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Jeffrey Burbank

Margot Gerber inside the Egyptian Theatre; Credit: Danny Liao

Margot Gerber: The Saint Who Preserves Us

When she arrives at work each day at the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre headquarters on Hollywood Boulevard, Margot Gerber cannot help but be reminded of her avocational passion — historic preservation....
Dawes play the Masonic Lodge in September 2016; Credit: Mathew Tucciarone

Best Concert Venue in a Cemetery

While the folks at Hollywood Forever are no strangers to promotion, with their popular outdoor movie screenings on the Fairbanks Lawn, the Masonic Lodge, a darkly ornate Spanish Baroque former Freemasons' meeting place just a gravestone's throw from the crypts of the famous, is now one of the most talked-about......
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Best Integrated Resting Place

Death is the great equalizer, and nowhere is that more evident than at Inglewood Park Cemetery, where not only do many of America's jazz and blues greats lie in repose — Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Etta James, Chet Baker and Big Mama Thornton — but where an eclectic who's who......
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Best Persian Restaurant Alternative

While an array of respectable Persian restaurants can be found in Little Tehran on Westwood Boulevard, the area's best-kept secret is LaZiz Grill, where many of the same Iranian entrees can be enjoyed at almost half the price. It's to-go only, and concealed within Super Sun Market, but you can......
Riverside's historic Mission Inn; Credit: Star Foreman

Party Like a President at the Historic Mission Inn

Once the Southern California hotel for presidents (Richard Nixon got married here, and fellow California prez Ronald Reagan honeymooned here), the portraits in the Mission Inn's Presidential Lounge reflect the other chief execs who have stayed there, including presidents Taft, Hoover, Theodore Roosevelt and George W. Bush....
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Best Old-School Men's Boutique

This sartorial throwback on parking-challenged Third Street is a comforting refuge for even those guys who hate shopping for clothes. An emporium without mannequins, fancy window dressings or extensive racks, Douglas Fir is a minimalist delight, precisely because it offers customers so little to choose from. Proprietors John Noble and......
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Best Place to Shop While Waiting for Ramen on Sawtelle

Amid all the trendy eateries that have sprung up in Sawtelle Japantown, there is a thriving gift shop, Black Market, that is one of the city's best choices for hip outfitters. Owner Jisook Lee has succeeded in curating a quirky and diverse inventory that ranges from dime-store novelty items —......