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October 4, 2006 | Christopher Reynolds, Times Staff Writer
Standing before the copper-domed landmark that has perched on the Hollywood Hills since 1935, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Tuesday unveiled a restored and expanded Griffith Observatory and said it would reopen to the public Nov. 3. The announcement follows nearly five years of closure and a $93-million restoration that more than doubled the size of a facility that observatory director Edwin Krupp likes to call "the hood ornament of Los Angeles."
October 29, 2006 | Scott Timberg, Times Staff Writer
FROM the moment he took on the expansion of the Griffith Observatory a decade ago, Stephen Johnson knew his work would not go unnoticed. "More than any other project we've worked on, this is an incredibly visible one," says Johnson, 56, a polished, slightly formal principal architect in the Los Angeles office of Pfeiffer Partners. "From where we're sitting, we can see almost the whole city." And it means that any misstep won't remain a private disappointment.
November 2, 2006 | Christopher Reynolds, Times Staff Writer
THE pristine lawn spreads before you like a quad that's misplaced its college. The six smart guys of the Astronomers Monument glower stonily in your general direction. Beyond them waits the triple-domed Griffith Observatory, our freshly squeegeed window to the universe, or, as observatory director Edwin C. Krupp likes to say, "the hood ornament of Los Angeles."
June 18, 2010 | By Mark Sachs, Los Angeles Times
Kevin Nealon has come a long way from his "Saturday Night Live" days. For one thing, he's swapped coasts and now resides in the South Bay with wife Susan and young son Gable. But his career's hotter than ever, with the hit Showtime series "Weeds" as well as his Nick at Nite animated show "Glenn Martin, DDS," which just began its second season. His weekends are on the kooky side, but there are some tasty finds too. 4-day weekend My weekends really start on Thursdays, just because it seemed like a good idea back when I was more of a drinker.
June 25, 2009 | Chris Willman
Marla Maples has what appears to be an extremely bright green mole on her cheek. Actually it's just a benign laser beam, straying onto her features as she stands inside the lobby of Hollywood's venerable Vine Theatre. Technicians are hurriedly turning the 1937 movie house into the new permanent home of Laserium, which is returning to Los Angeles beginning Friday after seven years of being officially unplugged.
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