August 2, 2012
ART Golf gets artsy at Ghettogloss gallery's one-night-only golf-inspired exhibit. The show features video projections, live music and 100 golf balls, each designed by one of 100 participating artists including skateboarding legend Tony Alva, Angelyne (of L.A. billboard fame), L.A. street artist Luke Chueh, songwriter Allee Willis, Moon Unit Zappa, Devo's Gerald Casale and "Sons of Anarchy" actor Michael Ornstein. Wilson Harding Golf Course in Griffith Park. 7 to 10 p.m. Thu. Free.
July 16, 2012 |
Come for the cupcakes, stay for the play. The Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival offers tasty concessions, but its onstage revels serve up plenty of eye candy. The three-show summer festival from the intrepid Independent Shakespeare Co. features “A Midsummer Night's Dream” and “The Winter's Tale,” both now playing, as well as “A Comedy of Errors,” which opens Aug. 2. With its troupe's lack of pretention and strong vocal skills, ISC manages to be fresh without gimmickry, loose without becoming (too)
June 6, 2012 |
One of Los Angeles' longest-running and most adversarial cultural disputes - over the future of the Southwest Museum in Mount Washington, and its prized collection of Native American artifacts - has a chance of shifting to a less contentious footing. Supporters of the Southwest Museum have been trying for years to force its stepparent, the Autry National Center of the American West, to revive the castle-like, 98-year-old site as a vibrant showcase for the collection. Meanwhile, they have tried to block the Autry from shifting Native American exhibits to the Autry Museum in Griffith Park.
May 9, 2012
Re "Ball fields at Griffith Park? Not a hit with everybody," May 6 Natural areas are increasingly hard to find because of development. Developing Griffith Park further by putting in more baseball fields would degrade the park's remaining natural areas. There are plenty of places baseball can be played. Suggesting that kids from downtown L.A. come to Griffith Park to play baseball makes no sense. If they are going to travel so far, then they can travel a similar distance to a school that has a field and play there.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 2012 |
Baseball has made the pitch. But should Griffith Park make the catch? That's the situation at the eastern edge of the 4,310-acre recreation area where supporters of youth sports teams want the city of Los Angeles to build two Little League-size ball fields. But opponents say that's a bad idea because the fields would gobble up two acres of lawn, eliminate a popular group picnic area and require the removal of numerous trees. The dispute has been brewing for years and at times has turned nasty, with warnings by opponents that "screaming kids" using the fields will scare horses on a nearby equestrian trail and endanger riders.
April 25, 2012
EVENT At Hike for the Homeless, participants will stroll through sylvan Griffith Park to raise money and awareness for a less placid problem – the ongoing homelessness crisis in L.A. Proceeds form the second annual event benefit will benefit the Society of St Vincent de Paul's Cardinal Manning Center, a Skid Row shelter. Griffith Park, 4730 Crystal Springs Drive, L.A. L.A. 8:30 a.m. Sat. $30. hike4thehomeless.com
March 30, 2012 |
First published on March 20, 2011. Revised and expanded in early 2012. It's not easy being the lungs of Los Angeles. But Griffith Park, the foremost green space in a city notorious for meager parkland and abundant smog, endures bravely, maybe even heroically. Venture into the park, or nearby Elysian Park, or one of the creative neighborhoods in between, and you'll find not only beloved landmarks such as Griffith Observatory and Dodger Stadium, but also happy surprises, such as the time-travel supply shop, or the cafe where cops dine daily to the sound of echoing gunfire, or the Korean greetings that echo at dawn every day atop Mt. Hollywood.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2012 |
Community volunteer David Nott had taken middle school students on an urban hike through Silver Lake before, but they stumbled across something unexpected during a recent excursion - a roughly 11,000-square-foot area designed just for people on foot. "Look!" Nott said to the handful of 11- and 12-year-old students, pointing to the newly built pedestrian- and bike-only Sunset Triangle Plaza. "This has become a social environment," he said. Billed as Los Angeles' first "street-to-plaza" conversion, much of the new park originally was a two-lane swath of pavement that carried motorists along Griffith Park Boulevard.
February 22, 2012
A garden spot again Re "Restoring a Griffith Park sanctuary," Feb. 19 It was 1949; Fern Dell, that bit of heaven in Griffith Park, was the destination for my first date with my then-future husband. I had packed tuna sandwiches for our picnic, and the sun was shining on our special day. We wandered through the area enjoying the beauty of the ferns and the sound of the water as it streamed over the rocks. We've been married 58 years and have wanted to return to Fern Dell, but we have been concerned about security.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 2012 |
Los Angeles city dwellers once enjoyed a sanctuary of gnarled oaks, serene pools and exotic ferns on Griffith Park's southwestern edge. But four decades of neglect have left the 20-acre Fern Dell retreat a shabby relic of its former self, which is why a band of park lovers is now trying to restore it to its early Hollywood heyday. "Fern Dell is in pretty bad shape, but it is not too late to save it," said Bernadette Soter, a spokeswoman for the nonprofit Friends of Griffith Park . The volunteer group has launched a campaign to rejuvenate the 95-year-old stream-fed garden spot, restoring its 17 footbridges, ripping out thickets of invasive ivy and bamboo, and beefing up security.