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Brand from Home | October 1, 2020

Music Playlists

Today's recommending listening is Billy Childs Trio, Marc Anthony, Kalabi, and Suzanne Vega.

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

Read Music

Here are some cool Brand Library books on video game music you can order via curbside service: Bits and Pieces, Unlimited Replays, Game Music, and Sound Play.

Pickup is at Glendale Central Library.

The African American Sheet Music at Brown University Library is digitized and consists of 6,000 items. The collection spans from the 1820s to the present day.

Learn About Music

Orli Shaham’s Bach Yard Playdates is an interactive music program for children from the Kaufman Music Center in New York. There are currently ten episodes.

Streaming Music

The Ford has been posting their 2020 season virtually on their YouTube channel. Their programs include a wide variety of music, dance and theater.


Art Online

Brand 48, the 48th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Works on Paper is on view in our virtual gallery. See artworks political and personal; joyful and serious; representational and abstract. Read the artists’ statements in the catalog. Brand 48 is organized by the Brand Associates and Brand Library & Art Center.

UCLA's Center for the Art of Performance offers from Forced Entertainment, Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home at 12pm this week. October 1: Hamlet, October 2: Love's Labour's Lost, October 3: Winter's Tale and October 4: All's Well That Ends Well. Each play is intimately retold by one actor at a table using household objects and everyday products which become the play’s characters. The series is ongoing through November 15, 2020.

Southland Sessions from PBS showcases the vibrancy and resilience of Southern California creators, from drive-thru art exhibitions to Chicano comedies and underground DJ sets; capturing the artistic community’s response to the pandemic while tackling the social upheaval happening nationwide. Check out Versa-Style Dance Company in ep. 4, Dance Break.

Learn About Dance

Try a free online dance tutorial through the VersaStyleLA YouTube channel. Fun & simple to follow for beginning dancers to enjoy. Get started with 3 Easy Dance Moves For Beginners, Hip Hop Dance For Beginners: The BOUNCE & The ROCK, and Bankhead Bounce. They also have a set of Civics 101 videos catered to youth.

Art Inspiration - Try It at Home

Join Self Help Graphics & Art for Día de Los Muertos season. Get ready for their 47th Annual Día de los Muertos Celebration on Sunday, November 1 at 4pm with a month-long season of virtual programs and workshops. Get started with a community art workshop on Tuesday, October 6 to learn how to create paper Marigolds to place on your altar.

With-Draw Together!

Every October, Glendale Library, Arts & Culture encourages and celebrates the act of drawing. This October we've created a list of drawing prompts for each day of the month to encourage you to draw. Keep an eye on our Facebook page where we will be posting help and samples every morning to help you get started on each prompt.

Tips for Day 1: Draw with Coffee or Tea. Celebrate Coffee Day by drawing using a coffee stain as a starting point. Deliberately spill your coffee on a piece of paper. See what patterns emerge, like an ink blot test. Let the paper dry and then try sketching to bring out what you saw. Tea drinker? Take your used tea bag and set it down on the paper. Different tea makes different colors. You can also pick up and move the tea bag around the paper to make patterns. Shape exercises (like looking at clouds and thinking about what they resemble) help with creative thinking. Check out our ​highlight of this activity on our blog.

When you’ve created a piece of art, you can take a picture, post it on social media and share it #withdrawtogether.


Staff e-Recommendations

My first entry into the Hernandez Brothers' long-running Love & Rockets comic series comes in a recently published Locas story, “Is This How You See Me?” by Jaime Hernandez. Considering I’m much closer to Maggie and Hopey circa 2019 than I would have been to their characters living through the 80s L.A. punk scene, it probably worked out! There’s a reunion in Hoppers, and Maggie and Hopey are leaving their partners at home for two days to mosh with cartilage-worn knees, trying to arouse feelings of a youth long past. Hernandez’s illustrations are realistic and masterful, in one cell we see the characters close-up or in medium close-up in the present, in the next there is a profile, three-quarters view, or wide view where you can see the imprint or the expansion of time that makes us (and the characters) do a double-take. There are plenty of 70s and 80s flashbacks of the characters’ relationships when they were their more hardcore, exuberant versions, and the old neighborhood. Hernandez’s dialogue will transport you to a get-together with old friends with rapid exchanges of inside jokes and digs that make you feel like you have a friend group you don’t and you’ve attended punk rock concerts you didn’t. This is a comic for those of us who went from waiting hours front of stage at concerts to looking for the seats and leaving just before the encore! -SB

Brian Eno - Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks (2019 - originally 1983). It would be difficult to overstate Brian Eno's influence in contemporary music. He worked with David Bowie, Roxy Music, David Byrne, John Cale, U2 and many, many others. His ambient music and innovations from the 1970s and 80s were an influence on the development of popular forms of music today such as EDM and electronica. The music sounds ethereal; there is much more an emphasis on the timbre and mood or atmosphere than on rhythms or melodies. This is a 1983 soundtrack expanded and rereleased in 2019 in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo landing. There are twelve pieces from the original soundtrack and eleven new compositions on the album. It’s easy to hear the change in style and sound quality of the newer pieces. Starting with this album, Eno was one of the first musicians to use the Yamaha DX7, the first hugely successful digital synthesizer with a bright, glassy sound. The presets are easy to use so, unfortunately, too many 1980s hit albums used the same sounds. However, it was notoriously difficult to program. Eno was actually was one of the few who knew how to program it and was already creating new sounds with this album. A fascinating piece of contemporary music history. -BW


Covid-19 Resources

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



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