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March 2017
March 1 - April 30
David Prather

David Prather’s Poetry Jam

Select Big Read community sites and schools will enjoy David Prather’s Poetry Jam. Dubbed the “Maker of Merry” by the LA Times, actor David Prather has shared his lively blend of improvisation, verbal wit and physical comedy with audiences from schools to concert halls across California.  Whether appearing with Julie Andrews at Disney Hall as host of the LA Phil’s Holiday Sing Along or engaging an assembly of rapt students in a multi-purpose room, Prather makes it his mission to entertain…

March 9 - April 9
El Pueblo Historical Monument,
125 Paseo de la Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90012 United States
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"From Her" Exhibition 2017

FROM HER Exhibition “Latinas in Our Communities: Women Making A Difference”

March 9 – April 9, 2017 Closing reception: March 30, 2017, 6:00 p.m. .to 9:00 pm. Gallery hours are: Thursday – Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Gallery is closed Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday) FROM HER is an exhibition in honor of National Women’s History Month. This year’s theme is Latinas in Our Communities: Women Making a Difference. Artists were invited to submit original pieces in various media that celebrate and commemorate Latina women who have gone above and beyond…

March 31 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Boyle Heights Art Conservatory,
2706 E. Cesar Chavez Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90033 United States
Jeff Chang:Be Alright

Jeff Chang: Be Alright

The Boyle Heights Arts Conservatory welcomes you to a dynamic evening to explore the power of words, the gravity of popular culture, and the creativity and shifts taking place in our society. Jeff Chang has written extensively on the intersection of race, art, and civil rights, and the sociopolitical forces that guided the hip-hop, including the New York Times, Salon, Slate, and Buzzfeed, among others. He is the award-winning author of “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop…

April 2017
April 1 - April 30
Anne Douglas Center for Women,
310 East Winston Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States
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Emily Dickinson and Poetry for Families

The NEA Big Read Program will lead engaging activities for families at the Anne Douglas Center for Women, including poetry reading, writing workshop, and book-making with Los Angeles artist, Rachel Curry, inspired by the work of Emily Dickinson and her nature poems in particular. The Music Center on Tour Program will present David Prathers’ Poetry Jam to families and guests. For a list of dates and activities, please call 213.202.5567. The Los Angeles Mission’s Women outreach was named the Anne…

April 1 @ 2:30 pm
Westwood Branch Library,
1246 Glendon Ave
Los Angeles, CA United States
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Emily Dickinson, Poet and Baker: A Culinary History and Tasting with Food Historian Linda Civitello

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) was a woman, a poet, and a baker. Join food historian Linda Civitello in an exploration of the connection between the creativity and zen of baking and of writing. What was baking like during Dickinson’s lifetime? What 19th-century attitudes connected to women, writing, and baking are still with us? Historic recipes, including Dickinson’s, will be prepared with heirloom flours courtesy of Grist & Toll, Pasadena. Linda Civitello’s book, Baking Powder Wars: the Cutthroat Food Fight That Revolutionized…

April 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Weekly on the same day until May 30, 2017
Grand Park,
200 N. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012 United States

Lunchtime! Writers’ Meetup

FREE/GRATIS Lunchtime! Writers’ Meetup Every Tuesday March 7 – May 30, 2017 | 12:00 p.m. to 1:30pm Grand Park’s Teaching Writer-in-Residence traci kato-kiriyama curates a variety of themes throughout the season, and facilitate short form writing exercises throughout the hour. Themes this year will include love, healing, power, quirks, city and maps, home, dreams, vision, food and nourishment; and many more. Meetups will have special guests, including leaders in journalism and script-writing to support cultivating new writings or to nurture…

April 4 @ 6:00 pm
Boyle Heights Art Conservatory,
2706 E. Cesar Chavez Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90033 United States
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Karla Diaz Poet Artist

Printmaking with Poetry

Los Angeles artist, Karla Diaz (Slanguage), will lead a poetry workshop for homeless families. Participants will produce a print featuring a poem selected from original writing this workshop. The Boyle Heights Arts Conservatory, non-profit, is dedicated to helping create pathways to careers in the music, arts, and entertainment industries and providing development for professionals of any age and at any stage of their career. Boyle Heights Arts Conservatory supports and advocates for a new framework for viewing diversity, one that is inclusive…

April 5 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Boyle Heights Art Conservatory,
2706 E. Cesar Chavez Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90033 United States
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Eric Esquivel

Develop Your Own Writing Genius

Eric Esquivel leads youth to discover their own voice and develop their writing. Workshop for youth who may find a connection to the dark beauty of Emily Dickinson’s work and their own voices. This event is best for ages 15-25 Workshop for youth and eduators to explore the connection to the dark beauty of Emily Dickinson’s writing and your own writing voice. Eric is an author, screenwriter, and journalist whose previous comic book work includes stories for DC COMICS, ADVENTURE…

April 8 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Self Help Graphics & Art,
1300 East 1st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033 United States
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Self Help Graphics Postermaking


This workshop will explore Emily Dickinson’s affinity for flowers and gardens and how she used that them throughout her writings. Participants will then create mono-silkscreened posters based on her works and new poems created by each participant. This is an all-ages and family-friendly activity. Founded in 1970 in the heart of East Los Angeles, Self Help Graphics and Art is dedicated to the production, interpretation, and distribution of prints and other art media by Chicana/o and Latina/o artists. Our multi-disciplinary, inter-generational programs promote…

April 8 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Barnsdall ParK,
4814 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
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Leslie Schwartz Writer

Family Poetry and Writing Workshop with Writer Leslie Schwartz

Families will have the opportunity to create a poem or story as they learn about the interconnection between art and writing. The workshop will be led by Leslie Schwartz. Leslie Schwartz is the author of two novels, Jumping the Green, winner of the James Jones Literary Society Award for best first novel, and Angels Crest, which was adapted to the screen and is now a Netflix favorite. Both novels have been translated into 13 languages between them. She has written…


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