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Immersive, participatory art exhibit transforms beach into unique playground
Sep 30th, 2013 by Warren Swil

‘Glow Santa Monica’ lights up

the night and the imagination

The most technologically advanced exhibit, Janet Echelman’s “The space between” is seen from the inside with the famous Santa Monica Pier Ferris wheel as the backdrop. Click image to enlarge. © SGE, Inc.

THOUSANDS OF VIVIDLY GLOWING, singing, dancing, bicycling and twirling works of “art” thronged to the beach and surrounding areas near the Santa Monica, Calif., Pier on Saturday for an all-night art extravaganza that was a feast for the senses and a memorable experience.
Anchored by a half a dozen major installations glowing against the balmy summer night sky, “Glow” is billed as an “all night cultural experience that re-imagines Santa Monica Beach as a playground for original, participatory works of art.”
It definitely fulfills is mission. About 100,000 attended, organizers estimated.
Milling around the 15 creative and inspiring “official” installations, thousands became part of the show exhibiting their own personal interpretations of the theme.


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Holy Land’s fourth major religious shrine a place of peace, harmony

BAHAI FAITHFUL CALL HAIFA TOMB, GARDENS ITS HOLIEST SITE
As if being home to the holiest shrines of the world’s three major religions is not sufficiently complicated, Israel is also the location of a fourth – lesser known – holy shrine considered by millions the holiest of all.
The Bahai Gardens surrounding the tomb of the religion’s founder, The Bab, sit on the steep slope of Mt. Carmel affording a commanding view of the city of Haifa on Israel’s north coast.
The gardens abound with symbolism.
It is a place of peaceful harmony – quite unlike the bitterly contested Old City in Jerusalem, where the holiest shrines of the world’s three major religions are located.


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Not-so-world famous Hollywood landmarks: the tour

MANY OF THEM SHOULD BE WORLD FAMOUS
Living a stone’s throw from Hollywood is one of the fringe benefits of life in L.A.
But, for so many of the past 50 years, there was no “there” in Hollywood.
Visitors from around the globe had few choices when it came to checking out world famous landmarks. The community was run down, filled with derelict buildings and people.
That has changed recently.
The revitalization is proceeding apace.
Join us on a tour of some of the not-so-world famous landmarks, some of which should be on everyone’s list.


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BEST BIKE RIDE ON EARTH – the sequel: Marvin Braude Bike Path

Find out here why  this ain’t an overstatement BICYCLE RIDING IS trending upwards around the globe. Almost everyone is beginning to realize just how much fun it can be – and healthy, too! In this video we explore the southern portion of the Marvin Braude Bike Path, which extends some 22 miles from Malibu in […]


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Finals of America’s Cup yacht race begin today

WORLD’S MOST PRESTIGIOUS SAILING EVENT ENCOUNTERS STORMY SEAS
The premier yacht race on earth – the America’s Cup – begins its finals today on San Francisco Bay.
But, can they still call it a “race” with only four entrants? It has not turned out so well for the race, or the teams competing.
One crewman died in a tragic accident in May; the Team Oracle USA craft capsized last October.
The debris left behind in the City by the Bay should be cleaned up, personally, by Larry Ellison, Team Oracle’s owner, and second richest man on Earth.


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Venice Beach, California: weird, wonderful, wacky (with video)

MEET SOME OF ITS HABITUÉS IN THE VIDEO
The world-famous Venice Beach, California, and its incomparable Boardwalk features daily some of the weirdest, most wonderful and wackiest people on the planet.
In our video presentation, you will meet some of the folks who populate the Boardwalk every day of the week.
Sit back take a few minutes off your weekend, and take a virtual trip down the Boardwalk at the world-famous Venice Beach, California.


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CURE FOR UNEMPLOYMENT? Online porn industry booming

FRANK EXAMINATION OF TOPIC REVEALS NAKED TRUTH
An authoritative, comprehensive and frank half-hour “Newsnight” segment on the BBC this weekend – something highly unlikely ever to be seen on network television in the U.S. ¬– explores how free, graphic pornography available on the internet is changing the very nature of sex “education” with effects hitherto unknown on the millions who watch it.
This is an enormously insightful, comprehensive and thorough job of reporting a significant social issue. It is too bad it is not on “60 Minutes” or some other major U.S. media outlet.


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KERNVILLE GSR RUN 2013: Motorcyclists conquer the Sierra Nevada (with movie)

CHALLENGING ROADS, SCENIC SPLENDOR, CAMARADERIE MAKE FOR ‘FUN-TASTIC’ TIME
Kernville in the southern Sierra Nevada mountains was the bucolic destination chosen for the 2013 edition of the Gay Sport Bike Riders’ annual run of motorcycle enthusiasts seeking camaraderie, hard and fast motorcycling, challenging terrain and an all-around great time.
This year’s event began in Los Angeles (and San Francisco) on Aug. 1. The focus of the weekend, of course, is the motorcycle riding.
Challenging twists and turns, roads strewn with boulders and left-over snow runoff, steep inclines and similar downgrades put the rider to the test.
Can we cut it? Find out here and watch a movie of the funtastic weekend.


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World’s premier yacht race clouded with uncertainty

AMERICA’S CUP MAY NOT BE ALL IT COULD BE
With the finals of the America’s Cup set to begin in less than five weeks – on Sept. 7 – uncertainty surrounds the world’s premier sailing race, being held for the first time in San Francisco.
The America’s Cup 2013 edition has been bedeviled with problems. Many blame Oracle mogul Larry Ellison personally, saying hiss ego got away with him.
I am disappointed to be missing the opportunity of a lifetime to see a world famous event in a sport about which I am passionate.
Get In the (K)now … here, now


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A RARE DAY: Bicycling in the morning, sailing after noon (Part I)

Southern California is famous for its outdoors sports offerings. What’s not so well known is how – if you wish – you can combine them on the same day!
On Sunday, it was bicycle riding and sailing on a luxury yacht – all in the same glorious day as about 25 members of the SoCal Social Club enjoyed this rare combination of two fabulous sports in one day.
Get In the (K)now here, now.


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