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December 18

Flying into LAX on Dec 25th, with kid, long layover: argh. Advice?

My family including young kids (aged five and up) is flying into LAX on Dec 25th, arriving at around 6:30 AM after a fifteen-hour flight from Australia. We have a seven hour layover. What should I expect from LA traffic on that day? What, if anything, will be open? How easy will it be to call cabs? Any recommendations for kid-friendly things to do, bearing in mind the time constraints, possibly-grumpy kids?
posted by a post by a post posted by at at around Los Angeles, CA at 9:09 PM - 12 answers

November 21

What is Thanksgiving in Los Angeles like?

My wife and I (from Toronto) will be in Los Angeles all next week. Being Canadian, we only realized yesterday that this means we'll be there on Thanksgiving weekend. [more inside]
posted by renderthis around Los Angeles, CA at 5:54 AM - 17 answers has best

November 17

What should we do in LA on Thanksgiving?

My girlfriend and I are going to LA for Thanksgiving week and since we're not going down to join in any particular gathering, I wanted to query the hivemind for good things to do on Thanksgiving day. Are there any cool restaurants or events we should be booking now? [more inside]
posted by Cogito around Los Angeles, CA at 8:51 PM - 4 answers

October 27

Silver Lake Secrets (and Echo Park and Los Feliz)

Hello LA Mefites! I'm headed back to LA for Halloween weekend and am looking for some neighborhood-specific knowledge as we are staying in Silver Lake and want to keep driving to a (relative) minimum. Cheap eats and artistic and offbeat offerings are especially welcome. We are also free on Saturday night (November 1) if you know of any good goings-on. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog around Los Angeles, CA at 10:18 AM - 10 answers

August 29

The lady pal and I are looking for a mini-vacation in LA. Help!

My girlfriend and I have lived, pool-less, in LA for about 3 years now. We decided that we'd take a little mini-vacation this weekend and check out some part of the city we'd never seen. Unfortunately, its labor day and our attempts to low-ball Priceline aren't bearing fruit. More inside! [more inside]
posted by GilloD around Los Angeles, CA at 8:42 AM - 8 answers

July 30

Not your typical LAX layover

First week of October, on a Sunday. 12-hour layover at LAX, but here's the thing: I've done LA. What can I do that won't feel repetitive? [more inside]
posted by signondiego around Los Angeles, CA at 5:56 PM - 8 answers

July 14

tipping on a fixed price fare

Currently in LA. Negotiated with a driver the hotel recommended to drive us around this morning for a couple of hours for 250 dollars. Do we tip on top of that? If so, 20 percent or less? [more inside]
posted by lollusc around Los Angeles, CA at 11:01 AM - 10 answers has best

July 13

Weary travellers seek entertainment!

Seven hours to kill in Los Angeles - how to occupy our time? Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by liquorice around Los Angeles, CA at 6:04 PM - 18 answers has best

July 1

Where to Have a Small Meeting near LAX

I’m hosting a day-long meeting for nine people near LAX in September. Can you recommend a hotel in the neighborhood that’s moderately upscale? By which I mean, suitable for successful, middle-aged professionals who, luckily, understand that we’re not made of money. [more inside]
posted by Short Attention Sp around Los Angeles, CA at 4:44 PM - 8 answers has best

June 21

Things To Do In Los Angeles When You're Twelve

Family -- including my preteen cousin -- is coming to visit me in Los Angeles and I'm not sure where to bring them. Special personality snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by Sara C. around Los Angeles, CA at 3:06 PM - 33 answers has best

May 30

2 days in LA: Sightseeing without a car?

I will be in Los Angeles for a couple days next week and have a bit of free time in between some appointments. I won't have a car, I plan on taking the shuttle to my hotel. I'm staying at the Crown Plaza in Beverly Hills. I will be getting in around 11am on Tuesday, but then don't have "anything" to do until 7pm. The following day I will have the afternoon free after 2p. My flight home is Thursday at 5pm, so I in theory have the morning. [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] around Los Angeles, CA at 3:11 PM - 10 answers has best

April 20

Traveling to and in Los Angeles on a budget and can't drive.

I am trying to figure out how to get to Los Angeles on a small budget, to visit a doctor for a chronic condition. The condition itself causes difficulty getting around. I need some suggestions on how to make this "work". [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] around Los Angeles, CA at 7:53 AM - 23 answers has best

April 11

Everything awesome in Silverlake/K-Town LA

Coffee? Drinks? Food? What's good in Silverlake/K-Town LA? [more inside]
posted by Joseph Gurl around Los Angeles, CA at 12:27 AM - 11 answers

March 16

Help us budget for scouting L.A.

My wife is working on a grant application for a research trip to Los Angeles centered around getting a feel for old Hollywood and the western part of L.A. (this is working towards a novel taking place from the 50s to roughly the early 90s, FWIW). We're trying to put together a budget for the proposal, and were hoping to get some guidance. [more inside]
posted by COBRA! around Los Angeles, CA at 7:12 AM - 12 answers

March 14

Where are the most interesting places in Downtown Los Angeles?

I recently moved to Downtown Los Angeles, and am getting a kick out of exploring the neighborhood--it's changed a lot since I last visited in the early 2000s, has amazing architecture, and a fascinating mix of people and different communities. But I'm new to Los Angeles and unfamiliar with the neighborhood... what are the gems of downtown that are worth checking out?
posted by huskerdont around Los Angeles, CA at 10:13 AM - 12 answers

March 13

A different side of LA?

I've been to LA probably a dozen times or so, but mostly for events or a quick trip to Disney. My friends and I are taking a cruise that disembarks next Sunday morning, around 10am. Our flight from LAX doesn't depart until 7:50 PM, so we have a day to kill in LA proper. [more inside]
posted by disillusioned around Los Angeles, CA at 1:21 PM - 24 answers

March 4

Is there *really* no tipping with Uber?

I just signed up for Uber and I want to do right by the driver. A service charge is included, and the web site says "no need to tip." Is tipping really not expected? [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A around Los Angeles, CA at 5:13 PM - 22 answers has best

February 22

What to do with a few weekdays in Los Angeles?

We'll be in L.A. for 2-3 weekdays in mid-March, and while one of our evenings is scheduled, we have no idea what to do with the rest of our time. We'll be staying in or near Hollywood, and won't have a car, but don't mind taking transit. We're especially looking for suggestions for one really very nice, splurge-y place for dinner, as well as great inexpensive places to eat. Also interested in: coffee-snob coffee; fancy cocktails; craft beer; fun/interesting/unique places to shop; anything else that seems interesting. We also really like live shows (comedy/improv/podcast/music), but most of the L.A. shows we know about are on the weekend. And I'm planning to go to Jenette Bras for a fitting, but I'd love suggestions for any other bra shops that carry sizes in the G+ range.
posted by rhiannonstone around Los Angeles, CA at 12:48 AM - 17 answers has best

February 16

Motorcycle on LA Freeways

So I've just moved to LA (awesome) and am thinking of getting a motorcycle as my primary mode of transport. Thing is, when I mention this to my friends (most of which aren't licensed to ride a motorcycle), I get incredulous looks and/or stern warnings as to how silly and dangerous a proposition this is. [more inside]
posted by oxidizer around Los Angeles, CA at 5:28 PM - 34 answers

February 14

Utility bill in CA

How can I save time on not having to wait longer to get proof on a water bill or another utility bill? Trying to get residency here for the purpose of college tuition costs. Moved from New York and staying with my aunt for a short while (a couple months or so). I tried calling the water bill company (I think water... not sure... I forgot) and they can't add me to the bill as they said over the phone that they will only add a spouse to the bill. What can I do so that way I can get the ball rolling sooner?
posted by antgly around Los Angeles, CA at 5:51 PM - 9 answers