Ever since Bing Crosby famously crooned in 1944 that he would "make the San Fernando Valley my home," Los Angeles has had a prominent role in popular music, whether it be rock (Led Zeppelin's "Going to California"), surf (Beach Boys' "Surfin' USA," which name-checks Pacific Palisades and Redondo Beach, among other spots), swing (Frank Sinatra's "LA Is My Lady") funk (Kool & the Gang's "Hollywood Swingin'"), alternative (Tom Waits' "Heart Attack and Vine"), soul (War's "Low Rider"), punk (X's "Los Angeles") or hip-hop (NWA's "Straight Outta Compton").CultureMusicConcertsModern
If your dream is to be a contestant on your favorite game show, winning cash and prizes on television, Los Angeles is the perfect place! Open casting calls and auditions are held year-round in the LA area for some of TV’s most popular game shows. Each game show has its own procedures, but if you read and follow the directions carefully, present yourself with enthusiasm, and thoroughly explain why you should be the next contestant, you’ll already have a leg up on the competition.
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Rarely do bands miss the chance to play in Los Angeles, and for good reason. Not only are Angelenos passionate about music and entertainment, but the city has the perfect venues for every type of performer. Whether in an intimate space such as Club Nokia at L.A. LIVE or an iconic venue like the Hollywood Palladium, you'll love seeing your favorite act on stage in LA.
A trip to Los Angeles isn’t complete without visiting Walt Disney Concert Hall, one of the city's premier cultural destinations. Whether it's the majesty of the architecture, the purity of the sound or the beauty of its public garden, Walt Disney Concert Hall has become one of the symbols of Los Angeles. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Frank Gehry, the concert hall is part of Music Center’s collection of performing arts venues.CultureMusic
For music lovers, Los Angeles nightlife wouldn't be complete without a trip to one of the many great jazz clubs in the city. See where to go for jazz in LA, and while you're at it, read up on LA's historic jazz background, as well as interviews with prominent members of the jazz scene.
Los Angeles Jazz Guide
Where to see top-notch jazz in LA, from Latin to blues to bebop.
From elegant black-tie affairs to massive dance parties, Los Angeles is ready to ring in 2014 with some of the best New Year's Eve events in the country. Read our round-up of LA's top events to say farewell to 2013 and welcome the new year. And on Jan.NightlifeHolidaysClubDJNYE
For the last several years, Los Angeles has been experiencing a renaissance in its craft cocktail bars, making it one of the top cocktail destinations in the country. With even more bars on the way and an influx of talented bartenders, the city is reclaiming its rightful place at the forefront of the national scene. Classic cocktails continue to win new generations of fans, while innovative drinks push the creative envelope and set a new standard. The myriad of Los Angeles cocktail options can be dizzying, but ultimately only a select few can be called “legendary.”
As the craft cocktail movement continues to grow by leaps and bounds, hotel bars throughout Los Angeles have stepped up their cocktail game to feature classic drinks and signature creations that are among the best in the city.HotelsBar
With a world-class DJ culture and cutting-edge venues, Hollywood nightlife has a variety and excitement few cities in the world can match. Here is a rundown on some of Hollywood's hottest dance clubs, located close together so you can get your groove on at several spots in one night.NightlifeDJ18+ClubElectronicaHip HopPop