The Greek myth of Icarus, who tried to escape from Crete by flying on wings made of feathers and wax, is often used as an example of hubris and failed ambition. Icarus is warned by his father not to fly too close to the sun. He disregards this and the wings collapse and he falls back to earth. But the lesson from this myth might be about taking chances and following your heart in spite of the risks.
I started thinking about the story a lot while I was in Paris last December. I thought perhaps I'd seen a painting of Icarus in one of my museum visits -- and somehow it had crept into my waking dreams. Then I went through my photos of the trip and found this image (top photo), from a ceiling in the Louvre museum. It depicts Icarus at the moment of his fall. But the part of the story I started to ponder most was his flight before the fall.
Music geeks won't want to miss this inspiring documentary of musical legendry made by Dave Grohl (of Nirvana and the Foo Fighters) detailing the history of the little music recording studio that could, California's Sound City.
Yes, it's true, it turns out Dave Grohl can make movies, too, and this debut is exceptional. Utilizing studio footage and interview commentary from many of the greatest rock musicians of our time, the film brings to life a golden era of music that is in many ways becoming a thing of the past. Although a strong message is presented about authenticity and the human element in music, the film decisively stops short of being preachy or tiresomely adherent to a bygone past.
Spring is coming! Add gardening tips, painting skills, music, and crafts into your life with Fresh City Life My Branch!
On Thursday, March 21, join the Butterfly Pavilion for a double session at the Bear Valley Branch--Butterfly Gardening at 2 p.m. and Busy Bees at 3 p.m. Learn what it takes to attract butterflies to your garden, and then hear all about the lives of honey bees, including a honey tasting, seeing a honeycomb, and feeling beeswax. Come for one or both sessions!
“Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?” – Henry David Thoreau
As part of the citywide Light/The Holocaust and Humanity Project, the Mizel Museum and Fresh City Life will host concerts that bring our communities together in a spirit of unity and celebration of diversity.
Unbounded: Breaking the Chains of Modern Day Slavery
Tuesday, February 19, 7-8 p.m.
Central Library, Level 7 Vida Ellison Gallery
Created by Marta Burton, this free concert is a multi-media performance which draws upon the music, historical narratives and images of Jewish and African American experiences of oppression and slavery, to raise awareness of those enslaved globally today. After the performance, meet with representatives of local organizations and individuals that work to end current day slavery.
Whether you're thinking about your career, the holidays, how to use Craigslist, or want to learn about Hinduism, Fresh City Life My Branch has an eclectic schedule of classes for you this week!
Thinking about the next step in your career, or maybe starting over? Join folks from Westwood College for Career Management on Tuesday, December 4 at 5 p.m. at the Bear Valley Branch. Topics covered will include networking, job searching, resumes, and interview techniques.
Gabe's life centers around music. He uses it to express himself and to escape from the world in which he was born Elizabeth. High school is almost over for Gabe, and he looks forward to moving to a place where no one knew him as Liz and he can be...