Los Angeles is world famous for its sandy beaches, towering palm trees and sparkling stretches of ocean. L.A. also boasts its fair share of unique, otherworldly and sometimes bizarre landscapes and structures. Over the years, science fiction film and television makers have flocked to these mystical locales to lens some of the genre’s most iconic productions. Read on to learn about ten of the most extraordinary L.A. locations that have been immortalized in science fiction films and TV series.
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Los Angeles is home to an incomparable collection of museums. Visitors and locals alike can spend hours exploring these world-class cultural attractions and view everything from fine art masterpieces to the Space Shuttle. Best of all, museum stores offer a wide range of items so that visitors can take home a memory of their experience. Whether you’re looking for a simple coffee mug or splurging for a limited edition street banner, read on for some of the best museum stores in L.A.
CAAM’s new facilities opened its doors to visitors during the 1984 Summer Olympics, a time when the world came together to celebrate cultural diversity and common goals. The glass ceiling lobby of the CAAM, where the abundant California sunshine fills the space, creates a warm welcome for everyone who walks through its doors. Large white walls make for the perfect floor-to-ceiling exhibition space, which is filled with a rotating collection entitled the Courtyard Series. “We get to play,” says Visual Arts Curator Vida Brown with a bright smile. Visitors are immediately encouraged by the friendly museum staff to explore the courtyard’s art offerings. From Women’s Hands portrays the art of five artists, all women of color, whose work is inspired by different aspects of the female experience in society. The fragile looking metal knit dresses by Kristine Mays look almost liquid from a distance, but as one steps closer the rigid-metal links begin to speak of strength and a solid identity.
Grand Central Market (GCM) has been a Downtown L.A. staple since 1917, but only recently have the owners gathered a new generation of food and drink vendors. Yes, GCM institutions like China Cafe, Roast To Go and Tacos Tumbras A Tomas are still going strong, but here’s a chance to learn about 11 of the best new food and drink options at Grand Central Market.
The cultural landscape of Los Angeles has been deeply influenced by African American artists and philanthropists and it continues to blossom because of them. In the visual arts scene, contributions by African American artists are plentiful and are constantly on view at many of L.A.’s world-famous museums. Read on for a guide to selected masterpieces in Los Angeles museums.
Discover an intimate shopping district and community in historic Larchmont Village, the hub of many activities for the residents of one of L.A.’s most well-regarded neighborhoods. There’s been a recent surge of newcomers to the pedestrian-friendly area, but you'd be remiss if you overlooked the long-time favorites. Read on for a walking tour of Larchmont Village, from one of L.A.’s best coffee shops to unique stores and excellent restaurants.
Pad thai blends together the best parts of Thai cooking: sweet, spicy, sour and funky. Almost all pad thai has egg, ground peanuts, scallions and a lime wedge. The very best will also have dried shrimp, pressed tofu, chili powder and even crispy pork. More and more versions are being served around L.A. as off-menu specials or alternates to the overly sweet, bright orange noodle dish that’s offered on the average menu. Here are the 10 best pad thai dishes in Los Angeles.