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Brand from Home | October 8, 2020

Call for Artists

This inaugural Call for Artists proposals for Black History Month is focused on magnifying Black artists and the Black experience. The City of Glendale and Glendale Library, Arts & Culture Department are committed to developing programming that will build upon the momentum of the Black Lives Matter movement by amplifying cultural voices through a lens of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The immense impact of the recent Black Lives Matter protests and rallies have shed light on the systemic racism towards Black people which has affected the United States for hundreds of years. The proposed artwork may be visual, musical, performance-based, social, experiential, environmental, sensory, streetscape/mural art — all delivery methods will be considered. The artwork may be a one-time event or a temporary installation, or it may be a series of events or installations.


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Music Playlists

Today's recommending listening is Juan Reynoso, Alicia Keys, Robert Cray, and Rachmaninoff for violin and piano.

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.

Books About Music

33 1/3 is a book series, each short book is about a single album. Albums by artists such as Dusty Springfield, Neil Young, Black Sabbath, Wendy Carlos, Massive Attack, Tori Amos and the Drive By Truckers. There are over 100 titles in the series and many are at Brand Library. Search the catalog and order for curbside pickup at Glendale Central Library.

Audiobooks About Music

Check out the audiobook selection in Freegal. Music related audiobooks include to​pics such as BB King, Beyonce, The Beatles, Madonna, Lana Del Rey, Stan Getz and ear training. Other topics too: meditation, poetry, scary Halloween stories, and classic tales for children. Login with your library card number.

Learn About Music

Join With Love From LA for a conversation with Jazz and electronica musician Mark de Clive-Lowe, October 14, 2020 at 5pm about his music, process and growing to call LA home.

Find me somewhere between a jazz piano and a world of electronica.

Streaming Music

The Glendale Noon Concerts are online. The next concert is on October 21 at 12:10pm with Ken Aiso & Valeria Morgovskaya performing Brahms and Janacek. Concerts are twice monthly.

Latin Music USA is a PBS series and all four episodes are free online. It covers topics such as Latin jazz, mambo, cha-cha, salsa, the Chicano wave, Spanish rap, reggae ton, and superstars such as Gloria Estefan, Ricky Martin and Shakira.


Art Online

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 Associate’s Award winner Edwin Vasquez.

His mixed media work including postage stamps, scrap paper, coins, dimensional stickers and spray paint explores the imagery and impact of the pandemic. 

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

Meet Associate’s Award winner Jake Martinez.

His photographs function as an archive to preserve the memory of Antelope Valley homes and businesses and the histories they represent.

UCLA's Center for the Art of Performance offers from Forced Entertainment, Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home at 12pm. October 8: Richard II, October 9: Henry IV, Part 1, October 10: Henry IV Part 2 and October 11: Henry V. 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.

Art Inspiration - Try It at Home

For a meditative time, try Islamic art and design from the Met. Geometric patterns make up one of the three nonfigural types of decoration in Islamic art. Archivist Robin Schwalb shares how the rigorous limitations of grids can be liberating. Watch Getting Lost by Deniz Beyazit to get some inspiration to get started.

Samira Mian has a YouTube playlist of Islamic Geometry - How to draw Islamic Geometric Patterns. The constructions are straightforward and give you a sense of the design involved in one corner of this complex world of varying patterns.

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 8: Continuous Contour Line Drawing. Make a one-line-drawing. Never lift your drawing utensil from the paper. Use a pen to prevent you from erasing. Look at what you are drawing as much as the drawing itself. Do not stop moving your hand even when you look up. The entire drawing is one single line, every part of it connected to every other. Watch The Red Thread (赤い糸): A single line tells a story, to help get you inspired.

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

We are all fragments of one another, strewn across Mexico and across borders. Different lines in the same poem. The graphic biography Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide is a stunningly expressive and seamlessly integrated combination of prose from Isabel Quintero, illustrations from Zeke Peña, and black-and-white images from Iturbide herself. Born in Mexico City in 1942, Iturbide wanted to become a writer, but submitted to familial expectations by getting married and having three children as a young woman. In 1970, a tragedy took her six-year-old daughter Claudia, and Iturbide’s photographic journey began when she subsequently turned to art as therapy and became an assistant to famed photographer Manuel Álvarez Bravo before gaining her own commissions. Although she initially photographed subjects without permission, eventually her work represents an unflinching intimacy between herself as photographer and her consenting subjects who are in dialogue with their respective landscapes. Photographic is a creative introduction to Iturbide’s work that appealed to me because it forgoes chronology and strict reality for something more fluid and revealing, focusing on the environments and photographs that informed her as an artist, from Oaxaca, Mexico to Jaipur, India and many unique places in between. -SB

Animals as Leaders - The Madness of Many (2016). Animals As Leaders is an American progressive metal trio. The band is all instrumental and is also sometimes put in the djent category. Djent is a subgenere of progressive heavy metal that uses a lot of complex rhythms, palm muting and players usually have extra low strings on their guitars. If you thought that electronica had a lot of subgenres you will find that metal in 2020 is just as diverse. Animals as Leaders also has an interesting twist on the power trio instrumentation - guitarists Tosin Abasi and Javier Reyes usually both play 8 string guitars and play in both the guitar and bass range. Reyes is an accomplished classical guitarist as well and you can see him on YouTube with his 8 string classical guitar. Abasi is a very impressive and innovative young shredder and a lot has been written about his playing. Both Tosin and Javier has also adapted funk bass techniques such as slapping and popping into the mix. I think of this music having metal as a basis but with the influences of fusion, funk, jazz and other music. I guess my favorite tracks are Arithmophobia, Inner Assassins and The Brain Dance but it’s all a wild, fun ride. If you think nothing new can be done with heavy metal you have to hear this band. -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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