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Americana Summer Concert Series

Americana Summer Concert Series

Every Wednesday this August, the Americana at Brand is having a free outdoor concert in their courtyard. Produced by Chris Isaacson of Upright Cabaret, the lineup looks to be mostly solo vocal artists of some repute. Last week it was Steve Tyrell, a Grammy-winning vocalist. This week it’s Natasha Bedingfield, the UK’s self-proclaimed biggest female [...]

Big Belly Preservation

Big Belly Preservation

Snaps (or props, or whatever your preferred idiom for casual friendly praise) to the City of Pasadena for installing 40 new Big Belly solar-powered trash compactors in areas with lots of pedestrian traffic. The receptacles are a thoroughly green product: by compacting their cargo, they can hold about five times as much as a standard [...]

Design Biennial at PMCA

Design Biennial at PMCA

We’re very fond of the Pasadena Museum of California Art, especially their extra-curricular programming. The fourth installment of their Design Biennial, which began two weeks ago and runs until Halloween, is using a new format. Rather than have a juried competition, the PMCA asked notable professionals from five fields to curate their discipline’s category: Rose [...]

Chris Holden’s Block Party

Chris Holden’s Block Party

Chris Holden is the Pasadena City Councilperson for District 3, which has a funny shape and includes most of Old Town and the Playhouse District. This Saturday, he is hosting a summer block party for District 3, which you can attend even if you are from District 9. There will be live music, hot dogs [...]

Artemis Rocks!

Artemis Rocks!

Artemis Fowl II, in addition to being an Irish teenage criminal mastermind, is the protagonist of his own series of novels, written by Eoin Colfer. The seventh in the series, Artemis Fowl: The Atlantis Complex, has just been released, and Colfer is going on a whizbang tour to promote it. Instead of the usual staid [...]

Eating the Rose Bowl: The L.A. Street Food Festival

Eating the Rose Bowl: The L.A. Street Food Festival

Los Angeles, you may have heard, is in the midst of a love affair with the food truck. The most recent episode in this fling—if it can still be called that—was last Saturday at the Rose Bowl, where a sold-out crowd of 5,000, including yours truly, showed up for the Los Angeles Street Food Festival’s [...]

On Burgers, Freedom & Democracy: The Counter

On Burgers, Freedom & Democracy: The Counter

What is left to say about the hamburger? It’s the quintessential American sandwich. It used to cost a nickel. Now, you can get a gold-flecked burger on Wall Street for $175. At Fleur de Lys in Mandalay Bay, Hubert Keller will sell you a foie-gras and black-truffle-stuffed Kobe burger, served on a brioche truffle bun [...]

Charlie Hope at Levitt

Charlie Hope at Levitt

Week six of Children’s Night at Levitt Pavilion’s free summer concert series brings us Charlie Hope, a singer-songwriter with a background in art therapy. She’s won Independent Music Awards for Best Children’s Song and Best Children’s Album, for “Frog Song” on her album I’m Me!, respectively. Also, she’s Canadian, which means she’s automatically nominated for [...]

Ancient Future Benefit Concert

Ancient Future Benefit Concert

The Ancient Future Quintet, one of the band’s many configurations. Ancient Future is a band, I think. They’ve been playing world fusion music, a term bandleader Matthew Montfort claims he coined, since 1978. Their upcoming date at the incredibly atmospheric Folly Bowl (an amphitheater in the yard of a private Altadena home) is but one [...]

The Laramie Project

The Laramie Project

The Milestone Theatre Company is nearing its third birthday. Founded in the fall of 2007 by restless PCC theater students, The Milestone has grown into a community of dozens of local artists. Their latest production is The Laramie Project, by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project. It is the true story of [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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