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January 12, 2010
Meet the expert Bonnie Nijst is president and chief executive of Zeesman Communications, a Beverly Hills brand strategy and marketing firm that she owns with her husband, Arthur Zeesman. Clients include Four Seasons Residence Clubs, Griffith Observatory, Pioneer Electronics, Walt Disney Co. and the cities of Los Angeles and Beverly Hills. Before joining Zeesman in 2000, Nijst worked in senior management at Medialink Worldwide Inc., PR Newswire and Marketwire.
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.
March 11, 2009 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
It's a great time to go star gazing. No, we're not talking about the surgically enhanced, overly-pampered celebs who only make appearances at award ceremonies and DUI court hearings. We're talking the other heavenly bodies that are visible in the sky this month, like Saturn's rings and Mars. With warmer weather and clearer skies, now is the best time to view distant celestial objects that shine through the darkness and put all of our earthly problems into perspective. But you don't have to be an astronomy buff or know the difference between a binary star and quasar to enjoy the sky's eternal light show.
February 1, 2009 | Catherine Ho
2 Perched atop Mt. Hollywood in Griffith Park, the observatory is an excellent, cheap getaway date that doesn't require much getting away. Go at night and the sparkling sea of lights makes for a view so spectacular that you'll almost forget about the stifling traffic you had to sit through to get there. There's plenty to do at Griffith Observatory to fill the dreaded silence that would be inescapable on a first-date dinner.
February 8, 2008 | Scott Gold, Times Staff Writer
I am sitting with Stephanie. Three days in a row now we have met. We click together like Legos. Her lips taste like strawberries. -- The little chess table was an afterthought. Languishing in a South Pasadena antique shop, it was a fake -- "reproduction" is the polite term -- but it looked the part, with a broad, fluted base and engravings of ferns on the corners. A man named Tom Trellis picked it up in the spring of 2004. Trellis was a corporate guy, not a foodie, with a pedigree in human resources, not goat cheese.
November 4, 2007 | Tiffany Hsu, Times Staff Writer
For many years, Santa Monica resident Gerard Kent would take his camera to Griffith Observatory several times a month to record the landscape of the surrounding park. But after the observatory closed for renovations about five years ago and then reopened last year without its parking lot, Kent avoided the landmark, saying the buses that shuttled visitors from the Los Angeles Zoo to the observatory were too slow and expensive, at $8 for adults and $4 for children.
August 15, 2007 | Tami Abdollah and Stuart Silverstein, Times Staff Writers
A brush fire broke out late Tuesday afternoon in steep terrain just west of the observatory in Griffith Park -- evoking memories of May's devastating blaze just a half-mile away -- but Los Angeles firefighters subdued the flames in about 90 minutes, leaving only 5 acres charred. No homes were threatened, and no injuries were reported.
May 12, 2007 | Ashraf Khalil, Times Staff Writer
Portions of fire-ravaged Griffith Park, including the Los Angeles Zoo and Griffith Observatory, will reopen today, just in time for Mother's Day, traditionally one of the park's busiest weekends. But exactly how much of the park to reopen was the subject of spirited debate among city officials Friday. City Councilman Tom LaBonge and recreation and parks chief Jon Mukri, within five minutes of each other, offered differing estimates of what would be open this weekend.
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