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Caravaggio: Hell on Wheels and Heaven on Canvas


By Kahren Jones Arbitman Considering Caravaggio’s soaring twenty-first century popularity, it is worth noting that this acclaim is a relatively recent phenomenon. In the seventeenth century, knowledge of his paintings, with their distinctive lighting and confrontational compositions, were well known throughout Western Europe. However, interest in his art waned in the following centuries, leaving Caravaggio [...]

Severe Head Trauma, Jhon Franfund’s Story of Survival

Dr. Rodolfo Guerrero

By Dr. Rodolfo Guerrero, MD. Did you know that almost every three seconds someone suffers severe head trauma, and that for every three people who suffer a fall and a blow to the head, one has to be operated on? Did you know that damage to the brain is irreversible? Lecture “Severe Head Trauma, Jhon [...]

Presentation of EMDR, the Therapy for Relief of Stress


By Dorie Beach, MSW, BCD Christina Johnson and I, Dorie Beach, will be discussing this stress therapy (for both post traumatic stress disorder and lesser stresses that affect everyday life) on Wednesday, August 9, at 5pm at the Casa Europa, San Francisco 23. Discussion EMDR Therapy By Dorie Beach and Christina Johnson Wed, Aug 9, [...]

The Divine Michelangelo

The prophet jeremiah

By Kahren Jones Arbitman Michelangelo is the greatest artist who ever lived. Wow! That’s quite a statement considering that art appreciation is such a personal matter. Who’s to say that Mozart is better than Beethoven or Dante’s talent exceeds that of Shakespeare? Taste, time, and experience allow for lots of divergent opinions. But in the [...]

The Insider’s Guide to Semana Santa

By Charlotte Bell People come from all over Mexico and the world to experience Semana Santa in San Miguel de Allende. Countless processions and other unique occurrences happen during this time. Many of the events are ancient and have historical significance, but without information they are just strange occurrences. For the visitor it will be [...]

Wassily Kandinsky: The Visionary Language of Abstraction

LECT BEA Bauhaus composition

By Béa Aaronson “The more frightening the world becomes…the more art becomes abstract.” “In every painting a whole world is mysteriously enclosed, a whole life of tortures, doubts, of hours of enthusiasm and inspiration.” —Wassily Kandinsky   From Moscow, where he was born in 1866, to Paris, where he died in 1944, via Venice, Rome, [...]

“Desire and Voluptuousness: The Representation of Women in the Victorian Era”


By Béa Aaronson I had the privilege to be in Paris, my native city, when the Jacquemart André Museum, on Boulevard Haussmann, was offering a different kind of art exhibition. In a world harassed by noise, violence, angular visions, suicidal installations, and stress —  here was a collection of Victorian paintings depicting amorously languishing women, [...]

Arnie Reisman, the Subversive Storyteller

By Jo Sanders When Arnie Reisman was interviewing then-Governor Reagan for Reisman’s Oscar-nominated documentary on the Hollywood blacklists (“Hollywood on Trial”), it was about 20 years after Reagan had been president of the Screen Actors Guild at the height of the Red Scare. At that time, Reagan was helpfully feeding the FBI names of suspicious [...]

Melancholia: The Dark Side of Genius

LECT BEA Edward Hopper

By Bea Aaronson Melancholia is not an emotion. It is a mood that may lead to emotional disorders. But these emotional disorders are the fertile humus from which artists, poets, writers, and musicians draw their creative power. Usually defined as an abnormal state attributed to an excess of black bile, characterized by either a pensive [...]

David Lida on Another México


By Patricia Browne Hirschl “It never entered my mind that at forty-two I would die suddenly and unexpectedly while passing through a dicey no man’s land between where I’d been born and the home I’d made. It’s true that dying that way was congruent to the life I had been leading.” 2017 PEN Winter Lecture [...]

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