Common Villages Offers A New Take On Vacation Bible School – The Orange County Register

Common Villages offers a new take on Vacation Bible School Common Villages Vacation Bible School Director Leanne Strommen performs as a singing ant. MARIE EKBERG PADILLA , CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER Related article LADERA RANCH About two dozen kids danced, sang, watched science experiments, did crafts and listened to stories during Common Villages Vacation Bible School in Ladera Ranch. The Presbyterian group, which pastor Steve Wright recently transformed from Village Presbyterian Church, had a different twist on VBS. The kids met every Tuesday night for four weeks in smaller groups in members homes instead of the traditional large, weeklong camp. Its fun, Tyler Blaser, 8, said. I like the games, reading and …
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‘Provocateurs’ art exhibit beckons Lollapalooza festgoers – Chicago Sun-Times

Street artist Shepard Fairey work his mural 916 S. Wabash titled

When I was younger, I had a fear of museums; I was afraid I wouldnt fit in, wouldnt understand what was going on, the Humboldt Park resident recalled Monday in his Pilsen studio, as he readied two thematically linked pieces to display in Art Alliance: Provocateurs. Rolon added that he sees the same gallery-averse proclivity among contemporary younguns those to whom the Lolla art extravaganza is pointedly reaching out. Shepard Faireys show is a bridge to that segment of the public that just wont go into an institutional setting, mused Rolon, leading the way to a dazzling Swarovski-crystal-encrusted, costume-jewelry-studded adult tricycle, an installation dubbed The Majestics. It was originally commissioned by French vintner Domaine Pommery, and mounted in Pommerys champagne caves in Reims, where a recorded heartbeat pulsed (through The Majestics attached car-audio system) and echoed among ancient Roman-carved catacombs, goosing the vintage faux-finery into vibrating with it. In honor of Lollapalooza, his tricked-out trikes heartbeat has been replaced by music the Puerto-Rican-American artist grew up with, including hip-hop, electronic and salsa. My dad was a salsa musician, Rolon remarked of his father Cesar, a conga player by night and factory worker by day.
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