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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

Unseen LA Excellent Dining In The Roosevelt

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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Unseen LA: The Service Station, The Next Venue You’ll Want To Visit

The Service Station, The Next Venue You Want To Visit 1

If you’ve ever driven South on Riverside after Los Feliz, you’ve probably seen a little gas station that has been abandoned for some time. It’s gotten better and better looking, transforming from a junk shop into what now looks like it could be a pretty cool place to maybe put in a restaurant or store or something since it’s such a curious architectural base.

Well, someone thought that up already: it has been flipped into a multi-purpose event space that hosts movie nights, food truck gatherings, pop-up retail, art events, and more. It’s now being called The Service Station and it’s a pretty sweet little place that you’ll want to be visiting this Summer.

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Unseen LA: Sushi Your Way At M.Y.O. Sushi

Unseen LA Sushi Your Way At M.Y.O. Sushi 1

We rarely get to “break” foodie news but today we get to do that: out in West Covina, there’s a new sushi concept that let’s you get creative with rolls. Applying a bit of a Chipotle logic and allowing you to “make your own” roll, here come’s M.Y.O. Sushi. The concept comes from Chef Michael Rome Noe who sent us a note a few weeks back and then followed up to relay information about the concept. They’ve just opened their doors today for their soft opening and we have word from Rome on where the concept came from and what you can expect.

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Unseen LA: A Hidden Noguchi Museum

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Like so many good things in Southern California, the California Scenario is next door to a TGIFridays. I recently made the pilgrimage to Orange County to spend the weekend with extended family, and having already visited the OCMA’s Richard Jackson exhibition and spent several misty mornings at Rudolf Schindler’s Lovell Beach House, I was looking for a new escape. That could very well have meant a trip to South Coast Plaza Mall but, thanks to a photographer friend’s recommendation, it led me instead to a hidden sculpture garden in Costa Mesa, designed by Isamu Noguchi in 1980.

Across from the aforementioned mall, the California Scenario is nested between several tall, mirrored office buildings of the postmodern variety, accessible by a pathway between the parking lot of a steakhouse and that place where you can go enjoy a Tropicalada© after you take in the art. Like so many special art experiences, this one takes some finding.

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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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