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 live and in person. The Dance Series also includes an in-person interactive Sunday workshop with an opportunity to meet the artists, ask questions and learn more about dance!
Performance: Saturday, May 7, 5PM
Workshop: Sunday, May 8, 4PM
The Nickerson-Rossi Dance Company is an internationally renowned contemporary dance company. The company engages, inspires, and ignites the senses by enriching the lives of artists and enthusiasts alike through quality dance programming, education, and outreach.
Tropicaleiza Dance + Drum Co
Performance: Saturday, May 14, 5PM
Workshop: Sunday, May 15, 4PM
Tropicaleiza Dance and Drum Company founded in 2006 and directed by Julie Simon is a dynamic group of powerful diverse women fully expressing themselves through the joyful acts of dancing and drumming.
Performance: Saturday, May 21, 5PM
Workshop: Sunday, May 22, 4PM
Founded in 1993 by choreographer Pat Taylor, Los Angeles-based JazzAntiqua Dance Ensemble digs deep into the movement in the music – celebrating jazz as a vital thread in the cultural fabric of African American history and heritage and a defining element of the American experience in works that are evocative, graceful with rich, jazzy textures.
The Doctors House
At long last, the Doctors House will reopen in May! Join them for a festive evening with wine and refreshments in the Brand Park gazebo to celebrate this milestone and be among the first to tour the Glendale Historical Society’s special exhibit in the Doctors House Museum: Breaking Barriers: Glendale’s Pioneering Women Entrepreneurs. Saturday, May 14 | 7 - 9PM.
Sunday tours to resume May 15.
The Music Series features virtuosos from Southern California performing repertoire favorites and new music by living composers. The concert will take place in the Brand Library Recital Hall. Admission is free and seating is limited.
Paul Fried with Family and Friends
June 11, 2022 2PM
Flutist Paul Fried has had a storied career performing with the Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony and many others. His son, Alexander Fried, was a violin prodigy and has won many awards. The program will include Schumann, Gabriela Frank, Beethoven, Roussel and Mozart. Sponsored by the Brand Associates.
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.
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Artist Inspiration Online
Browse Wepresent A Manifesto By... 10 rules to live by from activists and creatives with something to say. 15 contributions by artists including Ai Weiwei (The artist’s 10 rules for life and creativity), Chez Panisse (The seminal Californian restaurant’s rules for food and life), Raabia Hussain, Andrea Emelife, Goat Girl, Willie Nelson, Yuri Suzuki, Paris Lees, Lee Scratch Perry, Susan Abulhawa, Alain de Botton, Patrisse Cullors, Fontaines D.C., Pussy Riot and Amadou and Mariam.
Call for Art
The Associates of Brand Library & Art Center in Glendale, California announce the 50th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Works on Paper. This years juror is Shannon Currie Holmes. Shannon has been producing events designed to connect people through the exploration of art through public art projects including Satellite Galleries and Street Box Art. Cash awards total over $4,000 including a Juror’s Award. All accepted artworks will be included in a show at the Brand Gallery and in both printed and online exhibition catalogs. Entry Deadline: Friday May 13, 2022
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Brand Library Staff Reviews
Freda Kelly spent half a century as a secretary, and the first eleven years is documented in the 2013 film Good Ol’ Freda because she started her career working for what would become the highest of high profile clients—The Beatles and their manager Brian Epstein. Kelly had frequented The Cavern Club in Liverpool where The Beatles got their start in 1961. Not long after becoming acquainted with the group, she took over their official fan club at age 17. When Epstein took charge and asked Kelly to work as secretary for The Beatles, she had daily contact with them and their families and kept her fan club duties by answering thousands of letters with autographs, locks of hair, and answers to their most desired questions. She was fiercely loyal in her duties, which included not divulging to a friend who was casually dating John Lennon that she knew he was secretly married to Cynthia at the time and answering the final fan letters years after the fan club had disbanded. In 2013, all that Kelly had left to commemorate the period of 1962-1972 was a few boxes of memorabilia in her attic and a lot of stories (some she’s still not quite willing to share). It’s a wonderful portrait of someone who lived through an extraordinary period in music history at a young age and was able to live a normal life in the ensuing years as if it all never happened. -SB
Christone “Kingfish” Ingram 662. It’s hard to believe that Kingfish is still only 23 years old, he has been lauded for his guitar playing since he was a teenager. This second album titled 662 refers to the phone code for his hometown of Clarksdale Mississippi. A lot has been said about his expressive guitar playing but I also love his deep singing voice. It isn’t all traditional blues -there is very noticeable rock, R&B and funk influences is his style. In his live show he often covers Hendrix, Prince and B.B. King tunes which you will hear among his influences. Grammy winning producer Tom Hambridge played drums, produced and co-wrote most of the songs on the album with Christone. Tom had worked with Buddy Guy as well as many other blues and rock artists. The opening track 662 has an uptempo blues/rock feel singing about his hometown. He gets more into funky guitar territory in Too Young to Remember. Another Life Goes By addresses gun violence, the slow smoldering groove underlies the seriousness of the lyrics. Your Time Is Gonna Come, That’s What you Do and Something In the Dirt are all fun traditional blues songs. Rock & Roll is a heartfelt tribute to his late mother. All of it is a blast and there isn’t a weak track on the album. -BW
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