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Ballona Freshwater Marsh

Jefferson Blvd. at Lincoln Blvd, Playa del Rey, CA, 90293

310-306-5994

Bring an early-morning repast and binoculars, grab a bench facing the Ballona Freshwater Marsh, and voilà: avian TV

Website: http://www.ballonafriends.org

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Bootie LA

Downtown Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, 90007

Instead of a velvet rope or dress code, there’s a come-as-you-are ethos—perfect for those more concerned with letting loose than being seen

Website: http://www.bootiemashup.com/la

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Case Study House No. 22

1635 Woods Dr., Hollywood, CA, 90069

208-429-1058

Set high in the Hollywood Hills, the midcentury-modern Case Study House No. 22, aka the Stahl House, offers a better-than-Runyon view of the city

Website: http://www.stahlhouse.com

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Circle X Theatre Co.

3269 Casitas Ave, Atwater Village, CA, 90039

323-644-1929

Try not to miss anything by Circle X Theatre Co., which recently arrived at the Atwater Village Theatre complex after two decades of bouncing around town

Website: http://www.circlextheatre.org

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Cove Paddle Fitness

23823 Malibu Road, Malibu, CA, 90265

310-429-2058

A choppy ocean can be intimidating, but Tyler Lennon of Malibu-based Cove Paddle Fitness instills confidence with a combination of unwavering attention and skillful teaching

Website: http://www.covepaddlefitness.com

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Coyotes Book Group

1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz, CA, 90027

323-660-1175

Bibliophiles will geek out over Coyotes Book Group, which meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month at Skylight Books in Los Feliz

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com

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CURE Salon & Spa

8358 W. Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA, 90069

310-623-9000

The private, minimalist micro-hamams would soothe any Istanbulite: a half hour on a travertine bed surrounded by billowing vapor, followed by a cool dip under rain showers

Website: http://www.curemedspa.com

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Dear Diary: Mortified Live

Downtown Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, 90007

Dear Diary: Mortified live is the coolest touring storytelling show in L.A. Performers share embarrassing childhood relics—journals, art, song lyrics—in front of a live audience

Website: http://www.getmortified.com.

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Descanso Gardens

1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge, CA, 91011

818-949-4200

Descanso Gardens allows tykes to safely explore the natural world—lily ponds, acres of roses, and lush camellia groves—and learn something about it, too

Website: https://www.descansogardens.org

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Eightytwo

707 E. 4th Place, Downtown, CA, 90013

(213)-626-8200

At this downtown Arts District barcade, patrons are greeted by two things: a pair of tapsters and a satisfying din of whirs, blips, dings, and beeps emanating from more than 40 restored games

Website: http://eightytwo.la

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Gallery 825

825 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Grove, CA, 90069

310-652-8272

Become a regular at the exhibitions and you’re sure to be the most art-savvy person in the room

Website: http://www.laaa.org

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Great Mind Robotics

18801 Ventura Blvd., Ste. 110, Tarzana, CA, 91356

818-292-8008

If you want your child to assemble the next WALL-E, Great Mind Robotics is the place to be

Website: http://www.buildcoolrobots.com

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Hollywood Aerial Arts

3838 W. 102nd St, Inglewood, CA, 90303

310-412-7171

Anyone who has dreamed of running away with the circus will fall—sometimes literally—for this high-flying discipline performed on fabric suspended from the ceiling

Website: http://www.hollywoodaerialarts.com/

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Jim Gavin

137 S Larchmont Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90004

Middle Men, Gavin’s 2013 debut, reads like the real-life Short Cuts—only with bottomless empathy instead of bottomless Julianne Moore

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Maker City LA

The Reef, Los Angeles, CA, 90007

(213) 634-0920

Sometimes you just need to put on pants and get out of the house

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Mission Tiki Drive-In

10798 Ramona Avenue, Montclair, CA, 91763

(909) 628-0511

When the first drive-in opened in New Jersey in 1933, Americans loaded into autos to watch movies under the stars

Website: http://missiontiki.com

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NKLA West L.A.

1845 Pontius Avenue, West L.A., CA, 90025

(424) 208-8840

Caring for cats and dogs at this well-maintained adoption facility offers ample emotional returns

Website: http://nkla.org

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Paint: Lab

1453 14th St., Santa Monica, CA, 90404

310-450-9200

The three-hour “Brushes & Bites” class at Paint:Lab amps up the experience with wine, cheese, and veggie snacks as you channel your creativity onto canvas, all for a fee of $67

Website: https://www.paintlab.net

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