Home to nearly 3,000 professional arts organizations and institutions, Los Angeles is a world-class arts capital that ranks first in the western U.S. in the volume for domestic as well as overseas cultural visitors, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. From March 18 to April 26, 2013, more than 40 of Los Angeles cultural attractions are participating in Discover the Arts: History, Culture, Science and More.


Though it’s not a legal holiday anywhere in the U.S., St. Patrick’s Day is a festive celebration of Irish and Irish American culture that’s been observed in North America since before the American Revolution. This year, St. Patrick’s Day is being celebrated on Tuesday, March 17 as well as throughout the days that lead up to the big event. Expect to see the traditional color of green splashed across greater Los Angeles as bars and restaurants offer Irish music, food, and of course copious amounts of Guinness and Irish whiskey.

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.

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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Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air

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.


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.



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. The ceremony, which gathers many of the biggest names in music, is taking place at Microsoft Theater in Downtown on Thursday, April 18, 2013

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