Monday, September 21, 2009

Join the Metabolic Studio and the Owens Valley Growers




Carroll Creek pack station, now De La Cour Ranch (elevation: 5,500 feet), has a long history. In the early 1860's, the pack station was established by early Owens Valley settlers. The pack station brought outdoor enthusiasts into the high country via the Hockett Trail. From Carroll Creek, mules carried goods and people up into the Cottonwood Lakes area, home of the Golden Trout, and over any of several passes (Army Pass, Cottonwood Pass, Mulkey Pass) and connected with what is now known as the Pacific Crest Trail. Under several different ownerships, the Carroll Creek pack station operated for over 100 years.

September 10, 2009 at 4:30-8:00pm 

4:30 people meet at IOU Community Garden, 123 N Main Street, Lone Pine

and carpool to De La Cour Ranch

5-8pm De La Cour gathering



According to the story, some travelers come to a village, carrying nothing more than an empty pot. The travelers fill the pot with water, drop a large stone in it, and place it over a fire in the village square. One of the villagers becomes curious and asks what they are doing. The travelers answer that they are making "stone soup", which tastes wonderful, although it still needs a little bit of garnish to improve the flavor, which they are missing. The villager doesn't mind parting with just a little bit to help them out, so it gets added to the soup. Another villager walks by, inquiring about the pot, and the travelers again mention their stone soup which hasn't reached its full potential yet. The villager hands them a little bit of seasoning to help them out. More and more villagers walk by, each adding another ingredient. Finally, a delicious and nourishing pot of soup is enjoyed by all.

September 27, 2009 at 2-6pm in the Alabama Hills

at the Vander Wall  and Prather homes.

During the week, the Owens Valley Growers will bring produce from their own gardens to the community garden. Beverly Vander Wall will combine all the locally grown ingredients into a pot of boiling water with a large stone from the Alabama Hills. Nancy and Mike Prather will be serving cherry and apple pies made from their fruit trees. Afternoon tea with local mint and honey will be served.


SPAGHETTI WESTERN during the Lone Pine Film Festival

The Alabama Hills have been a popular location for Hollywood television and movie productions since the 1920’s for Westerns set in an archetypical "rugged" environment.

Spaghetti Western, also known in some countries in mainland Europe as the Italo-Western, is a nickname for a broad sub-genre of Western Film that emerged in the mid-1960s, so named because most were produced and directed by Italians.

October 10, 2009

2:00pm Film short:TIN MAN from SILVER and WATER--a work in progress by Lauren Bon at the Lone Pine Film Museum

8-10pm Spaghetti Western

at the Espresso Parlor, 123 N Main Street

Pasta with homemade organic pesto and Italian meat sauce made with local Owens Valley ingredients.

9pm. Original composition of glass orchestra performance by Douglas Lee  

for more info call Lou @ 310-880-3713

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Berlin meets Lone Pine and PPG

We welcome our newest Metabolic Studio Artist in Residence, Walter Asmus, to Owens Valley. He will be here through the weekend - you will find him wearing round spectacles, elegant, basic black and getting his morning cup at the Espresso Parlor! Please introduce yourself to him!

Having worked with Beckett for more than 15 years, Walter Asmus is described as “the world’s most definitive director of Beckett’s work.”

Walter Asmus is a well-known German theater director who worked with Beckett on many occasions for the stage and television, from the time they first met at the Schiller Theatre in Berlin in 1974. He became his assistant director on their famous production of Waiting for Godot, which toured internationally. He has directed all of Beckett's plays internationally including Waiting for Godot at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York in 1978 and the Gate Theatre in 1988. His television work includes Footfalls, Rockaby and Eh Joe with Billie Whitelaw, and a French version of Waiting for Godot with Roman Polanski as Lucky. Walter directed Waiting for Godot in 1991 for the Gate Theatre's Beckett Festival. It was subsequently shown in Chicago, Seville, New York, Melbourne, Toronto, London and on tour in the US in the year 2000. He was co-organizer and Artistic Director of the international festival, Beckett in Berlin 2000, which took place in September of that year. In 2000/2001 he directed the filming of Footfalls with Susan FitzGerald for the Beckett on Film project in Dublin. In 2004 he directed Waiting for Godot at 7 Stages and for the Rubicon Theatre in Ventura, CA. In 2005, he directed the first Chinese production of Endgame in Mandarin in Shanghai, China. This year he directed a stage adaptation of Beckett's Novella First Love for the Writer’s Festival in Sydney. Further, his Dublin production of Waiting for Godot opens in October in Washington DC and subsequently tours the United States. Walter was a friend of Beckett's until the writer’s death in 1989.

Samuel Beckett’s work is a true cornerstone of postmodernism. His influence has been inescapable in not only theatre (giving rise to playwrights like Pinter and Mamet), but in many aspects of culture, through its personification of a hopeless post-World War II worldview and pessimistic attitude pointed towards the lowest common denominator of human capability. In 1947, Beckett wrote his trilogy of novels: Molly, Malone Dies and The Unnamable. He also wrote the play Waiting for Godot at this time. Godot had its first production in 1953, and its success made the reclusive Beckett an international figure. Other Beckett plays include Endgame and Krapp’s Last Tape. Beckett was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1969, but shunned the presentation ceremony. He later died in Paris on December 22, 1989.