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You don’t have to be a stegosaurus to roam the Ancient Forest

At least not now that the human version has opened at Descanso Gardens. The fascinating “living fossils” in this Ancient Forest emerged some 280 million years ago — long before flowers — and they’ve remained relatively unchanged. As you explore, think about this: many modern cycads were seedlings...

Posted almost 3 years ago
 

11 local causes receive John Aaroe Group Community Foundation grants

In the past month, our Foundation awarded grants in excess of $55,000 to 11 remarkable organizations. We are proud to be a part of their vital efforts. MAPS Charities, Inc.With chapters in the San Fernando Valley and the Westside, MAPS Charities provides resources, services and programs that...

Posted almost 3 years ago
 

Outpost Estates: "Jewel in the Hills"

In 1924, Mr. Hollywood, Charles E. Toberman, had a vision: create one of the most exclusive and beautiful residential parks in the world. Although the renowned Toberman was responsible for the Hollywood Bowl, the El Capitan, the Egyptian, Grauman’s Chinese, the Roosevelt Hotel and over 53...

Posted almost 3 years ago
 

Exploring Gehry in LA

If seeing the career-spanning show of Frank Gehry architecture at the LA County Art Museum left you hungry for a glimpse of the real thing, you couldn’t be in a better city to get it. Gehry’s exuberant buildings dot the landscape from Thousand Oaks to Pasadena, each one a different exclamation...

Posted almost 3 years ago
 

Spend Halloween on the wild side

Last fall’s Boo at the LA Zoo weekend was such a hit, they’re doing every weekend in October this year. Encounter night creatures on a Graveyard Safari , explore   creative pumpkin carving, bump into spooky visitors and best of all, watch everyone from snow leopards to Komodo dragons sample their...

Posted almost 3 years ago
 

Outpost Modern with a dazzling view

Upper Outpost Estates in the Hollywood Hills is prized by fans of Modernist architecture for a wealth of Mid-Century homes designed to take full advantage of the astonishing views. One example is this very private 1956 residence at 2600 Carman Crest Drive on a serene Upper Outpost cul-de-sac,...

Posted 3 years ago
 

Dusk to Dawn Horrorthon!

Shift your mind into Halloween mode with an all-night screamfest October 24 at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica. The tenth annual Horrorthon includes Spanish director Bigas Luna’s inventive film-within-a-film, Anguish, plus Dead and Buried, featuring work by Alien writers Ronald Shusett and Dan...

Posted 3 years ago
 

Toluca Lake allure

Even though it’s minutes from major studios and freeway close to the best of LA in all directions, Toluca Lake feels like a quiet, cozy enclave tucked away from the world. Some people feel hints of the fifties in its wholesome village atmosphere (IHOP and Bob’s Big Boy were both born here)....

Posted 3 years ago
 

You’ve never seen Hollyhock House like this

Even Frank Lloyd Wright himself would have been enchanted by this exhilarating new drone’s eye view of his Barnsdall Park masterpiece. Designed largely by his assistant, Rudolph Schindler, and his son, Lloyd Wright, it has an "introverted" exterior with small windows, making its layout hard to...

Posted 3 years ago