Beauty and the Beast is the newest production in Inland Pacific Ballet’s series of original ballets creatively adapted from adventure filled stories. Living at the edge of a mystical forest, Beauty is a young girl pure of heart, whose father is accosted by a mysterious Beast after picking a single white rose from the Beast’s beloved garden. To save her father, Beauty offers herself in exchange for his freedom, and begins a journey of love and transformation for both herself and the Beast. With spectacular sets and stunning costumes, Beauty and the Beast is a visual feast that will delight audiences of all ages.
Drawing over 6 million visitors a year, Big Bear Lake is Southern California’s favorite alpine and winter sport resort. It has the largest recreational lake in Southern California and yet with the year round tourism, few people know about Big Bear Lake’s unique local arts community and passionate Arts Council.
The Arts Council of Big Bear Valley has evolved during its 26-year history. When it was first organized in 1988 as Friends of the Performing Arts Center its purpose was to raise funds for the newly completed Performing Arts Center, an impressive venue with great productions to offer the small town of roughly 5,000 residents.
In order to expand their mission to include support for all of the arts, in 1998 The Friends of the Performing Arts Center became the Arts Council of Big Bear Valley (ACBBV for short). Since then they have been the centerforce for advancing the local arts community in Big Bear Valley, donating over $20,000 to the PAC for equipment upgrades, $10,000 in musical instruments to local high schools, establishing art education programs for schools, promoting local youth and talent, and producing relevant events to keep art a strong presence in the alpine town.
I had the pleasure of meeting with the Arts Council Executive Director Gail McCarthy, President Tim Breunig, and Big Bear City Manager Jeff Mathieus, who spoke with me about The Arts Council of Big Bear Valley, the Performing Arts Center, and more.
tpsCreative Expressions, Inc. a 501-C-3 Corporation promoting the arts is giving FREE workshops in the Arts for youth ages 9-12 with a family member 18 years and older.
The workshops are open to all.
The workshops will focus on “Justice- Expressed in African American and Hispanic American Art” featuring:
Dance (Hip-Hop, Line Dance, Salsa, Step)
Drama (Reader’s Theatre)
Music (Songwriting, Instrument making)
Creative Writing (Poetry, Personal Stories)
Visual Arts (Painting, Print-making, Collage)
The workshops are lead by a group of professional, eager, fun, energetic and committed instructors of the arts.
Moderated by Jori Finkel, Contributing Arts Writer, The New York Times
No one asks engineers or physicians to explain the purpose of their profession, but people who work in fine arts and literature, music and theater can expect to defend a career choice that was, at the very least, financially unwise. But maybe the value of the arts isn’t something that can, or should, be quantified.
On January 25th, at Lunar Fest 2014, visitors in Downtown Riverside will be transported to the beauty of the magnificent Ancient Orient, beginning with a Spectacular Parade of Nations at 10 am, Opening ceremonies at 10:45 am, then Traditional Asian Music, Taiko Drums, Dance Performances, Art Displays and Day-Long Demonstration of Martial Arts, Anime Cosplayers and a range of Asian Cultural displays of various kinds conducted by community and professional groups alike, throughout the day on four separate stages. Make sure you visit the Children’s Village for FREE Arts and Crafts hosted by Wells Fargo.
Years of friendship and a deep mutual love of music and humanity has been the impetus for a magnificent house and an artist residency program in Joshua Tree.
Lou Harrison, a major American composer of the twentieth century was also a talented musician, instrument builder, humanitarian and visionary. He had a long history of collaborations with dancers such as Jean Erdman, Merce Cunningham, and Jose Limón. “Lou [Harrison], in his life and in his music, was the first one in a very beautiful way to bring world music to western music sound,” said Eva Soltes, founder of the Harrison House Music & Arts residency program. “[Harrison] mastered Korean music, Chinese music and Indonesian music.”