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EXHIBITIONS

Celebrate Black History Month at the Bowers
Come learn about African heritage with the current exhibition, Passages: Photographs in Africa by Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher. This exhibition features dramatic images that portray time-honored African ceremonial traditions of the passing from one life phase into another by critically acclaimed photographers Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher. Known for their vibrant images of African life, the photographers have spent over 30 years traveling throughout Africa to document customs, rites of passage, and aspects of ceremonial practices. The exhibition features more than 90 large-scale photographs and six documentary videos, plus a selection of jewelry, masks, sculpture, and other African artifacts, drawn from the Bowers Museum’s holdings as well as the photographers’ personal collections, representing the cultures and themes seen in the images.
KIDSEUM

HOLA NIÑOS – A Spanish-immersion, parent-participation play group
Tuesdays, February 3-March 10
10 am-10:50 am

¡Al fin! ¡At last! Taught by Priscilla Monserrate-Sanders, M.P.H., Early Childhood and Youth Development Consultant, this Spanish-immersion, parent-participation play group is here to expose children to this beautiful language. This 50 minute program is designed to introduce or expand the vocabulary of children in the Spanish language by participating in highly interactive song, dance, stories, crafts, and play. Kids will identify parts of the body, colors, animals, foods, shapes, and much more. No experience is necessary. ¡Nos vemos! Please call 714.480.1520.
Class Fee: $75

KIDS CULTURAL COOKING
Saturdays, February 7-February 28
10 am-11 am

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! Please call 714.480.1520.
Class fee: General $65; Members $50

PRE-SCHOOL DISCOVERIES PROGRAM
Every Tuesday or Wednesday
10:30 am

Join us for this fantastic drop in program for music, art, storytelling, and kid friendly refreshments, while building lasting relationships with other families! Please call 714.480.1520.
Class fee: General $12; Members $8
EVENTS

VALENTINE’S DAY DINNER AT TANGATA
Saturday, February 14
5 pm-8 pm

Enjoy a romantic Valentine’s Day Dinner at Tangata Restaurant, and we will take care of the kids! Leave the bustling city streets behind and escape to the Bowers, where romantic fountains, flower gardens, and mission-style architecture transport you to another time and place. Tangata will serve your choice of a three- or four-course meal infused with Joachim Splichal’s award-winning French signature style. For reservation, please call 714.550.0906
For Bowers Members Only
While you dine, leave the kids at the Bowers Kidseum for a fun pizza party planned just for them. Drop the kids off at Kidseum for three hours while you enjoy time alone with your Valentine. The cost is $15 for the first child; each additional child is $5. Children must be potty trained. Book early as space is limited to the first 40 families. Reservations are required. To include your children in the Kidseum Kids Care, please call 714.480.1520.

MEMBERS OPEN HOUSE
Thursday, February 26
5 pm-8 pm
R.S.V.P. by February 21 to 714.567.3672

As a special thank you for supporting the Bowers Museum, join us for an evening full of gallery activities, behind-the-scenes tours, music, cash bar and frolic, and great shopping in our Gallery Store (with an extra 10% discount), exclusive to our 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.

2009 SPECIAL EVENTS ARE BOOKING FAST!
CONTACT THE SPECIAL EVENTS OFFICE FOR MORE INFORMATION AT 714.567.3623.

SAVE THE DATE!

LECTURE AND KUNG FU DEMONSTRATION:
SHAOLIN TEMPLE ABBOT – VENERABLE GRAND MONK MASTER SHI YONG XIN & SHAOLIN TEMPLE KUNG FU MONKS TEAM

Tuesday, March 24
7 pm
In his first ever tour of the United States, the Venerable Grand Monk Master Shi Yong Xin of the Shaolin Temple in China comes to the Bowers Museum for an insightful evening that will include a lecture and spectacular performance by the Shaolin Temple Kung Fu Monks Team. Since Bodhidharma meditated there in absolute silence for nine years, the Shaolin Temple has been recognized and revered as the sacred founding place of Chinese Zen Buddhism. Master Shi Yong Xin is the 30th generation Abbot of Shaolin Temple and also serves as the vice president of the China Buddhism Association, the president of Henan Province Buddhism Association, and the representative of the 9th and 10th annual National People’s Congress of China. The Shaolin Temple Kung Fu Monks Team was founded in 1988 to promote the traditions of the Shaolin culture through martial arts. Purchasing tickets in advance is strongly recommended. Tickets can be purchased at the Bowers Visitor Services Desk, online at museumtix.com, or via phone at Ticketmaster (877.250.8999). For more information, please call 714.567.3695.
Admission: Members $30; General $35

THANK YOU

Thank you to our Media Sponsors for
Passages: Photographs in Africa by Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher

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PROGRAMS

TARGET FREE FIRST SUNDAY
Sunday, February 1
Noon-4 pm
AFRICAN CULTURAL FAMILY FESTIVAL
Celebrate the richness of the African and African American cultures with powerful drum beats, dancers, gospel songs, and an art show, featuring local Black artists. Bring the family and make African masks and Zulu dolls, sample soul food, desserts, and have your face and body painted with traditional African symbols of love, happiness, and honor.
Admission: Free

Saturday, February 7
8:30 am-3:30 pm
SOUTH COAST STORYTELLERS GUILD PRESENTS A STORYTELLING INSTITUTE AT BOWERS KIDSEUM
Calling all educators, recreation leaders, docents, youth program directors, librarians, preschool teachers, grandparents and story enthusiasts! Join us for a day of informative workshops on the art of storytelling which can enhance your programs and work. For registration forms or more information, e-mail: storyhand@sbcglobal.net .
Admission: Full day $70; Half day $45

Saturday, February 7
10 am
TIMELESS MELODIES: AFRICAN-AMERICAN MUSIC
The history of African-American music ranges from unknown musicians on southern plantations to great names from New Orleans bordellos. Join us on an educational journey with Larry Maurer as the Bowers Museum proudly celebrates Black History Month.
Admission: General $9; Members $7

Saturday, February 7
1:30 pm
LECTURE: AFRICA’S REMARKABLE ATTIRE: A STUDY IN DIVERSITY
Dr. Patricia Anawalt, Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Regional Dress, Fowler Museum at UCLA, examines five widely separate African groups and the impressive and wide ranging variety of African clothing. A book signing follows the lecture.
Admission: Free to members and with paid museum admission; lecture only $8

Sunday, February 8
10 am-4 pm
IT’S ALL ABOUT QUILTS!
Enter into the delightful, curious, and unique world of quilting at this all-day event. Quilt makers, quilt vendors, quilting guilds, quilting shops, and quilting demonstrations will all be here to share their expertise, impress you with their creativity, increase your knowledge, swap stories, and have some good old fashioned fun.
Admission: Free to members and with paid museum admission; general $9

Thursday, February 12
7 pm
FILM SERIES: THE COLONIAL EXPERIENCE IN AFRICA
This series of films examines the varying experiences of the encroaching Europeans and the native Africans that occurred as a result of colonialism. The second film presented in the series, Nowhere in Africa, is an award-winning German film depicting the struggles of a Jewish family’s escape from Nazi Germany and attempts to forge a new life in Kenya. 141 minutes.
Admission: General $7; Members $5

Sunday, February 15
12:45 pm-1:15 pm
STORYTELLING: STITCHING HOUR
Join us for some rollicking good tales with quilts at the heart of the matter in the Anderson-Hsu-Tu Gallery. David Whiting and Diana Spirithawk of the South Coast Storytellers make historical folktales come to life when David’s animated, humorous style mixes with Diana’s intimate characterizations and warmth.
Admission: Free to members and with paid museum admission

Sunday, February 15
1:30 pm
LECTURE: LAND OF THE SILK DRAGON: HOME OF THE MIAO
Collector, and author of Silver and Silk, Phila McDaniel presents a lecture on the history of the Miao culture, emphasizing their festival costumes, elaborate silver ornaments, and textile techniques. A book signing follows the lecture.
Admission: Free to members and with paid museum admission; lecture only $8

Thursday, February 19
1 pm
TIMELESS MELODIES: AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSIC
The history of African American music ranges from unknown musicians on southern plantations to great names from New Orleans bordellos. Join us on an educational journey with Larry Maurer as the Bowers Museum proudly celebrates Black History Month.
Admission: General $9; Members $7

Thursday, February 19
6:30 pm Reception
7 pm Screening
CINEMA ITALIANO: THE ORCHESTRA OF PIAZZA VITTORIO
In 2001, Agostino Ferrente created the Apollo 11 Group to save Rome’s historic Apollo Theatre from being turned into a Bingo parlor. Together with a group of Roman intellectuals, he came up with the idea of forming a resident orchestra with professional musicians and beginners drawing from the residents of the Piazza Vittorio neighborhood-an area populated by 60 different ethnic groups. This charming cinematographic diary gains much strength from its story of world brotherhood and peace in the name of music. 93 minutes.
Admission: $10

Saturday, February 21
1:30 pm
PERFORMANCE: THE ODYSSEY
Written by Dr. Gary Stickel, archaeologist (referred to by the London Times as the "Real Life Indiana Jones"), this delightful, family-friendly stage production brings to life the story of Odysseus and the Trojan War from the classic epic poem by Homer, The Odyssey. A reception will follow the performance.
Admission: Family of four $10; Individual $5

Sunday, February 22
12:15 pm-1:15 pm
PERFORMANCE: TURN OF THE CENTURY PARLOR MUSIC
Gary Dial and Sam Lauachus capture the warmth and simplicity of parlor musicale through popular songs and folk ballads drawn from the years between Reconstruction and the Great Depression. Combining live performance with original recordings made over 100 years ago, and played back on a period Thomas Edison cylinder phonograph, both familiar tunes and obscure delights round out an afternoon of homespun, heartfelt fun. The performance takes place in the Anderson-Hsu-Tu Gallery.
Admission: Free to members and with paid museum admission

Sunday, February 22
1:30 pm
LECTURE: KEEPIN’ ‘EM IN STITCHES: AMERICA’S FUNNIEST QUILTS
Quilt curator Julie Silber, from Northern California, shares slides and real-life examples of some funny quilts from the 19th and early 20th centuries. In some quilts, it’s just the images that are humorous; in others, it’s the words. Sometimes it’s just the idea that is so amusing. American women have always expressed themselves in quilts — their accomplishments, tragedies, loves, losses, adventures, passages, and even their humor. Following the lecture, Silber will do independent quilt appraisals. To reserve space for an appraisal, please call 714.567.3679.
Admission: Free to members and with paid museum admission; lecture only $8

Saturday, February 28
10 am-Noon
BEAD SOCIETY OF ORANGE COUNTY
Member Sale: Treasures from members’ studios to sell and trade.
Admission: Free

Saturday, February 28
1:30 pm
ARCE LECTURE: EARLIEST ANCIENT EGYPT, A FIELD REPORT FROM THE FAYUM
Dr. Wileke Wendrich, UCLA, presents a lecture about early ancient Egypt.
Admission: Free
 

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