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History Museum's Dinosaur Rose Parade Float, Retrospectives For Municipal Art Gallery and Watts Towers

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PASADENA: For the first year ever, the Natural History Museum will have a float in the Rose Parade. They're partnering with LA INC (the visitors bureau) on a float featuring the museum's newly-renovated 1913 building and "three of the stars from the new Dinosaur Hall — Thomas the T. rex, the long-necked Mamenchisaurus, and an immense Triceratops." For now the float is covered in dry materials, including white beans for the Triceratop's stomach and artichoke seeds for the ground; by parade day, it'll be decked out in "carnations; hot pink, yellow, red, and orange bromeliads; green Mexican papaya; and green Egyptian papyrus." The museum is looking for volunteer decorators and there are only a few shifts left. All the information is here. [Curbed Inbox]

LOS FELIZ/WATTS: LA's Department of Cultural Affairs kicks off its contribution to mega SoCal art survey Pacific Standard Time this Thursday with Civic Virtue: The Impact of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and the Watts Towers Arts Center, a "dual-venue exhibition examining the institutional histories of two of Los Angeles’ oldest and most diverse artistic centers operated by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs." Details are here (pdf). [Curbed Inbox]

Watts Towers

1765 E 107th St, Los Angeles, CA 90002

Barnsdall Art Park

4804 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027