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Marat Daukayev

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

323-965-0333

Talk about stage cred. Marat Daukayev, who is among the half-dozen teachers at his eponymous school, was a principal dancer with the Kirov Ballet. That rigorous background translates into technical expertise and not imperious commands.

Website: http://maratdaukayev.com

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Marine

16th and Marine Sts., Los Angeles, CA, 90405

Nestled in the less trendy southern reaches of Santa Monica is Marine Park. Its two side-by-side basketball courts are shaded by gnarled trees and complemented by a regal playground…

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Maui and Sons

1415 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA, 90291

310-392-6284

Your flip-flops have gone missing, the bikini needs replacing, you’re eyeing a new skateboard. Maui and Sons has it all

Website: http://mauiandsonsretail.com

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McGrath State Beach

2211 Harbor Blvd., Oxnard, CA, 93035

805-968-1033

McGrath State Beach offers grassy dunes with Channel Island views and outstanding bird-watching at the adjacent Santa Clara Estuary Natural Preserve…

Website: http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=607

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Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studio

24715 Oak Creek Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 91321

661-259-9669

Many of the major studio tours focus on TV series or recent theatrical successes, while their ever-changing sets and soundstages leave few traces of cinematic antiquity…

Website: http://www.melodyranchstudio.com/

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Michael Frederick

1526 14th St., Ste. 110, Los Angeles, CA, 90404

310-880-7700

osest you come to a stage is facing one at the Taper. Frederick describes the technique as “psycho-physical reeducation.”…

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MnR Dance Factory

11606 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90049

310-826-4554

In a studio at MnR Dance Factory, an instructor is helping eight-year-olds with their hip-hop moves for an upcoming recital…

Website: http://mnrdancefactory.com

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Modo Yoga LA

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

When you’re dripping with sweat as you strain to entwine your calves in the eagle pose, you’ll be thankful that Moksha Yoga LA serves a dose of mindfulness with your workout.

Website: http://los-angeles.modoyoga.com/

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Mollusk Surf Shop

1600 Pacific Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90291

(310) 396-1969

Between the exposed-wood interior and its location in the Abbot Kinney neighborhood, Mollusk Surf Shop looks like a Venice boutique…

Website: http://mollusksurfshop.com

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Moonlight Rollerway

5110 San Fernando Rd., Los Angeles, CA, 91204

818-241-3630

From the mirrored balls dangling from the ceiling to the old-fashioned electric signs (all skate, couples only) on the walls, little has changed at Glendale’s…

Website: http://moonlightrollerway.com/

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Mount WIlson Toll Road

Toll Road, Los Angeles, CA, 91007

The three-mile leg of the old Mount Wilson Toll Road from Altadena to the tranquil Henninger Flats campgrounds involves a healthy climb (with a vertical gain of 1,500 feet), but the trail is wide and smooth

Website: http://www.socalmtb.com/socal/trails/mtwilson.htm

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Nike Run Club

9560 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90210

Wend your way through the streets of Beverly Hills—Wilshire to Rodeo, over to Crescent, and down Roxbury—but don’t bother bringing your wallet

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NoHo Scooters

5144 Vineland Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 91601

818-761-3647

Fuel efficient, freeway legal, and wallet friendly, this motorized vehicle—more powerful than a moped but not quite a motorcycle—is no longer limited to Italian lines like the Vespa and Piaggio…

Website: http://www.nohoscooters.com/

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Oak Tree Gun Club

23121 Coltrane Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 91321

661-259-7441

Always keep the muzzle pointed away from humans, wear eye and ear protection, and make sure you’re at the Oak Tree Gun Club. Sharing space with old oaks and California laurels…

Website: http://www.oaktreegunclub.com/

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Pacific Park

380 Santa Monica Pier, Los Angeles, CA, 90405

310-260-8744

Splendid seaside pleasure parks once dotted Los Angeles County. The sole remaining site, Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier, is a time-warp combination…

Website: http://www.pacpark.com/

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