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Denise Hamilton (Damage Control) at Vroman’s

Denise Hamilton (Damage Control) at Vroman’s

The early word is quite good on Denise Hamilton’s latest, Damage Control, a mystery about a spin doctor (do people still call them that?), Maggie Silver, who is hired to manage the PR crisis of Senator Henry Paxton, whose young lady aide has been offed, and who just so happens to be the father of […]

The Devil’s Hike

The Devil’s Hike

Well, not the devil’s hike, but a hike to the Devil’s Gate, which is not a supernatural portal of any kind but rather a dam, which, as far as we know, is not (wait for it) damned (our sincere apologies). You’re all of course familiar with the Devil’s Gate Dam, which is visible from the […]

The PhD Movie, at Caltech

The PhD Movie, at Caltech

Academia: a rarefied and often ridiculous realm. Among the many chroniclers of the foibles of the ivory tower is Dr. Jorge Cham, who has been writing his comic, Piled Higher and Deeper, since he was a Robotics PhD candidate at Stanford way back in 1997. The PhD Movie is based on Dr. Cham’s comic strip, […]

California Art Club show at the ATCC

California Art Club show at the ATCC

That’s the Altadena Town and Country Club to you. The show—“At the Foothills of the San Gabriels” (a nice pairing of name and place)—kicked off September 1st, but the opening reception is this Sunday, from 4 to 6 p.m. The CAC, as regular readers know, is a little more than a hundred years old now, […]

Granta and PEN at Vroman’s: 9/11 Ten Years Later

Granta and PEN at Vroman’s: 9/11 Ten Years Later

Music is good, but so are words. And Granta generally does good work, so we can only imagine that their 116th issue, “Ten Years Later,” will be, well, good. In conjunction with PEN, they’ve assembled a cast of LA literary luminaries to explore the issue’s theme—how an event like 9/11 reverberates throughout the world. It’s […]

Pasadena Master Chorale 9/11 Tribute

Pasadena Master Chorale 9/11 Tribute

It’ll be ten years this Sunday. Mostly it seems like many more, though sometimes it seems like many less. There is no shortage of ways to remember. But music is, maybe, a particularly good one—that’s why they call it music. The Pasadena Master Chorale can really sing. The highlight of the program is Faure’s Requiem, […]

Redistricting: A Hot-Button Issue

Redistricting: A Hot-Button Issue

We don’t care how often it’s used—hot buttons never get old. That’s why they’re hot buttons. One particularly hot-button issue is redistricting. Like many states, California has a history of gerrymandering, the results of which can be seen in a deeply polarized legislature. The League of Women Voters, Pasadena Branch, is hosting a panel on […]

Journalists: Vultures or Not Vultures?

KPCC has a lot of free, nifty public programming at their (nearly) brand new auditorium, the Crawford Family Forum. This next Tuesday (the 6th), for example, they’re having a talk about whether or not journalists are, in fact, vultures. Specifically, whether their news coverage of Southern California’s frequent disasters, natural and otherwise, is vulture-like. Exploitative, […]

Locals Only Thursday in Old Town

Locals Only Thursday in Old Town

Beginning September 1st (tomorrow!) and lasting through the last Thursday of October, the merchants of Old Town (sounds like a folk song—“The Merchants of Old Town”) will be offering special discounts and promotions to “locals,” (defined as anyone who lives or works in Pasadena—bring a driver’s license, electric bill, or business card to prove it). […]

This Week at the Levitt: Jessica Fichot and Brian McKnight.

This Week at the Levitt: Jessica Fichot and Brian McKnight.

Another summer at the Levitt comes to an end this week. The official close is Sunday’s benefit concert with Brian McKnight—one of, what, two? three? concerts that the Levitt asks us to pay for every year. The last free concert is this Friday, and it should be a good one: Jessica Fichot is one of […]

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