Venue Spotlight: Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall

05/23/2017

The legendary Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall has been the epicenter for some of L.A.'s most prestigious and glamorous events for over 80 years. Built in 1926, this unique venue is the perfect blend of old school architecture and design with modern technology and functionality.

Dungeness crab at The Albright on the Santa Monica Pier

The Top 10 Restaurants Along the Metro Expo Line

05/22/2017

Joshua Lurie

The Metro Expo Line expanded from Culver City to Downtown Santa Monica in May 2016, opening up a new world of public transportation and dining possibilities. The light-rail now passes through a wealth of different cultures that capture L.A.’s brilliant diversity. From Downtown L.A. to the Santa Monica Pier, learn about 10 reliable dining options within a three-block walk of stations along the Expo Line.

LEVEL’S LOW AIRFARES ARRIVE IN LOS ANGELES

05/18/2017

Discover Los Angeles

International Airlines Group (IAG) is launching LEVEL - a new low cost longhaul airline brand that will take to the skies in June 2017 with flights from Barcelona to Los Angeles. Fares start from €99/US$149 one way and tickets are on sale now at flylevel.com

News & Notes - May 2017

05/17/2017

Discover Los Angeles

Discover Los Angeles showed the world that #EveryoneisWelcome on Saturday, May 6 when hundreds of Angelenos helped create one of the world’s largest, human-powered welcome signs, greeting visitors arriving from around the world with a warm message of love, compassion and inclusivity. Synchronized volunteers spelled out “welcome” in four languages: Spanish, Chinese, English and Arabic in a spectacular, stadium-style show, to welcome visitors from around the globe. This event was the next evolution of Discover L.A.’s #EveryoneisWelcome initiative which kicked off in April with an inspiring video which features Angelenos coming together in a message of hope, wonder and a willingness to accept everyone with open arms. Discover Los Angeles would like to thank all the volunteers who participated in making the event a success.

Spinner in a scene from "Blade Runner" (1982)

Go On Location: "Blade Runner" Locations in Los Angeles

05/16/2017

Jonathan Palmer

As the stunning images unfold in the new trailer for Blade Runner: 2049, the pulse of any movie-loving Angeleno quickens. Blade Runner, Ridley Scott’s mind-blowing original that stars Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard, outlived its ho-hum box office returns and rose to classic status. The 1982 sci-fi film is among the most defining works of art ever created about our city - no other modern film uses the backdrop of our city with as much as imagination and flair.

Blade Runner's futuristic megalopolis - set in a DayGlo-tinged noir dreamscape of Los Angeles in 2019 - is a thing of inspiring (and often troubling) beauty. Law enforcement and the city’s upper crust pilot their airborne spinner cars to avoid the traffic jams and lowlifes on the street, elegantly soaring past kaijū-scale electronic billboards. Punishing storms batter the city. And many of the citizenry may not even be human.

Short of flying car rentals, Los Angeles boasts more than enough Blade Runner sights to keep you busy while you wait for the sequel, which is in theaters this October. Here’s a guide to recreating the Blade Runner experience in L.A., from its real-deal locations to inspired-by settings and events. (Incidentally, they filmed the sequel in Budapest. So much for authenticity. Do Hungarians dream of electric sheep?)

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