Wiki Night- Ideas, Projects and Thoughts from Creative Minds in the Antelope Valley
Lancaster, CA June 15, 2011- The Lancaster Museum of Art and History continues its free monthly series of Wiki Nights thisThursday, June 16, 2011, from 6-9 p.m. at the Arbor Artist Lofts Gallery. The museum’s summer series of Pecha Kucha presentations, a fast-paced, fun and informative format designed to keep presentations short and passionate, is a monthly opportunity for creative individuals to come together in an informal atmosphere to share their ideas, projects and thoughts. Five presenters from a variety of creative fields and DJ Andy Kane will entertain amidst the current gallery show “Summer Sweethearts,” on view at the Lofts Gallery. The event is free and open to the public.
The Lancaster Museum of Art and History’s June 16th Wiki Night event will feature the following Pecha Kucha presentations:
Ben Andrews, “Stop-Animation as Art in the New Media Landscape.” Andrews will discuss the origins of stop-motion animation as an earlier form of special effects in motion pictures and how it has evolved into current cinema.
Nicelle Davis, “In the Circus of You: A Collaboration of Words and Images.” Nicelle Davis and Cheryl Gross are a poet and illustrator team who collaboratively create works which explore the cross sections of descriptive and visual expression. Based on their book “In the Circus of You” which deals with the themes of sanity, motherhood, monogamy, creative impulse, appropriation and self creation, Davis will explore their goal of morphing clichés into living language in order to give the domestic an epic appeal.
Tristan Greenleaf, “The Relationship between the Personalization of an Instrument and the Personalization of Music.” Greenleaf will discuss how the personalization of expression through different mediums intertwines within a musical instrument.
Rachel Jennings, “Who Is the Green Man? Foliate Heads and Leaf Masks in Medieval Architecture.” Exactly what or who are those leafy heads that stare down at us from the roof bosses of Europe’s cathedrals? Are they decaying dead people? Demons? Just nice decorations? Or could they be representations of The Green Man, the pagan spirit of nature? If so, how did they become the most popular motif in medieval Christian architecture?
Laurie Solis, “Fun Facts in Human Biology.” Ms. Solis will present fun, interesting (and sometimes shocking), little known facts in human biology. She will explain why men have nipples, how much DNA humans share with a banana, why humans get “goose-bumps” and more.
The Lancaster Museum of Art and History, currently closed during the preparations for its move to a new facility, will continue to present the series of Wiki Night events on the third Thursday of every month at a variety of locations. The Wiki Night events will also incorporate an interactive voting activity that seeks input from the community to help in “Building a New Museum.” The entire presentation will also be streamed live on the front page of ilivetoday.com and on the ustream channel for Lancaster Blvd.
The Lancaster Museum of Art and History is entreating the creative community of the Antelope Valley to submit their ideas for presentations and to help develop a dynamic creative network. Interested presenters for future Wiki Nights are invited to email their presentation title, a short description of the topic, and three jpeg images to the museum for future consideration.
General Information – The Lancaster Museum of Art and History, located at 44801 North Sierra Highway, will be closed during the preparation for its move to a new facility. The new facility will open later this year. For more information about the museum and its programming:
Call- (661) 723-6250
Check out- www.facebook.com/lmag.lancaster for updates
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Image Credit: Ben Andrews, “Origins of DragonCow,” stop-motion animation, 2009.
LANCASTER MUSEUM OF ART & HISTORY 44801 N. Sierra Highway Lancaster, CA 93534
TEL: (661)723-6250 Museum Hours:
WEB: www.cityoflancasterca.org The new facility will open in late summer/early fall.
MMM www.facebook.com/lmag.lancaster Free admission and tours
The history of La-Z-Boy. A Great American Story
In 1928, cousins Edward M. Knabusch and Edwin J. Shoemaker partnered and invested in the furniture business in the small town of Monroe, Michigan.Together, the duo set out to design a chair for “nature’s way of relaxing.” Using orange crates to mock-up and refine their idea, they invented a wood-slat porch chair with a reclining mechanism. Knabusch and Shoemaker then upholstered their innovation and marketed it as a year-round chair. The chair was a success, but it needed a name. Combining promotion with necessity, the partners held a contest. Entries included such names as Sit-N-Snooze, Slack-Back and Comfort Carrier, but one in particular — La-Z-Boy — was the winner.
In 1969, after years primarily as a manufacturer of recliners, La-Z-Boy started designing other products including reclining sofas, sleep sofas and modular groups. In 1983, La-Z-Boy introduced its first line of stationary sofas and occasional chairs. Today, La-Z-Boy offers a full line of home furnishings.
Aven’s and La-Z-Boy have been a team since 1986. Wow…25 years. That’s a lot of La-Z-Boy. I would estimate about 26,000 units of La-Z-Boy products have moved in and out of our warehouse. For Fathers Day Aven’s has hundreds of Genuine La-Z-Boy Recliners and dozens of Reclining Sofa and Love Seats in stock and ready for delivery or immediate pickup from our attached warehouse.
Happy Father’s Day
Every morning when I go for my early hike with my canine buddy, I take a bag to pick up the never-ending blowing trash. I truly value this wonderful vista that I get from my front yard, the fantastic geography all around and wide open spaces and buttes right across the road. It spoils it to see even the smallest scrap of paper, a blowing plastic bag, or worse, some broken glass. I have become a “conservancy group” of one member when it comes to keeping my three- square- mile area clean. I have cleaned this area many,many,many times but the winds keep the trash coming and I keep picking it up. I also pick up pieces of tires and broken parts that have fallen off of the ATV’s and dirt bikes that occasionally whip through here. I also find interesting things too, like whole snake skins that have been shed, many cool rocks (lots of quartz), petrified wood, and beer cans from the 60′s, It is a never ending surprise what I find out there. If everyone became a “conservancy group” of one member, take a little time out of your busy day to pick up a scrap or two and enjoy this beautiful desert, think of how clean the whole Antelope Valley could become !
A hearing “test” actually includes several tests that measure how well you hear a variety of sounds such as tones and speech. Hearing tests are conducted by state-licensed practitioners in special sound booths or extremely quiet rooms. Generally, hearing tests result in one of two outcomes: normal hearing or some degree of hearing loss. A baseline hearing screening is recommended at around age 50, unless you’re experiencing symptoms of hearing loss sooner. Recent studies indicate that the earlier hearing loss is detected and treated, the slower it progresses. And conversely, if hearing loss goes undiagnosed, it can worsen more quickly than necessary. Because hearing loss often appears gradually, you may be unaware of its onset-so don’t put off your initial hearing screening!
A hearing test usually begins with questions pertaining to your overall health and your hearing history. Typical questions about your hearing may include:
At this time, you should also be asked about medications you take. This is important because many prescription and over-the-counter drugs are ototoxic, or harmful to your hearing. This is also the stage to mention anything else you feel relates to your hearing.
Visual Examination of the Ears
Next, your ear canal and ear drum are inspected by a lighted device called an otoscope that magnifies the structures in the ear. Most hearing care specialists use video otoscopes which show you the inside of your ear on a video screen. Among other conditions, otoscopes spot ear wax blockages, ear drum perforations and signs of infection in the ear canal or middle ear. These problems can contribute to hearing loss, and are generally corrected by medical doctors. If none of these conditions is found however, the hearing screening continues with the pure-tone air-conduction test.
Air Conduction Testing
The pure-tone air-conduction test notes the very softest tones you can hear at least 50% of the time they are played for you. During this test, you will sit in a completely quiet room or sound booth, wearing earphones. Starting with one ear, the practitioner plays tones of different frequencies, (high-to-low pitches), one at a time. When you hear the sound, you raise a finger or press a button. Each tone is played at softer and softer levels until you no longer respond consistently. The softest level you can hear is your threshold for that particular frequency. The various frequencies played represent the range of sounds you commonly hear in the world. Your responses are charted on an audiogram, and the resulting graph indicates how well your outer and middle ear structures are processing sound.
Bone conduction testing uses the same process as air conduction testing, but tones are sent to a device placed behind your ear instead of into earphones. This allows sounds to bypass your outer and middle ear and pass through your skull to your inner ear. In this manner, bone conduction testing accurately assesses your inner ear’s hearing ability, without influence from your outer or middle ear. Once the results of both air conduction and bone conduction testing are plotted on your audiogram, a fuller picture of your hearing health emerges. The picture may show normal hearing or may indicate hearing loss. If the latter, the audiogram identifies the degree (mild, moderate, severe, profound), and the type (conductive, sensori-neural, mixed) of your hearing loss.
The next step in the process is testing that utilizes speech. The first test requires you to repeat a series of two-syllable words that are played at successively lower levels. This test helps to determine the level at which you can detect speech. You will then be asked to repeat one syllable words set at a comfortable listening level, to see how well you understand speech. Identifying these levels helps to further determine your hearing aid candidacy. Other valuable speech tests may include:
If your hearing tests show you require hearing aids for hearing loss, these speech tests help customize your hearing devices so it’s easy to comprehend conversation in multiple listening environmentseven noisy ones.
While a hearing screening can range from a short procedure to a battery of tests, a good hearing care professional will always take the time to explain every step, and help you understand your results. Remember, good hearing is in your control, so never hesitate to ask questions or seek answers! Call Beltone today at 661.948.4573 to schedule a complimentary hearing test. Our office is located at 753 W. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster, CA 93534. We also have offices in Bishop and Ridgecrest. Call for more information.
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