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Old 12-09-2011, 04:19 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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Thought I'd get everyone's opinions on the happenin' spots in LA. We're based in Santa Monica just now but all votes for the LA area are welcome of course What do you guys like to do on the weekends?

What are your favorite -

Music venues
Museums and galleries
Parks
Playhouses
Bars/Restaurants

Or anything else you love

And also, if anyone knows awesome deals - like happy hours or daily specials or whatnot - that's much appreciated too.

(Just found out how much MORE expensive car insurance is in CA compared to SC. Whoooo boy!)
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Old 12-09-2011, 04:58 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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Music venues - The Echo, Music Box, Troubadour
Museums and galleries - Getty, LACMA,
Parks - Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Runyon Canyon
Playhouses - Just been to a few plays since I moved here, I'm no expert

Also I recommend you check out the Upright Citizens Brigade theatre in Hollywood, on Franklin Ave. Most shows range from 1-10 bucks and every time I have gone there has been someone famous (gone about 10 times in the last year or so) ; some shows are clunkers but it doesn't matter, you only paid 5 bucks!

Unfortunately most of my knowledge is in Hollywood / Central LA, but if you are ever in the area I would definitely recommend all of these.
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Old 12-09-2011, 07:35 PM
 
Location: The OC
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I am not much of a going out person; my weekends consist of posting on different forums and watching Netflix. I have plenty of money though; just feel weird going out alone (no friends).
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Old 12-10-2011, 01:59 AM
 
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One of my favorite places in LA is the Griffith Park Observatory, and it's freeeeeeeee!
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Old 12-11-2011, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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munchitup, thanks so much for all the tips! We're still apartment hunting (grr) so not partying hard or anything (which for us involves hitting up a lot of museums and art galleries and whatnot xD), but we're definitely going to Upright Citizens Brigade. SO sad that Sarah Silverman dancing is sold out though

Griffith Observatory and the whole park seems tres cool, bet we'll be there a good bit. I also wanna check out Lake Balboa in Sherman Oaks, and there are so many national parks nearby, gotta go to those whenever we have long weekends

Also FREE is the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Hollywood. If anyone's ever in the Santa Monica area, we went to Bergamot Station yesterday - tons of art galleries to stroll, and the art museum there is just a $5 donation.

Very very nice

jackie, I can sympathize lots You know, I think a lot of people make friends through the internet and through their "nerdy" hobbies more than 'going out.' If you're lonely at all you should try to branch out some - just think of it as rude to withhold your cool self from others' company. People won't bite usually - they're too busy feeling insecure about themselves or thinking about their grocery list to be judging you. I'm generally pretty terrible with people - very shy and always seem to say something extremely awkward or inappropriate or offensive. But I'm trying to work on it. Having said that, nothin' wrong with PJing it up with Netflix and snacks, one of my favorite pasttimes
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Old 12-11-2011, 07:30 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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The Thrilling Adventure Hour at Largo is really fun & the tickets are only $12
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Old 12-12-2011, 03:07 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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I'd love to make it to a performance or two of the Moth: Events | The Moth. Been listening to their podcast for about a year, I bet.

We were walking around the Chinese Theater in Hollywood over the weekend. The guy(s) that stand nearby offering free tickets to shows - are they usually legit or are there scammers to look out for? Apparently we could have gotten into Craig Ferguson or Dr. Phil

I haven't looked into all of that stuff yet, being part of a studio audience, but this looks like a good place to start: Los Angeles Area TV Studios and Show Tickets

I KNOW this is kind of cheesy. Usually when I travel I try my hardest to not come off as a tourist - but now that we're living here so suddenly, and it's such a big place, I figured I didn't stand a chance convincing anyone I know what's going on, so I ought as well embrace it
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Old 12-12-2011, 03:28 PM
 
Location: South Bay
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i've taken out of town friends to hollywood and we signed up to be audience members for a tv show through a guy on the street. it ended up working out, but you usually end up waiting in line at the studio for quite a while, so only do it if you have a day to waste.
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Old 12-12-2011, 05:30 PM
 
Location: Sherman Oaks, CA
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In the summer there are lots of free concerts all over the city, including the Santa Monica Pier.
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Old 12-13-2011, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Boulder Creek, CA
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Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Much to learn about the history of Hollywood and L.A. there, plus it's right next to Paramount Studios.
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