Archive for April, 2012

April 19, 2012

When the high brow meets the low brow


Not that I consider myself especially lowbrow, but I’ve always felt more comfortable on a bar stool than in a theater seat–especially given my tax bracket. However, lately I’m thinking less about rock and roll and more about classical music. Though Kyuss will likely always remain a source of great pleasure for me, I find myself turning to Tchaikovsky and Mozart instead. It started in the car and now it’s bled into my Rdio. I think what I like most about it is the space it provides me to reflect and imagine. “Popular” music wants to tell me something, it has an agenda, and in a world that seems to be  demanding more and more of my attention, I don’t always want to hear it. The purity of classical music is like salve for the abrasions of modern life.

It just so happens that Ventura County has a new orchestra, The Pacific Shores Philharmonic, which will debut its outdoor summer series at the recently restored  Libbey Bowl in Ojai. This all sounds so appealing to the old lady in me. I haven’t seen a live orchestral performance in decades, and I think it’s one for my bucket list to be sure. If only we could get a few of the musicians to perform some sweet classical in a bar… that would be heaven.

The Philharmonic’s chorale will be performing with guest Vahagni Turgutyan this weekend for $25. Hmmmm….

Friday, April 27 at 7:00 p.m.
Community Presbyterian Church, 1555 Poli St., Ventura

Saturday, April 28 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday April 29 at 4:00 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church, 850 Ivywood Drive, Oxnard

April 13, 2012

Sometimes you just need one person and the Internet

We hear so much discussion these days about  how spending time online provides a  false sense of relationship and community. Tell that to the amazing Caine, a 9 year old boy who built an old school arcade of games, replete with ticket dispensing and prizes, from cardboard boxes, packing tape and knick knacks lying around his father’s auto shop.  This story is not without irony; alone in a room sans technology for hours and days and weeks, the boy out of necessity for activity, invented it with what was on hand. His creative mind was forced to take over. Had he access to a Nintendo, or iPad it’s doubtful he would have ever built the arcade. But had it not been for the Internet, his dream of having people play his games might not have been fulfilled. Now he has it all: the satisfaction of a job well done, the joy of sharing it and a savings account to fund his future education.  Watch the 10-minute short film Caine’s Arcade. If nothing else it will make you smile, guaranteed.


April 9, 2012

Nicki Minaj is Punk as Fuck

…explanation to follow.

April 3, 2012

Death to all Peeps (but long live the marshmallow!)

Controversial as it may be to say, in these days of (often justified) contempt for followers of Christ, Easter is in fact  about love, sacrifice, forgiveness, redemption and Peeps.

Much as it is for those who love Jesus, for every believer who partakes in the marshmallow and drinks from the corn syrup cup, there is also a hater; one whose disdain for empty calories and artificial color is unequaled in its zeal.

THIS  is for them.

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