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CurbedWire: Get Ready for the Flood

[Image of Noah's Ark courtesy of Skirball Center and G. Mudford]

LA might be park poor, but we just gained a new spot for the kiddies. The Skirball Center is debuting its new permanent family wing, Noah's Ark, next week. The museum described it as an " Upload Fileg>indoor and outdoor attraction, offer[ing] a multi-sensory, interactive experience. It invites visitors to board a gigantic wooden ark and to play, climb, build, discover, nurture, problem-solve and collaborate alongside hundreds of handcrafted, one-of-a-kind animals." And just in time for the completely-unrelated, totally coincidental Steve Carrell vehicle opening, Evan Almighty. Talk about synergy. Arks are HOT. They're totally the new modular homes. [CurbedWire Inbox]

VENICE - A reader who recently discovered us writes in with some rumored Venice changes - some possibly true. Others most likely not: There is a Starbucks slated to open in the new huge building being constructed on the corner of Abbot Kinney and Venice Blvd.[Ed. note: Not gonna happen, according to Venice Paper]. Dive bar "The Townhouse" has finally been bought by a new owner, the same person who owns "The Temple Bar" in Santa Monica. The bar has already been cleaned up and slightly redecorated and re-staffed. The secret downstairs speakeasy area built during the prohibition will have DJ's spinning and a lively scene for the first time in many years. Maybe they can reopen the secret tunnel that was used to sneak in the illegal liquor back in the day. The bar on Abbot Kinney the "Other Room" owner has now secured the lease on the adjoining building and plans to open a restaurant/deli with can cater to the late night crowd in the bar next door. Construction has already started. [CurbedWire Inbox]