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What's New in the West: January 2015

Highlights include performances at San Francisco's Museum of the African Diaspora and apps that help you explore Idaho and Wyoming.

  • The online tool UC Davis EV Explorer helps users compare the annual energy cost of gas, electric, and hybrid vehicles. phev.ucdavis.edu/project/ev-explorer.

  • Four vivid shows, among them Drapetomanía: Grupo Antillano and the Art of Afro-Cuba, inaugurate San Francisco’s reopened Museum of the African Diaspora. moadsf.org.
  • Take a virtual tour of the American frontier through visual art, interactive exhibits, and a sculpture courtyard at the new Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West in Arizona. scottsdalemuseumwest.org.
  • See nearly 200 treasures in The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors at B.C.’s Vancouver Art Gallery, through Jan. 11. vanartgallery.bc.ca.
  • Newly updated, Lonely Planet’s Best Ever Travel Tips helps you avoid common vacation pitfalls. Member price $9. AAA.com/store.
  • Admire Portland International Airport’s iconic 1980s carpet—now being replaced—at Carpet Diem!, a collage displayed through 2015 in Concourse D. flypdx.com.
  • The updated, free app Idaho Travel Guide by Triposo offers tips on attractions, restaurants, and nightlife in major cities. Works offline, too. itunes.apple.com.
  • At Seattle’s Wing Luke Museum, the exhibit Do You Know Bruce? explores martial artist and movie star Bruce Lee’s Northwest connection with rare photos and letters. wingluke.org.
  • The updated app Official Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites & Trails Guide combines location and activity searches. itunes.apple.com.
  • The Children’s Museum of Northeast Montana in Glasgow debuts World Wildlife Experience, a show of mounted animals, cultural artifacts, and more, covering eight regions worldwide. nemtchildrensmuseum.org.
  • The Tutka Bay Lodge Cookbook highlights recipes, photos, and personal stories from Alaska’s beloved, remote seaside lodge. $22. amazon.com.
  • Alaska’s first Hard Rock Cafe, in Anchorage, has a 52-inch touch wall that lets visitors browse the company’s memorabilia archive. hardrock.com/cafes/anchorage.

 

This article was first published in January 2015. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.