Westwood Village Memorial Park
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Mildred E Mathias Botanical Garden
University of California, Los Angeles
Founded in 1919, the alma mater of Jim Morrison, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, and Jackie Robinson ranks among the nation’s top universities. The...
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Napa Valley Grille
Preppy, but not stuffy, this is the spot for good, honest California cuisine: grilled Sonoma lamb, Catalina Island swordfish, and...
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Hammer Museum information
Once a vanity project of the late oil tycoon Armand Hammer, his eponymous museum has become a widely respected art space. Selections from Hammer’s personal collection include relatively minor works by Monet, Van Gogh and Mary Cassat, but the museum really shines when it comes to cutting-edge contemporary exhibits featuring local, under-represented and controversial artists. Best of all, it's free.
As an intellectual forum, it presents diverse, high-caliber (and often free) readings, lunchtime art talks, screenings, happenings, discussions, lectures and concerts. Their annual K.A.M.P. program links 50 to 60 former artists in residence with children ($125 to $150 per child) for four hours of sculpting, sticker making, and painting workshops. The courtyard is a great place to hang and is wired with wi-fi, and the museum store is the best in LA. Parking costs $3.