National Endowment of the Arts - The Big Read

City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs


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201 North Figueroa Street , Suite 1400
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Tel: 213/202-5567
Fax: 213/202-5515
http://www.culturela.org

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

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Fahrenheit 451
Ray Bradbury

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Big Read Kick Off and Roundtable

The Big Read Kicks Off with schools and organization partners will convene for a workshop and education planning session based on The Big Read title, "Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury. Big Read partners will read the book prior to this session, which includes an in-depth discussion of the story and its themes. A selection of Bradbury films and television programs will also be screened. This educational event will also serve as a Kick Off and community attendees will be given a free copy of the book. The educational workshop is a portal for the exchange of programming ideas. Discussion includes successful strategies from past participants. This activity takes place well in advance of the Big Read public activities in Los Angeles, in order to give schools and organization partners ample time to plan their activity. Schools and afterschool partners begin programming in January 2016; all other public programs are held in April, May and June, 2016. Free. For more information and to RSVP, contact: Elizabeth.morin@lacity.org

Event Location: Edendale Library Branch, 2011 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Date: Tue, Sep 1, 2015
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm

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Sony Pictures CalArts CAP Media Arts Program

Students from all over Los Angeles participate in this media arts program. Students will read Fahrenheit 451 and create original short films, which will be screened at the culminating event. This 30-week, tuition-free media arts program, held after-school twice a week, is for middle school students aged 10 to 14. Students learn drawing and painting techniques and how to draw from a model, animate, put together an art portfolio, and create artwork on computers. The program culminates in a public exhibition and screening of the artwork produced by the students. This program is part of the Sony Pictures Media Arts Program, a partnership between the CalArts Community Arts Partnership, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), and Sony Pictures Entertainment. Program sites: Banning’s Landing Community Cultural Center 100 E. Water Street Wilmington, CA 91303 Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock 2225 Colorado Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90041 Charles Mingus Youth Arts Center 10620 Graham Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90002 Pacoima City Hall 13520 Van Nuys Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 91331 William Reagh Los Angeles Photography Center 2332 W. Fourth Street Los Angeles, CA 90057 For more information, please call 661.222.2708.

Event Location: various locations, Los Angeles, CA

Date: Mon, Nov 9, 2015 – Fri, May 20, 2016
Time: 3:30pm – 6:30pm

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Adult Reading and Acting Club

The adult Acting and Book club will meet once a week to analyze and conceptualize the story of Fahrenheit 451 within their contemporary context as well as the context of time in which it existed. We will construct a script and work with the theme to look at our world today and see if we have evolved into Bradbury’s depiction of the dystopian society in the future. The acting class will then perform vignettes of the script throughout public spaces, including an intervention at select Big Read events. For more information, please call 323.734.1165.

Event Location: William Grant Still Arts Center, 2520 South West View Street, Los Angeles, CA 90016

Date: Wed, Jan 13, 2016
Time: 10:30am – 11:30am

Date: Wed, Jan 20, 2016
Time: 10:30am – 11:30am

Date: Wed, Jan 27, 2016
Time: 10:30am – 11:30am

Date: Wed, Feb 3, 2016
Time: 10:30am – 11:30am

Date: Wed, Feb 10, 2016
Time: 10:30am – 11:30am

Date: Wed, Feb 17, 2016
Time: 10:30am – 11:30am

Date: Wed, Feb 24, 2016
Time: 10:30am – 11:30am

Date: Wed, Mar 2, 2016
Time: 10:30am – 11:30am

Date: Wed, Mar 9, 2016
Time: 10:30am – 11:30am

Date: Wed, Mar 16, 2016
Time: 10:30am – 11:30am

Date: Wed, Mar 23, 2016
Time: 10:30am – 11:30am

Date: Wed, Mar 30, 2016
Time: 10:30am – 11:30am

Date: Wed, Apr 6, 2016
Time: 10:30am – 11:30am

Date: Wed, Apr 13, 2016
Time: 10:30am – 11:30am

Date: Wed, Apr 20, 2016
Time: 10:30am – 11:30am

Date: Wed, Apr 27, 2016
Time: 10:30am – 11:30am

Date: Wed, May 4, 2016
Time: 10:30am – 11:30am

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Crossing Borders II: El Llegado de Ray Bradbury - Lecturas de Fahrenheit 451

The work of Ray Bradbury is celebrated, not only in the United States, but aboard in Latin America and Europe. This unique partnership between the Mexican Cultural Institute and Terra dell’Arte was inspired by the Big Read Program in LA, during its implementation in Tecate, Mexico in 2015. A series of reading clubs involving students in various countries such as: Argentina,Chile, Canada, Costa Rica, Colombia, Holland, Spain and Portugal. Participants will create digital art works to be exhibited in Baja California Norte and Los Angeles. Literacy Program: February - May, 2016 Exhibition: May - June, 2016 Terra dell´Arte, founded in 2002, is an international artist initiative that has presented and exhibited a series of art enterprises in various media to a wide public in diverse cultural forums in countries in Europe and Latin America. Laura Castanedo is the co-founder and vice president of Terra dell´Arte. For more information, please e-mail: laura.castanedo.artte@gmail.com

Event Location: Palazzo Bonfranchesi, Dynamic International Museum of Contemporary Art (MIDAC), Italy, 62020

Date: Mon, Feb 1, 2016
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Date: Mon, Feb 8, 2016
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Date: Mon, Feb 15, 2016
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Date: Mon, Feb 22, 2016
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Date: Mon, Feb 29, 2016
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Date: Mon, Mar 7, 2016
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Date: Mon, Mar 14, 2016
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Date: Mon, Mar 21, 2016
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Date: Mon, Mar 28, 2016
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Date: Mon, Apr 4, 2016
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Date: Mon, Apr 11, 2016
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Date: Mon, Apr 18, 2016
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Date: Mon, Apr 25, 2016
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Date: Mon, May 2, 2016
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Date: Mon, May 9, 2016
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Date: Mon, May 16, 2016
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Date: Mon, May 23, 2016
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Date: Mon, May 30, 2016
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Date: Mon, Jun 6, 2016
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Date: Mon, Jun 13, 2016
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Date: Mon, Jun 20, 2016
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Date: Mon, Jun 27, 2016
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

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Crossing Borders I: International Literacy and Arts Program

A series of reading clubs involving theater students and youth in rehab programs to create a performance with a theatrical reading workshop and a booklet to be presented in various locations in Baja California Norte and Los Angeles. El Centro Estatal de las Artes’s sites in Tecate and Ensenada will host an after-school program for young people in multiple art disciplines, inspired by this year’s Big Read Program in LA selection, Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury. Students will read the Spanish version of the book and participate in the following creative and highly immersive activities in literature, performing arts, visual art, public art, and film. The group’s collective work will focus on a public art project that will result in a bi-national and bi-cultural work. This international collaboration is coordinated by Jose Antonio Aguirre (MCI-LA), Laura Castanedo (Terra dell’Arte) and Karla Zavala (CEART-Tecate). For more information, please e-mail: laura.castanedo.artte@gmail.com

Event Location: Centro Estatal de las Artes / Tecate, Centro Estatal de las Artes / Ensenada , Baja California, Mexico

Date: Mon, Feb 1, 2016
Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Date: Mon, Feb 8, 2016
Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Date: Mon, Feb 15, 2016
Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Date: Mon, Feb 22, 2016
Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Date: Mon, Feb 29, 2016
Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Date: Mon, Mar 7, 2016
Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Date: Mon, Mar 14, 2016
Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Date: Mon, Mar 21, 2016
Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Date: Mon, Mar 28, 2016
Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Date: Mon, Apr 4, 2016
Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Date: Mon, Apr 11, 2016
Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Date: Mon, Apr 18, 2016
Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Date: Mon, Apr 25, 2016
Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Date: Mon, May 2, 2016
Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Date: Mon, May 9, 2016
Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Date: Mon, May 16, 2016
Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Date: Mon, May 23, 2016
Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Date: Mon, May 30, 2016
Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm

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The Million Word Challenge / Reto de Un Millon de Palabras

The Big Read Program in LA has partnered with Families In Schools, an advocacy organization that involves parents and communities in their children’s education to ensure lifelong success. Reading is important for children to succeed in school and life! The Million Word Challenge encourages children, preschool – 12th grade, to read MILLIONS of words outside of school between February 16, 2016 - May 6, 2016. By reading together as a family, parents can help improve their children’s literacy skills and better their chances of graduating from high school. Register to become a participating family! Registration link: http://2016-million-word-family.eventbrite.com La lectura es importante para que los niños tengan éxito en la escuela y en la vida. El Reto de un Millón de Palabras alienta a los niños, desde el nivel preescolar hasta el 12 grado a que lean millones de palabras fuera de la escuela entre el 16 de febrero y el 6 de mayo de 2016. Al leer juntos como familia, los padres pueden ayudar a mejorar las habilidades de alfabetización de sus hijos e incrementar las posibilidades de que se gradúen de la escuela preparatoria. ¡Registrese para participar! Registracion: http://2016-million-word-family.eventbrite.com

Event Location: Families In Schools , various locations , Registration link: http://2016-million-word-family.eventbrite.com, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Date: Tue, Feb 16, 2016 – Fri, May 6, 2016
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

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Leyendo Fahrenheit 451 - Literacy Program

Come to the historic birthplace of Los Angeles to explore the work of literary master, Ray Bradbury, through lively guided readings of Fahrenheit 451. This participatory program, called “Leyendo Farenheit 451,” will take place at the Mexican Cultural Institute (MCI) Gallery every weekend. Participants will produce a collaborative storyboard with pictures created with cell phones. A related exhibition of the photographs will reveal the creativity and imagination of this book group. The program will also host ongoing film screening of François Truffaut’s film adaptation of Fahrenheit 451 (1966). For more information, please call 213.485.0221 or e-mail: mm_mcila@earthlink.net

Event Location: Mexican Cultural Institute , 125 Paseo de la Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Date: Sat, Feb 20, 2016 – Sun, Feb 21, 2016
Time: 11:00am – 4:00pm

Date: Sat, Feb 27, 2016 – Sun, Feb 28, 2016
Time: 11:00am – 4:00pm

Date: Sat, Mar 5, 2016 – Sun, Mar 6, 2016
Time: 11:00am – 4:00pm

Date: Sat, Mar 12, 2016 – Sun, Mar 13, 2016
Time: 11:00am – 4:00pm

Date: Sat, Mar 19, 2016 – Sun, Mar 20, 2016
Time: 11:00am – 4:00pm

Date: Sat, Mar 26, 2016
Time: 11:00am – 4:00pm

Date: Sat, Apr 2, 2016 – Sun, Apr 3, 2016
Time: 11:00am – 4:00pm

Date: Sat, Apr 9, 2016 – Sun, Apr 10, 2016
Time: 11:00am – 4:00pm

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Official Big Read Program in LA Exhibition

A multi-media exhibition of work created by youth and adults participating in The Big Read Program in Los Angeles, Mexico, and Italy. This international collaboration, organized by the Mexican Cultural Institute in Los Angeles, brings together art and literature, using Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury’s seminal story about a society where books are outlawed, as its primary source material. This showcase of art spans geographical borders, overcomes language barriers,and challenges the notion of intellectual freedom and artistic expression. For more information, please call 213.485.0221, or e-mail: mm_mcila@earthlink.net

Event Location: Mexcian Cutlural Instittute of Los Angeles / Gallery , at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument , 125 Paseo de la Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Date: Tue, Mar 1, 2016 – Sun, Mar 6, 2016
Time: 11:00am – 4:00pm

Date: Tue, Mar 8, 2016 – Sun, Mar 13, 2016
Time: 11:00am – 4:00pm

Date: Tue, Mar 15, 2016 – Sun, Mar 20, 2016
Time: 11:00am – 4:00pm

Date: Tue, Mar 22, 2016 – Sun, Mar 27, 2016
Time: 11:00am – 4:00pm

Date: Sat, May 14, 2016
Time: 11:00am – 4:00pm

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Los Angeles Public Library Reading Groups and Related Activities

Library Reading Groups will take place at the following branches throughout Los Angeles: Arroyo Seco Baldwin Hills Brentwood Cahugena Central Library Durant El Sereno Granada Hills Malabar Memorial Mid-Valley North Hollywood Northridge Palisades Palms-Rancho Platt Playa Vista Silverlake Studio City Sunland-Tujunga Sylmar Valley Plaza Vernon Washington Irving Watts West Valley Westwood The Los Angeles Public Library hosts reading groups of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 at various sites throughout Los Angeles, representing every region of the city. The library will distribute free related materials to supplement and enrich the reading experience, including Reader’s Guides and a copy of the book. Select branch sites will also host viewings of the feature film and other related activities. For more information, including dates and times of the reading group at a respective library branch site, please visit: lapl.org.

Event Location: Los Angeles Public Library, various sites, Los Angeles, CA

Date: Tue, Mar 1, 2016 – Tue, May 31, 2016
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

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Official "Fahrenheit 451" Film Screening and Book Discussion

The 13th annual LA Harbor International Film Festival opens with the screening of the 1966 film adaptation of Bradbury’s book, directed by Francois Truffaut. 7:00 p.m. Book Discussion in the Lobby 8:00 p.m. Film Screening – Fahrenheit 451 Limited quantity of FREE books are available. To obtain a copy, visit your local public library or book store, or visit: laharborfilmfest.com. The LAHIFF takes place March 3-6, 2016, at the vintage art deco Warner Grand Theatre (WGT), one of the original Warner Brothers “triplets.” It was dedicated in 1931 by Jack Warner who told the audience, “You will enter the palace of your dreams.” The Warner Grand Theatre is a Los Angeles landmark, included in the National Register of Historic Places, and a stellar example of art-deco style. The theater is managed by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. Public parking lots and metered street parking is available. Arrive early and explore San Pedro’s many dining venues within walking distance of the WGT. For more information and program schedule, please visit: laharborfilmfest.com.

Event Location: Warner Grand Theatre / LA Harbor International Film Festival, 478 W. 6th STreet, San Pedro, CA 90731

Date: Fri, Mar 4, 2016
Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm

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Fahrenheit 451 Film Screening

Come to watch movie adaptation of Fahrenheit 451. It is the story about a firefighter who burns books on purpose and then falls in love with reading and a secret book-lover. For more information, please call 818.352.4481

Event Location: Sunland-Tujunga Branch Library , 7771 Foothill Blvd. , Sunland, CA 91402

Date: Thu, Mar 10, 2016
Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm

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Little Libraries at Grand Park

WHAT’S PINK, STANDS ON ONE LEG, AND ISN’T A FLAMINGO? Grand Park’s Little Libraries encourages all to drop off a good book and/or pick one up to take home. May we suggest this year’s Big Read title, Fahrenheit 451? Little Libraries are these ridiculously adorable pink dollhouses that have been filled with a variety of books for all ages. You can find these pink dollhouses near Starbucks, on Olive Court, near the Metro station, and across from City Hall. Some things just don’t need much fuss in life. Lending libraries are one of them. They operate on 3 basic principles: 1. You take a book…or…You leave a book 2. You read the book (preferably on some park furniture or under a leafy Grand Park tree)…then 3. You do it all over again Find’em, fill’em, love’em! More info: grandparkla.org/littlelibraries

Event Location: Grand Park, 200 N. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Date: Sat, Mar 12, 2016 – Thu, Jun 30, 2016
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

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Grand Park's The Bradbury Room

Grand Park’s SPRINTIME READS begins a season of reading and writing activities creating interesting places and spaces for bookworms of all ages. As part of the city-wide The Big Read Program celebrating Ray Bradbury and his seminal work Fahrenheit 451, Grand Park’s Olive Court transforms to an installation of DIY typewriting inspired by Bradbury’s own experience writing Fahrenheit 451 on a rental typewriter in the basement of UCLA’s Lawrence Clark Powell Library. All are invited to channel their inner Bradbury prompted by quotes from the famous book, among Grand Park’s trees, fountain, and spring breezes. For more information about The Bradbury Room, please visit http://grandparkla.org/event/the-bradbury-room/?instance_id=92941

Event Location: Grand Park, 200 N. Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Date: Sat, Mar 12, 2016
Time: 12:00pm – 5:00pm

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Big Read Proclamation at City Hall

Join the Los Angeles City Council at an official Proclamation Ceremony in recognition of Literature and Poetry through DCA’s 2016 Big Read Program in LA. This civic event highlights the power and place of the written word and its ability to kindle conversation and ignite imagination. Los Angeles is a city of stories best told through our poets, writers, and artists, as exemplified by Ray Bradbury, author of the 2016 Big Read title, Fahrenheit 451, and the Los Angeles Poet Laureate, Luis Rodriguez. This special presentation in historic City Hall celebrates literacy and cultural activities, inspired by books, in classrooms and in communities citywide. Join students, schools, and cultural partners as the Los Angeles City Council and other elected officials recognize The Big Read Program in LA. The event will be capped off with a special reading by Los Angeles Poet Laureate, Luis Rodriguez, and pop-up artmaking by Self Help Graphics and Art’s Barrio Mobile Art Studio. Guests will have an opportunity to create unique screen-printed posters inspired by The Big Read using stencil cutting techniques with artists, Dewey Tafoya and Martha Carrillo. For more information, please visit BigReadLA.org or call 213.202.5567.

Event Location: 200 N. Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Date: Wed, Mar 30, 2016
Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm

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The Ray Bradbury Typewriter: Special Viewing

The Ray Bradbury typewriter, Collection of Steve Soboroff, from one of the most important typewriter collections in the world, will be on view during this limited and special engagement in conjunction with The Big Read program in LA. The Ray Bradbury typewriter is one of thirty three original typewriters from famous authors and historical figures. The Craft & Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) is Los Angeles’ only institution exclusively dedicated to exhibiting contemporary craft, design, and folk art. Located on the city’s historic Museum Row, CAFAM’s dynamic exhibitions feature established and emerging artists whose works create thoughtful and provocative visual exchanges between craft and contemporary art. CAFAM’s regular programs and events provide opportunities for the public to participate in art making and engage with exhibiting and local artists. For more information, please call 323.937.4230 or email: info@cafam.org.

Event Location: Craft and Folk Art Museum, 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

Date: Fri, Apr 1, 2016 – Wed, Apr 6, 2016
Time: 11:00am – 5:00pm

Date: Thu, Apr 7, 2016
Time: 11:00am – 9:30pm

Date: Fri, Apr 8, 2016 – Sat, Apr 30, 2016
Time: 11:00am – 5:00pm

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The Literary Map of LA

City in Mind: A Lyrical Map of the Concept of Los Angeles (2011), an illustrated literary map of L.A., features Ray Bradbury and other significant writers and artists. Created by J. Michael Walker, it is drawn to scale: 1 foot on the map = 1 mile of Los Angeles. The map is 23-feet across and 5-feet high, and it is one of the largest pieces of art in the UCLA Library Special Collections. Created with color pencil on polypropylene paper, the map’s historical breadth and superior artwork make this one of Los Angeles’s most impressive and newest maps. UCLA Powell Library is a place for inquiry, creativity, and community. It offers students opportunities to discover their intellectual passions, explore their creative talents, and engage in community with others. The library’s services, spaces, collections, and programs promote student learning and success at UCLA and beyond. For more information, visit http://library.ucla.edu/powell To learn more about the literary map, visit www.jmichaelwalker.com

Event Location: Powell Library, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles, CA 90095

Date: Fri, Apr 1, 2016 – Sat, Apr 30, 2016

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Hoja la /The Big Read in Boyle Heights

Hoja L.A. is a community reading group at Libros Schmibros, a membership lending library. Stop by to pick up a copy of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. Libros Schmibros Lending Library seeks to foster the literary and cultural life of Boyle Heights, a once majority-Jewish, now majority-Latino, neighborhood of Los Angeles. Founded in 2010, Libros Schmibros offers low- or no-cost literature and literary events to everybody east of the ocean. Working with local residents, artists, writers, readers, and public officials, Libros Schmibros is dedicated to both the exploration of literature and the study, questioning, celebration, and betterment of Southern California. Libros Schmibros advocates for the literary arts through public presentations, workshops, film series, museum exhibitions, reading groups, symposia, and conferences. For more information, please call 323.302.9408 or email: info@librosschmibros.org.

Event Location: Libros Schmibros Lending Library, 1711 Mariachi Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90033

Date: Fri, Apr 1, 2016 – Sun, Apr 3, 2016
Time: 12:00pm – 7:00pm

Date: Tue, Apr 5, 2016 – Sun, Apr 10, 2016
Time: 12:00pm – 7:00pm

Date: Tue, Apr 12, 2016 – Sun, Apr 17, 2016
Time: 12:00pm – 7:00pm

Date: Tue, Apr 19, 2016 – Sun, Apr 24, 2016
Time: 12:00pm – 7:00pm

Date: Tue, Apr 26, 2016 – Sun, May 1, 2016
Time: 12:00pm – 7:00pm

Date: Tue, May 3, 2016 – Sun, May 8, 2016
Time: 12:00pm – 7:00pm

Date: Tue, May 10, 2016 – Sun, May 15, 2016
Time: 12:00pm – 7:00pm

Date: Tue, May 17, 2016 – Sun, May 22, 2016
Time: 12:00pm – 7:00pm

Date: Tue, May 24, 2016 – Sun, May 29, 2016
Time: 12:00pm – 7:00pm

Date: Tue, May 31, 2016
Time: 12:00pm – 7:00pm

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Community Conversation and Read Aloud

Which books would you save from the flames? The 10th Anniversary Leimert Park Village Book Fair, in partnership with the Washington Irving Public Library, invites you to a community conversation and read aloud, celebrating Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. Bradbury’s novel tells of a society where books are forbidden and some brave people risk their lives to save books – some even choose an entire book to memorize. If you had to save one book from a fire, which book would you choose? If you had to memorize a single book or risk its extinction, which book would you choose? Why? As part of this year’s Big Read Program in LA, the 10th Anniversary Leimert Park Village Book Fair presents a community conversation, read aloud and panel discussion lead by local authors on the topics of censorship, book banning – and preservation of the written word. Participants are encouraged to bring the names of best reads they would save from burning as well as present words (on paper) they would burn in a fire. Special Invited Guests: Mocha Girls Read Book Club and the Los Angeles City Fire Department, Station 68 (schedule permitting). Additional activities include: • A "Banned and Challenged Books Exhibit" celebrating our Freedom to Read curated by the Washington Irving Public Library. • Children's activities including a photo booth and bookmark making Light “fiery” snacks (& plenty of water) will be provided. For more information, please email info@leimertparkbookfair.com or call (323) 730-0628

Event Location: Washington Irving Public Library , Community Room, 4117 W. Washington Blvd. , Los Angeles, CA 90018

Date: Sat, Apr 2, 2016
Time: 11:00am – 2:00pm

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Bookmaking and Bradbury

Make art at the library! Learn about the Big Read Program in LA and about this year's selection, Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury. Enjoy an art workshop, led by Los Angeles artist Debra Disman. All materials will be provided. For more information, please call 818.352.4481

Event Location: Sunland-Tujunga Branch Library , 7771 Foothill Blvd., Sunland, CA 91402

Date: Thu, Apr 7, 2016
Time: 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Book: Fahrenheit 451

Community Celebration of Fahrenheit 451

Memorial Branch, Los Angeles Public Library will host an all-day indoor/outdoor Big Read "Read-In” Festival for the whole family featuring Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. Author Ray Bradbury was a student at Los Angeles High School (LAHS), located across the street from the Memorial Branch Library, graduating in 1938. Mr. Bradbury shared stories of his years at LAHS during an appearance at Memorial Library in March, 2010. Mr. Bradbury described how L.A. High School's rules didn't allow him to come across to Memorial Library until he was a senior. And then, he stated, he couldn't stay away. Speaking at the library in 2010, Mr. Bradbury's message was: "Libraries are the center of civilization." Describing how he grew up in the Great Depression, Mr. Bradbury explained that he could not afford to attend college, but that he still received a free education from the libraries he frequented and stated that, "Libraries are more important than Universities." He said that one of the many reasons that inspired him to write his classic novel, Fahrenheit 451, was his concern for preserving and protecting libraries. Mr. Bradbury also gave credit to the UCLA library for renting typewriters to him for 10 cents per hour, enabling the writing of his early novels. Memorial Library honors Ray Bradbury's memory as well as his classic novel Fahrenheit 451 by presenting a free Big Read multi-media program at the branch for the whole family. Events will include: An appearance by Councilmember David Ryu Fahrenheit 451 Read?A? Thon, with the participation of City Librarian John Szabo LAHS students and the community LAHS Alumni Retrospective of Ray Bradbury Debra Disman arts & crafts Fahrenheit 451 bookmaking project Typewriters: Keys to Success manual typewriter display by L.A. Marler Chili Taste?Bud Burning, LAFD firetruck demonstration Latino celebration of Fahrenheit 451 presented by the Mexican Cultural Institute of Los Angeles Live storytelling by musical storyteller Karen Golden Adult and children Fahrenheit 451 coloring activity First Five L.A. organization information display Leimert Park Summer Book Fair information Fahrenheit 451 movie screening Friends of Memorial Library Used Book Sale. All events at the program are free and open to the public. For more information, please call Frances Mendelsohn at Memorial Branch Library, 323. 938.2732.

Event Location: Memorial Branch Library, 4625 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90019

Date: Fri, Apr 8, 2016
Time: 11:00am – 5:00pm

Book: Fahrenheit 451

Leyendo Fahrenheit 451 - Photography Exhibition

An exhibition of the photographs created by Big Read participants, reading Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451. Photographs are inspired by the book, using personal cell phones.

Event Location: Mexican Cultural Institute , 125 Paseo de la Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Date: Tue, Apr 12, 2016 – Sun, Apr 17, 2016
Time: 11:00am – 4:00pm

Book: Fahrenheit 451

Crossing Borders I: International Literacy and Arts Program Exhibition

Reading group from the Centro Cultural de Las Artes in Tecate and in Ensenada, Mexico, will exhibit a public art project that crosses the Mexico - U.S. border and is bi-national and bi-cultural work. This international collaboration is coordinated by Jose Antonio Aguirre (MCI-LA), Laura Castanedo (Terra dell’Arte) and Karla Zavala (CEART-Tecate). For more information, please e-mail: laura.castanedo.artte@gmail.com

Event Location: Centro Estatal de las Artes / Tecate, Centro Estatal de las Artes / Ensenada , Baja California, Mexico

Date: Tue, Apr 12, 2016 – Sun, Apr 17, 2016
Time: 11:00am – 4:00pm

Book: Fahrenheit 451

Oldest Firehouse in L.A.

Guided tour of The City of Los Angeles' oldest firehouse! Learn about the city's early fire history, see original artifacts, and visit areas that are rarely available for public viewing! Space is limited! For reservations contact Michelle.Garcia-Ortiz@lacity.org. Please use Fire House Tour in the subject line by March 29th The Firehouse is located at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument. The Plaza Firehouse was the first building in the city designed to house fire-fighting crews and their equipment. A volunteer city Fire Department was formed in 1871. The first occupants of the Firehouse when it was built in 1884 were called the Volunteer 38s (this being the number of men in Engine Company No 1.) The Plaza Firehouse has been restored and converted into a museum which displays firefighting equipment of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Event Location: Plaza Firehouse, El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, 125 Paseo de la Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Date: Tue, Apr 12, 2016
Time: 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Book: Fahrenheit 451

The Big Read with Families In Schools and Youth Policy Institute

The Big Read joins forces with Families In Schools and the Youth Policy Institute to promote literacy for families and students. This program will features free books, courtesy of Families In Schools, and The Big Read. A special presentation will highlight The Big Read's "Fahrenheit 451" with a discussion about book burning and freedom of choice. All attendees also receive a library card, courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library. All ages welcome. FREE.

Event Location: The Accelerated School, 4000 S. Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90037

Date: Tue, Apr 12, 2016
Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Book: Fahrenheit 451

Memoralizing Bradbury: A Student Celebration

Los Angeles Senior High caps its participation in The Big Read Program with an unveiling of a mural created in honor of Ray Bradbury, one of its most famous alumnus. Led by acclaimed artist Richard Wyatt Jr., the mural is a collaboration between students from the Integrated Community Arts Pathway (ICAP) program and the ARC after school program. The school’s Book Club and its entire 10th grade class will read Fahrenheit 451. For more information about Richard Wyatt Jr., please visit http://www.richardwyattjr.com Advance reservations are required to attend this program. Please call 213.202.5567 or email, elizabeth.morin@lacity.org, to RSVP by April 8th. A photo identification will be required the day of the event in order to be admitted. Due to security restrictions on public school campus, walk-in visitors without advance reservations will not be allowed.

Event Location: Los Angeles Senior High School, 4560 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90019

Date: Thu, Apr 14, 2016
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Book: Fahrenheit 451

An Afternoon of LA Stories Typed Before Your Eyes

Bring your favorite Los Angeles stories to the Craft and Folk Art Museum to share with local L.A. writers and other participants, who will transcribe your words into poetry and prose. Typewriting stations will be set up in the Museum Courtyard for DIY creative writing as well as meeting and working with established writers. Participants are encouraged to bring along their own typewriters to join in on this special Type-In honoring the work of Ray Bradbury and his classic novel Fahrenheit 451. As a limited and special engagement, Ray Bradbury’s personal typewriter, from the Collection of Steve Soboroff, will be on view from April 1-30. The Craft & Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) is Los Angeles’ only institution exclusively dedicated to exhibiting contemporary craft, design, and folk art. Located on the city’s historic Museum Row, CAFAM’s dynamic exhibitions feature established and emerging artists whose works create thoughtful and provocative visual exchanges between craft and contemporary art. CAFAM’s regular programs and events provide opportunities for the public to participate in art making and engage with exhibiting and local artists. For more information, please call 323.937.4230 or email: info@cafam.org.

Event Location: Craft and Folk Art Museum, 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

Date: Sun, Apr 17, 2016
Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Book: Fahrenheit 451

Essentials of Fire Fighting

Safety first! Do you know what to do in case of a fire? Unlike the firefighters in Ray Bradbury’s make-believe world where fire was created on purpose (to destroy books), the Los Angeles Fire Department has teamed up with the Library to help you learn how to prevent fire danger and take precautions with everything from smoke detectors, candles, to outdoor grilling. Join us for this important and potentially life-saving presentation about safety and health, led by Sargent Stewart. For more information, please call 818.352.4481.

Event Location: Sunland-Tujunga Branch Library , 7771 Foothill Blvd. , Sunland, CA 91402

Date: Thu, Apr 28, 2016
Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Book: Fahrenheit 451

Poetry Meets Moden Art

LACMA Teens poetry reading inspired by Fahrenheit 451 and Modern Art. Themes from Fahrenheit 451 and others along the lines of Dystopia, Political Climate, Blacklisting and Post WW II will be expressed alongside a work of Modern Art through short poems performed in the gallery by fifteen LACMA High School student interns. For more information, please call 213.202.5567 or visit: lacma.org. This program is offered by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Education Department.

Event Location: Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) , Modern Art Gallery, Ahmanson Building, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

Date: Fri, Apr 29, 2016
Time: 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Book: Fahrenheit 451

Artists Books: Symbols of Personal Expression

The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery Museum Education Program will host a hands-on, drop-in art workshop for families. Participants will create a mixed-media artist book inspired by their imaginations and personal stories. Artworks will be based on the themes and symbols in Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, which tells the story of the importance of books, individuality and standing up against censorship. All ages welcomed. No reservations necessary. All supplies provided. The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery provides a variety of year-round educational and cultural programs to a diverse audience and hosts exhibitions and cultural events for participants of all ages. The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG) is a facility of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA). For more information, please contact Marta Feinstein marta.feinstein@lacity.org or please call: 323.644.6269 www.lamag.org Facebook: Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery

Event Location: Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG), Barnsdall Park, 4800 Hollywood Blvd. , Los Angeles, CA 90027

Date: Sat, Apr 30, 2016
Time: 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Book: Fahrenheit 451

Downtown Bookfest

The Music Center Presents Grand Park’s Downtown Bookfest. Visit the Big Read in LA booth in the Family Pavilion. Back for the fourth year in a row, Grand Park’s Downtown Bookfest is Los Angeles’ only book festival focused exclusively on the local creative community. Celebrating the love of reading, writing, and Los Angeles, the event offers book lovers of all ages access to the largest coalition of Los Angeles-based presses and publishers in an outdoor bookstore setting. All readings and activities will be tied to the theme “Literary LA: Places, Spaces and faces,” a celebration and reflection of where Angelenos love to read and write – past, present and future. All taking place in Grand Park, this year’s Bookfest will feature storytelling, bookmaking, book-swapping, book-shopping (at a pop-up bookstore featuring more than 30 L.A.-based independent publishers), reading by authors of different backgrounds and languages, a family pavilion of performances and activities for all ages, and panels turned inside out. Be sure to look for Grand Park’s Little Libraries, where all are encouraged to drop off a good book and/or pick one up to take home. (Please no explicit materials) For more information about the Downtown Bookfest, please visit grandparkla.org.

Event Location: Grand Park, 200 N. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Date: Sat, May 7, 2016
Time: 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Book: Fahrenheit 451

Science Fiction Double-Feature: Vision of the Future

Inspired by Fahrenheit 451 and other works by Ray Bradbury, audiences will be transported to the future through two contrasting films, and will find out what our ideas about the future really say about our present. Commentary will be provided by Dr. Charles Hatfield, Associate Professor of English at California State University, Northridge. As an educational and cultural institution, the Museum of the San Fernando Valley acquires, displays, and preserves the artifacts, documents, and records of the San Fernando Valley. With the help of residents, businesses, organizations, and societies, the Museum builds its collections of historical items, the fine arts, and the folk arts for the public to enjoy and for scholars to research. The Museum shares with the world what it means to be part and parcel of the great San Fernando Valley. For more information, contact info@themuseumsfv.org

Event Location: The Museum of the San Fernando Valley, 18860 Nordhoof Street, Suite 204, Northridge, CA 91324

Date: Sat, May 7, 2016
Time: 2:00pm – 6:00pm

Book: Fahrenheit 451

Anthropological Anthology: A Craftlab Family Workshop with Lisa Occhipinti

Join artist and author Lisa Occhipinti for an opportunity to become part of a multi-author book. With inspiration and prompts taken from Ray Bradbury’s book Fahrenheit 451 participants will create their own authored pages using writing, drawing, collage and other creative forms. These pages will later be bound into a handmade hard cover tome! Discover the significance of books as cultural objects and add your voice to a collective relic. The Craft & Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) is Los Angeles’ only institution exclusively dedicated to exhibiting contemporary craft, design, and folk art. Located on the city’s historic Museum Row, CAFAM’s dynamic exhibitions feature established and emerging artists whose works create thoughtful and provocative visual exchanges between craft and contemporary art. CAFAM’s regular programs and events provide opportunities for the public to participate in art making and engage with exhibiting and local artists. For more information, please call 323.937.4230 or email: info@cafam.org.

Event Location: Craft and Folk Art Museum, 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

Date: Sun, May 8, 2016
Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Book: Fahrenheit 451

Opening Reception and Reading - Official Big Read Exhibition

Join LA book lovers and Big Read enthusiasts at this art opening and reception at the historic heart of Los Angeles. A multi-media exhibition of work created by youth and adults participating in The Big Read Program in Los Angeles, Mexico, and Italy. This international collaboration, organized by the Mexican Cultural Institute in Los Angeles, brings together art and literature, using Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury’s seminal story about a society where books are outlawed, as its primary source material. This showcase of art spans geographical borders, overcomes language barriers,and challenges the notion of intellectual freedom and artistic expression. Los Angeles Poet Laureate, Luis Rodriguez, will make a special introduction and a live reading in celebration of a new Tia Chucha Press anthology, Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes & Shifts of Los Angeles. Coiled Serpent is a highly anticipated anthology featuring well-known Los Angeles poets. The Big Read title, Fahrenheit 451, will also be discussed.

Event Location: Mexican Cultural Institute, at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument, 125 Paseo de la Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Date: Fri, May 13, 2016
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Book: Fahrenheit 451

A Day of Books, Words and Art: Ray Bradbury Square Community Festival

The Central Library will host a day-long celebration of Ray Bradbury and "Fahrenheit 451" on the grounds of LAPL's historic headquarters. Books and art converge at this festival, celebrating Ray Bradbury, one of Los Angeles' most prolific and creative writers. In 2012, Bradbury was posthumously honored with a Public Square for his life-long patronage and support of the Los Angeles Public Library. The program will feature a film screening of the motion picture adaptation of Fahrenheit 451, book discussion, and art making and community booths. A special lecture about the legendary Ray Bradbury will be presented by official Bradbury biographer, Sam Weller. Sam Weller is the authorized biographer of the late writer Ray Bradbury. Weller’s book The Bradbury Chronicles: The Life of Ray Bradbury was a Los Angeles Times best seller, winner of the 2005 Society of Midland Authors Award for Best Biography, and a Bram Stoker Award finalist. The companion book, Listen to the Echoes: The Ray Bradbury Interviews, was published by Melville House/Stop Smiling Books in 2010. With Mort Castle, Weller co-edited the anthology Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury (William Morrow Paperbacks, July 2012), winner of the Bram Stoker Award for “Superior Achievement in Anthology.” In June 2015, IDW Comics published the graphic novel adaptation of Shadow Show. The Los Angeles Public Library provides free and easy access to information, ideas,books and technology that enrich, educate and empower every individual in our city's diverse communities. For more information, visit lapl.org

Event Location: Mark Taper Auditorium and Thornton Courtyard, Riordan Central Library, 630 West 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Date: Sat, May 21, 2016
Time: 11:00am – 3:00pm

Book: Fahrenheit 451

Bradbury Authorized Biographer: Sam Weller on Los Angeles' Most Prolific Writer

Stop by the historic Central Library to take in a presentation about Ray Bradbury, by Sam Weller, authorized biographer of the late writer. Weller’s book The Bradbury Chronicles: The Life of Ray Bradbury was a Los Angeles Times best seller, winner of the 2005 Society of Midland Authors Award for Best Biography, and a Bram Stoker Award finalist. The companion book, Listen to the Echoes: The Ray Bradbury Interviews, was published by Melville House/Stop Smiling Books in 2010. With Mort Castle, Weller co-edited the anthology Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury (William Morrow Paperbacks, July 2012), winner of the Bram Stoker Award for “Superior Achievement in Anthology.” In June 2015, IDW Comics published the graphic novel adaptation of Shadow Show.

Event Location: Central Library , 630 W. Fifth Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Date: Sat, May 21, 2016
Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Book: Fahrenheit 451

Chili, Chiles, and Hot Sauce: A Spicy Sampling of Southern California History

When you think of chile and hot sauces, you might think of Louisiana, Texas or Mexico, but Southern California has a remarkable history with regard to this spicy pepper. In this entertaining and informative lecture, learn how chiles and California history converge. Ernest Miller is a chef, historian, educator, consultant and speaker who teaches classes in museums, schools, and kitchens throughout Southern California. He has been called the Huell Howser of California food. He is the co-leader of Slow Food Los Angeles, on the speakers’ bureau for the Culinary Historians of Southern California, Lecturer for the National Food and Beverage Foundation, Chef Instructor at Le Cordon Bleu, director of Slow Food Preservation Advisors of Los Angeles County and founder of RLM Provisions LLC - manufacturer of the best fermentation kits on the market. Welcome remarks and a special living history performance will be presented by Donald S. Dodd, Curator of the LA Fire Department Museum and Vice President of the Los Angeles Fire Department Historical Society. The LA Fire Museum (Old Fire Station 27) is a completely restored facility, and represents what the station was like when it was in operation, dating 1930. The museum’s permanent collection includes artifacts and equipment from the early 1880s to present day. The Museum houses a Fire Service Research Library and a learning center where fire and life safety lessons are shared with both children and adults. The Museum is open on Saturdays, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Gift Shop hours are also Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, please call 323.464.2727

Event Location: Los Angeles Fire Museum, 1355 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028

Date: Sat, Jun 4, 2016
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Book: Fahrenheit 451

Animated Student Shorts: Culminating Screening

A curated selection of animated shorts created by students of the Sony Pictures Media Arts Program. The films are inspired by the book, Fahrenheit 451. The screening of these animated short films is the culmination of the program. Presented by the Sony Pictures Media Arts Program, in a partnership with the CalArts Community Arts Partnership, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), and Sony Pictures Entertainment. Barnsdall Park is a facility of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA). For more information, call 661.222.2708

Event Location: Sony Pictures CalArts Cap Media Arts Program, Barnsdall Gallery Theater, 4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027

Date: Sat, Jun 11, 2016
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Book: Fahrenheit 451

F451 Type-in and Gallery Exhibit

Vintage Typewriter, Contemporary Artist, LA Marler (Louise Anne Marler) provides an community celebration of Ray Bradbury’s science fiction literary masterpiece, Fahrenheit 451, through multi-disciplinary arts and activities emphasizing the writer’s creative process and tool, with the F451 Type-In in Venice Arts District. The Interactive Event, “F451 Type-In” will feature various fun activities, such as: • BYOT - bring your own typewriter - to show and tell your censorship story • Interactive Typewriter Poetry Performance in theater • Mike Kelley Art Gallery , exhibition featuring LA Marler’s "Ray Bradbury TypOwriter,” mixed media artwork and other prominent typewriter and literary visual artists as well as students' participating in the Big Read in LA Program. • Typewriter Poets offering custom poems • Ignite the relationship - Erica Di Bona demonstrates her powerful practice • Chili in the Poet's Garden - tastebud burning with Ernest Miller & other food • Fire Engine Ale and other beverages • Los Angeles Fire Department Station #63 - Fire Engine demonstration (next door) • Sid Stebel, Ray Bradbury's “best writing teacher ever,” will tell his best RB story • Book Sales - Book donation drive • Silent Auction & Raffle • Live streams of the event • Typewriter service and sales and supplies For more information, TypoWriterArt.com.

Event Location: LA Marler and Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

Date: Sat, Jun 25, 2016
Time: 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Book: Fahrenheit 451

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