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April 2017

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My Broad Visit!

My Broad Visit!

  • Story / Photo By Paige Petrone

I’m proud to share that I finally made my way downtown to the magnificent new Broad Museum. I was lucky enough to secure a couple of press passes and was able to bypass the incredibly long lines of people that wind around the block each day waiting to get in. It warms my heart to see such major interest in viewing contemporary art in Los Angeles.

Bravo to Eli and Edythe Broad for bringing the art to our wonderful city. The museum is home to more than 2,000 works and holds one of the most prominent collections in the world. The museum’s design is most impressive and nicknamed “the veil and the vault.”  Located next to Walt Disney Concert Hall, the museum’s exterior was designed to be porous and absorptive. Again, it is most impressive.

While there you will have the chance to experience and view spectacular original pieces by Jasper Johns (Flag), Jeff Koons (Balloon Dog “Blue”), Roy Lichtenstein (I… I’m Sorry!), Robert Therrien (Under The Table), and Andy Warhol (Campbell’s Soup Clam Chowder, Self Portraits and Marilyn Monroe). And don’t miss the Infinity Room – The Souls of Millions of  Light Years Away (Yayoi Kusama). Finally, I recommend that you make a day of it and dine at Otium or Vespaio for an extremely delicious lunch. Both are special and located directly next door. Go!

For all things happening at The Broad Museum, click here.

Dreamland!

DREAMLAND A Frank Romero Retrospective at molaa.org (photo: Oscar R. Castillo)

Dreamland!

  • By Cynthia Lum
  • Photo By Oscar R. Castillo

The Museum (MOLAA) is showcasing a retrospective exhibition of legendary Chicano artist Frank Romero’s work encompassing over 50 years of the artist career. Dreamland celebrates the artist’s lifelong fascination with Los Angeles city lore and, through his perspective, explores the confluence of American pop culture, Latin American heritage, and the Chicano experience.  Featuring more than 200 works paintings from the Los Four period, large scale paintings and murals, political art from the 80’s and 90’s, and recent works in neon and ceramics, this is a sensational show worth the drive to Long Beach!

What is Chicano art? The term Chicano describes a person born and raised in the US of Mexican Heritage. More than just Mexican-American artwork, Chicano art is a unique form of American art that seeks to demonstrate cultural pride and identity through aesthetically appealing art as a means to expressing the needs, frustrations, and political struggles of the Chicano community. Romero’s work, infused with Chicano iconography; low-riders, flaming hearts, skeletons, tells stories of the barrio, of police brutality, of joy, of the Chicano culture with passion and humor.

Actor, director and art advocate Cheech Marin said of the Dreamland exhibition. He has a great sense of humor and he can really manipulate paint.  It’s like a musician who knows how to play he knows exactly what he’s doing.

For more details and line up at Molaa, click here.

Reagan Institute!

Reagan Institute!

  • By Rebekah Rejniak
  • Photos By Paige Petrone

Driving out to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum will – on a clear day – remind you why you fell in love with California to begin with. The city smog dissipates as you coast along the Santa Susana Mountain Range, all while taking in panoramic views of the surrounding valleys and the Pacific Ocean.

The first stop on the 100-acre site is, of course, the memorial where Ronald Reagan has been laid to rest since 2004, and where Mrs. Nancy Reagan now rests as well. The memorial is touching in its simplicity, soliciting nostalgia from the many who loved the 40th President. The museum offers 100,000 square feet of gallery collections covering his times as Hollywood nobility, governor of California, U.S. President, and life thereafter. Memorable highlights include: love letters to Nancy Reagan; archived footage of the 1981 assassination attempt; a dedicated room for Nancy’s dresses, jewelry, and wedding gifts; a chance to experience giving the Inaugural Address; an exact replica of the Oval Office; and a stroll through Air Force One which is decorated with Reagan’s signature sweets (Jelly Belly Beans) in every room.

The Reagan Museum switches it up every month or so, currently prepping for Read My Pins, a remarkably, felicitous collection of Madeleine Albright’s brooches adorned by the revolutionary politician and diplomat as visual cues for her allies and enemies alike. The exhibit is available April 3, 2017 through June 25, 2017.

For more details on Ronald Reagan Library and Museum, click here.

Cat in the Hat!

The Cat In The Hat hits The Broad Stage April 22-23rd

Cat in the Hat!

  • By Andrew Fish
  • Photo By Tim Trumble

The Cat in the Hat is an American icon, plain and simple. Possibly one of the most recognizable hand-drawn characters this country has ever known, the frenetic bow-tied feline is the creation of Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, and he shows up at Sally and her brother’s house to stir up mischief and teach them to have some fun. Hitting the Eli & Edythe Broad Stage in Santa Monica this month is the live-theater version of the topsy-turvy tale, which is tailored for kids 3 years old and up — and their parents, too.

Taking the stage is the kooky cat himself, transforming a rainy afternoon into a grand — and messy — adventure, with the aid of Thing Two and Thing One, and much to the chagrin of the kids’ curmudgeonly, rule-abiding fish. With frantic antics pulled lovingly from the pages of the classic 1957 children’s book, the play is sure to delight.

This lively incarnation of The Cat in the Hat, a production of Childsplay, is part of the Family Adventure series and runs four performances only, on April 22nd and 23rd. So round up the family and get over to the west side, because Seuss is on the loose!

For more details, click here.

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