Sunday, August 30, 2009

Walking Tours - Los Angeles Conservancy

If you feel like taking a walk, you may want to consider a walking tour offered by the Los Angeles Conservancy.

"The Los Angeles Conservancy, the largest membership-based local historic preservation organization in the country, is dedicated to the recognition, preservation, and revitalization of the architectural and cultural heritage of greater Los Angeles."

The Conservancy offers a myriad of walking tours (usually on Saturdays and Sundays) at roughly $10 per person. I've only taken one tour, The Broadway Historic Theater District tour, but I loved it. Just be sure to wear your walking shoes and bring your camera and some water with you.

Other tours include: Angelino Heights, Biltmore Hotel, Art Deco, Downtown Renaissance, Evolving Skyline, Historic Core, Union Station and Union Station Family.

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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Beach Day

How about we keep it plain and simple today? If you want to enjoy a beautiful summer day in California, go to the beach!

There are plenty of beaches to select from. Orange County officially has the cleanest beaches, but L.A. County has some decent ones, too. My favorites would have to be Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach and Will Rogers State Beach. I hear Paradise Cove is also a great one.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Movies at LACMA

I recently read on that every Tuesday at 1pm, LACMA presents TUESDAY MATINEES featuring classic films from the Warner Bros. library. The admission cost is: $2 (adults and children); $1, seniors (62+).

After doing some additional research, I found out that the museum also offers other movie screenings through its FILM SERIES PROGRAM. Unfortunately, this program will go on hiatus in November 2009, so you may want to check it out in the VERY near future. Ticket prices for these screenings are as follows: $10 general admission; $7 museum members, seniors (62+), and students with valid ID.

Tickets can be purchased at the museum box office 323-857-6010 or online, Apparently, they sometimes sell out, so you may want to buy your tickets in advance. The admission fee includes both films in a double bill, unless noted, and it covers your entrance to the museum...not bad!

If you go in the evening, there is plenty of street parking, but if you decide to see a Tuesday Matinee film, your best bet will probably be the parking lot across the street from the museum.

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Sunday, August 9, 2009

Duffy Boats

Ever heard of a duffy electric boat? If you’re looking for something to do this summer and you have at least $85 to spare (for a 1 hour ride for up to 10 people), you may want to consider renting a duffy electric boat in Newport Beach (by the way, Newport Beach was recently ranked one of the best beaches in the country!). Apparently, the boats are easy to operate.

You can tour the harbor or use the boat to get to the many restaurants on the harbor. Rentals are available 7 days a week ($85/hour M-Th; $99/hour F-Su). Reservations are strongly encouraged.

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Sunday, August 2, 2009

Friday Night Sing-Alongs & Dance Downtown at the L.A. Music Center

I recently found the entry below on and I thought I'd share with you. Sounds great if you're interested in doing something free in the city!

Belt out popular favorites and classic tunes with hundreds of your fellow Angelenos while accompanied by live musicians. Friday Night Sing-Alongs are liberating songbirds from the shower stall and bringing them to Downtown L.A. Singers of all levels are welcome. Limited seating capacity.

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The Music Center will also offer "Dance Downtown" twice in August and once in September. Dance Downtown basically consists of beginner dance lessons (donations are accepted) and outdoor evening dancing on Friday evenings from 6:30pm to 10:00pm.

Aug 7: Merengue & Salsa featuring live music by Charangoa
Aug 21: Argentne Tango
Sep 18: Brazilian Samba

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