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Free Getty Family Festival on August 5 Features Music, Dance, and Art Activities Celebrating the American Spirit

July 19, 2001

What: Getty Family Festival
When: Sunday, August 5, 2001,10 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: Lisa Brown, Getty Communications, 310-440-6439; Fax: 310-440-7722; e-mail:

Los Angeles--The J. Paul Getty Museum will again host its popular Getty Family Festival, a free day of celebration, on Sunday, August 5, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This exciting summer festival features dance and musical performances, storytelling, art-making workshops, and gallery activities. Admission is free. Picnic areas are open and family-friendly food is offered throughout the day at various Getty dining locations. Family festivals are held quarterly and are produced for the Getty by Community Arts Resources, Inc.
(A complete schedule of events follows.)

Inspired by the Getty’s current exhibitions of work by renowned photographer Walker Evans, the August Family Festival celebrates “Americana” with an exciting lineup of performers and activities that appeal to all ages and reflect the diversity of the country’s rich historical landscape. Featured musical artists include legendary bluesman Floyd Dixon; the Wartime Radio Revue, one of Southern California’s hottest swing bands; the Alley Cats, who put a new twist on the doo-wop songs of the ’50s and ’60s; and the Goin’ South Band, playing music of the Cajuns, Creoles, and Native Americans, along with New Orleans jazz, Appalachian, and bluegrass music. Guests will also enjoy Native American storytelling by distinguished children’s author Geri Keams, and the talents of Gordy Ohilger, a self-styled “banjo-ologist” who leads audiences on a historical journey that mixes comedy with the plucky sounds of the banjo.

Hailed as “Mr. Magnificent of Blues,” Floyd Dixon will work his legendary magic with his signature, energetic “jump” style of music that includes foot-stomping piano boogies and soulful vocals sure to perk up younger and older ears alike. The celebrated musician has thrilled audiences around the world with his recordings and his inimitable personal style, and has shared the stage with other jazz greats, such as Louis Armstrong and Lionel Hampton.

Festival-goers will also be inclined to kick up their heels to the sounds of the Goin’ South Band, which takes audiences on an entertaining and educational journey through the country’s southern hemisphere featuring the spicy music of Cajuns, Creoles, and Native Americans. The Wartime Radio Revue, a 15-piece ensemble led by Pete Jacobs, similarly mixes music and memory in a unique performance that combines the lively sounds of classic swing with 1940-style radio commercials and news “broadcasts” from World War II.

Geri Keams, a member of the Streak-of-Black Forest Clan of the Navajo, will delight individuals of all ages, sharing ancient stories, chants, and myths of many Native American tribes. Keams’ talents are widely recognized through her acclaimed books, Grandmother Spider Brings the Sun and Snail Girl Brings Water.

The festival also includes art-making workshops inspired by the Walker Evans exhibitions, and Michelle Berne’s 12-foot-tall Ensor Puppets.

Getty Family Festival
Schedule of Events
Sunday, August 5, 2001
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Live Music on the Plaza Stage in the Museum Courtyard

11:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Goin’ South Band - Music of the Cajuns, Creoles, and Native Americans along with New Orleans jazz, Appalachian, and bluegrass music

12:45-1:30 p.m. The Alley Cats - Doo-wop tunes from the ’50s and ’60s

2:15-3:05 p.m. Floyd Dixon - The legendary pianist and his band play vibrant, exuberant jump blues from the West Coast

4:00-5:00 p.m. Wartime Radio Revue - Big band swing music from the ’30s and ’40s

Storytelling in the Museum Lecture Hall

10:45-11:30 a.m. Geri Keams - Native American storytelling

12:15-1:00 p.m. Gordy Ohilger - This “banjo-ologist” takes you on an American musical journey from the late 1800s up to the 1940s.

1:45- 2:30 p.m. Geri Keams - Native American storytelling

3:15-4:00 p.m. Gordy Ohilger - This “banjo-ologist” takes you on an American musical journey from the late 1800s up to the 1940s.

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

11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Michelle Berne’s 12-foot-tall Ensor Puppets

2:15-3:45 p.m. Michelle Berne’s 12-foot-tall Ensor Puppets

Workshops offering hands-on, art-making activities in the Museum Courtyard

10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Create and Send a Postcard

10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Create a Frame

11:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Workshop inspired by The American Tradition and Walker Evans: Photographs from the Getty Collection

11:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Workshop inspired by A Royal Menagerie: Porcelain Animals
from Dresden

The Getty Family Festival is produced by Community Arts Resources, Inc.

Family Fun at the Getty

In addition to the Family Festival, the Getty Center offers ongoing daily activities for families (in English and Spanish) that are available in the Museum:

Family Room - Visit the Family Room to experience “Picture Yourself,” a playful view of portraits, along with game boxes, puzzles, picture books, computers, and other resources to make the most of a visit with children. Investigate techniques that artists use to make a portrait. Try on a costume similar to one in a painting--smile behind the marquesa’s fan or pose on stage as the ambassador. Read a story or simply relax.

Gallery Games
- “Perplexing Paintings” and “The Getty Art Detective” are games that help you explore the Museum through an art treasure hunt. Go at your own pace and get to know works of art. Game boxes can be checked out in the Family Room.

Family Audioguide - Hear the “moo” when you view the painting A Maid Milking a Cow in a Barn. Listen to the sound of sculpture coming to life as a dragon’s jaw cracks open. Hear stories and fun facts about intriguing works of art in the audioguide’s 24 family stops, which help generate discussion between children and adults. For rental ($3.00) in the Museum’s Entrance Hall.

Art Information Rooms
- In four rooms throughout the Museum, you can examine how art is made, touch real parchment and gold leaf, or page through books. Also available is Art Access, an interactive multimedia computer system with information about works of art in the Getty collection. Knowledgeable docents are there to answer your questions.

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