Not only are their ticket prices just right for the frugal film buff, but this theatre is a "second-chance" theatre to see independent films that you missed at all the "nicer" more expensive theatres. The theatre itself is in need in repair, but it's what's on the screen that matters.
As a long time Buffalo Exchange customer, I find this Miracle Mile location so-so in its selection and pricing of used clothing. Once in awhile, I'll find a great deal on designer jeans, but the overpricing of their women's tops really make vintage-shopping not as enjoyable. They can be really picky in their buying selection.
CONS: A toss-up in selection.
This landmark theatre is great place to catch the latest foreign film, a classic restoration, or a midnight cult classic. Appropriately situated next to Cinefile, a great indie video store, this theatre offers fresh movie choices that show for just a week. Definitely by the 6-pack theatre booklet for $30, which makes each movie cost about $6.
CONS: Movies only show for a week.
Vroman's offers such a vast selection of books for an independent bookstore. With a very helpful staff, this bookstore really caters to the needs of its customers in finding the right book. This bookstore also offers really great gifts and stationery.
As the longest-running Asian-American Media institution, VC has come a long way from its early political filmmaking beginnings. Annually, they host the VCFILMFEST which showcases Asian-American and Asian international films in a week-long festival in Los Angeles. In addition, they offer production workshops in video production and screenwriting with the aim to produce more Asian-Am filmmakers.
LA City College is a great opportunity to get an education in the arts (Cinema, Theatre Arts, etc.) at a price that is more accessible than state universities or private institutions. The faculty, particularly the Cinema department faculty, is very well-known. MFA students from more exclusive film programs like USC and UCLA often refer students to attend or sit in on classes taught by the school's faculty. The diverse student population is also a great plus.
No appointments, only calls to get on a wait list for that day. Hipster receptionists that usually sport the tousled, "my hair's a mess, but I use expensive hair care products to look this way." Located in a converted garage filled with a random mix of beauty products and hipster accessories, this place can be too much of a scene to be seen in. It may take a few trips to find a hairstylist you want to "go steady with," but with what would seem like a steady turnover, I never found a stylist to stick to. All right cuts for the price ($26 for "long hair").
The stylist, Angelica, is a creative hair diva. I come to her when I want to feel like I have a personal stylist that's willing to work with me and try something new. Appointments are required, but you're guaranteed almost a good hour of one-on-one hair care consultation. She's patient with you when you're rambling about "I want something different, but don't know how to say it." Somewhat pricey for a hairstyle, but think of it as going to your own personal hair consultant.
The parking may stink at this place (it's on a busy intersection on Hyperion, next to Trader Joe's) but if you get a stylist you like, you can get a "cut above the rest." Cuts here are pricey, but when you want a new look to go with a new attitude, Hair Dooz Does It.
In an attempt to cut down accomodation expenses, my job rented the "family suite" of this hostel to hold a retreat. As usual, the online photo of the family suite with "ocean views" were in stark contrast to the real thing. The dorm rooms are definitely cleaner than a usual hostel and the pseudo art deco design of the place gave it a nice facade. However, the customer service is uneven. Sometimes the staff smokes INDOORS in the common spaces and the parking is extremely tight. One good thing, though, is that you get 50% off breakfast at a nearby boardwalk restaurant. That made up for a lot of the inconveniences.
CONS: The family suite is above a store that pumps LOUD music.