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Entertainment Tips of the Week 1-9-12

By Jean Strauber, Entertainment Editor

Next Monday will be the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday and the schools are closed. What to do? Here are four suggestions:

THE AUTRY MUSEUM

The Autry will be opening its doors on Monday, January 16, 2012 to remember Dr. King, who was one of the most influential and respected civil rights leaders of the 1950’s and ‘60s. The day before, Sunday, January 15 is the monthly Family Day, and on both days the Autry will feature a wide variety of themes relating to the American West. On Sunday, January 15, former members of the Ninth and Tenth Cavalry Association (Buffalo Soldiers) will join Autry visitors for StoryTime. The Buffalo soldiers were the segregated African- American units of the U.S. Army. Primarily formed after the Civil War, the Buffalo Soldiers also includes the 24th and 25th Infantry Regiments which served our country until President Harry S. Truman ordered the integration of the Armed Force On Monday, January 16, Gold Rush activity will be ongoing from 11:00 am- 3:00 pm and at 11:30 am and 1:00 pm docent-led tours will be available. On the Martin Luther King holiday you’ll also find all of the museum’s galleries. The Autry Store and the Autry Cafe will be open. Museum Admission: $10 adults, $6 students and seniors, $4 children ages 3-12 and free for Autry members, veterans and children age 2 and under. The Autry is located in Griffith Park near the junction of the 5 and 134 Freeways.

The Autry Museum

The Autry Museum

THE LOS ANGELES ZOO

Located just across the parking lot from the Autry Museum, the Los Angeles Zoo will also be open on the Martin Luther King Holiday from 10:00 am- 5:00 pm. Here are some of the highlights that the zoo features: The Elephants of Asia habitat includes bathing pools and sandy hills, and is dedicated to the health and welfare of these animals. The exhibit familiarizes the zoo visitor with the challenges Asian elephants face while in the wild. The Campo Gorilla Reserve is a new habitat that is home to seven western lowland gorillas. You’ll find yourself on a forested pathway for views of two separate troops of gorillas — a family and a bachelor group — living among waterfalls and lush plants. The new front entry Sea Life Cliffs is a replica of California’s rocky coast, and is home to a group of harbor seals. This habitat features two deep saltwater pools, rocky coves, and above and below water viewing locations. Best of all there is a seating area for visitors to observe the seals.

The Australia section of the LA Zoo is home to the koalas. These marsupials share two separate habitats with kangaroos, wallabies and echidnas. Please note: When driving south on the 101 freeway between Balboa and Hayvenhurst you’ll notice a large grove of eucalyptus trees in the Sepulveda Garden Center. Their leaves are used to feed the koalas at the zoo. The one-acre Chimpanzees of Mahale Mountains habitat has been lauded by world-renown primatologist Jane Goodall as one of the finest zoo habitats. This one-acre habitat is designed to resemble the native environment of Tanzania’s Mahale Mountains and is unique with mountainous rock formations, waterfalls and streams, palm trees and soft green grass. The visitor will also see a chimpanzee penthouse with heated bedrooms for the apes and an outdoor playground that even has a jungle gym. The Winnick Family Children’s Zoo will give your children the chance to explore a cave, a desert trail or watch for prairie dogs through specially designed pop-up bubbles. For more information please call (323) 644–4200.

LA COUNTY NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM

Did you see the Los Angeles County Natural Museum’s float in the Rose Parade? Featured on the float entitled “Dinosaurs in L.A. Backyard” were Triceratops, Thomas the T. Rex and Mamenchisaurus as well as a replica of the Museum’s original building, which was built in 1913. Visit the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum and the all-new 14,000- square-foot Dinosaur Hall which is twice the size of the Museum’s old dinosaur galleries. You’ll find a Tyrannosaurs rex growth series featuring a baby, juvenile, and sub-adult TRex. The 11-foot baby was about two years old when it died and is the youngest known T. Rex fossil in the world; the juvenile was about 13 and more than 20 feet long and weighed about 4,000 pounds; and the adult, Thomas the T.rex, at 17 years old was 34 feet long and nearly 7,000 pounds and was excavated by Natural History Museum paleontologists in southeastern Montana from 2003-2005. The Los Angeles County Museum Natural History is located at 900 W. Exposition Bouelvard, Los Angeles. Visit nhm.org for more information.

PAGE MUSEUM AT THE LA BREA TAR PITS

Located adjacent to the Los Angeles Museum of Art on Wilshire Boulevard in the heart of the Miracle Mile, you’ll find the La Brea Tar Pits and the Page Museum. The La Brea Tar Pits is one of the world’s most famous fossil localities where saber-toothed cats, wolves and mammoths have been trapped in 10,000-40,000 asphalt deposits. The Page Museum has a collection of more than 3,000,000 Ice Age specimens and decades of research. Tours are available at 1 pm and 3 pm on weekdays and weekends at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm and may include Pit 91 where you can view fossils still embedded in an excavation pit; their current excavation, Project 23, where excavators work seven days a week, and the Pleistocene or Ice Age gardens and may last 30 minutes to one hour. Museum Hours are 9:30 am-5:00 pm. Page Museum Tickets are children ages 4 and under free; children 5- 12 $5; student with ID $8; senior 62+ $8; Adults $11. May I suggest you can have a delightful lunch to the original Farmer’s Market, where you can possibly catch a glimpse of a television or movie star who has walked from the nearby CBS Television City. What a variety of food stalls! You have a choice of Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Seafood, Hamburgers or you can even enjoy the pancakes at Dupars.

Jean Strauber

Entertainment Writer

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