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Christmas day is just four days away, so all of Santa's elves are working hard to make sure children have a good Christmas. It's not too late, you can still make donations this weekend. KTLA's Gayle Anderson has the details in 'Gayle On The Go.'
Skaters can enjoy eight weeks of skating outdoors at The Rink in Downtown Burbank. Special events at The Rink this season include Ugly Sweater Mondays, '80s Night Wednesdays, and Thursday Night Fever. Performances by the Los Angeles Ice Theater are scheduled for every Saturday at 5:45 PM. Skating classes are available as well.
Skate on over to the Paley Center for Media to see the SOBOROFF TYPEWRITER COLLECTION. Los Angeles civic leader Steve Soboroff has compiled the world’s most important collection of twenty-eight original typewriters from famous (and infamous) authors and personalities, including:
• The 1932 Royal Model P that Ernest Hemingway used to write letters during his time in Cuba.
• A tiny Imperial Good Companion Model T on which John Lennon banged out song lyrics years before the Beatles invaded America.
• The snappy red Underwood 4-Bank portable on which Orson Welles created the cinematic masterpiece Citizen Kane.
• Jerry Siegel’s Royal Portable Quiet Deluxe. Jerry said that "one of the little known stories of Superman is that he owes a lot of his existence to this typewriter…it was the only portable I ever had or used."
To Mr. Soboroff, a typewriter carries more meaning than the story of the hands that have touched the keys of the machine. "What the typewriter symbolizes now is timelessness, and also a slower, more thoughtful way of life," he said. "What is made these days that will be used 60, 70, 80, 100 years from now? I don't think there's anything, and these typewriters have hundreds of years to go."
"I love people who are the best at what they do," Mr. Soboroff said. "The idea that geniuses sat there and accomplished what they accomplished on these typewriters … it gives me chills."
Learn about the business and creativity involved in costume design at this exhibit. HOLLYWOOD COSTUME, a multimedia exhibition features 150 iconic costumes from Hollywood’s Golden Age through the present. This exhibition is now on view in the historic Wilshire May Company building, the future location of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, at Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax.
The exhibition includes the original ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz shown with Dorothy’s blue and white gingham pinafore dress.
Travel back in time and discover remarkable objects that illuminate the life, culture, and pageantry of the samurai, the revered and feared warriors of Japan.
The Samurai Collection of Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller, one of the finest and most comprehensive collections in the world, presents a treasure trove of battle gear made for high-ranking warriors and daimyo (provincial governors) of the 14th through 19th centuries. The exhibition illustrates the evolution of samurai equipment through the centuries, featuring more than 140 objects of warrior regalia, with full suits of armor, helmets and face guards, weapons, horse trappings, and other battle gear.
These objects are a mystery representing CHINA’S LOST CIVILIZATION: THE MYSTERY OF SANXINGDUI on display at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana. Acknowledged by many scholars as one of the greatest archaeological finds ever unearthed, these were discovered by accident the summer of 1986.
The objects date back to about 1200 BC and reveal a sophisticated culture which excelled in bronze making. The mystery? The culture left no written record. There are no human remains and the people responsible for this appear to have existed for only about 350 years before they vanished.
Known as as the “Main Street of America” and the “Mother Road,” Route 66 was established on November 11, 1926 and became one of the most famous roads in America. The famed highway originally ran from Chicago to Santa Monica, covering a total of 2,448 miles. As a witness to history and a symbol for America on the move, Route 66 became a part of popular culture - it was immortalized in The Grapes of Wrath novel and film, the hit song (Get Your Kicks on) Route 66, and the Route 66 TV series in the 1960s.
Now on view at the Autry National Center through Jan. 4, 2015, Route 66: The Road and the Romance is an exhibition of more than 250 extraordinary artifacts that trace the history of the Mother Road and its impact on American popular culture. Route 66 travels the iconic road from its inception, through the Great Depression, to its heyday as a travel destination, and its decline and eventual displacement by the Interstate Highway System. The exhibition concludes with a contemporary look at the road and the movement for its preservation.
Route 66: The Road and the Romance presents historical artifacts from institutions and private collections across the United States, many displayed together for the first time. Read on for highlights of this remarkable exhibit, including special programs taking place at the Autry during the exhibit's run
Sink or Swim: Designing for a Sea Change explores the human story of resilience, from adaptation for survival to ambitious infrastructure planning, in some of the richest and poorest of the world’s coastal communities. Rather than showing pristine architectural photography, the photographs present viewers with various human responses to changes in their landscapes due to sea level rise. Sink or Swim aims to foster critical dialogue through the provocative juxtaposition of diverse responses to a challenge shared by millions worldwide.
Curated by architecture writer and radio host Frances Anderton with the Annenberg Space for Photography, Sink or Swim features newly commissioned and archival works by photographers Iwan Baan, Stephen Wilkes, Paula Bronstein, Jonas Bendiksen and Monica Nouwens. This is the first exhibition for Annenberg Space for Photography to feature commissioned works. Through the work of this select group of architectural, fine art and news photographers, the exhibition casts an eye on both the problem of climate change in densely populated coastal regions and contemporary design as a means to navigate the changing landscapes.
If you don’t want to make your own Christmas decorations, artist Holly Cleeland will be glad to handle the creative chore for you! Cleeland is famous for animated holiday displays for your home at well as creative costume book GLUE AND GO COSTUMES FOR KIDS.
The Sawdust Art and Craft Festival is a winter wonderland, where more than one-hundred artists create, display, and sell one of a kind holiday gifts. In addition to your holiday shopping, enjoy entertainment, outdoor cafes, Christmas carolers and Santa Claus.
The Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train is ready to take you on a holiday trip to meet with Santa and to take pictures at Irvine Regional Park. New this year, the Christmas Tree Ranch, where you can find hundreds of trees for your holiday decorations.
All five Flair Cleaners locations – from Burbank to Redondo Beach to Santa Monica to Studio City, and Valencia – are accepting donations of gently used or new clothing and shoes as part of its 12th Annual Holiday Clothing and Shoe Drive. Your generous donations will be delivered to Helping Hands for the Blind, St. Vincent de Paul’s Thrift Store, and National Council of Jewish Women Thrift Shop.
This is the last weekend for the TOYS FOR TOTS toy drive. We’re invited to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the historic U.S. Marines Corps holiday program, which has been around since 1947 and has distributed more than 400 million toys to more than 200 million less fortunate children.
In Orange County, look for toy drop locations at Fashion Island, Irvine Spectrum Center, or The Market Place and receive a Holiday Savings Passport filled with exclusive offers.
At the Planes of Fame Museum in Chino, the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge is being studied. Learn from World War II P-47 Thunderbolt pilots Tom Glenn and Sandy Ross how German dictator Adolf Hitler launched a counterattack against Allied forces in the freezing Ardennes Forest in southern Belgium and Luxembourg. Named for the 60-mile “bulge” the German blitzkrieg caught allied defenders caught off guard as more than 250,000 German troops and hundreds of tanks descended on their positions. A lack of resources and fierce American resistance eventually halted the German advance, but not before some 80,000 G.I.s were killed, captured or wounded—more than in any battle in U.S. history. Seventy years after the start of Nazi Germany’s last gasp attack at the Battle of the Bulge, learn eight surprising facts about the fight Winston Churchill called “undoubtedly the greatest American battle” of World War II. The battle also marked the first time the U.S. Army desegregated during for World War Two.
And, our veterans are being remembered this holiday season at “STAND DOWN”, the largest community based program in the country. It offers homeless and at-risk California Veterans food, clothing, showers, haircuts, health, vision and dental care, housing and employment assistance, legal aid, counseling/treatment, benefits claims assistance, overnight accommodations, and other services. As many as two thousand former military men and women are expected to attend.