San Diego’s Natural History museum opens its drawers to public

San Diego’s Natural History museum opens its drawers to public

Nov 14, 2017

Like most museums, the Nat in Balboa Park has far more specimens in its collection than it could ever put on display. So on Nov. 18 it’s opening a new exhibition it’s billing as “cool stuff from storage.”   Stuff like the jaw from a giant sperm whale. A 20-foot-long skin from an anaconda. A wall of skulls. “Most visitors don’t get to see our treasure trove — rows upon rows of shelves, drawers and crates holding millions of plant and animal specimens,” Judy Gradwohl, president and CEO of the natural history museum, said in a statement. “A look behind the scenes in our storage areas is like a cross-section of the diversity of nature itself.” Formally titled “Unshelved,” the exhibit is drawn from the 8 million items the museum has been collecting since it was established by a small group of citizen scientists in 1874. Although the museum’s research focus is on Southern California and Baja California, some items in the collection come from all over the world, which is why the new exhibit will include an emperor penguin and huge bats, as well as taxidermied birds, tiny beetles, gems and minerals. Some of the specimens have never been exhibited before, according to museum officials. “Unshelved,” located on Level Two, will be in place for two years. The exhibit is included with the price of admission. The museum also has two companion events scheduled. Its monthly Family Day, Nov. 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., will feature hands-on activities and crafts for kids. On Nov. 21, at 7 p.m., museum scientists will discuss their favorite items from storage in an event called “What’s In Our Drawers.” Admission requires a separate ticket. The museum calls itself the second-oldest scientific institution in California and the third-oldest west of the Mississippi. It’s open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m, daily (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas)....

Tribute to The Beatles and John Lennon at CEART Mexicali

Tribute to The Beatles and John Lennon at CEART Mexicali

Nov 8, 2017

For all fans of the Liverpool quartet, this Friday, November 10, the Institute of Culture of Baja California (ICBC) will present a tribute to The Beatles and John Lennon with the Beatlepool & John Leo group at the Plaza de las Artes of CEART in Mexicali. Beatlepool is a Mexican group formed in 2010, which is dedicated to making a tribute to The Beatles. It is conformed by Iván Rodríguez, Benjamín Ramos, Luis Díaz, Jorge Yepiz and Jordy Diaz. The aim of this group is to present a show based on the work of The Beatles, from the “Beatlemania (1964)” to the end of the group (1969). We have done very well with John Leo (Leonel Ibarra) John Lennon’s impersonator, who due to his great resemblance to Lennon, has starred in several television commercials, and participated in TV Azteca’s program “Soy tu doble” where he obtained third place at National level, says Iván Rodríguez. In addition, he says that with this show they have had the opportunity to participate in different stages around town, as well as in Tijuana and San Diego at the House of Blues. The concert will take place at the Plaza de las Artes of CEART on Friday, November 10, starting at 7:00 p.m., admission $ 100 pesos. Tickets are on sale at the CEART reception. Reports at (686) 553 69 55 ext. 101. Source: San Diego...

Jennifer Lopez to star on “Rosarito Beach” TV series that involves Baja

Jennifer Lopez to star on “Rosarito Beach” TV series that involves Baja

Nov 5, 2017

CBS has put in development Rosarito Beach, a comedic drama from Jennifer Lopezand Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas’ Nuyorican Productions and Universal Television. Created by Nick Weiss and Isaac Laskin with Matt Lopez supervising and showrunning, Rosarito Beach is described as a light one-hour procedural that will challenge cultural assumptions. It pairs a disgraced, loose cannon female attorney from California with an ambitious, tightly wound Latino lawyer who is intent on building his practice in San Diego, taking on cases that straddle the U.S./Mexican legal systems. Goldsmith-Thomas, Jennifer Lopez and Benny Medina executive produce alongside Weiss and Matt Lopez, while Laskin is co-executive producer. Nuyorican’s recently appointed head of development, Kristel Laiblin, is overseeing for the company. Universal TV, where Nuyorican is under an overall deal, is the studio. Universal TV/Universal TV Alternative Studio also produce the Lopez-starring drama series Shades of Blue and dancing competition series World of Dance. Laskin is with Brillstein Entertainment Partners; Weiss with UTA; Matt Lopez with WME....

Mexicans González Iñárritu and Lubezki awarded special Oscar

Mexicans González Iñárritu and Lubezki awarded special Oscar

Nov 3, 2017

According to El Universal the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on October 27 they have decided to award a special Oscar to Mexican filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu and Mexican cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki for “Carne y Arena” (Flesh and Sand), a project that delves into the territory of virtual reality (VR). The Academy said they decided to present the award to recognize a “visionary and powerful experience in storytelling.” It seems this is the first special Oscar awarded since the one granted to “Toy Story” in 1996. According to a statement by John Bailey, president of the Academy, Iñárritu and Lubezki “opened for us new doors of cinematic perception.” After working previously in the “Revenant” (2015) and “Birdman” (2014), Iñárritu and Lubezki partnered once more but this time to build an artistic VR experience where they place the spectator at the heart of the realities of the illegal immigrants who cross the U.S.-Mexico border. For seven minutes, the spectator becomes part of the drama of immigration, which is brought to life based on the life stories of several immigrants Iñárritu gathered. The filmmaker presented “Carne y Arena” in the latest edition of the Cannes Film Festival. Those who enter the VR installation must do so barefooted since the ground is covered in sand and this physical contact allows for an easier transition to a reality which is far-removed for many. “Virtual reality is everything cinema isn’t,” said Iñárritu during a restricted press conference in Cannes, “It’s the birth of a completely different model. Maybe an eighth art,” he claimed. The Academy will present the statuettes to Iñárritu and Lubezki during the gala celebration of the Honorary Awards November 11, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at the Hollywood & Highland Center. Also set to be honored during this ceremony are the filmmakers Agnès Varda and Charles Burnett, actor Donald Sutherland, and cinematographer Owen Roizman. “Carne y Arena” is currently on display at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, in the United States, at the Parada Foundation in Milan, and at the Cultural Center Tlatelolco in México....

Movie theaters will spill marijuana smoke during “The Beach Bum” feature presentations

Movie theaters will spill marijuana smoke during “The Beach Bum” feature presentations

Oct 25, 2017

Singular filmmaker Harmony Korine has some high hopes for his latest feature, though fans of the indie auteur hoping to enjoy the full scope of his vision might have to travel a little further afield to enjoy it as it was meant to be seen. Or, more appropriately, smelled.  In a new interview with Telerama (via The Playlist), Korine opens up about an ambitious — and delightfully bonkers — plan to really steep his audience in the next film, the stoner comedy “The Beach Bum,” set to star Matthew McConaughey and Snoop Dogg in a Cheech and Chong-esque misadventure. In short: Korine wants to get you high. Literally. “It’s a comedy with Matthew McConaughey and Snoop Dogg, about somewhat depressive marijuana smokers, in the spirit of Cheech and Chong,” Korine said in the new interview. “The action takes place in Key West, in the extreme south of Florida.” Fair enough, we’re along for this ride, sounds fun, and what a cast. But just wait for it. Source:...

Alex Lora: Rock and roll chronics that opened doors to freedom of speech

ALFREDO AZCARATE VARELA THE BAJA POST/EDITOR Alejandro Lora keeps on Rolling and he doesn’t give a s**t (as he says), fifty albums, almost as many songs written as Juan Gabriel (a prolific Mexican songwriter) and he’s grateful with God for the affection that people feel for his songs and (why hot?) to him and his people, Alex and his group EL TRI, were in Mexicali as part of the October Cultural festival 2017, organized by the Culture Institute of Baja California. The TRI as the rest of Mexican rock and roll after Avandaro festival (1971), survived underground, almost clandestine, when being a rock and roller was almost like being a “narco-satanic”, but I had gigs and promoted my recordings, I just performed whenever they hired me and then I tolde them that was my new album and sold it and that is how I promoted my art for years”, says Alex, backstage in his Mexicali concert, October 21. The TRI played in the “Island of the Stars” in Mexicali, gave an epic performance, almost three hours of music and memories for all those who have followed him over all his career, his music approaches all social and age groups, there are EL TRI fans where less expected and it has been a long 49 year career, several musicians have come and gone since the name was THREE SOULS IN MY MIND and then in the beginnings of the 80’s changes his name to EL TRI, following a path that has left a relevant legacy for freedom of speech. With his criticism to the Government and his sometimes cursing manners and language, Lora opened the door of free speech to many people (artists and others) within a frame of tolerance towards criticism and sarcasm, giving voice to all those who felt speechless, critique that aimed the “powers that be” in its different faces and forms, Lora has been turning into an important part of Mexican culture and folk, from his own interpretation and reading of a genre such as rock and roll. El TRI has given identity to Mexican rock, says Alex, “when we were starting, everyone wanted to be like some foreign rockers and...