- Attending Movie Screenings in a Cemetery: Pack a picnic basket and head to the Hollywood Forever Cemetery for a summer Saturday evening of classic cinema projected onto the mortuary wall. Arrive early, because people are just dying to get here. (6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood; www.cinespia.org).
- Auditioning as a Game Show Contestant: You, too, could be the next contestant on The Price Is Right or Wheel of Fortune. Fame and fortune are just a phone call away, so set up that audition before you arrive in L.A.
- Comparing French Dips: For more than 100 years, a debate has waged in this town -- who made the first French dip sandwich? Philippe the Original (1001 N. Alameda St.; tel. 213/628-3781) claims it was a policeman (or was it a fireman?) at the restaurant who asked for the crusty roll to be dipped in pan drippings, and Cole's (118 E. 6th St.; tel. 213/622-4090?) credits a customer with sore gums. The historic locations are both Downtown, so it's easy to do a cross-neighborhood taste test. Me? I don't dare take sides. But I will say the lamb is the best bet at both.
- Going to ArcLight Cinemas (6360 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood; tel. 323/464-4226): "The World's Most Private Public Theater" hosts 21-and-over movie screenings, where you can sip cocktails while watching first-run flicks. Seats are reserved in advance, ushers keep it quiet, late arrivals are forbidden, and there's even a lounge serving appetizers.
- Listening to Jon Brion: Make reservations far in advance to see producer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist legend Jon Brion play at the Largo supper club (366 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles; tel. 310/855-0350; www.largo-la.com). His ability to make up songs on the spot from titles shouted from the audience is mind-blowing.
- Visiting Roscoe's House of Chicken 'n' Waffles (1514 N. Gower St., Hollywood; tel. 323/466-7453): You haven't seen everything until you've seen Southern-fried chicken and waffles on the same plate. Roscoe's is a Hollywood institution where a polyglot of L.A.'s population comes for chicken-and-cheese omelets and sweet-potato pie. The friendly atmosphere and creative combinations make for a fun, adventuresome, and inexpensive dining experience.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.