African American L.A.

12/23/2014

Discover Los Angeles

The history of African Americans in Los Angeles dates back to the original 44 settlers who founded the city of Los Angeles in 1781.

Bradbury Building in Downtown L.A.

Go On Location: Top 10 Science Fiction Movie & TV Locations in Los Angeles

12/23/2014

Lindsay Blake

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.

MOCA museum store

Shopping at Museum Gift Stores in Los Angeles

12/23/2014

Discover Los Angeles

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.

gay L.A.

12/22/2014

Discover Los Angeles

L.A.’s sophisticated lifestyle, vibrant cultural scene and creative industries help make it the home to one of the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities in the world.

California African American Museum sign

Discover the California African American Museum

12/19/2014

Wiebke Schuster

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.

Margherita pizzas at Olio GCM Wood Fired Pizzeria

The Best of Grand Central Market

12/18/2014

Joshua Lurie

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.

"Daniel in the Lions' Den" by Henry Ossawa Tanner at LACMA

African American Masterpieces at Los Angeles Museums

12/18/2014

Wiebke Schuster

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.

Larchmont Village clock

A Walking Tour of Larchmont Village

12/16/2014

Esther Tseng

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.

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