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Sunday, May 4

Crowell Library: Jules Massenet’s Thaïs

Crowell Public Library

1890 Huntington Drive, CA, CA 91108

2:00pm to 3:00pm

Religion, ecstasy, lust… these are the fundamental motivations of the opera Thaïs by Jules Massenet. With a libretto by Louis Gallet based on a novel by the Nobel Prize-winning Anatole France, the opera tells of the conflict between the love of human pleasures and a devotion to God that ultimately consumes the lives of the two principal characters — the monk Athanaël and the courtesan Thaïs.

Using video clips from DVDs of three different productions of the opera, Community Educator RON STREICHER will present an uncensored exposé of the fate of this classic "fallen woman." (Because of the provocative sexual references and nudity, this presentation is rated "R" - not recommended for children.) Like Manon, which was written only a few years earlier, Thaïs was composed at the height of La Belle Epoque in Paris and is one of the most well-known of Massenet's more than two dozen operas.

Ron Streicher began his career in music as a pianist, percussionist, and choral conductor. His interest migrated to audio production while a volunteer for the music department of a public radio station in LA. That avocation subsequently evolved into a career that now spans nearly five decades as an independent audio consultant and recording engineer specializing in live performances.

Ron’s love for opera was kindled while playing tympani in the pit orchestra of the UCLA Opera Theatre and rapidly grew to an overwhelming passion. His career as an audio engineer has afforded him the opportunity to work with the touring companies of the New York City Opera and Metropolitan Opera, and during his eighteen summers with the Aspen Music Festival and School, he served as the recording engineer and sound designer for more than fifty opera productions. His book, The New Stereo Soundbook is now in its third edition and has gained worldwide recognition as a standard reference on the subject of stereophonic perception, recording, and reproduction techniques.
Mark this date on the social calendar as Crowell Library celebrates LA Opera’s 2013/2014 season. Light refreshments will be served.
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For more information, visit our website www.CrowellPublicLibrary.org
1890 Huntington Drive, San Marino, California 91108

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Monday, May 5

see the “flight of the butterflies,” in 3d imax

California Science Center

700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90037


Flight of the Butterflies is now showing at the California Science Center in 3D IMAX, and it’s a must-see movie that takes you on the 3,000-mile journey that Monarch butterflies travel every fall from Canada, through the United States and to Mexico. This spectacle of the most amazing insect migration is sure to amaze your kids (and you!).

Good to know: parking is $10, cash only, (or you can take the Metro) and plan on spending the day – when you purchase your movie tickets you can reserve your free, timed tickets to visit the Space Shuttle Endeavour.

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El Vez

El Vez is the Latin sensation that is sweeping the Nation and the world, following successful tours in Australia, Germany, Spain, Norway, Holland, Austria, England, France, Belgium, Canada and more.

A modern multicultural hybrid of Americana and Mexicano, he is more than entertainment, he is a thinking man’s Elvis, a post-modern King with a Latin twist, the Chicano experience presented and told through the songs of Elvis.

Imagine Ceasar Chavez fronting a Punk Rock band, Liberace teaching Chicano Studies, Tom Jones singing about the Virgin de Guadalupe, throw in multiple costumes changes, dancing back up singers and a rocking band and you have imagined El Vez!

El Vez is like a Jukebox exploded and put back together again. The Music mixes and remixes last centuries music, matching and contrasting various genre and styles, 5 different tunes may find their way into one Elvis song, becoming an EL VEZ song. The subject matter is Elvis through a latino looking glass. "In the Ghetto" becomes "En El Barrio", "Suspicious Minds" become "Immigration Time". Elvis' logo's like TCB...become "Taking Care of Business" an ode to the undocumented workers of America. Mixed in with El Vez originals (i.e.; the zapatistas in chiapas, safe sex) it becomes a musicophiles history dream.

El Vez has appeared on The Tonight Show, Oprah, MTV, HBO, CNN, Live with Regis & Kathy Lee, he has even been a question on Jeopardy & "mucho mas"…As raved about in Newsweek, People, Rolling Stone, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, TV Guide, The New Yorker, Los Angeles & London Times and many others.

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Juan Manuel Echavarría: Coping with Violence, Defying Oblivion


631 W. 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012


A novelist–turned–artist, photographer and videomaker, Juan Manuel Echavarría screens two films in which peasants in his native Colombia devise original ways of coping with entrenched everyday violence—bloody conflict among guerrillas, army, paramilitaries and drug traffickers that has persisted for decades. In Bocas de Ceniza (Mouths of Ash, 2003–04, digital video, 18 min.), subjects look directly to the camera and mourn the toll of violence in individually created folk songs. The second documentary, Réquiem NN (2013, digital video, 67 min.), takes place in the town of Puerto Berrío on the Magdalena River—from which local residents regularly fish out the remains of victims of violence. Burying the so-called “No Names” (“NNs”), the townspeople adopt the fallen as their own: they give them names, invent personal histories, and decorate and visit their tombs.

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