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Run to the Coast – Asics LA Marathon

LA Marathon Beach FinishDoing L.A. by foot can be a fun and enriching experience — from the shopping to the restaurants and nightclubs to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, there’s no shortage of things to see and do. Doing 26.2 miles of L.A. by foot, however, can be a life-changing experience.

The 2013 ASICS L.A. Marathon on Sunday, March 17th is one of the country’s premiere running events of its kind. Beginning at the legendary Dodger Stadium and passing through Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Brentwood and more, the race finishes at the picturesque Santa Monica Pier.

Reward yourself with some pasta post-race at one of L.A.’s critically acclaimed Italian restaurants, or search out what you’re craving at one of the city’s thousands of eateries. If you’re still feeling mobile, burn off what energy you have left dancing the night away at one of the city’s nightclubs.

If you are interested in running the ASICS L.A. Marathon, act now — less than 1,000 spots remain and hotel reservations are filling up fast.

Our Santa Monica Luxury Hotel Experts Recommend:

Shutters on the Beach

Oceana Beach Club Hotel

The Huntley Hotel

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Oscar’s Party Los Angeles

OscarsThe best of the silver screen will assemble in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 24th for the 85th Annual Academy Awards. Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre plays host to this year’s events, with Seth MacFarlane hosting the star-studded event. This year’s collection of movies is particularly strong, with no clear favorite set to run away with all the hardware.

Sure, you might not be able to get into the Oscars themselves, but don’t worry — there’s much more to the Academy Awards than just the one televised event. Oscar Week features a number of award ceremonies, parties and other shindigs that celebrate everything Oscar producers can’t cram into the main ceremonies. It always draws a cool cross-section of stars, producers and much more.

You can bet L.A.’s dining and club scenes will be buzzing over the course of Oscar Week. It’s a great time to check out some of the city’s diverse culinary options — from mainstream to quaint hole-in-the-walls. After dinner, hit one of L.A.’s legendary nightclubs, where the chances are good you’ll be rubbing elbows with Oscar royalty.

Our Los Angeles Luxury Hotel Experts Recommend

The Beverly Hilton

Hollywood Roosevelt

W Hollywood

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THE LA FILM FESTIVAL

June 14-24, 2012

In a city with more film festivals than you can count on two hands, the actual Los Angeles Film Festival has been preeminent, showcasing the world’s best independent features. Which is not to say the occasional smash-hit hasn’t come its way. The Devil Wears Prada made a splash here before setting the world on fire. The LA Film Festival endeavours to connect the movie-lovers to acclaimed filmmakers, film industry pros, and emerging talent in the heart of the entertainment capital of the world—Los Angeles.

Among the 2012 LA Film Festival’s lineup of sensational films, the much-anticipated Steve Carell apocalypse comedy Seeking a Friend for the End of the World will enjoy its world premiere during this year’s gala screenings. The Benh Zeitlin-directed Beasts of the Southern Wild and Ava DuVernay’s Middle of Nowhere will also run during the gala screenings.

Seeking for a Friend for the End of the World stars comic genius Steve Carell, Keira Knightley, Adam Brody and others in what’s been described as “a humorous, moving and intimate journey against an epic backdrop of Earth’s final days.” The film is written and directed by screenwriter Lorene Scafaria, making her directorial debut.

Beasts of the Southern Wild, tells the story of a six-year-old girl on the brink of orphanhood in a utopian bayou community. Directed and co-written by Behn Zeitlin, the film, starring Quvenzhané Wallis and Dwight Henry, won the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Middle of Nowhere, presents a portrait of a woman in search of herself, torn between two lovers and two worlds. The movie won writer/director Ava DuVernay a Best Director Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

The Festival features signature programs including the Filmmaker Retreat, Ford Amphitheater Outdoor Screenings, Poolside Chats, and more. The Festival also screens short films by high school students and has a section devoted to music videos.

Los Angeles Film Festival Film Independent 9911 W. Pico Boulevard. Los Angeles, CA 90035 Box Office & Information: 1-866-345-6337.

We Recommend Staying At,

After closing for two years for a thoughtful restoration to revive this iconic gem, 5 star Hotel Bel-Air‘s redesign now, more than ever, celebrates the surrounding landscape by seamlessly blending the indoor and outdoor experience. Nestled in the Bel-Air Estates neighborhood of Los Angeles, the Hotel Bel-Air is a sprawling oasis, only minutes from Century City, Beverly Hills and Westwood. Enjoy complimentary breakfast for two during your stay on us!

Ultra-chic and supremely unique, Mr. C Hotel Beverly Hills, a Cipriani Hotel, is a luxury boutique in the heart of beautiful Beverly Hills. Inspired by European traditions, the exquisitely landscaped courtyard garden features Californian citrus fruits, tropical foliage and fragrant English roses, all lending itself to the ambience of reminiscent of an Italian seaside villa. Enjoy a complimentary upgrade when you book with us!

At the iconic intersection of Hollywood and Vine lies The Redbury, the newest addition to the award-winning sbe Hotel Collection. Curated by Creative Director and renowned photographer, Matthew Rolston in collaboration with sbe Founder and CEO, Sam Nazarian, The Redbury Hotel offers an escape into a colorful and enchanting world of luxury. With a focus on creative, business, and leisure travelers with an admiration for the arts, music, fashion and entertainment, each guest flat offers a playful retro touches creating an inviting and welcoming atmosphere.

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TOYOTA GRAND PRIX HITS LONG BEACH

April 13th – 15th, 2012

This April 13th it’ll be “Gentlemen, start your engines!” for the 38th straight year at the Toyota Grand Prix in Long Beach CA. Called America’s #1 Street Race, the high-powered IZOD IndyCar Series will showcase superstars Helio Castroneves, Danica Patrick and Dario Franchitti chasing down defending champ Ryan Hunter-Reay. In addition, film, TV and sports stars will vie in the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race. And, four more races—Tequila Patrón American LeMans Series Race, Drifting, Firestone Indy Lights and SCCA Pro Racing World Challenge Championships—guarantee a full weekend of nail-biting action.

The free Auto Club Lifestyle Expo and Green Power Prix-View will offer family fun along with entertainment and more than 100 exhibitions of the latest lifestyle products. Added features include an aerial Zip Line, electric-powered race cars for kids and a rock climbing wall, as well as BMX and skateboarding demos. The Kid’s Zone has action sports, computer games and simulators.

You can enjoy two concerts in the Tecate Light “Cool Zone”—Fiesta Friday and Saturday Rock-N-Roar. Legendary rock band Joan Jett and the Blackhearts will star in the Saturday night Tecate Concert. Soak up the Long Beach seaside atmosphere in Club Patrón or one of the Cantinas located around the circuit. See some of the world’s most impressive machinery at Sunday’s Mothers Polishes Exotic Car Corral.

Apart from the race, there’s plenty to discover and do in one of the most walkable cities in America. Long Beach boasts more than 100 quality restaurants within an eight-block radius of its downtown, and dynamic shopping and entertainment options along the shoreline. Stroll the 5 ½ mile beach path for cool views of the Long Beach Harbor. For shoppers, take the Passport shuttle and stroll down Retro Row or Belmont Shore, two popular districts offering a myriad of boutique shops and eclectic restaurants. 888-82-SPEED |  www.gplb.com

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