Happy Birthday, Maurice Sendak!Thanks for all the stories and showing us that a little imagination can go a long way! To celebrate, you must do three things today:
1. Check out today’s Google Doodle
2. Learn about Sendak’s life
3. Listen to Sendak read ‘Where the Wild Things Are’
Also check out the touring exhibition “Maurice Sendak: 50 Years, 50 Works, 50 Reasons,” which is currently hosted by the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco until July 7.
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War photography, stretching from 1887 to now
Collected by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY takes a look at more than 150 photos from wars following the advent of photography, from the horrors found on the field to the jubilant safe returns home.
The exhibit will be hosted by the Annenberg Space for Photography starting Saturday, March 23 through June 2 with free admission.
Photos: Dmitri Baltermants / Russian Photo Association, Al Chang, W. Eugene Smith / Black Star, Susan Meiselas / Magnum Photos, Sal Veder / Associated Press
Maurice Sendak’s work hits the road
An exhibition featuring the work of the late beloved children’s author Sendak will be making its debut at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations for his landmark book “Where the Wild Things Are.”
Featured are drawings and images relating to his work, but also some early, previously unseen work:
There are eight signed watercolor and ink illustrations of scenes from William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” that he made as a 16-year-old in Brooklyn who wanted to avoid flunking English. Leigh said Sendak’s teacher couldn’t get him to speak up in class or write essays, but she’d noticed he was always drawing and told him he could earn a grade with his artwork.
Borislav Stanic’s “Museum Companion to Los Angeles” — a comprehensive manual on museums and related attractions — reveals L.A. in all its quirks. Mike Boehm writes:
The guide covers 263 sites, which Stanic says is more than any other city in the world; he says New York has about 230.
That L.A. is a mega-county, and not a mere city, perhaps makes the comparison a bit oranges to apples, but of course that’s just part of its hard-to-get-a-grasp-on quality.
The 287-page book covers all the mainline attractions, with descriptions, photos, visitor information and, sometimes, floor plans.
Photo: The California crime room at the Museum of Death in Hollywood. Credit: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times
Several animal parks and museums in the Western U.S. offer a look at nature’s creatures and their habitat, along with a lesson in their history. As a bonus, there are nature trails and parks nearby for more exploring.
Photo: A giraffe roams Palm Desert’s Living Desert, where the grounds are easily walked and there’s a narrated tram tour. Credit: Living Desert
Time for a field trip!
Interested in checking out some of LA’s museums but can’t scrape up enough change to go? Check out this handy schedule that lists which museums around Los Angeles offer up free days for visitors.
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