SCIENCE IS FICTION: 23 FILMS BY JEAN PAINLEVÉ

JEAN PAINLEVE

Jean Painlevé (1902-1989) was an early visionary in the genres of educational, science, and nature films. A 3-disc set from Criterion, available on Netflix, is called “Science is Fiction: 23 Films by Jean Painlevé.” In an Introduction to the essay collection Science is Fiction: The Films of Jean Painlevé, editor Marian McDougall writes: “The joy […]

WHITE HEART OF MOJAVE: A VISIT TO DEATH VALLEY

In the early 1920s, Edna Brush Perkins, a Cleveland socialite, and her pal Charlotte decided to come to California. “Charlotte and I knew the outdoors a little. Though we were middle-aged, mothers of families and deeply involved in the historic struggle for the vote, we sometimes looked at the sky.” Gazing at a map, Edna […]

THIS, THAT, AND ROSES

ROSES

LA’s winter rains have brought a bounty of spring flowers. Pasadena is known for its roses to begin with, but they are outdoing themselves this year. You’ll be driving along and see them cascading off walls, around fountains, over fences. This “nothing special” stand, trellised along an ordinary office building, capture some of the there-for-the-taking […]

THE G2 GALLERY

Smack in the midst of Venice’s über swank-hip Abbot Kinney Boulevard is a welcome oasis featuring nature and wildlife photography: the G2 Gallery. Founded in 2008, the award-winning G2 “facilitates change by bringing attention to environmental issues through the persuasive power of photographic art.” All proceeds from its art sales are donated to environmental charities. The gallery […]

CHARLES AND RAY EAMES

Charles and Ray Eames, husband and wife, were one of foremost design teams of the 20th century. Charles’ background was in architecture. One of his first commissions was St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Helena-West Helena, Arkansas (1934). “Architectural Forum” published a review, after which well-known Finnish architect Elliel Saarinen offered Eames a fellowship to the […]