CARYLL HOUSELANDER: THE LITTLE WAY OF THE INFANT JESUS

CARYLL HOUSELANDER

Caryll Houselander (1901-1954) was a British mystic, poet and spiritual teacher who wore a pair of big round tortoiseshell glasses, lived in London during the Blitz, and till she died at 53 from breast cancer, apparently barely slept or ate. A friend observed: “She used to cover her face with some abominable chalky-white substance which […]

MANZANAR

MANZANAR

In 1942, the U.S. government ordered more than 120,000 men, women and children from their homes and detained them indefinitely in ten isolated, military-style camps they called “War Relocation Centers.” Manzanar—a four-hour drive from LA, through the Angeles Forest, the Mojave Desert and the foothills of the Eastern Sierra Nevadas—was one of them. In 1992, […]

A DOCUMENTARY ON BILL W.: THE CO-FOUNDER OF AA

BILL W

William Griffith Wilson was born on November 26, 1895. For recovering alcoholics the world over, that the date falls near Thanksgiving is no accident. Several years ago, California-based producer Dan Carracino and NYC director Kevin Hanlon became fascinated by Bill’s story and the phenomenon of AA. Their documentary, Bill W., was released in 2012 and […]

THE RAWNESS OF INTIMACY

ALTADENA CREST TRAIL

From Fr. Ron Rolheiser’s column this week, entitled “Our Resistance to Love:” “Sensitive people, on the other hand, struggle with the rawness of intimacy because genuine intimacy, like heaven, is not something that can be glibly or easily achieved. It’s a life-long struggle, a give and take with many setbacks, a revealing and a hiding, […]

THE CASHORE MARIONETTES

CASHORE MARIONETTES

I first became entranced by the weirdness of puppets—and puppeteers—through internationally acclaimed stop-motion animators The Brothers Quay (“Street of Crocodiles,” “In Absentia,” “This Dream People Call Huma Life”). “Of the craft of puppetry, they observe “That’s a huge legacy that goes back to the 14th century. Our own work probably descends from the turn of […]

ALL SOULS: EAST L.A.’S CALVARY CEMETERY

CALVARY CEMETERY

What with the Solemnity of All Saints, the commemoration of All Souls, and the many recent local Day of the Dead celebrations, my thoughts have turned, as they so often do, to burial plans. Before passing away from Alzheimer’s in 2012, my sainted Protestant mother took me aside to tell me of her own interment […]

“THE TEARS OF ST. PETER:” PETER SELLARS DIRECTS THE LA MASTER CHORALE

TEARS OF ST PETER

For two performances only, October 29 and 30, Peter Sellars will direct the LA Master Chorale in “Lagrime di San Pietro” (The Tears of St. Peter), an a cappella Renaissance masterpiece by composer Orlando di Lasso. Sellars, as you may know, is the internationally acclaimed theater and opera director who shot out of Harvard in […]

KAZUO OHNO, TAKAO KAWAGUCHI, AND THE ART OF BUTOH

TAKAO KAWAGUCHI

Recently I caught a mesmerizing dance performance at the downtown REDCAT Theater: “Takao Kawaguchi: About Kazuo Ohno–Reliving the Butoh Diva’s Masterpieces.” Ohno (1906-2010) was one of the founders of the revolutionary dance form known as Butoh, an avant-garde discipline, often done in white body makeup, that arose from the ashes of WWII. As defined by […]