“Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles of Science Fiction and Fantasy” at Petersen Automotive Museum May 5, 2019 to March 15, 2020

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The Petersen Automotive Museum will feature a deconstructed Audi R8 V10 originally driven by Marvel Super Hero Tony Stark in its upcoming “Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles of Science Fiction and Fantasy” exhibit, opening to the public on May 5, 2019. The unique installation, inspired by the work of famed Swiss artist Fabian Oefner, will offer visitors a unique view into the complex inner workings of the iconic vehicle. The exhibit, produced in collaboration with Comic-Con Museum, will also feature over 40 additional iconic Hollywood vehicles, artwork, props and costumes. The museum will also host an opening reception on the evening of May 4, 2019.

The unique Audi R8 V10 installation will feature an “exploded view” of the actual vehicle by suspending the car’s many components in midair on wires. Carefully staged alongside one of the iconic red and gold armored Iron Man costumes worn by Robert Downey Jr.’s character, the installation will give exhibit attendees the opportunity to contemplate the high-tech vehicle in an Instagram-ready display. In addition, the display will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 5.2 FSI V10 engine in the Audi R8.

The exhibit will also include the futuristic Audi RSQ concept, famously driven by Will Smith in his role as Detective Del Spooner in “I, Robot.”

Built to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the collaboration between Audi and Marvel Studios, the installation will highlight the parallels between the cutting-edge technology used by Iron Man and the world-class engineering developed by Audi. Tony Stark has driven multiple generations of the Audi R8 in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and will get behind the wheel of his new electric supercar, the Audi e-tron GT concept, in the highly anticipated “Avengers: Endgame,” opening nationwide on April 26, 2019.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the V10 engine, a limited edition Audi R8 V10 Decennium will be released this year to mark this important chapter in the Audi brand’s storied heritage. The last 50 units of the special edition, numbers 173 to 222, will be available in the U.S. from of a limited global production of 222.

Other key vehicles in the display will include the Warthog from “Halo,” the time machine from “Back to the Future,” the Weyland Industries RT01 Group Transport from “Prometheus,” Bumblebee from the “Transformers” series, the GM Ultralight from “Demolition Man,” Batmobiles, along with a uniquely immersive Microsoft HoloLens experience.

To kick off the exhibit, the Petersen will host an opening reception on the evening of May 4, 2019 with live entertainment and gourmet appetizers and cocktails. VIP ticket holders will be given priority access to the exhibit beginning May 1, 2019 with a curator-led hard-hat tour.

“Hollywood Dream Machines” will run through March 15, 2020. To purchase tickets to the exhibit opening reception, please visit www.Petersen.org/hollywood. For more information about the Petersen Automotive Museum, please visit www.Petersen.org.

About Petersen Automotive Museum
The Petersen Automotive Museum Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charity. The Museum is located at 6060 Wilshire Boulevard (at Fairfax) in Los Angeles. Admission prices are $16 for general admission adults, $14 for seniors, $11 for children ages 4 to 17. Active military with ID, personal care attendants and children under four are admitted free. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For general information, call 323-930-CARS or visit www.Petersen.org.

About Audi of America
Audi of America, Inc. and its U.S. dealers offer a full line of German-engineered luxury vehicles. AUDI AG is among the most successful luxury automotive brands, delivering about 1.812 million vehicles globally in 2018. In the U.S., Audi of America sold nearly 224,000 vehicles in 2018. 2019 marks 50 years for the brand in the U.S. Visit AudiUSA.com for more information.

Enchanted Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens in La Canada 11/18/18 to 1/6/19

Descanso Gardens is famed for its beauty during the day, and now you can enjoy this SoCal treasure in a whole new way. As the sun sets, the gardens transform into an Enchanted Forest of Light. During this colorful interactive experience, you can stroll through a mile of Descanso Gardens' most beloved areas while marveling at 10 distinct lighting displays. Located in La Canada Flintridge, Descanso is a 160-acre outdoor wonderland, featuring the Camellia Forest and floral displays in the International Rosarium, natural growth in the world-famous Japanese garden and Oak Woodland. With the Enchanted Forest of Light, these sights are now even more magical. More details at www.descansogardens.org/programs-events/enchanted

Discounted tickets available at bit.ly/Enchant2018 (affiliate)

Open November 18, 2018 to January 6, 2019

Located at 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge. Just 50 miles from Thousand Oaks!

The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited at Skirball Center through September 2nd

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The Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles is hosting "The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited" through September 2, 2018.

The exhibit features over 100 objects  and 25 historic puppets, including Kermit the Frog, Rowlf, Ernie and Bert, Grover, and other popular favorites.

Immerse yourself in the imaginative world of Jim Henson (1936–1990) and discover his groundbreaking approach to puppetry and transformative impact on contemporary culture.

The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited illuminates Henson’s unique contributions to the moving image. Along with a talented team of designers, performers, and writers, Henson created an unparalleled body of work that continues to delight and inspire people of all ages to create a kinder and gentler world.

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Explore Henson’s enduringly popular productions—from The Muppet Show, the Muppet movies, and Sesame Street to Fraggle RockThe Dark Crystal, and Labyrinth—through character sketches, storyboards, scripts, photographs, costumes, film and television clips, and behind-the-scenes footage. Then design your own puppet and try your hand at puppeteering in this highly interactive exhibition. 

Included in the cost of admission to the Skirball Museum, which is open Tues-Fri noon to 5pm and Sat-Sun 10am to 5pm. Admission is $12 adults, $9 seniors (65+), full-time students with ID and children over 12 and $7 children ages 2-12. 

The museum is open free of charge on Thursdays.

Don't forget the Noah's Ark at The Skirball exhibit too!

Located at 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, off the Sepulveda Pass on the 405; about 27 miles from Thousand Oaks.

King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh at California ScienCenter Opens March 24th

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To celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the discovery of King Tut’s tomb, the California Science Center is proud to present the world premiere of KING TUT: TREASURES OF THE GOLDEN PHARAOH–the largest King Tut exhibition ever toured! Discover over 150 authentic artifacts from King Tut’s celebrated tomb, many of which the boy king himself used in life and in death, including gold jewelry, gilded wood furniture, and ornate ritual objects–60 of which have never traveled outside of Egypt, until now. Come experience these priceless treasures before they return to Egypt forever.

Travel 3,300 years back in time to join King Tut as he navigates the perilous underworld. In a dramatic new presentation, dazzling multimedia complements rare artifacts to take guests on an immersive journey of the pharaoh’s quest for immortality. Follow the boy king as he travels from the underworld through the twelve gates and to the afterlife. Along the way, interactive displays reveal how exquisitely engraved burial objects such as the bow and arrow and boomerang were meant to protect Tut in his life-after-death journey. 

Examine exquisite rings found on King Tut’s fingers, opulent jewelry that adorned his body, and the gold sandals placed on his feet upon burial. Marvel at the gilded coffinette and lid from one of the alabaster containers that held the pharaoh’s mummified organs. Learn about the pharaoh’s second death and find out how your presence in the exhibition ensures King Tut’s immortality by keeping his name alive. If it wasn’t for Howard Carter’s passion and determination, King Tut’s name–and treasure–might have been lost for all eternity.

Discover how the scientific analysis of King Tut’s 3,300-year-old mummy has revealed new information about his health and lineage, as well as how cutting-edge technologies have played a role in discovering new tombs and analyzing existing ones in ways never before imagined.  

Tickets go on sales Tuesday, January 16th.  californiasciencecenter.org/visit/admission/king-tut-admissions

New Exhibit at Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles Features Kids' Race Cars

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The Petersen Automotive Museum today announces the opening of a special exhibit dedicated to children and their longstanding fascination with fast cars. Showcased in the Charles Nearburg Family Gallery, “Sidewalk Speedsters: The Grown-Up World of Children’s Cars” offers guests a look at kids' competition cars.
 
Presented by Lucas Oil, the display features a diverse range of child-sized race cars—from old to new, electric- to gas-powered to sophisticated, and affordable to luxurious. A $430 million per year industry as of 2015, kids' vehicles have become a phenomenon, populating the shelves, catalogs and online inventories of toy and game retailers worldwide. While many adults may wonder whether owner-driven automobiles will continue to be part of the everyday driving landscape, small, powered children’s cars are growing in popularity among youths.
 
“’Sidewalk Speedsters’ marks a playful change of pace for the museum,” said Petersen Chief Historian Leslie Kendall. “I had so much fun choosing the vehicles on display, as I grew up racing similar cars. The whimsical selection will perfectly juxtapose the more serious presentations, adding an exciting element of surprise to the museum’s overall atmosphere.”
 
Key vehicles that are featured include a 1927 Bugatti Type 52 “Baby,” a 1995 Meyness Bentley and a 1977 Porsche 936 Le Mans Jr. The exhibit will also showcase a 1968 Disneyland Autopia buggy, a 1931 Custer, a 1945 Plexiglas Lucas, a 1938 Maytag, a 1955 “Homemade,” a 1939 Motokar, a 1934 National Junior Racer, a, “The Lad’s Car,” “The Junior Automobile,” a Chevy Jr., a 1934 Cannonball Racer, a 1954 Vanguard Sidewalk Racer, and a 1955 Viking Craft.

To learn more about this exhibit and the Petersen Automotive Museum, please visit www.petersen.org

The Science Behind Pixar Exhibition at the California ScienCenter through April 16, 2017

Enjoy a unique, first-time look into the Pixar filmmaking process, and explore the science and technology behind some of the most beloved animated films and their characters with the west coast premiere of The Science Behind Pixar Exhibition at the California ScienCenter through April 16, 2017. This 12,000 sq. ft. interactive exhibition showcases the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts used by the artists and computer scientists who help bring Pixar’s award-winning films to the big screen.

With more than 40 interactive exhibit elements, the exhibition’s eight sections each focus on a step in the filmmaking process to give you an unparalleled view of the production pipeline and concepts used at Pixar every day. Participate in fun, engaging hands-on activities, listen to firsthand accounts from members of the studios’ production teams, and even come face-to-face with re-creations of your favorite Pixar film characters, including Buzz Lightyear, Dory, Mike and Sulley, Edna Mode, and WALL•E! 

Learn more at californiasciencecenter.org/exhibits/the-science-behind-pixar-exhibition.

Advance ticket purchase is recommended. The cost for adults is $14.95, ages 4-12 $9.95, ages 13-17 and college students with ID $11.95 and 60+ $11.95. Tickets are timed and dated.