Rise of the Planet of the Apes

by meanlouise August 5, 2011 monkeys (also: apes)

Dr. Birdcage passed this along – “The List: 5 Reasons Why We Should Worry About an Ape Revolution.” It’s from Smithsonian Magazine’s Around the Mall blog. With the impending release this Friday of the documentary summer blockbuster Rise of the Planet of the Apes, I thought we should all be prepared in case we ever […]

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coffee coffee coffee

by meanlouise July 8, 2011 culture

Husband & I spent the day at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. We spent lots of time admiring the coffee-growing display and we enjoyed a presentation by a pair of Colombian coffee farmers about all things coffee.

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"Sound weird? It's magnificent."

by meanlouise February 8, 2011 art

“NASA’s ‘Extreme Planet Makeover’; Crochet Coral Reef at the Smithsonian” By Rachel Saslow Washington Post Staff Writer Monday, February 7, 2011; 2:44 PM Art and science And the rest of us just knit scarves . . . Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef, National Museum of Natural History An impressive exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of […]

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Xtreme lion cub cuteness

by meanlouise January 11, 2011 wild kingdom

If you don’t live in Washington, DC you might not have been wallowing in the crazy cuteness of the 7 lion cubs born at the National Zoo. Back in August, lions Shera and Luke had a litter of 4 cubs. Then, in September, Naba and Luke had a litter of 3 cubs. The cubs are […]

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Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef opens tomorrow at the Smithsonian

by meanlouise October 15, 2010 art

Starting tomorrow, Saturday, October 16, at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History there will be a temporary exhibit depicting a coral reef and related eco-system. The reef is constructed of crocheted coral made of yarn, found objects, and recycled materials. The reef is installed in the Sant Ocean Hall, on the first floor of […]

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Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Project

by meanlouise June 10, 2010 art

The hyperbolic crochet coral reef project is extremely cool. The Smithsonian will be participating by installing a reef in October 2010 and you can participate. There’s a workshop and lecture this Sunday at the Natural History Museum from noon – 4. (rsvp: You can still participate even if you can’t attend that workshop. You […]

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Places we're not (weekend edition)

by meanlouise June 28, 2008 art

Some places we aren’t: Flashback Weekend in Chicago, featuring a 40th anniversary reunion event for George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead. Sharon Salzberg and Robert Thurman‘s workshop, Working with Our Enemies: Finding Freedom from Hostility and Fear (Admittedly, we were too lazy to go to this. We could have). The US Olympic Team Trials […]

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Primal Museum Archetypes

by meanlouise November 22, 2007 anthropology

Husband and I went to visit the Buddhas today at the Sackler Museum of Art. We always stop and say hello to Ganesha. We also checked out the Southeast Asian Ceramics exhibit, which we hadn’t seen yet even though it’s been up for months. The Sackler store was playing some sort of demonic j-pop Christmas/Dance […]

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our long national nightmare is over

by meanlouise March 1, 2007 art

Yesterday I had a meeting downtown and took a brief detour through the Smithsonian’s Sackler Gallery of Asian Art. I was looking at that lovely, serene building with it’s beautiful and dignified collections and it’s noble mission to educate and enlighten in the public sphere and I thought to myself, “You know, Washington really needs […]

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