By JIM SKEEN
Special to the Valley Press
This week we’re checking out trippy art in the Arts District, playing retro video games in Pomona, playing with LEGOs and learning yoga in Pasadena, catching rising stars at LACMA and seeing a wildlife photo exhibition in Exposition Park.
I’m listing this one even though the reviews I’ve seen have been lukewarm at best. Wisdome is a 35,000-square-foot complex its creators call “the world’s first fully immersive entertainment art park.”
This “art park” features five domes, including two with 360 projection technology. The largest dome can accommodate 500 art viewers and the total park can accommodate 1,500.
One dome features the work of “digital alchemist” Android Jones, whose work has been seen at the Burning Man festival and his interactive projections have been shown on the Sydney Opera and Empire State Building. He also has created album covers for Papa Roach and Bluetech.
“You don’t need to be high to appreciate the vibrant colors, textures and dimensions displayed within this high-tech wonderland, but it surely helps,” the laweekly said. “Kinda like Lasarium in the ’70s and ’80s, the eye-popping presentation provides a place to relax, zone out and let your mind journey to other realms. Here, you also have to be cool with lying on the ground and getting up close and personal with strangers trying to do the same.”
Wisdome is located at 1147 Palmetto St. in the Arts District. Tickets start at $25. For tickets and information, visit wisdom.la.
Retro City Festival
The second annual Retro City Festival taking place from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Jan. 5 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Jan. 6, at the Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., in Pomona.
The festival is a celebration dedicated to the history of video games, arcades and pinball. You can play dozens of classic games, including Asteroids (Atari), Donkey Kong — Blue Cab (Nintendo) and Star Wars Trilogy (Sega).
There will be a display of what organizers are calling the largest collection of vintage video game consoles in all of California. Over 70 exhibitors will be on hand to help you add to your gaming collection.
There will be live bands playing video game music.
Tickets are $25 for a Sunday pass, $35 for a Saturday pass and $50 for a weekend pass. You can find more information and a ticket link at http://retrocityfestival.com/arcade.
LEGO fans rejoice, Bricks LA is back from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Jan. 5 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Jan. 6 at the Pasadena Convention Center, 300 East Green St.
There will be over 19,000 square feet of custom-made models, a play area for children and vendors selling new, used and vintage Lego sets.
Tickets for the event are just $5 per person, with children 5 and under admitted free.
The yoga expo
The Pasadena Convention Center will be a happening place. In addition to Bricks LA, it’s hosting The Yoga Expo from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Jan. 5.
There will be seven stages, live music, meditation classes, mindfulness workshops and classes of varying styles. Over 50 50-minute classes are offered through the day and vary in level — beginners, advanced yogis, children and anyone in between. Classes are taught by local and national teachers. Explore the Yoga Marketplace, food court and aerial yoga shows.
Tickets are $35. Visit theyogaexpo.org for tickets and more information.
Rising Stars at LACMA
The Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artists will perform a free show at 6 p.m., Jan. 6, in the Bing Theater of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Created and overseen by Plácido Domingo, the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program is a two- to three-year paid residency for singers and pianists of exceptional talent who are currently in transition from academic training to a professional career in opera.
The program is designed to support the future of opera by discovering and developing the talents of exceptionally gifted young artists to become performers of potentially international stature.
Photography exhibit wraps up
The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Natural History Museum, 900 Exposition Blvd., will wrap up this weekend, Jan. 4-6.
“Wildlife Photographer of the Year uses photography to challenge perceptions about the natural world, helping promote sustainability and the conservation of wildlife,” nhm.org says. “The exhibition, now in its 53rd year, features stunning images from professionals and amateurs, adults and youths, from around the world. Be inspired by 99 acclaimed photographs that reveal the abundance, beauty, resilience, and vulnerability of nature.”
Tickets are $6 for adults. Kids get in free when accompanied by a paying adult.