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

Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea

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Luis Alberto Urrea

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Events

Big Read Workshop and Educational Roundtable

Big Read school and organization partners will convene for a workshop and education planning session based on The Big Read title, "Into the Beautiful North." Big Read partners will read the book prior to this session, which includes an in-depth discussion of the story and its themes. 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 Month in Los Angeles, April 2015, in order to give schools and organization partners ample time to plan their activity. Schools and afterschool partners begin programming in January 2015; all other public programs are held in April 2015.

Event Location: Department of Cultural Affairs @ William Grant Still Arts Center, 2520 S. West View Street, Los Angeles, CA 90016

Date: Fri, Sep 5, 2014
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

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The Big Read in Boyle Heights

Stop by Libros Schmibros, a membership lending library, to pick up a copy in English or Spanish of “Into the Beatiful North” by Luis Albero Urrea and a brochure of related Big Read in LA activities being held throughout Los Angeles, from April - June. 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 Latinos, Jews and everybody else 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 works with residents, writers, and public officials as catalysts towards the greater revitalization of Boyle Heights and the enrichment of the literary life around greater Los Angeles. We advocate for the literary arts through public presentations, workshops, film series, museum exhibitions, reading groups, symposia, and conferences. For more information, call (323) 302-9408 or email: info@librosschmibros.org

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

Date: Sun, Jan 18, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Date: Sun, Jan 25, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Date: Sun, Feb 1, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Date: Sun, Feb 8, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Date: Sun, Feb 15, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Date: Sun, Feb 22, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Date: Sun, Mar 1, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Date: Sun, Mar 8, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Date: Sun, Mar 15, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Date: Sun, Mar 22, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Date: Sun, Mar 29, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Date: Wed, Apr 1, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Date: Sun, Apr 5, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Date: Wed, Apr 8, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Date: Sun, Apr 12, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Date: Wed, Apr 15, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Date: Sun, Apr 19, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Date: Wed, Apr 22, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Date: Sun, Apr 26, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Date: Wed, Apr 29, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

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Into the Beautiful South: Los Angeles in Taxco, Mexico

The Canoga Park Youth Arts Center travels to the school, Juan Ruiz de Alarcón, in Taxco, Mexico to host art making workshops inspired by The Big Read Los Angeles book selection of Luis Alberto Urrea’s Into the Beautiful North. Taxco and Canoga Park are Sister Cities since 1962. In Taxco, Mexico, the project will be administered by Maria Isabel Bustamonte Carbajal, president of El Grupo de Canoga Park, Asociación Nacional de Ciudades Hemanas. The project will involve a group of 30 high school students from Taxco. Students will be introduced to the book and create a work of art that will be presented in the Big Read exhibition at the Los Angeles City Hall Bridge Gallery. The City of Los Angeles and Taxco, Mexico are Sister Ciites, Sister Cities International. For more information, call 818.346.7099.

Event Location: Escuela Juan Ruiz de Alarcon, Taxco, Guerrero (Mexico) , ,

Date: Tue, Feb 10, 2015 – Sat, Feb 14, 2015
Time: 9:00am – 2:00pm

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Reading Groups at the Los Angeles Public Library

The Los Angeles Public Library will bring The Big Read program to its local branch locations, serving some 4 million residents. Participating library branches will host a book group to read and discuss this year's title, "Into The Beautiful North" by Luis Alberto Urrea. Libraries will also host a complementary program, such as a film screening, lecture, or other related activity. The library will provide a copy of the book to each library patron who signs up for The Big Read program in LA. The program is FREE. For information about specific library branches participating in The Big Read in LA, go to lapl.org, or call 213.202.5567.

Event Location: various sites, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Date: Thu, Feb 12, 2015 – Fri, Feb 13, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Date: Mon, Feb 16, 2015 – Fri, Feb 20, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Date: Mon, Feb 23, 2015 – Fri, Feb 27, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Date: Mon, Mar 2, 2015 – Fri, Mar 6, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Date: Mon, Mar 9, 2015 – Fri, Mar 13, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Date: Mon, Mar 16, 2015 – Fri, Mar 20, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Date: Mon, Mar 23, 2015 – Fri, Mar 27, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Date: Mon, Mar 30, 2015 – Wed, Apr 1, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Date: Wed, Apr 1, 2015 – Fri, Apr 3, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Date: Mon, Apr 6, 2015 – Wed, Apr 8, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Date: Wed, Apr 8, 2015 – Fri, Apr 10, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Date: Mon, Apr 13, 2015 – Wed, Apr 15, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Date: Wed, Apr 15, 2015 – Fri, Apr 17, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Date: Mon, Apr 20, 2015 – Wed, Apr 22, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Date: Wed, Apr 22, 2015 – Fri, Apr 24, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Date: Mon, Apr 27, 2015 – Wed, Apr 29, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Date: Wed, Apr 29, 2015 – Thu, Apr 30, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

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Community Reading Group in Sunland

Come to the library for an introduction to The Big Read in LA Program and learn about this year’s title, "Into the Beautiful North" by Luis Alberto Urrea. The book is a story about a journey, a dream, and a quest. A copy of the book will be given for each attendee. For more information, call 818.352. 4481

Event Location: Sunland Tujunga Library Branch , 7771 Foothill Boulevard , Sunland, CA 91042

Date: Thu, Feb 12, 2015
Time: 3:30pm – 5:00pm

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International Art Program with Consejo Nacional Para La Cultura y Las Artes / Centro Cultural Tijuana

Centro Cultural Tijuana will host a reading group for The Big Read Program in LA, featuring Luis Alberto Urrea’s "Into the Beautiful North." Participants will also enjoy an art workshop, using cell phones to create photo-videos, which will be included in an exhibition at the Mexican Cultural Institute of Los Angeles Gallery. A screening of the documentary film, "Life on the Line" about life of a 11-year old living on the border at Nogales Arizona (U.S.) and Nogales, Mexico. Centro Cultural Tijuana was founded in 1982. This program is presented and organized by the Mexican Cultural Institute of Los Angeles. For more information, call 213.417.8384.

Event Location: Centro Cultural Tijuana , Paseo de los Héroes, No. 9350 / Zona Urbana Río Tijuana, Tijuana, Mexico

Date: Sun, Mar 1, 2015 – Tue, Mar 31, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

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Toy Design - Art in 3D

Create an action figure based on the characters in the book, "Into The Beautiful North" by Luis Alberto Urrea, by sculpting, painting, and designing clothes and accessories. This class is highly creative and very hands on, from concept to final product. Participants are taught by leading artists and toy and entertainment design professionals. Activities also include reading and discussing the Big Read title as the basis for the source material. Sun Valley Youth Arts Center is a facility of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. It is listed in the register of Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments (#644 ). Known as the “Stone House,” the structure’s exterior surface is covered by native river rock and gives it its distinguished character. The Arts Center opened in November, 2006, as a Proposition K site with a mission to provide arts instruction and arts program to youth. The site consists of two structures, the main building (“Stone House”) and an art studio. The Stone House’s art programs are taught by dedicated and experienced artists and art instructors. The center offers exhibitions, special cultural events, and a regular schedule of studio art classes that for all ages throughout the year. For more information, call 818.252.4619.

Event Location: Sun Valley Youth Arts Center - Stone House, 8642 Sunland Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 91352

Date: Mon, Mar 2, 2015 – Tue, Mar 31, 2015
Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm

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Community Book Club and Art Programs for Teens and Adults

The William Grant Still Arts Center (WGSAC) invites teens, children, and adults to read the Big Read title, "Into the Beautiful North" and to participate in a variety of experiential activities to heighten the book’s story. For teens: Teen Book Club A weekly book club for teenagers to read and discuss the novel. Group will explore creative writing exercise. Cartooning This 3-day workshop will offer an opportunity for teens to learn how to translate a personality into a visualized cartoon style. Media Art This 3-day workshop will teach teens how to utilize accessible media tools (i.e. cell phones) to publicly present a collective story from multiple contributors through portraiture, using the photography blog platform, Tumblr. For adults: Adult Book Club A weekly book club for adults will be hosted to read and discuss the novel. Group will be facilitated by a peer and a retired educator. Dialogue An intergenerational dialogue about the stereotypes, perceptions, and mediated representation of teens and young adults of color. Public Screening and Post Discussion A screening of the documentary Life on the Line, a film about a teen that lives in Mexico and attends school in the United States. The film will serve as a springboard to discuss issues related to youth culture and the perception(s) of immigration. The William Grant Still Arts Center is a facility of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. Truly a community facility, the center’s programs reflect the artistic efforts and history of the neighborhood. Located in the historic Black Arts District of West Adams, the center highlights African American artists of all disciplines as well as regularly features the work of local multi-cultural artists. For more information about the dates and times for reading group, art classes, and workshops, call 323.734.1165.

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

Date: Sat, Mar 7, 2015 – Tue, Mar 31, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

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The Border in ELA and Luis Alberto Urrea

Join the East Los Angeles Library’s Reading Club’s group in reading and discussing Luis Alberto Urrea’s "Into the Beautiful North." The Reading Club will also participate in a workshop, using cell phones to create photo-videos, which will be included in the Official Big Read exhibition at the Mexican Cultural Institute Gallery. The documentary film, "Life on the Line" about life of a 11-year old living on the border at Nogales Arizona (U.S.) and Nogales, Mexico will also be screened. For more information, 213.417.8384.

Event Location: East Los Angeles Library , 4837 East 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90022

Date: Sat, Mar 7, 2015 – Sat, Apr 11, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

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Samurais Sin Fronteras: Expressions from the Other Side of the Line

El Centro Estatal de las Artes / Tecate (CEART)’s after-school program for youth will host multiple arts events, inspired by this year’s The Big Read’s title, "Into the Beautiful North," by Luis Alberto Urrea. The youth 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 permanent, bi-national, bi-cultural work. Activities include: Urban Mural as documentation of the project, with a digital duplicate to be included in The Big Read exhibition at the Gallery of the Mexican Cultural Institute of Los Angeles: Visual arts / Photography related to the border life in Tecate; Theater / live performance at CEART facilities with video documentation and at LéaLA Spanish Language Book Fair at the Los Angeles Convention Center; Literature / Essays, short stories and Poetry to be read at CEART facilities; and Film / documentary and motion picture screenings of "The Seven Samurai" (1954), "The Magnificent Seven" (1960), "El Norte" (1983), and the documentary "Life on the Line" (2014). This international collaboration is coordinated by Pilar Silva and Kara Zavala ofCEART-TECATE in Mexico. For more information, call 213.417.8384.

Event Location: Centro Estatal de las Artes / Tecate, Boulevard Federico Benitez y Encinos S/N, Tecate, Baja Calif

Date: Mon, Mar 9, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Date: Mon, Mar 16, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Date: Mon, Mar 23, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Date: Mon, Mar 30, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Date: Mon, Apr 6, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

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Big Read Author Luis Alberto Urrea

Big Read Author, Luis Alberto Urrea, will visit the Cypress Branch Library to discuss his book "Into the Beautiul North" and engage in a dialogue with library patrons.

Event Location: Cypress Branch Library , 1150 Cypress Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 900165

Date: Tue, Mar 24, 2015
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

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Big Read Kick Off Ceremony at City Hall

Join the Los Angeles City Council at a Proclamation Ceremony celebrating Literacy and Poetry in Los Angeles as we kick off of DCA’s Big Read Program in LA in 2015. This civic event highlights education, the arts, and community engagement. Our featured book from The Big Read is Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea. Students, schools, cultural organizations, and community leaders will be recognized by the City Council, and other elected officials at City Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

Event Location: Los Angeles City Hall Council Chamber, 200 N. Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Date: Wed, Mar 25, 2015
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

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Los Angeles Poet Laureate Celebrates the Big Read

Join Los Angeles Poet Laureate, Luis Rodriguez, as the City of Los Angeles celebrates the written word and the Big Read Program in LA. Rodriguez will read selections from his publications and partake in the festivities atop City Hall, during this reception to commemorate a month of literacy and reading in Los Angeles. Luis Rodriguez was chosen to be Poet Laureate by Mayor Eric Garcetti in 2014. His poetry book, "My Nature is Hunger," won the 2005 Paterson Book Award. His 1993 memoir "Always Running, La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A.", with close to half a million copies sold, became one of L.A.’s most checked out in libraries—and one of the most stolen. He has a dozen other books in poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and nonfiction. He is also founding editor of the small press, Tia Chucha Press, now in its 25th year, and co-founder of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley. His latest book is "It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing," a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award. This event is open to the public, and follows The Big Read Kick off and Proclamation in City Hall Council Chambers.

Event Location: 200 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Date: Wed, Mar 25, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 2:00pm

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Grand Park Downtown Bookfest

Downtown Los Angeles' Grand Park will host the Big Read in LA at the Family Pavilion, featuring Luis Alberto Urrea's "Into the Beautiful North." Big Read activities will include distribution of free books, kids art activity, and information about the Big Read in LA program and about the Department of Cultural Affairs. Free. The Music Center Presents Grand Park’s Downtown Bookfest featuring Artizen Lab Saturday, March 28, 2014 Noon – 5:00 p.m. Back for the third 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 “Cite Your Source,” exploring where we come from and how it can be communicated. Readings and performances will explore identity through different languages and creative means of self-expression. Activities include readings that showcase authors of multiple backgrounds and in multiple languages, a family pavilion with bookmaking activities, storytellers, and a book swap all for kids and a pop-up bookstore featuring the work of more than 30 Los Angeles-based presses, publishers, self-publishers. Guests are also encouraged to bring books to donate to Grand Park’s Little Libraries (please no explicit materials), where they can also take books for free. This year, Bookfest is partnering with The Music Center's Artizen Lab, an online platform that gives people the opportunity to share their creative ideas, on- and offline, to inspiring challenges. Artizens, or citizen artists, recognize the power of creative human beings to contribute to building better communities. In partnership with the Los Angeles County Library, Artizen Day, the culminating event of Artizen Lab, will take place during Bookfest and will bring to life ideas created by Artizens exploring the challenge of "Cite Your Source." Activities will invite audiences to step into the point of view of the Artizens through various arts-based projects. For more information about how to participate in Artizen Lab, visit http://musiccenter.org/artizenlab. Grand Park is located in the city’s urban heart, and reflects Los Angeles' people, diversity, interests, and passions. The Par provides Angelenos of all walks of life a place where they can come together to celebrate, reflect, and shape the future, in one central gathering place.

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

Date: Sat, Mar 28, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 5:00pm

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Book Discussion and Film Screening in Watts

The Alma Reaves Woods - Watts library will host a reading group for "Into the Beautiful North," Luis Alberto Urrea’s tale of a group of teens from a border town in Mexico and the adventure they embark on as they travel to the United States on a quest to save their hometown. The library will also screen the documentary film, "Life on the Line: Coming of Age Between Nations." For more information, call 323.789.2850

Event Location: Watts Branch Library , 10205 Compton Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90002

Date: Sat, Mar 28, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Date: Sat, Apr 4, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Date: Sat, Apr 11, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Date: Sat, Apr 25, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

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Live Reading of "Into the Beautiful North"

Join hundreds of Angelenos at downtown's Bookfest at Grand Park. The afternoon welcomes a live reading of "Into the Beautiful North" by Luis Alberto Urrea on the grand stage. After the live reading, stop by the Big Read booth to pick up a coloring book, information about the 2015 Big Read in LA activities, or to make art inspired by books.

Event Location: Bookfest at Grand Park, Grand Park at Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Date: Sat, Mar 28, 2015
Time: 1:00pm – 1:30pm

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Teen Program at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

LACMA will host creative workshops for teens through its partnership with the Los Angeles Public Library. Teen participants will explore select works from the museum's collection of Latin American art and engage in discussions about the themes in Luis Alberto Urrea’s "Into the Beautiful North." Young people will reflect on their own culture and sense of expression through art, making connections between cultures. This program combines literature and art in a dynamic and creative program. This program is offered by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Education Department. For a list of participating libraries, visit: lacma.org or lapl.org.

Event Location: various library branches, Los Angeles, CA

Date: Wed, Apr 1, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

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"The Magnificent Seven" Film Screening and Big Read Book Discussion

The LA Harbor International Film Festival (LAHIFF) will celebrate the Big Read Program in LA with a special screening of the seminal western movie, "The Magnificent Seven" (1960), the film by Director John Sturges , which serves as an inspiration to the leading protagonist of this year’s Big Read book selection, "Into the Beautiful North" by Luis Alberto Urrea. 7:00 p.m. Discussion about the book in the lobby 8:00 p.m. Film screening - The Magnificent Seven The LAHIFF takes place April 9-12, 2015 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 meter street parking available. Arrive early and explore San Pedro’s many dining venues within walking distance of the WGT. For more information and program schedule, visit: laharborfilmfest.com.

Event Location: 12th Annual International Harbor @ Warner Grand Theatre , 478 West 6th Street, San Pedro , CA 90012

Date: Fri, Apr 10, 2015
Time: 7:00pm – 11:00pm

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DocuSunday - "Life on the Line" Screening @ LA Harbor Film Festival

In conjunction with the Big Read in LA program and in celebration of this year's Big Read title, "Into the Beautiful North," the LA Harbor Film Festival will screen the documentary, "Life On The Line: Coming of Age Between Nations" (Directed by Jen Gilomen And Sally Rubin; Fine Line Films, 2014; 27 min.) A conversation with the filmmakers will follow the screening. The short cinema vérité documentary follows a year in the life of 11-year-old Kimberly Torrez as she and her family await the visa that will allow them to return to the United States after unforeseen circumstances trap them in Nogales, Mexico. Living literally steps from the border, Kimberly travels each day to attend school just across the line in Arizona. While Kimberly’s father finds himself unemployed, stricken with Hepatitis C, and in need of a liver transplant, Kimberly’s mother desperately awaits the visa that will allow her to live in the U.S.A. with her American born children if her husband dies. A slice-of-life portrait told through Kimberly’s eyes, "Life on the Line" illuminates the changing face of America through the story of this one family. For more: http://finelinefilms.org/lifeontheline 12th annual LA Harbor International Film Festival? April 9-12, 2015 in partnership with the Los Angeles City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA)The Big Read L.A. (TBRLA) 2015 selection "Into The Beautiful North" by Luis Alberto Urrea

Event Location: Warner Grand Theatre, 478 West 6th Street, San Pedro, CA 90731

Date: Sun, Apr 12, 2015
Time: 12:30pm – 2:00pm

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An Evening of Poetry

Renowned poet Marisela Norte curates a night of readings by Los Angeles-based poets, exploring the Mexico-US border, immigration, and other themes explored in the work of author Luis Alberto Urrea. Reception with the poets will follow the reading. 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. In addition to the exhibitions on view, the CAFAM Shop features fair-trade art and handicrafts from both local and global artists and artisans. For more information, call 323.937.4230 x21 or email: info@cafam.org

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

Date: Sat, Apr 18, 2015
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

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Cantina Fiesta at Memorial Branch Library

The Cantina Fiesta will celebrate Mexico and Border Culture with its participation in The Big Read. Evening event includes book discussion, dancing, culinary component with traditional Mexican foods. Free and open to the public.

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

Date: Mon, Apr 20, 2015
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm

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Reception -Official Big Read Exhibition

This international exhibition is inspired by the Big Read title, Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrrea, and will feature art created by youth and artists in Los Angeles and across the Mexican border in Tijuana, Tecate, and Taxco. The art works in this exhibition are the result of site specific projects in cultural centers abroad, and they affirm that creativity and cultures are transnational and have a deep reach and impact not defined by borders or geography. The Mexican Cultural Institute is located at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument. For more information, visit: mexicanculturalinstitute-la.org, BigReadLA.org, or call 213.202.5567.

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

Date: Fri, Apr 24, 2015
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm

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Art Journeys: Free Family Art Workshop

The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery Museum Education Program will host a free, hands-on, drop-in art workshop. Families will create mixed-media artworks inspired by their imaginations and experiences, such as: dreams, a special journey, a personal hero, discoveries, family and friends. Participants will use a variety of colorful art materials and text to create an artwork that celebrates the book Into the Beautiful North, by Luis Alberto Urrea. All Ages Welcomed! No reservations necessary. All supplies provided. The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG) is a facility of the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), City of Los Angeles. For more information: contact Marta Feinstein: met_marta@sbcglobal.net or call 323.644.6269 / FACEBOOK: LOS ANGELES MUNICIPAL ART GALLERY / lamag.org / culturela.org

Event Location: Barnsdall Park, 4800 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Date: Sat, Apr 25, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 3:00pm

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Fiesta de la Sonrisa (A Celebration of Latino Culture and Heritage)

The Museum of the San Fernado Valley presents a daylong community event. Influenced by the Big Read book’s, "Into the Beautiful North," dual setting of Mexico and the United States, the festival will celebrate Latino culture and Mexican heritage in the San Fernando Valley. This festival attendees will enjoy live music, culinary demonstrations, an exhibit of art and history, and interactive activities for children. This year's Big Read title will also be discussed. Rancho Cordillera del Norte is an historic site at the southwest corner of Nordhoff and Wilbur. The Museum of the San Fernando Valley will be also open to visitors during the event, across the street from the Rancho. Free parking is available at the venue. 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, call 818.347.9665 or email: info@TheMuseumSFV.org.

Event Location: 9015 Wilbur Avenue @ Rancho Cordillera del Norte, Northridge, CA 91324

Date: Sun, Apr 26, 2015
Time: 1:00pm – 5:00pm

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Immigration Panel and Documentary Screening - "Life on the Line"

"Life on the Line" is a half-hour cinema vérité documentary that broadcast across the country on PBS in Fall of 2014 as part of National Hispanic Heritage Month, and premiered at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The film follows a year in the life of 11-year-old Kimberly Torrez as she and her family await the visa that will allow them to return to the United States after unforeseen circumstances trap them in Nogales, Mexico. Living literally steps from the border, Kimberly crosses each day to attend school just across the line in Arizona. While Kimberly's father finds himself unemployed, stricken with Hepatitis C, and in need of a liver transplant, Kimberly's mother desperately awaits the visa that will allow her to live in the U.S. with her American children if her husband dies. A slice-of-life portrait film told through Kimberly's eyes, Life on the Line illuminates the changing face of America through the story of this one family. Join us for a panel discussion after the film where we will discuss some of the issues brought up in the film that affect immigrants today, with a focus on the immigrant experience in Los Angeles. Panel Discussion: "Coming of age across the line" Proposed panelists: (invited, not yet confirmed) Luis Rodriguez, Author and Los Angeles Poet Laureate Linda Lopez, Chief of Immigrant Services, Office of the Mayor Lucy Santana-Ornelas, Executive Director of Girls Inc. and Co-Executive Producer of “Life on the Line” Sally Rubin, Filmmaker Jen Gilomen, Filmmaker

Event Location: Mark Taper Auditorium at the Los Angeles Central Library, 630 West Fifth Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Date: Sun, May 3, 2015
Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Book: Into the Beautiful North

The Art of Printmaking by Self Help Graphics

Self Help Graphics & Art’s Barrio Mobile Art Studio leaves Boyle Heights for downtown LA’s Convention Center for LéaLA Spanish Language Book Fair. The Barrio Mobile Art Studio will host interactive art workshops, led by some of Self Help Graphics most creative artists and educators. LéaLA attendees can participate in a DIY Silkscreening and Relief Printmaking Workshop and create unique works inspired by Luis Alberto Urrea's Into the Beautiful North, a story of teens on a transnational journey and across borders. This workshop is open to all ages and experience levels. Any participant 12 years or younger must be accompanied by an adult. Self Help Graphics & Art is the leading non-profit visual arts center serving the predominantly Latino community of Los Angeles. Self Help Graphics' mission is to drive the creation of new work by Chicano and Latino artists through fine art printmaking and multiple visual art forms. The center offers art classes, training, exhibitions, and special events, such as the popular annual event, Dia de los Muertos. For more information, selfhelpgraphics.com.

Event Location: LeaLA Spanish language Book Fair @ LA Convention Center , South Hall H-J 1201 South Figueroa Street , Los Angeles, CA 90015

Date: Fri, May 15, 2015
Time: 10:00am – 7:00pm

Book: Into the Beautiful North

Big Read in LA at LeaLA Spanish Language

LéaLA, the biggest Spanish language book fair in Latin America, comes to Los Angeles. Join thousands who will visit the fair and enjoy a variety of exhibitors, panel discussions, family programs, and related activities. The book fair is free and open to the public. The Big Read in LA will feature a book discussion in Spanish and distribution of free Big Read materials, including a coloring poster for children and copies of this year's title, "Into the Beautiful North." The fair features hundreds of publishers from Mexico, Latin America and Spain. The fair is organized by the University of Guadalajara Foundation USA, a non-profit organization, and has the support of the Guadalajara International Book Fair (FIL), as well as of the federal, state and municipal governmental institutions, and a range of sponsors. For more information, visit: lea-la.com

Event Location: Los Angeles Convention Center, South Hall H-J, 1201 South Figueroa Street , Los Angeles, CA 90015

Date: Fri, May 15, 2015 – Sun, May 17, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 6:00pm

Book: Into the Beautiful North

Celebrating Words: Written, Performed & Sung -- A Poetry Festival

Celebrating Words: Written, Performed & Sung is the only annual outdoor literacy and arts festival in the San Fernando Valley. Celebrating its 10th year anniversary, the festival draws thousands of attendees and features community-based arts vendors, children's area, books for sale and for giveaway, community-based service groups, food, music, and a stage with poets, spoken word performers, musicians, dancers, singers, theater performance , and more. The event will also include readings by authors, panels on writing, arts activities, and walking tours. Partners include the Los Angeles Library, the Museum of the San Fernando Valley, and others. The Big Read activities at the Festival will include a book discussion about "Into the Beautiul North" and art activities for all ages. Founded and organized by Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural & Bookstore, the festival is sponsored by the City of Los Angeles Office of Councilmember Felipe Fuentes, the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the California Arts Council. For more information visit: tiachucha.org.

Event Location: Pacoima City Hall , 13520 Van Nuys Boulevard, Van Nuys , CA 91331

Date: Sat, Jun 6, 2015
Time: 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Book: Into the Beautiful North

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