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An IMF tip-sheet: How to Round Out Your Trip to the IMF's 16th Anniversary Gala
08.26.06



Impressive Art & Architecture. . . Distinctive Shopping. . . Delicious Food & Drink. . . Ultimate People-Watching. . . The Hollywood Scene. . .

SHOPPING

Rodeo Drive
between Wilshire Blvd. and Santa Monica Blvd.

These 3 celebrated shopping blocks are what makes Beverly Hills famous, so put on your dark sunglasses and shop with the best of them! World-class boutiques include Armani, Gucci, Christian Dior, Coco Chanel, Ralph Lauren, Valentino. The jewelry stores boast names like Cartier and Tiffany. Other nearby stores include I. Magnin, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Yves Saint Laurent, & Pierre Deux. Who knows what you'll find to flaunt at the IMF Gala on Saturday night.

ART & ARCHITECTURE

Greystone Mansion & Park
905 Loma Vista Dr.
(310) 550-4654

See the true meaning of "living large" by visiting the largest private estate in the history of Beverly Hills! This 55-room English Tudor Mansion also has a 16-acre garden and is part of the National Registry of Historic Places. The interior of the mansion is closed to the public, but the exterior and surrounding park is completely open for visitors. Admission is free.

Barakat Gallery
405 North Rodeo Dr.
(310) 859-8404
www.barakatgallery.com

Containing a collection that rivals many museums, this is a premier gallery of ancient artifacts, specializing in Tribal, Pre-Columbian, Egyptian, Biblical, Near Eastern and Greco-Roman eras. Admission is free.

Beverly Hills Office Buildings

Hollywood's most famous talent agencies and production companies make downtown Beverly Hills their homes, and they decorate to impress! Check out the Creative Artists Agency Building (9830 Wilshire Blvd.) (left) designed by I.M. Pei using marble and steel, and the Bank Of America Building (9465 Wilshire Blvd.), owned by George Marciano (founder of Guess clothing) and home of Imagine Entertainment (Ron Howard's company), among others. Amazing art in its outdoor plaza, its parking garage, and its lobby includes sculptures by Rodin and Miro, and paintings by Ed Ruscha and Jasper Johns.


HAIR. . . FACE. . . NAILS. . . RELAXATION
Beverly Hills is stocked with famous, fashion-forward salons and spas, so pamper yourself in preparation for the IMF Gala! Some of our favorites:

Anastasia
438 N. Bedford Drive
(310) 273-3155
anastasia.net


Frederic Fekkai
440 N. Rodeo Drive
(310) 777-8700
www.fredericfekkai.com


Thibiant Day Spa
449 N. Canon Drive
(800) 825-2517
www.thibiantspa.com



FOR THE ULTIMATE COUCH POTATO

Museum of Television and Radio
465 N. Beverly Dr.
(310) 786-1000
www.mtr.org

Reserve your energy for the IMF Gala by vegging out beforehand! This unique museum collects programming—radio shows, television programs, and commercial advertisements in both media—and makes that programming available to the general public. From their library, choose any program of your choice and watch or listen to it at a private console. You can also attend curator screenings in one of the museum's theaters. Admission is free with suggested contributions.


FOOOD & DRINK OF THE STARS
From casual to elegant, these places are not only unique and delicious, they're also hot spots for star-sightings. . . Invite them to the IMF Gala while you're at it!

Mulberry Street Pizza
347 N. Canon Dr. & 240 S. Beverly Dr.
www.mulberrypizza.com

Owned by Kathy Bates (of "Misery" fame), Los Angeles' most popular and praised pizza pie.

Nate 'n Al's Delicatessen
414 N. Beverly Dr.
(310) 274-0101
www.natenal.com

A Beverly Hills institution since 1945, this is the deli that all other delis emulate!

Spago
176 N. Canon Dr.
(310) 385-0880
www.wolfgangpuck.com

Wolfgang Puck's flagship restaurant continues to set the world standard for cuisine, service and style. It was awarded the 2005 Outstanding Service Award by the James Beard Foundation.

Sprinkles Cupcakes
9365 Little Santa Monica Blvd
(310)274-8765
www.sprinklescupcakes.com

Cupcakes—the latest L.A. craze! Food & Wine magazine gushes, "At Sprinkles Cupcakes in Beverly Hills, making cupcakes is an art."

Trader Vic's
9876 Wilshire Blvd
(310) 76-6345
www.tradervics.com

The tiki-est of all tiki bars, this watering hole is an institution.

Urth Caffé

267 S. Beverly Dr.
(310) 205-9311
www.urthcaffe.com

An organic coffee and tea company with delicious sandwiches, salads, and baked goods, this is a coffee shop, Beverly Hills-style!

ALL THAT LOS ANGELES HAS TO OFFER
There's more than Beverly Hills, of course! From museums, to beaches, to the Walk of Fame, Los Angeles has something for everyone. If you're looking for more suggestions and recommendations while in town for the IMF Gala, give us a call at 800-452-CURE (2873).


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