Hollywood Dogs – from Rin Tin Tin to Uggie

Featuring author Susan Orlean, animal trainers Sarah Clifford and Omar von Muller and a screening of “Clash of the Wolves” (1925) starring Rin Tin Tin, with live musical accompaniment by Michael Mortilla.

“Man’s Best Friend” has gotten a wonderful publicity boost from the movies. Canine cinema mythology has enhanced human appreciation of a dog’s loyalty, heroism, humor and intelligence from the earliest days of film with such immediate audience favorites as “Rescued by Rover” (1905) and “The Whole Dam Family and the Dam Dog” (1905).

More than any other four-legged actor, the dog has achieved a unique stardom with such long-lasting box office stars as Strongheart, Teddy, Lassie, Pete the Pup, Benji and particularly Rin Tin Tin. The original Rinty (there would be several over the years) was rescued in Germany during World War I by a U.S. soldier who would mold him for Hollywood stardom, resulting in his becoming one of the biggest box office draws of the late 1920s. The popularity of Rinty’s films would practically underwrite a struggling studio known as Warner Bros. and afford a young writer named Darryl F. Zanuck some of his earliest success.

Join Susan Orlean, author of The Orchid Thief and Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend, for an evening of photographs, film clips, behind-the-scenes secrets and surprises featuring more dogs than you can throw a stick for. No pawtographs, please!

Event Information

Wednesday, June 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Samuel Goldwyn Theater
8949 Wilshire Boulevard – Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Ticketed seating is unreserved.

Tickets

$5 general admission/$3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID (limit 2 at the discounted price) – Tickets

via Oscars.org

SimCity 2013 – goes green with limited resources, pollution, and sustainable principles

Any computer gamer old enough to remember floppy disks probably paid at least a fleeting visit to SimCity, the legendary franchise that let players build — and destroy — the metropolises of their imaginations. After passing through half a dozen incarnations in the two decades since its debut, the game is back, and its creator, Maxis Studios, says that this time, it’s putting more than bricks and mortar into the mix.

Slated for release in 2013, the new SimCity invites players to grapple with tough choices about energy generation, environmental costs and the responsibilities shouldered by inhabitants of a planet with finite resources — choices faced by real policymakers on the very real planet Earth.

To the game’s original repertoire of fire stations and governor’s mansions, power lines and city budgets, Maxis is adding a cocktail of new challenges, including limited resources and the spillover effects of pollution.

more on the “green” design of the gameScientific American

 
The official trailer, which doesn’t contain any reference to the pollution or green aspects, just natural disasters:

 
// Thx to Nasry Al-Haddad

Attack of the mosquito robots – nano insects!

I found these beautiful (and scary) pictures of mosquito robots in Google+ on Rod Borghese’s page. I’m positive the bottom three are concept designs made in photoshop, but that first one looks awfully real…

 

Kickstarter to provide more funding for arts than NEA

Kickstarter is having an amazing year, even by the standards of other white hot Web startup companies, and more is yet to come.

(The Start-up) is on track to distribute over $150 million dollars to its users’ projects in 2012, or more than entire fiscal year 2012 budget for the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA), which was $146 million.

“Our entire lifetime funding is about $150 million,” said Strickler, “But $99 million was pledged last year alone.”

via Idea Lab

Broadway in Orange County at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts

The other day I was walking through South Coast Plaza and saw the most amazing advertisement: Cats, Blue Man Group, American Idiot, Les Misérables, Shrek the Musical.

I stopped in awe and saw that all these plays were right here in my home town, Orange County, playing at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

The center, formerly called the Orange County Center for Performing Arts, changed its name this year in honor of the Segerstrom family who has donated millions ($200+ million) to make the center a world-class draw.

The photos alone make it worth a visit.

Tickets for the broadway shows are as little as $45 for three shows. There are also custom season tickets packages where you can mix-match (with a 20% discount) for cabaret, jazz, dance, classical, theater, family and special shows.

Here is the 2011-2012 Broadway Schedule:

  • Shrek the Musical – Oct 4-16, 2011
  • Riverdance – Oct 28-30, 2011
  • Blue Man Group – Nov 8-20, 2011
  • White Christmas – Dec 13, 2011-Jan 1, 2012
  • Cats – Jan 17-22, 2012
  • Come Fly Away – Jan 31-Feb 5, 2012
  • Traces – Feb 28-Mar 4, 2012
  • Million Dollar Quartet – Apr 24-May 6, 2012
  • American Idiot – May 29-Jun 3, 2012
  • Les Misérables – Jun 12-24, 2012
  • La Cage Aux Folles – Jul 24-Aug 5, 2012


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