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Ballona Freshwater Marsh

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


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


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


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, Suite 50-111, Malibu, CA, 90265


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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, 1933 S. Broadway, 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


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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