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April 2008

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Special Exhibitions

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, Qin Shi Huang, 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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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
volunteer@bowers.org.

GEMS! Colors of Light and Stone
Currently on display
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

THE VIET FILM WAVE
In conjunction with the Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association (VAALA), this exciting series of three films and a follow-up symposium, with the filmmakers in attendance, offers formidable insight into today’s vibrant Vietnamese-American films created by young, devoted filmmakers, screenwriters, and actors. Moderated by VAALA members with Q & A following the screening.

Sunday April 6
3:30 PM

THE VIET FILM WAVE: OWL AND THE SPARROW
Premiering for the first time in Orange County, this enchanting film of modern-day Saigon tells of the encounter between a lonely zookeeper, a beautiful flight attendant looking for love, and the young girl, a runaway, who brings them all together. Universal in its story, particular in its vibrant scenes of Vietnam, is a poignant tale of yearning, love, and commitment.
Vietnam/USA 2007/90 minutes/Vietnamese with English subtitles/Stephane Gauger, Writer and Director
Admission: General $10; Members $8

Sunday April 20
3:30 PM

THE VIET FILM WAVE: JOURNEY FROM THE FALL
Inspired by the true stories of Vietnamese refugees who fled their land after the fall of Saigon in 1975, this film follows one family’s struggle for freedom and those who were forced to stay behind. Garnered over ten awards in world-wide film festivals, Journey from the Fall was described by Michael Rechtshaffen of The Hollywood Reporter as, "A movingly rendered, stirringly photographed first feature."
Thailand/USA 2005/134 minutes/Vietnamese with English subtitles/Ham Tran, Director
Admission: General $10; Members $8


Sunday April 13
1:30 PM

LECTURE AND FILM SCREENING: INTO THE TSANGPO GORGE
Les Guthman, award-winning film director, and Scott Lindgren, renowned kayaker and filmmaker, present their recent film Into the Tsangpo Gorge. The film takes the viewer to a remote corner of Tibet where seven young kayakers take on the most feared white water river on the planet: A raging torrent that drops 9,000 feet in 150 miles through the world’s deepest river gorge. Q & A to follow screening. Films will be available for purchase.
Admission: General $10; Members: $8


Lectures and Special Events

Friday, April 11
7:30 PM

PERFORMANCE: LOVE WAS THE HARDEST THING THEY EVER DID
In honor of National Poetry Month, join us in the intimate salon-style setting of the Fluor Gallery and leave your perceptions behind! Jennifer Dempsey and Gary Dial present an eclectic, zany evening of poetry, music, and art, exploring the tragic-comedy aspects of love. Ms. Dempsey, an artist, poet, and former journalist, spent 12 years in the United Kingdom with the Belfast Circus, and established the Scarlett Sisters Circus in 2002. Mr. Dial, a passionate collector and performer of obscure music from between the World Wars, will sing songs—tender ballads and comic songs from the great Tin Pan Alley song book—accompanied by his trusty Martin Ukulele. Food and drink will be on the house.
Please send check, payable to Bowers Museum to: Education, Bowers Museum, 2002 North Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706.
Admission: General $15; Members $12

Saturday, April 12
1:00 PM

Words LITERARY SERIES: GINA B. NAHAI
Author of several acclaimed, best-selling novels, Gina B. Nahai discusses and reads from her latest book, Caspian Rain. A stirring, lyrical tale of a young girl in the decade before the Islamic Revolution, the story offers readers unique insight into Iranian culture. Book signing to follow.
Admission: General $10; Members $8

Saturday, April 12
3:30 PM

Words LITERARY SERIES: COLIN THUBRON
Award-winning travel writer Colin Thubron discusses his experiences of traveling in China, which are most recently described in his book, Shadow of the Silk Road. Author of seven novels, with works translated in more than 20 languages, Thubron’s working life has been spent writing and traveling in the vast land mass of Asia, from the Middle East to China. Silk Road takes the reader on a journey from eastern China to the Mediterranean. Reading and book signing to follow.
Admission: General $10; Members $8

Thursday, April 17
1:00 PM

LECTURE: TIMELESS MELODIES— GEORGE AND IRA GERSHWIN
Larry Maurer, executive director of Timeless Melodies Foundation for Education, Inc., celebrates the Golden Age of American Music, weaving a rich tapestry of anecdotes, music, and history using original recordings and rare videotaped films of the life and times of composers George and Ira Gershwin.
Admission: General $9; Members $7

Thursday, April 17
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

TEACHERS WORKSHOP FOR 3rd and 4th GRADES
After enjoying a light dinner, join us for a vibrant, engaging journey into what brings history alive in your classroom! Speakers, demonstrations, and take-home materials will send you back to your students with ideas to quick-start your adventures into past eras! Sponsored by OCDE, Orange County Archives, and the Bowers Museum. To register, please send your name, school, and grade to
education@bowers.org.
Admission: Free

Saturday, April 19
1:30 PM

ARCE LECTURE: LUXOR TEMPLE, THE DISCOVERY AND CONSERVATION OF ROMAN ERA WALL PAINTINGS
Dr. Michael Jones, American Research Center in Egypt, Cairo leads the lecture.
Admission: Free

Saturday, April 26
1:30 PM

LECTURE: PERSIAN RUGS: 2500 YEARS OF ART, CULTURE, AND CRAFTSMANSHIP
Dr. Khosrow Sobhe, board member of the Textile Museum Associates of Southern California, Editor in Chief of Iranian Hand Woven, and author of numerous articles, discusses the history of Persian rugs and the return to traditions. Included will be a video of the craft of creating a rug. Carpets will be on display, and a weaver will give a weaving demonstration with an opportunity for attendees to try their hand at it. Sponsored by the Persian Cultural Arts Council.
Admission: $5

Saturday, April 26
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

THE ART OF ADORNING — BEAD SOCIETY OF ORANGE COUNTY
This event features over 65 vendors and booths with creators, importers, and distributors of historic and contemporary beads along with handmade adornment, fabrics, buttons, and artifacts. A not-to-miss event!
Cleo and Margaret Key Courtyard.
Admission: Free

Sunday, April 27
1:30 PM

LECTURE: OPERA PACIFIC’S SUSANNAH
Hear Opera Pacific’s exciting prologue speaker Ron Shaheen give an in-depth preview of Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah.
Admission: Free


Jazz at Bowers

Thursday, April 24
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

JAZZ AT BOWERS: SAMMIE ROBERTS TRIO
Join us at Tangata for yet another great evening with the Sammie Roberts Trio! Three marvelous musicians — Lou Ahn Lowe on piano, Nathan Light on bass, and Sammie Roberts on the saxophone — promise one cool evening of music!
Admission:  General $8; Members $6


Family Festivals

Sunday, April 27
11:00 PM – 3:30 PM

JAPANESE CHERRY BLOSSOM FAMILY FESTIVAL
Part of the Arts Orange County & Orange County Department of Education
IMAGINATION CELEBRATION

In 1912, the Japanese people gave a beautiful gift of 3,000 cherry trees from the city of Tokyo to the people of Washington, D.C. Come celebrate this lovely event in the Cleo and Margaret Key Courtyard where you can enjoy Japanese culture through its music, art, dance, and food. Activities for the entire family include cultural craft demonstrations, face painting, and a spectacular Taiko Drum finale by the Daion Taiko Troupe! Sponsored by Target.
Admission: Free


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.

Now through 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

Now through 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

April 7 — April 13, 2008
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM; Extended camp 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM

AROUND THE WORLD IN 5 DAYS! — Spring Break Camp
Looking for a bit of adventure over your spring break? Travel around the globe with us as we visit a different continent every day! Learn dances from Asia; explore Antarctica through the eyes of a real 10 year old explorer; listen to tales from throughout the Americas, prepare foods from each continent and more. Sign up for a day or for a whole week of adventures. For prices and further details please call 714.480.1521 or e-mail
kidseum@bowers.org.

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

ITTY BITTY EXPLORERS
Kidseum is excited to offer its very own infant toddler opportunities through our Itty Bitty Explorers club! Featuring three mini-lessons for caregivers and their tots to enjoy together, we will explore three of the main developmental areas: language and literacy, motor skills, and sensory exploration, while developing our social skills and having lots of fun. For families with children of multiple ages, Kidseum is pleased to offer a sibling program in conjunction with the Explorers Club with lessons geared toward older children facilitated by another teacher in a separate classroom. Registration is now open. To help provide the most comfortable environment, the class size will be a maximum of only 10 families per class.

Four times to choose from!

  • Tuesdays, April 22-May 27 — 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
  • Wednesdays, April 23-May 28 — 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
  • Thursdays, April 24-May 29 — 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
  • Thursdays, April 24-May 29 — 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Admission: General $65; Members $50
Explorer sibling admission: General $20; Members $15


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

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