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For years, Big Sunday volunteers have supported the arts in all kinds of ways. Now, with the art list, artists and arts organizations can post and announce their events – concerts, exhibits, screenings, readings, performances – to everyone in the Big Sunday community. The only requirement is that somehow, some way, at some time, you’ve helped somebody else through a Big Sunday project.

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Raku: The Cosmos in a Tea Bowl

March 29 - June 7, 2015   ONGOING EVENT

LACMA, Pavilion for Japanese Art, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, California

Website | Email | 323 857-6000

Raku tea bowls have been revered since their first appearance in 16th-century Japanese tea ceremonies. In the West, the term raku refers to a quick, low-fire technique for making ceramics. Few know that this method traces its history back to a Japanese family of potters or, more specifically, to the originator of the technique, Raku I (Chōjirō), who lived in the 1500s. Since then, a single person named Raku has represented each of the 15 generations, and Raku masters have produced vessels for each generation of Tea Ceremony teachers and their followers.

 

This exhibition comprises nearly 100 Raku masterpieces with examples from each Raku Master. Over half of the ceramic objects in the exhibition are tea bowls; there are two Registered Important Cultural Properties and one Registered Important Art Object. Other works include incense containers and burners, food utensils, water jars, and other objects used in the Japanese Tea Ceremony.

 

This exhibition will be the first of its kind ever held in the United States, and LACMA is its only U.S. venue. It was co-organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Raku Museum and the Japan Foundation. Air transportation was provided by Japan Airlines.

Every year LACMA provides free admission (and a free bus!) to take many disadvantaged and grateful folks to Andell Family Sundays!

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Louise Nevelson in L.A.: Tamarind Workshop Lithographs from the 1960s

March 17 - May 17, 2015   ONGOING EVENT

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, California

Website | Email | 323 857-6000

Sculptor Louise Nevelson, known for her monochromatic wall assemblages made of wood, came to Los Angeles from New York in 1963 and again in 1967 to make prints at the Tamarind Lithography Workshop. This installation of works from LACMA’s collection features a selection of lithographs from a total of 42 works made by the artist at this historic print workshop during a period of unprecedented artistic innovation. Nevelson’s prints demonstrate a creative use of everyday materials (such as lace, rags, and cheesecloth) and irregularly shaped paper, while exploiting the nature of prints as multiples to make “constructions” that explore notions of seriality and reflection.

Every year LACMA provides free admission (and a free bus!) to take many disadvantaged and grateful folks to Andell Family Sundays!

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From the Archives: Art and Technology at LACMA, 1967–1971

March 21 - October 18, 2015   ONGOING EVENT

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, California

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The Art and Technology Program at LACMA—or A & T as it came to be known—was a forward-thinking initiative run by the museum from 1967 to 1971. The brainchild of curator Maurice Tuchman,

A & T paired artists with corporations in the areas of aerospace, scientific research, and entertainment. Although some of the matches (such as James Turrell and Robert Irwin’s well-known collaboration with Garrett Corporation) did not result in completed artworks, other partnerships led to ambitious projects that were exhibited at the 1970 World Exposition in Osaka, Japan, and at LACMA in 1971. Among the artists who realized work through

A & T were Oyvind Fahlstrom, Newton Harrison, R. B. Kitaj, Rockne Krebs, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg, Richard Serra, Tony Smith, Andy Warhol, and Robert Whitman. This installation features photographs, correspondence, and ephemera documenting the original Art and Technology Program at LACMA.

Every year LACMA provides free admission (and a free bus!) to take many disadvantaged and grateful folks to Andell Family Sundays!

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Female Power

March 12 - May 1, 2015   ONGOING EVENT

DAC Gallery, 431 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, California

Website | Email | 213-627-7374

Exhibiting Artists

Downtown Women’s Center

MONIA CALHOUN, RACHEL COWLES, GLORIA McKINNEY,

E’VET THOMPSON, PAMELA WALLS

ECF Art Centers

WILBERT BRENT, SEAN FLORES, JOSE HERNANDEZ,

PAOLO MIRANDA, DEVERON RICHARD, CHRIS ROMERO,

LARRY PEARSALL, JUAN PIERRI, VICTOR PRIETO,

JUSSI WAYNE, JOSE ZAMORA

Association of Hysteric Curators

VIRGINIA ARCE, MALADO BALDWIN, RACHEL FINKLESTEIN,

NAT GEORGE, ISABELLE LUTTERODT, MEG MADISON,

MARY ANNA POMONIS, CINDY REHM,

ALLISON STEWART, GUITA TAHMASSEBI

 

 

 

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Coinciding with the Downtown Art Walk

 

Big Sunday has worked with both the DWC and ECF for years. Then nice clients at both places have joined us for all kinds of special outings and adventures, from harbor cruises to farm visits.

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Lens Work: Celebrating LACMA’s Experimental Photography at 50

February 7 - July 4, 2015   ONGOING EVENT

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, California

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Photography was founded on and developed as a result of experimentation: it is a technology-based practice rife with inherent uncertainties, despite its reputation for reliably documenting reality. This installation celebrates the curatorial drive informing over 50 years of collecting at LACMA, which embraces experimentation in photography.

From works by the medium’s earliest practitioners to those by contemporary artists, LACMA’s collection is rich in innovative examples of what is often referred to as “the magic of photography.” As lenses evolve and choices of final output increase, photographic practice will no doubt continue to inspire new ways of perceiving, seeing, and believing.

Every year LACMA provides free admission (and a free bus!) to take many disadvantaged and grateful folks to Andell Family Sundays!

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Celebrating Los Angeles

April 29, 2015, 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM  

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, California

Website | Email | 323 857-6000

Music has always been a part LACMA—it all started in 1965 with LACMA’s inaugural concert. Now, we’re revisiting some of the works from that historic night alongside new pieces in a special evening featuring world-class composers and ensembles who have called L.A. home.

 

Celebrating Los Angeles exemplifies the breadth and virtuousity of this city’s music on the occasion of LACMA’s 50th anniversary with brilliant performances of works by Igor Stravinsky, Arnold Schoenberg, David Newman, and Morten Lauridsen. Lauridsen and Newman will speak on Stravinsky, Schoenberg, new music, and the duality of concert music and film music in Los Angeles.

Every year LACMA provides free admission (and a free bus!) to take many disadvantaged and grateful folks to Andell Family Sundays!

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An Evening With Hal Hartley (feat. “Ned Rifle”, plus Aubrey Plaza & James Urbaniak in

April 3, 2015, 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM  

Cinefamily, 611 N Fairfax Ave., Los, California

Website | Email | (323) 655-2510

Hal Hartley’s cinematic universe — born out of the scrappy ‘80s underground, flourishing brightly in the ‘90s Golden Age of American Indies and blooming even further onto the modern landscape — is dense with deadpan poetics, insouciant attitude and a nicotine-stained East Coast whimsy that will live forever. As we geared up for Ned Rifle, Hal’s latest, we realized it absolutely was the time to bring his previous works to the Cinefamily screen. Join Hal as he regales us with tales from across his entire career, followed by the L.A. premiere of Ned Rifle, and a Q&A with co-stars Aubrey Plaza & James Urbaniak!

 

NED RIFLE

Kickstarter-funded and cast from Hartley’s career-spanning pool of favorite faces, this is a truly independent cinema, tailor-made on a level that big studio flicks will still never match. The story beginning with Henry Fool (starring Thomas Jay Ryan) and continuing with Fay Grim (starring Parker Posey) concludes with the two namesakes’ son in the driver’s seat. Liam Aiken plays the soft-spoken teenaged holy warrior on a totally un-ironic mission to kill his father, who may or may not be an extremely well-educated agent of Satan. Along for the ride is Parks & Rec’s Aubrey Plaza, who, totally in line with Hartley’s ongoing vision, beautifully plays up an unsettling ability to deliver a line with total sincerity, laced with arsenic sarcasm.

Cinefamily has hosted free screenings on Big Sunday Weekend for underprivileged youth.

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Henry Fool & Fay Grim (Hal Hartley in

April 2, 2015, 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM  

Cinefamily, 611 N Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, California

Website | Email | (323) 655-2510

Winner of Best Screenplay at Cannes in 1998, Henry Fool is that perfect mix of chaotic energy and taut, meticulously constructed dialogue that makes auteur Hal Hartley so goddamn great. The story of a struggling novelist, a rising poet and an unlikely love affair, this uproarious drama (with a touch of thriller) plays with the very “Hartley” themes of failed expectation and unexpected redemption. As always, the writer/director takes his skilled cast (Parker Posey, Thomas Jay Ryan and James Urbaniak) to strange, new places –- with performances as deep and roiling as an oceanic abyss. Hartley later forged an unlikely sequel in Fay Grim, nearly a decade after Henry Fool‘s release. Here, we pick up on the trail of his rogue anti-hero via his beleaguered wife Fay (the fantastic Parker Posey) as she travels through Europe on the hunt for her fugitive husband. Shot almost entirely in tilted “Dutch angle” shots, the film is wonderfully off-kilter. Jeff Goldblum appears, sly and dry as ever, as the slick CIA agent who coerces a fragile Fay to investigate the increasingly labyrinthine mystery of Fool. As well, Posey gives the performance of her career, careening through a strange and dangerous world with an unshakable, glorious-to-watch naiveté.

Henry Fool Dir. Hal Hartley, 1997, 35mm, 137 min.

Fay Grim Dir. Hal Hartley, 2009, 35mm, 118 min.

Cinefamily has hosted free screenings on Big Sunday Weekend for underprivileged youth.

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Trust & The Unbelievable Truth (Hal Hartley in

April 4, 2015, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM  

Cinefamily, 611 N Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, California

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A double bill of the darkly comic gems that launched Hal Hartley as one of the primary indie auteurs/arbiters of Nineties cool. Would you describe yourself as both high-minded and hopelessly childish? Maybe withdrawn in disgust but without apathy, wishing you could sucker-punch every chump you meet? Do you dream of locking the door and reading Tolstoy until the ozone burns off, and humanity finally toasts itself? If so, you might be a Hal Hartley character. Both of today’s films take place in Hartley’s native Long Island, and star the unforgettable Adrienne Shelley as a disaffected suburban teenager, each time drawn to a potentially dangerous man of mystery. In Trust, she and her star-crossed young reject (Hartley fave Martin Donovan) suffer so stylishly you almost forget she accidentally killed her dad. In The Unbelievable Truth (shot on a shoestring, and nominated for a Sundance Grand Jury Prize), she’s enchanted by a genius auto mechanic recently released from prison for murder. Every withering deadpan comeback, heartfelt guitar line, absurdist lyrical flourish, and photographic étude of color and geometry feels precision-tuned and laser-guided, thanks to Hartley’s obsessive command of the form.

Trust Dir. Hal Hartley, 1990, 107 min.

The Unbelievable Truth Dir. Hal Hartley, 1989, 90 min.

Cinefamily has hosted free screenings on Big Sunday Weekend for underprivileged youth.

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Simple Men

April 18, 2015, 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM  

Cinefamily, 611 N Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, California

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If you’re a fan of angry young men with a mind for motorcycles, anarchy, arson and the moves to match Sonic Youth’s “Kool Thing”, this one’s for you. Hal Hartley describes Simple Men, his third feature and international breakthrough, as “…a romance with an attitude problem.” Two brothers, one a sensitive intellectual and the other a jackass computer thief recently betrayed by his girlfriend, go on a road trip to search for their father: a famous shortstop turned underground ‘60s radical in hiding after a prison escape. This highly amusing, handsomely filmed ‘90s slice of absurdist life captures a bygone era when the rent in Long Island was low enough for Simple Men like these to actually exist. Oh, and there are nuns, lots of nuns — and Catholic school girls, who do what Catholic school girls generally do.

Dir. Hal Hartley, 1992, 35mm, 105 min.

Cinefamily has hosted free screenings on Big Sunday Weekend for underprivileged youth.

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The Director’s Series: Michael Govan and Thomas Demand

February 24 - April 12, 2015, 7:30 PM - 12:00 AM   ONGOING EVENT

LACMA, Bing Theater, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, California

Website | Email | 323 857-6010

LACMA CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director Michael Govan is in conversation with artist Thomas Demand about his film installation, Pacific Sun, a joint acquisition by LACMA and the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, on view at the museum through April 12, 2015. Consisting of 2,400 frames that capture the artist’s meticulous recreation of YouTube footage of a cruise ship struggling in the midst of a violent storm, the work reveals Demand’s interest in opposing reality with the artificial. Demand’s earlier works dating from the early 1990s will also be discussed, illuminating his cross-disciplinary practice spanning sculpture, architecture, photography, and film.

Every year LACMA provides free admission (and a free bus!) to take many disadvantaged and grateful folks to Andell Family Sundays!

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Classic Slam

April 30 - May 2, 2015, 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM  

Los Angeles Theater Center, 514 S Spring Street, Los Angeles, California

Website | Email | 323.930.0857

The quarter & semi-finals are April 30 & May 1, from 10 am-5 pm at the LA Theatre Center.

FINALS are May 2 at the Wilshire Ebell from 7-10 pm.

Anyone interested can email info@getlit.org.

The Classic Slam is a three-day poetry festival and the largest teen poetry competition in Southern California’s history, where high school students throughout Los Angeles County face off to “slam” classic poems by the likes of Neruda, Dickinson, Angelou, and countless others, in combination with their own spoken word responses for audiences of thousands. The competing teams are comprised of participating Get Lit schools. Bouts are judged by leading writers, actors, and artists of LA, and scholarships are awarded to winning teams. This is the only teen poetry slam in the nation featuring classic and spoken word poems. The purpose of the Classic Slam is to ignite and unite youth of LA, using poetry to unearth their potential.

We were introduced to Get Lit-Words Ignite from Laurie Brown, who led countless Marlborough School students at Big Sunday events over many years.

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SISTERS OF SOJOURN GALA

May 16, 2015  

, , Los Angeles, California

Website | Email | (310) 264-6646 x331

The Sisters of Sojourn (SOS) is a volunteer group formed more than a decade ago to support the operations of Sojourn’s Adams House. Each spring, SOS hosts a beautiful gala to raise funds and awareness for Adams House. The evening includes dinner, drinks, dancing and plenty of auction items and is a great way to kick-off the summer!

Sojourn’s Adams House is the only second stage facility in the region, and is for women and their children whose trauma experience is too great to move directly from a crisis shelter to independent living. Sojourn’s Adams House provides up to six months of safe housing, legal advocacy, education, and service-enriched programs, enabling them to regroup, rebuild, and reestablish their self-esteem and their lives. Please join us for the next SOS Gala, scheduled for Saturday, May 16, 2015,  to support this important work.

For more information about the next Sisters of Sojourn gala, contact Aileen Martinez at (310) 264-6646 x331 or amartinez@opcc.net.

Big Sunday volunteers have  worked with OPCC for years – serving breakfast at Daybreak, brunch at Turning Point, dinner at Samoshel, as well as pain ting, gardening and cleaning!

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Esther Jaime – Robot Friend

September 2424, 2014 - January 1, 2016   ONGOING EVENT

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Check out this beautiful music video!

 

Directed by Dom Jones DarkVision Ent. https://www.twitter/directordom13 director domjones@gmail.com, Cinematography Dom Jones, Edited by Andretti Dante https://www.andrettidontelst@gmail.com written and performed by Esther Jaime (Twitter, IG:@Estherjaimelee, https://www.soundcloud.com/estherjaime,
https://www.facebook.com/estherjaimem. Music Produced by Nine Diamond For https://www.shadowville.com

Esther has helped out at many Big Sunday events, including numerous TM@10’s.

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Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin

August 4 - 16, 2015  

Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Avenue, Los Angeles, California

Website | Email | (310) 208-5454

Critic’s Choice! A “remarkable portrait … richly entertaining and ultimately touching.” – Los Angeles Times

“Enriching, humorous and replete with most of the brilliant Berlin tunes … you do not want to miss a delicious moment of it!” – Broadway World

 

Hershey Felder brings to life the remarkable story of Irving Berlin, “America’s Composer.” From the depths of anti-Semitism in Czarist Russia, to New York’s Lower East Side, and ultimately all of America and the world, Berlin’s story epitomizes the American dream. Featuring the composer’s most popular and enduring songs from “God Bless America,” to “White Christmas” and beyond, Hershey Felder’s masterful creation of character and musical performance makes this evening with Irving Berlin an unforgettable journey.

The Geffen Theatre has generously provided free tickets for various Big Sunday events. Most recently, Big Sunday volunteers took a group of vets to the see a play there.

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The Power of Duff

April 7 - May 17, 2015  

Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Avenue, Los Angeles, California

Website | Email | 310) 208-5454

Charlie Duff’s nightly newscast makes him a voice to be heard, so why isn’t his teenage son listening? When an on-air prayer for his father goes viral, Duff finds himself at the center of a firestorm over God’s place in the newsroom. When his prayers turn prophetic, Duff suddenly has the power to reach everyone — except his own son. Stephen Belber’s sharp new play asks if there is anything more vital than the faith we have in one another.

The Geffen Theatre has generously provided free tickets for various Big Sunday events. Most recently, Big Sunday volunteers took a group of vets to the see a play there.

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Switzerland

March 3 - April 12, 2015  

Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Avenue, Los Angeles, California

Website | Email | (310) 208-5454

“Joanna Murray-Smith’s new play Switzerland, a gripping psychological thriller about renowned crime writer Patricia Highsmith, creeps up on you and then has you on the edge of your seat.”

- The Sunday Telegraph

The Geffen Theatre has generously provided free tickets for various Big Sunday events. Most recently, Big Sunday volunteers took a group of vets to the see a play there.

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Be A Good Little Widow

April 1717, 2014 - March 30, 2015, 8:00 PM - 12:53 PM  

The NoHo Arts Center, 11136 Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood, California

Website | Email | 818.508.7101

Young wife Melody has never been to a funeral — until her husband dies in a plane crash,” press notes state. “Expected to instantly assume proper widowhood, Melody is left to wonder, what’s the right way to grieve? Fortunately, her mother-in-law is a professional. Widow, that is. Under her guidance, Melody must try her best to be a good little widow.

Caroline Aaron was the awesome bingo caller at this year’s Big Sunday’s Annual Valentine-Making Bingo-Playing Community Dinner.

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“Culture Crash The Killing Of The Creative Class”

April 9, 2015, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM  

Chevalier's Books, 126 N. Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles, California

Website | Email | 323-465-1334

“Culture Crash” panel discussion with author Scott Timberg, Joe Donnelly, David Ulin and Lynell George

Chevalier’s Books is now co-owned by longtime Big Sunday supporter and former member Bert Deixler. And special guest David Ulin has also helped out at Big Sunday; on at least one occasion he was seen dropping off all sort of great stuff for one of our famous yard sales!

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