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Arcades


Ricketts Foyer
Ricketts Foyer

Three Electro-mechanical pinball machines that date back to the 60's. Not too glitzy, but you do get three games for a quarter.

SAC Game Room
SAC, room 65

Located next to the SAC Coordinator's Office, near the Laundry Room, there are 8 videos, 4 pinball machines, 2 vending machines, and 1 change machine that doesn't usually work (ask Gina Armas next door in the SAC Coordinator's office why). The place is maintained by Doug MacEnzie and Gina Armas, and has been doing poorly the past few years due to vandalism. However, the place has the best-maintained machines and grievance policy. Doug's number is 792.9321; feel free to call up and inform him if there are problems with the machines. (Don't pester him to get recent games, though. We can't afford them.)

Tilt
Plaza Pasadena (300 E. Colorado Blvd.)
449.3711

A bit farther than the others in this section, but the ARTS Bus does go past the Plaza (see the Transportation section). About 5 pins and 16 videos. Seems much less seedy than the next two, but the machines are poorly maintained.

Western Arcade
1513 E. Colorado Blvd.
796.5524

6 pinball machines, around 20 videos. Has relatively new games in good condition, but doesn't "stack up" on new videos like PakMann does. The operators are usually quite helpful.

PakMann Arcade
1775 E. Colorado Blvd.
449.2834

15 pinball machines, around 70(!) videos. The most popular arcade in the area, they get the newest video games, and also have some old classics; one could spend hours there. Having said that, let's list some of their bad points. One, the place is dark, hot, and smoky; expect to find your clothes smelling of sweat and salmon when you come out. Two, this reviewer once lost 20 dollars worth of merchandise when he set it down to play a game. Three, the machines are almost never fixed; they probably just sell the machine when it stops making money. Four, they have a "no refund" policy, which is a double whammy when put with bad point number three. Nevertheless, certain diehards like this reviewer can't resist the pull of games that only they have.

 

Attractions


Disneyland
1313 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim
213.626.8605

The Happiest Place on Earth is right here in Southern California, and no, it's not Caltech. To get to Disneyland, take the 5 south to Orange County and watch for the signs. It's really hard to miss. Go early, because there is never enough time to do everything. It's as wonderful as it has always been. You might want to call ahead to make sure all your favorite rides are open.

Griffith Park Observatory
2800 E. Observatory Rd.
213.664.1191

The observatory has a Hall of Science and educational shows in its domed auditorium. Laserium, the laser light show at the Observatory, can sometimes be pretty cool. Check out the park tooit's beautiful. Their website is
http://www.griffithobservatory.org/. (Also see the entry under Parks.)

Knott's Berry Farm
8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park
714.220.5200

Knott's started out as a berry farm and they still sell a lot of fruit preserves. Their park (in Orange County) has some fun rides and a Peanuts theme. Take the 5 south until you see signs. Especially good around Halloween, when it becomes Knott's Scary Farm. This is only at night and will sell out, so call the park about a month in advance to get ticket information.

Los Angeles Zoo
5333 Zoo Drive, Griffith Park
213.666.4650

There are about 2,000 forms of animal life from all over the globe at the L.A. Zoo. It also features live shows including the Zoopeteer puppet show and elephant and camel rides. Take the 210 West to the 134 and get off when told. Be warned that if it is hot outside, the zoo will be sweltering, and there isn't enough shade.

Magic Mountain
26101 Magic Mtn. Parkway, Valencia
818.367.5965

For lots of thrilling rides including Viper, the world's largest looping roller coaster, go to Magic Mountain. Take the 210 west to the 5 north and, again watch for signs. Don't plan on going if a thunderstorm is brewing in the distance - rides can be out for hours and they don't refund money or extend park hours. Also, Valencia is very hot and dry, so bring water.

Queen Mary
Port of Long Beach, Pier J
562.435.3511

Long Beach is the resting place of the world's largest ocean liner, which now treats visitors to tours rife with history. The Queen Mary served originally as a cruise liner, but was recruited for service by the Brits in WWII as it was much faster than any other British war boat, as well as the German U-Boats. Take the 710 to the end to reach it. The Queen Mary also hosts rather romantic dinners in its dining room in the style it did when it served the rich and famous, but you had better get reservations. For more information, check out their web page at http://www.queenmary.com/.

Raging Waters
111 Raging Waters Dr., San Dimas
909.592.6453

Huge (44-acre) water park with lots and lots of water slides, raft rides and rapids. Sunscreen is very useful here. Take the 210 east and watch for signs.

Universal Studios
100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City
818.508.9600

Lots of interesting attractions, like a simulated earthquake and cool old movie sets and props. Great for tourists like your parents, but you probably don't want to deal with this more than once.

Just outside the theme park's gates is the Universal CityWalk, which is generally thought of as an OK place to adventure out to on a Saturday Night by many Los Angelenos, as it will have more than enough to keep you busy. Really, the CityWalk is a glitzy, though unique, shopping center with some rather nice restaurants, a movie theater and a lot to look at. Although you may find some cool stores, you're also likely to come across half of the city crowding the streets and $6 charge for parking that is nearly unavoidable.

Take the 110 to the 101 west. Exit on Universal Center Dr. or Lankershim. However, you'd probably be better off just taking the route described to get to Hollywood. Check the Transportation section.

 

Beaches


Now that you're living near the beautiful Southern California coastline, you will have the opportunity to become one of the muscled, tanned, totally hot-looking beach hunks (or beach babes) that you see all the time on TV. However, with all the time that classes demand, you'll be lucky to get to the beach more than a few times. When you get back, write a review of the beach you went to, so that this section will have more real reviews. Enjoy, and don't forget your sunscreen.

For information on weather and surf conditions, there are several convenient numbers you can call. For northern beaches (Leo Carillo to Malibu) call 310.457.9891. For central beaches (Las Tunas to Venice) call 310.394.3261. For southern beaches (Dockweiler to Cabrillo), call 310.372.2166. In addition, you can call 900.844.WAVE, which you'll have to pay for, but which gives information on all the beaches.

The beaches are listed by the number under which they appear on the map. NOTE: The map is not yet available on the web, sorry. Please check back next week.

1. Leo Carillo Beach 818.880.0350

This beach allows swimming, surfing, scuba diving, and snorkeling. A nature trail leads to tide pools and rocks. There are also campgrounds for tents and R.V.s. It offers intermediate to advanced surfing and advanced windsurfing. This beach is great visit to late at night, though technically it's not allowed.

2. Zuma Beach 310.457.9891

This is one of the better L.A. County beaches, with clean sand and decent bathrooms, and is generally preferred by the San Fernando Valley natives (i.e., Valley Girls). The waves are usually better than average. It's reasonably popular, but is still less crowded than Malibu or Venice. Moreover, if you're willing to run across PCH you can usually find some parking on the roadside opposite the beach and save yourself some money.

3. Point Dume 310.457.9891

Point Dume is relatively unknown and is the only beach to go to on weekends (especially in the summer), unless you prefer a beach composed of towels instead of sand. The sand and water are clean, and you can hike to the top of the point (a large rock) for a great view. This is also a lovely beach at night, and although the parking lot stops admitting cars at 5, you can park on the street outside the lot and wander in.

4. Malibu Surfrider Beach 310.457.9891

Malibu is very popular, and tends to be quite crowded. There are a few tide pools, but most of the beach is for swimming, sunbathing, and beach volleyball (there are nets). It can also be fun to see the houses of the rich and famous lining the hills, which will probably disappear after the mudslides next rainy season. Malibu Lagoon is much nicer.

5. Las Tunas Beach 310.394.3261

A small beach mainly for scuba diving (there's an offshore reef) and fishing.

6. Topanga Beach 310.394.3261

Yet another beach.

7. Will Rogers Beach 310.394.3261

Supposedly popular for surfing.

8. Santa Monica Beach 310.394.3261

This is one of the least pleasant beaches around. The water ranges from dirty to unhealthy, and the pier is not pristine. Despite this, Santa Monica tends to be crowded, probably because it's the closest beach to the San Fernando Valley. Avoid it if you can.

9. Venice Beach 310.394.3261

As a beach, Venice is pretty dismal. However, Venice has atmosphere, provided by the street vendors selling various things (clothing and sunglasses are common), the street performers, and the eet of rollerbladers that will try to run you over. You can rent rollerblades or bicycles. Or stop by Muscle Beach for a glimpse of unattractively muscle-bound men with good tans. Go to Venice for the spectacle, not the beach, but go at least once. It's an essential part of the L.A. experience. Be sure to look for the guitar guy on skates; he might be wearing his turban.

10. Dockweiler Beach 310.372.2166

This is the only beach in L.A. County where you can build fires. Beware of making them too big, however, because it's possible that the planes ying overhead will see them and get you in trouble. Since it's right across from the airport, it's noisy, and there are nails in the sand. If you want to go to the beach, there are better beaches, and if you want to build fires, Bolsa Chica State Beach in Orange County is far superior.

11. Manhattan Beach 310.372.2166

This is a salty beach with volleyball nets and sand. It also has The Strand, a concrete promenade for pedestrians and skaters. The South Bay Beaches (Manhattan to Pales Verdes) tend to be nice places to visit.

12. Hermosa Beach 310.372.2166

A 110-acre beach for swimming and playing volleyball.

13. Redondo Beach 310.372.2166

You can swim, scuba dive, surf, fish, and play volleyball on the beach. There is a pier that is somewhat reminiscent of Fisherman's Warf with lots of fresh seafood they will kill to order. There is also a decent nightlife here.

14. Torrance Beach 310.372.2166

A scuba/surf/swimming beach. It's the endpoint of the South Bay Bicycle Trail.

15. Malaga Cove 310.372.2166

Another beach.

16. Abalone Cove Beach 310.372.2166

You can surf, scuba dive, snorkel, swim, or visit their ecological preserve. This is your big chance to get washed out to sea, as there are no lifeguards.

17. Point Fermin Lighthouse

You can't actually get in the lighthouse, but there are picnic areas and a small amphitheater.

18. Cabrillo Beach San Pedro 310.832.1130

You can visit the Cabrillo Marine Museum. Intermediate to advanced windsurfing.

19. Long Beach City Beach

This is a long beach with calm surf. There is a catamaran launch ramp. Intermediate to advanced windsurfing.

20. Seal Beach 562.430.2613

This is a popular beach with nice fine sand. It's a long drive.

21. Sunset Beach 714.499.3312

Another beach, distinguished by its distance from Pasadena. If you're going to drive this far, you might as well go to Bolsa Chica, one of the northern Huntington beaches.

22. Huntington State Beach 714.536.1454

This is a great beach. It's clean, with good waves. Because it's in Orange County, it's well kept up, with clean bathrooms. Bonfires are allowed, so don't forget to bring your lighter uid. It's far away but well worth the drive. The main disadvantage is that it closes early, and official people drive by in jeeps and make sure you get off the beach. Intermediate to advanced surfing.

 

Concert Stages


American Legion Hall
2035 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood
213.851.3030

Great place to see a concert, although you'll have to find parking elsewhere. The stage takes up the far end of the hall, with seats on the remaining three sides. Don't sit in the first few rows of the back, since the sound man and his shit will block your view. There's lots of room to mill about and plenty of chances to drink, with two bars and a water fountain. The bar downstairs is a reasonably quiet and comfortable place to talk between acts. Unfortunately, the ground floor turns into a sauna when the concert gets going.

Blockbuster Pavillion
2575 Glen Helen Parkway, Devore
909.88.MUSIC

Located in the beautiful hills outside San Bernardino, the Blockbuster Pavillion usually hosts big name acts like Loolapalooza and the Spice Girls. It has seating for about 30,000 and parking can be annoying since most of it is on dirt.

The Forum
3900 W. Manchester Ave., Inglewood
310.419.3100

Normally the home of the Lakers and the Kings, this occasionally gets drafted into concert duty. Their nosebleed section really has the altitude to go with the name. Take the 110 south, get off on Manchester, and head west.

The Greek Theatre
2700 N Vermont, Hollywood
213.665.1927

Nice mid-sized outdoor theatre in Griffith Park. For some reason they book a lot of dinosaur bands or stuff your mom listens to, but the facility isn't bad.

Hollywood Palladium
6215 Sunset, Hollywood
213.962.7600

Nice place to see a show as long as you know if there will be a mosh pit and either enjoy such things or know how to avoid them.

Irvine Meadows
8808 Irvine Center Dr., Irvine
714.855.6111

Nice place to see a show once you get to your seat. That's the worst part of this place, earning it the nickname, "Irvine Cattleyard". Lots of people say "moo" while trying to get out. Be prepared for a long wait in the parking lot. Besides that, the seating is good compared to most places of the same size, and even the lawn seats are still surprisingly good. The KROQ Wienie Roast is held here annually, and usually has a pretty interesting mix of groups for a good price. Take the 210 east to the 605 south to the 405 south. Get off on Irvine Center Drive, and follow the signs.

L.A. Coliseum Sports Arena
3939 Figueroa, L.A.
213.747.7111

Snuggled into the side of Exposition Park near USC, the Coliseum doubles as a concert venue, but mostly for very "pop" type shows that don't really require quality sound production. Take the 110 south, and watch for the signs.

Long Beach Arena
300 Ocean Blvd., Long Beach
562.436.3661

A reasonably large place. Don't tear the seats apart - it really annoys them. Take the 710 south, and look for the world's largest mural.

Pacific Amphitheater
100 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa
714.708.1870

An amphitheater. It enforces an 11:00 p.m. curfew, but it's not that bad for an amphitheater. Take the 405 south, exit south on Fairview, and follow it around. This is on the Orange County Fairgrounds.

Universal Amphitheater
100 Universal City, Universal City
622.4440

The Universal Amphitheater is known to have pretty good sound and really good seating such that even the worst seats aren't that bad. It's in middle of Universal Studios, which means there is also the $6 parking charge. A good place to see a concert if you aren't planning on moshing or crowd surfing. Take 110 south to the 101 north, then follow the signs.

Movie Theaters


Pasadena Area

For any information you could ever want about movies playing in the area, call the L.A. Times/KABC Movie Line, 213.777.FILM, or bring up their web site at http://www.777film.com/. You can look up movies by name or area, and you can pre-order tickets for almost any area theater using a credit card. The LA Times and the LA Weekly (which you'll find in front of the bookstore for free) should have good listings as well, but you can't reserve tickets through them.

Academy
1003 E. Colorado Blvd.
795.3547

There are 6 screens at the Academy, and they show double features of second-run movies for $5.00, $3.00 before 6:00 p.m.. Being recently remodeled, the Academy is less run down now, but their ticket prices have also jumped. It's nearby and sometimes shows art movies after their run at the Laemmle theaters is over. For a cheap theater, the Academy is pretty expensive.

AMC Old Pasadena 8
Union at Fair Oaks in the One Colorado complex
585.8900

This is a pretty nice, new theater in Old Pasadena. One big bonus is that with a student ID, evening tickets are only $4.75. It features good projection, good sound systems, and art movies sometimes. Remember to get your parking validated, and park in the structure at Union and Fair Oaks. $6.75 general admission, $4.75 matinées, $3.75 for "twi-lite" shows.

ASCIT Movies
Baxter Lecture Hall

On Friday nights, generally at 7:30 and 10:00, ASCIT shows a movie. It costs $2.00 if you're an ASCIT member, $2.50 if you're not. The movies are usually pretty good and the atmosphere is lots of fun. Every once in a while they show a NAIR movie on Saturday nightsthese are movies that "make your hair fall out;" usually a cult classic or something somewhat shocking or controversial.

General Cinemas Santa Anita
Santa Anita Fashion Park, Arcadia
445.6200

This place is pretty much what you'd expect from a 4-plex built in a mall in the 70's. The mall's nice and the theatre's OK. $7.00 general admission, $4.00 matinées.

Laemmle's Colorado
2588 E. Colorado Blvd.
796.9704

When exploding spaceships have lost their charm, see something at one of the Laemmle or Landmark theaters. They may not be as flashy as the latest thing to come out of the Hollywood movie machine, but the films that play here are usually very good and are often just as entertaining. Exercise the right side of your brain for a change; you'll like it. The Colorado is particularly notable for looking like a well-dressed airplane hangar on the inside. $7.00 general admission, $4.50 for matinées on the weekend.

Laemmle's Esquire
2670 E. Colorado Blvd.
793.6149

Also plays art movies, and is just as good as the nearby Colorado; its interior just needs some fixing up. Occasionally they have special midnight shows. $7.00 general admission, $4.50 for matinées on the weekend.

Landmark's Rialto
1023 Fair Oaks Ave., South Pasadena
799.9567

This historic theater in South Pasadena also shows art movies, and has a really cool interior, complete with a demon with glowing red eyes above the screen. They also show the "Rocky Horror Picture Show" Saturdays at midnight. $7.50 general admission, $4.50 for matinées on the weekend.

Mann's Hastings
467 N. Rosemead Blvd.
351.8939

This theater has 3 screens, and is pretty average. The sound quality can be disappointing. $7.00 general admission, $4.50 for matinées, and $5.50 for students with ID.

Pacific's Hastings
355 N. Rosemead Blvd.
351.7555

This theater has 8 screens, the biggest one being by far the largest movie auditorium in Pasadena. It also has reclining seats and a good sound system. Their other screens are pretty small. Ushers are one great thing about this and most other Pacific theaters. If you don't feel like going to Old Pasadena, and want a great moviegoing experience, head out to Hastings Ranch and check out a movie here and dinner at one of the many restaurants nearby. $7.50 general admission, $5.00 student admission, $4.50 for the first two shows.

State Theater
770 E. Colorado Blvd.
792.3540

This place changes formats more often than some Techers change their underwear. Currently it's a pretty standard arthouse theatre, but by the end of the year I'm sure it'll have been a Chinese porn house, silent theatre, and all Elvis movies, all the time. Call for prices. If it's a revival house, remember that movies are always better projected from film than viewed on a TV screen."

UA Marketplace
64 W. Colorado Blvd., in Old Pasadena
795.1386

The UA in Old Pasadena has 6 screens, a couple of which are a decent size and have good sound systems. $7.50 general admission, $4.75 for shows before 4:00 p.m. and $4.00 for shows between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m..

Hollywood

If you want to make moviegoing a real "event," here at Caltech you're not very far from the capital of the world's movie industry. There are three main theaters in Hollywood that really make you feel as if you're seeing something special, even if it's Blame it on the Bellboy.

Mann's Chinese Theater
6925 Hollywood Blvd.
213.464.8111

This is the big theater with all of the stars' hand- and footprints in the courtyard in front. It's hideously elaborate and gaudy on the inside, especially on their center screen, which is really huge and has great sound. The two somewhat smaller auditora flanking it are still pretty impressive. Big action movies tend to get shown here. $8.00 general admission, $5.50 for students with ID, $4.75 for the first two shows daily.

Pacific's Cinerama Dome
6060 Sunset Blvd.
213.466.3401

This is another big theater, and it's in a big dome with a curved screen. They show regular first run movies here and sometimes classics like Lawrence of Arabia or 2001. Very impressive. $8.00 general admission, $5.00 for the first two shows daily.

Pacific's El Capitan
6838 Hollywood Blvd.
213.467.7674

This is a great theater that was recently restored to all of its 1940's gaudiness. It's large and flashy and has a balcony, multiple curtains, and even sometimes has a stage show before big Disney animated features. They show Disney or other Buena Vista movies here. $20.00 general admission.

Westwood

Westwood is another great place to watch a movie, and you can walk around afterward in Westwood Village, which is pretty similar to Old Pasadena, only it's bigger and has fewer yuppies and more UCLA students. If you long for the days of single-screen movie houses, this is the place for you; there are seven stand-alone theaters within easy walking distance of each other here. Mann's Village and National theaters are nearly the size of the Chinese, and Pacific's Crest is quite good, too.

Art Houses

Unless otherwise noted, all of these theaters of a size comparable to the Colorado and Esquire and do not have incredible sound systems. They all show independent, foreign, or other excellent films frequently showing in only a limited number of cities in America.

AMC Cecchi Gori Fine Arts
8556 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills
310.652.1330

This nice, medium-sized theatre has been recently remodeled it. Fitting for Beverly Hills, it has a lot of that patented old-movie-theatre gaudiness, but is downright tasteful next to the El Capitan. Validated parking is nearby in the Larry Flynt Publications building off of La Cienega. $8.00 general admission, $5.00 matiness.

Laemmle's Monica
1332 Second St., Santa Monica
310.394.9741

This 4-plex was recently remodeled, and shows great independent and foreign films. Of special note are the 11 a.m. shows of documentaries, retrospectives, and more sedate art films. Check it out. $8.00 general admission, $5.00 for the first show of their regular features. 11 a.m. shows are generally full price.

Laemmle's Music Hall
9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills
310.274.6869

This is another fine Laemmle Theater. It's near Rodeo Drive, if you'd like to look at stuff you can't afford. It was recently remodeled into a somewhat awkward triplex, but at least it's all art movies, all the time. $8.00 general admission, $5.00 for the first show of the day, which is around 5:00 on weekdays.

Laemmle's Royal
11523 Santa Monica Blvd., West L.A.
310.477.5581

This theater is noteworthy for having one of the most tastefully designed lobbies I've seen in a movie theatre. $8.00 general admission, $5.00 for the first show of the day.

Laemmle's Sunset 5
8000 Sunset Blvd., near West Hollywood
213.848.3500

This is a new 5-plex in the same building as the Virgin Megastore. A few of the auditoria are kind of smallish. Similar to the Monica, they show documentaries and other films on Saturday and Sunday mornings, and show midnight movies of all sorts on Fridays and Saturdays. $8.00 general admission, $5.00 for the first regular show daily, and the special morning shows are generally full price.

Landmark's Nuart
11272 Santa Monica Blvd., West L.A.
310.478.6379

This theater shows a really cool, eclectic mix of movies. The movies here tend to be even more independent and bizarre than at the other art houses, and they will often have special shows, like an avant garde orchestra performing music for a classic silent. Rocky Horror Saturdays at midnight. $8.00 general admission.

Landmark's NuWilshire
1314 Wilshire Blvd.,Santa Monica
310.394.8099

A twin art theater in Santa Monica. It appears to have once been a larger single theater, but like so many of its brethren has been split to become two screens. A pretty nice place, nonetheless, with funny graffiti on the hand dryer in the men's room. $8.00 general admission, $5.00 for the first show of the day. No matinées, but you can get 5 admissions for $28.00 with a Landmark Discount Card.

Landmark's Westside Pavilion
10800 Pico Blvd., in the Westside Pavilion mall, in West Los Angeles
310.475.0202

This is a nice, modern art-house 4-plex in the Westside Pavilion mall. The auditoria are small, but the seats are quite comfortable, and the Westside Pavilion is a pretty interesting mall, as far as malls go. $8.00 general admission, $5.00 for any show before 1:30 p.m.

Los Feliz Theatre
1822 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles
213.664.2169

This is a good independent triplex in a neat part of town. Shows both art films and Hollywood fare. Children under 4 not admitted! Please note that the #3 auditorium is one of the smallest in L.A.! $7.50 general admission, $4.50 for any show prior to 6 p.m.

New Beverly Cinema
7165 Beverly Blvd. Los Angeles
213.938.4038

This revival house is a haven for those who love cinema. They show double features of movies from as recent as a few months ago to as far back as the early days of cinema. The double features range from Jaws with Jurassic Park to Nicolas Roeg with Andrei Tarkovsky retrospectives. Unfortunately, the place is badly in need of remodeling, and in summer you really notice the lack of air conditioning. It's all worth it, though, for a chance to see great movies on a big screen.

 

Museums


Angel's Attic
516 Colorado Blvd., Santa Monica
310.394.8331

A museum of antique doll houses, miniature dolls and toys housed in a restored Victorian Mansion. Over 60 doll houses, some hundreds of years old.

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
3720 Stephen White Dr., San Pedro
310.548.7562

The complex houses 35 aquariums full of unusual sea creatures and features several exhibits on different species of marine life. There is also a "touch-tank."

California African-American Museum
600 State Dr., Exposition Park
213.744.7432

The focus of this museum is African-American art, history and culture. It houses several exhibition rooms, a small theater for screenings and a research library.

California Science Center
700 State Dr., Exposition Park
213.744.7400

Hands-on exhibits explain simple (read: Really Simple) principles in math, science and applied science. Permanent exhibits include the Aerospace museum and one of the world's largest earthquake exhibits. The IMAX Theater is also located here. Their webpage is at http://www.casciencectr.org/.

El Molino Viejo
1120 Old Mill Rd., San Marino
449.5450

The office and museum of the California Historical Society.

Autry Museum of Western Heritage
4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park
213.667.2000

An educational museum dedicated to the fearless folks who helped settle the western United States. Western art and artifacts, a changing exhibit and a small theater are featured. For more information, try their webpage at
http://www.autry-museum.org/.

Hollywood Bowl Museum
2301 N. Highland Ave., L.A.
213.850.2058

A music-oriented museum located on the grounds of the Hollywood Bowl, featuring a large outdoor amphitheater which is the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Huntington Library and Art Gallery
1151 Oxford Road, San Marino
405.2141

British 18th and 19th century art, featuring Constable, Turner and other early Impressionists. The old and rare book and manuscript collection is probably the best on this side of the country, and you have to be a Ph.D. to use their research library. They have two copies of the Gutenberg Bible, one of which is usually on display. Also see the entry under Parks.

J. Paul Getty Museum
1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles
310.440.7300

Due to the effects of erosion from the feet of thousands of visitors, the beautiful Getty Villa has been closed down for renovation and the exhibits moved to the new $1 billion Getty Center perched over Westwood just off the 405 South. The new center has been hailed by Time Magazine as a work of art in and of itself, but the real attraction is the collection, including the most complete collection of Greek and Roman artifacts in one place outside of Rome.

Laguna Art Museum
307 Cliff Dr., Laguna Beach
714.494.6531

Revolving exhibits of contemporary local artists.

Long Beach Museum of Art
2300 E Ocean Blvd., Long Beach
562.439.2119

Contemporary art exhibits.

L.A. County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A.
213.857.6111

LACMA has extensive holdings in Modern art and European art spanning several centuries. The beautiful Japanese Pavilion houses the Japanese collection, and the Bing Theater is the venue for concerts and classic movie screenings. There are several special exhibits featured at any given time.

Museum of Contemporary Art
250 S. Grand Ave., L.A.
213.621.2766

Great, weird, modern art. Some changing exhibits.

Museum of Flying
2772 Donald Douglas Loop, North Santa Monica
310.392.8822

This museum is located next to the Santa Monica Airport and explores the history of aviation. It features aircraft from the pioneering days up until the end of World War II. Nearly all aircraft on display are in "ight-ready" condition.

Museum of Neon Art
501 W. Olympic Blvd., L.A.
213.489.9918

Neon art. A student discount is available.

Natural History Museum
900 Exposition Blvd., Exposition Park
213.763.3466

Galleries contain specimens spanning 600 million years of the earth's history. Permanent exhibits include animal habitat halls, gem and mineral displays. A student discount is available. Check out their webpage at http://www.nhm.org/.

Norton Simon Museum
411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
449.6840

This small, private museum is wonderful to spend an afternoon in. It houses Renaissance to mid-20th century European art including paintings by Raphael, Rembrandt, Renoir, van Gogh, Gauguin and Matisse and sculpture by Rodin, Moore, Degas and Malliol. On your way out you receive a complimentary print and/or postcard.

Pacific Asia Museum
46 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena
449.2742

The Pacific Asia Museum is dedicated to the preservation of Asian heritage. It is located very close to Tech and the exhibit of Tibetan dolls is very interesting. It also offers a student discount.

George C. Page Museum
5801 Wilshire Blvd., L.A.
213.934.PAGE

The Page Museum happens to be the official name of the La Brea Tar Pits Museum. There are mammal and bird fossils displayed dating as far back as 40,000 years. You'll know you're there by the smell and the Olympic pool sized active tar pit that sits right in middle of the city.

Southwest Museum
234 Museum Dr., Highland Park
213.221.2164

This museum holds one of the most extensive collections of Native American art and artifacts in the country. Very interesting architecture.

 

Nightclubs


Al's Bar
305 S Hewitt St., Downtown L.A.
213.625.9703

This graffiti-decorated enclave of deafening grunge/punk/trash/death metal is a screwed brick warehouse in one of the worst neighborhoods in L.A. You'll be greeted by Sam, a friendly vagrant who'll offer to watch your car to make sure it's not jacked. The epicenter of L.A.'s 70s punk rock renaissance, where folk singer Beck was repeatedly kicked off stage recently. Fire extinguishers optional. Don't ask for soda at the bar. They only serve booze, and they'll kick you out into the alley for asking. A definite must experience. 21 and over.

Asylum
The Probe, 835 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood
213.462.7442

A popular club which offers progressive techno/trance as its main attraction. It provides three separate dance rooms, with techno and industrial in the main room, gothic and dark wave in another room, and '80s music in the back room. It is put on by the owners of Helter Skelter and Perversion and is in competition with Sin-A-Matic for the more mainstream techno crowd. Friday night, 18 and over.

B. B. King's Blues Club
1000 Universal Center Dr., Universal City
818.622.5464

As a pleasant surprise, this place doesn't try too hard to convince you that you've teleported into the rural South. Consisting of multiple levels, the upper ones reserved for diners and other big spenders, the club feels compressed because of the lack of walking room. On the ground floor, though, you'll be up close and personal to the acts, who may even wade through the crowd. You'll get quality blues, maybe even from the man himself, and forget about the accommodations. All ages.

Blue Saloon
4657 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood
818.766.4644

Just like the bar scene in the typical beer commercial, but with a receded stage where a wide variety of bands ranging from country to Japanese punk rock can be experienced. The Swedish bikini team is absent, unfortunately, but we found that attractive substitutes of all persuasions are abundant. Quite crowded on occasion, and, although they have pool tables, it is quite hard to play without poking King Kong in the ribs. 21 and over.

Climax
Opium Den, 1605 1/2 N. Ivar Street, Hollywood
213.462.7442

Tuesdays at the Opium Den. Progressive, trance and techno, with no cover charge.

Clockwork Orange
The World, 7070 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
323.467.7442

This takes place on Sunday and claims to be "three clubs in one". One of the rooms is Stigmata and another is Helter Skelter (see their entries in this section). Advertisements in the "LA Weekly" usually give discounts to the club.

Coven 13
Mogul's, 1650 Schrader, Hollywood
213.465.7449

Coven 13 is really one of the better Gothic Clubs in LA with two full dance rooms playing a large variety of Gothic, Industrial, and more pop music (everything from Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, Erasure and the Cure to Wampscut, Die Form, and Dead Can Dance) at an awesome locale whose natural overtones of emptiness really add to the ambience. The music is always great, and Coven normally hosts at least one pretty talented gothic band live at each of the biweekly "black celebrations" (check the LA Weekly or call to find out which weeks). The attending clan is very intense, and the dress is always beautiful and seductively dark. Coven opens at 9 p.m. and costs $10, although they often have discounts through the LA weekly. A real experience for anyone who enjoys some of the more gothic overtones of pop, even if you don't dance. 18 and over.

Das Bunker
Que Sera, 1923 E. 7th St. at Cherry, Long Beach
562.599.6170

This super-duper industrial club is simply the best. Everyone must go to this wonderful club, for it exudes singular beauty and charm with a industrial/military flair. The thunderously thumping tunes played by DJ Wart (an alum!) and Frank H-Bomb mix well with the mesmerizing lights and fog. The club is open the first and third Tuesdays of every month at Que Sera from 9 p.m. till 2 a.m. The admission is $3 before 10 p.m., and $5 thereafter. Da Bunker consistently has at least one or two live bands, usually of the industrial genre, each night. For a play list or to see who is scheduled to perform, see Das Bunker's home page at:
http://www.ugcs.caltech.edu/~wart/das_bunker/main.html .

Helter Skelter
The World, 7070 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
213.462.7442

This is part of the club "Clockwork Orange" now. The music played is mostly gothic, with a few industrial songs here and there. The club's clientele primarily consists of goths and industrial types, but, of course, a few "normals" dirty the scene. Expect to see men in skirts and dresses. Also, since goths enjoy the "darker" side of life, expect to be bitten if you wear something to the club that is not black (the preferred color), dark forest green, dark violet, dark red (like blood), or dark blue (note: an exception to this "color rule" is that white lacy dresses are acceptable attire). Also, there is a bar for those 21+, and you must be 18+ to be admitted to the club. The cost for entrance is $7 for members (plus $2 to become a member.

House of Blues
8430 Sunset Blvd., W. Hollywood
323.848.5100

Live music every night, with the finest in blues and zydeco bands passing through this place. It has a restaurant that is worth checking out. 21 and over, covers vary.

The Ice House
24 N. Mentor Ave.
577.1894

If you're looking for a fun evening and are 18 or older, try the Ice House, the oldest comedy club on the West Coast and within walking distance of Caltech, between Colorado and Union. Weekly events include $2.50 Tuesdays (admission and drinks are $2.50) and Southpark Wednesdays, with free cheesy poofs and Southpark on a giant video screen. There is a two drink minimum, but you're really there for the show: three stand-up comedy acts. Call ahead for reservations, and they won't seat you until your entire party arrives so get there early and stand in line. Check out http://www.icehouseonline.com/ for who's playing.

Magic Wednesdays
The World, 7070 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
213.368.8188

Magic Wednesdays is probably the most popular hard trance/techno club in Los Angeles. The crowd borders on raver to mainstream and there are plenty of glow sticks, neon lights, strobes, and magic mushrooms to keep most MDMA crazed teenagers occupied. They play a descent set of underground to mainstream techno at a fast and lively pace.

McCabe's
3101 W. Pico Blvd., Santa Monica
310.828.4403

Up front, McCabe's is a music store, specializing in the less electric end of the musical spectrum. The acts on the concert stage in the back are in a similar vein, mostly folk and other traditional musical styles, but not excluding the occasional acoustic show from your favorite rock god. They're noted for getting great talent. The hall in back seats 150, mostly on not-too-uncomfortable folding chairs but also on some nice, theater-style seats. More class than most people can handle. All ages.

The Palace
1735 N. Vine St., Hollywood
213.462.3000

Don't bother to get comfortablea show at the Palace is a short one. The proprietors of this venue insist on making as much money as they can, so they cut their concerts short to get those goofy dancing fools to the hardwood. It's a big beautiful place, with seating in the balcony, lots of neon, a full-sized bar, a healthy-sized stage, and generally well-known acts. Too bad it isn't as dedicated to live music as it could be. All ages. http://www.hollywoodpalace.com/

Perversion
The World, 7070 Hollywood Bl., Hollywood
213.462.7442

Perversion takes place Thursday nights from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. The Diamond Club is separated into three main rooms: the main dance floor, the back room, and the front room. The theme for the main dance floor: industrial, alternative, and new wave. The back room plays techno and house music, while the front room plays music similar to that played at Helter Skelter (i.e. gothic). It is nice that one can kind of choose what music one wants to dance to throughout the night. However, the back and front rooms are usually quite crowded, since these rooms are on the small side. All types of people can be found at Perversion (due to the range of music played there), but usually the "types" separate to their respective "areas" in the club. Also, I hear that they sometimes have a bondage/torture show.

Sin-A-Matic
7969 Santa Monica, West Hollywood
323.654.0280

Sin-A-Matic offers an interesting mix of progressive trance, mainstream techno, and bondage. The steep cover of $10 can be avoided if you check the LA Weekly for coupons before going. The club usually offers various performers each week, ranging from lesser known bands such as Download and Cubanate to on stage performances of S&M, piercing, or exotic drumming. The crowd varies from the dark industrial set to trendy yuppies and annoying frat boys. Saturday nights 10:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. 18 and over.

Stigmata
The World, 836 Highland Ave., Hollywood
213.462.7442

This club is one of the three that make up "Clockwork Orange". The club's flyers claim that the club plays "alternative", techno, new wave, industrial, and 80's music. Like the club's music selections, the clientele includes many types of people and there are definitely more "normals" here than at Helter Skelter. Also, it is more crowded than Helter Skelter and no dress code is enforced.

Toe's Tavern
732 N. Catalina Ave., Redondo Beach
310.374.4628

This tavern is a "surf" bar, in that it has got sharks, boards, and other beach paraphernalia hanging all over the walls. It has all kinds of beer, wooden oors like a boardwalk, and a really funky, or should I say a totally bodacious, layout. The DJ/MC has a little clubhouse that looks like a treehouse. It has darts, shufeboards and pool tables. Lots of fun, and all sorts of loud rock bands.

The Troubador
9081 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood
310.276.6168

Former metal haven, The Troubadour has broadened its selection of bookings over the years to cover just about everything. They even bring out tables and chairs for some shows. This place has a balcony with bleacher-style seats and plenty of bar waitresses to take your drink orders. All ages.

Velvet
7969 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood
213.462.7442

Velvet takes place on Sundays, I believe (you can find the time and location for the club in the "LA Weekly"). The clientele and music for this club is very similar to that of Stigmata. Expect more techno, house, and 80's music than you might hear at Stigmata. There are "GoGo" dancers, as well. It was less crowded than Stigmata, but not as funeven though the GoGo dancers (male and female) were nearly naked. You need to be 18+ to get in, and 21+ to drink.

Whiskey A Go Go
8901 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood
310.652.4202

All types of acts play here. The club has two levels, and the top is great for scoping out the writhing masses below. All ages, covers vary, two bars, well-lit streets. This is where Jim Morrison and the Doors got discovered, and things still happen here.

 

Parks


L.A. County Arboretum
301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia
447.8207

At this beautiful 127-acre arboretum you can see landscapes representing key geographic regions around the world. It has a nice selection of trees from Africa and Australia. The grounds feature a restored adobe ranch house built in 1839. Take the 210 East and look for the sign. For more information, see the Arboretum's web page at http://www.arboretum.org/.

Brand Library and Art Center
1601 W. Mountain St., Glendale
818.548.2051

The art and music section of the Glendale public library system is housed at the old El Miradero Mansion built by Leslie C. Brand in 1904. The East India Pavilion at Chicago's 1893 World Exposition inspired the graceful white domes on the mansion. The 700-acre grounds surrounding the mansion include a Japanese Tea House and Japanese Gardens. Check out their web page at:
http://library.ci.glendale.ca.us/brand/.

Descanso Gardens
1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada
818.952.4400

Not quite as big as the Huntington Gardens, a nice place to walk around. Take some time to get lost coming back from La Cañada, since there are some nice neighborhoods. http://www.descano.com/.

Exposition Park
3966 S. Menlo, L.A.

Exposition park includes the Memorial Coliseum, California Museum of Science and Industry and Exhibition Park Rose Garden.

Griffith Park
4730 Crystal Springs Dr.
213.665.5188

At 4,000 acres, Griffith park is the largest urban park and wilderness area in the country. Griffith Park Observatory is located here and so is the L.A. Zoo (Also see the listing under Attractions).

Huntington Library and Gardens
1151 Oxford Road, San Marino
405.2141

The former estate of Henry Huntington of Pacific Electric Railway features 200 acres of botanical gardens with vegetation from different regions of the world. The Japanese, Zen, Rose Shakespeare and Camillia Gardens are the best known and loved. Wonderful place to relax and have a picnic. A donation is required for entry (Also see listing under Museums).

Lacy Park
1485 Virginia Rd., San Marino

The closest nice park to campus. Small, but pretty, and has a rose garden, a large, grassy area, and a loop you can jog around. It's technically free only for San Marino residents, but if you dress nicely, or come in jogging, they won't ask. Picnicking is allowed - just don't be rowdy. They might not let you in on weekends.

 

Radio


Below is a partial list of radio stations broadcasting in the L.A. area. The list was made using a good tuner in a not-too-obstructed room. You will probably be able to find something you can listen to without begging for mercy.

FM Radio

89.3 KPCC talk radio. Every other week or so, they have a Caltech hour.

90.7 KPFK news, political talk,, world music on weekdays from 10 a.m. to noon.

91.1 Lloyd Radio. A lot of techno-pop and Blloodhouse Gang and Tom Jones and...well, it's pretty diverse. The MP3s they sometimes broadcast are of marginal radio quality.

92.3 The Beat. R&B and hip-hop. A lot of cheesy 80's Lisa-Lisa type stuff, too. Not as modern as Power 106.

93.1 Arrow 93. Great classic rock, playing a lot of fun and nostalgic hits. A Beer Room favorite.

93.9 Country and classic rock

94.7 The Wave. Smooth jazz, light and easy, instrumental muzak. Even my mom couldn't stand this station. If you want real jazz, try and pick up 88.1.

95.5 KLOS. Southern California's best rock. A good mix of old classic stuff with new music.

96.3 Talk and religious, Christian rock. Repentance Radio, O lord, forgive me in advance for changing the channel.

97.1 KLSX. Talk radio. Plays Dr. Demento on Sunday nights.

97.9 KLAX. Plays a lot of Mexican Polka. Good for a quick laugh.

98.3 KACE. Same as 103.9. Soul, disco, and '70's R&B for when you're in your John Shaft mack daddy mode.

98.7 Star 98.7. Palpable modern rock.

99.1 sKURV Radio. Random music played by scurve dj's. Usually on the air third term. Turn it off if you hear Star Wars theme songs.

99.5 Christian talk radio. Not as over-zealous as 96.3, and a lot more informative.

101.1 K-Earth. Fun, swinging oldies radio. A really big selection.

101.9 Was the greatest radio station in LA. Now it's just Spanish.

102.7 KIIS. Top 40, pretty much copies whatever MTV is playing.

103.1 Groove Radio. Great source of house, disco, & new wave as well as cool remixes of the latest club tracks.

103.5 KOST. Light and Easy, waiting room favorites. They play Richard Marx.

104.3 KBIG 104 plays a lot of top 40. Not bad, not great palpable rock. Palpable, of course, meaning that your mom wouldn't mind this station, either. They play Seal and Phil Collins.

105.1 The best classical station around.

105.9 Power 106. Modern R&B and hip-hop and some old school. A lot better than The Beat.

106.7 KROQ. A great variety from the cheesy 80's and modern-rock 90's. They'll play a song 3 months before it's cool. They're the most influential station in the U.S. it's because of KROQ that this song is so cool 3 months later.

107.1 Y107. Modern rock, but was a lot cooler when they had no DJs. Not much of a variety. The same 20 songs all day for 3 months. They sometimes have 80's "modern rock rewinds" but they always rewind to the same spot.

107.5 Spanish rock, dance, and pop. A little cooler than 101.9, but it still aint in English.

107.9 Good Christian talk and music. Can be hard to pick up indoors.

AM Radio

640 KFI. Harsh talk.

710 KTZN. "The Zone." Talk and Angel's games.

790 KABC. Above average talk and Dodger's games.

980 KFWB. All news, all the time.

1070 KNX. Mostly news, most of the time, with old radio dramas late at night.

1110 KRLA. Mix of older music and normal oldies.

 

Recorded Music


Most people find Poo-Bah to be the best store for pop/rock CD'sthey have a great selection of used, alternative, and hard-to-find music, and they're close. For classical selection, however, you can't beat Tower Records, and they're very friendly about ordering anything not in stock. Aron's Records is good for imports. Canterbury and Wherehouse also have fine classical sections. For a really impressive selection, try the Virgin Megastore near Hollywood or the Tower on Sunset. You can visit several times and never browse through the same section twice. Poo-Bah, Aron's, and Moby Disc all have good used sectionsprepare to spend a while looking through them.

You can also order CD's through the Net, although you'll need a credit card. This way you can usually avoid paying sales taxes, and shipping is really cheap if you order a lot. Get together with a bunch of friends and order together. Here are the best online CD retailers:

CD Universe Huge Selection, Low Prices http://www.cduniverse.com/

CD Now Quarter million items http://www.cdnow.com/

EMusic Smaller Selection http://www.emusic.com/

Alternatively, you can shop all of the major retailers at once using the shopping agent known as Bargain Finder. You can find this terrific service at http://bf.cstar.ac.com/bf/.

Recorded Music Stores

Aron's Records1150 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood213.469.4700
Canterbury Records805 E. Colorado Blvd.792.7184
Moby Disc Records28 E. Colorado Blvd449.9975
Penny Lane12 W. Colorado Blvd.564.0161
Poo-Bah1101 E. Walnut St.449.3359
Sam GoodyPlaza Pasadena (300 E. Colorado Blvd.)795.8263
Tower Records310 S. Lake Ave.584.7110
Vinyl Fetish7305 Melrose Ave., Hollywood213.935.1300
Virgin Megastore8000 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood213.650.8666
Wherehouse3635 E. Foothill Blvd.351.8836

 

Sports


Caltech will let you take sailing, scuba, karate, modern dance, rock climbing, ice skating, and all sorts of other fun things for P.E. credit. For the full scoop on Caltech sports, see Student Activities. If you get tired of watching Caltech teams destroy the opposition, there are lots of professional and collegiate sports to root for around L.A. Information numbers for the major ones are given below. Sorry, no pro football. At least now you get more games on TV.

Sports Arenas
Ice Skating
Pasadena Skating Center310 E. Green578.0800
Baseball
Anaheim AngelsEdison Int'l Field602.438.9300
Los Angeles DodgersDodger Stadium213.224.1448
Basketball
Los Angeles ClippersL.A. Sports Arena213.748.0500
Los Angeles LakersThe Forum310.673.1300
Hockey
Los Angeles KingsThe Forum310.673.1300
Mighty Ducks of AnaheimArrowhead Pond714.740.2000
College Teams
UCLA Bruins(all sports) 310.825.2101
USC Trojans(all sports) 213.740.GOSC

 

Tickets


The Caltech Ticket Office at 332 South Michigan Ave. (x4652) handles tickets for most on-campus events. Hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays (September through May only).

Tickets are generally $5 for undergrads. Fifty free tickets are available to Techers for each concert in the popular and highly respected Coleman Chamber Music Series. The California Tech may have free tickets to some events if you want to write a review.

Ticketmaster handles most of the major concerts and sporting events in the Los Angeles area. The closest Ticketmaster outlet is in Tower Records at 310 S. Lake Ave. There is another at Southern California Tickets at 1487 E. Colorado Blvd. (right across from PCC). For information on upcoming events all over Los Angeles, call Ticketmaster at 213.480.3232. You can also order some tickets on the web through the Ticketmaster web site at www.ticketmaster.com.

Theater / Performing Arts

Listed below are some of the major theaters in the L.A. area. There are dozens of smaller theaters (mostly in Hollywood) that put on some very good experimental plays, usually at much lower ticket prices. Check the latest L.A. Weekly or L.A. Times Calendar section.

Ahmanson Theater
135 N. Grand Ave., L.A.
273.972.7401

The Ahmanson plays (for extended periods of time, often) the really good musicals and plays that Broadway has gotten bored of. After the coup overthrowing Phantom's dynasty, the Ahmanson has hosted Kiss of the Spider Woman as well as Beauty and the Beast.

Beckman Auditorium
Caltech
x4652

A lot of really neat events come right here to Caltech, ranging from The Shanghai Acrobats to The Berkeley Shakespeare Festival. Student tickets are a mere $5, and if you join the élite ushering staff, you get paid to watch them while wearing an elegant red jacket. Call Ram Basu at x3667 for any information.

Crossley Theater
107 N. Gower St.
818.787.4651

On the campus of the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood, it hosts delightful and award-winning productions with a core group of talented aspiring professional actors. The theater is small and intimate, with not a bad seat in the house.

Hollywood Bowl
2301 N. Highland Ave.
213.850.2000

The summer home of the L.A. Philharmonic hosts various other concert events as well. A very nice place to hear an outdoor concert. The Phil's playlist here tends to be a bit more on the popular side than at Chandler.

James A. Doolittle Theater
1615 N. Vine St., Hollywood
213.462.6666

The Doolittle is associated with the Ahmanson and it has a regular season of plays. It stages good new plays like "Piano Lessons" which went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for 1989.

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
135 N. Grand Ave., L.A.
213.972.7211

Temporary home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, which has become one of the best orchestras in the country since Esa-Pekka Salonen took over several years ago as director. Musicals and other events play here as well. A great place to hear a concert, and student rush tickets can be had for something like $6 (show up early). Call ahead for details. Take the Civic Center (Hill Street) exit from the 110, turn right on Sunset and left on Grand. Park in the L.A. Unified School District lot and walk over the freeway to the Music Center complex.

Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum
1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga
310.455.3723

Open air amphitheater that sometimes stages works by classic playwrights such as Chekhov and Shakespeare.

Glendale Center Theater
324 N. Orange St., Glendale
818.244.8481

Musicals. Call them for show info.

L.A. Theater Center
514 S. Spring St., L.A.
213.627.6500

This theater features a lively bill of contemporary fare.

Mark Taper Forum
135 N. Grand Ave., L.A.
213.628.2772

This is one of the best regional theaters in the country. They stage daring world and West Coast premiers as well as theater classics at their intimate playhouse. Production is always superlative and student subscriptions to a series of five plays is a mere $35.

Orange County Performing Arts Center
600 Towne Center Dr., Costa Mesa
714.556.2787

This very striking showcase of the arts mostly hosts ballet and musical artists varying from the Kirov Ballet to Ravi Shankar, as well as some musical productions. It is rather far away but worth the trip.

Occidental College Keck Theater
1600 Campus Rd., Eagle Rock
213.259.2772

Oxy puts on a fair number of interesting events every year. It's close by, and there is a sizeable student discount. Check them out.

Pasadena Playhouse
39 S. El Molino Ave.
356.7529

One of the most highly respected playhouses in the country is right here in Pasadena. It just re-opened after several years of dormancy and some excellent theater can be enjoyed herelike the world premiere of Ray Bradbury and Jose Feliciano's musical, "The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit" in September, 1990.

Pantages Theater
6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
213.468.1770

Classic Hollywood Blvd. theatre mainly shows musicals. Its amazing lobby was used in "Batman Forever" and is an Art-Deco masterpiece.

Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center
6200 Atherton St., Long Beach
562.985.7000

Yes, it's named after the Carpenters. But it's a good place to watch a show, and it's right next door to the 21-story Pyramid at Cal-State Long Beach.

Shubert Theater
2020 Ave. of the Stars, Century City
800.447.7400

Broadway productions are staged in this elegant theater.

Wilshire Theater
8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills
213.468.1770

Diverse program of concerts, plays and musicals.

Wiltern Theater
3790 Wilshire Blvd., L.A.
213.380.5005

L.A. Music Center Opera is performed in this classic Art Deco theater, as well as pop and rock concerts.

 

TV


Most Techers find that there is little or no time to watch television. However, every House but Blacker has a TV. The SAC has a large screen TV hooked up to a satellite dish and a VCR, which you can use (check with Gina Armas for details). The student houses are completely wired with cable running to every on campus room. But as of the 1998-1999 school year, Housing is yet to finalize a deal with cable TV providers. Look for this handy Tech benefit in the future. The Sunday L.A. Times carries a weekly TV schedule.

 

Videos


We've listed two Blockbusters here, but try a few other places before you stoop to renting a Blockbuster video. Blockbuster is notorious for censoring videos and a rather fascist corporate attitude (they're owned by Disney, after all). Tower is next door, cheaper, and has a better selection. Remember that a Blockbuster card is usually only good at the location where you applied for it.

Laser Library is the closest store that rents a good selection of laser discs and it's cool. You may want to check out the newest Hollywood Videos, located on California between Arroyo Parkway and Fair Oaks. They advertise a five day rental for only $1.50. A great deal if you feel like watching Apocalypse Now every day during finals week.

Video Rental

Blockbuster Video320 S. Lake Ave.568.9874
Blockbuster Video88 W. Colorado796.6266
Tower Video310 S. Lake Ave.584.7110
Rio Video633 S. Arroyo Parkway792.7090
Now Playing1104 E. Colorado795.6063
Wherehouse1401 W. Huntington Dr.799.1656
Video Grand376 N. Allen Ave.578.1640
Video Horizons2423 E. Colorado Blvd.304.0304
Laser Library714 E. Green St.577.7035
Hollywood Video25 E. California304.9340