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Art, culture, and activities
On the show: Bette first works as the HBIC of the California Arts Center, where she attempts to bring in provocative pieces of work but is continually thwarted by the patriarchy.
IRL: The Broad (sadly pronounced like “road,” not like the “City”) is DTLA’s contemporary art museum offering work by Cindy Sherman, Kara Walker, Jenny Holzer, Susan Rothenberg, and Julie Mehretu, among other modern luminaries, and it’s completely free. Just make sure to reserve your tickets well ahead of time, and sign up for the Instagrammable infinity room as soon as you get inside—there’ll be a wait.
On the show: Bette Porter was said to have been inspired in part by Ann Philbin, the out director of The Hammer Museum, where Jodi stages her infamous revenge exhibit against Bette’s cheating heart.
IRL: The Hammer is still one of the go-to progressive art spaces in the city, also offering regular feminist and queer-focused events under their Bureau of Feminism banner. In the past year, they’ve hosted conversations between Jill Soloway and Eileen Myles, Q&As with Maggie Nelson, and screenings of Cheryl Dunye’s The Watermelon Woman.
On the show: Helena visits a tarot reader who gives her a hint of what’s to come in the future—which she starts to read into big time.
IRL: The lesbian-owned House of Intuition has been so successful, it’s expanded into several parts of the city, with locations in Silver Lake, West Hollywood, and Highland Park. Rachel True of The Craft fame is among their readers, and scheduling some time with her would surely give you a true L.A. experience. Their candles, crystals, and pure resins make for perfect souvenirs, as you won’t find them anywhere else.
On the show: Shane (who was said to be inspired by famed hairstylist Sally Hershberger) owns her own salon-skate shop, WAX, which becomes a short-lived hangout spot until one of Shane’s disgruntled exes burns the place to the ground.
IRL: Get yourself a cool cut and your fill of community gossip from Pony, Sparrow, Madin, and Joyce at Folklore Salon in Echo Park. The intimate space boasts local queer art on the walls, and the stylists themselves are not only talented with scissors and dye but throw the annual Dyke Day party during Pride. Madin is also behind Project Q, a nonprofit that provides free cuts to homeless LGBTQ youth. For the celesbian-minded: Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher get their coifs cut here.