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Hunt down Hollywood’s history on a Saturday scavenge

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Watson Adventures is offering a free scavenger hunt in Hollywood this Saturday. Though no more tickets are available, they regularly hold hunts throughout L.A. Photo courtesy of Watson Adventures.

When you’re an L.A. resident, Hollywood Boulevard is often just taken for face value as a hotspot for tourists mining for something more glamorous than its superficial sparkling sidewalks.

Watson Adventures is offering another twist to the Hollywood hunt for stardom…literally.  They’re hosting a “Hooray for Hollywood” scavenger hunt this Saturday, April 18 at 3 p.m.  Though there are currently no more tickets available at the moment for the free event (upon checking the website, there were no more tickets available at the moment, but those interested are advised to check back the night before on April 17), they do also offer other events that require admission.

Check out their going.com page and Facebook page for more information.

Anyone ever tried out their scavenger hunts, or set up your own urban exploration-themed hunts?  Feel free to share!

Lance Armstrong rides with L.A.

A furry friend joins the ride

A biker brings her furry friend along to ride with Lance Armstrong in Hollywood.

I bicycled with Lance Armstrong last night.  It was short and sweet: a two-mile ride on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood.

But there’s more to the story.  It started out with a tweet from the cycling champ on Feb. 28: “Hollywood March 7th.  Group ride.  Let’s go!”  A few more tweets revealed that the ride would meet at the Children’s Hospital and that cyclists should “be in position at 5:30, ride 6.”  Yes, Lance Armstrong did just invite all of his Twitter followers to roll with him.

About 500 other people families, high school track & field teams, Twitters and bike enthusiasts showed up the pedal with the seven-time consecutive Tour de France winner, who announced his return to cycling at the event (which was also sponsored by a big-name sporting shoe company).  As a participant in late-night social bike rides (“subversive” is the term one of my professors once used, but some would just call it “fun”), it’s not every day that the City of L.A. closes off a major street like Sunset for a couple hundred bikers, marathons excluded.  Normally bustling with Hollywood club-bound cars zipping through intersections, the only sets of wheels on Sunset came in pairs, at least for a good 40 minutes.

L.A. may be best-known for its culture of cars, but the city has some of the best places for biking, Armstrong told the crowd before leading them west on Sunset and up Vine Street to end at the Ricardo Montalbán Theatre, where an entire side of the building featured a Shepard Fairey mural of the rider.

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Rain 101: Car-less destinations for a not-so-sunny day

The Grand Central Market, seen from Angels Flight

The Grand Central Market, with its sawdust-covered floors, is a great place to get fresh produce or sit down for a variety of food. Seen here from Angels Flight, you can get to the market from the Pershing Square Metro Red line stop.

It’s been not-so-sunny lately, and sometimes I wonder whether my fellow citizens are lacking adequate access to the Weather Channel, the Internet, or a newspaper in the morning (or…a window).  Not because I feel uncomfortable in elevators and need something quick to babble about for 45 seconds until all riders part for their separate floors, but because regardless of Dallas Raines’ forecast, I’m terrified of the drivers who missed the memo about 150% chance of pouring rain.  No matter if its 75 or 57, sweltering hot or cats & dogs, there are those who drive 95 mph on the 101 as if slip-and-slide season were all year.

When the rain comes out, I try to avoid driving as much as possible.  The Metro Red line is conveniently located less than a mile from where I live, and in honor of my favorite, often hassle-less mode of transportation, here are some things to do off the Red line route when it’s just sprinkling outside.  Please note that some of these destinations require walking (I still think Missing Persons were missing something when they sang, “Nobody walks in L.A.”), an umbrella might be useful, so long as it’s not pouring out.

Museum Row in the Miracle Mile District off Wilshire Boulevard gets an honorable mention because they’re not subway-accessible (yet!).  The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Natural History Museum & La Brea Tarpits and several other museums are located off Wilshire Boulevard between Fairfax and Curson Avenues.

Go here for a Google Map I’ve made of the Metro Red line route, Museum Row and the following destinations.

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License to celebrate President Obama

1/20/09 Aaron Foster Art Show/Inauguration Party

Artist and Bob Dylan fanatic Aaron Foster stands by his license plate piece of the musician. Foster hosted an inauguration party at his gallery on Melrose Avenue Tuesday night.

On election night, Aaron Foster stayed inside for the evening.

“I was at home by myself watching the news,” said Foster of that historic day in November 2008.  The artist  – who still hesitates to label himself as such – later thought, “What was I doing at home?”

The 36-year-old San Francisco Bay area native, who said he was “totally obsessed with the elections,” decided come Jan. 20, he wanted to celebrate the occasion with others.  He held an inauguration party at his Melrose gallery through political action group, MoveOn.org.  (Click on the jump for more, including photos)

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