My favorite adult reads of 2015 were (in order of most recently devoured): A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff, Between the World and Me by Ta-Nahesi Coates, H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald, A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin, and Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande.
Where can you pose with a polar bear in a snowstorm and snuggle up in a Zen Den to watch a live cam of polar bears in migration? At The Annenberg Space for Photography's Pearls of the Planet Live Cam, a creative immersive light and sound experience that helps kids learn about the migratory habits of polar bears.
The holidays offer a natural time to consider how each of us can make a difference in our increasingly complex world. As we prepare abundant meals for loved ones and consider our gifts for the holidays, it's a natural time for reflection on how to give back. We are aways inspired by examples of meaningful social change, and so recommend a new, highly interactive exhibition that has just opened at the Skirball Cultural Center.
TOUCH: Original Artworks Paired with Photographic Portraits by Jim McHugh is an art experience at the El Segundo Museum of Art and features McHugh’s portraits of L.A. artists from the 1960s to today - including rarely seen vintage Polaroids and original 8x10 transparencies.
For thirty-five years the Conservancy has offered fascinating walking tours of Downtown L.A., introducing countless Angelenos to the rich history and culture that the area’s architecture has to offer. This year they are marking the 35th anniversary of their walking tour program with special programs, including new youth and family tours of the marvelous Union Station.
Common Sense Media released a large-scale study that explores young people’s use of the full range of media and technology. It offers a comprehensive picture of the use of media by kids, ages 8 to 18 in the U.S., including the level of enjoyment, frequency of use, and amount of time devoted to a wide array of media activities and devices.
The California Science Center is hosting the travelling exhibition and 3-D film Journey to Space, which explore what it is like to live and work in space today, and what the future of space exploration holds. Since a visit to the Science Center also offers the opportunity to stand before the mighty Space Shuttle Endeavor, the museum is presently offering a high-impact trio of experiences for space enthusiasts, including several moments along the way where the local SoCal connection is noted.
Photography buffs take note: LACMA's new Rain Room, which opens on Sunday, November 1 and is open through March 6, 2016, is a challenge to capture on film. Instagram is already flooded with shots from previous installations in London and New York. Some are quite good, but from what we've seen, none really captures the intangible magic of the experience. And, that is exactly what the artists are exploring: the irresistible, but vexing, tension between nature and technology in our every day lives.