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CHICAGO Is Coming To The Pantages Theatre

The Pantages Theatre in LA offers locals and visitors alike the opportunity to enjoy broadway musical productions. If you enjoy theatre, and all that jazz, then you are not going to want to miss Chicago, the latest broadway musical that will hit the Pantages Theatre. Chicago the musical will be at the Pantages from April 26th through May 1st.

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This version of Chicago will star Brandy Norwood as “Roxy Hart” and Heisman Trophy Winner and NFL Legend Eddie George as  “Billy Flynn”. Set in the roaring 20s in Chicago, the story follows Roxy Hart, a housewife who moved to the big city to pursue her dream of becoming a jazz nightclub dancer. After she brutally murders her on-the-side lover when he threatens to leave her, she hires the slickest criminal lawyer in the city to represent her. What ensues is a series of sensational headlines that dupe the public and the media. Don’t miss this high energy musical that is all about the razzle dazzle and the decadence of the 1920s in Chicago.

Chicago will be at the Pantages Theatre from April 26th through May 1st. Opening night there will be one performance at 8pm. On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, there will be one performance at 8pm. On Saturday, April 30th there will be a matinee show at 2pm and an evening show at 8pm. On closing day, Sunday, May 1st, there will be a matinee show at 1pm and the final show will be at 6:30pm. If you are interested in attending a showing of Chicago tickets can be purchased through the official Ticketmaster website. Tickets in the Mezzanine section can be purchased from $29 – $89. Tickets in the orchestra section run from $29 – $125.  For more information visit www.hollywoodpantages.com. Due to some of the content, the show is recommended for those 13 and up. If you will be staying at one of the hotels near The Pantages Theatre be sure to check out this performance!

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Dance The Night Away! Latin Clubs in Los Angeles

One thing that makes Los Angeles great is the different cultures that you can encounter all throughout the city. There are especially quite a number of fun and exciting Latin spots where you can dance the night away. If you want to spice things up a bit, here are the top 3 Latin Clubs in Los Angeles.

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Do you want the Cuban experience without actually having to travel to Cuba? Then look no further than El Floridita where you will be met with authentic food, delicious drinks, and great music. On Saturdays and Mondays the music is even live! If you’re looking for a great place to dance and show off some moves, this a place to do it. El Floridita is located at 1253 N. Vine Street in Los Angeles. For hours visit www.elfloridita.com

The Conga Room is a well known destination in LA and for good reason. Co-owned by Jennifer Lopez, Will.i.am and a handful of other celebrities, The Conga Room looks to cater to a wide variety of music and dance lovers. On any given night you can dance to traditional Latin music as well as pop, jazz and rock in Spanish. They also have had several stars perform live here such as Shakira, Celia Cruz and Carlos Santana. Visit www.congaroom.com to see if any exciting events are happening now.

Club Bahia offers more traditional Latin music including bachata and norteno. There is almost always live entertainment and performances, which makes dancing so much more fun. Expect the place to be packed by 10pm with shimmying dancers who know how to move their feet. Head to their website at www.bahianightclub.com to get a free pass or VIP card to avoid a cover charge! This fun spot is located at 1130 W. Sunset Blvd in LA.

Dance the night away at one of these Latin dance clubs in Los Angeles!

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10 of the Least Touristy Things to Do in LA

While Hollywood is an excellent destination to visit when in Southern California, sometimes you might want to get away from all the touristy things and try some things like the locals do. After you choose the best Hollywood hotel to stay at, it’s time to start planning your itinerary. Here’s a quick list of things to do in L.A with less of a touristy feel.

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A stay in Los Angeles wouldn’t be complete without sushi, and Little Tokyo has some of the best. According to the locals, Sushi Komasa and Hama Sushi are some of the best in the area.

Be like a local and watch a movie outdoors at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. This popular event shows classic films, cult films, and some blockbuster films as well. Visit cinespia.org to see what films are scheduled next.

Another classic is a stop at Olvera Street. This pedestrianized Mexican Marketplace is a throwback to the city’s Mexican roots. Enjoy vendors, authentic Mexican food, and all the churros you can handle.

During the summer, you can hear the L.A. Philharmonic rehearse at the Hollywood Bowl on weekday mornings for free. Enjoy the beautiful backdrop of the Hollywood Hills as well.

A hike at Griffith Park is a good alternative to the more popular, and more packed, Runyon Canyon. Griffith Park also offers beautiful views of the Hollywood Sign. Their most popular hiking trail is the Mt. Hollywood Trail, but with more than 50 miles of trails, it’s up to you!

Napa isn’t the only place for wine tasting in CA. Malibu has some of the best wineries in the area and what’s better than tasting wines with a beachfront view?

Did you know there are hundreds of secret staircases throughout LA? One of the best is the series of stairs off Highland, near Hollywood Blvd. Enjoy beautiful views of the city from the Hightower Elevator Tower. The Beachwood Canyon stairs also offer great views of the Hollywood sign.

LA is also a great location for improv. Some of the best include iO West and the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. Even better, tickets are usually only about $10!

At downtown, you can enjoy great views from the skyscrapers in the city. At the Perch, enjoy dinner, drinks, and a beautiful view of downtown at night.

4th Street Retro Row in Long Beach is a haven for those who love the 50s and all things hipster. Stop by and enjoy the shops, unique stores and great restaurants and bars.

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Don't miss the Taylor Swift Experience!

Do you know all the words to “Blank Space”? If the haters gonna hate, do you think you should just “Shake it off”? Do you know all about “Style”? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are probably ready for The Taylor Swift Experience presented by The Grammy Museum. If you consider yourself a Taylor Swift fan, or you know someone who is, this is hands down an event that you need to go to. Go more in depth through interactive experiences, look at costumes, and learn something new about this incredible performer. The Taylor Swift Experience at The Grammy Museum is open now until May 10th so be sure to head down to the Grammy Museum sometime soon! The Grammy Museum is centrally located near some of the best place to stay in Hollywood. General admission into the Grammy Museum at LA Live is $12.95 for adults, $11.95 for college students with an id, $11.95 for seniors 65 years and older, $10.95 for military personnel with valid ID, and $10 for groups of ten or more. The museum is open from Monday through Friday from 11:30am – 7:30pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 7:30pm.

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The Taylor Swift Experience opened on December 13th of 2014, which is the birthday of Taylor Swift – seven-time GRAMMY winning artist. At this exhibit, you will be able to learn more about the talented 25-year-old musician, singer, songwriter, and style icon. Throughout the various displays located within the exhibit you can look at some various items of her childhood, such as some of her favorite reading books when she was a kid as well as family and childhood photos that have never been shown before. There will also be costumes on display from her RED tour, the handwritten lyrics from the hit song “22”, and the dresses that were worn by Taylor in the music video “Mean”. You will also be able to take a look at her 2009 GRAMMY Award that she won for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for “White Horse”! Other things include props that were used in the music video “Shake it Off”, the dress she wore in the “Teardrop On my Guitar” music video, and the banjo she used during her 2012 performance at the 54th GRAMMY Awards, and more!

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The 87th Annual Academy Awards are almost there!

With awards season in full swing, it is nearly time for the premier awards show, the one that we have all been waiting for – the Academy Awards. Presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, this award show honors the very best films of 2014 including the actors, directors, and others who put their life’s work into making movies. This year, the 87th Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, February 22nd at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The show will begin at 5:30pm PST. Be sure to tune in so you don’t miss the most anticipated awards show of the season! If you’re staying in one of the hotels near the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, you might catch a glimpse of the hottest celebrities attending the ceremony!

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This year, the host of the 87th Academy Awards will be actor, Neil Patrick Harris. Perhaps best known for his role as playboy Barney Stinson in Emmy nominated show How I Met Your Mother, Neil Patrick Harris is also a producer, writer, director, magician, singer, and comedian. Throughout the night a variety of actors will present on the different categories such as Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Supporting Actress just to name a few. In addition, there will also be a number of performances throughout the show. Neil Patrick Harris will present “Moving Pictures” during his opening segment, Tegan and Sara and The Lonely Island will perform “Everything is Awesome” from the hit movie, The Lego Movie and Jack Black will perform a special sequence. Adam Levine, Tim McGraw, and Rita Ora will give other performances throughout the show. The two movies that received the most nominations are Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) and The Grand Budapest Hotel with 9 nominations. The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch received 8 nominations. This year, do not forget to watch the 87th annual Academy Awards show!

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Enjoy a Broadway Musical at the Pantages Theatre

Hollywood is a city known for movie premieres and Broadway musical debuts.  Those staying or visiting the Hollywood area this summer will have the chance to see a variety of award winning Broadway musicals including Ghost The Musical and Sister Act.  Many Broadway productions have taken place at the Pantages Theatre, one of the most legendary Hollywood venues.   The Academy Awards has also been hosted at the Pantages Theatre for ten years.  Locals and tourists are invited to enjoy the rich history of this popular venue.  Take advantage of the many shows that take place at the Pantages Theatre.  Broadway musicals bring Hollywood movies to life on a grand stage.  Not to mention Broadway shows keeps audiences entertained with its elaborate stage setting, musical arrangements, and talented actors.  Watching a musical is unlike any other experience as it brings viewers’ imagination to life.  If you are planning a summer vacation to Hollywood, then make sure to stay at a hotel near the Pantages Theatre and catch at least one of these awesome productions:

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Ghost the Musical

Fans of the movie Ghost will have the opportunity to see this production live on stage at the Pantages Theatre in late June.  Adapted from the Oscar-winning movie Ghost, this new musical takes you into the love story of the main characters, Sam and Molly.  The musical will captivate audiences young and old as it tells the tale of a young couple whose lives take on a dramatic turn when Sam dies suddenly.  Molly is left to deal with this horrible tragedy on her own until she is mysteriously reunited with Sam.  Let this musical take you on a journey of hope and everlasting love.  As an audience member, you will appreciate the chemistry these characters have for each other.  Enjoy the breath-taking special effects and musical features.  This musical runs from June 27 to July 12.  Don’t miss out on this amazing musical!

Sister Act

For a feel good show then catch the Sister Act musical.  This popular movie is now a Broadway musical. This musical is based off the 90s comedy movie featuring Whoopi Goldberg.  It tells the story of a ‘diva’ who goes into hiding in a convent after witnessing a crime.  At the convent, she disguises herself as a nun to keep the criminals from finding and killing her.  Enjoy this great musical comedy with friends and family and sing along to the gospel songs played throughout the musical.  This is a unique show that will get you laughing and singing along.  The Sister Act runs from July 9 to 28.

If you are interested in other upcoming shows at the Pantages Theatre then click here.  To purchase tickets for these shows visit: http://www.ticketmaster.com/Pantages-Theatre-tickets-Los-Angeles/venue/90160

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Race for a Great Cause

With summer only a few months away why not work towards that beach body you’ve always wanted? A great way to start off your workout routine is by participating in this year’s Los Angeles River 5k Fun Run.  This race is a great opportunity to get back in shape right in time for the summer.  For those of you just beginningLos Angeles River 5K Fun Run your fitness plan, the LA River run will start you off on the right foot. Since this is not a competitive race, participants are encouraged to run at their own pace but to also push themselves as much as they possibly can.  This event calls together all communities within the greater Los Angeles area including children, teens and older adults.  This is the 2nd annual LA River Fun Run which takes place on Sunday, May 5 along the LA River beds.  For those who don’t like to run, choose to jog or walk the entire race.  This event was made possible by the Councilman Tom LaBonge and A Runner’s Circle.    Promoting community involvement, charity, and healthy lifestyles, the LA River Fun Run is a positive experience for every participant.  This event is fun for the whole family so kids are strongly encouraged to participate.  There will be a Free Kids 1k run and kids free zone featuring other fun activities, so sign up your kids today!

There are expected to about 800 participants attending this race, so be prepared to meet a lot of locals and tourists staying in Hollywood CA or the Los Angeles area.   In addition, participating in this race will also give you chance to raise awareness to restore the LA River.  The goal of this event is not only to bring neighboring and diverse communities together but also to raise donations for the beautification of the river.  The Los Angeles River is considered to be a hidden gem as it bears a significance in LA history.  While participating in this race, you will experience the wonderful wildlife and history of the LA  firsthand.  All the proceeds will go towards the restoration of the LA River and bring it back to life.  Unlike previous races, this year will reveal a new 5K course run that will take you along the river bike trail from Los Feliz Blvd.  Save the historic LA River by showing your support and raise awareness alongside organizations actively participating in this great cause.   For more information about this event please click here.

Event Details:

Location: A Runner’s Circle

Registration: $25-30

Click here to sign up your kid today!

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Discover Los Angeles through Watson Adventures Scavenger Hunt!

Those staying in hotels in Hollywood California are often interested in the history and culture of the attractions they visit. A unique, interactive and fun way to learn about Los Angeles while visiting its sights is the Watson Adventures Scavenger Hunt. There are over 20 completely different tours in Los Angeles spanning from Santa Monica, Hollywood, The Getty and many more.

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One of the most fascinating areas of Los Angeles is Downtown, just a Metro ride away from Hollywood. If you take the Downtown Dash Scavenger Hunt, you’ll explore the artwork of Pershing Square, a slice of Paris in L.A., and the landmark Central Library, where Howard Hughes. You’ll see the Biltmore Hotel, the host of many celebrities and even the Academy Awards and the art deco masterpiece The Oviatt building. During the hunt, your group will be looking for answers to trivia questions that can only be found when you are in the right spot looking at the right thing.

An even more exciting scavenger hunt in downtown Los Angeles stages the murder of one of the staff of Watson Adventures. You’ll walk the streets of downtown, uncovering the secrets to his double life with clues, codes and text messages to the dead. Another hunt invites you along to discover the delicious eats of Chinatown, Olvera Street and many other areas downtown. You can sample chicken sopas, BBQ pork buns, toasted coconut Cocada de Horno, Vietnamese po’boys, green tea mochi and French dip sandwiches. Be sure to take some photos to document your journey!

If you’re feeling really adventurous, you can see of all of Los Angeles during The Citywide Conquer L.A. Scavenger Hunt. You can make stops at the Farmer’s Market, UCLA, Union Station, Rodeo Drive, Santa Monica and so many more with limousine escorts. You can pick the amount of time and starting place, and Watson Adventures will make sure you have an amazing time. Tours are normally $22, but price can vary. Inquire on-line today to see the many options available to you and your group!

FREE Shakespeare at Griffith Park Starting June 28

Looking for some culture in Los Angeles this summer?  If you’re staying in hotels close to Hollywood Bowl, you should check out the Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival starting this weekend!  The Independent Shakespeare Company (ISC) will perform “A Winter’s Tale,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “The Comedy of Errors” all summer beside the ruins of the old L.A. Zoo’s bear habitats. Best of all it’s completely free, although donations are accepted and appreciated.

“The Winter’s Tale” will play June 28-July 1, July 13-14, July 19-21, and July 27-29. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will be performed on July 5-6, July 14-15, August 5, August 12, August 16, August 25-26 and September 2. The final Shakespeare play to be performed is “The Comedy of Errors,” which will play August 2-4, August 9-11, August 17-19, August 23 to 24, and August 30 to September 1.

Starting on July 8, pre-show performances will occur at 5pm. These will include workshops, talks and guest performers. Families can learn about each play, explore Shakespeare’s unique language, take a backstage tour and get a feel for the ISC stage. All students will be given materials to take home in English and Spanish. Workshops will take place before “The Winter’s Tale” on July 8, July 20 and July 29. Those before “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will occur on July 15, August 5 and August 25. The “Comedy of Errors” workshops will happen on August 11, August 19 and August 31.

On select evenings, festival art partners will hold pre-show performances at 6:30pm. Mariachi Los Toros, a group of professional musicians will perform on July 12. If dance appeals to you, come on July 22, July 26, August 5, August 12 or August 16 to see invertigo dance theatre from Cupid Painted Blind. The Jumbo Shrimp Circus will delight both children and adults before the play on August 17, August 23 and August 30.

The Salon Series will discuss the intersection of the Shakespeare and modern-day culture. The events will meet under a tree in the performance area at 6pm. Reservations are recommended at cronk@iscla.org or call 818-710-6306. Sanford Robbins will discuss Shakespeare’s role in our today’s society on June 30. Claire Marie-Peterson will discuss Shakespeare and the science of chaos on August 4. For more information, click here.

All events are free to attend so be sure to check one out this summer!

Event Details

Dates: June 28-September 2, 2012 (Thursdays through Sundays)

Times: 7pm

Location: Griffith Park

4730 Crystal Springs Drive

Los Angeles, CA 90027

Admission: FREE

For more information, please visit www.iscla.org.

Go Back to 1927 at the Chinese Theatre's 25 Cent Mondays!

Are you stuck in one of the hotels in Hollywood wondering what there is to do on a Monday night? Grauman’s Chinese Theatre,  is screening movies for a mere 25 cents on Mondays with the final screening on May 28.

The deal is a celebration of the theater’s 85th anniversary this year. 25 cents is the price of a movie ticket in 1926, when the theater first opened.The first 25 cent screening, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” was held yesterday, April 23. Tickets went on sale Saturday, April 14th at noon and sold out in two hours. That’s no small feat, as the Chinese Theatre can seat 1,500 people!

The 25 Cent Movie Monday’s schedule is as follows:

April 23 – Breakfast at Tiffany’s

April 30 – Hell’s Angels

May 21 – Shanghai Express

May 28 – The King and I

All of these films premiered at the Chinese Theatre way back when. The Chinese theatre has hinted that these screenings could continue throughout the year if future screenings continue to sell out. This is a fantastic opportunity to view classic films at their original venue for a very low price.

The Chinese Theatre is the most sought-after venue in Hollywood for studio premieres because of its location next to the Hollywood Walk of fame and rich history. The first film that premiered at the Chinese Theatre was Cecil B. DeMille’s “The King of Kings.” It was declared a historic-cultural landmark in 1968 and has been restored following several earthquakes in the Los Angeles area.

Tickets can be purchased at the Chinese Theatre box office and online here. There is a limit of 10 tickets per person. For more information on these screenings, follow the Chinese Theatre on Facebook and Twitter.