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Best Day-Tripping

Best Telescope: Mount Wilson Observatory The Griffith Observatory may get all the press, but high up in the San Gabriel Mountains is another space-gazing outpost equally worth a visit. The Mount Wilson Observatory, on a summit 5,712 feet above Pasadena, is a haven for astronomers both amateur and professional. Founded......
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Best Boogie Funk: Dam-Funk at Funkmosphere

Stones Throw’s master teacher of heavy grooves, Dam-Funk, spins nothing but deep cuts of boogie funk during Funkmosphere, vinyl Monday nights at Carbon, near Culver City. Dam-Funk takes you beyond the jump-off from disco, funk and roller-skating jams into an outer zone known only as Space Funk. Don’t be embarrassed......
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Best Steam Trains: Walt Disney's Carolwood Barn

Steam trains were an obsession for Walt Disney since his childhood. From his earliest sketches, he planned to have a railroad circling around the park at Disneyland. Ward Kimball and Ollie Johnson, two of Disney Studios’ “Nine Old Men” of animation, shared the same obsession. They introduced Walt to their......
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Best Frat-Boy-Free Drinking: The Roost

Amid a sea of fancier, trendier, pricier options, The Roost remains a dive bar in the best sense of the term: cheap strong drinks, free popcorn, and no pretentiousness whatsoever. Add in a well-stocked jukebox, very few frat boys prone to belting out Bon Jovi, friendly bartenders at the cash-only......
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Best Art Star Scouting: Hope Gallery

A collaboration between Fairfax’s Family bookstore and Teenage Teardrops’ Cali Dewitt, the Hope Gallery sits on Echo Park Avenue’s well-trafficked bohemian block of shops by the historic Chicken Corner. Focusing on local and upcoming artists with a penchant for comic style illustration and psychedelic installations, the Hope Gallery has already......
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Best Fashion and Art Mixtape: Ooga Booga

Wendy Yao, local artist and den mother of L.A.’s burgeoning Chinatown scene, curates her store, Ooga Booga, with all the thought and precision of a carefully selected mixtape made for a longtime friend. Clothes and bags mingle with prints, books, zines and one-of-a-kind items. Sometimes there are actual mixtapes for......
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Best Models: Roundhouse Train Store

The oldest and longest-running train store in Los Angeles is nestled on a block of Victory Boulevard, next to tiki bar (and fellow sixties relic) the Tonga Hut. Stepping inside the Roundhouse, one enters a Los Angeles of the past. The coffee pot’s always on, and free cups are offered......
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