Events

Sunday, July 9, 2017 1-5pm | Jazz at the Clayton

Double M Jazz Salon 

Kamau Daaood and a Band of Griots

Kamau Daaood and a Band of Griots are Kamau Daaood, poet; Kamau Kenyatta, piano
and saxophone; Teodross Avery, saxophone; Trevor Ware, bass; Dexter Story, drums.

  • 12:30PM DOORS OPEN
  • 1-1:30PM KAMAU DAAOOD INTERVIEWED BY JEFFREY WINSTON
  • 2-3:30PM PERFORMANCE


Tickets are $20. Purchase online at https://goo.gl/zgYI8F.

Click here (PDF) for information.




Sunday, March 26, 2017 1-5pm | Jazz at the Clayton

Double M Jazz Salon 

The Azar Lawrence Quartet

The Azar Lawrence Quartet is Azar Lawrence, saxophones; Theo Saunders, piano; Henry "The Skipper" Franklin, bass; and Tony Austin, drums.

  • 12:30PM DOORS OPEN
  • 1-1:30PM AZAR LAWRENCE IN CONVERSATION WITH JEFFREY WINSTON
  • 2-3PM FIRST SET – THE AZAR LAWRENCE QUARTET
  • 3-4PM BREAK
  • 4-5PM SECOND SET – THE AZAR LAWRENCE QUARTET

Tickets are $20. Purchase online at https://goo.gl/zgYI8F.

Click here (PDF) for information.


Sunday, November 6, 2016 1-5pm | Jazz at the Clayton

Double M Jazz Salon 

Jassemblage

WITH A SPECIAL PRESENTATION OF THE SECOND MIMI MELNICK DOUBLE M AWARD FOR YOUNG JAZZ TALENT

Jassemblage is Theo Saunders, piano & leader; Louis Van Taylor, alto sax; Chuck Manning, tenor sax; George Bohanon, trombone; Henry Franklin, bass; and Kendall Kay, drums.

  • 12:30PM DOORS OPEN
  • 1-1:30PM THEO SAUNDERS IN CONVERSATION WITH JEFFREY WINSTON
  • 2-3PM FIRST SET – JASSEMBLAGE
  • 3-3:15PM PRESENTATION OF THE 2ND MIMI MELNICK DOUBLE M AWARD FOR YOUNG JAZZ TALENT
  • 3:15-4PM BREAK
  • 4-5PM SECOND SET – JASSEMBLAGE

Tickets are $20. Purchase online at http://goo.gl/t91dSi.

Click here (PDF) for information.


Sunday, July 17, 2016 I Closing reception and auction I "Movies and Messages: Posters and Early Artwork of Art Sims" Exhibit" I  4 PM

On Sunday, July 17th, broadcaster and former NBA basketball player Norm Nixon hosts the closing reception for the "Movies and Messages: Posters and Early Artwork of Art Sims" exhibit at MCLM. Fine Art sales proceeds will be donated to the The Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum. Please RSVP by July 16th 310 821-1775 artsims@1124design.com.


Sunday, July 10, 2016 1-5pm | Jazz at the Clayton

Double M Jazz Salon 

Jamael Dean and the Afronauts

Jamael Dean is the first winner of the Mimi Melnick Double M Award for Young Jazz Talent

Jamael Dean and the Afronauts are Jamael Dean, piano; Devin Daniels, alto sax; Nashir Janmohamed, bass; Chris Palmer, bass; Mekala Session, drums

  • 12:30PM DOORS OPEN
  • 1-1:30PM JAMAEL DEAN IN CONVERSATION WITH JEFFREY WINSTON
  • 2-3PM FIRST SET – JAMAEL DEAN AND THE AFRONAUTS
  • 3-4PM BREAK
  • 4-5PM SECOND SET – JAMAEL DEAN AND THE AFRONAUTS

Tickets are $20. Purchase online at

http://goo.gl/t5SB70.

Click here (PDF) for information.


 

Art Sims Poster Exhibit Ends June 30, 2016

Renowned Artist/Graphic Designer Art Sims exhibits never before seen artwork, coupled with his incredible movie posters designed for Spike Lee, in his show "Movie And Messages: Movie Posters and the Early Works of Art Sims" at the Mayme A. Clayton Museum until June 30th. 

The Art Sims Fine Art Collection is still available for purchase. This is a one-time only offer. Once the Art Sims exhibition closes the fine art will not be for sale ever again. All of the artwork are original pieces. There are no copies and a letter of authenticity from Art Sims will provided with the purchase of the artwork. See the price list here--contact Art Sims at to make a purchase.

A portion of  each sale will be donated to MCLM!


Thursday I June 2, 2016 I FREE "Special Reading" of Christina Harley's THE DREAMERS - "Resurrection City " I 7 PM 

On Thursday, June 2nd at 7 PM, Mayme A. Clayton Library and Museum will commemorate the anniversary of The Poor People's Campaign of 1968 with a free reading of Christina Harley's award-winning play: THE DREAMERS -"Resurrection City."
Former Councilman/Freedom Rider Robert Farrell will share opening thoughts about this historic movement as well as the construction of Resurrection City. The evening will also include a panel discussion with a Q and A featuring prominent UCLA scholars

Make Reservations HERE -https://the-dreamers-resurrection-city.eventbrite.com/


Sunday, April 3, 2016 1-5pm | Jazz at the Clayton

Double M Jazz Salon 

The Phil Ranelin Jazz Ensemble

WITH A SPECIAL PRESENTATION OF THE HORACE TAPSCOTT YOUNG MUSICIANS HERITAGE AWARD

The Phil Ranelin Jazz Ensemble is Phil Ranelin, trombone; Pablo Calogero, reeds; Keith Fiddmont, reeds; Curtis Taylor, trumpet; Aaron Provisor, piano; Ian Martin, bass; Don Littleton, drums


Tickets are $20. Purchase online at 

http://goo.gl/9s0XaU

.

Click here (PDF) for information.


Saturday I March 26, 2016 I Social Security & Retirement Income Workshop I 10:30 AM Free

RSVP to 310-285-0525


Sa turday I March 12, 2016 I "A Jazzy Stroll Down History" Benefit Concert I 7- 9 PM, Doors Open at 6:30 PM    

 Enjoy a melodious night of music, history, love and humor, featuring classics made famous by singers like Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn and Natalie Cole, performed by jazz artist Rita Shelby and friends. Jazzy Rita and guest contributors will share a special song tribute to the late Dr. Mayme Clayton.  Admission is $20. Students with ID and seniors: $15.  Go here to purchase tickets or send a check to MCLM at the 4130 Overland Avenue, Culver City address.


 

Thursday I March 10, 2016 I An Evening with Sonia Sanchez I 7 PM - 8:30 PM

MCLM in association with the Black Association of Documentary Filmmakers West  (BADWEST) presents “An Evening with Sonia Sanchez." Presentation and Book Signing with Ms. Sanchez.   Ms. Sanchez will do a Q&A after her presentation. $15 at the door.


Rep. Karen Bass Honored by MCLM I Wed March 9, 2016 @ 7pm


Thursday I February 25, 2016 I Opening Reception for "Movies And Messages: The Movie Posters & Early Works of Art Sims" I 7- 9 PM

For the first time in Los Angeles, legendary film poster artist and graphic designer Art Sims exhibits posters he designed for films of Spike Lee and other notable filmmakers along with his early artwork which has never been publicly displayed or sold before this event. The exhibit will include famous posters designed by Mr. Sims for films such as "Do the Right Thing," "Jungle Fever," "Malcolm X," "The Color Purple," "Love and Basketball," "Mo Better Blues," "King of New York," and "Red Tails." For the first time, Sims' original early art works will be sold, along with signed movie posters, at the reception. If you would like to attend the opening reception, please, contact Edna Sims, ESP Public Relations
Tel: 310-770.8117 ~ espublicrelations@gmail.com


Sa turday I January 16th I "A Tribute to Ms. Ella Lee, Soprano" I 7- 9 PM, Doors Open at 6:30 PM      

Lloyd Clayton and the LA Metropolitan Opera host a special concert paying tribute to the late soprano, Ms. Ella Lee.  Cited in Kurt Pahlan's book "Great Singers from the 17th Century to the Present Day," Ms. Lee was recognized as a world-class singer from the United States who gained prominence in European opera. Mentored by Richard Wagner's granddaughter, Ms. Lee performed at Bayreuth Festival and the Komische Opera in East Berlin. On January 16th, artists will perform a selection of classical pieces, Negro spirituals and excerpts from "Aida," Ms. Lee's signature role. Admission is $20. Students with ID and seniors: $15.  Go here to purchase tickets or send a check to MCLM at the 4130 Overland Avenue, Culver City address.                                                                                  


Sunday I November 15th I Special Film Screening:The Kusini Concept I 4-7 PM

Join MCLM for a special screening of "The Kusini Concept: The Pride and Sabotage" documentary by Prof. S. Torriano Berry of Howard University about the making of the blaxploitation film, "The  Kusini Countdown," which was financed by the black sorority Delta Sigma Theta in the 70s but failed to achieve success after its distributors shelved the film. After 40 years in relative obscurity, come and experience the story of what actually happened to Delta Sigma Theta's Kusini Project, and learn how a profit can be made today.

Lloyd Clayton, Executive Director of the museum will make opening remarks. A discussion and Q&A with the filmmaker follows the screening.


Sunday, November 8, 2015  1-5pm | Jazz at the Clayton

Double M Jazz Salon 

The Gathering - Creative Composers and Musicians Collective with Jesse Sharps 

WITH A SPECIAL PRESENTATION OF THE FIRST MIMI MELNICK DOUBLE M AWARD FOR YOUNG JAZZ TALENT

The Gathering is: Jesse Sharps, leader, bass clarinet; Maia, flute; Mercedes LaRay, alto sax; Amos Delone, tenor sax; Danny Cortez, trumpet; Phil Ranelin, trombone; Greg Ramsey, tuba; Fundi Legohn, french horn; Theo Saunders, piano; Roberto Miranda & Nick Rosen, bass; Fritz Wise, drums; Derf Reklaw, percussion; Dwight Trible, vocals; Kamau Daáood, poet

Tickets are $20. Purchase online at https://goo.gl/A7stZw.

Click here (PDF) for information.


Saturday I October 31st* I Black Talkies On Parade Film Screening: Blacula I 4 PM Free

*NOTE DATE HAS BEEN CHANGED FROM 10/24 TO 10/31

In Celebration of Halloween: Black Talkies On Parade presents the cult classic Blacula !!! ....Directed by, William Crain. This modern take on Bram Stoker's renowned tale, Dracula, presents the story in a very chilling and inventive way."Blacula" is the story of Manuwalde starring, [William Marshall] an African Prince in the year 1780. After visiting Count Dracula, he's turned into a vampire and locked in a coffin for nearly two centuries. But in 1972, two antique collectors transport the coffin to Los Angeles, where they open the coffin and unleash Blacula on the city of Los Angeles. Blacula soon finds Tina, [Vonetta McGee] who he believes is his wife Luva, reincarnated. He gains her love, but also gains the interest of an unlikely pair of vampire hunters who are hot in pursuit on his trail.
Tina's friend, Dr. Gordon, discovers Blacula is a vampire and hunts him down.

Your afternoon hosts are Lloyd Clayton, MCLM Executive Director, and Film Historian, Les Wills, who will hold a discussion and Q&A.


Thursday, October 15th I Film Screening: BOTSWANA, LAND OF BEAUTY, and DEMOCRACY & SUCCESS I 7 PM - 9 PM

The African Diaspora Center for Culture, Education, Research, and Science & Technology (ADCCERST) invites you to a film screening of BOTSWANA, LAND OF BEAUTY, and DEMOCRACY & SUCCESS

Botswana, a landlocked country in Southern Africa is a model of success by any comparison. The country is rich in diamonds, minerals, and abundant wildlife. Through strategic and intelligent planning, the government of Botswana has used its wealth from diamonds to give the majority of the people a middle class life. It is defined as an upper middle income country and has been consistently ranked near the top for anti-corruption, among all countries not just African countries. It is one of Africa's greatest success stories. This film will offer a peek into Botswana's success as shown by the President. The evening host, Ms. Marine Stewart will give a brief synopsis about the film. At the conclusion of the film there will be a question, answer and comment session.

Admission price is $10 per ticket. For more information call 310 837-8878 or 310 753-2224 or e-mail: stewrilfoundation@pacbell.net. Seating is guaranteed for those paying in advance. Make your check or money order payable to THE AFRICAN DIASPORA Center/ADCCERST. All checks must be received at least three days prior to the event. Cash only at the door. Plan to arrive by 6:45 to secure your ticket.

 

 


Saturday, October 10th I Photo Exhibit "Touch Bass" Opens I 2 PM - 5 PM

MCLM proudly presents a new photographic exhibit entitled "Touch Bass" by Sammy Davis. These poignant images will feature several world-class bassists, including Trevor Ware, Jennifer Leitham, Henry Franklin, Richard Simon, James Leary, Roberto Miranda, Nedra Wheeler, John B. Williams, Mike Alvidez, Luther Hughes and John Heard. In addition, Mr. Heard, an accomplished painter and sculptor, will also unveil a stunning bust of Charles Mingus.

Commercial and fine art photographer, Sammy Davis, shares his inspiration for this passion project. "Imagine an elite gathering of gifted virtuosos in a single room. Through my lens, I've had the distinct honor of capturing the unique technique and persona of each artist. My intent is to create an acoustic ambiance."

 


Saturday I September 26th I Black Talkies Film Screening I Fass Black I 4 PM Free

Join Black Talkies on Parade for the original Empire, the 1976 film "Fass Black." "Fass Black" is a slick film about the music industry in Los Angeles, where the club Disco 9000 dominates the music charts and the crowds. John Poole stars as Fass Black, a music mogul who is getting threats from his competition and must protect his club and record label. The film was directed by D'Urville Martin, who directed another hit of the era, "Dolemite," and also features dancing legend Harold Nicholas. Relive the glamour, funk, and hair of the 70's at MCLM this September.

Your afternoon hosts are Lloyd Clayton, MCLM Executive Director, and Film Historian, Les Wills, who will hold a discussion and Q&A.

Saturday I September 5th I Art Exhibit Opening I Maime Hansberry Art Show  "UNDERGROUND RAILROAD" I 2-5 PM

Saturday I August 29th I Black Talkies Film Screening I Soul Power! I 4 PM  Free

Black Talkies On Parade presents "Soul Power!" a documentary film on the legendary soul music concert staged in Kinshasa, Zaire in 1974. Directed by: Jeffrey Kusama-Hinte. Music played on stage makes up for about half of the running time. The rest comprises documentary clips about the event, James Brown performs at the beginning of the film and sings two songs in the end including footage of the musicians, and behind-the-scenes planning such as the stage set-up. Many of the artists express their views about Black Power and their role in it. Unsurprisingly Muhammad Ali uses his screen presence before the fight intensively not only to speak about imperialism and the like but also about how important it is for the movement that he will surely win. Since Foreman was delayed on account of an injury he could not appear in time for the festival and only footage from Ali could be used. We can see a short funny box fight between Philippe Wynne from The Spinners and Ali, as well as a comparison of New York City with Kinshasa by Ali saying NYC is the "real" jungle.
Your afternoon hosts will be Lloyd Clayton, MCLM Executive Director, and Film Historian, Les Wills, who will have a discussion and Q&A.


Sunday I August 23rd I Tour of Watts Riots Sites with Mr. Lindsay Hughes I 11 AM  $35

Join MCLM Board member, Mr. Lindsay Hughes, on an intimate tour of his home town of Watts and learn about sites and landmarks important to the story of the Watts Riots in 1965.  $35. Reserve your spot here

Saturday I August 15th I Watts Riots@50 Commemoration I Screening "More Than a Riot: Joyce Gaines Story" I 2 PM Free

"More Than a Riot" is a full-length documentary about the 1965 Watts Riots in Los Angeles and how an obscure barber named Joyce Ann Gaines became the catalyst for the event. Come meet the filmmakers who will participate in a panel discussion led by King Carter, MCLM Board Member

 

Saturday I August 1st I Dr. Mayme A. Clayton Birthday Celebration I 1 PM I Free

Come celebrate Dr. Clayton's birthday with the entire MCLM community and meet our newly elected board members. 

Saturday I July 25th I Black Talkies on Parade Screening: Claudine I 4 PM I Free

Black Talkies on Parade presents the classic 1974 film "Claudine," starring Diahann Carroll and James Earl Jones. "Claudine" is the story of a spunky single mother living in New York City, struggling to keep her family afloat and dodge her welfare caseworker. Dianhann Carroll embodied this strong female character so well that she received an Academy Award nomination for her performance. The film also received a Writers Guild Association nomination for best screenplay. Claudine's soulful soundtrack was written and produced by Curtis Mayfield and performed by Gladys Knight and the Pips.

Your afternoon host will be Lloyd Clayton, Executive Director. Following the screening there will be a Q&A with our resident film historian Les Wills.



Sunday, July 12, 2015  1-5pm | Jazz at the Clayton

Double M Jazz Salon 

Featuring MICHAEL SESSION SEXTET

Michael Session by Warren Berman

MICHAEL SESSION, saxophones

STEVE SMITH, trumpet

MAIA, flute, harp, vocals

JAMAEL DEAN, piano

TREVOR WARE, bass

MEKALA SESSION, drums



Don't miss this electrifying performance by MICHAEL SESSION'S high voltage sextet in the welcoming setting of the Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum.

Double M Jazz Salon continues its legacy at the Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum in Culver City. Jazz Baroness Mimi Melnick first began Double M Jazz Salon in 1996 in her Encino home on Strawberry Drive. Mimi loved jazz, she organized and hosted the Jazz Salons to support the jazz community in Los Angeles. Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum is proud and honored to carry the torch.

Tickets are $20. Purchase online at http://goo.gl/3AkOPA.

Click here (PDF) for information.


Saturday I June 27 I Black Talkies On Parade Screening I The Spook Who Sat By the Door I   4 PM I FREE

This month BTOP screens Ivan Dixon's 1973 film adaptation of Sam Greenlee's spy satire The Spook Who Sat By the Door. Don't miss the knockout score by Herbie Hancock. Following the screening, an audience discussion will be led by film scholar Les Wills. 



Saturday I June 13 I Juneteenth Celebration I Exhibit with African American Quilters of Los Angeles (AAQLA) I 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM I FREE

Sunday I June 14 I Juneteenth Celebration I Exhibit with African American Quilters of Los Angeles (AAQLA)and Program I 3 PM to 5 PM I FREE


Presented by the volunteers of Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum (MCLM), this weekend long event will feature quilts by the award winning African American Quilters of Los Angeles (AAQLA). Click here to download flyer. 

 

 


Saturday I May 23 I Black Talkies Screening:Black Talkies On Parade presents "Roots of Rhythm I 4 PM Free

Black Talkies on Parade presents Roots of Rhythm, the 1984 three part documentary exploring the roots of African music in a variety of genres. Harry Belafonte narrates this musical journey that starts in Africa and explores its melodic influences in Latin, Jazz, Salsa, and Popular music. All three parts of the series will be screened, which includes Across the Ocean, The Fiery Romance, and Top of the Charts. As the U.S. begins to work with Cuba politically, what better time than to delve into the musical history of Cuba and see how music styles all over the world have had an impact on each other. The afternoon will be hosted by Executive Director Lloyd Clayton and will feature a post film discussion.


Thursday I May 7th I Book Launch and Author Discussion with Jacob Zumoff I 7 p.m.  @ MCLM

Book Launch and Discussion of Jacob Zumoff's The Communist International and U.S. Communism, 1919-1929, a new book examining how the early American Communist movement was inspired by the Russian Revolution in November 1917, the first successful workers revolution in history. Using original documents from various sources including the Comintern archives that had been closed to earlier historians of the American Communist Party, Zumoff's book refutes the myth of destructive Moscow domination of the American party in the early 1920s. In contrast, he shows that the Comintern in Lenin and Trotsky's era guided the nascent American Communist movement to grapple with the unique challenges to working-class unity, for example, by emphasizing that the fight for socialist revolution and the struggle for black liberation were inextricably linked in this capitalist society founded on black chattel slavery.

Saturday I April 25th I Black Talkies On Parade screening: Hidden Colors 2 4 PM

Join MCLM for the second installment in Tariq Nasheed's controversial "Hidden Colors" series. "Hidden Colors 2: The Triumph of Melanin" delves further into the color barrier and examines Africa in a global and economic realm. The film features a segment investigating the pigment melanin and also covers the injustices within the prison industrial complex, a topic relevant to us currently in California. Nasheed's documentaries have all been funded independently through Kickstarter, with each film in the series acquiring more funding and success then the one before it. Experience the thought provoking film at the MCLM, which will be hosted by Executive Director Lloyd Clayton with a discussion lead by Les Wills immediately following the screening. FREE

 


Saturday I March 28th I Black Talkies On Parade screening: Mahagony I 4 PM

Join Black Talkies on Parade for a colorful afternoon at the movies with a screening of Mahogany. This 1975 film stars Diana Ross in a rags to riches story as she goes from the projects in Chicago to the runways in Rome. After the screening, stay for a discussion led by our resident film historian, Les Wills. FREE



Saturday I March 14, 2015 I  Dr. Jefferey Clements will be signing his science fiction thriller, Aphelion I 6 pm to 7:30 pm.

$10 fee in advance and $15 at the door. RSVP to Email: ja.clements@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 


Double M Jazz Salon. Warren Berman Photo 

Sunday, March 8, 2015  2-5pm | Jazz at the Clayton

Double M Jazz Salon 

Featuring NEDRA WHEELER ENSEMBLE

 

 Nedra Wheeler, bass

 Jamael Dean, piano

 Abe Lagrimas, drums

 Miguel Atwood Ferguson, viola

 Sukari Reed-Glenn,flute

 

12:30PM DOORS OPEN — 1-1:30PM INTERVIEW WITH NEDRA WHEELER — 2-5PM CONCERT

 

Double M Jazz Salon continues its legacy at the Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum in Culver City. Jazz Baroness Mimi Melnick first began Double M Jazz Salon in 1996 in her Encino home on Strawberry Drive. Mimi loved jazz, she organized and hosted the Jazz Salons to support the jazz community in Los Angeles.

Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum is proud and honored to carry the torch.

Tickets are $20. Purchase online at http://goo.gl/JCKJ0W.

Click here (PDF) for information.


Saturday I January 31, 2015 I A Celebration of Langston Hughes I 4 PM  FREE

Sharif Atkins, star of the TV Series White Collar, will host an hour long tribute to the poet, including a reading of his celebrated work "Thank You, Ma'm." The afternoon will include a sneak preview of the new play Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea, opening on Feb 20th at Skylight Theater Center.  Check MCLM's Facebook page for information on how to obtain discounted tickets to this theatrical event. #DONTRELLplay#

At the Mayme Clayton Library and Museum, 4130 Overland Avenue, Culver City, CA 90230

 

Double M Jazz Salon. Warren Berman Photo Sunday, November 2, 2-5pm | Jazz at the Clayton

Double M Jazz Salon 

Featuring BOBBY BRADFORD MO'TET

BOBBY BRADFORD, cornet
VINNY GOLIA and
CHUCK MANNING, reeds
MICHAEL VLATKOVICH, trombone

DON PRESTON, piano
KEN ROSSER, guitar
ROBERTO MIRANDA, bass
CHRIS GARCIA, percussion



Photo: Bobby Bradford by Michael Hoefner
Photo: Bobby Bradford by Michael Hoefne

12:30pm - doors open
1-1:30pm - Bobby Bradford interviewed by Jeffrey Winston
2-5pm - concert (during the second set, the Mo'tet will play several pieces from the John Carter songbook with Vinny Golia playing clarinet)

You are invited to join the dynamic BOBBY BRADFORD MO'TET for a rare afternoon of jazz at the Mayme Clayton Library and Museum. 

Double M Jazz Salon continues its legacy at the Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum in Culver City. Jazz Baroness Mimi Melnick first began Double M Jazz Salon in 1996 in her Encino home on Strawberry Drive. Mimi loved jazz, she organized and hosted the Jazz Salons to support the jazz community in Los Angeles.

Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum is proud and honored to carry the torch.

Tickets are $20. Purchase online at http://goo.gl/siSPUw.

Click here (PDF) for additional details.


Saturday, November 1, 4-6 pm I A Staged Play Performance

Regina Mason, Author, Speaker, Storyteller, presents The Raw Truth. This unique two-person show blends narration and dramatic performance, as Mason takes you on a journey to recover the life of her great-great-great grandfather, William Grimes, author of the first fugitive slave narrative in America.

 With biting sarcasm and heated intensity distinctive of Grimes, the  soul of this ex-slave comes to life as portrayed by acclaimed actor  Michael Lange. The Raw Truth reminds us of the complex world  of  slavery, its lingering legacy, and the liberating journey one  woman  takes to find deep meaning from a painful past.

A book signing of the new edition, Life of William Grimes, the Runaway Slave, to follow performance. A portion of ticket and book sales to benefit MCLM. Please support this event.

Tickets are $20 general admission and $15 for students/seniors.

 

 


SATURDAY, 10/25/14 I FUNDRAISER I Donation Drive

Donate items to the MCLM Fundraiser on Saturday, October 25, 2014-9 am to 1 pm -

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here for additional details

 

ETA: 10/25-- donation time extended to 3:30 PM!!! We can still take your donations. Come on by!

 


 


PAST EVENTS

Saturday, September 20, 2-3:30 pm I A Staged Play Reading

"House on the Hill: Mary Ellen Pleasant's Story"

MCLM presents a staged reading of "House on the Hill: Mary Ellen Pleasant's Story," by Sharon L Graine, Dr. Mayme Clayton's goddaughter. Don't miss this play about the19th-century African American entrepreneur.
The play features Sharon L. Graine as Mary Ellen Pleasant; Kevin Dulude as Thomas Bell; Geraldine Fuentes as Theresa Bell; Chester A. Graine III as William; and singer Sylvia Boyd.
Tickets are $20 general admission and $15 for students/seniors.

Purchase Tickets Here

 

Saturday I September 27 at 3 PM I Black Talkies On Parade: The Symbol of the Unconquered (1920) by Oscar Micheaux

Screening of rare early cinema clips followed by Oscar Micheaux's full length film, The Symbol of the Unconquered (1920), with silent film musician Cliff Retallick on the Baldwin organ, supplemented with lectures by Galen Wilkes, ragtime music historian, and Les Wills, film historian. Free. 

Wednesday I October 1, 6:30 Reception* I 7 pm Lecture I "Learn to Transform Your Life"

MCLM and Agape Wellness Group host a presentation on "How to Transform Your Life" by health and wellness experts, Dave MacArthur & Dr Robert Norret, D.C

For more information:
www.agapewellnessgroup.com, agapewellnessgroup@gmail.com
or (213) 632-6841

* Kosher & Vegan Tasties will be provided.


Saturday, September 13, 2:30 pm -7 pm I Opening Reception I Exhibit of "Performance Portraits" by jazz photographer Bob Barry

Jazz photographer, Bob Barry, exhibits his "Performance Portraits" in MCLM's Great Room on 9/13. Join us for the exhibit's opening reception from 2:30 PM to 7 PM.  Prints will be on sale and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to MCLM.

Come early for a screening of Daily Pike's documentary "Bob Barry Jazzography in Black & White" at 1:30 in Courtroom Theater.

Complimentary Wine Sampling Courtesy of Mis En Bouteille Wine and Sprits

Saturday, August 30th. 4 - 6 pm I Black Talkies On Parade Screening I Scott Joplin

Black Talkies on Parade begins a two month celebration of ragtime with a screening of the film "Scott Joplin." Directed by Jeremy Kagan, this 1977 bio-pic stars Billy Dee Williams and features Clifton Davies, Art Carney and music legend Eubie Blake. The film tells the story of Joplin also known as the "King of Ragtime." Joplin composed many of the genre's greatest hits including the "Maple Leaf Rag" and "The Entertainer" and helped bring ragtime to a wider audience. Scott Joplin won an award from the Writers Guild of America in 1979 and contains many of the hit songs Joplin wrote.

The afternoon will also feature a discussion with film historian Les Wills and an introduction by Lloyd Clayton. Enjoy the story of one of America's greatest composers and join us next month for a special ragtime presentation by historian and composer Galen Wilkes followed by the return of silent film musician Cliff Retallick.

 

Double M Jazz Salon. Warren Berman Photo Sunday, July 13, 2-5 pm | Jazz at the Clayton

Double M Jazz Salon 


Featuring KENNY BURRELL

Kenny Burrell by Bob Barry
Kenny Burrell Photo by Bob Barry

with ROBERTO MIRANDA and DON LITTLETON

-First set will showcase virtuoso guitarist Kenny Burrell
-Intermission - Kenny Burrell will briefly reflect on his life and career with jazz historian, Jeffrey Winston
-Second set - Bassist Roberto Miranda and drummer Don Littleton


Double M Jazz Salon continues its legacy at the Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum in Culver City. Jazz Baroness Mimi Melnick first began Double M Jazz Salon in 1996 in her Encino home on Strawberry Drive. Mimi loved jazz, she organized and hosted the Jazz Salons to support the jazz community in Los Angeles.


Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum is proud and honored to carry the torch.


Tickets are $20. Purchase online at http://goo.gl/LxFPwy.

Click here (PDF) for additional details.

 

 

Saturday, June 28th I Black Talkies on Parade Screening: Bronze Buckaroo I 4:00 pm

Black Talkies on Parade remembers pioneering actor and singer Herb Jeffries born Umberto Alexander Valentino (1913-2014). Mr. Jeffries career began during the 1930's performing with genius artist Duke Ellington. By 1937 Jeffries made his film debut with Harlem on the Prairie. Within a short period of time Jeffries was referred to as the "Singing Cowboy". The Bronze Buckaroo is a 1939 American film directed by Richard C. Kahn. It is one of a number of race films made by African-American directors and performers for African-American audiences. At the conclusion of the feature there will be an audience discussion led by film scholar, Les Willis. MCLM's Executive Director, Lloyd J. Clayton will be the Master of Ceremonies.

PAST EVENTS

Saturday, May 24th I Black Talkies On Parade Screening: Lying Lips I 4:00 pm

Join Black Talkies on Parade for a classic afternoon at the movies with a screening of Oscar Micheaux's picture, Lying Lips. The film features the first on screen appearance by Earl Jones, the father of James Earl Jones. Edna Mae Harris stars as Elsie Bellwood, a nightclub singer who is framed for murder, but is saved by her former manager-turned-detective played by Carman Newsome.

The sounds of Harlem in the late 30's are captured in this film with performances by Edna Mae Harris and other notable night club singers of the era. Celebrate one of America's greatest filmmakers at MCLM and stay for our discussion after the film.

FREE

Saturday, May 10th I Facilitated Discussion Group about Race I 10:30 a.m

LET'S TALK ABOUT RACE . . . PLEASE JOIN US . . . as we continue the conversation we started during the RACE RELAY presentation on 5/2/14. Common Peace, Center for the Advancement of NonViolence facilitators will meet this Sat., May 10 - 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. @ the Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum @ 4130 Overland Ave., Culver City 90230. Come, bring a friend, and your open Heart and Mind! You do NOT have to have attended the earlier presentation. (310) 390-7278

http://racerelay.org/

 

 

Friday, May 2nd I 7 PM I Theater I Race Relay, a theatrical performance about race.

 

Have an opinion about Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling ban from the NBA?

Immigration Reform● Trayvon Martin● President Obama● Military Regulations On Cornrows

Have you ever found yourself discussing race or ethnicity in "mixed company," but lacked the right tools to keep the conversation on track?

 

Discover new ways to engage your neighbors in a fruitful and non-threatening dialogue on this topic
RACE RELAY
An entertaining theatrical performance about race
Friday, May 2nd, at 7:00 p.m.
FREE

Reserve Your Seat Now.

Saturday, April 26th I 2 PM I Concert:  Pinkie Washington Salutes Ella and Her Fellas
 

Mayme Clayton Library and Museum continues its Jazz Appreciation Month and celebrates the birthday of jazz icon, Ella Fitzgerald, with a special matinee performance of "Ella and Her Fellas" conceived and presented by cabaret artist, Pinkie Washington

Ms. Washington and Her Fellas will take you on a journey through the life and music of Ella Fitzgerald, who was born on April 25, 1917. 

Tickets are $10 in advance; $15 at the door. Buy Your Tickets Here. 

 Click here for a taste of the show. 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, April 26th I 4:30 pm I BLACK TALKIES  ON PARADE: SHOW TIME AT THE APOLLO

  
Black Talkies on Parade focuses on Harlem's historic Apollo Theater for Jazz Appreciation Month with a film program uniquely designed by historian and archivist, Mark Cantor. The Apollo stage had it all: jazz bands and combos, vocalists, R&B acts, dance and comedy routines, burlesque performers and much, much more. The program changed on a weekly basis, and between 1934 and 1954, virtually every African-American artist of note graced the Apollo stage. 

 Experience the riveting shows of the Apollo's remarkable past with this presentation of film clips featuring artists including Dizzy Gillespie and his Orchestra, Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five, "Moms" Mabley, The Berry Brothers, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Una Mae Carlisle, Amos Milburn and many more. Whether you were on the scene in Harlem in the 1940s and 1950s, or missed out completely, this will be an afternoon that presents the best of what this celebrated American theater had to offer.

Show starts at 4:30 PM on Saturday, April 26, 2014.   Free.

 

Double M Jazz Salon. Warren Berman Photo Sunday, April 6th, 1 -5 pm | Jazz at the Clayton
Double M Jazz Salon 

Horace Tapscott Tribute Band Concert Commemorating Horace Tapscott's 80th Birtday

Pre-Concert Panel Discussion of Horace Tapscott's Legacy with Roberto Miranda at 1pm

80th Birthday Celebration with the Horace Tapscott Tribute Band at 2pm

MCLM launches its inaugural jazz concert series in partnership with Double M Jazz Salon, continuing the legacy of the late Jazz Baroness, Mimi Melnick, with a Sunday lecture and concert commemorating the 80th birthday of Horace Tapscott, jazz legend and founder of the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra. Pre-Concert Panel Discussion of Horace Tapscott's Legacy with Roberto Miranda starts at 1pm.

Click here (PDF) for additional details.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased via the Eventbrite link below:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/double-m-jazz-salon-tickets-10578916825

Monday, Feb. 24th  7 p.m. I Film Screening I A Time for Burning (1966)

MCLM in partnership with the BADWest St. Clair Bourne 4th Mondays Documentary Series will "A Time For Burning" by Bill Jersey

Originally rejected by the three major networks back in 1966 for being too controversial, the classic cinema verite film "A Time For Burning" from the Academy Award nominated filmmaker Bill Jersey captures an all white Lutheran Church in Omaha, Nebraska as their eager but earnest pastor tries to get the congregation to reach out to their fellow black Lutherans. As tensions threaten to tear apart the church, the film illustrates the anguish and awakening of the civil rights era through the words and actions of everyday people. Free.

Sat., Feb. 22nd, 4 p.m.I Black Talkies on Parade I A Raisin in the Sun with Special Guest: Mamie Hansberry, sister of Lorraine Hansberry, the author.

Black Talkies on Parade is pleased to present a screening of Daniel Petrie's A Raisin in the Sun with special guest Mamie Hansberry, sister of the film's writer Lorraine Hansberry. A Raisin in the Sun began as a play that debuted on Broadway in 1959 and ran for two years. The story was then adapted into a film featuring the play's cast including Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, Claudia McNeil, Diana Sands, Ivan Dixon, Louis Gossett, Jr. and John Fiedler. The film centers on the Younger family's life in Chicago's south side and their struggles with poverty and racism, which came from experiences the Hansberry faced in their own lives. The film won several awards including the Gary Cooper Award at the Cannes Film Festival and Best Actress for Ruby Dee from the National Board of Review.

The afternoon will be hosted by Lloyd Clayton and will feature a discussion with Mamie Hansberry following the film. Come celebrate a film that remains a true American treasure.

Sat., Nov. 2nd, 2 p.m. I Education Nation I School to Prison Pipeline

The school-to-prison pipeline has been labeled an epidemic plague upon the U.S. educational system. National statistics present a compelling case that students with a history of abuse, neglect, poverty or learning disabilities are disproportionately targeted. These students are overwhelmingly students of color, primarily African American and Latino students. MCLM will present a dynamic discussion with keynote speaker Dr. Patricia Wright, Senior Professional Associate for the National Education Association Human and Civil Rights Education Office to inform parents and the community of the pervasiveness of this problem and to formulate solutions to remedy this growing trend. To RSVP call 310-202-1647.

 

Sat., Nov. 9th, 11 a.m. I Saturday Art @ MCLM I Print Making

Receive a special guided tour of the exhibit, The Barack Obama Story: Selected Prints and Memorabilia from the Collection of Jacqueline Hill from collector, Jacquline Hill. Learn about her passion for collecting Obama art and the various artists and printmaking styles featured within the exhibition. After the tour take part in MCLM's print making workshop and create your own Obama print to take home and frame. All ages are welcomed. Workshop cost is $10.00 and all materials are provided. MCLM members may attend this workshop FREE of charge. To sign up for the workshop visit https://www.eventbrite.com/event/9104526885 or call 310-202-1647.

 

Sun., Nov. 10th, 2 p.m. I Benefit Film Screening I Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp

MCLM in partnership with the Fair Chance Project presents a benefit screening of the documentary film, Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp. The film examines the tumultuous life of legendary Chicago pimp, Iceberg Slim (1918-1992) and how he reinvented himself from pimp to author of seven (7) groundbreaking books. These books were the birth of "Street Lit" and explored the world of the ghetto in gritty and poetic detail and have made him a cultural icon. This compelling story is told through interviews with Iceberg Slim, Chris Rock, Henry Rollins, Ice-T, Snoop Dogg, and Quincy Jones. Tickets are $10.00 per person. To purchase tickets visit https://www.eventbrite.com/event/9092960289 or call 310-202-1647 or visit www.claytonmuseum.org. Film Running Time: 89 minutes.

 

Mon., Nov. 11th, 6p.m. I Awards Show I 23rd Annual NAACP Theater Awards

Purchase tickets to attend the Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP Branch, 23rd Annual NAACP Theatre Awards Show and help to raise money for the Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum. The event will be held at the Saban Theater located at 8440 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA. Co-hosting this year show will be actress Lisa Raye McCoy, comedian Thomas "Nephew Tommy" Miles, and comedian/actress-turned-reality star Kym Whitley. This year's honorees are actress, Loretta Devine, actress and former Miss America, Vanessa L. Williams casting director, Peter Wise, Dr. Maxine M. Anderson, and Dr. Michael Obeng. Ticket prices range from $20.00 for general admission to $175.00 for VIP tickets. To purchase tickets visit http://naacptheatreawards.com/Ticket2013.html and click on yellow "Got An Offer Code" tab at the top of the page and enter the code MCLM or call 323-655-0111.

 

Mon., Nov. 11th, 7p.m. I Film Screening I Brown Babies: Mischlingskinder Story

MCLM and MusicUntold will present a special Veterans Day screening of Brown Babies: The Mischlingskinder Story. This powerful documentary tells the story of six so-called "brown babies" born in postwar occupation Germany. They were born to German women and African-American soldiers. As illegitimate, bi-racial children who were unwanted by enemy nations, their lives were tragic. The film reveals this little known remarkable piece of history through the riveting life stories of the children and their birth parents. Tickets are $10.00 per person. MCLM members are admitted FREE.  To purchase tickets please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/event/9103880953 or call 310-202-1647. Film Running Time: 60 minutes.

 

Nov. 16th, 11 a.m. I Saturday Art @ MCLM I Collage Art Workshop

Meet art collector Jacqueline Hill, Esq. and discover how she developed a passion for collection works of art on paper and memorabilia commemorating the Barack Obama candidacy and presidency. After a tour of the exhibit and discussion with Ms. Hill, learn how to make your own masterpiece presidential collage art to take home. Featured exhibit artist, Kenneth Gatewood will conduct the workshop. All ages are welcomed. The workshop cost is $10.00 and all materials provided. MCLM members may attend this workshop FREE of charge. To sign up for the workshop call 310-202-1647 or visit https://www.eventbrite.com/event/9104065505.

 

Sat., Nov. 16th, 1 p.m. I Preservation Workshop One I Preservation 101

Sign-up for MCLM's inaugural Preserving Our Heritage Workshop Series. This hands-on, how-to workshop explains how archivists arrange a collection, tell the story of the collection's origin, organize the contents and store the paper items within the collection. The cost of the workshop is $30.00. The cost of the workshop for MCLM members is $20.00. A starter archival kit is included with the cost of the workshop. Space is limited. To sign-up for the workshop visit https://www.eventbrite.com/event/9104181853 or please call 310-202-1647.

 

Sat., Nov. 23rd, 4 p.m. I Film Screening I Black Talkies on Parade

MCLM's Black Talkies on Parade Film Series presents The Jackie Robinson Story (1950).  In this biographical film baseball legend, Jackie Robinson portrays himself. The film recounts his life from childhood. It presents how Robinson overcame the racial barriers he faced as the first African American Major League Baseball player of the modern era. Actress Ruby Dee also stars in the film as Robins