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Underworld Clown Bar

Underworld Clown Bar
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Underworld. Clown. Bar. These three words existing in a single sentence catapults us—instantaneously—down, down, down to a cold, dark place to which we’d rather not go. And, upon further reading, our initial visceral reaction may not be far off. Clown Bar, currently enjoying extended shows at Red White + Bluezz (and in conjunction with the […]

Inside the Story & Pierre Huyghe: Falling Down the Rabbit Hole

Inside the Story & Pierre Huyghe: Falling Down the Rabbit Hole

For the Frieze Art Fair in 2011, Pierre Huyghe created and installed “Recollection.” Pierre brought in an aquarium, installed some purpley-pink coral rocks, a live hermit crab, and a copy of a Brancusi scuplture. Supposedly, hermit crabs are known for taking discarded shells and adopting them, and Pierre’s crab took up residence in the Brancusi […]

Muse/Ique’s Liberty Conceived

Muse/Ique’s Liberty Conceived

“We’re challenging ourselves to listen like Lincoln,” writes Muse/Ique founder, artistic director and conductor Rachael Worby. On February 8th, Muse/Ique presents “Liberty/Conceived” with Courtney B. Vance as special guest narrator, the Muse/Ique orchestra, opera singers, and gospel singers of the DkF vocal ensemble. The evening will be celebrating as well the re-opening of Pasadena Civic’s […]

What Does 1.5 Billion Pixels Look Like?

What Does 1.5 Billion Pixels Look Like?

The Andromeda galaxy contains over 100 million stars and “spans more than 40,000″ light years. NASA has taken 411 Hubble Space Telescope pictures and created a mosaic of Andromeda, making a 1.5 billion pixel image, which they released on January 5, 2015. It’s the biggest image ever taken of the Andromeda galaxy. Below is a […]

Theodicy Jazz

Theodicy Jazz

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 […]

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