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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

 

Fiction writer and essayist Peter Orner has written an intriguing and exquisite book of essays entitled "Am I Alone Here?"  Part memoir, part travel diary, part literary criticism, Orner weaves vignettes from the death of his father with whom he had a problematic relationship, to the demise of his first marriage to the joys of parenthood with loving and insightful examinations of revered stories by Chekhov, Kafka, Welty, Babel, Woolf, and Cheever, among others.  To quote the NY Times, Orner's book is an entrancing attempt to catch "the personal, messy, even embarrassing ways reading and living bleed into each other." 
 
David has selected six essays from the collection, many of which look at authors that we have discussed in prior sessions of our literary program. All with an eye toward triggering a wider conversation about the importance of great literature and the ways we use it to give our lives meaning.  An extraordinary book and an extraordinary morning of literary conversation.  
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
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. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DATES: THURSDAY MORNING Mar 9 from 10-noom

WHERE: Pasadena Address Forwarded Upon Enrollment

TICKETS: $60

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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:  $120  Individual sessions:  $65.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

WHERE: Pasadena Address Forwarded Upon Enrollment

TICKETS: Series $120  Individual session $65

Series



Individual Sessions

 

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: $50

 

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

 

 
Please join artist and USC faculty member Carter Mull on a fascinating trip beginning with the Russian avant garde into the work of European master Laszlo Moholy-Nagy and finally into California art, focusing on the work of John McLaughlin and the California Art & Space movement. By the time we are done, we will have a deeper appreciation of these artists and, more important, an understanding of the art historical connections that tie them all together, even, if on the surface, they seem to have little to nothing in common. 
 
Carter's program takes advantage of two special exhibitions, "Moholy-Nagy: Present and Future" and the retrospective of the work of John McLaughlin for this fascinating tour of 20th century art.  Both exhibitions have been praised by critics and are "must see's" for anyone interested in the visual arts.  
 
Carter Mull is a stupendous guide for this 20th century art exploration. His photography is in numerous museum collections including MOCA, LACMA (including the current special exhibition "LA Exuberance: New Gifts by Artists"), the Hammer Museum, the Whitney Museum and MOMA.  In addition to his role as artist, Carter has taught art at the college and graduate level.  He currently teaches at USC.  
 
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:  LACMA

 

TICKETS:  $50

 

 

One of Vincent Van Gogh's masterworks, "Van Gogh's Bedroom" hangs resplendently at the Norton Simon Museum until March 2017. Never before seen on the West Coast before, this painting, with its butter-yellow bed and bright green window, rush chairs and lavender walls, is one of the most beautiful and beloved domestic interiors in all of Western art.   
 
Please join art historian Clare Kunny for an up-close and personal look at this work -- Van Gogh's mediation on friendship, hope and regret -- a self-portrait of sorts that symbolizes the artist's existence and his search for peace and security.  So much to look at and so much to discuss -- Van Gogh's extraordinary color sense, the intensity of the brushwork and the personal and artistic context in which it was created.  Using the Norton Simon's extraordinary permanent collection of 20th European impressionist, post-impressionist works, Clare will provide a full picture of the genius of Van Gogh generally and the "Van Gogh Bedroom" in particular.

 

 

 

 

 

Enrollment is limited. Event is Sold Out.

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

WHERE:  Norton Simon

 

TICKETS:  Sold out