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1975 Cadillac Eldorado by Nudie Cohn at Valley Relics Museum

Step Back in Time at the Valley Relics Museum

01/22/2017

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"It's the world's most famous valley," said Gelinas, noting that Marilyn Monroe and Robert Redford went to Van Nuys High School, and John Elway attended Granada Hills. "Why is it that the Valley was home to so many famous people for so many years? James Cagney's ranch was right down the street from here. Clark Gable's ranch was right down the street, in Chatsworth. Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz were married in Canoga Park. You had Barbara Stanwyck and Jack Oakie's estate right up here in Northridge."

Gelinas noticed that many of the places from his childhood, from department stores to restaurants and amusement parks, were disappearing. "About 20 years ago, I took it upon myself to try and seek out my history and figure out what happened to all these wonderful establishments. Pieces of architecture and places I used to hang out, realizing that they're gone forever. So I started collecting things like a small photograph, a postcard, an annual."

Studio Tour at Universal Studios Hollywood

Go Behind the Scenes of Your Favorite Movies & TV Shows at the Best Studio Tours in L.A.

01/19/2017

Gabrielle Olya

If you’re looking to fill a whole day with movie-themed fun, buy a 1-day pass for Universal Studios Hollywood (starting at $105), which grants you access to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, themed rides such as The Simpsons and Jurassic Park, and access to the world-famous Studio Tour. Hosted on video by Jimmy Fallon, the tour takes you through four acres of the sprawling studio lot, including the largest set construction project in studio history, built with creative consultation from Steven Spielberg. The tour will take you through the plane crash scene from War of the Worlds, Desperate Housewives’ Wisteria Lane, the legendary Bates Motel of Psycho fame, and the set of Jaws. Studio tours are available daily during theme park hours.

100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City
800.864.8377

Where to eat nearby: Karl Strauss Brewing Company, 1000 Universal Studios Blvd., Universal City, 818.753.2739

Outside the Frolic Room on Hollywood Boulevard

The Best Dive Bars in Los Angeles Neighborhoods

01/19/2017

Discover Los Angeles

A Mexican dive bar by day, La Cita transforms into a live music and DJ venue at night. Located on Hill Street just steps from Grand Central Market, La Cita hosts weekday Happy Hours out on the expansive patio from 4-9 p.m., featuring $3 Tecates and domestics, $4 imports and wells. Friday's "Angry Hour" adds punk rock and free pizza to the festivities. "Sunday Bloody Sunday" (2-9 p.m.) features a Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar. Sports are a big part of La Cita - two flat screen TVs indoors, two flat screens outdoors, and a large projector screen show international soccer and domestic pro sports, along with major NCAA games. Music at La Cita ranges from old school hip-hop on Monday night to rockabilly (Thursdays 4-9 p.m.), cumbia (Thursdays, $7 cover after 10 p.m.), "Punky Reggae" every Friday night and Yacht Rock on Saturday afternoon.

M-F 11 a.m. - 2 a.m., Sat-Sun 10 a.m. - 2 a.m.
336 S Hill St, Downtown Los Angeles
213.687.7111

Photo Courtesy of Petersen Automotive Museum.

Venue Spotlight: Petersen Automotive Museum

01/17/2017

Since opening in 1994, the Petersen Automotive Museum has become known as “the world’s greatest automotive museum” by CNN, Octane, and Top Gear. Following an extensive $125-million renovation in 2015, the Petersen reopened with even grander exhibits and revamped meeting and event spaces. With four floors of dynamic venue space, state-of-the-art technology infused throughout the museum and a great location in the heart of Mid-City, the Petersen Automotive Museum offers an amazing setting for glamorous gatherings. With more than 50,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor event space, the Petersen is a popular choice for product launches, meetings, receptions and more.

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