There are a number of excellent cultural events in and around Los Angeles every summer. If you live anywhere nearby, take a day or two and check a few of these (mostly free) events out:
For those out in the Inland Empire, Pomona has an Art Walk every second and last Saturday of the month. Pomona is also home to a much-loved Antique Row that has great window shopping and excellent dining every day of the week.
Claremont also has an Art Walk on the first Friday of each month.
The famous Downtown LA Art Walk is on the second Thursday of each month.
The Laguna Festival of Arts/Pageant of the Masters also happens each summer. This year’s event lasts until August 31.
And then for those near Hollywood, there’s Cinespia. At this great summer attraction you get to watch old movies on the side of a building in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. It’s a truly awesome LA experience.
Those near LA can also enjoy free productions of Shakespeare in Griffith Park all summer long. These shows are put on by the Independent Shakespeare Company. This summer they’re putting on The Merry Wives of Windsor, Hamlet, and Love’s Labour’s Lost.
I’ve changed things up again.
This time I combined my professional website and this blog. So say goodbye to the Angela Omnibus and hello to the new and improved angelaroseguess.com (which is the new URL for this site, in case you didn’t catch that…).
I’m also unveiling the movie poster I whipped up for my latest script, Waking Up. The script is a modern day re-telling of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Don’t worry if you haven’t read the play — my version is quite different. But true to the spirit of the play. I hope.
Anyway, check out my updated Projects pages at the top and think happy thoughts for Waking Up. It’s currently testing it’s mettle in the Script Savvy monthly contest. I’ll let you know if things go well.
As if breaking up isn’t crappy enough, it looks like the feelings of rejection and loss associated with a break up can cause you actual physical pain. Further proof that Shakespeare really knew what he was talking about when he invented the word “heartache.”
In this study, “Psychologists studied 40 recently-dumped volunteers who reported intense feelings of rejection when thinking about the breakup. All underwent four MRI brain scans, including one while looking at a photo of their ex and thinking about the split, and one while viewing a friend’s photo and thinking good thoughts about that person. Another scan took place as the volunteers wore an arm device that produced a gentle, comforting warmth, and yet another when the device was hot enough to cause pain.
“During each of the two negative situations—when the volunteers thought about the breakup and when they experienced a burning sensation—the same brain regions associated with physical pain lit up, suggesting physical pain and the pain of rejection hurt in a similar way.”
The author of the study, Edward Smith noted, “There may be something special about rejection… No other negative emotion, not anger and not fear, elicits reactions in the pain matrix of the brain.”
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