Los Angeles Culture Challenge for March 2015

March 2015Are you ready for another culture challenge? If you live in Los Angeles, you can “visit” and learn about the cultures of Ireland, Colombia, China, Israel, England, Italy, Iran, and Mexico this month. Will you attend an art workshop, a festival, a musical performance, or visit a museum? So many choices, so little time. I would love to hear in the comments what you and your family would like to do. Have you already attended something in the past? I’d love to hear how you liked it.

* WEEKEND OF FEBRUARY 28 & MARCH 1 *

Barnsdall_Ireland_GlassIreland: Clover Stained Glass, Junior Arts Center at Barnsdall Art Park, Sunday, 10am-12pm. Participate in a free family art workshop in a real art studio. We’ve attended one of these art workshops and can attest to the value and fun of them. Each Sunday a different culture and media are featured.

 

LACMA_Ancient _ColombiaAndell Family Sundays—Art of Ancient Colombia, LACMA, Sunday, 12:30pm-3:30pm. Also on the 8th and 29th. View the special exhibition Ancient Colombia: A Journey through the Cauca Valley for an opportunity to see works of art from an ancient culture. Check out instruments—such as ocarina and flutes and clay vessels—and objects that reflect the lives of the people that made them. Then make your own instruments in art workshops.

 

* WEEKEND OF MARCH 7 & 8 *

Undiscovered Chinatown Walking TourThe Undiscovered Chinatown Walking Tour, Chinatown, Saturday, 10:30am-1pm. Visit a temple, an herbal shop, art galleries, antique stores, and more when guided to the unique treasures–not to mention great bargains–to be found in Chinatown. Wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared to wind your way through a myriad of alleyways, plaza stalls, and classical courtyards to discover the charm of L.A.’s Chinatown.


LanternFestivalChinese American Museum’s Lantern Festival, El Pueblo Historical Monument, Saturday, 12pm-7pm.
Join Angelenos beneath Chinese lanterns in the vibrancy of Downtown L.A. for the 14th Annual Los Angeles Lantern Festival. The free signature event marks the closing of the Lunar New Year festivities with engaging community booths, live entertainment, music, arts & crafts, and food trucks.

 

Barnsdall_Israel_PurimIsrael: Purim Masks, Junior Arts Center at Barnsdall Art Park, Sunday, 10am-12pm. Participate in a free family art workshop in a real art studio. We’ve attended one of these art workshops and can attest to the value and fun of them. Each Sunday a different culture and media are featured.

 

 

LACMA_Ancient _ColombiaAndell Family Sundays—Art of Ancient Colombia, LACMA, Sunday, 12:30pm-3:30pm. Also on the 29th. View the special exhibition Ancient Colombia: A Journey through the Cauca Valley for an opportunity to see works of art from an ancient culture. Check out instruments—such as ocarina and flutes and clay vessels—and objects that reflect the lives of the people that made them. Make your own instruments in art workshops.

Bowers China's Lost CivilizationChina’s Lost Civilization: The Mystery of Sanxingdui, Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, closing March 15, 2015. Bowers Museum presents the latest in its series of exhibits highlighting important treasures from around the world. China’s Lost Civilization: The Mystery of Sanxingdui includes objects from the discovery termed “the ninth wonder of the world” and acknowledged by many scholars as one of the greatest archaeological finds ever to be unearthed.

 

* WEEKEND OF MARCH 14 & 15 *

Aquarium_of_the_Pacific_International_Childrens_FestivalInternational Children’s Day Festival, Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach, Saturday & Sunday. Celebrating the talents of children of all cultures, this festival features West African, Mexican, Pacific Islander, Cambodian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and Persian cultures. Enjoy performances by a children’s choir and martial arts demonstrations. Kids of all ages can partake in an international percussion circle, face painting, and Native American and Pacific Islander traditional children’s crafts and games.

Broad_MusicalExplorersMusical Explorers, The Broad Stage, Santa Monica, Saturday, 11am & 1pm. In this interactive and musical journey direct from New York’s legendary music venue, audiences (ages 5+) will celebrate the diversity of our international city. This high-energy West-Coast debut of Musical Explorers will invite audiences to discover a great big world of music right in their own backyards. Playful and informative, this inventive program will get children listening, singing, and thinking about musical traditions both familiar and yet to be explored. See website for ticket information.

Barnsdall_Ireland_TreeIreland: Celtic Tree of Life, Junior Arts Center at Barnsdall Art Park, Sunday, 10am-12pm. Participate in a free family art workshop in a real art studio. We’ve attended one of these art workshops and can attest to the value and fun of them. Each Sunday a different culture and media are featured.

 

* WEEKEND OF MARCH 21 & 22 *

Barnsdall_England_CrestsEngland: Family Crests, Junior Arts Center at Barnsdall Art Park, Sunday, 10am-12pm. Participate in a free family art workshop in a real art studio. We’ve attended one of these art workshops and can attest to the value and fun of them. Each Sunday a different culture and media are featured.

 

World_City_Studio_ZanniWorld City Series: Musicàntica & Studio Zanni, W.M. Keck Children’s Amphitheatre at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Sunday, 11am &12:30pm. Musicàntica performs a collection of folk music passed down from generation to generation by the fishermen, shepherds, peasants, and street vendors of Southern Italy. Studio Zanni brings a classical art form to life for modern audiences. They perform original physical comedy in the style of the Commedia dell’Arte, a form of popular theatre that arose in Renaissance Italy. Free visual arts workshops, designed by Music Center Teaching Artists, are available during each World City engagement. See website for ticket reservation information.

Farhang_NowruzNowruz: Celebrating Iranian New Year, LACMA, Sunday, 11:30am-7pm. Join Farhang Foundation as they celebrate Iranian New Year (Nowruz) and the first day of spring with a full day of activities throughout LACMA’s campus. The event will feature live performances, music, dance, storytelling and calligraphy for children, a traditional Iranian costume parade, and more. The official Nowruz program “The Sounds of a Persian Spring” by Zohreh Jooya begins at 1pm (tickets required). At 5 o’clock, enjoy a free outdoor concert by Kiosk, pioneers of the underground music scene in Iran.

 

* WEEKEND OF MARCH 28 & 29 *

Barnsdall_Mexico_TinMexico: Tin Art Spring/Easter Motifs, Junior Arts Center at Barnsdall Art Park, Sunday, 10am-12pm. Participate in a free family art workshop in a real art studio. We’ve attended one of these art workshops and can attest to the value and fun of them. Each Sunday a different culture and media are featured.

 

LACMA_Ancient _ColombiaAndell Family Sundays—Art of Ancient Colombia, LACMA, Sunday, 12:30pm-3:30pm. View the special exhibition Ancient Colombia: A Journey through the Cauca Valley for an opportunity to see works of art from an ancient culture. Check out instruments—such as ocarina and flutes and clay vessels—and objects that reflect the lives of the people that made them. Make your own instruments in art workshops.

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