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Offering you an opportunity to get "inside the story" of world famous art and culture 
with expert instructors in their fields.

Our programs are detailed explorations into a particular artistic genre or 
movement aimed at satisfying the curiosity of those who want to develop or enhance their appreciation of the creative mind at work.
Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

 

For 3 weeks in February, we will have the honor of reading and discussing the short story with one of the masters of the form:  Bernard Cooper.  For most of us who have been reading with David for a while, we have had the pleasure of studying the sensitive, achingly beautiful prose of Bernard Cooper, both in the short story and personal essay genres.

 

 

 

Bernard Cooper is the author of memoir, My Avant-Garde Education, recently published by W.W. Norton. He is also the author of The Bill From My Father, Maps To Anywhere, A Year of Rhymes, Truth Serum, and a collection of short stories, Guess Again. Cooper is the recipient of the PEN/USA Ernest Hemingway Award, the O. Henry Prize, a Guggenheim grant, and a National Endowment of the Arts fellowship in literature. His work has appeared in several anthologies, including The Best American Essays of 1988, 1995, 1997, 2002, and 2008. His work has also appeared in magazines and literary reviews including Granta, Harper’s Magazine, The Paris Review, Story, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, and The New York Times Magazine. He has contributed to National Public Radio’s “This American Life” and for six years was the art critic for Los Angeles Magazine.  And to top it all off, he is a warm and gifted teacher who can provide us with an invaluable literary experience.  

 

 

The series consists of:

 

 

 

Session 1 - February 2

What Makes A Short Story Larger Than The Sum Of Its Parts?

(these stories are "short-shorts."  Bernard will be providing copies for us to read in class.)

Yours – Mary Robison

Problems – John Updike

The School - Donald Barthelme

Will You Mary Me – Tobias Wolff

This Condition – Lydia Davis

 

Session 2 - February 9

What’s Love Got To Do With It?

What We Talk About When We Talk about Love – Raymond Carver

Mitosis – Italo Calvino

 

Session 3 - February 16

Good People/Bad People 

The Five Forty-Eight – John Cheever

Revelation - Flannery O’ Connor

 

Join us in Pasadena for this great series.  We hope you can join us for this exciting series!!

 

 
 
 
 
Enrollment is limited!  If you plan to attend, please enroll online or RSVP via email and send a check to Inside the Story, 508 S. Santa Anita Ave., Pasadena CA 91107. Series:  $150.  Individual sessions:  $55.

 

 

 

 

 

 

DATES: 3 THURSDAY MORNINGS Feb 2, 9, 16 at 10:00

WHERE: Pasadena Address Forwarded Upon Enrollment

TICKETS: Series $150  Individual session $55

Series



Individual Session

 

It's only February and the book of 2017 has arrived!  Exalted by critics, "Lincoln in the Bardo" by MacArthur Genius Award winner George Saunders, is sure to captivate and enrich all of us who love great literature.  As David Ulin put it in his recent glowing review of the novel, "Lincoln in the Bardo is remarkable; let's get that out of the way first."  
 
The structure of this remarkable novel is a kind of oral history - a collage built from a series of testimonies, some delivered from the novel's characters and some drawn from historical sources. The narrator becomes a curator of sorts, who arranges this kaleidoscope of voices into a stirring and emotional linear story. Unfolding over one night in a graveyard in Washington D.C., the novel (George Saunders' first) tells a story about a father's grief over the loss of his son and its effect on the country that he serves.  Lincoln is, of course, our former President whose son Willie died of typhus at the age of 11 in 1862.  

 

 

 

The novel's deep emotional resonance, historical context and innovative structure deserve a close and nuanced reading.  We hope you can join us on this special adventure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

DATES: 2 THURSDAY MORNINGS April 13, 20 at 10:00

WHERE: Pasadena Address Forwarded Upon Enrollment

TICKETS: Sold Out

 

The artist Kerry James Marshall has been hailed by art critics to be one of the "great history painters of our time."  Now, Los Angeles can experience his brilliance at MOCA where his 35-year retrospective is about to open after stops at the Met Breuer and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago (where the show was met with rave reviews).   
 
The 80 paintings on view are fascinating to look at and discuss.  Besides being a brilliant technician, Marshall is a great storyteller, who presents a version of American history unlike anything we have seen before -- where the black figure enters prominently into the tradition of Western art.  Organized chronologically, the show affords the viewers the opportunity to trace Marshall's evolution as a painter, as well as our country's evolving ideas and attitudes about race, beginning with an exploration of Ralph Ellison's classic "Invisible Man" to a suite of paintings dedicated to the exploration of Black love, to portraits of members of the Cato slave rebellion and culminating in paintings made during the Obama presidency which include a stunning set of portraits of black artists at work in their studios.  
 
The show deserves multiple visits.  Sarah's in-depth look will be a wonderful opportunity to introduce us to one of the great artists of our time.  We hope you can join us!
 
Enrollment is limited!   If you plan to attend, please enroll below or RSVP via email and send a $50 check to Inside the Story, 508 S. Santa Anita Ave., Pasadena CA 91107. 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

WHERE:  MOCA Grand

 

TICKETS: Sold Out

 

The artist Kerry James Marshall has been hailed by art critics to be one of the "great history painters of our time."  Now, Los Angeles can experience his brilliance at MOCA where his 35-year retrospective is about to open after stops at the Met Breuer and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago (where the show was met with rave reviews).   
 
The 80 paintings on view are fascinating to look at and discuss.  Besides being a brilliant technician, Marshall is a great storyteller, who presents a version of American history unlike anything we have seen before -- where the black figure enters prominently into the tradition of Western art.  Organized chronologically, the show affords the viewers the opportunity to trace Marshall's evolution as a painter, as well as our country's evolving ideas and attitudes about race, beginning with an exploration of Ralph Ellison's classic "Invisible Man" to a suite of paintings dedicated to the exploration of Black love, to portraits of members of the Cato slave rebellion and culminating in paintings made during the Obama presidency which include a stunning set of portraits of black artists at work in their studios.  
 
The show deserves multiple visits.  Sarah's in-depth look will be a wonderful opportunity to introduce us to one of the great artists of our time.  We hope you can join us!
 
Enrollment is limited!  
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

WHERE:  MOCA Grand

 

TICKETS: SOLD OUT

 

Los Angeles is alive with art that speaks to our times.  One powerful example is the remarkable exhibition "Non-Fiction" at the Underground Museum.  The stated goal of "Non-Fiction" is to grapple with absurd realities of violence and racism through art.  "How we navigate violence says a great deal about what we might be able to do to prevent it."  
 
The exhibition was conceived by the late artist Noah Davis and his wife artist Karen Davis, who founded the Underground Museum in 2012 with the goal of displaying museum-quality work in this Arlington Heights storefront.  Initially, no institution would lend to them given the museum's low budget, lack of security and big front windows. Eventually, the Underground Museum was discovered by MOCA curator Helen Molesworth, who laid the groundwork for the current show, for which MOCA lent several works.  
 
And what an exhibition it is!  Art critic Christopher Knight describes the exhibition as a "elegiac tone poem spoken in visual shades of black." The show is that rare combination of art that seduces the eye with its beauty and also speaks loudly to the heart and mind of the viewer.  
The eight artists in the show include Kara Walker, who is represented by a five-part etching of antebellum depravity played out in silhouette figures, Kerry James Marshall, Robert Gober, Henry Taylor, and David Hammons, considered to be one of America's greatest living artists. His spectacular sculpture, "In the Hood (Gray)," will remain with you for a long time after leaving the museum.  
 
The exhibition has been lauded by critics everywhere.  Don't miss the opportunity to see this fantastic show before it closes next month.  

 

 
Enrollment is limited!  If you wish to attend, please enroll below or RSVP via email and send a check for $50 to Inside the Story, 508 S. Santa Anita Ave., Pasadena CA 91107.
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

WHERE:  Undergroud Museum-MOCA

 

TICKETS:  $50