Venice Beach Run

Venice Beach Run

Inaugural Venice Beach Run Saturday, July 20

Registration is open for the inaugural. The run starts and finishes at the Venice Beach Pier with proceeds benefiting the Los Angeles Parks Foundation ( supporting the Venice Beach Recreation Center. LA Parks Foundation was founded in 2008 to enhance and preserve the City’s public parks and recreation.

The Venice Beach Run is open to runners and walkers of all ages and abilities. Participants can sign up for a 5K or 1 Mile Race/Walk with the 5K starting at 8 a.m. and the 1 Mile at 9 a.m. The Beach Fitness Challenge & Expo and the awards ceremony commence at 10 a.m. All participants will receive a commemorative die-cast VB 5K & 1 Mile Finisher Medal, premium beach t-shirt, and string bag along with access to sampling and exhibitor booths.

The Race To The Pier 1 Mile is open to speed-oriented youth and adults. The 5K is flat and fast, starting and finishing at the end of the Venice Beach Pier. The remainder of the course will cover the historic Venice Beach Boardwalk. The finish-line celebration event will run from 8 a.m. to noon at the world-famous Venice Beach Pier with access to fitness expos and samplings from various local shops and eateries.

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Famed Festival to Deliver Inspiring Jazz Performances & Programming from June 30 to July 13

Idyllwild Arts Academy announces the return of its popular annual fundraiser, Jazz In The Pines, marking its 30th and final year with an exciting lineup of live performances by famed artists and students, taking place on the art school’s 250-acre campus. Guests can purchase tickets for individual events as well as an all-access pass:

For 30 years, Idyllwild Arts has brought legendary jazz giants from across the United States to perform for eager audiences and, most recently, to work alongside the young jazz enthusiasts of the Jazz In The Pines Student Clinic. Jazz In The Pines began in 1994 and this final Jazz in the Pines will be dedicated to the memory of jazz guitar giant Bob Boss.

Jazz In The Pines is curated by festival co-founder Dr. Marshall Hawkins – the legendary bassist and beloved teacher – along with revered New York Times-featured jazz vocalist Rose Colella. The life and career of Dr. Marshall Hawkins – who has played with jazz giants from Miles Davis to Shirley Horn and Roberta Flack – has been and continues to be a cornerstone for jazz at Idyllwild Arts from founding the Academy’s Jazz Program in 1986 to curating performances that have attracted thousands of music lovers to the mountain town over the years.

“The 30th anniversary will mark the conclusion of the festival but we pass the torch on to the educators and performers of the Jazz In The Pines Student Clinic as they continue,” says Pamela Jordan, President of the Idyllwild Arts Foundation. “We are forever indebted to the talented Dr. Hawkins for his vision, his love for his students, and his generosity to our community.”

The two-week festival will include a headlining performance by the legendary John Daversa and his Big Band featuring the Grammy Award-nominated album “Kaleidoscope Eyes: Music of the Beatles,” Dr. Marshall Hawkins Seahawk MoJO: “A Tribute to Bob Boss,” Harry Pickens, Euphoria Brass Band, The Rose Colella Quartet, the Idyllwild Arts Jazz Faculty Big Band, Idyllwild Arts All-Star Student Jazz Combo, and more.

Performances will occur on concert stages on The Idyllwild Arts campus, including William M. Lowman Hall, Holmes Amphitheatre, and Stephens Recital Hall. Two special events will be featured off the mountain at The Merc in Temecula.

In celebration of this momentous occasion, Idyllwild Arts hopes guests will also consider a donation during the final festival year to support student scholarships. Dr. Marshall Hawkins continues to play a vital role in securing hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships to support deserving and talented young jazz musicians from around the world.




The Highly Anticipated, Quintessential LA Event Kicks Off on May 31

Barnsdall Art Park Foundation is excited to announce the return of its popular fundraiser, Barnsdall Fridays Wine Tasting, which after a hiatus since 2019, is back in full swing for 2024. The event, which has always attracted sell-out crowds, takes place on the West Lawn of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House, Los Angeles’ only UNESCO World Heritage site, every Friday between Memorial Day and Labor Day (May 31 to August 30) from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm. The opening event is already selling out quickly, and guests are encouraged to bring blankets for maximum comfort!

Marking its 15th season, the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation’s signature fundraising event supports the Park, its arts programing and landscaping, which includes the recent restoration of the historic Olive Grove, which dates back to the 1890s. With green spaces being more important than ever, Barnsdall Park welcomes all Angelenos to the Park. For wine tastings, the gated area on the West Lawn will be designated to those 21 years and older to sip wine, picnic, enjoy panoramic views, and watch the sunset for another not-to-be-missed season at this iconic cultural destination, which features Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House, a world-class art gallery, art center, and theater on its campus.

Ongoing partner Silverlake Wine will curate their fine selection of boutique artisanal wines and rotating food trucks will be on offer from popular LA haunts, including Triple Beam Pizza and Ardi’s Eats & Sweets. Popular DJs will feature over the course of the series, including DJ edma2z and Dougee Dimensional, a founding member and vocalist of electronic lounge group, The Gentle People. Through July 20, guests can also visit the COLA exhibition on view at DCA’s Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG), which is the culminating presentation of the recipients of the City of Los Angeles Independent Master Artist Project grant program for visual arts and design.

As part of the series, a limited number of tours of the interior of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House will be available for a premium ticket price throughout the evening.

Guests who book the tours will get to view Ravi GuneWardena: Ikebana for Hollyhock House. The installation, which runs through fall, features striking new ikebana by GuneWardena, which reanimate the interiors of the Frank Lloyd Wright-described “garden house” through the Japanese art of flower arranging, further showcasing the influence of Japanese art and design on the site — built simultaneously with Wright’s Imperial Hotel in Tokyo.

The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), in collaboration with the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation (BAPF) and the Los Angeles Parks Foundation (LAPF) recently installed showcase native plantings at Hollyhock House, which wine tasting guests will see onsite. The new native gardens designed by landscape-design studio TERREMOTO celebrate the beauty and sustainability of native plants, featuring nearly 500 native plants.

Wine-tasting tickets cost $45 and $70 with a guided tour of Hollyhock House. Designated Driver tickets available for $15 with entry only and wine tasting not included. Purchase tickets to be a part of this unforgettable comeback celebration:

The Park is located at 4800 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027. Parking is very limited; rideshare and public transportation are highly encouraged. Please tag us at #BarnsdallFridays.

Idyllwild Arts Presents Student Exhibition Reception

Idyllwild Arts Presents Student Exhibition Reception

on May 3 at Melissa Morgan Fine Art Gallery

Idyllwild Arts Academy debuts its spring 2024 off-site student exhibition with a reception on Friday, May 3. The students are excited to show their work once again to the desert audience in a reception that will be held at Melissa Morgan Fine Art Gallery (73-660 El Paseo, Palm Desert), a prestigious contemporary gallery, on Friday, May 3 from 4-7 p.m. At 6 p.m., songwriting students from Idyllwild Arts Academy will perform their original compositions at a free concert in the gallery’s sculpture garden down the block.

The exhibition, which is free and open to the public, will also be on view on Saturday, May 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will feature the year’s best visual works from the pioneering arts high school that has been changing lives through the transformative power of art for more than 70 years. With the popularity increasing over the years, the exhibition now takes up the main section of the gallery with an expanded breadth and quantity of art works than in year’s past.

With the extraordinary generosity of Melissa Morgan Fine Art, all of the artwork in the exhibition will be for sale, including a selection of unframed prints for buyers to take home, with 100% of the proceeds going to the artist and to the Visual Arts Department at Idyllwild Arts.

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Idyllwild Arts Art in Society Symposium – April 15, 2024

Idyllwild Arts Art in Society Symposium – April 15, 2024


On Monday, April 15, Idyllwild Arts showcases their daylong Art in Society’s 7th Annual Symposium, which is free and open to the public, and will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the school’s stunning campus located at 52500 Temecula Road, Idyllwild, California. Illustrating the Citizen Artists that Idyllwild Arts educates, this year’s event features collaborative works from all Arts and Academics departments intertwining their perspectives on the historical, literary and scientific significance of water and its impact on our lives to its powerful creative presence in all forms of art.

The topic is the intersectionality of all the different elements of water, forming a larger tapestry based on what students learned from a fundraising campaign they undertook in fall 2023 with the nonprofit Gravity Water, which supports climate resilience and clean water access in developing nations. Representatives of Gravity Water will feature a presentation in honor of Art in Society’s first global campaign, and the school’s support of a clean water filtration system for children and families in Vietnam.

The event will also showcase guest Lula Washington of the Los Angeles-based Lula Washington Dance Theater with dances based on portraying the rituals and movement created all over the world around water, including rain dances.

Seeking to ignite important dialogue, there will be six student-focused works presented as collaborations between different departments, exploring how water relates to both music and math, an interactive installation intertwining film and environmental studies, a performative activity representing the complex relationship between an individual community and its collection of water as well as visual works that symbolize the intrinsic link between art and water, highlighting how both are essential components of human existence.

Idyllwild Arts is known for its commitment to diversity, inclusion, and innovation in arts education. The institution has a strong emphasis on fostering a global community of artists and educators, welcoming students from various cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. Its picturesque campus, surrounded by the natural beauty of the San Jacinto Mountains, provides a tranquil and stimulating environment for artistic growth and exploration.

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Idyllwild Arts Partners With Pioneering UK-Based Theater Company Stan’s Café to Deliver Thought-Provoking Performance Art

Idyllwild Arts Partners With Pioneering UK-Based Theater Company Stan’s Café to Deliver Thought-Provoking Performance Art

Idyllwild Arts Partners With Pioneering UK-Based Theater Company Stan’s Café to Deliver Thought-Provoking Performance Art

Free Reception February 9 a Highlight of Exhibitition Running February 6-14


The InterArts Department at Idyllwild Arts is pleased to present a special collaboration between

its students and UK-based interactive theater company, Stan’s Cafe.  Of All The People in All The

World is an internationally-acclaimed performance installation that turns abstract human

population statistics into emotionally gripping stories using grains of rice. The public is invited

to view Idyllwild Arts’ iteration Of All The People in All The World at a celebratory reception on

Friday, February 9 from 6 to 7.30 pm, featuring InterArts students and Stan’s Café founders,

James Yarker and Graeme Rose. The free event takes place at the Parks Exhibition Gallery

located on Idyllwild Arts’ stunning campus (52500 Temecula Road #38, Idyllwild, CA). The

unique exhibition will also run from February 6 through 14, 2024.


Of All The People In All The World has toured the world since its inception in 2003, landing at

top international venues, including the Kennedy Center in Washington DC and the World

Financial Center in New York, adapting to the times and contexts in which it is found. 


President of the Idyllwild Arts Foundation, Pamela Jordan sais, “We are thrilled to welcome

Stan’s Café to the Idyllwild Arts campus because this collaboration reflects many synergies

between both organizations where the spirit of a Citizen Artist is the focus. This unique

opportunity bolsters our ability to foster creative, innovative, curious, globally minded problem

solvers. I have no doubt that our students will be enriched and inspired by this experience and

Stan’s Café will be inspired by our talented, young artists and mountaintop village.”


The rice is carefully measured to represent human population statistics. These statistics are

drawn from the most reputable sources available. Each grain of rice equals one person and over

a period of days, a team of performers carefully weigh out quantities of rice to represent a host

of human statistics. These statistics are arranged in labeled piles, creating an ever-changing

landscape of rice. Their juxtapositions can be moving, shocking, celebratory, witty and

thought-provoking. That’s it. This installation is that simple—and that elegantly complex.


Since its debut, Of All The People In All The World has used this deceptively straightforward

concept to communicate statistics that are otherwise difficult if not impossible to grasp. After

the performance the rice will be donated to charities and recycled.


Established in 1991 and based in Birmingham UK, Stan’s Cafe is a group of artists from a variety

of disciplines, but mostly theater makers, working under the artistic direction of James Yarker.

The company consists of an evolving team of long-term collaborators and associated artists,

and the lineup changes according to the project being worked upon.


Artistic Director of Stan’s Café, James Yarker said, “We can’t wait to collaborate with the young

creatives at Idyllwild Arts Academy. The students will share with us their vision of the world, we

will teach them how our show works, and together we will research and make a wonderful new

version of Of All The People In All The World.”


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Idyllwild Arts Academy’s Jazz In The Pines Fundraising Series Returns July 3-15

Idyllwild Arts Academy’s Jazz In The Pines Fundraising Series Returns July 3-15

Idyllwild Arts Academy’s annual fundraiser Jazz In The Pines is back for its 29th year from July 3-15 with live performances and more by famed artists and students. This year’s Jazz In The Pines Festival and Student Clinic restores the original vision of festival co-founder Dr. Marshall Hawkins, the legendary bassist, beloved teacher, and walking treasure trove of jazz. Centering around the Student Clinic, the two-week lineup of concerts builds a bridge between the professionals and the next generation of jazz artists.

Jazz In The Pines is again curated by New York Times-featured jazz vocalist Rose Colella, who has performed at the festival for many years. Headliners include Grammy Award-winning trumpeter John Daversa & Marshall Hawkins’ Seahawk MOJO, along with Euphoria Brass Band, Joshua White, Sherry Williams, Yve Evans, Rose Colella, Tom Hynes, Dan St. Marseille, Bob Boss, Frank Fontaine, Tina Raymond & The Idyllwild Arts All-Star Student Jazz Combo. The festival features 27 public performances, open master classes, book readings/signings and live podcast recordings, where guests are invited to join the conversation as Idyllwild Arts President Pamela Jordan interviews world-renowned artists for her podcast, “One World. One Idyllwild. The Series.”

Taking place at 13 venues including the picturesque 205-acre Idyllwild Arts Academy’s campus (52500 Temecula Road, Idyllwild, CA), locations throughout Idyllwild including FERRO, Middle Ridge Winery, the Grand Idyllwild Lodge, Creekstone Lodge, Harvey House and Cafe Aroma, and two special events off the mountain at The Merc in Temecula, the festival gives jazz aficionados the opportunity to hear young musicians play alongside some of today’s jazz greats

Idyllwild Arts Academy’s annual fundraiser Jazz In The Pines

​​Idyllwild Arts’ Native American Arts Festival Week Returns June 18-23

​​Idyllwild Arts’ Native American Arts Festival Week Returns June 18-23

Idyllwild Arts Foundation’s annual Native American Arts Festival Week returns from Sunday, June 18 through Friday, June 23 with exhibitions, demonstrations, Native food tastings, events and performances at the Idyllwild Arts campus in the San Jacinto Mountains. This year’s festival, again led by Shaliyah Ben (Diné), the director of Idyllwild Arts’ Native American Arts program, the only one of its kind at a residential arts high school in the country, will examine and celebrate Native humor, comedy and joy.  


Festival highlights include the daylong opening celebration “Welcoming Home the Birds” featuring Cahuilla and Serrano Bird Singing, California Native foods by Willie Pink (Luiseño) artist vendors and hands-on activities by Tony Soares, Lily Clarke (Cahuilla) and Lorene Sisquoc (Cahuilla/Apache) with the Mother Earth Clan. Curated by Meranda Roberts (Numu/Xicana), this year’s invitational exhibition, Still We Smile: Humor as Correction and Joy,” opens on Monday June 19 and features a range of artistic mediums from multimedia works to prints and photography.  On Tuesday, June 20 through Thursday, June 22, the Michael Kabotie Lecture Series returns to campus for a series of comedy-themed, in-person lectures during the noon hour, which will also stream live on Facebook and YouTube. The week of programming culminates with The Good Medicine Comedy Showcase on the evening of Friday, June 23, organized by Jackie Keliiaa (Yerington Paiute/Washoe) and headlined by Tatanka Means (Navajo/Ogala Lakota/Yankton/Omaha).

Idyllwild Arts is located at 52500 Temecula Rd, Idyllwild-Pine Cove, CA 92549. All events are free and open to the public. For more information and the full schedule, visit