top of page

Brand from Home | May 20, 2021

Be the Change: Author Talk

Author Paula Yoo will discuss From A Whisper to a Rallying Cry: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial that Galvanized the Asian American Movement, a compelling, suspenseful, nuanced, and authoritative portrait of a pivotal moment in civil rights history, and a man who became a symbol against hatred and racism. Join us for more virtual programs and weekly content on our YouTube channel.


Call for Art

Brand Library & Art Center announces its 49th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Works on Paper. Brand 49 welcomes Marvella Muro, Director of Artistic Programs and Education at Self Help Graphics and Art (SHG) in Los Angeles, as this year’s juror. Entry Deadline: May 23, 2021. All submissions must be made via CaFE. Brand 49 is organized by the Associates of Brand Library & Art Center.


Music Playlists

Today's recommending listening is Demi Lovato, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Roy Ayers, and Gamelan from Central Java.

Listen to a streaming playlist from Freegal Music, Naxos Music Library, Naxos Jazz Music Library, Hoopla or Music Online from Alexander Street free with your library card. Alexander Street will ask for an academic institution, use Glendale Public Library.


Are you interested in listening to some K-Pop but don’t know where to start? We have books and ebooks about K-Pop in the collection. Also check out this article from Billboard K-Pop’s ‘Dynamite’ Year.

We are often asked about throat singing from Mongolia and Tuva. It’s amazing and ethereal and singers can often sing more than one note at a time. You can find albums on Alexander Street Music Online, here are a few titles to start with. You can also watch the movie Genghis Blues on Hoopla which is the story of a blind blues singer who travels to Tuva to study throat singing.

Jazz Podcasts

NPR’s Jazz Profiles is a long running documentary series hosted by legendary jazz singer Nancy Wilson. Episodes have profiled luminaries such as Ellis Marsalis, McCoy Tyner, Ella Fitzgerald and many more.

The Checkout is a thrice monthly jazz podcast from WBGO in New Jersey. Recent interviews have included Bela Fleck, Brad Mehldau and Immanuel Wilkins.


2021 Bookmark Contest: Calling all artists!

Celebrate the Summer Reading Challenge by designing a bookmark that reflects this year's theme: “Reading Colors Your World.”

To enter the contest: Download and print the contest form OR pick up a printed copy at any of our Glendale Library, Arts & Culture locations currently open to the public.

Draw your original bookmark design directly on the form.

Return the completed form by June 30th in-person to any of our locations currently open to the public OR by mail to the Glendale Central Library: 222 East Harvard Street, Glendale, CA 91205.


2021 Brand Associates Dance Series

This series, curated by acclaimed choreographer, teacher and producer Jamie Nichols, presents top dance companies from Southern California performing site-specific work in non-traditional performance spaces around Brand Library. This year performances will be streamed on our YouTube channel. The Dance Series includes interactive Sunday workshops with an opportunity to meet the artists.

Rangoli Dance Company features Bharatanatyam, the vibrant dance form that has its origins in south India. Drawing from the myth and spirituality of the cultural heritage, artistic director Malathi Iyengar creates dance landscapes that dwell in both traditional and secular, and rhythm and stillness.

Performance: Saturday, June 5 - 6 (watch here)

Live Workshop: Sunday, June 6, 11:00am - 12:00pm (register here)

For over 13 years, Versa-Style has promoted the empowerment, artistry, and value of hip-hop dance culture through full-length street dance theater productions, educational performances and deeply rooted social justice work in the community.

Performance: Saturday, June 19 - 20 (watch here)

Live Workshop: Sunday, June 20, 11:00am - 12:00pm (register here)

Mixed eMotion presents Gatsby Redux, a vintage yet contemporary dance experience. The audience is invited to join the garden party by dressing in 1920’s attire.

Performance: Saturday, June 26 - 27 (watch here)

Live Workshop: Sunday, June 27, 11:00am - 12:00pm (register here)


Explore L.A. Chinatown

Stories and Voices from L.A. Chinatown is the first in the series Archive Alive, a new collaboration between The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens; the Library Foundation of Los Angeles; and the Los Angeles Public Library.

Archive Alive activates historic photographs, documents, and maps drawn from the Huntington’s and LAPL’s vast collections through online exhibitions, site-specific installations and displays, and interviews with community members, whose personal reflections and connections bring the archives to life.


Art in Internment

There were ten World War II-era Japanese American internment camps around the country, most in the western United States. Two were in Arkansas: Jerome and Rohwer.

Explore the Rosalie Santine Gould - Mabel Jamison Vogel Collection. The collection includes several hundred paintings and other works of art produced by U.S. citizens of Japanese descent who were interned during WWII. The art was created in the camp under the tutelage of high school art teacher Vogel, who collected and saved her students’ art.

Explore the photographic record of Manzanar, one of the most comprehensive of any of the War Relocation Authority centers. The WRA hired Dorothea Lange, Clem Albers, and Francis Stewart to photograph the camps. Ansel Adams also volunteered to photograph Manzanar at the request of Ralph Merritt, the director of the Center.

Watch Toyo Miyatake: Infinite Shades of Gray a penetrating portrait of this photographer's search for truth and beauty in a world of impermanence. LA's Little Tokyo's foremost studio photographer, Miyatake smuggled a lens and film holder into the U.S. WWII camp he was incarcerated in and captured life behind barbed wire with a makeshift camera made of scrap wood.