The Top 10 Must-Try LA Spots

1.  The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels

One of the most notable landmarks in Los Angeles, The Cathedral of our Lady of the Angels is a neo-gothic masterpiece. Built in 1905, it was originally known as the Cathedral Church of Saint Vibiana. Its design was inspired by St. Peter’s Basilica at Rome and even featured a replica 15th century Italian bell tower that caused quite a stir when it was first constructed in 1911. The present day Catholic cathedral underwent renovations in 1928 and another major reconstruction during 1980-81. It was declared a minor basilica in 1976 and a cathedral church in 2002.
Designed by John Parkinson, the cathedral’s massive clock tower, which is 40 feet tall, was the first in America. As a result of its gothic architecture and Italian influence, it has also been called The Vatican of Los Angeles. Many ecclesiastical services are held here each year, including full confession services (for Catholics only) as well as veneration of the Blessed Sacrament. Services in English are held on the first, third, fifth and sixth Sundays of each month while Sunday morning mass is celebrated in Spanish.

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2.  Dragonfly LA

The Dragonfly is located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. It is the oldest continuously running strip club in America, having been established in 1923. In 1984 it became one of the first clubs to allow dancing as well as live entertainment and lap dances. The club was purchased by Marilyn Light and her husband Larry Light, an award-winning director/producer who was responsible for such classics as “The Beverly Hillbillies.” Mr. Light continued to operate the club until his death from cancer in 2005. Today, the club is owned by businessman Chris Light and features a roster of performers that include former porn stars such as pornographic actress Lisa Ann. It is open daily from about 10 pm until closing at 2 am.
The Dragonfly supports its performers with a full bar and fully stocked cocktail lounge available to guests. The club offers both V.I.P. and booth seating and hosts various themed evenings throughout the week including “Safari” for ladies, “Blonde N Bitchin’ for blondes, and “Poundcake Tuesday” for poundcakes.
On weekends, the club features “Dance With The Stars” nights in which the performers vie for the attention of patrons. As a result, it is not uncommon to see cast members performing extremely provocative material to encourage patrons to throw their money into the performer’s g-string.
In 2003, Marilyn Light published her autobiography entitled “My Life in the Strip Club.” The book is recounted complete with a nude picture of Marilyn Light on one of its pages.
“Dragonfly LA” is a pseudonym for this article due to the possibility of legal action from the owner of this establishment.
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3.   The Plaza Ferrocarrilero

The Plaza Ferrocarrilero is located in Los Angeles’ Eastside neighborhood. It was constructed at the turn of the 20th century during an automobile boom and was originally known as the Grand Central Station. At its peak, the station served more than 1,000 trains a day and was one of many down town railroad stations that lined the city’s main thoroughfare. It closed in 1985 after which it housed offices, restaurants and nightclubs, many of which have since been demolished. Today it is an entertainment destination, although it was severely damaged by an arson fire on Dec. 3, 2009. The roof has been repaired and the colorful Mexican tile roof has been restored.
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Three things about the Plaza Ferrocarrilero that make it so special:
1. The architecture, resembling that of New York’s Grand Central Station, is essentially a conglomeration of various styles including Spanish Mission, Spanish-Baroque, Moorish Revival and Art Deco. It manages to incorporate many different architectural styles without having an ugly mishmash. Although the building has been modified over the years, it still has a sense of being a cohesive whole. It never looks like an assembly of different parts. This is especially true of the interior, which still manages to have a certain cohesiveness despite minor repairs and additions which have been made over the years.
2. The Plaza Ferrocarrilero is one of only a handful of buildings in Los Angeles that was built during the middle part of the 20th century (specifically, as World War II was ending).

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4.   The Original Farmers Market at the Historic Pico market Hall – Los Angeles’ Premier Food Court

The Pico Market Hall was built in 1910 and it was the city’s first food mart. At its height, it served as a farmers market for local farmers and bakers in the surrounding community. It helped to establish Los Angeles as a hub for fresh fruits and vegetables. In 1976, the building underwent a major renovation that led to the current market hall space. It was declared a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1985 and receives roughly 12 million visitors each year.
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The Original Farmers Market at the Historic Pico market Hall – Los Angeles’ Premier Food Court
On Thursday, Oct. 16, we will celebrate the grand opening of The Original Farmers Market at the landmark Pico Market Hall. Now in its 36th year, this market hall is an integral part of LA’s history and economy. The centennial celebration of this historic market will include a community fair, an art exhibit, live music and education on the history of the building.
A text-only version of this article is available at: http://www.losangelesarchitecture.net/news/the-original-farmers-market-at-the-historic-picos-markethall-los/
About: The Los Angeles Architecture Foundation is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to preserving the cultural and historic fabric of Los Angeles. For more information, visit: http://www.laarchstore.org
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5.   Mama Goo’s Bakery and Cafe

The Mama Goo’s bakerycafe is located in Silver Lake. Opened in the 1950s, it is the oldest go-go joint in Los Angeles. It was originally known as The Cuckoo’s Nest and was originally a home to the legendary go-go dancer Barbara “Mama” Goo . In 1972, Goo opened a nutrition bar next door and one of her most famous customers was comedian George Carlin who often visited the club during his visits to Los Angeles. On Jan. 6, 2009, the famous go-go dancer passed away after suffering from a heart attack. Today, the building is still used as a go-go bar and features a large mural of Goo that was painted by California artist John Hixson in 1996. The original Mama Goo’s nutrition bar was converted into the current bakerycafe that was opened in 2008. Mama Goo’s Bakery and Cafe (AKA Mama Goo’s Nutrition Bar, Mama’s Nutrition Bar and Mama’s Nutrition Cuckoo’s Nest) is located at 207 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90012. The phone number is (323) 466-6313.
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