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9. The bohos of NoHo

The North Hollywood Arts District, for many years a forlorn commercial strip, has been gathering steam as a bohemian enclave over the last decade, aided by a subway stop and redevelopment dollars. Start with dinner or lunch at Pitfire Artisan Pizza Co., which has a big patio with a fire pit and pingpong table. Then hit a performance (check Deaf West Theatre (5112 Lankershim Blvd., http://www.deafwest.org), winner of many national plaudits, or El Portal Theatre (5269 Lankershim Blvd., http://www.elportaltheatre.com), built as a vaudeville house in 1926 and revived as a three-venue space in 2000. To see what's on at these and several other local theaters, check http://www.nohoartsdistrict.com. If you have spare minutes, browse the TV star statues (Johnny Carson, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, to start with) in front of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences at Lankershim and Magnolia boulevards. Or get dinner or a nightcap at the stylish Federal Bar, which opened in February in the '20s two-story brick building at 5303 Lankershim Blvd. Pictured: A statue of Johnny Carson in the North Hollywood Arts District
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