Nancy's house from "A Nightmare on Elm Street"

Iconic Horror Movie Locations in Los Angeles

09/26/2014

Lindsay Blake

Halloween is fast approaching and what better way to celebrate than with a visit to classic horror movie sites located in Los Angeles. The late 1970s through the early 90s was a golden age of the horror/slasher flick, and nowhere was filming of the genre more prevalent than in the City of Angels and its environs. Many horror locales from that time period remain unchanged today, still possessing the power to give those in the know a good spook. Read on for a guide to some of the most iconic horror movie locations in Los Angeles.

Studio Tour at Universal Studios Hollywood

Los Angeles Tours: The Best Way to Discover L.A.

09/24/2014

Discover Los Angeles

Whether you’re a first time visitor to Los Angeles or a lifelong Angeleno, there is always something new to discover in the City of Angels. To help you explore L.A., there are tours that appeal to a wide range of interests and budgets. From museum and food tours to eco-friendly bikes and spectacular helicopter and boat rides, read on to find out more about Los Angeles tours.

Victorian manors on Carroll Avenue in Echo Park

Hidden Gems in Echo Park

09/23/2014

Esther Tseng

Flanked by Elysian Park, Elysian Valley, Silver Lake and Chinatown, Echo Park is a historic and diverse neighborhood where you’ll find everything from Dodger Stadium, the home of our beloved Los Angeles Dodgers, to Echo Park Lake, which reopened recently after a $45-million renovation. Locals and visitors alike enjoy paddle-boating around the lake, while the surrounding area continues to experience a retail, recreation and restaurant renaissance. Read on to find out more about Echo Park hidden gems, and discover an entirely different side of the neighborhood.

Taquitos at The Taste of Mexico

The 4th Annual Taste of Mexico Food Festival

09/19/2014

Discover Los Angeles

The 4th Annual Taste of Mexico Food Festival is taking place on Saturday, Sept. 27 at La Plaza de las Culturas y Artes in Downtown L.A. The festival celebrates L.A.’s vibrant Mexican cuisine with unlimited tastings from 25 of L.A.'s finest Mexican restaurants and purveyors. The Farmers Market Picnic is a family-friendly cookout, taking place from noon to 4 p.m. Dinner and Agave Night is the festival’s signature event, taking place from 7-11 p.m. All-inclusive tickets include unlimited food, tequila and mezcal tastings, as well as access to the michelada beer garden and live entertainment. Tickets are $35 for the Farmers Market Picnic, and $55 for the Dinner and Agave Night. Limited VIP passes for both events are $75. Read on to find out more about this year's Taste of Mexico participants.

A Hollywood Christmas at The Grove

The Guide to Holiday Shopping in Los Angeles

09/16/2014

Sarah Dandashy

Southern California may not get the full winter chill as other areas of the country, but when it comes to the holidays, Los Angeles goes all out. With our constant sunshine and palm trees, we take the holidays very seriously, especially shopping. Because really, there's no better way to get into the spirit of the season than finding the perfect gift for that special someone. And if you happen to discover a gift for yourself along the way, just remember, you deserve it! Make your list, check it twice, then read on for our guide to holiday shopping in Los Angeles.

Music Center 50th Anniversary Spectacular & Gala Dinner

The Music Center 50th Anniversary Spectacular & Gala Dinner

09/16/2014

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The Music Center was originally dedicated on Sept. 27, 1964. Beginning in October 2014, The Music Center kicks off a celebration 50 years in the making. The highlight of the festivities is The Music Center 50th Anniversary Spectacular, an on-stage extravaganza taking place at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 at the iconic venue where it all began, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. This star-studded 90-minute show will honor The Music Center and highlight the accomplishments of the past 50 years with special performances and tributes that include:

  • Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center and the LA Phil team up for the presentation of a new work choreographed by Justin Peck and commissioned by The Music Center. Performed live by LA Dance Project to music presented in a simulcast performance by the LA Phil conducted by Music Director Gustavo Dudamel, this world premiere performance will unite both Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in celebration.
  • Mezzo-soprano Susan Graham will perform an aria as part of a special tribute to the LA Opera, introduced by actor Christoph Waltz, and including a video tribute from LA Opera Eli and Edythe Broad General Director, Plácido Domingo.
  • Los Angeles Master Chorale Artistic Director Grant Gershon will conduct signature works performed by the Los Angeles Master Chorale as well as a unique collaborative performance of the banquet scene from Nixon in China with LA Opera.
  • Highlights of musical theatre and drama produced by Center Theatre Group will fill the stage with song, dance and dramatic surprises.
  • A special tribute to the 25 years that the Academy Awards were held on the stage of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and much more.

Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime stage show, honoring a half-century of extraordinary artistic accomplishments and contributions with unforgettable, unprecedented performances and special collaborations.

Following the performance, The Music Center’s most generous donors are invited to a black tie 50th Anniversary Celebration Dinner in a massive 120’x230’ tent on The Music Center Plaza, featuring a three-course meal prepared by Joachim Splichal’s Patina Catering. Guests of the glamorous gala celebration will be treated to more anniversary spectacle with a special surprise performance and dancing.

Dim sum at King Hua

The Best Dim Sum Restaurants in Los Angeles

09/11/2014

Tony Chen

The Cantonese style of food known as dim sum - bite-sized or individual portions of food, typically served in steamer baskets or small plates - is a breakfast and brunch experience enjoyed around the world. Dim sum is associated with the ancient Silk Road tradition of yum cha (“drink tea”), so when friends and family go to a Chinese restaurant for dim sum it’s referred to as yum cha. Los Angeles, the gateway to Asia-Pacific travelers and the home of the second largest Chinese-American population, offers plentiful dim sum options. From historic Chinatown in Downtown Los Angeles to the Chinese enclaves of the San Gabriel Valley, read on for some of the best dim sum restaurants in the L.A. area.

Metro Fare Changes Beginning September 15, 2014

09/11/2014

Discover Los Angeles

Beginning Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, Metro is implementing new fare changes that will include for the first time a two-hour period of free transfers on Metro's bus and rail system when using a stored value TAP card to pay for the base fare.

"I Was a Botox Junkie" in the Arts District

Discover Los Angeles Street Art Car Free

09/10/2014

Discover Los Angeles

From its origins in the 1960s, street art has become an established worldwide art movement. Los Angeles artists were among the pioneers of this art form, and today L.A. has thousands of street murals depicting life via artistic styles that can range from classical to modern, and impressionistic to punk and hip-hop. Few areas of L.A. provide a more condensed collection of the best in local street art than the Arts District, located on the eastern edge of Downtown. Car Free L.A. enthusiast and BlacklistLA founder, Erik Valiente, offers an itinerary of his favorite street art gems in Downtown L.A. that can be explored without a car.

Recommended Methods of Travel: Walking or Biking
Total Distance: 52.7 miles. Distance Walking or Biking: 2.7 miles

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