Now, L.A. audiences can tap along to catchy tunes including “Sherry”—and witness the discord behind the band’s onstage harmonies—with the stage hit’s return to Hollywood’s Pantages Theatre. p. 85

1 KNOTT’S SCARY FARM > CONTINUING The theme park turns sinister as Halloween nears, with haunted attractions, roaming monsters and an all-new Elvira show, Elvira’s Big Top. p. 85

DARK HARBOR > OPENING OCT. 2 Get spooked at the Queen Mary by Graceful Gale (left) and friends, death-defying mazes and Exclusive Encounters, a new paranormal journey. p. 85 2

HERE FOR THE WEEKEND? Go to WhereLA.com for the Weekend Roundup, where you can get the lowdown on the coolest festivals, performingarts events, dining promotions and more.

HAUNTED HAYRIDE > OCT. 3-31 Come face-to-face with the devil and take a spin on the Scary-Go-Round at this year’s “Echoes from the Rift”-themed hayride at Griffith Park’s Old Zoo. p. 85 3

OPENING OCT. 2 COSTUME PARTY Dorothy’s ruby slippers are among the pieces on display at the Hollywood Costume exhibition in the Wilshire May Company building. p. 85

4 CICLAVIA—HEART OF L.A. > OCT. 5 The beloved eco-friendly event returns with an extended downtown route. Walk or bike your way between Echo Park and East L.A. p. 85

5 BEVERLY HILLS ARTSHOW > OCT. 18-19 Art aficionados browse paintings, photography and more at Beverly Gardens Park. p. 85

6 LAKERS VS. CLIPPERS > OCT. 31 It’s neither a fright nor a fest, but this matchup between Staples Center’s home NBA teams is sure to be a Halloween hoot. p. 86 7 DANNY ELFMAN’S MUSIC FROM THE FILMS OF TIM BURTON > OCT. 31-NOV. 1 The legendary composer performs pieces from his 16 films with Burton and reprises his role as Jack Skellington’s singing voice at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. p. 86

OPENING OCT. 11 WITCHY WOMAN MOCA at the Pacific Design Center presents works by occultist and artist Marjorie Cameron Parsons Kimmel in Cameron: Songs for the Witch Woman. p. 91 THROUGH OCT. 12 KISS AND TELL Wayne Brady takes on Cole Porter’s songs in this reimagining of Kiss Me, Kate at the Pasadena Playhouse. p. 85 OCT. 26 SOARING STRINGS Violin virtuoso Joshua Bell graces the stage at Walt Disney Concert Hall. p. 86 CONTINUING KIND OF BLUE L.A.’s Natural History Museum showcases an internally flawless, 12-carat Blue Moon Diamond (below). p. 91

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OCT. 9-12 PAS DE TROIS The Australian Ballet performs Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake, set to the modern legend of Princess Diana at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. p. 86

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Chic Boutique L.A.’s recent influx of Parisian fashion continues with the addition of Cop. Copine to Old Pasadena’s burgeoning One Colorado shopping complex. For some 30 years, the cult favorite French brand has brought an effortless yet utterly cool aesthetic to women’s apparel and accessories. Known for mixing fashion with both function and architecture, the artisanal label’s easy-topersonalize garments are made with such attention to quality that a limited number of each piece is produced. Cop. Copine habitué Lillie Mosaddegh fell in love with the brand in Europe, purchased the U.S. rights and succeeded in bringing the label overseas for women here. The Old Pasadena opening marks the in-demand brand’s first L.A. boutique and only its third store in the country. 12 Douglas Alley, Pasadena, 626.796.1985, cop-copine.com

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From left: Pucker up with Charlotte Tilbury’s makeup bag and Lip Lustre lip lacquers in Blondie and Red Vixen

THE MAGIC OF MAKEUP For 20-plus years, makeup maestro Charlotte Tilbury has created looks for our generation’s most recognizable stars, including Kate Moss, Jennifer Lopez and Rihanna. Now, thanks to the launch of her eponymous makeup and skin-care line, mere mortals, too, can benefit from Tilbury’s personal mantra: “Give a woman the right makeup and she can conquer the world.” Oct. 10 and 11, stop by the brand’s beauty festival at Nordstrom at The Grove, where you can learn Tilbury’s tips and tricks, glimpse her celebrity friends and shop the 10 signature looks she’s created for her new line. Our new routine: a depuffing massage with Charlotte’s Magic Cream, followed by application of “The Rock Chick,” entailing generous helpings of Full Fat Lashes mascara and lip lacquer in Blondie. Eat your heart out, Kate. Nordstrom at The Grove, 189 The Grove Drive, L.A., 323.930.2230, charlottetilbury.com

Pretty Time Hourglass’ luxury performance makeup has long been the stuff of Sephora and Barneys New York shopping trips, and now the local brand is celebrating its 10th anniversary with its first-ever flagship store—on Abbot Kinney Boulevard, around the corner from its Venice

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SPOOKY SIPS FEELING DEVILISH THIS HALLOWEEN? Sidle into one of L.A.’s storied haunts, where you can share a booth with a ghost, drink a specialty cocktail or simply learn a scary story or two. —James T. Bartlett, author of Gourmet Ghosts—Los Angeles EL CARMEN

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In Mid-City, El Carmen celebrates its 85th birthday this month. This tiny and colorful lucha libre-themed Mexican cantina is a haven for tequila lovers, and originally was a taqueria, opened by Encarnación Gomez. The then-scandalous act for a widow didn’t stop John Wayne and artist Diego Rivera from becoming regulars. Family members say that Gomez often doled out sweet treats to her favorites. A few years ago, a new employee found a handful of candies in her bag: a welcome gift from “Mama,” perhaps?  8138 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.852.1552, elcarmenla.com

The Victorian was moved to Santa Monica in the 1970s to make up part of Heritage Square. Upstairs is an events venue, while down below is the hip Basement Tavern, where staff have reported strange noises, footsteps and doors slamming. A visit by relatives of Delia, a former owner of the building, all but confirmed she came along for the ride. She’s a friendly guest, though, and the Basement created the Delia’s Elixir (bourbon, agave, raspberries, lemon) to keep her happy.  2640 Main St., Santa Monica, 310.396.2469, basementtavern.com

Downtown’s glamorous Millennium Biltmore Hotel, fashioned in the Spanish-Italian Renaissance style with a Beaux Arts influence, was the home of the first Oscar ceremonies (fans of Ghostbusters will recognize it as the “Sedgewick Hotel”). Ghost stories abound here, but most famously, it was the last place homicide victim Elizabeth Short was seen alive. The opulent Gallery Bar offers the Black Dahlia cocktail in her honor (vodka, Chambord black raspberry liqueur, Kahlua), so take a sip and look around for a pick-meup: the “Biltmore Angel” design is everywhere.  506 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.624.1011, thebiltmore.com

In West Hollywood, the oldschool Formosa Cafe is low-lit and red throughout, and is fashioned partly from an old trolley car. Lined with signed photos of stars who occupied stools here (that’s hundreds of notable names), the atmosphere is both romantic and illicit. Coowner Lem Quon died in 1993, but some say he’s still around— especially if you choose to sit in his favorite booth, number 8. Grandson and current owner Vince Jung says his ghost is just keeping everyone working, but if you see a small, elderly Asian man in a cardigan ...  7156 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.850.9050

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marimbas and Africaninspired dancing and singing. The troupe has traveled the globe with the show—it won the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival in London— but the Broad performances mark its West Coast premiere. p. 85

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L.A. Dance Project debuted only in 2012, but renowned choreographer Benjamin Millepied’s brainchild has already become a world-acclaimed company. Having traversed the globe, the team remains committed to downtown L.A. and now returns to its “home of choice,” new cultural hot spot the Theatre at Ace Hotel. The three-day residency, Oct. 24-26, boasts an innovative program of three performances each night: a preview of a new work by Millepied, new director of the Paris Opera Ballet; the U.S. premiere of Morgan’s Last Chug by celebrated Israeli choreographer Emanuel Gat; and L.A. Dance Project showcase Quintett by William Forsythe. Take in Millepied’s virtuosic choreography in his work, which features music by celebrated contemporary composer Philip Glass. p. 86

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BEHIND THE SCENE Disclaimer: Jorja Fox’s is not a typical success story. The CSI: Crime Scene Investigation staple is in her 19th consecutive prime-time television season, a rarity in Hollywood. But acting almost wasn’t in the cards for Fox, who originally wanted to be a marine biologist or oceanographer. That passion led to her development of Seafox Productions, which has three wildlife documentaries under its belt. Today, Fox is diving back into a 15th season on CSI as forensic scientist Sara Sidle, and sharing with us her favorite L.A. spots. Listen in. —Jessica Radloff You’ve been playing the role of Sara on CSI for 14 years. Do you ever think about the show coming to an end? Every year we think about it a little bit. Most shows are picked up one season at a time, so there’s always a moment where you think, ‘This could be it.’ And if it is, then wow, what an amaz-

ing ride we’ve had. CSI grounds me, and I’m so grateful for the work that Sara gets to do. Maybe if we went on for another 14 years I might get tired, but so far, so good! [Laughs] I’ll be there. You’ve starred on three of the most popular dramas in the history of TV—ER, The West Wing

In honor of our arts and culture issue, what are your favorite places to see live music? I love the Greek Theatre. It’s open, it’s intimate, and the sound is really good. I love the Disney Concert Hall. The sound is legendary. For smaller venues, I love the Hotel Cafe and Satellite. [They book] bands that are just sort of entering the scene. And I hear you’re quite the budding musician! But I have no natural talent! I’ve played guitar on and off since I was 14, and I took up the drums five years ago, but I’m terrible! I’ll practice, but I honestly thought I was tone-deaf for a long time. I’m not, I’m just really bad. But I love it, and I’ll [play] with friends every once in a while on a Friday night. Thank goodness I’m not trying to actually make a living at it.

Describe your perfect day. I’d have breakfast at Sage on the Silver Lake/Echo Park border. It’s a plant-based restaurant, and they have amazing smoothies and green drinks. They have this great ice cream counter and all the flavors technically are vegan. Then I would head to Descanso Gardens. I love to go seasonally because it’s filled with native flowers. And the Theodore Payne Nursery, which sells native and indigenous plants to California. I love the Ace Hotel downtown for cocktails after dark. The bar is beautiful. I also love to go to the downtown Standard for drinks up on the roof. They have a beautiful view. There’s also a restaurant called The Must with a whole bunch of comfort food. They have a ton of vegetarian options and great wine. It’s a little off the beaten path. When it comes to shopping, I love going to the [local] surf shop or REI. I also love to hike, and I love Commonwealth near Griffith Park. Once you get to the top, there are trails that go for hours. You can connect yourself to the Hollywood sign. There’s parking and it’s dogfriendly, too. DETAILS Ace Hotel 929 S. Broadway, downtown, 213.623.3233; Descanso Gardens 1418 Descansco Drive, La CañadaFlintridge, 818.949.4290; Greek Theatre 2700 N. Vermont Ave., L.A., 323.665.5857; Griffith Park 4730 Crystal Springs Drive, L.A., 213.485.5501; Hotel Cafe 1623 1⁄2 N. Cahuenga Blvd., L.A., 323.461.2040; REI 402 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.458.4370; Sage Organic Bistro 1700 Sunset Blvd., L.A., 213.989.1718; The Must 117 Winston St., downtown, 213.628.2000; The Satellite 1717 Silver Lake Blvd., L.A., 323.661.4380; The Standard Downtown 550 S. Flower St., downtown, 213.892.8080; Theodore Payne Foundation Nursery 10459 Tuxford St., Sun Valley, 818.768.1802; Walt Disney Concert Hall 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 323.850.2000

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TOUR THE SCENE

Los Angeles has long incubated world-class artists, and today enjoys international prominence, attracting blue-chip talent, collectors and culture enthusiasts to its arts institutions and gallery districts. Navigate the burgeoning scene with help from guides who draw back the curtain on exciting local studios, street art, galleries and museums. —SUZANNE ENNIS

If you’re keen to experience L.A.’s art scene from the ground up, head to downtown’s Arts District, centered roughly around the intersection of East 3rd and Rose streets. Here, former industrial buildings are filled with restaurants and artist lofts, and are covered in vibrant murals loosely classified as “street art” (some sanctioned, some not). While a recent influx of creative businesses makes this a fascinating (if still slightly gritty) district to explore, to the passerby, access to working studios can be limited, and the graffiti can be inscrutable. Enter Los Angeles Art Tours,

of the murals and pointing out works by local graffiti crews and widely known street artists including Shepard Fairey (creator of the Barack Obama “Hope” poster). En route, you’ll pass the

Container Yard (800 E. 4th St., instagram.com/thecontainer yard), a creative space whose walls serve as a street art canvas. After this tour, you’ll never look at graffiti the same way again. TOP LEFT, KRISTINE SHOMAKER; SPREAD, KEVIN FLINT

HIT THE STREETS

the brainchild of Kevin Flint, a professional artist whose studio is located in the Brewery Arts Complex on the northeastern outskirts of downtown. Flint’s impromptu tours of the Brewery led to his development of a fullfledged company in 2007 that, Flint says, walks you “right into real working environments where you smell the paint, meet the artists and get a glimpse rarely seen by outsiders.” Among its offerings are tours of studios in the Brewery and in the Santa Fe Art Colony, south of the Arts District. But it’s the Downtown L.A. Graffiti/Mural tour, led by a fixture of L.A.’s graffiti scene in the 1980s, Hector “Shandu” Calderon, that sheds light on a genre growing in broad popularity as well as critical awareness. For two hours on Saturdays (including Oct. 11 and 25), Calderon leads groups of up to 15 people through the Arts District, sharing details about L.A.’s past and present street art scene, deciphering the script and symbolism

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From top: Fifty Seven restaurant and its hearty grain bowl

ARTFUL BITES

CLOCKWISE, FROM TOP RIGHT: ALEN LIN; ANNABELLE ABOUAB; KEVIN FLINT

Downtown

L.A. Art Tours guides you through the artist studios at the Brewery Arts Complex (opposite, top left), where you’ll meet resident artists such as Angie Jones (opposite, bottom right, in her studio). The company’s Downtown L.A. Graffiti/Mural tour wends through the Arts District illuminating street art along the way, including a mural on the exterior of the Container Yard by Christina Angelina, Ease One, Sek and Mar (above). Artist and tour guide Hector “Shandu” Calderon deconstructs a “production” by a local graffiti crew (left), drawing from his experience painting “pieces” in L.A.’s famed Belmont Tunnel in the 1980s.

In the Arts District, fuel up with espresso from Blacktop (826 E. 3rd St.) or Blue Bottle Coffee (582 Mateo St., 213.621.4194) and a baked delight from Pie Hole (714 Traction Ave., 888.657.0586). Post-tour, try Eat.Drink. Americano (923 E. 3rd St., 213.620.0781) for New American cuisine (think charcuterie boards and craft beer) served in a casual setting. Sausage mecca Wurstküche (800 E. 3rd St., 213.687.4444) is a must for hipster meat lovers. Or, venture just a few blocks to Fifty Seven (712 S. Santa Fe Ave., 213.816.8157), where, in an old Heinz 57 loading dock, chef Josh Drew and his team turn out farm-to-table brunch items until 3 p.m. Hit the patio and order a Michelada kit (32-ounce Pacifico, local hot sauce, sal de gusano, house tomato mix and limes) for the table. Hey, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere.

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Union restaurant in Pasadena Lamb ragu at Napa Valley Grille

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Westwood & Pasadena Hammer-proximal Westwood dining options range from UCLA student haunt TLT Food (1116 Westwood Blvd., 310.443.4433) to finer dining spots, including artisanal Italian restaurant Tanzy (10840 Wilshire Blvd., 310.307.7004). Another popular choice, Napa Valley Grille (1100 Glendon Ave., Suite 100, 310.824.3322) serves a mean salad and an impressive selection of California wines. Meanwhile, Espresso Profeta (1129 Glendon Ave., 310.208.3375), brews what might be Westwood’s best coffee. In Pasadena, a 15-minute walk from the PMCA, Picnik (168 W. Colorado Blvd., 626.793.8008) earns raves for its hearty and handcrafted sausage and beer, while the squid ink garganelli and the black mission figs with housemade ricotta cheese at Bruce Kalman’s Union (37 E. Union St., 626.795.5841) verge on sublime.

MUSEUM QUALITY It’s an exciting time for L.A.’s museum world, with new contemporary art museum the Broad rising on Grand Avenue, MOCA buoyed by a healthy endowment and new direction, and LACMA continuing its transformation ... and that’s merely the top of the list. Where to start exploring? That question is music to the ears of Clare Kunny, former manager of public education and teaching at the J. Paul Getty Museum and founding director of Art Muse Los Angeles, which specializes in small, private and completely customizable museum and gallery tours. Kunny and her fellow “muses" are art historians, artists, scholars and educators, many of them hailing from L.A.’s most prestigious museums, and all of them eager to share their insider knowledge, whether hosting collectors, connoisseurs or the simply curious. Considering the noteworthy shows across L.A. this fall, one ripe area for exploration, suggests Kunny, is L.A.’s thriving photo scene. At the Getty Center (1200 Getty Center Drive, L.A., 310.440.7330), a tour could go in-depth in the onegallery exhibition In Focus: Tokyo,

which features images by four Japanese photographers that capture contemporary slices of the metropolis. Or, Kunny could craft a multistop itinerary that starts at the Hammer Museum (10899 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 310.443.7000), where Robert Heinecken: Object Matter, opening Oct. 3, explores the L.A. artist’s postwar photographic innovations. The proposed tour contin-

ues at the Pasadena Museum of California Art (490 E. Union St., Pasadena, 626.568.3665). There, Heinecken's students Ellen Brooks and Jo Ann Callis carry on his legacy in Burning Down the House, which also includes works by Eileen Cowin. The beauty of Art Muse L.A.’s team is, because of the breadth and depth of their expertise, wherever they lead, art enlightenment follows.

Jo Ann Callis’ “Woman Juggling” (1984), in Burning Down the House: Ellen Brooks, Jo Ann Callis, Eileen Cowin at the Pasadena Museum of California Art

TOP RIGHT: JOHN LEWIS PHOTOGRAPHY; BOTTOM RIGHT: THE J. PAUL GETTY MUSEUM, LOS ANGELES, GIFT OF JO ANN CALLIS, COURTESY PMCA

An Art Muse tour considers ceramics by Magdalena Suarez Frimkess and Michael Frimkess at the Hammer Museum’s Made in L.A. exhibit

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Bill Kleiman at Shoshana Wayne Gallery

KLEIMAN: SHOSHANA WAYNE GALLERY (ARTWORK BY PATCH WRIGHT AND ABDUL MAZID); MOSLEY: DAVE MORGAN, COURTESY SUSANNE VIELMETTER L.A. PROJECTS; BOYSEN: BRIAN FORREST, COURTESY CHERRY AND MARTIN L.A.; ARCENEAUX: ROBERT WEDEMEYER, COURTESY SUSANNE VIELMETTER L.A. PROJECTS

HOP TO IT L.A.’s gallery scene has exploded in recent years, with buzzy new galleries such as Night Gallery and the Mistake Room in downtown’s industrial district and Papillion in Leimert Park pioneering neighborhoods off the beaten art track, and blue-chip galleries including Regen Projects in Hollywood and Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills drawing increasingly high-profile talent. Helping to make sense

of the sprawling scene is Bill Kleiman, director of Los Angeles Art Gallery Tours. A graduate of L.A.'s Otis/Parsons (now Otis College of Art and Design) MFA program, Kleiman has more than 25 years of experience as a professional artist. In addition to his bona fides and insider access, Kleiman’s snobbery-free attitude lends his tours wide appeal. You can customize your tour with Kleiman based on interest, location or discipline, or you can opt to visit preselected neighborhoods, such as Chinatown and downtown or Santa Monica and Venice. A top choice is the Culver City Arts District, focused along La Cienega and Washington boulevards. Considered by many contemporary art aficionados to be the best gallery-hopping ’hood in L.A., the district is home to nearly 40 galleries, all in easy walking distance to one another. On tour with Kleiman, you’re likely to visit Blum & Poe (2727 S. La Cienega Blvd., Left: Jennifer Boysen’s “Untitled” (2014) from Trans-mutes, at Cherry and Martin through Oct. 25. Right and below: Ryan Mosley’s “An Eight Guinea Hill” (2014) from Band of None, and a detail view of Edgar Arceneaux’s “Platonic Solids Dreaming/ Detroit’s Shrinking” (2014) from A Book and a Medal: Disentanglement Equals Homogenous Abstractions, both at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects through Oct. 18

310.836.2062), the powerhouse gallery credited with establishing Culver City as an arts destination (and launching Takashi Murakami’s U.S. career), as well as Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects (6006 Washington Blvd., 310.837.2117), where L.A. artist Edgar Arceneaux and British painter Ryan Mosley have solo exhibitions through Oct. 18. Another Kleiman favorite, Cherry and Martin (2712 S. La Cienega Blvd., 310.559.0100) showcases Jennifer Boysen’s monochromatic works through Oct. 25. While the constant rotation of exhibitions means the artwork varies from tour to tour, Kleiman says his approach remains the same. “I grab the spirit of the moment and share that narrative,” he says, adding, “Artwork is completely about communication and the conversation, verbal or nonverbal, that it inspires.” Be ready to share your opinion—and in Kleiman’s infectious enthusiasm.

A contemporary Asian dish from Lukshon

Cognoscenti Coffee

ARTFUL BITES

Culver City Culver City’s dining scene is as vibrant as its arts scene, and the historic Helms Bakery complex, just west of the main concentration of galleries, offers several stylish options for a pre- or post-gallery-hopping repast. Bucato (3280 Helms Ave., 310.876.0286) is a nocellphone zone, so forget about Instagramming your plate and concentrate on enjoying each bite of Evan Funke’s delectable handmade pastas. Nearby, chef Sang Yoon’s Lukshon (3239 Helms Ave., 310.202.6808) serves innovative, beautifully presented Asian dishes and unusual wines in an elegant and serene space. A few doors away, at his more boisterous gastropub Father’s Office (3229 Helms Ave., 310.736.2224), Yoon’s famous “Office Burger,” paired with a craft beer, is de rigueur. Between galleries, pop in to Cognoscenti Coffee (6114 Washington Blvd., 310.363.7325) for a hot pick-me-up and pastries from Proof Bakery.

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DETAILS LOS ANGELES ART TOURS Who: Kevin Flint, laarttours.com, 310.503.2365 / What: Guided group or private tours of artist studios and street art, plus several special tours per year including an endurance-testing 12-mile gallery adventure tour / Where: The Brewery Arts Complex, downtown L.A.’s Arts District and the Santa Fe Art Colony / When: Saturdays and some Sundays for guided tours; private tours by arrangement / How much: 2-2.5-hour guided group tours range from $10 to $12/person; private tours $150 and up for up to 16 guests. ART MUSE LOS ANGELES Who: Clare Kunny, artmusela.com, 773.350.9094 / What: Small private group tours of art museums. Custom gallery district and art fair tours also available / Where: Museums ranging from the small ESMoA and Wende Museum to blue-chip institutions including LACMA and the Getty / When: By arrangement / How much: 1.5-hour, single-venue tours range from $30 to $80/person, depending on group size, with a $200 minimum (museum admission included). Custom tour prices vary. LOS ANGELES ART GALLERY TOURS Who: Bill Kleiman, lagallerytours. com, 310.650.9384 / What: Private custom gallery district tours / Where: Culver City and Mid-Wilshire, Chinatown and downtown, and Santa Monica and Venice / When: Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. / How much: 2-hour basic packages range from $40 to $50/person, depending on group size, with a $200 minimum.

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An Art Muse L.A. tour views artworks by Kim Fisher at the Hammer Museum

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STYLE

In L.A., where appearances are critical, the food at top restaurants is only part of the story. by ROGER GRODY

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estaurant dining has often been compared to theater, and while much of the drama is on the plate, a good deal of the overall experience depends on exquisite set design. Although it’s easy to stereotype current restaurant architecture in Los Angeles as minimalistic and spare, there are many extraordinary environments in which to dine, whether iconic institutions or brash newcomers. Los Angeles has one of America’s greatest art deco traditions, a fact that surprises the city’s detractors. In the years following the stock market crash of 1929, development was stalled in many parts of the nation, but a flurry of construction was taking place in fast-growing L.A. Much of it was inspired by art deco, the bold style introduced at Paris’ 1925 world’s fair. The former Bullocks Wilshire, downtown’s Eastern Columbia Building and Sunset Tower Hotel are all exceptional examples. Downtown’s Oviatt Building is a notable 1927 masterpiece, and the deco detailing of the exterior is brought inside, where Cicada occupies a space that once housed an elegant haberdashery. From the moment guests pass through double doors created by René Lalique, the experience of dining here transcends food. Overhead is an illuminated ceiling by architect Ferdinand Chanut and glassmaker Gaëtan Jeannin, while abundant hand-carved mahogany and gold leaf permeate the main floor, soaring columns and a mural-laden mezzanine. Despite the distracting environment, the cuisine at Cicada is not an afterthought, and the menu features a contemporary Cal-Italian cuisine. Among current offerings are tiger shrimp and crab wrapped in phyllo pastry with caviar sauce, shrimp ravioli with

curry cream, and mustard-crusted rack of lamb. On selected weekend nights, the storied restaurant is transformed into Cicada Club, a retro dance venue at which many patrons dress in vintage attire. This past year, art deco accents appeared in the dining room of Faith & Flower, a restaurant ensconced in the aqua glass-sheathed WaterMarke Tower near Staples Center. New York-based AvroKO, an interior design firm specializing in hospitality and dining properties, conceived a design that pays homage to the first renaissance of downtown L.A. in the 1920s, a period when art deco was capturing the imagination of the design world. Elements such as a 16-foot starburst wall installation, a flamboyant 8-foot Venini crystal chandelier and a translucent tapestry stitched with classic geometric ornamentation all suggest deco inspirations. The fact that the introduction of this period coincided with the emerging glories of Hollywood is but a happy coincidence that the designers of Faith & Flower were able to capitalize on. The cuisine at Faith & Flower is in the hands of Michael Hung, who arrives in L.A. after cooking at chef Roland Passot’s acclaimed San Francisco restaurant, La Folie. Hung was also a consultant, alongside Thomas Keller and Guy Savoy, on Pixar’s beloved animated hit Ratatouille. At Faith & Flower, he offers a menu of shareable dishes that includes deviled eggs spiked with kimchi, oxtail agnolotti topped with beef tendon chicharrónes, and crispy-skinned steelhead trout. Exotic eclectic influences frequently appear, and a vintage pâtisserie counter has been repurposed as a raw bar. Meanwhile, mixologist Michael Lay matches the glamour of the dining room by dispensing flaming cocktails. The Arts and Crafts movement, which

flourished in the United States in the early 20th century, is responsible for some of America’s most beautiful residential construction. Craftsman homes are prevalent in Hollywood and Los Feliz, but no community is more closely associated with the look than Pasadena. Local restaurants including Arroyo Chop House and The Raymond Restaurant have adopted traditional Arts and Crafts details into their interiors, a tribute to the community’s signature architectural style. Arroyo Chop House is a popular upmarket steakhouse whose dining room has been fitted with impressive Arts and Crafts lighting fixtures that cast a seductive amber glow over the proceedings. There’s also a compelling mural by local artist Kenton Nelson above the mahogany bar that can be admired while enjoying a small-batch bourbon and bone-in rib eye. The Raymond, which was originally the caretaker cottage at the long-gone Raymond Hotel, has experienced several changes over the years. Unaltered, though, is a charming, homey environment that oozes tradition and features the kind of artisanal woodwork typical of Craftsman houses. Its current menu, however, is loaded with eclectic flavors in starters like kimchi-stuffed Persian cucumbers, tandoori cauliflower and misoglazed hamachi. Entrees tend to be more consistent with the scene, with offerings such as Columbia River salmon with oyster mushrooms and venison with maple-glazed turnips, as well as a comforting dish that truly suits the Craftsman architecture: short rib braised a full 72 hours. A few miles west of Pasadena in Eagle Rock, Little Beast occupies a charming Craftsman cottage constructed in 1911. Its residential ambience and the cooking of chef/

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Dining in

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Opposite: The Raymond. Clockwise, from top left: tonno piccante at Oliverio; Little Beast; Faith & Flower; Oysters at The Raymond; RĂŠpublique; the Ben Hur cocktail at Faith & Flower

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Arroyo Chop House 536 S. Arroyo Pkwy., Pasadena, 626.577.7463 Cicada 617 S. Olive St., downtown, 213.488.9488 Faith & Flower WaterMarke Tower, 705 W. 9th St., downtown, 213.239.0642 Little Beast 1496 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock, 323.341.5899 Oliverio Avalon Hotel, 9400 W. Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.277.5221 The Raymond Restaurant 1250 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, 626.441.3136 Oliverio, in the Avalon Hotel. Bottom right: The Restaurant at The Standard, Downtown L.A.

owner Sean Lowenthal, previously of Chateau Marmont on Sunset Boulevard, is well worth discovering. Welcoming wife Deborah handles the front of the house, and the restaurant’s moniker reflects a term of endearment for their energetic young son. The staff tends to be warm and friendly, and the rooms of this old home, as well as its rambling, woodsy patio, match the attitude. For starters, Lowenthal might send out a Mason jar packed with velvety chicken liver mousse capped with onion marmalade or tempura-battered, deep-fried asparagus spears, while main events involve a flat iron steak as satisfying as more expensive cuts of beef, a serious burger or salmon laid on a bed of curry-spiked French lentils. Finish with a pot de crème and wash it all down with an affordable bottle of Viognier or Côtes du Rhône. Midcentury modern is another prominent era of residential architecture in L.A., and despite its origins in the 1940s, the style is so timeless that many 50-year-old homes look recently minted. Contemporary architects in L.A. continue to emulate such midcentury masters as John Lautner, Richard Neutra and Rudolph Schindler, who were captivated by L.A.’s unique topography. Some of their structures have a futuristic, Jetson-esque quality about them that 21st-century interior designers keep alive and fresh. A prime example of this aesthetic is the sunny-yellow dining room of The Restaurant at The Standard, Downtown L.A., where all of the furniture and lighting fixtures reflect the midcentury era. The food has always

République 624 S. La Brea Ave., L.A., 310.362.6115 The Restaurant at The Standard, Downtown L.A. 550 S. Flower St., downtown, 213.892.8080 Traxx Union Station, 800 N. Alameda St., downtown, 213.625.1999

been underappreciated at this eatery, which accommodates cravings after the clubs close or before most people hit the snooze button. Breakfasts like brioche French toast or fried chicken and waffles attract a loyal following, but the kitchen also offers quality burgers and a lobster-shrimp roll, while rare ahi tuna is folded into a steamed Chinese bun with Sriracha aioli. A place with a sexier, more sophisticated midcentury vibe is Oliverio at Beverly Hills’ Avalon Hotel (Marilyn Monroe once lived on this site). The entire property fully celebrates its architectural heritage. The best seats are in the alcove-like cabanas situated around the glittering hourglass-shaped pool, whose aqua hues are reflected in circular vintage mirrors. Champagne feels like a natural beginning while you nibble on Gorgonzola dolce with marinated artichokes or a salad of heirloom beets and burrata before moving on to thincrusted pizza or branzino al forno. Since the founding of the California missions in the 18th century, Spanish-themed architecture has been a major part of the aesthetic tapestry of L.A., and Spanish Mission Revival design appears in homes, schools and city halls. Union Station, although it also incorporates art deco and moderne elements, is one of the most prominent examples of Spanish Revival on a grand scale. For 17 years, a restaurant called Traxx has been serving solid California cuisine just off the main concourse, plus cocktails at a bar located in the station’s former telephone room. Chef/owner Tara Thomas sets the stage

with such dishes as venison carpaccio with horseradish-Dijon sauce, or a modern take on Waldorf salad before presenting striped bass with caramelized fennel or steak frites with whiskey-peppercorn sauce. Traxx sorely tempts commuters to take a later train back home to the suburbs and enjoy a great meal while watching harried travelers hustle off to their platforms. République, the relatively new entry from chef Walter Manzke and his pastry chef wife, Margarita, is housed in a 1929 landmark that was once home to Charlie Chaplin’s studio. The building has always been an intriguing mélange of Mediterranean architecture, including a glass-covered, piazza-like courtyard and a campanile after which the previous restaurant tenant was named. Gothic arches and terra-cotta tile give the place a romantic, slightly exotic air, but some longtime Angeleno diners might object to how the structure has been stripped down and modernized for République. The signature tile fountain has been moved onto the sidewalk to make room for rows of communal tables in the main dining hall. The name of the restaurant—République is a trendy neighborhood in Paris’ 3rd arrondissement and a busy Métro stop—hints at French cooking, and Manzke’s mastery of the cuisine doesn’t disappoint. A veteran of fine-dining venues, the chef hits a more casual note at République with a menu filled with bistro classics: beef tartare or escargots

en croûte to start, followed by duck confit or steak frites, all deftly prepared. With a traditional European rotisserie, Manzke even turns a humble roasted chicken into a glamour girl. And Margarita’s inspired fruit tarts remind us why she’s considered one of the best pastry chefs in town, a woman worthy to inherit the kitchen of baker extraordinaire and former Campanile co-owner Nancy Silverton.

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Dining DETAILS

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OctoBUR Nights in DTN BUR

DTN OKTOBURFEST October 18, 2014

Sample 60 varieties of local craft beer in the outdoor Biergarten, enjoy special to-go menus from DTNBUR restaurants, and groove to the eclectic sounds of KCRW DJ Gary Calamar at the 2nd annual DTN OktoBURfest, Saturday, October 18 from 12 noon to 7:00 PM. Tickets are $45 for general admission (2:00 to 7:00 PM), and $55 for the VIP reception (12 noon to 2:00 PM). VIP tickets include access to rare and high quality drafts, and the opportunity to meet with renowned local brewers. Visit www.DTNBUR.org for more info.

GORDON BIERSCH BREWERY RESTAURANT 145 S San Fernando Boulevard

BARNEY’S BEANERY 250 N First Street

Barney’s Beanery is a haven for pure American comfort food. This legendary watering hole attracts Hollywood celebrities and a glittery cross section of tinsel town life. For sports fans, the bar features numerous screens, stadium style seating, and more than 40 beers on draft.

BJ’S RESTAURANT BREWHOUSE 107 N First Street

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Over 120 menu items, 50 craft beers, and an unbeatable attitude make BJ’s your go-to place for great food, drinks and fun times. Gold medalist at the 2014 North American Beer Awards for their Brown Porter, BJ’s also took home the silver for their Witbier, Hefeweizen and Kolsch brews.

Gordon Biersch was gold medalist at the 2014 World Beer Cup for their Winter Bock, a traditional German-style beer. Now you too can sample this and other award winning beers brewed in-house along with fresh, Californiainspired cuisine made-from-scratch.

STORY TAVERN

150 S San Fernando Boulevard Recently expanded with a new game room and all-weather pet-friendly patio, this authentic tavern offers a 32-beer tap list and a large selection of wine and cider. Featuring tasty twists on bar staples and frequent live music, Story Tavern offers good times with a dash of Burbank history.

TENDER GREENS

325 N San Fernando Boulevard Tender Greens, a farm-to-fork eatery, offers a variety of local craft beer curated by Executive Chef Eric Hulme. Eric is a passionate home brewer who recently released two collaboration brews with El Segundo Brewing Co. and Cismontane Brewing.

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Welcome to Burbank Fall for the arts this season with memorable performances and exhibits. Clockwise from top: Falcon Theatre, Colony Theatre, The Center Stage Gallery, Theatre Banshee.

THEATER-GOER ARTLOVER CONNOISSEUR Visit Burbank To find out more call 818-238-5180 or visit us online at www.visitburbank.com

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WHERE ABOUTS The City of Angels is among the most vibrant and diverse cities in the Western Hemisphere. The area generally referred to as L.A. is actually made up of numerous cities and neighborhoods, each with its own vibe. Here’s our guide to the most visited among them.

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BEVERLY HILLS

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EXPLORING

Beverly Hills BEVERLY HILLS IS A LUXURY LOVER’S MECCA: DESIGNER SHOPPING, FINE DINING, MANSIONS. CENTURY CITY, WESTWOOD AND CULVER CITY ARE POCKETS WITH THEIR OWN DRAWS.

➺It’s only five square miles, but Beverly Hills looms large in pop culture as a posh locale that boasts The Mansions

The launch of Beverly Hills’ glamorous reputation dates to the early 20th century, when the then-new Beverly Hills Hotel ushered in a frenzy of movie-star mansionbuilding in the hills north of Sunset Boulevard. Today, the population of 35,000 is more economically diverse than Tinseltown might suggest. Nonetheless, the triumvirate of Beverly Hills, Holmby Hills and Bel-Air still attracts its share of famous residents, including film royalty and pop stars. Hop on the Beverly Hills Trolley Tour or book ahead with Starline Tours to see notable homes in the ‘hood, along with other local landmarks packed into the city’s nearly six square miles. Among the more storied and oft-filmed estates nestled in the hills is the 19th-century English Revivalstyle Greystone Park & Mansion, whose graceful city-owned grounds are open for strolling.

Rodeo Drive + Golden Triangle

From Greystone, head west on Sunset Boulevard, then hang on to your wallet as you turn south onto Rodeo Drive. After passing

through a tony residential neighborhood, you enter the shopping district known as the Golden Triangle, bounded by Santa Monica and Wilshire boulevards and Cañon Drive. Vera Wang and Tory Burch each recently opened flagships on Rodeo, reminding retailers that 90210 is still the most prestigious ZIP code in the States. Ascend the Italian-esque side street to Tiffany & Co., perched atop Two Rodeo. Pause for the quintessential Beverly Hills snapshot before continuing on to the Beverly Wilshire Hotel (of Pretty Woman fame) at the south end of Rodeo Drive. Continuing west, pass Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Barneys New York, the reigning luxury retail titans along this stretch of Wilshire. At Santa Monica Boulevard, you hit the Beverly Hilton Hotel, which rolls out 30,000 square feet of red carpet annually to host the Golden Globe Awards.

The Industry + the Arts

Beverly Hills isn’t all shopping sprees and gated estates: Talent agencies William Morris Endeavor and United Talent Agency are just two of the entertainment business power-

houses based here. Witness fierce negotiations and wooing over truffle tagliatelle at Scarpetta inside the Montage Beverly Hills and Wolfgang Puck’s legendary Spago across the street. The city’s cultural treasure-troves include the Paley Center for Media and the Samuel Goldwyn Theater at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, both of which hold screenings. There is even more cultural programming at the new Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, which transforms the historic Beverly Hills Post Office into an entertainment destination.

Century City

Heading west from Beverly Hills on Santa Monica Boulevard, you enter the 0.7-squaremile modern acropolis of Century City. ICM Partners and Creative Artists Agency are located here, as is a Fox Studio lot and countless legal, financial, entertainment and hospitality firms. But those outside the biz won’t be excluded. Just past Avenue of the Stars, you hit the upscale Westfield Century City shopping center, with luxury boutiques and dining venues to rival those of Beverly Hills. Nearby on Constellation Boulevard, epicures

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more mansions than any other area of L.A. County, not to mention the world’s most recognizable ZIP code. Rodeo Drive, perhaps the world’s most famous shopping street, offers virtually every label worth its logo.

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Urban Outfitters The popular chain’s Westwood location has split into two side-by-side stores down the street: one for women, and the other the company’s first-ever Men and Music store. 1038 Westwood Blvd., L.A., 310.794.0388

Wheel House

Charming cheese shop offers more than 100 cheeses from around the world and all imaginable accoutrements. 12954 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, 424.289.9167

L’Amande French Bakery

Traditional boulangerie offers a variety of fresh-baked goods, featuring almonds as the key ingredient. 9530 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.734.8922

Prada boutique on North Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Opposite, from left: Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City; 208 Rodeo restaurant in Beverly Hills

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The pedestrian-friendly Westwood Village features independent shops and cafes among its Mediterranean Revival and art deco buildings.

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are drawn to Tom Colicchio’s Craft and Hinoki & the Bird, inside the towering residential complex the Century. (Candy Spelling claims the top two floors.) The Annenberg Space for Photography displays cutting-edge exhibits of digital and print photography.

UCLA

A few miles northeast of Century City is the University of California, Los Angeles, one of the top public universities in the country. Visitors are welcome at several university attractions, including the Fowler Museum at UCLA and the outdoor Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden in the north campus, the planetarium on the south campus and the seven-acre Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Gardens (777 Tiverton Drive). The Hammer Museum is nearby and houses works by Degas and Rembrandt as well as contemporary works and installations. Paid parking is available in UCLA lots and structures throughout the 419-acre campus.

Just south of the campus, the pedestrianfriendly Westwood Village features independent shops and cafes among its Mediterranean Revival and art deco buildings, as well as two landmark movie theaters at the intersection of Broxton and Weyburn avenues: the 1936 marquee-wrapped Bruin theater, and the Fox theater across the street. Built circa 1931, the Fox is a favorite for movie premieres and thus prime star-spotting territory. Another don’t-miss venue is the award-winning Geffen Playhouse, located on Le Conte Avenue in one of the oldest buildings in Westwood.

Culver City

Covering five square miles about four miles southeast of Westwood, Culver City has benefited from a polish in the past few years, and now boasts a thriving downtown. The Kirk Douglas Theatre and the Ivy Substation, home to the Actors’ Gang, bookend

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➺Expanding on his gift for healing feet, podiatrist Dr. Bobby Pourziaee opened The Spa on Rodeo to give patrons the whole-body relaxation they crave. The new spa is airy yet intimate, tucked away inside the Rodeo Collection shopping complex and decorated with details plucked from nature. Here, you can indulge in manicures, pedicures, custom massages and skin-care treatments featuring the pioneering Danné Montague-King product line. For the ultimate in rejuvenation, opt for the Age Management Skin Therapy Treatment combined with a Cranial Sacral Therapy session. As the Enzyme Tightening facial mask works its magic and the aesthetician hits pressure points on your face and shoulders, you’ll feel your stress slipping away. 421 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, 424.284.8040, thespaonrodeo.com—A.J.

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the downtown area and stage excellent live productions throughout the year. Traveling east on Washington Boulevard, don’t miss the sprawling Helms Bakery complex, which contains dozens of high-end furniture showrooms. Moving along Washington, the scene-y Arts District has more than 30 art galleries and exhibition spaces clustered along Washington and La Cienega boulevards. At the intersection of Washington and National boulevards is one end of the Expo Line, a Metro light rail that traverses from Culver City to Exposition Park and the University of Southern California to downtown. Hollywood gets all the attention, but it’s Culver City that claims the official motto “The Heart of Screenland.” In 1915, Ince/Triangle Studios, today Sony Pictures Studios, opened at 10202 W. Washington Blvd. Classics including The Wizard of Oz would eventually be filmed on the lots of the movie studio. (News reports of the time indicate that the “Munchkins” partied hard during their stay at the Culver Hotel.) The stately Thomas H. Ince Studio opened in 1919. Today, Culver City’s screen culture is still going strong, with the TV series Cougar Town among the productions filmed at Culver Studios, and the Spider-Man franchise among the hits produced on the historic lots at Sony. Fully experience Culver City’s screen heritage by taking a studio tour at Sony. For bold items, see listings in the where guide. For a detailed map of these neighborhoods, see page 100.

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Santa Monica SANTA MONICA HAS THE APPROACHABLE VIBE OF A BEACH TOWN WITH THE ATTRACTIONS OF A MAJOR CITY. MALIBU, VENICE AND MARINA DEL REY ARE APPEALING OPTIONS NEARBY.

➺In the 1800s, a real estate agent called Santa Monica “the Zenith City by the Sunset Sea.” The 21st-century

version of Santa Monica fulfills its early promise with a bustling downtown and beach that attract millions of visitors per year. Pacific Coast Highway connects SaMo with draws such as Malibu and Marina del Rey. Third Street Promenade, three pedestrianonly blocks on 3rd Street between Broadway and Wilshire Boulevard, is perpetually teeming with people. Visitors can hit dozens of boutiques, watch movies at three cinemas or gawk at the myriad street artists. If they don’t refuel at the many eateries along the Promenade, visitors can venture to the surrounding blocks to Tinga or the Misfit, and enjoy drinks at the Bungalow or the many pubs such as Ye Olde King’s Head that hint at Santa Monica’s large population of British expats. Anchoring the promenade at Broadway is Santa Monica Place, a beautiful open-air shopping center with Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, 80 boutiques and the top-level Dining Deck with a food court, upscale restaurants and a gourmet marketplace. East on Broadway is the legendary Fred Segal, an emporium of high-end shops such as JET John Eshaya. Santa Monica Pier, built in 1909, is at the end of Colorado Avenue and features Pacific Park, a mini amusement park with food stands and rides, including a solar-powered, LED-lit Ferris wheel.

Main Street + Montana Avenue

Compared with the hustle and bustle of Third Street Promenade, Montana Avenue is downright tranquil. Between 6th and 17th streets are plenty of fashionable boutiques, including London Sole. Father’s Office, known for its stellar burger, Locanda Portofino and R+D Kitchen are tops for dining; dessert lovers might venture to Sweet Lady Jane for its famous cakes. Just minutes south of downtown Santa Monica, Main Street exudes a beachyupscale vibe. The long stretch between Pico Boulevard and Rose Avenue contains a number of galleries, restaurants such as Chinois on Main, British pubs and shops such as Planet Blue and Weego Home. The California Heritage Museum is in a transplanted Victorian-era home, as is the Victorian, adjacent to the museum, which features a cool downstairs speak-easy, Basement Tavern.

The Arts

Visitors can take in plays at Main Street’s Edgemar Center for the Arts, housed in an angular concrete structure designed by Frank Gehry. An even wider variety of entertain-

ment is at the Broad Stage, Santa Monica College’s first-rate, 499-seat performing arts, film, dance and theater venue. As L.A. has emerged as a fine-arts capital, the campuslike Bergamot Station (2525 Michigan Ave.) has become an important destination. It’s home to 30 galleries, the Santa Monica Museum of Art and a cafe.

Malibu

Twenty miles north of Santa Monica on Pacific Coast Highway is Malibu. Formerly known as Rancho Malibu, Malibu’s land was once so coveted that May K. Rindge, who took ownership of it in 1905 after the death of her scion husband, used armed guards to defend it from trespassers. In the 1920s, Rindge’s hefty legal bills, racked up from fighting developers, forced her to invite stars to live in Malibu Colony in the 1920s, and the legacy of Malibu as celebrity-home central continues today. Many of Malibu’s best destinations are visible from PCH, such as the many restaurants with ocean views, from the casual (Malibu Seafood) to the upscale (Nobu Malibu). Adjacent to the Malibu Lagoon and Bird Sanctuary, the Adamson House is filled

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NEW IN TOWN Iro

Très chic French brand expands with a second sleek L.A. location. 1319 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.450.9680

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Montreal-based purveyor of luxe leather goods debuts its first L.A. store. 1426 Montana Ave., Unit 2, Santa Monica, 310.656.0851

Mastro’s Ocean Club

Swanky restaurant group opens an oceanside surf-andturf destination. 18412 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, 310.454.4357

Muji

The Japanese “nobrand quality goods” company brings its wares and wears to the Westside. 2936 Main St., Santa Monica, 310.566.8345

Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. Opposite: Geoffrey’s Malibu restaurant; Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine in Pacific Palisades

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Malibu’s land was once so coveted that heiress May K. Rindge, who took ownership of it in 1905, used armed guards to defend it from trespassers.

tions. Rose Avenue is also coming up, thanks to the emergence of hot restaurants such as Superba Snack Bar, a smattering of hip shopping and industrial-chic lofts. Looky-loos stroll Ocean Front Walk to ogle the vendors and performers, or bodybuilders at Muscle Beach.

Brentwood

The Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades

with historic tile. The celebrity-frequented Malibu Country Mart serves as the area’s town square. Together with adjacent Malibu Village and Malibu Lumber Yard shopping centers, there are enough trendy shops and restaurants to while away an afternoon. Inland, nearing Calabasas, is wine country. Malibu Discovery offers tours of the region, with stops at tasting rooms such as Malibu Wines and Sip Malibu.

Topanga + Pacific Palisades

In the 1960s, hippies and musicians such as Neil Young hid out in idyllic Topanga, accessed by Topanga Canyon Boulevard from Pacific Coast Highway. Removed from urban activity, it retains its bohemian vibe and independently owned businesses. Hiking trails allow visitors to bask in Topanga’s woodsy beauty, and restaurants such as Inn of the Seventh Ray accommodate creekside dining. There’s more than initially meets the eye in seemingly sleepy, family-friendly Pacific

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Palisades, south of Topanga on PCH and accessed from Temescal Canyon Road. Hikers love the shady trails in Temescal Gateway Park, and cafes and upscale momand-pop shops can be found between Via de la Paz and Monument Street near Sunset Boulevard. The Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine on Sunset is a 10-acre oasis with a lush garden and koi- and swan-filled lake. The crown jewel of “the Palisades” is the Getty Villa. Styled as a Julius Caesar-era villa, it’s filled with Greco-Roman antiquities.

Venice

Abbot Kinney won the land that would become Venice in a coin toss. He sought to develop it as an American version of the Italian city; the canals are still there, today lined with million-dollar bungalows. His namesake Abbot Kinney Boulevard is Venice’s coolest section, where The Tasting Kitchen, Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea and boutiques such as Alexis Bittar and A+R are the main attrac-

Reese Witherspoon, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are some of the celebrities said to live in this affluent enclave northeast of Santa Monica. San Vicente Boulevard functions as the neighborhood’s main street, with copious independent shops, bakeries, cafes and restaurants between Bundy Drive and where San Vicente becomes Federal Avenue. The petite Brentwood Country Mart, a unique open-air shopping center built in 1948, keeps retail offerings contemporary and upscale. The area’s biggest draw is the Getty Center, the hilltop museum that houses J. Paul Getty’s spectacular art collection.

Marina del Rey

Marina del Rey’s main attraction is the marina, the largest man-made small-craft harbor in the world. Restaurants in the fisherman’s wharf are positioned to take advantage of the views. Rent kayaks from UCLA Marina Aquatic Center (14001 Fiji Way), and shop or dine at Waterside, Marina del Rey, located at Lincoln Boulevard and Fiji Way. For bold items, see listings in the where guide. For a detailed map of these neighborhoods, see page 100.

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posts of Lost & Found, Jamie Rosenthal’s collection of lifestyle stores. Rosenthal’s Hollywood complex enjoys a cultlike following, thanks to her eye for stylish, artisanal goods imbued with personality and history (think indigo-dyed African textiles and MQuan ceramic bells). Now, Rosenthal has expanded her brand to two Santa Monica storefronts: a clothing store for men, women and children (pictured at right), and, down the street, a new home store with furniture, textiles, dishes and more. Along with Rosenthal’s first curated collection for Anthropologie, which launched this summer, the new stores bring more of the world to your fingertips. 2230 and 2000 Main St., Santa Monica, 310.450.9565, lostandfoundshop.com—L.M.

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Gioia (joy-a), Italian for “joy”. Women’s ethnic-style apparel and accessories. Artistic clothing that is feminine, unique, comfortable and affordable. Friendly helpful service. Parking in back.

Manchego’s seasonal menu features Spanish tapas with a Mediterranean influence, housemade sangria and a unique Spanish wine list.

Santa Monica’s finest neighborhood Italian restaurant since 1990. Offering outstanding cuisine, great wine, full bar and warm hospitality. L, D (daily).

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West Hollywood TRENDS IN FASHION, DESIGN AND FOOD OFTEN BEGIN IN L.A., AND MANY OF THOSE INNOVATIONS CAN BE TRACED TO THE PIONEERING COMMUNITY OF WEST HOLLYWOOD.

➺For a municipality measuring less than two square miles and with fewer than 35,000 residents, West

Hollywood wields enormous influence over the L.A. lifestyle. With a number of world-class art galleries, boutiques, restaurants, nightclubs and theaters, it’s a frequent destination for locals and tourists alike. After dark, this iconic stretch of Sunset Boulevard between Doheny Drive and Crescent Heights Avenue becomes the hottest stretch of asphalt in L.A. County. The club scene here rocks with many legendary establishments. The Roxy, the Whisky a Go Go and the Viper Room have a long history of hosting performances from rock ‘n’ roll’s finest. Other Sunset Strip nightclubs include Bootsy Bellows and Rock & Reilly’s. The Comedy Store continues to showcase the leading names in standup as well as emerging stars. During the day, boutiques such as beloved Book Soup draw traffic. Hotels are an integral part of the Sunset Strip scene. Chateau Marmont, a glorious and notorious celebrity hangout throughout the decades, remains a discreet local getaway. Skybar, at the style-conscious Mondrian, retains its aura of exclusivity. At the Sunset Tower Hotel, Bugsy Siegel’s former suite has been converted into the Tower Bar.

Sunset Plaza

Sunset Plaza, between La Cienega and San Vicente boulevards on Sunset Boulevard, is a

collection of tony shops and bistros with an international flavor and free parking, a novelty in this neighborhood. This is the city’s Euro Zone, where you’re apt to hear more French and Italian than Valley Girl. For up-to-the-minute fashion, check out the collections at Zadig & Voltaire or either of the two H. Lorenzo shops. Pamper yourself with a facial and massage at Ole Henriksen Face/Body Spa, a blowout at Drybar or a makeover at Blushington.

Melrose Avenue

Melrose Avenue has become virtually synonymous with trendiness, and new expressions in fashion, art and food continue to percolate up and down this street with multiple personalities. One stretch of Melrose, east of Fairfax Avenue, has an eclectic mix of indie boutiques, cafes and coffeehouses interspersed with tattoo parlors and vintage shops. Stores such as Wasteland have wild façades and vibrant signage that add energy to the scene. Farther west, Melrose becomes très sophistiqué, showcasing upscale tastes at Ron Herman, Kelly Wearstler, TenOverSix and Vivienne Westwood. Just off Melrose

is the quiet, fashionable three-block street of Melrose Place, where Bentleys line up for chic salons such as Frédéric Fekkai and cutting-edge boutiques such as Zero + Maria Cornejo, Monique Lhuillier or Isabel Marant.

West Hollywood Design District Melrose Avenue’s massive Pacific Design Center is the hub of L.A.’s flourishing art, fashion and design district, formerly known as the Avenues, which runs along the pedestrian-friendly retail corridors of Melrose and Beverly and Robertson boulevards. The complex itself—monolithic blue, green and red buildings designed by celebrated architect Cesar Pelli—is itself noteworthy, and its 1.2 million square feet houses more than 130 showrooms catering to professional designers and luxury homeowners. PDC is also home to a satellite of downtown’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and a stylish Wolfgang Puck eatery, Red Seven.

Beverly + West 3rd

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Melrose Umbrella Co.

Post-Prohibitionthemed bar features cocktails, craft beer and grilled cheese from Eric Greenspan’s spot next door. 7465 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.951.0709

The Kooples

The “affordable luxury” French clothing label opens its longawaited boutique—its first in L.A. 100 S. Robertson Blvd., L.A., 424.335.0041

Blue Plate Oysterette

Get a taste of the ocean in West Hollywood at this outpost of the New Englandinspired Santa Monica seafood spot. 8048 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.656.5474

Chris Burden’s installation Urban Light at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Opposite, from left: Farmers Market; a Melrose Avenue boutique

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Beverly Hills may be the toniest shopping district in L.A., but Robertson Boulevard is not far behind.

The Pacific Design Center, aka “the Blue Whale,” anchors the West Hollywood Design District.

rants, design showrooms and boutiques from some of the hottest up-and-coming clothing designers. The two streets bracket the landmark eight-level Beverly Center, whose design is reminiscent of Paris’ Pompidou Center. Bloomingdale’s, Henri Bendel, Fendi, Gucci, Stuart Weitzman, the Capital Grille and Maje and Sandro boutiques are among more than 160 establishments drawing consumers. On West 3rd Street east of Beverly Center, you’ll find favorite boutiques such as BedHead for chic pajamas and Duncan Quinn for bespoke tailored suits. There are many dining options such as Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo’s Son of a Gun, plus a branch of Magnolia Bakery. On Beverly Boulevard, you can browse vintage couture at Beige or high-end home décor and accessories at Garde. Afterward, you can experience market-fresh American cuisine at Cooks County or hearty Italian on the romantic patio at Dominick’s.

Beverly Hills may be the county’s toniest shopping district, but Robertson Boulevard is not far behind, particularly if you’re young and hot and have your own reality show. The celebutante set hits Rebecca Taylor for womenswear, Zimmermann for haute swimwear and Kitson for trendy accessories. A cutting-edge Chanel concept store illustrates the difference between Robertson Boulevard and more staid Rodeo Drive. For a breather between boutique-hopping, consider a cocktail with crab cakes on the picket-fenced patio of Ivy Restaurant, where famous faces practically outnumber those of civilians.

Fairfax District

Technically part of the city of Los Angeles, the Fairfax District is one of the most culturally diverse and artsy neighborhoods in the West Hollywood area. At Fairfax Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard is the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), a renowned

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➺Jewelry can seem to hold special powers, as anyone who wears a wedding ring can attest. Pyrrha designers designers Danielle Wilmore and Wade Papin elaborate on that notion, casting reclaimed sterling silver or bronze necklaces, earrings, rings, bracelets and cufflinks from 19th-century wax seals imbued with symbolic meaning. Are you seeking courage or good fortune? At Pyrrha’s West Hollywood store, there’s a talisman for that—and it’s edgy, beautiful and deeply personal, with unisex appeal (celebrities including Rooney Mara and Jeremy Renner are said to be fans). This fall sees the launch of a 14k gold collection, set with precious and semiprecious stones including black and white diamonds. Much nicer than a lucky penny, wouldn’t you say? 8315 W. 3rd St., West Hollywood, 323.424.4807, pyrrha.com

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multifaceted facility with more than 100,000 works from around the world. The Broad Contemporary Art Museum, designed by architect Renzo Piano, showcases art from the contemporary and modern eras, while the latest additions to the LACMA campus include the Lynda and Stewart Resnick Exhibition Pavilion and Ray’s & Stark Bar. Adjacent to LACMA is The Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits. Additional venues on this formidable Museum Row include the Petersen Automotive Museum and the Architecture and Design Museum. South of the museums is a surprise for curious foodies: a neighborhood known as Little Ethiopia, where acclaimed traditional restaurants are located. Be prepared to eat with your hands! One of the district’s anchors is the historic Farmers Market, with more than 100 open-air produce stalls, shops and eateries. There are spots to satisfy virtually any craving, including a wine bar, taqueria and stands with authentic Louisiana gumbo and Korean barbecue. Adjacent and connected by a vintage trolley is The Grove, an outdoor, pedestrian-only shopping center. The Grove has the character of an old-fashioned village square, with stained-glass street lamps and a central fountain. Nordstrom, a movie theater and stores such as Topshop Topman are joined by myriad restaurants. For bold items, see listings in the where guide. For a detailed map of West Hollywood, see pages 100-101.

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Celebrating 80 years... Still the center of attention.

Since 1934, the Original Farmers Market has stood as a living testament to Los Angeles history and culture. Today, it remains one of the last of the great Hollywood landmarks, attracting people from all over the world to enjoy its ecletic mix of over 100 world-class restaurants, specialty shops, artisan grocers and the best people watching anywhere. In a city built by distraction, this charming 80-year old remains a classic beauty standing on the corner of Third & Fairfax, still turning heads.

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Hollywood HOLLYWOOD IS IN THE MIDST OF A NEW GOLDEN AGE, AND ITS HIP, UP-AND-COMING NEIGHBORS LOS FELIZ, SILVER LAKE AND ECHO PARK SHARE IN THE LIMELIGHT.

➺“Hollywood is a state of mind” was a popular refrain when this part of Los Angeles was in the midst of Hollywood + Highland

The Hollywood & Highland Center has been a catalyst for the rebirth of Hollywood Boulevard. Its Dolby Theatre is the home of the Academy Awards. The center’s shops are varied, including Lucky Brand and Louis Vuitton, and it boasts nightclub Ohm. The central Babylon Court frames views of the iconic Hollywood sign. Built in 1923 to advertise a housing development, the 45-foot-high letters originally read “Hollywoodland.” Next door to Hollywood & Highland is the TCL Chinese Theatre (formerly Grauman’s Chinese Theatre), famous for its celebrity handprints embedded in the concrete out front.

Showtime

Just across the street from Hollywood & Highland is the ornate, lavishly illuminated El Capitan Theatre. Masterfully restored by Disney, it offers special presentations of the studio’s releases combined with performances using an antique Wurlitzer pipe organ and children-pleasing stage shows. Jimmy Kimmel Live! tapes in an ABC studio next door. The Egyptian Theatre—built in 1922 around the time that King Tut’s tomb

was discovered—screens eclectic artsy fare. The landmark Pantages Theatre has staged megahit musicals including The Book of Mormon, and the Hollywood Palladium has a rich history of showcasing headlining musicians.

Walk of Fame

The sidewalks along 15 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard (La Brea Avenue to Gower Street) and three blocks of Vine Street (Yucca Street to Sunset Boulevard) are inlaid with the legendary brass-and-terrazzo stars honoring celebrities from the entertainment industry. More than 2,400 stars are enshrined beneath the feet of tourists, but the roster is not without its quirks—Pee-wee Herman has one but Clint Eastwood doesn’t. Marilyn Monroe’s star is steps from Hollywood & Highland, and John Lennon’s is appropriately located in front of the Capitol Records Building, the structure designed to resemble a stack of records.

Museums, Hollywood-style

Hollywood has museums, but don’t expect to encounter Picasso or Monet. Next to TCL Chinese Theatre is Madame Tussauds

Hollywood, filled with more than 100 wax figures ranging from legends Clark Gable and Audrey Hepburn to contemporary icons such as Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga. You can ponder some zany accomplishments at the Guinness World Record Museum, while the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium offers bizarre exhibitions on double-headed animals and shrunken human heads. Movie buffs head to the Hollywood Museum in the historic Max Factor Building, which displays 10,000 artifacts showcasing 100 years of showbiz history, including Indiana Jones’ whip and the honeymoon dress worn by Marilyn Monroe after she married Joe DiMaggio.

Around Vine

The storied intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street, the epicenter of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, boasted a large concentration of entertainment industry companies in the 1920s. It’s a different Hollywood today, but the magic of this location endures in the soaring W Hollywood Hotel & Residences, which boasts Delphine brasserie. A Metro station is integrated into the hotel; Hollywood is particularly well served by mass

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its decline not long ago. But with hot new boutiques, restaurants, hotels and condos sprouting up, it has re-emerged as a bona fide destination, and waves of international visitors mingle with colorful locals.

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NEW IN TOWN Alimento

Intimate Silver Lake eatery serves up soulful Italian food from former Sotto chef. 1710 Silver Lake Blvd., L.A., 323.928.2888

Petit Trois

From the chefs behind Trois Mec comes this walk-in spot next door that emulates a traditional French bar. 718 N. Highland Ave., L.A., petittrois.com

Grandpa Johnson’s

Nightlife veteran Johnny Zander makes cocktails a family affair at his stylish new art deco lounge. 1638 N. Cahuenga Blvd., L.A.

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The largest urban park in America, the sprawling Griffith Park is an ideal place to hike, picnic, golf, ride horses and more.

Griffith Observatory in Griffith Park offers stunning views of the L.A. Basin.

transit. Across the street is boutique hotel the Redbury and its stylish Middle Eastern restaurant, Cleo. Sunset Boulevard and Vine is in transition, but dance clubs and eateries give this corner plenty of character. Serious cinephiles catch their flicks at ArcLight Cinemas, where it’s easy to spot a celeb. Close by is Amoeba Music, where music fans and collectors browse the aisles through 31,000 square feet of space packed with rare vinyl records, CDs and memorabilia. A couple of blocks west is the stylish minicomplex Space 15 Twenty, catering to shoppers well into the evening. The center is anchored by a supersize Urban Outfitters and complemented by other hip boutiques.

Nightcrawling

The revival of Hollywood has only enhanced its endless nightlife opportunities, and a lively bar and club scene permeates the district. On Hollywood Boulevard, you can party under

Los Feliz + Silver Lake

These neighborhoods are among the bestkept secrets in the county. Vermont Avenue, the main drag in Los Feliz, presents a collection of shops and restaurants that range from bohemian to chic. Skylight Books and 24/7 diner Fred 62 are popular hangouts. Newer

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The largest urban park in America, the sprawling Griffith Park is an ideal place to hike, picnic, golf, ride horses and more. The Charlie Turner Trailhead begins at the Griffith Observatory, one of the great planetariums in the world and a frequent film location. The hike up Mount Hollywood provides views of the Hollywood sign, and the Greek Theatre, a 5,700-seat amphitheater, is a legendary music venue. Also located here are the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens and the Western heritage-oriented Autry National Center, both accessible from the Ventura (SR 134) or Golden State (I-5) freeways. For bold items, see listings in the where guide. For a detailed map of these neighborhoods, see pages 101-102.

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➺New Silver Lake boutique Los Angeles County Store keeps things close to home— all the goods sold in the bright, airy space are handcrafted by local vendors. Founded by a Brooklyn transplant who fell in love with L.A., the spot prides itself on providing a platform for local artisans and offering shoppers the opportunity to celebrate the city. Find all matter of quirky gift fare, from a Seal + Walrus pillow by Stacy Michelson to L.A.-centric tea towels by Miss Fruitfly (pictured right). Dash off a note back home on an adorable card by Iron Curtain Press—the eco-friendly company hand-prints its stationery on cotton paper instead of trees—or stock up on the healthy homemade (and addictive!) PUREnola. You’ll find all sorts of unique ways to declare your love for L.A. 4333 Sunset Blvd., L.A., 323.928.2781, lacountystore.com—G.G.

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the guise of literary advancement at librarythemed Hemingway’s, or attempt to get past the velvet rope at Playhouse or Lure on Ivar Avenue. Cahuenga Boulevard also hosts dozens of clubs. Quintessentially L.A. but a galaxy removed from Hollywood Boulevard is the Hollywood Bowl, the largest outdoor amphitheater in the U.S., where the Los Angeles Philharmonic takes up residence from June to October. Picnicking under the stars here is among the most memorable experiences in L.A. Nearby is the Ford Amphitheatre, featuring a more intimate environment for international music, dance and family fare.

lounges such as Rockwell represent the neighborhood’s increasing sophistication. A once-forgotten stretch of Hollywood Boulevard in Los Feliz now hosts boutiques such as Paper Moon Vintage and restaurants including cult fave Umami Burger. Fully transformed is Silver Lake Boulevard, now crowded with eateries and upscale retailers. At Sunset Junction, where Sunset and Santa Monica boulevards intersect, Los Feliz transitions into Silver Lake. Foodies hang at casual Forage or the Cheese Store of Silverlake, while aspiring screenwriters hammer at their laptops and sip lattes at Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea. Farther east on Sunset Boulevard, chic handbags at the Clare V. flagship beckon.

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Downtown L.A.’S URBAN CENTER REFLECTS THE CULTURAL DIVERSITY, WORLD-CLASS ARCHITECTURE AND DYNAMIC COMMERCE THAT MAKE THE CITY A SUPERSTAR ON THE GLOBAL STAGE.

➺Downtown Los Angeles could not be hotter, with new restaurants and shops opening daily. Historic art

deco structures share the streetscape with glass-clad towers, and even movie stars are snapping up lofts in century-old buildings. The arts scene roars to life here, where the image of L.A. as “laid-back” hardly applies. Union Station was the last of the grand railroad terminals built in the U.S. Its importance faded as the automobile began to dominate life in L.A., but the station, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, has staged a comeback, thanks to a renovation and downtown’s new energy. From Union Station, the hub of the Metro system, you can board the Red Line to Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley, or connect to the Blue Line to Long Beach or Expo Line to Culver City. The Gold Line runs to Pasadena. Nonstop bus service to LAX is available 24/7. Metrolink commuter trains connect distant suburbs, and Amtrak trains offer scenic coastal journeys.

Grand Avenue + Music Center

The heart of L.A.’s performing-arts scene and the site of its most dramatic architecture, Grand Avenue is beginning to live up to its name. On Bunker Hill, once filled with Victorian mansions, four venues make up a formidable collection of stages at the Music Center. The 3,200-seat Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is home to L.A. Opera, and the Ahmanson Theatre and the Mark Taper Forum host

theatrical productions. The flashiest venue is architect Frank Gehry’s lauded Walt Disney Concert Hall, winter home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Its music director, Gustavo Dudamel, exudes an energy that rivals the building’s audacious design. Also housed at Disney Hall is REDCAT, which offers performance and visual arts productions. After a show, take a stroll through the new 12-acre Grand Park, between Grand Avenue and Hill Street and First and Temple streets.

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Steps from the Music Center is the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, designed by Spanish architect José Rafael Moneo. A short walk south on Grand is the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Southern California’s premier contemporary art museum. The Omni Hotel and California Plaza are adjacent. Nearby Angels Knoll is a welcome patch of greenery amid the concrete jungle. Angels Flight, a vintage funicular (dormant at press time) that climbs to California Plaza from Hill Street below, is billed as “The Shortest Railway in the World.” At the foot of the hill, the Bunker Hill Steps rise five stories at

the U.S. Bank Tower, the tallest building west of the Mississippi. Across the street is the art deco-style Los Angeles Public Library.

Olvera Street

The origin of the city of Los Angeles, dating back to 1781, is El Pueblo de Los Angeles, a collection of 27 buildings along festive pedestrian concourse Olvera Street. The city’s oldest building, Avila Adobe (circa 1818), is located here, along with Mexican restaurants, mariachi bands and merchants offering arts and crafts. A few blocks away is the city’s oldest restaurant, Philippe the Original (1908), where a cup of joe is just 49 cents.

Historic Districts

Undergoing a renaissance is the Broadway Theatre District, home to once-opulent movie palaces. Several, such as the United Artists Theatre building (now the stylish Ace Hotel), have been revived or restored to their original grandeur. Hip shops such as Acne Studios lend cachet to the area. The Bradbury Building (304 S. Broadway), built in 1893 in the Italian Renaissance Revival style, was featured in the film Blade Runner.

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Beelman’s Pub

Acme Hospitality Group’s latest offering is a European-inspired bar named for famed architect Claude Beelman. 600 S. Spring St., downtown, 213.622.1022

Blue Bottle Coffee

Burgeoning Oakland coffee roaster takes over Handsome Coffee’s former space, adding almond milk to the menu. 582 Mateo St., downtown, 213.621.4194

KazuNori

Sushi Nozawa and Sugarfish masterminds unveil this hand roll sushi bar concept. 421 S. Main St., downtown, 213.493.6956

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sleek Japanese American National Museum. The Geffen Contemporary, a branch of MOCA, is next door. At 2nd and Main streets is the Cathedral of Saint Vibiana, former home of the Los Angeles Archdiocese.

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Spring Street from 4th to 7th streets is a rapidly awakening area once referred to as the “Wall Street of the West.” Steps from this historic district is a row of trendy bars on 6th Street (between Main and Los Angeles streets) that includes The Varnish.

Shopping Districts

Downtown’s heritage as a mercantile center can still be experienced in its historic shopping districts. The Jewelry District draws shoppers to markets such as St. Vincent Jewelry Center (650 S. Hill St.), while in the neighboring Fashion District, centered around the California Market Center, you can find designer clothing items. At Santee Alley, an open-air bargain bazaar, designer trends breed low-priced knockoffs. The Flower District offers blooms at wholesale prices. For an awesome mix of old-school produce vendors and lunch counters and new, upscale specialty stalls, Grand Central Market, near the foot of Angels Flight, is the place to go. And the

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refreshed FIGat7th shopping center boasts trendy new boutiques and eateries.

Chinatown

Chinatown remains a great destination for sampling dim sum or browsing for authentic clothing, tea or home goods. Cultural highlights include the ornate Thien Hau Temple (750 Yale St.) and the Chinese American Museum. Pedestrian-oriented Chung King Road and Gin Ling Way are home to galleries, while Broadway boasts boutiques. Dodger Stadium is a short drive away, as is San Antonio Winery, which offers tours and tastings.

Little Tokyo

Little Tokyo is still a proud ethnic enclave, but it, too, is emerging as an up-and-coming hipster ’hood. The dining scene is popping, led by newer restaurants such as Lazy Ox Canteen, and you can nibble on traditional sushi prepared by veteran chefs at Japanese Village Plaza. Just a few steps down 1st Street is the

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➺Scandinavian design is enjoying the spotlight shining on downtown L.A. Steps from Acne Studios’ flagship is Austere, a showroom, retail and event space founded by Fredrik Carlström to bring the well-designed environment of his Stockholm youth to life. In a former parking structure and automobile showroom, pieces by such modern masters as Alvar Aalto (see a wooden mold from one of his vases, at right) mingle with contemporary designs, deliberately arranged to underscore the heritage and innovation behind each piece. The offerings come from diverse disciplines: Swedish barbershop Roy & Son operates two chairs, and, harking back to the building’s roots, Austere founding partner Volvo has a model on display. How do you say “vroom” in Swedish? 912 S. Hill St., downtown, 323.977.9280, austere.co

Exposition Park

Just south of downtown is Exposition Park, whose grounds hold major museums and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The California African American Museum touches on African American history, and the BeauxArts-style Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County offers insight into prehistoric giants. The California Science Center has a 3-D IMAX theater and exhibits the retired NASA space shuttle Endeavour. For bold items, see listings in the where guide. For a detailed map of downtown, see page 101.

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The retired NASA space shuttle Endeavour at the California Science Center in Exposition Park

The $2.5 billion L.A. Live project has been called the epicenter of the downtown renaissance. Staples Center, home to the Los Angeles Lakers, Clippers and Kings, hosts top pop acts, as does Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, which boasts state-of-the-art acoustics. The Grammy Museum honors myriad music genres with videos, artifacts and interactive exhibits. A dozen restaurants and nightlife venues—WP24, Rock’n Fish and Lucky Strike Lanes, to name a few—face a massive urban plaza lined with LED screens. The Los Angeles Convention Center, encompassing 16-plus acres of exhibition space, is also here.

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PYRRHA

8315 West 3rd Street (323) 424-4807 pyrrha.com

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Pasadena PASADENA BRINGS A BLEND OF SMALL-TOWN CHARM AND COSMOPOLITAN ENERGY. NEIGHBORING TERRITORIES EAGLE ROCK, GLENDALE AND THE SAN GABRIEL VALLEY ARE ALSO WORTH DISCOVERING.

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A tribute to foresighted urban planning is the 22-square block shopping district known as Old Pasadena, roughly bounded by Walnut Street and Del Mar Boulevard, Arroyo Parkway and Pasadena Avenue. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the district contains restored buildings, trendy boutiques and excellent restaurants such as Union, from lauded chef Bruce Kalman (37 E. Union St.). Pedestrian-only alleys meander through One Colorado, where chic shops such as Gold Bug, Mohawk General Store and Oska beckon and restaurants offer alfresco dining overlooking a sculpture-strewn square. A few steps east of Old Pasadena lies Paseo Colorado, a shopping and dining center with ArcLight Cinemas and upscale shops such as Coach and BCBG Max Azria lining garden promenades. This mixed-use development’s open-air design frames views of such historic structures as Pasadena City Hall (100 N. Garfield Ave.).

Playhouse District +  South Lake Avenue

Anchored by the Mission-style Pasadena

Playhouse, this district is filled with upscale antique shops, boutiques and dining rooms with ornate façades. Also present is the Le Cordon Bleu-affiliated College of Culinary Arts, with a restaurant open to the public, and the famed Ice House comedy club. The neighboring Boston Court Performing Arts Center presents dramas and musicals. The pagoda-crowned USC Pacific Asia Museum features decorative arts from every corner of Asia, and the Pasadena Museum of California Art celebrates Golden State painters and sculptors from 1850 to the present. Just east of the Playhouse District, South Lake Avenue is a vibrant, 12-block shopping and dining district. At the Commons and Burlington Arcade, charming boutiques are set around European-style courtyards. Farther south on Lake Avenue is the opulent, historic Langham Huntington Hotel.

Orange Grove Boulevard

This wide boulevard, once called Millionaire’s Row, is still lined with splendid estates, including the former Wrigley Mansion, which now houses the Tournament of Roses Association and is open for tours.

The immediate neighborhood features the legacy of architects Frank Lloyd Wright, Wallace Neff and Paul Williams. The genius of Greene & Greene, pioneers of the Arts and Crafts movement, is evident at the Gamble House, also open to the public. Just around the corner on Colorado Boulevard is the Norton Simon Museum, home to one of the finest art collections in America. The galleries at this museum are filled with masterpieces from the Renaissance to the 20th century, and its repertoire of Impressionist masters (Degas, Cézanne, van Gogh) is impressive. It also features extensive art from India and a tribute to Monet in a lovely sculpture garden.

San Marino + South Pasadena

In the exclusive residential community of San Marino is the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, one of the most remarkable pieces of real estate in Southern California. Here the beautifully restored Italianate mansion of railroad magnate Henry Huntington is packed with 18th- and 19th-century art including Thomas Gainsborough’s Blue Boy and Sir Thomas

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renowned architectural heritage, and institutions such as the Tournament of Roses and Caltech giving the community a gravitas far beyond its size. In nearby San Gabriel Valley, additional treasures await.

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NEW IN TOWN Lavender & Honey

Cute coffee bar and deli is cozy and familyfriendly. Try the signature toasts. 1383 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena, 626.529.5571

Splendid

The comfy-chic clothing line brings its soft knits to Old Pasadena. 113 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 626.683.4915

David Yurman

Preeminent U.S. jewelry designer arrives at the Americana at Brand with his artistic creations. 798 Americana Way, Glendale, 818.241.2836

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The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanical Garden’s natural Southern California habitat is famous for its wild peafowl.

ering neon obelisk is the Alex Theatre (216 N. Brand Blvd.), an art deco masterpiece that hosts concerts and musicals. Just north of downtown Glendale is the delightful community of Montrose, with its homespun shops and all-American diners. Nearby is sprawling Descanso Gardens, home to North America’s largest camellia collection, fully in bloom from January to February.

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Public art near Pasadena City Hall

Lawrence’s Pinkie. A library with 600,000 rare books and manuscripts occupies another structure. Throughout the 200-acre property are more than one dozen distinct botanical environments, re-creating native habitats from England, China and elsewhere. Tea service is offered in a cottage amid a formal rose garden. Directly south of Old Pasadena is the independent municipality of South Pasadena, a shady, tranquil community. The Mission West historic district, particularly Mission Street, is packed with antique shops, galleries and cafes. The town is particularly kidfriendly, thanks to adorable shops such as the Dinosaur Farm and Fair Oaks Pharmacy, a 1915 restored drugstore with a soda fountain.

Eagle Rock + Glendale

Just west of Pasadena is Eagle Rock, a quiet college town that is reinventing itself as a hip neighborhood with an understated bohochic vibe. Students from Occidental College,

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where a young Barack Obama studied, mingle with young couples who have snapped up the hillside real estate. Its main drag of Colorado Boulevard is suddenly lined with one trendy cafe after another, from Vietnamese and French to Italian and vegetarian. On the other side of Eagle Rock is Glendale. Office workers pour out of high-rises for happy hour at The Americana at Brand, an open-air shopping, residential and entertainment development. Here, find value at H&M or splurge at the new David Yurman. The center is a great place for a movie followed by dinner and cocktails at Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak or Katsuya. The trilevel indoor shopping center Glendale Galleria is adjacent. Its department stores include Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s and Target, and specialty boutiques include Banana Republic, Coach and Tilly’s. Glendale’s diverse population—it’s home to one of the largest Armenian communities in America—provides plenty of flavor, including elaborate restaurants. Marked by a tow-

Kissing Pasadena’s eastern border is Sierra Madre, a quaint community that refuses to be paved over. Arcadia is home to Santa Anita Park, one of the most storied thoroughbred horse racing venues in the world. Adjacent to the racetrack is Westfield Santa Anita, an ever-expanding shopping center. The 127-acre Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden’s natural Southern California habitat is famous for its wild peafowl; you might see a flock crossing nearby streets. The 1771 San Gabriel Mission is a notable landmark in the neighboring city of San Gabriel. The San Gabriel Valley cities of San Gabriel, Temple City, Alhambra and Monterey Park have drawn large numbers of Chinese and Vietnamese immigrants in recent decades, and some of the best Chinese restaurants in America are found here, including Hong Kong-style seafood houses that are great fun for dim sum brunches. For bold items, see listings in the where guide. For a detailed map of these neighborhoods, see page 102.

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expanded into Old Pasadena’s One Colorado shopping center in July, bringing contemporary design to a neighborhood better known for an Arts and Crafts aesthetic. Founded by the award-winning, L.A.-based multidisciplinary design firm Rio Clementi Hale Studios, the brand is revered for its colorful rugs, furniture and dishware. In Pasadena, you’ll also find prismatic, brightly hued silk scarves and pocket squares, plus a limited-edition serving plate inspired by Pasadena’s historic Tournament of Roses parade. With its equal emphasis on good looks, clever ideas and functionality, the product line will charm its way into your home, whatever your style. 20 Hugus Alley, Pasadena, 626.437.9833, notneutral.com

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➺NotNeutral, a modern home décor shop with locations in Palm Springs and L.A.,

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ust 15 minutes from downtown Los Angeles, and conveniently situated along the Metro Gold Line, Old Pasadena is a vibrant hub of world-class shopping, dining, arts, and entertainment. Comprised of 22 blocks of nationally-registered historic architecture, Old Pasadena is widely recognized as a premier destination and one of the few truly walkable urban districts in California. Come explore more than 300 specialty boutiques, exclusive retailers, sidewalk cafĂŠs, and fine restaurants in this authentic main street experience.

Shopping is fun at this high-end designer resale store, offering the best of recent and vintage Chanel, Vuitton, Prada and more!

Clothes Heaven

111 E. Union St. 626.440.0929 clothesheaven.com

Artful living boutique that mixes new upscale furnishings with vintage and renovated second-hand treasures.

1810 Restaurant brings Argentina to Old Pasadena with authentic cuisine, great wines and charming atmosphere.

A contemporary cabinet of curiosities with a museum perspective on current artists, jewelers, and designers.

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Gold Bug

55 E. Holly St. 626.577.3400 maudewoods.com

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The Valley HOLLYWOOD MIGHT BE THE SPIRITUAL CENTER OF THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY, BUT THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY, AKA “THE OTHER SIDE OF THE HILL,” IS WHERE MOVIEMAKING MAGIC HAPPENS.

➺The Valley is a sprawling collection of bedroom communities whose population approaches

2 million. Immortalized in movies as diverse as Chinatown and Valley Girl, the area derives its name from Mission San Fernando Rey de España, the historic landmark on the Valley’s northernmost edge. Just a couple of Metro stops north of the heart of Hollywood is Universal City, a major entertainment industry outpost. The highlight is certainly Universal Studios Hollywood, which offers a behind-thescenes peek into moviemaking. The theme park offers some rollicking roller coasters as well as high-tech virtual-reality action rides such as the new Despicable Me attraction and King Kong 360 3-D, created by film director Peter Jackson. Make like Brad and Angelina and splurge for Universal’s VIP Experience. Its guests are pampered like celebrities, getting tours of the studio’s prop warehouses and cutting to the front of the line for every ride. Among the wide-ranging attractions next door at pedestrian-only Universal CityWalk are skydiving simulations at iFLY Hollywood, an exhilarating wind tunnel, mechanical bull riding at Saddle Ranch Chop House, stand-up routines at Jon Lovitz Comedy Club, raucous performances at piano bar Howl at the Moon and rock ‘n’ roll bowling at Jillian’s Hi Life Lanes. Boutiques such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Lush

Cosmetics and Guess Accessories will loosen your wallet.

Burbank

The “beautiful downtown Burbank” that Johnny Carson used to poke fun at has grown into a cosmopolitan hub with 80 restaurants, 200 shops and 30 movie screens. Burbank Town Center (201 E. Magnolia Blvd.) offers a major mall shopping experience, but surrounding streets, such as historic San Fernando Boulevard, have a more homegrown feel with hip shops and trendy bistros such as Granville Cafe. Magnolia Park, a quaint commercial district centered at Magnolia Boulevard and Hollywood Way, offers cafes, antique shops and boutiques including Encore Nouveau and Swift. Massive Porto’s Bakery offers excellent pastries and sandwiches from the owners’ native Cuba and from Europe, too, and the iconic Bob’s Big Boy hosts a classiccar show every Friday. DeBell Golf Club is open to the public and offers a challenging 18-hole course and a par-three course. If you’re jetting into or out of L.A., you can escape the hassles of LAX by opting for

convenient, uncongested Bob Hope Airport in Burbank. It offers nonstop flights to many cities across the country and reduces stress, especially for visitors to the San Fernando Valley, Pasadena or San Gabriel Valley communities.

Burbank’s Studios

While the Valley may be dismissed by Westside hipsters, there’s as much Hollywood going on here as in Hollywood itself, thanks to the presence of several studios in Burbank. Go behind the scenes of your favorite shows at the Warner Bros. Studios VIP tour, which offers back-lot tours similar to those at Universal, and all of the studios recruit audience members for tapings of sitcoms and talk shows. Audiences Unlimited is among the ticketing agencies offering the best opportunities to score free tickets to tapings.

North Hollywood

North Hollywood wasn’t much of a tourist destination until the community transformed its commercial core into the NoHo Arts District, now filled with nearly two

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dozen professional theaters, including the landmark El Portal Theatre. These venues present some of the most innovative stage performances in L.A., as neighboring dance studios and art galleries contribute to the scene. With the addition of new restaurants like the Federal Bar, a lively gastropub with a full calendar of music and comedy, the momentum continues for this transit-linked urban village. From NoHo’s Metro station, you can access central Hollywood and downtown via the Red Line subway, or board the Orange Line, a surprisingly sleek express bus that traverses the entire San Fernando Valley.

Ventura Boulevard

This iconic, palm-lined boulevard stretches 20 miles from one end of the San Fernando Valley to the other. Immortalized in music by Frank Zappa and Tom Petty, the boulevard is an integral part of L.A. culture. As it stretches through Studio City, it’s lined with an eclectic mix of eateries, from entertainment-industry-favored Art’s Deli to elegant Bistro Garden, not to mention a greater concentration of acclaimed sushi bars (such as Asanebo) than Little Tokyo. For shopping, there are hip boutiques including Dari and stylish retreats such as Belle Visage Day Spa, owned by Kirsten Dunst’s mother, and Face Haus facial bar. Hip bars and supper clubs including Firefly have helped to launch a nightlife scene. You’ll see plenty of famous faces in the Valley, where celebrities treasure its more family-oriented lifestyle. Farther west, as the boulevard winds its way through Sherman Oaks, you’ll encounter laid-back trattorias and bistros as well as shops such as Abundance, a boutique showcasing plus-size designer fashions. Sherman Oaks is also home to Westfield Fashion Square, anchored by Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s and featuring upscale boutiques in a particularly pleasant environment. Sherman Oaks Galleria is near the junction of the 405 and 101 freeways; draws include ArcLight Cinemas.

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Deep in the Valley

Westfield Promenade is a mall in Canoga Park with shops and restaurants such as Ruby’s Diner. Neighboring Westfield Topanga shopping center is loaded with exclusive designer boutiques, including Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo, Cartier, Hugo Boss and new David Yurman, plus anchoring department stores Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Macy’s. Farther westbound on the Ventura Freeway (U.S. 101) is Calabasas, where celebrities move for clean air and more elbow room. Upscale shopping and casual eateries live at the Commons at Calabasas

(4799 Commons Way), a pleasant open-air destination. A few exits beyond that is Westlake Village, where locals hit the spa or do lunch at the Four Seasons. Air Force One is permanently grounded at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum in neighboring Simi Valley. North on the Golden State Freeway (I-5) in Valencia, coaster enthusiasts gather at Six Flags Magic Mountain for rides too wild for Disneyland. For bold items, see listings in the where guide. For a detailed map of these neighborhoods, see page 102.

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EXPLORING

South Bay THE SOUTH BAY’S BEACHES AND HARBORS ARE ACTION-PACKED, BUT THE LIVING IS EASY. LOOK FOR OCEAN-VIEW DINING, MOM-AND-POP SHOPS AND SEASIDE ATTRACTIONS.

➺In the South Bay, the cities of Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach occupy an idyllic Manhattan Beach

Nineteen miles southwest of downtown Los Angeles, Manhattan Beach boasts two miles of beaches with sand so fine that developers from Waikiki Beach in Honolulu imported it in the 1920s. This laid-back city is home to many professional athletes: You may spot an L.A. Kings player as you walk along the Strand, the pedestrian promenade sandwiched between multimillion-dollar homes and the beachfront bike trail. At the end of the city’s picturesque pier, the Roundhouse Aquarium delights with touch tanks. The pier features plaques commemorating winners of the Manhattan Beach Open—the South Bay is die-hard beach-volleyball country. It’s also a playground for water-sports enthusiasts, including boogie-boarders and surfers. East of the pier along Manhattan Beach Boulevard and Manhattan Avenue are chic boutiques and a burgeoning dining scene, with restaurants such as M.B. Post, Fishing with Dynamite, Little Sister and The Strand House drawing gourmands from across Los Angeles. Metlox plaza is a popular gathering spot, with shops such as the Beehive and hot spots including Zinc at the Shade Hotel.

Hermosa Beach

Heading south on Manhattan Avenue brings you to Pier Avenue, the heart of Hermosa Beach. Hermosa shares many characteristics of Manhattan Beach, including a scenic twomile stretch of beachfront punctuated by volleyball nets, fitness buffs weaving along the Strand (here merged with the bike path), and a pier studded with bronze plaques commemorating surfing legends. Come late afternoon, the pedestrian plaza at Pier Avenue west of Hermosa Avenue becomes a different kind of South Bay scene, thanks to spillover from hopping bars and restaurants such as Hennessey’s and Mediterraneo. Beyond Pier Plaza to the south, on Hermosa Avenue, Jay Leno still draws crowds to the Comedy & Magic Club with Sunday night shows. To the plaza’s east, the eco-friendly cafe/boutique Gum Tree is a charming standout among the specialty shops and bistros that line Pier Avenue. Across the street, Becker’s carries surfboards and beachwear.

Redondo Beach

The largest of L.A. County’s beach cities, Redondo Beach is home to the 1,457-seat

Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center and a recreational waterfront featuring two miles of sandy beaches, the popular Redondo Beach Pier and King Harbor. Sepulveda Boulevard becomes Pacific Coast Highway as it enters town; signs point west to King Harbor’s Redondo Beach Marina, one of four marinas in the harbor. Here, you find businesses such as Redondo Sportfishing offering recreational fishing excursions and whale-watching tours, while other local outfitters rent kayaks, paddle boats, bicycles and wave runners. South of the harbor, the historic Redondo Beach Pier has had its ups and downs, but it keeps rising from the ashes to attract locals and visitors to quick-andcasual eateries, amusements and souvenir shops. South of the pier, the gentle waves and somewhat narrow beach of Redondo State Beach draw crowds during the summer, while the bike path meanders by on its way to its terminus at Torrance State Beach. One block east of the beach, the Riviera Village shopping district has a small-town feel, with restaurants and specialty boutiques such as Cami and the Catalina Cooking Store covering a six-block radius.

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coastal stretch renowned for surfing, volleyball and expensive real estate. Farther south beckon the bluffs of the Palos Verdes Peninsula and beyond them, the bustling waterfronts of San Pedro and Long Beach.

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BoBeau Kitchen & Roof Tap The San Diego favorite’s new location is a stunning Spacecraftdesigned space. 144 Pine Ave., Long Beach, 562.983.0056

SweetXO

This nostalgiainducing candy shop offers unique treats and gifts. 700B Allied Way, El Segundo, 310.426.9696

Sushi Akatora

Japanese eatery right off the coast feels like a rustic fishing village. 302 Rosecrans Ave., Manhattan Beach, 310.802.1131

Korean Bell of Friendship in San Pedro. Opposite, from left: Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach; Gum Tree boutique in Hermosa Beach

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Among Long Beach’s most popular draws is the 1,020-foot-long Queen Mary, a historic, supposedly haunted ship-turned-hotel.

Manhattan Beach is prime surfing territory and renowned for its fine sand.

Palos Verdes Peninsula

Beyond Redondo Beach rises the Palos Verdes Peninsula, a rugged 26-square-mile area known for majestic bluffs that afford sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and Santa Catalina Island. Eight miles inland on Crenshaw Boulevard sprawls the 87-acre South Coast Botanic Garden in tony Palos Verdes Estates. Hugging the coast on Palos Verdes Drive West brings you to Rancho Palos Verdes’ Point Vicente Interpretive Center, a marine museum and popular gray-whale-watching site during the annual migration. Just beyond is the Mediterraneanstyle Terranea Resort, which offers fine dining, a spa and a public nine-hole golf course. A few miles south along Palos Verdes Drive West is the Wayfarers Chapel, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright’s son, Lloyd Wright. The impressive Swedenborgian “glass church” is a popular wedding venue. Nearby, the 18-hole public course at Trump National Golf Club is top-ranked.

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San Pedro

The multicultural city of San Pedro, on the southeastern side of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, was once the largest commercial fishing port in the nation. Today, it’s home to the Port of Los Angeles, a container port that also serves travelers on the Catalina Express and more than one million cruise passengers annually. From the port’s World Cruise Center, a trolley takes visitors downtown to the waterfront restaurants and shops of the New England-style Ports O’ Call Village, and then to the marina, part of the Cabrillo Beach Recreational Complex. The complex includes the Frank Gehry-designed Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, located next to Cabrillo Beach. Windsurfers of all abilities congregate here, with outfitters including Captain Kirk’s (525 N. Harbor Blvd.) offering rentals and lessons.

Long Beach

In the southwest corner of L.A. County, Long Beach boasts a busy commercial port,

an attraction-packed waterfront and more than five miles of beaches. Among its most popular draws is the 1,020-foot-long Queen Mary, a historic, supposedly haunted shipturned-hotel, dining and shopping attraction permanently moored in Long Beach Harbor. Alongside it is the Cold War-era Scorpion Russian Submarine. The Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center and The Pike at Rainbow Harbor entertainment complex are nearby, as is the Aquarium of the Pacific and the family-friendly Shoreline Village. From the village, you can rent bicycles and follow the Shoreline pedestrian bike path 3.1 miles along the water, passing the Long Beach Museum of Art. The path ends at the tony Belmont Shore neighborhood. Here you’ll find restaurants and shops along 2nd street, Bay Shore Beach, the Belmont Pier, windsurfing and kite-surfing lessons, and even gondola rides through the canals of Naples. Downtown, along 4th Street between Junipero and Cherry avenues, vintage furniture and clothing shops such as the Vintage Collective make up funky “Retro Row.” In the emergent East Village Arts District, hip galleries and boutiques are sprouting where Linden Avenue meets Broadway. Farther east, an impressive collection of modern and contemporary works decks the walls of the Museum of Latin American Art. For bold items, see listings in the where guide. For a detailed map of these neighborhoods, see page 101.

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to one of the Southland’s coolest men’s shops. Dave Mercer took his interest in the classic blue jean and passion for American manufacturing and created Deep Pocket Jean Company, which offers seven styles of jeans featuring 12 inch-deep pockets and a hidden spot for your phone. Find them at DPJC’s Pier Avenue shop along with wares and wears from like-minded vendors, such as leather goods from downtown L.A.-based Clark & Madison. There’s even a well-stocked humidor and an old-school barbershop. Great denim? Check. Hot-towel shave? Check. Cigar and a shot of whiskey? Check and check. DPJC: your new South Bay man cave. 200 Pier Ave., Suite 201, Hermosa Beach, 310.379.5201, deeppocketjeancompany.com

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PEGGY OSTERKAMP, FOUR VEILS (2013), HANDWOVEN SILK, 60” X 29”. PHOTO COURTESY THE ARTIST

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Prepare to be wowed by the technical, aesthetic and structural innovations on display in New Directions: A Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Textiles, opening to the public Sept. 14 at the Craft & Folk Art Museum on Museum Row. In this exhibition organized by the Textile Society of America, 19 established and emerging artists offer their unique takes on the field of fiber. The group includes L.A.-based Guillermo Bert, who creates QRC-encoded textiles, and Peggy Osterkamp, whose ethereal hand-woven silk piece Four Veils is pictured left. A full slate of on-site educational programs and hands-on workshops supplements the crossdisciplinary exhibition. 5814 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.937.4230, cafam.org

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Dining American ANIMAL Bare-bones eatery, from the guys known as the “Two Dudes” to Food Network fans, is a carnivore’s dream. Think delectable takes on offal (such as crispy pig’s ear) and a bacon-chocolate crunch bar for dessert. D (nightly). 435 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A., 323.782.9225 $$$ Map I13 THE CHURCH KEY With off-menu items rolled table-totable, this trendy spot has adopted the charm and spontaneity of dim sum. The menu—playful and eclectic with a wide variety of global influences—is executed and presented with style. In addition, mixologists dressed as a Pan Am flight attendants steer airline food carts loaded with liquid nitro cocktails. Br (Sa–Su), D (nightly). 8730 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 424.249.3700 $$$ Map H12

Small But Mighty

It’s amazing that someplace so small can make such a big splash, but that’s exactly what’s happening at Petit Trois, the new ultra-French bistro/bar from Ludo Lefebvre (Trois Mec) and partners Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo (Animal, Son of a Gun). Here, diners queue up to snag stools in the tiny space. The regularly changing lunch and dinner menus read like the Ten Commandments of French food: Thou shalt have a jambonbeurre sandwich, confit chicken leg (pictured above), perfect omelet, steak frites or croque monsieur. Pair with a specialty cocktail, or stay classically Parisian with wine. Don’t bother bringing cash—it’s credit card only. And forget making a reservation: With only 21 seats (plus standing room), your only option is to wait in line with everyone else. 718 N. Highland Ave., L.A., petittrois.com

Guidelines

Map locators at the end of each listing (Map A3; Map H10, etc.) refer to maps in the back of this issue. Compendium includes editors’ recommendations and advertisers.

Index

American .............................66 Breweries/Gastropubs....68 British.....................................68 California ..............................68 Chinese .................................68 Eclectic/Fusion ..................68 French ....................................70 Italian .....................................70 Japanese................................ 71

Korean ................................... 72 Mediterranean ................... 72 Mexican/Latin ................... 73 Pan-Asian............................. 73 Quick Bites .......................... 73 Seafood ................................. 74 Spanish.................................. 75 Steak ...................................... 75 Thai......................................... 76

CLAIM JUMPER Saloon-style eatery features hearty grill fare and its own label of craft beer. L (M-F), D (nightly). 3500 W. Olive Ave., Burbank, 818.260.0505; 820 W. Huntington Drive, Monrovia, 626.359.0463; 9429 Tampa Ave., Northridge, 818.718.2882; 25740 The Old Road, Valencia, 661.254.2628; 6501 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Long Beach, 562.431.1321 $ Map T22, Q23, north of A1, north of A1, D4

NOÉ Visitors heading to the Walt Disney Concert Hall find Noé a convenient spot for a classy repast. Noé serves a “neo-bistro” menu with Mediterranean turbot meunière with sauteed watercress and rigatoni with house-cured sausage. D (nightly). Omni Hotel, 251 S. Olive St., downtown, 213.356.4100 $$ Map H16

CAULFIELD’S Beverly Hills’ literary-inspired American bistro offers comfort classics such as roasted chicken and braised short ribs. B, L, D (daily), Br (Sa–Su). 9360 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.388.6860 $$$ Map J11

R+D KITCHEN Bustling industrial-style eatery with salads, sandwiches, meat loaf and more. L, D (daily). 1323 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, 310.395.3314 $$ Map K8

CRAFT New York chef Tom Colicchio of TV’s Top Chef brings his signature concept to L.A. The restaurant delivers an endless, contemporary American à la carte menu, with fun, shareable dishes including roasted octopus with falafel and diver scallops with vermouth butter. L (M–F), D (M–Sa). 10100 Constellation Blvd., L.A., 310.279.4180 $$$$ Map K11

SALT CREEK GRILLE Enjoy mesquite-grilled burgers, chops, steaks and seafood and an interesting selection of California beers and wines at this classic American restaurant. Outdoor patio and live music create a relaxed atmosphere. L, D (daily). 2015 E. Park Place, El Segundo, 310.335.9288 $$ Map L14

HINOKI & THE BIRD Inside luxury residential tower the Century, chef Kuniko Yagi infuses Japanese and Southeast Asian flavors into such dishes as lobster rolls with green curry and Thai basil, and black cod scented with the smoke of the namesake hinoki wood. L (Tu-F), D (Tu–Sa). 10 W. Century Drive, Century City, 310.552.1200 $$$ Map J10 INK. An L.A. culinary darling, Top Chef winner Michael Voltaggio showcases daring, thoughtful molecular gastronomy at his first restaurant. Get a five-course tasting menu or explore à la carte items including smoked trout with radish and roe, and fried chicken oatmeal with a sunny-side-up egg. D (nightly). 8360 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.651.5866 $$$ Map I12 JAR Chef Suzanne Tracht presents an L.A. take on traditional, comforting American fare in a chic interpretation of an old-school chophouse. A meal might begin with crab-deviled eggs before moving on to the signature pot roast. Br (Su), D (nightly). 8225 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 323.655.6566 $$$ Map I12 JOAN’S ON THIRD Celebrity-frequented cafe on busy West 3rd Street offers omelets, sandwiches, salads, soups, sweets plus picnic baskets, gourmet items. B, L, D (daily). 8350 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.655.2285 $ Map I12 M.B. POST Small plates of seafood, fresh-baked breads, cured meats and more in the space of a former post office. “Eat Your Vegetables” menu makes green beans, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower look tantalizing. Br (Sa–Su), L (F-Su), D (nightly). 1142 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, 310.545.5405 $$$ Map L13 MUSSO & FRANK GRILL Hollywood’s oldest (1919). Enjoy flannel cakes, lobster Thermidor and Welsh rarebit with the martini; legend has it that this place invented the drink. B, L, D (Tu–Sa). 6667 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.467.7788 $$ Map H13

SEASONS 52 No deep-frying. No dish more than 475 calories. Lots of flavor. Stylish decor, eclectic seasonal menu, Mini Indulgences desserts and a superior wine list. L, D (daily). 1501 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310.451.1152; Westfield Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Century City, 310.277.5252 $$ Maps L8, J11 SECO New American cuisine, plus wine, beer and crafted cocktails, in the former Cafe 140 South space. L, D (daily). 140 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena, 626.449.9900 $$ Map R21 THE STRAND HOUSE This South Bay restaurant with awesome ocean views is sophisticated enough to compete with any restaurant in L.A. County’s hipper parts. House-made charcuterie precedes dishes such as hamachi crudo and lobster cavatelli. Br (Sa–Su), L (Tu–F), D (nightly). 117 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, 310.545.7470 $$$ Map L13 TRUXTON’S AMERICAN BISTRO Friendly neighborhood eatery serves reinvented American classics and approachable dishes with ethnic twists. B (Sa-Su), L, D (daily). 1329 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.393.8789 $$ Map L8 UMAMI BURGER Hot specialty burger joint; try the signature Umami Burger with tempura onion rings. L, D (daily). 4655 Hollywood Blvd., Los Feliz, 323.669.3922; 1520 Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood, 323.469.3100; 12159 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, 818.286.9004; additional locations at umami.com $ Map W22, H14, A2 WOLFGANG PUCK AT THE HOTEL BEL-AIR A favorite hideaway of Hollywood elite, the Hotel Bel-Air offers an indoor-outdoor retreat helmed by the father of California cuisine. Puck’s take on Wiener schnitzel reminds diners of his Austrian heritage. B, D (daily), L (M–Sa), Br (Su), tea (F–Sa). 701 Stone Canyon Road, Bel-Air, 310.909.1644 $$$$ Map I10

6’ 8”-tall Girasol chef and Top Chef alum Chris “C.J.” Jacobson developed his passion for food while traveling and competing in Europe as a professional volleyball player. p. 68

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FIG RESTAURANT Chef Ray Garcia, ex–French Laundry, crafts a seasonal menu of bistro fare; trendy charcuterie bar open at dinnertime. Br (Su), B, L (daily), D (Tu– Sa). Fairmont Miramar Hotel, 101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.319.3111 $$ Map L8

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Breweries/Gastropubs FATHER’S OFFICE Microbrew mecca; one of L.A.’s best burgers. Santa Monica: L (Sa–Su), D (nightly). Culver City: L (F–Su), D (nightly). 1018 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, 310.393.2337; Father’s Office 2, 3229 Helms Ave., Culver City. 310.736.2224 $$ Map L8, L11 PUBLIC KITCHEN & BAR Refined menu includes chicken liver terrine with strawberry-rhubarb marmalade sweetbreads; bar serves cured meats, cheeses and fresh cocktails. Br (Su), L (M–F), D (nightly). Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.466.7000 $$$ Map G13

British O’BRIEN’S IRISH PUB Pub and restaurant with brews, whiskeys and spirits; Irish and American cuisine; outdoor patio; live entertainment. L, D (daily). 2941 Main St., Santa Monica, 310.396.4725 $ Map M8 ROSE TREE COTTAGE Sweet, homey spot for English afternoon tea. Known for its freshly baked scones and gracious service from husband-and-wife owners. Seatings at 1, 2:30 and 4 pm. Adjacent gift shop. High tea (Tu–Su). 801 S. Pasadena Ave., Pasadena, 626.793.3337 $$ Map R19 YE OLDE KING’S HEAD Pub/restaurant with cozy dining rooms, fish and chips, high tea, gift shop. B, L, D (daily), high tea (M-Sa). 116 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.451.1402 $ Map L8

GIRASOL Chef C.J. Jacobson, a former Top Chef contestant, forages for fresh, exotic ingredients in the Santa Monica Mountains to incorporate into an inventive California menu (e.g. hamachi with white fir and wild sorrel, whole crispy red snapper with chili-kumquat sauce). The restaurant, decorated like a giant sunflower (girasol in Spanish), is part of a Studio City dining renaissance. Br (Su), D (nightly). 11334 Moorpark St., Studio City, 818.924.2323 $$$ Map U19 HATFIELD’S Husband-and-wife chef team Quinn and Karen Hatfield combine their talents in the savory and sweet departments, respectively. Guests might dine on Quinn’s reinvented croque madame with yellowtail sashimi, prosciutto and quail egg, or Karen’s heavenly sugar-and-spice beignets. D (T-Su). 6703 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.935.2977 $$$ Map I13 INN OF THE SEVENTH RAY There’s a New Age feel here, but you don’t have to be a believer to fall in love with this place, which boasts candlelit tables scattered along a burbling creek. Consider a charcoal-grilled filet mignon with watercress, baby leeks, carrots and potato foam. Br (Su), L (M–F), D (nightly). 128 Old Topanga Canyon Road, Topanga, 310.455.1311 $$ Map B1 MAR’SEL Overlook a sparkling peninsula while dining on dishes with produce and herbs from chef’s on-site garden; dishes include prime hanger steak, crispy duck confit. D (nightly), Br (Su). Terranea Resort, 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes, 310.265.2836 $$$$ Map O13 MAUDE Celebrity chef Curtis Stone, an Aussie with a strong classical background, debuts this intimate, 25-seat Beverly Hills restaurant named after his grandmother. Every month a different seasonal ingredient is showcased and artfully presented in a nine-course menu. D (Tu-Sa). 212 S. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.859.3418 $$$$ Map J11

California Cuisine

MILO & OLIVE The husband-and-wife team from Rustic Canyon is behind this tiny, casual pizzeria and bakery. Zoe Nathan’s desserts and pastries shouldn’t be missed. B (M-F), Br (Sa-Su), L, D (daily). 2723 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.453.6776 $$ Map K9

208 RODEO This Mediterranean-influenced gem of a cafe sits above Via Rodeo’s cobblestone street at luxe Two Rodeo. Dishes include Tuscan market salad and seafood fettuccine. B, L, D (daily). Two Rodeo, 208 Via Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.275.2428 $$ Map J11

NAPA VALLEY GRILLE Wine country-inspired cuisine. Steaks and choice of tasty sides (garlic herb fries, roasted Brussels sprouts). Br (Su), L (M–Sa), D (nightly). 1100 Glendon Ave., Westwood, 310.824.3322 $$ Map J10

ALMA Bay Area chef Ari Taymor adds fine dining to the revitalization of Broadway with his playful but sophisticated prix-fixe menus in an unpretentious space across from Ace Hotel. The ingredients, all freshly picked or foraged, are revealed in a parade of beautiful dishes that have garnered national attention. D (Tu-Sa). 952 S. Broadway, downtown, 213.244.1422 $$$$ Map I16

RUSTIC CANYON Discover boutique wines while sampling small plates of market-driven, Mediterraneaninspired dishes. Clam pozole and butter-poached halibut are just a few of the winners. Hide in a cozy booth or mingle at the communal table. D (nightly). 1119 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.393.7050 $$$ Map L8

CHAYA The original Chaya in Japan remains open after nearly 400 years, and Chaya’s popularity endures in Los Angeles, too. The Japanese-accented French/Italian menus are accomplished and innovative. L (M–F), D (nightly). 8741 Alden Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.859.8833; 525 S. Flower St., downtown, 213.236.9577; 110 Navy St., Venice, 310.396.1179 $$ Map I11, H16, M8

SPAGO An L.A. institution, Wolfgang Puck’s recently remodeled flagship restaurant features a modern dining room and small-plate offerings of barbecued sting ray with spicy sambal, and Santa Barbara spot prawns with suckling pig and persimmons. Glimpse some of the 30,000 wine bottles on offer in a glass-ensconced “wine wall.” L (Tu–Sa), D (nightly). 176 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.385.0880 $$$ Map I11

TAR & ROSES Ex-Wilshire Restaurant chef Andrew Kirschner’s first restaurant focuses on small, rustic shareable plates cooked in his wood-burning oven, but with a few days’ notice he can also whip up large, lavish family-style suppers of Moroccan-spiced goat or standing rib rack. D (nightly). 602 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.587.0700 $$$ Map L8 THE TASTING KITCHEN Foodies come for the daily changing menu of innovative yet unpretentious cuisine from culinary darling chef Casey Lane: small or large plates of cured meats, artisan cheeses, vegetables, seafood and pastas. Br (Sa–Su), D (nightly). 1633 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.392.6644 $$$ Map M9 TAVERN Chef Suzanne Goin’s third L.A. restaurant explores rustic Cal-Med fare in chic environs, including a popular sunlit indoor patio. The frequently changing menu might include “devil’s chicken” with leeks and mustard breadcrumbs or Arctic char with orangefennel salad. B, L, D (daily), Br (Sa–Su). 11648 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.806.6464 $$$ Map J9 WILSHIRE The woodsy, romantic deck is a coveted spot to hang out; the candle-laden bar inside is one of the Westside’s hottest. Market-driven California fare includes roasted half chicken with haricots verts, shallots and garlic confit. L (M–F), D (M–Sa). 2454 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.586.1707 $$$ Map L8

Chinese MR. CHOW This L.A. edition of scene-y restaurants in New York and London offers Imperial Beijing cuisine. Beverly Hills: L (M–F), D (nightly). Malibu: D (nightly). 344 N. Camden Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.278.9911; Malibu Country Mart, 3835 Cross Creek Road, Malibu, 310.456.7600 $$$ Map I11, K7 OCEAN SEAFOOD Vast and boisterous spot serves amazing array of traditional dishes, superfresh seafood, top-of-the-line dim sum. B, L, D (daily). 750 N. Hill St., Chinatown, 213.687.3088 $$ Map G17

Eclectic/Fusion A-FRAME Roy Choi, whose Kogi inspired a thousand food trucks, offers an eclectic comfort-food menu (beercan chicken, furikake kettle corn) with Korean influences. List of craft beers and signature cocktails are also on offer. L (Sa–Su), D (nightly). 12565 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 310.398.7700 $$ Map M10 ACABAR A sexy Moroccan setting paired with an eclectic menu from chef Octavio Becerra on the Sunset Strip. Enjoy shareable plates like caramelized cauliflower with a pair of sauces, shrimp toast with quail egg and spicy fish sauce, charred prawns with harissa, and lamb tagine, plus flaming cocktails from skilled mixologists. D (Tu-Sa). 1510 N. Stanley Ave., Hollywood, 323.876.1400 $$$ Map H13 BABOUCH MOROCCAN Authentic Moroccan cuisine served in a tentlike atmosphere. Live belly dancing. D (Tu-Su). 810 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro, 310.831.0246 $$ Map D3 BÄCO MERCAT Sizzling-hot chef Josef Centeno has drawn international praise for his uniquely inspired creations. The bäco, a flatbread sandwich, is his signature dish. Other selections on the diverse menu include duck rillete basteeya and spicy hamachi crudo. Br (SaSu), L (M-F), D (nightly). 408 S. Main St., downtown, 213.687.8808 $$ Map I16 MAISON AKIRA Fine French cuisine with Japanese flair (such as a bento box with American Wagyu beef, miso sea bass and chawanmushi) in Pasadena’s playhouse district. Ten-course omakase available. Br (Su), L (F), D (Tu–Su). 713 E. Green St., Pasadena, 626.796.9501 $$$ Map Q20

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Dining LE KA Chef Greg Paul sprinkles global touches into his bill of fare, such as handmade papardelle with chorizo, saffron, squid and squash, and crab beignets with powdered bacon. The mixology program features riffs on classic cocktails such as the Negroni. L (M–F), D (M-Sa). 800 W. 6th St., downtown, 213.688.3000 $$ Map I16 THE LITTLE DOOR For a candlelit dinner in an elegant setting, this is the reservation ne plus ultra. Dine on rustic dishes under the stars or by a crackling fireplace in one of four intimate, romantic dining areas. D (nightly). 8164 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.951.1210 $$$ Map I12

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RED MEDICINE The restaurant doesn’t hew to traditions, but the results are intriguing—and visually delicious—presentations. The menu includes dishes such as trout roe with peas and lemon curd, and chicken dumplings with caramelized sugar. Open late. D (nightly). 8400 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 323.651.5500 $$$ Map J12 TROIS MEC The holy foodie trinity of Ludo Lefebvre (LudoBites) and Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook (Animal, Son of a Gun) open hot restaurant in a 24-seat former pizzeria. Diners must purchase advance tickets via the restaurant’s website to enjoy Lefebvre’s prix-fixe, five-course meal. New French bar-style spinoff, Petit Trois, is next door. D (M–F). 716 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, troismec.com $$$$ Map H13

French BOUCHON The Bouchon bistros from chef Thomas Keller (the French Laundry, Per Se) have become popular for their authentic good looks and superbly executed cuisine. One might begin with salmon rillettes followed by poulet rôti or a croque madame. Br (Sa–Su), L (M–F), D (nightly). 235 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.271.9910 $$$ Map J11 CAFÉ PINOT This glass box of a restaurant adjacent to Central Library offers romantic outdoor dining, skyline views—from bottom up—and contemporary Cal-French cuisine from the Patina group. L (M–F), D (nightly). 700 W. 5th St., downtown, 213.239.6500 $$$ Map H16 CÉZANNE Lovely, lauded Cal-French dining at beachfront hotel near the Santa Monica Pier. B, L, D (daily). Le Merigot, 1740 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310.395.9700 $$$ Map L8 LE CLAFOUTIS French-influenced entrees, pastas, salads; sidewalk patio. B (F–Su), L, D (daily). Sunset Plaza, 8630 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.659.5233 $$ Map H12 DELPHINE Off the W Hollywood Hotel & Residences’ chic lobby, Delphine establishes a laid-back ambience with vintage photo murals and wood-barreled ceilings. Entrees include braised short ribs with roasted root vegetables. B, L, D (daily), Br (Sa–Su). W Hollywood, 6250 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.798.1355 $$$ Map H13 KENDALL’S BRASSERIE Located at the Music Center, Kendall’s is a convenient spot before or after a performance. In addition to dishes with a contemporary flair, all the brasserie favorites are here: fruits de mer, moules frites and braised lamb shank. Br (Sa-Su), L (M-F), D (varies). 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.7322 $$ Map H16

MÉLISSE At Mélisse, among L.A.’s highest-rated restaurants, chef-owner Josiah Citrin executes a sophisticated modern French menu filled with luxe ingredients. Start with lobster bolognese with black truffles before superb game dishes. D (Tu–Sa). 1104 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.395.0881 $$$$ Map M8 PATINA Walt Disney Concert Hall’s fine in-house restaurant. Game dishes are a frequent presence on the menu, such as wood pigeon with yams, celeriac and pear. D (Tu–Su). 141 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.3331 $$$$ Map H16 RÉPUBLIQUE In a landmark once occupied by Charlie Chaplin’s studio—and more recently, Campanile restaurant—fine dining veteran Walter Manzke and pastry chef wife Margarita turn out bistro classics (think escargots, duck confit and steak frites) for a trendy clientele huddling at communal tables. Café B, L (daily), Br (Sa-Su); bistro D (nightly). 624 S. La Brea Blvd., L.A., 310.362.6115 $$$ Map I13

Italian ANGELINI OSTERIA One of L.A.’s premier Italian restaurants. Chef-owner Gino Angelini demonstrates remarkable range and finesse, from sea-salt-crusted whole branzino to the heavenly lasagna in herb sauce recipe he inherited from his grandmother. Reservation required for dinner, recommended for lunch. L (Tu–F), D (Tu–Su). 7313 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 323.297.0070 $$$ Map I13 BESTIA Multiregional Italian restaurant in the hip Arts District. The former executive chef at Angelini Osteria serves up such “beast”-focused dishes as roasted marrow bone with spinach gnocchetti, breadcrumbs and aged balsamic, and a selection of house-cured meats. D (nightly). 2121 E. 7th Place, downtown, 213.514.5724 $$$ Map east of J17 BUCA DI BEPPO Heaping, family-style portions. Call for hours. 80 W. Green St., Pasadena, 626.792.7272; 17500 Ventura Blvd., Encino, 818.995.3288; 1670 S. Pacific Coast Hwy., Redondo Beach, 310.540.3246; 1000 Universal Studios Blvd., Universal City, 818.509.9463; bucadibeppo.com for more locations. $$ Map Q21, A1, M14, U20 CECCONI’S This London-based restaurant caters to a well-heeled clientele who come to schmooze over bellinis and cicchetti (small plates). Pastas including a beautiful agnolotti del plin with black truffle, and seafood such as grilled octopus with capers are well executed. B, L, D (daily), Br (Sa–Su). 8764 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 310.432.2000 $$$ Map I12 CULINA A contemporary take on regional Italian cuisine is the theme at Culina, where ample coastal inspirations are evident on the menu. The modern design includes a sleek crudo bar and an impressive 25-foot chandelier. B (daily), L (M–Sa), D (nightly), Br (Su). Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, 300 S. Doheny Drive, L.A., 310.860.4000 $$$ Map J12 DRAGO CENTRO Celestino Drago’s well-executed Italian fare—garganelli with pork sausage and fennel seeds, truffle-crusted Jidori chicken—and extensive wine

list in a contemporary and handsome space. L (M–F), D (nightly). 525 S. Flower St., downtown, 213.228.8998 $$$ Map H16 THE FACTORY KITCHEN Former Valentino chef Angelo Auriana turns his attention to a casual, industrialchic setting in the burgeoning Arts District. Fresh-made pastas, beautiful cheeses and cured meats, and hearty items like beef with onion-Nebbiolo sauce or porchetta contribute to a daily-changing menu. L (M–F), D (nightly). 1300 Factory Pl., downtown, 213.996.6000 $$$ Map J17 IL FORNAIO Trattoria-style favorite. Beverly Hills: B, L, D (daily). Manhattan Beach: Br (Sa–Su), L, D (daily). Pasadena: Br (Su), L, D (daily). 301 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.550.8330; 1800 Rosecrans Ave., Manhattan Beach, 310.725.9555; 24 W. Union St., Pasadena, 626.683.9797 $$ Map J11, L13, Q19 LA VECCHIA Rustic Northern Italian in a laid-back bistro. More than a dozen pastas for dinner, plus pizzas, ossobuco alla Romana and other traditional favorites. L, D (daily). 2654 Main St., Santa Monica, 310.399.7979 $$ Map M8 MADDALENA Dining among the casks at San Antonio Winery; fresh pastas, seafood, paninis and more served with European hospitality. B (Sa–Su), L, D (daily). 737 Lamar St., L.A., 323.223.1401 $$ Map G17 MATTEO’S An old favorite of the Rat Pack endures. Burrata campana salad, mussels in white wine, ossobuco Milanese. D (Tu–Su). 2321 Westwood Blvd., L.A., 310.475.4521 $$ Map K10 OSTERIA MOZZA Famed L.A.-based bread-maker Nancy Silverton teamed up with affable Mario Batali on Mozza’s duo of contemporary Italian restaurants. Osteria Mozza is a more sophisticated dining room in which to experience the repertoire of these great transcontinental talents. D (nightly). 6602 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.297.0100 $$$ Map H13 PAPARAZZI RISTORANTE Classic southern Italian pasta dishes, seafood and steaks served up in a contemporary-meets-Old Hollywood setting, just blocks from Los Angeles International Airport. D (M–Sa). Sheraton Gateway Hotel, 6101 Century Blvd., Westchester, 310.642.4820 $$ Map O11 PIZZERIA MOZZA The other half of Nancy Silverton and Mario Batali’s Mozza, Pizzeria Mozza is a more relaxed dining experience, and it’s far easier to get a table here than at its sibling, Osteria Mozza, next door. It features pizzas with Mediterranean ingredients, cheeses and salumi plates, and rustic daily specials. L, D (daily). 641 N. Highland Ave., L.A., 323.297.0101 $$ Map H13 RISTORANTE AL MARE Enjoy tastes of Italy and stellar beach and pier views from the rooftop deck of this three-story restaurant. L, D (daily). 250 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, 310.458.4448 $$ Map L8 RIVABELLA Michelin-starred chef Luigi Fineo helms this rustic Italian concept from Innovative Dining Group. L (M–F), D (nightly). 9201 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.278.2060 $$$$ Map I12 SCARPETTA Scott Conant’s much-lauded NYC-based concept is replicated at the Montage Beverly Hills hotel. Conant is deservedly famous for dishes such as a simple, unbeatable spaghetti with tomato and basil. D (M-Sa). 225 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.860.7970 $$$ Map I11 SUPERBA SNACK BAR At this stylish neighborhood pastaria, house-made noodles are lovingly prepared, occasionally smoked and infused for maximum flavor. An interesting wine list and a selection of beer- and wine-based cocktails is available. Limited reservations available; parties of six or more may inquire about tasting menus. Br (F–Su), L (F), D (nightly). 533 Rose Ave., Venice, 310.399.6400 $$$ Map M8

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Japanese ASANEBO Hidden in a mini-mall, but Michelin-rated, this cozy sushi bar and restaurant offers memorable sushi, seared toro in garlic cream and uni tempura in shiso leaf. L (Tu–F), D (Tu-Su). 11941 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, 818.760.3348 $$ Map A1 BENIHANA This restaurant sees teppanyaki chefs slicing and dicing at each table and grilling up simple fare such as tender steak and chicken, savory vegetables, and shrimp and lobster, which is delivered sizzling to diners’ plates. L, D (daily). 16226 Ventura Blvd., Encino, 818.788.7121; 38 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, 323.655.7311; 21327 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance, 310.316.7777; 1447 4th St., Santa Monica, 310.260.1423 $$ Map G9, I12, M14, L8 KABUKI JAPANESE RESTAURANT Fun, casual atmosphere and more than 200 items from which to choose, including an extensive vegetarian menu and beverage program. Ideal place for a business meeting or family meal. 13 locations in Southern California. L, D (daily). 201 N. San Fernando Blvd., Burbank, 818.843.7999; 1545 N. Vine St., Hollywood, 323.464.6003; Howard Hughes Center, 6081 Center Drive, L.A., 310.641.5524; 88 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 626.568.9310; 3539 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, 626.351.8963; 20940 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills, 818.704.8700 $$ Map T23, H14, N11, Q19, Q22, west of A1

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KATANA Robata-style cuisine: open-flame-grilled meat, vegetables, seafood on skewers. Stylish rooms, patio. D (nightly). 8439 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.650.8585 $$$ Map H12 KATSUYA Sushi chef Katsuya Uechi turns out exotic delicacies in sultry spaces by designer Philippe Starck. From signature cocktails to king crab cooked over the robata grill, Katsuya is never boring. L (varies by location), D (nightly). 11777 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.207.8744; 6300 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.871.8777; 702 Americana Way, Glendale, 818.244.5900; L.A. Live, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 213.747.9797 $$$ Map K9, H14, northeast of T23, I15 MATSUHISA Superchef Nobu Matsuhisa’s more modest original flagship incorporates luxurious Western ingredients and Latin American spices. Monkfish liver pâté with caviar, and lamb chops with miso anticucho sauce are just a couple of his creations. L (M–F), D (nightly). 129 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.659.9639 $$$$ Map I12 NOBU The glitzy flagship of Nobu Matsuhisa attracts celebrities as well as serious foodies. An extensive menu of traditional and avant-garde sushi includes many dishes with beguiling Peruvian accents. Sakes and omakase feasts result in soaring tabs, but the cuisine measures up. West Hollywood: D (nightly). Malibu: L, D (daily). 903 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.657.5711; Nobu Malibu, 22706 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, 310.317.9140 $$$$ Map H12, east of A1

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Dining ROBATA BAR Japanese grilling from the Sushi Roku, Katana and Boa team. Striking design by Dodd Mitchell. D (nightly). 1401 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310.458.4771 $$$ Map L8 SUGARFISH Kazunori Nozawa—aka the “Sushi Nazi,” chef/owner of Studio City’s famed former Sushi Nozawa—opens a cheery, casual spot offering preset menus. Tips are included, but prices are about half those at the original. L, D (daily). 47221/4 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, 310.306.6300; 11640 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.820.4477; 600 W. 7th St., downtown, 213.627.3000; 1345 2nd St., Santa Monica, 310.393.3338; 4799 Commons Way, Calabasas, 818.223.9966; 212 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.276.6900 $$ Map N9, K9, I16, L8, west of A1, J11 SUSHI AKATORA Restaurateur Michael Cardenas is behind this friendly new north Manhattan Beach spot, which serves authentic sushi and modern izakaya cuisine with glimpses of ocean. L (M-F), D (daily). 302 Rosecrans Ave., Manhattan Beach, 310.802.1131 $$ Map L13 SUSHI ROKU Nouvelle Japanese, sleek décor. Creative menu includes albacore tacos, salmon sashimi with black truffles. L.A.: L (M–Sa), D (nightly). Santa Monica and Pasadena: L, D (daily). 8445 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.655.6767; 1401 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310.458.4771; 33 Miller Alley, Pasadena, 626.683.3000 $$$ Map I12, L8, Q19 URASAWA If you’re serious about sushi, make a date to sit at Urasawa’s bar. Here you’ll be treated to an incredible omakase dinner—don’t even ask about price—that features the freshest, most artfully presented sushi, sashimi and shabu-shabu dishes. Reservation required. D (Tu–Sa). 218 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.247.8939 $$$$ Map I11

Korean CHOSUN GALBEE Korean barbecue restaurant offers a more upscale ambience than most, with an elegant open-air patio. L, D (daily) 3330 W. Olympic Blvd., Koreatown, 323.734.3330 $$$ Map west of I15

Mediterranean A.O.C. Mediterranean-inspired pioneer of two L.A. culinary trends: the small-plates format and the wine bar. Chef-owner Suzanne Goin offers addictive baconwrapped, Parmesan-stuffed dates and an excellent selection of cheeses and cured meats from a charcuterie bar. Br (Sa–Su), L, D (daily). 8700 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.859.9859 $$ Map I12 CLEO The SBE group’s noisy mezze bar is an unquestionable high point of the Hollywood dining scene. Executive chef Daniel Elmaleh’s eastern and southern Mediterranean small plates include kebabs of pork belly and lamb and wood-burned flatbreads. Cocktails are expensive but irresistible. D (nightly). The Redbury, 1717 Vine St., Hollywood, 323.962.1711 $$$ Map H14 FIG & OLIVE New York-based restaurant’s cuisine is an ode to olive oil: zucchini blossom and goat cheese ravioli with arbequina olive oil; roasted branzino with lemon sauce vierge. Don’t miss the truffle mushroom croquette with truffle olive oil aioli. Br (Sa–Su), L (M–F), D (nightly). 8490 Melrose Place, L.A., 310.360.9100 $$$ Map I12 GJELINA Under the direction of talented young chef Travis Lett, servers in T-shirts and newsboy caps serve seasonal Cal-Med small plates and pizzas to chic Westsiders. It’s one of Venice’s most popular restaurants and the neighborhood’s most lively patio. Br (Sa–Su), L, D (daily). 1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.450.1429 $$ Map N9

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Dining LUCQUES Chef-owner Suzanne Goin delivers the next generation of California cuisine, which includes dishes such as chicken paillard with farro tabouleh, and grilled club steak for two with potatoes parisienne. Nowhere do vegetables taste as good! L (Tu–Sa), D (nightly). 8474 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 323.655.6277 $$$ Map I13 SONOMA WINE GARDEN Brunch and happy hour crowds gather at this alfresco restaurant on the third floor of Santa Monica Place. Wine and cheese plates and pizzas from the wood-burning oven are perfect for grazing over wine from the extensive list. Br (Sa, Su), L (M-F), D (nightly). 395 Santa Monica Place, Suite 300, Santa Monica, 424.214.4560 $$ Map L8

Mexican/Latin MO-CHICA The Peruvian food-court stand that earned Ricardo Zarate the title of Best New Chef from Food & Wine is reinvented as a fine-dining destination. Comfortfood small plates populate the menu; check out the traditional lomo saltado or the alpaca stew topped with a fried egg. L, D (daily). 514 W. 7th St., downtown, 213.622.3744 $$$ Map I16

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PETTY CASH TAQUERÍA Chef Walter Manzke, previously known for his restrained French fare at Bastide and Church & State, delivers in-your-face Mexican street food using local, seasonal ingredients and refined technique. Winning dishes include pig ear nachos with crema poblana topped with a soft egg, and savory churros, oozing cheese and served with a butternut squash mole dip. L (Su), D (nightly). 7360 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 323.933.5300 $$ Map I13

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WP24 From its 24th-floor roost, WP24 proves that Wolfgang Puck, who pioneered Asian fusion, has still got the goods. Highlights include Singapore-style chili prawns and steamed bao filled with pork belly. Restaurant/lounge concept Nest at WP24 is adjacent. Dining room D (M-Sa); Nest D (nightly). The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles, 900 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 213.743.8824 $$$$ Map I15

Quick Bites BELLA’S GOURMET PIZZA Casual pizzeria in Old Pasadena serves a variety of Italian sandwiches, slices and pies, including deep-dish and gluten-free options. L, D (daily). 16 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, 626.449.3332 $ Map Q19 PINK’S HOT DOGS There’s a perpetual queue in front of this hot dog stand, open since 1939, which serves 30 kinds of dogs and chili cheeseburgers, too. Open late. B, L, D (daily). 709 N. La Brea Ave., L.A., 323.931.4223 $ Map I13

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Dining WURSTKÜCHE Don’t even try to pronounce it—”the sausage place” will do. Bar/restaurant offers thick-cut Belgian fries and a repertory of exotic franks: rattlesnake and rabbit, alligator and pork andouille. Open late. L, D (daily). 800 E. 3rd St., downtown; 625 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. 213.687.4444 $ Map I17, M9

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Seafood CHART HOUSE Enjoy seafood and chophouse fare in seaside settings. In addition to creative dishes such as a crab, avocado and mango stack appetizer are perennial favorites including signature prime rib and hot chocolate lava cake. L (call for hours), D (nightly). 13950 Panay Way, Marina del Rey, 310.822.4144; 231 Yacht Club Way, Redondo Beach, 310.372.3464 $$ Map N9, M13 FISHING WITH DYNAMITE David LeFevre, a Water Grill alum, loads his menu with East Coast inspirations as well as some innovative dishes. Among the old-school small plates in this tiny, charming restaurant are New England–style clam chowder with Nueske’s bacon and Maryland blue crab cakes with house-made pickles and remoulade. L, D (daily). 1148 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, 310.893.6299 $$$ Map L13 GLADSTONE’S MALIBU One of SoCal’s biggest hits with a million visitors each year. Dramatic ocean views. B (Sa–Su), L, D (daily). 17300 Pacific Coast Hwy., Pacific Palisades, 310.454.3474 $$ Map west of K7

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Dining complex. L, D (daily). 800 W. Olympic Ave., downtown, 213.748.4020; 120 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, 310.379.9900 $$ Map I15, L13 SON OF A GUN Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, the meatloving chefs at Animal, turn to the sea for new inspiration. They cook up small shareable plates such as Scottish salmon, miniature lobster rolls and shrimp toast sandwiches in a nautically themed space. L (M–F), D (nightly). 8370 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.782.9033 $$$ Map I12

Spanish THE BAZAAR BY JOSÉ ANDRÉS Star chef José Andrés brings whimsical set of Spanish-style dining experiences to the eminently stylish SLS Hotel. Cuisine ranges from rustic fare to molecular gastronomy creations. Tasting room Saam offers an unforgettable 22-course prix-fixe menu. Dining room D (nightly); Saam D (Th-Sa). 465 S. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.246.5555 $$$ Map H16 CAFE SEVILLA Authentic Spanish fare and tapas bar on a bustling strip in downtown Long Beach. Dinner show on Saturdays; nightclub upstairs. D (nightly). 140 Pine Ave., Long Beach, 562.495.1111 $$ Map N16 MANCHEGO A traditional Spanish eatery in contemporary Santa Monica, offering tapas like tortilla española, jamón ibérico, octopus, lamb empanadas and imported Spanish cheeses, plus a curated selection of Spanish wines. Br (Sa-Su), D (nightly). 2518 Main St., Santa Monica, 310.450.3900 $$ Map M8 SMOKE.OIL.SALT Catalan and Valencian cuisine from chef Perfecto Rocher and an impressive list of Spanish wines served in a lively location on Melrose. D (Tu-Su). 7274 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.930.7900, $$ Map I13

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Steak ARROYO CHOPHOUSE Exclusively USDA Prime at handsome spot from the Smith Brothers. D (nightly). 536 S. Arroyo Pkwy., Pasadena, 626.577.7463 $$$$ Map R20 BOA Way hip, way fine steakhouse. Steak rubs and dips; out-there cocktails. Santa Monica: L, D (daily). West Hollywood: L (M–F), D (nightly). 101 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.899.4466; 9200 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.278.2050 $$$ Map M8, H11 CUT A collaboration between Getty Center architect Richard Meier and celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck, Cut is the place to savor genuine Japanese Wagyu beef steaks ($120-plus) or dry-aged Nebraska beef. Puck’s menu is short on nostalgia but long on flavor. D (M–Sa). Beverly Wilshire Hotel, 9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.276.8500 $$$$ Map J11 FOGO DE CHÃO The city’s best churrascaria—those Brazilian steakhouse-barbecue restaurants—is this restaurant with muraled walls and soaring ceilings. After a trip to a massive salad-appetizer bar, guests are treated to an endless procession of meats carved right onto their plates. L (M–F), D (nightly). 133 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.289.7755 $$$ Map J12

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THE GRILL ON THE ALLEY The Grill is a venerable industry hangout, where the maître d’ juggles Hollywood heavyweights, each demanding his favorite table for deal-making lunches. Polished waiters deliver steaks, Cobb salads and chicken pot pies in a dining room with classic good looks. Beverly Hills: L (M–Sa), D (nightly). Hollywood: L, D (daily), Br (Sa-Su). Westlake Village: L, D (daily), Br (Sa-Su). 9560 Dayton Way, Beverly Hills, 310.276.0615; The Grill on Hollywood, Hollywood & Highland Center, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.856.5530; 120 E. Promenade Way, Westlake Village, 805.418.1760 $$$ Map I11, H13, north of A10

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Dining L.A. PRIME City views and dry-aged steaks at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel’s top floor are sure to impress out-of-towners and dinner dates. Classic sides and starters (think oysters, prawn cocktail, mac and cheese, creamed spinach) fill out the American surf-and-turf menu. Aged USDA certified Prime beef from Chicago. D (nightly). Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites, 404 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 213.612.4743 $$$ Map H16 LAWRY’S THE PRIME RIB A Restaurant Row classic. Prime rib, to-die-for creamed corn and spinach served with showmanship from tableside carts. D (nightly). 100 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.652.2827 $$$ Map I12 MASTRO’S STEAKHOUSE Swanky “steakhouse with personality.” Bone-in-filet reigns; warm butter cake melts in your mouth. New Penthouse at Mastro’s is an upstairs lounge. D (nightly). 246 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.888.8782 $$$ Map J11 MORTON’S Clubby ambience, show-and-tell menu, huge portions. Beverly Hills, Woodland Hills: D (nightly). Downtown, Burbank: L (M–F), D (nightly). 435 S. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.246.1501; 6250 Canoga Ave., Woodland Hills, 818.703.7272 ; 735 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 213.553.4566; The Pinnacle, 3400 W. Olive Ave., Burbank, 818.238.0424 $$$ Map I11, West of A1, I16, T20 NICK & STEF’S A modern interpretation of the classic American steakhouse, Nick & Stef’s offers architecturally exciting dining rooms and a wraparound patio lounge that’s a favorite of downtown workers waiting out traffic. USDA Prime beef is aged on-site in a glassencased aging chamber. L (M–F), D (nightly). Wells Fargo Building, 330 S. Hope St., downtown, 213.680.0330 $$$ Map H16

STORIES TOLD with a SINGLE BITE Since opening our first restaurant 35 years ago in Brazil, Fogo de Chão has fire-grilled delectable cuts of meat in the time-honored tradition of the gaucho. Enjoy our unique dining experience with a variety of the finest meats, seafood and vegetables. One taste says it all.

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OLIVER’S PRIME A contemporary steakhouse with global inspirations meets the timeless American steakhouse at Oliver’s, complete with handcrafted cocktails and a hip lounge scene. B, L, D (daily). The Grafton on Sunset, 8462 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.491.9003 $$$$ Map H12 PACIFIC DINING CAR Filet mignon at 3 am? It can be had at L.A.’s grandest 24-hour eatery, open since 1921. B, L, D (daily). 1310 W. 6th St., downtown, 213.483.6000; 2700 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.453.4000 $$$ Map H16, K8 THE STINKING ROSE “We season our garlic with food,” from Gartini cocktail to garlic ice cream. 40-Clove Garlic Chicken, Silence of the Lamb Shank, Vladimir’s Garlic “Stakes” menu with six steak options. L, D (daily). 55 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.652.7673 $$ Map I12

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JITLADA THAI The wait is long, but the southern Thai specialties are authentic and exceptional. L, D (TuSu). 52331/2 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake 323.667.9809 $$ Map W22 NATALEE THAI Traditional Thai dishes are served amid edgy, modern décor. Among entrees are Nutty Chicken (a spicy combo of chicken, onion and dried chili) and a sole filet in red curry sauce. Veggie lovers favor the spicy maha jumlong curry. L, D (daily). 10101 Venice Blvd., Culver City, 310.202.7003; 998 S. Robertson Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.855.9380 $ Map L11, I11

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OLIVER’S PRIME A feast for all the senses, Oliver’s Prime introduces an alluring, intimate dining experience that introduces vibrant contemporary themes into the timeless American steakhouse. Located in a chic boutique hotel, the dining room is warmly appointed with uniquely illuminated leather, wood and metal finishes. An old-school steakhouse menu has been left behind in favor of creative dishes with global inspirations, including starters like an updated Caprese salad with fresh Maine lobster, and tuna rolls with jalapeño-lemongrass vinaigrette. Among premium-cut steaks are a 10-ounce Angus center-cut filet mignon from Nebraska, American Wagyu hanger steak from California, and lean bison filet from Wyoming. Equally compelling are seafood dishes such as togarashispiced ahi tuna with wasabi cream sauce, or broiled whole Maine lobster with tarragon butter. Handcrafted cocktails live up to the restaurant’s high-energy location, as Oliver’s Prime has quickly established itself as a prime dining and lounging destination on the legendary Sunset Strip. B, L, D (daily).

Sides Pearl Onions and Applewood Smoked Bacon Quinoa with Snap Pea, Tangerines Thai Chili Broccolini Wild Mushrooms & Shishito Peppers Entrees Togarashi-Spiced Ahi Tuna Pan-Roasted Jumbo Scallops 35-Day Dry-Aged New York Strip Center Cut Bone-In Filet Filet of Bison Mary’s Organic Roasted Chicken Breast and Leg Confit Desserts Cheesecake Eggrolls Caramel Crème Brûlée Bread Pudding Strawberry Soup

8462 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood

323.491.9003 oliversprime.com

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PAPARAZZI RISTORANTE Ranked one of the top 10 Italian restaurants in Southern California by Gayot, Paparazzi Ristorante is a hidden gem in the heart of L.A. Executive chef Orazio Parisi inspires the senses with his simple, classic Italian cuisine with a nod to Southern Italy, which earned him the title of Chef of the Year from the Southern California Food Writer Association in 2011. Paparazzi Ristorante delights diners with fresh pastas in authentic sauces as well as skillfully prepared seafood, steaks and poultry. House specialties include Il Cioppino dei Paparazzi, an enticing combination of seafood in a fennel pomodoro broth served with classic garlic ciabatta, as well as lasagna al brasato, fresh pasta layered with braised short ribs, rich cream, garlic sauteed spinach and mozzarella. Other favorites include garganelli alla salsiccia, spaghetti alla chitarra, ossobuco and pizzetta boscaiola. All feature robust flavors and beautiful wine pairings. Want to throw a party? The elegant private dining room can accommodate up to 40 people and is equipped with audio-visual needs for your entertainment. It’s the perfect setting for you and your friends to have a great evening and enjoy chef Parisi’s creations. Your taste buds will thank you. D (M–Sa).

Starters Burrata Lattughe miste Cavoletto Toscano Little Gem “Caesar” Melanzane Gamberoni al guanciale Cinghiale Polipo Crostini Calamari Formaggi Salumi Pizzetta al prosciutto Pizzetta boscaiola Pizzetta Margherita Pastas Bolognese Lasagna al brasato Pappardelle Mezzaluna Garganelli Chitarra Kobe beef ravioli Entrees Cioppino Salmone Branzino Vaccaro Filetto Bistecca Ossobuco Pollo Abbacchio Maiale

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TANZY WESTWOOD Steps from the action on Wilshire Boulevard, Tanzy Westwood serves ingredient-driven artisanal Italian fare in a rustic yet elegant space. Executive chef Bryan Podgorski, who trained at the famed French Laundry and served as chef de cuisine at Bouchon Bistro Las Vegas, brings a fresh approach to such savory entrees as orecchiette with spiced turkey sausage and wilted Swiss chard, or line-caught Alaskan halibut with baby artichokes, Castelvetrano olives, fennel bulb and oven roasted tomatoes. Menus also include raw-bar offerings, a selection of cured meats and cheeses, weekend brunch and tasty late-night bites. Dine with friends under the curling Balinese branches in the Cocoon dining lounge, or find a quiet spot on the lounge-style patio to enjoy a cocktail or fine wine from the extensive and award-winning beverage program, presented by mixologist and master sommelier Adam Seger. Tanzy’s inviting interiors and artful cuisine suit many moods and culinary tastes. Br (Sa-Su), L (M-F), D (nightly).

Entrees Herb Roasted Jidori Chicken Orecchiette with Turkey Sausage and Swiss Chard Wild White Seabass Panzanella Line-Caught Alaskan Halibut Braised Angus Beef Short Rib Bucatini all’Amatriciana Desserts Vanilla Panna Cotta Torta di Cioccolato Tiramisu

10840 Wilshire Blvd., L.A.

310.307.7004 tanzyrestaurant.com

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LA DINING ROSE TREE COTTAGE Hong Kong has the Peninsula hotel. London, Claridge’s. And L.A.’s premier afternoon tea spot is Rose Tree Cottage. Enjoy a traditional English-style afternoon tea accompanied by mouth-watering finger sandwiches and freshly baked scones served with Devon cream and preserves at this charming tearoom. Dining on fine Royal Crown Derby and Royal Doulton bone china, guests sit in an indoor tearoom or an outdoor safari-themed pavilion amid a garden. Surrounded by gift items sourced from England, the sounds of clinking teacups and soft music, the scents of fresh roses and baked goods, you will think you’re in another time and place far, far away. Reservations taken by telephone only. Tea served at 1:00, 2:30 and 4:00 (Tu–Su).

801 S. Pasadena Ave., Pasadena 626.793.3337 rosetreecottage.com

RISTORANTE AL MARE Savor fresh and authentic handmade pastas, thin crust pizzas and Italian seafood classics such as cioppino and branzino at Ristorante al Mare, a new Italian eatery from the team behind Trastevere and La Piazza at the Grove. Located on the Santa Monica Pier, the three-story restaurant features a rooftop dining deck and full bar with unparalleled views of the Pacific Ocean and Malibu coastline (a perfect spot to enjoy happy hour, 4:30-7:30 daily). The restaurant also boasts second floor balcony terraces and a private dining room, as well as firstfloor decks overlooking the bustling boardwalk and beautiful Santa Monica beaches. Find live music on the rooftop every weekend and some Fridays. L, D (daily).

250 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica 310.458.4448 ristorantealmare.com

BOUCHON BISTRO Bouchon Beverly Hills, in the heart of the Beverly Hills Business Triangle, is adjacent to Beverly Canon Gardens and the Montage Hotel, above Bar Bouchon and Bouchon Bakery. Designed by Adam D. Tihany, this casual bistro features a classic mosaic floor, pewter bar, antique light fixtures and hand-painted murals by renowned French artist Paulin Paris. There is a French bistro menu and one of the most extensive raw bars in the city. Classics such as steak frites and the roast chicken favored by Chef Keller are fixtures on the menu. Seasonally inspired dishes, including trout almondine, boudin blanc and moules frites, change throughout the year. The wine list features regional and French selections; the seasonal Vin de Carafe program highlights local winemakers. B (Sa-Su), L (M-F), D (nightly). 235 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills 310.271.9910 bouchonbistro.com SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

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LA DINING MATTEO’S RESTAURANT Frequented in its early days by celebs including Frank Sinatra and the rest of the Rat Pack, Matteo’s Restaurant has redefined its look and cuisine while maintaining its status as the epitome of classic cool. Now in its 50th year, Matteo’s continues to offer unique seasonal fare in a homey and hip setting. Executive chef Antonio Orlando’s menu features sumptuous, cosmopolitan Italian fare like veal tartufato, lamb and weekly game specials. Happy hour specials Tuesday through Friday and on Sunday include half-off drinks and a $7-and-under bar menu. Gluten-free and vegetarian options also available. For lunch, visit adjacent cafe Hoboken, open weekdays. D (Tu-Su).

2321 Westwood Blvd., L.A. 310.475.4521 matteosla.com

SEASONS 52 Celebrate living well. This casually sophisticated fresh grill and wine bar invites you to discover the sensational flavors of seasonally inspired dishes and an award-winning international wine list. Menu items feature market-fresh ingredients and are prepared using cooking techniques such as oak-fire grilling and brick-oven roasting. The result is dishes that are lighter in calories, thoughtfully prepared in appropriate portion sizes, so guests can feel free to indulge in a number of dishes including flatbreads and mini indulgences. The ambience evokes the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright using solid Honduran mahogany and autumn ledgestone. Live music in the piano lounge starts at 6 p.m. every day of the week. L, D (daily).

1501 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica 310.451.1152 seasons52.com

BENIHANA BEVERLY HILLS Benihana is a landmark on Beverly Hills’ Restaurant Row. At the heart of the Benihana experience lies the teppanyaki grill, where masterful chefs expertly prepare savory filet mignon, tender chicken breasts, succulent shrimp, cold-water lobster tail and Benihana’s signature hibachi chicken rice, all cooked to order in front of guests. Side orders include tempura, nigiri, sashimi and an assortment of fresh and colorful sushi rolls. Try one of the delicious specialty cocktails served in collectible mugs, Benihana’s famous hot sake or a passion fruit lemonade. Kids 12 and under can select from the Kabuki Kids menu. Benihana chefs are as well-known for their culinary theatrics as they are for their outstanding cooking. Celebrate your next special occasion at Benihana and take home a souvenir photo to commemorate the day. L, D (daily). 38 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills 323.655.7311 benihana.com SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

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LA DINING IL FORNAIO Il Fornaio’s award-winning authentic Italian cuisine is a favorite in Los Angeles. Specialties include house-made pastas, wood-fired pizza, grilled fish, authentic risotto and rotisserie meats. Fresh pastas are made daily. Each month a special menu from a different region of Italy is featured. With an event coordinator on-site to handle all of your needs, Il Fornaio is the perfect location for special events and business functions. Repeat recipient of The Wine Spectator’s “Award of Excellence.”

301 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.550.8330 1800 Rosecrans Ave., Manhattan Beach, 310.725.9555 1 Colorado, Pasadena, 626.683.9797 ilfornaio.com

THE STINKING ROSE Located on Beverly Hills’ famed Restaurant Row, The Stinking Rose has made a name for itself, and its popularity is evident—people fill the unique dining rooms to partake of the tasty food enhanced by the fragrant bulb. Specialties include two pounds of whole, garlic-roasted Dungeness crab in a secret garlic sauce and the ever-popular forty-clove garlic chicken. “The Best Steak I Ever Tasted was in a Garlic Restaurant—The Stinking Rose in Beverly Hills.”—Vladimir. L, D (daily).

55 N. La Cienega Blvd. (near Wilshire Blvd.), Beverly Hills 310.652.7673 thestinkingrose.com

SONOMA WINE GARDEN Sonoma Wine Garden showcases bold Mediterranean flavors with a California touch. Its chefs source produce at local farmers markets to ensure the menu reflects the freshest ingredients. With almost 50 by-the-glass offerings, the extensive wine list complements a diverse menu of small plates. The main dining room features a mammoth chandelier made with wine bottles, a floor-to-ceiling wine cellar and walls paneled with genuine wine cases. A picture window provides views of the Pacific Ocean, and the deck affords an excellent view of the restaurant’s bar and gardens. Sample some of the world’s finest wines by the ounce or glass via the 16-bottle Enomatic wine-dispensing machine. Happy hour Monday through Friday, noon-7 p.m. Br (Sa-Su), L (M-F), D (nightly).

395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica 424.214.4560 sonomawinegardensantamonica.com SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

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RESTAURANTS City Index Our superguide by area, with cross reference to listings by cuisine. BEVERLY HILLS

CULVER CITY

208 RODEO (California) ...........................................68

A-FRAME (Eclectic)......................................................68

THE BAZAAR (Spanish)........................................... 75

FATHER’S OFFICE 2 (Brew/Pub) .....................68

BENIHANA (Japanese)................................................ 71

NATALEE THAI (Thai) ............................................. 76

BOUCHON (French).....................................................70

LA CIENEGA BOULEVARD RESTAURANT ROW FIG & OLIVE (Mediterranean) ................................. 72 CUT (Steak)......................................................................... 75 LAWRY’S THE PRIME RIB (Steak) ............... 76 NOBU (Japanese) ............................................................. 71

CHART HOUSE (Seafood) ...................................... 74

CRUSTACEAN (Pan-Asian)..................................... 73

ALMA (California) ............................................................68

CHAYA (California) .........................................................68

BÄCO MERCAT (Eclectic) .......................................68

CULINA (Italian) .............................................................70

BESTIA (Italian) ..............................................................70

MALIBU

CUT (Steak)......................................................................... 75

CAFÉ PINOT (French)................................................70

GLADSTONE’S MALIBU (Seafood) ............... 74

FOGO DE CHAO (Steak) ........................................ 75

CHAYA (California) .........................................................68

IL FORNAIO (Italian) .................................................70 MASTRO’S STEAKHOUSE (Steak) ............... 76 MAUDE (California) ......................................................68 MORTON’S (Steak)...................................................... 76 MR. CHOW (Chinese)..................................................68 NATALEE THAI (Thai) ............................................. 76 RED MEDICINE (Eclectic) .......................................70 SCARPETTA (Italian) .................................................70 SPAGO (California).........................................................68 SUGARFISH (Japanese) ............................................ 72 TANZY WESTWOOD (Italian) ........................... 71 URASAWA (Japanese)................................................ 72 WOLFGANG PUCK (American) .........................66

BEVERLY BOULEVARD 3RD STREET MELROSE AVENUE ANGELINI OSTERIA (Italian).............................70 A.O.C. (Mediterranean) ................................................. 72 COOKS COUNTY (California) ..............................68 HATFIELD’S (California) ...........................................68 INK. (American).................................................................66 JAR (American) .................................................................66 JOAN’S ON THIRD (American) ..........................66 THE LITTLE DOOR (French)................................70 LUCQUES (Mediterranean) ....................................... 73 OSTERIA MOZZA (Italian)....................................70 PETTY CASH TAQUERIA (Mexican) ............ 73 PIZZERIA MOZZA (Italian)..................................70

DRAGO CENTRO (Italian).....................................70 FACTORY KITCHEN (Italian) .............................70

INN OF THE SEVENTH RAY (California)...68

M.B. POST (American)................................................66 MCCORMICK & SCHMICK’S (Seafood) ...... 74

NOBU MALIBU (Japanese) ...................................... 71

ROCK’N FISH (Seafood)........................................... 74

SUGARFISH (Japanese) ............................................ 72

MARINA DEL REY CHART HOUSE (Seafood) ...................................... 74

MCCORMICK & SCHMICK’S (Seafood) ...... 74 MO-CHICA (Latin) ....................................................... 73

IL FORNAIO (Italian) .................................................70 MAR’SEL (California) ...................................................68

MR. CHOW (Chinese)..................................................68

L.A. PRIME (Steak)...................................................... 76

MADDALENA (Italian) ..............................................70

CLAIM JUMPER (American)..................................66 FISHING WITH DYNAMITE (Seafood) ........ 74

MASTRO’S OCEAN CLUB (Seafood) ........... 74

KENDALL’S BRASSERIE (French) .................70

SALT CREEK GRILLE (American) ....................66 SUSHI AKATORA (Japanese) .............................. 72 THE STRAND HOUSE (American)...................66

SUGARFISH (Japanese) ............................................ 72

VALLEY PASADENA ARROYO CHOPHOUSE (Steak) ...................... 75 BELLA’S GOURMET PIZZA (Quick Bites) . 73

ASANEBO (Japanese) .................................................. 71 BENIHANA (Japanese)................................................ 71 BUCA DI BEPPO (Italian) ......................................70

MORTON’S (Steak)...................................................... 76

BUCA DI BEPPO (Italian) ......................................70

NICK & STEF’S (Steak) ............................................ 76

IL FORNAIO (Italian) .................................................70

CLAIM JUMPER (American)..................................66

NOÉ (American) ................................................................66

KABUKI (Japanese) ........................................................ 71

GIRASOL (California)...................................................68

OCEAN SEAFOOD (Chinese)..............................68

KATSUYA (Japanese).................................................... 71

THE GRILL ON THE ALLEY (Steak) ............ 75

PACIFIC DINING CAR (Steak) .......................... 76 PATINA (French) .............................................................70 ROCK’N FISH (Seafood)........................................... 74

MAISON AKIRA (Eclectic)......................................68 MCCORMICK & SCHMICK’S (Seafood) ...... 74 PITA JUNGLE (Quick Bites)..................................... 73 ROSE TREE COTTAGE (British) ......................68

RIVERA (Latin)................................................................ 73

SECO (American) .............................................................66

SUGARFISH (Japanese) ............................................ 72

SUSHI ROKU (Japanese) .......................................... 72

TERRONI (Italian) .......................................................... 71 WP24 (Pan-Asian)........................................................... 73 WURSTKÜCHE (Quick Bites) ................................. 74

SANTA MONICA BENIHANA (Japanese)................................................ 71 BOA (Steak)........................................................................ 75

HOLLYWOOD/EASTSIDE

THE HUNGRY CAT (Seafood) ............................. 74 LA VECCHIA (Italian) ................................................70

THE GRILL ON HOLLYWOOD (Steak) ..... 75

MANCHEGO (Spanish) .............................................. 75

THE HUNGRY CAT (Seafood) ............................. 74

MÉLISSE (French) ..........................................................70

SUSHI ROKU (Japanese) .......................................... 72

KATSUYA (Japanese).................................................... 71 LITTLEFORK (Seafood) ............................................ 74

CHAYA (California) .........................................................68 GJELINA (Mediterranean).......................................... 72 SUPERBA SNACK BAR (Italian) .....................70 THE TASTING KITCHEN (California).............68

DELPHINE (French) .....................................................70

KABUKI (Japanese) ........................................................ 71

VENICE

WURSTKÜCHE (Quick Bites) ................................. 74

FIG RESTAURANT (California) ...........................68

SON OF A GUN (Seafood)...................................... 75

UMAMI BURGER (American)................................66

FATHER’S OFFICE (Brew/Pub) ..........................68

ACABAR (Eclectic) ........................................................68

JITLADA THAI (Thai) ............................................... 76

KABUKI (Japanese) ........................................................ 71 MORTON’S (Steak)...................................................... 76

CEZANNE (French) ......................................................70

CLEO (Mediterranean) ................................................... 72

PROVIDENCE (Seafood) .......................................... 74

BRENTWOOD

THE STINKING ROSE (Steak) ........................... 76

KATSUYA (Japanese).................................................... 71

LE KA (French) .................................................................70

BUCA DI BEPPO (Italian) ......................................70 CAFE SEVILLA (Spanish) ....................................... 75

DOWNTOWN

CHOSUN GALBEE (Korean) ................................ 72

BABOUCH MOROCCAN (Eclectic) ................68 BENIHANA (Japanese)................................................ 71

MATSUHISA (Japanese) ............................................. 71

CAULFIELD’S (American) .......................................66

THE GRILL ON THE ALLEY (Steak) ............ 75

SOUTH BAY/LONG BEACH

MILO & OLIVE (California) ......................................68

WEST HOLLYWOOD BOA (Steak)........................................................................ 75 LE CLAFOUTIS (French) .........................................70 CECCONI’S (Italian)....................................................70

O’BRIEN’S IRISH PUB (British)........................68

THE CHURCH KEY (American)...........................66

PACIFIC DINING CAR (Steak) .......................... 76

KATANA (Japanese)....................................................... 71

R+D KITCHEN (American) ......................................66 RISTORANTE AL MARE (Italian) ...................70

OLIVER’S PRIME (Steak)....................................... 76 RIVABELLA (Italian)...................................................70

MUSSO & FRANK GRILL (American) ...........66

ROBATA BAR (Japanese) ........................................ 72

PUBLIC KITCHEN + BAR (Brew/Pub) ..........68

RUSTIC CANYON (California) .............................68

SMOKE.OIL.SALT (Spanish) ................................ 75

SUGARFISH (Japanese) ............................................ 72

TROIS MEC (Eclectic) .................................................70

SEASONS 52 (American) .........................................66

TERRONI (Italian) .......................................................... 71

TAVERN (California)......................................................68

UMAMI BURGER (American)................................66

KATSUYA (Japanese).................................................... 71

SONOMA WINE GARDEN (Mediterranean) ... 73 SUGARFISH (Japanese) ............................................ 72 SUSHI ROKU (Japanese) .......................................... 72

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ANIMAL (American)......................................................66

HINOKI & THE BIRD (American) ......................66

PINK’S HOT DOGS (Quick Bites) ....................... 73

WILSHIRE (California) ................................................68

NAPA VALLEY GRILL (California)...................68

SEASONS 52 (American) .........................................66

RÉPUBLIQUE (French) .............................................70

YE OLDE KING’S HEAD (British) ...................68

PAPARAZZI (Italian) ..................................................70

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KABUKI (Japanese) ........................................................ 71 MATTEO’S (Italian) ......................................................70

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Entertainment Guidelines

Map locators at the end of each listing (Map A3; Map H10, etc.) refer to maps in the back of this issue. Compendium includes editors’ recommendations and advertisers.

Index Special Events ...................85 Theater ................................85 Music + Dance...................86 Sports...................................86 Attractions .........................86 Studio Tours .......................88

Studio Tapings...................88 Museums ...........................88 Shopping Destinations ... 92 Nightlife................................ 93 Beaches................................ 95 Tours + Transport.............96

Special Events KNOTT’S SCARY FARM Continuing Knott’s Berry Farm transforms into a Halloween fright-fest with interactive mazes, monsters and an all-new stage show featuring the Mistress of the Dark herself, Elvira. See website for details. W-Th, Su 7 pm-1 am; F-Sa 7 pm-2 am. $39$49. 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, 714.220.5200, knotts.com Map D5 DARK HARBOR Opening Oct. 2 Scary Halloween mazes, plus thrill rides, “freak shows,” food, lounges and other entertainment at the Queen Mary. Not recommended for children under 13. 7 pm–midnight. $20–$109. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 877.342.0742 Map O16

KONATSU, “KITTY NEGORA,” COURTESY JAPANESE AMERICAN NATIONAL MUSEUM

HOLLYWOOD COSTUME Opening Oct. 2 Multimedia exhibition includes more than 150 costumes from movies both classic and recent, including such favorites as The Hunger Games and The Wizard of Oz. Presented by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. M, T, Th 11 am-5 pm; F 11 am-8 pm; Sa-Su 10 am-7 pm. $10– $20. Wilshire May Company building, 6067 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 310.247.3049 Map J12 LOS ANGELES HAUNTED HAYRIDE Oct. 3-31 Famed Griffith Park attraction takes thrill-seekers on a ride through the Old Zoo, where they’ll face the underworld and portrayals of the Seven Deadly Sins. This year features new mazes, interactive theater, a 40-foot-long Leviathan and returning favorites such as the Scary-GoRound, House of Mirrors and more. S, Th 7 pm-10:30 pm; Fri-Sat 7 pm-midnight. $30-$58. 4730 Crystal Springs Ave., Griffith Park, L.A., 310.993.8289 Map U23 EAGLE ROCK MUSIC FESTIVAL Oct. 4 Community street festival features innovative indie music from local bands. Aloe Blacc headlines this year. 4-10 pm. Free, $10 suggested donation. Colorado Boulevard between Argus Drive and Eagle Rock Boulevard, 323.226.1617, eaglerockmusicfestival.org Map Q18 CICLAVIA—HEART OF L.A. Oct. 5 Several miles of L.A.’s normally congested streets turn into a car-free park for a walk and bike tour of the city’s most celebrated attractions. October’s route extends into new areas including Echo Park and the historic Broadway Theatre District. See website for route details. 9 am–4 pm. Free. 213.355.8500, ciclavia.org Map I16 BEVERLY HILLS ARTSHOW Oct. 18-19 This 40-yearrunning outdoor art showcase displays work from some 240 exhibitors twice a year. Wine and beer gardens and food trucks are also on offer. 10 am-5 pm. Free. Beverly Gardens Park on Santa Monica Boulevard from North Rodeo to Rexford drives, 310.285.6830 Map J11

WEST HOLLYWOOD HALLOWEEN CARNAVAL Oct. 31 Los Angeles County’s biggest Halloween event—and one of its biggest annual events, period—is this costume bash in West Hollywood. Live music, entertainment. 6–11 pm. Free. Santa Monica Boulevard between La Cienega Boulevard and Doheny Drive, 323.848.6503 Map H12

Theater THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO THOMAS JEFFERSON, CHARLES DICKENS AND COUNT LEO TOLSTOY: DISCORD Opening Oct. 7 This smart comedy centers around a spirited debate between the three great minds, as imagined by Real Time with Bill Maher executive producer Scott Carter. Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454 Map J10 THE MAGIC FLUTE Oct. 8-12 The Isango Ensemble, a theater company from Cape Town, is known for re-creating classics with a South African flair. Witness the West Coast debut of the troupe’s celebrated reinterpretation of Mozart’s classic fairy tale musical. The Eli & Edythe Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica, 310.434.3200 Map L8 FOREVER Oct. 9-26 Playwright and performer Dael Orlandersmith’s new play has its world premiere run in L.A., before its New York debut. The riveting family tale addresses topics including Harlem and Jim Morrison. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 213.628.2772 Map L11 KISS ME, KATE Through Oct. 12 Wayne Brady lends his talents to this production of the classic musical, known for its iconic songs by Cole Porter. The play celebrates both Shakespeare and theater itself, and this retelling showcases the trailblazing African American actors of the early 20th century. Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena, 626.356.7529 Map Q20 JERSEY BOYS Through Oct. 19 The award-winning musical about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons makes a stop in L.A., bringing hit songs “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Oh What a Night” and more. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770 Map H13 MARJORIE PRIME Through Oct. 19 Playwright Jordan Harrison’s innovative new drama deals with hard-hitting questions technology poses—specifically, whether one should use it to simulate departed loved ones. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772 Map H16 PIPPIN Opening Oct. 21 The classic whimsical musical gets an update, complete with new choreography and impressive acrobatics, in this Broadway version. The tale of a young prince searching for the meaning of life won a Tony for best revival of a musical. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770 Map H13 CHOIR BOY Through Oct. 26 This play by Tarell Alvin McCraney (“one of the brightest American playwrights to come along in some time,” according to the Los Angeles Times) deals with discrimination at a boys prep school, set against beautiful gospel harmonies. Gil Cates Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454 Map J10 THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL Continuing Cicely Tyson, Vanessa Williams and Blair Underwood star in this revival of Pulitzer Prize winner Horton Foote’s American masterpiece, which tells the tale of an aging matriarch embarking on one last trip to her Texas hometown. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772 Map H16

Kitty Corner Hello Kitty turns 40 this year, and the Japanese American National Museum is helping Sanrio mark the occasion with its Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty exhibition—the first large-scale museum retrospective in the United States devoted to the fan-favorite character. Since her very first appearance on a coin purse, Hello Kitty has developed into a pop icon and cultural ambassador. Head to JANM downtown beginning Oct. 11 to see a collection of rare and classic Hello Kitty products and contemporary art inspired by the character, including Konatsu’s “Kitty Negora” piece, above. Then, double your dose of cute at the four-day Hello Kitty Con 2014, kicking off Oct. 30 at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA next door. p. 90

The luxury liner-turned-hotel and entertainment venue Queen Mary is known as “the haunted ship” due to frequent reports of ghostly encounters on board. Boo! p. 88

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Attractions + Museums 18, 25 Toyota Symphonies for Youth, featuring L.A. Philharmonic. Oct. 24-26 L.A. Philharmonic, conductor EsaPekka Salonen, organist Olivier Latry. Oct. 26 Joshua Bell, pianist Alessio Bax. Oct. 28 Chamber Music Society. Oct. 30-31 L.A. Philharmonic, conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen, pianist Jeremy Denk. Oct. 31 Halloween Film with Live Organ: Nosferatu, organist Clark Wilson. 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 323.850.2000 Map H16

Sports STAPLES CENTER Oct. 8 Los Angeles Kings vs. San Jose. Oct. 9 Los Angeles Lakers vs. Golden State (preseason). Oct. 12 Kings vs. Winnipeg. Oct. 14 Kings vs. Edmonton. Oct. 16 Kings vs. St. Louis. Oct. 19 Kings vs. Minnesota; Lakers vs. Utah (preseason). Oct. 23 Kings vs. Buffalo. Oct. 26 Kings vs. Columbus. Oct. 28 Lakers vs. Houston. Oct. 30 Los Angeles Clippers vs. Oklahoma City. Oct. 31 Lakers vs. Clippers. 1111 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 213.742.7100 Map I15

Music + Dance THE BROAD STAGE Oct. 2 On the Trail of Big Cats. Oct. 5 Beethoven, Bagels & Banter. Oct. 18 Julia Holter and Ramona Gonzalez. Oct. 19 Calder Quartet, with Yulia Van Doren. Oct. 24-25 Manxmouse. Oct. 25 Son Mayor. Oct. 26 Knower. 1310 11th St., Santa Monica, 310.434.3200 Map L8 DOROTHY CHANDLER PAVILION Oct. 9-12 The Australian Ballet, Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake. Oct. 25 L.A. Opera, Dido & Aeneas by Henry Purcell/Bluebeard’s Castle by Béla Bartók, conducted by Steven Sloane, directed by Barrie Kosky. 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.7211 Map H16 REDCAT Oct. 2-5 Hyo Jin Kim, Hyung Su Kim, Madame Freedom. 631 W. 2nd St., downtown, 213.237.2800, Map H16 GREEK THEATRE Oct. 3-4 Crosby, Stills & Nash. Oct. 5 John Prine; Conor Oberst. Oct. 6-7 Lorde, plus special guest Majical Cloudz. Oct. 10 Experience Hendrix, featuring Zakk Wylde, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Doyle Bramhall II and Eric Johnson. Oct. 11 Ray LaMontagne, plus special guest The Belle Brigade. Oct. 16 Massive Attack. Oct. 17 La Ley. Oct. 18 Laura Pausini. Oct. 20 Alt-J, plus special guest The Acid. Oct. 24 Intocable. Oct. 25 Eek! At the Greek! featuring Symphony in the Glen. Oct. 26 Daryl Hall & John Oates. Oct. 30 The Airborne Toxic Event. 2700 N. Vermont Ave., Griffith Park, L.A., 323.665.5857 Map V22 NOKIA THEATRE L.A. LIVE Oct. 11-12 Hatsune Miku. Oct. 18 Gerardo Ortiz. Oct. 24 Fantasia; Brian McKnight. Oct. 25 Siavash Ghomayshi. Oct. 31-Nov. 1 Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton. 777 Chick Hearn Court, downtown, 213.763.6020 Map I15 STAPLES CENTER Oct. 4-5 Elton John. Oct. 10-11 Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull. 1111 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 213.742.7100 Map I15 THE THEATRE AT ACE HOTEL Oct. 6-7 Belle and Sebastian. Oct. 10 The L.A. Bluegrass Situation 2014, featuring Carolina Chocolate Drops, Josh Ritter, Willie Watson. Oct. 11 The L.A. Bluegrass Situation 2014, featuring Lord Huron, Blind Pilot, Shakey Graves, Langhorne Slim. Oct. 24-26 L.A. Dance Project. 929 S. Broadway, downtown, 213.623.3233 Map I16 WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL Oct. 2-5 Los Angeles Philharmonic, conductor Gustavo Dudamel, So Percussion. Oct. 7 LA Phil New Music Group, So Percussion. Oct. 9-12 L.A. Philharmonic, conductor Gustavo Dudamel, pianist Leif Ove Andsnes, Los Angeles Master Chorale. Oct. 12 Members of the L.A. Philharmonic, organist Christopher Houlihan. Oct. 14 Members of the L.A. Philharmonic. Oct. 17-19 L.A. Philharmonic, conductor Juanjo Mena, violinist Leila Josefowicz. Oct.

STUBHUB CENTER Oct. 4 Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Toronto FC. Oct. 19 Galaxy vs. Seattle Sounders FC. 18400 Avalon Blvd., Carson, 310.630.2000 Map M15

Attractions ADAMSON HOUSE 1930s home filled with famed Malibu Potteries tile. Guided tours W–Sa 11 am–3 pm (last tour 2 pm). $2–$7, under 6 free. No credit cards. 23200 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, 310.456.8432 Map west of K7 AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC Focus is on Pacific Ocean sea life. Pet the sharks at Shark Lagoon; other exhibits include Lorikeet Forest, Turtle Vision 4D, June Keyes Penguin Habitat. Daily 9 am–6 pm except Christmas and during the Grand Prix of Long Beach. $14.95–$28.95, under 3 free. 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, 562.590.3100 Map O16 CATALINA EXPRESS Year-round boat service to Catalina Island; daily departures from Long Beach, Dana Point, San Pedro. Reservation recommended. Call for hours. San Pedro, Long Beach: $29.50–$37.25 one-way, $59– $74.50 round-trip; Dana Point: $30.50–$38.25 one-way, $61–$76.50 round-trip; under 2 $2.50 one-way, $5 round-trip. Ride free on your birthday. 800.481.3470, catalinaexpress.com CATHEDRAL OF OUR LADY OF THE ANGELS Stunning contemporary cathedral opposite Music Center. M–F 6:30 am–6 pm; Sa 9 am–6 pm; Su 7 am–6 pm. 555 W. Temple St., downtown, 213.680.5200 Map H17 DESCANSO GARDENS North America’s largest camellia collection (34,000 plants amid 20 acres of oaks) and much more, including lilacs, azaleas, irises. Daily 9 am–5 pm except Christmas. $4–$9, under 5 free. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, 818.949.4200 Map Q19 DISNEY CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE PARK Soarin’ Over California, A Bug’s Land, Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Toy Story Mania!, Ariel’s Undersea Adventure. Cars Land is a recent addition. Call for hours. Admission (includes all rides and attractions): $90–$96, under 3 free. 1600 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.781.4565 Map I10 DISNEYLAND Mickey Mouse’s theme park. Attractions include Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage. Updated Star Tours, Pirates of the Caribbean and Space Mountain. Fireworks, fantastic Fantasmic! continues. Call for hours. Admission (includes all rides and attractions): $90–$96, under 3 free. 1600 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.781.4565 Map I10 DOLBY THEATRE Tour the home of the Academy Awards, formerly named the Kodak Theatre. Daily 10:30 am–4 pm. $15–$19, under 3 free. 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.308.6300 Map H13

EGYPTIAN THEATRE Restored 1922 Hollywood landmark screens classics, cult favorites, indie films. Excellent Forever Hollywood screenings are exclusive to the theater. Call for schedule and pricing. 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.466.3456 Map H13 EL CAPITAN THEATRE 1926 Spanish-style movie palace screens Disney films new and old. Musical accompaniment to many shows. Call or visit elcapitan.go.com for schedule. $13–$16. VIP admission with reserved seat $26. 6838 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.467.7674 Map H13 EL PUEBLO DE LOS ANGELES Birthplace of Los Angeles. 27 buildings include 1818 Avila Adobe, L.A.’s oldest. 125 Paseo de la Plaza, downtown, 213.628.1274 Map H17 EXPOSITION ROSE GARDEN Grassy pathways bisect 20,000 rose bushes of nearly 200 varieties. Daily 9 am-sunset. Free. 701 State Drive, Exposition Park, L.A., 213.763.0114 Map K15 FARMERS MARKET Local landmark with 120 produce stalls, restaurants and gift shops in open-air setting. M–F 9 am–9 pm; Sa 9 am–8 pm; Su 10 am–7 pm. 6333 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.933.9211 Map I13 GAMBLE HOUSE Landmark Arts & Crafts–style home. Advance tickets recommended for guided tours. See website for details. Th–Su noon–3 pm. $10–$12.50, under 12 free. 4 Westmoreland Place, Pasadena, 626.793.3334, gamblehouse.org Map Q19 GRAND PARK Pleasant urban park positioned between the Music Center and City Hall offers draws such as a farmers market, lunchtime yoga classes, concerts and more community entertainment. Splash pad for kids. 5:30 am–10 pm. Free. Entrances at 200 N. Grand Ave., 221 N. Hill St., 221 N. Broadway and 227 N. Spring St., downtown, 213.972.8080 Map H17 GREYSTONE PARK AND MANSION Gardens and park grounds open daily. 10 am–5 pm most days. Free. 905 Loma Vista Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.285.6830 Map I11 GRIFFITH OBSERVATORY Iconic attraction overlooking Hollywood. Hourly shows at planetarium. Tu–F noon–10 pm; Sa–Su 10 am–10 pm. Admission free; planetarium shows $3-$7, under 5 free. 2800 E. Observatory Road, Griffith Park, L.A., 213.473.0800 Map U23 L.A. LIVE Bustling entertainment center is home to the Grammy Museum, Nokia Theatre and Club Nokia; restaurants including Nest at WP24 and Tom’s Urban, high-tech bowling lanes and nightspots such as the Conga Room. 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 213.763.5483 Map I15 L.A. ZOO AND BOTANICAL GARDENS More than 250 wildlife species and 800 plant species in parklike setting. New Rainforest of the Americas exhibit. Daily 10 am–5 pm. $14–$19, under 2 free. 5333 Zoo Drive, Griffith Park, L.A., 323.644.4200 Map T23 LEGOLAND Find 50-plus rides and shows and Sea Life Aquarium’s new Jellyfish Discovery. Just-opened Legends of Chima Water Park features an interactive wave pool, water slides and more. Legoland California only, $73–$83 (see legoland.com for upgrades, Resort Hopper ticket packages and discounts). Parking $15–25. Call for hours. 1 Legoland Drive, Carlsbad, 760.918.5346 LOS ANGELES COUNTY ARBORETUM & BOTANIC GARDEN Peafowl roam the grounds and roost overhead at 127-acre garden. Make your own idyllic route or take the tram tour. Daily 9 am–5 pm (last admission 4:30 pm) except Christmas; tram tour SaSu, $5. $4–$9, under 5 free, free third Tuesday of the month. 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, 626.821.3222 Map Q22

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Jim Hodges’ “With the Wind,” at the Hammer Museum

MADAME TUSSAUDS Step behind the scenes to recreate favorite film moments at the world-famous museum of wax figures. M-F 10 am-7 pm, Sat until 8 pm. $22.95-$29.95, under 4 free. 6933 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.798.1670 Map H13 POINT VICENTE INTERPRETIVE CENTER Located on a bluff on the southwestern corner of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, this small park adjacent to the Point Vicente Lighthouse offers a whale-watching deck and an interpretive center featuring exhibits about local history and ecology. 31501 Palos Verdes Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, 310.377.5370 Map O13 QUEEN MARY SHIP AND SEAPORT Historic ocean liner—bigger than the Titanic!—permanently berthed in Long Beach Harbor. Shops, hotel, art deco lounge and restaurants including Sir Winston’s. Russian Foxtrotclass submarine Scorpion is adjacent. Daily 10 am-7 pm for self-guided and guided tours. Night tours available. $17–$27, under 4 free. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 877.342.0738 Map O16 SAN ANTONIO WINERY Complimentary tastings and tour of the only producing winery in L.A., which celebrates its 97th anniversary this year. Restaurant and wine shop on-site. Su–Th 9 am–7 pm; Fri–Sat until 8 pm. 737 Lamar St., downtown, 323.223.1401 Map G17 SCORPION RUSSIAN SUBMARINE Tour the Scorpion, moored next to historic Queen Mary ocean liner. Daily 10 am–6 pm. $12–$14, under 5 free. Must be at least 48 inches tall to board submarine. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 877.342.0738 Map O16 TCL CHINESE THEATRE Historic, meticulously restored Hollywood movie palace (formerly Grauman’s Chinese Theatre) with giant Imax screen and walkway of stars’ hand- and footprints in the forecourt. Call or visit tclchinesetheatres.com for movie schedule. 6925 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.461.3331 Map H13 UNIVERSAL CITYWALK Eye-popping dining, shopping and entertainment promenade includes boutiques such as Fossil, Guess? and Abercrombie & Fitch, novelty stores and state-of-the-art cinema and Imax theater. IFly Hollywood is a simulated skydiving wind tunnel. Call for hours. 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, 818.622.4455 Map U20 UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD World’s biggest motion picture/TV studio. Rides include the 3-D, ultraHD movie motion-simulator ride Despicable Me Minion Mayhem and adjacent Super Silly Fun Land with interactive play zone and Silly Swirly Fun Ride. Tram studio tour includes King Kong 360 3-D and film and TV sets. VIP Experience is private guided tour through prop warehouse, working movie sets, soundstages. Call for hours. $87–$92, under 3 free. Front-of-line pass, $139-$179. VIP Experience $299. 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, 800.864.8377 Map U20

VIRGINIA ROBINSON GARDENS Tour one of Beverly Hills’ first homes, open to the public (by appointment). The historic estate’s idyllic grounds include a grand Italian terrace, rose garden and lush palm-tree forest. Advance reservations required for guided tours, Tu-F 10 am and 1 pm. $4-$11, under 5 free. 1008 Elden Way, Beverly Hills, 310.550.2087 Map I10 WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL Frank Gehry-designed architectural landmark at the Music Center. Tour options include hour-long, self-guided audio tours and docent-led tours. Free for individuals or groups up to 14 people. Tours for 15 or more by reservation, $15 per guest guided or $10 per guest self-guided. Hours and days vary; visit musiccenter.org for schedule. 151 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.4399 Map H16

Studio Tours PARAMOUNT PICTURES STUDIOS TOUR Two-hour group tour of the longest-operating and only remaining major studio in Hollywood. Reservation required. Tours daily (except some holidays) every half hour 9:30 am–2 pm. $53; VIP tour $178, under 10 not admitted. 5555 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, 323.956.1777 Map I14 SONY PICTURES STUDIOS TOUR Two-hour walking tour of working motion picture studio includes sets of television shows and films. Reservation, photo ID required. M–F 9:30 am–2:30 pm. $38, under 12 not admitted. Parking free. 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, 310.244.8687 Map L11 UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD Legendary studio tour. VIP Experience includes private tour of movie studio, prop warehouse, front-of-line privileges and gourmet lunch. Call for hours. $87-$92, under 3 free. Front-of-line pass $139-$179. VIP Experience $299. 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, 818.622.3801 Map U20 WARNER BROS. STUDIOS Two-hour VIP tour of working TV and film studio includes backlots, soundstages, costume department, museum, new Batman exhibit and observation of filming when possible. Deluxe tour available. Reservation recommended; photo ID required. Daily 8:15 am-4 pm. $54, under 8 not admitted. 3400 W. Riverside Drive, Burbank, 818.972.8687 Map U20

Studio Tapings AUDIENCES UNLIMITED Free tickets to live tapings of TV shows on CBS, Fox, NBC and CW, such as The Big Bang Theory, Let’s Make a Deal and Two and a Half Men. Minimum age 10–18, varies by show. 818.260.0041, Ext. 1. tvtickets.com THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW Free tickets for taping of comedian’s daytime talk show. Minimum age 14; minors must show photo ID and be accompanied by a parent. Advance tickets, go to ellen.warnerbros.com/tickets; day-of tickets, call before noon. Warner Bros. Studios, 3400 Riverside Drive, Burbank, 818.954.5929 Map U20 JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE! Free tickets for live tapings of late-night ABC show. Minimum age 18. El Capitan Entertainment Centre, 6840 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 1iota.com Map H13 ON-CAMERA AUDIENCES Free tickets to live tapings of TV shows including Celebrity Name Game, The Price is Right and American Idol. Minimum age varies by show. 818.295.2700, mytvtickets.com

Museums AUTRY NATIONAL CENTER Continuing Route 66: The Road and the Romance; Floral Journey: Native North American Beadwork; Kim Stringfellow’s Jackrabbit Homestead. Ongoing Four Centuries of Pueblo Pottery; Art of the West; Western Frontiers: Stories of Fact and Fiction. Tu–Fri 10 am–4 pm, Sa-Su until 5 pm. $4–$10, under 3 free. 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park, L.A., 323.667.2000 Map H14 CALIFORNIA AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM History, culture, art. Continuing Curvature: Lines and Shapes; Visibly Invisible; Lookin’ Back in Front of Me: Selected Works of Mark Steven Greenfield, 1974-2014. Tu–Sa 10 am–5 pm, Su 11 am–5 pm. Free. Parking $10. 600 State Drive, Exposition Park, L.A., 213.744.7432 Map M8 CALIFORNIA SCIENCE CENTER Interactive exhibits for budding scientists. Continuing Pompeii: The Exhibition. Ongoing Mission 26: The Big Endeavour. Daily 10 am–5 pm. Permanent exhibition gallery, free; admission for other exhibits and Imax varies. Parking $10. 700 Exposition Park Drive, Exposition Park, L.A., 323.724.3623 Map K15 CRAFT & FOLK ART MUSEUM International folk and contemporary craft art. Continuing Clare Graham & MorYork: The Answer Is Yes; New Directions: A Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Textiles. Tu–F 11 am–5 pm, Sa–Su noon–6 pm. $5–$7 (free Su), under 10 free. 5814 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.937.4230 Map J13 FASHION INSTITUTE OF DESIGN AND MERCHANDISING (FIDM) Museum and galleries on fashion school campus. Continuing Designing Hollywood: Sketches from the Christian Esquevin Collection; International Inspiration: The Donald and Joan Damask Collection; Bound to Impress: Corsets from The Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection. Ongoing Artfully Adorned: Jewelry from the Christie Romero Collection. Tu-Sa 10 am–5 pm (Annette Green Fragrance Archive, M-Sa). Free. 919 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.623.5821 Map I16 FOWLER MUSEUM Art and material culture from Africa, Asia, the Pacific, the Americas. Continuing Fowler at Fifty; Fowler in Focus: Yards of Style, African-Print Cloths of Ghana; Bearing Witness: Embroidery as History in Post-Apartheid South Africa; Textiles of Timor, Island in the Woven Sea. Ongoing Intersections: World Arts, Local Lives. W–Su noon–5 pm, Th until 8 pm. Free. Parking $3–$12. UCLA, 308 Charles E. Young Drive N., Westwood, 310.825.4361 Map I10 GETTY CENTER Travertine-clad hilltop facility houses stunning collections of paintings, drawings, antiquities, photographs and decorative arts. Through Oct. 12 Yvonne Rainer: Dances and Films. Opening Oct. 14 Drawing in the Age of Rubens; Spectacular Rubens: The Triumph of the Eucharist. Through Oct. 19 Minor White: Manifestations of the Spirit; Convergences: Selected Photographs from the Permanent Collection. Continuing In Focus: Tokyo; Chivalry in the Middle Ages. Ongoing The Life of Art: Context, Collecting and Display. (See getty.edu for additional exhibits.) Tu–F, Su 10 am–5:30 pm, Sa until 9 pm. Free. Parking $15, $10 Sa after 5 pm. 1200 Getty Center Drive, L.A., 310.440.7300 Map H9 GETTY VILLA Getty Center’s exquisite coastal counterpart features Roman and Greek antiquities. Continuing Relief With Antiochos and Herakles. Ongoing Molten Color: Glassmaking in Antiquity. W–M 10 am–5 pm. Free. Parking $15, $10 after 5 pm for evening programs. Advance timed tickets required for entry. 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy., Pacific Palisades, 310.440.7300 Map K7 GRAMMY MUSEUM Museum on L.A. Live campus explores music, the creative and recording processes, and Grammy Award history. Through Oct. 12 Oh Say Can You Sing: ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ in Popular Music. Through Oct. 31 Blue Note Records: The Finest in Jazz.

JIM HODGES, “WITH THE WIND” (1997), SCARVES AND THREAD, 90 X 99 IN., PHOTO BY ALAN ZINDMAN / © JIM HODGES

USS IOWA Former battleship is permanently docked as a floating museum. The ongoing exhibit follows the ship’s history through World War II, the Korean War and the Cold War. Also explore the missile decks, bridge, mess areas and Captain’s Cabin. Daily 10 am–5 pm; last ticket sold at 4 pm. $10–$18, under 6 free. Pacific Battleship Center, USS Iowa BB-61, 250 S. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro, 877.446.9261 Map O15

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Attractions + Museums Continuing Pride & Joy: The Texas Blues of Stevie Ray Vaughan; California Dreamin’: The Sounds of Laurel Canyon 1965-1977; Donna Summer: Four Seasons of Love; Pepe Aguilar … La Leyenda Continúa; Michael Jackson. (See grammymuseum.org for permanent exhibits.) M–F 11:30 am–7:30 pm, Sa–Su 10 am–7:30 pm. $10.95–$12.95, under 6 free. 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 213.765.6800 Map I15 HAMMER MUSEUM Traveling shows and installations and permanent collection. Opening Oct. 3 Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take; Robert Heinecken: Object Matter. Through Oct. 12 Mandala of Compassion. Opening Oct. 25 Hammer Projects: Francis Upritchard. Continuing Hammer Projects: Mario Garcia Torres; Hammer Projects: N. Dash; Hammer Projects: Yuri Ancarani. Tu–F 11 am–8 pm, Sa–Su 11 am–5 pm. Free. 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood, 310.443.7000 Map J10 HOLLYWOOD MUSEUM Located in the historic Max Factor Building, just steps from the Walk of Fame, the Hollywood Museum houses 10,000 authentic showbiz treasures that showcase a century of Hollywood’s entertainment industry. Don’t miss Max Factor’s makeup rooms, where Marilyn Monroe became a blonde and Lucille Ball a redhead. W–Su 10 am–5 pm. $5–$15. 1660 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.464.7776 Map H13 HUNTINGTON LIBRARY, ART COLLECTIONS, AND BOTANICAL GARDENS Art, buildings and grounds, with more than a dozen themed gardens. Gallery includes Pinkie and The Blue Boy. Continuing Your Country Calls! Posters of the First World War; Highlights of American Drawings and Watercolors from The Huntington’s Art Collections. M, W-F noon–4:30 pm, Sa-Su 10:30 am-4:30 pm, $8–$23, under 5 free. 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, 626.405.2141 Map R21 JAPANESE AMERICAN NATIONAL MUSEUM Focus on the Japanese American experience. Opening Oct. 11 Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty. Ongoing Common Ground: The Heart of Community. Tu–W, F–Su 11 am–5 pm; Th noon–8 pm. $5–$9, under 6 free. 100 N. Central Ave., downtown, 213.625.0414 Map H17 LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART Diverse, superb collections housed on 20-acre campus. Through Oct. 12 Zuan: Japanese Design Books; Princely Traditions and Colonial Pursuits in India. Through Oct. 19 Kimono for a Modern Age. Opening Oct. 19 Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist; Samurai: Japanese Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection. Through Oct. 26 Fragmentary Tales: Selections from the Lloyd Cotsen “Textile Traces” Collection. Continuing Haunted Screens: German Cinema in the 1920s; Big Quilts in Small Sizes: Children’s Historical Bedcovers; Close-up and Personal EighteenthCentury Gold Boxes from the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection; Playthings: The Uncanny Art of Morton Bartlett; Variations: Conversations in and Around Abstract Painting; African Cosmos: Stellar Arts; Marsden Hartley: The German Paintings 1913–1915; Sam Durant: Proposal for White and Indian Dead Monument Transpositions, Washington D.C.; Marsden Hartley’s Modern Influences; The Written Image: Books and Portfolios from the Robert Gore Rifkind Center for German Expressionist Studies; Art Deco Textiles; Edward Biberman, Abbot Kinney and the Story of Venice; The Painted City: Art from Teotihuacan; Miracle Mile. Ongoing Levitated Mass; Metropolis II; James Turrell, Breathing Light; Hassan Hajjaj: My Rock Stars Experimental, Volume 1, 2012. M–Tu, Th 11 am–5 pm, F until 8 pm; Sa–Su 10 am–7 pm. $10–$15, under 18 free. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.857.6000 Map J13 LOS ANGELES MUSEUM OF THE HOLOCAUST The West Coast’s largest archive of Holocaust-era documents, relics and other primary source materials. Interactive and audiovisual exhibits include The World That Was touch-screen table; models include a recreation of a train car used to transport prisoners and the Sobibor death camp. Continuing The Earth Sings a Sad Song: Europe 1919-1945. Sa–Th 10 am–5 pm, F until 2 pm. Free. Pan Pacific Park, 100 S. The Grove Drive, L.A., 323.651.3704 Map I12

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MUSEUM OF TOLERANCE Exhibits on prejudice and discrimination, legacy of the Holocaust and humanrights issues, plus an immersive look at Anne Frank’s life and legacy. (See museumoftolerance.com for additional exhibits.) Su–W, Fri 10 am–5 pm; Th until 9:30 pm (extended hours for Anne only). $11.50–$15.50, under 5 free. 9786 W. Pico Blvd., L.A., 310.553.8403 Map J11

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NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY Thirty-three million objects from dino fossils to fish. The 3.5-acre Nature Gardens and interactive Nature Lab are new to the museum. The Tyrannosaurus rex growth series is a highlight of the Dinosaur Hall. Continuing Blue Moon Diamond; Spider Pavilion; Just Add Water; Aurora Butterfly of Peace. (See nhm.org for additional exhibits.) Daily 9:30 am–5 pm. $5–$12, under 3 free. 900 Exposition Blvd., Exposition Park, L.A., 213.763.3466 Map K15 NORTON SIMON MUSEUM Collection of Renaissance to 20th-century masterworks and sculpture garden. Opening Oct. 24 Lock, Stock and Barrel: Norton Simon’s Purchase of Duveen Brothers Gallery. Continuing Home and Away: The Printed Works of Ruth Asawa. M, W-Th noon–5 pm, Fri-Sa 11 am-8 pm, Su 11 am-5 pm. $9–$12; students with photo ID, under 19 free. 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 626.449.6840 Map Q19 PAGE MUSEUM AT THE LA BREA TAR PITS Watch paleontologists at work uncovering Ice Age L.A. The main attractions are the ever-bubbling tar pits, which make up the world’s most famous fossil excavation site. The Observation Pit was recently reopened after 20 years. Daily 9:30 am–5 pm. $5–$12, under 3 free. 5801 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.934.7243 Map J13 PASADENA MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA ART California art, architecture, design. Continuing An Opening of the Field: Jess, Robert Duncan, and Their Circle; Burning Down the House: Ellen Brooks, Jo Ann Callis, Eileen Cowin; Stas Orlovski: Chimera. W–Su noon–5 pm. $5–$7, under 12 free. 490 E. Union St., Pasadena, 626.568.3665 Map Q20 PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM Houses some 150 vintage cars, trucks and motorcycles, and features permanent and rotating exhibits on display. Through Oct. 18 Mustangs Forever: 50 Years of a Legend; The World’s Greatest Sports Coupes. Continuing Town Cars: Arriving in Style; Art Wall: License Plates: Unlocking the Code. Tu-Su 10 am–6 pm. $5–$15, under 3 free. 6060 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.930.2277 Map J13

The Rainforest of the Americas exhibit is now open! Home to over 20 exotic animals including giant river otters, howler monkeys and Harpy eagles, all in an exciting naturalistic environment. The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens also offers a carousel, play park, and Safari Shuttle. Conveniently located in beautiful Griffith Park at the intersection of the I-5 and 134 freeways. Plan your visit at www.LAZoo.org.

SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER The American Jewish experience. Through Oct. 12 Fallen Fruit of the Skirball. Opening Oct. 23 Light & Noir: Exiles and Émigrés in Hollywood, 1933–1950; The Noir Effect; Café Vienne. Ongoing Noah’s Ark at the Skirball; Visions and Values: Jewish Life from Antiquity to America. Tu–F noon–5 pm, Sa–Su 10 am–5 pm. $5–10, under 2 free, Th free. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A., 310.440.4500 Map G9

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Shopping Destinations THE AMERICANA AT BRAND Huge downtown Glendale hot spot from the creators of the Grove with Main Street, U.S.A., atmosphere and trolley. Ninety stores and dining options. Boutiques include Kate Spade, Kiehl’s, Sugarfina and a new David Yurman boutique; other draws include H&M, Barneys New York and Pacific Theatres cinema. 889 Americana Way, Glendale, 818.637.8900 Map U23

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Nightlife AVALON Newly renovated dance club and concert venue. 1735 Vine St., Hollywood, 323.462.8900 Map H14 BAR MARMONT Dreamy bar next door to historic Chateau Marmont. 8171 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.650.0575 Map H12 BIGFOOT LODGE Kitschy log-cabin-themed watering hole. 3172 Los Feliz Blvd., Atwater Village, 323.662.9227; Bigfoot West, 10939 Venice Blvd., Culver City, 310.287.2200 Map northeast of V23, M11 THE BLIND DONKEY Impressive roster of premium whiskeys, whiskey cocktails and craft beers, with locations in in Old Pasadena and Long Beach. 53 E. Union St., Pasadena, 626.792.1833; 149 Linden Ave., Long Beach, 562.247.1511 Map Q19, N16 CAÑA RUM BAR Premium rum bar with some 140 small-batch rums and cigar pairings. Annual $20 membership fee waived Fridays 6-8 pm. 714 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 213.745.7090 Map I16

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CITY TAVERN  Friendly gastropub with craft brews, California wines and cocktails. Booths at Culver City location are outfitted with computerized craft brew taps; patrons pour their own. Second location at FIGat7th shopping center, downtown.  9739 Culver Blvd., Culver City, 310.838.9739; 735 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 213.239.5654  Map L11, H16 THE CULVER RESTAURANT AND BAR  Charming, historic hotel bar in the heart of Culver City.  9400 Culver Blvd., Culver City, 310.558.9400  Map L11

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EL REY THEATRE  Hot indie bands play art deco theater on Miracle Mile.  5515 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.936.6400  Map J13 FATHER’S OFFICE  Casual bar with an impressive beer selection and food. Don’t miss the famed burger (no substitutions allowed).  1018 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, 310.393.2337; 3229 Helms Ave., Culver City, 310.736.2224.  Map L8, L11 FORMOSA CAFE  Old Hollywood haunt features red booths and moody atmosphere.  7156 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.850.9050  Map H13 HONEYCUT  Inventive cocktails at underground bar with an adjacent dance floor.  819 S. Flower St., downtown, 213.688.0888  Map I16

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HOUSE OF BLUES  Big-name bands in faux bayou setting.  8430 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.848.5100  Map H12 LA DESCARGA  Cuban-inspired rum bar. Live band and dance performances. Reservation recommended; upscale dress code.  1159 N. Western Ave., Hollywood, 323.466.1324  Map east of H14 LAS PERLAS  Festive tequila and mezcal bar with sophisticated cocktails.  107 E. 6th St., downtown, 213.988.8355  Map I16 LAUGH FACTORY  Famed comedy nightclub.  8001 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.656.1336; 151 S. Pine Ave., Long Beach, 562.495.2844  Map H12, N16 NEXT DOOR LOUNGE  Barrel-aged spirits and classic cocktails served with 1920s panache. Revamped menu by chef/Food Network Star finalist Nikki Martin.  1154 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.465.5505  Map H15 NO VACANCY  Gin cocktails and live entertainment in a Victorian boutique hotel.  1727 N. Hudson Ave., Hollywood, 323.465.1902  Map H14 THE ORPHEUM THEATRE  Historic venue offers altrock and special events.  842 S. Broadway, downtown, 877.677.4386  Map I16 PERCH  Open-air roost in a historic building; indoor cabaret lounge Bar Thirteen is underneath.  448 S. Hill St., downtown, 213.802.1770  Map I16

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Beaches SASSAFRAS Lounge styled as a (stylishly) decaying Savannah townhouse specializes in barrel-aged cocktails. 1233 N. Vine St., Hollywood, 323.467.2800 Map H14 THE SATELLITE Alt-music venue (formerly known as Spaceland) books under-the-radar indie bands. 1717 Silver Lake Blvd., Silver Lake, 323.661.4380 Map W23 THE SAYERS CLUB Exclusive lounge/restaurant with live music and bar in the back room and food and cocktails served in the newer front room. 1645 Wilcox Ave., Hollywood, 323.871.8233 Map H14 SEVEN GRAND Whiskey bar with tongue-in-cheek hunt-club décor. 515 W. 7th St., downtown, 213.614.0737 Map I16 SEVENTY7 Hidden, mixology-focused Culver City speakeasy; look for the alley entrance. 3843 Main St., Culver City, 310.559.7707 Map L11 THE SPARE ROOM “Gaming parlor and cocktail lounge” with bowling lanes and fancy drinks. Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.769.7296 Map H13 THE STANDARD DOWNTOWN Rooftop bar with panoramic city views, pool, vibrating red waterbeds. 550 S. Flower St., downtown, 213.892.8080 Map I16 THE STANDARD HOLLYWOOD Lounge with swinging seats, glowing purple walls. 8300 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.650.9090 Map H12 £10 Pronounced “ten pound,” this whiskey bar in the Montage Beverly Hills specializes in single-malt whiskey from the Macallan. 225 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.860.7800 Map J11 TOM BERGIN’S L.A.’s quintessential Irish bar serving beers on draft, cocktails and comfort food. 840 S. Fairfax Ave., L.A., 323.936.7151 Map J13 TROUBADOUR Historic spot books up-and-coming alt-rock and local bands. 9081 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.276.1158 Map H12 THE VARNISH The mixing of Prohibition-era cocktails is an art form at this bar in the back of Cole’s diner. 118 E. 6th St., downtown, 213.622.9999 Map I17 VIPER ROOM Tiny, nitty-gritty live-music venue. 8852 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.358.1881 Map H12 WHISKY A GO GO Rock and Roll Hall of Famer still rocks. 8901 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.652.4202 Map H12

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GO METRO Despite what you may have heard, you can get to many Los Angeles attractions without a car. Metro is the nation’s second-largest public transportation agency, operating 2,200 buses and six rail lines, including a subway that can take you from downtown to Hollywood in about 15 minutes. Whether you’re interested in seeing stars along the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame, catching rays at Santa Monica Beach or touring any number of L.A. landmarks, Metro can take you there.

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Use the Trip Planner at metro.net or call 323.GO.METRO for customized travel itineraries. Note that some popular attractions served by Metro Rail are listed to the right.

Fares

Metro’s base fare is $1.75. It’s best to pay using a TAP card, a reloadable plastic card that can store Metro passes or individual rides. TAP cards cost $1 and are available from self-service vending machines at Metro Rail stations, or onboard buses with the purchase of a 1-Day Pass. For complete information, check metro.net/fares. Two children under the age of 5 may travel free with each fare-paying adult. Eating and drinking is not permitted on any Metro bus or train. Note: Metro has installed turnstiles at many Metro Rail stations; others simply operate on the honor system. However, fare inspectors randomly check passengers for valid tickets or passes. You may never be checked, but if you are and you don’t have proof of valid fare, the inspector may issue a citation and you may be fined.

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Here’s a sampling of attractions that are within easy walking distance of Metro Rail stations: METRO RED/PURPLE LINE Union Station • Olvera Street

Civic Center • Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels • Museum of Contemporary Art • Music Center • Walt Disney Concert Hall 7th Street/Metro Center • Macy’s Plaza (dining, shops) • FIGat7th (dining, shops) Hollywood/Vine • Capitol Records Tower • Hollywood Walk of Fame • Pantages Theatre Hollywood/Highland • TCL Chinese Theatre • Hollywood & Highland (dining, shops) Universal City/Studio City • Universal CityWalk (dining, shops) • Universal Studios Hollywood North Hollywood • El Portal Center for the Arts • NoHo Arts District (dining, shops, theatres)

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Heather Levine ceramic wall hangings, available at General Store in Venice. 310.751.6393

LZZR repurposed metal jewelry, available at Max & Moritz in West Hollywood. 323.851.2200

Cutting-edge art in quaint El Segundo at ESMoA. 424.277.1020

Boutique wines and craft beer at Vintage Wine + Market in Palms. 424.603.4707

Sydney Evan jewelry, available at Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills. 310.550.5900

Grilled whole Maine lobster at Playa Provisions’ Dockside dining room. 310.683.5019

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