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Five Uber Cool Things to Do May 26 - June 1

Battleship Iowa
Battleship Iowa
courtesy of Battleship USS Iowa Museum

Memorial Day Celebration at Battleship Iowa

Come out and pay tribute to our military at the Memorial Day Celebration at Battleship Iowa anchored at the waterfront in San Pedro. The 16 inch main guns of Battleship Iowa will be the backdrop for the Memorial Day tribute to the soldiers, sailors and airmen who lost their lives in America’s armed services. American flags aboard the historic naval ship museum will be flown at half mast, and a color guard will post the flags of the military branches. After the ceremony there will be food booths, games and entertainment, plus tours of this historic ship. This is a great opportunity for the whole family to remember what we are really celebrating on Memorial Day.

Built in 1940, the USS Iowa served our country for over 50 years. Designated the “World’s Greatest Naval Ship” due to her big guns, heavy armor, fast speed, longevity and modernization over the years of her service.

Commissioned in 1943 as the lead ship of her class she quickly joined America’s all-out struggle for total victory over the German, Japanese and Italian armies, also known as the Axis forces. Her teak decks and staterooms and steel bulkheads echo the word and deeds of those who made history: three U.S. Presidents, six American five-star military officers, countless foreign leaders, and most importantly generations of her own sailors.
This is a great opportunity for the whole family to remember what we are really celebrating on Memorial Day.

Monday May 26, 8:30am to 3pm, Dockside at Battleship Iowa, 250 South Harbor Boulevard, San Pedro CA 90731

.Chuck Jones: Doodles of a Genius, Bowers Museum
The Lure of Chinatown: Painting California’s Chinese Communities
Soulful Creatures: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt

Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner, Chuck Jones was the man who made them come to life on the big screen. Celebrated as one of the greatest directors from the Golden Age of animation, Chuck Jones drew for a living, for pleasure and challenge. His passion for drawing was both work and hobby, providing an outlet for his prodigious imagination.
The exhibition is fun for the whole family with original drawings, most never publicly displayed, videos, and 50 “Doodles” from the private collection of Jones’ widow, Marian.
Jones won three Oscars, including on display in this exhibition and a fourth Lifetime Achievement Oscar.
A prolific artist, Jones drew nearly every day of his life. He drew sketches of his famous Warner Bros. Characters, people, animals, trees, boats, whatever his right brain might dream up, leaving a legacy of brilliance, comedy, joy and laughter.

After you’ve seen the Chuck Jones show, have lunch at the wonderful award-winning Tangata restaurant, then check out “The Lure of Chinatown: Painting California’s Chinese Communities”.
Featuring paintings spanning over several decades, The Lure of Chinatown provides a captivating narrative of how the image of Chinatown transformed in reaction to changing social political and artistic developments. With over forty works by twenty three artists the exhibit depicts the history of the communities with their fascinating architecture and unique cultural customs. This exhibit provides a glimpse of Chinatowns before they underwent major changes following the devastating San Francisco Earthquake in 1906, and the destruction of the original Chinatown in Los Angeles to build Union Station.

If you still have the energy to see another exhibit, Soulful Creatures: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt is the first major exhibition to focus on one of the most fascinating aspects of ancient Egyptian culture and religion, the mummification of animals. The exhibition explores the role that animals and their images played in the Egyptians’ natural and supernatural worlds, with choice examples of birds, cats, dogs and other animals preserved from at least thirty-one different cemeteries throughout Egypt.

Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706
Chuck Jones runs until Aug. 3 , The Lure of Chinatown until August 31, and Soulful Creatures until June 15,

Tete-a-Tete, KM Fine Arts

KM Fine Arts Los Angeles specializes in the finest American and European artists of early modernism, postwar, and contemporary art. Consistently delivering interesting engaging exhibitions from mid level to blue chip artists including Basquiat, Alexander Calder Willem de Kooning, and Eric Fischl, their current offering Tete-a-Tete are a group exhibition offering the exchange of conversation translated in visual expression.

The standout of the exhibition is Brendan Murphy’s Infatuation and its Friends, a large 84 X96 painting from his Chalkboard series. Murphy’s work focuses on the genuine cultivation of beauty by utilizing color and movement to confront life’s experiences. His work displaying an effortless blending of gouache, oil and acrylic, aims to bring people back to a state of genuine emotion rather than distraction and detachment.

KM Fine Arts, 814 N. LaCienega Blvd. Los Angeles
Tete-a-Tete until June 20

Dance Downtown

Put on your dancing shoes, your colorful duds and move to the music! Grand Park will be alive with the sound and rhythms of Cumbia, the Latin dance import from Columbia. Originally practiced as a courtship dance among the African population, it was also used during Colombia’s struggle for independence as an expression of resistance against Spain, with people dancing and playing the music in the streets.
There will be beginner lessons throughout the evening with no experience necessary, so come out enjoy a night of dance under the stars and learn something of the culture of Columbia South America.

Grand Park, 200 N. Grand, Downtown Los Angeles
May 30, 6:30 – 10:00 Free

Country: Portraits of an American Sound
Annenberg Space for Photography

If you love Country Music, don’t miss Country: Portraits of an American Sound opening on May 30th at the Annenberg Space for Photography. If you don’t love Country, go anyway, the photography by some of the best photographs in the business will make the trip worthwhile. The exhibit with over 110 prints of Country Music icons such as Dolly Parton, Keith Urban, Johnny Cash uses historical and contemporary photographs to explore how images shape the public identity of country music performers and of the genre itself. Also on display will be country albums, posters, archival artifacts from musical instruments to stage costumes and a jukebox containing rare audio files.

In addition to the print collection the exhibit will feature an original half-hour documentary exploring the image of country music and its 80 year evolution and the role of photography in documenting its history, capturing its culture and portraying its uniquely American sound.

Annenberg Space for Photography, 2000 Avenue of the Start
May 30 –Sept 28

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