Red Car River Park

Discover the Hidden Gems of Atwater Village

08/16/2017

Liz Ohanesian

Atwater Village is small, but it's packed with hidden gems. The neighborhood is located right by the L.A. River and that alone will give outdoorsy types lots to explore. It's a neighborhood with a music history memorialized in the mural portrait of late Beastie Boy MCA and a future that's being forged inside nearby Swing House Studios. For being such a small neighborhood, Atwater Village's bar game is strong and includes spots where you can check out up-and-coming local talent too. Whether you're looking for an afternoon adventure or a dose of L.A. nightlife, Atwater Village has you covered.

Chupacabra versus Piñatita au Lucha VaVOOM

Electric & Eclectic: Top 5 Only In L.A. Experiences

08/04/2017

Discover Los Angeles

Los Angeles is like no other city in the world. The unique energy of this vibrant global metropolis pulses in every neighborhood - world-class performances, spectacular events and quirky hidden gems are waiting for you day and night. From the world's first Skyslide to one of the most unusual museums in the country, read on for five must-see, only-in-L.A. experiences that you will never forget.

Suiho En (“Garden of Water and Fragrance”)

5 L.A. Hidden Gardens You Need to Find Now

07/31/2017

Discover Los Angeles

Some of L.A.'s most famous attractions are its spectacular gardens, from the Rose Garden in Exposition Park to the Central Garden at the Getty Center and more than a dozen gardens at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. Go beyond these popular destinations and head off the beaten path to discover five hidden gem gardens across the city.

Skyslide au OUE Skyspace

OUE Skyspace Los Angeles Will Give You Goosebumps

07/19/2017

Shawna Kenney

Located 1,000 feet above Downtown L.A. near the top of the US Bank tower, the ultra modern OUE Skyspace features an observation deck with 360-degree views, the world’s first Skyslide, and new enhancements that elevating it to a uniquely L.A. multi-sensory experience.

Korean Food Academy

Discover the Hidden Gems of Koreatown

07/06/2017

Karen Young

Within three square miles, the streets of Koreatown comprise a most eclectic urban landscape where neon signs in Korean mix with various types of architecture providing clues to a multi-faceted history—from art deco to Spanish and Renaissance revival to Moorish and modern. Multi-level shopping malls are markers in between small shops and restaurants, and not everything is as it seems. Among it all are fascinating gems—some truly hidden and others that contain intrigue and wonder.

Tiki-Ti

Tiki-Ti: The Story of an L.A. Icon

06/19/2017

Mo Herms

Covered in signed placards from friends and legends, draped in glowing pufferfish and tiki lamps, and filled with art from masters in the tiki scene, it’s always a party at the Tiki-Ti.

Spinner in a scene from "Blade Runner" (1982)

Go On Location: "Blade Runner" Locations in Los Angeles

05/16/2017

Jonathan Palmer

As the stunning images unfold for Blade Runner: 2049, the pulse of any movie-loving Angeleno quickens. Blade Runner, Ridley Scott’s mind-blowing original that stars Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard, outlived its ho-hum box office returns and rose to classic status. The 1982 sci-fi film is among the most defining works of art ever created about our city - no other modern film uses the backdrop of our city with as much as imagination and flair.

Blade Runner's futuristic megalopolis - set in a DayGlo-tinged noir dreamscape of Los Angeles in 2019 - is a thing of inspiring (and often troubling) beauty. Law enforcement and the city’s upper crust pilot their airborne spinner cars to avoid the traffic jams and lowlifes on the street, elegantly soaring past kaijū-scale electronic billboards. Punishing storms batter the city. And many of the citizenry may not even be human.

Short of flying car rentals, Los Angeles boasts more than enough Blade Runner sights to keep you busy while you wait for the sequel, which is now in theaters. Here’s a guide to recreating the Blade Runner experience in L.A., from its real-deal locations to inspired-by settings and events.

Chicken Boy in Highland Park

Unlock the Hidden Gems of Northeast L.A.

05/09/2017

Esther Tseng

A hilly area situated between Downtown Los Angeles and Pasadena along the Arroyo Seco, Highland Park is one of L.A.’s oldest settled areas. In the early 20th century, Highland Park and Pasadena were known as havens for the artists and intellectuals who led the Arts & Crafts movement. In the 1960s and 70s, it became populated predominantly with Latinos and other ethnic groups.

In the 2000s, Highland Park once again became a mecca for creatives, who were attracted by the historic Craftsman homes and relatively low rents. Trendy shops, galleries, restaurants and bars have opened along Figueroa Street and York Boulevard, with businesses on both streets being the reasons why Highland Park is the hot L.A. neighborhood of the moment. But there are many hidden gems in the area that are off the beaten path and worth checking out, both old and new.

The 12th annual Lummis Day Festival is taking place on Friday-Sunday, June 2-4. Lummis Day celebrates the arts, history and ethnic diversity of Northeast Los Angeles through educational and cultural events at locations like the Southwest Museum, Avenue 50 and the Lummis House. For more info, visit www.lummisday.org.

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