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Ehud Barak

Ehud Barak
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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 […]

She’s Pretty Funny…for a Woman

She’s Pretty Funny…for a Woman

She’s Pretty Funny…for a Woman: The Changing Face of Ladies and Laughter (Official text below) The year 2015 has been a big one for women in comedy. Amy Schumer’s smash hit  Trainwreck upended the traditional rules of the rom-com. Former Daily Show correspondent, Samantha Bee’s been building excitement for her own late night show on TBS, while Unbreakable Kimmy […]

Mainstreaming the Muse

Mainstreaming the Muse

Mainstreaming the Muse by Walter Askin To be an artist is to engage in the wonderfully fulfilling, dangerous, and intensively social act of creating images and propositions as we search for visual ideas resonant with emerging beliefs and values. It is a privilege, a joy, a delight, and quite often a dire necessity to be […]

Mad Catfish Blues

Mad Catfish Blues

  “What do you scat when you scat?” asks Barbara Morrison during a performance at the Australian Music Institute. Someone in the audience answers, “Nonsense syllables.” Barbara: “Hey, I like you. Nonsense syllables. You try to get down into the intervals, you try to make sense of where the song is going—just by nonsense syllables.” […]

Mad for Modern

Mad for Modern

It’s been called “satorially splendid” and “slow-burning,” and “a morality tale.” For the season finale, Mad Men pulled in 4.6 million viewers. The series opens in 1960, the dawn of a new decade, yet with the remnants of the prior decade still front and center—beautiful suits wrapped around beautiful men, and women donned in hats […]

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