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Old news bits 2007

summary only of some of the highlights

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Period Costume for the Screen

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Academy Foundation is hosting a great film costume traveling exhibit.  This exhibition consists of dozens of costumes; the accompanying photo murals and film clips put the costumes into cinematic context. Some of the creations on view include designer Alexandra Byrne's 16th century gown for Cate Blanchett in Elizabeth (1998), Ruth Myers's early 19th century empire dress for Gwyneth Paltrow in Emma (1996), Janet Patterson's late 19th century designs for Isabel Archer (Nicole Kidman) in The Portrait of a Lady (1996), and Milena Canonero's early 20th century wedding dress for Karen Blixen (Meryl Streep) in Out of Africa (1985).

Note also titled "Fashion in Film" see  our review here at an earlier stop and even more on Costumer's Guide.  This exhibition is organized by the Trust for Museum Exhibitions, Washington, D.C., in cooperation with Cosprop Ltd., London, England.

bulletInfo: http://www.oscars.org/events/costumes/index.html
bulletOctober 19–December 16, 2007
bulletOpen Tuesday - Friday from 10-5. & weekends Noon-6  Closed November 22-25 for Thanksgiving
bulletAcademy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Academy Foundation
bulletThe Academy’s Fourth Floor Gallery
bullet8949 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills

Candlelight Tours - Banning House Museum

Join then for a "special evening event, including a guided Living History tour through the Museum, holiday refreshments and entertainment in the Photograph Gallery. This extra special glimpse at "A Victorian Family Christmas" is a chance to see the Museum in candlelit elegance and holiday spirit. "

bulletInfo: http://www.banningmuseum.org/events/ (310) 548-7777
bulletDecember 8-9, 2007. 6-8pm,
bulletMembers $15 donation / public $20 / Children with an adult, free
bullet401 E. "M" Street, Wilmington, South of the Pacific Coast Hwy, E of Avalon Blvd.
bulletReservations required

The Gasfitter's Ball

Be transported back in time to the 18th century for an evening of Victorian period dinner and dance in the time of Sherlock Holmes. 

bulletInfo: http://www.lahacal.org/weblog/archives/2007/11/the_gasfitters.html
bulletSaturday, November 3, 2007
bulletTickets: start at $60 in advance, $70 at the door.
bulletLocation TBD
bulletThis is a costume only event for adults.  Costumes of the era requested

Elizabethan Festival - The Huntington Library

Experience all the color and pageantry of the Elizabethan court as The Huntington travels back in time to recreate the annual Accession celebration of Queen Elizabeth I. Enjoy period music and dance; mingle with merchants, courtiers, and soldiers; talk to explorers about their voyages to the New World; and pay your respects to the queen herself.  With the Guild of St George

bulletInfo: http://www.huntington.org/Information/EventsCal.html
bulletSaturday, November 17, 2007 - 11am-4pm
bullet The Huntington Library
bullet1151 Oxford Road, San Marino
bulletFree with general admission

Texuba - Kimono and Textiles

bulletGreat shows for Textile junkies.  Beautiful fabrics that only come to town a few times a year.  Kimono and obi.
bulletThey have a  new format with more smaller shows, join their e-mail list for announcements.  Keep checking their website at www.texuba.com for the latest shows.
bulletNote: Texuba's master collection of historic textiles will be sold in the future.  Check for information about this on their website.
bulletLos Angeles
bulletSaturday, November 17, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Jan's Antique Mall Auditorium. Long Beach

The Japanese Kimono Exhibition

Join Mme. Fumi Akutagawa, costume advisor to the multiple academy award* winning movie, Memoirs of A Geisha, for two demonstrations of how to wear the the Japanese kimono, followed by photo opportunities with her students as they stroll one of the finest Japanese Gardens in the Western Hemisphere, dressed in their most beautiful traditional costumes.

bulletInfo: http://www.thejapanesegarden.com/ or 818 756 8000
bulletOctober 28, 2007
bulletGarden open from 10:00 AM-3:15 PM
bulletShow Times 11:30 AM & 2:00 PM
bulletThe Japanese Garden of the San Fernando Valley
bullet6100 Woodley Ave., Van Nuys

Galactic Playground  Canceled

Crossroads, who runs a number of renaissance festivals, has decided to give the fantasy and galactic folks a place to play faire.  "Grab your shuttle, spaceships, and transporters".  We're assuming that means that Klingons and Jedi's are the norm.  Does that mean the ren folks will be the time travelers?  Should be an interesting first year.

bulletInfo: http://www.renaissanceinfo.com/galactic/   or 800-320-4736
bulletOctober 20-21, 2007 
bullet$16 / seniors, kids half price
bulletCrossroads Riverview Park, 14600 River Rd, Corona
bulletFree parking, RV camping, pets on leash

Reliving History at the Homestead

Travel back in time to the Roaring Twenties with characters from the past as you tour La Casa Nueva, the fully-restored Spanish Colonial Revival mansion built by the Temple family in the 1920s. Hour-long tours are free, but reservations are recommended, and space is limited for each tour.  (Check their calendar for more events though the year.)

bulletInfo: http://www.homesteadmuseum.org/calendar/
bulletSeptember 22-23, 2007
bulletHomestead Museum
bullet15415 East Don Julian Road, City of Industry

Queen Mary Art Deco Festival

The new Queen Mary Art Deco Festival, presented by the RMS Queen Mary Foundation in association with the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles.    Period life music, lectures, silent auctions, Sunday brunch, tea, art deco bazaar, special tours and more. Walking tours.  Vintage car show.  Art Deco Ball includes a 4 course dinner and dancing to Mora's Modern Rhythmists.

The proceeds from all activities will benefit conservation and restoration of the impressive collection of original art aboard the 1936 ocean liner.

bulletInfo: (562) 435-3511 or http://www.queenmary.com/ & http://adsla.org/qmschedule.htm
bulletAugust 31 - September 3, 2007, labor day weekend
bulletfestival admission only: $22.95 for adults, other items including meals and the ball  have separate pricing or there are packages available.  Discounts for senior/military/children.
bulletArt Deco attire is encouraged.

Annual Baggins' Birthday Picnic & Hall of Fire

Open to any & all Lord Of the Rings fans

Bring your favorite LOTR games, fan art or acoustic musical
instruments, a blanket to spread out, and enjoy an afternoon of food and fellowship with fellow LOTR fans. TORn usually has a few LOTR-themed games planned, and a costume contest with small prizes, so costumes are definitely encouraged!

bulletInfo: http://www.theonering.net/
bulletDate: Sunday, September 23th, 2007
bulletLocation: Griffith Park, the east end
of the tennis courts beyond the merry-go-round, tentative
bulletTime:  starting at noon, ending around 5PM

Food: Pot-luck; please bring some picnic food to share (a bucket of fried
chicken, sandwiches, potato salad, cole slaw, fruit, veggies & dip, etc.) or soft-drinks,
ice, a cooler, desserts, etc. Alcohol is not permitted in the Park.

bulletHall of Fire, September 22.  Check Tolkien Forever group for more details and to sign up.  Must RSVP this event

This event will be hosted by TORn ( www.theonering.net   ) with enthusiastic assistance from "Tolkien Forever." http://movies.groups.yahoo.com/group/Tolkien_Forever/ 

FIDM - 2nd Annual Art of Outstanding Television Costume Design Exhibition

bulletThe Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and the FIDM Museum & Galleries jointly present the exhibition, showcasing a retrospective of television's most memorable costume designs from the past and present.  Featured will be work from this year's Emmy nominations.
bulletAlso catch "The Price is Right" Costume Display on their 3rd floor gallery.  (Dates limited.)
bulletInfo:  http://www.fidm.edu/resources/museum+galleries   for their website and past exhibits.
bulletJuly 31- September 29, 2007, 10:00a.m. - 4:00p.m. Monday through Saturday. Closed Labor Day Weekend.
bulletThe Price is Right Costume Display on the 3rd floor gallery just just August 24 - September 22, 2007
bulletFree to all

Commemorating the Summer of Love,1967

Heritage Square Museum remembers  40 years ago, young people converged on Los Angeles and San Francisco in a social experiment that changed society.  There will be dance contests, hippie “costume” contests, face painting, give-aways, refreshments, and of course, music. K-EARTH-101 radio will be there, playing all the “oldies” and special live performance by The Ravelers. This event is a fundraiser for Heritage Square and proceeds will go to restoration projects at the museum.  Get out your love beads and be sure to wear some flowers in your hair!

bulletInfo: http://www.heritagesquare.org/calendar_of_events.htm  or   323-225-2700

Heritage Square Museum, 3800 Homer Street (Exit 110-Pasadena Freeway at Avenue 43)

bulletAugust 25, 2007, 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. 
bulletSpecial fundraiser, $25.00 each-advance purchase only

Backlot Prop's Parking Lot Sale

 They carry costumes, props, set decor and artwork from various productions.  They're opening their parking lot for special sales just in time to help  you for Halloween costume shopping.  Come prepared to power shop.  OR... if you can't get there, check out their web options as  well.

bulletInfo: http://www.backlotprops.com/ or 800-773-3020
bulletSaturday - August 25, 2007  - 9am-3pm
bullet8853 Wilbur Avenue, Northridge
bullet(corner of Wilbur and Rayen)

Time to buy a new sewing machine

County fair time is the best time to get a good deal on a sewing machine.  Do your research in advance and then be ready to shop and compare.  Read all our tips <here>.

bulletLA Country Fairplex - September 7-30, 2007 (Wed- Sunday)
bulletWhile you're there, start your Halloween early with Fearplexes Haunted Manor.

Labyrinth of Jareth Fantasy Masquerade Ball

bulletJuly 13 &14,  2007, Annual
bulletExpanded to two days now.
bulletHenry Fonda Music Box Theatre, 6126 Hollywood Blvd.
bulletMasquerade dance
bulletCostume required or formal dress and mask
bulletInfo: http://www.labyrinthmasquerade.com

Labyrinth (1986) Movie Screaming /  Q&A

Re-Issue of the 1986 Jim Henson Classic – New 35 mm print.  Special screenings at Nuart in Los Angeles, July 27-Aug 2, 2007

SPECIAL GUESTS: Q&A with Conceptual Designer Brian Froud, Puppet Designer Wendy Froud and Actor Toby Froud on July 30, 2007 at 7:30 pm

bulletLandmark’s Nuart Theatre
bullet11272 Santa Monica Blvd., West Los Angeles 310-281-8223
bulletJuly 27-Aug 2, 2007
bulletDaily Showtimes: 5:00, 7:30 & 10:00; Fri-Sun 12:00 2:30 5:00, 7:30 10:00
bulletTickets are $9.50 for general admission and $7.25 for seniors and children

Advance ticket purchase at www.landmarktheatres.com/tickets/ and at the theatre box office

Star Wars Celebration IV

bring the best of the Star Wars universe together in one place, to a weekend that’s designed by fans for fans.  Stars, crew, sneak peaks

bulletInfo: http://www.starwars.com/community/event/celebration/
bulletLos Angeles Convention Center
bulletPre-reg $110, At Con $125, see web for other price packages
bulletMay 24 - 28, 2007 (Memorial weekend)
bulletKeep checking the website for other events during the week before.

Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination

"The first exhibit of its kind that combines costumes and props from all six Star Wars films with real-world technologies, video interviews with filmmakers, scientists and engineers, and two large Engineering Design Labs, where visitors can build and test speeders and robots. Visitors will explore prototypes, learn about the engineers and designers who are creating new technologies, and discover intriguing similarities between how scientists and filmmakers think."

bulletInfo: http://www.californiasciencecenter.org/Exhibits/Weingart/starwars/starwars.php
bulletCalifornia Museum of Science
bulletLos Angeles, CA
bulletFebruary 11 - April 29, 2007
bulletSpecial Overtime slumber party is March 23, 2007, for Members only.
bullet Special notes:
bulletPhotography, sketching, and strollers are permitted inside the exhibit.
bulletMasks may not be worn inside the exhibit.
bulletStar Wars Airchair ride requires close toed shoes.   (See website for more restrictions.)

IMAX ticket purchasers and California Science Center Members receive priority admission to the exhibit. All others will be admitted on a first come, first served basis, subject to the exhibit's attendance capacity - admission cannot be guaranteed.  More info <here>

FIDM - The Art of Motion Picture Costume Design

bulletThe FIDM Galleries in Los Angeles have an amazing display of this last year's movie costumes
bulletInfo:  http://www.fidm.edu/resources/museum+galleries   for their website and past exhibits.
bulletJanuary 29 - April 5, 2007, 10:00a.m. - 4:00p.m. Monday through Saturday. Open president's weekend.
bulletFree to all
bulletCheck out our Costume Gather Group to see when we're going.

Breaking the Mode: Contemporary Fashion from the Permanent Collection

Highlighting over one hundred examples of contemporary fashionable dress from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Breaking the Mode: Contemporary Fashion from the Permanent Collection examines the work of approximately fifty international designers who have challenged the traditional rules and conventions established by venerable European fashion houses. The exhibition examines radical ideas introduced in four areas of contemporary fashion: construction, materials, form, and concepts. ...  Breaking the Mode illustrates how designers of the 1980s and 1990s rebelled against the principles that ruled 1950s high fashion. The exhibition features designers Azzedine Alaïa, Hussein Chalayan, James Galanos, Rei Kawakubo, Christian Lacroix, Hervé Léger, Martin Margiela, Alexander McQueen, Issey Miyake, Franco Moschino, Thierry Mugler, Junya Watanabe, Vivienne Westwood, and Yohji Yamamoto, among many others  ... More info in Word document <here>

bulletInfo: http://www.lacma.org or < here > for exact info or  323-857-6000
bulletSeptember 17, 2006 - January 7, 2007
bulletLos Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd, LA

Civil War Grand Ball - Winter Cotillion

Grand Ball at the Mission Inn with the American Civil War Society.  Dinner and Victorian dance.

bulletInfo: www.acws.net  
bulletMission Inn, 3645 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside
bulletcost: $65 non-members
bulletJanuary 27, 2007
bulletSocial Hour 6:30, Dinner at 7:30, dancing starts at 8:30 PM.
bulletPeriod attire requested


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