Starting in Mid-February, the Big Read Book Club began reading, discussing, and analyzing The Thief and the Dogs as participants in the NEA’s national program The Big Read.
The Thief and the Dogs is the City of Los Angeles’s chosen book for The Big Read this year, set in Cairo Egypt in the 1950s.
This Saturday, the March weekend art workshops for all ages will begin with a Puppet Making Workshop with long-time teacher and mixed-media artist Ms. Cheryl Williams.
You are welcome to participate in these workshops even if you are not reading the book.
The Puppet Making Part 1 Workshop will be held tomorrow Saturday, March 2 from 1:30-3:30pm. Part 2 will take place next Saturday, March 9 at the same time — and same place, here at The William Grant Still Arts Center!
Scenes and settings from the novel will be explored through making art, with examples from the book. A list of characters and their costumes to select from will be provided.
Next up will be two Poster Art workshops with artist Raul Paulino Baltazar on Saturday, March 16 and Saturday, March 23. Stay tuned for details and save the dates!
Also save the date for the Ahwa House, an evening of scenes from the novel in a traditional coffee house setting to bring the book to life on March 15 from 6:30-8:30pm. There will be readings from the novel by professional actors and special resources for educators on integrating literacy into the arts — plus traditional tea (shai), coffee (ahwa), and sweets for all.