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Fire It Up!

Fire It Up!

Though we were told not to engage with the ceramicists, one did happen to be walking by, not poised at a potter’s wheel or a work station, so we thought it would be safe to address her. The next hour flew by as we spoke with Jennifer Simison, Kathryn Levee, and Jenelle Peterson. Their enthusiasm for […]

Night “Light” Painting

Night “Light” Painting

The LA County Arboretum is a local treasure we hope everyone has enjoyed at least once. But have you wandered after dark? Arboretum Botanical Information Consultant Frank McDonough leads another of his “Night Photography in the Garden” events on February 25. Later dates are March 18, April 29, and May 27. Light painting adds an […]

Cooking Jackfruit

Cooking Jackfruit

Who knew? Who knew we wanted to know? And when did we know that we didn’t know what we needed to know? (Channeling Rummy here.) But now we can know—how to cook jackfruit—thanks to a free workshop conducted by nutritionist Kelly Kearns at Grassroots Market in South Pasadena on Tuesday, March 7. Kearns will be […]

King Lear at ANW

King Lear at ANW

This may be a little close to home given the current political climate and who holds the pinnacle political seat in our country, but on the other hand, perhaps the timing is perfect. A Noise Within presents King Lear, opening on February 15 and running through May 6. The gut-wrenching devastation of Lear encompasses more than one man’s […]

S + P = A

S + P = A

S + P = A Systems + Process = Aesthetics Holly Boruck has created another art-in-existing-yet-empty-commercial-space exhibit via her Surrogate Gallery Projects. We thank Holly for her description of the show… S + P = A [Systems + Process = Aesthetics] is a group exhibition of artists whose work references structures, systems and formulaic methods […]

The Brilliance & Whimsy of Beatrice Wood

The Brilliance & Whimsy of Beatrice Wood

To finish off our seasonal side trip (see “Ojai Marvels” and “Ojai Olive Oil Company“), we head to the studio of the late great Beatrice Wood. Many may only know Wood as one of the trifecta that inspired Francois Truffaut’s film Jules et Jim in 1962, which we saw decades ago, and before we knew anything of the celebrated […]

Future Awake in Mouth of NOW

Future Awake in Mouth of NOW

Gerda Govine Ituarte is a woman we’ve come to know; initially over a bowl of soup at Euro Pane (the original) and subsequently via quick chats at events, some phone calls, and email. She’s a businesswoman, a consultant, an activist, a supporter, and a poet. We admit readily that we are not learned when it comes […]

Ojai Olive Oil

Ojai Olive Oil

One finds Ojai Olive Oil Company at the end of a dirt, rut-filled road. It’s a bit bumpy, but after the meandering up through the neighborhoods, the tight u-turn after a missed turnoff, and the increasing lushness and ever-crowding foliage we enter another world. The day is overcast and the main building looks more barrack […]

Sondheim’s Company

Sondheim’s Company

Thank you, dear friend, who informed us of the newest production in rehearsal at Theater Arts Caltech, Company by Stephen Sondheim opens February 24 and runs through March 4. (Text courtesy of TAC on FB.) Theater Arts Caltech, a diverse group of Caltech undergrads/grads/staff/alums, JPL and associated community members, dives headfirst into the Sondheim revival with a contemporary spin […]

Yvonne’s Basic Pruning Overview

Yvonne’s Basic Pruning Overview

What a great way to end 2016 and begin 2017—with lots of rain! Yay! So glorious to relish each gentle drop over long hours so the soil was able to absorb all the goodness… and then have those downpours that really filled the soil’s air pores so the moisture could sink deeply down into rootzones. Love it! With the promise […]

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