60 Years of Tea

Another TeaFrom the New York Times:

“In my home country of Chile, having afternoon tea together with friends and family is a cherished ritual. The custom is about far more than just tea: It’s a time to catch up with loved ones and share experiences both seismic and mundane. As time goes on, teatime and the conversations it fuels can become the glue that holds relationships together.

“I have witnessed this ritual since my childhood, watching my grandmother gather with her friends once a month for tea and pastries at 5 p.m., as they have done for the last 60 years.”

Click here for more of the story and a charming 6:50′ video by Maite Alberdi, a Chilean filmmaker and writer.

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Engineer Ken Scott: The Beatles in Mono

Ken ScottIf you’re a Boomer, you probably were surprised and excited to learn about the much-hyped Beatles In Mono vinyl box set that was released last month. If you’re younger, you probably think it’s some sort of weird throwback to listen to a mono mix. Ken Scott became a Beatles recording engineer at age 20 in 1967, and he’s definitely in favor of the new, old mono version. Read an interview with him here.


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Architect Frank Gehry at 85

Sailing away: Frank Gehry with a model of the Fondation Louis Vuitton—“It looked like a regatta to me.” Photo: © Sébastien MICKE/PARISMATCH/SCOOP

“At 85, the architect Frank Gehry has neither stopped building nor started repeating himself and this month offers plenty of proof. Besides the unveiling of the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, which he designed for the billionaire Bernard Arnault, the explosively coloured Biomuseo in Panama opened on 2 October followed by a retrospective at the Centre Pompidou, which opened on Wednesday, 8 October (until 26 January 2015). Gehry dispels some common misconceptions about his museum designs.” Read more here.



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Alembic: Is the Custom Guitar History?

(Photo Credit: Daniel Dent)

(Photo Credit: Daniel Dent)

“Building custom instruments for the Grateful Dead, Carlos Santana, Fleetwood Mac and others, the Wickersham family has been on the cutting edge of sonic sorcery. But are these artisanal wizards becoming obsolete?” Read more in an article from Rolling Stone. Read the “official” history of the Wickersham’s company, Alembic, here on their website.


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Worth Repeating: Artists Ilya Kabakov and John Baldessari

“Worth Repeating” is a weekly feature on the EngAGE Blog that will bring you previous posts that we think are still timely, interesting, or just plain fun! From 10/13/13:

Ilya Kabakov and John Baldessari at Central House of the Artist.

Ilya Kabakov and John Baldessari at Central House of the Artist.

Ilya Kabakov and John Baldessari, two octogenarian artists who are without doubt two of the most significant figures of their generation, were brought together by Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture for a memorable, standing-room only event at the Central House of the Artist in Moscow, on the eve of the launch of the Moscow Biennale. Read more here.



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Doodling Isn’t Just Doodling Around

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Our urge to scribble is more significant than we think: “Scribbling and sketching aren’t just practices to idle time away, but a more fundamental indication of our need for language.” Read more in this fascinating article on the BBC Future page.



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Experience Talks Online: “Melissa Arctic” and “Marjorie Prime”

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Join us for Experience Talks Online, exclusive podcast interviews posted on our website. Carrying on the same tradition as our KPFK-FM/Pacifica Network syndicated radio show, the podcasts feature talented, creative people with experience worth talking about. Find our podcasts on the Listen Page of our website. They’ll post on an intermittent basis, so read this blog for updates about new podcasts as well as new Experience Talks radio shows. You can also like Experience Talks on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to get the latest news.

Now Posted: Host Alicia Sedwick talks with cast members from The Road Theatre on Magnolia’s current play, Melissa Arctic, along with their director Scott Smith, and with award-winning New York-based actors, Frank Wood and Lois Smith, currently starring in Marjorie Prime, at the Mark Taper Forum.

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Scott Alan Smith

Melissa Arctic Director Scott Alan Smith

Scott Smith has been on The Road Theatre’s artistic board since 1998. His directing credits at The Road include Lady (4 Ovation nominations and  2 LA Weekly awards). He is also a Theatre, Film and TV actor and professor in the Theatre Arts Department at Pepperdine University.




Melissa ArcticMelissa Arctic is running at the The Road Theatre on Magnolia in North Hollywood until November 15th. More information can be found at www.roadtheatre.org.

Melissa Arctic - scene


A scene from The Road’s visually captivating Melissa Arctic.




Lois SmithLois Smith, actress in The Mark Taper Forum’s Marjorie Prime
American Theatre Hall of Fame member Lois Smith is a Drama Desk award winner (Trip To Bountiful) and two-time Tony Award nominee (Grapes of Wrath and Buried Child). Ms. Smith has been working in Theatre, Film and Television for 60 years, from iconic films like East of Eden with James Dean, to TV’s True Blood.

Frank WoodActor Frank Wood, actor in the Mark Taper Forum’s Marjorie Prime
Wood is a Theatre, Television and Film actor. His Theatre credits include winning a Tony Award in 1999 for Side Man. He played Bill in August: Osage County on Broadway and starred as the character Roy Cohn in the acclaimed off-Broadway revival of Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer prize-winning play Angels in America.

Lois-Frank-Marjorie Prime


Lois Smith and Frank Wood in Marjorie Prime at The Mark Taper Forum.




Marjorie Prime


For more information about Marjorie Prime, playing at the Mark Taper Forum until October 19th, please visit their website at www.centertheatregroup.org


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Aretha Franklin and Clive Davis

92nd Street Y Presents An Evening With Aretha Franklin, Clive Davis And Anthony DeCurtis

Aretha Franklin and Clive Davis attend the 92nd Street Y Presents an Evening with Aretha Franklin, Clive Davis and Anthony DeCurtis.

At the 92Y’s main theater, Aretha Franklin, 72, and Clive Davis,82, sat for a lengthy onstage interview on October 1st with Rolling Stone contributing editor Anthony DeCurtis. The topic: Aretha’s new album (covers of old and new favorites) and her legacy in the world of music. Read more here and listen to Aretha’s version of  Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep.”


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Sumarsono Welds Discarded Junk to Create Realistic Sculpture

Ono Gaf

Indonesian artist Sumarsono, also known as Ono Gaf, 64, used old, discarded tools, car parts, and scrap metal to create this amazing giant tortoise sculpture! Read more and see close-up photos here.


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Michigan’s Yvonne Walker Keshick named NEA National Heritage Fellow

(Photo Credit: Doug Elbinger"

(Photo Credit: Doug Elbinger”

The nation’s highest honor for folk and traditional arts has been awarded to Yvonne Walker Keshick, a porcupine quillworker from Northern Michigan, who is among the 2014 honorees joining the ranks of the prestigious National Heritage Fellowships, a lifetime honor awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, D.C.

“Because Yvonne Walker-Keshick was born in the autumn of 1946, her tribal name is Falling Leaf. One of the five children of Levi and Josephine Walker, she is the descendant of a long line of excellent quillworkers. Her grandmother, Mary Anne Kiogima, was reputedly one of the finest quillworkers of the early twentieth century. Quillworkers embroider designs on birchbark containers with natural and dyed porcupine quills. Walker-Keshick began making porcupine quill boxes in 1968 with her aunt and teacher, Susan Shagonaby.” More here and here.


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