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City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs


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Los Angeles, CA 90012

Tel: 213/202-5567
Fax: 213/202-5515
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The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

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The Namesake
Jhumpa Lahiri

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Community Book Club

A read aloud and discussion of Jhumpa Lahiri’s "The Namesake," led by retired LAUSD English educator, Donna Richardson. The Namesake tells the story of one family who migrated to the United States from India. It is a tale of family, fitting in, and identity. Children are also encouraged to read and to enjoy the related title, "Esperanza Rising" by Pam Muñoz Ryan. This story is about a girl who comes to California from Mexico, and faces difficult circumstances. 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, please call 323.734.1165.

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

Date: Wed, Jan 8, 2014 – Thu, Jan 9, 2014
Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Date: Wed, Jan 15, 2014 – Thu, Jan 16, 2014
Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Date: Wed, Jan 22, 2014 – Thu, Jan 23, 2014
Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Date: Wed, Jan 29, 2014
Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm

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Toy Design - Taking Inspiration from Books

Create action figures based on the characters in the book, "The Namesake" by sculpting, molding, painting, and designing clothes. 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 includes discussion of the bestselling book by Jhumpa Lahiri, "The Namesake," as the basis for the source material. The Sun Valley Youth Arts Center is a facility of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. Free For more information, please call 818.252.4619.

Event Location: Sun Valley Youth Arts Center (Stone House), 8642 Sunland Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 91352

Date: Sat, Feb 1, 2014
Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm

Date: Sat, Feb 8, 2014
Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm

Date: Sat, Feb 15, 2014
Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm

Date: Sat, Feb 22, 2014
Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm

Date: Sat, Mar 1, 2014
Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm

Date: Sat, Mar 8, 2014
Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm

Date: Sat, Mar 15, 2014
Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm

Date: Sat, Mar 22, 2014
Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm

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Teen Art 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 learn about the museum's South and Southeast Asian Art collection and engage in discussions about Jhumpa Lahiri’s "The Namesake." 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, please visit: lacma.org or lapl.org.

Event Location: Select library sites through the Museum's Education Department, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

Date: Mon, Mar 3, 2014 – Fri, Mar 7, 2014
Time: 3:30pm – 6:00pm

Date: Mon, Mar 10, 2014 – Fri, Mar 14, 2014
Time: 3:30pm – 6:00pm

Date: Mon, Mar 17, 2014 – Fri, Mar 21, 2014
Time: 3:30pm – 6:00pm

Date: Mon, Mar 24, 2014 – Fri, Mar 28, 2014
Time: 3:30pm – 6:00pm

Date: Mon, Mar 31, 2014 – Fri, Apr 4, 2014
Time: 3:30pm – 6:00pm

Date: Mon, Apr 7, 2014 – Fri, Apr 11, 2014
Time: 3:30pm – 6:00pm

Date: Mon, Apr 14, 2014 – Fri, Apr 18, 2014
Time: 3:30pm – 6:00pm

Date: Mon, Apr 21, 2014 – Fri, Apr 25, 2014
Time: 3:30pm – 6:00pm

Date: Mon, Apr 28, 2014 – Wed, Apr 30, 2014
Time: 3:30pm – 6:00pm

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Big Read Book Discussion of "The Namesake"

This year marks the sixth collaboration between the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the Los Angeles Public Library in celebrating reading city-wide with a book featured from the National Endowment for the Arts' Big Read program. This year's title is "The Namesake." Join us for a revealing discussion of Jhumpa Lahiri's exploration of identity and cultural assimilation, bringing alive the colors, flavors, and textures of immigrant Indian life in the USA. Seating is limited, so please sign up for the book discussion and pick up a copy of the book in the Literature/Fiction Department (3rd floor, Bradley Wing.) The Big Read is a program of the NEA in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Event Location: Central Library, 630 W. 5th Street, Meeting Room A, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Date: Sat, Mar 22, 2014
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm

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11th Annual LA Harbor International Film Festival

The LA Harbor International Film Festival (LAHIFF) will celebrate the Big Read Program in LA with a special screening of the film adaptation of "The Namesake" (2006), directed by Mira Nair ("Monsoon Wedding"). Discussion of the book and film immediately follows after the screening. The 11th annual LAHIFF takes place March 27 to 30, 2014 at the vintage art deco Warner Grand Theatre (WGT). The WGT, one of the original Warner Brothers “triplets,” 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 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 street parking are in the vicinity of the WGT. Arrive early and explore San Pedro. Enjoy one of the many dining venues within walking distance of the WGT. For more information and program schedule, please visit: laharborfilmfest.com.

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

Date: Fri, Mar 28, 2014
Time: 6:00pm – 10:00pm

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Big Read Kick-Off, Los Angeles City Hall

Come join the Proclamation Ceremony with the Mayor and the Los Angeles City Council as we celebrate literacy and the 2014 Big Read Program in Los Angeles. This civic event highlights literacy, education, the arts, and community engagement. Our featured book is "The Namesake" by Jhumpa Lahiri. Students, schools, cultural and community partners, and participating organizations will be recognized by the Los Angeles City Council, the Mayor, and other elected officials at City Hall.

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

Date: Wed, Apr 2, 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 of "The Namesake" by Jhumpa Lahiri and join a community of book lovers in reading and discussing the book. Libros Schmibros Lending Library and Bookshop 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, please call 323.302.9408 or email: info@librosschmibros.org.

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

Date: Wed, Apr 2, 2014 – Wed, Apr 30, 2014
Time: 12:00pm – 5:00pm

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Reading Groups at Los Angeles Public Library

The Los Angeles Public Library hosts reading groups of "The Namesake" by Jhumpa Lahiri 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, bookmarks, 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 site, please visit: lapl.org. Participating library branches: Arroyo Seco 6145 North Figueroa Street Los Angeles, CA, 90042 Atwater Village 3379 Glendale Boulevard Los Angeles, CA, 90039 Baldwin Hills 2906 South La Brea Avenue Los Angeles, CA, 90016 Brentwood – Donald Bruce Kaufman 11820 San Vicente Boulevard Los Angeles, CA, 90049 Central Library 630 West 5th Street Los Angeles, CA, 90071 Durant 7140 West Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles, CA, 90046 Eagle Rock 5027 Caspar Avenue Los Angeles, CA, 90041 Lake View Terrace 12002 Osborne Street Los Angeles, CA, 91342 Memorial 4625 West Olympic Boulevard Los Angeles, CA, 90019 Northridge 9051 Darby Avenue Northridge, CA, 91345 Palisades 861 Alma Real Drive Pacific Palisades, CA, 90272 Palms – Rancho Park 2920 Overland Avenue Los Angeles, CA, 90064 Studio City 12511 Moorpark Street Studio City, CA, 91604 Sunland – Tujunga 7771 Foothill Boulevard Tujunga, CA, 91042 Valley Plaza 12311 Vanowen Street North Hollywood, CA, 91605 Wilshire 149 North Saint Andrews Place Los Angeles, CA, 90004 Free

Event Location: select sites, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Date: Wed, Apr 2, 2014 – Wed, Apr 30, 2014
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

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Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles

The Big Read is invited to the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA). IFFLA is a devoted to a greater appreciation of Indian cinema and culture by showcasing films, supporting emerging filmmakers, recognizing the leadership of entertainment industry performers and business executives, and promoting the diverse perspectives of the Indian diaspora. Each year the festival is held at ArcLight Hollywood and features a rich mix of film programs designed to build and support the growing interest in the Indian entertainment industry. This includes programming that cultivates an audience for Indian films while supporting filmmakers of Indian descent in career development as they navigate the larger studio system in Hollywood. IFFLA’s creative and business programs include the IFFLA Film Fund that helps emerging filmmakers realize their feature-length narrative and non-narrative film projects; the Industry Leadership Awards created to recognize the achievements of industry executives who have contributed considerably towards the entertainment and media industry in India; the One-on-One program where industry professionals from major and independent production and distribution companies are invited to participate in meetings with the IFFLA filmmakers; and the panel discussions with speakers from the film industry. To purchase tickets, please visit indianfilmfestival.org To contact the IFFLA, please call 310.988.2602 or email: info@indianfilmfestival.org.

Event Location: at the Arclight Cinema Hollywood, 6360 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028

Date: Tue, Apr 8, 2014 – Sun, Apr 13, 2014

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Big Read at Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

Join book lovers at Los Angeles’ biggest book festival. This year marks the 19th annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Stop by the Department of Cultural Affairs’ booth (# 724) in the popular Young Adults / Kids area to learn about public, citywide, and culturally diverse Big Read Program in LA activities focused on this year’s book selection of Jhumpa Lahiri’s novel "The Namesake." Visitors who have read the book are invited to the drop-in discussion group. Visitors will receive a Big Read bookmark and other educational and cultural materials from DCA. Free admission to the Festival. For more information, please visit: events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/.

Event Location: University of Southern California (campus), Los Angeles, CA 90019

Date: Sat, Apr 12, 2014
Time: 10:00am – 6:00pm

Date: Sun, Apr 13, 2014
Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

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Bollywood Dance Party

Celebrate The Big Read and Jhumpa Lahir's "The Namesake" at an evening of art, culture, and dance. A colorful mixture of classical, folk, and contemporary, Bollywood song and dance is an essential component of Indian cinema. Get your Bollywood groove on with an evening of dance performances and instruction by Rahul Nath and the Bollywoodettes and Discostan DJs spinning South Asian tunes that will make you put those new dance moves into action. For those moments you need to catch your breath, you can also join in some bangle-making. 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. Free for CAFAM Members / $7 Advance Tickets / $10 at the Door For more information, please call 323.937.4230 x28 or email: workshops@cafam.org.

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

Date: Sun, Apr 13, 2014
Time: 5:00pm – 8:00pm

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Song of India: A Celebration of Indian Culture

The Museum of the San Fernando Valley (MSFV) presents an afternoon of Indian music, dance, and poetry at the romantic Rancho del Cordillera del Norte. Choose from a delightful variety of foods and adventures from an afternoon tea with spice cakes, to the voices of ancient manuscripts. As guests of MSFV, enjoy the North Valley sunset while experiencing an evening of Indian cultural performances. Rancho del Cordillera del Norte is an historic site at the southwest corner of Nordhoff and Wilbur. 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. Free and open to the public. Free and ample parking available on site. For more information, please call 818.347.9665 or email: info@TheMuseumSFV.org.

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

Date: Sat, Apr 19, 2014
Time: 3:00pm – 9:00pm

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Bollywood Festival - Dance Lessons, Bengali Food Tasting and Book Discussions

Memorial Branch Library honors the 2014 Big Read Program in LA selection,"The Namesake," with an invitation to immerse yourself in the culture of India by learning the art of Bollywood dance and tasting the indigenous foods of the region, as described by Indian American author Jhumpa Lahiri in her award-winning novel. In "The Namesake," native Indian dance and foods are symbolic of the homeland and the characters' connection to their Indian culture, showing the ways in which Bengali traditions are preserved and the importance of family. Schedule of Events: 5:00 p.m. - Video Tour of India Presentation by the India Tourist Office 6:00 p.m. - Bollywood Dance Instruction and Group Performance 7:00 p.m. - Bengali Food Tasting, Explanation, and Discussion The book discussion group is ongoing throughout the month of April. All activities are free. Free and ample parking is available. For more information, please call 323.938.2732.

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

Date: Thu, Apr 24, 2014
Time: 5:00pm – 8:00pm

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Celebration of Indian Art and Culture

Enjoy an afternoon of Indian Art and Culture at the Madrid Theatre. This free family event begins at 12:00 noon with family drop in art workshops hosted by the Canoga Park Youth Arts Center. The event includes the performance of the Kalapeetham Dance Academy at 1:30 p.m. Beginning at 2:00 p.m. there will be a free screening of the film adaptation of Jhumpa Lahiri’s "The Namesake." The Canoga Park Youth Arts Center and the Madrid Theatre are facilities of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information please call 818.347.9419.

Event Location: Madrid Theatre, 21622 Sherman Way, Canoga Park , CA 91303

Date: Sat, Apr 26, 2014
Time: 12:00pm – 4:00pm

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LA Heritage Day

Los Angeles Heritage Day will bring together over 80 cultural, arts, and historical organizations at the Historic Pico House at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Monument. The Department of Cultural Affairs will highlight the Big Read Program in LA at this event. Visitors will receive Big Read materials such as a copy of this year’s selection, "The Namesake" by Jhumpa Lahiri, bookmarks, brochures of event listings, and other related educational materials. The LA Heritage Day is an annual celebration that brings together heritage groups such as historical societies, museums, preservation groups, and arts organizations to celebrate and promote Los Angeles’ shared heritage. Organized by the LA Heritage Alliance, the event draws over 2,500 people. Free For more information, please call 213.202.5567.

Event Location: Pico House, El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument, 125 Paseo de la Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Date: Sun, Apr 27, 2014
Time: 11:00am – 4:00pm

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Screening of Animated Short Films -Sony Media Arts Academy

A curated selection of animated shorts created by students of the Sony Pictures Media Arts Program. The films are inspired by the book, "The Namesake." 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, and Sony Pictures Entertainment. For more information, please call 661.222.2708.

Event Location: The Modular Theatre at California Institute of the Arts, 24700 McBean Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 91355

Date: Sat, Jun 14, 2014
Time: 1:00pm – 5:00pm

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