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Beethoven’s 250th birthday is on December 16, 2020. We have some wonderful children’s books about Beethoven at Brand Library that are available for contactless pickup.
Music for the Holidays
Are you interested in listening to music from the December holidays? Music Online from Alexander Street has streaming music for Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. You can also find some fun New Year’s concerts on Naxos Music Library. Also, Christmas and Hanukkah CDs are available to place on hold for contactless pickup at Brand Library.
The United States Air Force Band of the Golden West is stationed at Travis Air Force Base northeast of San Francisco. They have some amazing musicians most who had graduate degrees in music. They cover a wide variety of music and a couple of their fantastic chamber ensembles have performed at Brand Library. Check out some of their videos.
The UCSB Cylinder Audio Archive contains online recordings from their huge wax cylinder collection. The recordings span from 1890-1925 and there is even a large thematic playlist including topics such as Vaudeville, musical theater, Christmas and the U.S. Civil War. Also in Chinese, Japanese, Hebrew, Yiddish and other languages.
Van Gogh Worldwide is a new project by a group of Dutch museums which presents a digital collection of over 1,000 of the artist's masterpieces. Almost half of the post-Impressionist works of this prolific artist are now available to view—with scholarly commentary—from the safety of your own home. Van Gogh lived from 1853 to 1890, but the majority of his paintings were completed in the final two years of his life. A prolific sketch artist, his drawings are worth exploration; they depict landscapes as well as emotive figures from his everyday life.
Learn About Art
Watch Voguing with Beethoven, in connection to Beethoven’s 250th jubilee. High culture meets subculture in this short film about identity and belonging by the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra. Shot on 16mm film on the suburban streets of Oslo, this film profiles a young man’s journey to embracing his identity.
Try Legendary: 30 Years of Philly Ballroom, an inside look into the effort to preserve Philadelphia's ballroom scene, a Black LGBTQ safe-space. What is Ballroom? For many within the community, "It is a resistance from toxic, abusive families that did not accept us. It is the resistance from toxic, abusive neighborhoods that refused to accept us...It's a movement."
Sipho Mabona folds, crimps, and puckers sheets of cotton to form geometric artworks. The artist dyes the porous material with natural substances like indigo and mulberry, which creates organic gradients and alters its texture. He then utilizes origami creases to transform the cotton’s structure and shape, sometimes working in response to current affairs. Watch an interview about his folding career and how he got started.
Art Inspiration - Try It at Home
Make an Origami Crane Wreath! For this project, you will need 8 pieces of square paper in any colors that you like. If you’re feeling festive, metallic paper makes an excellent choice. This wreath is made up of 8 individual folded modules. If you want a quick review on the art of origami try watching origami artist and physicist Robert J. Lang explain origami in 11 levels of difficulty through folding a simple traditional cicada to an extremely intricate one.
The Module: Crease the paper three times: corner to corner (both corners) and down the middle.
Fold in the sides. This makes a triangular shape called a waterbomb base. Position the paper so the base points down.
Crease the top flap up towards the middle, aligning it with the center. Repeat on the other side.
Turn both flaps inside-out and re-crease them.
Fold down the outside points of your newly-turned flaps so that they meet in the middle again.
Open out the flaps and squash into a kite-fold.
Fold over all of your flaps to one side. Fold down the top flap so that the outer edge matches all the other folds. Repeat on the other side.
Unfold back to the kite base you made before, and fold the bottom point up. Take the right point and shape it into a bird’s head, as shown.
Turn the module over and fold up the bottom point as shown.
The completed module. Well done! Now go make 7 more!
The Wreath: To create your wreath, you need to join your modules. To do this, line up your cranes as shown, then fold the overhanging edges of each module and tuck them into the back of the “partner bird.” Add a dab of glue for extra stability. Et voila! You have joined birdies!