What’s Happening This Week: January 6, 2020

Los Angeles Greater Area

Best hikes to see the Hollywood Sign 

Never mind those great vistas from the Home Depot parking lot and the view deck at Hollywood and Highland. You want to earn this experience with a brisk woodland adventure. Right?

Quick, before it vanishes

Arboretum

After January 12, the Arboretum’s Moonlight Forest will disappear. Take these last fleeting days to explore this world of giant magical lanterns, including new Ocean Visions and Polar Dreams. 

Flat-out fabulous pancakes

John O’Groats

No ordinary flapjacks, these are the stacks you’ll dream of long after you’ve mopped up the last drop of syrup. From old school to outrageous, they could just be the best flippin’ pancakes in LA. 

The color of 2020

Each year, Pantone Color Institute experts scour the world for influential new hues. Then they announce one pivotal Color of the Year. For 2020, the story is calm, confidence, and connection.


The San Francisco Bay Area

New year, new diet

The Mill

Turkey, chocolate, wine, potatoes, eggnog, repeat: The holidays were fun but it’s officially January and time to shave off a few of those seasonal pounds. Fortunately, San Franciscans are blessed to be able to eat both healthy and delicious—this 7×7 guide will help you do just that. But you should probably throw out the chocolates. And the eggnog.

Comedy in the Bay

Ali Wong. Photo: Rick Kern via SF Chronicle

From Ali Wong at the Masonic to Norm Macdonald at the San Jose Improve to the creative comedic extravaganza that is SF Sketchfest, there are ample opportunity to yuck it up in the Bay Area. Start the new year off with a smile or two courtesy of this cheat sheet to the best comedy shows happening throughout the region.

Presidio pop quiz

It has a history dating back to 1776. It was under US Army control until 1994. And it’s home to a bowling alley, a pet cemetery, and the city’s only overnight camping site. Now a national park and beloved destination sporting a world-class museum, popular food-truck picnic party, and newly renovated historic theatre, San Francisco’s Presidio district has a rich, surprising history. 

Tower power

San Francisco’s skyline has become steadily higher and denser over the past decade, highlighted most dramatically by the Salesforce Tower, the second-tallest building west of the Mississippi. That trend should only accelerate, according to Curbed, which maps out 14 high-rise projects set to transform the way we experience the city. 

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