Archive of Linda Hubbard Gulker

Linda Hubbard Gulker first moved to Menlo Park a really long time ago (long enough that she started kindergarten at Hillview School and graduated there from 8th grade in the days it was a K-8). Following her four years at Menlo-Atherton High School, she went “SoCal” to attend UCLA and stayed too long in the Southland. She moved back to Menlo Park 20 years ago to find some things had changed – and some things remained the same. When she’s not blogging or taking snapshots for InMenlo, she’s jogging the Dish or other nearby hills.

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We know we’ll get some arguments in favor of what puts money in the City’s coffers. Or even the day you brought your firstborn home from the hospital.

But we can’t think of anything more appealing, fun and exciting ever to hit Menlo Park than the two exhibits, Living Digital Space and Future Parks, currently on display at 300 El Camino Real. Or for that matter, anything that would make better use of an abandoned auto dealership (that also spent time as Tesla’s first production site).

Presented by the Japanese art collective teamLab and Pace Art + Techology, the large-scale installation showcases 20 digital works.

We were lucky enough to get a guided tour by Elizabeth Sullivan, a new resident of Menlo Park who serves as president of Pace Palo Alto, a gallery that will be opening in our neighboring city’s downtown at the end of April, as well as director of Pace Art + Technology.

Elizabeth has been with Pace for 17 years, but says this was “the biggest undertaking in my career with over 20,000 feet of space.”

She explained that Pace Art + Technology was founded by Pace President Marc Glimcher and is dedicated to collaboration with interdisciplinary art groups, collectives and studios whose works explore the confluence of art and technology.

Elizabeth Sullivan in front of exhibit

“After establishing a base in Menlo Park, it became clear that this would be an ideal venue in which to examine the new approach of the emerging art and technology collectives and how to best share their work with the public,” Glimcher said in a press release announcing the new program last December.

Visitors to the gallery, which is more akin to a museum, will find that the works are interactive. Elizabeth showed us one example in the Future Parks section, which is designed to appeal, in particular, to children.

“It’s called Sketch Aquarium,” she explained. “You pick a cut out of a fish and take it over to a table to color it. It gets scanned and comes alive in the aquarium.”

She also placed her hand on a character in Story of the Time When Gods were Still Everywhere, and the world contained in those characters opens up and the story begins (photo above middle).

Founded in 2001 in Tokyo by Toshiyuki Inoko, teamLab is “an interdisciplinary group of ultra-technologists whose collaborative practice seeks to navigate the confluence of art, technology, design, and the natural world. It’s rooted in the tradition of ancient Japanese art and contemporary forms of anime.”

If all of that sounds complicated, the resulting 20 works on display provoke amazement and wonder, a true feast for the senses that can be further enhanced by downloading the companion app.

The exhibit is scheduled to run through July 1, and it’s Elizabeth’s hope that school groups and corporate teams as well as individual viewers come for a visit. There is also an opportunity for non-profits to host fundraisers at the space.

Living Digital Space and Future Parks is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. Tickets, ranging in price from $7 to $20, are available in advance online.

Photos by Irene Searles: top – Elizabeth is pictured in front of Flowers and People Cannot be Controlled and Live Together, hence the flowers all over her clothing and face; middle – the character Elizabeth touches floating around Story of the Time When Gods were Still Everywhere becomes a cow

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Spotted: Goodies at Laurel’s Sweetheart Bake Sale

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Laurel School held its annual Sweetheart Bake Sale today, a fundraiser for the school’s PTO. The kindergarten kids provided the entertainment with singing led by Mrs. Bergeron. Parent and InMenlo contributing photographer Laura Hamilton cast her lens at some of the goodies. Volunteers on hand to make things run smoothly include (left to right): Susan Butler, […]

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With the rains come “lumpy black things” in one Menlo Park backyard

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Emailed Menlo Park resident Eric Sabelman: “The rains have encouraged mushrooms to grow that I haven’t seen in years. The most common in my yard are strange lumpy black things, to be seen everywhere in the leaf mulch that replaced my old grass lawn. “Wondering if they are good to eat (and not willing to […]

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Applications being accepted for Menlo Park’s Friendship/Sister Cities Committee

Applications are now being accepted by the City of Menlo Park for their Friendship / Sister Cities Committee. Application forms may be obtained on the City Clerk’s website, as follows: http://www.menlopark.org/DocumentCenter/View/9491 and http://www.menlopark.org/DocumentCenter/View/6390. For more information, contact the City Clerk’s office at http://www.menlopark.org/153/Advisory-Boards-Commissions Applications are due on or before Tuesday, March 1, 2016.

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Photographer Alan McGee casts his lens at Rodin’s white works

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Over a course of more than a decade, Portola Valley-based photographer Alan McGee photographed the works of Rodin, first at nearby Stanford and then at other locations. A portion of those photographs are on display in February at Portola Art Gallery in an exhibit titled Rodin en Blanc. A reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, […]

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David Klein launches inspirational podcasts on lessons learned through sports

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Menlo-Atherton High School grad and founder/General Manager of the Menlo Park Legends has added inspirational podcasts to his multiple baseball-related pursuits. “We’re focusing on current and former baseball players,” he says. “The rationale behind the podcasts is that sports builds character, which helps you progress as a person both on and off the field. Baseball is […]

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Getting a tour of the new Science and User Support building at SLAC

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We’ve been watching the new building at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory go up over the past year, and now that it’s complete, find it quite eye-catching, particularly as viewed going west on Sand Hill Road. Accompanied by InMenlo contributing photographer Irene Searles, we were given a tour of the first floor and second floor by […]

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Big Game Big Give is the biggest of the big Super Bowl parties – and it took place in Atherton

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There have been a ton of Super Bowl parties over the past week but none was more super than the bash at venture capitalist and philanthropist Jillian Manus’s Atherton estate last night. Guests — a mix of celebrities, athletes, and a who’s who of Silicon Valley — paid $3,000 each to attend. They probably knew they were in […]

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Spotted: Super pig being roasted for Super Bowl feast

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We walked by the usually deserted Italian American Social Club in Menlo Park this morning and found a number of members there roasting a pig for a Super Bowl party. They expect a crowd of 50 or 60. Chief roaster was Larry Millili (right), assisted by Vic Para.

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Spotted: Panther fans on their bellies

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InMenlo contributing photographer Irene Searles traveled to San Jose yesterday to photograph a sculptor we’d recently interviewed at his foundry. While there, she spotted people lying side-by-side in a line on the street. Why were they on their bellies? Turned out they were Carolina Panther fans trying to peek under the fence where the team is […]

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Any impact of Super Bowl 50 on Menlo Park and Atherton?

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The answer to that question is “yes, sort of.” For philanthropic people with deep pockets, there’s the opportunity to rub shoulders with Joe Montana and Matt Williams at the Big Game Big Give event at the Atherton estate of Jillian Manus tomorrow night for a cool $3,000 a pop. There’s an additional Menlo Park connection; Brendy […]

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