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A Witch’s Brew

A Witch’s Brew
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Fillet of a fenny snake, In the cauldron boil and bake; Eye of newt and toe of frog, Wool of bat and tongue of dog, Adder’s fork and blind-worm’s sting, Lizard’s leg and owlet’s wing, For a charm of powerful trouble, Like a hell-broth boil and bubble. (Second Witch, Scene I, Macbeth)   Maite Gomez-Rejón […]

Shakespeare’s Horrors, Wicked Lit, Altars & Growl-o-ween

Shakespeare’s Horrors, Wicked Lit, Altars & Growl-o-ween

We of a certain age are too old for trick or treating, and for that we are grateful. And though it’s enjoyable now to sit on the porch with a glass of wine and dole out candy, being witness to some marvelous costumes—from wee ones who can hardly walk to teenagers the size of refrigerators—Halloween […]

Edward S. Curtis & ‘The Vanishing Race’

Edward S. Curtis & ‘The Vanishing Race’

  Looking through his photographs, you can almost hear the sound of horse hoofs running across an open plain or hear the sound of a drum beat in the distance rippling through the air. Edward S. Curtis (1868 – 1952) was an American ethnologist and photographer of the American West and the Native American people. […]

Urban Girl Supper Club

Urban Girl Supper Club

Urban Kitchen of South Pasadena teams up with Girl Friday for a Sunday afternoon of wine and cooking. What could be a more perfect way to phase out the weekend? On October 25, the newly born Urban Girl Supper Club invites folks to come sip wine, listen to music, and learn from classically-trained chef and […]

Ehud Barak

Ehud Barak

He’s been called “a mercurial former general”  and “Israel’s most prominent warrior-statesman of his generation” with “a distinguished and tumultuous career that spanned half a century.”¹ Aron Heller writing for the Huffington Post relates how Barak is Israel’s most decorated soldier “ever.” As commander of Sayeret Matkal, Barak led the 1972 raid on a hijacked […]

The Broad

The Broad

At The Broad Museum photos and comment by Kate Carvellas As I did not know what was in the collection, I was thrilled to see work by artists I’d seen in the PBS documentary series Art 21. To see it “live” was incredibly powerful and inspiring. Seeing works by Basquiat, Mark Bradford, and Cy Twombly […]

ArtNight 2015

ArtNight 2015

Are you ready for a feast? We won’t bury the lead. It is all free. ArtNight 2015, on Friday, October 9, is exploding with so many exciting experiences and opportunities, it is hard to know where to begin. Do you want to be guided by music, art, dance, or food trucks?     For example, […]

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, […]

Real Women Have Curves

Real Women Have Curves

My primary reason for recommending the Pasadena Playhouse’s newest production, Josefina López’s Real Women Have Curves, is Blanca Araceli. Playing Carmen, mami of the well-read, restless, feminist, ambitious Ana and the creative, stressed, worried, and relentless Estrela, Araceli inhabits her character completely. She doesn’t need half of the first act to breathe and get into […]

Ink & Clay

Ink & Clay

Ink & Clay 41 is a juried exhibition now in its 41st year. Delightfully, Milagro Charter School artist-in-residence and City of Pasadena Art Commissioner Meriel Stern has had some works, including Sisters (porcelain, pictured right), accepted into this national competition. Artists from all 50 states compete with works in the areas of ceramic ware, clay […]

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