Salons - 2019

We are excited to announce the return of salons for the 2019 symposium! Further details about the salon topics are forthcoming.

Salon, Dining & Entertainment Options


Hollywood & Highland

The Los Angeles entertainment landmark for tourists and locals alike. With world-class shopping, dining, and red carpet events, Hollywood starts here.

The Hollywood & Highland Center is a shopping mall and entertainment complex at Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue in the Hollywood district in Los Angeles with a view of the Hollywood sign from within. The 387,000-square-foot center also includes TCL Chinese Theatre and the Dolby Theatre, home to the Academy Awards.

Distance: 7.5 miles from UCLA

Rush hour drive time: ca. 60 minutes

Post-dinner drive time: ca. 20–30 minutes

Nearby attractions

  • Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • Dolby Theatre (home to the Academy Awards)
  • TCL Chinese Theatre (one of the major film premiere venues)
  • El Capitan Theatre (another frequent host of premieres)
  • Hollywood Bowl (10–15-minute walk)
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live
  • Hollywood Pantages Theatre (10–15-minute walk)


Both the complex and surrounding area feature several restaurants.


Santa Monica - Third Street Promenade

Downtown Santa Monica is a world-class shopping, dining and entertainment destination located just steps from the beautiful Pacific Ocean, which contributes to the city’s delightfully temperate climate that lasts all year long.

A blocks-long outdoor pedestrian mall with shopping, dining, and entertainment just two blocks from the Pacific Ocean in Santa Monica.

Distance: 5.5 miles from UCLA

Rush hour drive time: ca. 30 minutes

Post-dinner drive time: ca. 10–20 minutes

Nearby attractions

  • Santa Monica Pier
  • Santa Monica State Beach


The area includes several fine-dining and local-chain options.


Beverly Hills

In the heart of Beverly Hills, three blocks of Rodeo Drive are home to the epicenter of luxury, fashion and lifestyle.

Distance: 2.5 miles from UCLA

Rush hour drive time: ca. 20 minutes

Post-dinner drive time: ca. 10 minutes

Nearby attractions

  • Rodeo Drive
  • Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
  • The Paley Center for Media (which has a lovely rooftop space)


The surrounding area includes several fine-dining and local-chain options; additional restaurants can be found south on Beverly Drive.


L.A. Live

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An outdoor dining and entertainment complex on the edge of downtown Los Angeles that will serve as a primary media hub for the 2028 Olympic Games.

Distance: 15 miles from UCLA

Rush hour drive time: ca. 60–75 minutes

Post-dinner drive time: ca. 10–20 minutes

Nearby attractions

  • Staples Center
  • Microsoft Theatre (frequent home of the Emmy and Grammy Awards)
  • Grammy Museum
  • ESPN Studios

Moderately nearby attractions (ca. 1.5 miles away; 10–15 minutes by car)

  • Walt Disney Concert Hall
  • Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
  • Mark Taper Forum
  • Ahmanson Theatre
  • The Broad
  • Museum of Contemporary Art


The complex includes several upscale chain restaurants; fine-dining options and iconic rooftop bars throughout downtown Los Angeles are a short drive away (there are some exceptional dining options in the Arts District, ca. 2.5 miles away)

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