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Arts, Public Spectacle How Refrigerators Rule Our Lives

How Refrigerators Rule Our Lives

Just stepping into the Center for Land Use Interpretation's space in Culver City gives viewer a little shiver. Is it excitement, or the fact that they have chilled the space and added refrigeration flaps at the door to keep the cold from escaping? Maybe both. The chilled-out atmosphere sets an…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Santa Monica's Silicon Beach Fest Shows Off L.A.'s Thriving Tech Scene

Santa Monica's Silicon Beach Fest Shows Off L.A.'s Thriving Tech Scene

At Silicon Beach Fest, the woman seated in front of me was wearing 5-inch stiletto heels -- not something generally seen at a festival to celebrate the startup tech scene in Los Angeles. Fashion startups are just part of the ecosystem that makes the L.A. scene tick, and last week,…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Natural History Museum Turns Angelenos Into Spider Catchers and Ladybug Hunters

Natural History Museum Turns Angelenos Into Spider Catchers and Ladybug Hunters

On a May afternoon, the butterfly pavilion at the Natural History Museum is buzzing in the heat — with kids, with insects and with lust. Two zebra longwing butterflies are perched on a vine in the corner, stuck together in a twist of sex. Close to the heart of downtown…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Guillermo Bert Weaves Tapestries That Look Like...QR Codes?

Guillermo Bert Weaves Tapestries That Look Like...QR Codes?

At Guillermo Bert's art studio in The Brewery, old technology fuses with new in the most harmonious way possible. Bert's show "Encoded Textiles," which started Sunday at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, literally weaves together large-scale tapestries with Aztec codes that can be read with smart phones -- leading…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Vets and Doctors Don't Usually Talk to Each Other. Zoobiquity Is Trying to Change That

Vets and Doctors Don't Usually Talk to Each Other. Zoobiquity Is Trying to Change That

Clad in a white coat, teal scrubs and leather clogs, the doctor describes the case to the group. He explains that 27-year-old Rosie had painful periods and trouble conceiving. "She just wouldn't get up in the morning, and she wasn't eating or drinking during her periods," he says. After a…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Lily Simonson's Paintings of Yeti Crabs and Other Creatures Merge Art and Oceanography

Lily Simonson's Paintings of Yeti Crabs and Other Creatures Merge Art and Oceanography

Lily Simonson is not your typical L.A. artist. Engaged in producing science as well as art, she creates a unique view of the natural world in her paintings. Her first solo show, "Wet and Wild" which is up at CB1 gallery in downtown, shows some of the fascinating creatures --…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 5 Awesome Artworks to Check Out at LAX Airport

5 Awesome Artworks to Check Out at LAX Airport

People don't normally think of the airport as a place to see art, but Los Angeles International Airport has an ambitious program of rotating works, which change every four to six months. Here are some to look for as you rush to catch your flight:…
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Arts, Art 'See Change' at LAX's Tom Bradley International Terminal, a Massive New Video Installation

'See Change' at LAX's Tom Bradley International Terminal, a Massive New Video Installation

At the Tom Bradley International Terminal arrivals hall at LAX on a recent Thursday morning, tired travelers pushing carts of suitcases erupted from the doorway into the arms of anxious greeters. Flight attendants in figure-fitting uniforms giggled and gossiped in foreign tongues. The new arrivals hall is part of $6...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Want Dodgers Tickets for Cheap? Check Out ScoreBig.com

Want Dodgers Tickets for Cheap? Check Out ScoreBig.com

After working in ticketing and marketing for the National Basketball Association, Adam Kanner recognized that the league had a problem: too few butts. Butts in the seats, that is. "The challenge of live entertainment industry is unsold ticket inventory," Kanner explains. "That inventory is perishable, and filling those seats every…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Dan Goods: Thinking Outside the Lab

Dan Goods: Thinking Outside the Lab

One of the fascinating Angelenos featured in L.A. Weekly's People 2012 issue. Check out our entire People 2012 issue here. Standing in his studio at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Dan Goods places a small cube of gel in a visitor's hand. He looks the visitor in the eye…
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Arts, Public Spectacle A UCLA Professor Who's Turning Cellphones Into Microscopes to Prevent Disease

A UCLA Professor Who's Turning Cellphones Into Microscopes to Prevent Disease

Startups is a new column about new companies, big ideas and bold discoveries happening in the L.A. area. Nearly 6 billion people in the world use cellphones -- and about 70 percent of those users live in developing countries. Those statistics gave UCLA electrical engineering professor Aydogon Ozcan an idea...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle If Dr. House Were an Artist: 'Fascinomas' Turns Diagnosis Into Images at the Pasadena Museum

If Dr. House Were an Artist: 'Fascinomas' Turns Diagnosis Into Images at the Pasadena Museum

On the walls of Nancy Baker Cahill's Los Feliz studio are tacked up pictures of microscopic pieces of pollen blown up 10,000 times -- not necessarily typical inspiration for a visual artist. "What exactly is this?" viewers might ask. They have to squint up close and stand far back, trying...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Rock Prodigy, Harold Lee's App That Can Tell If You're Playing Guitar Correctly

Rock Prodigy, Harold Lee's App That Can Tell If You're Playing Guitar Correctly

Startups is a new column about new companies, big ideas and bold discoveries happening in the L.A. area. Harold Lee was a guitar player who dropped out of music school and found himself handling the marketing for a guitar store chain while he worked toward a business degree. One night,...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Video Games as Physical Therapy? USC Uses Motion-Capture Technology to Heal the Injured

Video Games as Physical Therapy? USC Uses Motion-Capture Technology to Heal the Injured

Startups is a new column about new companies, big ideas and bold discoveries happening in the L.A. area. Belinda Lange knows how to have some serious fun. A physiotherapist by training, Lange leads a group at the University of Southern California's Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT), which develops games to...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Postcard on the Run App: New L.A. Company Will Send a (Scented!) Postcard From Your iPhone or Android for $1.99

Postcard on the Run App: New L.A. Company Will Send a (Scented!) Postcard From Your iPhone or Android for $1.99

Startups is a new column about new companies, big ideas and bold discoveries happening in the L.A. area. The idea was simple: Take all those moments captured on smartphones and make something tangible out of them, fusing the online and the offline world. That's what Josh Brooks set out to...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Pasadena Museum's 'Beneath the Surface' Exhibit by the JPL's Dan Goods Lets You Visualize Jupiter With a Cellphone

Pasadena Museum's 'Beneath the Surface' Exhibit by the JPL's Dan Goods Lets You Visualize Jupiter With a Cellphone

At the Pasadena Museum of California Art, art lovers can gain a sense of what it might be like searching on the surface of Jupiter -- by using a cellphone. The installation was created by Jet Propulsion Laboratory and its visual strategist, Dan Goods, and it tries to bring the...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 'Blue Sky Metropolis' at the Huntington Library Shows How Aerospace Shaped L.A., From Surfing to Marilyn Monroe

'Blue Sky Metropolis' at the Huntington Library Shows How Aerospace Shaped L.A., From Surfing to Marilyn Monroe

At a new exhibition at the Huntington Library, there is a surfboard, a rocket engine and a 1950s desk, complete with slide rule. The thread that ties everything together? Aerospace. The exhibition, entitled "Blue Sky Metropolis: The Aerospace Century in Southern California," brings together approximately 50 manuscripts, documents, and photographs...…
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