Monthly Archives: September 2013

Chuck 101 Film Festival at the Egyptian Theater–Hollywood

The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity held Chuck 101 yesterday at Hollywood’s historic 91 year-old Egyptian Theater. The day started with Center-sponsored art projects in the courtyard.

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There was mask-making and drawing, led by our talented team of teaching artists, including the Center’s resident teaching artist, Christopher Scardino; the Sleeper Sisters, Debbie & Jennifer; Doug Lothers and Darrell Park. Sasha Advani, the Center’s program director had organized the activities.

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The art classes were followed by a screening of the Chuck Jones feature film, “The Phantom Tollbooth” (1970).The film was from Chuck’s personal collection of 35mm films. Before the screening, a Q & A with the indomitable Ms. June Foray, the voice actress known for her adept talent and wonderful acting ability. Ms. Foray was feted in the lobby for 96th birthday.

DSC06883Carrot cake cupcakes, of course!

DSC06900That evening, the Center brought over a dozen of Chuck’s short Looney Tunes cartoons to share with a full house — a portion of ticket sales went to the programs of the Center. Before the screening, though, major donors and supporters of the Center were feted in the Spielberg lobby with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.

DSC06902From left: Craig Kausen, chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and Chuck’s grandson; Maddie Andre; Steve Fossati, Dina Andre, and Chris Bailey.

DSC06904Valerie Kausen, Chuck’s granddaughter is seen here with producer David Wong.

DSC06905Linda Jones Clough, Chuck’s daughter and founding member of the Board of Trustees smiles with her adoring fans, (r. to l.) Jim (husband), Dave, and Louis.

DSC06906Cynthia Damiano, a Center donor and supporter takes a breather from the festivities.

DSC06907The inimitable George Daugherty, creator, conductor, and producer of the film and live music extravaganza, “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony” is seen here with Marian Jones, Chuck’s widow, and her friend, Bev White.

DSC06908From left: Ashley & Kevin Mangusing with John and Doris Rendine.

DSC06910Chuck Jones Gallery art consultant, Erin Liddell (left) with collectors and friends, the Milligan’s.

DSC06911Singer and actress, Juliana Hansen with her main squeeze, artist and pirate, James C. Mulligan.

DSC06915The Spielberg Lobby at Grauman’s Egyptian Theater. Follow American Cinematheque on Twitter @sidgrauman.

DSC06916Michael Wedaa with Linda and Jim Clough. Chuck Redux apologizes for forgetting to write down Michael’s date’s name. Our bad.

DSC06922One of the many wonderful, beautiful, and charming volunteers from American Cinematheque. The Center thanks Gwen, Grant, and their entire group for the lovely assistance they provided us yesterday.

DSC06924The Chuck Jones family from right: Craig Kausen, Linda Jones Clough, Valerie Kausen, and Todd Kausen.

DSC06925Before the lights went down on the evening’s program, Chuck Redux snapped a photo of the Art Deco ceiling in the theater. Stunning!

DSC06933A full house enjoys cartoons by Chuck Jones. The shorts were interspersed with remembrances of Chuck Jones from all of his family and from special guests, Leonard Maltin, Charles Solomon, John Schulman, George Daugherty, and David Wong.

Watch this space for details regarding Chuck 102, scheduled for Chuck’s birthday, September 21, 2014 at a theater near you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

World Premiere Party for “The Wizard of Oz”

Chuck Jones Center for Creativity was honored to be a part of the world premiere party for the newly remastered 3D IMAX version of “The Wizard of Oz” which premiered yesterday at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood.

DSC06649It was o’dark early when we got there to set-up our art display and the art activities. Pictured above from left: Chris Scardino, the Center’s resident teaching artist; Scott Ryder, gallery assistant.

DSC06651The room was bathed in shimmering emerald green and brick yellow, casting an other worldly glow on everyone.

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Artist Joseph Yakovetic and his wife, Sammie, assisted with our preparations, cutting ribbons and yarn for the 3D mask making. Along with mask-making there was a table devoted to 3D coloring pages of scenes from Chuck Jones’s animated “Wizard of Oz” from the late 1960s.

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Artists Joseph Yakovetic and Daniel Killen stand in front of their work. Linda Jones Enterprises is pleased to be the art publisher and representative for the 75th anniversary of “The Wizard of Oz”.

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The Center’s teaching artist, Christopher Scardino, discusses his inspiration for “Less Traveled Road”, an oil on panel painting he created for the “Wizard of Oz” collection to Rico Rodriguez of “Modern Family”.

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Four of our six artists were on hand for the festivities, from left: Christopher Scardino, Joseph Yakovetic, Robert Delgadillo (RAD), and Daniel Killen. Not pictured: Kathy Daywalt, Shakiba Hashemi, and T. J. Novy.

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Linda Jones, Chuck Jones’s daughter, led Rico Rodriguez and friend (filming for Entertainment Tonight) in a lesson on how to draw a horse of a different color.

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The spirit of Judy Garland as Dorothy (via Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum) was present yesterday, “there’s no place like home!”

 

 

The Egyptian Theater Gets Looney with Chuck Jones!

Terrific article by Susan King in today’s Los Angeles Times about the upcoming film tribute on Chuck Jones’s 101st birthday, Saturday, September 21 at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. She writes in part:

Linda Jones considered herself “incredibly lucky” to have had a father like Chuck Jones, the Oscar-winning animation director of Warner Bros. Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies fame.

“He was probably the best father anybody could have,” said Linda Jones, an only child. “His father had a difficult time being a father, and he vowed he would never impose that kind of difficulty and challenge on a child.”

Her dad, she said, “was pretty much a 9 to 5 guy. He didn’t bring his work home with him.” Follow this link to read entire article.

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The Center’s Fall Fundraiser, Creativity Season, Set for Saturday, September 28

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Learn How the Center Has Enriched the Lives of Young People

And Have Fun Doing It!

Chuck Jones Center for Creativity Fall Fundraiser, Creativity Season Scheduled

September 28, 2013

Musical Entertainment by Broadway Star, Steve Landes

Costa Mesa, CA: The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity announced today that some of children whose lives have been enriched by its programs, will be the special guests at Creativity Season, to be held Saturday, September 28, 2013 from 6 PM to 10 PM at the Center, 3321 Hyland Avenue, Suite A, Costa Mesa, CA in the South Coast Collection (SoCo).  

“Gala” tickets are $75.00 and include hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and dinner. Silent and live auctions will be presented throughout the evening and after dinner the Center is pleased to present a song cycle by Steve Landes, star of the Broadway revue, “Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles.”

“Premiere” tickets are $125.00 per person and include all of the above plus the opportunity to sit with one of the ten noted artists that have worked with Chuck Jones or are respected artists in their fields such as: Eric Goldberg (Disney animation director “Aladdin”, “The Princess and the Frog”), Mike Peraza (Disney Art Director “The Little Mermaid”), Ron Burns (noted animal portraitist), Jeff DeGrandis (producer and director “Dora the Explorer”), as well as with Chuck’s wife, Marian Jones, a well-known photographer and writer, and his daughter, Linda, the founder of Linda Jones Enterprises, his publisher and art representative.

The evening will be catered by the Center’s partner, 24 carrots Catering & Events. Tickets may be purchased online at http://shop.chuckjonescenter.org/collections/tickets or by phone at 949-660-7793.

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“Creativity is me just being me,” said Laura Tanimoto, one of the evening’s special guests. Inspired by Chuck Jones, Laura has participated in classes and volunteered at the Center over the past year. Her donated artwork for the Red Dot Auction was one of the most hotly contested of the evening’s silent auctions.

“We are excited to share the major milestones the Center has produced this past year,” said Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Center and Chuck’s grandson. “And it will also help explain the important work we do. It is a challenge these days to find adequate arts education; creativity is one of the most important attributes of highly successful scientists, mathematicians, and business leaders. The Center is committed to helping everyone, but particularly children, find the creative genius that resides in each of us.”

About the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity: The Center was founded in 1999 by four-time Academy Award recipient and legendary animation creator and director, Chuck Jones. The Center’s vision is to inspire the innate creative genius within each person that leads to a more joyous, passionate, and harmonious life and world.

These are important goals, particularly in today’s world, when arts education is practically non-existent; we are dedicated to re-invigorating the creative spirit and we are doing it through art classes, exhibitions, lectures, and film festivals, all of which spring from the material in the Chuck Jones archive. Jones was a determined saver and his writings, art, and other ephemera from a nine-decade life, along with his philosophy of guiding and nurturing instruction, form the basis of our programs.

About Steve Landes: From New York’s famed Broadway to the West End in London, Steve Landes has been performing to packed houses. An original Broadway cast member of the show, “RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles” (Winner, 2011 Drama Desk Award for ‘Outstanding Revue’), Steve is currently touring worldwide with the show, in the role of John Lennon. When not on tour with RAIN, Steve performs solo with acoustic guitar, singing soulful versions of some of the greatest pop songs from the past five decades.

Singer and Broadway star, Steve Landes

Singer and Broadway star, Steve Landes