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Koi Division Is the Fish-Themed Joy Division Cover Band the World Needs Right Now
Donning black clothes and plastic fish masks, they wind their way through Joy Division covers with modified lyrics that explore the daily, often baleful, goings-on of the sea. Their shows incorporate a bubble machine and display a beachy version of the iconic Unknown Pleasures album art behind them. Though it might seem as if they’re mocking, there is a reverence behind the humor.
While N95 masks are strictly reserved for medical workers, what constitutes as a good mask for the public? What’s the ideal material, design, and practice to protect ourselves and each other? To find out, we talked to Dr. Ben LaBrot, a USC clinical professor and the founder of nonprofit Floating Doctors. Here’s what we learned.
Two Bit Circus and its flagship “micro-amusement park” exist at the intersection of technology and whimsy. It’s known for a variety of amusements including a giant ball-in-a-maze game that requires people on teeter-totters to operate, a gunner turret simulator, a laser maze, and Hexacade, a six-person arcade console. A few years ago, they built an “escape room” at their space in The Brewery’s art colony. Unlike similar games, however, the goal wasn’t to escape, but to cooperatively pilot a spaceship.
We still line up for Kogi’s beloved bulgogi burritos, while newcomer X’tiosu Kitchen’s fusion of Oaxacan and Lebanese cuisines makes waves in Boyle Heights. Yong Chen, a history professor at UC Irvine and the author of “Chop Suey USA: The Story of Chinese Food in America,” believes part of fusion food’s pull in L.A. is because Los Angeles (and the Southland in general) is “an important destination for immigrants.” We have a culinary diversity here that makes it easy to share. However, Chen notes that every cuisine is, in some way, a kind of fusion food.
It’s hard to find an immersive show that grants its audience more than limited agency. Though often highly interactive, most shows barrel along without significant input from their viewers. That’s why Theatre Macabre from filmmaker Darren Lynn Bousman (Saws II, III, and IV) is so ambitious. It promises guests a series of choices that morph the narrative as they’re made, using a spiderweb of a script that employs about 40 characters and exceeds 400 pages.
This Online Cereal Emporium Has All The Weirdest Flakes and Os from Your Childhood
Booty-O’s, the official cereal of WWE trio The New Day that promises to “make sure you ain’t booty,” sells for $20 a box, as does Exclusive Cereal’s most coveted box of sweetened grain: the Rugrats-spinoff Reptar cereal (currently out of stock).
Once upon a time, immersive events were strange and secret, or at least they seemed that way. Then, brands learned about immersive entertainment. Now, immersive is everywhere and everything is immersive. Out there, outside of the enthusiast world, the word has lost meaning, the way any word does if you repeat it enough times. It seems like every week, yet another brand is trying to entice me to come and check out their “immersive,” Instagram-friendly experience. Let me tell you some of the things PR people have tried to convince me were “immersive”…
The narrative won’t be unfamiliar to anyone who’s seen a Disney movie, read a Shakespeare play, or listened to a fairytale. It’s about a love that cannot be and a couple who does it anyhow—so, perfect musical fodder. But what matters here isn’t so much the plotline, but the execution.
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