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Saturday, October 25

Our Odyssey: A Reading of Homer's Epic By the People and For the People

Los Angeles Central Library

630 W. 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071

10:30am to 5:30pm

Join us for a reading of epic proportions! The words of the poet Homer were originally spoken aloud to rapt audiences who sat spellbound by tales of kings, heroes, battles and sorrow. Relive the experience of this oral tradition at the historic Central Library in Downtown Los Angeles!

Stay the whole day, or just a few hours, as community members read through all 12,000 lines of the Odyssey during this marathon reading. Notable readers will include Cloris Leachman, Rhea Perlman, Bradley Whitford, Lisa Loeb, Ricky Jay, and many others! The voice of Homer Simpson (Dan Castellaneta) will provide running commentary, abridging the epic poem for the audience.


Bring the entire family and enjoy an Odyssey puppet show in the Story Theater or craft your own puppet inspired by the epic in the breathtaking Rotunda! 

Children’s puppet shows in KLOS Story Theater (located in the Children's Literature section) will be performed at 11:30AM, 2PM, and 4PM. Puppet shows are 30 minutes long and suitable for children ages 4 and up.

Make your own Odyssey crafts in the Lodwrick M. Cook Rotunda from noon to 5PM.

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Los Angeles Derby Dolls: Sirens vs. Fight Crew

Doll Factory

1910 W. Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA 90026


Founded in 2003, the L.A. Derby Dolls (http://derbydolls.com/la) are Southern California’s premiere women’s banked-track, quad-skating, roller derby league. Within the league, four fierce teams battle for dominance: Fight Crew, Sirens, Tough Cookies and Varsity Brawlers.

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Sunday, October 26