The club presents the exhibition, “Signs of Spring: A Day in the Garden,” showcasing a range of paintings capturing the blooming of colorful flowers and budding of leaves that transform the landscape, from backyard gardens to hiking paths, by a large number of painters, on view Tuesday through May 20. A reception is scheduled for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18
An homage to the late legendary Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz, featuring 50 Sunday and daily football-themed comic strips, as well as Peanuts objects and ephemera, will be on display in the Charles M. Schulz’s Pigskin Peanuts exhibition at Forest Lawn Museum from January 18 through March 15, 2018. Pigskin Peanuts demonstrates the fun Schulz had with the sport of football and gives audiences an up-close-and-personal view of the Peanuts characters: Schulz’s long-loved bunch of cartoon kids and animals–Charlie Brown, Lucy, Marcie, Snoopy, Woodstock and the rest of the gang. Visitors will see iconic strips like “Fall Classic,” during which Lucy pulls the ball away from Charlie Brown just as he runs up to kick it, the “Mad Punters’” exuberant capers, Woodstock’s valiant gridiron efforts, Marcie’s total ineptitude at the game, and the passion and ferocity which marked Peppermint Patty’s play. Visitors will also have the opportunity to dress up in the team locker room, take a photo for a football trading card and try their own hand at “pulling the football” from Charlie Brown. Free.
When: January 18 through March 15, 2018. Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 5pm
Where: Forest Lawn Museum 1712 S Glendale Ave, Glendale, CA 91205
Roslin Art Gallery presents
COFFEESCAPES: from Cup to Canvas
The unique art of Anush Movsesian Avejic
January 18 – 31, 2018
415 E. Broadway, Glendale, CA 91205
Opening Reception :January 18 at 7:00pm
Closing Reception: January 31 at 7:00pm
Conversation with artist followed by private coffee reading sessions
COFFEESCAPES are exploded views of coffee readings. Anush Movsesian Avejic has always been intrigued with the beautiful lines and both negative and positive space on the walls of the overturned coffee cups – each cup holding a message and a mini abstract work of art. In the early 90’s, while undergoing cancer treatment, she had the idea of recreating the fortune inside her cup using Armenian coffee as her medium. Her first canvas was one of angels and hope and was ten times the size of her cup – six feet in length.
Her coffee paintings take something as temporary as a cup of coffee and the fortune the cup holds, and create permanence of that moment in time. She will gladly paint your fortune for you. But it’s not only about the fortune but rather the entire process – from the brewing of the coffee, to enjoying a delicious cup with a friend. It’s a communal activity steeped in tradition. Whether you believe in the reading or not, you see the interior of the cup as a thing of unique beauty. Also included in the show are other coffee based art pieces, as well as some of Anush’s drawings, paintings and handmade pomegranate jewelry.
Anush Movsesian Avejic is an American-born Armenian artist living in Southern California. She studied graphic design and illustration at Cal-State Los Angeles. She has illustrated two children’s books, When I Go to Church and When I Was Baptized. She has always had an eye for detail which has served as her inspiration. Anush’s home studio is where she creates not only her drawings and paintings, but also her unique handmade silver, copper and bronze pomegranate jewelry for her company, Pomegranate & Eye. Pomegranates are a recurring theme in her art and evoke childhood memories of growing up Armenian in America.
The play “Nothing is the Same” opens at 8 p.m., the story of four Hawaiian youngsters, two of Korean extraction, one of Filipino parentage and one of Japanese ancestry, who are playing marbles on Oahu on Dec. 7, 1941 as Japanese bombers attack. The Japanese-Hawaiian boy becomes an object of suspicion, as he appears to signal one of the aircraft flying overhead, raising questions about how the other three respond to him, as Japanese-Americans on the mainland are being rounded up and sent to detention camps. It continues at 8 p.m. Fridays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays through March 4. Tim Dang directs. Tickets are $33 for adults, $30 for seniors and $20 for youth younger than 21.
The exhibition “The Feminine Sublime” opens, in a work consisting of large-scale paintings by five Los Angeles female artists. The paintings formulate an alternative, more inclusive contemporary reading of the sublime, in a narrative that upends previous ideas of the sublime in painting with a unique feminist perspective. The exhibition “Testament of the Spirit: Paintings by Eduardo Carrillo” goes on view. The artist, painter and social activist is known for advancing the recognition and appreciation of Chicano art and culture in Los Angeles. The exhibition “Ana Serrano: Homegrown,” an installation, references a recognizable urban landscape and homage to her family’s connection to the land in Mexico. All are on view through June 3.
Family Fun Sunday features palm leaf crafts, kite-making and a demonstration of Japanese Noh acting, starting at 11 a.m. Free; no reservations required.
Drag Queen Story Hour, for children of all ages features glittering, magical drag queens Valora von Tease and Michelle Tea reading quirky, progressive children’s books, followed by a simple craft, starting at 3 p.m.
The concert features the St. Lawrence string Quartet performing works by Haydn, Janacek and Tchaikovsky, at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 to $55.
Author Thelma T. Reyna discusses and signs “Reading Tea Leaves after Trump,” a collection of poetry and fictional prose marking the first anniversary of the Trump administration, starting at 4 p.m.
The concert features Pittance Chamber Music, a group of extraordinary musicians from the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, joined by members of the LA Opera Chorus, performing works by Beethoven, Vaughn Williams and Brahms, starting at 4 p.m. Admission is $20 at the door.
Jazz pianist Russell Ferrante performs with drummer Steve Schaeffer and bassist Michael Valerio during Jazz Vespers at 5 p.m., open to the public. Mike Kinman offers a meditation.
Sound | Healing | Meditation
Sundays are for Soundbaths!
This and every Sunday join us as we raise the vibration on a healing sound journey… experience total relaxation, release stress and restore your mind, body and spirit.
Everything is energy. Spirit meets science in this unique and profound frequency journey, harmonized and guided by the gifted Torkom Ji.
A soundbath is a form of sound-guided meditation and relaxation induced by different instruments tuned to powerful, healing frequencies such as 432HZ.
We encourage you to bring something to lie down on and be comfortable: a mat, a blanket, a pillow, comfy clothes, and an open heart are all suggested.
TORKOM JI is master sound healer and electronic music producer from Los Angeles. He has been facilitating transformative experiences since 2012 and has provided deep meditation and rejuvenation for thousands of people using his unique and powerful system of penetrative and healing tones & sounds. Birthed from his studies of music, vibration, energy and the practice of meditation and martial arts; Torkom has mastered and perfected a system that is known to put people into very deep states of consciousness. Torkom weaves sound waves live, and reveals harmonics using his one-of-a-kind system Quantum Harmonix; a sound-based healing
For more information, visit www.torkomji.com, and visit us at 1359 – 1365 N Hill Ave on Sunday January 14th! Parking is available behind the studio, with entrance on Washington Ave.
“See the Light. Feel the Light. BE the Light.”✨🙏🏽💛
Downtown Alhambra is holding its first Taste of Alhambra Restaurant Week from January 22-28 as part of “Visit California Restaurant Month,” a national event celebrated in many major cities to help stimulate tourism and patronage at local restaurants.
The week promotion spotlights the amazing and diverse cuisines of Downtown Alhambra’s restaurant scene. Diners can enjoy Italian, American continental, Asian Fusion, Japanese, Thai, Hawaiian, Korean, Irish, Peruvian, Indian, Mexican and more, thanks to specials at participating eateries that will offer specially priced prix-fixe menus just for the week.
Restaurants are offering 2-3 course menus priced anywhere from $15 -$30 for lunch, and $20 – $50 for dinner. Diners simply need to call make reservations, visit the restaurant(s), and ask for their Taste of Alhambra prix-fixe menus.
The restaurant roster currently includes: Mancora Peruvian, Shakas Hawaiian, Budda Belly Modern Kitchen, Charlie’s Trio Café, Vino at Trios, 38 Degrees Ale House & Grill, Sage Bistro 626, Limerick’s Tavern Alhambra, Diner on Main, Bon Appetea Café, Side Bar Grill, Tokyo Table, Big Catch Seafood, Dickey’s BBQ Pit Alhambra and Mahan Indian.
Check back at www.downtownalhambra.com, for participating restaurants and their specially priced menus for Taste of Alhambra!
Historian Erik M. Conway discusses Caltech rocket development programs of the 1930s and ‘40s at 7:30 p.m., free and open to the public.
Tweens ages 9 to 12 are invited to the Tween Book Club to read great books and make new friends at 4:30 p.m.
Daniel Horowitz discusses and signs “Happier?: The History of a Cultural Movement that Aspired to Transform America” at 7 p.m.
The Playhouse presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Pirates of Penzance,” as reimagined by Chicago troupe The Hypocrites, adapted and directed by Sean Graney, co-adapted by Kevin O’Donnell, with musical direction by Andra Velis Simon, opening at 8 p.m. Show times are 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, through Feb. 18.Tickets are $25 and up.
Have you ever wanted an Oriental rug? Not just any rug, but one with the quality to last a lifetime and the fair trade labor standards you demand? Come and explore our large selection of Tribal, Bokhara and Persian rugs. From Classic to Contemporary in sizes from 2’x3′ to 9’x12′ and runners. All of the rugs are hand-knotted by fairly paid adults in Pakistan.
Free films screen at 1 p.m. Wednesdays. Wednesday’s film is “Eddie the Eagle” (2016).
The renowned Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC) is currently enrolling children ages six and seven in its “First Experiences in Singing” Level I class, which introduces children to the wonders and excitement of singing and music. Classes are held Wednesdays from January 24 to March 14, 2018, from 4:15 pm to 5 pm, at Pasadena Presbyterian Church. Geared for children with no previous musical training, the eight-week class is intentionally small in size to provide optimum instruction.
“First Experiences in Singing enables children to explore their voices, which are their own unique instruments,” says LACC Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson.
First Experiences in Singing includes general music and rhythmic concepts and teaches bel canto singing, the vocal style using the head voice for which LACC is acclaimed, with all activities adhering to LACC’s supportive and nurturing tradition of excellence, focusing on the health of the voice. It also incorporates different learning modalities to engage visual, auditory and kinetic learners while presenting the fundamentals of singing at the appropriate developmental stage to prepare children to audition for LACC’s upper-level choirs.
Children who complete First Experiences in Singing Level I are eligible to continue in Level II, then Level III classes, which are non-performing groups. Graduates of Level III are eligible to audition for LACC’s Preparatory Choir.
LOS ANGELES CHILDREN’S CHORUS is recognized throughout the country for its exceptional artistic quality and technical ability. Founded in 1986, LACC serves more than 400 children ages 6 to 18 through six choirs – Preparatory, Apprentice, Intermediate, Concert, Chamber Singers and Young Men’s Ensemble for boys with changing voices – and offers First Experiences in Singing classes and a First Experiences in Choral Singing Ensemble for 6-8-year-olds. LACC has been described as “hauntingly beautiful” (Los Angeles Times), “astonishingly polished” (Performances Magazine), “extraordinary in its abilities” (Culture Spot LA), and “one heck of a talented group of kids” (LA Weekly). Recipient of Chorus America’s 2014 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, the nation’s highest choral honor, LACC has toured North and South America, Africa, China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Western and Eastern Europe. LACC choristers can be heard on John Williams’ latest recording, John Williams & Steven Spielberg: The Ultimate Collection, released in March 2017. LACC also appears on the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s critically acclaimed Decca recording A Good Understanding, and Plácido Domingo’s Deutsche Grammophon recording Amore Infinito (“Infinite Love”). The subject of a trilogy of documentaries by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Freida Mock, LACC is featured in the Academy Award-nominated Sing!, about a year in the life of the Chorus; Sing Opera!, documenting the production of the LACC-commissioned family opera Keepers of the Night; and Sing China!, chronicling its groundbreaking tour to China just prior to the Beijing Olympics. LACC has performed with John Mayer on NBC’s “The Tonight Show” and has also been featured on PBS’s “Great Performances,” BBC Radio, and Public Radio International’s nationally syndicated show “From the Top,” among other credits.
The cost of the eight-week First Experiences in Singing class is $300. Pasadena Presbyterian Church is located at 585 E. Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, CA, 91101. For more information or to enroll, please call (626) 793-4231 or visit www.lachildrenschorus.org.