There are, of course, infinite ways to explore the wonderful cosmos that is Los Angeles. From food tours to architectural journeys to those legendary “Maps of the (Movie and TV) Stars,” people have been charting their courses through our sprawling jewel of a town following the most varied interests, landmarks and stories. You could also, to paraphrase the great bohemian and jazzman Chet Baker, “get lost,” letting your feet (or your wheels, more likely) take you where they may, finding secret paths like an old-timey flâneur or flâneuse sauntering about in search of the unknown.
But you could actually split the difference between predetermined tours and rambling meanderings, and this is where Astrology (yes, Astrology) comes in handy. Whether you believe “our fate is written in the stars” or you just like to add a little pop-wisdom structure (and small talk fodder) to your decision making, check out our series of Los Angeles activities to please every sign of the Zodiac.
You can choose your own sign, take a date or a friend to the place most suitable to theirs, or get really ambitious and sample each experience on this star-struck baker’s dozen every month when the sign changes. Here at the Mystical Division of Discover Los Angeles (not an actual Division), we prophecy a stellar time will be had regardless!
The inner child of your Gemini (May 21 - June 20) is actually not inner at all. Crowd-pleasing and attention-challenged to a fault, Geminis generally avoid places where they have to delve into their feelings, or current issues in their lives. Nostalgia is a big thing for them, and what better place for someone with a short attention span who cherishes a idealized past than EightyTwo (707 E 4th Pl, Los Angeles 90013), the DTLA Arts District “arcade bar” that buzzes with the energy of old-school coin-operated games like Galaga or Punch-Out and a massive collection of pinball machines. Geminis are actually fueled by anxiety, so the din, the electricity, and the frantic competition of person against machine at EightyTwo should charge their batteries for hours if not days.
Gemini: American Cinematheque
Another, brainier possibility would be a trip to the American Cinematheque repertory theater at the landmark Egyptian Theatre (6712 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles 90028). Enjoy a timeless piece of cinema in the heart of Hollywood (check the schedule for specific showings) and have a scintillating after-movie talk with your lover of all old-timey things.
Bonus Astrological Location for All Signs: If you want to learn more (or pretty much anything) about astrological or any other mystical matter, the library of the Philosophical Research Society/University of Philosophical Research (3910 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles 90027) in Los Feliz is open on Fridays and contains one of the most important collections of esoteric books in the world. Collected by Los Angeles scholar and mystic Manly P. Hall in the mid-20th century, the library contains many interesting and unusual volumes that will reveal everything you ever wanted to know about astrology (but maybe didn’t know where to ask).