Wild Eastern sea scallop crudo at Water Grill Santa Monica

dineL.A. Restaurant Week Spotlight: Ocean Views

07/23/2015

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Situated along 75 miles of pristine coastline, the Beach Cities of Los Angeles offer excellent hotels with spectacular views, landmark attractions, family-friendly events and superb coastal cuisine. One of the best ways to discover the Beach Cities culinary scene is during Restaurant Week. Read on for selected participating restaurants with great ocean views, as well as events and hotels that will make your dining experience even more memorable.

Anime Expo 2014

24th Annual Anime Expo Kicks Off at L.A. Convention Center

07/02/2015

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People dressed in costumes that ranged from superheroes to internationally famous manga characters and the simply indescribable. The costumes added to the festive and somewhat chaotic atmosphere, which included dozens of food trucks parked both on the Convention Center grounds and across Downtown L.A.’s Figueroa Street. Lines at the opening of the show ran about 45 minutes to get into the Convention Center’s South and West Halls.

Inside the South Hall, the mood was convivial as attendees milled around merchandise booths, and outrageously-dressed people snapped photos of even more outrageously dressed people. Despite having attended about 300 anime shows, 23-year-old Devin Adkins was impressed by the sheer scale of his first AX. "It's definitely overwhelming, and I definitely plan to come back next year," said Adkins, who was dressed as Yato from Noragami. "I'm going to have to take tons of photos."

"You could fit all of the Texas cons (anime conferences) into this one," added 21-year-old Houston native Sophie "Tofu" H., who was dressed as the character Shampoo from Ranma 1/2. "There's lots of pretty stuff."

Kids enjoying Hollywood Bowl SummerSounds

Family Friendly Concerts in Los Angeles

05/22/2015

Leslee Komaiko

There is no shortage of spots in Los Angeles for the youngest music lovers to get their groove on. Many venues hold concerts specifically aimed at families. And unlike most tickets to a pop music concert, kid-oriented concert tickets tend to be very affordable and some shows are even free. From world-famous landmarks to popular neighborhood venues, here are 10 family friendly concert series in L.A.

View from the stage at the Central Avenue Jazz Festival

The Central Avenue Jazz Festival

05/06/2015

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The annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival takes over several blocks of the historic street in the Vernon-Central neighborhood with food vendor booths, exhibiting pavilions, and stages featuring an eclectic range of live music performances.

July 4th Fireworks Spectacular at the Hollywood Bowl

The Hollywood Bowl: The Story of an L.A. Icon

05/01/2015

Elina Shatkin

After playing home to concerts, theatrical productions and an Easter Sunrise service, the Hollywood Bowl kicked off its first official season in the summer of 1922. It was a barebones experience for spectators, who sat on temporary wooden benches to watch Alfred Hertz conduct the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The scenery and the sounds, however, were hard to beat. Located in a bowl-shaped area of the Hollywood Hills that was once called Daisy Dell, the spot where the venue now stands was chosen, in part, for its natural acoustics. Those are amplified by electronics as well as the bandshell with its distinctive white arches. It's actually the Hollywood Bowl's fourth bandshell. The first two were designed by Lloyd Wright, son of architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

Janet Jackson "Unbreakable"

The Best of Los Angeles in 2015: Concerts

01/02/2015

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Los Angeles welcomes world-famous acts and rising stars for another stellar year of concerts. From spectacular arenas like STAPLES Center to historic Sunset Strip venues and intimate spaces like The Echo & Echoplex, amazing music is being performed in L.A. every night. Following is just a sample of the concerts you can enjoy in L.A. in 2015. For a complete bucket list of this year's must-see events and attractions, check out our guide to the Best of Los Angeles in 2015.

Dancers at Mariachi Plaza Festival

Latino Holiday Celebrations and Festivals in Los Angeles

10/15/2014

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From the earliest days of historic Los Angeles to the modern age, Latin American culture has played a significant role in shaping the City of Angels. L.A.'s rich Latino heritage is celebrated throughout the year with traditional Mexican holidays and festive events. Read on for a guide to Latin American holiday celebrations and festivals 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.

The Guide to the Sunset Strip Music Festival

09/05/2014

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The 7th annual Sunset Strip Music Festival (SSMF) is taking place on Saturday, Sept. 20 and Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014 on the legendary Sunset Strip in West Hollywood. SSMF will feature multiple outdoor stages, vendors and interactive experiences throughout the day and into the night.

Ticket options include a one-day ticket for $49.50, $99 weekend pass, $149 one-day VIP ticket, and a 3-day Ultimate VIP pass, which includes an exclusive ceremony honoring Jane’s Addiction. The street festival is scheduled for 2-11 p.m. on Saturday and 2-10 p.m. on Sunday. Venues within the closure will host free shows for ticketed attendees during the day and after the street festival closes, until 2 a.m. Entrance is first-come, first-served.

For tickets and information, visit http://ssmf.com.

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