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Art and Practice with The Heart Sutra

Toward Re-organization — Related Posts: The Aristotelian Detour, Field Mapping, Toward an Experimental Politics of Nonviolence Most of us spend our lives avoiding the Heart Sutra, but it pursues us anyway like a heat-seeking missile, even while also rising up around us like the petals of the famous lotus flower. Allow me to explain. Blossom of Inexhaustible Kindness, 2013, by Tom Wudl We tend to assume that, at least in principle, there is nothing we may not know. The idea that being born, say, in the second half of the twentieth century in the US of A might limit or shape what we may know seems odd to us, insulting almost. And yet periods of history are defined by styles of thinking, root ideas and … [Read more...]

Uneasy Landscapes – Part 5

Los Liones 3, Santa Ynez Canyon 5, Santa Ynez Canyon 4 — Photography by Brian Forrest Related Posts: Uneasy Landscapes — Part 1, Uneasy Landscapes — Part 2,  Uneasy Landscapes — Part 3, Uneasy Landscapes — Part 4 Los Liones 3 Santa Ynez Canyon 5 Santa Ynez Canyon 4 … [Read more...]

Uneasy Landscapes – Part 4

Santa Ynez Canyon 3, Decker Canyon, Polpis Woods — Photography by Brian Forrest Related Posts: Uneasy Landscapes — Part 1, Uneasy Landscapes — Part 2,  Uneasy Landscapes — Part 3, Uneasy Landscapes — Part 5 Santa Ynez Canyon 3 Decker Canyon Polpis Woods … [Read more...]

Uneasy Landscapes – Part 3

Masquetuck 1, Masquetuck 2, Windswept Bog — Photography by Brian Forrest Related Posts: Uneasy Landscapes — Part 1, Uneasy Landscapes — Part 2,  Uneasy Landscapes — Part 4, Uneasy Landscapes — Part 5 Masquetuck 1, 2013 Masquetuck 2, 2013 Windswept Bog, 2013 … [Read more...]

Uneasy Landscapes – Part 2

Santa Ynez Canyon 1, Los Liones 5, Santa Ynez Canyon 2 — Photography by Brian Forrest Related Posts: Uneasy Landscapes — Part 1, Uneasy Landscapes — Part 3,  Uneasy Landscapes — Part 4, Uneasy Landscapes — Part 5 Santa Ynez Canyon 1, 2012 Los Liones 5, 2013 Santa Ynez Canyon 2, 2012 … [Read more...]

Uneasy Landscapes – Part 1

Los Liones 1, Los Liones 2, Santa Ynez Canyon 4 — Photography by Brian Forrest Uneasy Landscapes — Part 2, Uneasy Landscapes — Part 3, Uneasy Landscapes — Part 4, Uneasy Landscapes — Part 5 Los Liones 1, 2013 Los Liones 2, 2013 Los Liones 4, 2013 … [Read more...]

Souvenirs: Lost and Found

C. Debussy, G. Faure, Z. Kodaly and C. Chaminade, Le Salon de Musique, April 2, 2017— Years ago, while employed in the television industry, we purchased thirty antiques for possible use in a production. These 18th and 19th century furniture pieces—huge armoires, elaborate partner desks, chifferobes, secretaires and vitrines—haunted a dark corner of a stage for months until they were returned to the seller, never used. But while they sat gathering dust, these former possessions of Europe's elite fascinated me. In time I thoroughly searched every nook, cranny and drawer looking for possible hidden compartments, hoping to find a lost bit of hidden history—a story by Oscar Wilde, a letter from Napoleon, a score by Mozart—tucked … [Read more...]

Pink Elephants

Circus Polka, 1942, Fifty Elephants, Balanchine and Stravinsky Team Up— "Elephants never forget", as the old saying goes. And we should never forget one of the oddest moments in the history of elephants, circuses and classical music. April 9th will mark the 75th anniversary of this unique event. In late 1941, choreographer George Balanchine was contacted in New York by John North Ringling with a unique proposition: could a "ballet" be created for his Barnum and Bailey Circus elephants? The idea was intriguing and in January, 1942, Balanchine called his friend Igor Stravinsky who was busy working in Los Angeles. The two Russians agreed on the idea and, for a healthy fee, the composer finished a piano version of what … [Read more...]

Coursing Towards Twelve Tone

Quatuor Diotima, Schoenberg, Webern, and Berg, String Quartets, Jacaranda February 25th, 2017— The Diotima Quartet is an anomaly in the 21st century. Witnessing their precision, concentration and commitment in action serves as the perfect antidote to the off-the-cuff remarks, half baked ideas, reactionary reflexes, and incomplete sentences that marked and marred the beginning of 2017. Quatuor Diotima, in it's present incarnation, includes Yun-Peng, violin I, Constance Ronsatti, violin II, Franck Chevalier, viola and Pierre Morlet Cello. Soprano Elissa Johnston joined for the Schoenberg String Quartet No. 2 and Contralto, Adrianna Manfredi, concluded with the Berg Lyric Suite. Released in 2016, … [Read more...]

Money and the Time Suck

Whitesplaining Extinction to Junot Diaz, RECAT, February 17, 2017 — Related Posts: The Radical Middle, Toward an Experimental Politics of Nonviolence At REDCAT recently I heard Junot Diaz address a packed house and found myself wanting to whitesplain money. Diaz, the author of Drown, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and This is How You Lose Her, and the winner of a MacArthur Fellowship and many other prizes, geared his presentation to the young artists and activists from black and Latino communities who had made the trip downtown to Disney Hall. Rejecting the typical format of literary readings, Diaz stepped down off the podium and took questions from the audience, calling especially for “African-American sisters” to … [Read more...]