ARTS & CULTURE


THE CRUX: MY WEEKLY COLUMN ON ARTS, CULTURE, FAITH AND LIFE. 



ENTER A WORLD OF SUBJECTS FROM ULTRA-MARATHON RUNNERS TO OUTSIDER ARTISTS TO ECCENTRIC PIANISTS. FROM FAILED BIRD WALKS TO BUTOH, BALLET, AND PANTSULA DANCERS. FROM A SKID ROW COP, TO A TOUR OF A DOWNTOWN LA ZIPPER FACTORY, TO MUSEUMS OF MEDICAL ODDITIES, FAILURE, AND NEON.

HONORABLE MENTION, BEST COLUMN, CATHOLIC PRESS ASSOCIATION AWARDS, 2016 (Category Spiritual Life) and 2019. WINNER OF THE CATHOLIC PRESS ASSOCIATION AWARD 2017 and 2018: FIRST PLACE FOR BEST REGULAR COLUMN, CATEGORY SPIRITUAL LIFE.

ANGELUS is the newspaper of the LA Archdiocese.

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The Flavio Story: Photographer Gordon Parks at the Getty: October 17, 2019

August Wilson's "Gem of the Ocean": October 7, 2019

The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest: October 4, 2019

"Following the Box" at the Pacific Asia Museum: September 24, 2019

Chris Arnade's Dignity: A Look at "Back Row America": September 18, 2019

Art in the LA Metro Stations: September 10, 2019

The William S. Hart House and Museum: September 6, 2019

Dancing at the Vatican: A Documentary Short About Huntington's Disease: August 16, 2019

Orange County's Christ Cathedral: July 30, 2019

Washington DC and the Dominican Priory: July 19, 2019

Echo Park's Lotus Pond: July 5, 2019

Tove Jansson's "The Summer Book": June 28, 2019

Noah Purifoy's Outdoor Museum in Joshua Tree: June 21, 2019

The Jubilee Museum in Columbus, Ohio: June 14, 2019

Misadventures at Mission San Antonio de Padua: June 7, 2019

The Los Angeles Printing Museum: May 31, 2019

RAVISHED: Notes on Womanhood: May 24, 2019

"Tiny Beautiful Things": May 17, 2019

"Behind the Bullet": A New Perspective on Gun Violence: May 10, 2019

"Defiant Requiem": Verdi at the Nazi death camp at Terezin: May 2, 2019

South Coast Botanic Garden: April 26, 2019

"Faith Healer": A Play by Brian Friel: April 19, 2019

Sold for a Farthing: The Story of a Sparrow: April 12, 2019

The Adventurers' Club of Los Angeles: April 5, 2019

The Life of Christ in Woodcuts by James Reid: March 29, 2019

Game, Set, Match: Tennis at Indian Wells: March 22, 2019

The Paley Center for Media: March 15, 2019

Jane Brox's Silence: March 8, 2019

Pontormo's "Visitation": February 28, 2019

Robinson Jeffers' Tor House: February 22, 2019

Steve Trovato, Master Guitarist: February 15, 2019

Andy Goldsworthy's Leaning Into the Wind: February 8, 2019

The Unpredictable Beauty of Outlier Art: February 1, 2019

Dear Los Angeles: January 25, 2019

Finding Words for Today's Court of Public Opinion: January 16, 2019

"The Notion of Family" at the California African American Museum: January 11, 2019

"Sweetheart, Come!": Advent Waiting: December 21, 2018

Dicken's A Christmas Carol: December 13, 2018

The LA Children's Chorus Christmas Concert: December 7, 2018

Yosemite People: Photographys by Jonas Kulikauskas: November 23, 2018

Ceremonies and Celebrations: Textiles at Pasadena's Pacific Asia Museum: November 16, 2018

Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum: November 9, 2018

Model Builder Extraordinaire Greg Kelly: November 1, 2018

Sunnylands: How the Other 1% Lives: October 26, 2018

Angel City Press: October 19, 2018

African Blacksmiths at UCLA's Fowler Museum: October 12, 2018

The Poetic Justice Project: October 6 2018

Sam Maloof: Furnitute with a Soul: September 29, 2018

Whistle Down the Wind: September 22, 2018

A Theology of Faces: In Focus: Expressions at the Getty: September 14, 2018

Out of East Africa: Finding Triumph in this Vale of Tears: September 7, 2018

Remembering LA Legend Jonathan Gold: August 17, 2018

Dreaming the Universe: Southern California's Rich Science Fiction History: August 6, 2018

Growing Habitat: LA’s Wildlife and Descanso Gardens: July 19, 2018
The Tesla Coil: July 9, 2018

The Beautiful Brain: Drawings of Santiago Ramon y Cajal: June 28, 2018

The Wende Cold War Museum: June 21, 2018

A Field Trip to Oxford's Dreaming Spires: June 14, 2018

LA's Shrine to Pope John Paul II: May 30, 2018

An Inland Soul to Sea: Point Fermin Lighthouse: May 24, 2018

A Painstaking Approach to Life: Stephen Taylor's Oak: May 17, 2018

A Scarlet Bloom: The Mojave National Preserve: May 10, 2018

Holding Court at El Alisal: May 3, 2018

Satan Lives!: Everything is Terrible: April 26, 2018

Jean Vanier's Ark for the Broken and the Fragile: April 19, 2018

Flannery O'Connor: A Writer of Uncommon Grace: April 12, 2018

FAMISHED, My New Book: April 2, 2018

Music for the End of Our Lives: Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and Clarinetist Joshua Ranz: March 30, 2018

Dreams Deferred in Harlem: Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun: March 23, 2018

Waiting for the Swallows to Return to San Juan Capistrano: March 15, 2018

Rose-Lynn Fisher's "The Topography of Tears": March 10, 2018

LMU's Casa de la Mateada: March 2, 2018

The Identity Politics of Getty's "Outcasts": February 24, 2018

"Without You, There Is No Us," Suki Kim's Memoir of North Korea: February 14, 2018

"Tattoo" at LA's Natural History Museum: February 9, 2017

Rembrandt's "Self-Portrait at the Age of 34": January 31, 2018


"Impossible Dreamers": Senior Athletes Go the Distance: January 24, 2018

"CUBA IS" at the Annenberg Space for Photography: January 17, 2018

Architect Louis Kahn's Salk Institute: January 13, 2018

The Museum of Failure: December 20, 2017

Altadena's Christmas Tree Lane: December 13, 2017

McManus & Morgan Fine Papers: December 6, 2017

Lux Aeterna: The Centennial Light Bulb: November 29, 2017

"La Raza" at the Autry: November 15, 2017

Visas and Virtue: The Heroism of Chiune Sugihara: November 9. 2017

All Souls: L.A. County's Annual Burial of the Unclaimed Dead: November 1, 2017

Strange Journey: How Two Homesick Pilgrims Stumbled Back Into the Catholic Church: October 25, 2017

Christopher Wheeldon's "Liturgy" at the Colburn: October 21, 2017

LACO@The Movies: Buster Keaton's "The General": October 11, 2017

The Industry Hills Charity Pro Rodeo: October 4, 2017

Terry Cannon's Baseball Reliquary: September 27, 2017

E. Charlton Fortune at the Pasadena Museum of Art: September 20, 2017

The Red Shoes: September 13, 2017

La Sorgente: Ten Neoclassical Arias Set to the Music of Pope John Paul II: September 7, 2017

'The Messenger," a Songbird Documentary: August 30, 2017

The Museum of Neon Art: August 22, 2017

Artist Tomasz Misztal, Beloved Disciple: August 16, 2017

The Human Body at IMAX: August 9, 2017


"Generation Wealth" at the Annenberg Space for Photography: August 8, 2017

Re-enchanting the Catholic Literary Imagination: July 20, 2017

Dawn's Early Light: A U.S. Naturalization Ceremony: July 6, 2017

Pantsula: The Coolest Dance You've Never Heard Of at UCLA's Fowler Museum: June 29, 2017

The Sacrament of Holy Orders: My Friend Is Ordained a Priest: June 22, 2017

Light Upon the Scaffold: The Prison Letters of Jacques Fesch: June 15, 2017

Cherry Hill Pick-Your-Own Family Farm: June 7, 2017

The Stained Glass of Will Frank: June 1, 2017

Science is Fiction: 23 Films of Jean Painlev
é: May 25, 2017

Corita Kent: May 18, 2017

The G2 Gallery: Nature and Wildlife Photography: May 10, 2017

The Charles and Ray Eames Foundation: May 4, 2017

The White Heart of Mojave: A Visit to Death Valley: April 27, 2017

Mary Ann O'Connor, Foot Washer: April 12, 2017

Children's Religious Education: The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: April 5, 2017

Holy Land: A Suburban Memoir: March 29, 2017

The Mars 2020 Oxygen Experiment at JPL: March 23, 2017

Montecito's Center for Spiritual Renewal: March 15, 2017

Donald Evans and His Fantastic World of Postage Stamps: March 8, 2017

"God's Hotel" by Victoria Sweet, M.D.: February 23, 2017

The Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area: February 23, 2017

Peace Pilgrim: February 16, 2017

"Batchelder: Tilemaker" at the Pasadena Museum of History: February 9, 2017

The Ramones at the Grammy Museum: February 2, 2017

The Monarch Butterfly Grove of Pismo Beach: January 27, 2017

Pittance Chamber Music Ensemble: January 19, 2017

Skater Christopher Bowman: January 13, 2017

Limb from Limb: A Christmas Story: December 21, 2016

Caryll Houselander: The Little Way of the Infant Jesus: December 16, 2016

The Virgin of Guadalupe: Images In Colonial Mexico at the Bowers Museum: December 9, 2016

Manzanar: December 2, 2016

A Documentary: Bill W.: Co-founder of AA: November 18, 2016

The Cashore Marionettes: November 11, 2016

All Souls: East LA's Calvary Cemetery: November 4, 2016

"The Tears of St Peter: Peter Sellars Directs the LA Master Chorale: October 28, 2016

Kazuo Ohno, Takao Kawaguchi, and the Art of Butoh: October 21, 2016

El Anatsui at The Broad: October 14, 2016

Cajun Catholics: A Field Trip to the Bayou: October 7, 2016

Salvation on Sand Mountain and the Reptiles at the L.A. Zoo: September 30, 2016

Super King: The Glory of LA's Middle Eastern Markets: September 23, 2016

Marta Becket and the Amargosa Opera House: September 16, 2016

Revolutionary Vision: California Landscape Photographers at the Autry: September 2, 2016

Education Through Music LA: August 26, 2016

Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House: August 19, 2016

The World According to Frederick Wiseman: August 12, 2016

Things Unseen: Illuminated manuscripts at the Getty: August 5, 2016


The Mary & Joseph Retreat Center: July 29, 2016

The Little Prince: July 22, 2016

Royal Feathers: Hawaiian Bird Garments at LACMA: July 15, 2016

Christian Courage in a Secular Age: Dr. Tim Flanigan: July 8, 2016

To Russia, With Love: July 1, 2016

Madrigal Magic: The Briton Ensemble: June 24, 2016

Aaron Lipstadt: Urban Cyclist: June 17, 2016

Domestic Scenes: The Art of Ramiro Gomez:June 10, 2016

LOADED: Money and the Spirituality of Enough: June 3, 2016

The Pottery of Beatrice Wood: May 27, 2016

The Sacred Beetle: Jean-Henri Fabre's Book of Insects: May 20, 2016

St. Dymphna: Patron Saint of the Mentally Ill: May 13, 2016

Composer Arvo Pärt: Love for Every Note: May 6, 2016

The Gun Issue and Abigail Disney's "The Armor of Light": April 29, 2016

The Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve: April 22, 2016

Bill Cunningham New York: April 15, 2016

Baptized at Dachau: Anna Lidzbarski Tells Her Story: April 8, 2016

The Huntington Desert Garden: April 1, 2016

Dana Gioia: California's New Poet Laureate: March 18, 2016

Pasolini's "The Gospel According to St. Matthew": March 11, 2016

Farewell My Lovely: Noir Novelist Raymond Chandler: March 4, 2016

Lenten Prayer: The Beauty of a Neighborhood Chapel: February 26, 2016

The L.A. River: February 19, 2016

The Religious Education Congress and Brenda Ueland's If You Want to Write: February 12, 2016

The Rose Bowl Flea Market: February 5, 2016

Don Quixote: Love and Redemption with the Los Angeles Ballet: January 29, 2016

Where Chance Meets Necessity: The Boxes of Joseph Cornell: January 22, 2016

Songs from the North: A Documentary About North Korea: January 15, 2016

Johnny, Felicia and Soren: An Adoption Story: January 8, 2016

Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy's Reflections on Time: December 25, 2015

The Duty of Delight: The Diaries of Dorothy DayDecember 18, 2015

The Mystery of the Watts Towers: December 11, 2015

The Little Sisters of the Poor: December 4, 2015

Fr. Frank Sabatte: Random Stitch Embroiderer and Champion of the Arts: November 20 2015

Postwar Shadows: The Work of Japanese Photographer Isuichi Miyako: November 13, 2015

STRIPPED: At the Intersection of Cancer, Culture and Christ: November 6, 2015

MisshapenPearls: The L.A. Chamber Orchestra's Baroque Conversations: October 30, 2015

Jacques Lusseyran: Blind Hero of the French Resistance: October 23, 2015

In Rome: The Synod on the Family: October 16, 2015

The Secrets of the Mummies: October 9, 2015

Found Down: Identifying the Lost Sheep of Los Angeles: October 2, 2015

Hereafter: Pianist Glenn Gould: September 25, 2015

UCAN Zippers: September 18, 2015

Grist & Toll: An Urban Flour Mill: September 11, 2015

The Museum of Jurassic Technology: September 4, 2015

Bird L.A.: A Walk in Eaton Canyon: August 28, 2015

The Venice Canals: August 21, 2015

The King of Love My Shepherd Is: On the Nineteenth Anniversay of My Confirmation: August 13, 2015

The Otherworldly Photography of John Chiara: August 6, 2015

Magie Dominic's The Queen of Peace Room: July 31, 2015

Fr. Terry Richey: Friend to Alcoholics: July 24, 2015

Randyland: A Folk Art Shrine to the Virgin of Guadalupe: July 17, 2015

In Honduras with Unbound: July 10, 2015

FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising Musuem and Galleries: July 3, 2015

Alma Backyard Farms: June 25, 2015

Summer Reading: Bring Back Betty MacDonald!: June 19, 2015

Gerard Thomas Straub: From Hollywood to Haiti: June 12, 2015

Vista Hermosa Natural Park: June 5, 2015

The Mt. Wilson Observatory: May 29, 2015

Walking the Camino with Annie O'Neil and Phil Volker: May 22, 2015

The Blood of Jesus, a Film by Spencer Williams: May 15, 2015

In the Sanctuary of Outcasts: St. Damien and the Lepers: May 8, 2015

Samuel S. Soria, head organist at Our Lady of Angels Cathedral: May 1, 2015

Tax Time: Outside Lies Magic: April 24, 2015

Holocaust Memorial Day and Terrence des Pres' The Survivor: April 17, 2015

Hawaiian Surfer/Folk Hero Eddie "Eddie Would Go" Aikau: April 10. 2015

Called to the Outskirts: Stumble: Vice, Virtue and the Space Between: March 27, 2015

L.A. Master Chorale Director Grant Gershon and The Water Passion:March 20, 2015

Van Gogh's The Mulberry Tree at the Norton Simon: March 13, 2015

The Good Shepherd Domestic Violence Shelter: March 6, 2015

The Loyola Institute for Arts, Culture and Faith: February 27, 2015

Martin Sheen and Sister Rose: Activist Catholics: February 20, 2015

Jeanne McNulty, Order of the Consecrated Virgins: February 13, 2015

The Sound We See: The Echo Park Film Center: February 6, 2015

Margot Fonteyn, the L.A. Ballet, and "The Sleeping Beauty": January 30, 2015

Dana Gioia and the Future of the Catholic Literary Imagination: January 23, 2105

A Folk Art Treasure: Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Village: January 16, 2015

Happy New Year to the City of Angels: January 9, 2015

Book Review: L.A. Catholic Worker Jeff Dietrich's The Good Samaritan: December 26, 2014

St. Therese of Lisieux's Christmas Eve Conversion: December 19, 2014

The Mater Dolorosa Retreat Center: December 12, 2014

Advent: Tom Wilson: Waiting in the Wings: December 5, 2014

Land of Silence and Darkness: Werner Herzog's Documentary About the Deaf-Blind:
November 21, 2014

Senior Lead Officer Skid Row Cop Deon Joseph: November 14, 2014

Book Review: The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating: November 7, 2014

Dido and Aeneas/Bluebeard's Castle: October 31, 2014

A Bluebird Day: Commercial Fisherman Captain Geordie King: October 24, 2014

The Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden; October 17, 2014

Catholic Worker Dennis Apel and His U.S. Supreme Court Case: October 10, 2014

Joan of Arc, Voices of Light, and Composer Richard Einhorn: October 3, 2014

Lost for Life: Documentarian Josh Rofe on Juvenile Lifers: September 25, 2014

Meditations of a Beekeeper: September 19, 2014

The Rise and the Resurrection: Book Review: September 12, 2014

The Little Flower in Our Midst: St. Therese, the Play: September 4, 2014

"Country: Portraits of an American Sound" at the Annenberg: August 29, 2014

Secret Stairs: A Guide to the Historic Staircases of Los Angeles: August 22, 2014

Anne Frank at the Museum of Tolerance: August 15, 2014

Hiroshima Notes: The Life and Work of Kenzaburo Oe: August 8, 2014

Book Review: JESUS: A PILGRIMAGE, by Fr. James Martin: August 1, 2014

An Interview with L.A. Ultra-Marathoner Geoff Cordner: July 25, 2014

Masstimes.org: The Resource for Traveling Catholics: July 18, 2014

The ALOUD lecture series, with Louise Steinman, at the L.A. Public Library: July 11, 2014

Barbara Nicolosi: The Special Cross of the Artist: July 3, 2014

The Other Side: Chinese and Mexican Immigration to America: June 27, 2014

For the Benefit of Those Who See: June 20, 2014

This Is My Body: The Thin Line Between Passion and Pathology:June 13, 2014

Songfest at the Colburn School: June 6, 2014

The Pollinator Garden at the Museum of Natural History: May 29, 2014

Soul-Stirring: African-American Self-Taught Artists from the South: May 22, 2014

Insane for the Light: May 15, 2014


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