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Taco Station

Taco Station

Taco Station opened about three months ago in a converted gas station at the intersection of Green and Chester, just west of PCC. It’s a cute little place, with outdoor-only seating under bright red umbrellas. For company you’ll have PCC and Caltech students, dog-walking locals happy to have a decent place to chow down in […]

The Wedding Singer at Theatre 360

The Wedding Singer at Theatre 360

When I was growing up, The Wedding Singer was a bawdy Adam Sandler comedy. At some point it was turned into a Broadway musical, which is how this classic piece of drama has been introduced to younger generations. In fact, some of those youngins know the play so well, they’re performing it themselves with Theatre […]

This Week at the Old Pasadena Film Festival

This Week at the Old Pasadena Film Festival

The hits keep coming in the Old Pasadena Film Festival’s third week: Thursday is noir classic Sorry, Wrong Number, in which hypochondriac, bedridden millionaire’s daughter and Oscar nominee Barbara Stanwyck overhears two thugs plotting a woman’s murder in a crossed phone connection. As she tries to unravel this telephonic mystery, she becomes convinced she is […]

This Week at the Levitt

This Week at the Levitt

      Free Music Under the Stars rolls on. This week’s lineup is especially potent. Thursday it’s Blame Sally, a Bay Area phenomenon who’ve been compared to Jane Siberry, the Indigo Girls and The Joy of Cooking (?), which is a roundabout way of saying they are folk rockers. Friday it’s Adele Jacques/Paris Loves […]

L.A. Street Food Festival

L.A. Street Food Festival

This one’s going to be at our own Rose Bowl, and it’s set to be a doozy. Why? Two words: crowd control. The Festival‘s previous iteration, like basically every other major street food event since the food truck renaissance began, was a zoo. Huge crowds and long lines, besides being unpleasant in and of themselves, […]

Cal Phil, John Williams, and Assorted Rings

Cal Phil, John Williams, and Assorted Rings

Last month it was Brian McKnight. This month, the California Philharmonic continues its Festival on the Green with a “ringing” tribute (oh jeez) to John Williams, Howard Shore and Richard Wagner. Cal Phil will play from several Williams-scored films: E.T., Superman, The Terminal, Schindler’s List and Star Wars (during which there’ll be a laser light […]

Brian Vogan at Levitt

Brian Vogan at Levitt

One night a week of Levitt Pavilion’s free summer concert series is devoted to the little ones who walk amongst us—children. We’ll be spotlighting these weekly offerings in this space all summer long, so keep your eyes peeled—you never know where the next Raffi might come from. Of all the Kid’s Night performers so far, […]

On Screen at the Old Pas Film Festival

On Screen at the Old Pas Film Festival

The hits keep coming in the Old Pasadena Film Festival’s second week: Thursday is cult classic Harold and Maude (1971), the story of a most unlikely May-December romance between 19-year-old, death-obsessed Harold (Bud Cort) and 79-year-old, vital, vibrant Maude (Ruth Gordon). The American Film Institute loves this movie, ranking it among the 100 a) Greatest […]

SGV Food Truck Roundup

SGV Food Truck Roundup

It’s been a few months since our last food truck update, and in that time many more trucks have ventured out to Pasadena and environs. Some of them are even making semi-regular stops, thanks in part to Vroman’s, whose privately owned parking lot is a way around Pasadena’s sometimes onerous parking restrictions (we’re pretty sure […]

Cosmic Thunder: Taiko Drumming

Cosmic Thunder: Taiko Drumming

Taiko is “drum” in Japanenese—“great drum” or “wide drum” specifically, though the word is now used to refer to several different Japanese drums. Taiko have been around since the Yayoi Period (300 B.C.E. – 300 C.E.), and they play an important role in Gagaku, one of the oldest styles of court music still in existence […]

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