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Kalabash School of Music and Arts
“Kalabash School of Music and the Arts is located in the beautiful seaside community of Bird Rock, La Jolla. We offer a variety of private and group classes in music and art to both local residents and throughout  the city of San Diego. Whether you or your child is interested in learning piano or painting, drums or drawing, we have the right program for you.  Please explore our site to learn more about our lessons and events.

Kalabash’s core programs consists of group and private music classes for all age groups. We take a student first approach to learn about interests and passion before structuring a lesson.

The Kalabash Art studio offers group classes in a variety of art disciplines. From comic books to painting, drawing and mixed media, our art classes appeal to a wide range of interests.

We love our community and offer regular events to include not only students, but family, friends and teachers. Student recitals, open mic nights and concerts are all offered.”

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sandiego  lajolla  art  children  music  education  birdrock 
5 days ago by robertogreco
White supremacist violence has a long history in San Diego - The Washington Post
"Hideous racist violence never occurs in a vacuum. The domestic terrorist who authorities say killed one person and injured three others at a synagogue on the last day of Passover in Poway, Calif., did so less than 10 miles from my old high school. He may have acted by himself, but as history and his Internet trail show, he was in no way a lone wolf. To cast him that way perpetuates a misleading narrative of individual rather than shared responsibility. And that is not just ahistoric, but it also keeps Americans from taking any meaningful steps to combat the rise of white supremacist violence.

The entire United States has yet to come to terms with the national legacy of centuries of genocides and human trafficking, but San Diego, in particular, drifts along obliviously. The city where I grew up has hardly begun to acknowledge its own role in enabling and perpetuating a mind-set that can so effortlessly become racialized violence — especially when hate crimes are treated like a game, the perpetrators egged on by gleeful, ghoulish cheerleaders watching on Facebook Live and keeping virtual score on 8chan and Stormfront.

California, and Southern California in particular, has been held up as an example of successful diversity by some and hopeless liberal failures by others, but in reality the state has been and continues to be shaped by competing forces of demographic change and white supremacist reaction. Nowhere is this more distilled than at the very farthest edge of the country, San Diego, at the gateway to Latin America.

The Ku Klux Klan (more specifically, the Exalted Cyclops of San Diego No. 64) seems to have first appeared in San Diego in the 1920s as part of a resurgence across the country in reaction to an influx of immigrants and asylum seekers entering the United States after World War I. At that point, the Klan in Southern California functioned primarily as a way to keep Mexican and Mexican American workers terrorized out of any attempts at organizing or demanding better working conditions.

Later, the Klan’s rhetoric, normalized and slightly sanitized through popular media and newspaper coverage, informed the attitudes of many Americans toward the forced “repatriations” of the 1930s, when more than a million people of Mexican descent were sent to Mexico or simply dumped at the border. Later still, in the 1970s, offshoots of this chapter formed unauthorized patrols to round up undocumented immigrants in the direct predecessors of today’s border militias. They’re more than just historical echoes: The first “civilian border patrol” was a publicity stunt dreamed up in 1977 by Duke, then-KKK leader.

The Klan in Southern California also reacted to the growing number of African Americans moving to the region from the South, fleeing Jim Crow laws and widespread informal discrimination during the Second Great Migration. The group began to join up with others with similar aims, such as the Silver Shirts League. Farm associations and fishing companies contracted with these organizations to keep laborers from unionizing or conducting any other “communist” activities, and redlining reached new heights around San Diego, with real estate agents forming “gentlemen’s agreements,” sealed with a wink and a smile that kept anyone who wasn’t white out of certain neighborhoods and concentrated in others.

The targets were Jewish residents as well as black ones. A huge, famous and occasionally controversial cross on La Jolla’s Mount Soledad is a relic of that time, a visible reminder that Jewish families were not welcome in that community. The University of California at San Diego’s Roger Revelle deserves credit for sparking major change; he threatened to take his visionary university system elsewhere until San Diego could figure itself out. “San Diego was a medium-sized, stodgy city, about as far from being an intellectual center as one could get,” Revelle wrote later. “Social and political dissent were frowned on; La Jolla even had a real estate broker’s covenant not to sell or rent houses to Jews.”

Revelle won the battle, but white supremacy never left. It did occasionally rebrand: Fallbrook, Calif., television repairman Tom Metzger, who in the 1970s led unauthorized border patrols with Duke, created the White Aryan Resistance (WAR) to further that aim in the 1980s. A few years later, I would walk past graffiti representing that very group on my way to school.

Today, California has more than 80 known hate groups, more than any other state, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Hate Map.” At least eight of these are active in San Diego, mostly white nationalist or anti-immigrant — including many that have grown dramatically amid the racially charged comments and corrosive disinformation that is a hallmark of the Trump administration.

Those of us who watch these groups have seen this all happen before. In San Diego in 2010, agitators gathered at Golden Hall to hurl anti-Semitic invective at then-Rep. Bob Filner (D). I tracked some of those responsible to the board Stormfront, where people who had attended the event promised to return with guns."
sandiego  whitesupremacy  history  lajolla  antisemitism  kuluxklan  mountsoledad  rogerrevelle  2019 
april 2019 by robertogreco
Should PoMo Architecture, at the 50-Year Mark, Be Saved? - The New York Times
"One significant Post-Modernist building hasn’t won the preservation battle. Despite a petition signed by 100 prominent architects and academics, a forecourt of pergolas with chubby columns completed in 1996 by the Philadelphia architects Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego is now being demolished for a major expansion by Annabelle Selldorf, the highly regarded New York architect. Inside, Ms. Selldorf is repurposing, intact, Venturi Scott Brown’s entry vestibule, with its Pop-art, WHAAM! VAROOM! neon starburst ceiling, as a meeting hall and event space.

It’s complicated. Venturi, who died this September, kicked off Post-Modernism with his hugely influential “Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture” (1966), a searing critique of Modernism’s failure to communicate and relate to its users.

The couple’s La Jolla addition belongs to a distinguished and historic portfolio. Ms. Selldorf specializes in quiet, abstract Minimalist designs especially suited to museums. She professes “huge respect” for Venturi Scott Brown’s buildings.

Ms. Selldorf’s 43,000 square foot, $75 million expansion is the museum’s fourth and largest, each addition gobbling up the last like a Russian doll. But the core remains a crisp cubic house built for the philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps in 1915 by Irving Gill, one of the world’s first Modernists. In a succession of additions over three decades, Mosher Drew, a San Diego firm, added gallery space and an auditorium, tying the composite of buildings together with a long colonnade. Venturi and Scott Brown removed the Mosher Drew colonnade in their expansion and painstakingly restored the Gill facade, which they then partially obscured by adding their pergolas for the museum’s entry and cafe.

Ms. Selldorf’s addition shifted the museum’s center of gravity, causing her to reposition the front door elsewhere, obviating Venturi and Scott Brown’s entrance pergola. Removing the cartoonish columns reveals Gill’s original facade.

Her clean-lined, geometrically disciplined buildings represent the Modernist architecture that Venturi famously criticized when he declared “Less is a bore.” As Ms. Selldorf removes the pergolas, she eliminates the complexity and contradiction Venturi Scott Brown layered into the ensemble, denaturing their eclectic addition. In a complex that otherwise remains a collage of architectural histories, the Minimalist chose to feature Gill’s early Minimalist icon. She subtracted rather than added.

In a case of competing histories, Ms. Selldorf had to make Sophie’s choice: which history? “The greater good was revealing the Irving Gill,” she decided.

Long after Post-Modernism’s retreat, the style wars continue."
mcasd  lajolla  sandiego  architecture  pomo  potmodernism  design 
december 2018 by robertogreco
Commentary: Critics say a San Diego museum's Postmodern entry should be preserved. But why keep what doesn't work? - Los Angeles Times
"Now, MCASD La Jolla is set to be reconfigured again. Selldorf, whose firm is known for work on historic museum buildings — including the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Mass., and the Neue Galerie in New York — has been charged with adding 30,000 square feet of gallery space — the museum currently has no dedicated space to show its permanent collection — which she will achieve by transforming the auditorium into galleries and by adding another hall on a newly acquired property to the south.

To weave this Franken-complex together, she is removing a portion of VSBA’s arched facade and the pergolas. She is also shifting the museum’s main entrance to the south, aligning it with Mosher Drew’s auditorium building, which means that Axline Court will no longer serve as the principal point of access — though it will remain as a gathering space. It is these latter moves that have raised a critical outcry.

First and foremost, there is the question of the entrance.

As part of their 1990s re-do, Venturi and Scott Brown placed the main doorway to the museum behind their concrete pergola, where it was not only difficult to find but also competed visually with the rebuilt arched sun porch of the newly uncovered Scripps house a few feet away — an entryway that, ironically, no longer served as entrance.

Confusion over the location of the entrance was such that about a year after the expansion was completed, the museum asked the architects to devise some sort of signage that would help point the way, hence the addition of the word “MUSEUM” in yellow capital letters above the correct doorway.

Goldberger, who was architecture critic for the New York Times and the New Yorker before becoming a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, is one of the major figures who signed the open letter condemning the Selldorf plan. In 1996, he wrote a glowing review of the Venturi Scott Brown expansion in the New York Times, describing it as “an exquisite project.” But in the piece, he also noted the awkward position of the entrance, which required visitors to “make an illogical turn to the left to arrive at the front door.”

Goldberger said this was a minor issue, in light of the museum’s “graceful composition” and its “public presence on the streets of La Jolla.” But as someone who has directed disoriented visitors to the entrance on numerous occasions, I would argue that an important part of a public institution’s public presence is a clear and welcoming doorway.

Then there is the matter of the pergolas.

In a 1996 review of the expansion, Los Angeles Times art critic Christopher Knight noted that the pergolas designed by VSBA echoed the delicate lines of a Gill-designed pergola that hugs the facade of the Scripps house, but that it did it on a much larger scale in “clever” “Toontown” fashion. The pergolas also serve to frame the Gill house, setting it apart from the street and the rest of the museum’s facade.

The petition argues that removing the Venturi, Scott Brown pergolas would “prevent visitors from experiencing [the Scripps house] in the way Gill intended: from the intimate, pedestrian-scaled space in front of it.”

But at this point, it’s hard to say what exactly we are experiencing of Gill’s original architecture.

When Mosher Drew wrapped its own building around the Scripps house in the 1950s, a portion of the Gill house was torn down during construction. This included demolishing the original sun porch, stripping part of the facade and filling in windows. In a lecture delivered in 1979, architecture critic Esther McCoy described watching pieces of the structure come down: “I saw the wrecking company razing it. Real labor to destroy a Gill building.”

So when VSBA uncovered the Gill structure, it wasn’t simply uncovering. It was also rebuilding. And to their credit, the architects went to terrific lengths to get it right: using poured concrete where Gill had used poured concrete and reinserting windows that matched the ones in historic photographs of the house.

The Scripps house now largely exists as fragments embedded in the larger museum, the most complete original portion of which is the entry foyer. And even that is not in its original state: It was refurbished first by Mosher Drew, then by VSBA, which added gray wainscoting. (One can only imagine what Gill, who was all about stripped-down Modernism, would make of wainscoting.)

Lastly, there are the issues of urban planning.

One of the principal arguments for leaving the current design untouched is to preserve the ways in which the museum relates to the streets of La Jolla. “Its street frontage, museum store and cafe extend the rhythm of Prospect Street’s lively storefronts,” reads the petition, “celebrating the museum’s location in the village commercial center and drawing visitors towards the building.”

In my experience, that is an optimistic view of how the museum relates to the street.

Although the museum sits within a commercial zone, it is at a point where the area grows increasingly residential. Pedestrian traffic tends to peter out two blocks away, both on Prospect Street to the north and Silverado Street to the east. One of the closest commercial sites to the museum is a restaurant more than a block away that was recently shuttered for renovations and shows no signs of reopening. Most folks who land at the museum arrive intentionally, not because they happen to wander in.

Moreover, the critical focus on the street ignores the site’s larger natural context: namely, the Pacific Ocean.

For whatever reason, MCASD La Jolla has historically turned its back on this incredible feature — with loading docks that offer views of the water and a sidewalk cafe that overlooks ... asphalt.

Moreover, if, as intended, you approach the museum by walking south on Prospect Street, the first thing you encounter on the museum’s property is not a garden, cafe or gallery. It’s the parking lot — a parking lot with resplendent views of the ocean where I’ve seen families (including my own) pose for group pictures amid the parked cars. It is absurd.

In their design, Venturi and Scott Brown smartly dealt with some of these challenges. The architects sliced windows into Mosher Drew’s more oppressive structures, allowing visitors glimpses of coastline in galleries that had once been boxed in. And they linked the ocean-view garden on the site’s eastern slope — now the Edwards Sculpture Garden — with the museum for easier access. (Previously, it was accessible to the public only from Coast Boulevard; the garden will remain unchanged in Selldorf’s design.)

In her redesign, Selldorf is working to reorient the entire museum complex to the ocean, its best asset. Parking will go underground, allowing for a public park, a more pastoral place to enjoy ocean views. Other spaces that engage the Pacific will include terraces, meeting rooms, an event space. In this regard, her makeover is overdue.

Postmodern architecture is experiencing a critical moment. It is at a point where it looks old enough to be outdated — too flamboyant in our age of austere iPhone minimalism — but not old enough to have achieved the status of venerable. Iconic structures, such as Michael Graves’ Portland Municipal Services Building in Oregon and Philip Johnson’s AT&T Building in New York (now the Sony building) have faced the threat of wrecking balls and ill-conceived renovations.

I am wary of erasing architectural history. But as Aaron Betsky noted in a column in Architect magazine about the case of MCASD La Jolla, “advocates are asking us to preserve a building that has a somewhat confused organization, banal spaces and ridiculous ornamentation.”

Selldorf’s plan holds on to elements of the site’s myriad design histories — to which she will add her own story. In a way, it’s in keeping with the museum’s own history as a place of continuous architectural evolution. There is no reason that evolution should stop in the 1990s."
2018  carolinamiranda  lajolla  mcasd  sandiego  architecture  design  history 
september 2018 by robertogreco
Cul-de-sac : Open Space
"San Diego’s always been easy to malign; but the endlessly unfurling line of sunny boosterism endemic to San Diego’s civic self-image is all wrong also. When it comes to considering “America’s Finest City”, the national imagination sways between two poles: paradisiacal invention of temperate waves, fresh-fish tacos, and soft sand; or, cultureless void, psychologies sun-dulled into a blank embrace of his-n-hers wax-n-tan salons, stucco sprawl, and the artisanal F/A-18 Hornet."

This cross-national fact pervades all aspects of life in “San Diego.” Not just a border town; a border county. (A border country?)

And yet, San Diego’s often referred to as a geographical cul-de-sac, where the high mountains to the east and the border to the south create a physical and psychological lock-in-place. Cul-de-sac: a dead end, a deadlock, literally, the bottom of the bag. Says who?

When I stay in San Diego, I stay with my partner in Golden Hill, on an actual hill above downtown, whose slopes and inclines afford views of the bay to the west and south. Once the home of socialites and philanthropists, then in long decline as haven for junkies, dealers, and of course, artists, Golden Hill is now about one-third of the way through its “urban-revitalization.” It is bordered on one side by largely Latinx Sherman Heights/Barrio Logan, home to Chicano Park, and on the other by picaresque South Park, quiet, expensive, pretty, and pretty white. Bay Area residents would feel at home wandering Golden Hill’s blocks of Victorian mansions, Craftsman bungalows, and multi-decade representations of apartment complexes in various stages of upkeep or decay. The current fashion in building, though, is for high-priced, small-scale condos (“Starting in the low $500s!!”).

I’ve located myself, I know “where I am,” but it feels sensationally, essentially, placeless.

Street names, all called after other places: Arizona, Mississippi, Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Maryland, Pennsylvania. Uninventively named Ocean Beach nests beaches within beaches: avenues called by the names of other beaches. Newport, Narragansett, Saratoga, Santa Monica, Santa Cruz, Pescadero, Bermuda. Infinite displacement. Signs point elsewhere, the same as nowhere.

Like LA, San Diego’s hot, it sprawls. But not as hot, and the sprawl is uneager, tepidly accepting of, even pleased with, itself. To the west, the sparkling sea, and to the east, waves of expensive tract housing punctuated with low-slung shopping plazas crowded with corporate chains. Post-place USA? Along the coast, each in a string of seaside villages — first increasing and then decreasing in wealth concentration from south to north — has its own distinct flavor of blowsy undercurrent.

This “city of villages” is a net or concatenation of communities built on mesas, regularly separated by canyons, crevasses, the occasional waterway or stream — and often, freeways — and these light divisions create personality and economic boundaries between them. Hillcrest, North Park, East Village (in the city), or El Cajon, Del Mar, Santee (around the county). Traveling between them, or braked for a minute at the top of a hill, I’m always sensing myself on an edge — of something. Shore, skyline, precipice, border, cliff. Of understanding? The views are often grand or sweeping, but they don’t seem to send back “possibility.” The sky in San Diego is just the sky."

"Retirees and invalids, margarita- or beer-drenched drifters, yogis and transcendental meditation addicts, real estate agents, biotech execs, personal trainers, sailors, and a multiplicity of immigrants both international and domestic — and still somehow not a city of dreams. Or, a “city of broken dreams” (Mike Davis). A city of dreamless sleep, with sunny days spent ambulating dream-slow through the enervating heat."

"San Diego has no cover, no face, or is simultaneously all face. Which?

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and native San Diegan Rae Armantrout famously, unpopularly, wrote that San Diego has no charisma, is blank. That’s put unkindly perhaps, but it’s not all wrong. She also points to the odd quiet, the deep silence beneath whatever aggressive hum. Let’s call it the somnolent subconscious / the deeply sedimented unconscious — the veneer is thin here; you can feel it.

In fact, one isn’t any one here. One’s an atom, roasting in the sun.

“Perhaps living in San Diego prepares you to become a Buddhist,” writes Rae.

Diffuse, fuzzy around the edges, thick. My mind feels like that too, sometimes — it takes longer to shake itself awake. Is it the heat, the sun-glaze, is it in the water?"

"In 2016, 34.9 million tourists visited San Diego, spending 10.4 billion dollars.

San Diego is the most biologically rich county in the continental US. And the most threatened, with nearly 200 at-risk animals and plants.

Western snowy plover, coastal cactus wren, California gnatcatcher, least Bell’s vireo, arroyo southwestern toad, Stephens’ kangaroo rat, San Diego fairy shrimp, Quino checkerspot butterfly, San Diego thornmint, Dehesa beargrass, coastal sage scrub, Engelmann oak woodlands…

Seventy-four percent of ex-offenders return to prison within two years of release, in San Diego. The state average is sixty-five.

Autobiography of a Yogi, “the book that changed the lives of millions,” was penned by Paramahansa Yogananda at his Self‑Realization Fellowship ashram and retreat center in Encinitas, in North San Diego County. Ashtanga Yoga, the practice that changed the lives of millions, also had its US nativity scene in Encinitas, when K. Pattabhi Jois arrived here in 1975.

If my thesis is that the city is ungraspable, neither the sum of its parts or possible to glimpse in prism, this not-place-ness must be the prize/prison of manifest destiny become the end of history.

Jim Miller, in Under the Perfect Sun: The San Diego Tourists Never See: “cul-de-sac also means, finally and most poignantly, a situation in which further progress is impossible.”

On the other hand, says who? At the lift, box, and cycle gym I go to when I’m here, people chat, they say hi. I’m on the floor doing crunches while the Counting Crows song “Mr. Jones” is blasting over the deck. Suddenly I’m experiencing liberation — from every high-urban fantasy I ever had for or of myself.

Near the crest of a hill, up the block from a café I frequent, there’s a large pink stucco apartment building in a vaguely Spanish-modern style, trimmed in white. Someone’s installed a red-letter electronic ticker on the side of this building at its highest point, and programs it to spit out philosophic citations from Lao Tzu, Sophocles, “Anonymous”… From their perch on the hill the flickering banners appear to headline the city. For example: Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall — Confucius, spelled out one letter at a time.

I puzzle a long time over this enigmatic line, dropped out of context and attributed to G.K. Chesterton, poet, theologian, philosopher, overt anti-Semite, and father of the Father Brown mysteries: Do not try to bend, any more than the trees try to bend… Try to grow straight, and life will bend you.

Red-letter warnings, invitations to unsubtle visions, and confusing mandates to the individual overcasting her gaze on the sparkling bay, the seventeen construction cranes hovering over downtown, and the freeways, distantly humming, palm trees swaying in the too-bright light, hand on forehead shielding eyes. Blink, blink, blink."
suzannestein  sandiego  gkchesterson  2017  lajolla  ucsd  undertheperfectsun  jimmiller  isolation  meaning  border  borders  mexico  us  place  srg 
november 2017 by robertogreco
San Diego Opens First Public Library Biotech Lab
"The world’s first biotech lab in a public library celebrated its grand opening September 1 in the La Jolla-Riford Branch Library of the San Diego Public Library (SDPL). The Bio Lab is part of the library’s Life Science Collaboratory, which has hosted a variety of classes and talks from visiting scientists since it opened its doors in April. The Bio Lab, however, promises to take Collaboratory’s citizen science mission a step further.

Outfitted with used and donated equipment from local sources, the Bio Lab meets Basic Safety Level (BSL) 1 standards, the equivalent of a high school laboratory. It currently offers microscopes, centrifuges, DNA copying machines, electrophoresis gel boxes, a vortex mixer, and other basic molecular biology equipment, as well as access to the branch’s 3-D printer lab and a 50-person classroom. Drawing on San Diego’s thriving biotech community, the Collaboratory has assembled an enthusiastic volunteer staff to helps lead demos, lectures, workshops, and hands-on participation for users of all ages.

All-ages workshops are held monthly, as is a lecture aimed at adults. Workshops, offered by volunteers from the Wet Lab, a local citizen science facility, have included lessons in DNA extraction using a strawberry; lectures have covered topics such as the sensory system of sharks and rays, alternative energy sources, the intestinal parasites Giardia lamblia, and gene splicing.

The Wet Lab has been a critical partner, helping branch manager Shaun Briley set up the laboratory, creating the initial programming, and serving as its advisory board. The Collaboratory has also formed a partnership with the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, as well as local organizations Biomimicry San Diego and the San Diego Barcode of Life Initiative."

"SDPL director Misty Jones is pleased with the program’s reception. “The Library’s mission is to inspire lifelong learning through connections to knowledge and each other,” Jones said in a statement. “We are naturally technology facilitators and guides to the future. We know that fun and educational workshops pique the interest in the sciences among young people. She has already expressed interest in setting up a similar lab space in another branch.

While the regional biotech industry has helped ensure the success of the Collaboratory and Bio Lab, Briley feels that the program could be tweaked to serve any type of community—substituting an emphasis on environmental science or conservation, for example. Hyland agrees. “We want to make sure that this isn’t just something that happens once,” she told LJ, “that we set up a model that can be picked up by other communities.”

“What’s happening in biotechnology and how it’s going to impact everyone’s life is revolutionary,” said Briley, “and in order for there to be a proper civic debate about it, people who aren’t biologists need to understand it. We’re positioning ourselves as a place to do that. Most of what’s available right now is institutional laboratories in universities or in corporations, so one facet of this is that we’re providing public education to enable that civic engagement; the other is that we’ve actually created a Maker space for biology.”

“I love how everyone’s gotten into this, even people who don’t have a background in science,” Hyland said. “That’s why I think this is so fantastic—it’s allowing people who aren’t scientists to make science a part of their everyday life. And it’s not just people coming down from the ivory tower talking for half an hour and going back. This is actually something that’s going to be a part of people’s lives.”"
2015  sandiego  biotech  biotechnology  libraries  laboratories  hacking  citizenscience  science  lajolla  biology  biohacking  edg  srg  glvo 
october 2015 by robertogreco
Ingenious, Imaginative World: Dr. Seuss' San Diego Life | San Diego | Artbound | KCET
"Within each of his book's illustrations, you can see pieces of the place he made his home. Characters with wild, palm tree-like manes, vibrant birds, trees that resemble San Diego's native acacia trees and bright landscapes fill the pages of his famed children's books. Any San Diegan can easily recognize their city within those pages."

"The exhibition offers a glimpse into Theodor Geisel as a person and artist. His humor is evident in many of the pieces. One, for example, features a bird woman lying in a coffin as she is talking on a telephone. The caption reads, "I'd love to go to the party but I'm absolutely dead."

"The imagery we see in these paintings stretches beyond all pre-conceived notions of Dr. Seuss," says Dreyer. "In some cases it's a little risqué and has a bit of an adult humor and wit to it."

That same haughty bird woman serves as a vehicle for social commentary in a number of other pieces by Geisel. Dreyer explains that the bird woman mocks the arrogant upper class female socialites Geisel often encountered in La Jolla. The delightfully good natured ribbing was classic Geisel. The character is seen in 11 of Geisel's paintings, six of them are on display at "Ingenious!"

He also pays homage to San Diego in other pieces of art. Geisel's home studio had a 180-degree view of the Pacific Ocean. Three of his midnight paintings appear to feature that view: "Firebird," "Freebird" and "I Dreamed I was a Doorman at the Hotel Del Coronado."

"You get the sense that his artworks were inspired by his view," says Dreyer, who included a photo of Geisel in front of his window in the exhibition to make the connection. "They have that San Diego look and feel. A lot of his imagery and landscapes have a San Diego feeling."

With this exhibition, fans of Dr. Seuss are given the privilege to meet Theodor Geisel and the city he made his home in a way that feels personal and intimate. His personality shines through, and you'll be sure to walk away with a greater understanding of Geisel as a wholly unique visual artist. "Ingenious!" is on view through the end of 2015."
drseuss  sandiego  theodorgeisel  2014  ucsd  alexzaragoza  libraries  lajolla 
january 2015 by robertogreco
The Height of Trolley Tensions | Voice of San Diego
"Extending the trolley from Old Town to La Jolla has always promised to change the neighborhoods it passed through on the way.

But residents of Linda Vista, Bay Park and Clairemont – predominantly single-family, middle-class neighborhoods where the expansion will run – don’t seem too interested in the type of change the city has in mind.

The discontent comes from the city’s attempts to allow for new types of development in the areas surrounding two new trolley stops. The city wants the area to develop with trolley users in mind.

It wants to encourage developers to build businesses and lots of homes near the trolley, so people who live there can make it their primary transportation option.

Allowing dense development clusters around the stops, the thinking goes, gets the most out of the $1.7 billion investment in extending the trolley.

But here’s the rub: Allowing that much density means changing the community’s self-imposed limit on building height."
sandiego  development  growth  2014  transportation  density  clairemont  lajolla  lindavista  baypark  trolley  masstransit  publictransit  planning 
april 2014 by robertogreco
Mary Beebe at Voice of San Diego's Meeting of the Minds - YouTube
"Mary Beebe, who runs the Stuart Collection for UC San Diego, takes us behind the scenes of some of the pieces she's commissioned over the years in a presentation at Voice of San Diego's "Meeting of the Minds" on March 19, 2014."
maybeebe  nancyrubin  timhawkinson  2014  stuartcollection  ucsd  art  publicart  sandiego  lajolla  dohosuh  murals 
march 2014 by robertogreco
On Discernment | Ordinary Times
"La Jolla of 1970s was a long way away from Jersey City of the 1930s and 40s. It did not have the glitz and swank it has now (wealth was not so internationalized) but it was vastly more affluent than the world my father came from. My father used to regularly threaten to send me to the Imperial Valley to “pick lettuce with Caesar Chavez.” This was not threatened as punishment, but as a (possibly) needed corrective to the danger that growing up in La Jollla might give me a warped view of how people lived their lives.

But my father would also tell me, “David, you’re going to have to wake up every day and do something to earn a living. It will be easier if it’s something you enjoy.”

And somewhere between these two messages I came to understand that I had been born to great wealth; not so much in material wealth, but in circumstantial wealth; that it would have been impossible for my father’s 10 year-old self to imagine raising his own son, not in an Irish ghetto a few blocks away from the murky waters of the Jersey City waterfront, but in “the land of the lotus eaters” (that’s what my parents called La Jolla), a block from some of the best surf in the continental United States, and with the whole world of possibilities laid out before him; and that because I had been born to this great and accidental wealth I had an obligation to myself, to my grandparents, and in some cosmic way, to those who toiled without the same benefit of good fortune that had obviously blessed our family, to take make good use of the advantages to which I was born, and make a good life for myself."

"My wife notes in me a certain restless sense of purpose, and she doesn’t think I am always well-served by it. She notes that I seem to think that I am “supposed to do something special with my life,” and that sometimes that makes me impatient and intollerant with the mundane realities of life.

I don’t disagree, but I think her assessment is incomplete.

In the Spring of 1992 it was becoming clear that it was time for me to leave my mentor’s studio and strike out on my own. To that end David Loveall and I went down to the studio on a Saturday and took every single piece of gear off the storage racks and then one-by-one put pieces away in our attempt to formulate the absolutely smallest kit that I could hope to have and still be able to execute assignments with a modicum of aplomb. The result of this exercise is that in short order I went from being a foot-loose, care-free photo-assistant with about $5,000 in savings and who spent his off days kayaking, climbing, or fishing, to an unemployed freelance photographer who was about $17,000 in debt, with no savings, and barely enough photo gear to hope to service the debt, let alone make a living.

In the midst of this transition my father sent me a copy of North Shore Chronicles, a book that told the story of the renaissance of big wave surfing. The front piece of the book had an inscription:

“A life spent surfing big waves would not be wasted. — Dad”"
davidryan  2013  discernment  lajolla  1970s  class  wealth  opportunity  privilege  life  living  meaning  meaningmaking  restlessness  davidloveall 
january 2014 by robertogreco
Captain David Ryan | Sailing Montauk's Catamaran Mon Tiki: Charter Trips , Sunset Cruises, Private Parties and Corporate Events at the East End of Long Island
"Hi! I’m Captain David Ryan. Welcome to our web site, and welcome to Montauk! Since I’m going to be your host when we go sailing, how about I tell you a little about myself:

I’ve been in and around the water my whole life and I love it. I grew up just blocks away from La Jolla California’s famous Wind’n’Sea beach. My father taught me to surf and skin dive, and his father taught me to fish.

But sailing wasn’t a part of my family’s heritage. That gift came to me from my best friend, when we were both 10 years old, when he taught me to sail over a weekend visit, in a boat not much bigger than a shoebox. That was more than 35 years ago, and since then sailing has become a very important part of my family’s life.

My wife Amelia I have lived in Montauk since 1997. I built my first boat in 1999, and my wife and I took our maiden voyage in the Lil’ Winnie when my wife was pregnant with our first child. As our family grew, the boats grew, and the adventures got bigger. In 2008, when our daughters were 8 and 2 we cruised the Bahamas in a 38′ sloop. In 2010 we visited the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean.

In 2011 we began construction on S/V Mon Tiki, the first US Coast Guard Inspected Passenger Sailing Vessel built on the East End of Long Island and the only Inspected Sailing Vessel that calls Montauk its home. Mon Tiki was launched in October of 2012, just in time to face the wrath of Hurricane Sandy. (Mon Tiki came through the storm just fine, snug in her berth at Diamond Cove.)

I hold a US Coast Guard Master Captain’s license with a sailing endorsement. I am certified in CPR, AED, First Aid, and am a PADI certified Open Water SCUBA Diver.

Sailing Montauk/Mon Tiki is a family run, community-oriented business. We built Mon Tiki ourselves with a team of local craftsmen. My wife Amelia runs our web site, and I take the photos. This is our life, our livelihood, and our passion. Every day on the water I go a little deeper into my love affair with wind and waves, I learn another lesson, discover something new about the place we call home. I’d like to personally invite you to come sail on Mon Tiki and continue that voyage of discovery with us.

I’d also like to invite you to discover your own personal paradise on the East End. Whether it’s paddleboarding and kayaking in the early morning quiet on Lake Montauk, a lively afternoon sailing on Block Island Sound, surfing our A+ tropical swells in the late summer and early fall, or just taking in one of our picture perfect sunsets, Montauk truly has it all—and we can’t wait to share it with you!"
davidryan  montauk  boats  sailing  lajolla  montiki 
january 2014 by robertogreco
BRATTON.INFO - talks - "we need to talk about ted"
"So what is TED exactly?

Perhaps it's the proposition that if we talk about world-changing ideas enough then the world will change. But this is not true, and that's the second problem.

TED of course stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and I’ll talk a bit about all three. I Think TED actually stands for: middlebrow megachurch infotainment.

The key rhetorical device for TED talks is a combination of epiphany and personal testimony (an “epiphimony” if you like ) through which the speaker shares a personal journey of insight and realization, its triumphs and tribulations.

What is it that the TED audience hopes to get from this? A vicarious insight, a fleeting moment of wonder, an inkling that maybe it’s all going to work out after all? A spiritual buzz?

I'm sorry but this fails to meet the challenges that we are supposedly here to confront. These are very complicated are not given to tidy just-so solutions. They don’t care about anyone’s experience of optimism. Given the stakes, making our best and brightest waste their time –and the audience’s time— dancing like infomercial hosts is too high a price. It is cynical.

Also, it just doesn’t work.

Recently there was a bit of a dust up when TED Global sent out a note to TEDx organizers to not book speakers whose work spans the paranormal, the conspiratorial, New Age, quantum neuroenergy, etc: what is called Woo. Instead of these placebos, TEDx should instead curate talks that are imaginative but grounded in reality. In fairness, they took some heat, so their gesture should be acknowledged. A lot of people take TED very seriously, and might lend credence to specious ideas if stamped with TED credentials. "No" to placebo science and medicine.

But the corollaries of placebo science and placebo medicine are placebo politics and placebo innovation. On this point, TED has a long ways to go.

Perhaps the pinnacle of placebo politics and innovation was featured at TEDx San Diego in 2011. You’re familiar I assume with Kony2012, the social media campaign to stop war crimes in central Africa? What happened here? Evangelical Christian surfer Bro goes to help kids in Africa. He makes a campy video explaining genocide to the cast of Glee. The world finds his public epiphany to be shallow to the point of self-delusion. The complex geopolitics of Central Africa are left undisturbed. Kony’s still there. The end.

You see, when inspiration becomes manipulation, inspiration becomes obfuscation. If you are not cynical you should be skeptical. You should be as skeptical of placebo politics as you are placebo medicine."

"E and Economics

A better 'E' in TED would stand for Economics, and the need for, yes imagining and designing, different systems of valuation, exchange, accounting of transaction externalites, financing of coordinated planning, etc. Because States plus Markets, States versus Markets, these are insufficient models, and our conversation is still stuck in Cold War gear.

Worse is when economics is debated like metaphysics, as if the reality of a system is merely a bad example of the ideal.

Communism in theory is an egalitarian utopia

Actually existing Communism meant ecological devastation, government spying, crappy cars and gulags

Capitalism in theory is rocket ships, nanomedicine, and Bono saving Africa.

Actually existing Capitalism means Walmart jobs, people living in sewers under Las Vegas, McMansions, Ryan Seacrest…plus —ecological devastation, government spying, crappy public transportation and for-profit prisons.

Our options for change range from basically what we have plus a little more Hayek, to what we have plus a little more Keynes. Why?

The most recent centuries have seen extraordinary accomplishments in improving quality of life. But the paradox is that the system we have now --whatever you want to call it-- is in the short term what makes the amazing new technologies possible, but in the long run it is also what suppresses their full flowering. Another economic architecture is prerequisite."

"As for one simple take away... I don't have one simple take away, one magic idea. That’s kind of the point. I will say that when and if the key problems facing our species were to be solved, then perhaps many of us in this room would be out of work (and perhaps in jail).

But it’s not as though there is a shortage of topics for serious discussion. We need a deeper conversation about the difference between digital cosmopolitanism and Cloud Feudalism (toward that, a queer history of computer science and Alan Turing’s birthday as holiday!)

I would like new maps of the world, ones not based on settler colonialism, legacy genomics and bronze age myths, but instead on something more… scalable.

TED today is not that.

Problems are not “puzzles” to be solved. That metaphor assumes that all the necessary pieces are already on the table, they just need to be re-arranged and re-programmed. It’s not true.

“Innovation” that moves the pieces around and adds more processing power is not some Big Idea that will disrupt a broken status quo: that precisely is the broken status quo.

One TED speaker said recently, “If you remove this boundary, ...the only boundary left is our imagination.” Wrong.

If we really want transformation we have to slog through the hard stuff (history, economics, philosophy, art, ambiguities, contradictions). Bracketing it off to the side to focus just on technology, or just on innovation, actually prevents transformation.

Instead of dumbing down the future we need to raise the level of general understanding to the level of complexity of the systems in which we are embedded and which are embedded in us. This is not about “personal stories of inspiration," it's about the difficult and uncertain work of de-mystification and re-conceptualization: the hard stuff that really changes how we think. More Copernicus, less Tony Robbins

At a societal level, the bottom line is if we invest things that make us feel good but which don’t work, and don’t invest things that don’t make us feel good but which may solve problems, then our fate is that it will just get harder and harder to feel good about not solving any problems.

In this case the placebo is worse than ineffective, it's harmful. It's diverts your interest, enthusiasm and outrage until it's absorbed into this black hole of affectation

Keep calm and carry on "innovating"... is that the real message of TED? To me that’s not inspirational, it’s cynical.

In the U.S. the right-wing has certain media channels that allow it to bracket reality... other constituencies have TED."

[Now posted at the Guardian: ]
benjaminbratton  ted  tedxsandiego  2013  politics  technology  sandiego  lajolla  communism  capitalism  kony2012  geopolitics  drones  nsa  surveillance  innovation  ambiguity  contradiction  demystification  cynicism  skepticism  cloudfeudalism  digitalcosmopolitanism  via:javierarbona 
december 2013 by robertogreco
My Art Shed - Art Classes in La Jolla, San Diego
"Porschia Talbot moved to San Diego from Melbourne, Australia in 1998. She attended college at the New School of Architecture and Design in San Diego and further studied Fine Art at Portland State University.

Porschia believes that to have a fun and fulfilled life it is important to keep in touch with your creative and child like nature. She genuinely loves hanging around with children and to guide them through art classes is a manifestation of a longtime dream. She has developed her own unique teaching styles and ability with children having worked in art schools throughout San Diego, Portland and San Francisco. Porschia mainly paints for her own enjoyment and specific commissioned requests.

My Art Shed is a Working Gallery where experienced artists and educators facilitate classes that encourage all age groups to access their creative expression. The environment is local, relaxed, fun and creative."
artshed  lajolla  sandiego  glvo  art  education  learning  porschiatalbot 
june 2013 by robertogreco
UCSD: A Built History of Modernism | ArchDaily
"At just a little over 50 years old, the University of California San Diego is one of the younger college campuses in the United States, but despite this it is one of the most architecturally fascinating universities around. In the official UCSD campus guide, Dirk Sutro emphasizes that “UCSD does not have a single example of the historical-revival styles prevalent at other University of California campuses… and at San Diego’s two other major universities”. The history of UCSD architecture is one of ambition, which has made the campus a display case of modernism in all of its forms from the last half a century.

Thanks to photographer Darren Bradley, we can now share this history and a selection of the exciting structures it has produced."
ucsd  sandiego  lajolla  darrenbradley  photography  architecture  2013  dirksutro  modernism  modern 
may 2013 by robertogreco
System Energy Efficiency Lab
"Energy consumption is a critical constraint in the design of modern computer systems. Research in SEE lab addresses energy efficiency in systems of all sizes, from sensor nodes to processors to data centers. Portable systems, such as mobile embedded systems and wireless sensor networks, typically operate with a limited energy source such as batteries. The design process for these systems is characterized by a tradeoff between high performance and low power consumption, emphasizing the need to meet performance constraints while minimizing the power consumption. Decreasing the power consumption is also an important factor in lowering the packaging and the cooling costs of embedded systems. On the other end, stationary systems also require energy efficiency due the operating costs and environmental concerns related to desktops, servers and data centers. Current data centers are increasingly limited by power and thermal capacity. The annual energy cost of a large data center can be in the range of millions of dollars, and the cooling cost is about half of the total energy cost. Energy efficient and temperature aware approaches address these large scale systems at different levels, such as the whole data center, computing clusters, servers or components such as processors, disk drives, etc.

System energy efficiency lab is part of Embedded Systems and Software group at UCSD."

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ucsd  energy  efficiency  engineering  compsci  systems  embeddedsystems  jagannathanvenkatesh  friends  lajolla  sandiego 
may 2013 by robertogreco
Modern Luxury | Riviera San Diego | Salk It to Me
"Is the Salk Institute’s architecture overrated? I don’t think it’s overrated at all. When I saw crumbling Greek temples overlooking the sea, all I could think of was a thousand years from now Kahn’s buildings will still be here.

How does architecture challenge the eye and brain? Architecture is so multidimensional. We’re much better at, say, reading faces; we quickly respond to a wild animal threat or a person’s mood.

Vision and synesthesia? I’ve been told I have a very special form of synesthesia: I have an oval-shaped [mental] map that I can readily visualize that represents the days of the week: Saturday is white, Sunday is yellow, Monday is blue, etcetera. Functionally, it’s a very handy thing to have.

Latest journal article? An essay in the January issue of Leonardo about the sensory tricks I experienced when I visited a chapel in Naples to see a celebrated, life-size marble sculpture of the shrouded body of Jesus. It’s an extraordinary piece of art and one of the creepiest things I’ve ever seen.

Ideal S.D. weekend? I love the solitude of the Carrizo Badlands in Anza-Borrego. I have hiked and camped there. The stars are magical and humbling.

Surprise us... One of my favorite things to do is to stand with my son under the Lindbergh Field flight path at the corner of Laurel and Pacific Highway. There’s nothing like a 50-ton machine roaring by 100 feet above your head."
lajolla  sandiego  anza-borrego  tomalbright  neuroscience  salkinstitute  synesthesia  2013  friends 
march 2013 by robertogreco
There's No Place Like This Home - Behind The Scene: The Art And Drama Of Making Art In San Diego
"If all goes well, the dream of artist Do Ho Suh will come true on Nov. 15 when the one-room cottage will be lowered into place by one of the biggest cranes in North America. The piece seems destined to become the most talked-about piece in UCSD's Stuart Collection of works of art designed to be permanent parts of the campus.

The roots of the project go back to Suh's earlier years, when he was "completely disoriented" by his move from South Korea to Rhode Island for graduate school, said the Stuart Collection's director, Mary Beebe. He's since become famous for art that explores issues of home and away-from-home, location and dislocation."
art  sandiego  ucsd  stuartcollection  2011  dohosuh  lajolla  tosee 
november 2011 by robertogreco
La Jolla Cove Swim Club
"The club is an informal organization consisting of people who enjoy ocean swimming. The club has no regular meetings but tries to sponsor an activity approximately once a month. The larger events are the Polar Bear Swim on New Year's Day, the 2.5K Pier to Cove Swim (1.5 mile) in late June, and the Tour of Buoys (5 mile and 1.5 mile) in early August. For the first time in late September 2009, the Swim Club sponsored a 10-Mile Relay fundraising event that was originally organized to benefit the American Diabetes Assocation. The club also supports, but does not sponsor, the La Jolla Rough Water Swim on the second Sunday in September. This includes one mile and 3 mile races for adults and a 250 yard race for children. See for information.

Club members and non-members swim here daily, regardless of weather and water temperature, throughout the year. Some swimmers only swim ½ mile or less once a week, some wear a wetsuit even in summer, and some wear fins…"
swimming  oceanswimming  lajolla  sandiego  srg  edg  lajollacove 
july 2011 by robertogreco University of California, San Diego: Campus Guides (The Campus Guide) (9781568988603): Dirk Sutro, David Hewitt, Anne Garrison: Books
"Founded during the space-age boom of the 1950s, the University of California, San Diego campus showcases some of California's finest postwar architecture. Perched dramatically above the Pacific Ocean, the campus architecture ranges from spare sixties concrete structures to light, open California modernists designs and, from the new millennium, buildings that reflect the latest ideas about connecting buildings with the student community. University of California, San Diego is both a history of campus planning and growth and a series of map-guided walking tours of its architectural landmarks, including visits to buildings by world-renowned architects, such as Antoine Predock, Michael Rotondi, and Moshe Safdie."
books  ucsd  sandiego  lajolla  antoinepredock  michaelrotondi  moshesafdie  design  history  architecture 
march 2011 by robertogreco
Map & Atlas Museum of La Jolla
"The La Jolla Map and Atlas Museum will feature maps that span 500 years, from the 15th century all the way to the mid-20th century. The maps are from all over the world, but most of the collection can be traced back to European roots.

The maps are a part of the Stone Map and Atlas Foundation, headed by local businessman and philanthropist Michael Stone, who has been collecting maps for 20 years.

“It was just not right having them locked up in an oversized closet,” said Stone, who also serves on the board of the San Diego Museum of Art and is an advisory board member for the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library. “This material needs to be seen and appreciated.”"
maps  mapping  lajolla  sandiego  museums  cartography  history  togo  tcsnmy  classideas  archives 
february 2011 by robertogreco
La Jolla Playhouse Receives Major Grant from The James Irvine Foundation 2010/06/29
"La Jolla Playhouse is pleased to announce that it was recently named the recipient of a $900,000 grant from The James Irvine Foundation. The grant will fund the Playhouse's new Theatre Without Walls program over the next four years.

Underscoring the theatre's mission of providing "unfettered creative opportunities for the leading artists of today and tomorrow," coupled with the idea that the Playhouse is defined by the work it creates - not the space in which it is performed - the institution will use the grant to offer theatrical experiences that venture beyond the physical confines of its facilities. The Playhouse will also explore alternative methods of conveying content to audiences through new platforms, such as the use of social media, cell phones, video and other current technologies."
sandiego  lajolla  lajollaplayhouse  theater  grants  tcsnmy  socialmedia  mobile  phone  video  arts 
june 2010 by robertogreco
La Jolla Playhouse's 'Surf Report' Set In San Diego |
"her struggle is very similar to mine, the feeling that – I think I – In her, you see a lot of the kind of adolescent impulse to define yourself against where you came from, against your parents, against where you’re from, and to kind of belittle it and minimize it and try to break out on your own and do something new."
language  writing  sandiego  adolescence  plays  annieweisman  surfreport  lajollaplayhouse  interviews  lajolla 
june 2010 by robertogreco
Viva la Revolucion: A Dialogue with the Urban Landscape - Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
"A multifaceted exhibition that explores the dialogue between artists and the urban landscape, Viva la Revolución: A Dialogue with the Urban Landscape features works both in the Museum’s galleries as well as at public sites throughout downtown San Diego.

The exhibition includes a diverse range of 20 artists from 8 countries that are linked together by how their work addresses urban issues -- Akay (Sweden), Banksy (U.K.), Blu (Italy), Mark Bradford (U.S.), William Cordova (U.S.), Date Farmers (U.S.), Stephan Doitschinoff [CALMA] (Brazil), Dr. Lakra (Mexico), Dzine (U.S.), David Ellis (U.S.), FAILE (U.S.), Shepard Fairey (U.S.), Invader (France), JR (France), Barry McGee (U.S.), Ryan McGinness (U.S.), Moris (Mexico), Os Gemeos (Brazil), Swoon (U.S.), and Vhils (Portugal)."
art  sandiego  lajolla  mcasd  togo  banksy  barrymcgee  datefarmers  blu  osgemeos  invader  swoon  urban  streetart 
may 2010 by robertogreco
Poto and Cabengo - Wikipedia
"Poto and Cabengo are a pair of identical twins (real names Grace and Virginia Kennedy, respectively), who used a secret language up to the age of about eight. Poto and Cabengo is also the name of a documentary film about the girls made by Jean-Pierre Gorin and released in 1979.

They were apparently of normal intelligence; they developed their own communication because they had little exposure to spoken language in their early years."
twins  language  idioglossia  film  psychology  linguistics  personalities  lajolla  sandiego 
april 2010 by robertogreco
Artists Announced For MCASD's Exhibit Showcasing Local Artists |
"The museum solicited submissions from local artists in the Fall of 2009 and received over 230 submissions. MCASD Associate Curator Lucía Sanromán also conducted studio visits and tapped into networks of local artists to flesh out the list.

In the end, Sanromán selected 43 artists and collectives to participate. Here's the list (note that Ricardo Dominguez, the UCSD professor whose art projects have become the subject of recent controversy is on the list):"
mcasd  ricardodominguez  art  local  sandiego  lajolla 
april 2010 by robertogreco
"Visual convergences that amuse and surprise" by Volumes and Visions
"Lawrence Weschler -- formerly a New Yorker staff writer, biographer of San Diego based artist Robert Irwin and current head of the New York Institute for Humanities at New York University -- is spending some time at the Getty Research Institute these days. And while he is in Southern California, he is giving some talks, including one at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library in La Jolla on March 11 at 7:30 p.m.

The title of his talk could be more forthright: "A Defense of Loose-Synapsed Moments: Towards a Typology of Convergences." But his topic is a good one: how images in the world, most often by chance, look a lot like other images. A photograph might look like a painting without even trying to."
lawrenceweschler  sandiego  athenaeum  events  todo  2010  lajolla  art  photography  images 
february 2010 by robertogreco
Hidden San Diego: The Midget Houses Of La Jolla
"There's nothing like a a good urban legend to fuel the imagination, and San Diego has its own enduring one. It's not an overly known one, it seems, but if you've grown up here or gone to college in town, you've likely hear rumors of "the munchkin houses" or "the midget homes."
myth  legend  sandiego  lajolla  munchkins  myths  tcsnmy  urbanlegends 
january 2010 by robertogreco
Mid-century modern San Diego - a set on Flickr
"Shots of architectural treasures from the mid-20th century around my home town."
sandiego  lajolla  california  socal  architecture  design  photography  flickr  homes  modernism 
january 2010 by robertogreco
Ken Kellogg - Yen Home
"With views to the Pacific Ocean this home has three levels that wind down and around a light-giving landscaped core. Situated on the north slope of a hill viewed from Scenic Drive, south of the University of California in La Jolla, the roof is designed with integral solar water heated panels. This home is also designed with a long, curved, textured concrete wall on the carport side for maintenance, sound, privacy, and protection from misguided vehicles. The raised floors act as horizontal shear panels allowing the posts to cantilever through to the roof for resistance of seismic forces permitting 100% windows for views where other homes are obstructed mostly by walls. Laminated wood beams also serve as mullions for the windows around the landscape core, project up, over, and roll far outside, in a web of roof beams creating the feeling of outside being inside to the ends of various cantilevered roofs. ..."
lajolla  sandiego  modernism  homes  kenkellogg  yenhome  design  architecture  organic 
january 2010 by robertogreco
D.G.Wills Books
"La Jolla's largest collection of new and used scholarly books; and home of the La Jolla Cultural Society"
books  lajolla  bookstores  sandiego 
november 2009 by robertogreco
Modern San Diego Dot Com - Rudolph Schindler
"Pueblo Ribera Courts
230-48 Gravilla, La Jolla, CA (1923-1930): The only example of Schindler’s work in San Diego, alludes to the master’s work in the Los Angeles area following his fellowship with Wright (his work on Wright’s “temple” concrete block houses brought him to Southern California). Appealing to the young modernists who came to California in the 1920s these dwellings work with the fascination with the mildness of the climate, life out of doors and the pueblo Spanish traditions of enclosed courtyards. Schindler arranged each living unit so that it had a courtyard and roof terrace above. The houses were built of slip-form concrete, and the roof pergola with its light wood detailing forms a strong contrast to the concrete walls below. Fortunately, the individual units are slowly being restored."
rudolphschindler  lajolla  sandiego  architecture  modernism 
august 2009 by robertogreco
How Room Designs Affect Your Work and Mood: Scientific American
"Scientists are unearthing tantalizing clues about how to design spaces that promote creativity, keep students focused and alert, and lead to relaxation and social intimacy. The results inform architectural and design decisions such as the height of ceilings, the view from windows, the shape of furniture, and the type and intensity of lighting." ... "school design can account for between 10 and 15 percent of variation in elementary school students’ scores on a standardized test of reading and math skills, suggests a 2001 report by investigators at the University of Georgia"
salkinstitute  lajolla  sandiego  learning  environment  architecture  design  interiors  tcsnmy  lcproject  education  schooldesign 
may 2009 by robertogreco
Two Running Violet V Forms, 1983 , Robert Irwin, Stuart Collection, UCSD
"For his contribution to the Stuart Collection, Two Running Violet V Forms - his first permanent installation in California - Irwin was drawn to the eucalyptus groves east of the Mandeville Center and adjacent to the Faculty Club. The contradiction inherent in this man-made forest appealed to him; the geometric regularity of the grid of trees is balanced by the infinite variety of light and detail which the natural setting nevertheless provides. Irwin installed two fencelike structures in V-forms amidst the trees. The "fences" are blue-violet, plastic-coated, small gauge chain-link fencing supported by stainless steel poles which average twenty-five feet in height. The structure maintains a constant elevation as the hillside terrain drops gently beneath it. Purple flowering iceplant, echoing but not matching the color of the chain link, is planted under the fence."
robertirwin  ucsd  lajolla  sandiego  art  installation  1983 
september 2008 by robertogreco
VQR » Embeddedness: Robert Irwin in His Seventies
"He paused. “Now,” he resumed, “one thing that has entered in lately, which is something that I had never at all used to consider—in fact I am for the first time being made aware of it and I find it awkward, I’m not quite sure what to do about it and haven’t had time enough to sort it out in my own head—and that’s this whole issue of history. I mean, I’ve never had any interest in history, certainly not my own, and I have almost no record of anything. Suddenly people are saying, you know, So-and-So kept all this and that—for instance, you look at what Don Judd did in Marfa—whereas me, I didn’t keep anything. My whole life I was as if stripped clean so as to be able to keep going, you know what I mean? And now Hugh starts talking about this permanent wing and this archive at the museum: it can spin your head a bit.”"
robertirwin  art  life  lawrenceweschler  history  lajolla 
september 2008 by robertogreco
Desert Cottontail - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia [or possibly]
"The Desert Cottontail is not usually active in the middle of the day [but the one outside my window is, although it might be a brush rabbit], but it can be seen in the early morning or late afternoon. It mainly eats grass, but will eat many other plants, even cacti. It rarely needs to drink, getting its water mostly from the plants it eats or from dew. Like most lagomorphs, it is coprophagic, reingesting and chewing its own feces; this allows more nutrition to be extracted."
lajolla  animals  rabbits  nature  sandiego  mammals  tcsnmy  wildlife 
august 2008 by robertogreco
Double the Pleasure - New Homes -
"Sparing all manner of hardwoods, local and exotic alike, Mariscal opted to make the main level of his house—home of the grand deck, the 2inns’ organizing feature—out of nearly nothing at all. “The three levels of the house are rooted in a particular material,” he says. “The bottom floor is grounded by the cement; the top is made of wood, like the trees; and the middle, where you have the deck, is air.”"
sebastianmariscal  lajolla  sandiego  homes  design  architecture 
august 2008 by robertogreco
San Diego Tide Pools
"San Diego tide pools and the best tide pools in San Diego"
sandiego  lajolla  tidepools 
july 2008 by robertogreco
Scripps Institution of Oceanography Pier Tide Predictions
"The tide prediction curve above shows how fast the tide is rising or falling; you can see how long a height is sustained or see the heights at other times."
weather  surf  tides  lajolla  sandiego 
july 2008 by robertogreco
On one stretch of California coast, it’s sand, sea, and man vs. beast |
"A years-long legal battle for a La Jolla cove may be ending – but for activists on both sides, the seal saga goes on."
lajolla  sandiego  seals  tcsnmy 
july 2008 by robertogreco
San Diego's Most Walkable Neighborhoods - Walk Score Neighborhood Rankings
"The top 4 neighborhoods in San Diego are Walkers' Paradises. 29% of San Diego residents have a Walk Score of 70 or above. 64% have a Walk Score of at least 50—and 36% live in Car-Dependent neighborhoods."
sandiego  lajolla  walking  neighborhoods  transportation 
july 2008 by robertogreco
Local crow population boom is murder on some residents | The San Diego Union-Tribune
"Annual bird counts by local Audubon Society chapters record signs of their march. In 1984 the society counted no crows in a 15-mile-diameter circle centered near the Chula Vista Nature Center. A year later, it found one. In December 2006, 589."
crows  sandiego  lajolla  birds  nature  animals 
june 2008 by robertogreco
TSN : The Science Network: Brains R Us [videos available as well]
"highly interactive group of researchers, educators, policy makers, parents and students to discuss the state of the science of educating from synapse to schoolroom, from neurons to neighborhoods. Join us — and discover why timing is everything."
ucsd  salkinstitute  brain  research  events  sandiego  lajolla  learning  education  schools  video 
june 2008 by robertogreco
Temporal Dynamics of Learning Center
"aims to achieve an integrated understanding of the role of time and timing in learning, across multiple scales, brain systems, and social systems. The scientific goal of the center is therefore to understand the temporal dynamics of learning, and to appl
education  learning  research  ucsd  sandiego  lajolla  brain  science  teaching  schools 
june 2008 by robertogreco
Wired 12.08: Craig Venter's Epic Voyage to Redefine the Origin of the Species
"He wanted to play God, so he cracked the human genome. Now he wants to play Darwin and collect the DNA of everything on the planet."
craigventer  biology  biotechnology  evolution  genomics  science  sandiego  lajolla 
may 2008 by robertogreco
TED | Speakers | Vilayanur Ramachandran
"Neurologist V.S. Ramachandran looks deep into the brain’s most basic mechanisms. By working with those who have very specific mental disabilities caused by brain injury or stroke, he can map functions of the mind to physical structures of the brain."

[see also video: ]
brain  neuroscience  philosophy  lajolla  sandiego  ucsd  salkinstitute  synesthesia  phantomlimbs  body  bodyimage  senses  creativity  vilayanurramachandran  bodies 
may 2008 by robertogreco
The Jonathan [Jonathan Segal] - New Homes -
"Since 1988, the native Californian has designed and built 245 smart, modern, and relatively eco-friendly rental units on odd and otherwise undesirable lots in and around the area, then turned them over to his wife Wendy to manage."
sandiego  development  lajolla  design  architecture  architects  jonathansegal 
may 2008 by robertogreco
Urban Outfitter: Sebastian Mariscal Develops, Designs, and Builds–One Project at a Time | Architect Online
“Many amazing architects—Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, Tadao Ando—didn't go to school. My approach was just different [from traditional path]. You learn at the jobsite, you learn at the office dealing with projects, you learn what the consequence
sebastianmariscal  lajolla  sandiego  architects  architecture  design  alternative  education  autodidacts  modern  homes  housing 
may 2008 by robertogreco
BLOG DE CASAS: Casas Fay - Sebastian Mariscal
"Las obras que ha construido Sebastian Mariscal en San Diego y el La Jolla utilizan volumenes puros que se ensamblan con el uso de materiales que muestran su proceso constructivo y es justo en su articulacion donde se logran fuertes relaciones hacia adent
homes  housing  architecture  design  sandiego  lajolla  sebastianmariscal  architects 
may 2008 by robertogreco
San Diego MTS Daytripper Program + Bay Ferry Youth Program + Amtrak California "Kids N' Trains"
"To book a field trip, we need at least 14 business days to plan your trip. Call the hotline and leave a detailed message about the trip. The coordinator will call back within two working days. Only confirmed trips are eligible for the Classroom Day Pass
sandiego  transit  transportation  lajolla  buses  rail  classideas  teaching  learning  trains  amtrak  ferry  boats  offcampustrips  tcsnmy  mts  fieldtrips 
may 2008 by robertogreco
SDMTS - Fares and Day Passes: Classroom Day Pass
"$1.50-For students & youth groups. Unlimited rides on all MTS, North County Transit District Bus & Trolley routes. Upgrades available for COASTER & Bay Ferry. Good for day designated on pass during non-peak hours. Advance ticketing required."
sandiego  transit  transportation  lajolla  buses  rail  classideas  teaching  learning 
may 2008 by robertogreco
SDMTS - San Diego Metropolitan Transit System
see also - tokens, day passes, monthly passes, "Family Weekends: Every Sat-Sun, 2 children<12 ride free w/ paying passenger 18+." "Friends Ride Free: On the following Holidays"
sandiego  transit  transportation  lajolla  buses  rail 
may 2008 by robertogreco
UCSD - VisArts - Mission Statement - "Artists at UCSD take advantage of large megalopolis stretching from LA across border to Tijuana."
"New efforts in Department address issues of trans-nationalism, border, globalization...on-going relationships with many divisions of university...Interdisciplinary Computing & Arts Major (ICAM) is fastest growing area of interest on campus"
sandiego  art  education  interdisciplinary  ucsd  lajolla  losangeles  tijuana  mexico  transnationalism  borders  globalization  nataliejeremijenko  colleges  universities  classideas 
may 2008 by robertogreco
CRCA - Center for Research in Computing and the Arts [Organized Research Unit of UCSD]
"mission is to facilitate invention of new art forms that arise out of developments of digital technologies. Current areas of interest include interactive networked multimedia, virtual reality, computer-spatialized audio, and live performance techniques f
art  newmedia  media  computers  computing  ucsd  sandiego  lajolla  education  learning  research  technology  psychology  events  multimedia  virtualreality  vr 
may 2008 by robertogreco
Calit2 : California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology
"Calit2 represents a new mechanism to address large-scale societal issues by bringing together multidisciplinary teams of the best minds (both on and beyond UC campuses) in a way that had been impossible earlier."
sandiego  ucsd  lajolla  glvo  calit2  classideas  math  education  engineering  art  academia  research  science  telecom  mobile  phones  mobility  communication  interdisciplinary  collaboration  gradschool  telecommunications  multidisciplinary  innovation  prototyping  design 
may 2008 by robertogreco
La Jolla Festival of the Arts, Official Site
"Festival hosts over 190 award-winning local and national artists displaying watercolors, oils, sculpture, serigraphs, fine jewelry, photography, and more. Event attendees can also enjoy a variety of cuisines in the festival food area, listen to live ente
sandiego  lajolla  art  events  glvo  ucsd 
may 2008 by robertogreco
La Jolla Athenaeum - Music and Arts Library
"devoted exclusively to music and art, has an outstanding and ever-expanding collection of books, periodicals, reference material, compact discs, videocassettes, CD- ROMs, DVDs, LPs, sheet music, music scores and librettos, as well as one of the most sign
art  lajolla  sandiego  glvo  music  athenaeum  libraries  classes  events 
may 2008 by robertogreco
Torrey Pines State Reserve
Because of the efforts and foresight of the people in this area, 2000 acres of land are as they were before San Diego was developed -with the chaparral plant community, the rare and elegant Torrey pine trees, miles of unspoiled beaches, and a lagoon that
lajolla  sandiego  parks 
may 2008 by robertogreco

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