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Automobile Driving Museum

610 Lairport St., Los Angeles, CA, 90245

310-909-0950

If you want to understand why cars end up in museums in the first place, motor to the Automobile Driving Museum in El Segundo, where docents take guests for a Sunday spin in one of the 130 restored vehicles from the collection.

Website: http://www.automobiledrivingmuseum.org

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Avenue of the Palms

Stadium Way and Academy Rd., Los Angeles, CA, 90012

For decades Elysian Park’s Avenue of the Palms near Dodger Stadium has been home base for the city’s lowrider scene.

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Beach Yoga with Brad

Marine St., Los Angeles, CA, 90405

310-826-6958

Watching the waves crash during a session of Beach Yoga with Brad, you’ll forget you’re on the busy border between Santa Monica and Venice.

Website: http://www.bradkeimach.com

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Beachwood Canyon

Between 2872 and 2882 Belden, Los Angeles, CA, 90068

Build granitelike glutes and take in the landscape as you hike the public staircases notched into the city’s hillsides.

Website: http://www.secretstairs-la.com

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Bridge to Nowhere

Camp Bonita Rd., Los Angeles, CA, 91702

Few hikes in Southern California make one feel as intrepid as the five-mile haul to the Bridge to Nowhere.

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Dub Club

1154 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90026

213-413-8200

What began as an enclave of old-school reggae lovers sharing music with friends is now one of L.A.’s longest-running dance parties—of any genre.

Website: http://www.dubclubla.com

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Fire Groove

671 N. Berendo St., Los Angeles, CA, 90004

1-800-755-6423

The quest for a hot body meets hippie spirituality in the burgeoning trend known as fire dancing.

Website: http://www.firegroove.com

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Fishermen’s Spot

14411 Burbank Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 91401

818-785-7306

Convincing a fish that your feather-clad hook is a skittering dragonfly or chad minnow requires an angler’s patience and a golfer’s finesse.

Website: http://www.fishermensspot.com

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Furtographs

7515 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90036

661-803-9826

You love your four-legged friends and have countless iPhone shots of them mugging in various states of cuteness. Why not preserve their likenesses with professional studio portraits?

Website: http://www.furtographs.com/

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Grand Performances

350 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90071

213-687-2159

Whether it’s a celebration of George Gershwin or the sounds of Afro-futurism, an accordion festival or throwback Latin funk, Grand Performances at California Plazaoffers an astoundingly diverse lineup.

Website: http://www.grandperformances.org

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Highland Theatres

5604 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA, 90042

323-256-6383

Don’t expect gourmet concessions or reserved seating, but at Highland Theatres you can see a blockbuster on opening weekend for less than half of what it would cost at a premium multiplex.

Website: http://www.highlandtheatres.com

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LAVA Salon

6667 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90028

F. Scott Fitzgerald drank here. So did Faulkner, Fante, Bukowski, Chandler, Saroyan, Huxley, and Isherwood.

Website: http://lavatransforms.org

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Little Bar

757 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90036

323-937-9210

Flinging winged projectiles at a round board is a sport best practiced at Little Bar.

Website: http://www.littlebarlounge.com

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Maja’s Magic School

2560 N. Beachwood Dr., Los Angeles, CA, 90068

Even if becoming an occultist isn’t on your bucket list, a lecture by Maja D’Aoust can be spellbinding.

Website: http://www.godismyboyfriend.com

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McCambridge Park Rec Center

1515 N. Glenoaks Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 91504

818-238-5378

Croquet is lovely, but we want a sport where cursing in Italian is mandatory.

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Metlox Parking Structure

451 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90266

626-535-0317

Tired of endlessly circling parking meters in search of a spot, only to return five hours later to your sun-baked car?

Website: http://www.metloxmb.com

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Neighborhood Rock School

2602 N. Glenoaks Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 91504

818-557-7723

They talk to kids in their language, and newbies are welcome at the three-year-old school, which also holds a summer camp.

Website: http://www.neighborhoodrockschool.com

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