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Former Simpsons TV artist Carlos Nieto III promises adults “everything you ever wanted to know about anime but were afraid to ask!” All drawing equipment will be provided. The event takes place on July 21 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm at the Belle Haven branch of the Menlo Park Library (413 Ivy).

Carlos, of Colombian roots, was born and raised in Los Angeles. Growing in the Hispanic area of Silverlake /Echo Park, he was influenced by the mish-mash of Central American and South American cultures. He is a mostly self-taught artist, only having taken some basic classes of art in high school, and several night classes at various colleges.

He has worked as a layout artist on the Emmy-winning TV show “The Simpsons,” as well as “King of the Hill.” He has also served as a visual consultant for Disney and Universal, creating sketches and final art for set designs. He conducts his comic book making, anime and animation drawing workshops at libraries across the country, and is an Artist in Residence at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

This event is made possible thanks to funding from the Friends of the Menlo Park Library.

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Absurd painting an answer to Elon Musk’s absurd tweet?

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Kate Powers, who owns the Art Ventures gallery in downtown Menlo emailed: “We are posting this on Instagram regarding Musk’s tweet [during the Thailand cave rescue] together with my favorite quote “art is the highest form of hope.” “This is a painting by one of my artists-in-residence Uta Reinhardt, oil on canvas; title is History […]

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Poets Night Open Mic continues at Cafe Zoë on July 12

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Another community poetry evening at  Cafe Zoë in Menlo Park featuring San Mateo County Poet Laureate Lisa Rosenberg and Kalamu Chaché is scheduled for  Thursday, July 12, 7:00-9:00 pm. Poets of all ages and styles are invited to share original work, or favorite poems by other poets, or just come to listen and enjoy the cafe’s […]

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San Mateo County is seeking a new Poet Laureate for the 2019-2020 term

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The mission of the Poet Laureate is to elevate poetry and celebrate the literary arts within the County by making poetry more accessible to people in their everyday lives. The appointed applicant will serve as the County’s third Poet Laureate, and their term will commence January 2019.  Applications from published San Mateo County residents are […]

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Windrider Bay Area Film Forum returns to the M-A Performing Arts Center for its 9th year

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The Windrider Bay Area Film Forum returns to the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center for its 9th year June 28-30 with screenings at 7:00 pm. As in the past, it will be a mixture of feature films, short films and interactive discussion. Tickets are available online. We visited with two of the Film Forum’s board members, […]

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Shirley D’Andrea unleashes her creativity through fairy house building

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A Menlo Park resident of 50 plus years, Shirley D’Andrea took watercolor classes from Steve Curl after retiring as a family therapist 15 years ago. “I painted until there was no more wall space,” she said. “I couldn’t see any point in having them all stacked up!” But Shirley’s hands are evidently not meant to […]

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Spoken Art: Poetry Reading & Art Reception set for June 18 at Menlo Park Library

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Join the Menlo Park Library for a celebration of poetry and fine art, featuring poets of all ages from all across San Mateo County on June 18 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. The evening includes readings of selected poems from the winter Spoken Art submission period, a chance to view the artwork that inspired the […]

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M-A senior Kelly Warren is Beach Blanket Babylon finalist in dance catergory

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Menlo Atherton High School senior Kelly Warren is a finalist in the dance category for The Steve Silver Foundation and Beach Blanket Babylon “Scholarship for the Arts.” Each of the nine finalists will perform live in front of family, friends and a panel of celebrity judges on Monday, June 4. One winner in each category […]

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Filmmaker Dorothy Fadiman set to release her last documentary in a career that’s spanned 40 years

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She’s won an Emmy and been nominated for an Academy Award. Now after four decades of filmmaking, Menlo Park resident Dorothy Fadiman is releasing her final film, Chef Darren: The Challenge of Profound Deafness. It will be screened at 3:00 pm on Sunday, June 3, at the Lucie Stern Community Center ballroom in Palo Alto. […]

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Spotted: Rock Bottom Clay Arts at Menlo Park’s sidewalk festival

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Rock Bottom Clay Arts was among the vendors showing wares at the Menlo Park Spring Art Stroll this past weekend. The two- or five-feet totem poles are man-made, hollow ceramic designs created to look like colorful, modern rocks. Photo by Robb Most (c) 2018

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Menlo Park Sidewalk Spring Art Stroll takes place April 20-22, 2018

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The Menlo Park Sidewalk Spring Art Stroll, celebrating its 36th year, welcomes visitors to browse among the handcrafted works of more than 90 artists whose displays include fine jewelry, photography from many different perspectives, decorative and functional ceramics, abstract and representational paintings, gorgeous turned woodwork and much more. Unlike an online shopping experience, patrons have […]

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