What's New in Los Angeles

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Downtown L.A. | Photo courtesy of Brian Hawkins, Flickr

As summer winds down and the temperatures begin to cool in Los Angeles, the city continues buzzing with activities for the new season. Spooktacular Halloween festivities begin in late September offering up frights and friendly ghosts for all ages at popular attractions like Universal Studios Hollywood and Six Flags Magic Mountain, Griffith Park and more. For art fans, the city is booming with new exhibits, concerts and live performances at institutions such as The Getty Center, The Ford Theatres and the Hollywood Pantages.  For sports fans, L.A. has the most sports franchises, events and venues than any other city in the world, making the City of Angeles a game day haven. Here is a comprehensive list of the latest hotel openings, new arts and culture experiences, attractions, dining and shopping, as well as new air service and updates at LAX.

Accommodations

Native Hotel (Malibu) – Originally built in 1947, Native Hotel (formerly known as the Malibu Riviera) was remodeled in spring 2017 and 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 has 16 custom rooms and opened in April 2017. www.nobuhotels.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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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.
http://curiocollection3.hilton.com

La Peer (West Hollywood) – Opened in January 2018, La Peer Hotel features 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

NoMad Hotel (Downtown) – Sydell Group opened the Los Angeles outpost of New York’s NoMad Hotel in January 2018. The NoMad is 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 has about 250 rooms as well as a rooftop pool. L.A. is the first city where three Sydell Group brands are represented. www.sydellgroup.com/nomad/los-angeles

Hotel Figueroa (Downtown) – Hotel Figueroa reopened February 2018 after a complete renovation that has transformed its Moroccan décor to a new contemporary aesthetic with a touch of Spanish flare. Hotel Figueroa now offers 268 redesigned guest rooms with expanded bathrooms, 57 new suites, new culinary experiences, three alluring bars, a garden on the roof, and 10,000 square feet of event space. New windows have been installed in rooms to help block out the noise from Figueroa Street. Veranda, a relaxed al fresco dining experience will debut May 1, serving coastal Mediterranean-inspired cuisine in a lush, poolside oasis. www.hotelfigueroa.com

westdrift Manhattan Beach (Beach Cities) – Debuted in March 2018 as the first Autograph Collection hotel in Los Angeles, the 26-acre westdrift Manhattan Beach boasts 393 luxury guest rooms, a nine-hole golf course, Jute, the property's 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 used to operate as Marriott Manhattan Beach, and underwent a multi-million-dollar renovation. westdrift.com

The Mayfair Hotel (Downtown) – Located in the Westlake district just outside of Downtown Los Angeles, The Mayfair Hotel recently reopened in July 2018 after a full redesign. The 15-story, 294-room hotel originally opened in 1926 and was known as the tallest building west of the Mississippi River at the time. The completely renovated hotel brings guests back to its glory days of the early 20th century and now features a grand lobby, mezzanine atrium, an art gallery, meeting and event spaces and the three new dining options Even American Bistro; M Bar; The Library Bar. The property’s overhaul was led by Los Angeles-based developer ICO Group of Companies, who commissioned Gulla Jónsdóttir Architecture & Design and Artist-in-Residence Kelly “RISK” Graval. www.mayfairla.com

SLS Beverly Hills (Westside) – The SLS Beverly Hills debuted in August 2018 with fresh renovations and updated technology in all 234 guest rooms and 63 suites just shy of the hotel’s 10-year anniversary. With this $20-million renovation comes two new suite categories: The Style Suite and the Storyseeker Suite which include distinct bedroom and living areas. The redesign, courtesy of Dakota Development & Avenue Interior Design and borrowing inspiration Philippe Starck, offers a fresh perspective on modern luxury while staying true to the iconic touches and elements that are inherent to the flagship SLS hotel. The property excitingly features four culinary options from culinary director and chef José Andrés: The Bazaar, Tres, Somni and Altitude. www.slsbeverlyhillshotel.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. godfreyhotelhollywood.com

Downtown L.A. Proper Hotel (Downtown) – Proper Hospitality, the new brand headed by former Viceroy Hotels Chief Brad Korzen, is slated to debut their first Los Angeles hotel (joining their residential project, Hollywood Proper Residences) 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 148 rooms and plans to open in late 2018. www.properhotel.com/hotels/downtown-la

Fairmont Century Plaza (Century City) – AccorHotels’ Fairmont badge will take over the landmark Century Plaza hotel in Century City when the property reopens as Fairmont Century Plaza in 2018. The redeveloped property will boast 394 guestrooms and 63 luxury residences. The project will also have 290 luxury residences in the project’s two new 46-story towers. www.fairmont.com

The West Hollywood EDITION (West Hollywood) - The first U.S. West Coast property under Marriott International and Ian Schrager’s Edition lifestyle brand will open on West Hollywood’s Sunset Strip in late 2018. The hotel will have 190 rooms, over 5,200 sq. ft. of meeting space, a lobby lounge and rooftop pool. www.editionhotels.com/west-hollywood

Grupo Habita Project (Arts District) – The first L.A. project for Grupo Habita, a hotel group that develops some of the hippest hotels in Mexico City, Chicago, and New York will take over a 109-year-old brick warehouse in the Arts District into modern accommodations with a rooftop lounge, garden and pool. Construction on the property is taking place with a projected opening date of late 2018/early 2019.

The Hoxton, LA (Downtown) – Chic British brand Hoxton will debut The Hoxton, LA in a transformed 1925 building that was once the headquarters of the LA Railway Authority. Located in Downtown L.A.’s Historic Core at 11th and Broadway, the 10-story hotel will feature 174 guest rooms, three restaurants including one on the roof, multiple bars and a rooftop pool when it debuts in early 2019. www.thehoxton.com/california/downtown-la/hotels

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 early 2019, 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.

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 in 2020.

Halloween Special Events

Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles (Downtown) – On October 31, 2018, LA Opera and The Theatre at Ace Hotel will present the world premiere screening of Carl Theodor Dreyer’s 1932 horror film Vampyr followed by a Halloween after-party. Immediately after the screening, guests can celebrate the spookiest night of the year with music and a cash bar. www.acehotel.com/calendar/losangeles/la-opera-presents-vampyr-oct31

Amoeba Records (Hollywood) – The music, movie and pop-culture haven Amoeba Records will hold its annual Halloween Dog Costume Contest on October 31, 2018. Expected to be the largest costume contest to date, adorable pups will show off their costumed attire, putting their best paw forward. Prizes for the best dressed pooch and a DJ will be on property for the event. www.amoeba.com

L.A. Zoo (Griffith Park) – A family favorite during the Halloween season, Boo at the L.A. Zoo returns October 1, 2018 – October 28, 2018. Activities will include mazes, and an opportunity to get close with some of the Zoo's tarantulas, scorpions, snakes and more at “Animals and Boo” encounters. Weekends will feature shows, pumpkin carving demonstrations, special animal feedings and more family-friendly fun. On Saturday, October 27, and Sunday, October 28, the Halloween bash will offer craft stations, roaming characters and traditional trick-or-treat stations throughout the grounds. www.lazoo.org/boo

Descanso Gardens (La Cañada Flintridge) – Presented by Ensemble Shakespeare Theater, Slightly Spooky Stories returns to Descanso Gardens for the last two weekends in October; October 20-21, and October 27-28. Slightly Spooky Stories is a family-friendly storytelling hour of favorite Halloween tales that are funny, surprising and just a bit spooky. Both kids and grownups are encouraged to attend in costume. www.descansogardens.org

Happy Harbor Halloween (San Pedro) – Halloween fun that’s perfect for the whole family comes to The Port of Los Angeles with Happy Harbor Halloween. On Saturday, October 27, 2018 Happy Harbor Halloween brings a carnival-style celebration to the community that features games, crafts, music and face painting as well an adorable costumed pet parade kicking off the festivities at 10 a.m. The event is available in two locations – Downtown Harbor Promenade and Wilmington Waterfront Park. www.lawaterfront.org/events.php

The Hollywood Roosevelt (Hollywood) – On October 27 from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., guests can enjoy a “Superhero vs. Villains,” themed Halloween experience complete with a lineup of multiple DJs (names to be announced) in the hotel’s iconic Blossom Ballroom and Tropicana Pool & Café. www.hollywoodroosevelt.com

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride (Griffith Park) – Los Angeles Haunted Hayride returns in its 10th year to Griffith Park Old Zoo for select evenings from September 29, 2018 to October 31, 2018. Visitors enter the gates of purgatory into a terrifying village full of ghouls, monsters and other terrors. In addition to the namesake haunted hayride, this year’s festivities include a House of Shadows haunted house and frightening trick or treating throughout the village. www.losangeleshauntedhayride.com

Screamfest Horror Film Festival (Hollywood) – In its 18th year, Screamfest Horror Film Festival returns to TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood from October 9, 2018 – October 18, 2018. SCREAMFEST is the largest, longest running horror film festival in the United States and is known for premiering work from American and international independent filmmakers. www.screamfestla.com

Six Flags Magic Mountain (The Valley) – The chills of Fright Fest return to Six Flags Magic Mountain on select dates from September 15, 2018 to October 28, 2018. Nightmares will lurk around every corner as zombies, monsters and ghouls invade the “Thrill Capital of the World.” After the sun sets, a fog hovers over the park as guests brave mazes, spooky attractions, scare zones, and horror-themed shows and entertainment. www.sixflags.com/magicmountain/special-events/fright-fest-night

Starline Tours (Hollywood) – On weekends from September 14, 2018 to November 3, 2018, the two-hour Haunted Hollywood Tour takes guests through the dark side of Hollywood lore. The excursion features visits to reportedly haunted locations such as the Greystone Mansion and The Comedy Store, the houses used in the iconic horror films 1984’s “A Nightmare on Elm Street” and 1978’s “Halloween,” and more. www.starlinetours.com/haunted-hollywood-tour

The Original Farmers Market (Mid-City) – The 84th annual Fall Festival returns to The Original Farmers Market on Saturday, October 13, 2018 and Sunday, October 14, 2018. A Los Angeles favorite for all ages since 1934, the Fall Festival features a petting zoo, pig and pedal tractor pull races, live country and folk music, arts and crafts, pie-eating contests, plenty of pumpkin-filled Instagram-worthy photo opportunities and more. www.farmersmarketla.com/events/eventDetail/Fall-Festival/146

Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood (Hollywood) – This Halloween season, Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood is bringing back the most authentic horror event in Los Angeles, bigger than ever before. On select nights from October 5, 2018 to October 28, 2018, the WB backlot will be transformed into a creepy carnival that features the return of Pennywise in the reimagined It Knows What Scares You maze, a debut of the sinister institution from Batman: Arkham Asylum, a blood-curdling maze from The Conjuring Universe, a diabolical viewing of The Exorcist and an eerie tour through Freddy vs. Jason's Camp Crystal Lake. Additionally, carnival games, live entertainment, a goth-punk Fangtasia Bar from the HBO series True Blood and authentic props and costumes from Tim Burton’s classics, Sweeney Todd, Mars Attacks! Corpse Bride and Beetlejuice are on display and much more. horrormadehere.com

Universal Studios Hollywood (Hollywood) – Halloween Horror Nights returns to Universal Studios Hollywood for 31 select nights from September 14, 2018 to November 3, 2018. Considered the ultimate Halloween event, Universal Studio’s Halloween Horror Nights brings horror fans immersive, movie-quality mazes and scare-zones where they feel as though they are staring in their very own horror film. Nine frightening new mazes themed to top horror and science fiction franchises increase the scares at Universal Studios Hollywood. Netflix’s Stranger Things brings guests to the bizarre world of the Upside Down from season one, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers drops guests into an eerie version of Haddonfield, Illinois from the fourth film of the franchise and Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures’ (MGM) iconic Poltergeist lures guests to the Freeling family house which was built atop a haunted cemetery. The entertaining horrors will also include mazes and scare-zones inspired by the cult Halloween classic Trick ‘R Treat, the all-new “Purge” installment The First Purge and much more. Additionally, the iconic Universal Studios backlot tram tour, transforms into the Terror Tram, as the bloodcurdling phantom clown Hollywood Harry hosts guests on the ride of their lives. Hollywood.HalloweenHorrorNights.com

Arts & Culture

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) – Kicking off the 2018-2019 season, Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptation opened at the Ahmanson Theatre on August 21, 2018 and runs to September 30, 2018. Ain't Too Proud is a dazzling documentation of the life of the historic Motown group The Temptations, their moving rise to fame and their impact on modern music. After premiering at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, it has become the highest grossing musical in their 50-year history and is expected to make its way to Broadway. Additionally, the six-time Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen will be performed October 17, 2018 – November 25, 2018 at the Ahmanson. As part of a national tour of over 50 cities, the hit contemporary musical is both an audience and critic favorite as it highlights life and the ways we live it. Continuing the Ahmanson season is the Broadway musical Come From Away, set to play November 28, 2018 – January 6, 2019. Come From Away tells the moving true story of 7,000 air passengers stranded in the small town of Gander, Newfoundland in Canada after the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 and the kindness of the small town’s residents. www.centertheatregroup.org

Autry Museum of the American West (Griffith Park) – Things You Know But Cannot Explain represents Bartow’s first major retrospective and contribution to the substantial growing body of scholarship on contemporary Native artists. Bartow (Mad River Band Wiyot) established his art career in the 1980’s, following service in Vietnam and a period of recovery from PTSD and alcoholism. His work consists of large-scale paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures that often feature haunting combinations of animal and human forms and are often both deeply personal and culturally relevant. This exhibition speaks directly to the personal and cultural aspects of traditional Native art with Bartow’s oeuvre while demonstrating his close engagement with the work of 20th-century masters including Francis Bacon, Robert Rauschenberg, and Jean-Michel Basquiat. The exhibition will be on display through January 6, 2019. www.theautry.org

The Broad (Downtown) – From June 30 – February 2019, A Journey That Wasn’t will be on view at The Broad. The exhibition brings forth the rich array of artworks in the Broad collection that capture the passage of time by including artists who use devices such as rhythm, repetition, duration artifice and appropriation to investigate and distort our perceptions, memories and emotions. It explores complex representations of time and its passage. The Broad’s new exhibition includes more than 50 works drawn from the museum’s collection of postwar and contemporary art. The featured works in the exhibition -ranging from painting and sculpture to photography, film and installation – examine the passage of time by alluding to nostalgia or sentiments about aging, often depicting specific places in states of decay; these works can act as documentation, memorial or symbol. www.thebroad.org

The California African American Museum (Downtown) – The California African American Museum will open two exciting solo exhibitions during fall 2018. The first, Robert Pruitt: Devotion, will run September 12, 2018 – February 17, 2019. Houston-born, New York–based artist Robert Pruitt brings his first major Los Angeles museum exhibition to TCAAM. Through drawing, sculpture, animation and photography, he illuminates connections between spiritual traditions, fictional narratives, and technology, investigating how black identity can reside at the intersection of these arenas. Nina Chanel Abney: Royal Flush will be co-hosted at TCAAM and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles from September 23, 2018 –January 20, 2019. Royal Flush is her first solo museum survey featuring paintings, watercolors, and collages created during the past ten years. Abney draws on mainstream news media, animated cartoons, video games, hip-hop culture, celebrity websites, and tabloid magazines to create paintings replete of symbolism. www.caamuseum.org

California Science Center (Downtown) – A new chapter of ancient Egyptian history will be unearthed to the world with the debut of KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh, an extraordinary and exclusive exhibition celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the discovery of his tomb. Presented by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, Exhibitions International, IMG and the California Science Center, the new immersive exhibition will display more than 150 real artifacts from Tutankhamun's (also known as King Tut) tomb. On display from March 24 – January 2019 will be many items the Boy King himself used in life and in death, including: golden jewelry, elaborate carvings, sculptures, and ritual antiquities. www.californiasciencecenter.org

Felix LA (Hollywood) – Set to coincide with Frieze Los Angeles, Felix LA is a new art fair by collector Dean Valentine at The Hollywood Roosevelt from February 13 – February 17, 2019. This festival of contemporary artworks is expected to display art from 35 dealers. Still to be announced, the lineup galleries will hail from its host city of L.A., New York, Mexico, China and Japan.

FIDM Museum and Galleries (Downtown) – The 12th annual exhibition Art of Television Costume Design returns to the FIDM Museum from August 21, 2018 to October 6, 2018. In partnership with The Television Academy, the exhibit celebrates television costume designers and costume supervisors as well as the 70th Emmy Award nominees for outstanding costumes. Art of Television Costume Design is free, open to the public and features more than 100 costumes from 20 TV shows. www.FIDMmuseum.org

Frieze Los Angeles (Hollywood) – The phenomenon of the contemporary art world that is Frieze makes its debut in Los Angeles at Paramount Pictures Studios from February 14 – February 17, 2019. Originally launched in the U.K. and since expanded to New York City, Frieze Los Angeles will bring together nearly 60 of the most significant and forward-thinking contemporary galleries from across the City of Angels and around the world. It will also include a curated program of conversations, site-specific artists' projects and film. Frieze L.A. is set to become an annual cultural celebration in the city. www.frieze.com/fairs/frieze-los-angeles

The Ford Theatres (Hollywood) – The Ford Theatres offers over 20 performances through October for the 2018 season. This 1,200-seat outdoor amphitheater located in the Cahuenga Pass offers cultural experiences including music, dance, theatre, film and family events that represent the diversity of the region. Highlights this season are Hollywood Shorts presented by HBO, a monthly screening program in American and international short filmmaking, Angel City Jazz Festival presents Xenia Rubinos, The 11th annual Angel City Jazz Festival and Fusicology presents Louie Vega & E.O.L. Soulfrito Live with Grammy Award-winning bandleader Louie Vega. www.fordtheatres.org

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (Downtown) – November 11, 2018 to March 25, 2019 will see two new exhibitions at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. The first, Zoe Leonard: Survey, is the inaugural large-scale overview of Zoe Leonard’s American work in photography and sculpture. Leonard has created works combining vision and form over the past 30 years focusing on themes of gender and sexuality, loss and mourning, migration and displacement as well as the urban landscape. The second exhibition titled Laura Owens is a mid-career survey of the Los Angeles-based, innovative painter Laura Owens. Lauren Owens highlights the significant strides Owens has made in recent years and shows how her early work since the 1990s sets the stage for gripping and groundbreaking new paintings and installations. www.moca.org/visit/geffen-contemporary

The Getty Center (West Los Angeles) – The J. Paul Getty Museum at The Getty Center will host four exhibitions during the fall season. All that Glitters: Life at the Renaissance Court is on display through December 2, 2018 and explores how the luxury arts, including such materials as illuminated manuscripts to textiles, helped construct the identities of the court elite. From to October 13, 2018, Eighteenth-Century Pastel Portraits explores the mediums of pastels which were at their utmost popularity in eighteenth-century Europe. The dry, satiny colors which came in every hue were the medium of choice for portraitists at this time. On display now, The Flight into Egypt: Drawings in Context celebrates the acquisition of Giandomenico Tiepolo’s late 1790s piece “The Punchinello Riding a Camel at the Head of a Caravan.” The exhibit showcases three drawings reflecting the biblical Flight into Egypt from the Getty Museum’s collection. Lastly, The Renaissance Nude will be on view October 30, 2018 – January 27, 2019 and display more than 100 objects by renowned European Renaissance artists like Da Vinci, Raphael, Michaelangelo and Dürer. The Renaissance Nude will examine how classical nude sculptures were controversial for their time and the transformative affect they had on art and culture in the Western world. www.getty.edu

The Getty Villa (Beach Cities) – On April 18, 2018, the Getty Villa – sister museum to the Getty Center that houses its Greek and Roman collection and first opened to the public in 1974 - debuted newly reinstalled galleries after a yearlong renovation. Previously displayed thematically, the new presentation features 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 also showcases the extraordinary artistic quality of the most important objects in the collection, such as the Statue of a Victorious Youth, which can now be viewed beside other works of art of similar date and style. Opening Halloween, October 31, 2018 and running through March 18, 2019, the special exhibition Underworld: Imagining the Afterlife debuts. Organized around a monumental funerary vessel, on loan from National Archaeological Museum in Naples and recently conserved at The Getty Villa, this exhibit explores depictions of the Underworld in the art of Greece and southern Italy. The works on view highlight the desire for a blessed existence after death and the ways in which individuals sought to achieve a happier afterlife. www.getty.edu/visit/villa

Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (Downtown) – Two new exhibits will open at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICALA) along the blossoming 7th Street in the Arts District. As part of a co-hosted effort with The California African American Museum, on September 23, 2018 Nina Chanel Abney: Royal Flush will display five works at ICALA through January 20, 2019. Abney’s narrative figurative paintings focus on social commentary that is informed by mainstream news media and a combination of cartoons, video games, hip-hop culture, celebrity websites and tabloids. Following on September 30, 2018 – January 27, 2019, B. Wurtz: This Has No Name will feature Wurtz’s sculptures and assemblages constructed after 1980 and revolving around the use of objects that refer, directly or indirectly, to the “acts of eating, sleeping and keeping warm.” Pieces in the collection are constructed from food tins, clothing, plastic bags, mesh produce bags and yogurt containers which ultimately highlight Wurtz’s commitment to the ethics of reuse. www.icala.org

The Italian American Museum of Los Angeles (Downtown) – The Italian American Museum of Los Angeles (IAMAL) will host its 10th annual fundraiser Taste of Italy on Saturday, October 13, 2018. Known for its authenticity in cuisine and wine, promotion of health-focused, high-quality Italian products and historic charm, Taste of Italy is a quintessential Los Angeles event that welcomed more than 2,500 guests and 40 vendors in 2017. www.iamla.org/taste-of-italy/

Japanese American National Museum (Downtown) - Kaiju vs. Heroes: Mark Nagata’s Journey through the World of Japanese Toys will be on display at the Japanese American National Museum from September 15, 2018 – March 24, 2019. Mark Nagata was 9-years-old when he received a package of Japan’s most popular toys from his aunt and uncle who were serving on a U.S. military base in the country. Inspired by these toys and Japanese pop-culture, Nagata became a toy collector and toy designer, finding his life-long passion. Kaiju vs. Heroes is a dazzling array of hundreds of vintage Japanese vinyl toys from his own extensive collection. Ultraman, Godzilla, Kikaida, Kamen Rider, and more will be represented along with Nagata’s own colorful creations. www.janm.org

Jeffrey Deitch Gallery (Hollywood) – Once art director at MOCA, Jeffrey Deitch returns to the Los Angeles art scene with a new Hollywood gallery opening September 29, 2018. The space is near a row of galleries off Highland Avenue being referred to as Hollywood’s arts district. Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei will be the first artist to have an exhibit on display in the space, one of two exhibits on display in the City of Angels this fall. www.deitch.com/los-angeles

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Mid-City) – The fall season at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) will feature three upcoming exhibitions. Robert Rauschenberg: The 1/4 Mile or 2 Furlong Piece is a 190 panel, 1,000 feet work completed over the course of 17 years. The piece, a quarter mile in length marking the distance between Robert Rauschenberg’s studio and home on Captiva Island, Florida, will be on display for the first time on the West Coast from October 28, 2018 through June 9, 2019. It is composed from eclectic materials including textiles, images from mass media, photographs, paint, chairs, cardboard boxes and traffic lights. Prolific 20th century choreographer Merce Cunningham will be celebrated at LACMA from October 28, 2018 to March 31, 2019 with Merce Cunningham, Clouds and Screens. Having had a 60-year career, the exhibit will present two large works by Andy Warhol and Charles Atlas as well as two screenings of Cunningham’s dances in an adjacent gallery. Lastly, LACMA will host the West Coast presentation of Outliers and American Vanguard Art starting November 18, 2018 until March 17, 2019. This exhibit will present over 250 works across a range of mediums by more than 80 self-taught artists as it explores the key moments in American art history when avant-garde artists changed the American art landscape in the early 1900s and again in the 1960s. www.lacma.org

Los Angeles Philharmonic (Downtown) – The world-renowned Los Angeles Philharmonic is celebrating its 100th season in 2018-19. On Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, all of Los Angeles is invited to join in a free, day-long festival called LA Phil 100: Celebrate LA! The extraordinary day will include CicLAvia, an open streets event with performances by professionals and amateurs from Grand Avenue in front of Walt Disney Concert Hall all the way to the Hollywood Bowl. The street festival will later flow into a free, massive kick-off concert at the Bowl, featuring Gustavo Dudamel conducting the LA Phil and guest artists in a celebration of all the artistic communities that make L.A. such a vibrant, creative city. Adding color and movement to the celebration, the LA Phil will also light up Walt Disney Concert Hall with a dynamic media installation, WDCH Dreams, created by the award-winning artist Refik Anadol. Launching at the end of September 2018 in conjunction with the 2018 Gala California Soul, featuring the works of California artists from John Adams to Frank Zappa, the installation will animate the night-time façade of Walt Disney Concert Hall, announcing to the entire city that the centennial year has begun. www.laphil.com

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) – Debuted in late July, Yayoi Kusama’s 2011 sculpture installation With All My Love For The Tulips, I Pray Forever is the newest ongoing exhibition at the museum. This marks the pop-art display’s first viewing on the West Coast. The oversized flower-potted tulips made from fiberglass-reinforced plastic are painted with the same red polka dots as the floor, ceiling, and walls, creating an immersive viewing experience while at the same time diminishing the appearance of depth. September 28, 2018 through March 3, 2019, famed Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei will be the third Project Series artist to make use of the Foundation’s Theater Gallery in a solo exhibition titled Ai Weiwei: Life Cycle. Life Cycle is a sculptural response to the world’s refugee crisis and references his 2017 monumental sculpture Law of the Journey. In this new iteration he depicts an inflatable boat through the technique used in traditional Chinese kite-making, exchanging the PVC rubber from Law of the Journey for bamboo. www.marcianoartfoundation.org

MOCA Grand Avenue (Downtown) – Starting October 14, 2018 and running through March 11, 2019, One Day At A Time: Manny Farber And Termite Art is an exhibition that draws its inspiration from American film critic and painter Manny Farber and his legendary 1962 essay “White Elephant Art vs. Termite Art.” This experiment in exhibition is a cross between a monographic exhibition and a group show. One Day at a Time: Manny Farber and Termite Art takes Farber’s idea of termite art as a starting point for assembling works by a diverse group of contemporary artists who explore the problems and pleasures of the everyday. Thirty artists and more than 100 works of painting, sculpture, film, video and photography are featured. www.moca.org/visit/grand-ave

The Paley Center For Media (Beverly Hills) – Essentially Marilyn: The Auction/The Exhibit is on display at The Paley Center For Media through September 30, 2018. Profiles of History presents a collection of costumes and artifacts from the life and career of Hollywood screen legend Marilyn Monroe. The exhibit will be framed by stunningly beautiful large format photographs of Monroe captured by her friend, famed fashion and celebrity photographer Milton H. Greene. All items from the showing will go up for auction in late October 2018. www.media.paleycenter.org

Pantages Theatre (Hollywood) – Returning to the Pantages September 12, 2018 – September 30, 2018 Beautiful – The Carole King Musical stars Melissa Benoist of “Supergirl” and “Glee” fame and tells the true story of the life and career of Carole King. Detailing King’s remarkable rise to stardom, the production features a stunning array of beloved songs written by Gerry Goffin and King. Beautiful – The Carole King Musical holds two 2014 Tony Awards and a 2015 Grammy Award. www.hollywoodpantages.com

Reagan Library (Simi Valley) – In the year 79 A.D., the eruption of the infamous Mount Vesuvius buried the town of Pompei, Italy alive. From October 6, 2018 through April 21, 2019, The Reagan Library will display Pomepeii: The Exhibition. Featuring nearly 200 artifacts, hidden from view and forgotten for centuries until rediscovered over 250 years ago, Pompeii: The Exhibition includes frescoes, mosaics, gladiator helmets, armor, weapons, plates, furniture, jewelry, statues and more.  www.reaganfoundation.org/library-museum/

Skirball Cultural Center (Westside) – On display October 19, 2018 – March 10, 2019, NOTORIOUS RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsberg comes to the Skirball Cultural Center marking the first-ever exhibition about the trailblazing Supreme Court Justice-turned-cultural icon. Inspired by the book of the same name written by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik, the exhibit celebrates the 25-year anniversary of RGB’s appointment to the high court in 1993. Through archival photographs and documents, historical artifacts, contemporary art, media stations, and gallery interactives, the exhibition explores the American legal system and civil rights movements through the lens of RBG’s personal experiences and public service. www.skirball.org

UTA Artist Space (Beverly Hills) – The ever-popular Ai Weiwei continues making his creative footprint around Los Angeles this fall with the debut of UTA Artist Space in Beverly Hills – a new gallery designed by the Chinese artist and activist. Fans of Weiwei’s work will find his artistic touch in the layout, floor plan, doors and exterior details of the 4,000-square-foot building. Starting in October, a selection of his own art will be in display in the gallery. www.utaartistspace.com

Vermont Hollywood (Hollywood) – A new 10,000-square-foot music venue is coming to the intersection of Vermont and Santa Monica in the rapidly changing East Hollywood neighborhood. Conveniently located across from a Metro Redline station, the Vermont Hollywood will fit an audience of 1,200 and book shows four nights out of the week. It is set to open in 2019.

The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (Beverly Hills) – September 21, 2018 through September 27, 2018 will see The Wallis Annenberg Center for the performing arts host the LA Film Festival, a celebration of new-American and International films, which officially kicks off their 2018 season of cultural happenings. From October 24, 2018 to October 27, 2018 Jacob Jonas The Company will return with a four-night Company-In-Residence. The weekend of October 20, 2018, The Los Angeles Master Chorale (LAMC) will give two performances of Lagrime Di San Pietro/Tears Of St. Peter by Orlando di Lasso, directed by Peter Sellars and conducted by LAMC Associate Conductor Jenny Wong. On October 27, 2018 the Grammy-nominated Chris Walden Big Band, which is comprised of top L.A. studio musicians, will play a program dedicated to the “Rat Pack” era. www.thewallis.org

Attractions

Lost Spirits Distillery (Downtown) – In early 2017, Lost Spirits opened in the Arts District. The Lost Spirits Distillery tour transports consumers into a theatrical universe involving talking computers, jungle boat rides, and a deranged carousel. The spirits are experienced in rooms designed to mimic the imaginary environments that inspired the creation of each rum, whisky and brandy expression. Rums are sampled in a candle lit jungle, peated malts are sipped in a safari tent deep in a bamboo forest, allowing customers to enjoy the distillery’s celebrated products in a radically new way. Tours require a reservation. http://www.lostspirits.net/tours

OUE Skyspace LA (Downtown) – California’s tallest open-air observation attraction just debuted its new full-service bar, crowning Downtown Los Angeles as one of the highest lounges in Southern California. Hyper-locally sourced beers, hand-crafted cocktails, and creatively-prepared bites nod at the city’s cosmopolitan landscape – all in-view from the space’s 360-degree observation deck. Located on the 69th floor adjacent to the world-famous Skyslide, Skyspace LA is poised to be one of the most dynamic places to savor a drink. oue-skyspace.com

Two Bit Circus (Arts District) – As the Arts District continues to blossom with new openings of every sort, the creative agency Two Bit Circus opens a brand-new VR and arcade amusement park of the same namesake spearheaded by Eric Gradman and Brent Bushnell. The space is broken into six sections including traditional circus and arcade games at The Midway and The Arkane, VR and software experiences at The Arena and Club 01, escape rooms at Story Rooms and a dining area with food and drinks. www.twobitcircus.com

Young Hollywood (Hollywood) – In partnership with Starline Tours, the live, narrated two-hour Young Hollywood Tour takes guests into the world of hip, young and beautiful stars of Los Angeles. The new tour departs from Starline’s Tour Center at Hollywood & Highland and showcases the favorite hangouts of young celebrities in the neighborhoods of Hollywood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Century City, Melrose and Fairfax. The 26-passenger bus with digital video and audio began immersing passengers into celebrity playgrounds this past August. www.younghollywood.com/tours

Universal Studios Hollywood (Hollywood) – Inspired by the global blockbuster franchise, the all-new DreamWorks Theatre featuring “Kung Fu Panda” is now open and takes guests on a thrilling journey that fuses captivating storytelling with cutting-edge visual effects for a highly engaging experience. Coming in 2019, Universal Studios Hollywood will debut the highly anticipated Jurassic World Ride. Drawing from the favorite elements of the original “Jurassic Park—The Ride,” this next generation thrill ride will be completely reimagined with never-before-seen dinosaurs, enhanced storytelling and state-of the art technology. www.universalstudioshollywood.com

Restaurants

189 by Dominique Ansel (Mid-City) – The Cronut inventor opened his first full-service restaurant at The Grove in November. Guests can enjoy the excellent food and dessert menus in a beautifully-designed space. Dominique has taken inspiration from L.A. for several of his menu items, such as the ice cream avocado toast sandwich and a street corn elote. The pastry case has a sweet “California roll” with avocado mousse and honey gelee. dominiqueansella.com

APL Steakhouse (Hollywood) – Adam Perry Lang is set to debut his first Los Angeles restaurant, a Hollywood steakhouse with a downstairs dry-aging room, hand-forged knives and upscale ambiance. The menu will focus on red meat, but will also offer French classics, pasta and seafood along with lots of wine. www.aplrestaurant.com

Badmaash (Mid-City) – On the heels of their fifth anniversary in Downtown L.A., the Mahendro brothers and their father have opened the second location of Badmaash, which brings a taste of modern Indian food to Fairfax, which can be identified as one of the hippest streets in L.A. Badmaash will be in good company with Jon & Vinny’s, Canter’s and Supreme. www.badmaashla.com/

Bavel (Arts District) – Bestia chef-owner Ori Menashe started a new Italian movement when he opened his Arts District restaurant in 2012. However, as much as he’s known for his take on Italian food, Menashe has been talking about opening a Middle Eastern restaurant in DTLA since 2013. Five years later, Menashe and his wife, pastry chef and Bestia co-owner Genevieve Gergis, opened Bavel, a Middle Eastern restaurant, located one mile from Bestia. The name is a reference to the story of Babel in the Old Testament. The menu is a mix of flat breads and spreads, cured meats, small plates featuring salads, veggies and larger meat and fish dishes. www.baveldtla.com

Best Girl (Downtown) – Michael Cimarusti, owner and chef of one of 2-star Michelin restaurant, Providence, recently opened Best Girl inside of Ace Hotel, taking over the former LA Chapter space. The menu at Best Girl features a mix of seasonal fare and Cimarusti’s dock-to-dish sustainable seafood items. Delectable desserts are prepared by Michael’s wife, Crisi Echiverri. The name “Best Girl” comes from the movie “My Best Girl,” the first film shown in the adjacent Theatre at Ace Hotel, which opened on Halloween, 1927. www.bestgirldtla.com

Cal Mare (Beverly Grove) – The first big reveal of the next Beverly Center era is Cal Mare. The restaurant is an homage to the coast of Italy and Southern California from chef/partner Adam Sobel in collaboration with Michael Mina and MINA Group. The restaurant celebrates the best of coastal Italian cuisine while featuring seasonal fruits and vegetables from local farmers markets. The menu highlights seafood from both the Mediterranean and Pacific Ocean, as well as fresh handmade pastas and brick oven pizzas. Cal Mare’s beverage program focuses on the wines of southern Sicily and other regions in Italy, Limoncelli, light and refreshing, craft cocktails and house-made Italian sodas. www.michaelmina.net/restaurants/southern-california/calmare/

Chateau Hanare (Hollywood) – Recently opened in July at the posh celebrity hotspot Chateau Marmont hotel, Chateau Hanare is a Japanese concept by famed New York City restaurateur Reika Alexander. The kaiseki-style menu presented by chef Abe Hiroki highlights traditional, delicious cuisine one would find upon a visit to Japan. Dinners can enjoy dishes like kampachi, sashimi, uni toast and various small plates in the subdued yet elegant cottage-style space. www.hanarela.com

DAMA (Downtown) – Called Downtown L.A.’s most exciting new restaurant and lounge by Eater Los Angeles, DAMA is the latest concept by the Scopa Team’s Steve Livigni and Pablo Moix. This pan-Latin restaurant is the newest offering at the Fashion District’s City Market South. Chef Antonia Lofaso serves fine tapas, seafood and meat dishes and diners can order the perfect blended cocktail or glass of wine to pair with their meal. The beautiful space, which includes an outdoor patio and an upper level dining room and lounge, exudes tropical island vibes with vintage Latin flavor.

Dialogue (Santa Monica) – The 21-course tasting menu with a handful of seats hidden deep inside a food court on Third Street Promenade is from former Alinea and Next Chef Dave Beran. Meals are available via tickets. During the meal, diners will get a front row seat to dinner service and learn from the chefs about the thinking behind every course on the season-themed meal. www.dialoguerestaurant.com

The Fields LA (Downtown) – A new food hall steps away from the recently opened Banc of California Stadium emerged as The Fields LA in Downtown L.A.’s Exposition Park in August 2018. This 200-seat food hall features seven trendy eateries from award-winning chefs as well as a 90-seat outdoor café and event deck. The Fields LA is open to the public on both game days and non-game days. www.thefieldsla.com

Guerilla Tacos (Arts District) – From cart to truck to brick and mortar, Wes Avila can do it all. Chef Wes opened his first restaurant in August 2018, focusing his full attention on the brick and mortar establishment. On the menu, tacos, as well as drinks and more. www.guerrillatacos.com

Inko Nito (Arts District) – Inko Nito is a sizzling new restaurant in Downtown L.A.’s Arts District. Chef Hamish Brown uses Japanese open-fire cooking to showcase Korean flavors. Inko Nito is part of Rainer Becker’s Azumi Ltd., best known for its glittery Zuma restaurants around the world. www.inkonitorestaurant.com

In Sheep’s Clothing (Arts District) Discretely located inside the Brooklyn-style Lupetti Pizzeria is one of the hippest new bars in the Arts District. In Sheep’s Clothing is inspired by audio-focused lounges and cafes in Japan known as kissaten. Zach Cowie has curated an all-vinyl playlist for this tucked away speakeasy that is part listening lounge, cocktail bar and coffee shop. Visitors are encouraged to sip on some handcrafted Japanese Whiskey, snack on a fresh pastry delivered from Friends & Family and enjoy relaxing jazz in this stylish and classy joint. www.insheepsclothinghifi.com

Jon & Vinny (Brentwood) – Jon & Vinny’s, the casual Italian spot on Fairfax, will be adding a second location to the westside neighborhood of Brentwood, with plans to bring the same big plates of meatballs and pizza. Likely opening of the restaurant is expected sometime in the late summer or fall 2018 at the earliest. www.jonandvinnys.com

Kasih (Downtown) – A unique take on Indonesian cuisine comes to Little Tokyo by chef Vindex Tengker, a celebrity chef in Indonesia, and chef de cuisine Zachary Hamel, formerly of West Hollywood’s E.P. & L.P. Kasih, which means love in Indonesian, aims to spread joy to the world by sharing the cultural and culinary treasures of Indonesian food, which for many is under-explored. Kasih, which opened in late spring, comes on the heels of a new Indonesian restaurant movement in L.A. www.kasih.la

Madame Siam (Hollywood) – Madame Siam is the latest concept from Houston Hospitality, the brother duo behind No Vacancy, Good Times at Davey Waynes and Black Rabbit Rose. This carnival-inspired bar just off Hollywood Boulevard is a sideshow emporium featuring craft cocktails and classic fair foods like corn dogs and popcorn. www.madamesiam.com

Ma’am Sir (Silver Lake) – A modern Filipino outpost by chef Charles Olaila of Rice Bar has popped up in Silver Lake. Ma’am Sir’s setting is a colorful, tropical interior with greenery hanging from the wood beamed ceiling which compliments popular dishes served in the space such as sisig, adobo chicken wings and lumpia with uni for a contemporary, L.A. twist. This family-style eatery, referred to as “pica-pica” in Filipino cuisine, sits at the corner of Sunset and Fountain, and is just one of the latest additions in L.A.’s burgeoning Filipino food trend which is showing no signs of slowing down. www.maamsirla.com

Mon Li (Malibu) – Cocktail chef Matthew Biancaniello will open the intimate, 12-seat restaurant Mon Li at Calimigos Guest Ranch, which will feature an inventive 12-course liquid tasting menu. Chef Biancaniello will blend food and alcohol together using ingredients from local farmers markets, the Santa Monica mountains and from the bar’s garden, taking the guest through 12 sips of culinary treats with five courses of sustainable bites. www.matthewbiancaniello.com/mon-li/

Nightshade (Arts District) – After years of anticipation, star chef Mei Lin, is ready to reveal her next project this summer: Nightshade, an expansive space in the Arts District that will feature a pan-Asian menu infused with modern touches and California sensibilities.

Otoño (Highland Park) – Acclaimed chef Teresa Montaño brings a progressive Spanish restaurant to the hip neighborhood of Highland Park – which is quickly becoming a hub of dining excellence. The menu combines Spanish classics with modern takes in a brick and tile covered space adorned with a street-art inspired mural by artist PichiAvo. Innovative tapas, raciones and paella are made with sustainable vegetables and meats. www.otonorestaurant.com

Petit Trois (Sherman Oaks) – Opened at the end of April, this new Valley destination is adorned with pastel banquettes, a marble bar, curved ceilings and tall front windows. This restaurant is chef Ludo’s largest restaurant to date and he plans on executing some French finery not previously seen in his restaurants. Diners can expect daily service from breakfast through dinner. http://petittrois.com/

Simone (Arts District) – Jessica Largey from Manresa is finalizing her expansive Arts District restaurant, which will offer up a lively atmosphere in the main dining room, a six-seat chef’s bar, and Duello, a fine cocktail bar inside. www.simoneartsdistrict.com/

Somni (Westside) – An immersive 25-course experience in Spanish cuisine by chef José Andrés, Somni is one of four ambitious efforts by Andrés at the recently remodeled SLS Beverly Hills Hotel. Tickets for this incredible dining occasion go on sale the first Monday of each month for the following month and must be purchased ahead of time to visit the space. www.slsbeverlyhillshotel.com/somni/

Viale dei Romani (West Hollywood) – The latest from chef Casey Lane, of The Tasting Kitchen and Breva fame, comes Viale dei Romani, the newest modern Italian restaurant to hit the region. Located inside the Kimpton La Peer Hotel, Viale dei Romani is a trattoria paying homage to the seafood-driven cuisine of Italy’s Mediterranean coastlines with French and North African influences. www.vialederomani.com

Shopping

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 Concierge Desk for translation services, package check, help with transportation, reservations, event information and ticketing. www.westfield.com/centurycity

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 retail hub and office spaces. AT MATEO will be activated from breakfast to night, seven days a week. Opening date is to be announced in 2018. 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

City Market South (Downtown) - Occupying the oldest wholesale produce market in Los Angeles known as City Market, this 75,000 square-foot mixed use complex brings excitement into the up and coming Fashion District. World class dining from L.A. chefs, posh retail by local designers and creative office space for the local economy will rest upon 2.5 acres at the corner of 11th Street and San Julian Street. Current tenants include Rossoblu, LoveStitch, City Market Social House and Cognoscenti Coffee with more to open in future months. www.citymarketsouth.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.  www.oceanwideplaza.com

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 and its buildings are being thoughtfully repurposed into creative offices, retail, restaurants, and galleries. ROW DTLA puts an emphasis on creating a unique and highly curated tenant list, bringing complementary retailers, restauranteurs, and creative brands together in an authentic environment. While nearly 50 retail, restaurant, and creative office leases have been signed, when completed, ROW DTLA will include over 100 of the most progressive shops and restaurants from across the city and world—a new center, uniting food, fashion, creativity and innovation.  Among the most highly-anticipated tenants to join ROW DTLA’s collective this spring/summer are retailers Oak NYC and Flask & Field as well as restaurant concepts East Coast-based Rappahannock Oyster Bar, Australian-import Paramount Coffee Project, and San Francisco’s acclaimed Tartine Manufactory, which will include The Bakery and Mill, The Market and Market Restaurant, The Dinner Restaurant, The Coffee Roastery and Lab, and Tartine Cookies & Cream. www.rowdtla.com

LAX Air Service and Terminal Updates

5th Anniversary of PUPs – This past May, LAX’s PUP (Pets Unstressing Passengers) program celebrated its 5th anniversary. Made up of 72 therapy dogs and their volunteers, the program deploys up to eight teams each week to roam the departure gate areas of each terminal, visiting passengers awaiting flights and providing airport information as well as comfort.

Automated Screening Lanes – Tom Bradley International Terminal now has 14 new high-tech, time-saving Automated Screening Lanes at the security screening check point. The new lanes can increase the number of passengers screened by as much as 30 percent and allow as many as five guests to place their items in trays simultaneously and submit them for screening without waiting on the first person to complete the process, making the screening process faster, more efficient and less stressful for travelers.

Biometric e-Gates – LAX is the first location in the U.S. to pilot this unique, paperless, biometric boarding process. The program uses facial recognition technology in place of a paper boarding pass, where it captures each passenger’s photo and sends it to Custom Border Patrol for matching with the digital photo captured at the initial immigration process. The e-Gates have been installed at Gates 152, 154 and 156 in the Tom Bradley International Terminal, and additional airlines are making plans to test the technology. British Airways travelers to London will begin to use biometric boarding gates to gain access to their nightly flights at LAX.

LAX Presents – Los Angeles World Airports and local performing arts organization Grand Performances announced the 2018 line-up at LAX, with nine talented, Los Angeles-based artists performing two dates per month from March through October. The goal of LAX Presents is to bring together entertainers with extensive local and global experience, allowing them to share their craft and cultures with travelers and Angelenos alike. Remaining performances are: • October 2 & 3: Colburn Conservatory at Terminal 2

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.

New Concepts at Terminal 1 – The $508 million renovation at LAX’s terminal 1 is expected to be completed by end of the 2018 and will feature a hip, modern Californian feel. Travelers can expect 10 new dining and retail destinations and three L.A.-based concepts to open in the next few months, including iconic L.A. brands like Cassell’s Hamburgers, Trejo’s Tacos and Urth Caffe.

Delta Air Lines – On June 16, 2018, the airline launched non-stop service from Paris, France to Los Angeles three times a week.
Norwegian Airlines – On June 16, 2018, the airline launched non-stop service from Milan, Italy to Los Angeles four times a week.
Delta Air Lines – On June 17, 2018, the airline launched non-stop service from Amsterdam, Netherlands to Los Angeles four times a week.
Norwegian Airlines – On July 15, 2018, the airline launched non-stop service from Madrid, Spain to Los Angeles four times a week.
Vivaaerobus – On November 1, 2018, the airline will launch non-stop daily service from Mexico City to Los Angeles.
Hainan Airlines – On December 1, 2018, the inaugural route between Xian and Los Angeles will launch and will operate non-stop flights two times weekly.
China Southern Airlines – On December 18, 2018, the airline will launch non-stop service from Shenzen to Los Angeles.
American Airlines – On December 19, 2018, the airline will launch non-stop service from Bueno Aires, Argentina to Los Angeles three times a week.

Discover Los Angeles Program

Winter dineL.A. (Citywide) –  Now in its 11th year, Winter dineL.A. will return January 11 – 25, 2018. dineL.A. is a 15-day dining event that takes place at over 350 restaurants throughout L.A. county, offering specially priced lunch and dinner menus. www.dineLA.com