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Young Opera at Boston Court

Young Opera at Boston Court

Unless you are a devotee of the subculture, there aren’t many opportunities to hear live opera singers outside of the concert hall. There’s an opera-singing magician who shows up to Indelible Ink sometimes, but besides him, the only time I’ve heard opera is, well, at the opera. There’s no “Behind the Music” for the opera [...]

Dog Haus: A Review? Or: Lunch with Abe Froman

Dog Haus: A Review? Or: Lunch with Abe Froman

Los Angeles is no stranger to fine purveyors of encased meats. There’s Pink’s, of course, and Dodger Dogs, and Vicious Dogs, and The Stand and Wurstküche* and several others discussed at length on Off-Ramp with John Rabe, Kevin Ferguson, and the esteemed Colleen Dunn Bates. Right here in Pasadena there’s Slaw Dogs, and Big City [...]

Musica Angelica’s Baroque String of Pearls

Musica Angelica’s Baroque String of Pearls

“Bach Concerti” happens to be Italian for “Baroque String of Pearls”—at least when rendered idiomatically. A more literal reading might be: Musica Angelica’s upcoming performance of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerti Nos. 3, 5, and 6; Double Concerto for Violin and Oboe; and Suite No. 2 for Flute and Orchestra. (You wouldn’t necessarily think so, but Italian [...]

Rachmaninoff’s Second with the Pasadena Symphony

Rachmaninoff’s Second with the Pasadena Symphony

Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony, if you haven’t heard it, sounds like this. Liszt’s Second Piano Concerto, like this. And that’s just on YouTube. For whatever mysterious reason, art experienced firsthand—not through recordings and reproductions—has the capacity to affect us in ways that copies do not. Something about the physical proximity of the artifact—you might call it [...]

Heavenly Curves at the Norton Simon

Heavenly Curves at the Norton Simon

Well, “Accentuated Forms” is the actual name of the Norton Simon’s ongoing discussion series focused on “representations of the female form” from East to West and then to now, but this week’s session is perhaps more aptly described by the title of this post. The topic of conversation, guided by a museum and limited to [...]

Connie Rohman at the Fremont Gallery

Connie Rohman at the Fremont Gallery

There are fifteen women showing from all over the world at the Fremont Gallery’s upcoming exhibition, “Fifteen Graces,” but we’re partial to the work of Mount Washington’s own Connie Rohman, a fiber artist who uses traditional methods and materials (hand-dyed fabrics, quilts, etc) to explore abstract shape, line, and color. She’s very talented. The exhibition [...]

How To Disappear Completely and Never Be Found

How To Disappear Completely and Never Be Found

Boston Court maintains its commitment to exciting, contemporary theater with the Southern California premiere of How To Disappear Completely and Never Be Found, Fin Kennedy’s tale of a young executive who, his life coming unspooled, decides to “disappear.” He seeks advice from a seafront fortune teller, hallucinates a pathologist who tells him he’s already dead, [...]

Capitol Steps; or, How to Laugh (Louder) at the Government

Capitol Steps; or, How to Laugh (Louder) at the Government

For the 19th year in a row, this troupe of former Congressional staffers will bring to Caltech its patented mix of political parody and scathing satire. Leaving no lobby unturned, the Steps make light of left, right, and center. I actually bought one of their CDs once, by accident. I was eleven. The jokes weren’t [...]

Wall to Wall Public Art

Wall to Wall Public Art

For the uninitiated, Side Street Projects is an off-the-grid (sort of) nonprofit that encourages and enables artists to take their art-making into the community. There are lots of rigorous art-theoretical phrasings for their activities (“an alternative practice” of “complex public negotiations;” “meta-public art”), but the results are often accessible and enjoyable, even… family-friendly (!). They [...]

How to Age Well

How to Age Well

Every stage in life brings unique challenges, perhaps none more vexing than the ones that begin around the time the AARP card comes in the mail. Which is why those folks—in conjunction with Kaiser, the Pasadena Senior Center, the City of Pasadena, Right at Home, and the Royal Oaks Manor—have organized a free conference on [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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