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Hello and welcome to the Southern California adventure arm of Atlas Obscura. We are a community of adventurers who have been exploring the hidden wonders in and around Los Angeles since 2012. Each month, our team of Field Agents puts together a line-up of extraordinary experiences designed to reveal secret histories, exceptional people, unusual access, and opportunities to explore overlooked places around us.

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Upcoming events (3)

Hooray for Holly Woods!

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NOTE: This event requires a separate ticket purchased here: https://www.atlasobscura.com/events/hooray-for-holly-woods-june-2019 Follow a trail of clues leading to your big break. This is not some passive app-based gaming experience. This is a competitive, real-world-immersive journey through the life of a starlet that will have your team attending an acting class, auditioning at a casting studio, and meeting with the director, before finally arriving at your own premiere party. Discover old and new Hollywood while chasing your elusive prize: FAME. Visit Madame Tussauds, Hollywood Museum, Chinese Theatre Forecourt, Dolby Theatre Grand Staircase, Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and many more fabulous sites. Avoid recruitment by persuasive "Truthologists" while decoding the legendary Walk of Fame. Or choose to join their ranks? Maybe that will help! You're talented. You're ambitious. You're a fresh face in town and you want to be a STAR. Forget years of struggle before becoming an overnight sensation. You're going to do it all in one day! Will you make it big before your time in the spotlight runs out? It won't be easy as your team will need to solve puzzles and decipher cryptic landmarks, always making sure to hit your marks. Along the way, you will encounter a cast of undercover improvisers. You never know who will have the specific clue you need. Start the day with stars in your eyes. End it as a star in everyone else's. Lights... Camera... ACTION! A NOTE ON TEAMS You will be part of a team - so if you have friends or family you want to adventure with for the day - grab tickets for everyone. Maximum on each team is 4. Don't have a group? Don't worry. We will pair you with other adventurers! ADDITIONAL DETAILS The day is filled with puzzles and cyphers steeped in Hollywood history and landmarks. The Starting Line location will be emailed 48 hrs prior to the start of the event. You will be on foot for several hours. Wear comfortable shoes, consider sunglasses, sunscreen, and/or a hat. One light team backpack with a couple bottles of water is not necessary, but never a bad idea. At least one team member must bring a fully charged smart phone loaded with the ride-sharing app of your choice. Everything else you might need to solve puzzles and otherwise navigate the day will be provided during the event. A mandatory lunch stop is built into the day, but individual lunch expenses are not covered. Open bar (beer and wine) and tasty snacks at the finish line are FREE, FREE, FREE. All ages welcome. To enjoy beer and wine at the finish line, however, bring ID to prove you are +21. QUESTIONS? Email Carlyle Coash at [masked]. Stay connected! Subscribe to the Atlas Obscura Society Los Angeles newsletter and join our Facebook group for a first glimpse at upcoming events. Advance Tickets Only. All Sales Final. No Refunds or Exchanges.

Cinemyth Film Series: Dead Man

Philosophical Research Society

Please Note: This event requires you pre-purchase tickets online for the site. Tickets cost $20.00 per person. Purchase tickets online through this link: https://www.atlasobscura.com/events/cinemyth-film-series-dead-man-june-2019 Join Atlas Obscura field agent and mythologist PhD Devon Deimler for this inaugural event in the Cinemyth Film Series at the Philosophical Research Society. Myth is genre and genre will be our guide—screenings are curated into 3-part series according to a specific sub-genre. The first to get the de-mythologizing treatment (and often a dose of the psychedelic) is Revisionist Westerns, and the first film in this series is Jim Jarmusch’s Dead Man. Rather than affirming our notions of heroes and heroines, the forces of good and evil, and the possibility of meaning, Dead Man questions these notions through parody, humor, and historiography. This is a postmodern Western where stories fly like bullets and people drop like flies. And of course it’s got a fistful of rich performances by the likes of Johnny Depp, Iggy Pop, and Crispin Glover, plus a soundtrack by Neil Young. Our guest speaker for the evening will be PRS President and contemporary literature and religious studies PhD Greg Salyer. You’ll enjoy a complimentary bag of popcorn (and, if you choose, your own BYOB libation) while viewing Dead Man in the PRS auditorium. After a brief intermission, we’ll be led through an exploration of the film’s mythic motifs and its commentary on America’s treatment of the sacred over the last two centuries. We’ll end the evening with some friendly open discussion and then be on our way! ABOUT THE CINEMYTH FILM SERIES The Cinemyth Film Series is a monthly screening event exploring the role of myth in independent and cult cinema, as well as less-exposed mythic aspects of popular films. We’ll see how each film engages ancient or prevailing cultural mythologies and even creates new myths in its own right. Each screening is a curated event featuring a select film and a short presentation by a mythologist or mythically-inclined cinephile, followed by open discussion with the audience. COST $20.00 USD WHERE Philosophical Research Society, 3910 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles, California, 90027, United States CAPACITY 100 ADDITIONAL DETAILS This film is rated R. Anyone under 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Arrive early to secure parking and take your seat. This event begins promptly at 6:00pm. PRS is located at the corner of Los Feliz Blvd. and Griffith Park Blvd, with a parking lot in front (via LFB). Parking spaces are limited. Street parking is available but also limited. Please read signs carefully and park at your own discretion. Alternatively, consider public transportation or take an Uber/Lyft, especially if planning to drink. The Philosophical Research Society graciously extends their BYOB policy to this event. Please be mindful of your intake and dispose of all used containers! This event takes place over normal dinner hours. Don’t arrive too hungry, but don’t arrive too full either! In addition to the bag of popcorn included with your ticket, PRS will also be selling candy, soda, and other movie snacks on site. QUESTIONS? Email Carlyle Coash at [masked]

Aquatic Gender Fluidity at Heal the Bay Aquarium

Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

Please Note: This event requires you pre-purchase tickets online for the site. Tickets cost $35.00 per person. Purchase tickets online through this link: https://www.atlasobscura.com/events/sexual-fluidity-at-heal-the-bay-aquarium Come enjoy cocktails, listen to speakers from the LGBT community, and learn how many of the species beneath our seas change sex, gender roles, and use forms of asexuality to survive at Heal the Bay Aquarium, a hidden gem located beneath the Santa Monica Pier. Did you know that Semicossypuhus pulcher, better known as the California Sheephead fish, transitions from female to male over its lifetime? Or that anemones reproduce both sexually and asexually? These are just two of the many colorful creatures we’ll meet face to face while exploring the eclectic nature of biological life. We’ll begin the night's festivities with an introduction of the Aquarium and the gender diversity of its local marine inhabitants by Associate Aquarium Director, Laura Rink, followed by a presentation by transgender speaker and educator, Michelle Dennis, who joins us on behalf of PFLAG. Michelle will educate us about understanding gender fluidity in our human world, as well as some recent transgender and gender non-conforming milestone events. Then guests will be free to mingle among the tanks and pools, where Aquarium staff will be on hand to discuss specific gender-fluid animals in intimate detail. Our fluidity theme extends to the realm of libations as well! Each adult guest will receive one complimentary drink ticket to choose from a selection of specially-themed organic cocktails by Boxcar. Additional cocktails will be available to purchase at the cash bar throughout the evening. ABOUT HEAL THE BAY AND PFLAG Heal the Bay is an environmental nonprofit dedicated to making the coastal watersheds of Greater Los Angeles safe, healthy, and clean through science, education, community action, and advocacy. PFLAG is the largest organization in the United States dedicated to uniting LGBTQ people with families, friends, and allies. A portion of proceeds from this event will go toward supporting the missions of both organizations. DATE Friday, June 7, 2019 TIME 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. COST $35.00 USD WHERE Heal the Bay Aquarium, 1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica, California, 90401, United States ADDITIONAL DETAILS Ages 13+ (all minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian). The Aquarium is located on the beach level of the Santa Monica Pier, directly beneath the carousel. Event begins promptly at 7:00 pm. Please arrive on early to park and find your way to the Aquarium. Please bring cash and your I.D. if you would like to drink, the bar is cash only and will require an ID check. And please be mindful of your drink intake among your fellow humans and animals. QUESTIONS? Email Carlyle Coash at [masked]

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Oddities Flea Market After Party at the Globe

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