Results tagged “Guest Contributor”

Travel Town: Griffith Park's Portal To The Past

It's summer, and what better way to beat the infamous San Fernando Valley heat than with a trip to a shaded park where you can not only enjoy a picnic, but see vintage locomotives, learn about the history of transportation in California and actually go on a train ride?

'Shop Made-in-America This Weekend' at Unique LA's Summer Show

Instead of indulging in some retail therapy online or at the outlet malls this weekend, you can consume to your wallet's content...while supporting your local economy. Saturday, July 14, and Sunday, July 15, the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica will host the second annual Unique LA Summer Show, the largest independent design show in the country featuring 150 designers and artists who make their goods in the U.S., many here in Los Angeles.

PETA to Descend Upon DTLA in the Name of Elephants

The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey's Circus begins its seven-day Los Angeles visit Wednesday at the Staples Center, and local activists will be out in full force once again to protest the group's poor treatment of its animal performers.

Pencil This In: Smashburger Opens, Free Shakespeare, the Duplass Brothers & a Literary Death Match

Need something to do tonight? L.A. has a lot to offer you. Smashburger opens its first L.A.-area location, Cinefamily will screen a film by the Duplass brothers, Book Soup will hold a signing with the author of an inspirational memoir, and the Hammer will host a comedic literary contest.

City of San Bernardino Files for Bankruptcy

California's much-publicized city cash problem has finally hit the Los Angeles area. Last night, San Bernardino became the latest cash-strapped California city to declare bankruptcy. The Inland Empire city of over 200,000 joined Stockton and Mammoth Lakes in declaring Chapter 9 bankruptcy.

Why Angelenos Say Nay to the Bus, Yay to the Car

Here's something to think about the next time you're stuck in traffic on the 405. A new Brookings Institution study showed that the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana metro area ranked number one in the nation for having the most jobs (96.5%) located in neighborhoods with public transit.

LA River Kayaking Back This Summer (And It's Not on Concrete)

Ever looked at the LA River and wished you could take to it on a kayak? Well, maybe it's not for everyone, but the LA Conservation Corps' kayaking trips on our much-maligned waterway are back this summer.

L.A. Named One of the Worst Places to Make Your Paycheck Stretch

No one really moves to L.A. for the abundance of jobs, low rents or cheap transportation. Even longtime Angelenos aren’t deluded into thinking their city is an easy place to make a living. But is it really all that bad?

Metro Fact of the Day: It's America's Most 'Cutting-Edge' System

We Angelenos aren't necessarily used to taking pride in our public transportation system. We're used to scoffs from boastful New Yorkers and visitors who discover that, underneath our miles and miles of snarled freeways, L.A. actually has a subway network.

Happy 50th Anniversary, Andy Warhol's Campbell's Soup Cans!

Whatever form your Andy Warhol appreciation has taken over the years, you should know that L.A. has had the distinct privilege of being the city where the "prince of pop" (and pop art for that matter) made his West Coast debut exactly 50 years ago today.

'K-Town' Gets Its Own Reality Show With A Hard-Partying, Foul-Mouthed, Purse-Throwing Cast

Step aside, Snooki and the Situation—it’s time for the West Coast to showcase its own loud and inebriated young population against the backdrop of Koreatown. "K-Town" a (supposedly) unscripted reality show hosted by the YouTube channel LOUD, follows eight Asian-Americans in their adventures of drinking, fighting and partying.

Get Out: Female-Directed Horror Films, Ragtime & Tours of L.A. For Locals

Get out so you can watch some female-directed horror films, listen to ragtime, trek Highland Park and Macarthur Park and more!

Hiking In Southern California's Gold Country: Stake Your Claim At The Big Horn Mine

If you wanted to take a trip that provided great mountain views and a look at an abandoned gold mine, you’d have to go to the Sierras, right? Wrong. High in the San Gabriel Mountains, only a couple of hours from Los Angeles and Orange County, history and nature meet at the Big Horn Mine.

Sailor Finds Out Her Dog Was Euthanized While She Was Deployed

When 29-year-old U.S. Navy petty officer Emily Valenzuela returned home to San Diego from seven months at sea, she couldn’t wait to see her beloved dog Bert. But Valenzuela's high hopes were crushed when her puggle was nowhere in sight. It turns out that Bert was turned over to the county’s Department of Animal Services and euthanized—all without her knowledge or consent.

Why We Love L.A. Summers: Chill Out With Our Hot Theater Picks

We all know that film trumps theater here in Los Angeles, but that doesn't mean high-brow theater buffs are short on options. This summer a new lineup of larger-scale, acclaimed plays and musicals open shop around town.

Blood Drive Today in DTLA to Benefit American Red Cross

If you didn’t party too hard yesterday (or just really want some free ice cream), head on down to the corner of 5th and Spring between 10 am and 2 pm today and donate blood.

BOOM! Photos of Fourth of July Fireworks Lighting Up L.A.

Missed out on the fireworks last night or just want to relive the memories? We gathered some great shots of local July 4th fireworks displays (none of which were quite as spectacular as San Diego's Big Bay Boom) from the beaches to the Hollywood Bowl.

Your Guide to Fourth of July Food and Drink

Don't feel like hosting your own shindig this year, or dealing with crowds at the beach? Here are some fabulous Los Angeles restaurants and bars offering patriotic fare to help you celebrate the holiday in style.

Pencil This In: Fireworks, BBQs, 'Willie Nelson's 4th of July Celebration' & A Pub Crawl

Fourth of July is full of patriotic festivities and fireworks, but for those who just aren't into loud explosions and smoke, L.A. still has plenty to offer today. Cinefamily hosts an all-day BBQ and film marathon, the Moth invites people to tell stories about freedom and the California African American Museum presents musicians, comedians and spoken word entertainment.

Why We Love L.A. Summers: Free Yoga Sessions

The season that L.A. lives for is now well underway. While pleasure-seekers will be hitting the beach all summer, there's another free way to get your endorphins flowing and tone up your beach bod.

New State Laws That Go Into Effect Today Tackle Health Insurance, Bullying, Tattoo Artists & Foie Gras

Before we all enter into full-on hotdog-and-firework mode, let’s take a little time to relish the workings of our legislative process. Here’s a sampling of some California laws that are coming into effect today.

Actress Mila Kunis Says She Supports President Obama...With Illegal Graffiti

When actress Mila Kunis isn’t starring in movies alongside a potty-mouthed teddy bear or voicing Meg Griffin on “Family Guy,” she enjoys giving Banksy a run for his money on the streets of Los Angeles.

Get Out: Outfest, Ben Harper & 'Connect Four' For A Cause

Get out so you can listen to Van Hunt or Ben Harper, play Connect Four for a cause and watch some LGBT films.

Get Out: Outfest Film Fest, Tween Memes & Charles Bukowski Celebration

Get out so you can watch some movies from the Outfest, see some pictures of old rock 'n' roll stars or hang out in the Arts District.

Airport in the Sky: Start A Scenic Catalina Island Hike At The Airport Time Forgot

At which Southern California airport can you walk right up to planes, visit a nature garden, see a vintage hangar, go on a 2-mile hike and afterward enjoy a bison burger, while taking in a panoramic view of the ocean?

Why We Love L.A. Summers: LACMA's Free Tuesdays, Concert Series & Summer Passes

LACMA made big news with the recent opening of the Levitated Mass exhibit, but there's a lot more to love about L.A.'s largest art museum, especially during the summer months.

Gawk Like an Egyptian: "Cleopatra: The Exhibit"

Since May 23, the California Science Center has been hosting the only West Coast appearance of the mammoth “Cleopatra: The Exhibition,” which features more than 150 Egyptian artifacts from Cleopatra’s time: the largest collection of Cleopatra-era relics gathered in the United States.

A Guide to 4th of July Fireworks Shows in Los Angeles

Fourth of July is just not complete without fireworks. Whether you're looking to celebrate Independence Day all day long or just catch a glimpse of those beautiful lights in the sky, we've got you covered.

The Getty Will Give Pollock's 'Mural' A Facelift This Summer

As one of the most famous American painters, abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock has enjoyed a certain longevity in the American public consciousness as well as popular culture (including nods in the MTV show "Daria," the films "Mona Lisa Smile" and "Miami Vice" and Kurt Vonnegut's novel "Bluebeard").

No Touching: 'Arrested Development' Gets Its Own Art Show

Good news for fans of the show’s notorious but lovable Bluth family: Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles will be hosting an art exhibit based on the show called "There’s Always Money In The Banana Stand."

Pencil This In: Sarah Silverman Signing, Megan Mullally Makes Music, and a Celebration of Miles Davis

The cast of "The Sarah Silverman Program" will sign copies of the complete DVD set at Amoeba Hollywood, Megan Mullally will perform with her new band at the Largo, new American writers will read from their works at the Hammer, and the Hollywood Bowl will host a tribute to Miles Davis.

Silverlake Scores More Craft Cocktails, Live Music, And Perhaps Another Patio With The Virgil

First came word of Echo Park's Brite Spot adding a patio. Now the Virgil, which just opened last Friday in Silverlake, has plans too open an outdoor area as well. Eastsiders do love their patios, don't they?

Here's What a Walmart Takeover of LA County Would Look Like

If Walmart’s plan to put down roots in Chinatown got you worried, then this map from Frying Pan News should make you downright terrified.

Why We Love L.A. Summers: Food and Drink Festivals Aplenty

This summer, take a break from posting food porn on Pinterest and get a real taste of LA's food scene by attending one -- or all -- of the city's best food and drink festivals. Though some of the fetes are pricey, you're bound to leave fat and happy in exchange for your cash.

Why We Love L.A. Summers: Geek Out With These Science Events

Ah, sweet, sweet summer in Los Angeles. Despite our airheaded La La Land rep, we've got plenty of events going on to please your inner Bill Nye the Science Guy (or even Bill himself, as you'll see below). Expand your mind with visits to planetariums, aquariums and more.

The Other Side: Silver Lake Piano Bar Closes After 40 Years

After over 40 years in business, Silver Lake piano bar and mainstay of the Los Angeles gay community The Other Side closed its doors for a final time Sunday.

Disney Offers Free Trip to Bullied Bus Monitor

Karen Klein could be going to Disneyland! But her path has been atypical, to say the least. Last week Klein, 68, was supervising on a school bus in the suburb of Greece, New York when she was verbally abused by a group of middle-school boys for over 10 minutes.

Why We Love L.A. Summers: 55 Free Summer Concerts

There’s no shortage of free music events coming up this summer, but leave it to our good ol’ county government to bring us free shows this summer showcasing local musicians. The L.A. County Arts Commission has chosen a broad array of artists, slated to play 55 free concerts beginning June 30 and ending October 27.

Why We Love L.A. Summers: Free Outdoor Indie, Folk, and Pop Concerts at Grand Performances

Summer has arrived, and we're ready to celebrate all that screams 'tis the season in Los Angeles. From sand to summit, from sips to snacks -- we love L.A. summers. Today we're rocking with Grand Performances.

Chinatown Showdown: L.A. Punk Scene Takes on Walmart

If you hate Walmart and love punk rock, it looks like your dream event is coming to town. On June 29, the labor rights non-profit Unionosity is hosting a benefit concert and gathering to protest the retail giant’s plans to bring a Walmart "Neighborhood Grocer" to L.A.'s Chinatown.

Your Guide To Summer Outdoor Movies in L.A.

What more can you ask for than days followed by nights at the pool, late night movies, and a continuous flow of refreshments? Los Angeles is determined to bring this to its favorite people (that's you!) throughout the entire summer.

Pencil This In: Spiked Lemonade Tastings, Belgian Waffles, Free DJ Set & Costume Pageant at LACMA

There's no better way to celebrate the beginning of summer in L.A. than with some local activities. Downtown Culver City celebrates the summer solstice with freebies and discounts, the Aero Theatre will screen a modern Belgian film, Amoeba Hollywood will host a free DJ set, and LACMA welcomes summer in style with a discussion panel about Hollywood costumes.

What You Need to Know About the First-Ever Make Music L.A. Festival

Got any plans for the summer solstice tomorrow? An organization called Make Music Los Angeles is trying to liven up the longest day of the year with an 11-hour countywide music and art festival.

Coachella in the City: 7 Acts You Don't Want to Miss at This Year's FYF Fest

Calling all indie music mavens, hipsters and aspiring hipsters: Dust off your festival duds and bust out that sunscreen you've had since Coachella. Now in its ninth year, FYF Fest will grace Los Angeles for a Labor Day weekend of alternative-minded music.

Calling All Altruistic Mountain Bikers: Come Help Clean Up Malibu Creek State Park

If you’re a mountain biker looking for a great way to give back to the community, here’s your big chance. Heal the Bay and the Mountains Restoration Trust are in search of 20 volunteer bikers willing to get down and dirty this Saturday, June 23, from 8:45am until noon.

Baby, Baby, Baby, No: Could Justin Bieber Be Prosecuted for Paparazzo Brawl?

More than two weeks have passed since a photographer filed a criminal claim against pop singer Justin Bieber. Today the Los Angeles Sherriff’s Department finally completed their investigation and handed documents over to the District Attorney’s office. The DA will now decide whether or not Bieber will be prosecuted for the alleged attack.

Lawsuit Seeks "answers for each and every bullet" That Killed Young Man Fleeing Cops on 101 Freeway

The family of Abdul Arian, the 19-year old Winnetka man who was fatally shot by police after a car chase, are filing a $120 million federal lawsuit against the city and the Los Angeles Police Department.

Get Out: Take Your Dad to L.A. Film Fest, Chili-Eating Contest, Autry or South L.A. Bike Ride

Get out so you can eat chili, catch a movie or go on a bike tour.

Body Found Tied to a Tree on Property of Prestigious Studio City Prep School

A man was found tied to a tree this morning across from the exclusive Studio City prep school Harvard-Westlake. The prep school—renowned both for its academics and A-list alumni such as Jamie Lee Curtis, Jason Reitman and both Gyllenhaal siblings—confirmed that the deceased man had no connection to the Harvard-Westlake community.

Get Out: Make Music Pasadena, LACMA ArtWalk, L.A. Film Fest & Silver Lake Talent Show

Get out so you can go to one (or two) film festivals, watch some kick-ass choreography or check out Princess Di's formal gowns or up-and-comer musical acts.

Driver in High-Speed Chase Blames God for the Whole Thing

Claiming that he just wanted "to make history," a suspected drunk driver led police on a high-speed chase last night beginning in Burbank and, four freeways later, ending in a collision under a Hollywood overpass. Driving a black Mercedes-Benz, the suspect 29-year-old Vardan Aslanyan hit a total of three cars and injured five people including a 3-year-old boy.

Photos: Get a Look at the Revamped California Adventure (Without Trekking to Anaheim)

Today's grand re-opening, complete with Mickey and friends (including Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Iger) is the culmination of a $1.1 billion effort by the Mouse to enhance the overall experience and "timelessness" of the park. Park guests are now greeted by Buena Vista Street, a romanticized vision of 1920s Los Angeles, complete with street cars and a theater that serves as a restaurant and bar.

Google Puts Hiking Trails on Street View, Captures Your Runyon Canyon Workout

Wish you could visually check out a new hiking trail before setting off? Get a sense of the trail's difficulty, scenery and surroundings? Or, maybe just take a peek and see if you'll be burning calories and communing with the outdoors alongside A-list celebrities?

STALKER: See Your Everyday Life Unfold In Solberg's Art

For "STALKER" artist Lisa Solberg has covered the gallery with reflective insulation panels, causing your image to stare back at you as you watch your everyday life unfold in a mix of ink and paint.

How To Score A Free Summer Pass at LACMA

Those who didn't catch a glimpse of the infamous 340-ton granite Levitated Mass on its way to LACMA can soon see it and the rest of the museum for free all summer long with the purchase of a general admission ticket.

Guns From City's Buyback Program Turned Into Sculpture Art

Do you like guns? Do you hate guns? Do you like recycling? Do you wonder what happens to the weapons collected in the city's "Gun Buyback" program?

Yikes! Kings Rally Tickets Going for As High As $250 on Craigslist

Even though the on-ice action has ended, Kings’ fans enthusiasm for their Stanley Cup champions continues to provide opportunities for hucksters and scalpers. Tickets for the championship parade and rally tomorrow afternoon have been sold out since Tuesday evening.

Today: Calling All Yogis for a Free Midday Creativity Boost

Need a little lunchtime body and right-brain boost? ForYourArt is bringing you a "creativity-focused yoga session" today from Noon to 1 p.m. for all artists and the artist in everyone.

'Die Hard' Producer Wants to Buy Historic Venice Post Office

Despite residents' opposition, the historic Venice Post Office has gone up for sale and its new owner will most likely be film producer Joel Silver. Silver has signed a contract to enter escrow.

Your Guide to Watching Shakespeare This Summer

When June rolls around, outdoor amphitheaters and green hills throughout the city become stages for local acting troupes. This summer there is no shortage of opportunities to see live performances of Shakespeare.

'Lightning in a Bottle' Envisions a Greener Festival

The scene after a three-day festival is hell. Strung out, red-eyed soldiers stumbling around in a stupor after 72 hours straight of chaotic madness. But the grounds themselves are the real victim. An orgy of plastic, torn-up grass and urine-soaked mud is hardly the best way to honor the location of the greatest weekend of your life.

"California Right To Know" Campaign Turns in Almost 1 Million Signatures For GMO Label Initiative

Earlier this month, the California Right to Know campaign, which spearheads a State Ballot Proposition that would require labeling of genetically engineered foods, reported collecting 971,126 signatures—nearly double what is required to qualify for placement on the November ballot.

Past & Present: Celebrate 73 years of Union Station with Cocktails and a Free Tour

This week marks the 73rd anniversary of the opening of Union Station, and to celebrate the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles is hosting Cocktails in Historic Places along with a free tour of the downtown landmark this Friday evening, 6 to 8 pm.

Special Delivery: Label GMOs Coalition to Wheel Petitions into Elections Office Via Baby Strollers

A rally to celebrate the California Right to Know GMO labeling initiative and to educate consumers about issues surrounding labeling of genetically engineered foods will take place Wednesday, May 2. Organizers have raised enough signatures to qualify for the California State Ballot in November and will be submitting them in style.

Californians Will Likely Vote on Genetically Engineered Food Labeling Initiative in November

This morning, The Genetically Engineered Food Labeling Initiative in California reported having gathered the target 850,000 signatures needed in order to ensure the initiative makes it onto the November 2012 State Ballot. The grassroots initiative, which seeks to have produce and packaged foods containing genetically engineered ingredients labeled as such, has been gathering signature since early 2012, with hopes of allowing California citizens to decide the issue in November.

Your Guide to Surviving Coachella

Like a fast-spreading benign cancer, Coachella fever has infected Southern California. Your neighbor’s talking about it, your dry cleaner’s talking about it and most importantly, you and your friends are talking about it.

A Tale of Two Hikes: Getting to Fish Canyon Falls in the Foothills The Easy Way

It is the best of hikes; it is the worst of hikes. Fish Canyon Falls, located in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains above Azusa, has one of the more interesting and colorful histories among Southern California hiking destinations.

2 Places Where You Can Hike to California's Rare Torrey Pines

Many people have watched golf tournaments, or perhaps even played, at the famous Torrey Pines course in San Diego County. Fewer are aware that the course is named after one of America’s rarest trees, the Pinus Torreyana or Torrey Pine. The pines are noted for their rambling, twisted limbs, the result of exposure to the winds on the coastlines where they grow.

Love and Loss: Eric Erlandson Pens 'Letters To Kurt'

Eighteen years after Kurt Cobain committed suicide in Seattle, former Hole guitarist Eric Erlandson is releasing Letters to Kurt, a 52-chapter collection of poetry and prose dedicated to the Nirvana frontman. Set to hit bookshelves on April 8, Letters to Kurt is a candid reflection of Erlandson’s time spent as friend/unofficial caregiver for Cobain during his rapid rise to grunge rock fame, tumultuous marriage to Hole’s Courtney Love, and untimely death in 1994.

Off the Grid in Riverside County: Harford Springs Reserve

The park sits on a plateau at about 2,000 feet above sea level, and it supports a diverse habitat including oaks, eucalyptus trees, spring wildflowers and more. Interesting geology and wide-ranging views (on clear days) that include the Santa Ana Mountains are among the highlights here.

One Cave, Two Names, Three Hikes: Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park

It's known as “Dripping Cave,” for the way the sedimentary rock seems to drip from the ceiling, and also as “Robber’s Cave,” owing to its history as a hideout for gangsters. Whatever you call it, this cave in Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park in south Orange County is well worth a visit, and there are three different ways to get there.

The Day of the Year at Mammoth Mountain

My friends and I had our epiphany at breakfast at Cinnamon Bear Inn in Mammoth Lakes. While our Weekend Warrior compatriots had returned to L.A. the day before, my friends and I had chosen wisely to take March 19—a Monday—off. The Inn owner placed our omelette plates in front of the four of us that morning, greeting us with, "Welcome to The Day of the Year!"

The 'Black Dahlia' Revisited: Los Angeles Police Museum Unveils 'Elizabeth' Exhibit

More than 65 years after her mysterious murder in Los Angeles, “Black Dahlia” Elizabeth Short’s unsolved case is now part of the “Elizabeth” exhibit at the Los Angeles Police Museum. The mutilation slaying of 22-year-old Short, nicknamed "Black Dahlia" by reporters, has captivated the public since her bisected body was found on a vacant lot in Leimert Park on January 15, 1947. The exhibit is sponsored by bestselling crime fiction author James Ellroy, who penned The Black Dahlia in 1987.

Hiking in Surf City: 5 Parks to Check Out in Huntington Beach

It’s not exactly a mystery what kind of recreation is king in Huntington Beach, but hikers and nature lovers can also find places to do their thing in “Surf City.” Huntington Beach might not have the longer, more challenging hiking trails found near Orange County’s foothills, but there are a few spots that are well worth a visit.

California Citrus State Historic Park Is No Lemon

While oranges, lemons and grapefruits might not quite command the value that gold does, these commodities have quietly done their part to shape California life. At Riverside's California Citrus State Historic Park, visitors can stroll around the grounds, learn about how fruit helped influence life in California, and enjoy the fragrance of the orchards nearby.

Word on the Street: What Do You Think About the GMO Labeling Initiative?

Currently, some foods may carry the label "non-gmo" and may be certified by third party organizations. However, this is a voluntary measure. We wandered around town this week asking what regular folks think about the prospect of seeing foods labeled "non-gmo." Here's the word on the street.

Lightning in a Bottle Announces 2012 Fest Lineup

If Coachella and Burning Man had a bass addicted, illegitimate love child that creation would be the Do LaB's Lightning in a Bottle. Taking place a short 40 minutes from L.A. in the remarkably desolate Oak Canyon Ranch, the festival is a mix of art, culture and music.

Cocktail, Cupcake, Terrorists: Real Irish Car Bombs Aren't Fun

There is one part of Saint Patrick's Day celebrations here in the US that fill me with anger and disgust: The drink (and now the cupcake) named "The Irish Car Bomb."

Park-Hopping in the Palisades: Hiking From the Temescal Gateway to Will Rogers State Historic Park

You already know about how you can park-hop from Santiago Oaks Regional Park to Irvine Regional Park in Orange County, but a similar 2-for-1 deal exists in Pacific Palisades. It comes courtesy of the Rivas Canyon Trail, a two-mile route that connects two of the most popular L.A. hiking destinations: Temescal Gateway Park and Will Rogers State Historic Park.

Westside Wetlands: Ballona Marshes Offer an Urban Escape

Ballona Creek runs west into the ocean, starting almost ten miles inland. Near the mouth of the creek, it widens and forms both freshwater and saltwater marshes. Runoff from the nearby Baldwin Hills fills the basin. Spring is a particularly attractive time to visit the wetlands, although it’s a nice place to take a break during any season.

Learning By Doing and Loving Every Minute: What It's Like to Judge a 4H Food Competition

UCCE Master Food Preserver Sarah Spitz writes about serving as a judge in a 4H baking competition: "It’s a win-win for everyone involved, judges included—minus the sugar rush we experienced, which fortunately, dissipated in a few hours!"

Meet the Spokesman For All Things Loud Andrew W.K., Playing L.A. March 8

Everyone has a friend named Andrew. No really, check your Facebook. But certain individuals have a real good friend named Andrew. A role model, hero and spokesman for all things loud. Naturally I am referring to Andrew W.K., the front man turned game show host turned motivational speaker who has over the course of the past decade provided the soundtrack for your angst ridden party days.

Park-Hopping in Orange County — Nature's Way

Hey, did you hear about that deal where you pay only $3 to get into an Orange County park and you can also visit the neighboring park for no additional charge? Now, if you think we’re talking about Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure…well, we’re not.

Hikes at the Gas Pump Don't Have to Stop You From Hiking in the Mountains

Many California residents have experienced a big hike lately—and unfortunately, it's not on the trails, but at the pump. We have a couple of tips for the budget-conscious hiker.

So Close, Yet So Far: Anacapa Island Provides Dramatic Scenery Just Off the Coast of Southern California

While Anacapa may cut a harsh profile, it’s also a great place to see flora and fauna in the springtime. The coreopsis flowers that bloom in March and April are so bright that they can be seen from the mainland.

It's Signature Time: Label GMOs Initiative Inches Closer To 2012 Ballot

It's official. Angelenos may be able to vote on a new ballot initiative come November and see a new food label at grocery stores soon thereafter. According to Debra Bowen, Secretary of State, Californians may now add their signatures to a new ballot initiative mandating labeling of genetically engineered foods being sold in raw or packaged form.

Barbara's Lake: Inland Orange County's Only Natural Body of Water

It’s common to joke about how the Los Angeles Lakers play in a city that has no natural lakes. However, while many L.A. residents are aware that the basketball team’s nickname comes from their days in Minneapolis, few realize that an hour’s drive from downtown, in the hills of Orange County, there is in fact a lake.

Overheard in L.A.: Electronic Music and Alien Robots

Have you ever wanted to adopt an alias? It must feel powerful to create a name that people have to call you, one that doesn’t even have to be a real word. Read on for overheard conversation on half-naked men, wingback chairs, and Robin.

Murrieta's Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve: Vernal Pools and Local History

There aren’t many hiking trips in Southern California will show you both a rare natural phenomenon and some of the state’s history, but the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve does just that.

Three Ways to the Hollywood Sign

It's Oscar season, and what better way to celebrate than by visiting the famous Hollywood sign? It may be true that the only way to get to Carnegie Hall is by practicing, but there are several different routes that can be taken to the top of Mt. Lee, where the famous sign is located.

6 Alternative Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day in L.A.

If dinner and reruns of Pretty Woman don’t sound appealing to you love birds, here are some alternative options to woo your significant other. To everyone else, these events are a wonderful opportunity to wash out that depression with some hard liquor and like-minded individuals as you try to fall in bed with a stranger.

Overheard in L.A.: Promoting Your Assets

Self-confidence is a universally attractive feature on people. L.A. seems to have its own definition of this trait, though. Read on for overheard conversation on scrapbooking, Carrot Top and wizards.

Culver City Nature Trail: The Westside's No-Excuse Walk

Some of the famous hikes in the L.A. area require physical fitness, acclimation to altitude, tenacity and a willing to tackle the unknown. However, there is only one prerequisite to walk on the 0.25-mile Culver City Nature Trail: a pulse.

Jack Dunster Reserve: the Hidden Long Beach Spot That Makes a Great Valentine's Day Walk

If you and your loved one like sunsets, flowers and walks along the beach, there’s a secluded little spot in Long Beach that might be a perfect addition to your Valentine’s Day plans.

Overheard in L.A.: The Post-Super Bowl Hangover Edition

A boss that acknowledges the realities of Super Bowl Sunday? Refreshing. This week’s Overheard in L.A. round-up includes overheard conversation on Robin Hood, Portia de Rossi and the big-bang theory.

Early Morning Opera's 'Abacus' Explores Fine Line Between Truth & Lies

The Thursday night opening of Early Morning Opera's Abacus at REDCAT felt like a joyful reunion for L.A.'s art scene. Abacus got its start at the REDCAT NOW Fest in 2009 and has since traveled to various residencies and performance venues, including the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

Madrona Marsh: Torrance's Secret Urban Oasis (Hiding in Plain Sight)

Mapquest and Google Maps don’t show it. Countless people who live and work in Torrance drive right by it and have no idea. Yet it’s there and very real: the 10-acre Madrona Marsh Nature Preserve, an urban oasis right in the middle of Torrance.

Catch It While You Can: Palos Verdes Peninsula's Seasonal Waterfall

There are a few waterfalls that are unknown even to veteran hikers—such as the small one off the Frascati Trail on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Following recent rains, hikers can see this five-foot cascade and enjoy its musical flow.

Early Morning Opera's 'Abacus' Opens at REDCAT

Fresh from the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, where it was only one of two live performances selected to participate, Early Morning Opera’s Abacus opens tonight at REDCAT and runs through Saturday.

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