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September 5, 2011
The Ocean At Home: An Illustrated History of the Aquarium Bernd Brunner Reaktion Books/University of Chicago Press: 168 pp., $29 paper
September 5, 2011 | By Nick Owchar, Los Angeles Times
Who knew that the little, algae-lined glass jar on your child's dresser, the one that contains a yellowy-orange fish named Penny, is an important cultural object? Bernd Brunner does, but that's not surprising. The Berlin-based author has devoted his other books - on the moon and bears in the woods - to things that are easily taken for granted and overlooked. And now, with "The Ocean at Home" he turns to the common aquarium and finds an electrifying nexus of human obsessions - with cabinets and curiosities, a passion for exploration and scientific discovery and an abiding fear of (and love for)
July 28, 2011 | By Benoit Lebourgeois, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The Monterey Bay Aquarium's new exhibit, " The Open Sea ," simulates the migration of ocean animals across the Pacific Ocean. The three-gallery, $19-million display replaces the Outer Bay exhibit at the attraction in Monterey, Calif. The dynamic intersection of fast and slow species plays out behind a panoramic, 90-foot window where tuna, mackerel, barracudas, sardines and sandbar sharks (new to the aquarium) mingle with turtles, stingrays and sunfishes on currents of plankton and jellies.
July 27, 2011
MUSIC Bob Mould Best known as frontman of the hard-core punk band Hüsker Dü and the alt-rock outfit Sugar, he is now a published memoirist, having recently released "See a Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody. " Mould will read from the book and perform songs from his deep catalog. Largo at the Coronet, 366 N. La Cienega, L.A. 8 p.m. $25. (310) 855-0350. Cults The New York duo's blend of '60s girl group pop and modern indie productions has made them a much-buzzed act. But their sweet sound is laced with creepiness and evil edges — check the video for "Go Outside," which finds them digitally grafted into a scene from the Jonestown massacre.
July 3, 2011 | By Deborah Netburn and Jenn Harris, Los Angeles Times
JULY 1: Backstreet's back, all right! Nineties pop sensations New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys are playing the Staples Center tonight. This could be an interesting ticket — for so many reasons. Link: 2: June gloom is over. It's time to track down a friend with a pool and start the swimming season off right. Need inspiration? Here are a few of our favorite stylish pools for summer. Link:,0,2416266.photogallery 3: It's a burger weekend.
June 18, 2011 | Chris Erskine
As I write, it's three days till summer vacation, but who's counting? Everybody's counting, that's who. The teachers, the crossing guard, even me. Three days. An eternity. Since when did the school year run till almost July? "Hey, Huckleberry," I say. "What, Dad?" "Three more days," I tell him. "I know," says the little guy. "I knoooooooooooow. " It's been such a long year for him that he's taken to calling his pretty young teacher "Mom," which didn't exactly thrill her, or his actual mother, who does virtually everything for him except breathe.
June 3, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Travel & Deal blogger
If you're going to read a book underwater, "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish" might be the perfect selection. That's what's happening Saturday at the Sea Life Carlsbad Aquarium when a diver will plunge to the bottom of the 200,000-gallon aquarium to read the Dr. Seuss classic. And it won't sound like a bunch of glub, glub, glubs. Aquarium spokeswoman Crystal Kranz explains that the diver wears a two-way communication mask that allows visitors to hear the story -- and ask questions from the other side of the glass.
April 20, 2011 | By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun
William Donald Schaefer, the dominant political figure of the last half-century of Maryland history, died Monday after a "do-it-now" career that changed the face of Baltimore while bringing a burst of energy to the city he loved. He was 89. Schaefer, who had recently been treated for pneumonia, died at a retirement home in Catonsville, Md. In four terms as mayor and two as governor, Schaefer was a champion of big projects that transformed Baltimore: the Harborplace retail and restaurant complex, Oriole Park baseball stadium at Camden Yards, the National Aquarium, a convention center and a light rail.
March 10, 2011
The theme of this 18-and-over event is "science fair," but there's nothing nerdy about the after-hours celebration at Night Dive. Guests can unleash their inner mad scientist and enjoy live music from We Barbarians, Eugene & the 1914 and the Commotions, not to mention DJs, lectures on subjects such as octopuses and algal blooms and a special art exhibit from sculptor Bruce Gray. Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach. 7-11 p.m. Fri. $12.95. (562) 951-1630. http://www.
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