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Aug
28
Wed
{SOLD OUT} End of Summer Celebration @ Descanso Gardens
Aug 28 @ 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Please note that the End of Summer Celebration is sold out.

The gardens stay open extra late for the End of Summer Celebration. Grab a cold drink and relax to the tunes of the The Flashdance DJswander through the gardens to the sounds of live music. Enjoy the sunset, then end the night with some stargazing in the Oak Woodland. Bring your own flashlight! Advance tickets required.

Please note that tickets are limited to 6 per household; those reserving more than 6 tickets will have all additional tickets invalidated.

Schedule:

  • The Flashdance DJs | 5:30–10pm
  • Crafting | 5:30–9:30pm
  • Barbecue and Drinks by Patina | 5:30–9pm
  • Live Music | 6–8pm
  • “Bark” performance by Carole Kim | 8–10pm
    • Descanso’s artist-in-residence is joined by Ursula Brookbank, Odeya Nina, and Laura Steenberge for a durational collaborative performance.
  • Stargazing | 8:30–9:30pm
    • See the night sky through a telescope with the help of the Old Town Sidewalk Astronomers.
Sep
7
Sat
SILENCE: Ritual @ Descanso Gardens
Sep 7 @ 7:30 pm

On Sept. 7, Descanso welcomes SILENCE, a new concert series presenting music and performance unconstrained by genre, at specific sites within the Gardens. At SILENCE: Ritual, Zola Jesus, Low Leaf, and Miya Folick perform their own music, Saul Williams speaks, and artists Archie Carey, Jonah Levy, Odeya Nini, and Brian Walsh perform the spatial masterpiece Patangis Buwaya by Jonas Baes.

Tickets are $30 for Descanso Gardens members and $37 for non-members. Get your tickets here:


ABOUT SILENCE

Created by artistic directors Christopher Rountree, the conductor/composer who founded Wild Up, and Anna Bulbrook, the indie-rock musician and founder of GirlschoolSILENCE presents artists at the intersection of experimental popular music and classical new music. SILENCE explores three themes – Ritual (Sept. 7)Light (Sept. 21), and Listening (Sept. 28) – bringing unbounded sounds to the special outdoor space at Descanso Gardens.


ARTISTS

Archie Carey | Miya Folick | Jodie Landau | Low Leaf | Jonah Levy | Zola Jesus | Odeya Nini | Brian WalshSaul Williams | Jonas Baes, composer


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sep
8
Sun
“Shine a Light” Artist Talk @ Descanso Gardens
Sep 8 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join artist-in-residence Carole Kim in the Sturt Haaga Gallery on Sept. 8 at 1pm or Sept. 17 at 10am as she discusses the method, inspiration and background behind the Shine a Light exhibition featuring her work.

Sep
17
Tue
“Shine a Light” Artist Talk @ Descanso Gardens
Sep 17 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Join artist-in-residence Carole Kim in the Sturt Haaga Gallery as she discusses the method, inspiration and background behind the Shine a Light exhibition featuring her work.

Sep
21
Sat
SILENCE: Light @ Descanso Gardens
Sep 21 @ 7:30 pm

Discover SILENCE, a new concert series presenting music and performance unconstrained by genre, at specific sites within Descanso’s “living collection” of horticulture. On Sept. 21, we explore the theme Light with artist Suzanne Ciani. Mia Barcia-Colombo, Yuri Inoo, Cristina Montes Mateo, Vicki Ray, and Diana Wade perform Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s In the Light of Air.

Tickets are $30 for Descanso Gardens members and $37 for non-members. Get your tickets here:


ABOUT SILENCE

Created by artistic directors Christopher Rountree, the conductor/composer who founded Wild Up, and Anna Bulbrook, the indie-rock musician and founder of GirlschoolSILENCE presents artists at the intersection of experimental popular music and classical new music. SILENCE explores three themes – Ritual (Sept. 7)Light (Sept. 21), and Listening (Sept. 28) – bringing unbounded sounds to the special outdoor space at Descanso Gardens.


ARTISTS

Suzanne Ciani | Mia Barcia-Colombo | Yuri Inoo | Cristina Montes Mateo | Vicki Ray | Diana Wade | Anna Thorvaldsdottir, composer


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEDIA SPONSOR

Sep
28
Sat
SILENCE: Listening @ Descanso Gardens
Sep 28 @ 7:30 pm

SILENCE, a new concert series unconstrained by genre within the Gardens, concludes on Sept. 28 with an exploration of the theme: Listening. L’Rain and Julia Holter perform their own works; Lisa E. Harris performs her pieces alongside the participatory deep listening pieces of Pauline Oliveros; and Gloria Cheng performs selected John Cage’s Sonatas and Interludes for prepared piano. 

Tickets are $30 for Descanso Gardens members and $37 for non-members. Get your tickets here:


ABOUT SILENCE

Created by artistic directors Christopher Rountree, the conductor/composer who founded Wild Up, and Anna Bulbrook, the indie-rock musician and founder of GirlschoolSILENCE presents artists at the intersection of experimental popular music and classical new music. SILENCE explores three themes – Listening (Sept. 7)Light (Sept. 21), and Ritual (Sept. 28) – bringing unbounded sounds to the special outdoor space at Descanso Gardens.


ARTISTS

Gloria Cheng | Lisa E. Harris | Julia Holter | L’Rain | John Cage, composer | Pauline Oliveros, composer


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEDIA SPONSOR

Oct
6
Sun
Urban Forager Book Signing @ Descanso Gardens
Oct 6 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Join Urban Forager author Elisa Callow from 2:30–3:30pm on October 6 and November 3 in Van de Kamp Hall for a tasting and book signing. Books will be available for purchase.

 

Oct
12
Sat
Japanese Garden Celebration @ Descanso Gardens
Oct 12 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Celebrate Japanese art and culture at this annual celebration set in our Japanese Garden. Activities included in the price of regular admission.

Ikebana Display | 9am – 5pm
View examples of ikebana, the art of flower arranging, from the Sogetsu School of Ikebana.

Taiko Drummers | 11:30am & 1:30pm
Kishin Daiko drummers perform heart-pounding feats of percussion.

Crafting | 10am – 1pm
Create your own work of art inspired by the Japanese Garden.

Photo © Martha Benedict

Oct
13
Sun
Japanese Garden Celebration @ Descanso Gardens
Oct 13 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Celebrate Japanese art and culture at this annual celebration set in our Japanese Garden. Activities included in the price of regular admission.

Ikebana Display | 9am – 5pm
View examples of ikebana, the art of flower arranging, from the Sogetsu School of Ikebana.

Taiko Drummers | 11:30am & 1:30pm
Kishin Daiko drummers perform heart-pounding feats of percussion.

Crafting | 10am – 1pm
Create your own work of art inspired by the Japanese Garden.

Photo © Martha Benedict

Oct
19
Sat
“Shine a Light” Closing Celebration @ Descanso Gardens
Oct 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Celebrate the final week of Shine a Light featuring Descanso’s first artist-in-residence, Carole Kim. The closing celebration will include projections on the Oak Forest canopy and performance in the installation. Five artists will also perform and create “Humanity Carpet Mandala” using white powder stencils in front of the Gallery.

This is an outdoor, nighttime event. There will be a shuttle available, or bring a flashlight for your trip to the Boddy House. Tickets are free for Descanso Gardens members and $5 each for non-members. Reserve your tickets here.