Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Early July Darwin & Fashion Shows, Living Paintings & Celebrations

July 2nd is the halfway point of 2009. 
To mark 200 years since Charles Darwin's birth and 150 years since the publication of On the Origin of Species, the University of Cambridge will host a major international Festival on July 5-10. **As this page is from 2009, some of these links may not be correct anymore, some of the events may not be annual.

Darwin celebrations continue all around the world this year.

July 4-5 is Beyond Boundaries Live 2009 taking place in Farnborough, Hampshire UK. It's described as the UK's most dynamic lifestyle event for people with disabilities.

There are various sporting events, including rock climbing and beep baseball. Participate in
Pimp my Wheelchair and
an enabled cooking center. There's a photography competition and a fashion show featuring Sophie Morgan, a painter and a star of Britains Missing Top Model.

July 8th The Pageant of The Masters opens in Laguna Beach CA. Where art comes to life is their tag line. Each evening will consist of, "Ninety minutes of living pictures - incredibly faithful art re-creations of classical and contemporary works with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces." This year's theme is The Muse.

Check out the blog, Twinklings for photos and a good write-up from last year's event. Photo in upper left-hand corner is Edgar Degas’ “Cafe Concert aux Ambassadeurs,” from a feature in the Orange Coast Magazine.

The Festival of Arts: California's Premier Fine Art Exhibition, runs during the day. The festivities end August 31st at the Laguna Beach site.

Every week, Christopher West placed a new blank T-shirt up for auction on eBay. The winning bidder decided the message and the design. West would then wear it for a week.

July 5th, West's T-shirts will be sold in a Final Auction at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam. You can see the T-shirts and find out more about
the project at his web site. (Photo from his site.)

July 11th Kokeshi: From Folk Art to Art Toy opens at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles California. The show runs through October and features a special display of custom painted kokeshi is also featured—and available for sale at the Museum Store—by over 100 well-known international contemporary artists.kip fulbeck: part asian, 100% hapa, a traveling exhibition, is on display
at the Japanese American National Museum through October 31st.
LaborFest 2009 has a range of events running throughout San Francisco, CA the entire month of July. The annual labor cultural, film and arts festival was established to commemorate the San Francisco General and West Coast Waterfront strikes, as well as the history and culture of working people.

Kristina Lewis utilizes common household objects such as duct tape, drinking straws, zippers, needles and magnifying glasses. Her work is attractive and provocative. She has a July show at the Oakland Museum Sculpture Court in California.

Doctor Anna Freud Banana and Urban Art make up just two of the exhibitions at the Weserburg Museum in Bremen, Germany. Since the 1970s, Doctor Banana has concerned herself with the scholarly investigation of artistic issues, and her preferred action medium for doing so is: the banana. One of her pieces, from the museum site, is pictured above.

Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, vanished on July 2, 1937, somewhere in the Pacific Ocean.

July first is Canada Day!
July 4, 1971 Koko the Gorilla famous for learning sign language, was born

July 6, 1957 John Lennon met Paul McCartney

July 9, 1933 Neurologist Oliver Sacks was born. I'm a fan of his books, including The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Talesand the film, Awakenings, which was based upon his experiences. Dr. Sacks discussed the effect music has on the brain on The Daily Show.
July 10, 1947 Arlo Guthrie's Birthday
July 12, 1960 The Etch-a-Sketch was released
July 13-19 World Bodypainting Festival in Seeboden, Austria

These are some of the things I have on my calendar for early July. Time to celebrate and commemorate. Time for cake?

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