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Owner Susan Disney Lord (a niece of Walt Disney) has transformed what was once a ho-hum tavern into the stunning Bel Air Bar and Grill. A two-story glass entryway adorned with a mural of bougainvillea leads into a modern, minimalist dining room with brick walls, dark furnishings and a working fireplace. Young professionals and Getty Center museum-goers (it‰Ûªs a three-minute drive away) gather for twists on classic American fare. Appetizer highlights include truffled mac ‰Û÷n‰Ûª cheese, fried calamari and a grilled shrimp cocktail. EntrÌ©es are simple yet hearty and flavorful, especially the moist pan-roasted branzino (Mediterranean sea bass) served with crunchy carrot farro and roast chicken accompanied by sautÌ©ed potatoes, pearl onions and corn. California labels dominate the concise wine list, which also includes a few international selections. Diners with sweet tooths won‰Ûªt want to miss the pastry chef‰Ûªs signature red velvet ding dong for dessert.
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The circular tower of the Westside’s Hotel Angeleno puts guests in such close proximity to the highway entrance that it’s hard to resist hopping on to the 405 to explore everything from Venice Beach to Hollywood. Located in the upscale Brentwood neighborhood, the hotel’s rooms each have private balconies with views that capture the Santa Monica Mountains, city skyline or the Pacific Ocean. Amenities include high thread-count linens, luxurious pillow-top mattresses, feather duvets, ergonomically-designed work areas and WiFi. Guests can take advantage of a free shuttle ride up to the renowned Getty Center, only five minutes away – or use the hotel’s complimentary valet parking to keep your car close at hand. Guests can sip on complimentary wine in the lobby during the evening wine hour, and the West Restaurant on the 17th floor provides plenty of locally-sourced dishes, while taking spectacular 200-degree views.
Founded in 1974, L.A. Theatre Works (LATW) is a non-profit media arts organization whose mission is to present, preserve and distribute significant classic and contemporary plays through audio recordings. Originally named “Artists in Prison,” the organization used theatre as a tool for creative expression by incarcerated men and women. In 1985, LATW began producing audio recordings of plays, which can now be found in some 11,000 U.S. libraries. The group’s catalogue consists of over 400 plays by classic and notable playwrights, many recorded by famous film and TV actors. In 2012, LATW began releasing e-books and apps as well, which accompany the audio performances – which are staged locally at UCLA’s James Bridges Theatre – and allows a user to read the text of a play as they listen to the recording. The company also tours nationally.
Built in 1929 as one of the first four original structures on UCLA’s campus in Westwood, the two towers of Royce Hall are now the defining image of the school. Named for California-born philosopher Josiah Royce, the looming brick building is modeled after Milan’s San Ambrogio Church. In the many decades since its introduction, the popular events space has undergone seismic retrofitting, and now boasts some 1,800 seats, nearly all with perfect sightlines to the deep stage. The annual events calendar features a variety of fine art performances with world-class talent ranging from speakers to dance to contemporary and classical music. Entertainers use the stage to tell stories and jokes, radio personalities bring their live shows through Royce Hall, and students have the opportunity to witness never-before-seen productions throughout the year. Patrons can customize their own subscription packages, and students receive discounts to every event.
For nine days in July, the annual theater festival stages an eclectic collection of international plays, premieres, and readings. This season’s lineup represents the finest union of worldly performances since Les Misérables: As Performed by Members of the U.N. The lineup includes the U.S. premiere of Ireland’s Gare St. Lazare Players’ production of The End and Israel’s Orto-Da Theatre Group’s production of Stones, a movement piece in which the troupe’s mime artists depict a living statue that commemorates Jewish warriors of the Warsaw Ghetto. Full descriptions of the season can be found here; consult the season schedule for performance details. Please note that some performances are free throughout the festival's run.