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Walker Hayes at the Levitt

Walker Hayes at the Levitt

For week nine (week nine! What happened to weeks one through eight? How is it already mid-August?) at the Levitt, we’d like to shine a little light on Walker Hayes, who plays on Sunday. Those boyish good looks are a little funny looking, if you ask us, but he’s a big up-and-comer in the country [...]

Kim Dower at Vroman’s

Kim Dower at Vroman’s

Kim Dower is a pal of ours, which makes us all the more qualified, we think, to recommend her reading and poetry workshop at Vroman’s this Thursday. Come to hear her read some poems from her debut collection Air Kissing on Mars (out last year from Pasadena’s own Red Hen Press), stay for a free [...]

Billy Mitchell at the Levitt

Billy Mitchell at the Levitt

Every week, there are several musical acts playing at the Levitt that are worthy of a recommendation. This week—week eight (can you believe we’re at week eight already?) —we’re going with Billy Mitchell, the great jazz pianist and producer, who we’ll soon be running an interview with. Have a little listen here.   Billy Mitchell [...]

Cal Phil at the Old Mill, Finale

Cal Phil at the Old Mill, Finale

Which Mill? Why, the Old Mill—the one in San Marino that’s been there since 1816 and is the oldest commercial building in Southern California. It was a grist mill. Now, it’s an historic treasure, as well as a venue, playing host to a California Art Club gallery, Bar Association Dinners and the titular summer concert [...]

Poncho Sanchez and Incendio at the Levitt

Poncho Sanchez and Incendio at the Levitt

Every week, there are several musical acts playing at the Levitt that are worthy of a recommendation. This week we’re highlighting two: Poncho Sanchez on Thursay, and Incendio on Saturday. Poncho, a percussionist, is a pretty big name in the Latin Jazz world and beyond; like many of today’s top tier performers, he and his [...]

“Five Centuries of Two Guitars” at the Norton Simon

“Five Centuries of Two Guitars” at the Norton Simon

“Five Centuries of Two Guitars” is just a fancy way of saying classical guitar duets. Or more precisely, performances by a duo: the Odeum Guitar Duo. The Odeum Guitar Duo is Robert Wetzel and Fred Benedetti. They’ll be playing their very old music—works by Dowland, Lawes, Carulli, Mozart, Houghton, Albéniz, Granados and de Falla—on slightly [...]

Erasing Hate: A Documentary at All Saints

Erasing Hate: A Documentary at All Saints

Bryon Widner was a skinhead. Like many skinheads, Bryon was (the operative word) covered with tattoos, including on his face. One day—at a white supremacist rally—he met Julie. They were each other’s way out of the violence, hypocrisy, and hatred of the white power movement. Bill Brummel, a filmmaker and All Saints parishioner, chronicles two [...]

King’s Row Gastropub: What’s in a Name?

King’s Row Gastropub: What’s in a Name?

What’s in a name? That depends. A buzzword is a buzzword is a buzzword, as Gertrude might say (but probably not). Gastropub is such a word. King’s Row Gastropub, now open in Old Town in the space formerly occupied by Neomeze (and run by the same people), is fair evidence of this: it has the [...]

Ximena Sariñana at the Levitt

Ximena Sariñana at the Levitt

This week’s H-P Levitt pick is a pretty easy one. The honor goes to Ximena Sariñana, a hip young thing who’s been featured on/in VH1 and LA Weekly and Spin and KCRW. And, now, on Hometown-Pasadena.com. She’s pretty good, or at least these tracks are. She just played the Echo, and now she’s playing Levitt [...]

The Snortland Experience at the Coffee Gallery

The Snortland Experience at the Coffee Gallery

Snortland. It sounds like some hipster band or a documentary about widespread cocaine use in the 80s, but no, it’s a person: Ellen Snortland, a long-time Pasadena Weekly writer who also acts and performs. She has quite a webpage. She also has a play, Now That She’s Gone, which is about her tragicomic (emphasis on [...]

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