Best of LA 2012: Do
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.
Neighborhood: El Segundo
For decades Elysian Park’s Avenue of the Palms near Dodger Stadium has been home base for the city’s lowrider scene.
Neighborhood: Echo Park
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.
Neighborhood: Santa Monica
Build granitelike glutes and take in the landscape as you hike the public staircases notched into the city’s hillsides.
Neighborhood: West Los Angeles
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.
Neighborhood: Echo Park
The quest for a hot body meets hippie spirituality in the burgeoning trend known as fire dancing.
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.
Neighborhood: Van Nuys
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?
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.
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.
Neighborhood: Highland Park
F. Scott Fitzgerald drank here. So did Faulkner, Fante, Bukowski, Chandler, Saroyan, Huxley, and Isherwood.
Flinging winged projectiles at a round board is a sport best practiced at Little Bar.
Even if becoming an occultist isn’t on your bucket list, a lecture by Maja D’Aoust can be spellbinding.
Croquet is lovely, but we want a sport where cursing in Italian is mandatory.
Tired of endlessly circling parking meters in search of a spot, only to return five hours later to your sun-baked car?
Neighborhood: Manhattan Beach
We played tourist on this one and joined guided groups in museum foyers around town.
Neighborhood: Exposition Park
They talk to kids in their language, and newbies are welcome at the three-year-old school, which also holds a summer camp.