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“The majority were drug addicts, mentally ill, or both. Now the empty buildings are being converted into lofts that start at a half-million dollars, and young entrepreneurs jog together or walk their small dogs, weaving between the tents of the homeless. And instead of hundreds, there are thousands of people in the streets, limping through the doors of the Central Library, beating on the pay phones, not begging for help but demanding to pull the rest of us into their dark hole. The library is their refuge, four stories up, four stories down into a dark hole. This is the Downtown Los Angeles I knew.”
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Portraits of the seedy, drug-addled characters that frequented the Central Library between 2001 and 2006, and real-life accounts of how they made the author question his faith in humanity during his time working there are the focus of Joel J. Rane’s chapbook, Scream at the Librarian.
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Descriptions of such patrons as The Screamer, The Racist, and The Devil, are brought to unsettling life by illustrators Cristin Sheehan Sullivan and Raymond Pettibon.
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Scream at the Librarian: Sketches of our Patrons in Downtown Los Angeles
Author: Joel J. Rane
Illustrators: Cristin Sheehan Sullivan and Raymond Pettibon
Brooklyn, Brooklyn Artists Alliance [2007].

“The majority were drug addicts, mentally ill, or both. Now the empty buildings are being converted into lofts that start at a half-million dollars, and young entrepreneurs jog together or walk their small dogs, weaving between the tents of the homeless. And instead of hundreds, there are thousands of people in the streets, limping through the doors of the Central Library, beating on the pay phones, not begging for help but demanding to pull the rest of us into their dark hole. The library is their refuge, four stories up, four stories down into a dark hole. This is the Downtown Los Angeles I knew.” . Portraits of the seedy, drug-addled characters that frequented the Central Library between 2001 and 2006, and real-life accounts of how they made the author question his faith in humanity during his time working there are the focus of Joel J. Rane’s chapbook, Scream at the Librarian. . Descriptions of such patrons as The Screamer, The Racist, and The Devil, are brought to unsettling life by illustrators Cristin Sheehan Sullivan and Raymond Pettibon. . Scream at the Librarian: Sketches of our Patrons in Downtown Los Angeles Author: Joel J. Rane Illustrators: Cristin Sheehan Sullivan and Raymond Pettibon Brooklyn, Brooklyn Artists Alliance [2007] ...

Quiet strolls on the Ken Madsen Path for our first #longweekend of the warmer weather seasons. 📷: @nahanster.

Quiet strolls on the Ken Madsen Path for our first #longweekend of the warmer weather seasons. 📷: @nahanster ...

play_circle_filled Heather Nicol was at Banff Centre this spring for the Visual Arts residency Distributed Identities. While here, she worked on an audio installation of lullabies she's collected from people around the world over the last decade.
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Sound up on this Open Studio video to hear a bit of the work, and to learn more about the pieces she created while on campus..

Heather Nicol was at Banff Centre this spring for the Visual Arts residency Distributed Identities. While here, she worked on an audio installation of lullabies she's collected from people around the world over the last decade. . Sound up on this Open Studio video to hear a bit of the work, and to learn more about the pieces she created while on campus. ...

play_circle_filled Back in January of this year, Earth came between the Sun and Moon, which caused Sun's light to bend towards the Moon.
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The result was spookily breathtaking, hence the name for this phenomenon, Super Blood Wolf Moon. Banff Centre's Photography Practicum @nahanster was on campus to catch it.
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Animation: @sadnesscoach.

Back in January of this year, Earth came between the Sun and Moon, which caused Sun's light to bend towards the Moon. . The result was spookily breathtaking, hence the name for this phenomenon, Super Blood Wolf Moon. Banff Centre's Photography Practicum @nahanster was on campus to catch it. . Animation: @sadnesscoach ...

Independent residencies in our Leighton Artists Studios offer artists of all genres the ability to delve into their work as a solitary retreat, along with the opportunity to engage within the larger Banff Centre community.
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Leighton artists have created novels, poetry, plays, songs, chamber works, and operas. They have choreographed dance and music theatre, curated exhibitions and shows, and have created significant visual art, films, new media, and television programming.
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Stay for one to four weeks, from September 1 - October 24, 2019 and November 17, 2019 - March 31, 2020. Learn more and apply by May 29 - link in profile..

Independent residencies in our Leighton Artists Studios offer artists of all genres the ability to delve into their work as a solitary retreat, along with the opportunity to engage within the larger Banff Centre community. . Leighton artists have created novels, poetry, plays, songs, chamber works, and operas. They have choreographed dance and music theatre, curated exhibitions and shows, and have created significant visual art, films, new media, and television programming. . Stay for one to four weeks, from September 1 - October 24, 2019 and November 17, 2019 - March 31, 2020. Learn more and apply by May 29 - link in profile. ...

"I am grateful and privileged to be able to make music, theatre, art with my voice, my heart, my hands and my body. Creating and performing are the ways that I can express what I can’t say out loud with just words." . Meet saxophonist Olivia Shortt from Toronto. Last summer she joined us for one of our summer music residencies, Ensemble Evolution. "I love being able to pass down the love for the arts through education whether it’s through teaching private lessons or mentorship or workshops." Follow her along at @shortto. ...

play_circle_filled Watch a behind the scenes look at a mixed reality project undertaken by practicing participants from across disciplines.
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The project, captured in our own Rice Studio, involved music, virtual reality, video, and dance. The creators posed questions like

Watch a behind the scenes look at a mixed reality project undertaken by practicing participants from across disciplines. . The project, captured in our own Rice Studio, involved music, virtual reality, video, and dance. The creators posed questions like "what are the limitations and possibilities of a dancer performing in a virtual environment?" ...

The springtime snow line continues to creep above the trees and the smell of pine is returning to campus 🌲📷: @anna.nomadic.

The springtime snow line continues to creep above the trees and the smell of pine is returning to campus 🌲📷: @anna.nomadic ...

play_circle_filled Every fall during the @banffmountainfestival, passionate filmmakers join us for the Adventure Filmmakers Workshop and partake in their own mini film festival. Last year, participants were tasked to complete a 2-minute film in just 48 hours.
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Every fall during the @banffmountainfestival , passionate filmmakers join us for the Adventure Filmmakers Workshop and partake in their own mini film festival. Last year, participants were tasked to complete a 2-minute film in just 48 hours. . "Retro-Locomotion" is about the love of adventure and innovation. Anyone can get up a mountain, it's about how you get up the mountain. . Director: @smallpines Producer: @ni_schafer Cinematographer: @radam_gnawrot Editor: @a.kathlyn ...

play_circle_filled AMAARA is artist @kaelenohm who joined us in 2015 for our Independent Music Residency, a two-week program that we offered in the past where independent bands and musicians were given the chance to further develop their sound, and create and record new music.
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This performance of

AMAARA is artist @kaelenohm who joined us in 2015 for our Independent Music Residency, a two-week program that we offered in the past where independent bands and musicians were given the chance to further develop their sound, and create and record new music. . This performance of "Blue," accompanied by musician @joelshearer , was recorded at Banff Centre as a work in progress. ...

play_circle_filled Last month, the Indigenous Leadership Wise Practices program was in session. The program seeks to explore

Last month, the Indigenous Leadership Wise Practices program was in session. The program seeks to explore "at this time in our collective history what are the critical skills, gifts, and vision that leaders need to thrive?" One of the processes the group participated in was Parfleche-making. . The Parfleche - "Wodeja Ha Wazuha" in Stoney Nakoda language - is a rawhide pouch shaped like an envelope and is decorated with designs, historically used to store things like medicine and dried meats. At Banff Centre, this process also represents some of the wise practices elements the program explores: Purpose, Alignment, Responsibility, Feeling, Language, Equality, Creativity, Healing, and Evaluation. . This process is a part of the program to ensure participants have a hands-on, creative experience to link all of the classroom learnings together, and to bring that artifact home with them as a reminder of the lessons they learned in the classroom. This project links the cultural, creative, and power of place aspects of all of our Indigenous Leadership programs. ...

"There’s often a misconception that jazz and improvised music is all about soloing – coming up with cool stuff to play so that people will be impressed by your virtuosity or mastery of your instrument. Although there are certainly virtuosic and technically demanding elements of playing this music, our improvisation is actually predominantly based on listening to what’s going on around us, and interacting with it." . Bassist and Composer Kris Monson from Fairfax, VA joined us last summer for our International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music. He grew up studying classical music on the piano and violin, and at 19 started playing the double bass, "because I kept hearing the amazing warmth and energy of the double bass on jazz records." . Kris is now back at the Manhattan School of Music where he is pursuing a Masters in Music degree in Jazz Bass Performance. Follow him along at @kris.monson.bass. ...

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