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Yoonie Han at Steinway Pasadena

Yoonie Han at Steinway Pasadena

  Yoonie (Yoonjung) Han  of South Korea had her debut recital in 2010 at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. In 2011, she won first prize at the Washington International competition. They, then, sponsored her recital in 2012 at the Kennedy Center (reviewed by Robert Battey in the Washington Post), and as a result of winning the Fulbright Concerto Competition, [...]

One Night With Janis Joplin

One Night With Janis Joplin

The Pasadena Playhouse presented the powerhouse production of One Night With Janis Joplin, and after parking carefully, grabbing a drink at the new Red White and Bluez restaurant relocation next door, theatergoers immersed themselves into the energy of the show. Mary Bridget Davies captures the title role and for more than two hours, the playhouse [...]

It’s M/Manifestation

It’s M/Manifestation

The Arts Center is hosting the first-ever west coast exhibition of M/M (Paris). One “M” is Mathias Augustyniak, while the other “M” is Michaël Amzalag. Together, they make up the well-known Paris-based art and design team that began collaborating in 1992. “M/M (Paris) holds a unique position in the international landscape of graphic design. In addition [...]

One City, One Story

One City, One Story

“A haunting and unforgettable story about coming of age during extraordinary times and about people going on with their lives in an era of profound uncertainty.” This is a description of this year’s One City, One Story selection: The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker, which is her fictional debut. Walker was born and [...]

Now That She’s Gone

Now That She’s Gone

The Coffee Gallery in Altadena is busy on this Saturday afternoon, filled with the young, middle-aged, and beyond; with Latinos, African Americans, and Caucasians; with mismatching tables and chairs. I like it. I buy a Hammerhead—a shot of espresso that can be mixed with coffee, which does rather jolt me awake after a morning of [...]

Independent Artists: Come One, Come All

Independent Artists: Come One, Come All

This year’s Make Music Pasadena event will be held Saturday, June 1, with a goal of over 150 free concerts and an estimated attendance of over 50,000. Will you be one of the performing artists? All aspiring artists from all musical genres are encouraged to apply. Two selected artists will receive $400 cash, a luxury [...]

L.A. Arts Show & Local Artist J. Michael Walker

L.A. Arts Show & Local Artist J. Michael Walker

  From oversized photographic cut-outs of a woman sticking out her tongue whose skin is actually cat hair to a sketch by Rembrandt, this is the L.A. Arts Show. Last Wednesday night was the gala opening and thanks to Victoria Wilson Roberts and Vicki Laidig, yours truly was able to experience the evening. Also in [...]

Dear Abby, Ellen & Fred

Dear Abby, Ellen & Fred

In honor of the 2nd officially recognized Fred Korematsu Day Pasadena and, in his words, to highlight that “even in times of crisis, we must guard against prejudice and keep uppermost our commitment to law and justice,” Ellen Snortland shares a camp story. Back in the 1970’s, I rented my home in McArthur Park to a [...]

For the Holidays: Jordi & CO

For the Holidays: Jordi & CO

Thinking about the holidays can elicit images of easy laughter, loving hugs, good wine, and delicious food. It can also create heartburn, knots in your shoulders, and the desire to retire to bed at 10 a.m. One possible “out” for the latter would be to hire yourself a holiday decorator and party planner. This month’s [...]

Frozen by Carla Tomaso

Frozen by Carla Tomaso

Imagine Joan Crawford-turned-Frankenstein-reborn-as-Honey Boo Boo. Only then will you begin to understand the monster at the center of Frozen, the story of a woman who must reanimate her cryogenically frozen, narcissistic mother and raise her from childhood. Elizabeth is determined to re-raise horrible Helen to be the mom she deserves, but her mother-turned-daughter is worse [...]

Gooden Open House Saturday, January 11

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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