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October 4, 2013 |
For more than a year and a half, the solitary mountain lion known as P-22 has made himself right at home in Griffith Park within view of Hollywood's Capitol Records building. By night, he cruises the chaparral-covered canyons, dining on mule deer, raccoon and coyote. By day, while tots ride the Travel Town train and hikers hit the trails, he hunkers down amid dense vegetation. To researchers' knowledge, the 125-pound 4-year-old is the most urban mountain lion in Southern California and possibly beyond - surviving and thriving in a small patch of habitat surrounded by freeways and densely packed human beings that he reached, somewhat miraculously, by crossing the 101 and 405 freeways.
September 20, 2013 |
This delightful oasis, a beloved destination for my wife when she was a young girl and our daughters when she was a young mother, is one of the few local walks that can be done at midday, no matter the season, entirely in the shade. Even in September, this Griffith Park canyon is a cool, quiet retreat. 1. Begin at the intersection of Los Feliz Boulevard and Fern Dell Drive, following the path that starts behind the statue of a bear cub. Walk into the canyon, under a canopy of oak, sycamore, pine and redwood, following the paved walkway, staying always to the right as the path branches off. 2. You'll find picnic tables, barbecue grills, drinking fountains and public restrooms as you climb gently into the canyon.
August 8, 2013
The National has pulled off the neat trick of making miserablism feel arena-ready and anthemic. Over many albums the Ohio-reared, New York-based group applied its deep baritones, guitar crescendos and bleak humor to increasingly bigger ends. Now, with its latest album "Trouble Will Find Me," it feels as sonically huge as the '80s acts (U2, the Cure) it once emulated. Greek Theatre, 2700 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Sat. $39.50. greektheatrela.com.
July 5, 2013 |
Oliver Goldsmith's “She Stoops to Conquer” may not be Shakespeare, but the audience at the Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival will probably understand why the Independent Shakespeare Co. chose this frothy, harmless comedy to launch its 10th alfresco season. Dating to 1773 and the start of the Industrial Revolution, “She Stoops” is set in the country, backwards, uncouth - and the perfect spot for city-dwellers to rub off their restrictive polish. Fugitives from the I-5 or the I-134 who have climbed to the festival's wooden stage, set in a clearing beside the abandoned bear caves of the old Griffith Park Zoo, don't have to struggle to imagine the thrilling disorientation of the Londoners in the story.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 2013 |
This post and headline have been corrected, as noted below. The deaths of 19 firefighters in Arizona on Sunday is the worst such tragedy in the U.S. since 1933, when 29 lost their lives to a wildfire in Griffith Park. The 1933 blaze broke out Oct. 3, while thousands of civilians were clearing trails and maintaining roads in Griffith Park as part of a Depression-era jobs program. The first smoke was reported around 2 p.m., as temperatures soared toward 100 degrees with little wind.
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June 6, 2013 |
Emergency crews are responding to a helicopter that crashed in Griffith Park, Los Angeles Fire Department officials said. The crash was reported at 2:17 p.m. in the 2600 block of Observatory Road, according to LAFD officials. There were no immediate details available about the number of people on board the aircraft or potential injuries. ALSO: Police dive into La Brea Tar Pits in cold-case evidence hunt Bill Clinton to speak at Grand Park 'Celebrate L.A.' party Friday Next UC student regent hopes to freeze tuition on the 10 campuses Twitter: @anblanx