Watts Towers

Watts Towers: The Story of an L.A. Icon


Elina Shatkin

The Watts Towers are the vision of one man, an Italian immigrant who worked, with no outside help and only the most elemental tools, nearly every day for 34 years to build the world-famous monument.

La Nuit en Rose Los Angeles

Los Angeles Event Spotlight: May 2016


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There's no shortage of things to do in the City of Angels this May. From holiday events to cultural festivals and much more, discover these fun events happening around L.A. 

Nine-story temple facade outside Cave 96, Mogao Caves

"Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China's Silk Road" at Getty Center


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On view at the Getty Center May 7 – Sept. 4, 2016, Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China's Silk Road features numerous objects originally from the site - paintings and manuscripts that have rarely, if ever, traveled to the United States, as well as three spectacular full-size cave replicas. The exhibition celebrates more than 25 years of collaboration between the Getty Conservation Institute and the Dunhuang Academy to preserve this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

“This major exhibition, unprecedented in scope, is the first in North America to fully explore the art, environment, and conservation of the Buddhist cave temples of Dunhuang," says James Cuno, president and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust. “The exhibition highlights the Getty’s long relationship with the Dunhuang Academy, stewards of the site, as well as our ongoing efforts to preserve the world’s cultural heritage.”

The Broad viewed from across Grand Avenue

The Broad Achieves LEED Gold Certification


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The Broad is the first major art museum in Los Angeles and one of only a handful of museums in the country to achieve LEED Gold status. The Broad’s environmentally friendly features include electric car charging stations, bike parking spaces, rooftop drains routed to street level gardens that filter runoff, and high-efficiency plumbing fixtures that help reduce indoor water use by 40 percent. In addition, with easy walking access to residential and commercial buildings, restaurants and other cultural amenities, and close proximity to public transit and adjacency to the new Metro Regional Connector station at the corner of 2nd and Hope Streets (anticipated opening in 2021), The Broad aims to be in the top tier of eco-conscious, efficient and sustainable museums.

Getty Villa courtyard

Los Angeles Event Spotlight: April 2016


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There's no shortage of things to do in the City of Angels this April. From sporting events to cultural festivals and much more, discover these fun events happening around L.A.

The Theatre at Ace Hotel

Go On Location: Historic Los Angeles Theatres Featured in Film


Lindsay Blake

In the early 1900s, lavish theatres and movie palaces began popping up across Los Angeles. Though a large number of them have been transformed, altered or razed over the years, the city’s landscape is still dotted with several of the historic venues, many of which remain in operation and in pristine condition. While the opulent sites are not all open to the public on a daily basis, they can be viewed a number of ways, including by attending a show on-site, via the Los Angeles Conservancy’s Broadway Historic Theatre and Commercial District Walking Tour, and through the Conservancy’s Last Remaining Seats film series program. Because the theatres are regularly used for filming, you can also catch a glimpse of them onscreen. Read on for a list of ten historic venues and the productions they have appeared in.

Sister Cities of Los Angeles street sign at City Hall

The Sister Cities of Los Angeles


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Sister Cities of Los Angeles is a network of 25 Sister Cities and three Friendship Cities on six continents. Sister Cities of Los Angeles celebrates the myriad cultures of L.A. through a continuing program of service in the areas of civics, educational, cultural, trade and economic development, travel, sports and recreation, and other areas of mutual interest. Sister Cities of Los Angeles promotes the image of the City of Los Angeles around the world, expands global interest in our city, and invites visitors to L.A.

Photo of Hank Greenberg hitting a home run, from "Chasing Dreams" at Skirball Cultural Center

"Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American" at Skirball Cultural Center


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From Hank Greenberg and Sandy Koufax to Joe DiMaggio, Jackie Robinson, Roberto Clemente, Fernando Valenzuela and Ichiro Suzuki, these players didn’t just play the game - they changed it. For generations of American Jews and other minorities, they served as athletic, cultural and ethical role models. Through more than 130 original objects - including game-worn uniforms, films and historic footage, awards, baseball cards, and signed memorabilia - the exhibition pays tribute to these major league game changers and, just as importantly, the community of fans they inspired.