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The Getty. The as­tound­ing ar­chi­tec­ture of The Cen­ter / 1200 Getty Dr / Brent­wood / 310 440 7300 / closed Mon / alone is worth the schlep, but the Euro mas­ters will im­press. Ocean views and an­cient Mediter­ranean art at The Villa / 17985 Pa­cific Coast Hwy / Pa­cific Pal­isades / 310 440 7300 / getty.edu / closed Tue / free en­try / ad­vance reser­va­tions re­quired.

MOCA. Not quite the MoMA, but still one of the west’s most di­verse. Three sites: Grand Av­enue / 250 S Grand Ave / Down­town; The Gef­fen / 152 N Cen­tral Ave / Down­town / both closed Tue-Wed; Pa­cific De­sign Cen­ter / 8687 Mel­rose Ave / WeHo / 213 626 6222 / closed Mon / archi and de­sign / moca.org. LACMA. LA’s most com­plete col­lec­tion of art in a big sev­en­build­ing com­plex, and mod on-site Ray’s + Stark Bar. 5905 Wil­shire Blvd / Mid City / 323 857 6000 / closed Wed / lacma.org The Broad. Diller Scofidio + Ren­fro’s jaw-drop­ping, gi­ant cheese grater-chan­nelling ed­i­fice is home to pa­trons Eli and Edythe B’s mam­moth cache of post-war mod­ern art. Worth a viz for that alone, but there’s also a pretty olive tree-lined gar­den and Otium (see Rest/Smart) eats here too. 221 S Grand Ave / Down­town / 213 232 6200 / Tue-Sun / free en­try / pre book your visit to side­step the par­lous queues / the­broad.org Mod Walk Cul­ver City. Cul­ture specs on, avoid Sun-Mon, and be­gin at Ko­plin Del Rio / 6031 Wash­ing­ton Blvd (at Melvil) / 310 836 9055 / ko­plin­del­rio.com, then park around the cnr at Honor Fraser / 2622 S La Cienega Blvd / 310 837 0191 / hon­or­fraser.com. Stroll north to #2632 JK Gallery / 310 837 3330, fol­lowed by #2642 Wal­ter Ma­ciel / 310 839 1840 / wal­ter­ma­ciel­gallery. com, and pon­tif­i­cate over cock­tails at #2692 Man­drake / 310 837 3297 / man­drake­bar.com. Sm-art! Golden Gal­leries Berg­amot Sta­tion. Trol­ley stop turned con­tempo com­plex.

2525 Michi­gan Ave / Santa Mon­ica / 310 453 7535 / closed Sun-Mon / berg­amot­sta­tion.com Fred­er­ick Weis­man Foun­da­tion. C.20th villa home to Fred’s stag­ger fab col­lec­tion of Warhol, Rothko et al. 265 N Carol­wood Dr / Bev­erly Hills / 310 277 5321 / by appt only / do­cen­tled tours 10.30am & 2pm Mon-Fri / weis­man­foun­da­tion.org

Groovy Movie Ar­cLight. State of the art theatres and sophisty F&B. The orig­i­nal dome is a must for buffs / ar­clightcin­e­mas.com. 6360 W Sun­set Blvd / Hol­ly­wood / 323 464 1478 / or Cine­fam­ily in a land­mark theatre screens off­beat cel­lu­loid ca­pers / 611 N Fairfax Ave / 323 655 2510 / cine­fam­ily.org

Good Lis­ten­ers Los An­ge­les Mu­sic Cen­ter. Gehry’s Walt Dis­ney Con­cert Hall hosts the LA Phil­har­monic in winter; Os­car’s for­mer home, the Dorothy Chan­dler Pav­il­ion, hosts LA Opera. 135 N Grand Ave / Down­town / 213 972 7211 / mu­s­ic­cen­ter.org / dine on ex­cel­lent sea­sonal fare at ad­ja­cent fine diner Patina / 141 S Grand Ave / 213 972 3331 / din­ner Tue-Sun / patinarestau­rant.com

Hol­ly­wood Bowl. Awe­some am­phithe­atre with rockin’ acous­tics and rollin’ gar­dens for pic­nics (see V. Use­ful). Too ple­beian? Book box seats, or visit niche nook The Greek. 2301 N High­land Ave / Hol­ly­wood / 323 850 2000 / the Bowl hosts the LA Phil­har­monic in sum­mer / hol­ly­wood­bowl.com To Mar­ket Grand Cen­tral Mar­ket. His­toric, tad grotty bazaar now rep­ping edgy DTLA Cheese, Eg­gslut + Oys­ter Gourmet. 317 S Broad­way / Down­town / 213 624 2378 / grand­cen­tral­mar­ket.com

Slam-pede NBA. Pro b-ball rules the roost. The Lak­ers are show­time and peren­nial un­der­dog Clip­pers are sud­denly hot again.

Sta­ples Cen­ter Arena / 1111 S Figueroa St / Down­town / for club seats call First Class Tick­ets (see Very Use­ful) / sta­ples­cen­ter.com

Cruisin’

Mul­hol­land Drive. Curvier than J. Lo in span­dex, zip along for glit­tery city views / from Hol­ly­wood, take 101 Hwy north-bound to the Mul­hol­land Dr exit. At Mul­hol­land Dr, take a left to­wards Hol­ly­wood. Run­yon Canyon will also be on the left should you fancy a scene-ic hike among celebu-dogs. Horse Rid­ing

Sun­set Ranch. The clos­est you’ll ever get to star­ring in a Western. Gal­lop in the Hills and soak up brill panora­mas.

3400 N Beach­wood Dr / Hol­ly­wood / 323 469 5450 / sun­se­tranch­holly wood.com

What a Looker!

Ad­ven­ture He­li­copter Tours. Nothin’ beats get­tin’ high.

White­man Air­port / 12653 Os­borne St / Pa­coima / 888 933 5952 / ad­ven­ture­he­li­copter­tours.com

Nat­u­ral Wan­ders Grif­fith Park and Ob­ser­va­tory. This vast ur­ban park is mostly un­tamed, with miles of hik­ing trails, wow vis­tas, and Wolf­gang Puck’s Café at the end of the Uni­verse. 2800 E Ob­ser­va­tory Rd / 213 473 0800 / grif­fithobs.org / closed Mon / also try The Trails / 2333 Fern Dell Dve / Grif­fith Park / 323 871 2102

Dead Glam­orous Hol­ly­wood For­ever. Père-Lachaise it ain’t, but here lie DeMille, Valentino and other Old Hol­ly­wood lu­mi­nar­ies. 6000 Santa Mon­ica Blvd / Hol­ly­wood / 323 469 1181 / hol­ly­wood­for­ever.com / hosts out­door screen­ings in sum­mer / cine­spia.org / or visit West­wood Ceme­tery to com­mune with Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe and Dean Martin / 1218 Glen­don Ave / West­wood / 310 474 1579 / dig­ni­tymemo­rial.com

Break­ing Waves Learn to Surf LA. You’ll be up on the first day, un­less you keep ‘falling’ into your in­struc­tor’s swell-sculpted arms. Call 310 663 2479 / var­i­ous lo­ca­tions / learn­to­sur­fla.com Week­end Get­aways Day at the Beach. Head north up the Pa­cific Coast Hwy (PCH) to sunny honey Mal­ibu. Start at ocean­front in­sti­tu­tion Ge­of­frey’s at 27400 PCH / 310 457 1519 / ge­of­freysmal­ibu.com / with a lob­ster cobb salad and mi­mosa, or Nobu at #22706 / 310 317 9140 / nobu­restau­rants.com / if you pre­fer sashimi surf­side. By­pass crowded Par­adise Cove and Zuma up to pris­tine and Fido-friendly Leo Car­rillo Beach / 35000 PCH / near the LA County line. Zip on to Ventura County for seafood shack Nep­tune’s Net / 42505 PCH / 310 457 3095 / and say bye bye bikini; nab a pic­nic ta­ble or skip to the sands to ogle a clas­sic Cali sun­set. Can’t bear to leave? Turn your day into a stay – hope­fully you know some big stu­dio exec with a sea­side manse, but if not, there is al­ways the coastal-chic Mal­ibu Beach Inn / 22878 PCH / 310 456 6444 / mal­ibubeachinn.com. Pasadena. Leafy nabe 15 kms from Hol­ly­wood. Drop by Nor­ton Si­mon Mu­seum / 411 W Colorado Blvd / 626 449 6840 / closed Tue / nor­ton­si­mon.org / this chap stashed his De­gas, Pi­casso, and C.14th In­dian sculp­tures in a glam Gehry. Re­lax at Hunt­ing­ton Gar­dens / 1151 Ox­ford Rd / 626 405 2100 / hunt­ing­ton.org; Des­canso Gar­dens / 1418 Des­canso Dr / 818 949 4200 / with Ja­panese tea house; or quaint English Rose

Tree Cot­tage / 801 S Pasadena Ave / 626 793 3337, and overnight at The Lang­ham Hunt­ing­ton / 1401 S Oak Knoll Ave / 626 568 3900 / with gor­geous grounds and lovely spa.

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