What comes with technology’s inexorable march forward? When we gain advancements, what happens to that newly-dubbed low-fidelity tech that once held such a dear place in our hearts? Does it disappear forever, or does it find its own, new-found niche amongst other curios and kitsch? The periodical succumbs to the eReader, hand-written letters get fired-off as hastily-strewn emails, and what was once an LP/cassette/CD is now downloadable on your handheld device and available at the flick of the wrist. So it would seem that there would be little need for music stores nowadays, but in the same way that an eReader can’t quite fully replace the loveable lo-fi of the newspaper, so too are there needs that music stores alone cannot sate. Hence, the survival (and growth) of Amoeba Music.
Los Angeles is not an easily defined city. Marked by its sheer size and almost runaway growth, the city itself incorporates some truly staggering numbers – both in population size and square footage. And with those numbers comes a wide array of cultures, style, and the feel of a modern, hustling, bustling, vibrant city. Luckily, that mélange of human experience tends to churn out some pretty fantastic music, so if you’re in town and are looking for something to do in LA, consider catching a show to be at the top of that list.
Los Angeles is celebrity central. Thanks to Hollywood there are all sorts of places you can visit and be starstruck in LA. Some go-to spots are just a given. There’s the iconic Hollywood sign, the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the famous cement hand and footprints in the forecourt of the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX®. But there are touches of Hollywood woven throughout Southern California. Not necessarily hidden, just not as well-known and in places you just sometimes forget to look.
Playing tourist in Los Angeles can be a star-studded experience. Celebrity sightings often come with bragging rights, but for a true picture of the workings of Tinseltown, leave Hollywood Boulevard behind and head to Warner Bros. Studios.
Exploring Santa Barbara is one of the highlights on any trip up the central coast. California is a golden land – and I’m not talking about the 49ers gold rush era days, either. Where else in America can you find perfect beachfront coastlines, the rugged Pacific, and miles of darn-near perfect coastal weather with over 300 days of sunshine each year?
While you may never have heard of it (it’s ok, most Angelenos haven’t either), there actually is a subway in Los Angeles, and what’s more – it boasts some really cool art. Though most pass right over it and never know it, if you choose to enter into LA’s subway system you’ll be pleasantly rewarded with a unique look at this city, and get a chance to grab a good look at the local art scene as well.
While Los Angeles might be ground-zero for fun under the California sun, there’s a lot to this big city that often gets overlooked. Sure, there are theme parks, beaches, and Hollywood to explore, but there’s an undercurrent of alternative history in the city of angles, and you needn’t look too hard to find it. If you’re the kind of sort that appreciates the road less traveled and considers it all part of the grand adventure, then read on; here are 10 Wild Ways to Explore LA.
Everybody loves live music. Even my neighbor – a grumpy old guy of 65 – keeps his little cabin rattling when the tunes are good. And when you’re in Los Angeles, there are plenty of live music venues to delight and titillate, but with so many options – where to go to catch a concert? Where, that is, if you’re only in town for a short while?
While some come to Los Angeles for family, others for Hollywood, and others still just for the beautiful weather and the beach, the truth of the matter is that there’s really quite a lot of things to do in LA. There’s no denying that California sunshine and the spectacular Los Angeles sunshine, however, and when you touch down, your first inclination might be to run to the beach. But while you’re here, you should be aware that there’s a lot more to LA than just the soft California sands. Here are some of the best outdoor adventures in LA.
If you’ve been to Los Angeles, you’re likely familiar with the scene there. A cool ocean breeze, sunshine, Hollywood, and the quirky history that is the land of those who came to LA following a dream. It’s a big place, and no one could say that there isn’t a lot to do in Los Angeles, but if the thought of LA stirs a been-there done-that thought in your head, let me humbly suggest a night out in Topanga Canyon.