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E. Charlton Fortune At The Pasadena Museum Of California Art

“E. Charlton Fortune: The Colorful Spirit” is on view at the Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) through Jan. 7, 2018. The exhibit (comprised of approximately 80 works) was curated by Scott A. Shields, Ph.D., California art scholar and associate director of Sacramento’s Crocker Art...

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The Red Shoes

As a child, Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) was poor and forced to work for a living as a tailor’s apprentice. He suffered a lifelong unrequited love for opera singer Jenny Lind. His “fairy tales” are full of orphaned and abandoned children, inanimate objects that suffer human emotions, and...

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La Sorgente: 10 Neoclassical Arias Based On The Poetry Of Pope Saint John Paul II  

Mark your calendars for Sunday, Oct. 8, at the John Anson Ford Theatre in Hollywood. On this night at 7:30 p.m. will be the world premiere of Victor Vanacore’s “La Sorgente,” a collection of 10 neoclassical arias based on the poetry of St. Pope John Paul II. Vanacore is a Grammy-winning...

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‘The Messenger’ – A Songbird Documentary

“The Messenger” is a 2015 documentary directed and written by Sy Rynard. According to the press kit’s synopsis, “ ‘The Messenger’ is a visually thrilling ode to the beauty and importance of the imperiled songbird, and what it will mean to all of us on both a global and human level if we lose...

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The Museum Of Neon Art

The Museum of Neon Art in Glendale is a boutique museum with one large gallery, the guy who sold me a ticket reported. I remembered its previous incarnation on downtown Olympic Boulevard from years ago, but things have changed since then. The museum offers classes such as “Bend, Blow and...

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Artist Tomasz Misztal: Beloved Disciple

Visual artist Tomasz Misztal was born in 1957 to a Catholic family in Poland. The country was under Communist rule at the time. He suffered as a child from terrible asthma.  “Five years of being suffocated, until I was 7. My grandma would give me crayons and paper and I would spend hours and...

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‘The Human Body’ At IMAX

In these dog days of summer, who doesn’t want to sit in a darkened, air-conditioned theater for an hour? I sure do. Thus I recently found myself at the IMAX down near USC watching “The Human Body.” (Show times are at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. through Sept. 4.) For those of us drawn...

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‘Generation Wealth’ At The Annenberg Space For Photography

Here’s an exhibit that will make you want to go home, take a shower and give thanks for your humble existence: “Generation Wealth” at the Annenberg Space for Photography. “Generation Wealth” (subtitled “A Visual History of the Growing Obsession with Wealth That Has Come to Define a...

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Re-Enchanting The Catholic Literary Imagination: A Conference At Notre Dame

June was a traveling month. I wound up my itinerary with a conference at the University of Notre Dame entitled “Trying to Say ‘God’: Re-Enchanting Catholic Literature.” The conference was spearheaded by Sick Pilgrim, a Patheos blog around which a lively community has formed. “Sick Pilgrim is a...

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Dawn’s Early Light: A U.S. Naturalization Ceremony

I thought for the 4th of July I’d attend a U.S. naturalization ceremony. These take place regularly in the Los Angeles area and are open to the public. So on June 20, a bit before 9 a.m., I showed up at the Pasadena Convention Center. I had trouble finding parking and ended up next to St....

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Pantsula: The Coolest Dance You’ve Never Heard Of At UCLA’s Fowler Museum

UCLA’s Fowler Museum is a gem. You’re always sure to see an exhibit that’s unusual, revivifying and interesting. The museum focuses on art and cultural artifacts from Asia, the Pacific, Africa and the Americas, both historical and contemporary. If you’re mad, as I am, for masks, totems,...

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The Sacrament Of Holy Orders My Friend Is Ordained A Priest

Recently I flew to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to attend the ordination, my first ever, of Timothy J. Smith. I met Father Tim, now 36, several years ago when he emailed me about a radio piece I’d done about my little brother’s punk band. Tim was a fan. We began a correspondence that flowered...

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‘Light Upon The Scaffold: The Prison Letters Of Jacques Fesch’

Servant of God Jacques Fesch (1930-1957), a murderer who spent three years and eight months in solitary confinement, experienced a profound conversion before his execution by guillotine in a French prison. “Light Upon the Scaffold: The Prison Letters of Jacques Fesch,” edited by...

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Cherry Hill Pick-Your-Own Farm

Ever since my first spring in Los Angeles 27 years ago, my heart sings at the opening of cherry season. And every year for about the last 20, I have told myself I’m going to take a field trip and pick my own. This year I finally did. One good place to start is the town of Leona Valley, outside...

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The Stained Glass Of William Frank

William Frank is Artist in Residence with Emil Frei & Associates, a St. Louis stained-glass studio. His extensive portfolio of selected large-scale projects includes churches, hospitals and schools. He and his wife Jane live in “a tiny 950-square-foot house with chickens in the back,” not far...