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Theodicy Jazz

Theodicy Jazz
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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 […]

Sister Corita, Celebrating MLK, Jr. & Kingian Stew

Sister Corita, Celebrating MLK, Jr. & Kingian Stew

She was born Frances Elizabeth. She became Sister Corita. Sister Mary Corita Kent, originally from Fort Dodge, Iowa, became a Catholic nun, an artist, and an educator. The medium for her artistic expression was silkscreen or serigraphy. Her works included messages of peace and love, which resonated during the social and political climate of the […]

Among the Missing: David Pritchard

Among the Missing: David Pritchard

He began as a jazz/rock guy touring Europe with the Gary Burton Quartet in 1969. Through the decades and over many “albums,” Pasadena native David Pritchard has evolved and refined his talent. According to a review in Textura, Pritchard shifted to a “more classically influenced acoustic style” that was then “splendidly documented on Among the […]

Botanical Art

Botanical Art

For plant lovers, observers, and students of art, the Arboretum and Cristina Baltayian present “Botanical Art” classes beginning in January and running through June. These classes will be exploring color pencil, graphite, pen and ink, and watercolor on various papers, vellum and other surfaces. The emphasis will be on plant observation, drawing, composition, color theory […]

The Skill of Self-Compassion

The Skill of Self-Compassion

How is it that we can rush to a friend’s side, be the shoulder to cry on, the sounding wall, the advice corner, the giver of unconditional love, compassion, and understanding, yet fail to do so for ourselves? We’re our harshest critic; we’ve all heard that. But what does this behavior produce? How many times […]

A Noise Within Christmas Carol

A Noise Within Christmas Carol

A Noise Within is at its best when it sticks to the written text, but the lavish and often absurd musical numbers of the current production of A Christmas Carol are engaging for both young and old audiences. The sets are intricate and beautiful, and the constant changes give a sense of movement. The costumes […]

Phoebe at Backstage

Phoebe at Backstage

We remember when she was hardly four feet tall, slinging the strap of an adult-size guitar over her head and taking the stage in the Sequoyah School courtyard. Phoebe Bridges began writing, singing, and strumming, and has never looked back…but always up. Phoebe has played at a myriad of local venues and last year her […]

Christmas Musical at Alex Theater

Christmas Musical at Alex Theater

We’re slightly giddy over here as an old, old, going back to high school days in Darien, Connecticut-friend Geoff Aymar, a jazz pianist, will be one of the evening’s guest performers at the Los Angeles Premiere Orchestra in “Christmas Musical Spectacular” at the Alex Theater in Glendale on December 13th. He will be performing with […]

The Lighting of Trees

The Lighting of Trees

My mother’s family, the Broemmel family of San Francisco, were, naturally, of German descent and she remembers her grandparents’ Christmas tree being meticulously decorated with ornaments and the placement of individual strings of tinsel being overseen by Valda, the family matriarch. My mother remembers, also, real candles decorating the tree—and being lit. Of course in […]

In the Wheelhouse

In the Wheelhouse

We seem to be on a “ceramics” kick at the moment. We stopped by Flintridge Bookstore during Small Business Saturday to see Beverly Crist’s plates, bowls, and vases and started a savings jar for a future purchase. We snagged a stunning vase and bowl for Christmas presents at Xiem Clay Center’s fall show a few […]

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