7 Things to Do in L.A., According to B.J. Novak

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  1. 1.
    Walk around Griffith Observatory
    2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90027 “A field-trip staple and one of most beautiful, special landmarks in L.A, both from a distance and up-close. The planetarium has gifted live narrators and you can see a telescope aimed at the moon that shows you the detail equivalent to a city block.”
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    Look through rare books at The Last Bookstore
    453 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90013 “A huge former bank building converted into a church for people who love discovering rare and interesting books. The $1 section upstairs, the pulp paperbacks by the counter and the rare-book annex are my favorite sections. You always find something new and the space is like nothing else.”
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    Explore Skylight Books & Skylight Art Book Store
    1818 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027 “One (technically two) of the several great independent book stores in the city (others include Book Soup, The Last Bookstore and Stories). Skylight in Los Feliz is an indie bookstore, and then, two doors down, they have another shop entirely devoted to art and visual reads.”
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    Visit the Cathedral of Our Lady of The Angels
    555 W Temple St, Los Angeles, CA 90012 “This church is one of the most interesting and inspiring works of modern religious architecture anywhere. It was completed in 2002. It’s right off the 101 downtown, and you can see it from the freeway, this special intriguing building. It’s filled with brilliant architectural details, and is just a really special place to check out.”
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    Volunteer with the kids at 826 LA – Time Travel Mart
    1714 W Sunset Blvd, Echo Park, CA 90026 12515 Venice Blvd, Mar Vista, CA 90066 “If you’re in L.A. for a while and you want to get to know the real city a bit more, volunteer for after-school tutoring through 826 LA. You meet real, funny, great kids who come in for help with their homework and to goof off.”
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    Eat literally anything by Korean American chef Roy Choi
    Kogi Taqueria, 3500 Overland Ave #100, Los Angeles, CA 90034 Kogi BBQ’s weekly truck schedule Chego’s locations Alibi Room, 12236 Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066 POT, The Line Hotel, 3515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010 LocoL, 1950 E 103rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90002 “Roy Choi is both the poet and popularizer of the flavors of Los Angeles. He invented the Kogi food trucks with their legendary cultural hybrid tacos."
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    Go see comedy at UCB Theater (Franklin)
    5919 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028 “For about $5 a show, you can see the next wave of comedy talent experiment in an intimate space. Always electricity in the air there.”