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Top 3 Ionic Landmarks In Hollywood

Whether this is your first time in Hollywood or not, there are some places that you should almost certainly visit. From cultural phenomenons to Hollywood lore, here are top 3 iconic landmarks that you should check out when staying in Hollywood.

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First on the list is the Hollywood Walk of Fame. While this may be a “touristy” thing to do, what’s a trip to Hollywood if you don’t even see the Walk of Fame? So hit Hollywood and Vine and take in the sites of Hollywood from the street performers to the oddities that make Hollywood so great. As you walk down the street, try and spot some of your favorite actors and performers. Here’s a fun fact, did you know that each star has a different icon on it to signify what area of the performing arts the entertainer is being recognized for?

The Capital Records Building located on Vine Street is part of Hollywood history as it was the first record label that was based in the West Coast and got its start in 1942. The record company went on to sign big names such as Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, The Andrews Sisters and The Beach Boys. See the building where so many big name music legends worked and recorded and witness a part of musical history.

Located a little further away from all the hustle and bustle of Hollywood and Highland, is the Hollywood Bowl. This music venue is the premiere outdoor music stadium in all of Los Angeles. Located in the heart of the Hollywood Hills, this outdoor venue is the perfect place to see some of your favorite bands perform. In addition, due to the fantastic acoustics, the Hollywood Bowl is also the location that the Beatles performed songs that would later go on to be included on a live album.

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Interesting Facts About The Hollywood Walk of Fame

The Hollywood Walk of Fame is one Los Angeles’ most visited tourist attractions. While many people have heard of it, there are some things you might not know about this famed location in LA. Here are 7 interesting facts about the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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In 2002 Muhammad Ali was given a star because it was decided that boxing was considered a form of live performance and therefore, Muhammad Ali could be be considered a live performer. At the boxers request, the star was placed on the wall of the Dolby Theatre because, according to The Guardian, Ali did not want people who didn’t respect him, to walk all over his name.

At this point, there have been four stars that have been stolen from the walk of fame. In 2005, Gregory Peck was the fourth star to have his plaque stolen. Interestingly enough, while the star was quickly replaced, the original one was never recovered. Jimmy Stewart, Kirk Douglas, and Gene Autry are the other celebrities who had their stars stolen.

In 2010, it was the Walk of Fame’s 50th anniversary. In order to honor the anniversary, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce actually created a time capsule and buried it at the corner of Hollywood and Highland, the place where the Walk originated. The capsule is set to be opened in 2060.

Over the years, some stars have actually turned down the opportunity to have a star on the walk of fame. Some of these celebrities include Julia Roberts, Clint Eastwood and George Clooney. In all, there have been over 40 celebrities who have turned down a star.

Did you know that below each person’s name there is a symbol that represents the category for which the star was known for. The five categories include motion pictures, broadcast television, broadcast radio, audio recording/music, and theatre/live performance.

Despite these categories, some stars on the walk of fame don’t belong to any category at all. For example, corporations such as the LA Dodgers and Victoria’s Secret have stars as well as members of the Apollo 11 space mission and even former LA Mayor, Tom Bradley has a star.

Sometimes, the stars are turned into shrines by dedicated fans. As you walk along Hollywood Blvd, you might notice flowers or knick knacks that have been placed on a star in honor of the celebrity. If you will be staying at one of the hotels close to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, be sure to come check out the stars that made the cut!

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Ready For a Night Full of Laughs? Top 5 Comedy Clubs in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is a great place to get your comedy fix. If you are in the mood for some laughs, there are plenty of places that you can catch a stand up comedy in Los Angeles or improv show. To help you out, here are top 5 comedy clubs in Los Angeles that you should visit if you’re looking for a fun time.

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The Laugh Factory is a classic location in Los Angeles. The venue is probably what people think of when they think stand up. Complete with the small round tables in the audience to the red velvet drapes, the Laugh Factory hosts a great mix of nationally acclaimed comedians like Dave Chappelle and Tim Allen while also leaving room for the little guy. To see what they have in store, check out their schedule at www.laughfactory.com

If you’re in the mood to see some talent, The Groundlings is the place to go. This venue was some of the starting points for big names such as Melissa McCarthy, Jim Rash, Will Ferrell, Kristin Wiig, John Goodman, Phil Hartman and many more. On Sundays, they have a rotating company show where the comedians feature hilarious sketches that will keep you laughing all night long. Check out their website at www.groundlings.com to see what’s coming up.

The Hollywood Improv is where stand up comedians dream of performing in Los Angeles. That’s one of the reasons that nearly every show they put on is a huge success. The talent really brings everything they have, which means you’re in for a good show. Visit www.hollywood.improv.com to find out more.

The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater is a comedy school created by Amy Poehler, Matt Bresser, Matt Walsh and Ian Roberts. If you are specifically looking for some improv comedy, this is the place to go. Home to underground acts and maybe not-for-everyone comedy, the acts you see here are truly unique. Another great thing is that shows are all ten dollars or less! Check out www.ucbtheatre.com to see which comedians will be performing soon.

The NerdMelt Showroom is located in the back room of Meltdown Comics on Sunset Blvd. Their unique location speaks to the stand up, indie comedy you’ll find at the Nerdmelt Showroom. Previously, only known for their stand up, this venue has also recently expanded to putting on sketch and improv shows as well. For more information, visit www.nerdmeltla.com

Enjoy a fun night filled with comedy and laughs!

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Come Celebrate the Lunar New Year in Los Angeles!

The Lunar New Year is one of the biggest events for Asian cultures and Los Angeles is all about celebrating our diverse city. Are you looking for some Chinese New Year Celebrations in Los Angeles? There are a number of Lunar New Year Festivities occurring throughout Los Angeles. Here are a few examples of the many events going on around the city.

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From January 21st through February 20th The Grove and The Americana will be hosting a number of fun activities and traditional performances. For example, when you stop by The Grove, you will find that it has been decorated with beautiful red Chinese New Year lanterns, large Moso bamboo poles and even a horticulture garden. At The Americana, there will be a giant statue of the God of Prosperity as well as a beautiful 14 foot red lantern made with red fabric, detailed with gold leaf Chinese calligraphy and more. Also at the Americana, enjoy nightly fountain shows at 7pm and 8pm. www.thegrovela.com/calendar

From January 30th through February 14th you can enjoy Lunar New Year festivities at Universal Studios Hollywood. Enter the park through a red lantern lined plaza and visit with a Mandarin-speaking Megatron from Transformers. In honor of the year of the monkey, you can also take pictures with Curious George who will be dressed up in traditional Chinese attire. Stop by the Wishing Tree and your wishes for the new year on it and enjoy delicious asian food throughout the park. www.universalstudioshollywood.com/whats-hot

On January 31st the Saban Theatre will be hosting their fifth annual Beverly Hills Chinese New Year celebration. The event will offer a full production of a number of different performances from varied acts such as the Beijing Opera Arts College, including Gao Tong, Xu Cui, and Li Dan, as well as Xing Yunwei, acrobat from the China National Acrobatic Troupe. You can also enjoy the art exhibit from Beijing Foreign Cultural Exchanges Center. Doors will open at 7:30pm and performances begin at 8pm. Tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster. www.sabantheatre.org

From February 1st through the 29th stop by the Beverly Center and visit the Wishing tree at Center Court. Decorated with monkey-themed decorations as well as customary Spring Festival designs and other symbols of good fortune, the Wishing Tree is a beautiful sight to behold. Guests are encourage to write their own wish for the new year when they visit the tree. The Beverly Center is located at 8500 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048. www.beverlycenter.com/events

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The 58th Annual Grammy Awards

One of the most exciting nights for music is just around the corner – The Grammys! This year, the Grammy Awards will be at the Staples Center on February 15th. Come and see as the best in music are celebrated and achievements are recognized. There will also be fantastic performances by some of today’s biggest artists.

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The 58th Annual Grammy Awards will be hosted by LL Cool J, hip hop artist and actor. In fact, he is even set to receive his star on the Walk of Fame at the end of January. Let’s take a look at some of the nominees. This year, nominees for Album of the Year include Sound Color by Alabama Shakes, 1989 by Taylor Swift, Beauty Behind the Madness by The Weeknd, Traveller by Chris Stapleton and To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar. Nominees for Record of the Year include “Blank Space” by Taylor Swift, “Thinking out Loud” by Ed Sheeran, “Can’t Feel my Face” by The Weeknd, “Really Love” by D’Angelo and the Vanguard and “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars. The best in other popular genres will also be recognized. Other genres include pop, dance/electronic, rock, alternative, R&B, rap, country, jazz, latin, American roots, reggae and more. Nominees for Best New Artist include Courtney Barnett, Sam Hunt, Meghan Trainor, Tori Kelly and James Bay.

The Staples Center is located at 1111 S. Figueroa St. Los Angeles, CA 90015. This multipurpose entertainment arena not only hosts sports games but performances as well. The Staples Center is home to the Los Angeles Lakers, the Los Angeles Clippers, the LA Kings, and the LA Sparks. It is also a popular venue for musicians to perform at while they are on tour. Artists such as Taylor Swift, One Direction, Beyonce, and Adele have performed here as well as many others. For more information about the Grammy Awards, visit www.grammy.com. If you will be in town for the 58th Annual Grammy Awards, book a hotel near Staples Center

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Don’t Miss 'Bullets Over Broadway' at the Pantages Theatre

Do you love the Theater? Do you enjoy watching musicals? If so, the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood is definitely a place that you are not going to want to pass up. Throughout the season the theatre offers a number of musicals to the general public. This upcoming season, enjoy the fast paced and entertaining show, Bullets Over Broadway: The Musical from January 5th through the 24th. If you love theatre and are staying in one of the hotels near Pantages Theatre this month, this is a perfect show to see.

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Bullets over Broadway is written by Woody Allen and is a hilarious musical about the making of a Broadway show. The musical follows a young playwright who is in desperate need of financial backing for his next show. Falling on hard times, he decides to accept an offer from a mobster who is looking to please his girlfriend that also happens to be a showgirl. Enjoy the hilarity that ensues as you listen to the music that made the roaring 20s famous. The show is 2 hours and 30 minutes, which includes one intermission. Due to some of the adult themes in the musical, the show is recommended for those 13 and up. Children under 5 will not be allowed into the theater.

Shows will be held Tuesdays through Sundays with no shows on Mondays. For the most part, shows that are on Tuesdays-Fridays will be held at 8pm. On Saturdays, there will be two shows. A matinee performance at 2pm and an evening performance at 8pm. On Sundays, there will also be two shows. The matinee performance will be at 1pm and the evening performance will be at 6:30pm. Tickets range in price depending on the location of your seat. Orchestra seating ranges from $29 – $150 and tickets in the Mezzanine section range in price from $45 to $89. Don’t miss out on this hilarious musical that will have you roaring with laughter from start to finish.

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Meet some of the most Iconic Actors and Actress from the Past few Decades at the Hollywood Show

Do you want the chance to meet celebrities? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to get the autograph of stars from classic hit shows such as Land of the Giants and the original Disney hit, Escape to Witch Mountain? If you want to see these actors and many others, you are not going to want to miss the Hollywood Show. This year, it will be from January 8th through the 10th at The Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel. Get your tickets today to one of the more popular Hollywood celebrity events!

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Some of the stars that will be present at the Hollywood Show include Barbara Eden, famous for her role on I Dream of Genie and Britt Ekland, the bond girl from The Man with the Golden Gun. There are also many new attendees this year such as Tippi Hedren, known for her roles in the classic Hitchcock films, The Birds and Marnie as well Alex Vincent, most known for his role as Andy Barclay from Child’s Play and Child’s Play 2. Also knew this year will be Claudia Wells, who plays Jennifer Parker, Marty McFly’s girlfriend in Back to the Future. Giles Marini will be making his very first appearance at the Hollywood Show. He is a French American actor known for his roles in Brothers and Sisters, the Sex in the City movie, as well as being the runner up in the 8th season of Dancing with the Stars. See these stars and many, many more!

The Hollywood Show will take place in Los Angeles from January 8-10, 2016. On Friday January 8, the show will take place from 6pm-9pm. On Saturday January 9, the show will be from 10am-4pm. On Sunday January 10, the final day of the show will be from 11am-4pm. Tickets are on sale and now can be purchased for individual days, a 2-day pass, 3-day pass with early admission, as well as VIP packages. Tickets for the Hollywood Show start at $15.

For more information visit hollywoodshow.com

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A Guide to the Best New Year’s Eve Events in LA

Are you still trying to figure out what to do on New Year’s Eve in Los Angeles? If so, don’t worry, the city of Los Angeles offers a number of exciting events that you and your friends can enjoy. If you want to celebrate in style, head over to the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood for Cleopatra’s New Year’s Eve Ball. Here you’ll get an impressive LED light show, DJs spinning Top 40s, and a confetti blast and balloon drop to mark the New Year! There will also be food stations and an open bar. The celebration is from 9pm – 2am and tickets range from $59 – $125. This party is 21 and up.

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If you are looking for something a little more relaxed, consider going on the New Year’s Eve Pub Crawl. This is the best way for you to explore a number of different locations throughout the city while also gaining access to certain drink specials. Your ticket will also guarantee that you don’t have to pay a cover at participating locations. You will start the night at The Outpost to check in and then feel free to roam through the multiple locations along Hollywood Blvd. Tickets start at $20 and group rates are available. Click here for tickets.

Thinking about dressing up? Celebrate New year’s Eve prohibition style at Union Station. This Art Deco extravaganza will make you think you’ve traveled back in time to the 20s. There will be live jazz, a premium bar, burlesque dancers, hand rolled cigars and tray-passed oysters. Be sure to dress to impress and come in your best 20s garb. The event will be from 9pm – 2am and tickets are $150. For more information visit prohibitionnye.com

There is also a family-friendly option over at Grand Park in Downtown LA. New Year’s Eve LA is a free event open to all ages. There will be three stages of music ranging from top DJs spinning the best hits to local bands sharing their talent. In addition to the live music, there will also be food trucks located around the park. The event is from 8pm – 1am. For more information, visit grandparkla.org

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See all of your Favorite Stars at the People’s Choice Awards

The 2016 People’s Choice Awards is coming soon to the Microsoft Theater in Hollywood. The People’s Choice awards is the only awards show that takes into consideration the thoughts and votes of people like you. At this awards show, you will be sure to see some of your favorite celebrities. The People’s Choice Awards will be on January 6th 2016 and it will be hosted by Jane Lynch. If you want to see all of your favorite stars, take a trip to LA a book a room in one of the family-friendly hotels near Microsoft Theater.

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If you have ever wondered why a certain movie won or didn’t win in a different awards show, the People’s Choice Awards is just for you. The Awards show has a wide variety of categories such as Favorite Daytime TV Host, Favorite Late Night Talk Show Host, Favorite Streaming Series, Favorite Artist, and Favorite Youtube Star. There are also the usual categories such as Favorite Movie and Favorite Actor. Nominees for Favorite Movie are Avengers: Age of Ultron, Furious 7, Inside Out, Jurassic World, and Pitch Perfect 2. Nominees for Favorite Movie Actor are Channing Tatum, Chris Pratt, Johnny Depp, Robert Downey Jr. and Will Smith. Nominees for Favorite Movie Actress are Anne Hathaway, Melissa McCarthy, Meryl Streep, Sandra Bullock, and Scarlett Johansson. Nominees for Favorite Breakout Artist include Fetty Wap, Halsey, Shawn Mendes, Tori Kelly, and the Weeknd. Nominees for Favorite Streaming Series includes House of Cards, The Mindy Project, Orange is the New Black, Transparent, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

The 2016 People’s Choice Awards will be at the Microsoft Theater in Hollywood. Tickets for the Awards Show are now on sale. VIP Packages are available. The Red Carpet Viewing VIP Package is $475. This includes one ticket in the first 20 rows, access to VIP Red Carpet Viewing Area, one limo drop off pass and collectible laminate. The Orchestra VIP Package starts at $375. This includes one ticket in the first 30 rows, access to the Pre-Event Reception at LA Live, one limo drop-off pass, and one collectible laminate. Tickets can be purchased at Stubhub.com

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Idina Menzel stars in ‘If/Then’ at the Pantages Theatre

The Pantages Theater is one of the best locations in Los Angeles to watch live theater. Every season they bring different and exciting plays to the stage. This season, one of the performances that they will be showing is one of the newest musicals from Broadway. If/Then is an incredible new musical starring Tony Award winner Idina Menzel and you should definitely see it if you’re looking for something to do while you stay in one of the affordable hotels near the Pantages Theatre .  If/Then will play from December 8th through January 3rd.

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The musical follows Elizabeth, a woman living in New York City who is working through rebuilding her life. In one moment, everything for Elizabeth changes. She discovers a world where chance and choice collide and sees life for the infinite possibilities it offers. Elizabeth’s life suddenly splits and she sees what her life could be if she chose something different. The play stars Idina Menzel from Wicked and the Disney movie, Frozen. She also stars along other Broadway co-stars such as Anthony Rapp from Rent; La Chanze, who won a Tony Award for The Color Purple, and James Snyder from Cry-Baby.

The musical will play from Tuesday, December 8th through Sunday, January 3rd. On Tuesdays, there will be one performance at 8pm. On Wednesdays there will be two performances – one at 2pm and the other at 8pm. On Thursdays and Fridays there will be one performance at 8pm. On Saturdays there will be two performances at 2pm and 8pm. On Sunday there will be one performance at 2pm. There will be no performances on Monday. The runtime of this musical is 2 hours and 35 minutes, which includes one 15 minute intermission. The musical is recommended for all those 12 and up and children under 5 will not be allowed into the theatre. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster. Fore more information visit hollywoodpantages.com. The Hollywood Pantages Theatre is located at 6233 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90028.

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