Pumpkins optional

As the world suddenly fills up with pumpkin spice everything, apple pies, and people who are already decorating for Halloween, it may seem like the only thing autumnal about SoCal right now is the flavors and air fresheners we choose. But looking at the events calendar, we see another story: we’re already seeing grand opera, … Read more

Podcast: Jumping In Too Soon

In this editorial episode of The Singerpreneur Podcast, Lauri talks about launching that very podcast more than a year before she was really ready, and shares at least six valuable lessons in timing and creativity that were gleaned from that experience. Now that the podcast is moving and we’re posting regularly, please do let us … Read more

What are these holiday things?

Yesterday was Patriot Day, and of course the Jewish High Holidays are coming up later this month. While most of this month’s big holidays are not necessarily intended as fun-loving days off, they are moments to acknowledge what’s meaningful and profound in our lives.  I hope you’ll get to take advantage (or at least take … Read more

Havin’ a heat wave

To state the obvious… It’s hot! …and it’ll only get hotter over the weekend. Labor Day marks the unofficial beginning of “the season”, and this year’s furnacelike reminder of climate change will launch us into our artistic new year with a bang or a whimper. (You do have some say in which it is, btw.) … Read more

Different newness

There isn’t much on the calendar yet, but we all know that the big wave of fall events is coming. Staring into the vastness that is a brand-new season can be invigorating, mystifying… and overwhelming. This year marks the first full season post-COVID, and while presenters are dipping their toes into the water with hope … Read more

The good things

This is a big holiday weekend, celebrating one of our nation’s biggest holidays. Independence Day is taking a beating this year, however, as our country is wrapped in controversy and conflict. So, I’m approaching it as a sort of “Thankspendence”. Here are a few good things to be grateful for, regardless of your other views: Music and … Read more

Creating like clockwork

Even as the season is winding down, the Listerhood is putting out intriguing, thought-provoking events!  This week, we’re featuring one performance written, produced and starring a whole horde of Listers; a workshop hosted by a support org with a specific mission; and a benefit that spotlights music of the Near East. Tonight or tomorrow, catch … Read more

Diving right in

It’s a big week of season finales, with organizations all over the Southland bringing out fun and exciting programs that will welcome summer with gusto.  Don’t miss the much-anticipated reboot of one of Mozart’s best operas, as Salastina brings Cosi into a more enlightened time.  Be sure to check out your local community choir, and enjoy the wealth of choral music … Read more

Remembering

In our turbulent political climate, it seems everything lives in conflict — even holidays.  But Memorial Day should be different, as it honors those who have given so much.  For those of us who come from military families, it is a poignant moment of pride (sending love to my cousin Matt!), great big hugs, and … Read more

Custom mix

I love buying things in bulk. Sifting through various types of beans or dried fruit or toys or candy or jewelry or whatever, it’s satisfying, somehow, to create a combination of just about anything that is unique to a mood, a particular need, or the tastes of the recipient. Creating a work of art with … Read more

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