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George Takei Donates Art and Star Trek Memorabilia to L.A. Museum

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Come next spring, Trekkies will have a new reason to make a pilgrimage to Los Angeles. George Takei is donating his personal collection of art, artifacts, and Star Trek memorabilia to the Japanese American National Museum, and according to The Hollywood Reporter, the items will be the focus of a new exhibit debuting March 12, 2017.

Playing Mr. Sulu on the original Star Trek series is one of many accomplishments the actor has achieved in his lifetime. During his 79 years, he’s advocated for gay rights, run marathons, raised awareness about the injustice of Japanese-American internment camps, and cultivated a powerful Facebook presence. The items in his collection span his entire career, including his 1973 bid for a seat on the L.A. City Council and his carrying of the Olympic torch leading up to the 1984 L.A. games.

The scripts, photos, sculptures, and Star Trek goodies that make up the gift will be the center of an exhibition titled "New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei." In addition to serving on its board of trustees, Takei helped found the museum, and even had his wedding there in 2008.

[h/t The Hollywood Reporter]

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The 'David Bowie Is' Exhibition Is Coming to Your Smartphone
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"David Bowie is," an exhibition dedicated to the life, work, and legacy of the pop icon, concluded its six-year world tour on July 15. If you didn't get a chance to see it in person at its final stop at New York City's Brooklyn Museum, you can still experience the exhibit at home. As engadget reports, the artifacts displayed in the collection will be recreated in virtual and augmented reality.

The Victoria and Albert Museum, the curator of the exhibit, and the David Bowie Archive are collaborating with Sony Music Entertainment and the sound and media studio Planeta on the new project, "David Bowie is Virtual." Like the physical exhibition, the digital experience will integrate visual scenes with the music of David Bowie: 3D scans will bring the musician's costumes and personal items into the virtual sphere, allowing viewers to examine them up close, and possibly in the case of the outfits, try them on.

"These new digital versions of ‘David Bowie is’ will add unprecedented depth and intimacy to the exhibition experience, allowing the viewer to engage with the work of one of the world’s most popular and influential artists as never before," the announcement of the project reads. "Both the visual richness of this show and the visionary nature of Bowie and his art makes this a particularly ideal candidate for a VR/AR adaptation."

"David Bowie is Virtual" will be released for smartphones and all major VR and AR platforms sometimes this fall. Like the museum exhibition, it will come with an admission price, with a portion of the proceeds going toward the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Brooklyn Museum.

[h/t engadget]

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Your New York City Library Card Now Gets You Free Admission to 33 Museums and Cultural Sites
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Your New York City library card is good for more than checking out books and downloading music. Starting this summer, your card will get you free admission to 33 cultural institutions around the city, The New York Times reports.

New York's public library system is rolling out its Culture Pass program in an effort to make the city's world-renowned museums and cultural centers more accessible to residents. As long as you have a card from the New York Public Library, the Brooklyn Public Library, or the Queens Library systems, you can visit Culturepass.nyc and use your card number to reserve a ticket. Participating organizations include the the Brooklyn Children's Museum, the Intrepid Air & Space Museum, Wave Hill, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Guggenheim Museum.

Some of the locations on the list are already free without the suggested donation, but others can get pricey. The Museum of Modern Art, for example, costs $25 for adults. Using Culture Pass does come with a few catches: Passes are limited, so if you wait until the last minute you may not be able to reserve one for your preferred day. Cardholders also can only use Culture Pass once per year at each institution, but depending on where they go they can make the most of it: At some organizations like the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, a pass is good for entry for up to four guests.

New York isn't the only area that offers free museum tickets to anyone with a library card. Members of public library systems in SeattleNew Jersey, and Los Angeles County, and kids in Chicago, can take advantage of similar programs. And even if your library card can't get you into cultural institutions, it can likely get you other perks you may not be aware of.

[h/t The New York Times]

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