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March 2019

March 1, 2019 - April 30, 2019
Libros Schmibros, 1711 Mariachi Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90033 United States

Community Reading and Book Giveaway

Angelenos are invited to stop by Libros Schmibros, a membership lending library, for a free copy of this year’s NEA Big Read title, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears, by Dinaw Megestu. Libros Schmibros Lending Library seeks to foster the literary and cultural life of Boyle Heights, a once majority-Jewish, now majority-Latino, neighborhood of Los Angeles. Founded in 2010, Libros Schmibros offers low- or no-cost literature and literary events to everybody east of the ocean. Working with local residents, artists,…

March 6, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Los Angeles City Council Chamber, 200 North Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012 United States

Big Read Program in LA: Kick Off and Keynote Address

Join the Los Angeles City Council at an official ceremony to kick-off and recognize the 2018-2019 Big Read Program in Los Angeles. This year’s book selection of The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears, by Dinaw Mengestu, tells the story of an Ethiopian immigrant who arrives in America after the Ethiopian Revolution to discover social tensions in a historically African American neighborhood undergoing rapid gentrification. It is a story with themes that will resonate with the Los Angeles populace. The event…

March 9, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until March 9, 2019

Anne Douglas Center for Women, 310 East Winston Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States

The Lives We Left, The Lives We Live

Participants are invited to actively engage in creative writing, storytelling, visual explorations, and meaningful discussions related to their own cultures as well as those from the immigrant experience. Students will receive a personal journal for recording their perspectives, revelations and recollections. No experience is necessary Sepha, the main character in the Big Read title, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears, has constant challenges around his identity, and struggles to arrive at sense of who he is in the midst of…

March 16, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Los Angeles Central Library, Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 W. 5th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90071 United States

Community Film Screening and Discussion: Chinatown – The Reel/Real Story

A screening of movie trailers that showcase the themes of the immigrant experience and displacement. An author, a filmmaker, and a critic will guide the audience through the context of the big screen stories and how they relate to Los Angeles as the city continues to reshape itself.   Contact Mary McCoy or Eileen King at the Central Library mmccoy@lapl.org, eking@lapl.org for more information.   To RSVP, email you name and number of guests to Dale.Madison@lacity.org by March 13th.  …

March 17, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Barnsdall Gallery Theatre, 4800 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90027 United States

Community Film Screening: Lamb (2015) director Yared Zeleke

Lamb is the story of Ephraim who is a young Ethiopian boy. His father leaves him and his sheep, from which he is inseparable, to be looked after by distant relatives, far from his drought-ridden homeland. Ephraim isn’t very good at farming, but he has a hidden talent: he is an excellent cook. One day, his uncle tells him that they have to sacrifice his sheep for the next religious feast. The young boy, however, is ready to do anything…

April 2019

April 27, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park, 4800 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States

Printmaking, Bookmaking, and Writing Workshop: LAMAGPlay Museum Education Program

The Museum Education Program LAMAGPlay will present a printmaking, bookmaking, and writing inspired by Dinaw Mengestu’s book, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears.   In this three-station workshop, attendees will participate in a writing exercise, create the 8-fold book to incorporate their writing content from the first station, and make a Styrofoam relief print for their book cover. Participants can focus on just one station or complete the three components of this activity based on their interests or time. The…

June 2019

June 8, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Barnsdall Gallery Theatre, 4800 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90027 United States

Animated Film Screening: Sony Pictures CalArts CAP Media Arts Program

A curated selection of animated shorts created by students of the Sony Pictures Media Arts Program. The films are inspired by the writing of Dinaw Mengestu, this year’s NEA Big Read featured author. The screening of these animated short films is the culmination of the program. The films created by middle and high school students who participate in the year-round Sony Pictures Media Arts Program at Banning’s Landing Community Center in Wilmington, Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, Pacoima Public…

April 2020

April 26 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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One event on April 26, 2020 at 9:00 am

Grand Park, 200 N. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012 United States


Saturday, April 25 9:00am–8:30pm and Sunday, April 26, 2020 9:00am–6:00pm Grand Park’s weekend-long spring arts experience, Grand Park’s Our L.A. Voices – a Spring Pop-up Arts+Culture Fest is going virtual! The online event will celebrate the diverse and powerful artistic voices in Los Angeles County. This free arts fest will feature music, photography, film, a cooking demonstration, poetry/spoken word, workshops, as well as visual art by L.A. artists. Tune in to Our L.A. Voices on Facebook Live, Instagram Live, or…

May 2020

May 8 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Lincoln Heights Youth Arts Center, 2911 Altura St.
Los Angeles, CA 90031 United States

Safer and Home Poetry Contest

Announcing Lincoln Heights Youth Arts Center’s (#LHYAC) Safer at Home Poetry Contests! You may be at home, but you still have a voice!⁣ ⁣To enter the contests and be heard, send us your poems written during #saferathome or before. ⁣ ⁣ Email original poems (in any language) to bobby.gordon@lacity.org by 𝐅𝐫𝐢𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐌𝐚𝐲 𝟖𝐭𝐡, 𝐚𝐭 𝟏𝟐 𝐩𝐦 𝐏𝐒𝐓. Winning poems will be announced the following day at the LHYAC Open Mic Instagram Live Event on 𝐒𝐚𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐌𝐚𝐲 𝟗𝐭𝐡, 𝐚𝐭 𝟓 𝐩𝐦 𝐏𝐒𝐓! ⁣…

May 9 @ 5:00 pm
Lincoln Heights Youth Arts Center, 2911 Altura St.
Los Angeles, CA 90031 United States

Poetry in the Heights, Open Mic Night

Poets, singers, musicians, dancers, actors, artists of all kinds make sure to join us this 𝐒𝐚𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐌𝐚𝐲 𝟗𝐭𝐡, 𝐚𝐭 𝟓 𝐩𝐦 for #LHYAC’s Instagram Live Open Mic Night with Poet Host, Mr. @bobbyteachesarts! ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Share your art with the city and beyond, and also get to hear/see some of the most creative young folks around! We are physically distancing, but still connected! ⁣⁣✨⁣ ⁣⁣ Email Mr. Bobby at bobby.gordon@lacity.org to preregister for a spot, and make sure to follow #LHYAC on Instagram to…


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