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Have a Brush With Fame

8221 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90046

(323) 656-1010

Take celeb-struck friends to West Hollywood’s Chateau Marmont, where six bucks buys a cup of joe at the outdoor restaurant and (possibly) a glimpse of A-listers like Dustin Hoffman eating an omelette or Emma Stone sashaying to the valet. Hit the historic hotel early to avoid the ultimate killjoy query: “Do you have a reservation?”—KARI […]

Website: http://www.chateaumarmont.com/

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Have a Dog Day Afternoon

Mount Hollywood Trail, Los Angeles, CA, 90027

Pups live for the weekend, too. Unleash the on-leash possibilities with a human- and pet-friendly agenda in Los Feliz, starting with an early-morning hike up Mount Hollywood Trail in Griffith Park. Afterward have breakfast at Fred 62, where furry buddies can cool off under an outdoor table as their owners indulge in huevos rancheros. A […]

Website: http://www.laparks.org/dos/parks/griffithpk/

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Hike to the Wisdom Tree

4730 Crystal Springs Dr, Los Angeles, CA, 90027

The path is steep and rocky, but the juice is worth the squeeze

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Hire a Personal Shopper

189 The Grove Dr., Los Angeles, CA, 90036

(323) 655-5900

Skip the dreaded dressing room shuffle and apply for a membership at Stylehaüs, an appointment-only showroom and boutique on Melrose. For an annual $1,000 fee, a personal stylist will select tailor-made looks for you before you arrive. Bonus: There’s free champagne.—LINDA IMMEDIATO

Website: http://www.stylehaus.com/

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Hunt for Houses From Your Fave TV Show

Various, Los Angeles, CA

Satisfy entertainment buffs by going on a DIY hunt for houses that have appeared on TV. iamnotastalker.com provides addresses for abodes like American Horror Story’s Rosenhem Mansion (1120 Westchester Pl.) and Jay and Gloria’s home on Modern Family (121 S. Cliffwood Ave.).—MARIELLE WAKIM

Website: http://iamnotastalker.com%20

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Indulge the Gearhead in Your Life

15200 Bledsoe St., Sylmar, CA, 91342

(818) 364-6464

The Nethercutt Museum and its sister Collection (the latter by reservation only) in Sylmar feature more than 130 mint-condition vehicles ranging from antique to ’90s era. As at a strip club, touching is a no-no, but you can still drool over historically accurate interiors. Not into cars? Not a problem. Glimpse priceless player pianos in […]

Website: http://www.nethercuttcollection.org/

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Indulge Your Pop Culture Nostalgia

7308 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, 90046

(323) 937-7088

Nostalgia one-ups convention at Gallery 1988’s two Melrose locations, which display works inspired by film, TV, video games, comic books, and more. The exhibition Console Wars pitted Sega- and Nintendo-themed pieces against one another; In Service of Monsters paid tribute to the beasts of Guillermo del Toro’s imagination.—JULIA HERBST

Website: http://nineteeneightyeight.com

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Introduce Kids to the Classics

111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, California, 90012

The shiny swoops of Disney Hall can be persuasive, even for 5- to 11-year-olds

Website: http://www.laphil.com/

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Jump on the Do Good Bus

PO Box 7623, Mission Hills, CA, 91346

Jump on the Do Good Bus, which organizes mystery-laden community-service adventures

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Learn to Be a Superhero

100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA, 91608

Take one for the team—aka your children—by crafting an itinerary that’s fun for the whole brood

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Ogle a Music Giant

140 Richmond Street, El Segundo, California, 90245

(310) 322-2592

The Old Town Music Hall in El Segundo is already an amusing oddity

Website: http://www.oldtownmusichall.org/

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Peace Out With Peak Ingredients

3455 Overland Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90034

310) 836-6252

Nikki Nakayama trained at a traditional Japanese ryokan to learn the art of kaiseki—a ritualistic, multicourse meal that highlights ingredients at their peak. At n/naka the procession of dishes is a ceremony in itself, and there’s a sanctified air to the West L.A. dining room. One bite of Nakayama’s signature pasta preparation had us invoking […]

Website: http://n-naka.com

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Perfect the Butterfly Stroke

3980 Bill Robertson Lane, Los Angeles, CA, 90037

(213) 763-0129

Sixty-five world records have been set in the Expo Center’s swim stadium since it hosted the 1932 Olympics. With practice, maybe you can bring the tally to 66. No need to hawk a gold medal for entry—swimming in the 42-meter family pool costs only a dollar for those under 17 or over 65; anyone in […]

Website: http://www.laparks.org/expo/aquaticcenter.htm

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Ponder the Galaxy

617 Monterey Trail, Frazier Park, CA, 93225

For stellar stargazing beginning in May, cruise up to Mount Pinos next to Kern County’s Frazier Park, where light pollution is next to nil. 11:00 a.m. It’s going to be a late night, so savor a midmorning start to the nearly two-hour drive. 12:15 p.m. Stop for lunch in downtown Frazier Park. The pizza joint […]

Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frazier_Park,_California

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Race a Ferrari

9300 Cherry Ave, Fontana, CA, 92235

Fast and Furious fantasies come to life at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana

Website: http://www.autoclubspeedway.com/?homepage=true

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Savor Some “Secret Beef”

10610 W Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90064

(310) 838-9881

Knowing the right person can open many a door in this town. One of those doors leads to Totoraku, the “secret beef” restaurant near Cheviot Hills. Raw and cooked meat dishes conceived by Kaz Oyama draw hordes of carnivores—often toting magnums of world-class wine—to a handful of tables.—LESLEY BARGAR SUTER

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See a Masterpiece at Ace Gallery

5514 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90036

LACMA may be the crown jewel of Museum Row, but don’t overlook Ace Gallery on the
second floor of the art deco Wilshire Tower building

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