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Hello Dear Readers! Everyone ready for the Super Bowl? If you’re like me (not a fan), fear not, there’s still plenty to amuse this weekend — you’ll find a few things amongst today’s topics:

Ink & Blood •  Put On Your Sunday Clothes • Metropolis II • Sir Paul & the Walk Of Fame
• Fuddy Duddy •  If It’s Not Scottish, It’s ... • Valentine Discount • Disney Wine
• Disney & Allergies •  WDFM Date Switch

Okay, no … it’s not about tattoos, although I’ll grant you, Ink & Blood sounds like it should be. What it’s about though, is the newest exhibit opening at Muzeo, The Word: Ink & Blood:

Take a journey back 5,000 years to trace the written history of our existence as it was preserved through the ink of scribes and the blood of martyrs. The Word: Ink & Blood making its first ever west coast debut, is the world’s largest, most comprehensive exhibition on the history of the Bible and the origins of written language. This unprecedented collection of artifacts, which includes authentic Dead Sea Scroll fragments, ancient biblical manuscripts and 5,000-year-old pictographic clay tablets from ancient Mesopotamia, opens February 3, 2012 at MUZEO in downtown Anaheim.

Totaling more than 100 artifacts, in addition to the Dead Sea Scroll fragments and 5,000-year-old clay tablets, the collection includes Hebrew Torahs, ancient Greek texts, Medieval Latin manuscripts, original pages from Gutenberg’s Bible and rare English printed Bibles. The exhibition also includes a working life-size reproduction of the most significant invention of the last millennium, Gutenberg’s Printing Press with moveable type. Live demonstrations of the printing press are planned as part of the exhibition experience.

Also at Muzeo — due to popular demand, STEAMPUNK: History Beyond Imagination, which was scheduled to close February 12th, has been extended through Monday, February 20, so you still have time to see it if you haven’t already. It’s a small but interesting, exhibit that includes a model of the Nautilus submarine as seen in Disney's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Muzeo is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and is located at 241 S. Anaheim Blvd., in Anaheim, CA. For more information visit this link.


“Put on your Sunday clothes when you feel down and out, Strut down the street and have your picture took”

It’s Dapper Day at Disneyland this Sunday, time to step into the wayback machine — get dolled up in your best duds, head to the resort and imagine you’re visiting back in the early days of the park:

The original Disneyland designers frequently populated their renderings with guests who appeared dressed for a day of sophisticated entertainment, men in sharp suits, toddlers working two-pieces, and ladies looking like a page from Dior's sketchbook - all as if a visit to Disneyland were on par with a night at the opera. And why shouldn't it be?

That's what Dapper Day is about, realizing those designer's dreams that Disneyland be experienced as the upscale escape that it is, filled with fashionable guests ready for fun. Interpret this however you like. A period "Mad Men" look is as correct as the latest haute couture. On Dapper Day, you bring those illustrations to life when you become those well dressed guests the designers imagined (or hoped) would be filling the park.

The list of Dapper Day gatherings at Disneyland for this coming Sunday, February 5th, include:

• 3pm Mark Twain Mixer — Meet at the boat landing in Frontierland before 3pm and we’ll all board the first departure at 3pm or after for an elegant trip around The Rivers of America on this original attraction from 1955.
• 3:30-5pm Island Escapades — Explore pirate caves, tree houses and other prime photo-op locations on Tom Sawyer Island. Board the rafts near the Haunted Mansion. Island closes at dusk.
• 7pm The Dapper Derby - Meet at King Arthur’s Carousel for a group ride! Start gathering nearby around 6:45 and we’ll get in line together at 7. The carousel holds 68 guests so it will take several cycles to get us all through.

There’s more planned of course, and not only for Disneyland. You folks in Florida, Paris, Tokyo, and Hong Kong can get Dapper too. For a list of all the Dapper Day events, visit this link.


Not in the mood to get all dolled up, but still want to do something other than watch the Super Bowl? Head out to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and have a look at Metropolis II:

Metropolis II is an intense and a complex kinetic sculpture, modeled after a fast paced, frenetic modern city. Steel beams form an eclectic grid interwoven with an elaborate system of 18 roadways, including one 6 lane freeway, and HO scale train tracks.

Miniature cars speed through the city at 240 scale miles per hour; every hour, the equivalent of approximately 100,000 cars circulate through the dense network of buildings. According to creator, Chris Burden, "The noise, the continuous flow of the trains, and the speeding toy cars, produces in the viewer the stress of living in a dynamic, active and bustling 21st Century city."

Metropolis II is only open three days a week at the following times: Fridays at 12:30–2 pm; 3–4:30 pm; 5–6:30 pm; 7–8:30 pm and Weekends at 11:30–1:00 pm; 2–3:30 pm; 4–5:30 pm; 6–7:30 pm. LACMA is located at 5905 Wilshire Blvd., in Los Angeles CA. For more information, visit this link.


Now let’s skip ahead to the future and plan a few outings. It’ll probably be a madhouse, but then again, how often does one get a chance to see Paul McCartney in person? He’s scheduled to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame:

Continuing with Hollywood’s 125th birthday celebration, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that music legend Paul McCartney will be honored with his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. McCartney’s star will be lined up on the famed walk alongside his fellow Beatles, Ringo Starr, George Harrison and John Lennon in front of the famed historic Capitol Records building. Presenting the star will be President and CEO Leron Gubler.

McCartney receives his star (the 2,460th on the Hollywood Walk of Fame) on Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 2:00 PM in front of the Capitol Records Building, located at 1750 N. Vine Street, Hollywood, CA. For more information, visit this link.


From a former Beatle to a Fuddy Duddy — how’s that for a segue? And what is a fuddy duddy (besides an old-fashioned fussy person), you may ask? A WWII airplane and it’s going to take flight soon:

World War II comes to life on Saturday, Feb. 11th at Orange County’s John Wayne Airport when the biggest, most powerful bird in Lyon Air Museum’s collection – the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress “Fuddy Duddy” – roars into the air as part of the Museum’s “History Takes Flight” program. “Our ‘History Takes Flight’ events enable us to share with the public some of the amazing aircraft made famous during World War II,” said Mark Foster, president of Lyon Air Museum, “Our B-17, ‘Fuddy Duddy,’ is far and away the star of the museum, and we invite everyone to take this rare opportunity to come see this iconic heavy bomber in flight.”

The Lyon Air Museum’s B-17 was used as a VIP transport in the Pacific at the end of WWII. It once carried U.S. Army Generals Douglas A. MacArthur and Dwight D. Eisenhower, who later became the 33rd U.S. President. In civilian life, the plane worked as a fire bomber and was occasionally used for motion picture filming, flying on screen in movies such as the 1962 Steve McQueen movie, “The War Lover,” and the 1970 blockbuster, “Tora Tora Tora.”

The event takes place February 11th from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Lyon Air Museum. The museum’s event page doesn’t list exact times for Fuddy Duddy takeoff so it’s probably best to arrive early and be prepared to watch the skies. The Lyon Air Museum is located at 19300 Ike Jones Road, Santa Ana, CA. There’s more than just the weekend Fuddy Duddy flight to see — you can visit daily — hours of operation are from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Admission rates: General admission–$12; Seniors and Veterans–$9; Ages 5-17–$6; Under age 5—Free. For more information, visit this link.


To start preparing for the arrival of Pixar’s newest film, Brave and be up on all things Scottish — make plans to attend the 19th Annual Scottish Festival & Games at the Queen Mary. The two-day event will surely get you in the mood to see the red-haired heroine, Merida, when Brave hits the theaters on June 22nd:

Join us and celebrate the Scottish heritage of the Queen Mary. This unique ship exemplifies the fine craftsmanship of Scotland and is proud to be the most famous ship built on the River Clyde. We celebrate this legacy on February 18th & 19th with a festival of Scottish Culture through music and dance.

Festival Activities include:

• Highland and Country Dancing
• Musical Entertainment featuring “Men of Worth,” as well as a variety of other soon to be announced acts
• Historical Reenactment
• Scottish and British Merchandise
• Authentic Scottish Foods and Ales
• A Colorful Grand Parade Saturday and Sunday with the Massed Pipes and Drums, Clans, and Special Guest Grand Marshals
• Single Malt Scotch Whisky Tasting
• Sheepdog Herding Demonstrations  - A  demonstration of sheep herding by Boarder Collies and other breeds. This is a must-see event and a wonderful opportunity for the wee ones to pet the dogs and sheep.

The Queen Mary is located at 1126 Queens Highway, in Long Beach, CA. You can save money by purchasing your entry ticket online. For hours, and full information regarding the festival, visit this link.


Looking for something different to give your sweetie on Valentine’s day? It’s my experience that museum shops always have some pretty cool stuff, stuff you don’t see everywhere. The Getty Museum has a very nice shop and they’ve just announced a just as nice discount for any online order:

Find Something They Will Love in the Getty Museum Store —
Shop our gift ideas for Valentine's Day and
save 25% on your entire online order.

Use coupon code SWEET25 at checkout to claim your discount. The offer is valid through February 14, 2012. For more information, visit this link.


We’ll wind up today’s column with a few Disney items. If you haven’t seen it yet, the most recent Disney Insider mentions a couple of things worth a look-see.

I have some food issues that often makes eating out an adventure. Garlic is the main culprit. It’s been my experience that if you just let your server know, Disneyland is super great about preparing meals when there’s a sensitivity problem. I recently discovered gluten is a also problem for me and though my past with Disney dining has been pretty terrific, I wondered if there would be anything I could eat, since gluten is in so much theme park food.


Photo: Andy Castro

As it turns out, I needn't have given it a second thought. In a recent stop at Disneyland’s newest eatery, the Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe, where everything seems to be gluten-filled, I asked about gluten and found out they have gluten-free buns they can use for the sandwiches — and they’re delish! Plus they’ll substitute a nice little salad for the potato chips that usually accompany their sandwiches. The Disney chefs are ready to accommodate any food problem and Disney Insider reader Lisa shares her story about how helpful the park can be for visitors with food allergies and sensitivities:

The service and food were amazing at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, which I guess becomes more important than the rides as you get older. We ate lunch at the Blue Bayou and when I asked about menu options for someone who is wheat, gluten, and dairy intolerant, they personally sent out Chef Art. I almost cried because when you have food allergies, restaurant staff members usually act like you're troublesome. Chef Art and I went over the lunch menu and picked out a dish. He then told me how he would recreate the recipe to meet my medical needs.

To read the full story, visit this link.


MiceAge reader Gullywhumper alerted me to the fact that the Disney family is talking about owning the Silverado Winery in Napa Valley — the Disney Insider mentions the winery, wine, and the connection with Disney:

Far from the fireworks, parades, and attractions of Disneyland Park, a different kind of pixie dust is making magic in Northern California ... and Tinker Bell is nowhere to be seen. Here bouquet bests balloons and the grape takes center stage in a lush setting that welcomes thrill-seekers of another breed – wine enthusiasts. Though Theme Parks can't be beat, this adult playground of sorts offers another type of Disney experience as some of the Company's most illustrious have turned their talents to winemaking. Diane Disney Miller, John Lasseter, Rich Frank, and Fess Parker are among the entertainment industry's most notable vintners, so pour yourself a glass of pinot while we reveal the latest from the grapevine.

To read the rest of the article, visit this link.


And lastly, a date change for a couple of the Walt Disney Family Museum February events we noted in the column last week. They mentioned them on their blog:

Our February Weekend Programs have flip-flopped! Be sure to plan accordingly, and if you already have tickets, they can be used on the new dates, or returned for a refund. Tickets are still available at the Reception and Member Service Desk at the Museum, or online.

• Saturday February 25 - NEW DATE:  Saturday, February 18 - "And the Award Goes to…Walt Disney" Time: 3:00pm in the Theater. Walk down the red carpet for the premiere of a one-of-a-kind showcase of Walt Disney’s Award Winners! Hosted by Disney historian and friend of the Museum Jeff Kurtti, take a look at highlights of Walt Disney’s Oscar-winning films, including rarities such as Parade of the Award Nominees (1932), Ferdinand the Bull (1938), and Grand Canyon (1958); as well as trailers and rare footage and photos of Walt at the Oscar Ceremonies.

• Saturday February 18 - NEW DATE:  Saturday, February 25 - "Walt Disney’s Worlds of Nature" New Time:  2:00pm in the Theater. “Nature writes the screenplays,” Walt Disney said of the pioneering documentary series, True-Life Adventures. Produced between 1948 and 1960, these shorts and features won a cumulative 16 Academy Awards and have inspired naturalist filmmakers and conservationists for decades. Academy Award-nominated producer Don Hahn (Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King) hosts a presentation about Walt’s pioneering and frequently emulated True-Life Adventures films, and shows the relationship between that series and the acclaimed Disney nature documentaries (Earth, Oceans, African Cats, and the upcoming Chimpanzees) for which Hahn serves as executive producer.

For more information about the date switches, visit their blog at this link.

Okay, we’re all through here for today. If you want to know what I’m up to, you need to follow Pressing Matters on Twitter. You never know what you’ll find there — food, museums, shopping, Disneyland! Follow along as I search for the all the latest Pressing Matters & tweet about what I find:

 



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FTC-Mandated Disclosure: As of December 2009, bloggers are required by the Federal Trade Commission to disclose payments and freebies. Sue Kruse and Al Lutz did not receive any payments, free items, or free services from any of the parties discussed in this article. They pay for their own admission to theme parks and their associated events, unless otherwise explicitly noted.

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