What’s Happening This Week: Nov. 4, 2019


LA Greater Area

Top ten sunset photo ops

Melissa Turner via Thrillist

Sure, you can probably snap a great sunset from your yard. But you can only watch the sun go down in its full glory at locations like these. No wonder Mashable called LA the home of the most Instagrammable sunsets in the world.

Great strip mall restaurants

Courtesy of Tatsu Ramen

If you think “great restaurants” and “strip malls” don’t quite compute, you’re missing some of the best dishes in LA. Here are a dozen eateries where ambience takes a back seat to great food – all diamonds in the rough worth discovering.

This winter at The Wallis

Courtesy of The Wallis

Eclectic and unexpected: that’s the award-winning Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, home to a kaleidoscope of performing arts, cinema and more. From Art Garfunkel to Love Actually Live, this season exemplifies the Wallis cool.

How early boosters sold LA to the frozen

Los Angeles Public Library photo collection

When city leaders and real estate barons set out to lure icy Midwest and East Coast dwellers to Los Angeles over 100 years ago, they concocted an irresistible combination of sunshine, oranges and lies. It worked like a charm.


The San Francisco Bay Area

Free Museum Days & Fall exhibits

From an exploration on Africanness at the Museum of African Diaspora to a peek inside marvelous mechanized marvels at the Museum of Craft and Design to a celebration of Mickey Mouse at the Walt Disney Family Museum, these fall exhibits at San Francisco museums delve deeper than painted fruit on canvas. Keep an eye out for free museum days and you might even be able to see them for free. 

The new New Age

iStock

Witches, crystals, and sun signs, oh my! The Chronicle takes a fascinating peek inside the recent resurgence of mysticism in the Bay Area, a trend spearheaded by millennial women. Now, where exactly is Saturn located in relation to Venus these days? 

Oaktown rising

Courtesy of Visit Oakland

Long considered the ugly stepchild to San Francisco, Oakland has blossomed in recent years as a Bay Area hub of arts, entertainment, dining, and culture. More proof of the city’s unlikely rise comes courtesy of National Geographic Traveler, which included it among the magazine’s top 28 places to visit in the world in 2019. 

Hold the meat

SF Chronicle

Attention vegans and vegetarians: You don’t have to settle for bland side salads, tofu, and steamed broccoli anymore. These acclaimed Bay Area restaurants put just as much attention, creativity, and flavor into their veggie-based dishes as they do any of their other courses. Pass the mushrooms. 

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