The food crafters' movement has taken off since the recession hit, allowing passionate artisans a second lease on their careers. Here are 10 of our favorite purveyors in the L.A. area whose products will fit right in with your home entertaining.

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Located in Downtown Los Angeles, the Music Center is home to the Ahmanson Theater, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Mark T

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With gorgeous weather and endless entertainment options, the holidays in Los Angeles are like no other city in the country. From classic Christmas music concerts to dazzling light displays and outdoor skating, read our guide to some of the best Los Angeles holiday events and activities that will keep you busy – and joyfully warm.

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During the holidays, dazzling light displays throughout Los Angeles bring the city to vibrant life at night. In addition to traditional lighting ceremonies and festive decorations throughout the city, Heritage Square presents its annual Lamplight Celebration.

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Everyone loves a parade, and in Los Angeles you can welcome Santa when his sled lands in Hollywood or watch a procession of colorfully decorated boats of all shapes and sizes.

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As it has for decades, the Farmers Market at Third and Fairfax is celebrating the holidays with charming decorations, a rich variety of seasonal music, a Menorah lighting ceremony, and plenty of special entertainment for the whole family. Visit the Farmers Market Events Calendar for complete schedules and the latest information on the holiday festivities.

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At the 84th Academy Awards, The Artist took home three of the biggest awards of the night, including Best Picture, Best Director (Michel Hazanavicius) and Best Actor (Jean Dujardin). The Artist also won for Costume Design and Original Score.

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If you're a television junkie familiar with the refrain, "taped before a live studio audience," there's a pretty good chance that audience was somewhere in or near Los Angeles.

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The largest-ever exhibition of Walt Disney props, costumes and artwork is now open through April 2013 at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum in Simi Valley. Presented by D23, the official Disney Fan Club, Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives features more than 500 artifacts spanning nine decades of Disney history, displayed throughout 12,000 square-feet of exhibit space. Almost half of the pieces have never been seen by the general public.

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Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month, an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their important role in U.S. history. The event was originally the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Following is a list of Los Angeles events and cultural institutions participating in Black History Month.

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