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LA County will align with state on post-June 15 coronavirus mask policies

Los Angeles County health officials reiterated Wednesday, June 9, that they will fully align with the state’s newly announced guidelines for mask-wearing when the bulk of California’s coronavirus restrictions are lifted next week. And with the lifting of restrictions just days away, local authorities again pushed the availability of financial and entertainment incentives for people who get vaccinated — but the clock is ticking. Through Thursday, anyone who gets a first-dose vaccine at a Los Ange...
Tags: Health, News, Education, California, Cdc, Washington, Government, Los Angeles, Walmart, Sport, Soccer, Long Beach, Community, Pasadena, Health And Human Services, Jpl


Freddie Mercury & Rami Malek’s Live Aid Performance: A Side-By-Side Comparison

All Hollywood musicals need a big final set piece, one final rousing number to bring all the narrative threads back together, and provide redemption to our fallen hero. Bohemian Rhapsody, the 2018 biopic about Freddie Mercury and the band Queen, uses Live Aid as its final number. We’ve written elsewhere about how this was not really the final hurrah for the band, nor was this some kind of triumphant return after years in the Wilderness. (“Radio Gaga” and “I Want to Break Free” had been i...
Tags: Google, Music, Hollywood, College, Bob Geldof, Queen, Wembley, Freddie Mercury, Bryan Singer, George, Facebook Twitter, Rami Malek, Malek, KCRW, Brendan Fletcher, Brian May Gwilym Lee


3D Print 18,000 Famous Sculptures, Statues & Artworks: Rodin’s Thinker, Michelangelo’s David & More

To recent news stories about 3D printed guns, prosthetics, and homes, you can add Scan the World’s push to create “an ecosystem of 3D printable objects of cultural significance.” Items that took the ancients untold hours to sculpt from marble and stone can be reproduced in considerably less time, provided you’ve got the technology and the know-how to use it. Since we last wrote about this free, open source initiative in 2017, Scan the World has added Google Arts and Culture to the many cult...
Tags: Google, Art, Photography, Technology, College, China, India, History, World, David, Austria, Vienna, Paris, Beethoven, Rodin, Facebook Twitter


30,000 People Line Up for the First McDonald’s in Moscow, While Grocery Store Shelves Run Empty (1990)

Everyone has waited in a long line — for burgers, Broadway tickets, Black Friday sales… But few us have the notorious queuing resilience of the Soviets. “When the first McDonald’s arrived in Moscow in 1990, the city went mad,” Boris Egorov writes at Russia Beyond. “Thousands of Muscovites flocked to the new burger joint, forming lines several kilometers long in the center of Moscow on Pushkinskaya Square.” On its first day, the restaurant obliterated the previous record for most McDonald...
Tags: Google, Washington Post, College, Russia, America, History, Budapest, Food & Drink, Broadway, Pizza Hut, Moscow, Andy Warhol, Mikhail Gorbachev, Cbc, Soviet Union, McDonald


Critics Celebrate Two-Lane Blacktop, the 1971 Existential Road-Movie Masterpiece by Monte Hellman (RIP), Starring James Taylor & Dennis Wilson

The road movie has long since proven itself as one of the great American cultural forms, not least by capturing the imagination of other societies, no matter how distant or different. As New York Times critic A.O. Scott declares in the video above, “one of the finest road movies, and perhaps the purest of them all, is Monte Hellman’s Two-Lane Blacktop.” In his original 1971 review of the film, a Roger Ebert described Hellman as “an American director whose work is much prized by the Frenc...
Tags: Google, Film, College, Washington, Beach Boys, Roger Ebert, New York Times, James Bond, James Taylor, Dennis Hopper, New Mexico, Woody Allen, Seoul, Taylor, Tom, Scott


Critics Celebrate Two-Lane Blacktop, the 1971 Existential Road-Movie Masterpiece by Monte Hellman (RIP), Starring James Tayler & Dennis Wilson

The road movie has long since proven itself as one of the great American cultural forms, not least by capturing the imagination of other societies, no matter how distant or different. As New York Times critic A.O. Scott declares in the video above, “one of the finest road movies, and perhaps the purest of them all, is Monte Hellman’s Two-Lane Blacktop.” In his original 1971 review of the film, a Roger Ebert described Hellman as “an American director whose work is much prized by the Frenc...
Tags: Google, Film, College, Washington, Beach Boys, Roger Ebert, New York Times, James Bond, James Taylor, Dennis Hopper, New Mexico, Woody Allen, Seoul, Taylor, Tom, Scott


Watch a Newly-Restored Peter Gabriel-Era Genesis Concert Film From 1973 in Stunning 4K Quality

There are two late-20th century rock bands named Genesis and both of them featured Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford, and Tony Banks. The second Genesis we know of as one of the biggest-selling bands of all time and authors of such massive hits as “Land of Confusion,” “In Too Deep,” and “Throwing It All Away.” The first we may not know at all, except indirectly by way of its frontman, Peter Gabriel, better known as… solo artist Peter Gabriel. One reason Genesis, the second, is more famous th...
Tags: Google, Music, England, College, Mtv, Paris, Broadway, Kate Bush, Rolling Stone, Collins, Bataclan, Facebook Twitter, Peter Gabriel, Gabriel, Josh Jones, Steve Hackett


Watch “Hi-Fi-Fo-Fum,” a Short Satirical Film About the Invention of the Audiophile (1959)

Sometime in the mid-1990s, my father gave me his hi-end, hi-fi stereo system from the mid-1970s: a vacuum tube-powered amplifier, pair of stereo speakers in walnut cabinets, and a turntable. Heavy, bulky, and built with hardly an ounce of plastic between them, these components lacked all of the functionality we look for in consumer audio today: no 4K HDMI, no Bluetooth, no surround sound of any kind. As such features became de rigeur, my stereo migrated to the closet, piece by piece, then out th...
Tags: Google, Music, Television, College, Bbc, Facebook Twitter, Josh Jones, Ted Gioia, Durham NC Follow, Typewriters Electric Shavers, Cadeddu, Audiophilia, Lucio Cadeddu


Hear Joni Mitchell’s Earliest Recording, Rediscovered After More than 50 Years

How excited would you be to listen to a recording, made at an AM radio station in 1963, labeled “JONI ANDERSON AUDITION TAPE”? If you know much about the singer-songwriters of the mid-20th century, you’d be quite excited indeed. For Joni Anderson is none other than Joni Mitchell, who under that married name would go on to become one of the most influential solo performers to come out of the folk-music scene. Not that she prized the designation that thus accompanied her to stardom: “I was...
Tags: Google, Music, California, College, Toronto, Joni Mitchell, Seoul, Anderson, Mitchell, Saskatoon, Facebook Twitter, Colin Marshall, 21st Century Los Angeles, Bob Dylan Roger McGuinn Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Anderson, Barry Bowman


Godzilla, Kong, et al: Stupid Fun or Channeling Deep Fears? Pretty Much Pop: A Culture Podcast #90

https://podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/traffic.libsyn.com/secure/partiallyexaminedlife/PMP_90_4-17-21.mp3 What’s the meaning behind the continued international popularity of kaiju media in which giant creatures stomp on cities and beat each other up? Is this just pro wrestling drama with special effects, or does it relate to deep-seated feelings of helplessness in the face of natural disasters? Perhaps both? Your Pretty Much Pop hosts Mark Linsenmayer, Erica Spyres, and Brian Hirt reflect on ...
Tags: Google, Japan, Podcasts, Film, College, Godzilla, Facebook Twitter, Kong, Owen Gleiberman, Godzilla Kong, Brian Solomon, Darren Mooney, Pretty Much Pop, Mark Linsenmayer Erica Spyres, Brian Hirt, The Top


Watch the “Greatest Juggler of the Ages,” Frances Brunn, Perform His “Painfully Exciting” Juggling Routine (1969)

When John Ringling North, then president of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, saw a pair of German  jugglers and acrobats perform in Spain, he immediately invited them to join “the Greatest Show on Earth.” A brother and sister team, Francis and Lottie Brunn would astonish audiences. In 1950, theater critic Brooks Atkinson called Francis “the greatest juggler of the ages. Not many people in the world are as perfectly adjusted as Mr. Brunn is. He will never have to visit a psychia...
Tags: Google, England, Television, College, White House, Spain, Dance, Creativity, New York Times, Francis, Palace, Eisenhower, Alexander Calder, Judy Garland, Martin, Facebook Twitter


How Frank Lloyd Wright’s Son Invented Lincoln Logs, “America’s National Toy” (1916)

How many architectural careers have been kindled by Lincoln Logs? Since their invention in the mid-1910s, these deceptively simple wooden building blocks have entertained generations of children, whichever profession they entered upon growing up. I myself have fond memories of playing with Lincoln Logs, which, with about 70 years of history already behind them, were a venerable playtime institution, not that I knew it at the time. I certainly had no idea that they’d been invented by th...
Tags: Google, College, America, History, Architecture, United States, Tokyo, John, Seoul, Frank Lloyd Wright, Lincoln Logs, Wright, Facebook Twitter, Oak Park Illinois, Imperial Hotel, John Lloyd Wright


Watch Metallica Play “Enter Sandman” Before a Crowd of 1.6 Million in Moscow, During the Final Days of the Soviet Union (1991)

In the years following the collapse of the Soviet Union a “triumphalist discourse” arose in the U.S., writes historian Richard Sakwa, “which suggests that the Soviet demise was a deliberate act plotted and executed by president Ronald Reagan” with massive military budgets and nuclear threats. This narrative has less exclusive currency today. There are as many theories as theorists of Soviet demise, among them the “compelling argument,” says Jim Brown, producer of a documentary called Fre...
Tags: Google, Music, Time Warner, College, Gorbachev, Atlantic, Ronald Reagan, Mtv, New York Times, Metallica, Moscow, Cia, Motley Crue, Soviet Union, Brown, Facebook Twitter


Amazon Is Giving Away 10 Free Kindle eBooks for World Book Day (Until April 24)

FYI: You can download 10 free international ebooks as part of Amazon’s free giveaway for World Book Day. Writes CNET: World Book Day is on April 23 and to celebrate the day, alternatively referred to as World Book and Copyright Day or International Day of the Book, Amazon is  giving away 10 Kindle ebooks  from around the world. You must have an Amazon account to download them and a Kindle, Amazon Fire tablet or the Kindle app on a smartphone, tablet or PC to read them, but there don’t appear to...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Deals, Facebook, College, E-books, Facebook Twitter, Book Amazon


The Beautiful, Innovative & Sometimes Dark World of Animated Soviet Propaganda (1925-1984)

Growing up, we assembled our worldview from several different sources: parents, siblings, classmates. But for most of us, wherever and whenever we passed our formative years, nothing shaped our early perceptions of life as vividly, and as thoroughly, as cartoons — and this is just as Lenin knew it would be. “With the establishment of the Soviet Union in 1922,” writes New York Times film critic Dave Kehr, “Lenin proclaimed the cinema the most important of all the arts, presumably for its ...
Tags: Google, Politics, Film, College, Disney, History, West, Animation, New York Times, Seoul, Voice, Soviet Union, Facebook Twitter, Lenin, V Club, Perestroika


Watch 4 Music Videos That Bring to Life Songs from Leonard Cohen’s Final Album, Thanks for the Dance

Leonard Cohen’s You Want It Darker is a bleak masterpiece. Released just 19 days before his death, the album sounds like a warning from beyond, one Cohen seemed to know we’d never heed. His sympathy for human failure reached its denouement in the posthumous Thanks for the Dance, a project “much less apocalyptic” in tone than its predecessor, writes Thomas Hobbs at NME. Unlike many a posthumous album, “this point of difference more than justifies the record’s release,” even if the materia...
Tags: Google, Music, College, Npr, Leonard Cohen, Nme, Cohen, Facebook Twitter, Dylan, Adam, Josh Jones, Durham NC Follow, Leonard Cohen David Bowie, Thomas Hobbs, Javier Mas, Beck Feist Bryce Dessner


Watch 4 Music Videos for Songs from Leonard Cohen’s Final Album, Thanks for the Dance

Leonard Cohen’s You Want It Darker is a bleak masterpiece. Released just 19 days before his death, the album sounds like a warning from beyond, one Cohen seemed to know we’d never heed. His sympathy for human failure reached its denouement in the posthumous Thanks for the Dance, a project “much less apocalyptic” in tone than its predecessor, writes Thomas Hobbs at NME. Unlike many a posthumous album, “this point of difference more than justifies the record’s release,” even if the materia...
Tags: Google, Music, College, Npr, Leonard Cohen, Nme, Cohen, Facebook Twitter, Dylan, Adam, Josh Jones, Durham NC Follow, Leonard Cohen David Bowie, Thomas Hobbs, Javier Mas, Beck Feist Bryce Dessner


How Pixar’s Movement Animation Became So Realistic: The Technological Breakthroughs Behind the Animation

More than a quarter-century ago, Toy Story made Pixar Animation Studios into a household name. Nobody had ever seen a computer-animated feature of such high quality before — indeed, nobody had ever seen a computer-animated feature at all. Though the movie succeeded on many more levels than as a proof of technological concept, it also showed great ingenuity in finding narrative materials suited to the capabilities of CGI at the time, which could render figures of plastic and cloth (or, as...
Tags: Google, Film, College, Animation, Pixar Animation Studios, Pixar, Seoul, Cgi, Facebook Twitter, Colin Marshall, 21st Century Los Angeles, Pixar Khan Academy Pixar Khan Academy, Pixar Based, Facebook How Pixar


Time-Lapse Video Reveals Humanity’s Impact on the Earth Since 1984

Google has worked with experts at Carnegie Mellon University’s CREATE Lab to develop a time-lapse feature within Google Earth, which allows you to see firsthand the changes to our planet since 1984. In the biggest update to Google Earth since 2017, you can now see our planet in an entirely new dimension — time. With Timelapse in Google Earth, 24 million satellite photos from the past 37 years have been compiled into an interactive 4D experience. Now anyone can watch time unfold and witne...
Tags: Google, Facebook, College, Environment, Google Earth, Carnegie Mellon University, Facebook Twitter, Jane Goodall


Watch Radiohead Perform In Rainbows & The King of Limbs in Intimate Live Settings, with No Host or Audience

Over the past twenty years Radiohead managed to achieve something no other rock band ever has: enduring outsider art rock credibility that shielded them from the media machinery they came to loathe at the end of the millennium, and enduring popularity that meant they could drop their last, 2016 LP, A Moon Shaped Pool “without doing a single interview and it still topped the charts all over the world,” Rolling Stone writes,” even if Drake and Beyonce kept them stuck at Number Three in Ame...
Tags: Google, Music, Beyonce, College, America, Radiohead, Drake, Thom Yorke, Ross, Alex Ross, Facebook Twitter, Selway, Josh Jones, Nigel Godrich, Durham NC Follow, Phil Selway


The Digital Lomax Archive Provides Free Access to the Pioneering Recordings of John & Alan Lomax, Compiled Across 7 Decades

The work of ethnomusicologist father and son team John and Alan Lomax was intended to preserve the local musical cultures of the United States and regions around the world against an encroaching mass media threatening to erase them. But the thousands of Lomax recordings, films, books, articles, and other documents not only conserved regional music; they also helped transform mass culture by introducing local forms that have since become part of a global musical grammar. Lomax and his son...
Tags: Google, Music, New York, Mississippi, College, Kentucky, Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, History, United States, Cbs, Columbia University, John, Alan, Facebook Twitter, Dylan


Watch Blondie’s Debbie Harry Perform “Rainbow Connection” with Kermit the Frog on The Muppet Show (1981)

Do you dig songs about rainbows? The host of one of the very last episodes of The Muppet Show — Debbie Harry, lead singer of Blondie – does, and in 1981, she seized the opportunity to duet with Kermit the Frog on his signature tune, “The Rainbow Connection” — its only performance in the series’ five season run. Many of us associate the folksy number with The Muppet Movie‘s pastoral opening scene. This rendition transfers the action backstage to the kimono-clad Harry’s dressing room. ...
Tags: Google, Music, Comedy, Television, College, Muppets, K-12, Harry, Brian, Sam, Teeth, Kermit, Blondie, Facebook Twitter, Debbie Harry, Jim Henson


Grateful Dead Fan Creates a Faithful Mini Replica of the Band’s Famous “Wall of Sound” During Lockdown

A few years ago . Not the one created in the studio by Phil Spector, but the one created by Grateful Dead tech engineer Owsley “Bear” Stanley out of over 600 speakers. Before the Dead worked to revolutionize how rock concerts could sound, the speakers at live shows were trebly, underpowered things, having not been designed for the sudden change in musical texture and sound during the 1960s. In the early days, speakers were mostly used to make sure the drums didn’t drown out the other band memb...
Tags: Google, Music, College, Columbia University, Grateful Dead, Phil Spector, Cancun, Facebook Twitter, Stanley, KCRW, Bob Weir, Dead Company, Jerry Garcia, Winterland, Ted Mills, Coscia


Listen to ABBA’s “Dancing Queen” Played on a 1914 Fairground Organ

To truly appreciate the spectacle of ABBA’s “Dancing Queen” played on a 1914 Hooghuys fairground organ, we recommend you read Angus Harrison’s 2016 VICE essay, “Why Abba’s ‘Dancing Queen’ Is the Saddest Record Ever Made“: Make no mistake. This song is about the dancing queen, but it is most definitely not sung by her. Herein lies the tragedy. Our narrator has realized that she is no longer the Dancing Queen. She is no longer young, no longer sweet, no longer 17. Now, instead, she watches...
Tags: Google, Music, Technology, College, History, Abba, Facebook Twitter, Bach, Marenghi, Alexey Rom, Angus Harrison, Below Rom


Exquisite Watercolors of Demons, Magic & Signs: Behold the Compendium Of Demonology and Magic from 1775

Noli me tangere, says the title page of the Compendium of Demonology and Magic: “Do not touch me.” For the book’s target audience, one suspects, this was more enticement than warning. Written in Latin (its full title is Compendium rarissimum totius Artis Magicae sistematisatae per celeberrimos Artis hujus Magistros) and German, the book purports to come from the year 1057. In fact it’s been dated as more than 700 years younger, though to most 21st-century beholders a book from around 1775 carri...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Books, College, Religion, America, Iran, History, Magic, Dan Brown, Seoul, Facebook Twitter, Da Vinci, Colin Marshall, Public Domain Review, 21st Century Los Angeles


Stream a Massive Archive of Grateful Dead Concerts from 1965-1995

Image by Herb Greene, via Wikimedia Commons “Once we’re done with it, the audience can have it.” — Jerry Garcia It so happens that one of the greatest things about the Internet is also one of the not-so-greatest things: you hardly ever have to leave the house anymore. Of course, for traders and collectors of bootlegs, this has been a major boon. Obscure tapes a fan might spend years tracking down in previous times can now be searched, found, and downloaded with ease. And — as a special a...
Tags: Google, Music, College, San Francisco, Grateful Dead, Facebook Twitter, Wikimedia Commons, Jerry Garcia, Nick Paumgarten, Durham NC Follow, Donna Jean Godchaux, Cornell University Ithaca NY, West San Francisco, Paumgarten, Veneta, Herb Greene


Experience Footage of Roaring 1920s Berlin, Restored & Colorized with Artificial Intelligence

Offered the chance to travel back in time to any city in any period, surely more than a few would choose Berlin in the 1920s. Ideally it would be Berlin in the mid-1920s: after much of the social and economic damage of the Great War had been repaired, but before the Great Depression reached Germany at the end of the decade, doing its part to enable the rise of Hitler. The closest experience to stepping in that time machine yet developed is the video above, a series of clips from Walther ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, New York, Film, College, Germany, Berlin, History, Hitler, Seoul, Havana, Weimar, Weimar Republic, Facebook Twitter, Fritz Lang, Paris New York


Is “Rain” the Perfect Beatles Song?: A New Video Explores the Radical Innovations of the 1966 B-Side

“That one was the gift of God… of Ja actually—the god of marijuana, right? So Ja gave me that one.” The Beatles 1966 Revolver, a mini-masterpiece, contains all the elements that would inform the band’s revolutionary late-60s sound on Sgt. Pepper’s, Abbey Road, The White Album, and Let it Be. The album’s first track, “Taxman,” announced “a sweeping shift in the essential nature of the Beatles’ sound,” writes music historian Kenneth Womack. Its ultimate track, “Tomorrow Never Knows,” was “...
Tags: Google, Music, College, John Lennon, Paul Mccartney, Playboy, Ringo, Mccartney, Lennon, Robert Rodriguez, PAUL, Facebook Twitter, EMI, Josh Jones, George Martin, Durham NC Follow


The Trial of the Chicago 7 and the Oeuvre of Aaron Sorkin: An Assessment by Pretty Much Pop: A Culture Podcast (#89)

https://podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/traffic.libsyn.com/secure/partiallyexaminedlife/PMP_89_4-4-21.mp3 In lieu of an Oscars episode, the Pretty Much Pop podcast this week considers one of the nominated films, The Trial of the Chicago 7, and the career of its writer/director, Aaron Sorkin, which started with A Few Good Men through four TV series (most notably The West Wing), and films like The Social Network, Steve Jobs, and Molly’s Game. Your hosts Brian Hirt, Erica Spyres, and Mark Linsenm...
Tags: Google, Television, Podcasts, Film, Molly, College, Aaron Sorkin, Chicago, Netflix, Social Network, Facebook Twitter, West Wing, Sorkin, David Marchese, Adam Chitwood, Mark Linsenmayer


The Strangest Books in the World: Discover The Madman’s Library, a Captivating Compendium of Peculiar Books​ & Manuscripts

If you are a frequent reader of Open Culture, or the many blogs we tend to read — especially those concerned with the rare, unusual, and obscure — it’s likely you’ve encountered some of the books in The Madman’s Library, Edward Brooke-Hitching’s fantastic new volume of literary oddities. If not, you’re probably familiar with a few of the categories he identifies under his subtitle, “The Strangest Books, Manuscripts and Other Literary Curiosities from History.” These include “Books Made o...
Tags: Google, Books, Cook, London, College, Smithsonian, Saddam Hussein, Yeats, George, Facebook Twitter, Josh Jones, Jonathan Swift, Durham NC Follow, Edward Brooke Hitching, Brooke Hitching, Peculiar Books amp



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