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February 2008

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Special Exhibitions

Films

Lectures & Special Events

Jazz Night at Bowers

Family Festivals

Enrichment Classes


Special Exhibitions

Mummies: Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt – Treasures from the British Museum
Hurry – Closes March 30, 2008 Purchase Tickets Now
Selections from the world-renowned collection of the British Museum feature over 140 ancient artifacts, including fourteen mummies and coffins. Never-before-seen CT scans of six mummies. Unwrap the mysteries of how they lived and died.


Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China’s First Emperor
Opens on May 18, 2008
Considered one of the greatest archaeological finds of the 20th century, the tomb complex of China’s First Emperor, Shi Huangdi, features thousands of terra cotta warriors that were intended to protect him throughout eternity. Since their discovery, the terra cotta army has been termed the Eighth Wonder of the Ancient World.
Are you ready to join the invasion? Purchase your tickets now!

GEMS! Colors of Light and Stone
Currently on display Purchase Tickets Now
A stunning assortment from the Michael Scott Collection, this is one of the most important gemstone exhibitions ever presented in the U.S., showcasing some of the finest known examples in the world of various gems.


Films

All films, except Dinner and a Movie and Milan Film Festival films, are free with paid museum admission and begin at 1:30 pm.

Wednesday, February 6
BUILDING THE GREAT PYRAMID
Uncover the mystery of one of man’s Seven Wonders of the Ancient World by reliving its construction with 21st century technology and up-to-date archaeological finds. 60 minutes.

Wednesday, February 13
NEFERTITI RESURRECTED
Discovery Channel unravels the secrets behind the possible discovery of Queen Nefertiti’s mummy in a secret chamber with the aid of x-rays and forensic graphics. 98 minutes.

Friday, February 8 4:45 PM – 9:30 PM
DINNER AND A MOVIE: MEXICAN FILM SERIES — SALÓN MÉXICO
Tangata Snack Bar 4:45 PM – 6:45 PM
Film 7:30 PM
Moderator Ramon Villalba introduces this 1948 film of a young woman working at a famous club as a cabaret dancer, secretly earning money for her sister’s college tuition. English subtitles. Raffle for an original lobby card of a classic Mexican film! Please call Tangata for dinner reservations at 714.550.0906.
Admission to Film: $10; $8 for Museum Members

Friday, February 8 1:30 PM
MILAN FILM FESTIVAL: MORO NO BRASIL
A world of music on film is offered on four consecutive Friday afternoons by Milan Records. Specializing in Latin, film soundtracks, electronic, and uncategorizable musical varieties, Milan embraces the ambient nature of music like no other label. A representative from Milan Records will be present to introduce the series. The first film is a musical road trip journeying deep into the heart of Brazil. The documentary features 50 musical performances by over 40 artists, including Seu Jorge.
Admission: Members $5; General $7

Friday, February 15 1:30 PM
MILAN FILM FESTIVAL: THE SOUNDS OF RIO — BRASILEIRINHO
The second in the series is a film about choro, the first genuinely Brazilian urban music style. It reveals a blend of European melodies, Afro-Brazilian rhythms, and the melancholic music of Brazilian Indians.
Admission: Members $5; General $7

Friday, February 22 1:30 PM
MILAN FILM FESTIVAL: SANCTUARY — LISA GERRARD
Lead singer of Dead Can Dance, Gerrard shares some of her deepest and most creative beliefs on all aspects of her life and career. Russell Crowe, Michael Mann, and other friends offer valuable insight into this reclusive artist.
Admission: Members $5; General $7

Friday, February 29 1:30 PM
MILAN FILM FESTIVAL: SCREAMING MASTERPIECE
Closing the series is a documentary capturing the energy of the world’s hottest indie music scene in Iceland’s cool capital city of Reykjavik. Included are masterful performances by international performers Bjork, Sigur Ros, and Mum.
Admission: Members $5; General $7


Lectures and Special Events

Saturday, February 2 1:30 PM
DISTINGUISHED LECTURE SERIES: LIGHT IN STONE WITH BERND MUNSTEINER
World-famous as an outstanding innovator in modern gem-cutting, Bernd Munsteiner discusses his artistic sculptures and the aesthetic qualities of natural mineral formations.
Graciously underwritten by Patricia and Bruce Blackman and Blackman Ltd. Jewelers. Admission: Members $12; General $15

Sunday, February 3 1:30 PM
LECTURE & FILM: SPIRITUAL WARRIORS
Spiritual Warriors, the movie written and produced by Dr. John-Roger (NY Times bestselling author) and Jsu Garcia (Along Came Polly, The Lost City, We Were Soldiers), is the story of one man’s journey to sacred lands and his discovery of the beauty, peace, and truth that exists around and deep within him. Join Jsu Garcia for the screening and the Q & A after the film, and pick up your free copy of the book that inspired the film.

Admission: Members $8; General $10

Saturday, February 9 1:30 PM
LECTURE: PETRA REDISCOVERED
Andrew Lawler, senior writer with Science Magazine and freelance writer for Smithsonian and National Geographic, discusses this jewel of a city, the world’s only urban city carved largely out of stone and tucked into the wild canyons of Jordan.
Admission: Members $8; General $10

Saturday, February 9 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
SPECIAL EVENT: THE STORYTELLING INSTITUTE
Enjoy a day of enriched arts education for teachers, museum docents, and interested public in the area of storytelling in the oral tradition. Workshops, roundtable discussions, and a storytelling concert are all part of this magical event! For more information, please contact 714.348.9778.

Sunday, February 10 1:30 PM
LECTURE UNCOVERING ANCIENT ALEXANDRIA
Andrew Lawler, senior writer with Science Magazine and freelance writer for Smithsonian and National Geographic, brings to life this intellectual capital of the ancient world on the Egyptian coast. Long shunned and assumed that nothing was left of its dramatic mix of Greek, Egyptian, and Roman architecture, recent excavations both below the streets and under its graceful harbor have revealed exciting new evidence of this cosmopolitan, wealthy city — once second only to Rome.
Admission: Members $8; General $10

Thursday, February 14
SPECIAL EVENT: TANGATA VALENTINE’S DINNER
Join us for a memorable lunch or three-course dinner with the choice of wine-pairing. For reservations, please call 714.550.0906

Saturday, February 16 1:30 PM
LECTURE: MASTERPIECES OF ANCIENT EGYPTIAN ART
1:30 PM
Egyptologist Dr. Arelene Wolinski presents an overview of the master works of ancient Egyptian cultures including noted sculptures, furniture, wall paintings, and architecture, each noted for its luxurious craftsmanship.
Admission: Members $8; General $10

Thursday, February 21 1:00 PM
ARCE LECTURE: TIMELESS MELODIES — AFRICAN-AMERICAN CONTRIBUTIONS TO POPULAR MUSIC
Music Educator Larry Maurer discusses the history of African-American music, from the earliest slave songs and spirituals of unknown musicians on Southern plantations to the great names of ragtime, blues, jazz, and beyond.
Admission: Members $7; General $9

Saturday, February 23 1:30 PM
ARCE LECTURE: PHAROH AT THE BAT — SPORTS AND GAMES IN ANCIENT EGYPT
Dr. Peter Piccione, Associate Professor of Near Eastern History, University of Charleston, South Carolina, and co-director of the Online GIS System for the Theban Necropolis discusses the dynamics and evolution of games.
Admission: Free

Saturday, February 23 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM
BEAD SOCIETY OF ORANGE COUNTY
10:30 AM – Meeting
1:30 – 4:00 PM – Workshop
Join us as Cheryl Cobern Brown of Beadventure Travel shares her adventures in the beading world.

Thursday, February 28 6:00 PM – 8:00PM
SPECIAL EVENT: MEMBER’S OPEN HOUSE
Have you ever wondered what wonderful pieces from the Bowers collection are stored away from public view? As a special thank you for supporting the Bowers Museum, join us for an evening full of music, food, and frolic, exclusive to our members. The evening includes gallery activities, behind-the-scenes tours, and complimentary entrance to Jazz at Bowers in our own Tangata Restaurant. Enjoy refreshments and a cash bar in the John M. Lee Court. The Gallery Stores will stay open late and offer a 20% discount for all members. This event is made possible, in part, by the Bowers Affiliate Group, the Italian Cultural Arts Council, and by the Orange County American Italian Renaissance Foundation and Lodge.

Jazz at Bowers

Thursday, February 28 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
JAZZ AT BOWERS: MUSIC IN THE MOMENT WITH BILL MADISON
Join us at Tangata for a great evening of music, food, and camaraderie!

Drummer Bill Madison, an icon in the music business, and his quartet present a memorable evening of eclectic jazz sounds. Be sure to enjoy one of Tangata’s signature cocktails!


Family Festivals

Sunday, February 24 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
AFRICAN FAMILY FESTIVAL
Come celebrate Black History Month with art, music, and dance from Africa and the African-American experience. Create your own Kente cloth shawl and Adinkra design greeting card. Hungry? Sample tasty Soul Food and a bake sale provided by the African Arts Council! View an informative Civil Rights exhibit. Buy something to wear or decorate your home from the African marketplace. Don’t miss the special performance of African drums and dance followed by stirring gospel music from the choir of the Second Baptist Church. Enjoy the musical play, Bits and Pieces of a Past, at 4:00 PM. Be sure to get your face painted by Bowers artists before you leave! Co-sponsored by the African Cultural Arts Council.
Admission: Free


Enrichment Classes

Tuesdays and Wednesdays
12:30 am – 2 pm with an hour of free play in the Kidseum environment until 3 pm.

Our enrichment classes offer a relaxed approach to introducing multicultural concepts to young children, ages 3-7, through different interactive mediums, cooking, dance, art, and music.

ENTRENCHED IN EXHIBITS
Join us as we explore the Big Bowers Museum. We will travel through two of the exhibits in a most delightful way! Fun scavenger hunts; quests for gems and other tantalizing treasures; hieroglyphic writing; story telling and more. Help us turn the museum upside down and inside out as we figure out exactly how fun and exciting history and artifacts can be!

Members: $60 for one session; $110 for 2 sessions; $150 for 3 sessions; General public: $75 for one session; $140 for 2 sessions; $200 for 3 sessions. Fees are for families with up to 2 children; additional children are $15 per session. Sign up for more than one session and receive a discounted rate! For pre-registration, please call 714.480.1521 or e-mail schilberg@bowers.org
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