Travelogue: News and Notes from Connecticut, L.A., and Detroit


By Neal Broverman

Exploring an architectural masterpiece just got easier and a much-loved bike festival returns.

NEW CANAAN, CONN.: The legendary Glass House from architect Philip Johnson is now offering self-guided tours beginning May 1. Visitors can explore the 49-acre grounds, including the house and other Johnson-designed buildings at their own pace. A new special event, "Veil," happens this year, with artist Fujiko Nakaya majestically enveloping the glass house in a veil of mist.

LOS ANGELES: The ninth CicLAvia event happens on Sunday on Wilshire Boulevard, the city's main thoroughfare. The boulevard will be closed down from 9 a.m. to the late afternoon, allowing bikes, pedestrians, and other non-motorized transport to rule the road. Street parties, restaurant specials, and lots of cute cyclists promised. The event runs from the Fairfax District to downtown.

LOS ANGELES: The iPic, a new luxury movie theater in the Westwood neighborhood, announced its opening for May 2. The six-screen, 424-seat theater will offer premium food, like salmon tartar cones and creme fraiche rhubarb pops, while patrons sit in oversized leather chairs. Premium service include service-call buttons where waiters respond to your every need.

ANN ARBOR, MICH.: The Necto club is hosting "Pride Disco Retro Hustle" on Friday (April 4), a fundraiser for Equality Michigan's Motor City Pride. There will be a '70s disco and '80s retro party, along with a free drag show. Fifty percent of the door proceeds go to Detroit's Pride celebration.

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