Stephanie Morino is the deputy editor of Time Out Los Angeles. Though she's a NorCal transplant, she's made her home in LA and can list a thousand reasons why SoCal is better. You can follow her on Twitter at @stephiecary.
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Stephanie Morino is the deputy editor of Time Out Los Angeles. Though she's a NorCal transplant, she's made her home in LA and can list a thousand reasons why SoCal is better. You can follow her on Twitter at @stephiecary.
Spring is almost here, which means Southern California wildflowers are about to make their appearance—and considering the rainy winter we’ve had so far, we have our fingers crossed for a spectacular display. Whether you’re looking to go on one of the best hikes in L.A. to catch the colorful blooms or even take a day trip to see the desert flora, there are many options when it comes to trying to see Southern California wildflowers. So when we’ve been lucky enough to actually have a winter with some rain in Los Angeles, take advantage of it and head to one of our favorite spots below. (And if not, at least when have some cherry blossoms to fall back on.) After February’s unforgettably wet (and snowy) winter storms, we’re back on superbloom watch this March. Many trails are still pretty soggy or outright closed, so you’ll want to hang tight for now. But all of this recent rain bodes well for now—as long as an early spring heat wave doesn’t douse our superbloom chances. We’ve checked in on some of our favorite spots to see SoCal wildflowers and their current bloom status. We’ll update each location as soon as there’s some bloom activity. We’ll also shout out the Theodore Payne Foundation’s wildflower hotline (available online, too), which releases weekly status updates. Please be responsible when visiting the sites below; remain on marked trails and don’t trample the flowers.
Los Angeles might not be the first place you think of when choosing a romantic location for your next trip away, but we're here to tell you that amidst the glamour and glitz, L.A. is actually pretty romantic. Cue the violins. With plenty of picturesque restaurants and enough date night ideas to keep the flame of passion going for years, Los Angeles is ideal for loved-up couples. Whether you’re planning a romantic trip to Los Angeles or are an Angeleno looking to make your partner swoon (aren't we all?), here are the most romantic hotels in the city—which also happen to be some of the best hotels in L.A. Say I love you in a dimly-lit and highly atmospheric hotel bar. Who said romance is dead? This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.
You’ve scoured Los Angeles, from Tinder and Bumble to the city’s best singles bars, and have finally found someone worth going out with. But now comes the even harder part: planning the first date. Sure, you could head to one of L.A.’s many romantic restaurants or plan a quick meet-up at a coffee shop, but if you want to really blow your crush out of the water, we recommend moving forward with one of these best first date ideas in L.A. (all of which are in public, relaxed environments). Good luck! RECOMMENDED: The best date ideas in L.A.
Looking for a fun date idea? Travel back to a time when going to a movie was a major Friday night activity and enough to land you a second date. We’re not talking about the local multiplex or even some of the newer dine-in theaters that have popped up—we’re talking about drive-in theaters. Yes, they still exist—as many of us were reminded these past couple of years. In fact, there are a number of drive-in theater options in Southern California that have never gone away and stayed true to those mid-century ways. Skip a romantic restaurant and instead pack a picnic or stock up at the snack bar while you enjoy a (mostly first-run) flick at one of these classic drive-in theater locations. Enjoy your movie! Looking for even more cinema options? Try one of the best movie theaters in L.A., or consider an alfresco evening at an outdoor screening (including some pop-up drive-ins).
Looking to book a trip for two? You don’t have to go far for some fun quality time with your significant other. From the best beaches to the mountains, Southern California is ripe for romantic getaways (and, a bit closer to home, evenings spent at romantic restaurants, too). So whether you’re in the middle of wedding planning or you’re still feeling that high from your first date (though, maybe slow down a little before you start planning a vacay together), grab the cutie in your life and head to one of these romantic destinations.
Summer in Los Angeles may not officially start until June, but with the arrival of the L.A. County Fair (which has moved from September to hopefully-cooler May) summer sure feels like it’s here. Every year, thousands of people make the trip to the Fairplex in Pomona to eat fried foods, take a plunge on a carnival ride and maybe win a prize at one of the many game booths. But there are more attractions at the fair than just the food and rides—here’s how to make the most of it with our guide to the L.A. County Fair. When is the L.A. County Fair 2023? The L.A. County Fair runs from May 5 to 29, 2023. The hours are 11am to 11pm from Thursday to Sunday (plus the Monday of Memorial Day, the closing day of the fair). The opening day hours are 5 to 11pm. Where is the L.A. County Fair? The L.A. County Fair takes place at the Fairplex (1101 W McKinley Ave) in Pomona. How do I get there? If you’re coming from Los Angeles, take the 10 East, get off at the Fairplex Drive exit, turn left and follow signs to the Fairplex. Another option is to exit at White Avenue, turn left and follow signs to the fair. If you’re not coming from L.A., you can find directions from various Southern California locations here. Don’t want to drive or pay for parking? Metrolink often offers free shuttles and a special stop right by the fair (on a platform between the Pomona-North and the Covina stations). If, for whatever reason, that’s not running, take the Riverside line and get off at the Pomona Metrolink S
Whether you enjoy the fresh smell of pine in your living room or prefer the convenience of a well-dressed, pre-lit fake tree, Los Angeles has a bounty of lots, shops and farms filled with Christmas trees of all sizes and shapes to suit your fancy—and picking one out is practically a Christmas event on its own. As the Thanksgiving food coma starts to wear off, you’re inevitably faced with figuring out where to buy Christmas trees in Los Angeles. Even if you only have space for a little tabletop tree, there are plenty of options: real or fake? Pre-cut or cut your own? Tinsel or tons of tinsel? After you’ve scoped out some Christmas lights and holiday markets for inspiration, start decorating with a tree from one of these places, including real, fake and live trees, along with Christmas tree farms where you can cut your own. RECOMMENDED: See more ways to celebrate Christmas in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles might be known for its year-round summer-like weather and beaches, but there is a reason to celebrate the fall season, as well. From pumpkin patches to Halloween events, there are plenty of fall activities to keep you from missing warmer days. In fact, one of the best is enjoying the colorful fall foliage around L.A.—yes, it does exist. From nearby gardens to the local mountains, there are a few spots to enjoy the colorful fall foliage all around L.A., if you know where to look (at least enough that you won’t have to envy those East Coasters). Keep an eye on our story about a national fall foliage map as this year’s predictions come in.
As soon as the final school bell rings, the next sound you hear is “I’m bored!” So aside from heading to L.A.’s essential museums or art galleries for some educational fun, or a local campground for a short vacation, fill up your kiddos’ calendar with these great warm-weather summer activities for kids. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to things to do in the summer in Los Angeles
We’re still always finding new discoveries within Los Angeles County’s collection of top-notch museums and art galleries. But take a cultural day trip down the freeway and you’ll find a side of the art world truly unlike anything closer to home. Gallery walls give way to massive open-air installations and dadaist assemblies of outsider art. So we’ve selected some of our art installations near L.A. (particularly toward Palm Springs and Joshua Tree) that are worth a day trip.
While wedding planning and finding the perfect dress may get all the hype, bachelorette party planning comes as a close second. Finding celebratory activities that will satisfy the bride—and let’s be real, everyone’s pockets—can be a tricky feat. Let this curated guide take the load off of coordinating schedules and price points, so that you can focus on what really matters: having a good time. Sure, planning a night in at someone’s house or one of L.A.’s top Airbnb’s is always a solid choice, but we recommend taking it a step further and spoiling the bride-to-be with one of these unique party ideas. As businesses begin to open their doors again (which is cause for celebration in and of itself), the options for coordinating a proper affair are growing—just like the venue’s allotted guest list. Impress out-of-towners and even native Angelenos with all that this city has to offer, from lively bars—many of which have reopened—to boozy brunch spots and luxurious spas. Take full advantage of the nightlife, food and drink scene, outdoor activities and glitz and glamour that exists right in our own backyard. Even if options in the city won't do the trick, escapades to not-too-far Palm Springs or Las Vegas sure will. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing place to unwind or a wine-filled getaway to let loose in a different way, these bachelorette party ideas will help you coordinate a celebration for the whole bridal party to remember.
So you’ve got a Valentine, but now you need to plan the perfect Valentine’s Day date. Whether this is also your first date (ballsy) or that engagement ring has been on your finger for years, Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to show your significant other just how much they mean to you. So be thankful you’re not spending the day at a singles bar and start planning an epic time with these local Valentine’s Day date ideas. RECOMMENDED: Get more Valentine’s Day ideas here
If you've been reading Nicholas Kristof's columns in The New York Times or his book, "A Path Appears," it's time to hear him in real life. The esteemed columnist, author and human rights advocate will be at the Carpenter Center to discuss his book and bring his captivating stories to the stage. In a time of fake news, Kristof will tell of what individuals and organizations are doing to make the world a better place through research, evidence-based strategies and innovative ideas.
This seaside fishing village is home to restaurants, gift shops and various events throughout the year, including San Pedro's Lobster Festival. The area is set to undergo a massive renovation that will include shops, dining and entertainment options. It's currently where many crusies and whale watching excursions depart from and is a popular spot for fisherman. It's incredibly popular on Saturday nights and Sundays, when you'll see mariachi bands performing and people dining on the freshest catches.
The White Point Nature Preserve is 102 acres of restored coastal sage scrub habitat with hiking trails throughout and beautiful ocean views. On the other side of the street, you'll find White Point/Royal Palms County Beach. With a playground and baseball fields along the bluffs, you'll have to drive or hike down to the beach below, where you'll find some surfers on the right hand side and children exploring tidal pools on the left. Plenty of picnic areas make it a great summertime destination.
Thanks to San Pedro being a popular destination for Italian immigrants back in the day, there are a number of traditional Italian restaurants throughout the area. Raffaello's is as traditional as they get from the moment you walk in the door. The menu is stacked with classic Italian dishes, from spaghetti alla carbonara to gnocchi al pomodoro, and everything in between. They have gluten-free pasta available as well for those with dietary restrictions and they give a large bread plate to start.
Wine lovers will be attracted to the vast amount of wines this place has. Whether you're a red drinker, white, rose or sparking, there's something for everyone here. With couches and little tables set up, this is the perfect place to come with friends or on a date. The food menu may be small, but the business's goal is to bring a taste of gourmet wine and food to the San Pedro area, which we think they are doing pretty well. And just in case you're not a wine drinker, they have craft beer as well.
This is shoe-free dining! Lemon Tree Family Restaurant serves pizza, pasta and Korean cuisine in a playful, kid-friendly atmosphere. To keep the kids entertained, there's a 2,000-square-foot playground for children up to 10 years old that includes a mini train, carousel, ball bit, jungle gym and more.
This family-friendly restaurant also includes a play area for kids to run amok, but the main draw here is actually the food. The restaurant's menu includes fresh, organic ingredients and its pizza has been named the best pizza in Los Angeles by Nickelodeon. The venue also includes nightly entertainment, including magic shows, puppet shows and more.
Bo Bridges' Gallery is a haven for outdoor and sports enthusiasts. The local photographer shoots everything from our local beaches to surfing to various landscapes across the world. His images are sharp and uniquely shot. You'll be overwhelmed by his stunning work as soon as you walk into his chic Manhattan Beach gallery. Most of his photos are limited editions and will only be printed a certain amount of times, so if you like one, better get it while you can. The gallery is also available for events, if you're looking for a venue for your next corporate or social event.
ROSEGALLERY is located in Santa Monica's renowned Bergamont Station Arts Center and features a variety of work. Though it focuses primarily on 20th and 21st century works on paper, it recently has expanded into other mediums as well. You can expect bi-monthly exhibitions from artists like Dirk Braeckma, Elger Esser, Ken Kitano and Joann Callis. You can also see the gallery at various art fairs in the states and abroad.
Nature and wildlife enthusiasts will be drawn to the G2 Gallery, which holds photography exhibitions aimed at bringing attention to environmental issues. In addition to featuring renowned nature and wildlife photographers, the gallery, which opened in 2008, also holds lectures, film screenings and various events with local conservation and education groups. And to top it off, part of the gallery's proceeds go to environmental charities.
Yes, there's line dancing here, but that's only the start of this country-themed bar. Ride a mechanical bull on Friday nights in the upstairs room; learn to dosey doe like a pro with free dance lessons from 6-7pm Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; and enjoy an epic happy hour with $1 well drinks, $2 domestic and $1 tacos. Really just into the dancing? Don't worry, there's a 15,000-square-foot dance hall for you to stomp, kick and dosey doe your way around.
Grab your dancing partner and head to this country nightclub for couples dancing lessons every Friday night starting at 7pm. Single? Go mingle, and learn the two step, at the line dancing lessons every Saturday night, also starting at 7pm. Even after the lessons, you'll find people on the dance floor pulling out their best country steps throughout the weekend. Word of warning though, this is always a 21 and over club, so leave the minors at home.
Los Angeles has plenty of places to experience great art, from local art galleries to some of the county's most essential museums, so it can be hard to narrow down what's worth seeing and what's not. While there are plenty of other art events that are likely to pop up throughout summer, but these should definitely be on your radar this fall. John Hiltunen This artist’s anthropomorphic paper collages take conventional images and combine them to create provocative ones. Think: a woman in a gown with the face of a cat. The Good Luck Gallery, 945 Chung Kind Rd (213-625-0935, thegoodluckgallery.com). Through May 21. “Maven of Modernism: Galka Scheyer in California” Peer into the life of Scheyer, the art dealer responsible for the Blue Four, a group of artists including Lyonel Feininger, Alexei von Jawlensky, Paul Klee and Wassily Kandinsky. The exhibit features items from Scheyer’s personal collection, including pieces from each of the Blue Four. Norton Simon Museum, 411 W Colorado Blvd, Pasadena (626-449-6840, nortonsimon.org). Through Sept 25. “Paul Simon: Words & Music” Organized by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, this exhibit aims to show how the artist’s music has reflected social and cultural ideals. It touts instruments, records, sheet music, photography, costumes and performance footage. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N Sepulveda Blvd (310-440-4500, skirball.org). Apr 27–Sept 3. “Oracle” In a very timely exhibit, the show spotlights work from more than 20 arti
When it comes to her dances, nobody has to tell Heidi Duckler to get out of her comfort zone. For 32 years, the choreographer’s dance company has been breaking out of the studio to perform site-specific works in nontraditional places. “When I was originally making work in theaters, I was filling them with all kinds of objects from the real world,” says Duckler. “I would collect all of these things and fill the stages with them, and I thought, What am I doing? Why don’t I just go to where these things really are: the environments themselves?” Heidi Duckler The first performance Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre (then known as Collage Dance Theatre) put on, Laundromatinee, was staged inside a local laundromat in 1988 and won a Masterpiece Award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Since then, Duckler’s dance troupe has performed all around L.A.—from inside the tunnels at the Southwest Museum in Mt. Washington to the old Lincoln Heights jail and Echo Park’s Barlow Respiratory Hospital. Unless it’s a commissioned piece, Duckler says the location is usually the initial inspiration. Sometimes, though, she has an idea brewing in her head for a while, just waiting to find the perfect setting. For example, she had an idea for a dance about Cleopatra for some time when a friend invited her to see the 52nd floor of a building in Downtown L.A. The masculinity of its architecture struck her. Then, after asking for directions to the women’s restroom, she learned there wasn’t one b
Drake, Ty Dolla Sign and Migos all made guest appearances during Future's set at Coachella on Saturday night. Why shouldn't this be a surprise to anyone? Well, Coachella is known to have surprise guest collaborations on stage throughout the festival and all three artists have ties to Future. Drake, in particular, had Future on tour with him for a few weeks last year during the Summer Sixteen tour. For the crowd-pleasing set, Ty Dolla Sign came on stage for "Blasé," while Drake joined him for "Jumpman," which really got the crowd going. Drake was also on stage to perform other tracks like "Gyalchester" and "Fake Love." Migos, on the other hand, joined Future for their song "Bad & Boujee." While it definitely wasn't the only surprise guest appearance of the weekend so far—The Weeknd, who's been roaming the festival grounds with girlfriend Selena Gomez, joined Nav in the Gobi tent—it was one that definitely took Twitter by storm. Check out some fans' reactions below. #Future just brought #Drake out at #coachella#MoreLife pic.twitter.com/yEvwkoKMHc — GotThatHipHop (@GotThatHipHop1) April 16, 2017 #Future brought out #Migos and #Drake during his set at #Coachella! pic.twitter.com/6WlyJJpFcV — Createlex (@CreateLex) April 16, 2017 future brought drake out and im with moms pic.twitter.com/q6dzRW5S84 — elijah daniel (@elijahdaniel) April 16, 2017 Beautiful. RT @yardieiz4life: drake & the entire coachella main stage choir recites fake love pic.twitter.com/YaivbLSqbF —
If you're having serious FOMO right now because you're not at Coachella, we get it. This year is shaping up to be pretty epic (minus that little sound debacle during Radiohead's set Friday night) with perfect weather, a great lineup and Instagram-worthy food. Some creative and funny social media users have taken to Twitter to express their feelings about missing out on this year's fest, and some are pretty damn funny. So if you can't be at Coachella, here's a little laugh to lessen the blow. Everyone is at coachella and I'm sitting here like... pic.twitter.com/7OXL34fdw7 — kymjohal (@kym_johal) April 15, 2017 When you want to go to Coachella but can't #FOMO #Coachella2017 #jealous pic.twitter.com/eA37QSyOHw — Elizabeth Symington (@_esymington) April 15, 2017 I am so not a #Coachella person. Instead I am in NYC living off of coffee and tequila like a normal person. — AndreaCarlisle (@AndreaCarlisle1) April 16, 2017 People are at coachella, singing, dancing, posting on Instagram, and I'm like "IT"S NHL PLAYOFFS"#TMLtalk #Coachella #NHLPLAYOFFS #Leafs pic.twitter.com/fG8WBgfAuU — Rachel_Haylee (@Rach_Haylee) April 16, 2017 Is there a designated survivor for unemployed flower-wreath-wearing 22y/o girls so there'd be at least one left if #coachella got bombed? — Daniel Oliver (@DanOliver31) April 16, 2017 Someone buy me a piece of @ladygaga's #coachella merch and I'll be your personal slave for the rest of my life. — Kimbo Slice (@e_kizzzllleee) April 16, 2
Coachella is a celebrity's playground, which we've known for awhile. But which celebrities will attend each year is always a mystery. Sure, we know "Coachella Queen" Vanessa Hudgens almost never misses a year (and sometimes goes both weekends), and Victoria Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio is giving Hudgens a run for her money with her allegiance to the festival and its surrounding parties. But it's always fun to see what other celebs make it out to the desert for the weekend—and what their festival style is each year. Take a look at the celebs spotted so far at the festival and its surrounding parties. Aaron Paul This tent was insane! Thank you @hm for having us. #Hmlovescoachella #hmpartner A post shared by Aaron Paul (@glassofwhiskey) on Apr 14, 2017 at 6:50pm PDT Shay Mitchell Palm Springs Pink was the theme of this mornings swim session 💕👙🌸☀️🌵@revolve #RevolveFestival #hotelRevolve #longhairdontcareitcoverseverything A post shared by Shay Mitchell (@shaym) on Apr 14, 2017 at 1:04pm PDT Selena Gomez and The Weeknd babies @ coachella☀️ #selenagomez #selena #gomez #fashion #festival #coachella #babe #selgomez #abel #theweeknd #loveyou #selenators #happy #losangeles #songs #music #fans #selenatorsforever #family #couple A post shared by 🦋Selena Gomez🦋 (@starsdance4selena) on Apr 15, 2017 at 12:03pm PDT Vanessa Hudgens We've arrived! 🌵🌴🌞 Thank you @lemeridienhotels #MarriottXCoachella #BrandPartner A post shared by Vanessa Hudgens (
When we heard about the food lineup for Coachella 2017, we were almost as excited as when we got news of the music lineup. And when we heard about all the exclusive dishes that were going to be there, we were ready to drive out to the desert right then and there. Turns out, festival-goers felt the same way, as seen in the lengthy lines for food vendors. Perhaps the extra long lines were worsened by the fact that many of the popular L.A. vendors were in the same area rather than spreading them throughout the festival grounds. Either way, some patient individuals opted to stay in the lines, and were rewarded with colorful, Instagram-worthy food photos. Check out the best shots below. OH HELLO @coachella! Time to eat all the sweets! 🍦🍰🍭🍫🍩🍪 #EatAtCoachella A post shared by letmeeatcake |👻ms.letmeeatcake (@letmeeatcake) on Apr 14, 2017 at 4:51pm PDT Coachella vibes in full effect! Can't wait for some Afters Ice Cream in the desert. 📸: @ellenvlora A post shared by CoachellaFood (@coachellafood) on Apr 13, 2017 at 2:35pm PDT #CoachellaEats Pro Tip: Always get the Spicy Pie 🔥🍕🌶 Let's get #Coachella2017 started! 🎡🌴 📷: @andythenguyen A post shared by Official Coachella Eats 2017 (@coachellaeats) on Apr 14, 2017 at 8:01pm PDT Coachella food take 1 #yum #yummy #nom #food #foodie #coachella #coachellafood #foodofcoachella #lunch #frenchfries A post shared by Lisa B (@mybigfatlifestylechange) on Apr 15, 2017 at 9:26am PDT Sumo tots(i th
For the first year, Coachella has unveiled the first #EmptyCoachella portrait of one of the music festival's colorful, giant art installations on its own Instagram before the festival gates even opened. This year's art installations, designed by artists Terri Chiao and Adam Frezza, have a pastel, child-like design to them that evoke a sense of wonder and are a vastly different look than past years' installations. The music festival unveils the art installations on Instagram using the #EmptyCoachella hashtag, but luckily for you, you don't have to log on to social media or drive out to the desert to see the rest of the installations—check them out below. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
The gates have opened at Coachella, officially kicking off the first day of the music-filled weekend. While we're sure most people are going for the music, fashion, parties and food, the festival is also a hot spot for celebrity sightings. We already know some celebs who will be enjoying weekend one out in the desert, so check out our list below and be sure to keep your eyes open! Alessandra Ambrosio We really hit it off...me and my pink flamingo!!! 💕💫🦄🌵💖🌟🐦🎉🌈 #festivAle A post shared by Alessandra Ambrosio (@alessandraambrosio) on Apr 14, 2017 at 10:18am PDT Ryan Phillippe sittin there thinkin how grateful i am for @velocity.black hookin me up w a ride, helping me avoid "carchella" & havin a no stress wknd... thank you.😊 A post shared by @ryanphillippe on Apr 13, 2017 at 8:27pm PDT Ashley Tisdale Coachella here we come 🌵⚡️☀️ A post shared by Ashley Tisdale (@ashleytisdale) on Apr 14, 2017 at 9:24am PDT Vanessa Hudgens I've owned this top for years and it always makes me so happy when I wear it 😝😝 #vintage A post shared by Vanessa Hudgens (@vanessahudgens) on Apr 13, 2017 at 2:56pm PDT Emily Ratajkowski COACHELLA A post shared by Emily Ratajkowski (@emrata) on Apr 14, 2017 at 10:29am PDT Hailey Baldwin Oh someone said Coachella????? ok. A post shared by Hailey Baldwin (@haileybaldwin) on Apr 12, 2017 at 5:21pm PDT Jamie Chung Packing for the weekend 😘 Let the madness begin #tothedesertwego🌵Tap for credits A p
Angelenos, get ready for a sugar rush. We love us some dessert here at Time Out Los Angeles, as you'll recall from the Treat Yo' Self Dessert Party we threw last year. Based on how successful that event was, we know you all do too. On Sunday, April 30, we'll help you satisfy your sweet tooth once again with Dessert Fest Presented by Time Out Los Angeles. We're filling Studio 11 with delicious treats from restaurants and bakeries across the city. In addition to tastings from each vendor, your ticket will include complimentary beer from Peroni Nastro Azzurro, and there will be a live DJ, games and giveaways for the ultimate Sunday Funday. Check out what treats ticket holders will be enjoying below—this may just be our sweetest event to date. Lady M Cake Boutique Signature Mille Crêpes Cake, made with no less than 20 paper-thin handmade crêpes layered with light pastry cream. Photograph: Courtesy Lady M Cake Boutique SpireWorks SpireCakes in banana, chocolate and dulce de leche flavors. Photograph: Courtesy SpireWorks Magnolia Bakery Southern Banana Pudding Photograph: Courtesy Magnolia Bakery Chocolate Chunk Cookies Photograph: Courtesy Magnolia Bakery Peanut Butter Cookies Photograph: Courtesy Magnolia Bakery Mini Cupcakes Photograph: Courtesy Magnolia Bakery The Walrus and the Hedgehog The Old Fashioned Brownie with bourbon whipped cream, candied orange peel and caramel tuile. Photograph: Courtesy
Every day, we are faced with the pressure to strive for more: more money, a bigger house, better looks. From social media to our favorite TV shows—even billboards on the 405 Freeway—this pressure is hard to avoid. A new exhibition at the Annenberg Space for Photography titled “Generation Wealth” by filmmaker and photographer Lauren Greenfield takes a look at this cultural obsession with affluence. The exhibition includes nearly 200 prints and 42 video interviews done by Greenfield over the past 25 years, starting with selections from her first-ever project: a photo exhibition about Hollywood values influencing everyday people called “Fast Forward: Growing Up in the Shadow of Hollywood.” “I realized in 2008, during the financial crash, that the hundreds of stories I had been working on since the early ’90s were connected to a bigger story,” says Greenfield. She’s calling the Annenberg exhibit a “thematic retrospective,” as it contains work from some of her past projects, including “Fast Forward” and her documentaries kids + money and The Queen of Versailles, as well as new subjects shot specifically for this exhibit. She has photographed in Russia, China, Iceland and Ireland and filmed Wall Street figures and red-collar criminals. The exhibit isn’t so much about people who are wealthy as it is about the desire for wealth. “Now people spend more time with their televisions than they do their neighbors,” says Greenfield. “So keeping up with the Joneses has become Keeping Up w
Today, April 10, is National Sibling Day, so what better time to celebrate L.A.'s iconic siblings? These brothers and sisters were able to put their sibling rivalries aside to make names for themselves while making an impact on the city in a variety of ways. From changing L.A.'s food and drink scene to creating a new local cultural space, their achievements have made us—and their parents—proud. The Houston brothers: You can likely thank twin brothers Jonnie and Mark Houston for quite a few of your fun nights out on the town, and for upping L.A.'s cocktail game in general. The siblings have created a number of L.A.'s most epic bar experiences, from No Vacancy and La Descarga to their newest venture, Black Rabbit Rose. L.A.'s bar scene just wouldn't be the same without them. Hopie and Lily Stockman: These L.A. sisters are the woman behind Block Shop, a local textile company that combines the traditional Indian hand block printing process with their own California aesthetic. They work with a family of printers and dyers in Bagru, Rajasthan, with the goal of making heirloom textiles that have a low environmental impact and high social benefits (five percent of their proceeds go toward building and implementing community healthcare programs). You can find their products being sold all over the city. Garry and Jason Clemmons: These brothers, also known as the Brentwood jogging twins, shot to fame thanks to their shirtless runs in and around Brentwood—they've b
If you've been enjoying this sunny, lovely springtime weather, you better soak it up as much as possible in the next few days. While Wednesday is set to be the warmest day this week with a high of 82 degrees, according to AccuWeather, your weekend plans may just be thwarted by some incoming rain—or will they? Friday night has an 80 percent chance of showers, which will continue into Saturday morning. Thankfully, the rain isn't supposed to stay with us for very long, and with less than half an inch expected, it really shouldn't affect us too much, which is good news for those who were planning to attend the Long Beach Grand Prix this weekend (especially those who are actually driving in the fast-paced racing event). So when will our warm spring weather return? Unfortunately, temps will remain in the 60s throughout the weekend and won't break through into the 70s until Wednesday of next week. The good news is, L.A. temperatures will stay in the upper 70s and lower 80s for the foreseeable future. So while you may not want to hit up the beach this weekend, you'll definitely be back to enjoying all the perks of springtime in L.A. soon. And maybe this little sprinkle will help all the wildflower super blooms happening around Southern California last a little longer. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.