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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On the second Thursday of every month, something strange happens in Downtown L.A. It starts in the morning, when owners of L.A. art galleries begin to hustle around making last-minute preparations — adjusting lighting, getting a lineup of drinks ready, choosing music. Come nightfall, the historic core of Downtown L.A. comes alive with remarkable energy.

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From Downtown's burgeoning art scene to Venice's longstanding funkiness to San Pedro's eclectic collections near Los Angeles Harbor, local art walks give both locals and visitors an opportunity to get the true flavor of a community, not to mention a much-needed art fix.

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It’s no secret that Angelenos love their cars. Throughout the year, Los Angeles hosts stellar events and unique exhibits that will engage even the most dedicated gearhead. Every fall, the LA Auto Show is a must-see event for car fanatics. Year round, enthusiasts can visit exhibits at the Petersen Automotive Museum, the Nethercutt Collection, and even ride in a classic car at the Automobile Driving Museum. If you feel the need for speed, rent an exotic car at Midway Car Rental, then hit the road with our guide to great L.A. drives.

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Cleopatra: The Exhibition, featuring the largest collection of its kind ever assembled in the U.S., opened at the California Science Center on May 23, 2012.

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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").

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