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Free Getty Family Festival on June 1 Highlights Railroads Exhibition with Music, Dance, and Art-Making Activities

May 16, 2002

What: Getty Family Festival
When: Saturday, June 1, 2002 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 1200 Getty Center Drive; exit on Getty Center Drive off the 405 Freeway.
Admission: Admission is free, and parking is just $5. For public information call 310-440-7300.
Parking: No reservations required. Parking is based on availability.
Press info: Pre-registration is required for all media.
Press contact: Getty Communications Dept., Tel. 310-440-7360; Fax: 310-440-7722

LOS ANGELES—The J. Paul Getty Museum’s Family Festival on Saturday, June 1, 2002, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., will offer a range of activities inspired by the Getty’s current photographs exhibition, Railroad Vision, which illustrates how photographs captured the romanticism and influence of railroads in a changing society. The Family Festival’s daylong celebration includes dance and musical performances featuring railroad songs, storytelling about the Underground Railroad, a model-train demonstration, and travel-inspired workshops. Admission is free. Picnic areas are available, and family-friendly food is offered throughout the day at various Getty dining locations. (A complete schedule of events and a description of performers follow.)

In the Getty Museum Courtyard, the Hollow Log band will perform all-acoustic railroad tunes that blend Cajun, Gypsy, and Celtic sounds, while award-winning storyteller Diane Ferlatte tells tales of the Underground Railroad and African lore with song, dance, spoken word, and sign language in the Museum Lecture Hall. Festival goers will also get the chance to see the Orange County Module Railroaders demonstrate a model railroad on-site.

Children may choose from many art-making activities and workshops, such as making a train from recycled boxes, creating a “visual poem” to travel back to a favorite place, crafting a frame for their favorite “mini” work of art, and painting a postcard with water colors.

The festivities also include performances by the Viver Brasil Dance Company (a Los Angeles-based ensemble), who will share contemporary dance, song, and percussion drawn from the Afro-Brazilian experience; the Elk Whistle Ensemble, who will present song and dance using traditional instruments of the Comanche Nation and the Cherokee and Choctaw tribes; and the Malathi Iyengar & Rangoli Dance Company, which explores the exotic music and dance of Northern and Southern India.

“imagination station”—a collaborative partnership of actors, writers, artists, teachers, and musicians—will offer a cultural journey through Egypt, France, and Italy with “The History of 40 minutes or less,” a humorous chronicle of landmark art moments.

The Getty Museum will also host Family Festivals on August 3 and October 20, 2002. Getty Family Festivals are produced by Community Arts Resources.

Getty Family Festival
Schedule of Events
Saturday, June 1, 2002
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m

Live Music and Dance on the Plaza Stage in the Museum Courtyard

11:00 a.m.- 11:45 a.m. Malathi Iyengar & Rangoli Dance Company
12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Hollow Log
1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. The Elk Whistle Ensemble
3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Hollow Log
4:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. Viver Brasil Dance Company

Storytelling and Music in the Museum Lecture Hall

11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. imagination station: The History of 40 minutes or less
1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Diane Ferlatte Storytelling
2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. imagination station: The History of 40 minutes or less
4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Diane Ferlatte Storytelling

Workshops offering hands-on, art-making activities in the Museum Courtyard and on the Getty Research Institute lawn

10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Create and Send Your Own Postcard with Ismael de Anda
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Create a Frame
11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Make a Train! with Beth Krumholz
11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Journey and Landscape Picture Poems with Roseanne Kleinerman

On-Site Demonstration in the Museum Courtyard

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Orange County Module Railroaders Giant Puppets, seen Getty-wide are inspired by James Ensor’s painting “Christ’s Entry into Brussels in 1889” from the J. Paul Getty Museum collection.
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Ensor Giant Puppets by Michelle Berne & Celebration Arts
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Ensor Giant Puppets by Michelle Berne & Celebration Arts

Description of Performers

The Elk Whistle Ensemble is comprised of dancers and musicians that accompany Bill Neal (aka Elk Whistle) as he plays the Plains-style cedar flutes of the Comanche, Kiowa, and Lakota Nations, and the river cane flutes of the Cherokee and the Choctaw, from whom he descends.

Diane Ferlatte, an award-winning teller of tales, views storytelling as a traditional art form that can promote literacy, inspiring students as she passes on history and culture. Her repertoire includes yarns from around the world, many of them expressing the morals, values and ethics that are common across cultures.

Hollow Log is an all-acoustic ensemble featuring hillbilly sounds, heavily seasoned with Cajun, Gypsy, and Celtic traditional music. The six-member group is based in Los Angeles and has performed at a variety of Southland civic festivals.

Malathi Iyengar & Rangoli Dance Company, along with musicians from India, present South Indian classical dance ”Bharata Natyam” and folk dance from North India. Clad in their authentic costumes, their performance features vibrant rhythms and colorful dance imagery.

Viver Brasil Dance Company is a Los Angeles-based ensemble that performs rich Afro-Brazilian stories and legends through dance, song, and percussion under the artistic direction of Luiz Badaró and Linda Yudin, and through the collaborative efforts of L.A. based artists.

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