Jan 30, 2015

Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles: Part 1

Perched on the edge of Mount Hollywood in Los Angeles, California, the Griffith Observatory is an iconic landmark that's as amazing as the pictures you've seen would lead you to believe. Built between 1933 to 1935, the Griffith Observatory features an array of science and astronomy exhibits, as well as stunning views of downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood, and the Pacific Ocean.

I visited with the goal of capturing the location and then hiking to the Hollywood Sign - which is actually quite a bit further than your eyes suggest (but so worth it). Exploring the building, it was easy to fall in love with the art deco architecture. Everything is beautifully maintained and it's just so L.A. that you feel yourself constantly reminded of various pop culture moments with each step. Yes, it's busy and buzzing with tourists, and it's absolutely amazing.  

Griffith Observatory construction ca. 1930s

Griffith Observatory construction ca. 1930s

James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

Jan 29, 2015

J.R. Louis at Twist Wine & Tapas

On Tuesday night I went to see J.R. Louis perform at Twist Wine & Tapas in downtown Medicine Hat, Alberta as part of the 2015 Tongue on the Post Folk Festival. I was in good company with my friend Brandie (of the Blogging Hatter) and together we enjoyed a few drinks, shot the breeze, and enjoyed the music. J.R. Louis did a great set and the intimate space in Twist really sold the experience. For me, it was a fun introduction to this year's folk fest.