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The Pasadena Playhouse Asks: Save Our Butts!

The Pasadena Playhouse Asks: Save Our Butts!

It seems the Pasadena Playhouse needs some new seats. Actually, they’ve all ready been shipped. They’ll be arriving on August 29th and they need help paying the bill. Normally in a situation like this, a stern parent might offer a lesson on financial responsibility, plodding on way past a person’s expected attention span, about not buying something you [...]

Swinging at the Ballroom

Swinging at the Ballroom

It’s a night for blue, but not for blues or a sombre mood. The Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association celebrates the Dog Days of Summer on August 9th with a “blue” themed night (as in color of clothing) with the sounds of Lost Dog Found from San Francisco. Stevie Mac and Chris Hudlow are friends from [...]

Major Barbara

Major Barbara

A bomb-maker, a classics professor, and a female evangelist walk into a bar… This is the tease for Explicit’s newest production Major Barbara written by George Bernard Shaw. Major Barbara is described as one of Shaw’s “discussion plays” (SparkNotes). Andrew Undershaft is a military industrialist, Adolphus Cusins is a Greek scholar, and Barbara is Undershaft’s daughter [...]

Jacqueline Winspear Comments

Jacqueline Winspear Comments

One thing we love about writing and publishing Hometown Pasadena is that we read in order to write book reviews. Since reading is one of our favorite pastimes and a perfect vehicle for endless procrastination (which legitimately can be labeled “work”), we snapped up Jacqueline Winspear‘s new novel The Care and Management of Lies, headed straight to Vroman’s [...]

Public Fruit Jam

Public Fruit Jam

Public Fruit Jams, Nocturnal Fruit Forages, and even Public Fruit Meditations are offshoots of an idea conceived in Los Angeles by David Burns, Matia Viegener, and Austin Young in 2004 and materialized  by David and Young in 2013. Fallen Fruit “began by mapping fruit trees growing on or over public property in Los Angeles.” This [...]

Supermoons & a Perseid Meteor Shower

Supermoons & a Perseid Meteor Shower

More “supermoons” are in our future. They may be observed on Sunday, August 10th and then on Tuesday, September 9th. According to NASA, supermoons can appear 30 percent brighter and 14 percent larger than regular full moons. The August 10th supermoon will be approximately 222,000 miles from Earth (a situation known as perigee) in comparison to [...]

Piano Jam

Piano Jam

Carnival of Piano. Harpsichords to iPads. Toy piano to Grand. Bach collides with Gershwin. Influences explored. Varieties juxtaposed. Merriment embraced. Remixed by five distinguished Los Angeles pianists with unique backgrounds and dynamic personalities synthesizing their artistry.  Rhapsody in Blue, “Piano Man,” Carnival of the Animals, “‘Round Midnight,” and the 1812 Overture. Rachael Worby’s MUSE/IQUE, “a counter [...]

Pesky Red Swamp Crayfish

Pesky Red Swamp Crayfish

There are a lot of acronyms involved in this story, like MRT, OBA, and NPS. These are the “big dogs” behind 5 Pasadena students, and many other volunteers, who have been making their way to Malibu in order to restore a balanced environment. It seems Malibu Creek has been overrun with non-native crayfish, specifically the Red [...]

Upstream & Dustbowl Revival

Upstream & Dustbowl Revival

The Dustbowl Revival is a Venice, California-based collective that merges old school bluegrass, gospel, jug-band, swamp blues and the hot swing of the 1930’s to form a spicy roots cocktail. Known for their inspired live sets, the Dustbowl Revival boldly brings together many styles of traditional American music. Imagine Old Crow Medicine Show meeting Louis [...]

Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns

Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns

It may be late July, soon to be early August, and the temperatures are rising and we’re all a bit grumpy, but get ready to smile. Because who can’t smile when confronted with five thousand—yes, 5,000—jack o’lanterns? We primarily love Halloween because of the carved pumpkin-lit with a candle-glowing in the dark-element (though, yes, the [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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