A&E Digest: Stanford Live's director departs, and more

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The director of Stanford Live departs, classes in digital artmaking for teens offered at Mitchell Park, and more.

STANFORD LIVE'S E.D. DEPARTS ... Wiley Hausam, the executive director of Stanford Live since 2012, has announced his departure from the university. Hausam will relocate to Los Angeles to take the helm at the Eli and Edythe Broad Stage at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center. Previous to his role at Stanford, Hausam lead the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College. During his tenure at Stanford Live, Hausam oversaw the opening of the 842-seat Bing Concert Hall in January 2013, and since then has seen attendance to Stanford Live events increase by 50 percent. He was also instrumental in creating the Live Context: Art + Ideas series, which highlights performances that draw on the university's significant intellectual resources. "The Stanford community is extraordinary and singular," said Hausam in a press release."I'm extremely proud of my time here." The search for his replacement has begun.

TEEN ARTS AT MITCHELL PARK ... The Palo Alto Art Center is offering afternoon classes for middle school students interested in digital artmaking. Classes in digital photography, stop-motion animation, and film- and time-based art will be offered in the Mitchell Park Adobe Tech Classroom starting in September. To learn more or to register, go to apm.activecommunities.com.

RODIN GETS CLEANED UP ... The Rodin Sculpture Garden is one of Stanford's prize collections, but without proper care, the bronze works can corrode over time. Given their exposure to UV radiation, acid rain and the oils from visitors' hands, the protective patina on the bronze slowly wears away. Conservators are currently working to gently clean the sculptures, then apply a wax coating by hand to ensure the sculpture is fully covered, protecting the patina from corrosion. To watch a video about the conservation process, go to YouTube.com.

FASHION BLOG LAUNCHES ... Peninsula-based artists and designers Asha Raval and Juliana Stoy have launched a new fashion blog. According to the website, Valentina & Francesca aims to bring "fashion-forward style to the innovation of the Silicon Valley." Check it out at valentinafrancesco.com.

THREE BOOKS ... Undergraduates won't arrive on campus until Sept. 15, but for the Stanford class of 2019, homework has already begun. As part of the university's annual Three Books program, Stanford President John Hennessy has released a shortlist of summer reading for incoming freshmen, choosing works with a shared theme of resilience and overcoming adversity. His selections are Stanford English professor Tobias Wolff's memoir, "This Boy's Life," Lalita Tademy's biographical novel, "Cane River," and "The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution," by Walter Isaacson.

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