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A Twisted Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste!

Chuck Jones Center for Creativity Presents a Creative Classroom Led by Leigh Rubin, Author & Illustrator of the Syndicated Comic Strip, Rubes®

Sunday, November 15 from 2 to 4 PM

A Musical Performance by Andrew Rubin Will Close the Workshop

Costa Mesa, Ca: Need more humor in your life? The world is a serious place and let’s face it, we all need to lighten up. There really is humor in almost any situation, but how do we find it? All it takes is a bit of mental twist to look at your world in a funny way. Discover the humor in your own life by mentally stepping out of your normal routine and into your very own twistedly absurd and funny world! This illustrated lecture and workshop is a comic adventure inside the ridiculously twisted mind of Leigh Rubin, Rubes® cartoonist and “sit down” comic. This afternoon presentation is free and open to the public and is recommended for ages 10 and above. At the end of the lecture, Leigh’s talented musician son, Andrew, will perform for approximately one-half hour.

Leigh Rubin began his cartooning career in 1978 by establishing his own greeting card company, Rubes® Publications. His first cartoon collection, the popular Notable Quotes musical cartoons was published in 1981. Originally self-syndicated, 2014 marked the 30th anniversary of his daily cartoon, Rubes®, which is now distributed by Creators Syndicate to more than 400 newspapers and media outlets worldwide. Rubes® appears in major daily metropolitan newspapers, such as the Los Angeles Daily News, the Vancouver Sun, the Oregonian, the Staten Island Advance, the Washington Times, the Sacramento Bee, the Houston Chronicle, and the Orange County Register. Rubin recently launched a new website, WhyGrowUp.Club, celebrating life’s simple pleasures.

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The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity’s Creative Classroom began with a workshop led by children’s author and illustrator, Kelly Light, in February 2015 and is a quarterly free-to-the-public workshop presented by the Center. Award-winning actor and illustrator, Richard Kinsey delighted the summer crowd with his innovative take on storytelling. The Center is pleased to present “A Twisted Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste”, led by the funny and charming, Leigh Rubin, as part of this ongoing series.

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Andrew Rubin, of California’s Central Coast, has been cultivating his passion for music since he was thirteen years old. He is best known as the lead guitarist of the rock trio, The Spaces Between, and has a background of various musical projects involving Pop, Jazz, Funk, and more. In more recent times, Andrew discovered a new-found love for classical music and, with support from peers and mentors, has taken up composition. Now 20, he is currently working on his third classical piece, and aims to continue with great vigor the writing and performance that brings him so much joy, as well as further exploration and progress in all branches of his musical career. The Center is pleased to present Andrew Rubin in a short concert appearance after his father’s workshop.

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The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity is located at 3321 Hyland Avenue, Suite A, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. Part of the exciting South Coast Collection (SoCo), the Center’s vision is a world where creativity is known, in all disciplines, by the many, not just the few. The Center offers art classes and programs, both on site and with our community partners around Orange County. Visit ChuckJonesCenter.org to learn more. The Leigh Rubin Creative Classroom is on Sunday, November 15, 2015 from 2 to 4 PM. It is free and open to the public. RSVP is required. Please contact Programs@ChuckJonesCenter.org or call 949-660-7793 x 107 to reserve your seat.

Preview Night: Red Dot Auction Update!

On Thursday, April 30th, the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity hosted a private preview evening for their donors, sponsors, and the artists who had contributed artwork to this year’s Red Dot Auction. What a lovely evening! Cocktails and tray-passed hors d’oeuvres flourished, the repartee was sparkling, the evening was a smash!

Those in attendance had the opportunity to not only preview the incredible artwork that is on display, but to also bid and use the eponymous “Red Dot” to secure their favorite works of art by committing to pay $600 for the one of their choice. Cowbells were heard throughout the night!*Craig Kausen, chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and Chuck's grandson is flanked by, on the right, Linda Jones Clough, Chuck's daughter, and on the left by New York Times best-selling author and reporter on the science of creativity, Ashley Merryman.

Craig Kausen, chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and Chuck’s grandson is flanked by, on the right, Linda Jones Clough, Chuck’s daughter, and on the left by New York Times best-selling author and reporter on the science of creativity, Ashley Merryman. Ms. Merryman gave a brief introduction to the science of creativity for those assembled.

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Artists from left: Mike Kungl, our intrepid photographer, Stephen Russo, Daniel Killen, and Jimmy Mulligan.

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It’s true, your mother is always your biggest fan. In this instance, with good cause, the young man is incredibly talented.

Members of the Irvine Classical Players and Seraphim Symphony played selections from their repertoire to the delight of the assembled. Bravo!

Members of the Irvine Classical Players and Seraphim Symphony played selections from their repertoire to the delight of the assembled. Bravo!

Our creative council members, from left, Linda Krall, Darcia Dexter, Red Dot Auction event chair, and Frank Howa mug for the camera.

A trio of our creative council members, volunteers all, from left, Linda Krall, Darcia Dexter, Red Dot Auction event chair, and Frank Howa mug for the camera.

Artist and patron, Cynthia Damiano was in the right place at the right time for this special photo.

Artist and patron, Cynthia Damiano was in the right place at the right time for this special photo.

All photographs by Stephen Russo, a volunteer on the Chuck Jones Council for Creativity.

*Cowbells were rung every time a Red Dot was used.

 

Bugs Bunny Takes Center Stage in Irvine

By ZACHARY TAFOYA / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

On top of a mountain, a horned figure manipulates lightning in perfect accord with a thundering score of percussion and winds. As the lightning and music climax together, the figure raises his arms to the heavens before stopping outright so that the audience can hear the terrible truth that he must reveal.

He clears his throat before announcing in a flurry of w's; "Be vewwwwy qwiet, I'm hunting wabbits!"

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"Bugs Bunny at the Symphony" will feature the Pacific Symphony performing the scores of Chuck Jones' iconic Warner Bros. cartoons, which will be shown on an overhead screen at Pacific Amphitheatre.

Wagner as performed by Elmer Fudd.

The animation of Chuck Jones is arguably among the greatest produced in the roughly hundred-year frame that animation has existed. Jones' tenure from 1935 to 1963 as an animator at Warner Brothers yielded some of the most iconic cartoon characters ever, including Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, Michigan J. Frog, Wile E. Coyote, the Roadrunner, and Pépé Lepew. Of the four Looney Tunes shorts inducted into the National Film Registry, three were directed by Jones, the most animation works in the archive by a single director.   Read the rest of the story, via www.ocregister.com

Believe in She Hosts “Party for a Purpose” at Chuck Jones Gallery — San Diego

Believe in She, a locally-owned business dedicated to inspiring moms and daughters to live happier and healthier lives, will present "Party for a Purpose" to support City of Hope's Yoga for Hope event by raising money for cancer, diabetes and AIDS research at a fundraiser to be held Thursday, March 3 from 6:30 PM at the Chuck Jones Gallery, 232 Fifth Avenue, in San Diego's famed Gaslamp District.  The suggested ticket donation is $50.00.  

"The community is going to be treated to an amazing night," enthused Believe In She owner (and Chief Inspiration Officer) Jamie Dicken, "Lululemon will present a fashion show featuring Believe in She moms and daughters, live music will be provided by Hilary Michels, there'll be fabulous food with wine tasting provided by our friends at Arroyo Seco Vineyards, Bridgeview Winery and Couvillion Winery.  Plus the gallery will be hosting a special exhibit of Pop Culture artwork including work from such icons as Charles Schulz, Dr. Seuss and of course, the genius of Chuck Jones."

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Believe in She president Jamie Dicken, left, and her daughter, Juliette.  Juliette is the only child in the San Diego area to be certified to teach yoga. 

For more information about the event and to purchase tickets in advance, click on Believe in She.

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Believe in She was founded by Jamie Dicken after she noticed her daughter's self-esteem plummet as she began to navigate the tween challenges of body image, frenemies and technology.  Determined to shift this negative cycle, the two of them joined forces to and created Believe in She to empower moms and their tween daughters to live happier and healthier lives using yoga and journaling to start conversations that strengthen the mother-daughter bond and improve self-esteem.  

Image of the Day: Quintet

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Just over twenty-one years ago, Chuck Jones created the drawing for this limited edition titled "Quintet" and published by Linda Jones Enterprises in 1989.  When you consider the importance that music played in Warner Bros. cartoons and particularly those of Chuck Jones, it's not surprising to see his playful & irreverent take on a classical quintet. 

One thing that has always set Jones' limited editions from those of other studios and directors is that the line used to create the limited edition came from his original drawing(s).  Each Chuck Jones cel art edition has been hand-painted by expert cel painters (a dwindling group of artisans since the advent of computer colorization) and placed over a background approved by the artist (prior to his death) and now by his family.