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15 July 2010, 01:14 PM
jkt
RAY BRADBURY WEEK in Los Angeles
quote:
Originally posted by Steven Paul Leiva:
Hi, Everybody! sorry I haven't been on this board of late. I am waiting to see if we lock two plannedevents for RAY BRADBURY WEEK. Once that happens I will post the full schedule on the RAY BRADBURY WEEK Facebook page, and I will try to do the same here. I hope everything gets locked by the end of this week.

Best to all,

Steven

Speaking as one who knows how hard it is to get things locked into place I appreciate all you are doing.


John King Tarpinian
You know what you are, Mr. Bradbury? ... You are a poet! -- Aldous Huxley
24 July 2010, 02:13 PM
philnic
No doubt Steven will be along soon with an update on Bradbury Week in LA - but if you can't wait, head on over to the Facebook page for the full lists of events:

http://www.facebook.com/#!/pag.../345974751571?v=info

(You probably need to have a Facebook account to be able to access this page.)


- Phil

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24 July 2010, 07:02 PM
Steven Paul Leiva
Ray Bradbury Week
In Los Angeles
August 22-28, 2010

Schedule of Events

ALL EVENTS ARE FREE TO THE PUBLIC

Before Ray Bradbury Week

Sunday, August 15th:
A special Birthday party for Ray Mystery & Imagination/Bookfellows Bookshop in Glendale. Details TBA

Friday, August 20th: LOS ANGELES CITY COUNCIL MEETING - RAY BRADBURY WEEK RESOLUTION
During today’s meeting of The Los Angeles City Council, the Council will consider a resolution proclaiming August 22 to 28 RAY BRADBURY WEEK. Louis Friedman of The Planetary Society, Steven Paul Leiva, the instigator of Ray Bradbury Week, and a third person to be announced, will speak on behalf of the resolution. As with all City Council meetings the public is invited. Come on down and show your support for Ray Bradbury!
LOCATION: LOS ANGELES CITY HALL, CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS 200 N. SPRING STREET, 3RD FLOOR N. Spring Street, 3rd Floor, LOS ANGELES TIME: 10:00AM PARKING: The parking at City Hall is free but must be reserved by calling: 213-473-7013 and giving the driver's name, vehicle make, model, and plates.
To reach City Hall :
From the NORTH heading SOUTH
Take the 101-freeway, exit on Los Angeles Street
or the 2 south to the 5 south then take the 110 South to the 101 south, exit on Los Angeles. Make a right turn and head south pass Temple St and enter into the LA Gate parking structure. This is 1 1⁄2 block from the freeway exit.
From the SOUTH heading NORTH
Take the 110-freeway north to the 101 south, exit on Los Angeles. Make a right turn and head south pass Temple St and enter into the LA Gate parking structure. This is 1 1⁄2 block from the freeway exit.
Parking Structure can be entered from Los Angeles Street heading south 1⁄2 block passed Temple. On the right (west) side of the street. You must check-in at the kiosk. You will be directed to drive underground to the P3 level. Take the elevator to the 3rd floor and cross the bridge
Enter City Hall and check in through the security entrance.
The officers can direct you to your destination from there.

Monday, August 16th thru Sunday, August 29th
The Writers Guild Foundation presents A RAY BRADBURY EXHIBIT AT SHAVELSON- WEBB LIBRARY
As part of Ray Bradbury Week the Writers Guild Foundation’s Shavelson-Webb Library at the Writers Guild of America, west, building will mount an exhibit in two display cases. Bradbury materials (such as book and script covers) will be used from the library collection. The library is open to the public 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays–Fridays; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursdays (closed the last Friday of each month).
LOCATION: WRITERS GUILD, FIRST FLOOR, 7000 W. THIRD, LOS ANGELES INFO: (323) 782-4692.
Ray Bradbury Week

Monday, August 23 The Diversity Department of the Writers Guild of America, west presents
A stage reading of Ray Bradbury’s one-act play, THE BETTER PART OF WISDOM A special Seasoned Readings presentation for “Ray Bradbury Week”
A moving, surprising one-act play by the legendary Ray Bradbury. Set in 1950s London, the drama centers on a dying, 80-year-old Irishman enduring a farewell tour of relatives who discovers that his beloved grandson is gay. Directed by Steven Paul Leiva. Cast: TBA LOCATION: WRITERS GUILD, 7000 W. THIRD, LOS ANGELES - SECOND FLOOR TIME: 7:00PM
INFO: (323) 782-4589. RSVP: diversity@wga.org with “Wisdom” in subject line
TO ASSURE A FULL HOUSE RSVPS WILL BE OVERBOOKED. COME EARLY AS SEATING IS ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVE BASIS.

Tuesday, August 24
THE PLAYBOY FOUNDATION presents a special screening of FAHRENHEIT 451. Starring Julie Christie, Oskar Werner and Cyril Cusack. Directed by François Truffaut. Screenplay by Jean-Louis Richard and François Truffaut based on the novel by Ray Bradbury.
The film will be preceded by a discussion with Ray Bradbury and Hugh Hefner moderated by Los Angeles Times reporter and Hero Complex blogger Geoff Boucher.
Truffaut "captured the soul and essence of the book." -- Ray Bradbury
LOCATION: WRITERS GUILD THEATER 135 SOUTH DOHENY DRIVE, BEVERLY HILLS (JUST SOUTH OF WILSHIRE) TIME: 7:00PM RSVP: Simone at 312-373-2049 or siancu@playboy.com with “Fahrenheit 451” in the subject line.
PARKING: FREE PARKING IN THE LOT JUST NORTH OF THE THEATER.
BOOKS BY AND ABOUT RAY BRADBURY WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR SALE BY MYSTERY & IMAGINATION/BOOKFELLOWS BOOKSHOP IN THE LOBBY BEFORE AND AFTER THE SCREENING OF FAHRENHEIT 451. IF MR. BRADBURY IS AVAILABLE AFTER THE SCREENING HE WILL HAPPILY AUTOGRAPH ONE BOOK PER PERSON (NO OUTSIDE BOOKS PLEASE). IF MR BRADBURY IS UNAVAILABLE A STOCK OF PRE-SIGNED BOOKS WILL BE AVAILABLE.
TO ASSURE A FULL HOUSE RSVPS WILL BE OVERBOOKED. COME EARLY AS SEATING IS ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVE BASIS.

Thursday, August 26
The Los Angeles Public Library’s Richard J. Riordan Central Library will host a special screening of Ray Bradbury’s THE WONDERFUL ICE CREAM SUIT (1998). Starring Joe Mantegna, Esai Morales and Edward James Olmos. Directed by Stuart Gordon. Screenplay by Ray Bradbury based his short story and play.
POSSIBLE SPECIAL GUESTS TO BE ANNOUNCED
Join us for Ray’s exploration of the magic possible in life when you are looking your best! The spirited, comic performances of the cast, the joyful music, and Ray’s life affirming story will leave you in a decidedly upbeat mood.
LOCATION: RICHARD J. RIORDIAN CENTRAL LIBRARY, MARK TAPER AUDITORIUM 630 WEST FIFTHE STREET, LOS ANGELES. TIME: 7:00PM RSVP: EMAIL rbw451@aol.com with “Ice Cream” in subject line.
PARKING: UNDER THE CENTRAL LIBRARY - FOR CARS ENTERING AFTER 3:00 PM UNTIL LIBRARY CLOSING AT 9 PM THERE IS A $1.00 FLAT RATE, AFTER 9 PM $4.00 EVERY 10 MINIUTES WITH A MAXIMUM OF $8.00.
COME EARLY AND YOU CAN BUY YOURSELF A WONDERFUL, ARCHITECTURALLY INSPIRED ICE CREAM SANDWICH FROM THE COOLHAUS ICE CREAM TRUCK WHICH WILL BE PARKED ON FIFTH STREET BY THE ENTRANCE TO THE MARK TAPER AUDITORIUM FROM 6 TO 7 PM.
TO ASSURE A FULL HOUSE RSVPS WILL BE OVERBOOKED. COME EARLY AS SEATING IS ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVE BASIS.

Saturday, August 28
The Paley Center for Media presents RAY BRADBURY ON TELEVISION, three television productions based on works by Ray Bradbury.
Join us for an afternoon of screenings of three of Ray Bradbury’s personal favorites among the TV adaptations of his work.
Doors open to the Center at Noon and admission is free. The screening schedule is as follows:
1:00 PM RAY BRADBURY THEATER: THE BANSHEE (1986) An episode from the landmark cable TV series, The Ray Bradbury Theater, and based on Ray’s autobiographical short story about his relationship with famed film director John Huston when Ray was in Ireland writing the screenplay for Huston’s Moby Dick. Starring Peter O’Tool as the Director and Charles Martin Smith as the Writer. Directed by Douglas Jackson. Screenplay by Ray Bradbury.
2:00 PM AMERICAN PLAYHOUSE: ANY FRIEND OF NICHOLAS NICKLEBY IS A FRIEND OF MINE (1982) Made for the famed PBS series, American Playhouse. Imagine a summer that would never end; imagine a boy who would never grow up; imagine a small town, the kind you don't find anymore ... Enter a mysterious stranger who calls himself “Charles Dickens” who makes a magical and lasting change in the lives of an imaginative 12-year-old boy and a loving young woman. Starring Fred Gwynne (The Munsters) as “Charles Dickens” and featuring Ray Bradbury as the voice of the boy as a man. Directed by Ralph Rosenblum. Screenplay by Mary Trimble based on the short story by Ray Bradbury.
3:00 PM The Peabody Award-Winning THE ELECTRIC GRANDMOTHER (1982) Based on one of Ray’s most famous short stories, I SING THE BODY ELECTRIC. The moving story about how three young children, after the death of their mother, found love and comfort from a marvelous electric grandmother. Starring Maureen Stapleton, Edward Herrmann and Paul Benedict. Directed by Noel Black. Screenplay by Ray Bradbury and Jeffery Kindley based on “I Sing the Body Electric” by Ray Bradbury.
LOCATION: THE PALEY CENTER FOR MEDIA, 465 N. BEVERLY DRIVE, BEVERLY HILLS. TIMES: LISTED ABOVE RSVP: 310-786-1036
PARKING: FREE AT THE PALEY CENTER, ENTRANCE OFFF LITTLE SANTA MONICA
ALTHOUGH MR. BRADBURY HOPES TO ATTEND EACH EVENT, HIS PARTICIPATION IS SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY.


ON THE RAY BRADBURY WEEK FACEBOOK PAGE:
RAY BRADBURY: THE ILLUSTRATED MAN, A VIRTUAL GALLERY SHOW OF PORTRAITS OF RAY AND SCENES FROM HIS WORKS CREATED BY ANIMATION ARTISTS AS THEIR GIFT TO RAY ON HIS 90TH BIRTHDAY IN APPRECIATION FOR HIS GREAT LOVE OF AND SUPPORT FOR THE ART OF ANIMATION.


THE PLANETARY SOCIETY IS COLLECTING BIRTHDAY GREETINGS FROM WELL-WISHERS AROUND THE WORLD TO PRESENT TO RAY FOR HIS SPECIAL DAY AT CITY HALL ON THE 20TH
24 July 2010, 07:22 PM
Steven Paul Leiva
By the way, this is the link to my essay on Ray, Searching for Ray Bradbury, that ran on the LATimes.com Hero Complex blog that helped get Ray Bradbury Week started. You might enjoy it.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.co...or-ray-bradbury.html
04 August 2010, 05:57 PM
jkt
For the event of the 23rd, James Cromwell will be doing the reading of the grandfather for The Better Part of Wisdom.


John King Tarpinian
You know what you are, Mr. Bradbury? ... You are a poet! -- Aldous Huxley
04 August 2010, 07:02 PM
Doug Spaulding
quote:
Originally posted by jkt:
For the event of the 23rd, James Cromwell will be doing the reading of the grandfather for The Better Part of Wisdom.

That'll do.


"Live Forever!"
12 August 2010, 12:21 PM
jkt
SOUTH PASADENA TO WISH RAY BRADBURY A HAPPY 90th

AT LIBRARY ON AUGUST 19th

The South Pasadena Public Library and the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library, with funding support from the Helix Foundation, will honor Ray Bradbury with a 90th Birthday Celebration on Thursday, August 19 at 8:00 p.m. in the Library Community Room. The free, not-to-be-missed event will also feature a showing of Walt Disney Productions’ adaptation of Something Wicked This Way Comes, a PG-13-rated 1983 film starring Jason Robards and Diane Ladd.

Mayor Richard D. Schneider will present a Proclamation to Ray declaring August 22 as “Ray Bradbury Day in South Pasadena.” Bradbury will also be honored by the offices of Congressman Adam Schiff, Senator Gilbert Cedillo, Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, and Supervisor Michael Antonovich. Lissa Reynolds from the Fremont Centre Theatre, who has worked with Ray for years, will be introducing him and leading the audience in singing you-know-what. A custom birthday cake designed by Fantasy Frostings of South Pasadena will also be presented.



The Something Wicked screenplay was written by Bradbury and adapted from his novel. The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films gave it two Saturn Awards in 1984 for Best Fantasy Film as well as Best Screenplay. As Roger Ebert noted when the film came out, “it captures the novel’s mood, tone, and style in a really exceptional way.” The plot concerns Will and Jim, two young small town boys, who hear about a strange traveling carnival. Even when the carnival rolls into town at midnight, it seems to be just another road show, but before long its ominous leader Mr. Dark is manifesting forces of evil. Along with his collection of freaks and oddities, he plans to take control of the town until confronted by the two boys, their friends, and Will’s father, the town’s Librarian.



Bradbury has maintained has a longstanding special relationship with South Pasadena. Through the years many theatrical productions of Bradbury works have been presented to enthusiastic audiences at the Fremont Center Theatre in South Pasadena, often with Ray in attendance. Ray Bradbury also contributed the use of one his quotes to the Library’s successful Measure L Special Tax Ballot Measure in November of 2009 that received an 80% approval rating with voters and taxpayers. The quote used was “Without libraries, what have we? We have no past and no future.”



The Community Room is located at 1115 El Centro Street. Doors will open at 7:30. No tickets or reservations are necessary. The program is presented by the South Pasadena Public Library and the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library with financial support from of The Helix Foundation. Plentiful free parking will be available across the street in the South Pasadena Unified School District parking lot. To augment the 150 seat capacity in the Community Room, a giant screen to show the proceedings and the film will also be set up in the Library Park where lawn chairs and blankets are welcome. Special thanks to Best Custom Frame, Daily Photo, Fantasy Frostings, Rotary Club of South Pasadena, SOSOUND Entertainment, The South Pasadena Review, South Pasadena Unified School District, and Thomas Lake Construction, Inc.


John King Tarpinian
You know what you are, Mr. Bradbury? ... You are a poet! -- Aldous Huxley
13 August 2010, 05:25 AM
biplane1
Very nice John. Another beautiful event to honor Ray!
13 August 2010, 03:31 PM
jkt
From HeroComplex in the Los Angeles Times:

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/herocomplex/

(second article from the top)


John King Tarpinian
You know what you are, Mr. Bradbury? ... You are a poet! -- Aldous Huxley
13 August 2010, 03:39 PM
jkt
As part of their tribute to Ray Bradbury UCLA will have an online tribute to Ray. (It should go online by Monday the 16th)

http://www.spotlight.ucla.edu/ray-bradbury

Why UCLA? Because that is where Ray tryped out F451.


John King Tarpinian
You know what you are, Mr. Bradbury? ... You are a poet! -- Aldous Huxley
14 August 2010, 04:54 AM
fjp451
...in the basement!
14 August 2010, 08:50 AM
jkt
As you enter the library go down the east stairs, it is the first door on your left, where the plaque has been affixed to the wall.


John King Tarpinian
You know what you are, Mr. Bradbury? ... You are a poet! -- Aldous Huxley
15 August 2010, 12:55 PM
fjp451
jkt: Right you are!!

http://file770.com/wp-content/...s/2008/09/plaque.JPG

...and the Man, what, a mere 56 yrs. later?!

http://file770.com/wp-content/...aque-powell-ucla.jpg

I am sure he will have no problem blowing out ALL of the candles at the Bookstore today!! Wish we could have been there with all of his friends.
f

I will be teaching F451 to 140 sophomores this fall, Also, a presentation of RB's works will be offered to our local library, with F451 as the centerpiece for Banned Books Week. (Ironically, the supervising librarian is a former literature student of mine - from a number of years ago. I brought a copy of the graphic Fahrenheit back for her from last year's celebration. Funny how things play out some times!!)