Top Five Friday: Star Adventures

Lovers + Friends Winnie Mini Silver Star Dress

1. The Orbit Pavilion

Location: 1151 Oxford Rd, San Marino, CA 91108
Celebration Lawn at Huntington Gardens, Pasadena California

Hours: Monday: 10am-5pm, Tuesday: Closed. Wednesday-Sunday 10am-5pm

Admission Prices:
Adult: Weekdays – $25, Weekends – $29
Student” Weekdays -$21, Weekends – $24

Admission includes all gardens, museums and art installation. Set aside three hours to enjoy everything. There is a café, restaurant, and noodle outpost for dining options. Menus are clearly labeled for allergens. Look for many gluten free items.

Experience: An art installation that looks like a giant silver seashell which was inspired by the NASA satellites and created at Jet Propulsion Laboratory. This aluminum spiral designed by Studio KCA is about the size of a small apartment. Guests can walk inside to experience hearing various sounds such as the crashing of a wave, a frog croaking, leaves blowing in the wind and a human voice which is haunting and mysterious. Each of these various sounds are linked to one of the 19 NASA satellites that orbit the earth, a group which includes global antenna arrays, the deep space network and the International Space Station. Every time a satellite passes overhead, it triggers its own soundtrack within the spiral. As the satellite moves the sound also moves between the speakers in the walls. Each sound interprets one of the satellite’s missions. The purpose of this innovative art installation is to raise awareness of the many invisible satellites that are constantly zooming through space.

The Orbit Pavilion, The Huntington in Pasadena CA
The Orbit Pavilion, The Huntington in Pasadena CA © The Huntington
The Orbit Pavilion Exterior
Photograph by Dan Goods / Courtesy The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, © The Huntington
Lovers + Friends Silver Star Black Mini Dress with ruffles, Winnie Dress
Lovers + Friends Silver Star Black Mini Dress with ruffles, Winnie Dress

Dress: Lovers + Friends Winnie Minnie Dress in Black with silver stars. This dress is on sale for $64 and comes in xxs. “Designed in a flattering wrap design that’s accented with tiers of ruffles, the feminine silhouette adds a lively spark with its metallic fil coupe pattern.” If you love the style of this dress you can get the Winnie mini dress in black with red flowers version for $48 (originally $248)  in an xxs. Free shipping and returns. Download the Revolve app and use the code IPHONE15 or ANDROID15 for 15% off your purchase.

Star Wars Empire Strikes Back Movie Poster
Star Wars Empire Strikes Back Movie Poster
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back™
in Concert with the San Diego Symphony

A Bayside Summer Nights Special Concert
Watch the film on the big screen with John Williams’unforgettable score—from the brassy and foreboding Imperial March to the noble “Yoda’s Theme”—performed live by the orchestra and conducted by Larry Loh.

Location: Embarcadero Marina Park South
200 Marina Park Way, San Diego, CA 92101

Venue Info: Click Here

When: August 1st (Thur), August 2nd (Fri) at 7:30pm

Ticket Pricing: $28-$108 (subject to change), Buy Online

Film Length: 2 Hours and 4 minutes
Originally Released: June 20, 1980

Entire Summer Concert Schedule: Click Here including Galaxy Quest (7/19), Back to the Future (7/20)

The San Diego Symphony's Bayside Summer Nights concert
The San Diego Symphony's Bayside Summer Nights concert series runs June 30 through Sept. 3.
Star Wars A New Hope Movie Poster
Star Wars A New Hope Movie Poster
Star Wars: A New Hope
In Concert with the Pacific Symphony

Travel to a galaxy far far away as Pacific Symphony performs John Williams’ legendary score live while the iconic film is projected on a giant high-definition screen.

Location: Pacific Amphitheatre @ OC Fair & Event Center
88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, California 92626

Venue Info: Click Here

When: August 17, 8:00 p.m. Gates open at 6pm for picnicking.

Tickets: Adult Standard ( $ 25.00 – $ 99.00 ) Buy Online
Discount Tickets: Goldstar

Film Length: 2 hours and 1 minute
Originally Released: May 25, 1977
SummerFest Concert Series: Click Here

Pacific Amphitheatre
Photo: Pacific Amphitheatre
Griffith Observatory To Telescope Roof Sign, Likely Delilah Star Navy Romper
Griffith Observatory To Telescope Roof Sign, Likely Delilah Star Navy Romper

3. Griffith Observatory

Location: 2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Hours: Weekdays (Tuesday – Friday) Open 12:00 noon – 10:00 p.m.
Weekends (Saturday – Sunday) Open 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Mondays Closed

Admission Price: Free (Observatory building, grounds, and telescopes)
Samuel Oschin Planetarium Shows: $7 for adults, $5 for students with school ID
Parking and Directions: Click Here

Experience: so. CA’s gateway to the cosmos!  Guests can look through telescopes, explore space and science related exhibits, see live shows in the Samuel Oschin Plantarium, and enjoy spectacular views of Los Angeles and the Hollywood Sign
Enjoy the exhibits in the daytime and view the stars in the telescopes at night.

Public Star Parties: public telescope viewing through the historic Zeiss telescope, historic coelostat (solar telescope), and portable telescopes on the lawn for free on a Saturday per month (5/18, 6/8, 7/13, 8/10, 9/7, 10/5, 11/2, 12/7)

Other Star-Gazing Opportunity:
Astronomy Night – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Sat, August 24, 2019 from 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Nix Nature Center: 18751 Laguna Canyon Road Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Free Registered Required Event: EventBrite

Film scenes to inspire star-gazing:  La La Land partially filmed at Griffith Observatory or the Sun is Also a Star with the planetarium scene (in theaters now), A Walk to Remember

Photo: Visit California, Griffith Observatory at Night
Photo: Visit California, Griffith Observatory at Night
Wilder Hall of the Eye Exhibit at Griffith Observatory
Photo: Griffith Observatory Website, Wilder Hall of the Eye Exhibit near the east entrance

Romper: Likely Delilah Star Graphic Wrap Romper in Navy. I love how Likely comes in 00 and this romper is designed in the form of a mini dress. It is a comfortable outfit to wander around the free Griffiths Observatory where you don’t get too cold or hot. The tiered ruffle hem, elbow length bell sleeves and side self-tie waist make this star print romper shine. Get it from Saks Off 5th with Free 2-Day Shipping through Shoprunner.

Clutch: Glitter Star Box Clutch from Like Dreams sold on Nordstrom. The clutch fits my iphone, lipstick and keys. You can hook the gold chain strap to wear it hands free as a cross-body or hold it in the palm of your hand.

4. Interactive Exhibit Star Trek: Discovery – Fight for the Future

Location: The Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles
465 N. Beverly Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90210, at S. Santa Monica Blvd

Visiting the Exhibit: Wednesday, May 8 to Sunday, July 7
Parking and Directions: Click Here

Price: FREE and open to the public. No advance ticketing. (Announced on Goldstar)

Exhibit Hours:
Wednesdays to Sundays, noon to 5:00 pm
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Experience: “The Paley Center for Media and CBS All Access present Star Trek: Discovery—Fight for the Future, a dynamic two-floor exhibition illuminating the creative process behind the mammoth production. Following the twists and turns of the acclaimed series’s second season, this curated collection of authentic costumes, props, makeup prosthetics, and concept art offers an exclusive behind-the-scenes glimpse of the unparalleled devotion to the artistry and craft involved in this latest chapter in the fabled Star Trek universe.”

Interactive Exhibit Star Trek: Discovery – Fight for the Future
Interactive Exhibit Star Trek: Discovery – Fight for the Future
Interactive Exhibit Star Trek: Discovery – Fight for the Future Costumes
Interactive Exhibit Star Trek: Discovery – Fight for the Future Costumes
Star Trek Live Paley Exhibit In Beverly Hills
Star Trek Live Paley Exhibit In Beverly Hills

5. Star Wars and Disneyland

Opening May 31st with those who already made a reservation.
June 24th for everyone else.

Other Star Adventures in the Park:

  • Star Wars Launch Bay: Attraction located in Tomorrowland at Disneyland Park
    Celebrate everything Star Wars at this headquarters for the epic space saga. Go behind the scenes of the film.
  • Star Tours: The Adventures Continue Attraction located in Tomorrowland at Disneyland Park. Make the jump to hyperspace aboard a 3D space flight to legendary destinations from the Star Wars saga.
  • Fireworks: Experience Disneyland in the evening hours under the stars. Stake out the perfect spot for watching the explosion of fireworks! For more information click here.
Disneyland Fireworks
Disneyland Fireworks

Disney Plus: Streaming subscription service approximated at $7 per month.
Launch: November 12, 2019 in the United States

Content: Expect to be able to watch Star Wars films and original content such as Star Wars: The Mandalorian. The live-action series takes place five years after the events in The Return of the Jedi starring Pedro Pascal as a bounty-hunting gunfighter. A Star Wars prequel series based on Rogue One that will star Diego Luna, who played Cassian Andor in the original movie will launch in Disney Plus’s second year.

Museum of Dream Space, Lantern Room, Beverly Center
Robert Yu Photography

Museum of Dream Space Art Installation

Location: Beverly Center
8500 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Price: $32 Discount Tickets: Goldstar // TodayTix
VIP package: $60. Skip the line, get your own personal photographer to document your museum visit and receive a special gift.

6 Rooms of Digital Art inspired by Yayoi Kusama
Digitally designed worlds that react to motion, creating living spaces that respond to you.
The glass lantern and infinity rooms might remind you of stars and space
The gold room might remind you of Broadway’s Aladdin Cave of Wonders

The Hollywood Bowl America in Space Concert
The Hollywood Bowl

America in Space
Hollywood Bowl

Location: The Hollywood Bowl
2301 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068
Price: $8 -$111

Buy Tickets Online
Discount Tickets: Goldstar 
Parking Information: Click Here

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, film clips with live accompaniment will take us back to that awesome and unbelievable time in history.

Artists:Los Angeles Philharmonic, David Newman conductor

Hollywood Forever Cemetery Outdoor Movie Screenings
Photo Courtesy of Kelly Lee Barrett for Cinespia

Movie Screenings

Location: Hollywood Forever Cemetery
6000 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Star Trek: 10th Anniversary Screening
Sun, June 9, 2019 from 8:30 PM – 11:30 PM
Buy Tickets Online
Price: $18-$20 (plus online purchasing fee)
All profits to the Anton Yelchin Foundation
Parking Information:
Click Here

E.T. + FIREWORKS
Thur. July 4, 2019 Gates: 7:15pm, Movie: 9pm
Price: $15-$39
Buy Tickets Online

Other: Marina Movie Nights (Free) Solo: a Star Wars Story (9/21/19)

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