Space Shuttle Endeavour at California Science Center

NASA's Space Shuttle program, officially called the Space Transportation System (STS), was the U.S. government's manned launch vehicle program from 1981 to 2011. The Space Shuttle is the only winged manned spacecraft to have achieved orbit and land, and the only reusable space vehicle that has ever made multiple flights into orbit. Officially designated as Orbiter Vehicle-105, the Space Shuttle Endeavour was the fifth and final orbiter to be built.

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Queen Anne Cottage at L.A. County Arboretum

 

By Harry Medved and Bruce Akiyama, co-authors of Hollywood Escapes: The Moviegoer's Guide to Southern California's Great Outdoors

Outdoor enthusiasts and moviemakers have long sought the same kind of destinations: awe-inspiring, far-flung and picturesque locales that make you say, “take me there” and grab the attention of Academy voters. Luckily for Los Angeles locals and visitors alike, many of those memorable cinematic places are right underneath our noses, in our own backyard.

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The famed Hollywood Sign is not only the remains of a past development project, but is now a symbol of Los Angeles that has reached iconic status. People from all over the globe envision the 45-foot-tall, 350-foot-long sign when they think of the city. The Hollywood Sign Trust, a non-profit organization, is dedicated to the preservation of the sign, and in celebration of its recent anniversary, has restored the sign to immaculate condition.

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High profile actors, athletes, singers, models, and media personalities are often drawn to the spotlight. That means seeking out the trendiest new spots, or sticking with tried and true places like The Ivy, Mr. Chow and Matsuhisa, which are likely to land them in tabloids. Of course, some celebrities prefer low-key, low-lit venues with more privacy, and LA’s got those too.

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Los Angeles is a city steeped in romance. It’s the magical place where the marquee movie stars of the Golden Age wined and dined, and where lovers of all ages continue to find inspiration in timeless restaurants that pay tribute to that era, either because they descended directly from it, or because they celebrate its spirit through first-class service, enviable real estate or A-list access.

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Based on real life events, Argo is a 2012 thriller directed by Ben Affleck that chronicles the “Canadian Caper,” a joint covert rescue by the Canadian government and the CIA of six American diplomats during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. The critically-acclaimed Argo, which was named Best Picture at the 85th Academy Awards, is produced by Academy Award winners Affleck and George Clooney, and Oscar nominee Grant Heslov. Affleck stars as Tony Mendez, the CIA operative who led the operation.

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One of the hardest reservations to get in the greater Los Angeles area is a parking space in Little Ethiopia, that grain of Fairfax Avenue between W. Olympic Boulevard and Whitworth Drive where the constant gridlock leads one to believe that all roads lead to Addis. The block itself is an allusion to Ethiopian cuisine, a collection of vibrant restaurants and tribes gathered together on a communal plate.

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum has announced the initial presenters, performers and ticketing information for the 28th Annual Rock and Rock Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, which is taking place for the first time in Los Angeles.

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Crystal Ballroom at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel

The 87th Annual Academy Awards are taking place on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, the permanent home of the ceremonies since 2002. Hosted for the first time by Neil Patrick Harris, the ceremony is being broadcast to a global audience that spans more than 200 countries.

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Known in China as the Spring Festival, Chinese New Year is one of the most anticipated and celebrated times of year for Chinese throughout the world. Tradition calls for the gathering of families and friends, which usually leads to the distribution of red envelopes stuffed with cash, firecrackers to ward off evil spirits, endless bouts of bad karaoke, and of course, plenty of eating. The Chinese are deeply superstitious and continuously seek wealth and prosperity in their lives, a symbolism that extends to their cuisine.

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