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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

Great news!  After a four-month residency at the University of Nevada, David is back with a new spring series of the best of American short fiction.

 

 

David has selected an anthology edited by fiction writer Ben Marcus, entitled "New American Stories."  The collection, which the Guardian described as a "landmark anthology" features a diverse group of important writers, some of whom we have already sampled and other emerging voices that will be new to all of us.  George Saunders, Lydia Davis, Deborah Eisenberg, Dennis Johnson among others, which Marcus has collected into a coherent aesthetic statement about America that "amounts to more than the sum of its parts."  
 
The dates for the series are:
 
May 25
June 1 -- NOTE:  WE WILL BEGIN AT 10:30 ON JUNE 1.  ALL OTHER SESSIONS START, AS USUAL AT 10.  
June 8
June 15
June 22
June 29

 

 

 

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:  $360.  Individual sessions:  $65.

 

 

 

 

 

 

DATES: 6 THURSDAY MORNINGS May 25, June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

WHERE: Pasadena Address Forwarded Upon Enrollment

TICKETS: Series $360  Individual session $65

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Individual Session

 

 

How better to kick off summer than by immersing oneself in a greatest novel.  As always, David has selected a work that begs for a close reading and hours of discussion.  We hope you can join us for a reading of the "The Sympathizer," Viet Thanh Ngyuen's remarkable debut novel about the Vietnam War that compels us, as American readers, to assess the events of 40 years ago in an entirely new light.  

 

 

 

The novel is an enthralling read and has been the subject of rapturous reviews by the literary world.  The Pulitzer Prize winner in 2016 for distinguished fiction, "The Sympathizer" is the story of a conflicted communist sympathizer -- "a man of two minds," whose political beliefs clash with his individual loyalties.  Part gripping spy novel, part astute exploration of extreme politics, part literary tour de force, this novel will provide us with three sessions full of discussion of what makes an enduring work of literary art.  

 

 

 

We hope you can join us next month on this adventure.  If you are like us, the novels that we have read with David and our gang of devoted readers, remain in our consciousness long after we have put them down. 

 

 

 

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:  $180.  Individual sessions:  $65.

 

 

 

 

 

 

DATES: 3 THURSDAY MORNINGS July 13, 20, 27 from 10:00-noon

WHERE: Pasadena Address Forwarded Upon Enrollment

TICKETS: Series $180  Individual session $65

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Individual session

At 90 years of age, Merz is still working in her Turin studio, continuing to make art with a capital "A" out of copper wire, paraffin, scraps of wood and cardboard.  She seldom resorts to outside fabrication, preferring to keep her hand in, making everything herself.  

 

We are so fortunate to have Sarah Jones as our guide.  A practicing artist with an interest in untraditional materials, Sarah is eager to provide a clear way into Merz's challenging and evocative body of work as it has evolved over the past 50 years.  Sarah's keen understanding of the many processes used by Merz in her art - from knitting to painting and drawing, to collage and installation pieces, will afford us all the opportunity to directly engage with the genuis of Merz's work.  

 

Enrollment is limited!  If you wish to attend, please enroll below. We hope to see you at the Hammer!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

WHERE: Hammer Museum

 

TICKETS: Sold Out

 

 

It's a program not to miss!  The Marciano Art Foundation opened last month to huge fanfare. Housed in the historic a former Scottish Rite Masonic Temple designed by Millard Sheets in 1961 in Mid-Wiltshire (an architectural feast for the eyes on its own), the museum is filled with some of the best examples of contemporary art.  In addition to the permanent collection, the museum is presenting a special exhibition of the work of acclaimed artist Jim Shaw: The Wig Museum that is truly special!  

Carter has a wealth of fascinating thoughts on the art as well as the Marciano's collecting strategy. 

We hope you can join us on this art adventure!

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

WHERE: Marciano Art Foundation

 

TICKETS: sold out

 

It's a program not to miss!  The Marciano Art Foundation opened last month to huge fanfare. Housed in the historic a former Scottish Rite Masonic Temple designed by Millard Sheets in 1961 in Mid-Wiltshire (an architectural feast for the eyes on its own), the museum is filled with some of the best examples of contemporary art.  In addition to the permanent collection, the museum is presenting a special exhibition of the work of acclaimed artist Jim Shaw: The Wig Museum that is truly special!  

Carter has a wealth of fascinating thoughts on the art as well as the Marciano's collecting strategy. 

We hope you can join us on this art adventure!

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

WHERE: Marciano Art Foundation

 

TICKETS: $50

 

 

Join us at a private home in Malibu. Robin's art historical interests also extend to the culinary arts.  Robin, an Italian by marriage, is an expert Italian cook who copiously researches the food and drink of Italy through the ages.  For our group of Venetian art lovers, she willpresent an exclusive culinary program at her magnificent home overlooking the Pacific ocean.  
 
Please join us on July 17 from 10:30 - 1:30 for "Power & Pageantry: The Cuisine and Culture of 18th Century Venice" -- a gastronomic complement to your tour at the Getty.  This exclusive program, will include an illustrated presentation by Robin on the art and culture of Venice, followed by a participatory cooking class and then a lavish lunch al fresco on Robin's veranda,   (Robin's address in the Pacific Palisades will be forwarded to you upon registration.)
 
Everyone will eat and drink like privileged Venetians of yore with recipes to take home.  It will be authentic and delicious -- with stimulating company to boot! 
 
 
 
We hope you can mangia with us!

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

WHERE: Private Home Address upon enrollment

 

TICKETS: SOLD OUT

 

 

 

Join us at a private home in Malibu. Robin's art historical interests also extend to the culinary arts.  Robin, an Italian by marriage, is an expert Italian cook who copiously researches the food and drink of Italy through the ages.  For our group of Venetian art lovers, she willpresent an exclusive culinary program at her magnificent home overlooking the Pacific ocean.  
 
Please join us on July 17 from 10:30 - 1:30 for "Power & Pageantry: The Cuisine and Culture of 18th Century Venice" -- a gastronomic complement to your tour at the Getty.  This exclusive program, will include an illustrated presentation by Robin on the art and culture of Venice, followed by a participatory cooking class and then a lavish lunch al fresco on Robin's veranda,   (Robin's address in the Pacific Palisades will be forwarded to you upon registration.)
 
Everyone will eat and drink like privileged Venetians of yore with recipes to take home.  It will be authentic and delicious -- with stimulating company to boot! 
 
 
 
We hope you can mangia with us!

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

WHERE: Private Home Address upon enrollment

 

TICKETS: SOLD OUT