On Saturday, August 19, from 9 a.m. – noon, your neighborhood home, garden and hardware retailer, Orchard Supply Hardware, is hosting a FREE back-to-school event. Stop by your local Orchard to decorate your own pencil case just in time for the upcoming school year! Bring your creativity and Orchard will supply all the materials for your kiddo. To learn more, please visit: http://bit.ly/1KeTg8D
Sign up for the next tour of historic Brand Library!
Renowned international tour guide, Joemy Wilson, author of “Coming Up on Your Left:, A Tour Guide’s Guidebook,” will share the fascinating story of the Brand Family and the “Miradero” the historic family home that is now Brand Library.
Joemy will also share information about the renovation and historic restoration that took place between 2012 and 2014.
This tour is free, but RSVPs are required. RSVP online http://www.associatesofbrand.org/events/?event_id1=124.
Tour is limited to 25 people.
Meet at the top of the stairs on the west side of the building and wear comfortable shoes!
Tour generously sponsored and organized by Brand Associates.
Arboretum Horticultural Supervisor Jill Morganelli conducts a workshop on the new California landscape, focusing on accurate irrigation during the summer heat, colorful summer trees and shrubs, summer meadow composition and includes visits to the Rose Garden to view renovation progress, plus the Herb Garden, the Roots & Shoots Butterfly Hub and the Australian Garden, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost is $35, $25 for members. Reservations are suggested.
Children ages 3 to 7 are invited to an hour of sensory art and craft making from 11 a.m. to noon.
A guided tour visits works representing dialogue in painting and sculpture, from 1 to 2 p.m. A concert features the California String Quartet performing works of the early and late Romantic period, by Schubert and Hindesmith, from 5 to 6 p.m. Both are included with museum admission of $12 for adults, $9 for seniors, free for members, students and guests 18 and younger.
The bookstore presents a PechaKucha storytelling session, a Japanese style of presentation including viewing of slides as presenters discuss topics such as their travels, research projects, student projects, hobbies, collections or other interests, starting at 5 p.m.
The Pasadena POPS presents “Gershwin & Friends,” featuring favorites by the composer including “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “I Got Rhythm” and “Embraceable You,” plus works by Gershwin contemporaries including Kern, Bernstein and Copland. Michael Feinstein conducts. Featured soloists are Madelyn Baillio, Jordan Donica and Rachel York. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. for picnicking (guests may bring their own food, or buy from on-site vendors). The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and up.
The Marengo Gallery is pleased to present China Then and Now, a group exhibition featuring recent works by Xu Yong Kang, Zhang Lin, and Liu Ting Ting. In their paintings, the artists attempt to reconcile the past in order to come to terms with China’s current condition. The exhibit will run August 19 – October 14, 2017.
During the Cultural Revolution, Mao Zedong encouraged young people to focus on the collective rather than their individual identity. He also ordered the destruction of the Four Olds, including Old Customs, Old Culture, Old Habits, and Old Ideas. As a result, many historical buildings and ancient relics were destroyed. In their paintings, Xu Yong Kang and Zhang Lin attempt to come to terms with these policies and how they have affected present-day China. After the end of the Cultural Revolution, Deng Xiaoping announced a “one child policy” to reduce population growth in 1979. Liu Ting Ting’s oeuvre depicts only children that result from the one child policy. She believes the policy is detrimental to a child’s psychological health. The policy was phased out starting in 2015; however, the effects of the one child policy still have vast social implications for young people in China. The artists in this exhibit look back at the past with a critical eye and draw comparisons between China’s past and present. Some of the themes presented include a shift from collective to individual mentality, a profound loss of traditional culture, and the effects of past policies on young people in China today.
The annual concert series features Keys of 88 in a tribute to classic keyboard artists at 7 p.m. Free.
SATURDAY August 19th! Ralphael Field’s Tujunga Social Club performs a wide repertoire that includes Salsa, Boogaloo, Cha-Cha-Cha, Cuban Son, Cumbia and Latin Jazz for your listening and dancing pleasure from 7:30-10:30 p.m, Sax, flute, trumpet with bass, drums, congas piano and guitar what a line-up. These talented, veteran musicians will keep the dance floor packed, at this great outdoor event!
The Caltech Players present The Ash Girl, Timberlake Wertenbaker’s multicultural re-envisioning of Cinderella, for two weekends in August in the gardens of the historic Caltech Alumni House in Pasadena. The Ash Girl is a feminist retelling of the Cinderella fable by acclaimed playwright Timberlake Wertenbaker (Our Country’s Good) that uses humor and emotion to explore dysfunctional family relationships, social pressure, and the importance of finding self-confidence. Featuring a re-imagined stepmother and stepsisters, a melancholy prince from a distant land, and animal avatars of the Seven Deadly Sins, it exuberantly blends fantasy with modern issues to create something funny, heartwarming, and truly unique.
Director Miranda Stewart, whose previous shows include a Los Angeles Times “Pick of the Week,” has directed everything from classics to world premieres for a variety of venues around Los Angeles, including the Archway Theatre in Hollywood and the LOFT Ensemble in Sherman Oaks. She says she particularly likes “making the fantastical seem real,” which is what first drew her to Wertenbaker’s script.
The Caltech Players, whose previous summer offerings include The Merry Wives of Windsor and Much Ado about Nothing, bring together Caltech students, alumni and staff, JPL personnel, and talented members of the Pasadena community to create vibrant theatre. Like Caltech itself, these casts and crews are not only multicultural but multi-national, with many artistic traditions to draw on.
Performance dates are August 11, 12, 13, and August 17. 18, and 19, all performances starting at 8:00 pm. Tickets will be sold at the door, and can be reserved online at http://explicit.caltech.edu; $10 general admission, $5 students; appropriate for ages 6 and up. Performances are in the gardens behind Caltech’s Alumni House, located at 345 S. Hill Avenue in Pasadena, between Del Mar and California Blvd; there is ample free parking on Hill and in the Caltech parking garage on Holliston south of Del Mar. For more information, please visit http://explicit.caltech.edu/ or https://www.facebook.com/events/426833204382636/ The Ash Girl is produced by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing, Inc. of Woodstock, IL
All performances are at 8PM at Alumni House, 345 S. Hill Ave, in the back yard behind the house. There is free parking available on the street. Tickets are $5 for students, $10 general admission
The free summer concert series features Americana rock by Katey Sagal at 8 p.m.
One of California’s most trailblazing artists, E. Charlton Fortune (1885–1969) had a thriving career as a painter until the age of forty-three, when she began a pioneering new vocation in liturgical art. E. Charlton Fortune: The Colorful Spirit pairs the artist’s Impressionist and modernist landscapes with her ecclesiastical paintings, sculptures, furnishings, and other designs produced for the Catholic Church.
Though her paintings are frequently labeled Impressionist, Fortune’s work moved beyond the style, a fact well recognized in her own time. Rather than focusing on nature for its own sake, she emphasized humanity’s impact on the land and was best known for colorful landscapes featuring architecture, figures, and elements of modern life.
Fortune’s religious artwork blends her signature style with a respect for the liturgy and, in particular, the aesthetics of European churches that inspired her during her time abroad.
E. Charlton Fortune: The Colorful Spirit illuminates this formidable artist’s contributions both to early California painting and American liturgical design through approximately eighty works.
The Glendale Youth Orchestra, conducted by Brad Keimach, will be holding auditions for the upcoming 29th Season on Sunday, August 20th & 27th with some additional opportunities offered throughout the season. Auditions are required for both prospective and returning members. Auditions will involve playing an excerpt from the standard orchestral literature, and a short solo that demonstrates your level of achievement (no accompanist). You may also be asked to sight-read and play a major or relative harmonic minor scale in any key (up to 5 sharps or flats). The audition application and excerpts are available on our website: www.glendaleyouthorchestra.com. To schedule an audition, please email the Orchestra Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org
The GYO is funded in part by a grant from the LA County Arts Commission.
Formed in 1989 by a group of Glendale music lovers and school teachers, the Glendale Youth Orchestra now attracts talented young musicians in grades 6-12 and college music programs from all over Los Angeles, the San Fernando and San Gabriel Valleys. Auditions for membership in the orchestra are ongoing, and may be arranged by calling emailing the GYO at email@example.com. More information can be found at www.glendaleyouthorchestra.com.
Hollywood in Havana: Five Decades of Cuban Posters Promoting U.S. Films brings together innovative Cuban posters promoting American films, made from 1960 to 2012. Produced by Instituto Cubano del Arte Industria Cinematograficos (ICAIC), the posters were part of an initiative of the communist government to develop cultural awareness and dialogue after Fidel Castro and the guerilla forces overthrew the brutal dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista. The approximately 40 posters featured in the exhibition—which promoted films such as Singin’ in the Rain, Cabaret, and Silence of the Lambs as well as a few select Cuban films, such as a documentary about Marilyn Monroe—are astonishing in their composition, stylistic diversity, and craft. Hollywood in Havana showcases how design and visual imagery in film posters, which are ubiquitous in Los Angeles, can infiltrate our lives and inform our ideas about the world.
The nonprofit charity organization Bikes 4 Orphans hosts a 55-mile race, starting and ending at Velo Pasadena, to help provide bicycles to orphans in third-world countries, so they can get to school faster and safer, starting with registration at 6:30 a.m., followed by the ride at 7:30 a.m. After the race, barbecue is served starting at noon. Registration and cost for the barbecue is $20. Register at b4o.eventbrite.com.
Guests are invited to stop by between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to see how preparations are made for a formal tea ceremony, followed by the ceremony. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join us as we proudly unveil our three new exhibitions to the general public. See impressionist and modernist landscapes paired with the liturgical designs by one of California’s most significant artists in E. Charlton Fortune: The Colorful Spirit; vibrant Cuban film posters that create understanding about the role of film, culture, art, and politics in Cuba and California in Hollywood in Havana: Five Decades of Cuban Posters Promoting U.S. Films; and retro icons of classic Los Angeles by a native Angeleno and one of the country’s foremost reduction linocut artists in LA Redux: Reduction Linocuts by Dave Lefner.
Free for PMCA members. Children 12 and under are always free!
NO RSVP REQUIRED.
E. Charlton Fortune, Afternoon (later Waters off Monterey) [detail], 1912. Oil on canvas, 28 x 40 inches. Collection of Brayton and Judy Wilbur