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As Karie Bible strides across Hollywood Forever Cemetery, the hem of her mourning gown absorbs dew from the gravesites of Douglas Fairbanks and Jayne Mansfield. She tours the cemetery for a living, leading groups to crypts and monuments that mark the remains of deceased celebrities. Whether recounting the legacy of actress Marion Davies or kneeling at the spike of grass that marks Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer's final resting place, she immerses tour-goers in Hollywood history. Each tour lasts about two hours and sheds light on cherished stars, as well as lesser-known entertainers and community members.

6000 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles,
CA
US

Home to two stages and an art gallery, the Edgemar Center for the Arts more than meets the needs of the local visual and performing arts communities. The center places an emphasis on collaboration, uniting creative minds of all ages and persuasions both in the classroom and on stage. Hosting musical performances, question-and-answer sessions with Hollywood actors, and theatrical productions old and just sprouted, the space has attracted the likes of Don Cheadle, Christian Slater, Malcolm McDowell, and Jason Alexander.

2437 Main St
Santa Monica,
CA
US

“We like to drink wine. Not so much sniff it, stare at it, swirl it, or try to describe it with funny words.” Let that quote from the owners be proof that you won’t find an ounce of pretension at Bodega. In the living-room-inspired lounge, patrons order wine by the glass and share small plates.

814 Broadway
Santa Monica,
CA
US

Largely known for their frequent live music, Harvelle's low-lit interior is an intimate setting for enjoying drinks, gourmet food, and live entertainment, six days a week. Huddled over candle-lit tables, couples can enjoy craft cocktails from the bar or edibles from the kitchen such as the brandy pulled-pork and brie sandwich with caramelized onions or the roasted tomato and garlic flatbread.

1432 4th St
Santa Monica,
CA
US

Saban Theatre has been entertaining audiences since 1930, when it was one of old Hollywood's premiere film palaces. The art deco theatre, then named the Fox Wilshire, attracted its fair share of cinema legends. In 1953, the stars of Hollywood turned out for the premiere of Marilyn Monroe and Lauren Bacall's film, ¬How to Marry a Millionaire. Walt Disney arrived at the theater later that year to exhibit the fist widescreen Donald Duck cartoon, which required subtitles for non-avian audience members.

In 1981, the theater's owners chose to shift from film to live performance. They renovated the building, converted the auditorium into a stage venue, and changed the name to Saban Theatre. Since then, the venue has hosted performances from the likes of Richard Pryor, Billy Crystal, and Sting. Even with its modern headliners, the theater still echoes Tinsel Town's Golden Age with its ornate plasterwork and grand sculptures.

8440 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills,
CA
US

The Troubadour opened in 1957. In September of that same year, Lenny Bruce took to its stage and was arrested on charges of obscenity. The venue has been an unstoppable force in the entertainment industry ever since. Neil Young played his LA debut there in 1969, and in 1970, Neil Diamond introduced a fresh new act from the UK: Elton John. Prince performed two surprise shows in 2011 on a 21-night performance streak through LA that only stopped when he figured out how to turn his amp off. Today, The Troubadour continues to prove a favorite stage for world-renowned musicians and up-and-comers alike.

9081 Santa Monica Boulevard
West Hollywood,
CA
US