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Sam Lipsyte at Vroman’s

Sam Lipsyte at Vroman’s

Many moons ago, I met with a professor of mine to discuss doing some research for her book. We started talking about the then-head of our program, whom I didn’t know much about. “He’s big in Japan,” she said. Like the Tom Waits song? “Yeah, like the Tom Waits song.” Many moons later, Sam Lipsyte [...]

Caltech Goes Blue(grass)

Caltech Goes Blue(grass)

The Caltech Folk Music Society continues to showcase the finest grass there is: Bluegrass! This time it’s Chris Stuart and Backcountry, a talented multigenerational outfit. Stuart, the lead singer and rhythm guitarist, was nominated the 2009 Songwriter of the Year by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (or SPBGMA for … [...]

Jodi Picoult at All Saints by way of Vroman’s

Jodi Picoult at All Saints by way of Vroman’s

Jodi Picoult writes books. Maybe you’ve heard of her? There are 14 million copies of them out there, two of which — Nineteen Minutes and Change of Heart — debuted at #1 on the New York Times Best Seller list. Obviously, though, her best work is that five-issue stint she did on Wonder Woman, which has [...]

Wistaria Hysteria

Wistaria Hysteria

In 1918, 12,000 people congregated in Sierra Madre for the first ever Wistaria Festival. It’s more than 90 years later, and we Sierra Madreans still love our big purple plant, planted in 1894 on what is now West Carter Avenue. It is, undoubtedly, an impressive specimen: over an acre in size, weighing 250 tons and [...]

Father Greg Boyle at Vroman’s

Father Greg Boyle at Vroman’s

For more than 20 years, Father Greg Boyle has been executive director of what is now recognized as the largest gang intervention program in the country: Homebody Industries. Founded as an extension of his work as pastor of Dolores Mission in Boyle Heights (no relation), Homeboy provides at-risk youth and former gang members with real [...]

Slaw Dogs: The Review

Slaw Dogs: The Review

Ten months and 3,000 miles ago, I was privy to an outrageous culinary experiment. In a fit of lunacy, my fellow diners at BLT Burger attempted to combine a corn dog with ice cream. What name was given to this deranged concoction, you ask? The Dogcream. It was pretty good. Someday, perhaps, it will be [...]

Ladysmith Black Mambazo at Caltech

Ladysmith Black Mambazo at Caltech

What do you get when you mix the intricacies of South African musical traditions with the sounds of gospel? You get a fragment of what Ladysmith Black Mambazo has to offer. At it for 50 years now, Ladysmith are the world’s preeminent isicathamiya practitioners. So successful were they in their native South Africa that they [...]

Planet Earth Screening at Caltech

Planet Earth Screening at Caltech

Theoretically, this is an event for children, a “Science Saturday All Age Matinee.” Caltech recommends it for ages 8 and up. If you’ve ever seen Planet Earth, or any nature documentary that doesn’t sugarcoat the food chain, you’ll know that kids expecting Milo & Otis (do kids still watch that?) are in for a shock. [...]

Red Hen at Boston Court

Red Hen at Boston Court

If you believe what you read, poetry has been in crisis for a decade or two, or three or four, or nine. There’s too much of it, or it’s not any good, or it’s really weird. While it’s true that the volume of contemporary verse can be intimidating to initiates, there is a fairly straightforward [...]

The Wailin’ Jennys at Caltech

The Wailin’ Jennys at Caltech

All the way from Canada come the Wailin’ Jennys, an all-lady vocal folk trio, none of whom are named Jenny. They’ve won a Juno Award (Canada’s Grammys — a CanadaGram?) for best “Roots & Traditional” album and have been making regular appearances on A Prairie Home Companion. Their repertoire includes jazz and bluegrass as well, [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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