VAN NUYS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS’ ORATORIO TO OUR DYING HOME

Here’s how this week’s arts and culture column begins: “Requiem: This Earth, Our Home” is a new oratorio, written in conjunction with the LA Master Chorale’s Voices Within Oratorio Project. The piece will premiere, for fellow students, the evening of Friday, February 28th  at the Van Nuys High School Auditorium. A performance the following day, […]

GOOD THINGS OUT OF NAZARETH

The stock market is melting down, coronavirus is spreading its tentacles, we have in our day “no prince, prophet, or leader, no burnt offering, sacrifice, oblation, or incense, no place to offer first fruits, to find favor with you”…(Daniel 3:38). Yesterday morning on my way to Mass I pulled over to the curb in front of the […]

ICONICITY: ART IN THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA DESERT

Here’s how this week’s arts and culture piece begins: Director/producer Leo Zahn has made documentaries about mid-century architect William F. Cody and Frank Sinatra in Palm Springs. Now he brings us “Iconicity.” The core theme: “Why are artists attracted to the [Southern California] desert? There is something here, call it a mystical energy or what […]

CELEBRATE MARDI GRAS WITH MY TALK AT HOLY FAMILY IN SOUTH PAS

That’s right–the night before Ash Wednesday I’ll be giving a talk at Holy Family’s St. Joseph’s Center in South Pas. Here’s the flyer: LENT WITH SAINTS AND ARTISTS: Selling All We Have to Follow Our Passion Heather King came from a blue-collar New England family, excelled in school, imagined God as a cold, distant, high-school […]

THE STORRIER STEARNS JAPANESE GARDEN

Here’s this week’s arts and culture column: Located at 270 Arlington Drive in Pasadena and comprising two acres, the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden is a hidden LA treasure. The pond-style stroll garden was created in the 1930s by Japanese immigrant Kinzuchi Fuji for his patrons Charles and Ellamae Storrier Stearns. After their deaths, most of […]