L.A .in May, what not to miss?

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L.A .in May, what not to miss?

Postby Mod Betty / RetroRoadmap » Wed Apr 11, 2007 9:17 am

Hello!

My husband and I are making a trip to Los Angeles in May and I was hoping to get an idea of some of the places to see, places to go, things not to miss while we are out there.

We are into vintage./midmod everything-tiki, old signs bars, restaurants, clubs, clothing, music, places to shop, places to photograph. Things that we just don't have here on the East Coast!

We will be visiting from May 10-15th and by luck will be staying for 2 nights at the Chateau Marmont. The rest of our stay will be on the futon at a pal's apartment which is more in keeping with how we usually travel.

Looking forward to our trip and to any and all suggestions. Perhaps this might help other out of towners hit the highlights of the area too!

Thanks a bunch,
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Postby scowsa » Wed Apr 11, 2007 3:17 pm

A couple of ideas.

If you want to see one of the earliest examples of modernisn in the US check out the Schindler House


Plus it's near Melrose which is one of the funkier shopping streets.

We always take guests to the roof bar of the downtown Standard hotel, normally at lunchtime as it's a lot less hectic.


Dependent on the timing of your trip, one of LA are flea markets is worth a visit, with the Rose Bowl being the primo one.

Check out and scroll down

Lastly, check out the LA Times Open House section on Sat and you may see some modern/mcm homes listed and you can create your own tour. In fact if you are planning to get to Venice, a Sun trip will guarantee a few interesting open houses.

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Postby Lynxwiler » Wed Apr 11, 2007 5:20 pm

I adore the funky merchandise of Wacko and the Soap Plant on Hollywood Boulevard:
http://www.soapplant.com/

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Postby Gnomus » Wed Apr 11, 2007 6:29 pm

You might want to check out the LA Conservancy's walking tours.

The LA Museum of Neon Art is closed for now, but they still offer bus tours of notable signage.

If you're interested in Googie, we could set you up with a list of addresses of coffee shops, car washes, apartment buildings to visit.

For the serious tiki fan, you could make the run out to Oceanic Arts in Whittier.

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Postby ChrisLAXEncounter » Wed Apr 11, 2007 6:32 pm

I recommend spending one day on LA Tiki:


1) Morning Oceanic Arts

2) lunch at Bahooka (print the coupon from its website)

3) Happy Hour at Damon's (Glendale)

4) Sunset over the Pacific and then Purple Orchid (El Segundo)

5) Dinner at Trader Vics for the classic MaiTai or my personal favorite, the Fog Cutter

6) Head over the hill to Tonga Hut (NorthHollywood)

7) Come back via SilverLake for a Ray's Mistake at Tiki Ti (Silverlake)

Drive home on Sunset, LA's most incredible street
(and then buy the book by Lynxwiler)

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Postby LAOperaMan » Fri Apr 13, 2007 1:28 pm

Watch less Television (save for the Food Network and PBS), go to more art museums, listen to NPR, attend more Theatre and Opera, and you will be a better person!!!!!!!
DO IT NOW!!!!!!

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Postby davidk6 » Sat Apr 14, 2007 6:39 am

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Postby nichols » Sat Apr 14, 2007 9:03 am

Red Line does a Hollywood Boulevard tour that the Conservancy doesn't do, BUT Hollywood Heritage has started a series of weekend walking tours of the Boulevard that I'm sure are on par with a Conservancy experience.
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http://www.hollywoodheritage.org/walkingtour.html

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Postby davidk6 » Sat Apr 14, 2007 9:20 am

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Oldest Original Mc Donalds and the Carpenter's in Downey, CA

Postby retrocool » Sat Apr 14, 2007 5:49 pm

The oldest original Mc Donalds is in Downey, Ca. http://www.downeyca.org/visitor_mcdonalds.php

Also the home of Karen and Richard Carpenter is located in the Northeast area of Downey. Downey is about 10 miles out of LA.
The address of the home can be found here.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Carpenters

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Postby Mod Betty / RetroRoadmap » Tue May 08, 2007 7:31 am

Thanks to everyone for their suggestions! Can't believe we're going to be there in just a few days.We've managed to swing a couple of nights at the Chateau Marmont and also tix to Charles Phoenix. We will also be hanging at Ghengis Cohen on Mon night (hubby has a gig- stop on by and say hi!)

I appreciate all of the suggestions!

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Postby nichols » Wed May 16, 2007 3:04 pm

Too late for this trip, but I highly suggest reading Charles Phoenix's "My Favorite Weekend" in the Los Angeles Times...

http://www.lottaliving.com/bb/viewtopic ... 3417#53417


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