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INSIDE SWAZZLE

Inside the puppet making workshop and visual effects studio of Swazzle, where twin brothers Patrick and Sean Johnson create larger-than-life, elaborate puppets for such shows as Little Shop of Horrors, Avenue Q, Shrek: The Musical, and The Pee-Wee Herman Show […]

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THE CAROUSEL COLLECTOR

Tucked away in a nondescript warehouse in Irwindale, CA is one of the world’s largest collections of antique carousel figures.    

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MOUNT WILSON’S 100-INCH HOOKER

Spending the night with a 98-year-old Hooker may not sound that appealing to most people, but that’s exactly what I did recently on top of Mount Wilson, visiting what was once the largest telescope in the world.

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PUPPET SCHOOL

When I found out that Puppet School would be closing its doors, I jumped at the opportunity to enroll in one of their final classes. It also didn’t hurt that my workshop was going to be taught by an award-winning […]

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FOLK ART TACOS

In the heart of downtown Riverside, Martin Sanchez has built a folk art shrine out of trash on the grounds of where his home and Mexican restaurant are both located.      

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SCARE LA: CELEBRATING HALLOWEEN IN SUMMER

Oh the horror! A summer convention for people who just can’t wait for Halloween.    

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VALLEY RELICS

Like oh my god, there’s a totally tubular place in Chatsworth that celebrates everything that was rad about The San Fernando Valley, you know like, THE VALLEY.    

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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY

Down the Rabbit Hole at the Richard Nixon Museum in Yorba Linda, CA        

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PATTON STATE HOSPITAL MUSEUM

Established in 1889 as the Highland Insane Asylum (Southern California State Asylum), the state hospital continues to provide psychiatric care and treatment to judicially committed and mentally disordered adult individuals. The recently opened museum contains over 140 artifacts and shows […]

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COLONEL ALLENSWORTH STATE HISTORIC PARK

Established in 1908 by a former slave as an idealistic community dedicated to Booker T. Washington’s principles of self-help and self-determination, this Central Valley utopia was the first all-African-American township in California founded and financed by black citizens.    

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