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September 2018

September 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019
CA United States

Social Media Discussion of The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears

DCA will invite readers to join the Big Read online community to discuss Dinaw Mengestu’s book, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears. Hosted through DCA’s Big Read Program in Los Angeles website, participants will receive a free copy of the book and notices of program events. Through this online portal, readers will exchange postings (to be monitored by DCA), and discuss NEA-provided study guide questions, while also reading and sharing articles related to topics touched upon in the book, such…

February 2019

February 6 - June 30
Los Angeles, CA United States

Mapping Los Angeles Cuisine and Culture: #LookingAtMyLosAngeles

The Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) invites you to participate in this food appreciation project that chronicles our City’s history, by using the Story Map Tour app. The book’s themes of memory, home, cultural identity, and displacement are the inspiration for this food mapping project. Help us map what and where Angelenos eat. Nominate your favorite eateries, whether it’s a market that has stood for generations, a hundred-year-old bakery, or a particular street where people emigrated from other lands gather…

February 10 - April 19
Los Angeles Public Libraries, Los Angeles, CA United States

Los Angeles Public Library Reading Groups and Related Activities

The Los Angeles Public Library provides free and easy access to information, ideas, books and technology that enrich, educate and empower every individual in our city’s diverse communities. Book Club Discussion Saturday, March 23, 2019, 4:00 pm Arroyo Seco Regional Branch Library 6145 North Figueroa Street Los Angeles, CA 90042 Ethiopian Heritage program – food and dance- Open Mic Readings and Book Discussions Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 4:00 pm Ascot Branch Library 120 West Florence Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90003 Book…

February 23 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00pm 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…

February 28 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
The Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA United States

Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell Presents An American Odyssey: The Life and Work of Romare Bearden

Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell will present her latest work, An American Odyssey: The Life and Work of Romare Bearden, followed by a book-signing.

March 2019

March 1 - April 30
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 @ 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 16 @ 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 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Barnsdall Gallery Theatre, 4800 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA, 90027
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 @ 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…


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