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13th ANNUAL PACIFIC ISLANDER FESTIVAL at The Aquarium of the Pacific PACIFIC ISLANDER TICKET GIVEAWAY: Family 4-pack Giveaway Opportunity!

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Experience dance, music, cuisine, and cultural artifacts of the Pacific Islands on Saturday and Sunday, June 4 and 5, at the Aquarium of the Pacific!

Discover and explore the rich and diverse cultures of the Pacific Islands at the Aquarium’s 13th annual Pacific Islander Festival. The festival will include traditional craft demonstrations, educational programs, and an ocean of entertainment, including music and dance performances. Enjoy hula, Tahitian drumming, Hawaiian games, island cuisine, and the work of artisans. Hawaiian, Maori, Tahitian, Samoan, Marshallese, Fijian, and Tongan cultures will be featured.
WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, June 4 and 5, 2016, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802

PARTNERSHIP: The Aquarium of the Pacific has been invited by Conservation International to take a lead role in public education and outreach for the Pacific Rising project. The mission of Pacific Rising is to help prepare residents of many Pacific Island nations to adapt and thrive—economically, environmentally, and culturally—in the face of climate change and sea level rise. The residents of many of these islands will have to find new homes because their islands will be drowned by the end of this century. The Aquarium of the Pacific will provide educational programming to its visitors to draw awareness to this crisis facing many Pacific Islanders, and help to secure funding for them.

COST: Included with general admission: $29.95 adult (12+), $25.95 senior (62+), and $14.95 child (3-11), and free for children under age three and Aquarium members,

With coupon adults receive $10 OFF admission on June 4 or 5. Regular $29.95, just $19.95 with coupon!

Pacific Islander 2016 Flyer

NEW! Mobile-device and printable coupon with the same offer is available at http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/fest10

Festival web page has the event schedule:

http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/pacific_islander_festival/
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INFO: (562) 590-3100 or
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/pacific_islander_festival/

Giveaway Opportunity! To enter, check out the event schedule above and leave a comment below telling us what you would be most excited to see! Deadline to enter is May 27th, 2016 at noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected via Random.org.

AQUARIUM: The nonprofit Aquarium of the Pacific is a community gathering place where diverse cultures and the arts are celebrated and where important challenges facing our planet are explored by scientists, policymakers, and stakeholders in search of sustainable solutions. The Aquarium is dedicated to conserving and building nature and nature’s services by building the interactions between and among peoples. Home to more than 11,000 animals, Aquarium exhibits include the Ocean Science Center, Molina Animal Care Center, and the new Horses and Dragons and Vanishing Animals exhibits. Beyond its animal exhibits, the Aquarium offers educational programs for people of all ages, from hands-on activities to lectures by leading scientists. The Aquarium has won a 2015 Travelers’ Choice Award for Aquariums, as awarded by TripAdvisor® travelers. The Aquarium offers memberships with unlimited FREE admission for 12 months, VIP Entrance, and other special benefits.

Photo Credit/info: Courtesy of The Aquarium of the Pacific. SoCal City Kids is responsible for selecting the winner and will notify winner By May 30th, 2016.

“LACO @ THE MOVIES: AN EVENING OF DISNEY SILLY SYMPHONIES” BRINGS DAZZLING ACADEMY AWARD®-WINNING DISNEY ANIMATION TO THE BIG SCREEN WITH ORCHESTRAL SCORES PERFORMED LIVE BY LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, LED BY EMMY® AWARD-WINNING COMPOSER MARK WATTERS Dustin Hoffman Serves as Honorary Chair Saturday, June 4, 2016, 7 pm The Orpheum Theatre Downtown LA

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Photos: LACO @ The Movies 2015

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) showcases the interplay of music and film with “LACO @ the Movies: An Evening of Disney Silly Symphonies,” a program of dazzling and delightful Academy Award®-winning animation created by Walt Disney Studios between 1929 and 1939, with orchestral scores performed live by Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra led by six-time Emmy® award-winning composer Mark Watters, on Saturday, June 4, 2016, 7 pm, at the historic Orpheum Theatre movie palace in downtown Los Angeles.  Based on timeless fairy tales and fantastical scenarios, the seven classic animated Silly Symphony shorts include five Academy Award®-winners, the first Silly Symphony short produced and directed by Walt Disney, the first commercial color short and the first to utilize a multiplane camera to create depth of field.  With animation by a number of Disney legends, these films are set against a backdrop of lively music.  From symphonic to jazz, and featuring the Orpheum’s 1927 Wurlitzer, one of only three remaining original theatre organ installations in theatres in Southern California, the music by such luminaries as Leigh Harline and Carl Stalling is arranged for live orchestra by Watters and Alex Rannie.  The magical event for adults and children six and older benefits education and concert programs of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, considered one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras as well as a pacesetter in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions.  Academy Award®-winning actor Dustin Hoffman serves as Honorary Chair.  Film tickets and exclusive sponsorship packages, including a post-film cocktail party, are available.

“When LACO was founded, it was envisioned as an ensemble allowing gifted, conservatory-trained players to balance studio work and teaching with pure artistic collaboration at the highest level,” says LACO Executive Director Scott Harrison.  “We are proud to embrace these deep film industry roots as we partner once again with Disney and Disney Music Group for a wonderful evening of big screen artistry and entertainment.”

Disney produced 75 Silly Symphony shorts during a ten-year period from 1929 through 1939, many used to experiment with special effects and camera techniques.  The concept, conceived by Walt Disney and Stalling, his first musical director, was simple: complete a musical composition first, followed by a story and animation around that score.

“LACO @ the Movies: An Evening of Disney Silly Symphonies” opens with The Skeleton Dance (1929), the first Silly Symphony short produced and directed by Walt Disney, starring four music-making and dancing skeletons in a macabre graveyard with a score by Carl Stalling based on the foxtrot, a popular dance beat of the era, set in a minor key.  Also shown are Flowers and Trees (1932), the first commercial short produced in color using the then-new Technicolor three-strip process and featuring a pastoral symphonic score by Bert Lewis and Frank Churchill, which became a critical success and won the first Academy Award® for Animated Short Subject; Three Little Pigs (1933), a musical sensation scored by Stalling that won a 1934 Academy Award® for Best Animated Short Film and was named to the National Film Registry in 2007 for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”; and the Academy Award®-winning The Old Mill (1937), the first short to experiment with animation and camera techniques utilizing the multiplane camera, which added a dimensionality not previously seen in animated film and was later used in the iconic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Other featured Silly Symphony shorts include The Country Cousin (1936), performed with live music for the first time since it was produced 80 years ago.  Winner of the Best Animated Short Academy Award® in 1937, this film is based on the Aesop Fable “The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse” with a sophisticated musical score by Harline.  Also shown is the 1939 color version of The Ugly Duckling, based on the Hans Christian Anderson fairytale, which was the last Silly Symphony produced by the studio and garnered an Academy Award®  for Best Short Subject (a black and white version was produced in 1931).  The evening concludes with Music Land(1935), featuring a brilliant and virtuosic score that pits the Land of Symphony against the Isle of Jazz for a unique Disney “take” on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

The event’s landmark venue, The Orpheum Theatre, located at the heart of downtown’s revitalized Broadway Theatre District, adds a particularly special flourish to the festivities.  Opened in 1926, around the time Walt Disney was revolutionizing the field of animation, the 2,000-seat theatre features a stunning Beaux Arts façade designed by architect G. Albert Lansburgh.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is considered one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras as well as a pacesetter in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions.  Its 2015-16 season features a compelling mix of beloved masterpieces and genre-defying premieres from firmly established as well as notable up-and-coming composers programmed by Jeffrey Kahane, one of the world’s foremost conductors and pianists, who marks his 19th season as LACO’s music director.

Steinway is the official piano of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

Film tickets for “LACO @ The Movies: An Evening of Disney Silly Symphonies” start at $38 and are available at laco.org or by calling 800 745 3000.  For in-person sales, The Orpheum box office is open on Wednesdays only, 1 to 7 pm.  Exclusive sponsorship packages, including film tickets and a post-film cocktail party and other benefits, begin at $2,500 and can be purchased by calling LACO at 213 622 7001 x 3.  The Orpheum Theatre is located at 842 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
“LACO @ The Movies: An Evening of Disney Silly Symphonies”
Mark Watters, conductor

FEATURED SILLY SYMPHONIES:
The Skeleton Dance (1929)
Flowers and Trees (1932)
Three Little Pigs (1933)
The Country Cousin (1936)
The Old Mill (1937)
The Ugly Duckling (1939)
Music Land (1935)

WHEN/WHERE:
Saturday, June 4, 2016, 7 pm

The Orpheum Theatre
842 South Broadway Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014

PROGRAM, PRICES AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

Credit: LACO. Photo Credit: Jamie Pham.

A Beautiful Planet, Seen From the International Space Station

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Now playing in IMAX theaters, this film is an exploration of Earth and beyond as seen from the International Space Station. Narrated by Jennifer Lawrence and directed by Toni Myers, it is truly a visual treat and also shows the impact that humans have had on Mother Earth. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Torri P. comments, “Every think looks so realistic. It feels like you are in space with the astronauts. All the pictures are stunning. Plus, all the angles and shots taken are perfect.” See her full review below.

A Beautiful Planet

By Kayla Powell, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14

 

A Beautiful Planet is a phenomenal documentary narrated by award winning actress, Jennifer Lawrence. The cinematography is spot-on. Every think looks so realistic. It feels like you are in space with the astronauts. All the pictures are stunning. Plus, all the angles and shots taken are perfect.

This film explores the Earth, as seen from the International Space Station (ISS) by three astronauts apart of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) who spent six months there. They are able to see the effects we humans have made on the planet and explore the galaxy in an attempt to understand the Earth a bit more. At night you can actually see major cities around the world. You also see the different storms taking place on earth. Even though it is not so pleasant when you’re on earth experiencing a storm, from space it looks pretty cool! Surprisingly, there are many places that have storms occurring at the exact same time. It is very interesting to watch. Not only do you get to see the beauty of our planet, you also see the wear and tear we have contributed to it. Who would have thought humans would have such an effect!

The astronauts show us what it is like for them to live in space for an extended period of time as they venture out into space and go about their daily activities.

The part I enjoyed the most is seeing the Earth at night. It is so beautiful. You can really see where everything is, from the oceans to the continents. The whole planet is dark but then you see a many lights and even cities. It is breathtaking!

I recommend this move for ages 5 to 18 and I give it 4 out of 5 golden stars. A Beautiful Planet will be in theaters near you, be sure to check it out.

Credit: KIDS FIRST!

 

SALUTE TO 1980s MUSIC WITH TRIBUTES TO DAVID BOWIE AND PRINCE ADDED TO SLATE OF SIX SUMMER EVENINGS AT THE L.A. ZOO June, July, August and September 2016 Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

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A salute to 1980s music with tributes to David Bowie and Prince has been added to the Roaring Nights lineup in September by the Los Angeles Zoo during its slate of six unforgettable summer evenings, including the popular four-part “Roaring Nights” Summer Music Series and “Brew at the L.A. Zoo,” both for adults only, and “Family Jam at the L.A. Zoo” for youngsters and families.  Guests at all six evenings experience after-hours viewing of popular animal exhibits, up-close encounters with smaller Zoo creatures, music, food and fun.

ROARING NIGHTS AT THE L.A. ZOO, a summer music series open to guests ages 18 and up, kicks off on Friday, June 24, 2016, 7 pm, spotlighting 90s music, followed by three additional Roaring Nights events with all-different lineups on Friday, July 29* (country music), Friday, August 26 (indie rock) and Friday, September 16 (80s music with tributes to David Bowie and Prince).  While full details are set to be announced shortly, each evening features a live band, DJ dance party, food trucks, full-service bars, pop-up zookeeper talks, animal encounters, visits to Zoo animal habitats, a game zone and an “Animal Artistry Paint Party” for guests to paint a favorite animal (or whatever inspiration strikes them) on a small canvas to take home as a souvenir.  Ticket prices are $25, and $22 for Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association members; prices include admission to the Zoo’s special Dinosaurs: Unextinct at the L.A. Zoo exhibit.  For additional event information and to purchase tickets, visit www.lazoo.org/roaringnights.  For questions, call 323-644-6001.  *July 29 date was previously announced as July 22.

On Saturday, July 9, 2016, 6 pm, FAMILY JAM AT THE L.A. ZOO presents family entertainment for all ages featuring live music, dancing, food trucks, up-close encounters with some of the Zoo’s smaller residents, a rare opportunity for youngsters to experience after-hours viewing of popular animal exhibits and more.  Tickets to Family Jam are $25 for adults and $20 for children ages 2 to 12; tickets for Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association members are $22 for adults and $17 for children; prices include admission to the Zoo’s special Dinosaurs: Unextinct at the L.A. Zoo exhibit.  For additional event information and to purchase tickets, visitwww.lazoo.org/familyjam.  For questions, call 323-644-6001..

The 6th Annual BREW AT THE L.A. ZOO on Friday, August 5, 2016, 7 pm, is one of the city’s most popular 21+ events.  Known for beer tasting samples from close to 50 local craft and microbreweries, it also features live music, karaoke, a DJ, pub-style grub, Zookeeper talks, up-close encounters with some of the Zoo’s smaller residents, and visits to animal habitats.  Advance tickets to Brew at the L.A. Zoo are $65, $60 for Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association members, $25 for Designated Drivers (includes free fountain drink refills all evening at four Zoo locations), and $125 for VIP tickets with access to exclusive lounges serving complimentary food and specialty drinks/pours AND early entry to the entire route.  Tickets at the door, if available, are $75, or $70 for Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association members.  For additional event information and to purchase tickets, visit www.lazoo.org/brew.  For questions, call 323-644-6001.

The landmark Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, drawing 1.75 million visitors each year, is home to a diverse collection of 1,100 animals representing 250 different species, many of which are rare or endangered.  Its lush grounds on 113 acres feature the LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles); Elephants of Asia; Campo Gorilla Reserve; Rainforest of the Americas, an extraordinary collection of endangered and exotic mammals, reptiles, fish and amphibians living in spaces that exemplify their natural habitat in the rainforest biosphere; Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel; Chimpanzees of Mahale Mountains, home to one of the largest troops of chimpanzees in the United States; Red Ape Rain Forest, where visitors can walk among orangutans; the Winnick Family Children’s Zoo; one of the largest flocks of flamingos in any zoo in the world; a botanical collection comprising over 800 different plant species with approximately 7,000 individual plants; and much more.  Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), whose members meet rigorous professional standards for animal welfare, the Zoo has achieved renown as an international leader in the preservation of endangered species and a conservation center for the care and study of wildlife.  The private, non-profit Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA), which has supported the Zoo in partnership with the City of Los Angeles for more than five decades and provides funding for and operates seven essential Zoo departments, has 60,000 member households representing more than 240,000 adults and children.  As evidence of the Zoo’s popularity, GLAZA attracts one of the largest membership bases of any cultural organization in Los Angeles.

Programming subject to change.

The Los Angeles Zoo is located at 5333 Zoo Drive in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways.  Plentiful free parking is available for the summer evening events.  For additional information about the Zoo’s summer evening events, www.lazoo.org.  For general information about the Zoo, call (323) 644-4200.

Credit: Los Angeles Zoo. Photo Credit: Jamie Pham.

SIX SUMMER EVENINGS AT THE L.A. ZOO: Bands, Brew and Families, Too! June, July and August 2016 Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

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Sizzling summer nights just got a lot cooler at the Los Angeles Zoo, which brings people together through music, food, craft beer and wildlife at five unforgettable evenings for adults and one for families, including the popular three-part “Roaring Nights” Summer Music Series, “Family Jam at the L.A. Zoo,” and “Brew at the L.A. Zoo.”  Guests at all six evenings will experience after-hours viewing of popular animal exhibits and up-close encounters with smaller creatures.

ROARING NIGHTS AT THE L.A. ZOO, a summer music series open to guests ages 18 and up, kicks off on Friday, June 24, 2016, 7 pm, followed by two additional Roaring Nights events with all-different lineups on Friday, July 22 and Friday, August 26.  Each evening features a live band, DJ dance party, food trucks, full-service bars, pop-up zookeeper talks, animal encounters, visits to Zoo animal habitats and an “Animal Artistry Paint Party” for guests to paint a favorite animal (or whatever inspiration strikes them) on a small canvas to take home as a souvenir.  Ticket prices are $25, and $22 members for Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association members; prices include admission to the Zoo’s special Dinosaurs: Unextinct at the L.A. Zoo exhibit.  To purchase tickets, visitwww.lazoo.org/roaringnights; for more information, call (323) 644-6001.

On Saturday, July 9, 2016, 6 pm, FAMILY JAM AT THE L.A. ZOO presents family entertainment for all ages featuring live music, dancing, food trucks, up-close encounters with some of the Zoo’s smaller residents, a rare opportunity for youngsters to experience after-hours viewing of popular animal exhibits and more.  Tickets to Family Jam are $25 for adults and $20 for children ages 2 to 13; tickets for Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association members are $22 for adults and $17 for children; prices include admission to the Zoo’s special Dinosaurs: Unextinct at the L.A. Zoo exhibit.  To purchase tickets, visit www.lazoo.org/familyjam/; for more information, call(323) 644-6001.

The 6th Annual BREW AT THE L.A. ZOO on Friday, August 5, 2016, 7 pm, open to guests ages 21 and up, is one of the city’s most popular events.  Known for beer tasting samples from close to 50 local craft and microbreweries, it also features music by live bands, karaoke, a DJ, pub-style grub, Zookeeper talks, up-close encounters with some of the Zoo’s smaller residents, and visits to animal habitats.  Tickets to Brew at the L.A. Zoo are $65, $60 for Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association members, $25 for Designated Drivers (includes free fountain drink refills all evening at four Zoo locations), and $125 for VIP tickets with access to exclusive lounges serving complimentary food and specialty drinks/pours AND early entry to the entire route.  To purchase tickets, visit www.lazoo.org/brew; for more information, call (323) 644-6001.

The landmark Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, drawing 1.75 million visitors each year, is home to a diverse collection of 1,100 animals representing 250 different species, many of which are rare or endangered.  Its lush grounds on 113 acres feature the LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles); Elephants of Asia; Campo Gorilla Reserve; Rainforest of the Americas, an extraordinary collection of endangered and exotic mammals, reptiles, fish and amphibians living in spaces that exemplify their natural habitat in the rainforest biosphere; Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel; Chimpanzees of Mahale Mountains, home to one of the largest troops of chimpanzees in the United States; Red Ape Rain Forest, where visitors can walk among orangutans; the Winnick Family Children’s Zoo; one of the largest flocks of flamingos in any zoo in the world; a botanical collection comprising over 800 different plant species with approximately 7,000 individual plants; and much more.  Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), whose members meet rigorous professional standards for animal welfare, the Zoo has achieved renown as an international leader in the preservation of endangered species and a conservation center for the care and study of wildlife.  The private, non-profit Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA), which has supported the Zoo in partnership with the City of Los Angeles for more than five decades and provides funding for and operates seven essential Zoo departments, has 60,000 member households representing more than 240,000 adults and children.  As evidence of the Zoo’s popularity, GLAZA attracts one of the largest membership bases of any cultural organization in Los Angeles.

Programming subject to change.

The Los Angeles Zoo is located at 5333 Zoo Drive in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways.  Plentiful free parking is available for the summer evening events.  For additional information about the Zoo’s summer evening events, call (323) 644-6001.  For general information about the Zoo, call (323) 644-4200www.lazoo.org

Credit: The Los Angeles Zoo. Photo Credit: Jamie Pham.