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Brand from Home | June 25, 2020

Music Playlists

Today's recommending listening includes Bruce Springsteen, Japanese folk music, Sonny Stitt, and Big Bill Broonzy. Log in with your Glendale library card and take a 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

The Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix has a cool set of music making activities for kids on their web site.

Read Music

Current issues of Future Music are available on RB Digital. Check them out with your Glendale library card!

Streaming Music

The London Symphony Orchestra has an amazing virtual tour of the orchestra. See the orchestra from different perspectives as you can change camera angles while they perform Ravel, Debussy, Shostakovich, Stravinsky and Berlioz.  


Art Online

Watch Here, an experimental visual poem by Robert-Jonathan Koeyers combining video, photography, and animation to examine the lived Black experience and ultimately ask what it means to be here.

Coup d’état Math, an animated short film by Sai Selvarajanthat, depicts four stories that speak to the complex equation of each immigrant’s journey. In times of duress, nothing adds up. Watercolor paintings by Amanda Selvarajan. Illustrations and wood cut by Olivia Saldivar. Original Score by Joey Kendall.

Take a virtual tour of the Tate Britain's first exhibition in nearly a century dedicated to the work of influential late-Victorian provocateur Aubrey Beardsley, an illustrator whose beautiful work focused on the decadent, the irreverent, the erotic and the ethereal. Beardsley was an avid Oscar Wilde collaborator and the illustrator of the first edition of Salomé, who got swept up in the scandal of Wilde's homosexuality trial in 1895. Though he died at just 25, Beardsley was extraordinarily prolific, as revealed in this video recap of the exhibition, a collaboration with Paris's Musée d’Orsay, by curators Caroline Corbeau-Parsons and Alice Insley.

Art Inspiration - Try It at Home

The Norton Simon Museum has coloring sheets and art projects for kids inspired by the museum's collection including; Mindful Moments, Cubist Collage, Scratch Art, Make Your Own Clay, Telescope Viewfinder, My Aquarium, Come Sail Away, Wire Portraits, Nature Prints, Pattern Play, Sculptures for our City, Celestial Mounts, and Pop-Up Summer.

Laguna Art Museum + LAB at Home Art has activities for all ages inspired by specific works in the collection. Recreate works by Elanor Colburn and Ruth Peabody. Be inspired by the views from windows. Try figure drawing inspired by Artemio Sepúlveda and many more.


Staff e-Recommendations

Try our staff developed Black Lives, Black Stories reading list for adults that provides further education about the Black experience and how we can work together to create a more just society.

Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison. This 1968 album is historically significant; Folsom revitalized Johnny Cash’s career and it’s a lot of fun to listen to. It is number 88 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. In 2003, it was one of the 50 albums chosen by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry. A young, freelancing Robert Hilburn, (before he became a full-time Rock Critic for the Los Angeles Times) was the only journalist at the concert. There are so many highlights on the album it’s hard to say what I like best: his rapport with the prisoners, his harmonica playing, Folsom Prison Blues, The Long Black Veil, or Green Green Grass of Home. Using your Glendale library card, you can login to the Los Angles Times and see Robert Hilburn’s February 11, 1968 review of the concert. If you want to get more in depth, you can read or listen to the audiobook of Robert Hilburn’s 2013 biography Johnny Cash: The Life. Hilburn came to Brand Library in 2014 to discuss the book and it was quite thrilling to meet him and hear him speak about Johnny Cash. -BW

The Square is a sanctuary of trust and caring. Within its boundaries, we all share equal rights and obligations.

For most, the 2017 Swedish film The Square will be a zone of discomfort. A two-and-a-half hour satire of the contemporary art world and a searing criticism of societal apathy, it follows curator Christian (Claes Bang) as he opens a new exhibit at his X-Royal Museum. Christian professes solidarity with the philosophy of the exhibit—“The Square” is an area where the viewer is designated to care for others (not a “safe” space per se)—but he in no way embodies its ethos. To be fair, neither do any of his team (or the art patrons, or society at large). They ignore pleas for help and hunger, walking right past the homeless and petitioners, but run for complimentary catered food at the museum reception. The PR team callously posts a provocative marketing video for the exhibit that goes viral (after all, they have a lot of competition online). Christian is confronted for his hypocrisy by many people, but most directly by a child (Elijandro Edouard) and Anne (Elizabeth Moss) after their one night stand sours into misogyny. Many scenes of the film are amusing, some are unnerving, and a few are unpleasant. The Square is a difficult watch because it holds up a mirror to our worst selves, but the film maintains tight control of the sardonic tone. I enjoyed it, and so might you! -SB


Covid-19 Resources

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



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