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Don Bachardy: 50 Years of Living and Working in Santa Monica

Beach=Culture at the Annenberg Community Beach House

Monday, October 21, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM (PDT)

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*note this event takes place on a Monday.
**note that Back on the Beach Cafe observes winter hours starting in September and closes at 3pm. 

5:15pm-6:30pm: Docents available to discuss the site at the Marion Davies Guest House
6:30-7:30pm: Conversation with Don Bachardy

In conjunction with a new exhibit featuring Bachardy's work (October 21 – December 8, 2013), the acclaimed painter sits down for a rare interview facilitated by Charles Hood, 2013 Beach House Writer in Residence.

Don Bachardy’s works have been featured in exhibitions across the country, and his portraits reside in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the de Young Museum in San Francisco, the Huntington Library and Gallery, the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, the Smithsonian Institute and the National Portrait Gallery, London. Born in Los Angeles in 1934, Bachardy attended UCLA, the Chouinard Art Institute and the Slade School of Art, London. He had his first one-man show in 1961 in London. As a portraitist, Bachardy has an unparalleled ability to render his sitter’s distinctive presence, revealing not only the externalities but also a profound sense of intimacy and introspection. Bachardy was the life partner of author Christopher Isherwood, and their relationship has been immortalized in print and on the screen. Beginning in 1952, the two maintained a devoted relationship until Isherwood’s passing in 1986. 

Los Angeles native Charles Hood has been a dishwasher, a factory worker, a ski instructor, and a nature guide in Africa. He attended Glendale College, Cal State Northridge, U.C. Irvine and the University of Utah, and also did Fulbright work in New Guinea, translating tribal poetry. For birdwatching, photography, or writing research, he has been to the South Pole (on a National Science Foundation Artists and Writers Grant), to each of the continents, and most of the way to the North Pole. His ninth book, South x South, won the Hollis Summers poetry prize and was published in February by Ohio University Press; his eighth book, 25 Tigers, came out last year. His current projects include a survey of the Solar System titled 200 Moons, and a meditation on faith and history titled Melville in the Holy Land. Hood teaches writing, photography, and journalism at Antelope Valley College. He lives in Palmdale with a wife, a cat, a dog, two kayaks, and five mountain bikes. He just completed the 2013 Writer Residency at the Annenberg Community Beach House, where he wrote short fiction inspired by the portraits of painter Don Bachardy.

Stop by early for information on the Beach House by docents from the Santa Monica Conservancy.

Tickets are free but space is limited and reservations are required. If you would like to attend, please reserve online. Please plan to arrive by 6:15pm to retain your reservation. Late seating, even for reservation-holders, is not guaranteed. To adjust or cancel your reservation for this event, email We appreciate your keeping in touch! 

Getting Here: The Beach House is located at 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica, CA 90402 on the west side of Pacific Coast Highway. Enter off PCH at the Beach House Way traffic light. 

Parking: October - April the parking rate is $5 after 5pm for Beach=Culture attendees at the park and pay machines available in three areas of the ACBH parking lot. Machines take cards and cash. Display your receipt on your dash. Handicapped placards and Senior Beach Permits are accepted.  For updated parking info and lot hours, please check the website for details.

Other events: To view & make reservations for future free Beach=Culture events, check

General Info: For hours, events and more, visit, or call (310) 458-4904. Back on the Beach Café hours are subject to change but are generally through 8pm in the summer, call (310) 393-8282 to confirm

Have questions about Don Bachardy: 50 Years of Living and Working in Santa Monica? Contact Beach=Culture at the Annenberg Community Beach House

When & Where

Annenberg Community Beach House
415 Pacific Coast Hwy at Beach Coast Way
Santa Monica

Monday, October 21, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM (PDT)

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Beach=Culture at the Annenberg Community Beach House

Welcome to Beach=Culture, a year-round series of free arts and culture events at the Annenberg Community Beach House. We look forward to seeing you! 

The Annenberg Community Beach House at Santa Monica State Beach is open to all - no membership required. For more information, please visit

See Getting Here & Parking for directions, parking fees, bike information, and more! 

If you have any questions, please email or call (310) 458-4904 for the Guest Services desk at the Beach House.

Click to join the Beach House email lists or the Cultural Affairs Division lists for info on other arts programming, including artist opportunities, annual festivals, weekly arts events around town, or monthly updates from the Civic Auditorium and the Miles Playhouse.

The Beach House is made possible by a generous gift from the Annenberg Foundation, at the recommendation of Wallis Annenberg, and in partnership with the City of Santa Monica and California State Parks. Additional funding was provided by the US Department of Housing & Urban Development and the federal Preserve America program.

The Annenberg Community Beach House is wheelchair accessible and ADA compliant. For disability related accommodations, please call Guest Services at 310-458-4904.

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