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Unseen LA: Going To The Batcaves

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Every time I’ve gone for a hike in Bronson Canyon, I always head straight and up the hill toward the Hollywood sign or Griffith Park joining ridge walk. There is some path that turns right early, before you even enter the park proper but I have never entertained the thought of going up it. You’d confuse it for some sort of park ranger road since there are some gates blocking it and it clearly is a strip that vehicles frequently travel: it doesn’t actually seem like a trail.

Well, it is—and it’s a special one. As many locals know, Bronson Canyon is home to the original Batcave and that early trail offshoot leads to it. It is perhaps one of the easiest hikes in town and the payoff is pretty extraordinary regardless of your thoughts on the superhero or Hollywood: it’s a special little destination that easily wows.

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Unseen LA: Excellent Dining In The Roosevelt

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Most Angelenos hear the words “Hollywood And Highland” and cringe. The three words, often described as Los Angeles’ Times Square, bring forth images of confused tourists and suburban clubbers hoping to get lucky and traffic, traffic, and more traffic. If there isn’t a movie premiere, there is a concert happening. If one lane isn’t blocked off for construction, the entire intersection is at a standstill as a result of too many pedestrians storming the street. The place is generally considered to be a clusterfuck—and you would think that nowhere in a five block radius of the area would be worth your time…especially to eat!

With the exception of legendary dive Power House and culinary classic Musso & Frank, locals have little reason to venture through this urban bog unless they are doing their best to be an LA tour guide by bringing parents, inlaws, siblings, friends, etc. to Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. Hidden in front of everyone, nearly on the same block as this LA headache, is Hollywood Roosevelt, a historic local hotel now overseen by Thompson Hotels. The space is very old Hollywood and usually misunderstood by tourists, who walk in thinking it may be as gaudy an attraction as the El Capitan and “Cabo Wabo Cantina,” and is avoided by locals because of the area’s reputation. But should it really be treated this way? We have a reason for you to weather the area for drinks, dinner, and more.

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A New Palm Springs Destination: Del Marcos Hotel

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We at Los Angeles, I’m Yours are on the constant hunt for more places to stay out in the desert. We’re always anxious to find and share new spots that you may not have heard of that could help to make your next desert trip a little sweeter and put a few more coins in your pocket. There are plenty of trendy places and plenty of ways for you to spend, spend, spend when you are out on a little vacation. But if you just want a low frills treat with a simultaneously modern and vintage twist, where’s a good place to go? Let us recommend the Del Marcos Hotel.

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What Is Spruce Juice?

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I was at a dinner recently where ten out of the twelve guests had the same question on their mind: what is Spruce Juice? Apparently the floral shop at the intersection of Akbar and the lube place (Sunset and Fountain) has only been advertising Spruce Juice for the past month or so, but to me it feels like ages. The shop’s marquee declares “We Have Spruce Juice” in such a confident, almost disarming way that my friends and I wondered if it was something important we had missed and thank god it wasn’t already sold out everywhere. But is spruce juice for plants or for humans? More importantly, would it taste good with vodka?

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What If Gas Stations Were Designed By Light & Space Artists?

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Driving down Highland to Franklin is a nightmare. If there isn’t Bowl traffic, there is general Hollywood and Highland traffic. If there isn’t Hollywood and Highland traffic, some a-hole drivers attempted to make a light and have caused unnecessary gridlock all around. If it isn’t gridlocked, some crazy someone is wandering the streets causing a hold-up and you never can get to where you want to go in a timely manner. You’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t: there is not really any redeeming anything about going through this area.

But have you gone by there recently? In addition to the always fascinating and welcoming Methodist church signs (Currently up there: an advertisement for a punny movie series called “Crossflix.”), the gas station on the corner has lost all of its signage and is left as a set of florescent bones that are lit up at night like a Dan Flavin installation. To make things even more exciting, the gas station on the corner of Los Feliz and Franklin has followed the same math and has lost its signage too. While this is probably a clerical error and the appropriate BP or whatever signs will come soon, we’re in a very rare and special moment of found art in Los Angeles: we have gotten to see gas stations look like Light & Space art pieces for weeks.

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Patricia Fernández Points Of Departure Between Spain And Frace 18th Street Arts Center

Made In L.A. alumn Patricia Fernández is currently the focus of a big showing at Santa Monica’s 18th Street Art Center. The show is called Points of Departure (between Spain and France) and is currently on view now through June 28.

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Bold LA Downtown Los Angeles

To add to the bubbling activity of who knows what on Broadway is Bold Room LA, a multi-purpose creative space hosting pop-ups and art. Sounds interesting!

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Living And Sustaining A Creative Life Sharon Louden LACMA

To celebrate her book, artist Sharon Louden will be coming to LACMA for a discussion and book signing of her new piece Living And Sustaining A Creative Life. It’s April 21 and will include a panel of speakers from Randy Sommer of ACME to George Stoll.

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Freeway Studies Insidue The Quad Otis

For the second of their road studying shows, Otis is presenting Freeway Studies #2. It’s a group show featuring “work by 31 contemporary artists whose studios are located inside the border defined by the following freeways: I-405, I-110, I-10 and I-105.” It’s on view through June 27.

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