Do This Today: Lunar Eclipse at Griffith Observatory

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It’s a total eclipse of the hearrrrrt moon! This “Do This Today” is technically between today and tomorrow as it’s in the middle of the night. The Umbrial eclipse happens at 10:58p and then at 12:06am the moon is fully covered. Then at 1:24am the moon emerges and the event at the Griffith Observatory is officially over at 2am. So from 7pm to 2am you can view all of this from the observatory and it’s all free. The cafe will be open and there will be a ton of science guru’s there to answer your questions and let you look through their telescopes. This would make a really romantic date night for the unemployed.

Event: Lunar Eclipse at Griffith Observatory (event link)
Location: The Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles, CA
Time: April 4, 2014, 7pm-2am
Cost: FREE!

Do This Today: Late Night at the Griffith Observatory

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To prove that the world isn’t ending, The Griffith Park Observatory has extended hours today. Come celebrate NOT the end of the world with them, or even check it out live on their website. It’s always free, so come visit and learn about why the world will still be here tomorrow.

Event: Late Night at the Griffith Observatory (website)
Location: 2800 East Observatory Road, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Time: Open until 12:01 on Saturday
Cost: Free!

Secret Stair Walk #29: Griffith Park Loop

This weeks posts are going to be a tad out of order, but on Sunday the weather was unbelievable. If you weren’t out enjoying it then shame on you. It was perfect stair walking weather, so I got up early and decided to explore Los Feliz/ Griffith Park via secret stairs. I did walk #29 in Charles Fleming’s Secret Stair Book. Buy the book! It’s good cheap fun. And so many people along this walk stopped me to say “I live in the neighborhood and I love that book!”. One lady even stopped driving to tell me about some other local secret stairs.

This walk began in Griffith Park along Vermont. It began by exiting Griffith and taking you through the local neighborhoods.

These were also fancy staircases with flowers and built in seating. If you blocked out the trash littered around it was quite ritzy. I must say that people in the neighborhood were really nice and friendly, offering directions and being fully supportive of the stair walks.

Prefect walking weather.

Artsy-fartsy.

Since Saturday was overcast and rainy, it meant the sky was crystal clear of pollution on Sunday. The views were stunning. I don’t know how people live along these hills and don’t just want to sit there looking out all day.

This house wins for coolest mailbox along the walk, hands down!

See that Mayan temple looking home across the way? That’s a Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis House. They used this home in Blade Runner. It’s hard to miss along the hillside. This walk leads you over to this temple.

I took this photo of the Ennis House garage gates. This home is extremely expensive and has changed hands several times. It was being preserved by a historical society, but with budget cuts and the staggering cost to repair this temple, it was sold to a private owner who is undergoing millions of dollars of repairs. If you live in LA you need to check it out. It’s a free lesson in art history.

I continued through this fancy neighborhood with the glimmer of the Griffith Observatory in the distance.

The walk continues to take you out of the neighborhoods and on to a dirt trail and eventually you’re up at the observatory. This was a long stair walk and probably my favorite thus far. From the Observatory (it’s free and you have to visit it at least once if you live in LA) I headed down the road, past the Roger Rabbit tunnel, onto the flat green where groups were picnicking. I ended this walk at my car parked in front of the Greek Theater. Success!

Tonight I’ll be seeing Comedy Bang Bang at UCB (yup, I got the hardest to get tickets in town) and have a full report for you.