Photo by Ella Gonzalez
At the moment, the Tide Pod is not only a viral challenge, but a perfect metaphor for 2018: The viscous liquids of a new year burst on the scene a little bit too soon, it came upon us a bit unexpectedly, and it presented itself outfitted in a candy-like package, soon to be discovered for what it really was: just another year.
Here’s what to eat, see and do for the fifth week of this Tide Pod of a New Year.
Eat (or Drink)
Feb. 3-4 — The Reef, 1933 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90007
The perfect antidote to consuming Tide Pods is the consumption of a more enjoyable liquid that has yet to have a viral video challenge on some niche corner of the internet: coffee.
CoffeeCon LA brands itself as “the world’s first roving 100 percent consumer coffee festival and coffee university.” It’s fit with all the trappings for the coffee connoisseur: a tasting floor, tasting seminars, coffee experts, and classes and special presentations including how to make latte art and “The Secrets of Mayan Coffee.”
If you are thinking that coffee has been elevated to an almost academic level with this conference, you might be correct. If you were to opine the seemingly ridiculous nature of a conference devoted to coffee you should stop in your tracks, as tickets for this event are a hot commodity, with some kinds of tickets that include the Coffee Tasting Seminar already sold out.
Through Feb. 4 — Los Angeles A+D Architecture and Design Museum
If there is something other than puppies and ice cream that defines the human experience and unites us all together, it is the more melancholy act of failure. The Museum of Failure pays homage to this universal human experience through a collection of more than 100 objects that represent the (commercial) failures of mankind.
Some of the items in the Museum of Failure include Bic for Her, Colgate’s frozen beef lasagne and a Donald Trump board game, among others. They are easily items that look like they have been pulled up from the dregs of the Internet on some old eBay account.
The Museum of Failure was originally conceived in Sweden by psychologist and innovation researcher Dr. Samuel West, and since then the traveling exhibition of failure has moved to Los Angeles. Despite the humor of the museum, it has a noble aim: to remind us that failure is OK and try better next time.
Event Prep: Thursday and Friday, Feb. 8 and 9. Event: Saturday, Feb. 10
The life of a Pepperdine student would not be complete without some sort of volunteering activity during the week. Malibu’s 2018 Student Art Exhibit for students in grades K-12 offers the opportunity to spend some time volunteering for the local Malibu community and supporting the city’s youngest artists.
More information on how to volunteer may be found on Malibucity.org.
Let CoffeeCon LA, the Museum of Failure and volunteering at the Student Art Exhibit in Malibu supplement the trifecta of multicolored soapy chemicals in a Tide Pod with innocuous fun. A viral video may not come out of any of these experiences, but your esophagus and respiratory system will be intact.
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