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Brand from Home | November 12, 2020

Music Playlists

Today's recommending listening is Alanis Morissette, Niall, Conway & Pimlett, Junior Wells, and violin concertos by composer Krzysztof Penderecki.

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.

Watch Musicals

Stream musicals, such as Les Miserables, Cabaret and Jesus Christ Superstar, on Hoopla. You can login with your Glendale library card number to watch.

Streaming Music

November is Native American Heritage Month. There are many Native American streaming music titles in Music Online (Alexander Street). Login with your library card number to start listening.

KKFI is a nonprofit radio station in Kansas City. They feature a Sunday program called Native Spirit Radio hosted by Rhonda LeValdo. The show focuses on Native American music from across the country.

The next With Love From LA concert will be Wednesday November 18 at 5pm with Linafornia. LA beat scene staple Linafornia first found her way into production as a form of catharsis during a dark time in her life. She started making beats after a severe car accident forced her to learn how to walk again. From taking over the decks at LA’s famed experimental club night Low End Theory to scoring back-to-back first place finishes at the prestigious Beat Cinema Beat Battle, Lina’s signature sound and her Leimert Park roots make her an important part of the LA arts scene. Sponsored by the Glendale Arts and Culture Commission through funding from the Urban Art Program. 


Art Online

Brand Library & Art Center and Thinkspace Projects are pleased to present Nexus III, showcasing a curated selection of international artists belonging to the New Contemporary Art Movement. This special exhibition will include mini solo shows from Yosuke Ueno, The Perez Bros, Amy Sol, Leon Keer, Reen Barrera and Uriginal (a.k.a. Uri Martinez).

On View Virtually: November 9, 2020 - January 8, 2021 at

They Draw & Cook is the largest online collection of illustrated recipes created by artists from around the world. The artists are a varied and talented bunch. Some of them are professional illustrators and practicing artists, while others are passionate doodlers and drawers, and a few have only recently begun to draw.

21 Edible Works of Art That Are Almost Too Good to Eat. This collection of edible works of art is as appetizing as it is artistic. From museum-worthy lollipops and decorative-art-inspired cookies to bento bunnies and sushi crafted into koi fish, each culinary creation puts a yummy spin on artistic expression.

Learn About the Art of Food

Food is essential to our survival and one of the great pleasures in life. It is no surprise that fruit, vegetables, meat, and drink have been common motifs in art. Explore the meaning behind these meals in A Bitesize History of Food in Art through Google Arts & Culture.

Explore The Sifter, a catalog of more than a thousand years of European and U.S. cookbooks, from the medieval Latin De Re Culinaria, published in 800, to The Romance of Candy, a 1938 treatise on British sweets. The collection was begun by Barbara Ketcham Wheaton compiling her 130,000-item database and the library of her neighbor, Julia Child. 

Explore Lucky Chow: Food As Art. Host Danielle Chang explores Asian cuisine's impact on American food culture in this series produced by the Center for Asian American Media. From the Korean art of mukbang to viral sensations, artists both amateur and professional are using food as their medium of choice. 

BBC Edible Histories, from BBC Ideas, explores the hidden stories of the things we eat and drink without a second thought - from sushi to sandwiches. 

Join Max Miller as he explores the history of all sorts of international foods and how to make them. Every Tuesday, Tasting History shows how to make a historic dish while exploring the history surrounding it.

Food Art Inspiration - Try It at Home

Join us for Fry Bread Making 101, Monday, November 16, at 4:30pm in celebration of Native American Heritage Month. Get your ingredients ready and follow along with Rose Pino as she makes traditional fry bread. You will need 4 cups of all purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 Tablespoon baking powder, 1 1/2 cups warm water and 4 cups of oil for frying.

Throughout history, food has served as subject matter, inspiration, and sustenance for artists. Food has also been the art on a number of occasions. With Art Cooking, on PBS's The Art Assignment, explore the life, art, and eating habits of artists. Create a tower of crayfish to learn about Salvador Dalí, construct a meat tower to explore the bizarre cookery of the Italian Futurists, and mill your own flour to better know Georgia O’Keeffe’s approach to life.

Try Learning through cooking: Art with Nomster, with fun food activities to practice colors, balance, and patterns. Art is observably a visual expression both created and occurring naturally in foods. Learning about food through balance, colors and patterns can be helpful to understand how one can make eatables both visually appealing and appetizing.


Staff e-Recommendations

In 2013, the sudden death of musician Mark Mallman’s mother led him to create The Happiness Playlist: The True Story of Healing My Heart with Feel-Good Music. The memoir shows the anxiety and depression of the tragedy’s aftermath, then the period of healing, song by song, month by month, that follows. The Happiness Playlist is quiet and thoughtful; Mallman struggles emotionally, but he’s never alone. He joins friends on excursions, takes gigs, seeks therapy, calls his father for advice, drinks grape soda, and creates The Happiness Playlist itself, a list of songs that pull him out of bed in the morning. Going through the book, I listened along to the songs that bring him joy (they’re listed in the back of the book and are also on Spotify). There were definitely songs I felt the joy in (Slim Gaillard's 'Potato Chips'), and others we would probably think of as cliche (Pharrell Williams’ ‘Happy’!). What helps us through our darkest times is completely idiosyncratic. That’s why it’s nice that there’s a blank list in the back of the book for our own “happiness” playlists to put on repeat when needed. -SB

George Crumb: Ancient Voices of Children, Music for a Summer Evening, "Macrokosmos III." George Crumb (b.1929) is one of the greatest living composers. Much of his work is for chamber ensembles often with voice. One of his best known pieces is the song cycle Ancient Voices of Children (1970) for soprano, boy soprano, oboe, mandolin, harp, electric piano/toy piano and 3 percussionists playing a wide range of instruments including Tibetan prayer stones, Japanese temple bells and tuned tom-toms. As you might tell, his music has an emphasis on timbre and unique sound combinations. This song cycle also requires some very virtuosic singing. The piece is based on the poetry of Federico Garcia Lorca. The other piece on the album, Music for a Summer Evening, is for two amplified pianos and two percussionists. The two percussionists play about 70 instruments between them including more unusual instruments such as Ouijada, African calimba, as well as more common instruments such as a vibraphone, xylophone and glockenspiel. It’s an amazing sound world and his style is immediately recognizable. There is space in the music as you often hear just one note or instrument at a time. It’s an incredible, magical sound world and he has written many masterpieces, the works on this album being among the most famous. -BW


Covid-19 Resources

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