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George M. Wallace
Pasadena, CA
Partner in the law firm of Wallace, Brown & Schwartz, Pasadena, California
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Spotted a spy who spotted a bird Who spotted the bird-spotting spy The spotted bird espied a spot Where the spy could not see the bird he sought The spy could not spot where the bird was not In a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2016 at a fool in the forest
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This blog is a sad thing these days, a walking shadow of its once sprightly self, a faded jaded mandarin, little trafficked, neglected by its proprietor. Over the length of 2016, I find that I have more unfinished drafts than... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2016 at a fool in the forest
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O God, I could be bounded in a nutshell, and count myself a king of infinite space—were it not that I have bad dreams. — Hamlet, Prince of Denmark Infinite space in a nutshell is a cogent metaphor for what... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2016 at a fool in the forest
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Men. The original of this photograph was shot, upon emerging from the room to which it pertains, at the tail end of the evening intermission at the Hollywood Pantages Theater on the 25th of June, 2016. The show on offer... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2016 at a fool in the forest
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Enterprising Los Angeles new-opera company The Industry specializes in productions in expansive and unexpected places: in and around a working rail terminal for Christopher Cerrone's Invisible Cities, a fleet of moving limousines around the city for Hopscotch. The Industry also... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2016 at a fool in the forest
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I asked myself if it were credible that [Evil as] a cosmic force of the sort postulated by Averaud could really exist; or, granting its existence, could be evoked by any man through the absurd intermediation of a musical device.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2016 at a fool in the forest
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[This is the second, in posting order, of two Favorite Musickes of the Year posts. There is some repetition on the introductory paragraphs.] In 2014, the end of December pulled a fast one on those, this blogger included, who produce... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2015 at a fool in the forest
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[This is the first, in posting order, of two Favorite Musickes of the Year posts. There is some duplication the introductory paragraphs.] In 2014, the end of December pulled a fast one on those, this blogger included, who produce "year-end"... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2015 at a fool in the forest
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Do children still play hopscotch? When I was a child in the suburbs of Detroit the game was still a common one, but I never learned the rules, either formally or by observation, and its workings remain a mystery to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2015 at a fool in the forest
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Do children still play hopscotch? When I was a child in the suburbs of Detroit the game was still a common one, but I never learned the rules, either formally or by observation, and its workings remain a mystery to me to this day. The workings of Hopscotch: A Mobile... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2015 at ♬ Genre, I'm Only Dancing ♬
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Over at the annex, I have written of wildUp and the divers splendors to be encountered, twice, at its concert premiering the winners of the American Composers Forum 2015 National Composers Contest. You may read it here: WildUp: American Composers... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2015 at a fool in the forest
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'Conducting' is when you draw 'designs' in the nowhere -- with a stick, or with your hands -- which are interpreted as 'instructional messages' by guys wearing bow ties who wish they were fishing. Frank Zappa Neither bow ties nor a desire to be elsewhere were much in evidence on... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2015 at ♬ Genre, I'm Only Dancing ♬
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Sarah Kirkland Snider [Penelope] has just released her new song cycle, Unremembered. I have written about it in the fool musical annex: A Boy's Own Gothic Sarah Kirkland Snider's Unremembered ~~~ Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2015 at a fool in the forest
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It needs a name, this creative space Sarah Kirkland Snider and others have been defining for themselves as composers over much of the past decade. "Alt-Classical" seemed to serve the purpose briefly, but no one is satisfied with that one anymore, and its claimed reach was too broad in any... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2015 at ♬ Genre, I'm Only Dancing ♬
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David T. Little's opera, Dog Days, which premiered at Peak Performances in New Jersey in 2012 to significant acclaim, made its west coast premiere last night under the auspices of Los Angeles Opera in its new collaborative initiative with New... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2015 at a fool in the forest
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Modernity in art has been with us for 150 years now, since Baudelaire coined the term on the boulevards of Paris, and over that time one of its hallmarks has been to compel its audience to look at what is right before our unillusioned eyes. Making it real is as... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2015 at ♬ Genre, I'm Only Dancing ♬
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The Los Angeles Philharmonic's Next on Grand series continued Friday evening with three ensembles—the Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel, Ensemble Signal led by Brad Lubman, and members of wildUp with conductor Christopher Rountree—performing, respectively, a world premiere from Steven Mackey, a revival of a turn of [this] century collaborative piece by... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2015 at ♬ Genre, I'm Only Dancing ♬
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The Los Angeles Philharmonic's Next on Grand series continued Friday evening with three ensembles—the Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel, Ensemble Signal led by Brad Lubman, and members of wildUp with conductor Christopher Rountree—performing, respectively, a world premiere from Steven Mackey, a... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2015 at a fool in the forest
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Before debarking each summer to the poptoned jumbotronic precincts of the Hollywood Bowl, the Los Angeles Philharmonic has become partial to ending its downtown Walt Disney Concert Hall seasons with a themed festival of some kind, typically focusing on music... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2015 at a fool in the forest
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Before debarking each summer to the poptoned jumbotronic precincts of the Hollywood Bowl, the Los Angeles Philharmonic has become partial to ending its downtown Walt Disney Concert Hall seasons with a themed festival of some kind, typically focusing on music of the post-war Twentieth Century or the endless-war Twenty-First. Last... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2015 at ♬ Genre, I'm Only Dancing ♬
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Marilyn Forever, composed by Gavin Bryars on a libretto by Marilyn Bowering, received its U.S. premiere last Saturday evening via Long Beach Opera. Whether the world in fact needed another artful meditation on the life and death of Marilyn Monroe is open to debate. It has in any case been... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2015 at ♬ Genre, I'm Only Dancing ♬
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Marilyn Forever, composed by Gavin Bryars on a libretto by Marilyn Bowering, received its U.S. premiere last Saturday evening via Long Beach Opera. Whether the world in fact needed another artful meditation on the life and death of Marilyn Monroe... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2015 at a fool in the forest
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In the middle of Les Fleurs du Mal, amid the corpses and disease and noise and drink and eroticism of Baudelaire's splenetic chronicle of Modernity, the reader comes upon an oasis of sorts: "L'invitation au voyage." Addressed to "mon enfant, ma soeur" (but in fact being offered on the page... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at ♬ Genre, I'm Only Dancing ♬
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[Long Beach Opera will give the U.S. premiere of Gavin Bryars' opera Marilyn Forever on Saturday, March 21, with the composer among the musicians. For the occasion, I am re-posting my earlier thoughts on Bryars and his music. This post originally appeared on March 19, 2011, at a fool in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at ♬ Genre, I'm Only Dancing ♬