Archives for September 4, 2019

Books of the week! Color away your stress with these books from Dover Publications!

Welcome to a woodsy wonderland of starry skies, towering trees, fabulous flowers, and other highly stylized nature designs. Thirty-one spectacular scenes include amazing allover patterns, fields of bluebells and mushrooms, and other dramatic landscapes. Pages are perforated and printed on one side only for easy removal and display. Specially designed for experienced colorists, Entangled Forest and other Creative Haven® adult coloring books offer an escape to a world of inspiration and artistic fulfillment. I absolutely love this coloring book! Such a wonderful way to use your creativity and to relax! Retails for $5.99.

But, this one is my favorite!

Creative Haven: Tranquility

Relax and unwind with 31 mesmerizing illustrations inspired by nature and specifically designed to promote mindfulness and inner peace. Swirling tendrils and other beguiling patterns invite color combinations of any kind — the creative possibilities are endless! Pages are perforated and printed on one side only for easy removal and display. This one is perfect for adults who like to color and it is a great way to just not worry. I highly recommend both of these books.

Price: $5.99

Find them both at Dover Publications.

Self Disclosure: I received copies of the above books to facilitate this post. Images were also provided.

COAST Celebrates Art and People-Powered Transportation

COAST 2018, (Photo courtesy of COAST).

Bike, skate, stroll, or roll along two miles of car-free streets filled with creativity, music, dance, and interactive workshops
Sunday, September 15, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Santa Monica’s free open streets celebration, COAST, returns on Sunday, September 15, featuring people-powered transportation, art, and imagination. Two miles of Santa Monica’s streets will be closed to cars and filled with a pageant of crowd-sourced creativity including live music, food, art, and hands-on activities. COAST turns the streets into a space for the community and creativity to come alive. Everyone is invited to be a part of COAST and bike, skate, scoot, run, walk, or roll and join the fun.
WHEN Sunday, September 15, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM    
WHERE Two miles of Santa Monica streets will be closed to car traffic including Ocean Avenue from Wilshire Boulevard to Colorado Avenue, Colorado Avenue from 5th Street to Ocean Avenue, and Main Street from Colorado Avenue to Pier Avenue.    


  • Join visual artist Molly Allis in the creation of a large communal mural highlighting car-free and imaginative forms of mobility.Location: Ocean Ave. at the intersection of Broadway Ave.
  • Try skate course workshops with Keen Ramps Skateboard Zone, or watch demonstrations and tricks performed by professional skateboarders.Location: Main St., between Pico Blvd. and Bay St.
  • Dragon Knights ensemble wows with their imaginative street and circus performances on stilts and human-powered conveyances. Location: Strolling Ocean Ave. between Wilshire Blvd. and Colorado Ave.
  • Ocean Ave. will feature two strolling groups: Mariachis Lindas Mexicanas, one of Southern California’s top mariachi bands, and California Feetwarmers, masters of ragtime, Dixieland blues and early swing. Location: Strolling Ocean Ave., between Arizona Ave. and Colorado Ave.
  • Roll into the disco lifestyle at the free COAST Roller Rink complete with disco, funk and groovy music. Free skate rentals available.Location: Ocean Ave., between Wilshire Blvd. and Arizona Ave.
  • Observe or participate in the Giant Puppet Parade led by artist Beth Peterson and created by the community. The parade will feature live music by the Los Angeles-based Latin folk group Cuñao.Time: 11 AM – 3:15 PMLocation: The parade will begin at 11 AM at the Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St., proceed to the Triangle on Colorado Blvd., and return at 12:30 PM to the Civic Auditorium. Second parade will begin at 1:30 PM and travel from the Civic Auditorium to Pacific Street Park on Main St., between Pacific St. and Bicknell Ave., and return to the Civic Auditorium at 3:15 PM.
  • Be a part of COAST! If you created a costume or headpiece, float, people powered conveyance, or a large-scale human-powered surprise and are ready to flaunt your stuff, be sure to enter the all-new COAST Contest! This pageant of creativity celebrates creativity and car-free mobility. Gift certificates to some of Santa Monica’s Most Loved Businesses will be given to winners in a handful of categories. Time: 11 AM – 3:30 PMLocation: Judging and check-in area in front of the Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St.

Credit: COAST.

Bunuel In The Labyrinth Of The Turtles * Rare To See Such Mature Animation Like This. Incredible!

Paris, 1930. The infamous surrealist filmmaker Luis Buñuel is left penniless after the scandalous release of L’Age d’Or leads to a falling out with collaborator Salvador Dalí. On a whim, Buñuel’s good friend, sculptor Ramón Acín, buys a lottery ticket and promises to devote his winnings to fund Buñuel’s next film. Incredibly, Ramón wins the jackpot, sending the two friends to the remote mountains of their native Spain to film the documentary Las Hurdes: Land Without Bread. Driven by mad artistic impulse and haunted by childhood memories, Buñuel must confront the specter of mortality looming over the lives of his subjects and his own. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Calista B. comments, “This is an incredibly unique film. It’s rare to see such mature animation like this, and I’ve been wanting more mature animation for a while. So I was incredibly entertained.” See her full review below.

Bunuel In The Labyrinth Of The Turtles

By Calista Bess, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 15

This is an incredibly unique film. It’s rare to see such mature animation like this, and I’ve been wanting more mature animation for a while. So I was incredibly entertained.

The film is about the Spanish filmmaker Luis Bunuel and it follows him as he films his documentary, Las Hurdes, which is a documentary about the Las Hurdes region in Spain. 

Now, I love animation. However, I am slightly peeved that 2D animated movies are not very popular anymore. So I was excited to learn that this film is 2D. Not only that, but it is incredibly stylized and beautiful 2D. I’ve always liked aesthetics pertaining to historical generations of filmmaking. So it’s not surprising that I love this art style. One thing I find interesting is that many scenes in the film have clips from the actual Las Hurdes documentary, sliced in with animated recreations of the scenes. I can’t really explain why, but I really like this detail.

Another interesting aspect of the animation is the imagery. Luis Bunuel is often associated with surrealism and I assume that’s why the movie includes several strange and nonsensical sequences. There’s also a consistent theme involving religion, which I didn’t really understand if I’m being honest, but it is interesting.

A major aspect of this film is Luis’s relationship with the anarchist painter, Ramon Acin. The film was made thanks to Ramon, so it’s understandable that the film heavily focuses on their friendship. It’s interesting to see their conflict on the purpose of the film, and in general, it makes for some compelling drama.

In a way, this can serve as an introduction to Luis Bunuel and his work. I never knew of him before this film. However, now I’m somewhat intrigued by him and his work. Although, there is something I should warn people about. Despite the film being animated, this film is absolutely not a kid’s movie. There are lots of dark jokes, mature themes and a surprising amount of animal violence. It is important to point this out as many people assume all animated films are for little kids, when that couldn’t be further from the truth.

I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 13 to 18. If you’re a fan of history, the art of film or both, and you can stomach some uncomfortable subject matter, I highly recommend this. It comes out on August 16, 2019.