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This Week at the Levitt: Thao and the Get Down Stay Down

This Week at the Levitt: Thao and the Get Down Stay Down

It’s Levitt time: six weeks of free concerts, Wednesday through Sunday, in good old Memorial Park. As we do every year, we’ll be spotlighting one show a week for the duration. Because, you know, we’re curators. Our pick this week is Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, who, in a week of strong acts, takes down the [...]

John Vorhaus at Vroman’s

John Vorhaus at Vroman’s

I don’t know John Vorhaus, or how he pronounces his last name, but I think we can be forgiven for thinking it looks and probably sounds more than a little like “Voorhees,” as in Jason Voorhees, the, ah, moral center of the Friday the 13th movies. Ordinarily we’d allow this similarity to pass unmentioned, but there’s a [...]

Degas Tour at the Norton Simon

Degas Tour at the Norton Simon

If you’ve ever been to the Norton Simon, it’s hard not to notice the abundance of Degas. The place is lousy with them. They’re everywhere, a race of tiny inky dancers. If you’ve ever wondered about those dancers, the principles underlying their fluid grace, you might want to stop by the Norton Simon this Friday [...]

This Week at the Levitt: Sara Watkins

This Week at the Levitt: Sara Watkins

It’s Levitt time: six weeks of free concerts, Wednesday through Sunday, in good old Memorial Park. As we do every year, we’ll be spotlighting one show a week for the duration. Because, you know, we’re curators. Our pick this week is Sara Watkins, of Grammy-winning Nickel Creek fame. She’s a singer-songwriter-fiddle-player in the Bluegrass and Folk tradition, [...]

Old Pasadena Film Festival 2012, Week One

Old Pasadena Film Festival 2012, Week One

Every year, the folks of Old Pasadena Management screen (mostly) good movies three days a week for four weeks in One Colorado Plaza, Distant Lands bookstore, and Central Park. Those four weeks begin this week! Thursday at 8:30 in One Colorado it’s Tim Burton’s Batman, Friday it’s Serendipity, and Saturday it’s The Miracle Worker. Also on Friday, at Distant Lands, [...]

Muriel Anderson at the Coffee Gallery Backstage

Muriel Anderson at the Coffee Gallery Backstage

Muriel Anderson is the only woman to win the Fingerstyle Championship Title. Muriel Anderson can play folk, classical, jazz, bluegrass, and international music with startling ease. The astronauts (it’s always “the astronauts,” you know?) took Muriel’s music into space. Woody Allen used a Muriel Anderson toon in Vicky Cristina Barcelona. Muriel, it goes without saying, is a [...]

Wigging Out: Elaborate Coiffures in French Portraiture

Wigging Out: Elaborate Coiffures in French Portraiture

This event is only twenty-five minutes, but it sounds so dang awesome that how can we not feature it? We can’t not. And so we are: a twenty-five minute lecture on crazy hairdos in French paintings. Nothing more, nothing less: “Elaborate Coiffures in French Portraiture.” The words make us tingle a little. Coiffure. Giggle. The [...]

This Week at the Levitt: Locos Por Juana

This Week at the Levitt: Locos Por Juana

It’s Levitt time: six weeks of free concerts, Wednesday through Sunday, in good old Memorial Park. As we do every year, we’ll be spotlighting one show a week for the duration. Because, you know, we’re curators. Our pick this week is Locos Por Juana, a Miami-based Afro-Caribbean jam band known for their on-stage dynamism. They’ve also been nominated [...]

UK Folk Duo Litha at Caltech

UK Folk Duo Litha at Caltech

Summer is not exactly a bumping time on the Caltech public events schedule: there’s just the one. Just that one, however, looks pretty interesting: Aaron Jones and Claire Mann, a pair of English musicians who play mostly in Scotland. Aaron is best known as a member of the Old Blind Dogs, which we are told is an [...]

KNOWLEDGES at Mount Wilson Observatory

KNOWLEDGES at Mount Wilson Observatory

Knowledge is a familiarity with something. KNOWLEDGES is a big art show at Mount Wilson Observatory happening this weekend, bringing together 30 contemporary LA artists whose work trades in ideas that the Observatory manifests on a regular basis: astronomy, discovery, space exploration, optics, cosmology, and the site itself and its influence on the cultural landscape [...]

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Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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