Tuesday, September 20, 2016

More Jazz & More Swing!

Jazz & Swing from A to Z: The Story of America's Music
Six Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. beginning October 18

The wildly popular Dr. Thom Mason, USC Professor Emeritus of Jazz Studies at the Thornton School of Music, returns to Crowell Public Library with a new six-session course sponsored by the Friends of the Library.  Mason riffs off the popular classes that he taught over the last two years, savoring the stories of Louis Armstrong and the New Orleans sound with its African roots, Big Band stars Charlie Barnet and Les Brown, up to Tony Bennett and the jazz stars of today.

The series schedule this year will be:

October 18:                       New Orleans & Louis Armstrong
October 25:                       African Roots
November 1:                     Charlie Barnet & Les Brown
November 8.                     1950s & 1960s
November 15:                   Tony Bennett
November 22:                   Jazz & Swing Today

Thom Mason was chairman of the department of jazz studies at the USC Thornton School of Music from 1983 to 1996. During that period he created the bachelor of music, masters of music and doctor of musical arts programs in jazz studies. He is a saxophone, clarinet and flute specialist and has played with such notable artists as Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Jack Sheldon, Louis Bellson, and Ernie Watts.  His multimedia presentations are filled with music excerpts, rare photos, film clips, humorous stories and live demonstrations that stimulate, educate and entertain.  They are not to be missed! No reservations are required.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Bill Robles, Courtroom Artist Extraordinaire

Thursday, October 6th, 7:00 p.m.

The 1970 Charles Manson trial launched Bill Robles career as a television news courtroom artist, followed by the high-profile trials of Patricia Hearst, John DeLorean, the Hillside Strangler, Rodney King. O.J. Simpson, the Unabomber, Oklahoma City bombers Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, the Menendez Brothers, Robert Blake, Michael Jackson, Donald and Shelly Sterling and mostly recently, Led Zeppelin.  When the media has been locked out of high-profile trials, Bill Robles has been there to give us the picture, with all the context, action and emotion in color.

Through 44 years, Mr. Robles has mastered the art of on-the-spot illustrating, working for a strict and unyielding taskmaster:  television news.  He has said, “I love courtroom illustrating… the immediacy… working feverishly… the adrenaline gets going and suddenly it’s over, on the satellite and around the world.”

In 1981 Bill Robles was selected by NASA to be on site to document the first four space shuttle missions, which is one of his favorite assignments.  He has been nominated for an Emmy, received a gold medal from the Los Angeles Art Directors Club for his coverage of the Manson trial, and three gold medals from the Broadcast Designers Associations.  In 2003 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Los Angeles Society of Illustrators.  A native of Los Angeles, Bill Robles now resides in Brentwood.  He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the Art Center College of Design where he also taught illustration for five years.  He currently teaches drawing at Los Angeles Trade Technical College.

Mr. Robles is also one of the subjects of The Illustrated Courtroom:  50 Years of Court Art by Elizabeth Williams and Sue Russell, a book whose cover art by Robles shows Charles Mansion lunging toward the bench during his trial.  As one might imagine, there are a few stories behind each illustration. 

Don’t miss this very special evening at Crowell Public Library on Thursday, October 6th in the Library’s Barth Community Room.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The Four Pathways to a Fulfilling Life

Four Wednesdays: Oct 5, 12, 19, 26 - 7:00 p.m.

This series of four free lectures by Dr. Thomas Tam will center on “Life Fulfillment,” which can only begin when one is willing to dedicate oneself and embrace the concept of “good look,” “good health,” and “good mood.”  The lectures will put the spotlight on how mindfulness and happenstances are intertwined in our daily lives; how thoughts profoundly affect mood and behavior; with techniques we can employ to modify our thinking, and in the process, change our lifestyle and habits, and how to utilize these acquired skills to attain a healthier and happier life. 

Some techniques and specific approaches will be demonstrated during class, and participation of attendees is highly encouraged. Various assignments will also be suggested to help augment some of these very important concepts under discussion.  Information and lecture materials used and discussed are based on contemporary scientific research and quotations from various cultural classics, respected philosophers and time-honored wisdoms. Together, they will form a solid platform that will enable attendees to interpret, challenge and confront the insurmountable demands of modern day society in a reasonable and realistic manner. 

Thomas Tam, M.D. is President of the Chinese American Foundation for Education and an Emeritus Clinical Associate Professor, OB-GYN at the USC School of Medicine.  In a long and distinguished career, he has been the Medical Director for the Los Angeles Chinatown Family Planning Clinic, Chief of Staff at the Garfield Medical Center as well as Chairman of their Education Committee.

Come to Crowell Public Library and be inspired to live a healthier and happier life.