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July 26, 1996
Nearly all 400 of the Pacific Asia Museum's volunteers worked at a frenzied pace Thursday, preparing for the 10-day Pasadena visit of his Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama, Tibetan Buddhism's spiritual leader. Staff and volunteers laid carpet in the auditorium and hung flags and tapestries throughout the museum, said Paul Little, director of communications for the museum. "I believe we are even getting a large Thanka painting," a religious painting depicting reincarnations and deities, he said.
On Saturday evening, for once, the elaborate gilding and murals in the Biltmore's Crystal room didn't outshine the crowd. Many of the women and several of the men attending the Festival of the Autumn Moon benefit for the Pacific Asia Museum were bedecked in Oriental splendor. "I only get to wear this about three hours a year," said Everett Palmer as he pointed out the five-clawed dragon woven amid the silver and gold threads of his Chinese robe. "It really shouldn't be worn at all.
October 10, 2010 | By Karen Wada, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Sometimes, a litchi box is more than a litchi box. In a designer's hands, it can become a work of art, a cultural artifact or a piece of propaganda. "Graphic design can be put to a number of services and uses," says Bridget Bray, assistant curator at the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, where a new exhibition explores "the ways such artistry and relativity were in full effect in 20th century China. " "China Modern: Designing Popular Culture 1910-1970" features more than 160 posters, porcelain figures and everyday objects produced, says Bray, as the country moved from imperial dynastic rule to Western-influenced capitalism to Communism under Mao Tse-tung.
November 20, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
The board of the Museum of Contemporary Art on Wednesday appointed Maria Seferian, counsel to the museum since 2008, as interim director. In addition, the co-chairs of the board of trustees, TV writer and producer Maria Arena Bell and lawyer-producer David Johnson, will step down at the end of the year. Seferian, a partner in the law firm Munger, Tolles & Olson, has been involved with the museum for about five years, she said. Over the last year - a tumultuous time at the museum, with financial difficulties and former director Jeffrey Deitch's departure in September - she has worked on its fundraising campaign and the search for a new director.
"The Magic of Story," a new performance series at Raven's Flight Bookstore in North Hollywood, is made to order for families who may want to explore the pleasures of a form of entertainment that still stirs the imagination even though it's about as old as human speech: storytelling. The once-a-month series, spotlighting respected professional storytellers who are part of the Los Angeles Dreamshapers, kicks off Friday with performances by Leslie Perry, Nick Smith and Bill Howard.
August 13, 1998
11am: Festival The Armand Hammer Museum and Cultural Center will host "L.A. Impacts II," a daylong family festival celebrating the positive impact local arts organizations have made on the community since the 1992 riots. Activities will include art workshops, a community arts resource fair, dance performances by Kim Eung Hwa Korean Dance Company, African doll-making, storytelling with David Prather and lectures by writers Riua Akinshegun ("Home Grown Africans") and Mike Davis ("City of Quartz").
August 17, 2013 | Charles Fleming, Charles Fleming is the author of "Secret Stairs: A Walking Guide to the Historic Staircases of Los Angeles" and "Secret Stairs East Bay: A Walking Guide to the Historic Staircases of Berkeley and Oakland."
This walk is easy on the legs but full of wonders for the eyes and mind -- beautiful buildings, weird history and more -- through the lesser-known side of Old Town Pasadena. 1. Begin near the corner of East Green Street and South Raymond Avenue, along Pasadena's Central Park. Walk north past the lovely Hotel Green and Castle Green Apartments -- a 1903 construction financed by Col. G.G. Green, who made his fortune in patent medicines. Continue north across Colorado Boulevard. 2. Turn right on East Holly Street, pausing to look left at Jensen's Raymond Theatre, which at the time of its 1921 debut was the West Coast's premier vaudeville theater, containing 2,000 seats, sweeping spiral staircases and interior fountains.
May 24, 2012 | By David Ng
Starting Monday, Memorial Day, select museums around the country will offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families through Labor Day, Sept. 3. The program is a partnership between the Department of Defense, the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families, a nonprofit group providing support for military families. The museum program was started in 2010 and is now in its third year. To obtain free admission, visitors must present a valid piece of identification showing active duty in the military or National Guard and Reserves.
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