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What to expect at LAX over the Memorial Day weekend

By Rachel Uranga|

Memorial Day travelers won't be lonely

Gas prices are a little higher. Traffic will be worse. And it will be hot in most places. But Southern Californians will be out in force this holiday weekend, taking trips expected to set post-recession records, travel officials say. And i...

By Richard K. DeAtley and @RKDeAtley on Twitter|


  • Science museums

    Students jump at chance to see wild, weird, wonderful frogs at Aquarium of the Pacific

    Oohs and aahs filled Long Beach’s Aquarium of the Pacific on Friday as scores of students wandered up the stairs, past the Tropical Pacific and around the Reef Crest, and into an amphibian wonderland. “Frogs: Dazzling and Disappearing,” which features over a dozen types of frogs of myriad colors and unusual traits, debuted to entertain and enlighten the young visitors. The exhibit showcased the varying environments and unique abilities that frogs have...

    By Brennon Dixson-Archer Special to the Press-Telegram|

  • Amusement and theme parks

    Guardians of the Galaxy attraction opens Saturday at Disney California Adventure

    ANAHEIM — Riding the new Guardians of the Galaxy attraction at Disney California Adventure is like hopping on an out-of-control pogo stick. The drops on the elevator-free-fall ride are wild and unexpected, zipping guests in a variety of heights both up and down. Rock ’n’ roll music blares. Video vignettes of the stars of the “Guardians of the Galaxy” movies appear. Unlike Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, the old ride in the same building,...

    Joseph Pimentel

  • Museums

    Submarine that found Titanic, Vietnam ‘Huey’ chopper join exhibits at Reagan Library

    SIMI VALLEY >> The aircraft and submarine rolled by truck into the morning fog Wednesday at the Reagan Library, bearing witness to profound tragedies. In one, a U.S. Army helicopter was shot down during a medical rescue mission in Vietnam, resulting in the deaths of two airmen. In the other, a U.S. Navy submersible sphere was the first to ferry the RMS Titanic discoverers to an ocean graveyard of 1,500 souls. “This is awesome, just awesome,” said artist Steve...

    Dana Bartholomew

  • Amusement and theme parks

    Disney opens Pandora — The Land of Avatar at Walt Disney World

    Six years in the making, Pandora — The Land of Avatar, opened at Walt Disney World Wednesday, May 24. The new land, featuring two new rides, a restaurant and immersive entertainment, is based on the movie “Avatar,” one of the most successful films ever released. When Disney announced six years ago it had made a deal to work with the film’s director, James Cameron, to build a land and rides based on his movie, many in the industry were caught by...

    Mark Eades

  • Art museums

    Museum Hack offers a fun, irreverent look at Getty’s holdings

    In 2013, Nick Gray went on a date at a museum. His date led him through the venue, pointing out the pieces on exhibit that interested her while sharing personal stories about them. Gray was inspired to do the same thing and began offering fun museum tours for his friends. After a few months word got out and Gray was inundated with tour requests, so many that he created Museum Hack. “We have been very popular with millennials, and...

    Michelle Mills

  • Amusement and theme parks

    Nighttime light show coming to Harry Potter land at Universal Studios Hollywood

    Hogwarts Castle is getting a nighttime light show at Universal Studios Hollywood this summer. The five-minute show, called “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle,” was inspired by last year’s opening ceremonies of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. It will feature projected effects on the castle and around the village of Hogsmeade at the...

    Mark Eades

  • Political resignations

    At remade Nixon Library, finding parallels to today isn’t tricky

    Richard Nixon, the ultimate comeback kid, is trending. Google “Trump Nixon” and you got 26.1 million results Friday, up 1.3 million from the day before. Comparisons between the 45th and 37th presidents abound: Both disliked the press, chafed against the Establishment, distrusted the FBI, nursed grievances, railed against their enemies, complained about witch hunts and fired officials investigating their...

    David Allen

  • Children's museums

    Take your kids to these 23 museums in Southern California for family fun this summer

    As we approach summer vacation and children getting out of school, parents need help. Visiting a local museum is one way to stave off cries of “I’m bored” and keep children’s (as well as parents’) minds sharp. Many venues offer storytimes, crafts and other programming, and the ones listed here are either family friendly, dedicated to children or feature special sections and exhibits just for kids. Beach Cities Los Angeles Fire...

    Michelle Mills

  • Amusement and theme parks

    ‘The Shining’ coming to Universal Studios Hollywood for Halloween Horror Nights

    The iconic psychological horror film “The Shining” will finally make its debut as an attraction at Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights this haunting season. The novel, which was originally penned in 1977 by Stephen King and four years turned into an acclaimed feature film directed by Stanley Kubrick, will be brought to life by the creative minds behind Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights. The disturbingly authentic maze experience will include some of the...

    Kelli Skye Fadroski

  • Entertainment

    How ‘Body Worlds: Pulse’ strips away layers to get at the naked truth about us

    It only takes a few minutes to get over it. The dead bodies, that is. Upon entering Dr. Gunther von Hagen’s “Body Worlds: Pulse” exhibition at the California Science Center, your trepidation about seeing dead bodies in lifelike poses will begin to fade. Really. “That amazing complexity and beauty of our bodies, as well as seeing what can go wrong when we don’t...

    Sandra Barrera

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