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Taking Wing

Taking Wing

We are thankful to Pasadena artist Kate Carvellas as she knows a gazillion artists and continually attends art openings—exhibits about which we would never otherwise know… “Taking Wing” at Neutra Gallery offers painting, photography, and assemblage—with insects as subjects and inspiration. Presented by Dion Neutra and Dulce Stein, “Taking Wing” features four artists: Gwen Samuel, Sheri Neva, […]

Brahms “Unbound” But Not Unsung

Brahms “Unbound” But Not Unsung

Editor’s Note: Our thanks for the following official text, which explains this event better than we could ever do—as we love music, but have no formal knowledge or appropriate language. He once quipped “A symphony is no joke.” As the third “B” in the classical music triumvirate of “Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms,” Johannes Brahms became most famous […]

Bella Gaia: Music, Dance & NASA

Bella Gaia: Music, Dance & NASA

Bella Gaia is a live concert that mixes music, dance, and NASA immersive imagery that turns the stage planetary. Sublime and Transcendental. —Village Voice Bella Gaia was inspired by stories from astronauts “who spoke of the life-changing power of seeing the Earth from space.” The production combines “supercomputer data-visualizations” thanks to NASA, live music and dance, […]

The Lay of the Land

The Lay of the Land

We spent an hour driving up into the hills and down along the flats of South Pasadena to snap pictures of houses, which you can see in our piece, the “47th Annual South Pasadena Garden Tour.” This is a self-drive tour on April 30. When guests conclude the tour they are invited to stop at South Pasadena’s Community Garden. We’ve […]

In a World of Wisteria

In a World of Wisteria

Fabaceae (Leguminosae). Wisteria. Along with SoCal’s jacaranda, wisteria is a divine purple power flower. Wisterias climb by twining their stems either clockwise or counterclockwise round any available support. They can climb as high as 66 ft. above the ground and spread out 33 ft. laterally. The world’s largest known wisteria is in Sierra Madre, California, measuring […]

“Hearing” Satellites via NASA’s Spiral Shell

“Hearing” Satellites via NASA’s Spiral Shell

David Delgado, one of the visual strategists at NASA’s JPL, reminds us of the all the times we picked up a shell and put it to our ear and “heard” the sound of the ocean. This is one of the reasons he and fellow creator Dan Goods—along with the New York design firm StudioKCA—chose the […]

A Healthy Brain

A Healthy Brain

The keys left in the freezer, the phone in the laundry basket, the 50th birthday party forgotten. Growing older can be a bear. Frustrating, annoying, humiliating. Sometimes, when we’re in a good mood, laughable. Learn about ways to retain a healthy brain from Dr. Robert Tager at the Arboretum on April 1. Dr. Tager is […]

The Belle of Amherst

The Belle of Amherst

The Belle of Amherst, most will have already deduced, is Emily Dickinson. Belle of Amherst is a one-woman play by William Luce. Julie Harris portrayed Dickinson in the original Broadway production in 1976, for which she won a Tony Award. The play was written while consulting Dickinson’s poetry, diaries, and letters. Watching a bit of Harris’s […]

Emerging From the Shadows

Emerging From the Shadows

Women artists. From 1860 to 1960. From realism of the 19th century to the modernism of the 20th century. Painters, sculptors, illustrators, printmakers, and ceramicists. Over 2,000 images. And covering 320 female artists. This is Emerging from the Shadows: A Survey of Women Artists in California, 1860-1960 by Maurine St. Gaudens. The Creative Arts Group in […]

Poppy Super BOOM

Poppy Super BOOM

We are grateful to Ralph DeFelice of DayTripsLA for more stunning photography. Ralph and his kids found a “poppy super BOOM,” as he calls it, in Walker Canyon, Lake Elsinore. This year’s California poppy boom may be found about 62+ miles south of us, down along the I-15 between Alberhill and Lake Elsinore. Though the […]

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