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John Cage’s First Visual Work at the Norton Simon

John Cage’s First Visual Work at the Norton Simon

It’s hard to overstate how awesome John Cage is. It’s so hard to overstate, in fact, that there’s a chance of gushing, which as a rule I don’t do. Cage broke a lot of rules, though—like the one that says music has to have notes, or that you shouldn’t put crap in a piano, or [...]

Border Radio at the Coffee Gallery

Border Radio at the Coffee Gallery

Ah, the Coffee Gallery, how we’ve missed you. And by missed you, we mean neglected you—not a mention since July! We’ve changed our ways, though—at least for this week—with a plug for this Saturday’s performance by Border Radio, an acoustic bluegrass/folk outfit that’s been stomping around Los Angeles off and on since the year 2000. [...]

Indelible Ink at POPS

Indelible Ink at POPS

On the last Tuesday of every month (except December), POP Champagne & Dessert Bar hosts Indelible Ink, a reading series featuring a diverse array of poets (Eloise Klein Healy was there last month), storytellers, musicians, and a variety act of some kind (last month, a juggler; two months ago, an opera-singing magician. He sang the [...]

Measure for Noisy Measure

Measure for Noisy Measure

A Noise Within, Southern California’s only classical theater repertory company, opens its 19th and final season in Glendale with Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, which is the one about the dramatic founding of the Viennese Department of Weights and Measures. In the fine tradition of Baz Luhrmann et al, they have set the play in the present, [...]

A Midsummer Night’s Nose

A Midsummer Night’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 [...]

Going Out with a POPS

Going Out with a POPS

This Saturday is both the last Pasadena POPS show of the summer season, and the last ever conducted by Rachael Worby. Her exit music will consist of movie tunes from The Way We Were, Funny Girl, The Little Mermaid (sung by the voice of Ariel herself, Jodi Benson), The Wizard of Oz, and, of course, [...]

The Pasadena Greek Fest

The Pasadena Greek Fest

What is it about Greece? Some people say it is, or was, a paradise of willful innocence, radiant with the charm of the archaic. We’re not quite as romantic as all that, though we do like Greek Weddings. And we love Greek food, which makes this weekend’s Pasadena Greek Fest a tempting outing indeed. Santa [...]

Vaudeville at the Alex

Vaudeville at the Alex

“Variety Show” just doesn’t mean what it used to. SNL has been terrible for years. Stewart and Colbert and Conan are good, but their shows are much more focused than, say, Laugh-In—and even that show had a tonal unity that one would not find in real, old-fashioned vaudeville. Though long gone, its lack is still [...]

Cocktails & Hilarious Victorian Pseudo-Medicine

Cocktails & Hilarious Victorian Pseudo-Medicine

A winning combination, we think: imbibe your favorite alcoholic beverage while enjoying tales of the crazy things fin de siècle types did to their bodies in the name of medicine. Cultural historian Walter Nelson will lead this salon, the second of four with the aim of exploring Victorian/Edwardian Pasadena (as preserved by the Pasadena Museum [...]

Sue Monk Kidd & Kid at All Saints

Sue Monk Kidd & Kid at All Saints

Sue Monk Kidd wrote The Secret Life of Bees, which is that movie with Dakota Fanning, and before that a book which is more about people than bees. Despite the misleading title, it has sold six million copies. Besides making a book, Sue Monk Kidd also made a daughter, Ann Kidd, now Ann Kidd Taylor, [...]

Gooden Open House Saturday, January 11

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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