National Endowment of the Arts - The Big Read

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601 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401-2501

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Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea

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Into the Beautiful North
Luis Alberto Urrea

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Events

The Big Read Kick-off Celebration

Alfredo López, leader of the Mexican musical group Quetzalcóatl, Isaac Ruben Izquierdo, and Jorge Andres Herrera take us on an exciting musical tour of Mexico highlighting the richness and variety of traditional Latin music. Pick up a copy of "Into the Beautiful North," complete a paper flower craft project, enjoy Mexican refreshments and start reading!

Event Location: Main Library North Courtyard, 601 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Date: Sat, Mar 29, 2014
Time: 12:30pm – 2:30pm

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Into the Beautiful North Filmmaking Workshop Series

The Echo Park Film Center leads a cinematic exploration of borders in this 2-day workshop of short film making. Films will premiere during a public screening at the Main Library on April 26. Ages 13 and up. Space is limited. Must attend both sessions. Registration required: contact education@smmoa.org or 310-586-6488, ext. 118. Part 1: Saturday, March 29, 2:00 – 5:00pm; Part 2: Wednesday, April 2, 7:00 – 9:00pm

Event Location: Santa Monica Museum of Art, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Date: Sat, Mar 29, 2014
Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Date: Wed, Apr 2, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

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Community Book Discussion

Trained volunteers lead a free public book discussion for The Big Read featured novel, "Into the Beautiful North" by Luis Alberto Urrea. No registration required.

Event Location: Barnes & Noble, 1201 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Date: Tue, Apr 1, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

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The Latin Experience Movie Series: "A Better Life"

Enjoy a screening of the movie "A Better Life" (2001). Renowned Mexican actor Demian Bichir earned an Oscar nomination for his performance as a gardener in East L.A. who struggles to keep his son away from gangs and immigration agents while trying to give him the opportunities he never had. (98 min) In English and Spanish, with English subtitles.

Event Location: Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Date: Thu, Apr 3, 2014
Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm

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Community Book Discussion

Trained volunteers lead a free public book discussion for The Big Read featured novel, "Into the Beautiful North" by Luis Alberto Urrea. No registration required.

Event Location: Ocean Park Branch Library, 2601 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405

Date: Thu, Apr 3, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 7:30pm

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Food and Fiction at the Santa Monica Farmers Market

Celebrate the flavor of "Into the Beautiful North" with local chef and author Jennie Cook who demonstrates cooking with seasonal flavors and serves small bites.

Event Location: Pico Farmers Market, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Date: Sat, Apr 5, 2014
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm

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Into the Beautiful North Toy Theatre Workshop

In this hands-on workshop, puppeteer and filmmaker Yulya Dukhovney shares cutting, collage, and assemblage techniques to create miniature scenes from "Into the Beautiful North." Ages 13 and up. Space is limited. Registration required: contact education@smmoa.org or 310-586-6488, ext. 118.

Event Location: Santa Monica Museum of Art, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Date: Sat, Apr 5, 2014
Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm

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Community Book Discussion and Bowling

Join us at AMF Bay Shore Lanes for a special discussion of The Big Read featured novel, "Into the Beautiful North" by Luis Alberto Urrea, followed by bowling. Space is limited. No registration required. First come, first served.

Event Location: AMF Bay Shore Lanes, 234 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90405

Date: Wed, Apr 9, 2014
Time: 6:30pm – 9:00pm

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Community Book Discussion

Trained volunteers lead a free public book discussion for The Big Read featured novel, "Into the Beautiful North" by Luis Alberto Urrea. No registration required.

Event Location: Ken Edwards Center, 1527 4th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Date: Thu, Apr 10, 2014
Time: 4:00pm – 5:30pm

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The Latin Experience Movie Series: "Under the Same Moon"

Enjoy a screening of the movie "Under the Same Moon" (La Misma Luna) (2007). This heartwarming portrait of a family tells the parallel stories of a young Mexican boy who crosses the border after his grandmother dies and his mother who is working illegally in the U.S. in the hopes of providing a better life for her young son. (106 min) In Spanish, with English subtitles.

Event Location: Ocean Park Branch Library, 2601 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405

Date: Thu, Apr 10, 2014
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

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The Latin Experience Movie Series: "Sin Nombre"

Enjoy a screening of the movie "Sin Nombre" (2009). Honduran teenager Sayra reunites with her father, which presents her with an opportunity to potentially realize her dream of a life in the U.S. Moving to Mexico is the first step in a fateful journey of unexpected events. (96 min) In Spanish, with English subtitles.

Event Location: Fairview Branch Library, 2101 Ocean Park Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90405

Date: Fri, Apr 11, 2014
Time: 2:30pm – 5:00pm

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Orchestra Santa Monica: North and South of the Border

Join us for a concert by the OSM Strings and guitarist Ricardo Escobar. The musicians, who are active on both sides of the US-Mexico border, also discuss the cultural influences that inform their music.

Event Location: Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Date: Sat, Apr 12, 2014
Time: 3:30pm – 5:00pm

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The Latin Experience Movie Series: "Quinceañera"

Enjoy a screening of the film "Quinceañera" (2006). This ALMA and Independent Spirit Award-winning film examines the life of a 14-year old Latina girl, who becomes pregnant just shy of her 15th birthday and gets kicked out of her home by her parents. Taken in by her great grand-uncle and gay cousin, they each struggle to find their way through life in Los Angeles' rapidly-changing Echo Park neighborhood. (90 min)

Event Location: Montana Avenue Branch Library, 1704 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90403

Date: Tue, Apr 15, 2014
Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm

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Community Book Discussion

Trained volunteers lead a free public book discussion for The Big Read featured novel, "Into the Beautiful North" by Luis Alberto Urrea. No registration required.

Event Location: Montana Avenue Branch Library, 1704 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90403

Date: Wed, Apr 16, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

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An Evening with Gustavo Arellano

Award-winning author and OC Weekly editor, Gustavo Arellano presents a talk on his popular nationally-syndicated column, and books "¡Ask a Mexican!" and "Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America."

Event Location: Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Date: Thu, Apr 17, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Book: Into the Beautiful North

Community Book Discussion

Trained volunteers lead a free public book discussion for The Big Read featured novel, "Into the Beautiful North" by Luis Alberto Urrea. No registration required.

Event Location: Santa Monica Museum of Art, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Date: Sat, Apr 19, 2014
Time: 10:00am – 11:30am

Book: Into the Beautiful North

The Latin American Film Series: "Magnificent Seven"

Enjoy a screening of the movie "Magnificent Seven" (1960). In this classic that inspires Nayeli's heroic quest in Into the Beautiful North, a ragtag group of cowboy mercenaries led by Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen is assembled to protect a small Mexican village from a gang of ruthless bandits. (128 min)

Event Location: Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Date: Sat, Apr 19, 2014
Time: 12:30pm – 3:00pm

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Conversation with Luis Alberto Urrea

Luis Alberto Urrea joins us for a virtual author talk via a web link from his home state of Illinois. Learn more about our acclaimed Big Read author and hear the story behind "Into the Beautiful North."

Event Location: Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Date: Mon, Apr 21, 2014
Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm

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Teen Book Discussion

Library staff lead a free book discussion for teens for The Big Read featured novel, "Into the Beautiful North" by Luis Alberto Urrea.

Event Location: 601 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2501

Date: Mon, Apr 21, 2014
Time: 5:30pm – 6:30pm

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Community Book Discussion

Trained volunteers lead a free public book discussion for The Big Read featured novel, "Into the Beautiful North" by Luis Alberto Urrea. No registration required.

Event Location: El Cholo Restaurant, 1025 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Date: Tue, Apr 22, 2014
Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Book: Into the Beautiful North

The Latin Experience Film Series: "Sin Nombre"

Enjoy a screening of the movie "Sin Nombre" (2009). Film run time: 96 minutes.

Event Location: Pico Branch Library, 2201 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Date: Tue, Apr 22, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Book: Into the Beautiful North

Spanish Language Community Book Discussion

Trained volunteers lead a free public book discussion for The Big Read featured novel, "Into the Beautiful North" by Luis Alberto Urrea. This discussion will be conducted in Spanish. No registration required.

Event Location: Patio Room at Virginia Avenue Park, 2200 Virginia Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Date: Wed, Apr 23, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Book: Into the Beautiful North

Community Book Discussion

Trained volunteers lead a free public book discussion for The Big Read featured novel, "Into the Beautiful North" by Luis Alberto Urrea. No registration required.

Event Location: Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Date: Sat, Apr 26, 2014
Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm

Book: Into the Beautiful North

Echo Park Film Center Filmmobile @ SMPL

Visit the Echo Park Film Center Filmmobile to view the short films created during the Santa Monica Museum of Art workshops inspired by the themes of "Into the Beautiful North."

Event Location: Main Library North Parking Lot, 601 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Date: Sat, Apr 26, 2014
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm

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An Afternoon with Rubén Martínez and Friends

Writer, musician and Emmy-award winning journalist Rubén Martínez, along with writer-performer Raquel Gutiérrez and multidisciplinary artist Rafa Esparza, present a special program of spoken word and music exploring the theme of immigration. Author of "Crossing Over" and "Desert America," Martínez has spent over two decades giving voice to those who imagine a new life for themselves.

Event Location: Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Date: Sat, Apr 26, 2014
Time: 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Book: Into the Beautiful North

In Discussion: Latino Literature and "Into the Beautiful North"

Marissa López, author of "Chicano Nations," moderates our keynote panel discussion on the history of Latino literature and its contemporary incarnations. Panelists include authors Daniel Olivas ("The Book of Want"); Reyna Grande ("The Distance Between Us"); and Verónica Reyes ("Chopper! Chopper! Poetry from Bordered Lives").

Event Location: Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Date: Tue, Apr 29, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Book: Into the Beautiful North

Community Book Discussion

Trained volunteers lead a free public book discussion for The Big Read featured novel, "Into the Beautiful North" by Luis Alberto Urrea. No registration required.

Event Location: Patio Room at Virginia Avenue Park, 2200 Virginia Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Date: Wed, Apr 30, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Book: Into the Beautiful North

Community Book Discussion

Trained volunteers lead a free public book discussion for The Big Read featured novel, "Into the Beautiful North" by Luis Alberto Urrea. No registration required.

Event Location: Fairview Branch Library, 2101 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

Date: Sat, May 3, 2014
Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm

Book: Into the Beautiful North

"Inocente": Documentary Screening and Discussion

Be inspired by this Oscar-winning documentary about a young Mexican immigrant who found her way out of homelessness with the help of an after-school arts program. A discussion with Rachel Bujalski and participants of The Mirror Mirror Project, a similar local arts program focused on at-risk youth, follows the screening. (Film run time: 40 min.)

Event Location: Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Date: Sat, May 3, 2014
Time: 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Book: Into the Beautiful North

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