What’s Happening This Week: February 24, 2020

 

Los Angeles Greater Area

The best of LA’s live music venues

From sprawling arenas to funky neighborhood clubs, LA has always been a hotbed of live music scenes, starring big-ticket headliners, homegrown favorites and everything in between. Here are 19 of the best, from the opulent Wiltern to an old auto repair shop in the Arts District.


Grab that basket and go

There’s something about an al fresco picnic on the grass. Now that the days are warming up, it’s time to find some new places to spread out a blanket and settle in for the afternoon. Here are some candidates to consider, from the shoreline to Chavez Ravine and beyond.


Keep your eye on the (crystal) ball

This offseason, the Dodgers spent $100 million to spruce up their storied ballpark. You can’t see it in person until March 26, but you can get a glimpse of the future by gazing into this guide to the new improved stadium. It all starts with a real “front door.”

 

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You in? #OpeningDayLA tickets go on sale tomorrow at 9 a.m. PT! 🎟: Dodgers.com/tickets.

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The art of the weekend happy hour

You can get happy after work anywhere. But there are places that see weekend happy hours as a real creative challenge, from inventive cocktails to gourmet nibbles that go way beyond nachos. Most of these places are kid-friendly, too, so there’s no excuse not to get out for a weekend unwind.

 

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One Rioja Sour, coming right up! #OtoñoLA

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San Francisco Bay Area

Croissants, cakes, and baguettes, oh my!

If you know how to pronounce “kouign-amann” (hint: “queen” + “oman”), then this article is for you. Eater tackles the delicious job of IDing the 19 top bread and pastry makers in the East Bay, including Filipino bakery Starbread, French-influenced Pâtisserie Rotha, and Starter, famous for its flaky, buttery, sugary kouign-amanns.

 

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@poppiesfloralstudio will be selling her beautiful bouquets 💐💐💐 tomorrow 8 am at @patisserierotha

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Take a hike

With our heads buried in our devices so much of the time, it’s easy sometimes to forget just how drop-dead gorgeous San Francisco really is. Switch off your screens, strap on your sneakers, and breath in the fresh Pacific air with one of these urban hikes designed to show off the city in all is glory. Not to worry: The piece points out plenty of delicious pit stops along the way where you can stop for sustenance.


Swooning in the snow

Taking your sweetheart up to the Sierras? Here are 5 non-skiing, non-snowboarding ideas for a romantic Tahoe getaway, from comforting eats and picturesque bars to snowy hikes and steamy hot springs.


Bay Area spa life

Sometimes you just need to treat yourself. Lucky for us, the Bay Area is graced with some of the more amazing spas in the country. This 7×7 story lists 10 of the best, including Japanese baths in San Francisco (Kabuki), outdoor hot tubs in the middle of north Oakland (Piedmont Springs), and hot springs–fueled water and mud baths in Calistoga (Indian Springs). Your body will thank you.

 

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Soaking up the day with my love.

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