Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Angeles Shooting Range

I don't know anything about firearms, but if I did, I would totally come to this secluded Verdugo Mountaings range.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Barnsdall Art Park

A Frank Lloyd Wright home (The Hollyhock House), the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre, and a sculpture garden all rest on top of this hill at the edge of Hollywood. Its affairs are run by the city's Cultural Affairs Department with the idea the park should be used to celebrate art, and indeed it does. For more info check:

Monday, November 30, 2009

Sunday, November 29, 2009

The Woodland Hills White House

Okay okay, so it doesn't look that much like the White House, but when I was a kid I was convinced Bill Clinton lived down the block. It's actually an office building. An office building set between a retirement home and a Target. We'd be in big trouble if this is where our president resided.

Thursday, November 26, 2009


handmade turkey - cute? home cooked turkey - yum!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Los Angeles City Hall

This 1928 building is only 454 ft. tall (32 floors) and it was illegal to construct a building taller until the 1960's. This is part of the reason Los Angeles has a lot of stumpy office buildings. They claim it was for "seismic concerns," but it doesn't take a brain surgeon to see the symbolism behind all buildings bowing towards city hall.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Hollywood Hightower Drive Elevator

People gawk at how Italian it is. They might instead complain this structure solidifies the fact that nobody walks in LA. Others feel creeped out reflecting upon the "The Long Goodbye." No matter how you feel about it, don't you wish you had your own private elevator?

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Echo Park

Over 110 years old, this park has gone through many transformations. But, these days, its just a lovely place to stroll, fish, or feed the birds. For more about its history check here:

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Heritage Square

As far as many of us are concerned, Los Angeles didn't exist before cars. But, Heritage Square proves us wrong. This cultural museum has gathered several Victorian buildings from all around the city together in a strange, but neat little time warp. They even have the 1887 Palms Depot (top picture), the train station that connected Downtown residents to their Santa Monica weekend homes. For more about the square check here:

Friday, November 20, 2009

Brand Park Memory Garden

This park is part of the original land grant of the San Fernando Mission. It was given to the city in 1920, but the city has kept its adobe flare.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Urban Lights

Chris Burden might be best known for nailing his hands to the back of a Volkswagon or the performance work "Shoot" where he has 8 seconds of footage of his friend shooting him in the arm. But, he also designed this sculpture from over 200 cast-iron lampposts from around Los Angeles County as a new LACMA centerpiece.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Angels Flight

The world's shortest railway closed in 2001 due to a "serious accident."

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Ennis Brown House

Frank Lloyd Wright's largest textile block home in Los Angeles was "finished" in 1924. But, due to a number of structural damages, the house still requires an estimated $10 million in repairs. A small non-profit tried to restore the house. Unfortunately, their pocket was too small and the house has been put up for sale for private ownership at a mere $15 million. For more about the house check here:

Monday, November 16, 2009

Encino Oak Tree

Encino means oak tree in Spanish. There are several of the California Live Oaks around the neighborhood, but this one was over 1000 years old before it fell over in a 1998 el nino rainstorm :(

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Forest Lawn

Even though it was founded in 1906, there's way more than a century's worth of history here -from Michelangelo reproductions and a stained glass recreation of DaVinci's "Last Supper" to Michael Jackson's grave. For more about the famous peoples' graves to hunt down, the largest wrought iron gates in the world, the world's largest framed canvas painting, the list goes on... check here:

Friday, November 13, 2009

4th Annual Canstruction LA

A bunch of architecture firms designed sculptures out of cans. All the cans will then be donated to Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. They're on display in the lobby of an office building across the street from LACMA. Pretty random, but pretty neat. For more info check here:

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Exposition Park Rose Garden

I have become a garden fiend. This garden is particularly desirable because a) 20,000 rose bushes b) 4 gazebos c) 3 bordering museums d) 1 fountain e) 0 dollars to enter

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Spider Man

When I have guests in town I always inform them that if I take them to Hollywood and Highland it is a ginormous act of love. Quite frankly, that intersection makes me want to shoot myself in the foot. However, I can appreciate those who dress to impress. Like our dear Spider Man. Especially because today Spidey got arrested for an outstanding criminal warrant. Oh Hollywood! Anyway, if you want to read a more detailed account:

Monday, November 9, 2009


Who says LA doesn't have seasons?

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Topanga Cactus Garden

I have been curious about this place forever. Does the city own it? Is it private? When I googled the address, all I found was something called Planet Muscle Magazine and I can't for the life of me figure out what body builders and a cactus garden have to do with one another.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens

I know, I know, it's a zoo and it's bad and the animals are all cooped up in spaces too small. But, all that aside... yay, it's a zoo! So many animals to stare at in wonder, you can't help but ponder the unbelievable amount of time it must've taken for us to become humans. For more about evolution you can find your own info, but for more about the zoo check here: