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Across the nation, pandemic lockdowns have forced shuttered arts institutions to get creative in a whole new way, if they want to engage their supporters. Most have experimented with virtual events and programming, and now Pasadena’s USC Pacific Asia Museum is following that route with its new exhibition, We Are Here: Contemporary Art and Asian Voices in Los Angeles.

The exhibit spotlights the work of seven contemporary female Asian artists, reflecting the diverse array of Asians who are a vibrant part of the Los Angeles community. Their artworks, interwoven with narratives about the global 21st century.

Phung Huynh, a Vietnam War refugee, leads off the exhibition with a series of embroidered images of California license plates emblazoned with Asian first names,…


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Pasadena’s one and only distillery, Stark Spirits, won major awards for their gin at the 2020 London Spirits Competition, held in London, England this July.

Distiller Karen Robinson-Stark’s Skyline Gin won a gold medal and Dragon Spirits Gin won a silver medal. It was Stark Spirits’ first-ever entry in the vaunted international competition and they were delighted to win such accolades from the birthplace of gin.

“Though many people will say that tea is the national beverage of England, there’s a large percentage who will declare that it’s gin,” Karen said. She had entered hoping to receive helpful critical opinions from the Great Britain experts. She never expected that Skyline and Dragon Spirit would be compared most favorably with England’s “national” beverage.

Karen’s husband and distillery partner, Greg Stark, said the competition this year was a very different event owing to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead of judges gathering in small groups at a London venue, bottles of Stark gin which they had mailed to the competition’s…

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Backyard movie nights are trending in summer 2020. Whether you want a romantic evening with your partner, a fun family activity for all ages or a memorable event with friends, backyard movie nights are a great option that can be planned again and again.

To create the ultimate movie night, you need a few essentials. Consider these six steps to get ready for a season of cinema fun.

Step 1: The screen

To help everyone enjoy a great view, you’ll want a screen as the centerpiece of the event. The cheapest option is to iron and hang a white bed sheet. However, to get a better quality viewing experience, consider buying white blackout fabric from your local craft store. Of course if you are serious about your outdoor movie nights, you may want to invest in an outdoor projection screen that rolls up and can be stored after each event.

Step 2: A projector

Not all portable projectors are created equal, and it’s worthwhile to invest in a good one for the best experience year after year. For example, the LG PH30N features a portable, lightweight design at 5-by-5-by-1.5-inches and weighs just 1.1 pounds. A small size with big impact, you get an impressive home theater experience with a rich picture in 1280 by 720 HD resolution up to 100 inches (measured diagonally), and brightness of 250 ANSI lumens. The powerful LED light source displays bright images with a lamp lasting up to 30,000 hours (up to 10 years based on a usage of 8 hours a day). Learn more at www.lg.com.

Step 3: Seating

Think high to low…