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EXHIBITIONS

American Quilts: 200 Years of Tradition
Closes March 15

American Quilts: 200 Years of Tradition is an exhibition of more than 30 quilts from the Bowers Museum’s permanent collection, focusing on American quilts from the 18th-20th centuries. Highlighting various styles and techniques, the quilts included in the exhibition reflect the strong visual impact and historical traditions they embody, and many are on view for the first time. Some notable examples on display include a Whole Cloth Quilt made in 1776 depicting a Tree of Life; Crazy Quilts pieced together with elaborate materials; and a Flag Quilt sewn with tobacco flannels. The exhibition is presented in the Anderson-Hsu-Tu Gallery.
DON’T MISS

LECTURE AND READING: THE POLITICS OF LANGUAGE USE: READINGS FROM WIZARD OF THE CROW
Sunday, March 8
1:30 pm

Kenyan novelist, essayist, and playwright Ngugi wa Thiong’o discusses his literary journey from writing in English to writing in his mother tongue, Gikuyu, and the political drama behind choosing an African language as his means of crafting fictional narratives. He will illustrate this with readings from his recent novel, Wizard of the Crow, which won the 2007 California Gold Award.

Admission: Free to members and with paid museum admission; Lecture only $8

LECTURE: GOLD IS SHARPER THAN THE SWORD: ROYAL ARTS OF SOUTHERN GHANA
Sunday, March 22
1:30 pm

Doran H. Ross, former Director of UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History, discusses the chiefs and queen mothers of the Asante and other Akan peoples of southern Ghana, renowned for some of the most spectacular traditions of dress and court regalia in all of Africa. Each item of regalia typically carries a potent proverbial message or historical association that helps define the powers of the ruler and the relationship between leader and citizen in a traditional Akan state. These messages reveal the complex and distinctive nature of Akan society and provide numerous commentaries on life in southern Ghana.


Admission: Free to members and with paid museum admission; Lecture only $8
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
LECTURE: CLIMBING MT. KILIMANJARO FOR CHARITY
Saturday, March 28
1:30 pm

Since 1999, David A. Dolan has led numerous expeditions to climb east African mountains to both reach the "Roof of Africa" and to raise thousands of dollars for humanitarian projects. Dolan shares insights on how he safely and economically climbs the 19,340 feet of Mt. Kilimanjaro. In addition to showing images of his climbs and wildlife safaris, he will share examples of the various charities that have been funded through his expeditions.

Admission: Free to members and with paid museum admission; Lecture only $8

FOR BOWERS MEMEBERS

For Bowers Members Only
TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES
Land of the Incas: Peru and the Amazon

June 3 – June 11, 2009

Experience the mystery and power of the forgotten civilizations of Peru. Optional extension to the Amazon. Contact Joy Travel International, 1.800.538.8746.

KIDSEUM


ITTY BITTY EXPLORERS
Tuesdays: 6 weeks,
March 10-April 14
Thursday: 6 weeks,
March 12-April 16
10 am-10:50 am


Our infant-toddler program features three fun mini-lessons emphasizing language, motor skills, and sensory exploration.
Class fee:
Members $45; General $70
Sibling:
Members $25; General $35
PRE-SCHOOL DISCOVERIES PROGRAM
Every Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday
10:30 am-Noon

You and your child 1-1/2 to 5 years old will have the opportunity to:

  • Engage in music, art, stories, and movement
  • Enjoy child friendly refreshments
  • Build lasting relationships with other fantastic families
  • Prepare your child for future academic success!

Save time, stress, and money-enroll in six weeks at a time!
Class fee for six weeks:
Members: $45 per child ($25 each additional sibling), Adults free;
General: $70 per child ($35 each additional sibling), Adults free
Single class fee: Members $8; General $12

PRESCHOOL PARENT EDUCATION DISCUSSION GROUPS
For Parents With Registered Children In Itty Bitty And Preschool Discoveries Programs Only
Thursdays
11:00 am-11:45 am

Join us for our first-ever parent discussion groups. Everyone has questions, concerns, and frustrations when it comes to raising a little one. We would like to invite you into weekly discussions with us and other families that call Kidseum home. We will discuss topics like nutrition, age appropriate behavior management, language acquisition, and more! Participation is free with registration.
Class fee: included in the cost of the pre-registered preschool and itty bitty classes.

SOUTH COAST STORYTELLERS GUILD
Saturdays
1:30 pm-2:30 pm (Two half hour story sessions)

Expert storytellers from the South Coast Storytellers guild weave tales from far away lands right here at Kidseum. Storytelling is included with admission to our enchanting cultural wonderland.
Admission: Free

For more information about our programs at Kidseum, please call 714.480.1520 or e-mail kidseum@bowers.org.

EVENTS

2009 SPECIAL EVENTS ARE BOOKING FAST!
CONTACT THE SPECIAL EVENTS OFFICE FOR MORE INFORMATION AT 714.567.3623.
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, March 1
Noon-4 pm
ITALIAN CULTURAL FESTIVAL (FESTA ITALIANA)

Ciao! Benvenuto! Come to a day of Italian fun and art. Play in the bocce ball tournament, eat delicious Italian food, and dance to live music. There will be carnavale art projects and face painting for the entire family as we celebrate the Italian culture.
Admission: Free

Tuesday, March 3
1:30 pm
FILM: AMERICA QUILTS

Examining quilts from three perspectives — as historical records, symbols of family and community, and works of art — this film celebrates the artists, quilts, and powerful stories woven into them. 80 minutes.
Admission: Free to members and with paid museum admission

Wednesday, March 4
1:30 pm
FILM: AFRICA, THE SERENGETI

Filmed in Kenya and Tanzania, this film takes you on an extraordinary journey to view a spectacle few humans have ever witnessed: The Great Migration. 40 minutes.

Admission: Free to members and with paid museum admission

Thursday, March 5
1:30 pm
FILM: HEARTS AND HANDS

Pat Ferrero’s documentary film explores the intrinsic relationship between 19th century quilt makers and the social history they produced in their work. The film conveys the social atmosphere experienced by both the celebrated and average American woman within the context of 19th century events, including industrialization, abolition, the Civil War, westward expansion, and the temperance and suffrage movements. 60 minutes.
Admission: Free to members and with paid museum admission

Friday, March 6
1:30 pm
FILM: SAVANNAH HOMECOMING

Witness the splendor of East Africa’s golden plains in this story of two women and their journeys between bustling cities and rural landscapes. 60 minutes.

Admission: Free to members and with paid museum admission

Saturday, March 7
1:30 pm
LECTURE: A MUSICAL QUILT SHOW

Through songs and quilts, Joe Cunningham tells the intriguing story of quilter Joseph Henley who lived in 18th century England. This unique, full-of-quilts-and-songs show vows to be unlike anything you’ve ever seen!

Admission: Free to members and with paid museum admission; Lecture only $8

Sunday, March 8
Noon
*For Bowers Members only*
BOWERS MUSEUM CALIFORNIA ARTS COUNCIL ANNUAL MEETING AND LUNCHEON WITH JANET BLAKE AND JOAN IRVINE SMITH

The Bowers Museum’s California Arts Council hosts their annual meeting and luncheon in the Fluor Gallery. All museum members are invited to attend. Guest speaker Janet Blake from the Laguna Beach Museum discusses the highly successful exhibition, William Wendt and His Art. In addition, well-known art collector Joan Irvine Smith discusses her new book and comments on the Wendt exhibition which displayed many paintings from her collection. The luncheon includes fine wines from Tolsa Vineyards in San Luis Obispo. To make a reservation, please contact Neena Smith by March 1 at NeenaSmith@aol.com.

Admission: $50 per person

Tuesday, March 10
1:30 pm
FILM: A CENTURY OF QUILTS

This rich and beautifully crafted documentary celebrates the art of quilting by featuring selections from the best 100 quilts of the 20th century and the stories behind their creations. 77 minutes.

Admission: Free to members and with paid museum admission

Wednesday, March 11
1:30 pm
FILM: DESERT ODYSSEY

Examine the harsh beauty of the Sahara desert through the eyes of a nine-year-old boy as he embarks on his first camel caravan. 1 hour.
Admission: Free to members and with paid museum admission

Thursday, March 12

3:30 pm-6 pm
MEXICAN PROJECTS FOR THE CLASSROOM

Join us for a fun and informative session of great ideas for creative art projects that will help foster an appreciation of the Mexican culture. Historical information is provided to make the projects even more engaging. Learn how to make tin ornaments, a codex, Pre-Columbian masks, Huichol God’s eyes, corn tortillas, and much more. To register, please e-mail gsouth@bowers.org.
Admission: $15 for materials fee

Wednesday, March 18
1:30 pm
FILM: MOUNTAINS OF FAITH

Discover Ethiopia’s rugged beauty and ancient traditions in a tale tracing the lives of two young men on the brink of manhood. 1 hour.

Admission: Free to members and with paid museum admission

Thursday, March 19
1:00 pm
LECTURE: TIMELESS MELODIES: GEORGE GERSHWIN

Music historian Larry Maurer presents the life and songs of George Gershwin, author of the incomparable Porgy and Bess and Rhapsody in Blue, as well as the timeless songs, I Got Rhythm, Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off, Strike Up the Band, and Embraceable You.
Admission: Members $7; General $9

Thursday, March 19
7:00 pm
FILM SERIES: THE COLONIAL EXPERIENCE IN AFRICA
Cry, The Beloved Country

This series of films examines the varying experiences of the encroaching Europeans and the native Africans that occurred as a result of colonialism. The third film presented in the series, Cry, The Beloved Country, features a touching 1995 adaption of Alan Paton’s timeless novel about a minister (James Earl Jones) who travels to Johannesburg in search of his son and the racist white father (Richard Harris) he must approach. 106 minutes.
Admission: Members $5; General $7

Friday, March 20

1:30 pm
FILM: LOVE IN THE SAHEL

Near the edge of the desolate and wind-swept Sahara, two young men participate in age-old rituals guided by nature’s complex rhythms. 1 hour.
Admission: Free to members and with paid museum admission

Saturday, March 21

1:30 pm
ARCE LECTURE: SEXISM IN THE TEMPLE? WOMAN AND THE RELIGIOUS HIERARCHY OF ANCIENT EGYPT

Dr. Suzanne Onstine, University of Memphis, Tennessee, discusses sexism in ancient Egypt.
Admission: Free

Thursday, March 26

6:30 pm Reception
7:00 pm Screening
CINEMA ITALIANO: THE LIFE I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE (La Vita Che Vorrei)

This film-within-a-film, a delicate portrait of love and affection, becomes an emotional minefield as an established actor is soon overshadowed by a new, young actress. 124 minutes.
Admission: $10

Friday, March 27

1:30 pm
FILM: LEOPARDS OF ZANZIBAR

On the sunny island of Zanzibar, a place still tied to the past off Africa’s eastern coast, young men discover that keeping pace with modern changes can help them reach their goal as they compete in a championship soccer match on the mainland.
Admission: Free to members and with paid museum admission

Sunday, March 29

1:30 pm
FILM: KILIMANJARO, TO THE ROOF OF THE WORLD

This adventure of the human spirit follows five trekkers and their Chagga Mountain guide up the largest freestanding mountain in the world as they travel through five climate zones ranging from the lower rainforest reaches of Kilimanjaro to the summit’s arctic glaciers. 70 minutes.
Admission: Free to members and with paid museum admission

 



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