Armen M.

Armen M.

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  • Getty Center

    Los Angeles
    Museum
    Getty Center - Museum in Los Angeles.
    Nov 29, 2012 An Unforgettable LA Highlight "The Getty Museum is probably the only museum I know of where you can spend the entire day outside on-location without seeing any of the artwork inside. Living in LA, it's easy to become jaded and lost. Lost in a sea of traffic, smog, work, garbage; you tend to forget what makes this city so special, why people flock here from around the world. Well, the Getty Museum is there to remind us all that Los Angeles is simply stunning. The museum is nestled amongst some hills off of the 405 freeway, just north of UCLA. It's so far from the hustle and bustle of city traffic down below that you need a tram to get to the darn place. Parking can be steep (15 bucks), but trust me: it's worth it once you see the gorgeous view. On a clear day, you might even be able to spot the ocean. On top of this, the onsite outdoor gardens provide a colorful foreground for this awe-inspiring backdrop. Speaking of outdoor gardens, make sure you see the Central Garden. To be fair, it's pretty difficult to miss due to its size. This labyrinth of bougainvillea, azalea, and deer grass will have your head spinning. So once you're done soaking all of that in for a few hours, now it's time to admire the architecture. The museum, designed by Richard Meier, is an architectural masterclass. It is geometrically stylized with a modern and symmetrical feel. The multi-tiered and multi-faceted museum complex was built using travertine stone shipped directly from Italy. This notable beige-tinted rock has a simultaneously natural and urban feel to it, sweetly reflecting the radiant Southern California sunshine rays. Forget paying for overpriced museum food. Bring a packed lunch with you and set up a little picnic for yourself on their lush green lawns. You'll save yourself some money and enjoy the jaw-dropping scenery all in one shot. Now for the artwork, which like everything else I've described, is on another level. From Van Gogh's classic Irises to ancient Greco-Roman sculptures... There's something for everyone to see here. What's that you say? You don't know a thing about art? No worries, museum tours are free and the curators have all kinds of valuable insight for people of all ages. So if you have friends/relatives from out of town, make sure you take them to see the Getty. And if you live in LA and you've never been to the Getty, what are you doing with your life? Get over there ASAP! Seriously. You won't regret it." hide
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  • The Association

    Los Angeles
    Bar / Lounge
    The Association - Bar | Lounge in Los Angeles.
    Nov 29, 2012 One of the Best DTLA Bars. "This spot can be difficult to find, but sometimes the best bars are tucked away just waiting to be discovered. It's down 6th Street, not too far from a dodgier part of town. The only thing setting it apart is a big black door that's at the base of a shadowy flight of concrete stairs. If you aren't looking for it, chances are you'll walk right past without even noticing. But once you do find it and step inside, you'll never want to leave. At least that's how I felt. On your first walk to the bar you'll be immediately blown away by the old school funk and hip-hop jams the DJ is spinning. A Tribe Called Quest? Yes. David Bowie? More please. You get the sense that the people who run this joint (and the customers) really know GOOD music, beyond Waka Flocka and Chris Brown. We all know how pretentious LA nightlife can become: some snob talking about what kind of car he drives, some girl asking you what kind of car YOU drive, etc. If you're looking for that kind of experience, this place is not for you. The Association is filled with young people with nothing to prove, but with everything to talk about. If you show up with a group of friends, be prepared to make more friends here. People here aren't afraid to break out of their social comfort bubbles and interact. This is a place where you'll be meeting and engaging with a diverse group of students/9-to-5ers/artists and more. Although the mixology might not be as masterful as The Varnish across the street, bartenders here are still incredibly receptive and do solid work. On top of that, the ambiance is pure swankiness. The whole place is dimly lit, with retro-looking leather couches and groovy red lighting that floods the floor and reflects off the wall mirrors. Everything about this place is old school. Almost scummy, but in a good way. It's like you've stepped into one of those nightclubs from Swingers or Goodfellas. So if you're out in DTLA and you want to get away from the run-of-the-mill Los Angeles nightlife, you must stop by The Association." hide
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