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The 19th Annual Arroyo Arts Collective Discovery Tour

The 19th Annual Arroyo Arts Collective Discovery Tour

Last year it was “North by Northeast.” Two years ago it was the “Recovery Discovery Tour.” This year—its 19th—the Arroyo Arts Collective Discovery Tour has no snappy name, but we still expect it to be a great event. This Sunday, more than 100 artists and artisans in Highland Park, Eagle Rock, Mount Washington, and environs […]

l’Arrivée du Beaujolais Nouveau

l’Arrivée du Beaujolais Nouveau

Fairly sure the title literally means “the arrival of the new Beaujolais,” Beaujolais being a French AOC known for light-bodied reds with relatively high acidity*. “l’Arrivée du Beaujolais Nouveau,” it turns out, is an international marketing event. Our favorite Francophiles, the Alliance Française de Pasadena, are having a wine tasting at Monopole this Friday to […]

The Perilous Streets of Pasadena, Round Two

The Perilous Streets of Pasadena, Round Two

The mission of the wonderfully named Parson’s Nose Productions is to introduce “classic theater to family audiences,” through original one-hour adaptations of dramatic masterpieces. These staged readings are designed to be both smart enough for grownups and boisterous enough for kids. They used to put on shows at Jameson Brown Coffee Roasters, but moved a […]

Karen Karbo on Georgia O’Keeffe at Vroman’s

Karen Karbo on Georgia O’Keeffe at Vroman’s

Georgia O’Keeffe. All those flowers, all those skulls. A great American artist. And, in Karen Karbo’s new book, a model, maybe, for living as a woman today. How Georgia Became O’Keeffe: Lessons on the Art of Living is a non-traditional biography; each chapter is built around a facet of life that concerns women of all […]

Because What’s More Exciting Than a Lute Concert?

Because What’s More Exciting Than a Lute Concert?

Nothing, that’s what. Fun fact: The trade term for lute players is not the bisyllabic “lutist,” as one (read: I) might expect, but the slightly more exotic “lutenist.” What a difference that ‘n’ makes. Anyway. Musica Angelica is having a concert this Saturday called “In Memory of the Masters – The Bigger Picture,” a tribute […]

Proof: SoCal Printmaking at the Norton Simon

Proof: SoCal Printmaking at the Norton Simon

If you are at all cognizant of the arts in the greater Los Angeles Area, you have likely been made aware, repeatedly, of Pacific Standard Time, the pan Angeleno (“Pangeleno?”) celebration of the birth of the L.A. art scene. Sixty cultural institutions are participating, which is a lot, as cultural institutions are generally an unruly […]

Blues for an Alabama Sky at the Playhouse

Blues for an Alabama Sky at the Playhouse

Everybody loves the Harlem Renaissance. Very few people, possibly zero, harbor any affection whatsoever for the Great Depression. The stories of both have, of course, been told often. Blues for an Alabama Sky, showing at the Pasadena Playhouse until November 27th, is a story of their overlap. Set in the summer of 1930, Blues follows […]

Taking the Initiative with the League of Women Voters

Taking the Initiative with the League of Women Voters

Among the many potentially preposterous things about democracy, as practiced in the great state of California, is the initiative process, whereby any sufficiently large group of crackpots, or, more insidiously, well-funded special interest types, can get anything they damn well please on the ballot. The League of Women Voters Pasadena Area are hosting a forum […]

Love Never Fails: Edouard and Luvena Vysekal at the PMCA

Love Never Fails: Edouard and Luvena Vysekal at the PMCA

Edouard and Luvena Vysekal arrived in Los Angeles in 1914. Within a few years, they were fixtures in the LA art scene, regularly exhibiting with the California Art Club and the California Progressive Group. In a fairly conservative artistic climate, they (practically) made the case for modernism, and opened the door to a more experimental […]

A Noise Within Debuts in Pasadena with Twelfth Night

A Noise Within Debuts in Pasadena with Twelfth Night

At long last, Southern California’s most celebrated classical repertory theatre company, A Noise Within, is raising the curtain on its brand new Pasadena location, just in time for the start of its 20th season. Their first production, which opens this Saturday and runs through December 16th, is Twelfth Night, or What You Will, Shakespeare’s gender-bending […]

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