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Thursday, February 18

Ayotzinapa: A Roar of Silence

Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC)

685 Venice Bl, Venice, CA 90291

5:00pm to 12:00pm

On Thursday, February 18, 2016 from 5pm-8pm, at 685 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291 (Old Venice Police Station - SPARC’s historic headquarters), the Durón Gallery at SPARC will host an opening reception to present: Ayotzinapa: A Roar of Silence.

On September 26, 2014, students from the Escuela Normal Rural de Ayotzinapa in the Mexican state of Guerrero boarded buses towards the town of Iguala, where they planned to protest a political event hosted by a political leader and his supporters. As the students arrived in Iguala, local police intercepted the buses. While details of the violent confrontation remain unclear, the police eventually opened fire, killing 6 and wounding 25. Another 43 student were herded into police vehicles and never seen again.

Just eight weeks after the disappearances, internationally renowned artist and activist Francisco Toledo, in conjunction with the Instituto de Artes Gráficas de Oaxaca (IAGO), received over 700 designs from international artists after launching an open call for artworks addressing the 43 missing students for an exhibition titled Carteles de Ayotzinapa. Forty-three were displayed at the Museo de Memoria y Tolerancia in Mexico City, along with an installation of 43 kites—each displaying the face of one of the missing students—created by Toledo and participants of an “Art and Paper” workshop in Oaxaca.

Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC), the Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG), ArtDivision, and Self-Help Graphics & Art – all Los Angeles-based organizations committed to using art for social change--are working together to bring Toledo’s important, international exhibition to the United States for the first time. Ayotzinapa: A Roar of Silence will travel throughout Los Angeles, beginning at SPARC, later physically transported by 43 University students to Art Division, and finally, Self-Help Graphics & Art as a form of protest in response to this tragedy. As the exhibition travels throughout the city, each organization has added artists creating works around this theme. The community is invited to view, support, and amplify the roar for justice heard from Ayotzinapa and throughout the world.

About SPARC: SPARC is a community-based non-profit arts organization founded in 1976 by Distinguished UCLA professor and artist Judy Baca, filmmaker Donna Deitch, and artist Christina Schlesinger. SPARC is rooted in Art, Community, Education and Social Justice. For more info visit: http://www.SPARCinLA.org

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Friday, February 19

Tai Chi in the Garden

South Coast Botanic Garden

26300 Crenshaw Blvd, Palos Verdes Peninsula, 90274

8:00am

Let’s come together, release tension, increase balance and feel completely relaxed with Tai Chi in the Enchanting Garden. Tai Chi is a graceful series of ancient Chinese meditative movements that help maintain physical health, well-being and spiritual essence. Anyone can learn Tai Chi – any age, all levels of fitness. Come join us in this beautiful practice, and let’s celebrate your health!

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Oriental Impressionistic Watercolor

South Coast Botanic Garden

26300 Crenshaw Blvd, Palos Verdes Peninsula, 90274

9:00am

Instructor Hisako Asano will teach you how to capture paintings of nature that capture the soft colored art form that is expressed in her teachings and techniques. You will learn to mix and blend colors and manipulate 3-D values with a single stroke.

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14TH CONSCIOUS LIFE EXPO - Feb. 19-22, 2016- LAX Hilton Hotel

Hilton LAX

5711 W. Century Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90045

3:00pm to 9:00pm

THE CONSCIOUS LIFE EXPO, a four-day multi-dimensional event returns to the LAX Hilton Hotel on February 19-21, 2016 with Post Conference seminars on February, 22. Presenting illustrious visionaries and influential thinkers of the 21st Century.
THE CONSCIOUS LIFE EXPO draws together influential speakers, best-selling authors, award-winning films, renowned educators, artists, and visionaries, such as David Wilcock, Nassim Haramein, James Redfield, Dr. Steven Greer, William Henry, Linda Moulton Howe, Master Sha, George Noory, Gail Thackray, Nick Seneca Jankel, Eric Pearl, Stephen Halpern, Dannion Brinkley, Dr. Ibrahim Jaffe just to name a few, built into an exciting four days of provocative panel discussions, participative workshops, film screenings, book signings, live performances and many other events,
Feb. 19 - 3pm-10pm /Feb. 20 - 9am-11pm/Feb. 21 9am-8pm, Post Conferences: Feb. 22
LAX Hilton Hotel -5711 Century Blvd., Los Angeles 90045
*Validated parking: $12.00
$15/20 (Friday only) Saturday/Sunday $30 Advance/$35 Door. Workshops: $25 - $95
contact: [email protected] or 1-800-367-5777
www.consciouslifeexpo.com

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Saturday, February 20

Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® Bricks

South Coast Botanic Garden

26300 Crenshaw Blvd, Palos Verdes Peninsula, 90274

9:00am

"Nature Connects is an award winning, record-breaking exhibition now touring North America. Created entirely with LEGO pieces, this show features larger-than-life sculptures built with LEGO bricks by New York artist, Sean Kenney.
Imagine a walk through a beautiful garden where you round a corner and come face-to-face with a bison! Not a real one, of course, but one entirely constructed from 45,143 LEGO® bricks. Families will be able to enjoy a toy-filled exploration this spring at the South Coast Botanic Garden, which will host an exciting family-friendly ecosystem of fun, flowers and fauna: Nature Connects. This interactive art installation entirely constructed from nearly half a million toy bricks will bring 15 nature-themed sculptures to the Garden, along with multiple hands on activities.
The South Coast Botanic Garden in Palos Verdes Peninsula will be the only Southern California stop for this nationally touring exhibit, which will be unveiled to the public on February 19 and be on display through May 8, 2016."

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Yoga in the Garden

South Coast Botanic Garden

26300 Crenshaw Blvd, Palos Verdes Peninsula, 90274

9:30am

"Join us for the yoga series “Resolve to Evolve”. A New Year’s Resolution is a noteworthy concept to start off the year for the better. Unfortunately, often times it zeros in on the negative aspects of the Self, which can evolve into a demoting exercise. Why not take a different approach? Join Nicole for a series on the fundamentals of yoga and meditation. Experience the long-lasting and powerful effects of a sincere yoga practice, embrace positive change on a fundamental level and enjoy the physical and mental benefits so you may never have to make a resolution again!
A wonderful benefit for the body and mind whether taken in the series or separately. Live music, sound healing and optional aromatherapy are a part of the experience! All levels encouraged."

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