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.
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
The third performance in the 1988 series will be on Sunday, August 6, 2017 in and around Technicolor Drip, the permanent artwork by Jen Stark located at PLATFORM in Culver City. This dance performance by Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre will take place in 12-minute intervals between 1-3PM. An outdoor projection screening of Technicolor Drip, the performance, will be shown from 8-9PM that same evening at the Helms Bakery District Courtyard.
The performance Technicolor Drip is inspired by technology and conceived as a durational experience—intended to be viewed once or multiple times throughout the afternoon. The dancers will perform simultaneously in and around the window frames of the parking structure where the mural, Technicolor Drip, is installed and inside the glass art vitrines (boxes) on the exterior of the parking garage facing Washington Boulevard, where temporary artworks by Jen Stark are located. The dancers will rotate positions every 12 minutes between the window frames and the glass vitrines. The dancers’ movement will accentuate the lines of the painting and follow the free-flow nature of the ‘drip’ while wearing rainbow inspired costumes reflecting the artworks’ color palette. The technology theme continues when the viewer downloads the performance music via their smartphone, as they walk or roll by the parking structure engaging with the performance.
1988 features four site-specific dance performances by Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre, centering on six featured artworks from Culver City’s public art collection. The 1988 event series celebrates the 1988 adoption of the Art in Public Places Program Ordinance and will highlight the public art and performing arts grant program as primary components of the ordinance. Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre joins 1988 Producer and former Culver City Cultural Affairs Commissioner, Marla Koosed, who worked closely on the most recent ordinance update. Together they toast Culver City’s Centennial and present 1988 with performances throughout 2017.
Sunday, August 6, 2017 from 1-3PM at PLATFORM, 8850 Washington Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90232
Admission is free but ticket reservations are required.
Get yours here: http://bit.ly/2uHOMXI
This performance series is made possible with major funding from the City of Culver City Cultural Trust Fund. Additional sponsorship made possible by The Culver Studios, The Lapis Press and The Culver Hotel.
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.
The popular Culver City event features carnival rides and games, live performances, over 100 booths spotlighting local organizations as well as featuring artisan wares and other vendors, a petting zoo and pony rides, a beer and wine garden, food trucks and a food court, and other special events. Fiesta La Ballona is bicycle-friendly and strives to be a zero waste event. Admission is free to this spectacular end-of-summer festival. Fiesta La Ballona is part of the City of Culver City’s centennial celebration this year. Last year, Fiesta attracted more than 30,000 visitors over the course of the weekend. The City of Culver City’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department and the Fiesta La Ballona Committee organize and produce Fiesta with the support from scores of volunteers. A variety of local sponsors also help fund and support Fiesta.
Fiesta La Ballona kicks off the afternoon of Friday, August 25th and closes down Sunday night, August 27th.
Fiesta hours are:
4:30pm to 10:00pm (carnival rides start at 6:00pm) on Friday, August 25;
11:00am to 10:00pm on Saturday, August 26;
and 11:00am to 9:00pm on Sunday, August 27.
Information on unique and tailored sponsorship opportunities is available by contacting email@example.com or 310-253-6667.
To learn more about Fiesta La Ballona or to sign up to be a volunteer, visit the website at www.fiestalaballona.org.
You can also find Fiesta La Ballona on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram #FLB2017.
Dr. Janet Hoult, Culver City’s Honorary Artist Laureate for Poetry, teaches a “Word Painting” poetry class at the Senior Center on Wednesday afternoons. During the one hour session, she covers many poetic literary devices such as alliteration, metaphors and similes as well as how to compose haiku, sonnets and free verse. Class poets share poems they write based upon what they have learned. Janet will conduct a poetry contest based on Culver City and the city’s historical sites as part of the Culver City Centennial Celebration in 2017.
Join her September 9, 2017 from 1-3PM at the Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum for the final Poetry Reading and Awards Ceremony.