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December 30, 2010
Journey into the new year aboard a vintage Fillmore & Western passenger train. Enjoy an elegant dinner with actors portraying Hollywood personalities from its golden age. The social car will be open for dancing, drinks and a toast at midnight. Fillmore & Western Railway Co., 364 Main St., Fillmore. 7:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Fri. $201 per couple. (805) 524-2546.
March 28, 2014 | By Vincent Bevins
SÃO PAULO, Brazil - This mega city 270 miles southwest of Rio is the largest in South America and Brazil's main destination for culture, night life and cosmopolitan gastronomy. Where you'll see soccer: The action kicks off at the new Arena Corinthians, where Brazil takes on Croatia on June 12 in the opening match. This temple to soccer in the Itaquera district, a bit outside São Paulo proper, also hosts the semifinals on July 7. FIFA, soccer's world governing body, is setting up a giant outdoor screen at Vale do Anhangabaú, a big public square in a beautiful but often sketchy part of downtown, where fans and festivities should be plentiful and rowdy.
August 18, 2011
NIGHT LIFE New York City's infamous dance party Mattachine crashes La Cita, with director John Cameron Mitchell (himself no stranger to raucous music, he helmed "Hedwig and the Angry Inch") hosting and DJing. With performance artist Amber Martin. La Cita, 336 S. Hill St., L.A. 9 p.m. Sun. $3. (213) 687-7111.
February 23, 2014 | By Jen Leo
Do you just live in your neighborhood, or are you a local voyager? This app offers travel tips from locals who discover and rediscover their cities as if they were on a hunt for hidden treasure. Name: Localeur Available for: iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch What it does: Provides ideas on art and culture, entertainment, fitness and outdoors, food and dining, neighborhoods, night life and shopping in Austin, Texas; Houston; Los Angeles; New York City and San Francisco.
March 10, 2011
NIGHT LIFE L.A.'s infamous electronic music party people are back with a spring fete, HARD Weekend, that's sure to thaw the winter cold off of hundreds of dancing bodies. Dance music giants Simian Mobile Disco and Fake Blood headline the night, along with Juan Maclean, Destructo, Mumbai Science and more. Club Nokia, 800 W. Olympic Blvd. 8 p.m. Sat. $30.
August 20, 2010 | By Margaret Wappler, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles has a reputation for fantastic weather and epic sprawl, but rarely do you get to experience the two unadulterated while nursing a cocktail. At the Yamashiro Farmers Market, however, held every Thursday atop a windblown peak in the Hollywood Hills, visitors can take in the bluster of Los Angeles on a hot night with sweeping views of the sparkling grid, along with a few other California specialties: fresh produce and artisanal prepared foods, plus our greatest export alongside Hollywood — wine.
October 7, 2010
Join Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer Jonathan Gold for his second annual Union Station Cocktail Party. This one celebrates the growing trend toward a speakeasy style in downtown nightlife, which has people knocking on back doors and uttering passwords for entrance in order to drink artisanal cocktails from old-time recipes. Food and beverages will be provided by Seven Grand, Las Perlas, Street, Jar, Comme Ca, the Lazy Ox and more. Union Station, 800 N. Alameda St., L.A. 7 p.m. Sat. (213)
August 16, 1992 | Jaymes Trief
"The future of retailing will be 24 hours," predicts Ken Weller, vice president of the Good Guys. Axl Rose would probably agree. So would Janet Jackson, Julian Lennon and George Hamilton, who have all been spotted walking after midnight at L.A.'s only all-night electronics emporium. So, too, would all the other, less-celebrated shoppers of the night who prefer the more mellow atmosphere of after-hours retail.
August 5, 2011 | By Charlie Amter, Special to the Los Angeles Times
In a recession that's forced large malls to reevaluate leases and diversify offerings to the public, Universal CityWalk's most anticipated new tenant this summer isn't a restaurant but an upscale nightclub. Infusion Lounge L.A., which held a "first look" open-to-the-public preview event last weekend preceding an official opening Aug. 18, is the chain's first outpost outside of San Francisco, where the original Infusion Lounge has been making consistent money on dancing and bottle service since 2009 — right through the recession.
January 19, 2012
NIGHT LIFE After a year-long break, the deviant dance club/drag show Club Dragstrip 66 returns to the Eastside for a late night of glitter, gender-bending and "Diva Gangsta" dress. DJ Paul V. is set to spin a mix of electro-pop, indie beats and mashups, so don a wig and heels and let your freak flag fly. The Echoplex, 1154 Glendale Blvd., L.A. 9 p.m. Sat. $15. (213) 413-8200.
January 17, 2014 | By Robert Masello
This afternoon, I did something shameful. Something I shouldn't even admit to. I put on my windbreaker, loaded the pockets with Milk Bones and then drove to the Joslyn Park dog park off Lincoln Boulevard in Santa Monica. Without a dog. There, I sat on a bench, leafing through a magazine and waiting for loose dogs - not immoral dogs, mind you, just unleashed ones - to wander into range. Whenever they did - while innocently chasing a ball or an errant Frisbee - I reached out and patted their furry little heads or gave their muzzles a friendly shake.
December 29, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
LAS VEGAS -- The show is called “Piece of Me,” and that's exactly what it delivers -- no more, no less. Clad in a version of the bedazzled bodysuit she wore a decade ago in the video for her song “Toxic,” Britney Spears launched her much-discussed two-year residency at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino by emerging from a giant metal globe suspended over the stage of the Axis Theater. “Work Bitch,” the lead single from her latest album, thumped through the venue's booming sound system as an army of masked dancers marched around her. Smoke swirled, fans hoisted miniature bottles of Moët & Chandon.
June 21, 2013 | By August Brown, Los Angeles Times
The Bring Your Own Vinyl night at Mom's Bar in West L.A. is just a few weeks old, but already it's got regulars feeling like superstar DJs. "My favorite reaction was a guy who brought in his favorite record, and he told me how special it felt when he saw a bunch of girls dancing to it," said Justin Nijm, a bartender at Mom's and the night's founder. "That's a surefire way to meet someone. " The Westside has long been a lonely frontier for indie-leaning music fans, who were dealt another blow with the recent closing of Central S.A.P.C.
June 16, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
LAS VEGAS - He's the biggest nightclub owner in Los Angeles, the man whose Hyde Lounge and Shelter became prime hunting grounds for the paparazzi. He's been photographed cozying up with Paris Hilton, Kristin Cavallari and Sofia Vergara. When HBO's "Entourage" needed a club owner, he got the part - playing himself. Now Sam Nazarian is moving to shed his party boy image and become a Vegas mogul, hoping to parlay his success in L.A.'s fiercely competitive club scene into the cutthroat world of casinos.
April 7, 2013
Redefining night life? That'd be Miami Regarding "For Creatures of the Night" [March 24] on Miami Beach: Jenn Harris needs to step away from Miami Beach, because anything done there is not redefining. Time to cross the bridge and step into the real Miami. Visit such places as Will Call, Space, Grand Central, the Garret, Wood Tavern, Shots Miami and the Electric Pickle Co. These places are a redefinition of typical Miami Beach night life. Marlon DeLeon Miami Wheelchair-friendly cruises Regarding "The Right Questions" by Catharine Hamm [On the Spot, March 24]
March 24, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
MIAMI - A cool ocean breeze cut the day's humidity. Dresses up to there in hot pink sequins and acid yellows colored the sidewalks. It was around midnight on a Thursday in Miami's South Beach neighborhood, and the evening was just getting started. I was in town for a couple days in February and was determined to have a "real" Miami night life experience - whatever that meant. The clubs here are more intimate than those in L.A. or Las Vegas, with some bars nothing more than a DJ, lights and liquor in a small box-like room.
November 25, 2011 | By Matt Donnelly, Los Angeles Times
Just like one pop hit can revive the career of a fading diva, a makeover can breathe new life into a once-hot club. But often these remakes are so formulaic they just don't bring the heat. The burn-and-turn club culture can see investors rally, decorators budgeted and velvet ropes unhinged in a matter of months — and then close just as quickly. So what's a proprietor to do? For SBE and their formerly hot Hollywood club Industry, the attempt at reinvention starts with philosophy.
June 15, 2012 | By Matt Donnelly, Los Angeles Times
It's hardly a Trump Tower-like effort to put together a hot night life space. Sure, there's the licensing, staffing, furnishing and promoting, but it's usually something that can be done in a couple months. Unless, of course, you inherit a monster like the one that sits at 1439 Ivar Ave. in Hollywood. Nestled behind Amoeba Music, across from the ArcLight Cinemas structure, the yawning, 18,000-square-foot space has seen several incarnations come and go, and now it's been reinvented again as the super club Lure.
February 14, 2013 | By August Brown
Last week, a DJ threw a rave at Vanguard. This in and of itself was pretty unremarkable; for years, the imposing East Hollywood warehouse plunked amid car dealerships and the 101 overpass was a staple of L.A. dance music culture, regularly hosting deep-house veterans like Marques Wyatt, even if the room itself was a bit bedraggled. Yet on that particular night, the DJ was the Swedish neo-house festival-topper Avicii and the club was packed to capacity with svelte 1-percenters and younger, rowdier club kids buzzing with improbable news: Vanguard is back on the map. “It was so much better than we expected,” said Costas Charalambous, the senior vice president of night life for the hospitality conglomerate SBE. “We were actually wondering afterwards, 'Did we just hurt ourselves here?
September 28, 2012 | By Jessica Gelt
It's the afternoon before night-life impresario and restaurateur Adolfo Suaya's new bar, the Phoenix, is due to open in Beverly Hills, and the 4,000-square-foot space bustles with activity. Suaya walks through the main bar with a silver bowl of salted triple-fried fries, offering them to staff and workmen to evaluate while his partners sit at various tables typing away on their laptops. The scene would be just like any other bar opening, except for the fact that it's happening on La Cienega's restaurant row. In this sea of upscale restaurant and hotel bars, the Phoenix sticks out like a green olive in a whiskey sour.
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