Hi all, I've done a search and read a couple past threads on Los Angeles, but I thought I'd drop by and get some particular advice and see if there're any new ideas for distractions. I've decided I would head out to L.A. to see this one-time comedy event with Kids in the Hall, Bob & David of Mr. Show, Janeane Garofalo and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. My pal Steve in Long Beach tipped me off to the show and offered me a place to stay. So I decided I would make a big getaway out of it and head to the west coast from Nov. 12 to Nov. 21. First off, I'll probably be renting a car at LAX and then making my base camp in Long Beach at my pal's place. My friend works six days a week, so a lot of time, I'll be on my own to take in the junk culture I want to see. My concern is how to best make it around the greater L.A. area efficiently and safely on my own. What kind of advance familiarity should I have with the driving conditions and routes? Any places I should avoid or be concerned about as far as my safety on my own? Then, of course, there's the best way to occupy my time... I know this is highly subjective, so here's what I'm thinking of to begin with: I'm not into some obvious tourist trap type things, but my main interest is showbiz type stuff. I'm the doofus who would enjoy seeing places I know from movies that the locals would be blase about. I can live without getting to the Chinese Theater (I was there once, but a return trip would be a bonus on one of the later days). The Cinerama Dome sounds pretty cool. My pal mentioned the midnight movies at the Nuart and the Rialto, but I'm not that into the movies that week (it would be great if I could be there for FERRIS BEULLER on the 23rd though!). The Warner Bros. studio tour seems likely, and perhaps Universal (though we've got a Universal park here in Florida, so it's not that big a deal - similar reasons for no Disneyland, plus I don't care.) As far as eating and shopping, I want to hit some spiffy stores or odd places. Amoeba records is a place I think I'd dig. I was curious about the original Rhino store. I'd like to see some notable DVD/video stores, like Dave's or DVD Planet. I'd like to hit some stores that sell posters, scripts or movie promo stuff. Someone posted a suggestion of Roscoe's for breakfast, and there are bonus points because it made great jokes for TAPEHEADS and SOUTH PARK. Other than that, I'm totally open for food stops. I'm torn on how to fill up my Friday night, though. I want to get to a TV taping (no game shows), and a show I like, Grounded For Life is taping on Friday, Nov. 15. But Jon Brion is also at the Largo that night. I'll only be in town for one Friday, so it's a tough call. If there were another show (not necessarily Brion) at the Largo during the week, I'd definitely do both. Maybe I'll hit the Craig Kilborn show during the week, too. That should give you an idea what I'm about, so fire away with any suggestions, and thanks in advance!