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Step Afrika! at Caltech

Step Afrika! at Caltech

What do you call a tap dance with no shoes? A band with no instruments? According to Caltech, you call it Step Afrika!, a Washington, D.C.-based troupe of professional steppers. Steppers? Steppers. Stepping is percussive dance—kicking, stomping, clamping, chanting—sans shoes, and with, as the name suggests, an African dance heritage. Step Afrika! purports to be [...]

ARTTalk at Boston Court

ARTTalk at Boston Court

Boston Court—now in what, its sixth or seventh year?—has been a wonderful addition to the Pasadena arts scene, with programming that is regularly awesome, and occasionally even free, such as this Saturday’s ARTTalk, a six hour festival dedicated to the spoken word featuring sixteen performances on two stages. That was a long sentence. Though all [...]

From Australia to Pasadena and Back Again: An Architecture Lecture

From Australia to Pasadena and Back Again: An Architecture Lecture

Did you know the first frame house ever built in California was constructed of Tasmanian wood? True story. Lots of Aussies made their way to California during the gold rush years, and brought their architecture with them. Lots of them went back, and with more (or less) than gold: nuggets of Californian culture. Erika Esau [...]

Get Your Lard On

Get Your Lard On

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a hungry person* in possession of a few dollars, must be in want of bacon. Bacon, and the various other forms of pork belly both cured and uncured, are everywhere these days—especially, it seems, at ThisIsWhyYoureFat.com. And as with every other culinary trend, there’s an app—er, truck for [...]

Everybody Loves Rae Armantrout (Red Hen at Boston Court)

Everybody Loves Rae Armantrout (Red Hen at Boston Court)

Who is this Rae Troutfish person, you ask? Why, only the most recent winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, for her collection Versed, which, I assure you, is really, really good. She’ll be reading Monday the 7th at the very spiffy Boston Court, along with the multi-talented Charles Harper Webb, a fixture on the [...]

ANW Does The Comedy of Errors

ANW Does The Comedy of Errors

I have given up trying to pun, in the titles of these posts, on A Noise Within, Southern California’s premier classical theater repertory company. Let’s just cut to the chase: they’re doing Shakespeare, which is about as classical as the repertory gets (except for those Greek dudes, though very few people perform those in the [...]

The Eagle Rock Local Folk Fest

The Eagle Rock Local Folk Fest

Folk music is one of those things that’s changing all the time but never really changes, if you know what we mean (i.e. if you understand italics). Or maybe it’s one of those things that never seems to change but really changes all the time? Either way, it’s just as wonderful a thing now as [...]

Turtle in a Tortilla at Luigi Ortega’s

Turtle in a Tortilla at Luigi Ortega’s

Luigi Ortega’s is a strange restaurant. Located just across from PCC, it’s one of several places that constitute a (relatively) recently “gentrified” stretch of Colorado Boulevard—if the meaning of gentrification can be extended to include the opening of Starbucks and Chipotle. Open for roughly four years, Luigi Ortega’s, in some ways, fits perfectly into this [...]

Country Joe, sans Fish, at Caltech

Country Joe, sans Fish, at Caltech

Attention old hippies of Pasadena: Country Joe—yes, that Country Joe—is playing Caltech this Saturday. Although known mostly for the “I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-To-Die Rag,” Joe McDonald, who turns 70 next year, has made more than 30 records, including a Woody Guthrie album way back in 1969—you know, before it was cool to like Woody. Evidently he’s become quite [...]

Cendrillon at Parson’s Nose

Cendrillon at Parson’s Nose

The mission of the wonderfully named Parson’s Nose Productions is to introduce “classic theater to family audiences,” through original one-hour adaptations of dramatic masterpieces. These staged readings are designed to be both smart enough for grownups and boisterous enough for kids. They used to put on shows at Jameson Brown Coffee Roasters, but have recently [...]

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