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Featuring 64 premier Western artists, the Masters of the American West Art Exhibition and Sale opens Saturday, February 9, 2019, at the Autry Museum of the American West. This prestigious exhibition and sale showcases paintings and sculptures by nationally recognized artists such as George Carlson, Dennis Doheny, Tammy Garcia, Z. S. Liang, Jeremy Lipking, Tim Solliday, Kevin Red Star, Mian Situ, Curt Walters, and Morgan Weistling. Proceeds from Masters support the Autry’s dynamic educational programs, ongoing collections conservation, and much…
Join the Aquarium of the Pacific as it hosts its seventeenth annual African American Festival, celebrating the rich diversity of African American and African cultures. The festival will feature live entertainment and arts and crafts. Festival performers include Mardi Gras second line dancers, hip hop and break dancers, jazz musicians, interactive drum circles, West African dancers, and storytellers. Adults – $29.95, Seniors – $26.95, Children – $17.95, Children under three and Members are Free
In the Roaring Twenties, there was a great outburst of African American art and culture centered in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan. Composer William Grant Still was a big part of this, writing for jazz bands and radio shows before moving to Los Angeles to work in films. He filled his symphonies with the sound of the blues and African American spirituals.
Critically-acclaimed reggae artist and educator Aaron Nigel Smith invites the whole family to sing and dance to the songs of joy and freedom. Aaron is delighted to return to his former hometown for a performance and live recording of some of his best-known children’s songs. His reggae rhythms encourage families to sing, dance, and play together.
Master conguero and entertainer Louie Cruz Beltran uses his superb percussion skills and humor to tell the story of how Afro Cuban rhythms evolved into today’s musical styles. This is a fun, informative, engaging and interactive experience using a variety of small percussion instruments and is suitable for all ages.
All ages are welcome to join to read and discuss texts and illustrations created by African American writers and artists. This is one of many African American Read-In events held across the country in the month of February! (This event is inspired by Read-In programs created by The Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English)
Free, fun, and family-friendly, CicLAvia or “open streets” events are great opportunities to explore the wonderful diversity of Los Angeles County in a healthy and active fashion. Join in for 6 miles of open streets.
Brewster’s back! Rising from the ashes with a slick plan for a bottled water plant on reservation land. There’s mixed agreement and opposition from family and friends, including an old flame with a grudge – but is he the secret ingredient for success? This play was workshopped as Corn Soup. Previews | Wednesday, March 6 and Thursday, March 7 | 8:00 p.m. Opening Night | Friday, March 8, 8:00 p.m. A reception with the cast and crew follows the Opening…
The Daughter of Dawn (1920) Rediscovered by a private detective paid in old film reels, this lost silent film features an all-Native American cast of 300 Kiowas and Comanches—including the son and daughter of famed Comanche leader Quanah Parker. Directed by Norbert A. Myles | Starring Esther LeBarre, White Parker, and Jack Sankey-doty | Restored by the Oklahoma Historical Society with new orchestral score by David Yeagley Watch silent films the way they were meant to be seen—on the big…
For the past three decades, David Bradley (Minnesota Chippewa, born 1954) has been a recognized voice from Indian Country, confronting through his art questions of identity, self-determination, and self-representation, as well as definitions of “traditional” Indian art. Drawing influence from diverse sources such as Santa Fe–style painting of the 1930s–40s, Renaissance art, pop culture, advertising, and film, Bradley’s work is at once serious and fun, historical and contemporary.