Discover Something New at Home in Los Angeles

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Yes, Angelenos have a stereotype of being obsessed with all things new: the latest fashion craze or music scene, the hot young star or rising chef. But we also appreciate rejuvenating the old and celebrating tradition. Those who have been away for a while might soon discover (or remember?) that several parts of Los Angeles -- like Hollywood itself -- are ready for a comeback.

New Restaurant: Grand Central Market

Downtown's revitalization efforts extend to Grand Central Market, where recent months have seen Instagram-worthy meals like Horse Thief's hickory-smoked Texas-style brisket, ribs and pulled pork barbecue or brunch-themed Egg Slut's famous Thee Slut: a Mason jar parfait of coddled egg, potato purée, chives and sea salt.

Newly Hip Hood: Compton

Young, ambitious Compton mayor Aja Brown proudly predicts that her city could become like New York's now hipster-centric Brooklyn. Working to fix its rap music-tinged reputation, the city has a new farmers' market and a seemingly renewed confidence. Brown draws comparisons to Newark's Cory Booker even if she still has a ways to go before Compton becomes Williamsburg.

Word on the Street

Those in the film industry will tell you this year's award season is getting interesting, with young performers holding their own against seasoned stars and biopics concentrating on average Americans in remarkable situations rather than the life stories of the famous. The ever-growing must-see movie list includes "12 Years a Slave," "American Hustle" and "Dallas Buyers Club."

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A native of Southern California, Whitney Friedlander spends her days avoiding Sig Alerts, debating the merits of In-N-Out versus Fatburger and wondering why she doesn't live closer to the ocean. She imagines the KCRW radio hosts to be some of her closest friends.

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