Erin’s Things: November 28

This week I’ve discovered some cool light installations, a way to cook with one of the best and as always a little art and music to inspire. What made you a little happier last week? Leave a message in the comments below!

MIKE KELLEY – One of the most ambitious and influential artists of our time, the late Mike Kelley’s work ‘Mike Kelley: Kandors 1999-2011’ is organized in collaboration with the Mike Kelley Foundation is now on display in an exhibit at the Hauser & Wirth gallery in Los Angeles. This is the first exhibit in Mike Kelley’s hometown. The exhibit will be held through until January 2018. His sculptures are described as visually opulent and technically ambitious, presenting illuminated cities and hand blown bottles that rework the imagery and mythology of the popular American comic book superhero Superman. There are mini versions of Kandor, Superman’s hometown, all lit from within in this supernatural collection. It is written that his ‘works are a meditation on power, loss and memory’. Isn’t that enough reason to make this your cultural outing this weekend?

ALICE WATERS ONLINE COOKING CLASS– This James Beard awarded chef started the farm to table revolution, founding the restaurant Chez Panisse, she prided herself on local, organic ingredients- not knowing it would spark a movement. She is now beginning her first ever online class, where she opens her kitchen in order to teach us everything from picking seasonal ingredients to cooking healthy meals in order to change your life, all from your own home. You receive a 10 class workshop, a workbook to follow and even an option to upload your own videos to get feedback from the class and a select few from Alice herself! Let’s get cooking!

AMIR’S GARDEN – After a brush with fire ravaged a Griffith Park hillside in the 1970’s, hiking fan Amir Dialameh from Iran, decided to fix it. Grabbing his own tools her decided to remove at least 200 burnt trees on his own- and replanting some wonderful jacaranda trees, rose bushes, geraniums, oleander and yuccas. Sit on benches, near planters, and appreciate the lush garden he meticulously created over 12 years. It makes your next hiking workout finish with an outstanding view.

DESCANSO GARDENS – ENCHANTED FOREST OF LIGHT – Every year at Descanso Gardens in La Canata, California (near Pasadena), there is a gorgeous light festival that you can enjoy with a one mile stroll through the gardens. There is a timed ticket you buy as you enjoy the captivating interactive experience. This is the type of even that makes one believe in those stories of majestic and magical forests. Take your significant other, and/or your family for an unforgettable nighttime event.

KARINE POLWART – If listening to meticulously crafted melodies, powerful lyrics with contemporary relevance and a striking voice is your thing, then Karine Polwart is your artist. With many solo albums under her belt, this Scottish artist is a fireside storyteller who happens to be a 4 time winner of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, twice for Best Original Song. She collaborates, records and tours, always finding time to teach and write for community based, educational projects. Wind Resistance is her critically acclaimed debut for the theatre for which she wrote, musically directed and performed. She is unstoppable, lucky us!

Have a great week and be well!



Erin shows overscheduled, overwhelmed women how to do less so that they can achieve more. Traditional productivity books—written by men—barely touch the tangle of cultural pressures that women feel when facing down a to-do list. How to Get Sh*t Done will teach you how to zero in on the three areas of your life where you want to excel, and then it will show you how to off-load, outsource, or just stop giving a damn about the rest.

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