Entertainment in Hollywood

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    Hollywood Bowl

    Summers in LA just wouldn’t be the same without alfresco melodies under the stars at the Bowl, a huge natural amphitheater in the Hollywood Hills. Its annual season – which usually runs from June to September – includes symphonies, jazz bands and iconic acts such as Blondie, Bryan Ferry and Angélique Kidjo. Bring a sweater or blanket as it gets cool at night.

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    Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre

    Founded in New York by Saturday Night Live alums Amy Poehler and Ian Roberts along with Matt Besser and Matt Walsh, this sketch-comedy group cloned itself in Hollywood in 2005. With numerous nightly shows spanning anything from stand-up comedy to improv and sketch, it's arguably the best comedy hub in town. Valet parking costs $7.

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    ArcLight Cinemas

    Assigned seats, exceptional celeb-sighting potential and a varied program that covers mainstream and art-house movies make this 14-screen multiplex the best around. If your taste dovetails with its schedule, the awesome 1963 geodesic Cinerama Dome is a must. Bonuses: age-21-plus screenings where you can booze it up, and Q&As with directors, writers and actors. Parking is $3 for four hours.

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    Pantages Theatre

    The splendidly restored Pantages Theater is an art deco survivor from the Golden Age and a fabulous place to catch a hot-ticket Broadway musical. Recent shows include An American in Paris, The Book of Mormon and Hamilton. Tidbit: the theater hosted the Academy Awards ceremony between 1949 and 1959.

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    Catalina Bar & Grill

    It might be tucked in a ho-hum office building (enter through the garage), but once you're inside this sultry, premier jazz club all is forgiven. Expect a mix of top touring talent and emerging local acts – performers have included Roy Hargrove, Monty Alexander, Barbara Morrison, Kenny Burrell and Chick Corea. One or two shows nightly, best reserved ahead.

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    Fonda Theatre

    Dating back to the Roaring Twenties, the since-restored Henry Fonda Theatre remains one of Hollywood’s best venues for live tunes. It’s an intimate, (mostly) general-admission space with an open dance floor and balcony seating. Expect progressive bands such as The Radio Dept and Pussy Riot, groove masters like Clean Bandit and next-gen rappers like Kanye protégé Desiigner.

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    Hotel Cafe

    An anomaly on glittery Cahuenga Corridor, this intimate venue is the place for handmade music by message-minded singer-songwriters. It’s mainly a stepping stone for newbie balladeers (a fresh-faced Adele wowed the crowd here back in 2008). Get there early and enter from the alley. Doors usually open at 6:30pm (check the website).

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    El Floridita

    The place for grown-up salseros. Order a mojito and watch the beautiful dancers do their thing (or join in if you feel you’ve got the moves). Live shows run on Monday, Friday and Saturday only; Monday's long-running salsa night (from 8pm) is especially popular, so make reservations at least a week in advance.

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    Bardot

    On Monday nights, KCRW’s Chris Douridas brings School Night (www.itsaschoolnight.com), a free live-music club featuring buzz-worthy talent to the atmospheric top floor of the old Avalon theater. There is no exclusivity here, but you do have to RSVP and show up early enough to get in prior to max capacity.

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    El Capitan Theatre

    Disney rolls out family-friendly blockbusters at this movie palace, sometimes with costumed characters putting on the Ritz in live preshow routines. The best seats are on the balcony in the middle of the front row. VIP tickets ($28) allow you to reserve a seat and include popcorn and a beverage.

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    Ford Theatres

    Every seat is within 100ft of the stage at this up-close-and-personal outdoor amphitheater. Recently renovated and with the Hollywood Hills as a backdrop, it's an atmospheric spot to catch indie bands, foreign movies and dance troupes from June to October. Picnics welcome.

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    Cinespia

    Runs the hugely popular summer season of outdoor movies at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, as well as organizing occasional film screenings at Downtown's historic Los Angeles Theatre.

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    Sacred Fools Theater Company

    Established in 1997, this acclaimed, non-profit theater company is known for staging innovative, eclectic works, including world and West Coast premieres. Check the website for upcoming productions and special events, which include open-stage performances.

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    Audiences Unlimited

    Booking service for a variety of free TV-show tapings, including Big Bang Theory and 2 Broke Girls. Tickets for most shows are released 30 days prior to the show date. See the website for schedules.

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    Celebration Theatre

    This small stage puts on (often) award-winning productions of plays and musicals telling of the LGBT experience.

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    Hudson Theatres

    Housing three separate performance spaces, the Hudson serves up independent productions of plays and musicals. Recent productions include a musical parody of the Game of Thrones.