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Bombastic Fifth Symphony

Bombastic Fifth Symphony

The Pasadena Symphony closes its 86th season with Tchaikovsky’s “dazzling” Piano Concerto No. 1 and the “bombastically popular” Fifth Symphony by Shostakovich. Jahja Ling conducts and Shai Wosner’s on piano. NPR’s All Things Considered says, “Shai Wosner’s fingers are at the service of a keen musical mind and deep musical soul…he’s downright thrilling.” Pasadena Symphony’s [...]

Dave Lovejoy’s Art

Dave Lovejoy’s Art

“I’m a thing-maker,” says artist Dave Lovejoy of Lovejoy Art. “Some turn out to be art, some just things,” he admits. Though all, he continues “are continuations of a thought.” Several weeks ago, we found ourselves immersed in an interview that spanned several hours over two days, initially at the 1907 California Craftsman home Lovejoy [...]

Finding the Light

Finding the Light

We’re taught to look for the dramatic light, the “Golden Hour,” whether in the early hours of the day as the sun is about to emerge over the horizon, or the quickly vanishing swath of warm, flattering light just as the sun is setting. Midday to mid-afternoon light is said to be too harsh, creating excessive contrast, [...]

Earth & Arts Festival

Earth & Arts Festival

Set the kiddies down at Drumtime and go get a cold one at the “Sustainable Beer Garden.” Next, let them be mesmerized by Clair Mills’ puppets and stories-with-costumes while you slip off to jam to Blackwater Jukebox. The 12th Pasadena Earth & Arts Festival on May 3rd is hosted by the City of Pasadena and [...]

South Pasadena Goes Eclectic

South Pasadena Goes Eclectic

Over three dozen musical performances will be conducted during the afternoon and evening on the streets of downtown (okay, three or four streets worth) of South Pasadena for the 5th Annual Eclectic Music Festival & Art Walk. On stage at the Gold Line Metro stop, at the South Pas Music Center, in galleries, and even [...]

CA Bookstore Day

CA Bookstore Day

Independent bookstores are not just stores, they’re community centers and local anchors run by passionate readers. They are entire universes of ideas that contain the possibility of real serendipity. They are lively performance spaces and quiet places where aimless perusal is a day well spent. California Bookstore Day is a statewide party on May 3, [...]

Winsome Home No. 1

Winsome Home No. 1

We often step on the brake and turn our head (for a second too long) when a house or garden attracts our attention. Now that we’ve joined the 21st century and own an iPhone, and consequently no longer curse and scold ourselves for forgetting our camera, we have begun to safely pull over to the [...]

SpringTopia & Buffalo Migration

SpringTopia & Buffalo Migration

Can you imagine the music created by a band called Earthworm Ensemble? Or Swinging Eight Balls? Panjive? Earthworm Ensemble was started by Shawn and Sherri Nourse and their 3-year-old son Nolan. This family trio has been joined by Paul Lacques of I See Hawks in L.A., Victoria Jacobs, and Denny Moynahan. Instruments used:  fiddles, mandolins, [...]

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Louie started smoking at five years old, drinking at eight, stole anything edible, jumped off a moving train, greased the rails to get back at a railcar conductor, deflated a teacher’s car tires for disciplining him, rigged the bell at a local church rousing the whole area including the police and fire department, rigged a [...]

World Book Night with Shakespeare

World Book Night with Shakespeare

As mentioned in last week’s post about World Book Night, the California Shakespeare Ensemble—who has been partnering with Pasadena LEARNS—spent the evening of April 23rd with John Muir High School students who have joined the after school Drama club. HP:  What was the idea behind your involvement with World Book Night and the John Muir [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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