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Brand from Home | May 17, 2020

Artist Call - Extended Deadline - June 1

Brand Library & Art Center in Glendale, California announces its 48th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Works on Paper. Cash awards total over $4,000 including a Juror’s Award. All accepted artworks will be included in an online gallery and a printed exhibition catalog. This year we welcome as our juror Dan McCleary, a Los Angeles-based figurative artist who has exhibited throughout the United States and abroad for the past 30 years. Participation is open to artists residing in the United States.


Music Playlists

Today's recommending listening includes Doctor Who original television soundtrack, jazz saxophonist Zoot Sims, Pink Floyd, and bluegrass band Seldom Scene.

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 or Alexander Street free with your library card. Alexander Street will ask for an academic institution, use Glendale Public Library.

Read Music

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has an amazing 19th Century American Sheet Music Collection.

Learn About Music

Carnegie Hall’s Resources for Families has free digital music resources for babies and toddlers up to teenagers.

Streaming Music

KEXP Radio (Seattle) has a cool and frequently updated list of virtual and streaming concerts.


Learn to Dance

Versa-Style Dance Company is offering weekly dance classes every Tuesday from 6pm-7pm via Zoom and Instagram Live @versastylela. Learn about different street dance styles, from Hip Hop, to Popping, to Locking, and more. Versa-Style Conversations are held every Thursday night at 7pm with various pioneers and innovators from the Hip Hop dance community, talking history, culture, and much more. 

Denver-based contemporary ballet company Wonderbound has created two libraries of videos: Project Wonder, a series of short dance films, and Dance Along!, a collection of instructional dance lessons. Both are updated weekly, and the videos are also shared on Wonderbound's Vimeo page.

Backhausdance Online Classes invite you to move with them. This free channel provides varied technique and conditioning classes that will keep you moving wherever you are. New content is added weekly on this virtual platform.

Art Online

WANDER walks through beautiful spaces by filmmaker Beau Kerouac. Virtually visit some of the world’s most beloved parks and cultural institutions, accompanied by some of the world’s favorite literary and artistic voices.

The Barbican Centre presents a range of programming to read, watch and listen to. Try the Art of Change with Stephen Fry, exploring music, art and mental health. Explore Basquiat’s early graffiti experiments as SAMO© within the hip hop, rap and graffiti scenes of the late 70s and 80s. Listen to an introduction to Beethoven or Gustav Mahler.


Staff e-Recommendations

Kristen Arnett's 2019 novel Mostly Dead Things is overflowing with grit, grime, and guts. ​The novel is narrated by Jessa Morton, a Florida native who has inherited her father's taxidermy business following his death. Her father considered his craft an art--carefully reconstructing the minute details of every animal for eventual mounting and display. When Jessa's mother decides to dismantle and recontextualize her husband's work into her own themed artworks of suburban repression, it sparks the interest of a local art gallery owner and the resentment and embarrassment of the Morton family. Each section of the novel begins with a memory that keeps Jessa (and her family) stagnant in the present-day chapters. And their present is UGLY: full of stinging abandonment, grief, filth and decay. This novel made me want to jump headfirst into a cleaning binge. I was drawn to, and repulsed by, yet another story of characters who grapple with how the people they love process their life experiences through art. In the end, I found it fascinating and hopeful, with many moments of dark humor throughout! Mostly Dead Things is available on CloudLibrary as both an ebook and audiobook. -SB

Amulet (Book 1: The Stonekeeper) – The Stonekeeper is the first book in the critically-acclaimed “Amulet” series by Kazu Kibuishi. It follows the adventures of Emily and Navin Hayes, siblings who move into a spooky, run-down countryside mansion with their mother following the untimely death of their father. Spooky run-down countryside mansions being what they are, the place is haunted (of course) and supernatural insanity immediately ensues, starting with Emily’s discovery and donning of an ancient magical amulet in her great-grandfather’s abandoned study, and continuing with the children’s mother getting stolen away by a terrifying monster. The kids run after her in hot pursuit, and in a nod to such classics as the Chronicles of Narnia, everyone ends up in an alternate dimension populated by fantastical creatures, talking stuffed animals, plenty of robots, and danger around every corner. Emily, who initially made the choice to accept the amulet’s power to save her family, is soon faced with very difficult decisions about how to wield it. The language of this book is definitely geared towards younger readers, but even though the words are simple, this graphic novel does an excellent job of presenting complex themes of familial love and sacrifice in a very accessible way. This title and others in the Amulet series are available through CloudLibrary. -LD

Stravinsky’s Ebony Concerto is an interesting piece he wrote for Woody Herman’s Band in 1945. It is pure Stravinsky but also has jazz, baroque and modern influences. The piece is in three movements with a blues influenced middle slow movement. I love the Boulez recording with Michel Arrigon but right now I’m really enjoying hearing Benny Goodman with the composer conducting. However, take a listen to all five of the performances I have included below and see what version you prefer! The piece usually clocks in at 8-9 minutes. -BW


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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