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Brand from Home | October 29, 2020

Music Playlists

Today's recommending listening is Day of the Dead Mariachi Party, Sleep, Latin American songs for tenor and harp, and jazz vocalist Abbey Lincoln.

Here are some fun Halloween sounds and spoken word albums on Freegal! 3 Hours of Halloween Sounds, Halloween Scary Stories, Scary Stories: The Radio Spook Show, and Halloween Short Stories.

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.

Read Music

So You Want to Sing is a series of books that cover a wide range of singing styles. The series is produced in partnership with the National Association of Teachers of Singing. All books in the series feature online supplemental material on the NATS website including style-specific exercises, audio and video files, and additional resources. You can place holds on the books for curbside pickup.

The Music Periodicals Database from ProQuest covers hundreds of full text and indexed music magazines and journals. The database covers music publications as diverse as the American Record Guide, Goldmine, Guitar Player, Jazz Times, Journal of the American Musicological Society, and Rolling Stone.

The November 1 issue of Mojo is available on RB Digital. You can login to RB Digital using your library card. Many current art and music magazines are available online and fully scanned.

Streaming Music

From UCLA's Center for the Art of Performance try free Fall online programs and performances. Check out The Tune In Festival. Thursday, October 29 at 7pm, The Small Glories, Magos Herrera, Get Lit, Cambalache, Claudia Lennear. Friday, October 30 at 6pm, Dan + Claudia Zanes, Get Lit, Ash Grove Alumni, Sweet Honey In The Rock, Perla Batalla and Tonality. Saturday, October 31 at 11am, Dan + Claudia Zanes, The Small Glories, Nano Stern, Get Lit, Ash Grove Alumni, Carla Canalas, Urban Voices Project, Toshi Reagon & BigLovely, Quetzal and Vijay Gupta / Kronos Quartet. CAP UCLA’s Tune In Festival is a convening of musicians and poets from across the U.S., Canada and Latin America.


Brand 48

Brand 48, the 48th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Works on Paper is on view September 12-October 30, 2020 in our virtual gallery.

Meet Jane Friend Award winner Shannon Keller. Her drawings explore anatomy and our perception of the body and natural world.

Brand 48 is organized by the Brand Associates in partnership with Brand Library & Art Center.

Meet Juror's Award winner Ji Young Kim. She uses colored pencil on paper to explore the intersection between visual and visceral memories of her childhood in South Korea.

On Thursday, October 29 at 6pm, join the Brand Associates for a discussion of prints and drawings with Art Division.

Art Online

Latin Ballet of Virginia presents Dancing With My Soul. Dance incorporates not just the physical, but also the cultural. LBV gives you a chance to learn more about culture and language through dance by introducing you to many dancers around the world to share their traditions and movements. Check out their Aztec Day of the Dead dance and more on their Vimeo channel. Learn more about El Día de los Muertos.

Downey Día de los Muertos Art Festival goes live on November 1 at 11am. You can expect a mix of movies, music, ballet folklorico performances, and a pair of art exhibitions.

Forest Lawn continues its tradition of bringing authentic Día de los Muertos celebrations to the community with this year’s virtual event. On Sunday, November 1 from 12–2pm, they will share majestic spaces for remembrance with marigolds, live and larger-than-life sculpture Catrinas, folkloric dance performances, Mariachi music, a Bob Baker Marionette Theater performance, bilingual prayer and spoken word, a brightly colored ofrenda (altar), and more.

Art Inspiration - Try It at Home

From the de Young Museum, try Mexican gratitude or narrative paintings called ex-votos. They can be made by anyone who has a story to tell about being kept safe during a time that something dangerous happened to them. Frida Kahlo collected them, and they influenced her work.

Through the Museum of Latin American Art, try Día de los Muertos Nicho Workshop with Edgar-Arturo Camacho-González. Honor an ancestor or revered member of the community by building them a Dia de los Muertos Nicho (diorama)! Try out Moles and tradition with Chef Luis Navarro and Griselda Suárez and an Alebrijes Workshop.

Monarchs are reaching the last leg of their journey as they enter California. With warm weather still in progress keep an eye on the sky and flower patches for laggers still on their way. Migration is still in progress! Remember to take your camera when you are traveling or on a hike or even in your own backyard. Thank you for reporting all your observations – every sighting helps all of us see the bigger picture of monarchs in the West. Submit your observations to Journey North!

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 29: Draw using Hatching and Cross Hatching. Draw using closely spaced parallel lines to create texture and value. Cross your lines to make darker tones. Explore the artwork of illustrator Franklin Booth to see how much detail and impact you can create with only lines. Get some advice from naturalist, artist, and educator John Muir Laws on a fast and effective hatching technique.

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

Learn about the rich history and diverse stories of Latinx and Hispanic Americans. Explore the Library’s Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month & Dia de los Muertos virtual programs. Enjoy art projects, storytimes, book talks and more! 

From November 1 (All Saints’ Day) to November 2 (All Souls’ Day), Día de los Muertos is celebrated with festivals of marigolds, butterflies, altars (ofrendas), art, delicate cut paper (papel picado), music, dancing, and feasts as the souls of deceased loved ones are welcomed back to the world of the living. Day of the Dead Folk Art is a colorful introduction to the holiday with a succinct narrative about its indigenous and post-colonial Catholic roots and imagery. Decorated sugar and clay skulls, sand paintings, carved and painted sculpture, book illustrations of La Catrina and El Catrin and other skeletal figures are featured in their splendor. Each photograph has information about the folk artist, art students, or family of artists who created them, along with the location or region in which it was crafted and the symbolism depicted. Some of the playful objects and illustrations are permanent fixtures of the holiday; others are made in preparation and represent the ephemeral nature of life and death. Día de los Muertos will be a bit different this year as many public gatherings have moved online or to drive-throughs, but there's no better time for remembrance and celebration. -SB

Punch Brothers All Ashore (2018). The Punch Brothers are hard to describe musically; I often have heard them described as progressive bluegrass. All Ashore was awarded Grammy for Best Folk Album in 2019. Their acoustic instrumentation of mandolin, fiddle/percussion, banjo, guitar and upright bass certainly suggests bluegrass but they blend in rock, folk, classical, jazz, hip hop and other influences. If they played electric instruments they could almost be called a progressive rock band but the soft vocals remind me of folk music. Mandolinist/singer Chris Thile was the host of MPR radio show A Prairie Home Companion (later called Live From Here) from 2016-2020. He had also been a member of progressive trio Nickel Creek and has performed with Yo-Yo Ma and Edgar Meyer. He is married to actress Claire Coffee. Whatever you want to call the Punch Brothers, they are amazing musicians and I believe that fans of rock, jazz, country and classical music can enjoy their music. If I had to name favorite tracks on the album maybe It’s All Part of the Plan, The Gardener, All Ashore and the instrumental Three Dots and a Dash. If you are used to listening to rock, you can appreciate the brighter sound of this band with the higher sounds of the mandolin and violin, which is a nice change of register. -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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