This is the last weekend of 2014 and you can make this weekend more memorable with some quality family time. There are many family friendly events and exhibitions taking place this weekend across Southern California. KTLA's Gayle Anderson has the details in the 'Gayle On The Go' report.
This holiday season is the best ever to explore the country’s art institutes, especially the country’s FREE museums. The Huffington Post has compiled a list of the 19 best FREE museums in the country. Three of the 19 are in California
Number One on the FREE MUSEUM list is the Getty Center. On view now, “World War I: War of Image, Images of War
There’s Hammer Museum on the West Side. The 79-thousand square foot museum is open to the public for free. On view now, “Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take.”
And, the Museum of Contemporary Art at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood. Right now you can see for free “Cameron: Songs for the Witch Woman.”
Soboroff Typewriter Exhibition
Paley Center for Media
465 North Beverly Drive
310 786 1000
Also free, at the Paley Center for Media, 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."
To read more about Mr. Soboroff and his collection, take a look at the Los Angeles Times story.
This exhibit is free and open to the public now through January 4th, 2015.
Sink or Swim: Designing for a Sea Change
Annenberg Space for Photography
2000 Avenue of the Stars
And, this is free! The photographic exhibit Sink or Swim: Designing for a Sea Change at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Century City. This engrossing exhibit 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.
Not free, but museums that still deserve your attention because of their incredible exhibits are the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. There you will the first public display of the completely restored Scarlett O’Hara dress worn by actress Vivian Leigh in the movie classic GONE WITH THE WIND.
All of the women’s costumes in the film were designed by prolific costume designer Walter Plunkett.
Shortly before the costume designer passed away in 1982, he was able to reconstruct the skirt which had disintegrated over the years. Plunkett hand-painted the organza overlay and made a new sash.
And, at the Natural History Museum, there’s a contemporary look at folk art at the extraordinary traveling exhibition Grandes Maestros: Great Masters of Iberoamerican Folk Art, Collection of Fomento Cultural Banamex.
More than 800 works made by approximately 600 of the most accomplished artists from 22 countries including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, Venezuela as well as Spain and Portugal are on view now in the museum’s special exhibitions galleries which span 13,000 square feet.
Wilshire May Company building
6067 Wilshire Boulevard
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.
SAMURAI: Japanese Armour from the Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Boulevard
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.
China’s Lost Civilization: The Mystery of Sanxingdui
2002 North Main Street
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.
Tyrone Power: Man, Myth, & Movie Idol Centennial Celebration
The Hollywood Museum
1660 North Highland Avenue
323 464 7776
The Hollywood Museum celebrates the centennial birthday of handsome stage and screen idol Tyrone Power.
The movie super star of the 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s was nicknamed the “King of Movies” during Hollywood’s Golden Era from 1936 to 1958.
The exhibition features nearly 400 items exploring the actor's life, career, three marriages and three children.
Closes Sunday, January 4, 2015
Route 66: The Road and the Romance
Autry National Center
4700 Western Heritage Way
Time is running out to learn about the “Main Street of America” also known as the “Mother Road.” We’re talking about Route 66 established November 11, 1926. It 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.
Woodland Hills Ice
6100 Topanga Canyon Boulevard
818 854 4151
We can work off some of the holiday calories at Woodland Hills Ice, the largest outdoor ice skating rink in Southern California with 7,000 square feet of 100% real ice, waiting for you.
You say your skating skills are weak? No problem! Skating programs are available.
Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square
532 South Olive Street
For the 17th year, the Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square is open and ready for outdoor skating.
Skating and a variety of family fun is happening now through the holiday season at the historic Pershing Square in the heart of downtown Los Angeles.
The Rink in Downtown Burbank
North 3rd Street & East Orange Grove Avenue
818 238 5180
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.
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Have a GREAT Sunday!
Gayle Anderson, KTLA 5 News.