On arrogance

Speaking with one of our Listers recently, we discussed a situation involving an incredibly arrogant performer who just wasn’t fitting in. Sometimes this happens, and sometimes there are reasons. After some careful discussion, it was clear that the behavior was a significant issue. But it also seemed clear to the teller that this performer believed … Read more

The anti-resolution resolution

It’s just after 11:00 p.m. on January 1st, at least in this time zone. Technically it’s still New Year’s Day, although that is rapidly drawing to a close. I’ve been puttering around the house all day, working on home projects and thinking about how to proceed with the List and with this blog, after a … Read more

Andrew Brown to head Pasadena Symphony

Large crowd enjoying an outdoor concert

Andrew Brown, one of our early Listers and a proven arts manager, has announced a move from his position at Pacific Chorale to become the new CEO of Pasadena Symphony Association as of November 13, 2023. That organization also has a new board president in Kimberly S. WinicK. Read the full press release and more about both in this Scoop.

It’s coming

Our website platform for LaurisList.com has a lot of automated things attached to it, and is a huge reason that the List has endured through COVID and over the last couple of years. One of those things sets up various reminders and processes for our admins, and today I saw one that made me hold … Read more

Listening

In my large and surprisingly diverse family, being opinionated is the norm. I don’t think any of my relatives will quibble with this — in fact, many of them are proud of it, and see it as a sign of strength. So I grew up talking a lot, trying to be truthful and saying exactly … Read more

A little pause

How good are you at pictograms? Charades, maybe? As you can probably tell from the header above, we’re going to “pause for a minute”. This blog will be on hiatus until later in the summer, so we can work on some projects that are very important to the List. In the meantime… In short, we’re … Read more

Recap as of 6/19/23: News you mighta missed

The world rarely arrives in sonata form… we could all use a good recap. Why “Recap” is back Longtime readers know that we’ve played with various ways of sharing arts-related news with you, and with varying degrees of success. While we know very well that our Listers have plenty of access to the news that … Read more

Why we’re leaving Twitter

As I’m sure you’re all reading every word on this blog 😉, you may be aware of the concerns and frustration I’ve found as Twitter has devolved over the last year or so. The List has made friends, gleaned news, cheered for projects and built relationships there, and benefits have been reaped. But the atmosphere … Read more

Mind like water

I’d like to offer up a simple concept that has helped many, and may help you if you’re feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or out of control. (First off, you’re not alone, or this post wouldn’t seem necessary!) It comes from the Japanese Mizu no Kokoro, commonly translated as “Mind like water”. This concept is rooted in … Read more

Finding your social media groove

Don’t let social media take over your life. By assigning specific functions to a few platforms you enjoy, you can maximize your impact and keep things interesting for different audiences.

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