Thursday, October 21, 2010

"The Dog Who Sang at the Opera" Performing Books at the Central Library

Performing Books Presents "The Dog Who Sang at the Opera," written by Jim West and Marshall Izen
Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Mark Taper Auditorium
Central Library
630 W. 5th Street
Los AngelesCA 90071
(213) 228-7000
Performing Books is funded by the Library Foundation of Los Angeles and encourages children's love of reading and the arts. For more Performing Books performance see the LA Public Library.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

How We Roll at the California African American Museum

How We Roll takes the viewer through an historical step-by-step fantastic voyage of how surfing evolved into skateboarding, the kinship with roller-skating, and how “The Roll” created a cultural revolution that has influenced every corner of popular culture over the past four decades. This exciting exhibition is free to the public, and begins its six-month run on Thursday, July 22nd, 2010 at CAAM (600 State Drive, Exposition Park, Los Angeles, CA 90037). For more info visit the California African American Museum website.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Iridescent Science Featured in LA Times!

Nonprofit aims to engage children with science
From: LA Times
By: Scott Glover

For a kid who says he wants to build robots, 10-year-old Jabari Griffie came to the right place.

The fifth-grader was among hundreds of curious kids who turned out Saturday morning for the grand opening of Iridescent, a nonprofit science and discovery center near downtown Los Angeles.

The first exhibit Jabari saw featured something even cooler than a robot: An underwater robot.

Read more at LA Times online.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Congratulations President C.L. Max Nikias!

University installs Nikias as USC’s 11th president

From: Daily Trojan
By: Natalie Chau

President C.L. Max Nikias was sworn into office Friday morning, during a ceremony that brought together Trojans both young and old to celebrate the 11th USC presidential inauguration.

Today, we live in a time of great anxiety. The wisest experts cannot find an agreement on what the future holds for our society,” Nikias said. “Education is what helps us to be fully human and to appreciate the full range of human experience.”

The ceremony began with processions from members of the USC community, including student delegates, half-century Trojan alumni, staff and parents. Third-graders from the Lenicia B. Weemes Elementary School also marched in the ceremony.

Faculty from every school in the university processed to the stage in Alumni Park, followed by Nikias, his wife, Niki Nikias, and their daughters, Georgiana and Maria.
Edward P. Roski Jr., chairman of the USC Board of Trustees, officiated the ceremony.

“This inauguration you’re about to witness is truly an historic occurrence. It’s only happened 10 times in the last 130 years,” he said. “The last time we saw a new president, there was no one texting during the ceremony or taking pictures with their cell phones. We didn’t have cell phones.”

Read More at the Daily Trojan.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Family Science Program

Iridescent's Family Science Program, funded in part by USC’s Good Neighbors campaign and also our fiscal sponsoree, gives an opportunity for families to experience science together, foster an environment of education, and encourages the possibility of higher education in under-served communities.

Learn more about Iridescent.

Opening of Iridescent's New Science Studio!

Iridescent is one of our many fiscal sponsorees who is doing amazing educational enrichment work in Central Los Angeles. Their  mission is to foster curiosity and inspire self-confidence in young people with limited access—unlocking doors to their future and preparing them to help solve the world’s most pressing issues.
Their approach is to use a three-pronged strategy of teaching about cutting edge science, using powerful mentors and enlisting strong parental involvement.

Join them in opening of their new studio!
553 W. 23rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Saturday October 16, 2010
10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

For more info click here.

Fall Workshop Series: GEMS at the California Science Center

The California Science Center offers workshops for parents, teachers and afterschool care providers!  Workshops are inquiry and researched based, and are presented by educators who are experts in their field!

The next workshop in the fall series is GEMS (Great Explorations in Math and Science) Math Academy, November 6, 2010. Participants will experience hands-on workshops led by experienced teachers and GEMS Associates and receive teacher guides for every session taken.

Registration fee is $50.00, which includes parking, materials and a Certificate of Attendance.
Space is limited!  Registration will close on October 29th.  Reserve your space today!

For more info on Professional Development Series at the Science Center click here.

If you have any questions contact:
Anna Gaiter
Director of Professional Development
(213) 744-7455

Open House- USC Master of Professional Writing Program

The Open House will be held on Monday, November 1st at 5:30 pm in USC's Doheny Memorial Library, Intellectual Commons (Room 233).  The program would also like to invite you to a panel discussion on  Faith and the Writer: Inspiration and Practice, a discussion about the link between faith and creativity in both secular and non-secular work. It's at 7:00 pm also in the Doheny Memorial Library Intellectual Commons.  

Refreshments will be served!  

Also, please come to our free events in the coming weeks at USC:
Oct. 11 - Visiting Writer lecture with Rebecca McClanahan from 7-9 pm at Waite Philips Hall B27
Oct. 12 - "True Blood" writer Alexander Woo from 7-9 pm at Doheny Memorial Library Intellectual Commons 233
Oct. 27 - "Futurama" writer Bob Odenkirk from 7-9 pm at Taper Hall 102

Please RSVP for any and all of these events by e-mailing at  

You can also watch past events on  YouTube channel and be fan the  Facebook page.

For more info contact Howard Ho, Program Specialist, (213) 740-3250

Monday, October 4, 2010

Make Your Mark in the Park! by The Big Draw LA

Join Ryman Arts, the Museums at Exposition Park and USC on a Make Your Mark in the Park activity. You will help create a continuous drawing that winds its way around the Park, drawing the exciting activities and beautiful gardens before you. Teen artists will be there to help you "make your mark", no experience required. Help us create the longest drawing of an afternoon in the Park! Later, the long collaborative drawing will be photographed and will become a scrolling panorama on the web.

October 17, 2010
Exposition Park
State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037
About The Big Draw LA

The Big Draw LA is a city-wide celebration of the act of drawing.

Why not get young people, artists, seniors, scientists, and teens drawing together? In honor of its 20th anniversary, Ryman Arts is partnering with Los Angeles museums and other organizations to launch the first annual The Big Draw LA. Together, Los Angelenos will expand the boundaries of drawing, experimenting not only with pencils, paint, charcoal, and digital imagery, but also with sand, clay, choreographed movement, vapor trailsanything that makes a mark! Participation is open to all, and organizations of all sizes and kinds, from established institutions to small groups, are invited to sponsor, organize, or host an event during the month of October.

Drawing is a universal language, connecting generations, cultures, and communities. Children draw to make sense of the world before they learn to write. Yet most adults, given a pencil, claim: I cant draw! The Big Draw aims to remove this barrier and create opportunities for people of all ages to discover that drawing can make us SEE, THINK, and INVENT. The Big Draw L.A. will be the first event of its kind to take place on the West Coast and is inspired by the wildly popular Big Draw in London.
The Big Draw LA is committed to promoting inclusiveness and offering a diversity of drawing experiences. 

Presenting organizations will register events open to the public on-line at