Fall in Los Angeles is the perfect time to visit with cooler temperatures and an abundance of new offerings to explore. As the holidays draw near, Los Angeles’s cultural institutions and entertainment attractions gear up for holiday cheer such as the all-new “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood and the holiday tradition of The Nutcracker® at The Music Center. And for those who want their Southern California winter, but can’t give up the snow, Snow Day LA is back for its second year offering snow tubing adventures around Dodger Stadium. Lastly, foodies should mark their calendar as its dineL.A.’s 10-year anniversary. The year-long celebration will kick-off during the 15-day dining event of Winter dineL.A. beginning Friday, January 12, 2018.
CAMBRiA LAX (Beach Cities) – Choice Hotels International’s upscale CAMBRiA badge has entered the Los Angeles area with the opening of The CAMBRiA Hotel Los Angeles – LAX. Opened in July 2017, the hotel is developed by Fillmore Hospitality and features 152 rooms and a bistro called Social Circle. The hotel is located about two miles south of Los Angeles International Airport. www.cambriahotelsandsuites.com
Downtown L.A. Proper Hotel (Downtown) – Proper Hotels, the new brand headed by former Viceroy Hotels chief Brad Korzen, is slated to enter Los Angeles with a Downtown L.A. property located at the site of the former Case Hotel. The 13-story property, which was built in 1924, will have 145 rooms and has plans to open in mid-2018. www.properhotel.com/downtown-la
Dream Hollywood Hotel (Hollywood) – The West Coast’s first Dream Hotel debuted in the heart of Hollywood on Selma and Cahuenga in July 2017. Designed by the award-winning Rockwell Group, the 10-story boutique Dream Hollywood Hotel features 179 hyper-chic rooms, unique-to-market dining experiences and an 11,000-square-foot rooftop lounge area. www.dreamhotels.com
Fairmont Century Plaza (Century City) – AccorHotels’ Fairmont badge will take over the landmark Century Plaza hotel in Century City when the property is redeveloped. Scheduled to open in June 2019, the Fairmont Century Plaza will have 394 rooms and 63 luxury residences, down from the hotel’s 726 rooms when it shuttered in 2016. The project will also have 290 luxury residences in the project’s two new 46-story towers. www.fairmont.com
The Godfrey Hotel (Hollywood) – The 60,000-square-feet Godfrey hotel will be a high-end boutique hotel that addresses the lifestyle of the contemporary jet-setting professional. The project features amenities that will allow travelers to conduct business both locally and remotely, while enjoying the unique room and food experiences that the Godfrey brand has become known for in Chicago and Boston. The property is slated to open in 2018. http://godfreyhotelhollywood.com/
Kimpton Everly Hotel (Hollywood) –Kimpton Everly Hotel opened in August 2017 and features 216 rooms, relaxed communal spaces and effortlessly cool design. With its light-filled interiors, thoughtfully designed for comfort and ease, Kimpton Everly Hotel is a true celebration of its Beachwood Canyon neighborhood and the laidback California lifestyle. The hotel is steps away from the iconic intersection of Hollywood and Vine with unbeatable panoramic views of the nearby Hollywood Sign, Downtown Los Angeles skyline and the Pacific Coast. www.everlyhotelhollywood.com
Freehand Los Angeles (Downtown) – Sydell Group introduced the Freehand Los Angeles in June 2017 after transforming the 1924 Commercial Exchange Building in Downtown L.A.’s Historic Core. The 13-story building boasts 226 rooms, ranging from traditional accommodations to high-design hostels (or “poshtels”) with up to eight beds. The hotel also features a lobby living room, retail, restaurant and bar offerings in addition to a rooftop pool and lounge. www.thefreehand.com
H Hotel/Homewood Suites (LAX) – A dual-branded property under Hilton’s Curio Collection and Homewood Suites badges opened in September 2017 at the site of a former office building near LAX. The H Hotel, L.A.’s first hotel within the Curio Collection, has 168 rooms and boasts an elevated deck and fitness center with nearly 360 degree views of the Pacific Ocean, Downtown Los Angeles and Hollywood. The Homewood Suites Los Angeles International Airport has 122 rooms.
Hotel Figueroa (Downtown) – Hotel Figueroa will reopen fall 2017 after a renovation that will transform its Moroccan décor to a new contemporary aesthetic with a touch of Spanish flare. Hotel Figueroa will offer expanded bathrooms, 57 new suites, a second restaurant, a fourth bar and a garden on the roof. New windows have been installed in rooms to help block out the noise from Figueroa Street. www.hotelfigueroa.com
Hotel Indigo Downtown Los Angeles (Downtown) – InterContinental Hotels Group debuted Hotel Indigo Downtown Los Angeles, a hip 350-room hotel in April 2017. The 18-story Hotel Indigo is the flagship hotel at Metropolis, a $1 billion mixed-use development, which will feature three residential towers, curated retail experience and a rooftop bar. The property sits at the heart of Downtown L.A., linking the Financial District to L.A. LIVE. Design for the hotel is inspired by its surrounding neighborhood and focuses on prominent narratives from Downtown’s past including Fiesta De Las Flores, the glamorous pre-Hollywood nightlife scene and the underground speakeasies of the roaring twenties. www.ihg.com/hotelindigo
InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown (Downtown) – InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown is part of the tallest U.S. building west of Chicago as the Wilshire Grand Center and opened in July 2017. The hotel features 889 rooms, 110 suites and one presidential suite, including a “sky lobby” on the 70th floor. There is nearly 100,000 sq. ft. of meetings, conventions and event space. Wilshire Grand Center is a $1.1 billion project, which is developed by Korean Air and Hanjin Group, and also includes 400,000 square feet of offices and 45,000 square feet of retail space. Wilshire Grand Center is about 80 feet taller than the U.S. Bank Tower and the hotel is the largest InterContinental in the Americas. www.ihg.com
The Jeremy West Hollywood (West Hollywood) – Opened August 2017, The Jeremy West Hollywood Hotel has moved in on the corner of Sunset and La Cienega and features stunning panoramic views of the Hollywood Hills and Los Angeles Basin. The 286-room hotel, which was previously earmarked to be operated under Denihan Hospitality’s James brand, will be transformed into a 1 Hotels eco-luxe property during the next year. www.jeremyhotel.com
La Peer (West Hollywood) – Opening in January 2018, La Peer Hotel will feature 105 guest rooms and suites, a rooftop event space, poolside fitness center and more than 8,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor dining and lounge spaces. In addition, the property’s pool – while in the center of the bustling city – is an escape in and of itself accented by lush landscaping and handcrafted lanterns hanging from above that set the tone for an urban retreat. www.lapeerhotel.com
Native Hotel (Malibu) – Originally built in 1947, Native Hotel (formerly known as the Malibu Riviera) was remodeled in Spring 2017 and has unveiled a modern new look inspired by old paradise charm. Thirteen individually curated king-size rooms make up this mid-century modernist retreat. Surrounded by acres of lush greenery and perched on the Pacific Coast Highway, guests are just steps from some of the most idyllic beaches in the world including Zuma Beach and Point Dume. www.thenativehotel.com
Nobu Ryokan Malibu (Beach Cities) –Nobu Hospitality, famous for Nobu Matsuhisa’s signature restaurants, reclaimed the former Casa Malibu and repurposed it as a ryokan, or traditional Japanese inn. The beachfront property, which is owned by tech magnate Larry Ellison, has 16 custom rooms and opened in April 2017. www.nobuhotels.com
Nomad Hotel (Downtown) – Sydell Group, which opened Koreatown’s The LINE Hotel in 2014, will open the Los Angeles outpost of New York’s NoMad Hotel in late January 2018. The NoMad will be redeveloped out of Downtown’s Giannini Place, which was built in 1923 as the headquarters for Bank of Italy (which became Bank of America). The 12-story hotel will have about 250 rooms as well as a rooftop pool. Once the property opens, L.A. will be the first city where three Sydell Group brands are represented. www.sydellgroup.com/nomad/los-angeles
Park Hyatt/Oceanwide Plaza (Downtown) – Oceanwide Plaza, the mixed-use project that will be built adjacent to STAPLES Center and L.A. LIVE, will include L.A.'s first hotel under the Park Hyatt luxury badge. Slated to open in December 2018, the Park Hyatt Los Angeles will have 184 rooms, including 34 suites. www.oceanwideplaza.com
The Pod (Downtown) – The New York-based micro-suite specialist will enter Los Angeles with the redevelopment of the old Hotel Cecil site, which houses the Stay on Main budget property as well as about 300 residential units. The new hotel will have 340 rooms when it opens in mid-2019.
Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles (LAX) – The hotel completed its second phase of multi-million dollar renovation with sophisticated upgrades to their 802 guestrooms and suites as well as the hotel lobby area and Sheraton Club. In addition, Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel invested $3.5 million dollars to enhance its 38 versatile meeting and function rooms totaling in 50,000 square-feet of distinctive event space. www.sheratonlax.com
Soho Warehouse (Arts District) – Construction is now underway for the anticipated Soho Warehouse in the Arts District taking over in a six-story, 100-year-old building at 1000 S. Santa Fe Avenue. It will have 71-seat music performance room, 800-seat public market, restaurant, bar and backyard, 39-seat spa and salon, 10-seat gym area and flexible event space, 39-seat screening room, 267-seat club, music room, restaurant and bar and 197-seat pool terrace, lounge and bar. Soho Warehouse is scheduled to open in 2018.
The Surfrider Malibu (Malibu) – A modern California Beach House, inspired by the picturesque Malibu landscape and rich heritage of California surf culture. Personifying Malibu’s historic beach-town community, the complete redesign of the original 1950s-era motel has transformed The Surfrider into a contemporary boutique hotel that gives guests an unparalleled and elevated visit to Malibu. The Surfrider opened summer 2017. www.thesurfridermalibu.com
Thompson Hollywood (Hollywood) – Two Roads Hospitality’s Thompson lifestyle brand, which previously operated the Hollywood Roosevelt, will return to the area in mid-2019 with a new-build property on Wilcox Avenue between Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards. The 200-room hotel, to be built by Dream Hollywood developer Relevant Group, will have a rooftop deck with a pool.
Tommie Hotel (Hollywood) – With lush greenspace and an array of communal amenities, this new Tommie Hotel is designed to entice the young professional crowd going out in Hollywood to stay for the night or weekend. The Tommie Hotel Los Angeles sits at the intersection of Wilcox and Selma Avenues in Hollywood, adjacent to an existing Mama Shelter hotel. The property is slated to open July 2018.
Waldorf Astoria (Beverly Hills) – The Los Angeles area’s first hotel under Hilton Worldwide’s Waldorf Astoria luxury brand opened in June 2017 on the triangular corner next to the Beverly Hilton. The newly-built property, with Streamline Moderne design influences, is 12 stories tall and features 170 rooms. www.waldorfastoriabeverlyhills.com
westdrift Manhattan Beach (Beach Cities) – Debuting in January 2018 as the first Autograph Collection hotel in Los Angeles, the 26-acre westdrift Manhattan Beach will boast 392 luxury guest rooms, a nine-hole golf course, a signature indoor/outdoor restaurant, a CrossFit-inspired fitness center and more than 35,000 square feet of indoor-outdoor space, including 18 meeting rooms, a traditional ballroom and three large, industrial-chic venues. westdrift Manhattan Beach will provide the ideal blend of business and pleasure, the ultimate space for gatherings large or small. The property is currently operating as Marriott Manhattan Beach, and is undergoing a multi-million-dollar renovation. http://westdrift.com/
- Xiamen Airlines – On June 27, 2017, the airline launched non-stop service from Xiamen to Los Angeles, operating three times a week.
- Alaska Airlines – On August 8, 2017, the airline will launch non-stop, daily service from Mexico City to Los Angeles.
- United Airlines – On October 27, 2017, the airline will launch non-stop, daily service from Singapore to Los Angeles.
- Norwegian Air – Starting November 11, 2017, non-stop service from Rome to Los Angeles will operate two to three times a week.
- Delta – Starting December 1, 2017, the airline will launch non-stop, daily service from Mexico City to Los Angeles.
- Xiamen Airlines – Starting December 11, 2017, the airline will launch non-stop service three times a week from Qingdao to Los Angeles.
- VivaAerobus – Starting December 14, 2017, the airline will launch non-stop, daily service from Guadalajara to Los Angeles.
- Hong Kong Airlines – Starting December 17, 2017, the airline will launch non-stop service from Hong Kong to Los Angeles. The service will operate four times a week to January 12, 2018, increasing to daily service from January 14, 2018.
- Air China – Starting December 2017, non-stop service from Shenzhen to Los Angeles will operate three times a week.
Midfield Satellite Concourse – Designed as an extension of Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT), the new $1.6-billion, 750,000-square-foot Midfield Satellite Concourse will feature 12 boarding gates, L.A.-centric dining and shopping options, airline lounges and other guest services and amenities. The design will complement the architecture of TBIT and feature a roof emulating an ocean wave prior to breaking on the shore. It is also poised to become one of the “smartest” concourses with automated biometric boarding gates and flight information display scanners allowing passengers to receive personalized maps on their boarding passes. The MSC will be connected by a 1,000-foot-long underground tunnel and is slated to open by 2020. www.laxishappening.com
Terminal 4 Connecter – This $115 million project launched in October 2016 and consists of the design and construction of a multi-use, multi-level facility providing a secure connection between Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) to Terminal 4. Connecting the two terminals will allow passengers easier access to their destination for those needing to reach a connecting flight, with the added convenience of not having to recheck their baggage. www.laxishappening.com
New Live Musical Arts at LAX – Travelers will be treated to a variety of live music, dance and theatrical performances and special events at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) throughout the year. The program will bring in about 18 performances to celebrate the local culture and talent of Los Angeles and the region. www.laxishappening.com
The Private Suite (LAX) – The Private Suite, an exclusive terminal serving all commercial airlines, transforms Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) into one of the world’s most convenient airports for passengers traveling in premium class. The Private Suite dramatically enhances the LAX experience with a new private terminal offering high-end security and logistics, and five-star services. The Private Suite delivers the most seamless and luxurious approach to airline travel. The Private Suite at LAX, the first-of-its-kind in the U.S., affords members private TSA screening, on-site Customs and Immigration processing, and the convenience of direct transportation across the tarmac to their aircraft in BMW 7-Series sedans. www.theprivatesuite.com
Academy Museum (Mid-City) – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is building the world’s leading movie museum in the heart of Los Angeles. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano, the six story Academy Museum will contain state-of-the-art galleries, exhibition spaces, movie theaters, educational areas, and special event spaces. The museum is planned to open in 2019. www.oscars.org/museum
Ahmanson Theatre (Downtown) – Five-time Tony Award® winner Susan Stroman (Show Boat, Contact, The Producers) returns to direct and choreograph an all-new production of the acclaimed musical comedy that launched her Broadway career—Crazy for You. Featuring a hilarious book by two-time Tony nominee Ken Ludwig (Lend Me A Tenor) and a score of showstoppers by George and Ira Gershwin including "I Got Rhythm," "Embraceable You," "Slap That Bass," and "Someone To Watch Over Me," Crazy for You is an irresistibly funny valentine to the American musicals of the 1930s. Welcome to a world of cowboys and showgirls, where a Wall Street guy and a Main Street gal can fall madly in love, put on a show, and dance their way to happiness. Crazy for You runs February 7 – March 18, 2018.
The Broad (Downtown) – The Broad’s first visiting special exhibition, Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors—the first institutional survey to explore the celebrated Japanese artist’s immersive Infinity Mirror Rooms—will embark on the most significant North American tour of her work in nearly two decades. The Broad is the only California museum to host the exhibition, which is on view now until January 1, 2018.
On view from February 10 – May 13, 2018 is Jasper Johns: ‘Something Resembling Truth.’ This exhibition will feature more than 100 works spanning Johns’ 60-year career. The Broad will be exhibition’s only U.S. venue and is the first major survey of the artist’s work to be shown in Los Angeles. A collaboration with the Royal Academy, London, Jasper Johns: ‘Something Resembling Truth’ will feature more than 100 of the artist’s most iconic and significant paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings, many never before exhibited in Los Angeles. With loans from international public and private collections, including significant works from the Broad collection, the exhibition will trace the evolution of the artist’s six-decade career through a series of thematic chapters.
Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (Downtown) – Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA)’s history is founded on organizing exhibitions of internationally recognized artists. During its tenure in Santa Monica, ICA LA (then SMMoA) organized over 250 shows featuring more than 300 artists and welcomed over one million visitors. ICA LA’s new Downtown home is a 12,700 square-foot industrial building featuring ample spaces for exhibitions, education, dialogue, and collaboration. The inaugural exhibitions that are now open include Martín Ramírez: His Life In Pictures, Another Interpretation presented as part of The Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA; a site-specific installation by Abigail DeVille using found materials from neighborhoods around the museum to uncover the hidden histories of Downtown’s many residents; and on the museum’s exterior courtyard wall, local artist Sarah Cain celebrates ICA’s new home with a monumental painting installation. All three exhibits are on display now until December 31. www.theicala.org
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (Downtown) – On display now until May 13, 2018, Adrián Villar Rojas: The Theater of Disappearance, is a site-specific installation inside The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA’s warehouse space. Villar Rojas (b. 1980, Rosario, Argentina) has built a singular practice by creating environments and objects that seem to be in search of their place in time. Villar Rojas’s interventions beckon viewers to consider fragments that exist in a slippery space between the future, the past, and an alternate reality in the present. With his post-human artworks, Villar Rojas posits the question: What happens after the end of art? www.moca.org
The Getty Villa (Beach Cities) – In April 2018, the Getty Museum will debut newly reinstalled galleries for its antiquities collection at the Getty Villa. Previously displayed thematically, the new presentation will be a chronological arrangement that follows the historical development of classical art from the Neolithic Period through the late Roman Empire (ca. 6000 BC – A.D. 600). With almost 3,000 square feet more gallery space and redesigned display cases, the new installation will also showcase the extraordinary artistic quality of the most important objects in the collection, such as the Statue of a Victorious Youth, which will now be viewed beside other works of art of similar date and style. Also new, is the “Classical World in Context,” a gallery dedicated to the featuring important long-term loans from major international museums of works of art representing the cultures that engaged with ancient Greece and Rome. www.getty.edu
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Mid-City) – On view from November 19 - March 18, 2018 is Painted in Mexico, 1700–1790: Pinxit Mexici, a groundbreaking exhibition devoted to 18th century Mexican painting, a vibrant period marked by major stylistic developments and the invention of new iconographies. The exhibition’s over 100 works (many unpublished and restored for the exhibition), will make a lasting contribution to our understanding of Mexican painting in particular and transatlantic artistic connections in the 18th century in general. This exhibition is part of the Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative.
Also on view from December 10 – June 24, 2018 is Wu Bin’s Ten Views of a Lingbi Stone. The exhibition focuses on the most extraordinary painting of a stone ever created in China: Wu Bin’s Ten Views of a Lingbi Stone (1610), a Ming dynasty handscroll comprising 10 separate views of a single stone from the famous site of Lingbi, Anhui Province. Also including superb examples of Lingbi and Taihu stones and contemporary Chinese ink paintings depicting stones, this exhibition explores the history of collecting strange stones in China and the relationship between stones, Daoist cosmology, and classical Chinese poetry. www.lacma.org
Los Angeles Ballet (Downtown) – Los Angeles Ballet’s The Nutcracker is L.A.’s ultimate family holiday tradition. Set to Tchaikovsky’s iconic score, this original production takes place in 1912 Los Angeles. The audience will be captivated as Clara and her beloved Nutcracker battle a most memorable Mouse King, encounter dancing Snowflakes and travel to the Palace of the Dolls. The Nutcracker will take place at several theaters across Los Angeles from December 9 – December 31. www.losangelesballet.org
Los Angeles Opera (Downtown) – On November 17, 1967, a young tenor on tour in Los Angeles with the New York City Opera took to the stage of the new Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. In the five decades since that remarkable debut, Plácido Domingo has made a profound impact on the cultural life of Los Angeles—as a singer, conductor and champion of the arts. As a celebration performance, Plácido Domingo’s 50th Anniversary Concert will take place on November 17. James Conlon conducts the LA Opera Orchestra and a legion of special guest artists in a gala musical celebration of Domingo’s incomparable artistic legacy.
From January 27, 2018 – February 18, 2018, Kelsey Grammer stars in Bernstein's round-the-world romp of Candide. Freewheeling and funny, satirical and soaring, Candide takes the audience on a whirlwind tour of human folly and foolishness. Brimming with youthful innocence, Candide is certain that he lives in the best of all possible worlds. But an unrelenting series of ridiculously unfortunate events makes him question everything he has been taught. www.laopera.org
The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art (Downtown) – Los Angeles will welcome an exciting new museum from George Lucas’ personal collection of art, which consists of about 10,000 paintings and illustrations including works by Rockwell, N.C. Wyeth and R. Crumb, along with Hollywood memorabilia from films such as “Star Wars” and “The Ten Commandments.” The planned 275,000-square-foot, $1-billion museum will be located in Downtown’s Exposition Park and targeted to open by 2021. www.lucasmuseum.org
Marciano Art Foundation (Mid-City) – The Marciano Art Foundation was established by Maurice and Paul Marciano to grant the public access to the Marciano Art Collection through presentations of rotating, thematic exhibitions housed in a permanent exhibition space in Los Angeles. Currently on display at the Foundation is Jim Shaw: The Wig Museum, which highlights Shaw’s over thirty-year engagement with America’s social, political, and spiritual histories through the nation’s vernacular and fringe cultures. The Wig Museum is Jim Shaw’s first, long overdue, comprehensive solo exhibition in Los Angeles, home to the artist since the 1970s. The exhibition cuts across his entire body of work comprised of painting, sculpture, drawing, and installation. The exhibition is on display now until December 24. www.marcianoartfoundation.org
Music Center (Downtown) – The Music Center will bring a much beloved holiday tradition back to Los Angeles when it presents the iconic choreography of George Balanchine in an all-new world premiere production featuring a live orchestra of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® by Miami City Ballet. Performances will take place at The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion from December 7 to December 10. Part of the 15th season of Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center, this engagement is a Music Center co-commission that will feature the visionary designs of Cuban-American designers Isabel and Ruben Toledo, who are creating all-new sets and costumes for this production. In addition, for the first time, the performances will feature student dancers from both the Colburn School and The Gabriella Foundation’s everybody dance! program, along with live choral music from the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus. www.musiccenter.org
Natural History Museum (Downtown) – On view from November 19 – April 15, 2018, Tattoo is an exhibition 5,000 years in the making. The art of marking skin with ink spans cultures, continents, and has evolved over time. Are tattoos considered a part of sacred ritual or an act of rebellion? A sign of belonging or expression of individuality? In the special exhibit Tattoo, visitors will explore the history, technique, motivation, and sheer artistic genius that are connected to one another by ink. The exhibit will feature more than 125 images and objects, ranging from historical artifacts to intricate contemporary designs tattooed onto silicone models of the human body. Each tells the story of this unique and diverse art. The Museum will enhance the West Coast incarnation of Tattoo with objects from the Museum’s expansive collection, as well as features specific to the rich tattoo cultures of Southern California, from Ventura to Los Angeles to Long Beach and Orange County.
Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA (Citywide) – Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA is a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles taking place now to January 2018. Led by the Getty, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA is the latest collaborative effort from arts institutions across Southern California. Through a series of thematically linked exhibitions, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA presents a wide variety of important works of art, much of them new to Southern California audiences. While the majority of exhibitions have an emphasis on modern and contemporary art, there are also crucial exhibitions about the ancient world and the pre-modern era. With topics such as luxury objects in the pre-Columbian Americas, 20th-century Afro-Brazilian art, alternative spaces in Mexico City, and boundary-crossing practices of Latino artists, exhibitions range from monographic studies of individual artists to broad surveys that cut across numerous countries. www.pacificstandardtime.org
Pantages Theatre (Hollywood) – From the producer of The Lion King comes the timeless story of Disney's ALADDIN, a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle. It’s an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite. Performances will run January 10 – March 31, 2018. www.hollywoodpantages.com
The Wende Museum (Culver City) – The Wende Museum of the Cold War will open its expanded campus at Culver City’s iconic Armory Building on November 19. Since 2002, the museum has housed its collection of 100,000+ art and artifacts from the Cold War era in an under-the-radar space in a Culver City industrial park. The museum’s new home will be at the historic Culver City Armory building, featuring a significantly larger exhibition space, open collection storage, an outdoor sculpture garden, and a public-facing space. The City of Culver City has leased the Armory to the Wende for $1 per year for 75 years. The Wende highlights its historical collections alongside contemporary artists to present intermedia exhibitions to inspire a broad understanding of the Cold War era and explore its enduring legacy.
Opening exhibitions include: Cold War Spaces, an exhibition exploring the spatial characteristics of Cold War era Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union in ten sections; Vessel of Change, a video installation by artist and filmmaker Bill Ferehawk, who also edited The Wende Museum documentary “Collecting Fragments,” and multimedia designer David Hartwell; Russians, a photography exhibition by Nathan Farb, based on a trip he took in 1977 to Novosibirsk as a host of the American exhibition Photography USA, part of a cultural exchange program under President Carter’s administration. All opening exhibitions will be on display from November 19 to April 29, 2018. www.coldwarculvercity.org
Angels Flight (Downtown) – The historic Downtown Los Angeles railway funicular, Angels Flight reopened in September 2017. The railway first opened in 1901 and closed since 2013, the railway is the shortest in the world and was built to take passengers up and down a steep incline between Hill and Olive streets, directly across from the bustling Grand Central Market. Angels Flight was recently featured in blockbuster movie “La La Land.” https://angelsflight.org/
Descanso Gardens (Glendale) – Enchanted: Forest of Light is an interactive, nighttime experience unlike anything else in Los Angeles, featuring a one-mile walk through unique lighting experiences in some of the most beloved areas of Descanso Gardens. Enchanted: Forest of Light will be on display from November 19 – January 7, 2018. www.descansogardens.org
Happy Place (Downtown) – Happy Place is a massive pop-up experience in the Arts District filled with smiles, laughs, one of a kind installations, multi-sensory immersive rooms, and a whole lot of selfie moments. Happy Place is created for audiences of all ages. From climbing a giant birthday cake, to dancing in the world’s largest confetti dome – there will be guides to help guests go through the unique rooms for the ultimate experience. Happy Place is slated to open to the public on November 20. www.happyplace.me
L.A. Zoo Lights (Griffith Park) – L.A. Zoo Lights is a not-to-be-missed nighttime holiday light experience that debuted in 2014. Guests take a self-guided 60 to 90-minute tour of a large area of the Zoo featuring creative animal-themed light displays, including 3D projections, lasers, and thousands upon thousands of LEDs. New features for the 2017/18 season include a reimagined entry plaza, water show with exciting new music and lasers, and an all-new “Wild Wonderland” finale. Ticket prices start at $10. The L.A. Zoo Lights are on display from November 17 – January 7, 2018. www.lazoolights.org
Pershing Square (Downtown) – For 20 years, the Bai Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square has brought winter fun to sunny Los Angeles. At 7,200 square feet, it is the city’s largest outdoor rink, offering visitors professional-quality real ice for skating and entertainment. The Downtown ice rink will be open daily from November 16 – January 15, 2018. General admission to the rink is $13 with skate rental included. www.holidayicerinkdowntownla.com
Snow Day Los Angeles (Downtown) – Snow Day Los Angeles is back for its second year. Taking place over nine-acres at The Old Lodge in Elysian Park, near Dodger Stadium, Snow Day LA creates its winter themed event using synthetic snow tubing lanes and SPFX snow blowing machines used in movies or at other similar attractions. SPFX snow travels up to 75 feet, dissipates and completely disappears within minutes, leaves no trace, is biodegradable, non-toxic and family friendly. Tickets for snow tubing start at $12. In addition to snow tubing there is also ice skating, a 12’ foot tall Gingerbread House and a full bar with drinks specials for those 21+. Snow Day LA will take place November 10 – December 17. www.snowdayla.com
Universal Studios Hollywood (Hollywood) – On view from November 24 – January 7, 2018, the all-new “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” experience will resonate throughout the immersive land this yuletide season transforming the iconic HogwartsTM castle into a dazzling light projection spectacular, while the quaint town of Hogsmeade village shines brightly with décor uniquely themed to each of the individual storefronts.
Also for the holidays, “Grinchmas™” returns to Universal Studios Hollywood with a Who-lebration of fun fit for The Grinch, his faithful dog Max and a roster of Who-ville Whos. The annual event comes to life with a towering 60 foot tall whimsical “Grinchmas” tree where Martha May Who-vier and the Who Dolls will take center stage performing energetic musical sets to usher in the Christmas season in style. “Grinchmas” will take place weekends on December 2 – December 10, and daily from December 15 – December 31. www.universalstudioshollywood.com
Grand Central Market (Downtown) – Downtown Los Angeles’s thriving foodie hub is celebrating its centennial anniversary. The Market opened in 1917 and has been in continuous operation since. A hundred years ago, Broadway was the principal commercial and entertainment corridor of Downtown Los Angeles. Bunker Hill, to the west, was covered with stately Victorian mansions, and the area's stylish residents rode down on the (newly opened) Angels Flight to shop for groceries in the Market's open-air arcade. The Market has always reflected the changing population of downtown – in the 1920s the ninety-plus vendors included multiple green grocers, fishmongers, Jewish delis, and butchers, as well as stalls for dry goods, baked goods, flowers, coffee, cheese, notions—and even one vendor who sold nothing but eggs. DTLA has been evolving ever since, and the Market has continued to evolve with it. Today’s Market has over 40 food stalls and contains vendors who represent L.A.’s diverse community.
San Antonio Winery (Downtown) – Recently nominated for American Winery of the Year by Wine Enthusiast, San Antonio Winery is the largest and longest-producing winery in Los Angeles with 100 years of winemaking under its belt, making it an essential component of the city’s cultural and historical landscape. Still at its original location on Lamar Street in Lincoln Heights, the winery is the last vestige of the rich winemaking tradition of greater L.A. Four generations of family contribute to the winery’s success. Its vineyards are located in Paso Robles, Monterey, and Napa Valley, and it is the most awarded winery in Southern California. www.sanantoniowinery.com
Taix Restaurant (Echo Park) – In 1927, Marius Taix Jr. opened Taix French restaurant serving chicken dinners for 50 cents at long “family-style” tables. Diners could choose private booth service for an extra quarter. Taix’s novel food, unique service and affordable prices make it a Los Angeles institution. The present location opened in 1962 and continues to be a family affair. Family style service has given way to private booths, but Taix French restaurant remains faithful to the famed tureen of soup, fresh French bread, and abundant portions of French country cuisine at affordable prices. To celebrate the restaurant’s 90th anniversary, Taix offered full roast chicken dinners for 90 cents in October 2017. www.taixfrench.com
Beauty & Essex (Hollywood) – The third location of Beauty & Essex occupies 10,000 square feet of space on North Cahuenga Boulevard in Hollywood as a part of the newly opened Dream Hollywood Hotel. The menu features Chef Santos’ signature multi-ethnic dishes. For the first time, outdoor seating has been introduced to the brand with a ground floor courtyard and a patio on the second level. The double-height main dining room offers natural light from a 20-foot oval skylight, while an opulent private dining room that allows for a more intimate dining experience. http://beautyandessex.com/los-angeles/
Bäcoshop (Culver City) a– Located in the heart of Downtown Culver City, Bäcoshop is the new fast-casual concept from Josef Centeno. The Bäco is a fresh, homemade flatbread folded around everything that is tasty: grilled or braised meats and vivid, seasonal vegetables along with tangy sauces and aromatic spices. Chef Josef Centeno made the first Bäco nearly a decade ago as a popular staff meal after long kitchen shifts. The flatbread has become a vessel for his creativity, a springboard for inspiration. riffing on flavors from Spain, the Eastern Mediterranean, Latin America, North Africa, Eastern Europe, and parts of Asia. www.baco-shop.com
The Exchange (Downtown) – Freehand LA’s restaurant, The Exchange, pays homage to the restored 12 story blade sign (the largest in L.A.) under which its entrance proudly sits. The restaurant is led by the team behind Bar Lab, who brought the beloved 27 Restaurant to Freehand Miami, and Angeleno chef Alex Chang, best known locally for his Paladar dinner series at USC. Similar to 27 Restaurant in Miami, where dishes explore the city’s many flavors through a Latin lens, the menu at The Exchange explores the multicultural flavors of urban L.A. through an Israeli lens – incorporating flavors & practices from Chang’s Asian & Mexican background, with a strong focus on local produce. www.freehandhotels.com/los-angeles
Felix (Venice) – Latin for “happy” or “lucky,” Felix is inspired by the deeply rooted culinary traditions of regional Italy and enriched with ingredients grown by California’s greatest family farms. Evan Funke of Bucato and Janet Zuccarini bring the best of Italy to Abbot Kinney. http://felixla.com/
Jane Q (Hollywood) – Opened in August within the Kimpton Everly Hotel, Jane Q focuses on locally sourced, seasonal farmers market ingredients. The restaurant is a casual coffee bar and restaurant with views of Hollywood streaming in through double-height atrium windows. http://www.everlyhotelhollywood.com/
Jean-Georges Beverly Hills (Beverly Hills) – Located in the newly opened Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, the restaurant is named for award-winning chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. This fine-dining restaurant specializes in French-American cuisine prepared with organic and locally sourced ingredients. The world-class menu includes South American flavors and European classics for a unique farm-to-table experience. www.waldorfastoriabeverlyhills.com
La Boucherie on 71 (Downtown) – As part of the newly opened InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown, La Boucherie on 71 is an elegant steakhouse with a French twist, featuring discreet, intimate private dining and VIP booths with floor-to-ceiling privacy screens that offer panoramic views of the L.A. skyline to accommodate discerning guests. La Boucherie on 71’s menu features reimagined French classics; premium steaks and seafood, all created with the finest ingredients from around the world. http://dtla.intercontinental.com/dining/
The Mighty (Downtown) – Located in a former Pitfire Pizza in Downtown’s Historic Core, The Mighty is an all-day eatery from Quinn and Karen Hatfield, known for Sycamore Kitchen and Odys + Penelope. The space is light and bright with a minimalism touch. The menu features seasonal fare with items such as salads, toasts, sandwiches, homemade pastas and rotisserie chicken. www.themightydtla.com
Mama Lion (Koreatown) – Adding to Koreatown's evolving dining scene, Michael Hung, who was previously at Viviane and Faith & Flower has opened his latest concept offering contemporary California cuisine. The bar program lead and GM is Aiden Demarest from Seven Grand and The Spare Room. Mama Lion features an upscale and creative dining menu from tater tots topped with braised short rib ragout to caviar service. www.mamalion.com
Rossoblu (Downtown) – Chef Steve Samson has vivid childhood memories of Bologna’s outdoor festas that recall a spirit of conviviality and celebration around food that was lovingly made and produced by the community. The city of Bologna and its region of Emilia-Romagna serve as Samson’s inspiration. It is the region where his mother, her parents, and countless generations before were born. It is also the place where he spent his childhood summers, fomenting a passion for Italian food and cooking. After years cooking in some of Italy and Los Angeles’s finest kitchens, Samson opens a restaurant that tells the tale of his two cities. www.rossoblula.com
RBTA (Highland Park) – Located on the buzzing Figueroa Street in Highland Park, RBTA is a Japanese restaurant with grilled meats, robata-style, with bar seating, from the folks behind Fat Dragon and Sticky Rice.
Sari Sari (Downtown) – Sari Sari Store is a Filipino concept from James Beard Nominated Chef Margarita Manzke with business partner and husband Walter Manzke. In Tagalog sari sari translates to ‘whatever’ and is used to describe small stores that sell everything from candy to skewers. The menu is based around savory rice bowls or ‘silog’ that pull from Margaritas’s Pinoy heritage, as well as a few sweet items like halo halo. Sari Sari Store is located within Downtown L.A.’s Grand Central Market, and is small, colorful and casual. www.sarisaristorela.com
Tintorera (Silver Lake) – Chef Maycoll Calderón and partner Walter Meyenberg have opened Tintorera, a produce-driven, modern Mexican restaurant. Tintorera is the duo’s first restaurant in the U.S., on the heels of opening Huset in Mexico City in 2015 to much acclaim, including “Best New Restaurant” from the Gourmet Awards in Mexico. Chef Calderón brings his signature “cocina de campo” (country kitchen) style of Mexican cooking to L.A., with a new refined, seafood-centric menu that emphasizes crudos and raw dishes alongside charcoal and wood-fired meats. http://tintorera.la/
Verlaine (West Hollywood) – Located in an iconic West Hollywood space, Chef Diego Hernandez, a Latin America World’s 50 Best winner, has opened Verlaine. The menu relies heavily on nearby growers and seafood (from less than 50 miles away). Chef Diego Hernandez is at the forefront of the Modern Mexican cooking movement. www.verlaine.la
Vespertine (Culver City) – Vespertine is the latest restaurant concept from Chef Jordan Kahn of Destroyer fame. The restaurant is a gastronomical experiment seeking to disrupt the course of the modern restaurant. Reservations are required and tickets are $250 for the eighteen-course meal.
Westfield Century City Mall (Century City) – Westfield Century City has emerged from a $1-billion makeover as a 1.3 million square-foot destination with over 200 shops and restaurants, including a new three-level Nordstrom, a completely remodeled three-level Bloomingdale's, a modern new two-level Macy's, a luxurious Equinox fitness club and spa, and the West Coast's first Eataly, which opened in November 2017. In between shopping and dining, guests will take in the showcase of local arts and entertainment, or simply relax and unwind under the Southern California sky. Shoppers visiting from near and far will be invited to visit the dedicated Tourist Lounge to meet the concierge, store luggage and receive special savings for traveling shoppers. www.westfield.com/centurycity
Westfield Topanga & The Village (Valley) – As of this fall, Westfield Topanga & The Village is the site of a new weekly California Certified Farmers Market called the “Topanga Night Market,” which is open each Friday evening between 5-10 p.m. (or 5-9 p.m. during colder winter months). The Market will be alongside Victory Boulevard – between The Village’s Costco and Crate & Barrel stores – the Topanga Night Market will provide an extensive selection of farm-fresh produce, including organic fruits and vegetables, fresh-squeezed juices, delicious baked goods, dried fruits and nuts, farm eggs, specialty gourmet prepared dishes, artisanal coffees and teas, along with freshly-cut flowers and other nursery items. http://www.westfield.com/topanga
AT MATEO (Arts District) – This $32.5 million joint venture, will transform five large warehouses occupying a huge block at the corner of Mateo and Palmetto into an open-air 130,000-square-foot retail hub consisting of top-tier restaurants, boutiques and local services along with approximately 50,000-square-feet of modern, creative office space and 540 covered and well-lit parking spaces. AT MATEO will be activated from breakfast to night, seven days a week. Opening date is to be announced by late 2017. www.atmateo.com
Beverly Center (Westside) – The Beverly Center has unveiled a massive $500 million renovation plan, aiming to draw more shoppers with increased food offerings and improved open-air designs. The new design will feature a continuous ribbon of skylights to bring more natural light to the eight-story mall’s interior. In addition to great retail, an estimated ten dining destinations will be developed, including two by Michelin starred, James Beard Award-winning Chef Michael Mina. Renovation to be completed by holiday 2018. www.beverlycenter.com
Citadel Outlets (East Los Angeles) – This holiday season, Citadel Outlets will unveil the new Center Court building, which includes two-story COACH, HUGO BOSS, Tommy Hilfiger and GUESS stores. The grand opening will take place on November 11 with a special celebration that includes the lighting of the World’s Tallest Live-Cut Tree (115-feet tall), also on display during the holiday season is the World’s Largest Bow (36 feet wide by 21 feet tall). www.citadeloutlets.com
Oceanwide Plaza (Downtown) – Oceanwide Plaza will introduce globally inspired sophistication to Downtown Los Angeles, featuring the new Park Hyatt Los Angeles, a collection of residential offerings and an open-air retail destination. The retail and dining collection at Oceanwide Plaza will offer a selection of shops and restaurants, a 50-foot open-air galleria and a third-floor deck overlooking the Staples Center and L.A. Live. Completion of Oceanwide Plaza is expected by the fourth quarter of 2018.
ROW DTLA (Arts District) – First known as the LA Terminal Market, ROW DTLA was built from 1917 to 1923 along the Southern Pacific Railroad and for years was a major hub for the distribution of produce across the region. The space is undergoing historically sensitive renovations. When completed, ROW DTLA will include over 100 of the most progressive shops and restaurants from across the city and world.
Tartine Manufactory will open during the first few months of 2018 at ROW DTLA. San Francisco’s reputable Tartine Bakery will make it’s a mark in Los Angeles in a collaboration between Tartine’s husband-and-wife team Chad Robertson and Elisabeth Prueitt and notable pizza maker Chris Bianco. The 38,500-square-foot, two-story food hall will be managed by prolific restauranteur Bill Chait.
Winter dineL.A. (Citywide) – Celebrating its 10-year anniversary, Winter dineL.A. will return from Friday, January 12 – Friday, January 26, 2018. dineL.A. is a 15-day dining event that takes place at over 300 restaurants throughout L.A. county, offering specially priced lunch and dinner menus. www.dineLA.com
carfreeL.A. (Citywide) – Discover Los Angeles has made it easier than ever to experience L.A. without a car. CarfreeL.A. features a series of self-guided "car free" vacation itineraries that offer a new way to experience the hidden gems of L.A.’s diverse neighborhoods via foot, bike and Metro. www.DiscoverLosAngeles.com/CarFreeLA
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