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SXSW begins

SXSW begins

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Actors attend The Samsung Studio at South by Southwest 2016 on March 12-14, 2016 in Austin, Texas.

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Inside the ‘Big Lebowski’ house being donated to LACMA

Inside the ‘Big Lebowski’ house being donated to LACMA

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Jackie Treehorn’s pad is becoming part of an art museum? “Far out,” we hear The Dude gasping. The living room that the film “The Big Lebowski” set in Malibu is, in real life, in the hills, not by the beach. Now, the convention- and gravity-defying home its part of, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright disciple John Lautner, is being donated to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which plans to use it for fundraisers, exhibitions, conferences, and collaborations with other museums, the L.A. Times reports. In a Times column, the museum’s director called it “one of the most important houses in all of L.A.” and “one of the most L.A. houses.”

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Panda cub in Washington is thriving ahead of public debut

Panda cub in Washington is thriving ahead of public debut

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WASHINGTON (AP) — If the youngest giant panda cub at the National Zoo is stressed out about appearing in front of crowds for the first time, he isn’t showing it.

Keepers were expecting Bei Bei (BAY BAY) to squawk and squirm during an audience with a small news media contingent Monday. Instead, under bright television lights with cameras clicking, he quickly fell asleep on an examination table, leaving a small puddle of drool on the tablecloth.

Panda biologist Laurie Thompson explained that before he went in front of the cameras, Bei Bei was playing with a piece of bamboo and trying to walk. Just like a newborn human, he tires easily.

“I’m very proud of him,” Thompson said. “Obviously, he wasn’t too bothered by all the people here. This is just the beginning for him as far as people go.”

Bei Bei is ready for his close-up. The cub will make a few appearances before selected audiences ahead of his public debut on Jan. 16, when the panda house will reopen. That’s also around the time Bei Bei will be sure enough on his feet that he’ll get to venture into the outdoor panda habitat for the first time.

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