Discover African American Culture in Los Angeles

01/16/2014

Discover Los Angeles

Los Angeles is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world. Beginning with LA’s founding in 1781, the African American presence has grown and flourished, greatly influencing not only the city of Los Angeles, but making a tremendous impact on the rest of the country and around the world. It’s no coincidence that the two years President Barack Obama spent at LA’s Occidental College (1979-1981) played a major role in determining his future in politics.

One of the best ways to experience African American culture and heritage in Los Angeles is during Black History Month, which takes place every February. Hosted by various cultural institutions throughout the city, the month-long celebration includes events at the California African-American Museum in Exposition Park and the annual Pan African Film & Art Festival. The following guide will help you explore L.A.’s African American culture during Black History Month and throughout the year. Day One covers South LA and Downtown; Day Two features the Beach Cities; and Day Three takes you to the Westside.

Whisky a Go Go 50th Anniversary

01/15/2014

Discover Los Angeles

The world-famous Whisky a Go Go opened on Jan. 15, 1964 with a concert by Johnny Rivers. Read on for ten music acts that helped make the Whisky a Go Go a music mecca.

Lubov Azria's Picks for dineLA's Restaurant Week

01/13/2014

Discover Los Angeles

Lubov Azria is the Chief Creative Officer of BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP. Established in 1989 in Los Angeles by Founder and CEO Max Azria, BCBGMAXAZRIA is recognized globally for its high-quality, chic and sophisticated offerings. Lubov joined the company as a designer in 1991 and was named Creative Director in 1996. During Lubov’s tenure, the BCBGMAXAZRIA brand has evolved from an emerging contemporary line to one of America's leading design houses, with collections that include evening dresses, denim, outerwear, footwear, swimwear, handbags and small leather goods. In recognition of her accomplishments as a designer and creative leader, Lubov was inducted into the CFDA in 2010. 

In honor of dineLA’s Winter 2014 Restaurant Week, Lubov Azria picks some of her favorites, ranging from casual dining to high end restaurants.

The Best Gluten-Free Restaurants in Los Angeles

01/12/2014

Clarissa Wei

Luckily for Angelenos, we live in a city with plenty of health-conscious restaurateurs. Whether you have celiac disease or just prefer to go light on the wheat, there’s a wide array of options in all parts of Los Angeles. But while plenty of restaurants have menu items that don’t use wheat, it’s often quite difficult to be certain because gluten exists within various sauces as well. There are few restaurants that are meticulous about their labeling, so we've curated a list of those restaurants that do so and have plenty of options for wheatless dining.

WORDS FROM WOODEN – January, 2014

01/10/2014

Happy New Year! Nothing beats being able to share good news to kick off 2014. I was proud to join Mayor Eric Garcetti on Jan. 6 to announce a record-breaking 42.2 million visitors to Los Angeles in 2013, our third consecutive record-breaking year.

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