THE WENDE MUSEUM LAUNCHES COLD WAR CULVER CITY WEBSITE
New Digital Endeavor Explores Culver City’s Cold War History
In conjunction with Culver City’s Centennial, The Wende Museum of the Cold War announces the launch of Cold War Culver City, a website exploring the social, political, and economic history of the Cold War in Culver City, California.
Created in close collaboration with community partners, the website offers community stories from the Cold War era and an interactive map for self-guided tours of local “hidden in plain sight” sites that are significant in the history of the Cold War, including The Wende Museum’s future home, the Culver City National Guard Armory.
This educational resource encourages greater interest in the history of Culver City and highlights the role it played in Cold War politics, culture, and industry. The project documents a microcosm of California history by looking at two of the state’s most successful and creative industries—aerospace and entertainment—as they intersected within a single community during the Cold War. The aerospace and entertainment industries grew up together and shared technology, technical talent, and financial resources in Culver City. The city was also home to numerous civil defense shelters and hosted an active National Guard installation into the twenty-first century.
This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit www.calhum.org.
The Cold War Culver City project directly advances The Wende Museum’s mission “to inform and inspire a broad understanding of the Cold War and its enduring legacy.” Founded in 2002, the museum is currently located at 5741 Buckingham Parkway in Culver City, California, and will move to its new location at Culver City’s Armory Building, at 10808 Culver Blvd., in late 2017. The Wende Museum is currently open to the public every Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with guided tours at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., or by appointment. Once at the Armory, the Wende will expand operations to include weekend and evening hours.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit www.wendemuseum.org.
“1988” is an event series celebrating the historic Art in Public Places Program Ordinance, highlighting two key ordinance components: The Culver City Public Art Collection and the Performing Arts Grant program. Featuring 4-site specific dance performances by the Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre that center on 6 featured artworks from the CC Public Art Collection.
Westfield Culver City
May 7, 2017 from 5:30-7PM
This event is free, but you must RSVP to reserve your spot.
For more information and to RESERVE YOUR TICKETS CLICK HERE
UPCOMING PERFORMANCES FOR THE CENTENNIAL YEAR
August 6, 2017 from 1-3PM
w/Outdoor Screening of ‘Technicolor Drip’ from 8-9PM @ The Helms Bakery District Complex on Helms Walk
‘Hanging Garden’, ‘Quotation Courtyard & Panoramic’ and ‘La Ballona’
Culver City City Hall
September 9, 2017 from 5-8PM
Walk with a Doc
Every 3rd Saturday of the Month
Next one: May 20, 2017
8:45 am MEET At
4117 Overland Avenue at Culver Blvd.
8:50 am Warmup
9:00 am We walk
For more information click here.
For one very special night, the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival (LAWTF) comes to Culver City for a unique performance on Sunday, July 30, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
The evening will be hosted by Karen A. Clark, singer-songwriter-poet who has performed three of her solo shows with Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival. She serves on the Festival’s Board of Directors. The theme for the evening will be“Defining Moments.” Four of LAWTF’s encore performers will be featured. Carla Delaney (Voices), Wendy Hammers (I Survived Cancer and All I Got Was This Lousy President), Clarinda Ross (Spit Like A Big Girl) and Rachae Thomas (Pieces of Carra Remix).
For more information click here.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR A TRIP BACK IN TIME AND DOWN THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD WITH ALICIA MAYER
ALICIA MAYER Q&A PRESENTATION ON MGM & LOUIS B. MAYER
In Celebration of the Culver City Centennial
Sunday, August 6, 2017
Veteran’s Auditorium–Rotunda Room
4117 Overland Avenue Culver City, California 90230
Everyone who has any connection to Culver City, or who has ever seen a movie, knows the name of “Mayer.” Louis B. Mayer was the legendary head of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the studio with “more stars than there are in heaven.” He gave the world stars like Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, Jean Harlow, and Norma Shearer, along with more fabled actors, producers, directors, and designers, while making MGM the home to some of the famous films in history, “Gone With the Wind”, “The Wizard of Oz”, and “Singin’ in the Rain” among them. And he did all of this in Culver City. Mayer’s sister, Ida Mayer Cummings, devoted her life to Jewish causes and was such a powerhouse fundraiser in Los Angeles that Bob Hope once quipped Ida was, “the only woman I know who can grab a man by the lapels through the telephone!”
As the family historian, Alicia Mayer (great-grandniece of Mayer) has taken on the responsibility of maintaining the Louis B. Mayer legacy and is the custodian of hundreds of photos and documents relating to the Cummings and Mayer families.
In this special Culver City Centennial event, Alicia will share never before seen photos, memorabilia and insights into MGM and one of Hollywood’s – and Culver City’s – first families.
Join us in celebration of Culver City’s Centennial and go behind-the-scenes with an intimate look into the history of MGM, Louis B. Mayer and Culver City!
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Join the Culver City Downtown Business Association as they wrap up a whirlwind year of celebration with one delicious party!
The culinary stars of Downtown Culver City will be on full display during this ticketed, outdoor tasting event.
From pizza to poke, sliders to souvlaki – we’ve got a world of great food in Downtown and you can taste the very best of it for one low price. Stroll through our twinkle-lit streets, tasting as you go, and enjoy live music, family fun, photo opportunities and more!
For tickets and more information visit www.downtownculvercity.com