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The creativity crisis

The creativity crisis

Creativity has been defined as the production of something original and useful, and our ability to employ this kind of divergent thinking is called the creativity quotient, or “CQ.” In 1958, four hundred Minneapolis children completed a series of tasks designed by psychologists to assess their innate creativity. Over the next 50 years, the psychologists […]

California’s health insurance future – a conversation with Rep. John Garamendi

California’s health insurance future – a conversation with Rep. John Garamendi

The healthcare overhaul law is here to stay. As states are deciding how to deal with implementing the new requirements, California has already come forward with a bill to set up its new healthcare exchange. But how will it all work? As a former State Insurance Commissioner, House Representative John Garamendi knows his stuff. The […]

Café Brasil

Café Brasil

WHY Tasty, inexpensive Brazilian sandwiches, grilled meats, collard greens, black beans and feijoada, the famed pork stew. WHAT It’s a simple order-at-the-counter, paper-napkin café but an exceptionally charming and colorful one, with a greenery-lined sidewalk terrace and an intensely colorful dining room. There’s beer and wine, but don’t neglect the fresh mango juice or the […]

18th Street Coffee House

18th Street Coffee House

WHY Homemade rugelach and 50-cent refills. WHAT This adorable historic brick building, complete with homey outdoor patio, has a folksy, East Bay/East Village vibe (but no, Bob Dylan does not own it, local rumor mill notwithstanding). WHO Young moms, students, writers and people without cell phone addictions (there’s an outdoor-calling-only policy). 1725 Broadway, Santa Monica, […]

After all, art is subjective anyway…

After all, art is subjective anyway…

It’s been a while since I’ve mentioned lomography — the happy-go-lucky photography movement based on the phrase “Don’t think, just shoot.” Lomography humbly began with snapshots taken by the Russian state-produced 35mm LOMO LC-A Compact Automat Camera. The camera was easy to use, cheap to obtain and widely used by photographic comrades all over the […]

Last Day, August 2010

Last Day, August 2010

It’s the last day of Last Day. We’ve visited this spot at Hahamongna Watershed Park overlooking Johnson Field twelve times now, on the last day of each month, for a year. I stole the idea from Marley of Cheltenham Daily Photo, though I know other photographers have done such studies of the seasons. (We do […]

Art Bender this weekend at the Gallery

Art Bender this weekend at the Gallery

McGinty's Gallery at the End of the World, 2745 North Lake Ave, holds its quarterly Art Bender group show this weekend (or, as they're calling it, Grüp Shö). Featured artist is painter Lynne McDaniel.  The event schedule is: Thurs., Sept. 2: Artist reception, 6-9 PM, music by Single Track Fri, Sept. 3: First Friday Art […]

American Superior Vintage: Another Sign of “Neighborhoodification?”

American Superior Vintage: Another Sign of “Neighborhoodification?”

Colleen Dunn Bates of Hometown Pasadena asked me on a recent interview what I thought would be the next “up-and-coming neighborhood” in Pasadena (neighborhoodification if you will), to which I answered “that stretch of Colorado Blvd. between Lake and PCC.” I’ve always driven past this part of Pasadena lamenting the lack of pedestrian connection between […]

Lyndon LaRouche, whack job

Lyndon LaRouche, whack job

Walking up Citrus Avenue in Covina Friday after a first visit to The Book Shop — an antiquarian store that gives anything in Pasadena or Berkeley a run for its money, and is owned by former Pasadena Star-News City Hall reporter Jennifer (Burry) Johnson and her husband, Bradley — I came upon this. Or, rather, […]

Frank Lloyd Wright: Big in Japan

Frank Lloyd Wright: Big in Japan

As our regular readers are no doubt already aware, Frank Lloyd Wright’s La Miniatura (aka the Millard house), up in Prospect Park, is for sale. As you can see in that post, it’s a beautiful, beautiful house, the first of Wright’s experiments with so-called “Mayan-block construction.” Even after the asking price fell over $2.7 million […]

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