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The Klutzes and the Butzes

The Klutzes and the Butzes

“Anything like the sound of a rat/Makes my heart go pit-a-pat!” So says the Mayor of Hamelin in Brunswick in Robert Browning’s The Pied Piper of Hamelin. Just as the Mayor shudders and squirms, a knock is heard upon the door… And in did come the strangest figure! His queer long coat from heel to [...]

Join Us in the Locker Room

Join Us in the Locker Room

“Play is our way  of finding spontaneous happiness together…and all play is child’s play.” So declares MUSE/IQUE, Pasadena’s “counter conventional orchestra” led by Rachael Worby who will be joining with 3-time Grammy Award-winner, composer, and pianist Billy Childs for “Childs Play.” This evening celebrating the joy of jazz and featuring “Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Hallelujah,” and “Sophisticated [...]

In a Word, Hillary & Clinton

In a Word, Hillary & Clinton

A so-called “on-the-road comedy with a jazz soul” is called Mad Beat Hip & Gone. (Do we need to be trippin’ to understand that title?) Your Name Will Follow You Home has such elements as Charlie Chaplin, the House Committee on Un-American Activities, 50′s B-monster movies, and “fake” Latinos. Greek myth meets East L.A. in Mojada: [...]

Thanksgiving Centerpieces

Thanksgiving Centerpieces

With stressing about whether the turkey is going to be overcooked or undercooked; a half an hour late or an hour late to the table; how to keep the mashed potatoes warm and the gravy smooth; and how to time the green beans to be ready along with the glazed carrots—why not not stress about the [...]

Spooklandia, Flix & Tricks

Spooklandia, Flix & Tricks

Not interested in traipsing the neighborhood with the brood in tow? Instead of door-to-door, go store-to-store in Old Pasadena at One Colorado. Afterwards, a family photo may be taken, even with your favorite canine (if appropriately dressed). After trick or treating, rest your feet and indulge in a Mars bar while watching Mad Monster Party [...]

Halloween 2014-Style

Halloween 2014-Style

We’re suckers for the holiday season. From mid-October through the New Year, we love the sounds, smells, tastes and sites. The fact that days seem to disappear quicker during this time of year, though, does not amuse us. The calendar may indicate that there are four weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas, but we’d swear after [...]

Harvest Festival and Pie Contest

Harvest Festival and Pie Contest

This event is November 9th, but we figure some folks will want to hone their pie-making skills in time for the upcoming Harvest Festival. All entrants will receive the Old Pasadena Farmers’ Market tote bag, while great-grandma’s family-honored and renowned bumbleberry pie recipe may prove to be just the ticket to garnering Grand Prize (and $50). [...]

Come to the Masquerade

Come to the Masquerade

It’s all about being mobile. Side Street Projects is an artist-run nonprofit that emphasizes teaching “artists how to roll up their sleeves and do things themselves with education programs that encourage self-reliance and creative problem solving.” A low $35 yearly membership allows artists access to a “low cost equipment rental coop, and to (the) $20/day use-anything-on-site program, [...]

BLUE Milagro & Día de Los Muertos

BLUE Milagro & Día de Los Muertos

Have you ever built an altar, an ofrenda? See no less than 9 community altars being built by members of BLUE Milagro in the courtyard of the Pasadena Playhouse on October 24th, from 3 p.m. until completion. What began 20 years ago as a Día de Los Muertos solo exhibition by local artist Vibiana Aparicio-Chamberlin has grown, morphed, and [...]

A Perfect Paring

A Perfect Paring

Sip a glass of handcrafted wine while browsing works by twelve area artists at Avenue 50 Studio’s wine and art fundraiser to celebrate “15 years of Art, Poetry and Community!” Francisco Fernández is a longtime home winemaker and he is contributing 12 bottles from his “wine library—non-commercial quality wines he has personally crafted over the [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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