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“Pulp Fiction” is  a term used to describe a huge amount of creative writing available to the American public in the early nineteen-hundreds. Termed “pulp magazines” because of the low quality paper used between the covers, these publications proliferated in the 1930s and 1940s to the point where they blanketed newsstands in just about every popular fiction genre of the time. Although the pages in-between the covers were a dingy cheap quality, the covers were beautifully decorated, many times with lurid portraits of pretty women in various stages of trouble, and the handsome men attempting to rescue them. By under-paying…
We know and love the Swallows that return to San Juan Capistrano, but did you know that there are 75 different types of swallows worldwide? The ones with which we are most familiar are the Cliff Swallows which travel between Goya, Argentina and San Juan Capistrano and surrounding areas. Swallows all over the world make the twice yearly migration from Southern Hemisphere to Northern Hemisphere and that migration is determined by food supply - as days grow shorter, food supplies decline so they go to where the days get longer. That’s why the migration is around the Spring Equinox and…
Mankind has found causes for celebration from earliest recorded history. These early celebrations often had important social, political and religious implications, and often were not so different from the champagne, parties and fireworks of today. The Greeks celebrated the New Year beginning around midsummer at the new moon before the summer solstice. From the music, singing, and dancing at the festivals of Dionysus developed the dithyramb (choral lyric with exchanges between the leader and the chorus) which ultimately became Greek drama. The Greek festival Lenaea took place in the beginning of winter and celebrated the birth (final fermentation) of the…
Back in the early 1900’s George Bernard Shaw said that the three most famous names in history were Jesus Christ, Sherlock Holmes and Houdini. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, is almost as famous as the characters he created, but have any of you heard of a novel entitled The Narrative of John Smith? This was a first novel by Doyle, found in family papers and published 128 years after it was written. John Smith exhibited exceptional observational skills and the early novel hints broadly at other now familiar characters including a doctor who partners in adventures,…
  Performing under the iconic blue-and-yellow Big Top   OC FAIR & EVENT CENTER in Costa Mesa: October 15 through November 29, 2015 KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities™ premiered to the world in Montréal in April 2014 and is Cirque du Soleil’s 35th production. Since its debut, the critics have been raving: “KURIOS is Cirque du Soleil’s strongest act in years…one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen on a stage” (Toronto Star) and “KURIOS is the best Cirque du Soleil show in a long time.” (San Francisco Chronicle). Written and directed by Michel Laprise, KURIOS – Cabinet of…
The suave hero is racing over moors, pursued by a small bi-plane, while on a hill to the side, a familiar figure watches. It is Alfred Hitchcock, who regularly shows up in his mystery thrillers. Except this isn’t cinema, it’s theatre, and old Alfie is a shadow puppet. It’s a scene from the enormously clever production of Patrick Barlow’s parody of Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps at Camino Real Playhouse. You’ve never seen anything like it. Parody has been around for a long time. Heck, Aristotle even had something to say about it. According to him, Hegemon of Thasos was the…
In the theatre, the turning of these seasons can tell us a lot: about theatres and their directors, venues and their audiences, experiences and their reception. each theatre has its own procedures for sifting through all the possibilities for production, as well as its own unique set of criteria for selecting its season’s offerings – but there are similarities, too. The artistic director(s) and their creative team must consider whether a particular play will satisfy their audience. Does the combined season provide variety, fun and some deeper thinking challenges? Are they choosing plays that are possible to produce within the venue?…
As the official hotel partner of Pageant of the Masters and Festival of Arts, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is showcasing original works from 25 Festival of Arts artists. The exhibit will be on display in the Art Exhibit Space through September 30, 2015. The Festival of Arts is California’s premiere fine art show. The Festival’s prestigious juried art show includes a wide variety of media such as paintings,photography, printmaking, sculpture, jewelry, handcrafted wood and furniture, ceramics, glass and more – all by 140 of Orange County’s finest artists. Established in 1932, Festival of Arts promotes, produces and sponsors events and…
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