CHRISTMAS TREE LANE

Christmas Tree Lane in Altadena, known for the rest of the year as Santa Rosa Avenue, is a Southern California holiday tradition. The approximately .7 mile stretch, between Woodbury Avenue and Altadena Drive, is lined on both sides by Deodar Cedars (Cedrus deodara) that, during December, are festooned with over 10,000 lights. Its association claims […]

LUX AETERNA: THE CENTENNIAL LIGHT BULB

High up near the ceiling at Fire Station #6 in Livermore, California, burns an electric bulb that has continuously thrown light for over a hundred years. Known as the Centennial Light Bulb, this small object, approximately 2 ½ inches in diameter and 4 inches long, has been the subject of the late, great Huell Howser’s […]

“LA RAZA” AT THE AUTRY

LA RAZA AT THE AUTRY

Unless you’ve been in a coma these past few months, you’re aware of the “far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles” sponsored by the Getty and known as Pacific Standard Time LA/LA. Through January, 2018 there’ll be photography, video art, performance art, sculpture, painting, workshops, screenings, lectures, […]

THE PARKING LOT OF HUNTINGTON GARDENS

HUNTINGTON PARKING LOT

Lately I’ve been hanging out lots at Huntington Gardens, mainly because I scored treasured readership privileges at their Library. It’s a lovely place to write as everyone is intent on their work, and the grounds…Lord God, the beauty. One recent morning I went to 8:15 Mass at Sts. Felicitas and Perpetua, then motored on over. […]

VISAS AND VIRTUE: THE HEROISM OF CHIUNE SUGIHARA

SIGUHARA

Here’s my arts and culture column from this week’s Angelus News: LA has Universal Studios, Hollywood Boulevard, the Venice Beach Boardwalk. On a busy corner of downtown’s Central Avenue, we also have a sculpture of a modest man whose achievement, in its way, was perhaps greater than those represented by all those other monuments combined. […]

ALL SOULS: L.A. COUNTY’S ANNUAL BURIAL OF THE UNCLAIMED DEAD

Every year, around the beginning of December, always on a Wednesday, LA County holds a burial of the unclaimed dead. The address is 3301 1st Street, adjacent to the Evergreen Cemetery. The event is open to the public. The date of this year’s service will be December 6, at 10 a.m. Last year’s, which I […]

CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON’S “LITURGY” AT THE COLBURN

WHEELDON'S LITURGY

The Colburn is one of LA’s greatest treasures. A performing arts school located kitty-corner to Disney Hall, the Colburn draws the crème-de-la-crème of aspiring pianists, violinists, oboeists and all other manner of other up-and-coming musicians and dancers. Many of us can’t afford tickets to, say the opera, ballet, or Master Chorale. No matter your budget, […]

LACO@THE MOVIES: BUSTER KEATON’S “THE GENERAL”

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO). LACO is pulling out all the stops. There’s a “Campus to Concert Hall” all access season pass, offering students thirty concerts for just $30. There’s the $1.5 million gift from philanthropists Carol and Warner Henry for the Principal Oboe […]