What’s Happening This Week: February 17, 2020

Los Angeles Greater Area

Smart spots for a first date

If you were thinking of your favorite high-decibel watering hole, just no. There are some serious ground rules for first date restaurants, and they don’t include too loud, too fancy, or too scene-y. Here are some places to help keep your first date from being DOA.

 26 great movies about LA

From the 1944 noir “Double Indemnity” to “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” the history of cinema is full of films where the City of Angels is the star. Here’s a list of over two dozen of the most indelible – alphabetized, so it’s easier to track them down online.

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Inside the nearly finished Academy Museum

Tom Hanks sent a buzz of excitement through the Oscars audience when he revealed the official opening date for the long-awaited Academy Museum. Here’s a sneak peek at what’s in store when the doors open on December 14.

Memory palace: the Formosa reborn

A treasured hangout since Hollywood’s Golden Era, the Formosa Café recently suffered two misguided makeovers that had its fans up in arms. Now a pro-preservation firm has teamed with the LA Conservancy to bring a storied gem all the way back.

San Francisco Bay Area

Boots off, drinks on

For some (OK, that includes us), the best part of skiing happens after you take off the skis. Check out this list of the best on-mountain après-skibars in Tahoe, from Squaw Valley’s High Camp to Heavenly’s Tamarack Lodge.

The top burrito

Burritos are basically the unofficial food of the Bay Area and everyone has their favorite go-to for this cheap, filling, and delicious staple. Taqueria El Farolito is a perennial popular choice, so it won’t come as a huge surprise to San Franciscans that this no-frills Mission spot known for its super burritos was recently ranked the top Mexican restaurant in California. Don’t forget the hot sauce.

Insider’s guide to grand interiors

From the French Neoclassical elegance of the Salon Doré at the Legion of Honor to the gleaming Mayan Deco facade and lobby at the 450 Sutter Medical/Dental Building to the Mid-Century Modern cool of the Frank Lloyd Wright–designed V. C. Morris Gift Shop/Isaia: Here are 15 of the most beautiful architectural interiors in San Francisco that you can actually visit.

Your pretext for wine tasting

Not that you really need an excuse to visit northern California’s spectacular Wine Country. But just in case, here are 20 good reasons to visit Napa and Sonoma counties in 2020, including artisan cheese, peak rosé, a world-class music festival, and much more.

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