Venice Beach sunglasses

The New L.A. Almanac: Summer 2017

06/20/2017

Souris Hong

School’s out and summer is finally here! Celebrate the return of beach weather and flip flops with an insider’s peek into what to wear, see, do, hear and eat during our favorite - and some say, endless - season.

Westfield Century City

The Guide to Celebrity Shopping in Los Angeles

06/05/2017

Karen Young

They live among us—those people we see on the silver screen and on our home screens—winning awards or landing in the gossip pages and TMZ. Some shop at the same grocery stores, malls and boutiques, eat in the same restaurants, and even get their prescriptions filled at CVS—just like us. But they also spend time shopping at stores that may just be above our paychecks. So in tribute to the more glamorous side of things—here are some shopping districts where you may see some of them— the celebrities. And sometimes, they stop for frozen yogurt—just like us.

Zuma Beach at sunset

The Magnificent Seven: Music for L.A.'s Best Beaches

05/30/2017

Jonathan Palmer

With summer upon us - and temperatures set to soar - our thoughts turn west. Fortunately for those of us blessed to be in the City of Angels, turning such daydreams into reality is a stone-cold cinch. It’s so close, you can almost taste the salt and feel the sand between your toes... the beach!

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

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

05/16/2017

Jonathan Palmer

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

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

Short of flying car rentals, Los Angeles boasts more than enough Blade Runner sights to keep you busy while you wait for the sequel, which is in theaters this October. Here’s a guide to recreating the Blade Runner experience in L.A., from its real-deal locations to inspired-by settings and events. (Incidentally, they filmed the sequel in Budapest. So much for authenticity. Do Hungarians dream of electric sheep?)

Bar at Cafe Birdie

The Dining & Drinking Guide to Highland Park

05/11/2017

Esther Tseng

Highland Park is the Los Angeles neighborhood of the moment thanks to a recent renaissance that has bolstered its community of small, local businesses. Long standing, family-run shops have been joined by new-to-the-neighborhood restaurants, bars and retailers. Enjoying superb accessibility from other parts of L.A. thanks to the Metro Gold Line, Highland Park has become a dining and libational destination with a diverse set of choices thanks to longtime resident families, as well as artists, musicians and designers.

With so many choices, it might be hard know which food and drink stops are the highlights. Read on for a cross-section of Highland Park restaurants and bars that reflects the richness of the area’s diversity.

Urchin Vintage

The Guide to Shopping in Highland Park

05/10/2017

Esther Tseng

A diverse cross section of residents in Highland Park make the neighborhood a haven for treasure seekers of all trades. Musicians, artists and designers have joined families who have been longtime residents of the area, bringing eclectic wares and artisanal crafts. Whether you’re looking for that vintage accessory to complete your outfit or a limited edition vinyl that has long been out of print, Highland Park has the store that has exactly what you’re looking for. Read on for a collection of the best shops in the neighborhood.

Chicken Boy in Highland Park

Unlock the Hidden Gems of Northeast L.A.

05/09/2017

Esther Tseng

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

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

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

Margaritas at Border Grill Downtown L.A.

The Best Margaritas in Los Angeles

05/02/2017

Karen Young

There are many tales about the origin of the Margarita, but what is known are the basic ingredients: tequila, triple sec, lime juice, and salt on the glass rim. These days, the Margarita can be found in many creative variations using tequila, mezcal, and other agave spirits, along with fresh fruit, herbs, and spices—shaken, stirred, or blended and served in a variety of glassware.

No matter what ingredients are used and how it’s prepared, what can be agreed upon is that the Margarita is a most celebratory drink—in a "party" kind of way. So, cheers to good times and to the best places to find Margaritas in Los Angeles.

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