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Jewel City Concert Series Kicks Off Next Week!

Join us for eclectic live music outside on the Artsakh Paseo! All concerts are Saturday nights at 5:00pm and admission is free. Visitors are welcome to bring a chair and enjoy the music on the paseo. Seats are not provided. Performances run 60 minutes without intermission. The Jewel City Concert Series, formerly known as the 222 East Concert Series, began in 2017 to celebrate the renovation and reopening of Glendale's Downtown Central Library. The concert series is sponsored by the Glendale Arts and Culture Commission, through funding from the Urban Art Program, with support from Glendale Library, Arts & Culture.

Louis Van Taylor Saturday, September 30, 2023 5:00 pm Funk/Jazz Music

Firebird Balalaika Quintet Saturday, October 7, 2023 5:00 pm Eastern European Traditional Music

Shiri & the Shiribims Saturday, October 14, 2023 5:00 pm Yiddish Music

wholesoul Saturday, October 21, 2023 5:00 pm R&B/Soul/Hip Hop Music

Jake Knox Saturday, October 28, 2023 5:00 pm Alternative Hip Hop/EDM Pop Music

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Letters to Parents on view at the Adams Square Mini Park Gas Station

Letters to Parents August 21, 2023 - September 29, 2023 Artist: Kevin Ly The intent of Letters to Parents is to start a conversation and have people interact with not just the installation, but with each other. This exhibit at the Adams Square Mini Park Gas Station follows an installation by Kevin Ly at the Glendale Central Library that took place from June 1 – July 31. The installation involved Ly placing a brightly colored mailbox near the entrance of the library alongside a desk decorated with childhood memorabilia and writing materials. On the desk was a sign that proposed the question “What is something you wish your parents had told you?” in which the public had the opportunity to answer with the provided supplies. After writing a response, the public was instructed to insert their letter into the mailbox. Ly picked up the letters submitted by the public on a weekly basis and has included them in his installation at the gas station. Ly’s intention for Letters to Parents is to create an accessible and safe environment for others to share their thoughts and experiences growing up. Ly’s installation at the Adams Square Mini Park Gas Station consists of a physical mock-up of a child’s bedroom to emphasize the idea of a space individuals would have wanted as a child but may have never received. It also acts as a relic of the past that may be nostalgic to some people and bring back memories they had of their childhood. In order to physically emulate the space to look like a child’s bedroom, the gas station is furnished with a child’s bed, desk decorated with childhood memorabilia, a bookshelf with a collection of children’s books, a hat stand, and a rug. Along with recreating a space reminiscent of a child’s bedroom, Ly also includes the letters of peoples’ responses and artwork he has collected from Letters to Parents being a 4-year long project. By including this extra supplement, the public will have the opportunity to view the work over the course of its 4-year journey and receive perspective on what others have written. Ly’s aim is for this to act as a catalyst for public discourse on childhood trauma and its effects on adulthood and mental health. Ly finds importance in being able to make art accessible to all and to tell stories that share experiences from diverse groups of people. Through visual storytelling and art, he finds purpose in creating conversation and discourse on a variety of social topics such as representation, inclusivity, and mental health. He takes pride in creating comfortable spaces for people to share and collaborate in efforts to form a community through art. Save the date for Ly's reception at Adams Square Mini Park on Saturday, September 23, from 4:00pm - 6:00pm. The gas station will be open for visitors to interact with the space and write their own postcards, contributing to Ly's 4-year long journey of Letters to Parents. This temporary art installation is generously sponsored by the Glendale Arts and Culture Commission through funding from the Urban Art Program, with support from Glendale Library, Arts & Culture, Glendale Community Services and Parks, and the Adams Hill Neighborhood Association.

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Upcoming Exhibit at Brand Library

Brand Library & Art Center is pleased to present “It’s About Time,” an art exhibition that attempts to make the complex subject of time more coherent through a multidisciplinary, tactile, and visceral study of materiality, process, and technique. The exhibition, co-curated by April Greiman and Stacie B. London, features 17 Los Angeles artists. Utilizing their authentic and unique relationships with cement, clay, fabric, flora, graphite, ink, wood, paint, paper, photography, resin, video, and wax, amongst others, the artists explore the metaphors of time’s arrow (sequential events or narrative) and time’s cycle (repetition or patterns and seasons).

"It’s About Time" will be on view September 23 through November 22, 2023. The artists will be present at the opening reception on Saturday, September 23 from 6-9pm.

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“He Threw the Last Punch Too Hard” at ReflectSpace Gallery

ReflectSpace Gallery is honored to announce the opening of "He Threw the Last Punch Too Hard," an evocative and emotional exhibit by acclaimed photographer Hannah Kozak. This profoundly powerful collection details the artist’s mother, Rachel, through her life and journey with domestic violence. Through her lens, Kozak shares a poignant narrative of strength, resilience, and healing.

In addition to the exhibit in ReflectSpace Gallery, The Clothesline Project, presented by YWCA of Glendale and Pasadena, will be on display in Central Library’s PassageWay Gallery. The Clothesline Project is a visual display of violence statistics that often go ignored. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2023 from 6-8pm at ReflectSpace Gallery. The exhibit will be on display through December 10, 2023. Free parking is available with validation at the Marketplace parking structure across the street from the Harvard entrance. ReflectSpace is co-curated by Ara and Anahid Oshagan.

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Brand Associates Dance Series Application Now Open

The Associates of Brand Library & Art Center are accepting applications for the Brand Associates Dance Series 2024 season. They are looking for Dance Companies with at least 5 years of experience to present an educational, site-specific dance program appropriate for all ages onsite at Brand Library & Art Center as part of the 2024 Dance Series.

The Dance Series performance dates are the last Saturday in April 2024 and the first 3 Saturdays in May 2024. Performances run between 60 - 90 minutes without intermission. Admission is free.

Groups with diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Applications are open through September 30, 2023.

The Brand Associates Dance Series is sponsored by Brand Associates.

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Adams Hill Arts Festival Coming Soon

Mark your calendar for the second annual Adams Hill Arts Festival on Sunday, October 8th from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.

The festival will take place on Park Street adjacent to the Library Connection at 1100 Chevy Chase Drive.

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