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Tea Obreht (The Tiger’s Wife) at Vroman’s

Tea Obreht (The Tiger’s Wife) at Vroman’s

The Tiger’s Wife was one of the best reviewed books of 2011, a commercial and critical success that garnered effusive praise from pretty much everybody, including Vroman’s head book buyer. Its author, a young whippersnapper (born in ’85) from Belgrade by the name of Tea Obreht, will be at Vroman’s not this Wednesday but the [...]

The Arboretum is Reopening!

The Arboretum is Reopening!

Like most things in the SGV, the Arboretum was hit hard by the recent wind disaster–325 trees were knocked down, and 700 more were damaged. They had to close down for a while. But they’ll be reopening the day after Christmas, just in time for a post-holiday stroll through one of LA’s scenic treasures.   [...]

O’Neill’s Desire Under the Elms at A Noise Within

O’Neill’s Desire Under the Elms at A Noise Within

A Noise Within, the acclaimed classical theater repertory company, just moved into their new home in East Pasadena. They’re following up their first production in the new digs, Twelfth Night, with an even funnier play: Eugene O’Neill’s Desire Under the Elms, a hysterical take on the greed, isolation, and estrangement of “the American family,” which [...]

A Christmas Carol with Parson’s Nose

A Christmas Carol with Parson’s Nose

In the Spirit of Christmas, Parson’s Nose is presenting three (3!) “pay what you will” performances of their one hour (“and a bit”) version of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” As always, the adaptation is by the Parson’s Nose Artistic Director, Lance Davis, and is suitable for the whole family. A wintry evening of wine, [...]

Gay Men’s Chorus of LA Holiday Spectacular

Gay Men’s Chorus of LA Holiday Spectacular

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles (GMCLA) does an annual holiday show—a spectacular*—called “Naughty & Nice,” featuring about twenty winter tunes both traditional (“Joyful, Joyful”) and… humorous (“Hanukah in Santa Monica”). Joining them this year is Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Melissa Manchester. (She was also in Sweeney Todd with Kelsey Grammer at the Ahmanson once [...]

Home for the Holidays with the PMC

Home for the Holidays with the PMC

We’re limiting ourselves to but one holiday-themed event this week, and it’s a good one. The Pasadena Master Chorale, we should all know by now, does fine work. This time around, the concert will be mostly a cappella holiday favorites—from “Coventry Carol” to “Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening.” Concluding the festivities will be [...]

PLAY/ground, Boston Court’s New Play Festival

PLAY/ground, Boston Court’s New Play Festival

What is there to say about Boston Court that hasn’t already been said? A lot, no doubt, but that won’t stop us from heaping on the same old praise, which we must imagine they are sick to death of hearing (isn’t that always the way with praise). Anyway, it’s time again for PLAY/ground, their annual [...]

Across Connections: An Explosive Evening of Modern Dance

Across Connections: An Explosive Evening of Modern Dance

The Pennington Dance Group is an LA-based modern dance company headquartered right here in Pasadena. PDG’s namesame and artistic director, John Pennington, spent 14 years with the Bella Lewitzky Dance Company, which is a big deal. Pennington is teaming up with another Lewitzky disciple, Yolande Yorke-Edgell and the Yorke Dance Project. Together, they’re presenting a [...]

What is a Letter? At the Huntington

What is a Letter? At the Huntington

A nice break from the onslaught of Holiday programming: since the late 19th century, there has been a steady stream of complaints about the disappearing art of letter-writing. First it was postcards (though these can be plenty communicative), and now it’s email. Still, are things really that different? If we’re parsing this event description correctly, [...]

LA Children’s Chorus Winter Concert

LA Children’s Chorus Winter Concert

The Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, you may or may not know, is generally considered to be one of the premiere children’s choirs. In the world. Lucky for us, they play a lot right here in Pasadena, like their Winter Concert, which you can see this Sunday, the 4th, or next Sunday, the 11th. They’re playing [...]

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