Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Farewell to Helen Lessick - next up, Four Clowns!

What a thought-provoking and enjoyable time we had with writer Helen Lessick these past ten weeks! Helen opened up great new avenues of dialogue about place and creative incubation both here at the Beach House and in general. We especially enjoyed her concluding talk with architect Frederick Fisher and LA River activist Lewis MacAdams on March 11, 2014!

Helen addressing workshop participants, February 2014

We have a few weeks break now through May and then we invite you to come by the Beach House and see clowns in action... our summer Theater Ensemble Residency begins May 27 with the physical theater company Four Clowns. Stay tuned for updates and some teaser info on their upcoming show (free outdoor performances in mid-July).

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Sand and Stones

Beach culture is a complex thing. There is sand of course but stones and seaweed within the sand.

The recent rainstorms have revealed a rainbow-colored treasure of stones at low tide. These stones that will, in millennia, make the sand.

My morning walk took me by two fishermen, standing in the surf, side by side. I asked them what they were fishing for. Halibut the one man answered. They were friendly, so I asked what they caught. Smelt.

We may come to the ocean’s edge with one goal in mind but end with unexpected gains.

The fishermen were done for the day, but would come back and try again, the persistence of beach culture.

-Helen Lessick