Archive for January, 2012
January 19th, 8:00 p.m. (and every other Thursday after that) at the Comedy Central Stage in Santa Monica see Jill Solloway and her crazy friends, frenemies and complete strangers bring to the stage brand new, untried and untested, raw comedy. It is a Frankenstein’s laboratory of funniness and you get to see it being created. And best of all — it’s FREE!
Comedy Central Stage
6539 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
The Grammy Museum, downtown at L.A. Live, has dozens of objects on display belonging to the Godfather of Soul in an exhibit entitled “Say It Loud: The Genius of James Brown.” Housed in downtown’s upscale L.A Live mall, this multistory museum doesn’t appear to be very rock & roll on the surface, but it does boast an interesting variety of permanent and traveling exhibits. While the focus is largely on mainstream figures in rock, pop, R&B, country and jazz, the venue also hosts regular performances in which celebrity musicians perform a few tunes and discuss their craft with an audience Q&A. The museum is suitable for all ages. Make a visit to the Grammy Museum a part of your “things to do in Los Angeles” checklist.
800 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Los Angeles is famous for its gym culture. But if you’re intimidated by all the hard bods at Gold’s — or if you just want to take the jogging path less traveled — the city’s network of historic staircases is an ideal way to stay fit.
City planners originally installed the public staircases in the 1920s as direct routes for hillside residents to get down to urban areas and transit lines. They fell out of use once the motor car came along, but the stairs still serve as direct paths into stately L.A. neighborhoods unseen by many Angelenos. Stairstreets they are called. Great ways to work up an appetite before chowing down in a neighborhood cafe. When you are looking for things to do in Hollywood you should find the nearest stairway going up. Who says Los Angeles isn’t a walkable city?
Established in 1862, Congregation B’nai B’rith is the oldest reform synagogue in Los Angeles. Its home is the Wilshire Boulevard Temple, a striking, stately structure on the edge of what’s now a congested stretch in Koreatown. Built in 1929, the temple was designed by A.M. Edelman, son of the congregation’s first rabbi, Abraham Edelman. During the Golden Age of Hollywood, the temple was the go-to place of worship for scores of movie-industry professionals who wanted to assimilate into American culture without sacrificing their Jewish identity. The building’s enormous Byzantine revival-style dome was funded by Hollywood producer Irving Thalberg, while Louis B. Mayer donated funds for the temple’s art glass windows. Carl Laemmle donated spice box chandeliers, and the temple’s biblical murals were commissioned by Jack, Harry and Albert Warner, aka the Warner Bros. The Wilshire Boulevard Temple is in the midst of an ambitious $150 million overhaul, but with such a dazzling history, its future looks just as bright as its starry past. Places of worship and cemeteries are popular sightseeing themes when you create your own best Los Angeles tour.
Skinny’s Lounge is everything you’d want in a NoHo nightspot — equal parts cool, slick, comfortable and dark, like, say, a Hollywood bar/lounge, except, being over the hill, just a bit more laid-back. There’s comfortably plush seating; dark, earthy, off-reddish tones in the décor; and an interesting L-shaped configuration with an ample curved bar and an outstanding, classic-lounge-y recessed and curtained stage area where live acts include Metalachi (heavy metal/mariachi fusion), Polesque (artistic pole-dancing revue) and Lookin’ for Trouble (classic blues). The dance floor gets pumpin’, especially on weekend DJ nights, when dance-oriented disc spinners take over, and midweek nights have witnessed live rock & roll karaoke, with a crack cover band accompanying daring would-be lead vocalists. Drinks are praised and reasonably priced, special group reservations (parties/events) are welcome, and food trucks often park outside. Oh, and they feature “reverse happy hours” with $2 off drinks from midnight until close! What better way to finish a busy day visiting Los Angeles and taking a Hollywood tour.
4923 Lankershim Boulevard, N. Hollywood
The historic Angels Flight railway, “the shortest railway in the world,” in downtown Los Angeles is grounded for several weeks for routine maintenance and will likely reopen with a slightly higher ticket fare.
Starting Tuesday, January 10th, the railway was closed to replace worn rails and complete some carpentry and paint work on the 110-year-old rail cars, authorities said.
After the improvements, the fare likely will rise from a quarter to 50 cents.
Metro pass holders will receive a half-off discount if the nonprofit increases the cost for the one-minute trip up and down Bunker Hill, Angels Flight Railway President John Welborne told City News Service.
Angels Flight, dubbed “the shortest railway in the world,”‘ was closed in 2001 following an accident that killed one person and seriously injured seven. It reopened in 2010. When you are on one of the fantastic sightseeing tours of Los Angeles be sure to have your guide take you for a ride on Angels Flight (when it reopens, of course).
Pasadena will be hosting a “Cheeseburger Week” starting on January 15th and going until the 20th. It will feature various renditions of the cheesy meat sandwich by a handful of popular places, even a sushi restaurant.
According to the press release (and Wikipedia), the cheeseburger was actually invented in the good ‘ol North East L.A. community at “The Rite Spot,” a popular sandwich shop in the mid 1920’s.
Pasadena Cheeseburger Week is sponsored by the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce with support from the City of Pasadena and is a California Restaurant Month event.
Other eateries in town that will offer deals and assorted specials include the recently opened Kings Row Gastropub, Vertical Wine Bistro, and possibly a Yucatan rendition by El Portal. Also, Noir Food and Wine, CREPEstudio, Lovebirds Cafe and Magnolia Lounge.
Cheeseburger eaters are encouraged to go eat them all and vote for their favorite ones on the event’s website. For a complete list of places featured and their accompanying menu’s, check out the Pasadena Restaurant Week website.
Pasadena is part of the Los Angeles scene and a perfect place to eat during or after an amazing Los Angeles sightseeing tour.
Not only a popular wine tasting destination but garnering accolades and commendations from important gastronomic and wine reviews, the Malibu Family Winery is a mainstay of the Los Angeles wine loving community. This 65-acre vineyard is only a small part of the 200,000 acre Saddlerock Ranch and much of it is available to enjoy when you visit. The facility hosts weddings, events and is a regular filming location.
Drive up when you can or, even better, plan a private Los Angeles helicopter tour to really enjoy the natural beauty of the area.
Through Jan 29. Back by popular demand! L.A.’s favorite musical flies back to the Pantages this holiday season after a record-breaking two-year run. Called “A phenomenon that keeps growing” by The Los Angeles Times and “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” by The New York Times, “Wicked” is the untold story of the witches of Oz and how they became known as the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good. This is the perfect thing to see for the first time or again and again; also complements the day after enjoying one of the many Private Los Angeles tours. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., L.A., 323.468.1770