Chicken Waterzooi at The Tripel

The Best Restaurants in Playa del Rey

08/03/2015

Joshua Lurie

Playa del Rey, which resides at the crossroads of Marina del Rey and the South Bay, has always been convenient to LAX and a great place to bike or run. Now the neighborhood has become a good place to eat, and options are bound to get even better with the influx of tech companies like Google and Yahoo to neighboring Playa Vista. Learn about 10 top Playa del Rey restaurants.

Main Ballroom at Los Angeles Athletic Club

The Los Angeles Athletic Club: The Story of an L.A. Icon

07/31/2015

Sandi Hemmerlein

Upon the opening their spectacular Beaux-Arts clubhouse at the corner of Olive and 7th Street in 1912, the LAAC was surrounded by the rising metropolis that L.A. would become. In the 1920s and 30s, the LAAC was the center of activity for stars of the silver screen like Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Rudolph Valentino and other prominent figures of the time; Charlie Chaplin lived there for years. Other famous visitors included Jack London, William Randolph Hearst and George S. Patton.

Bumper Balls pick-up game at Lake Hollywood Park

Dance, Kick and Fly at the Best Alternative Workouts in L.A.

07/30/2015

Leslee Komaiko

Even the best exercise classes can get stale after a while. But in L.A., it’s swimsuit season nearly year-round, so we have to stick with it. Shake up your workout routine with our guide to alternative workouts. If a kayak trip down the Los Angeles River or a trampoline class isn’t your thing, perhaps you’d like to exercise in a huge sandbox or kick a soccer ball in a giant bubble suit.

Eagle Rock at Topanga State Park

Step Up to the Best Intermediate Hikes in Los Angeles

07/29/2015

Joshua Lurie

One of the best aspects of living in L.A. is outdoor access. The beach, mountains and desert are all within striking distance. Hiking is always an option, whether it’s the Santa Monica Mountains, Griffith Park or the mighty San Gabriel Mountains. We previously covered the Top 10 Easy Hikes in L.A. Now we'll learn about eight of the best intermediate hikes in L.A. County that will yield prized views and get your heart pumping, but won’t require a day off from work to recover.

1. Carry your cell phone with you in case of emergency. The signal can be limited in the mountains, but in case you run into trouble, the phone is your best friend.
2. Carry plenty of water because trails often have little shade and it can get hot.
3. Wear sunscreen and a hat. Even if the sky starts out overcast, sun often breaks through clouds.
4. Stay to the center of the trail to limit contact with plants like poison ivy and wildlife like rattlesnakes and tarantulas.

BeautyCon Los Angeles

BeautyCon took over Downtown Los Angeles in July

07/28/2015

Discover Los Angeles

On July 11, 2015, BeautyCon took over The REEF in Downtown Los Angeles and brought together today’s premier fashion, beauty and lifestyle content creators and celebrities. Fans got the chance to participate in interactive presentations, watch performances, create content, shop, play games, learn about new products, and above all, mingle with some of their favorite content creators. We caught up with influencers Ava Allan, Madison Pettis and Alyson Stoner who shared their #LAstory.

playL.A. - Warner Bros. Studio Tour, Bikes and Hikes L.A., Escape Room and The Bloc

07/27/2015

Discover Los Angeles

Elevate group or teambuilding activities to new heights with the newly expanded Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood. The studio’s popular tour is anchored by the addition of a brand new feature, Stage 48: Script to Screen, which offers guests an opportunity to see how their favorite movies and TV shows were made – right on the studio lot where many of them were created. Stage 48: Script to Screen offers guests the unique opportunity to explore the full film and television production process. From the earliest scripts and casting sessions to the final touches in postproduction and the glory of awards season, each component is represented step-by-step throughout the purpose-built soundstage.

Among Stage 48’s various interactive elements - exclusive to the Studio Tour - is the opportunity for guests to re-enact a scene from Friends on the iconic Central Perk set. Guests will also be able to design their own Batmobiles and movie costumes in the pre-production section. Guests will enjoy “flying” on Harry Potter’s broomstick at the photo opportunity, which employs the same green screen technology used in the Harry Potter movie productions. Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood gives guests a behind-the-scenes experience like never before as they explore the sets, soundstages, and iconic locations on Warner Bros.’ legendary studio lot. Knowledgeable tour guides lead intimate groups on an unrivaled journey behind the camera, sharing stories and moviemaking secrets with guests along the way.

meetL.A. - Only in L.A. Venues

07/27/2015

Los Angeles will welcome a spectacular new museum of contemporary art September 20, when The Broad opens on Grand Avenue in Downtown. The $140-million museum designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro creates a 120,000 square-foot, three-level facility with 50,000 square feet of gallery space, plus a lecture hall, public lobby with display space and a museum shop. Upon entering the lobby, visitors will travel up a 105-foot escalator, through the second-floor concrete vault, and enter the third-floor gallery, which features 23-foot ceilings and 318 skylights that filter in diffused sunlight through the building’s exterior exoskeleton (aka “the veil”). The museum will offer free general admission to all. Group tours will be available after December 1, 2015.The Broad’s inaugural exhibition is entirely focused on the renowned contemporary art collection of Eli and Edythe Broad. Organized in a roughly chronological timeline, the exhibition will begin with Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg in the 50s and continue to the heart of the collection, 60s Pop Art by Andy Warhol, Ed Ruscha and Roy Lichtenstein. The exhibition concludes with 70s and 80s works by Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Jeff Koons.Located directly south of the museum, a 24,000 square-foot public plaza features 100-year-old Barouni olive trees, an open lawn, and enhanced landscaping and improvements along Grand Avenue. On the western end of the plaza, restaurateur Bill Chait is developing a free-standing restaurant featuring chef Timothy Hollingsworth, former chef de cuisine at The French Laundry in Napa Valley. 

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