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The Tiger’s Wife

The Tiger’s Wife

The Tiger’s Wife is an enigmatic, involving tale of life in the Balkans (the actual country is coyly, and rightly, never named). Interweaving the contemporary experience of Natalia, a young doctor, with that of her grandfather and, by extension, an unbroken line of folk memory stretching into the distant past, this first novel by Téa […]

ART Night

ART Night

Every mother knows that a playdate involving three kids is a recipe for disaster. Two kids gang up to pick on or exclude the third; there are bound to be hurt feelings, tears, and maybe a fight. In Art, now at the Pasadena Playhouse, this triangle is played mostly for laughs, with plenty of serious […]

A Noise With-off Would Sound as Sweet

A Noise With-off Would Sound as Sweet

If you love a good laugh, if you love theater, if you are an connoisseur of comedy and want to get in on a great night of all of the above, get thee to A Noise Within for their annual production of Noises Off, a riotous English farce that sends up theatrical conventions while astonishing […]

The Hummingbird’s Daughter

The Hummingbird’s Daughter

This wonderful novel captures a remote time and place (northern Mexico in the late 1800s) teeming with fascinating characters who live large while debating politics, spirituality, community and faith. There is an aristocratic Don and his engineer companion; his mistress, his wife and illegitimate children; faithful retainers; rebellious natives; a dastardly priest; and soldiers who […]

Lemonade: Not Your Granny’s Cafeteria

Lemonade: Not Your Granny’s Cafeteria

Lemonade is the hipster Clifton’s—a spiffy, cheery cafeteria that presents healthy salads, comfort food and sinful desserts in a long, sinuous lineup. Fusion cuisine, world cuisine, and seasonal cuisine inform a rotating list of salads, sandwiches, soups and hot dishes, and share the bill with mac and cheese and red velvet cake. Lemonade doesn’t pander […]

Pasadena Standard Time

Pasadena Standard Time

The Pasadena Art Museum was a legendary institution at the white-hot epicenter of postwar art in Southern California. That fascinating, percolating, seminal era is being celebrated throughout the Southland in a series of exhibitions called Pacific Standard Time—and in Pasadena right now. The Pasadena Art Museum began in 1924 in a house on the northwest […]

Museum Freebies & Discounts

Museum Freebies & Discounts

Need a little family bonding time post-feast and football? Or a place to walk off some of that turkey?  How about exploring museums—for free? Or, if you’re in a Black Friday mood, there’s no better place to find clever gifts and unusual holiday decor than the gift shop at any of our local museums—and you […]

The Barbarian Nurseries

The Barbarian Nurseries

Pulitzer Prize–winning L.A. Times columnist Héctor Tobar captures the angst and ecstasy of living in Southern California in this tale of dislocation, dysfunction and miscommunication. Enigmatic Araceli Ramirez, who has put her dreams of an art career in Mexico City aside for economic reasons, is the live-in housekeeper for a well-to-do Orange County family falling […]

Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night

Shakespeare’s purest, silliest comedy opens the inaugural season for A Noise Within, in Pasadena’s newest theater complex. The excellent A Noise Within repertory company has moved to Pasadena from its longtime home in Glendale. This troupe of spirited actors has been in existence for twenty years and they play together that way, finding the fun […]

A Noise Within Opens in New Home

A Noise Within Opens in New Home

A packed house greeted the gala opening of A Noise Within’s new Pasadena home in the Stuart Pharmaceutical building on the corner of Sierra Madre Villa and Foothill Avenues last Saturday night, October 29. ANW is a professional repertory company dedicated to the classics which has been in business in Glendale for two decades. Their […]

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Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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