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The results are in: West Adams wins

When real estate blog Curbed LA tallied its 2015 Neighborhood of the Year poll, the winner was West Adams, which it calls “one of the classiest architectural areas in the city.” Ready to move? Local expert Natalie Neith has just listed an upgraded 1908 transitional Craftsman at 2251 West 21st...

Posted almost 3 years ago
 

Pritzker Prize sends a powerful message

48-year-old Alejandro Aravena, who rebuilt an entire quake-ravaged Chilean city in three months, has just won the most distinguished prize in architecture — and focused global attention on socially conscious, sustainable design.

Posted almost 3 years ago
 

The art of avoiding rush hour

Every second Thursday, head over to LA Art Walk in the Historic Core (loosely from 4th to 7th, Spring to Main). Drop by the Art Walk Lounge at the MALDEF building, have dinner at a nearby eatery, or grab a bite from the food trucks that gather at 7th and Spring. By the time it’s over, rush hour...

Posted almost 3 years ago
 

Studio City, here we come

Looking for small-town charm with a sophisticated edge? Welcome to Studio City. Set in the north foothills of the Santa Monica mountains minutes from Hollywood, Downtown and Beverly Hills, it’s one of the Valley’s most centrally located communities, defined by a long history and a rich show biz...

Posted almost 3 years ago
 

Born with the Hollywood(land) sign

In 1926, an upscale development envisioned as another Mediterranean Riviera was barely emerging from the scrub-covered Hollywood Hills. It was heralded by a 390-foot flashing sign along a barren ridge: HOLLY/WOOD/LAND. That year, a project developer picked out a prime lot for himself and his...

Posted almost 3 years ago
 

Spend lunch in your head

The Hammer museum offers free drop-in Mindful Awareness sessions every Thursday at 12:30 in the hushed surroundings of the Billy Wilder Theater. You can stay as long as you like, five minutes to the whole half hour. Hey, who doesn’t have the kind of Thursdays that would make this sound good?

Posted almost 3 years ago
 

Mummies is almost history

There’s still time to unravel a few ancient mysteries, but hurry — they’ll disappear January 18. The Natural History Museum is the first stop on a tour of the largest collection of mummies on the continent, stashed in the vaults of Chicago’s Field Museum for over a century. Thanks to technology,...

Posted almost 3 years ago
 

The Science of … Gingerbread?

When you’re Discovery Cube LA, even holiday baking is worthy of study. Learn the science behind the sweet/spicy treat, decorate cookies (and eat them), see a show on the science of snow, and explore the frosting- and candy-decked houses that won the Cube’s Gingerbread Competition this year. (All...

Posted almost 3 years ago
 

Cut a cool figure

If your Yule doesn’t feel fully tied without getting your blades on, head Downtown, where the great rinks are. Glide into Kings Holiday Ice at LA Live one night, then make some smooth moves amid the skyscrapers at Pershing Square’s Holiday Ice Rink. Stroll through the festive lights in Grand...

Posted almost 3 years ago