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Because What’s More Exciting Than a Lute Concert?

Because What’s More Exciting Than a Lute Concert?

Nothing, that’s what. Fun fact: The trade term for lute players is not the bisyllabic “lutist,” as one (read: I) might expect, but the slightly more exotic “lutenist.” What a difference that ‘n’ makes. Anyway. Musica Angelica is having a concert this Saturday called “In Memory of the Masters – The Bigger Picture,” a tribute […]

Proof: SoCal Printmaking at the Norton Simon

Proof: SoCal Printmaking at the Norton Simon

If you are at all cognizant of the arts in the greater Los Angeles Area, you have likely been made aware, repeatedly, of Pacific Standard Time, the pan Angeleno (“Pangeleno?”) celebration of the birth of the L.A. art scene. Sixty cultural institutions are participating, which is a lot, as cultural institutions are generally an unruly […]

Blues for an Alabama Sky at the Playhouse

Blues for an Alabama Sky at the Playhouse

Everybody loves the Harlem Renaissance. Very few people, possibly zero, harbor any affection whatsoever for the Great Depression. The stories of both have, of course, been told often. Blues for an Alabama Sky, showing at the Pasadena Playhouse until November 27th, is a story of their overlap. Set in the summer of 1930, Blues follows […]

Taking the Initiative with the League of Women Voters

Taking the Initiative with the League of Women Voters

Among the many potentially preposterous things about democracy, as practiced in the great state of California, is the initiative process, whereby any sufficiently large group of crackpots, or, more insidiously, well-funded special interest types, can get anything they damn well please on the ballot. The League of Women Voters Pasadena Area are hosting a forum […]

Love Never Fails: Edouard and Luvena Vysekal at the PMCA

Love Never Fails: Edouard and Luvena Vysekal at the PMCA

Edouard and Luvena Vysekal arrived in Los Angeles in 1914. Within a few years, they were fixtures in the LA art scene, regularly exhibiting with the California Art Club and the California Progressive Group. In a fairly conservative artistic climate, they (practically) made the case for modernism, and opened the door to a more experimental […]

A Noise Within Debuts in Pasadena with Twelfth Night

A Noise Within Debuts in Pasadena with Twelfth Night

At long last, Southern California’s most celebrated classical repertory theatre company, A Noise Within, is raising the curtain on its brand new Pasadena location, just in time for the start of its 20th season. Their first production, which opens this Saturday and runs through December 16th, is Twelfth Night, or What You Will, Shakespeare’s gender-bending […]

Rebels in Paradise at the Offramp

Rebels in Paradise at the Offramp

Hunter Drohojowska-Philp has a hell of a name. She also wrote a hell of a book, Rebels in Paradise: The Los Angeles Art Scene and the 1960s, which chronicles LA’s emergence as an international force in visual art in the late 50s and early 60s. It came out from Henry Holt in July, and has […]

Tracy Newman at the Coffee Gallery

Tracy Newman at the Coffee Gallery

…and The Reinforcements, which is a good name for a backing band. And Shelby, Tieg, and Tara, who are not a backing band at all, but another band entirely, and are sharing Sunday evening, the 23rd, with Tracy Newman and The Reinforcements, for an evening of folk as only the Coffee Gallery Backstage can provide. […]

Red Hen Press (!) at Vroman’s

Red Hen Press (!) at Vroman’s

As attentive readers are probably aware, yours truly works a day job at Red Hen Press, a non-profit, independent publisher of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. Mostly I try to refrain from shameless plugs in this here space, but our fall titles were just released, which is really exciting, and to celebrate we’re having a […]

Lives of the Civil War at the Huntington

Lives of the Civil War at the Huntington

It’s easy to forget how much stuff goes on at the Huntington: art and design stuff, botanical stuff, historical stuff. And Tai Chi! All this stuff is pretty cool, and there’s a lot of it going on on any given day, but our eye has just been caught by a conference on the Civil War […]

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