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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 […]

Heavier Than Boston Court

Heavier Than Boston Court

I don’t believe we’ve ever done a post on Boston Court without gushing about what a wonderful addition it is to the cultural life of Pasadena. If we did, it was clearly an oversight. They take a lot of risks, which is one way of saying they do a lot of new plays, like last […]

Graffiti Lecture at the PMCA

Graffiti Lecture at the PMCA

We’ve already covered “Street Cred,” the Graffiti exhibit at the PMCA, which runs until September 4th. What we have not covered is this Thursday’s lecture by Jim Prigoff (what a name), who has been documenting urban murals and aerosol art for the better part of four decades (his book is Spraycan Art). He’ll be talking […]

Sunday Dancing at Lineage

The Lineage Performing Arts Center is a self-described hub for cultural events of all sorts—music, theater, musical theater, film screenings, etc—but their first love is dance. The LPAC, after all, is operated by the Lineage Dance Company, a contemporary troupe that does lots of original programming. If you’re a modern dance fan and have missed […]

Anais Mitchell at the Levitt

Every week, there are several musical acts playing at the Levitt that are worthy of a recommendation. Even in weeks when we’re only highlighting one artist, like this week, there are probably others worth checking out. We won’t mention them, because then we wouldn’t exactly be highlighting anybody, now would we (but check the full […]

Free Concerts in Farnsworth Park

Free Concerts in Farnsworth Park

Altadena’s free Concerts in the Park series kicks off its 15th year this Saturday with a little something from the old country: the Irish Volunteers and the Irish Pride Dancers. “The Irish Volunteers” isn’t exactly the snappiest name for a folk-rock band—it doesn’t really sound like a band at all—but a band they are, a […]

Art Opening(s) at Avenue 50 Studio

Art Opening(s) at Avenue 50 Studio

We don’t cover enough art openings. Not that there’s a quota. Sometimes you just know. So, we’re covering this one, or these two, really, both at the Avenue 50 Studio in Highland Park, an arts organization and gallery space with a focus on Chicano culture: “Glass Gourd Mosaic,” curated by Howard Swerdloff (of the Howeeduzzit […]

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