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20th Biannual Art on Palm

20th Biannual Art on Palm

Wild Wood Park is tucked away, a nook, a wondrous hideaway. Once you see the cars lining both sides of the street, you know you’re in the right place, but still have no idea where to go. Follow the people. Down a small track that winds back into “an ancient oak canyon.” Here local artists [...]

Cocky Eek Inflatables

Cocky Eek Inflatables

Imagine a career in pneumatics. Pneumatic adj 1. containing or operated by air or gas under pressure. 2. of or relating to the spirit. Origin mid 17th cent.: from pneuma “wind,” from pnein “breathe.” Now combine “the study of the mechanical properties of air and other gases” with art. The answer? Cocky Eek. Creating big spaces [...]

Alice Through the Wormhole

Alice Through the Wormhole

It’s a whole new world, Alice. Especially if the Caltech players get their hands on it. The weird and delightful Alice in Wonderland is undergoing a make-over—Alice within the universe of Caltech. This is the story… Alice is bored. She’s a new grad genius in spintronics and marionetting on a tour of Telcach, and it’s [...]

Pinhead

Pinhead

This week’s Photo Op comes thanks to ceramist and maker of things, artist Dave Lovejoy… My son David, in Japan, just randomly sent me these pushpin figures. And they look to be the perfect size and attitude for my new escalator piece, for which I had not yet found correctly sized figures. Thanks, David!   [...]

Xiem

Xiem

When he was 14 years old, Kevin Xiem Nguyen fled Vietnam in a boat with his parents and five siblings. They became lost at sea with no food or water. Eventually they were rescued and in 1986, arrived in Orange County. Kevin’s first job was to learn English he told Susan Heeger in “The Shape of Things [...]

Draw On, Pasadena

Draw On, Pasadena

Was it just this past weekend or do you have to dig deep, going back years or even decades to remember drawing on the sidewalk or watching as your child or grandchild did? On Saturday, October 25th, kids of all ages are invited to grab some chalk and draw on the sidewalk during “Draw On, Pasadena” presented by Big Draw L.A. [...]

An English Garden, California Style

An English Garden, California Style

What is a habitat garden? A peaceful refuge for ourselves and food, water and cover for birds, butterflies, beetles, and other creatures with whom we share the land. What have habitat gardens? Development and fire has reduced the capacity of wild lands in recent years. Humans have a complicated and reciprocal arrangement with many insect [...]

Mystery History No. 30

Mystery History No. 30

Where are we? What’s happening? In this 1930 photo, right, a delivery man poses with an American Austin coupe in front of the Royal Laundry complex at 443 S. Raymond Ave. at Bellevue Street.         Here is the original photo before I retouched it (badly) and cropped it:   Established in 1910 just down [...]

So L.A., a Season for All Seasons

So L.A., a Season for All Seasons

                Right about now I need waders to rake my front yard, so much exquisite, pure, unabashed, falling down, crunching, spreading out, on top of piles, piles on top of roofs, piles piling up, piling piles piling, up, down, up, autumn, it’s a lot to take in, autumn, [...]

The Bell Jar

The Bell Jar

“It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn’t know what I was doing in New York.” The opening sentence of Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar reflects the ambivalence of her main character, a young and talented woman who’s discovering that what she wants (to be a great writer) [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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