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Tips and Articles in Los Angeles

ALEXANDRA PENNEY, author of How to Make Love to a Man and Sexiest Sex of AllPlanning a trip for my fiancé's 50th birthday (at the time he was just my boyfriend), I asked him whether he preferred Venice or Paris. A surfer, he wanted to go where the...
It's time to celebrate the new. Not just the new new but also the reinvented, re-created, and incomparably well preserved. T+L's Critics' Choice Awards, new themselves this year, honor the innovations that keep us traveling. Our distinguished pane...
Going my way Kevin McCollum, New York-based theater producer (shows include Rent and De La Guarda's Villa Villa); president and CEO of Ordway Music Theatre in St. Paul, Minnesota. Bonus points: I always stay in nice hotels -- Ritz-Carlton or the F...
oh la la, st.-tropezConnoisseurs of the Côte d'Azur are now resting their heads at the Hôtel Villa Belrose, a dream of lemon stucco, ruddy canal tiles, and brilliant white balustrades. Call it haute glamour: the estate is discreetly situated at th...
The underground art and culture scene in Los Angeles has a new impresario, and her name is Wendy Yao. Operating out of her tiny Chinatown boutique, enigmatically called Ooga Booga (943 N. Broadway, #203; 213/617-1105; www.oogaboogastore.com), Yao ...
Film junkies who've always wanted to know exactly which Lexington Avenue subway grating exposed Marilyn Monroe's assets in The Seven Year Itch, or where in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles Mommie Dearest (a.k.a. Joan Crawford) tended her ...
The Clan with the Not-So-Mini Van When Ingrid Otteson and Pascal Demilly bought their 2004 Dodge Sprinter for their family of six—their kids are Nadia, 10, Nicolai, 7, Milla Mae, 5, and Sascha, 3—they knew it would be highly visible: at six feet ...
See our slideshow of America’s Best Retro Escapes. Does your generic local multiplex get you down?Are you pining for a little movie action under the stars, snack bar included?A legit drive-in theater is hard to come by these days, but if you’re a...
In a 1940 American Magazine article entitled "Camps of Crime," FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover waged something of a war against motels, which he labeled "a new home of crime in America, a new home of disease, bribery, corruption, crookedness, rape, w...
Are Eastern-inspired cordials the new frontier in cocktails—or a flash in the pan?Some new arrivals are making us wonder. Ty Ku is a sake-based liqueur that contains yuzu, plum, pomegranate, and ginseng; sip it over ice at Simon Kitchen & Bar (...
Beijing The sprawling, three-story facility at the Kerry Centre Hotel (866/565-5050 or 86/10-6561-8833; shangri-la.com; doubles from $412) contains a 38-yard lap pool, two indoor tennis courts, a 256-yard jogging and rollerblading track, and mor...
Swedish massages and basic facials can be found on nearly every spa menu, but they're no longer enough to entice savvy spa-goers. The 10 exotic indulgences listed here will impress even the most jaded massage enthusiasts and, with a little imagina...
We have just arrived in San Francisco for the weekend, and the desk clerk at the game-themed Serrano Hotel invites us to roll the dice for an upgrade. We're allowed three tries; on my last I hit double fives. Yes! My friend Tracy and I check into ...
Get the Facts "The thing about L.A. is that it really is all the clichés you imagine it to be," Sofia Coppola tells me. We're sitting poolside at the house she shares with her husband, fellow filmmaker Spike Jonze. The shimmering rectangle of ...
Photographer Peter Bennetts and Lonely Planet cofounder Tony Wheeler explore the tiny nation of Tuvalu in Time & Tide (Lonely Planet, $20). Vibrant images (you try taking a bad shot in the South Pacific) and thoughtful essays illustrate the conf...