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Los Angeles

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MUSEUM OF JURASSIC TECHNOLOGY

A visit to the Museum of Jurassic Technology in Culver City is a trip inside a cabinet of curiosities. It is at once a museum and a work of conceptual art. To begin with, the name of the museum is puzzling. The Jurassic Period ended over one hundred million years before the appearance of humanoids or anything that could be considered technology.

Even the museum’s appearance is dubious. The two-story labyrinth interior is veiled behind an unassuming windowless façade. The front door is always locked and you have to ring a bell to enter. Once inside the museum, it is difficult to tell fact from fiction. Some of the museum’s permanent exhibits include: an exhibit on old wives’ tales; a series of halls dedicated to the relationship between an opera singer and a neurophysiologist; a collection of microscopic sculptures and paintings. On the second floor, next to a room devoted to the dogs of the Soviet Space program, is a charming tearoom serving free tea and cookies.

The brilliance of the museum can be summed up in a quote from the museum’s founder, David Wilson: “Confusion can be a very creative state of mind; in fact, confusion can act as a vehicle to open people’s minds. The hard shell of certainty can be shattered…”

9341 Venice Boulevard
Culver City, California 90232
310.836.6131

Suggested Donations:
Adults, $ 5.00
Children aged 12 to 21, $ 3.00
Students in full time education, $ 3.00
Persons 60 years or older, $ 3.00
Unemployed persons, $ 3.00
Disabled Persons $2.00
Active service personnel in uniform $ 2.00
Children under 12, Free

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GRIFFITH PARK

If the traffic, mini-malls and plastic surgery are getting to you, get back to nature in Griffith Park. One of my favorite ways to spend the morning is hiking up one of the park’s many and varied trails. (Trail maps available on the park’s website.) After your hike, head to Trails Café for potato and egg a la Spain and some fresh-squeezed lemonade.

If you have kids, I recommend taking them to Travel Town, an interactive outdoor museum dedicated to railway history. Travel Town is pure heaven for any train-loving kid since they are encouraged to climb around, up and in the old trains. For a romantic evening, Griffith Park offers sunset horseback rides through the park that end at a Mexican restaurant in Burbank. A day spent in Griffith Park is sure to calm even the most jaded traveler.

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Griffith Park
4730 Crystal Springs Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027
323.913.4688

Travel Town
5200 Zoo Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027
323.662.5874

Trails Café
2333 Fern Dell Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90068
323.871.2102

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Eastern Hemisphere- Dia Beacon

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Only a little over an hour away by train, Dia: Beacon is the perfect day trip to escape the city and see not only amazing art, but see it in the most beautiful setting.  It’s located along the Hudson River in the little town of Beacon, NY, and is a very short walk from the Beacon Metro North stop.

The sprawling building was once a carton making and printing plant, but was renovated in 2003 to the gorgeous, loft-like space that it is now. Huge glass windows and skylights let sunlight pour in and show views of the nature around the building, exposed brick and pipes add to the loft-look. I have to admit that I could be looking at almost any art in the building and just be in awe of the space itself. But luckily you get to see modern art by the likes of Richard Serra, Louise Bourgeois, Donald Judd, Andy Warhol, Gerhard Richter and so many more.
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I recommend packing a lunch and eating at the picnic tables on the museum grounds, and breathe in that sweet, less-polluted air. If the farmers market outside the train station is open, you must stop in for a very small, but yummy selection of food.
A round trip ticket to Beacon + museum admission is $27.75 through the MTA.

Photos by William Steinman

Cleveland, Ohio

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University Circle
Located on the east side of the city, University Circle is Cleveland’s cultural hub. It’s anchored by our two civic buildings, the Cleveland Museum of Art and Severance Hall (home of the world-famous Cleveland Orchestra) – both are mandatory stops, but once those obligations are fulfilled, try some mid-day stargazing at the Nathan and Fannye Shafran Planetarium and then find a student recital at the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Mixon Hall. It’s a chance to hear some of the most talented music students in the world playing their hearts out for free in an incredibly lovely space.

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The West Side Market
Anyone who knows anything about Cleveland will tell you to go to the West Side Market, and with good reason; it is the heart of the city. Saturday mornings are the best time to go if you want to people-watch – a cross-section of the city turns out to shop and haggle with their favorite vendors. If you have sharp eyes and get there early, you can spot local chefs buying for their restaurants. As for me, I’d grab a snack (I’m partial to the soft pretzel in the shape of mice at Vera’s Bakery) and head to the upper deck, where you can watch the hustle and bustle below. Once you get good and hungry, head to the West Side Market Cafe – the Market Breakfast is only $2.50, and includes killer hash browns.

At the corner of W. 25th and Lorain
Monday & Wednesday: 7am – 4pm
Friday & Saturday: 7am – 6pm
http://www.westsidemarketcafe.com/

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Beachland Ballroom
I love catching a show here because it reminds me of the multipurpose gymnasium in my middle school. The ballroom is located in a re purposed workman’s hall, complete with wacky murals and a disco ball, and a steady stream of interesting punk, rock, indie, and Americana acts play there. Smaller bands play gigs in the attached tavern, and on Sundays, you can stop by for rock and roll brunch.

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Eastern Hemisphere – Overlooked New York Museums

Two often overlooked museums in NY happen to be really fantastic places to visit, with minimal crowds. First up is The American Folk Art Museum. Situated next door to the MoMA, the art is not only fascinating and wonderful – making you question what exactly constitutes as art and who is considered an artist, but the museum itself is a work of art.

I love the tall skinny building that makes such amazing use of the space they had to build. It’s free from 5:30-7:30 on Fridays, the same time as MoMA, but with a lot less of a crowd to maneuver. But their general admission price of $9 is completely worth it if you can’t make it on a Friday night. Do not miss the Shaker pieces, and of course, Henry Darger.

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The Morgan Library is a gorgeous building with an interesting mix of old and modern, and there’s always a wonderful show going on. Their illuminated manuscripts are breath taking, and I’ve been captivated at shows like Philip Guston: Works on Paper, Illuminating the Medieval Hunt (an amazing show of an old manuscript on medieval hunting), and Drawing Babar. Fridays are free from 7-9pm. Close by is Manhattan’s Little India, so be sure to grab some delicious food afterwards.

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Stockholm

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Stockholm is a city on water – perfect for boattrips, bicycle tours city
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 or walking. A walk along the waterfront is my favourite
pasttime – a wonderful way of seeing the city, here are (in no
particular order) a few suggestions:

Walk I: Starting at City Hall the walk along Norr Mälarstrand gives you a beautiful view of Södermalm;

Walk II: Hammarby sjöstad is close to where I live and has become somewhat of a favourite walk –take the Tvärbana to Sickla Kaj, walk along the water until you reach the library from where you can jump on the (free) boat that takes you across the water to Södermalm;

Hammarby Sjostad

Hammarby Sjostad

Walk III: walk around Skeppsholmen and admire all the old ships and
see the voluptuous sculptures by Niki de Saint Phalle;

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Skeppsholmen

Walk IV: Djurgården is difficult to miss, what with Skansen and the Vasa museum being located there…It’s also a wonderful green breathing space where Rosendals trädgård is located, this lovely space (and very popular)has greenhouses filled with flowers, bread, ceramics and plants for sale as well as a great café and garden where you can have a picnic. When you’re tired of walking, take on of the local buses and get a tour of Stockholm. The blue buses – no 1, no 3 and number 4 cover quite a lot of the city centre.

Rosendals Tradgard

Rosendals Tradgard

Rosendals Tradgard

Rosendals Tradgard

Rosendals Tradgard

Rosendals Tradgard

Fjäderholmarna
If you visit Stockholm in the summer it’s an absolute must to take a
trip out into the archipelago. It doesn’t have to be far – Fjäderholmarna is only a 20 minute boat ride away. Further away is Fejanwith a great youth hostel and excellent restaurant. You can rent a kajak and explore further.

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Fjaderholmarna

Fjaderholmarna

Fjaderholmarna

 

Frejan Vandrarhem

Frejan Vandrarhem

Fejan

Fejan

 

Fejan Krog

Fejan Krog

New York City

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 Cooper Hewitt Museum

 

Set in the gorgeous Carnegie Mansion, the modern, inspirational and extremely well-curated shows of the Cooper-Hewitt look almost surreal in their surroundings.  Recent exhibits have focused on table settings, “extreme” textiles, staircases, and the always-popular Design Triennial. I always appreciate their fresh approach to exhibiting design- an exhibit on fashion a few years ago was organized by color showed Victorian gowns next to John Gallianos.

The building itself is beautiful and in the warmer months, you can sit out on their back lawn and pretend you’re in an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel. Don’t miss the gift shop, a cut above most museum shops and filled with the best books, gifts and tabletop design. Admission is free on Tuesday evenings from 5 to 9 pm.

2 E 91st St

(between 5th Ave & Madison Ave)

New York, NY 10128

(212) 849-8300

4, 5, 6 to 86th St.

 

by Kayte Terry

A bicycle built for two hundred pounds of goods at the show Design for the Other 90%

The façade of the building was covered in flowers for the most recent Design Triennial.

The façade of the building was covered in flowers for the most recent Design Triennial.

Etsy Labs

 

You would probably have to be hiding under a rock to not know about Etsy but did you know that you can visit the Etsy Labs every Monday for Craft Night? On any given Monday at Craft Night you might learn how to block print your own gift wrap, make lip balm or create your own zine.

Or just show up with a project, hang out with some cool people and craft the night away. Can’t make it on a Monday night? The Church of Craft also hosts a crafty afternoon on Sunday from 2 pm to 6pm.

325 Gold Street, 3rd Floor (between Flatbush Ave and Johnson St)

Brooklyn NY, 11201

M, R to Lawrence St.

A, C, F to Jay St.

2, 3 to Hoyt St.

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Learn how to make anything and everything at the Etsy Labs.

Learn how to make anything and everything at the Etsy Labs.

Roosevelt Island Tramway

There’s something very surreal about riding a tram over the East River, but with one swipe of your Metrocard, you can do just that. In a city filled with transportation options, The Roosevelt Island Tram is definitely the most interesting and the views can’t be beat! Soaring over the city streets, the Queensboro Bridge and the river, the city skyline looks almost unreal and miniature. If you have time, take a tour around with the Roosevelt Island Historical Walk and learn a little bit of the history of this strange and tiny island.

Tram Plaza, 60th Street and 2nd Avenue

New York, NY  

(212) 832-4543

N, R, W to Lexington Ave-59th St.

4, 5, 6 to Broadway-59th St.

Even a drizzly winter day can’t eclipse the sights from the Roosevelt Island Tram.

Even a drizzly winter day can’t eclipse the sights from the Roosevelt Island Tram.

 

 

 

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Proteus Gowanus
Down an alley off Nevins Street, just across the Gowanus River, there is a golden arm hanging above a door that leads you into one of the coolest galleries in Brooklyn. Proteus Gowanus is an interdisciplinary gallery and reading room, a collaborative project that exhibits art, artifacts and books (or a combination of all three!) that revolve around an annual theme.

This year, the theme is MEND, a concept that, according to the collective, can run from “mending a piece of fabric to solving global problems…at a time when ‘fixing things’, from the mundane to the profound, can seem increasingly out of reach.”
The reading room is a quiet comfortable place for paging through their amazing collection of art books plus rare and used books for sale.

543 Union Street
Brooklyn NY
11215
718-243-1572

R to Union St.
F/G to Carrol St.

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Hawaii

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Ka‘iwi Scenic Shoreline | Kalani‘anaole Highway

Sure there’s the marked trail that takes you on a hike to some spectacular aerial views. But what most people won’t tell you is that there is another path that leads you to a secret beach. At the request of many of my local friends, I won’t give away too much besides these two pictures and two tips.

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Tip 1: The trail is off to the right of the parking lot.

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Tip 2: If you get to the black sand, you’re almost there.

Diamond Head Lookout | Diamond Head Road

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Diamond Head

After a run around Kapi‘olani Park, I love walking up to this lookout to catch my breath. The seemingly endless Pacific Ocean paired with the gentle tradewinds is incredibly soothing – I could sit here for hours!

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The lookout at sunset is also not to be missed. And this place isn’t hard to find, if you’re coming from Waikiki, just drive up Diamond Head Road and look for people gawking.

Pipeline

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If you visit Hawai‘i during the winter, when the waves on the North Shore reach its peak, be sure to drive down to Pipeline and check it out!

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There are lots of places to see, eat and shop at in this surf town, so stay the whole day!