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June 26, 2011 | By Laura Randall, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Call it the accidental road trip. Looking for a less monotonous route home from Northern California last summer, my family and I took California 99 south from Sacramento to Bakersfield and picked up Interstate 5 from there. It took a little longer, but the four-lane road's calming landscape and quirky attractions left us pleasantly surprised and prolonged our vacation buzz. California 99 is easy to overlook as a route to San Francisco and points north. It's not as scenic as the coastal highway or as fast as Interstate 5, and it has more than its share of cows and dirt pastures.
April 24, 2014 | By Jay Jones, reporting from Las Vegas, This post has been corrected, as indicated below
Those instant cameras that Polaroid popularized in the mid-20th century (“Meet the Swinger! The Polaroid Swinger!”) are now right where they belong: in a museum in Las Vegas. You'll find the museum in the two-story Polaroid Fotobar shop at the Linq, the new entertainment and retail complex along the Strip. The Fotobar stores - there are four in Florida besides the Vegas location - offer photo gifts created from your own photography. Polaroid, its museum website says, was the Apple of its day. Its foldable SX-70, the low-cost Swinger ($19.95)
February 14, 2002
* Hollywood Entertainment Museum (7021 Hollywood Blvd., L.A., [323] 465-7900). Daily, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. except Wed. "George Hurrell: The Lost Photographs." The photo of Jean Harlow at right is among a recently discovered collection of images of movie stars from the 1920s to 1950s by the famous photographer. Through March 3. Also: "44 Television Sets on a Wall," and "Painting the Stars."
April 24, 2014 | By Gary Goldstein
When a documentary interviewee says, "My dad has been collecting penises as long as I remember," you know you've entered some unusual film territory. Such is the case of "The Final Member," which revolves around the Icelandic Phallological Museum, an exhibit hall devoted to preserved male genitalia from a variety of mammalian species except one: human. And it's the quest for that holy grail of specimens that drives much - frankly too much - of co-directors Jonah Bekhor and Zach Math's decidedly quirky, at times unappetizing film.
November 27, 2011
If you go West Kern Oil Museum, 1168 Wood St., Taft; (661) 765-6664, Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 1-4 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free. Kern County Museum , 3801 Chester Ave., Bakersfield; (661) 868-8400, Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays. Admission is $10 for adults; students are $8 and $9, depending on age.
March 23, 2012
The end of Pacific Standard Time — the Getty's region-wide survey on the history of art in Southern California — will be celebrated with free admission at 19 local museums on March 31. Among the participating institutions will be the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Pasadena Museum of California Art, the Fisher Museum of Art and the American Museum of Ceramic Art. Pacific Standard Time explored the history of art in Southern California...
May 20, 2011 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times / for the Booster Shots blog
As international health officials struggled this week to decide whether to destroy the last smallpox stockpiles, Booster Shots blogger Marissa Cevallos delved into the disease's history to remind readers about the devastation it wrought. There's also an interesting point to be made, according to the Wall Street Journal: In virologists' forgotten collections or dusty museum specimens, the deadly disease may still exist. That possibility was highlighted when a scab from the 1876 in a Virgina museum display was snatched by personnel, clad in surgical gloves and gowns, who came from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention back in March.
July 3, 2003
I see that Eli Broad's gift to the L.A. County Museum of Art has reignited The Times' carping that the collection of buildings that composes the museum is a "confusing cluster" (editorial, June 28). You people might want to stay away from the Smithsonian in Washington. All those buildings! I mean, where was Rem Koolhaas to help them with one of his multi-zillion-dollar "big-thinking, unifying vision[s]"? Art museums shouldn't have to be laid out like an IKEA store. Anyone who is too confused on how to find the art at LACMA is probably too stupid to appreciate it anyway.
January 12, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
More than 25 museums, state historic parks and other venues will open their doors free of charge on Feb. 5 as part of the 13th annual Sacramento Museum Day . It's a great way to save money and sample some cultural hot spots in the California capital. The deal: The Sacramento Assn. of Museums organizes the free day and lists participating sites, plus information on parking and free shuttles. Here are some museums on the list: Crocker Art Museum (usually $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 7 to 17)
February 2, 2011 | By Benoit Lebourgeois, Special to the Los Angeles Times
If you'd like to view a familiar destination from a new perspective, turn to the FranceGuide for the Jewish Traveler for an unexpected window on centuries of culture and history in the country with the world's third largest Jewish population. The guide, long available as a printed book, is now online at the website of the French Government Tourist Office . For each of France ’s regions, the guide provides an account of museums, monuments, synagogues, neighborhoods and other notable sites, with tips on visiting them.
April 23, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times
The Santa Monica Museum of Art's annual Incognito benefit may be the most democratic of all Los Angeles art world soirees: 700 works for sale by emerging and famous artists alike, all 10 by 10 inches and exactly $350 - with the artists' identities hidden from view until after purchase. But that doesn't mean strategy isn't involved. The event, which turns 10 this year, has become a touchstone for collectors looking to find valuable works by the likes of Barbara Kruger, Raymond Pettibon and Ed Ruscha.
April 23, 2014 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
The image of bandit Jesus Malverde turns up as a kind of venerated saint inside " Quitapesares (Solace)," a makeshift chapel by artist Maria Romero erected near the end of a large new exhibition at the UCLA Fowler Museum. On May 3, 1909, the outlaw was hanged from a tree in the town of Culiacán, capital of Sinaloa near the country's northwest coast, by the federal government of Mexican dictator Porfirio Diaz. He was left to rot in the sun. At least, that's what people say. Historians have found no evidence that the story is true.
April 18, 2014 | By Rosemary McClure
Celebrate the life and loves of actor Charlie Chaplin at an exhibit that opened this week at the Catalina Island Museum, which is toasting the 125th birthday of the iconic silent screen star. Besides the exhibit , Chaplin, known for the lovable "little tramp" figure he often played, will also be honored during the museum's 27 th annual Silent Film Benefit on May 17, which will feature the actor starring in “City Lights,” considered a vintage film masterpiece. “City Lights,” which will be shown at Avalon's Casino building, will be accompanied by a 39-piece symphony orchestra led by Grammy award-winning conductor Richard Kaufman . Tickets cost $18 general admission, $15 for museum members, $9 for children or people wearing period dress.
April 15, 2014 | By Lalita Clozel
WASHINGTON -- After a grueling 48-hour drive from Montana, the capital's latest transplant -- a 38-foot long, 66 million-year-old Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton -- got to rest its bones Tuesday at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. The Smithsonian's newest acquisition is one of the largest and most complete specimens in the world, and it will be the museum's first real T. rex skeleton on display. “What could be more fabulous than welcoming a Tyrannosaurus rex to Washington D.C.?
April 15, 2014 | Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
For Kerry Brougher, newly named director of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' planned film museum, the bubble may be nothing compared with the spaceship. Brougher comes to the academy from the Hirshhorn in Washington, D.C., where one of his first tests as interim director was dealing with fallout from a failed proposal to install a $15-million inflatable bubble in the museum's circular courtyard. In Los Angeles, Brougher will inherit a new architectural challenge: what do with a major building project that isn't in danger of being scrapped, as the bubble was, but has significant, even fundamental design flaws.
April 13, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
A public memorial will be held Sunday morning for renowned plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. A. Richard Grossman , who pioneered the comprehensive care of burn patients in Sherman Oaks. The memorial will be held at 11am at Hollywood's Old Fire Station 27 at 1355 N. Cahuenga Blvd., which houses a museum run by the Los Angeles Fire Department Historical Society. The Los Angeles Fire Department invites all to attend. "Dr. Grossman was certainly one of us," LAFD Interim Fire Chief James Featherstone told City News Service.
January 25, 2014 | By David Ng
Art enthusiasts, dabblers and neophytes: This is your final call. Saturday is the day when many of Southern California's major museums are offering free admission to the general public. No art-school prerequisites are required, though they will certainly help. The official list features 20 participating museum venues, including the  Los Angeles County Museum of Art , the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Orange County Museum of Art. The Getty is also participating, but the museum normally offers free admission to all, with free timed tickets required for the Getty Villa.
April 9, 2014 | By David Ng and Mike Boehm
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has plucked an established figure from the art museum world who has extensive knowledge of cinema to lead its highly anticipated $300-million movie museum. Kerry Brougher, a veteran art curator who worked at L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art for 14 years, has been named the director of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, said a spokeswoman for the academy on Tuesday. It is unclear when Brougher will start his new job. The museum isn't scheduled to open until 2017 and the spokeswoman said academy officials were unable to comment further on Brougher's appointment at this time.
April 9, 2014 | By Jay Jones
Movie buffs and motorcycle fans can conjure memories of a 1991 Hollywood blockbuster -- starring California's former governor -- at a new exhibition at a Milwaukee museum. “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” is the name of  both the film and the display that opens Thursday at the Harley-Davidson Museum . At its core is a time-worn Fat Boy Harley ridden throughout the movie by actor and later California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The film also starred Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor in the story about a cyborg (Schwarzenegger)
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