Posts Tagged ‘Segerstrom Center for the Arts’

West Greets East: A Week That Changed The World

written by Robyn Wyman-dill

How fast time travels as it heads into the final days of the month. Before we begin a new chapter, let’s reflect and be enriched by occasions worth remembering again. Among those bookmarked is the ‘Wedding of the Century’ on July 29, 1981. On that day, the lovely Lady Diana Spencer wed Prince Charles – bringing a fresh persona to the Royal Family. In turn, the Princess spoke to the hearts of the public around the world. Everyone seemed to agree for once. Diana was love. Four years after the Princess stepped into the public eye, she crossed the pond on her first official visit to America with her husband, Prince Charles. That’s when royal fever broke out in Washington DC.

The ‘Diana’ appeal was so highly infectious, everyone wanted an invitation to dinner. Meaning the White House dinner. The not-so-lucky ones? They traveled abroad. Henry Kissinger, Oscar de la Renta and Ahmet Ertegun, Co-Founder and President of Altanic Records, took their wives to China. In case you didn’t know it, Henry Kissinger is a really big deal in China. Really big.

What prompted me to go to China at exactly the same time was a photography book, Eve Arnold: In China, that I kept on my coffee table. An American photojournalist, Arnold’s images of Marilyn Monroe on the set of The Misfits (1961) and photograph of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy arranging flowers with Caroline(1961) had already cemented her reputation as a superb shooter. But, when she turned her lens on China, defining its beauty with pictures that spoke to your soul, I felt compelled to buy a camera(my first) and booked a tour to China. Read the rest of this entry »

Space Music

written by Robyn Wyman-dill

It’s April when the earth gives birth to Spring, the birds sing and everywhere smells like roses. Last week was a sweet week for my hometown, LA, when Kobe Bryant gave us everything he’s got, making history in his final game at the Staples Center. With the ease and grace of a champion. There were approximately 19,000 fans in the Staples Center house and over 8 million others watching remotely as the basketball legend proved how worthy he is of our love. (The Lakers trailed behind the Utah Jazz, a team that delivered some of the best team basketball that evening.) Scoring 60 points to finish with a 101-96 Lakers victory. Sealing his 20 year career with a most spectacular finale. While 55 years earlier, humans got their first taste of space when Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gargarin became the first person to leave the atmosphere and return. Blazing a trail for generations eager to know the galaxy. Opening the door for more space westerns.

To boldly go where no one has gone before

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Off Center in Costa Mesa with Die Roten Punkte

blog by Robyn Wyman-dill

In a story about a pet rabbit who ended up in the stew pot, a writer writes an essay about his exuberance for life being sucked right out of him – by modern times.

“I doubt I could even fish today without a feeling of remorse,” he said with downcast eyes.  So deep was the wound of Beanie the Bunny and the others that followed in his path.

Oddly enough, my social conscience and a natural talent for cooking meat are sparring with each other. And I worry.  Will my meat-eating ways take me down a similar dark path, converting me into a vampire?  This mental torment doesn’t give up. I defuse it with other brewing unsettlements.

Like my insatiable appetite for finding art that stretches my boundaries so I can feast on inspiration. Coupled with the fear I will not find the right sustenance to satisfy me in Orange County.  Where art likes to play it safe.

That starts me yearning for the offbeat.  Well, someone must have caught that thought before mine because suddenly an infusion Off Center performances are rolling into town. Read the rest of this entry »

Shatner Sightings by Robyn Wyman-Dill

The incomparable William Shatner tells a tender story of a little boy knocking on his car shell door.  A little boy, wanting so much to meet Capt. Kirk and see – first hand – inside the USS Enterprise, stands outside.

Welcome to a smaller portion of the Shatner’s World, We just live in it…show.

“Are you Captain Kirk?” The little boy asks.

The post-Star Trek star turned down and out, unemployed Shatner takes one look at the kid and nods yes.

“Is this your spaceship?‘  The little boy inquires.

Shatner takes one look at the kid and nods yes.

“Can I see it?”  The little boy speaks again.

Shatner takes one look at the kid and nods yes.  The kid steps inside.

(Anyone ever seen the insides of the USS Enterprise?)

“Those are the controls, kid.” Shatner says, pointing to the two hot plates serving as his kitchen.

On the short tour Shatner stops at his iddy biddy bathroom.   Pulling back the shower curtains, he reveals a shower head and a tiny stall.

“Here’s where they beam me up.”  Shatner says matter-of-factly.

Imagination that.   Read the rest of this entry »