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Souhail Kaspar at the Levitt

Souhail Kaspar 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? This week the honor […]

Thaddeus Russell and his Renegade History of the US, at Vroman’s

First, there was the history of the United States. Then, there was A People’s History of the United States. Now, there is A Renegade History of the United States, by a man with a name almost as iconoclastic-sounding as Zinn: Thaddeus Russell, who was fired from a gig at Barnard for (he claims) teaching his […]

The Old Pasadena Film Festival, 2011

Now in its fourth year, the Old Pasadena Film Festival is four weekends of good, free movies, ranging in vintage from 1944 (National Velvet, July 22nd) to 1995 (Clueless, this Thursday!). Nearly all the screenings are at One Colorado, with a grand total of two (2) at Central Park. All screenings start at 8:00 p.m. […]

Fire in the Sky 2011

Fire in the Sky 2011

Skies across the San Gabriel Valley will be full of color on Friday and Monday nights; here’s a roster of the most notable shows. Alhambra Almansor Park is home to a free fireworks show, scheduled for 9 p.m.; bring your picnic basket or buy your dinner from local youth-group food vendors, who will be on […]

a/k/a, An American Bistro

a/k/a, An American Bistro

Can a restaurant that serves pork and beans, a pulled pork sandwich and a Reuben be called a bistro? What, in this day and age, is a bistro, anyway? Snark: a gastropub without much on tap. By that criterion alone, a/k/a is a bistro—only six droughts, though all come from respectable California craft breweries. Then […]

The Playhouse Twist

The Playhouse Twist

It’s a simple inevitability in this day and age: everything that can be turned into a musical, eventually, will. Exhibit A: Spider-Man. Exhibit B: The Book of Mormon. Exhibit C: Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist, or Twist, which starts preview showings at the Pasadena Playhouse tomorrow. It moves the Dickens story to New Orleans in 1928, […]

Barbara Morrison at the Levitt

Barbara Morrison at the Levitt

Last year, the Levitt Pavilion’s free summer concert series was called “Free Music Under the Stars.” This year, it just seems to be called “Free Summer Concert Series,” which is a perfectly fine name, if a bit utilitarian. What’s in a name, though, as long as there is music? And there will be music: fifty […]

Festival of the Arts at Theatre Americana

Festival of the Arts at Theatre Americana

Last year, Theatre Americana returned to Altadena after a ten year absence. With their New Deal origins, they’re a community theater in the best sense: by the people, for the people, happily ever after, amen. Their next event is this Saturday, a “Festival of the Arts” featuring lots of music, singing, dancing, lyric theater, regular […]

The 2011 Pasadena Chalk Festival

The 2011 Pasadena Chalk Festival

The merry band of funky do-gooders known as the Light Bringer Project put on all manner of arts events throughout the year, but none—with the possible exception of the Doo Dah Parade—are as big and wonderful as the Pasadena Chalk Festival, which every year brings six hundred (600!) artists to the Paseo Colorado to cover […]

At Vroman’s: Making It; or, How to Not Be a Consumer

At Vroman’s: Making It; or, How to Not Be a Consumer

Urban homesteading, despite the recent trademark kerfuffle, is a broad movement with practitioners all over the world. Among those practitioners are Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen, Silver Lake residents and authors of The Urban Homestead, a handy guide to growing stuff for city dwellers. They’ve followed this well-received volume up with Making It: Radical Home […]

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