NEWS & EVENTS

Puppets, Puppets, Puppets!
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS   

Workshops:

Puppet Shows:

Monday, April 16, 7:30 pm and ongoing.

(Call 323-223-1752 for other dates. Participants may join at any time.)

Beth Peterson’s Big Puppet/Community Art Pageant workshop to create a festive community pageant for Lummis Day, June 3.

Acorn Gallery, 135 N. Avenue 50, Highland Park, CA 90042  (All Ages)

The Arroyo Arts Collective continues its tradition of street puppets, decorated bicycles and intergenerational art making in a celebration of local history for Lummis Day.

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Puppet workshops for kids.

 

Wednesday, May 30, 3:30 pm - 

Johanna Smith’s “Creative Puppetry for Young Children: Bring a Book to Life!” workshop

Arroyo Seco Regional Branch Library, 6145 N. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90042 (All Ages)

Johanna Smith, Associate Professor of Theatre Education at Cal State San Bernardino, teaches children to make simple puppets based on favorite characters from books.

Tuesday, June 12, 3:30 pm  - 

Diana Big Mountain’s “Passport to Puppetry,” featuring the Painted Pony Rod Puppets and Story Time in Shadows, workshop

Cypress Park Branch Library, 1150 Cypress Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90065 (All Ages)

Diana Big Mountain unlocks the secrets of shadow puppets for kids of All Ages. Build a simple shadow puppet and amaze your friends.

Thursday June 21, 3:30 pm - 

Jacqueline Marks’ marionette workshop 

Arroyo Seco Regional Branch Library, 6145 N. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90042 (All Ages)

Learn to build a marionette, using cardboard tubes. 

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Jacqueline Marks' marionette workshop.

 

Lecture:

Sunday, June 10, 2 pm - 

Alan Cook, Curator of the Conservatory of Puppetry Arts, presents “An Underground History of Puppetry in Los Angeles.”

Acorn Gallery, 135 N. Ave, 50, Highland Park, CA 90042 (Ages 10 and up)

Alan Cook’s commitment to the craft of puppetry is legendary. His collection of puppets at the Conservatory of Puppetry Arts is one of the world’s largest. He also has a fantastic sense of humor. Come hear why Los Angeles is one of the great puppet cities of the USA.

Gallery Show:

Puppets on the Wall, June 2 through July 8. Artist Reception, Saturday June 9, 7 to 10 pm. Gallery hours: 12 to 4 pm, Saturday and Sunday

Acorn Gallery, 135 N. Ave. 50, Highland Park, CA 90042 (All Ages)

A show of artist made puppets, including the puppet videos of Poli Marichal, April Totten and Donnie Stroud, and a demonstration of puppet building by Patricia Lee on June 9. Expect a great variety of puppet styles as artists push the puppet envelope!

April Totten and Donnie Stroud’s wry puppet videos comment on the absurdity of modern urban life. 4 videos, including “Therapy” and “California’s Old.”

Poli Marichal’s moving film, “Guernica,” features animated 3-D puppets of the charcters in Picasso’s painting.

 

Saturday, June 2, doors open at 8 pm, shows begin at 9 - 

Late Night Puppet Cabaret, with three great shows: Marsian De Lellis presents “Growing Up Linda: The Life and Times of Linda Carvel, Heir to the Throne of the Carvel Cake Empire,” Miguel Olivares and Mythic Productions present “The Enchanting Lummpets Fall in Love,” and Al Guerrero presents “Puppets from Hell!”

The Space Ark Gallery, 106 S. Ave. 58, Highland Park, CA 90042 (Adults)

Marsian De Lellis' show uses tabletop puppets, projections and performing objects to tell the tale of the fictional Linda, daughter of a famous ice cream cake mogul.

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“Growing Up Linda: The Life and Times of Linda Carvel, Heir to the Throne of the Carvel Cake Empire,” by Marsian De Lellis.

 

Miguel Olivares and company set their story in the legendary Harlemed Park. They describe their show as a mix of Punch and Judy, slapstick, Romeo and Juliet and Mr. T’s.

Al Guerrero’s puppets combine elements of Mexican folk art with a decidedly modern, urban sensibility.   

Sunday, June 3 (times to be advised-please see the Lummis Day Program) - 

Three puppet shows in conjunction with Lummis Day: The Puppets and Players Little Theatre presents “Puff, the Magic Dragon,” Rene and his Marionettes  present “Variety in Miniature” and Carol Colin and Ted Waltz’s workshop and performance, “Puppets Tramp Across the Continent” 

Sycamore Grove Park, 4900 N. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90042 (All Ages)

The Puppets and Players Little Theatre is a totally self contained, European-style marionette theatre on wheels. Featuring marionettes, hand puppets, delightful songs and a live pirate, this show is sure to delight. 

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The Puppets and Players Little Theatre

 

Rene Zendejas is a legendary figure In Los Angeles puppetry. His puppet shows at Olvera Street in the late 1940’s helped to revitalize this LA landmark. Rene is a master showman, and his puppetry style is described as both dynamic and elegant. Rene’s puppets have appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show, in Rene’s 1970’s TV show, “Domingo,” in McDonald’s commercials and in the film, Team America.

Artists Carol Colin and Ted Waltz invite Lummis Day participants of All Ages to create puppets and put on a puppet show based on the life of Charles Lummis (workshop followed by performance 12-4 pm)

Tuesday, June 5, 3:30 pm -

Scott Land and his Marionettes present a marionette show featuring literary characters.

Cypress Park Branch Library, 1150 Cypress Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90065 (All Ages)

Scott Land’s marionettes are renowned for their exquisite craftsmanship and lifelike movement. His marionettes have appeared in films, at the Magic Castle and aboard cruise ships.

Friday, June 8, 8 pm -

MaRia Bodmann presents, “Shadows of Bali.”

Art in the Park, 5568 Via Marisol, Hermon, CA 90042 (All Ages)

MaRia Bodmann’s lyrical shadow puppets shows reinterpret the traditional shadow theatre of Bali for contemporary audiences. “Shadow of Bali” includes live music and a rare opportunity to peer behind the scenes of a shadow puppet stage.

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MaRia Bodmann’s shadow puppets.


 

Saturday, June 9, 8 pm -

Jesse Kingsley and the Mystery Bird Puppet Show present “The Squeaking Matador.” Kyle McBain Leeser and the Tangled Tinkers present “The Stone Runnel.”

Future Studio, 5558 N. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90042 (All Ages)

Jesse Kingsley’s “The Squeaking Matador” is set along the banks of the Los Angeles River. A mystery is solved with the help of Alfred Hitchcock. Kingsley promises never-seen-before puppet effects.

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Jesse Kingsley’s “The Squeaking Matador.”

 

Kyle McBain Leeser’s marionette show, “The Stone Runnel,” is also a Los Angeles River story. In a mysterious boat ride down the river, a young man and his unusual companion find love and music. 

Saturday, June 9, 7-10 pm

Puppets on the Wall Artist Reception, Saturday June 9, 7 to 10 pm

Acorn Gallery, 135 N. Ave. 50, Highland Park, CA 90042 (All Ages)

A show of artist made puppets, including the puppet videos of Poli Marichal, April Totten and Donnie Stroud, and a demonstration of puppet building by Patricia Lee on June 9. Expect a great variety of puppet styles as artists push the puppet envelope!

April Totten and Donnie Stroud’s wry puppet videos comment on the absurdity of modern urban life. 4 videos, including “Therapy” and “California’s Old.”

Poli Marichal’s moving film, “Guernica,” features animated 3-D puppets of the charcters in Picasso’s painting.

Sunday, June 10, 3:30 pm 

Beth Peterson presents the toy theatre puppet show, “LA Stories, Volume Two” (following Alan Cook’s lecture. See listing under Lecture) 

Acorn Gallery, 135 N. Ave, 50, Highland Park, CA 90042 (Ages 10 and up)

Beth Peterson’s show honors Ambrose Meyers, horseshoe sculptor and septic tank repairman. Meyers is the creator of Horseshoe Heaven in Sylmar. Peterson’s intimate toy theatre puppet show provides a fascinating glimpse of an uncommon man. 

Saturday, June 16, 2 pm -

Poli Marichal Shadow Theatre presents “The Ocelotl and the Papalotl (Balam and Pepen)” and Jamie Kim’s One Grain of Sand Puppet and Mask Theatre presents “Who Stole Mago?”

Acorn Gallery and Avenue 50 Studio, 131 and 135 N. Avenue 50, Highland Park, CA. 90042 (All Ages)

Poli Marichal’s shadow puppets are inspired by ancient Mayan art. A friendship between a jaguar cub and a Monarch butterfly is at the heart of this tale of courage and the power of persuasion.

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Poli Marichal’s “The Ocelotl and
the Papalotl (Balam and Pepen)”

 

In Jamie Kim’s intimate table-top puppet show, two sisters encounter the story of Mago, a creation myth of Korea, as they search for their long lost mother. This show features motifs from Korean folk painting, lively drumming and audience participation.

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Jamie Kim’s “Who Stole Mago?”

 

Thursday, June 28, 3:30 pm - 

Michael Dowell’s Moodoo Puppets present “Sleeping Beauty in Outer Space”

Arroyo Seco Regional Branch Library, 6145 N. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90042 (All Ages)

Michael Dowell’s hand-and-rod puppet shows feature important social themes, such as friendship and helping others. Audience members help generate an original script for this fun, interactive show. 

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