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Fruit Tree & Rose Care Workshops

Fruit Tree & Rose Care Workshops

Thanks to Monica Hubbard, we’ve heard… Throop Learning Garden offers two timely garden workshops: Rose Care Workshop: Sunday, Jan. 25th, 1-3 p.m. Fruit Tree Care Workshop: Sunday, Feb. 1st, 1-3 p.m. Both will be taught by George Patton, horticulturist, permaculturist, and educator. A sliding scale $10 donation is requested. Space is limited, so RSVP is […]

Animals in Their Winter Homes & Beautiful Dwellings

Animals in Their Winter Homes & Beautiful Dwellings

Winter is here. Maybe as Southern Californians we don’t have the right to call this winter—it’s 74ºF as we write—but December through February are the coldest months of the year in the northern hemispere, which by definition means it’s officially winter. For bears, hedgehogs, and even turtles and some fish, winter means the time to […]

From Lines to Magic

From Lines to Magic

Artist and teacher Régine Verougstraete aims to help bring life to your drawings so that you may be “in the flow of your own creative heart/art.” The Joy of Drawing class at SPACE Arts Center is meant to be a period of time and space where students may relax and enjoy the creative process. You […]

Tea & Tutus for “A Soul’s Two Feet”

Tea & Tutus for “A Soul’s Two Feet”

To feel the pull of the dance floor, to feel the urge within to move one’s body, to hear the music and want to, need to dance. And not be able to. In 2012, Nicoletta Baffo established “A Soul’s Two Feet,” a scholarship fund to provide “the gift of dance.” “A Soul’s Two Feet” was […]

Holly Near at NUU

Holly Near at NUU

Holly Near has built a distinctive career by using music to champion deeply felt political causes, often before anyone else had dared to do so. So comments Musician Guide about musician Holly Near who was born in Ukiah, California in 1949. Since childhood when she made up songs, Near has written and sung, increasingly topical […]

What Does 1.5 Billion Pixels Look Like?

What Does 1.5 Billion Pixels Look Like?

The Andromeda galaxy contains over 100 million stars and “spans more than 40,000″ light years. NASA has taken 411 Hubble Space Telescope pictures and created a mosaic of Andromeda, making a 1.5 billion pixel image, which they released on January 5, 2015. It’s the biggest image ever taken of the Andromeda galaxy. Below is a […]

Ask the Baker

Ask the Baker

Imagine biting into a cracker with a name like Slightly Seedy, Spicy Dal, La Semolina, Cheddar Crispies, and Currant in the Rye, and being transported back to a farm in the Ukraine run by a Mennonite. Can you taste the heritage grain? Excuse me, you ask? The names of the crackers mentioned above are the […]

Papi’s Sangria

Papi’s Sangria

Papi’s sangria comes thanks to The Artist’s Kitchen… “The best sangria in Los Angeles!” Ingredients: Fresh Fruit 2 bottles red wine 3-6 oz. cognac 2-3 oz. Cointreau or triple sec ¼-½ cup sugar 2 liter bottle of lemon/lime soda Ice     Directions: In an extra large pitcher or vessel, add the following ingredients: Your […]

Theodicy Jazz

Theodicy Jazz

One Sunday morning this past June,” wrote Retta Blaney in 2012 at Upon The Sacred Stage, “seven American revolutionaries staged an assault on the sensibilities of some 800 worshipers gathered at Canterbury Cathedral for the 11 a.m. service, causing them to react in a most un-British way. “They applauded. For several minutes. And Dean Robert […]

The Barber of Seville

The Barber of Seville

Ah, the beautiful Rosina! Ah, the handsome Count Almaviva! Ugh, the slimy old Doctor Bartholo! Ha, the scurrilous servant Figaro! “Gold, Monsieur, is the lubricant of mischief!” Dr. Bartholo, the old physician, entraps his ward, the beautiful Rosina, conniving to wed her for her fortune. Enter the humble and handsome Count Almaviva and his mischievous […]

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