Play with Toys, Fire, Seuss, Seals and Trains
January 16, 2008
|Renkoo Tip of the Week
Featured Drinks of the Week: Is your January credit card statement driving you to drink? Look no further because we are rolling out some of our highly requested drinks just in time to cheer you up. Maybe a Cognac, Crown & Coke, Daiquiri, Mind Eraser, or a Sake Bomb will numb the pain of the bills. Or perhaps they’ll erase them along with your mind!
Wednesday is the new Thursday
Fun things to make plans to do this week…
The Mingei International Museum in Escondido will energize you with its Art of Play exhibit featuring kinetic toys from around the world. Anything and everything that moves will be highlighted, from pull toys and push toys, puppets, planes, trains, automobiles, bicycles and such oddities as a fish out of water, on wheels no doubt! There are kites galore from India, China, France, Korea, Japan and other countries. They also have an assortment of bears: dancing, doing jumping jacks and the ubiquitous stuffed version.
Join The Crucible in Oakland as they celebrate their ninth anniversary with Hot Couture, a fashion show with smokin’ hot wearable art (a.k.a. clothes, to the rest of us). There will quite literally be fire on the catwalk, but do not fear, there will also be actual firefighters on the runway to strut their stuff and keep an eye on things. The Crucible is an uncommon marriage of community, art and education with a nonprofit sculpture studio, metal fabrication shop and an array of classes in fine and industrial arts.
“You have brains in your head, you have feet in your shoes, you can steer yourself any direction you choose.” Steer yourself over to Austin to see the secret art of Dr. Seuss. Art on Fifth houses a collection of Theodor Geisel’s paintings that he created for his own pleasure, yet possess the unmistakable Seuss style. Gosh! Do I look as old as all that! is a new piece in their collection that shows Geisel’s perspective on the wealthy housewives in his town of La Jolla. Either he was way ahead of his time or the rich married women of Southern California have always been fascinating.
Even hardened locals can’t keep themselves away from the ultra-touristy 39th pier in San Francisco thanks to the sea lions that have taken up residence there for the past 18 years. They come for the herring, or is it the lure of the paparazzi and endless adoration? The K-Dock at Pier 39 is a Watchable Wildlife viewing area, and today docents from the Marine Mammal Center will educate us on our slippery friends as part of their anniversary celebration.
Whether you have a pint-sized train enthusiast living with you or you are the gallon-sized enthusiast, the Great Train Expo is at the North Atlanta Trade Center this weekend with more than 300 tables of dealers selling all kinds of choo-choos and choo-choo accessories. What kind of train expo would this be without a ride-on train for you….er…your kids, that is.