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Where To Take Any Family Visiting You In Los Angeles For The Holidays

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Ahh, it’s that final rush before Christmas day and everyone is squeezing out every last drop of 2012 so that they can take the next week or two just to relax and prepare for 2013. Some of us are going to have to prepare for even more: visitors. Be it family or old friends, you may be readying for an onslaught of out-of-towners, many of whom have never been to Los Angeles. Sounds easy enough, right? Wrong. You may think that you have everything planned out and that you know where people are going to want to go but people will inevitably be overwhelmed by the city and how weird Los Angeles can be. I remember when the first time my father visited me out here, he had a near panic attack in a Santa Monica parking structure because he couldn’t believe that we didn’t have to pay for parking. Moreover, taking two suburban Starbucks lovers to the Silver Lake Intelligentsia was an awful, intimidating thing to do. A dinner at Son of a Gun turned into a near disaster after the price-to-size ratio was so skewed that no out-of-towners wanted to eat despite their not paying the bill. These normal things, things you don’t really think as “extreme” can be quire scary for parents and the like. Where should you take them then? We thought of a few suggestions from our experience that may help certain visitors you have coming. Here’s to an easy visit!

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The Biggest Dramas Of 2012

The Biggest Dramas Of 2012

Drama, drama, drama: there is never a shortage of it! The city started the year with a bum foot and couldn’t get its proper stride because of it. This meant some community-on-community hate and lots of division between the old, the new, the confused, the over intelligent, and everyone in the gaps. We have forgotten most of the dramas of this year but these few stuck out to us like square tumors. Glad most of them have subsided!

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The Best Retail And Fashion Of 2012

The Best Retail And Fashion Of 2012

We have to hand it to Los Angeles for really becoming quite a little retail hub this year. Perhaps we are growing more aware of what is going on or maybe there simply is more going on but we feel like the city in this discipline–and in other disciplines like food–has finally gotten to a respectable level. Great! LA Fashion Week may still be a bit wonky but, all in all, LA did a good job this year.

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A Delicate Balance Odyssey Theatre

Odyssey Theatre is welcoming Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance starting April 26 through June 15. The show features a stacked cast and is one of Albee’s most memorable works.

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Freehand Gallery Jewelry Show

West 3rd’s Freehand Gallery is welcoming their annual Jewelry Show from April 26 through May 31. There will be an artist talk on the 26th at 4PM, too.

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Surfers Healing Bloomingdale's Los Angeles 1

Century City’s Bloomingdale’s will welcome rad organization Surfers Healing, a group who host surf camps and workshops to benefit autistic children, to their Men’s Store. It’s happening April 27 and will feature wears that benefit the brand. If you can’t make that, April 26 there will be a similar event at South Coast Plaza.

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April Make And Take Vegan Cooking Class Plant Based Parties

Plant Based Parties is having their monthly make and take event on April 27. The event is a fun Chopped style cooking event that features vegan food and culinary creativity.

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Wildflowering LA Fritz Haeg LAND

After a season of growth, it’s time for LAND and Fritz Haeg’s Wildflowering L.A. to come to life with an exhibition. The showing will be in Pasadena on April 26 and April 27.

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