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CAAM joins CicLavia For the Target Sundays at CAAM Annual Kwanzaa Celebration

California African American Museum

600 State Drive, Exposition Park, Los Angeles, CA 90037


Join CAAM as they move the CAAM stage from its outdoor courtyard to King Boulevard for CicLAvia and a Kwanza celebration. Live performances include spoken word, dance and music highlighting the seasonal revelry. Remember to visit CAAM’s Holiday Marketplace, which includes Target Sunday vendors! In addition, CAAM will pay a special tribute to the 73rd anniversary of America’s fallen military heroes in the attack on Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941.

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Patssi Valdez: Somber Hues

Offramp Gallery

1702 Lincoln Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91103


Offramp Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition, Patssi Valdez: Somber Hues, from December 7, 2014 - January 4, 2015. There will be an opening reception on Sunday, December 7 from 2-5pm. There will be a closing reception and artist's talk on Sunday, January 4 from 2-5pm.

Valdez states that the eight new gouaches in Somber Hues were "inspired by poetry, the seasons and a favorite film of mine. The character and color of these gouaches reflect a somber mood and tone." Handbags, chairs and umbrellas dance across magically animated surfaces while goblets spill their wine, teapots float and roses bleed.

Patssi Valdez is the recipient of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Latina of Excellence Award, The Latino Heritage Month Award, Spirit of Los Angeles (honors outstanding individuals of Latino descent who have contributed to the advancement of Latinos in the United States and worldwide), The Flintridge Fellowship, Durfee Foundation Grant, J. Paul Getty Fellowship Grant and a National Endowment for the Arts grant in painting.

She was recently invited to serve as a Regents' Lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley.

Last year her work was part of a travelling exhibition, Asco: Elite of the Obscure, A Retrospective, 1972–1987. Venues included the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA); Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA; Museo Universitario Arte Contemporaneo (MUAC), Mexico City; and Nottingham Contemporary, UK.

Valdez is included in collections of The National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; The Tucson Museum of Art, Arizona; The San Jose Museum of Art, CA; The El Paso Museum of Art, Texas; Williams Collage of Art, Williamstown, MA; and the Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, NE.

Patssi is best known for her paintings and performance work with the avant-garde art group ASCO (nausea).

Valdez states: "My work is based on what I find interesting, meaningful and inspirational on a personal and global level."

Valdez presently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA and remains active in the West Coast and International art scene.

Somber Hues is Valdez's second solo show at Offramp Gallery. It will be shown concurrently with Lou Beach: White Pink Turpentine.

Offramp Gallery 1702 Lincoln Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91103

Regular Hours: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 1-5pm or by appointment

Wall blackboard is available for kids to create their own artistic

Street parking -- Ample street parking is available on Canada Avenue, just north and west of the gallery.


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Special Holiday Story-Time with a Fairy Tale Princess!

Vroman's Bookstore

695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101


 Come enjoy this special Holiday Story Time! The Pasadena Playhouse and Lythgoe Family Productions are inviting a ravishing, royal surprise guest to enchant the young and young-at-heart with a festive Holiday yarn.
This special event celebrates SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT, a Holiday Panto featuring Olivia Holt as "Aurora" (Disney's I Didn't Do It), Lucy Lawless as "Carabosse" (Xena: Warrior Princess), David Engel as "Nanny Tickle" (Broadway's La Cage aux Folles), Tamyra Gray as "The Good Fairy" (Broadway's Bombay Dreams) and Ben Giroux as "Silly Billy" (CW's Hart of Dixie).
SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT performs at The Pasadena Playhouse from December 10 - January 4. Use code VROMANS20 to save 20% on select tickets (excludes Row C and Hot Seats).  
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit PasadenaPlayhouse.org. 

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The Nutcracker Unbound!

El Portal Theatre

5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601


In a season full of hustle & bustle, gift giving, over-indulgence, and ‘tis the season cheer, make sure to leave room in your schedule for LA Unbound’s production of THE NUTCRACKER UNBOUND! This fun and exciting twist on the holiday classic features a remixed version of Tchaikovsky’s original score, with over 100 performers in a variety of styles, including contemporary dance, hip-hop, tap, bollywood, ballet, aerial silks, rhythmic gymnastics, and more! Coming to you on December 6th & 7th at the historic El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood, LA Unbound’s talented cast will bring to life a fascinating and unique Nutcracker you won’t find your dad dozing off to!

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