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Francisco Ramirez…Wrong Place, Wrong Time?

Francisco Ramirez…Wrong Place, Wrong Time?
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In 1855, in the run-up to the Civil War, 18-year-old printer’s apprentice Francisco Ramirez founded the newspaper El Clamor Publico to express ideas of liberalism and democracy far in advance of this time and place. California was the newest state in the United States and in its southern half, Spanish-speaking Californios made up most of […]

Innovation & the Past

Innovation & the Past

China’s ceramic history is renowned, as it is in other East Asia countries such as Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. In the Pacific Asia Museum new exhibit “Reshaping Tradition: Contemporary Ceramics from East Asia,” today’s East Asian ceramicists consider their country’s past, both positively and critically, and re-shape and redefine traditional ceramics with innovations of their […]

New World Symphony & Puts’ Violin Concerto: Opening Night with the Pasadena Symphony

New World Symphony & Puts’ Violin Concerto: Opening Night with the Pasadena Symphony

Not many composers of the 19th century could say they’ve been to the moon. Practically speaking, Antonín Dvořák has not been and never will go to the moon, but his work has been. Neil Armstrong chose Dvořák’s New World Symphony as his music of choice before embarking on the epic 1969 Apollo 11 mission to […]

Living Gluten-Free During the Holidays

Living Gluten-Free During the Holidays

No reindeer shaped sugar cookies? No freshly baked croissants? No malted milk shake, Doritos, chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream? No soy sauce? The wonderful world of flavors, textures, and tastes evaporates before our very eyes as we consider the reality of a gluten free holiday menu. We might as well growl, “Ba humbug” and […]

Attire LA Comes to Altadena

Attire LA Comes to Altadena

Attire began as a shop in Culver City with the idea to fill the shop with “a carefully curated collection” of clothing, accessories, and—interestingly enough—art. The idea is to support local brands being produced in Los Angeles and local artists in Culver City and, now with its second location, in Altadena. One such Altadena artist […]

Domestic Violence Collection Drive

Domestic Violence Collection Drive

For the month of October, the 12th Annual Domestic Violence Collection Drive, an annual project of Congresswoman Judy Chu and Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center, is sharing knowledge, encouraging participation, and garnering resources—all with the “goal of empowering survivors of domestic violence and bringing hope to those in need.” Congresswoman Chu is joined by […]

Art Parties

Art Parties

Celebrate a birthday by making crazy crowns or princess crowns… or crazy princess crowns! Or maybe a volcano. Celebrate for the heck of it and create secret gardens or box purses. Kids, teens, and adults are invited to consult with the Armory for the Arts party-organizing guru to create a unique party in a “spacious, […]

My Full Moon in September

My Full Moon in September

My Full Moon in September ~ after Clair de lune by Claude Debussy by Maja Trochimczyk   An orchestra of crickets slices through the night of a full moon and shadows piercing my white garden. I look at the contours of clouds outlined in indigo sky, black pine branches stretching upwards as the clouds flow […]

Expanding on the Expansive

Expanding on the Expansive

Eleven days and counting… October 10, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. is the deadline for applying to Free Painting, the conclusion of a 9-part, 9-artist, nineteen-month series called Expanding on an Expansive Subject, the Armory Center for the Arts. Since May 2014, Margie Livingston, Analia Saban, John Burtle, Liat Yossifor, John Knuth, Kendell Carter, Kate Gilmore, […]

Flower Buds & Silk Floss

Flower Buds & Silk Floss

Artist Ulla Anobile is a creator and an observer. She observes as she walks her neighborhood and she’s kindly allowed us to share more of her photos… Photo, right: “Muru the Cat lounges on my patio railing on a very hot August day. Taken 8/13 2015.” A friend of Ulla’s comments on this flower (below), […]

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