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Brand from Home | July 12, 2020

Arts & Culture Relief Grant Survey

The City of Glendale is developing a relief grant for Glendale's arts and cultural organizations impacted by COVID-19. We invite all Glendale galleries, museums, theaters and performing arts groups, bookstores, cultural centers and the like to participate in a short survey to help inform Glendale's policymakers on the best way to support such organizations. The survey ends on Monday at 9am. 

Music Playlists

Today's recommending listening is blues band Morblus, singer Hakob Ghasabian, jazz bandleader Tommy Watt and his orchestra, and a new album by Willie Nelson. Log in with your Glendale library card to listen!

Get a free Glendale Library, Arts & Culture Library eCard instantaneously. It can be used to access our online resources including eBooks, eAudiobooks, eNewspapers, eMagazines, online classes, online tutoring, and learning games, as well as streaming movies and music, and more.Try listening to a streaming Playlist from Freegal Music, Naxos Music Library, Naxos Jazz Music Library, Hoopla or Alexander Street free with your library card. Alexander Street will ask for an academic institution, use Glendale Public Library.

Learn About Music

Oxford Music Online includes Grove Music Online, The Oxford Dictionary of Music and The Oxford Companion to Music. Check out the AmeriGrove article on Jazz, written by Mark Tucker and Travis A. Jackson.

Read Music

Did you miss the latest issue of Mojo Music Magazine? We have it fully scanned in RB Digital and the August 1st and other recent issues are available.

Streaming Music

Classical Kids Story Time from Classical MPR (Minnesota Public Radio) has some fun stories on YouTube: Paul Bunyan, Johnny Appleseed, The Emperor’s New Clothes, Cinderella and many more!

The Montreux Jazz Festival has posted highlights of the festival on their YouTube channel!


Art Online

Food is Art! Spend a moment learning the emotional steps of how to make sushi with an animation by director and 3D designer Jonathan Lindgren. Or for a longer, meditative and biographical alternative try the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi.

Japanese chef Itsuo Kobayashi has been painting and describing in detail the dishes he’s eaten for the past 32 years in a series of notebooks and standalone works. The artist begins by writing detailed passages of what he eats before creating his appetizing illustrations.

National Culinary Arts Month

Try an artists' cookbook to celebrate Culinary Arts Month. Cook with Le corbuffet, Salvador Dali, 76 contemporary artists and writers, and Jackson Pollock.

Try favorite recipes of photographers including Imogen Cunningham’s Borscht, William Eggleston’s Cheese Grits Casserole, recipes and conversations with artists, architects and musicians, the perfect playlist, and pen and watercolor drawings celebrating the four elements of good cooking.


Staff e-Recommendations

Eating is a human right. In The 24 Hour Soup Kitchen, Stephen Henderson explores the concept of “gastrophilanthropy” through his experiences working in soup kitchens all over the world. From his boyhood as a preacher’s son in New York, where he first took on the responsibility of cooking for his family, to his present life as a journalist and enthusiastic culinary volunteer, Henderson demonstrates the value of this kind of work in a series of vignettes, taking readers to such varied places as a struggling village in Perú, a Buddhist temple in Japan, a Sikh gurdwara in India, Muslim homes in Iran, and a mobile Christian food delivery service in Austin, Texas. Henderson’s lovingly-rendered portraits of how the needy are fed, in places local and far-flung, form the backbone of the book. However, what emerges from these situational snapshots is the powerful and simple idea that, whatever one’s beliefs, feeding others is a sacred act, and volunteering to do this is time well-spent. It’s hard to imagine a better advertisement for getting out there and trying it yourself. -LD

Robert Johnson: The Blues Effect. One of the biggest influences on blues and rock musicians in the 20th Century was Robert Johnson (1911-1938). He didn’t make very many recordings so this collection includes over half of what he did record. He was a huge influence on musicians such as Elmore James, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones and John Mayall to name just a few. There was little documentation on his life which has lead to many wild stories that you may be interested in reading about. One of the most famous of those legends is that he became successful by selling his soul to the devil. You may recognize many of the songs which blues and rock musicians have covered and many, many guitarists have borrowed from his guitar style. This collection is a great place to start exploring. 

Brand Library owns many books, ebooks, CDs and other materials on Robert Johnson. You can request hard copy materials for pickup at Glendale Central Library while Brand Library is closed. -BW


Covid-19 Resources

Reliable information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) is available from the World Health Organization, the California Department of Public Health, the Los Angeles County Public Health Department, the City of Glendale, and the Library, Arts & Culture department.



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