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March 2008

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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, coffins, and never-before-seen CT scans of six mummies. Unwrap the mysteries of how they lived and died.


Sale at Bowers Gallery Store
20% off all Egyptian merchandise through March 30, 2008



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.
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GEMS! Colors of Light and Stone
Currently on display
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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.


Volunteers Needed!
The Bowers Museum seeks an army of volunteers to help make the visitor experience enjoyable at the highly anticipated exhibition, Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China’s First Emperor. Volunteers are needed to welcome visitors, answer general questions, distribute audio tours, and serve as museum ambassadors. As a special thanks for getting involved with the museum, McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant in Santa Ana will graciously host a welcome luncheon and orientation for all exhibition volunteers during National Volunteer Week (April 27 – May 3, 2008). Several shifts are available during the week and weekends. Volunteers are especially needed on weekend mornings or afternoons to serve as the museum’s "weekend warriors". A commitment of only four hours per month is required to get involved.
To become a volunteer, contact Ernesto Diaz, Visitor Services Supervisor, at 714.567.3695 or
ediaz@bowers.org.


Films

Friday, March 14
4:45 PM- 9:30 PM
DINNER AND A MOVIE: MEXICAN FILM SERIES – EL HIJO DESOBEDIENTE
Tangata Snack Bar 4:45 PM – 6:45 PM
Film 7:30 PM
Full of comedy, music, and dance, this 1945 film showcases Tin Tan (German Valdez) who travels to Mexico City to become a singer. In the train station, he is mistaken for a wealthy relative of a family who wants to earn his trust in order to take his fortune. Moderator Ramon Villalba will raffle off another authentic Mexican lobby poster! No subtitles. For reservations to Tangata before the film, please call 714.550.0906.
Admission to Film: General $10; Members $8;


Lectures and Special Events

Sunday, March 2
1:30 PM

LECTURE: THE WORLD OF DIAMONDS
Fred Ward, National Geographic photographer and founder and owner of Gem Book Publishers, discusses diamonds, a beautiful gemstone costly to own, challenging to mine, and indispensable to a modern industrial society. At the museum’s request, Mr. Ward will also be showing a brief retrospective montage of his amazing photographic career. Sponsored by Patricia and Bruce Blackman and Blackman Ltd. Jewelers.
Admission: Free

Saturday, March 8
1:30 PM

LECTURE: ART, CULTURE, PEACE, AND FORCE IN ANCIENT CHINA
Professor Paul Kjellberg, of Whittier College, discusses the time when Confucius inaugurated the Period of the Philosophers in the early 5th century BC China, which united people in society through culture and art. The Qin dynasty brought this period to a close in 221 BC, using naked force to fuse the warring states into a single empire.
Admission: General $10; Members $8

Thursday, March 13
7:00 PM

LECTURE: KIMONO: SEA OF SILK — PRESERVING TRADITION AND MODERNITY
Respected kimono stylists Nobuaki Tomita and Kaoru Kumaki, who make a special trip to the Bowers from Japan, present a lecture and workshop introducing Japanese kimonos. Their lecture will cover the importance of the kimono in Japanese culture and the historic significance of the costume. They will also display various styles of kimonos and explain the making process.
Admission: Free
Co-sponsored by
Japan Foundation Los Angeles and Kyo Kaori Co., Ltd.

Saturday, March 15
1:30 PM

LECTURE AND WORDS LITERARY SERIES: INTRODUCTION TO CHINESE ART
Professor Simon Van Booy and author of the well received collection of short stories, The Secret Lives of People in Love, presents a lecture introducing the beautiful wisdom of ancient Chinese art and its relationship to modern life. Reading and book signing to follow lecture.
Admission: General $10; Members $8

Sunday, March 16
9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

SEMINAR: THE ART OF CALIFORNIA, 1849-1930
Join us for this day-long seminar as three well-known authorities come together to present lectures and discuss the art and artists of California during the rich period of art history from 1849 to 1930. The lecturers include: Scott Shields, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, authority on Northern California Impressionism; Alfred Harrison, author, lecturer and expert on the tonalist style; and Jean Stern, Executive Director, Irvine Museum, authority on the art of the Impressionist period in California. Lunch will be catered by Tangata. For further information, please contact 949.474.1164. Co-sponsored by the Bowers California Art Council and the Historical Collections Council. Pre-registration is required.
Admission: $125

Thursday, March 20
1:30 PM

LECTURE: TIMELESS MELODIES—JUDY GARLAND
The Timeless Melodies program with host Larry Maurer presents a poignant, sentimental journey through Judy Garland’s life and times, incorporating rare audio and video recordings along with personal stories.
Admission: General $9; Members $7

Saturday, March 22
10:30 AM – 4:00 PM

BEAD SOCIETY OF ORANGE COUNTY
10:30 AM – Meeting
1:30 – 4:00 PM – Workshop
Admission: Free

Saturday, March 29
1:30 PM

ARCE LECTURE: POLITICS OF PLACEMENT—THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE THEBAN NECROPOLIS IN THE NEW KINGDOM
Dr. J. J. Shirley, Lecturer in Egyptology, University of Wales, Swansea, shares the latest research on the Theban Necropolis in the New Kingdom.
Admission: Free

Sunday, March 30
1:30 PM

LECTURE: THE MATERIALISM OF DEATH IN ANCIENT EGYPT
How did ancient Egyptians use objects to convey magical power for themselves in the afterlife? Egyptologist Kara Cooney, frequent presenter on the Discovery and History Channel, explores these questions and examines the ritual use of funerary objects and how they encouraged social competition among elites.
Admission: General $10; Members $8

Sunday, March 30
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

DINNER AND LANTERN-LIT TOUR WITH EGYPTOLOGIST KARA COONEY
Say a final farewell to our dynamic Mummies exhibit with a two-tiered evening that includes a sumptuous, three-course Middle-Eastern feast and optional wine-pairing followed by a spooky, lantern-lit journey through our Mummies galleries led by Egyptologist Kara Cooney who will tantalize you with tales of Ancient Egypt& This is a dinner and tour you will long remember! Please call Tangata for reservations at 714.550.0906.
Admission: $45


Jazz at Bowers

Wednesday, March 12
7:30 PM

PASADENA CITY COLLEGE STUDIO JAZZ ENSEMBLE 2007
Accompanied by Andrea Baker Wilkerson, Director of the Pasadena City College Studio Jazz Ensemble, this impressive and accomplished group of musicians travels from Pasadena to present a special performance to Bowers members and guests. This is an evening that promises to fill you to the brim with great music, fine vocalists, and a challenge to sit still in your seat!
Admission:  General $8; Members $6

Thursday, March 27
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

JAZZ AT BOWERS: ELLIOTT CAINE QUARTET
Elliott Caine, trumpet player extraordinaire, and his amazing ensemble return! Reviewed from LA to Paris in jazz journals and the press, participants in numerous festivals and concerts, and heard on radio stations across the country, this terrific ensemble is not to be missed
Admission:  General $8; Members $6


Family Festivals

Sunday, March 30
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

FAMILY FESTIVAL OF DRUMS AND DANCE
A day of exciting rhythm and movement celebrates drum styles and dance from around the world. Family art projects, face and body painting by Bowers artists, and Henna painting are all courtesy of the Indian Cultural Arts Council. Sample exotic foods of the world and shop the international marketplace. Enjoy a special performance of Indian dances, and don’t forget to bring your drum and join the communal drum circle led by Higgy Vasquez and Manos de Fuego. Also be sure to watch dance performances from Spain, Mexico, and Ireland.
Admission: Free


Kidseum

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.

March 25—April 11, 2008
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM Tuesday through Friday
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM Saturday and Sunday

KIDSEUM’S FIRST EVER BOOK FAIR
In connection with Barefoot Books and Gifted Stories, Kidseum is hosting a Barefoot Books Fundraising Fair. Barefoot Books consists of award winning books, art, music, puppets, and more that come from many different cultures. They focus on themes that encourage independence of spirit, enthusiasm for learning, and sharing of the world’s diversity. Come peruse all of the different products they have to offer and help support Kidseum in the process. Part of all proceeds goes towards funding programs, exhibits, and more!
Admission: General, free with paid museum admission; Members free

March 29—April 13, 2008
SANTA ANA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT ART SHOW
In partnership with the Santa Ana Unified School District and participation in Youth Art Month, Bowers Kidseum is pleased to present, for the second year in a row, an art exhibition featuring works by intermediate and secondary school students from Santa Ana Unified School District.
Admission: General free with paid museum admission; Santa Ana students with art on display and 2 accompanying adults free; Members free;

March 4/5—March 25/26, 2008
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

KIDS CULTURAL COOKING
It’s back! Back by popular demand we are whipping up something unique and yummy in our cooking lab. You and your child will have the opportunity to prepare kid friendly foods, create a homemade cook book, hear stories from distant lands, and more! Come find out where our travels take us next with our aprons tied on!
Admission for four weeks (for families with up to 2 children): General $75; Members receive 20% discount; Each additional child $15

Every Tuesday & Wednesday
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

PRESCHOOL DISCOVERIES
It’s back! Back by popular demand we are whipping up something unique and yummy in our cooking lab. You and your child will have the opportunity to prepare kid friendly foods, create a homemade cook book, hear stories from distant lands, and more! Come find out where our travels take us next with our aprons tied on!
Admission for four weeks (for families with up to 2 children): General $75; Members receive 20% discount; Each additional child $15

For pre-registration, please call 714.480.1521 or e-mail schilberg@bowers.org
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