BOB BAKER MARIONETTES
Out & About pulls some strings to go behind the scenes when the Bob Baker Marionettes opens the doors at its new location. The current site on York Boulevard in Highland Park used to be an old Vaudeville Theater and though the location is new, the shows are still the same classic blend of music, comedy and brilliant puppeteering that have enchanted families for generations! Enjoy the opening day festivities, wander backstage with the performers and watch as a colorful collection of puppets is paraded about as the Bob Baker Marionettes share their special blend of magical puppetry with a whole new generation!
REMEMBERING BETTE DAVIS
Join Roger as he visits the Hollywood Museum to commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of the passing of legendary actress Bette Davis. The museum honors this important milestone with an exhibit that includes gowns worn by Miss Davis, personal items from her home, and culminates in a celebratory tribute featuring fans and admirers from film and TV.
Out & About spins a yarn about patience, craftsmanship and dedication at Stiches SoCal, an annual event dedicated to knitting, crocheting, macramé, and weaving. The traveling show weaves its way across the country, offering classes, seminars, knitting tips and a rainbow of yarns and textiles, offering an exciting avenue for crafting and creativity!
SAN DIEGO MAC N' CHEESE FEST
Enjoy the delectable tastes as Roger samples some of Southern California’s best-loved treats at the San Diego Mac N’ Cheese Fest! The afternoon event attracts restaurants and foodies from across the San Diego area to indulge themselves in these cheesy delights, culminating in a winner-take-all contest where restauranteurs and chefs elbow each other out to win the coveted Best Mac N’ Cheese trophy!
VISTA VIKING FESTIVAL
Travel back with us centuries in time to a turbulent period in Scandinavian History when the legendary Norse Vikings plundered the seas and ravaged the lands! The Vista Viking Festival brings together the characters, clothing and lifestyle of these misunderstood marauders, settlers and explorers with its annual tribute to Norse history featuring a series of detailed encampments, demonstrations on the use of period weapons and realistically brutal battle recreations
Follow Roger and the O&A crew as they venture “Over the Rainbow” to Oz Con, the annual gathering of devotees of L. Frank Baum’s classic “Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” No need to separate the Good Witches from the Bad Witches at this event which features rare books, artworks and collectibles as well as a kaleidoscope of colorful guests. So hop on your broomstick or follow the Yellow Brick Road as we join Dorothy, Toto, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion as they embark on a journey that is everyone’s favorite childhood memory!
MASTERS OF MUSICAL WHISTLING
Relish the sweet musical sounds which emanate from the Pasadena Convention Center when organizers of the “Masters of Musical Whistling” competition invites fellow devotees to showcase their whistling skills to a captive audience. And these talented performers ain’t just whistling Dixie. Instead, they belt out classic pop tunes like “My Way” and “Georgia On My Mind” as well as classical pieces by Mozart and Schubert. When you see them perform on stage you’ll certainly be blown away at the talent, range and skill of these devoted performers as they elevate this unusual skill to lofty heights!
INDIA’S SUBTERRANEAN STEPWELLS
Witness a breathtaking series of photographs when the Fowler Museum at UCLA presents “India’s Subterranean Stepwells”, an amazing collection of photographs from journalist Victoria Lautman featuring the historical wonders of Indian architecture that are centered around ancient water wells. The images on display represent a truly historic collection capturing these ancient sites and the grandeur of their construction while reflecting an otherworldly feel of loneliness and desolation.
CALIFORNIA’s NATURAL TREASURES
Out & About digs into the science of geology when the Pasadena Lapidary Society presents its annual Gem and Mineral Show featuring a dazzling collection of precious gems, jewelry, minerals, geodes and fossils worthy of a major museum! See meteorites from the moon and Mars, watch demonstrations of polishing and wire-wrapping and glimpse ancient fossils containing Trilobites, Crinoids and teeth from the giant Megalodons when Out & About uncovers the trove of Natural Treasures which lie beneath our feet!
Find out how far determined paleontologists will go to learn secrets of Earth’s history when a group of scientists uncover dinosaurs in the frigid ice sheets of Antarctica! Glimpse some of the tools and survival gear used by the scientists, and observe the preserved full-sized fossils of a Mosasaur, and the “cold-crested killer” Cryolophosaurus, a 25-foot predator which reigned over this domain when Antarctica enjoyed a temperate climate. If you were expecting penguins, you’ll be amazed at some of the perfectly preserved fossils on display when the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles unearths Antarctic Dinosaurs, their latest exhibit featuring fossils brought back, quite literally, from the ends of the earth!
MAMMOTHS & MASTODONS
Be with us when the La Brea Tar Pits unearths a new traveling exhibit “Mammoths and Mastodons” featuring life-sized models, hands-on interactive exhibits, and the latest discoveries and research relating to these extraordinary early mammals. Organized by the world renown Field Museum of Chicago, the traveling exhibit features actual fossils and full-sized casts of specimens found at the Tar Pits and other sites from around the world, including a cast of “Lyuba”, the world’s best preserved wooly mammoth calf.
MONSTERS, MAKE-UP & MAGIC: 30 years of Amalgamated Dynamics
The Hollywood Museum celebrates the legacy of Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc., one of the film industry’s premiere monster and makeup effects companies which has provided thrills and chills to moviegoers for thirty years for features like “Alien VS Predator”, “Deadpool”, “Annabelle” and “IT.” See actual casts and make up masks from some of Hollywood’s most frightening features and be there for the opening premiere when some of the stars who worked with these artists share some of their favorite fright-film moments!
Immerse yourself in the musical poetry of singer-songwriter Bob Dylan as more than 500 fans celebrate the timeless works of one of history’s most influential artists. Dylanfest brings together fans young and old for an eight hour marathon of music featuring classic tunes, both early and contemporary and “Out & About” is there to the end, soaking up the haunting melodies, indelible images, and poetic genius that has made Bob Dylan’s songs part of the Great American Songbook!
MARTIAL ARTS MUSEUM
Join Roger for a tour of the Martial Arts History Museum to learn about this popular meditative sport and its impact on western culture. The museum in Burbank, California covers the history and popularity of these well-honored traditions with its collection of photographs, videos and both authentic reproductions of martial arts weaponry from both ancient history and Hollywood history!
DRAGONFEST: MARTIAL ARTS EXPO
Experience Dragonfest, a Martial Arts Expo featuring demonstrations of “fighting sticks”, a pulse-pounding performance featuring Taiko drummers, a colorful display of island dancing, and a visceral display of self-defense techniques courtesy of American Old School Jujitsu. If you’ve never been interested in the mystical ways of the Samurai, Karate or Jujitsu, you’ll totally flip when “Out About with Roger Martin” delves into these ancient and meditative practices
PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM GRAND REOPENING
The Petersen Automotive Museum unveils its slick new cherried-out façade that is reminiscent
its fabulous collection of classic automobiles! The museum’s new facelift underscores the
of classic vehicles that now occupy its three floors. See two Aston Martin vehicles from the
James Bond series, learn how an engine works from Pixar’s “Cars” characters, and see
the future car designers sculpt their newest models as the Petersen shifts into high gear
to celebrate the past and future of automobiles!
HARVEST FESTIVAL OF DULCIMERS
There’s music to celebrate when we relish the soothing, siren call of the Dulcimer at a festival that is
devoted to these unique and wondrous instruments. Each year the Harvest Festival of Dulcimers attracts
an eclectic group of talented musicians to the United Methodist Church in Culver City.
Musicians participate in workshops, mingle with other players, and participate in impromptu
jam sessions where both the Mountain dulcimer and the Hammered dulcimer get equal
playtime. “Dulcimer” means “sweet sound” and how sweet it is indeed to savor
every note that resonates from these magical musicians who fill the air
with the light and airy melodies of a time long passed.
CUPID'S UNDIE RUN
Experience a brief encounter with the brave men and women who drop their drawers to sprint in
their underwear! Cupid’s Undie Run features participants from cities across the country and
the annual event comes to LA for the very first time to showcase a bevy
of beautiful bodies who bare nearly all to benefit the Children’s Tumor Foundation.
See Los Angeles' biggest new attraction as the Natural History Museum of LA County
unleashes Dinosaur Hall to its unsuspecting visitors. Twenty fully articulated fossilized skeletons
roar their way through two galleries among them the fearsome Allosaurus, the armor
plated Stegosaurus, the spike horned Triceratops and a trio of Tyrannosaurus Rex
which make up the world's first T-Rex growth series. Visit with the head curator and
project manager and find out why this new exhibit is such an important and groundbreaking
additon to a world class museum.
PAINT OUT IN TOPANGA
Watch talented artists create their inspired works in the free open air of the outdoors
as Allied Artists share their passion for Plein Air Painting. "Plein Air" means "in the open air"
and these talented painters take advantage of the serenity and peaceful rolling hills
of Topanga State Park by creating colorful splashes of scenic wonder. Relish with us
the warm soothing breezes, enjoy the changing colors of the majestic landscapes and listen
to the artists as they share with us inimate details of the passion and inspiration that
goes into creating their expressive works.
CAPITOL DRUGS' SAMPLE SATURDAY
Find out how to look and feel your best as West Hollywood's Capitol Drugs hosts its
annual Sample Saturday by offering free samples to its customers in the form of diet supplements,
health advice and free massage sessions. Interviews with professional bodybuilders, demonstrations
of acupuncture, and the pleasure of witnessing a bevy of beefcaked volunteers getting spray tanned
are just a few of the reasons to enjoy this enlightening and revealing edition!
Visit with the playful pack of pachyderms at San Diego's wondrous
new habitat "Elephant Odyssey." The state-of-the-art facility opened in early 2009
and is home to seven of these magnificent creatures who roam, splash and play
in their vast new surroundings. A model of an ancient tar pit, a new animal care facility
and a section devoted to the California Condor make this spectacular attraction simply one
of many reasons to rediscover this world class zoo!
Pro Fight Supplements Los Angeles Fitness Expo
Join Roger as he visits some of the best bodies in town at the LA Convention Center's annual assembly of the
city's beefiest and most beautiful! The Pro Fight Supplements Los Angeles Fit Expo features a
vein-popping assortment of muscled bodies and chiseled physiques, and features street dancing, cage fighting
and one of the city's largest Jui Jitsu competitions. And don't miss this year's event!
WINNER- 2004 WESTERN ACCESS VIDEO EXCELLENCE AWARD
See which episode of Out & About won the 2004 W.A.V.E. Award for Best Community
Event as we experience the nostalgic days of the classic Corvette at a spectacular
celebration in the Midwest! The crew of out & About embark upon an epic journey
as they travel to Effingham Illinois to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Chevrolet's classic
Corvette! The two day event celebrates the entire Corvette mystique, from its history and
development to the huge following of devoted fans for whom the Corvette represents a state
of mind! A tour through a Corvette upholstery facility, a spectacular helicopter flyover and
a toe-tapping concert of Beatles music courtesty of "1964: The Tribute" are some of the
highlights of this grand party, making Corvette Funfest the definitive do-all, end-all