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Nrityagram Dance Ensemble at Caltech

Nrityagram Dance Ensemble at Caltech

In a strange bit of scheduling, the second night of the Caltech Dance Show has been programmed opposite the Nrityagram Dance Ensemble, a professional troupe blending classical Indian Odissi dancing with some modern practices and ideas. Nothing against Caltech’s homegrown dancers, but one wonders how they stack up against this. In addition to being an [...]

It’s Pasadena Restaurant Week!

It’s Pasadena Restaurant Week!

The first one ever, apparently, though there’s also an Old Pasadena Restaurant Week, and plenty of Pasadena restaurants have participated in dineLA and. Two course (and some three course) lunches will be $15, $20, or $25, while three course dinners will be $23, $34, or $45—depending on the restaurant and excluding tax, tip, and, of [...]

The Banff Mountain Film Festival at Caltech

The Banff Mountain Film Festival at Caltech

Banff is one of those words that looks like it should be constantly accompanied by an exclamation point: Banff! If it referred to a loud, lisping thud and not a city in Alberta, it could be onomatopoetic. Instead, it will have to settle for being one of Canada’s most popular tourist destinations and the home [...]

Mexican American Baseball in Los Angeles, in Pasadena

Mexican American Baseball in Los Angeles, in Pasadena

Since early March, the Pasadena Central Library has been hosting two related exhibitions: “Barrio Baseball: The Los Angeles Story” and “Latinas at Work and Play: Pasadena Stories,” presented, respectively, by the Baseball Reliquary and Latino Heritage, two local nonprofits. From the 40s to the 70s, Los Angeles was home a to flourishing amateur and semi-pro [...]

A Private Evening with the Father of Slam

A Private Evening with the Father of Slam

Marc Kelly Smith is the father of Slam Poetry as it is practiced today in a thousand dimly lit cafes across the country. It all began in 1987 at the Green Mill Tavern in Chicago, where Smith built an audience for the performative, competitive, communal, overtly rhythmic style of oral versifying that has so successfully [...]

This Week at Vroman’s: Victoria Patterson & Eleanor Brown

This Week at Vroman’s: Victoria Patterson & Eleanor Brown

Victoria Patterson’s collection of short stories, Drift, was released last year to much fanfare, including an interview with this here online magazine (she’s a South Pas resident), which you can read by clicking these words. Now she’s got a novel out, This Vacant Paradise, which she’ll be reading from at Vroman’s this Thursday at 7, [...]

Linda Johnston & Pet Adoption Fair at Vroman’s

Linda Johnston & Pet Adoption Fair at Vroman’s

If you’re in need or want of a pet, consider stopping by Vroman’s pet adoption fair this Saturday, cosponsored by the Pasadena Humane Society. If you’re not in need or want of a pet, but enjoy mysteries about animal shelters, consider stopping by anyway, as author Lauren Vancouver will be signing and reading from her [...]

Descanso Gardens Cherry Blossom Festival

Descanso Gardens Cherry Blossom Festival

It’s still dark out when I get up, which must mean Spring is here (!), which in turn must mean the cherry trees are blossoming, which means it’s Cherry Blossom Festival Season. Descanso Gardens has a pretty spiffy one this weekend, complete with Japanese tea ceremonies, Japanese cooking demonstrations, cherry tree sales, guided tours of [...]

St. Paddy’s at Lucky’s

St. Paddy’s at Lucky’s

Beer is wonderful, a fact which borders on self-evident. As Californians, we are fortunate to have so many fine craft breweries in our midst, including the extremely local Craftsman Brewery and Eagle Rock Brewery. And as Pasadenans, we are fortunate to have so many fine establishments in which to drink all this fine craft beer: [...]

Food Truck Tuesdays at Figueroa Produce

Food Truck Tuesdays at Figueroa Produce

It’s a tired trope in food writing: the reluctance of the writer to describe publicly an unsullied treasure, when a great deal of what’s worth treasuring is the absence of other people. People ruin everything, you know. Somewhere, a dissertation is being written this very minute about the self-loathing incurred by discharging one’s duty, common [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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