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.
The Improv Space is a multifunctional comedy laboratory that both teaches and performs unscripted humor. Catch one of the troupe-hosted shows ($5–$10), such as the seasoned cast of Robert Downey Jr. Jr. performing Hometown Interview on Friday nights at 9:30 p.m. In this show, the cast interrogates an audience volunteer for tidbits about their hometown experiences to use as inspiration for a fully improvised comedy show, then the volunteer returns to his seat to apologize to his friends for using their real names.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition? We offer awesome wines in an elegant, yet relaxed setting; perfect for first dates, happy-hour wine tasting, or just catching up with friends.
Of the products you sell, which are your favorites? You can't beat our wines! We also offer cheese and charcuterie plates, as well as chocolate.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business? We obviously have a lot of passion for wine. Showing people our different wines from the major grape-producing regions of California is very rewarding for us. We like to have a glass of wine and chat, so why not make that our career?
What do you love most about your job? We love meeting new people and teaching people about wine. Hearing the stories that people tell make no two days the same. Making people happy with good wine is also very rewarding.
From a purely aesthetic perspective, spiking a bloody mary with Vampyre Vodka is redundant?the triple-distilled liquor is as red as tomato juice. It's also one of the vampire-themed pours visitors can sip at Vampire Lounge & Tasting Room. Another option? Wine, of course. More specifically, chardonnays and cabernet sauvignons from the bar's namesake winery, Vampire Vineyards. Its moniker originated from its ties to Transylvania back in the '90s, but even now that its a purely Napa Valley operation, the name still fits.
Punctuating the elegant ivory of the dining room's tablecloths and padded booths is a bright-red curtain. This drapery lines the stage where musicians at H.O.M.E. weave elaborate jazz melodies every single day. The live music mingles with aromas of dinners and Sunday brunches strewn with upscale ingredients such as truffles, organic veggies, slow-braised rabbit, and maine lobster. A wide variety of bands, solo artists, and bionic human-phonograph hybrids cycle across the stage at H.O.M.E., but the kitchen is always piloted by Executive Chef Shawn Davis, whose colorful creations feature nests of violet-streaked green sprouts, drizzles of vibrant sauces, beds of luminous gold caviar, and thin fillets of strawberry.
If living in a hotel is a luxury, then eating in a hotel is a luxury for the belly. Today's Groupon gets your stomach $60 worth of dishes and drinks at West Restaurant and Lounge on the top floor (17 stories up) of LA's Hotel Angeleno for $30. Treat yourself to a combination of panoramic dining and aged Italian steaks that might serve as a reminder of your Sicilian cattle-herding days.