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!
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!
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.
On the twentieth day of Holiday, my LA friend gave to me: American Apparel’s Dog 3-Pack.
What did you want from music this year? Did you want electronic saviors? New classicists? Modern rock ingenues on the brink of super stardom? Covers of obscure classics songs by your favorite artists? In Los Angeles, we had all of that and more this year. Take a peek at our favorite music made by locals this year. (And please note that this was a very hard list to make because every music item we shared on LAIY this year was absolutely stellar: these efforts are truly the best of the best which may explain why some may have been shared quite frequently.)