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It’s never too early to start planning for the New Year, and that’s especially the case when we’re just a couple weeks away. We’ve checked out what our favorite cities are up to when it comes to welcoming 2014, and we’re here to share. So check out what’s going on in and around Los Angeles to celebrate the countdown to 2014.
With sprawling suburbs and events in each, there’s plenty of spots to ring in the New Year around LA. That makes it difficult to just pick that one perfect spot to welcome 2014, as there are several different firework displays from which to choose.
You could always climb aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach for one last (fake) cruise to end 2013. There will be different ports of call—in theory—and upon the arrival at each port the ship’s horn will blow as an announcement is made to welcome guests to the next stop on their journey. Signature cocktails are available to get you in the mood for your visits to India, Brazil, and New York City before the fireworks. Boarding passes start at just $99.
The Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board is celebrating the upcoming 2014 Hollywood Awards Season by giving away a glamorous prize pack to five lucky fans.
Winners will get two highly sought after tickets for the red carpet bleachers at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on January 18. The SAG Awards bring together the best actors from TV and movies as they are recognized by their peers. Meryl Streep, Jared Leto, Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Lawrence, along with the casts of Downton Abbey, Breaking Bad, Modern Family, and Arrested Development are all expected at this year's event.
Everything you need to know about this story can be summed up by the fact that, when the Associated Press wrote about it last week, the wire began their article with the phrase "brown water." We'd have to check, but we're pretty sure that in the entire history of journalism there has never been a single article that began with the phrase "brown water" and then went on to describe something happy. "Brown water" is always followed by sadness, as near as we can tell, both journalistically and otherwise.
At issue is the drinking water outside the Tom Bradley international terminal at LAX. Someone leaked emails to the Los Angeles Times about the condition of said water, which as you may have guessed by now turned brown. The color wasn't a random coincidence. It turns out that - per the Times - the water "contains high levels of bacteria and particles of copper, brass and rust."
Tourism New Zealand is once again capitalizing on their connection to The Hobbit Trilogy with a new exhibit in Los Angeles.
Yesterday, they kicked off the campaign by unveiling the World's Largest Pop-Up Book in Beverly Hills. The "book" includes original set pieces and props used in The Hobbit : The Desolation of Smaug, which premieres in Hollywood tonight.
Instead of holding a lottery for red carpet tickets as they've done in the past, this year the Academy Awards will harness the power of social media to find The Oscars' biggest Fans.
December 2nd, 2013 will mark the beginning of Academy Fan Appreciation Week. During that week the folks behind Hollywood's highest honor will reach out to their biggest fans on social media and offer them a pair of tickets to the 2014 Oscars Fan Experience. Fan experience tickets will include a coveted seat along the red carpet on Oscar day.
The AFI Fest has just passed its halfway mark but there are still of plenty of red-carpet galas, special screenings, and conversations left to check out.
The American Film Institute's annual festival is taking place in Los Angeles through Nov. 14 and will feature screenings of Nebraska, Lone Survivor, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, and Inside Llewyn Davis this week.
Over the weekend the rich and the famous got into the Halloween spirit at four of Los Angeles' biggest costume parties.
Glee star Matthew Morrison hosted his fourth annual masquerade soiree at the Hollywood hotspot Warwick. Dozens of Matthew's celebrity friends came out for the bash at the warehouse-turned-nightclub, including Chris Colfer (dressed as a "sexy" R2D2), Chace Crawford (in a police uniform), Revenge actress Christa B. Allen, and Chord Overstreet (wearing a beard as Jax from Sons of Anarchy).
Leave it to Rob Zombie to combine three horror attractions and an epic music festival and create a "Great American Nightmare."
The horror attraction will feature three haunted houses, based on Zombie’s own movies, Lords Of Salem: Total Black Out, The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto 3D, and Haunt Of 1,000 Corpses.. Each will be "shocking and sometimes disturbing" and will offer "a three-dimensional experience with animatronics and effects, a maze that is the ultimate definition of claustrophobia and fear, sudden chills and startling thrills, and salaciou shumor that will make one scream with fright and laughter."
There are lots of shitty restaurants out there, but this one is throwing it right in your face.
On one hand, the newly opened Magic Restroom Cafe in L.A. is pretty unique and fun, but then again, is anyone really surprised that the idea of eating food from a toilet-shaped bowl and naming food dishes after bodily functions is uncommon in America?
Well, here's the crazy part: This concept is rocking and rolling at more than a dozen restaurants in Taiwan, so much so that a first-time restaurateur from China decided to bring the idea to the States. Yep, apparently people in East Asia are lining up to sit on the toilet and chow down on disgustingly named Taiwanese dishes, including a braised pork dish called "smells-like-poop" and a vanilla-strawberry sundae named "bloody number two." Bloody number two... are you serious?
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While the Government Shutdown is majorly pissing off travelers by closing national monuments and restricting access to everything from National Parks to major museums, there are some tricks to see what you want to see regardless. Take for example the Grand Canyon. The official visitor access trails and viewpoints are closed, so many have been risking the "unofficial" routes in, even encroaching on private property.
We do not advocate this at all, so for right now the easiest way to view the Grand Canyon is from above, while on board a flight to or from southern California.
Last month we were able to trace much of the Colorado River's carving into the Canyon while traveling at 35,000' on American Airlines Flight 1 from JFK to LAX.
The Do Good Bus likes to keep its Los Angeles' volunteers on their toes.
Like many organizations, DGB gives everyday people the opportunity to spend a few hours helping out a good cause, with a twist. Each volunteer trip is different and the locations are kept secret. It's also not unusual for riders to be treated to live music, samplings of a local brew, or other entertainment along the way to keep things interesting.
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What's arriving with JetBlue's A321s:1. The "Mint" premium seats
2. "Mint" eats & treats
3. Upgrades to everything else
JetBlue has, from their very beginning some thirteen years ago, touted their egalitarian approach to air travel. Everyone gets a leather seat; everyone enjoys free snacks and beverages; everyone can watch live, DirecTV channels on seatback screens; and everyone has a chance at low airfares. This isn't going away with the arrival of A321s into JetBlue's fleet, but being improved. Even better? The improvements are very noticeable; this is not a case of, "oh, we added some nice new accent piping to the headrest" (though there's that, too).