Duhamel gets deal to promote home state of N. Dakota

Duhamel gets deal to promote home state of N. Dakota


Hollywood actor Josh Duhamel will continue to promote his home state of North Dakota.

North Dakota’s tourism agency announced recently in Bismarck that the star of several “Transformers” movies will be paid $365,000 to be the face of the state’s tourism campaign for the next two years.

Duhamel already has earned $525,000 since 2013 to help lure visitors to North Dakota. The state’s biggest draw is Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota’s badlands, but the state is also known for its brutal winter weather. State Tourism Division Director Sara Otte Coleman said Duhamel has been a good ambassador, and that his television and other advertising have boosted visits to the state.

Duhamel is from Minot, in north-central North Dakota.

New simulator opens at Orlando Science Center


The Orlando Science Center has opened a new flight simulator that puts visitors in the virtual cockpit of a Marine Corps fighter jet.

A Navy news release said the central Florida museum and the Office of Naval Research held a ribbon-cutting recently for the new Flight Lab. The permanent exhibit provides a virtual, hands-on experience where guests can learn how to pilot an F-35B.

The Flight Lab uses 13 Oculus Rift virtual display units. Visitors can test their aviation skills as either a pilot or co-pilot, working together to complete a mission. During these missions, co-pilots will have to solve math problems, such as determining the amount of fuel, the speed and weight among other factors, before telling the pilot where to go and how fast to get there.

Detroit Institute of Arts displays works by Aaron Douglas


The Detroit Institute of Arts is displaying four works by painter, illustrator, muralist and arts educator Aaron Douglas.

Douglas was a significant figure of the Harlem Renaissance, and the paintings are on view at one of the museum’s African-American art galleries. They include “Portrait of Marian Anderson,” which depicts the celebrated opera singer and civil-rights activist.

The museum said in December the paintings would be on display for at least a year.

The paintings are on loan from Wilson A. and Deborah F. Copeland of Detroit and Lauren F. C. N’Namdi of Miami, Fla.

Exhibit explores history of China’s first emperor


The discovery in China of an underground army of nearly 8,000 life-size terracotta soldiers is considered one of the greatest archaeological finds of the 20th century.

More than four decades after they were first seen in modern times, by farmers in Shaanxi province, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts has 10 of the majestic figures on display in an exhibit that explores the history of ancient China and the reign of its first emperor, Ying Zheng.

Although various assortments of the terracotta soldiers have been displayed previously in museums in New York, Philadelphia, Seattle and elsewhere, the exhibit in Richmond also includes 40 objects never seen in the U.S., including ancient jade ornaments, precious jewelry and ceramics.

“Terracotta Army: Legacy of the First Emperor of China” is only being shown in Richmond and at the Cincinnati Art Museum, where it goes after its run in Virginia ends March 11.

Associated Press

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