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Lian Dolan at the Huntington

Lian Dolan at the Huntington

Helen of Pasadena has been kicking butt and taking names. So has its author, Lian Dolan of the Satellite Sisters, whose latest butt-kicking tour stop is none other than The Huntington Library, where more than a little of Helen takes place. If you’ve been waiting for an excuse to buy the book, this is a […]

Boston Court’s New Play Festival

Boston Court’s New Play Festival

Boston Court is one of our favorite venues in Pasadena. They do music, poetry, and, of course, theatre, including most recently a play about a font, Futura, which set our typographer’s heart ablaze. Though they’re technically between seasons now (their production of Tennessee Williams’ Camino Real premiers in February), nevertheless they are keeping things dramatic […]

20th Century Holiday Tunes with the Pasadena Master Chorale

20th Century Holiday Tunes with the Pasadena Master Chorale

In this season of inescapable nostalgia, putting together a holiday concert with music (almost) entirely written in the last 110 years is an impressive feat. The man behind this restraint is PMC’s founder and artistic director Jeffrey Bernstein, whose seasonal selections for this weekend’s concerts include O Magnum Mysterium by Morten Lauridsen, Stopping by Woods […]

Holiday POPS Concert

Holiday POPS Concert

What would the Christmas season be without huge mega extravaganza Christmas concerts featuring special celebrity guests, adorable singing children, and heart-warming tunes? Why, it just wouldn’t feel like Christmas at all! Luckily, the Pasadena POPS is putting on just such a blowout this Saturday. Guest Conductor Grant Cooper will be guiding the POPS, the LA […]

Pasadena Pro Musica: Baroque Advent Cantatas

Pasadena Pro Musica: Baroque Advent Cantatas

Christmas seems to bring out the Baroque in Pasadena Pro Musica, a chorus and orchestra committed to the performance of “distinguished yet less frequently-performed masterpieces.” Last year’s Christmas concert featured two composers we’d never heard of. This year’s show—a program of four sacred Advent cantatas—has only one name new to us: Dietrich Buxtehude, whose Kommst […]

Caltech Nature Doc: Earth Story

Caltech Nature Doc: Earth Story

Caltech loves to screen films that have as their theme “the science behind the beauty and wonder of nature.” Caltech loves to screen these films and then to have lay people discuss them—moderated, of course, by a grad student (T.A.?). If this is your bag (and why wouldn’t it be? This stuff is incredibly interesting, […]

The Lobsta Truck: A Quick and Dirty Review

The Lobsta Truck: A Quick and Dirty Review

For approximately 157 more hours, the Lobsta Truck has the dubious distinction of being the newest entrant into L.A.’s endlessly combustible upscale food truck scene. They serve a very limited (or focused, if you’re feeling generous) menu: lobster or crab on a toasted split top roll with either mayo or butter, as well as clam […]

Indelibly Inky Chickens

Indelibly Inky Chickens

On the last Tuesday of every month (except December), POP Champagne & Dessert Bar hosts Indelible Ink, a performing arts series with a reliably interesting mix of poets, storytellers, musicians, and a variety act of some kind (most memorable: an opera-singing magician who sang the Figaro whilst escaping from a straitjacket). The next show—Tuesday the […]

Christopher Burgan Trio at the Coffee Gallery

Christopher Burgan Trio at the Coffee Gallery

Chris Burgan should be a familiar face by now to Coffee Gallery regulars.  He’s got his trio, which plays a wide variety of musical styles (and with more than three instruments!). And since 1998, he’s been the lead guitarist of We Five, who were nominated for a Grammy in 1965. Jerry Burgan is the only […]

The Summoning of Every Parson’s Nose (with Food!)

The Summoning of Every Parson’s Nose (with Food!)

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, though this week’s play is maybe a little heavy for the single digit set. […]

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