The Mayme A. Clayton Library and Museum, in association with the Watts Towers Arts Center, will be commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Watts Riots with a variety of programs in August. Here is an opportunity to revisit the uprising and learn from its aftermath as America in 2015 continues to struggle with the prevalence of African American victims of police brutality, demands for civil rights and equal justice, and institutional racism. August 15, 2015 2 PM Film Screening: “More Than A Riot: The Joyce Ann Gaines Story” Film Screening and panel discussion with the filmmakers and Ms. Gaines, led by King Carter, MCLM Board Member Reception will follow. Videographer will be on site to collect visitor’s recollections of or reflections on the Watts Riots in 1965. Free.
MCLM Invites YOU to its “Know Your History” Open House. Join us for an exclusive peek into one of the largest private collections of African American history.
- View historic artifacts on display mentioned in “The Help,” “The Butler,” “Warmth of Other Suns,” “12 Years A Slave,” and other films by and about the African and African American experience.
- Enjoy a screening of private home movies taken by African Americans, including black cowboys, parades and footage of home movies from the vault of 20s aviatrix and entertainer Marie Coker Dickinson.
- Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the Sixties in the “Audio Assault: Sounds of Black Power” exhibit currently on view at the museum.
- Relive the historic 2008 Presidential Election by touring the museum’s gallery of artwork used and inspired by the Barak Obama presidential election campaign.
$25 Donation Requested for Reservation, $30 Donation at the Door. Mayme Clayton Library & Museum is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization
Combining civic art, musical performance, and dance, Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre’s Public + Art: Three Ducks in a Row will animate the East Los Angeles Civic Center with three arts events in one free, family-friendly evening.
The evening will kick off with a one-of-a-kind public art tour featuring artists whose work is currently displayed at the Civic Center, allowing participants to develop a more engaged and nuanced understanding of the civic art across the site’s lush park landscape. Immediately following the tour, award-winning rock, jazz, and experimental musicians Don Preston and Andrea Centazzo will enliven the Center’s amphitheater stage with live music, as a performance by Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre dancers complement the musicians’ unique, layered sounds.
Public + Art: Three Ducks in a Row will conclude with a Curbside Conversation panel, providing a space for dialogue between artists and community members and cultivating enhanced consciousness of, and appreciation, for art in the public realm.
The public art tour departs from the East Los Angeles Library lobby at 7pm, and the following performances and Curbside Conversation will take place at 8pm at the Civic Center’s amphitheater stage. For more information and to RSVP for the event, visit www.heididuckler.org.
Black Talkies on Parade presents Black Orpheus, the 1960 Academy Award winning Best Foreign Film starring Breno Mello, Marpessa Dawn, Lourdes de Oliveira and Léa Garcia and directed by Marcel Camus. Vejo você lá!
LAVA Visionaries April Dammann and Adrienne Crew are alumnae of Hedgebrook, a writers retreat for women located on an island in the Puget Sound of Washington State. They are both involved with Hedgbrook’s Southern California Alumnae Council, which will be hosting a one-day retreat designed to give writers the space and time to just write in an unstructured, quiet environment on Sunday, August 4, 2013 at the old Doheny mansion near USC in Los Angeles.
See details below or review the brochure here:
THE COUNTRY IN THE CITY
One-Day Writers’ Retreat at Downtown LA campus of Mount Saint Mary’s College in Los Angeles
SUNDAY, AUGUST 4, 2013
9AM – 5:30PM
Turn off your clocks, schedules, and expectations. This is a day to nurture body and soul, commune with your muse, and above all write. Women writers of all experience levels and interests are warmly welcomed.
Participants may join writing circles to inspire imagination and hone craft, write quietly in community with others, wander to the “farmhouse table” for talk about writing and group feedback, or simply sit under a tree and dream. In the afternoon, industry professionals and Hedgebrook alumnae will be available for one-on-one mentoring. Feedback on work will always be given with the utmost respect for the writer’s vision. Participants should note, however, that the Retreat is a day for rejuvenation, not for detailed manuscript review.
Enjoy a day inspired by Hedgebrook!
In the 1930s and 1940s, Fayard and Harold Nicholas, two high flying siblings from Philadelphia, took America by storm with their tap dancing prowess and transformed the landcape of popular entertainment.
Special guest, Tony Nicholas (son of Fayard Nicholas) presents hand-picked shorts featuring his father and uncle’s careers and discusses a family legacy that spans five centuries.
Discover the story of Hope Foye, a progressive young singer whose voice impressed legends such as Paul Robeson and W.E.B. Dubois. However, a subpeona to appear before the McCarren Committee in 1949 changed her life forever. “Red Hope: The Blacklisting of Hope Foye” will be screened at the Mayme Clayton Library and Museum in Culver City. The film’s subject, Hope Foye, will be at the screening to discuss her life and career.
Free. Donations welcomed.
Roar Shack Reading Series presents “Hide One Thing in Your Heart” on Sunday, March 17 from 5-7 pm at The Last Bookstore in downtown Los Angeles. Our lineup includes the remarkable novelist Bill Luvaas, Helena Lipstad, Erica Blumenson-Cooke, Ryan Wilson, Vicky Deger, J Ryan Stradal and musical guest Dylan Neal. We’ll be reveling in their abandon and live writing with special guests. Come join us!
It’s time for the 10th annual gathering of the Robert Benchley Society. This national group holds its annual Robert Benchley Awards dinner in a new city each year. This year’s gathering is in Los Angeles, home to Mr. Benchley and Mrs. Dorothy Parker from the thirties through the fifties. This year the Society will gather for various activities the weekend of October 12th, including an Awards dinner hosted by “LAUGH IN” star, Arte Johnson, at a private club in Santa Monica on Saturday, October 13th. Evening dress or 20s-30s attire required at the Awards dinner. Must purchase ticket in advance.
Inhale…Exhale…For more than a century, Los Angeles’ Barlow Respiratory Hospital has guided its patients and California to “breathe easier.” Opening on October 25th, Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre’s (HDDT) Catch Your Breath will examine the intersection of art and learning through the fundamental act of breathing inspired by Barlow’s 110-year heritage. Designed as an artistic journey through the environs of the hospital property, the performance will guide the audience through scenes motivated by the preserved and reinvigorated spaces of the Barlow facility, the history of the hospital, and specific patients’ stories to recovery. Inspired by the individuals whose lives have been changed as a result of their time at Barlow, HDDT will highlight the hospital’s past, while celebrating its future through captivating live performance. Tickets on sale now: www.heididuckler.org