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Keaton’s The General

Keaton’s The General
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Roger Ebert wasn’t even sure if Buster Keaton’s The General (1927) was his best film, yet it appears to be one of his favorites. “Keaton defies logic with one ingenious silent comic sequence after another.” “Keaton was ambitious and fearless.” Buster Keaton was not the Great Stone Face so much as a man who kept […]

In the Spirit of MLK, Jr.

In the Spirit of MLK, Jr.

Information below—regarding events celebrating and embodying the philosophy of Martin Luther King, Jr.—is thanks to Pasadena MLK Community Coalition: Saturday, January 16, 2015 @ 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. MLK Day of Service:  A Day On, Not Off Hamilton Middle School 2089 Rose Villa Street | Pasadena, CA  91107 Description: On the Saturday before the MLK Day […]

The Jubilee Singers: MLK Weekend Concert

The Jubilee Singers: MLK Weekend Concert

Forty-seven years ago, professor, conductor, and Los Angeles native Albert McNeil created The McNeil Jubilee Singers and in 1968 the Singers went on their first European tour. What do they sing? “The vast body of folk music termed ‘African-American.’ Donna Perlmutter of the L. A. Times has reviewed the Singers, writing: “It doesn’t take strict […]

Frank Groucho

Frank Groucho

Frankly, one should be  a fan if choosing to attend An Evening with Groucho starring Frank Ferrante. Definitively and decisively. As a true Groucho Marx fan, this could be an evening that’s highly entertaining, producing aching sides and sore facial muscles. Ferrante resembles Groucho Marx and sounds a bit like him too, though his words […]

Sampling the Original: Star Wars 1977

Sampling the Original: Star Wars 1977

As of January 2, 2016, Star Wars: The Force Awakens had made $1.3 billion dollars worldwide. Our research shows that creating this blockbuster film cost $200 million. In contrast, Star Wars the original, released in 1977 had a production budget of $11 million and earned $786 million worldwide.¹ Isn’t that quaint? Star Wars (later retitled, […]

Resolve to Write Your Story

Resolve to Write Your Story

In August of 1999 I visited England. Among many other delights, I climbed the famous Glastonbury Tor with a local guide. From the top we viewed green, billowing hills, cozy farms and miles of hedgerows. But the most remarkable sight was a giant, flat-topped hill that dominated the landscape, its ramparts tiered like a green […]

“Where Am I Today?”

“Where Am I Today?”

Official text from Offramp Gallery: A few months ago, a series of striking self-portraits began to appear on Facebook. The subject, Jayme Odgers, was no stranger to me. Indeed, Offramp Gallery had shown his work in the past. But this work was different – emotionally raw self-portraits with a complete lack of artifice or conceit. […]

“Find Your Adventure”

“Find Your Adventure”

The theme for the 127th Rose Parade on January 1, 2016, is “Find Your Adventure” and has 44 float entries with the addition of floats representing the two teams—Stanford and Iowa—playing in the Rose Bowl Game. Documentarian Ken Burns is the 2016 Grand Marshal. From his Academy Award-nominated films Brooklyn Bridge (1981) and The Statue […]

Live on Green

Live on Green

Tuesday, December 29, begins three days of festivities at “Live on Green” with different pavilions offering fun for kids, cuisine and libations, history, learn about the National Park Service (the inspiration behind this year’s Rose Parade theme). The Live on Green Bistro and Sidewalk Café will be serving up breakfast burritos, muffins, and (sponsor) Dole […]

A Zorthian Winter Solstice

A Zorthian Winter Solstice

Apparently, we have Winter Solstice on the brain as this is the third article in this week’s edition of Hometown Pasadena in which we mention this “shortest day of light.” Christina Sirgun Powers of Yoga for Balance in Altadena has been teaching kundalini yoga for twelve years and on December 19, she’ll be up at […]

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