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LA kayaker escapes shark attack near Santa Barbara beach

A shark advisory remains in effect for parts of a Santa Barbara beach after a shark attacked a kayaker Thursday morning and bit into the side of his boat near Stearns Wharf. "That thing was hungry," said the kayaker, who was uninjured and able to swim to safety. "It wasn't a nudge."
Arts & Entertainment

7 things to do in SoCal this weekend

From gazing at the night sky in the Santa Monica mountains to watching a weiner dog race in Cypress, we've got a list of food, festivals, and nighttime activities to check out this weekend (including a plan for those staying at home: FYF Fest live stream on Twitter!). See our full roundup.

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Velaslavasay Panorama

What it is:
Before VR videos, 3D movies, even before motion pictures, there was an art form that allowed audiences to escape to another world: panoramas. The Velaslavasay Panorama is your chance to take a journey of the mind the old fashioned way, surrounded by a 360-degree painted environment with changing lights and sound.
Why it's cool:
The experience can be so moving that several of the Panorama's Yelp reviews are actual poetry. It's a great way to unplug from your digital existence to get in touch with yourself.
You should know:
The Velaslavasay Panorama is on view Fridays through Sundays from noon until six p.m. and runs on donations (the suggested donation to view the panorama is $6). Be sure to schedule extra time for exploring the lush gardens behind the building.