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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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