Events


Alice LaPlante at Vroman’s

Alice LaPlante at Vroman’s

Imagine you are suffering from dementia. You’re living your life as best you can, coping with your deteriorating mind, trying to remember what your children look like. You’re getting by. Then, the police start showing up at your house to question you about the murder of your best friend and neighbor, whose fingers were removed […]

Walker Hayes at the Levitt

Walker Hayes at the Levitt

For week nine (week nine! What happened to weeks one through eight? How is it already mid-August?) at the Levitt, we’d like to shine a little light on Walker Hayes, who plays on Sunday. Those boyish good looks are a little funny looking, if you ask us, but he’s a big up-and-comer in the country […]

Kim Dower at Vroman’s

Kim Dower at Vroman’s

Kim Dower is a pal of ours, which makes us all the more qualified, we think, to recommend her reading and poetry workshop at Vroman’s this Thursday. Come to hear her read some poems from her debut collection Air Kissing on Mars (out last year from Pasadena’s own Red Hen Press), stay for a free […]

Billy Mitchell at the Levitt

Billy Mitchell at the Levitt

Every week, there are several musical acts playing at the Levitt that are worthy of a recommendation. This week—week eight (can you believe we’re at week eight already?) —we’re going with Billy Mitchell, the great jazz pianist and producer, who we’ll soon be running an interview with. Have a little listen here.   Billy Mitchell […]

Cal Phil at the Old Mill, Finale

Cal Phil at the Old Mill, Finale

Which Mill? Why, the Old Mill—the one in San Marino that’s been there since 1816 and is the oldest commercial building in Southern California. It was a grist mill. Now, it’s an historic treasure, as well as a venue, playing host to a California Art Club gallery, Bar Association Dinners and the titular summer concert […]

Poncho Sanchez and Incendio at the Levitt

Poncho Sanchez and Incendio at the Levitt

Every week, there are several musical acts playing at the Levitt that are worthy of a recommendation. This week we’re highlighting two: Poncho Sanchez on Thursay, and Incendio on Saturday. Poncho, a percussionist, is a pretty big name in the Latin Jazz world and beyond; like many of today’s top tier performers, he and his […]

“Five Centuries of Two Guitars” at the Norton Simon

“Five Centuries of Two Guitars” at the Norton Simon

“Five Centuries of Two Guitars” is just a fancy way of saying classical guitar duets. Or more precisely, performances by a duo: the Odeum Guitar Duo. The Odeum Guitar Duo is Robert Wetzel and Fred Benedetti. They’ll be playing their very old music—works by Dowland, Lawes, Carulli, Mozart, Houghton, Albéniz, Granados and de Falla—on slightly […]

Erasing Hate: A Documentary at All Saints

Erasing Hate: A Documentary at All Saints

Bryon Widner was a skinhead. Like many skinheads, Bryon was (the operative word) covered with tattoos, including on his face. One day—at a white supremacist rally—he met Julie. They were each other’s way out of the violence, hypocrisy, and hatred of the white power movement. Bill Brummel, a filmmaker and All Saints parishioner, chronicles two […]

Ring in the Belles

This Sunday, LA’s own Belle Brigade will bring their jaunty, free-spirited tunes to Levitt Pavilion. The brother/sister duo Ethan and Barbara Gruska have earned serious praise for their perfectly synchronized melodies and rhythmic harmonies that only a pair of siblings could evoke. After serenading Ottowa Jazz Fest goers and finishing up a tour with Canadian powerhouse […]

The Happy-Absurd Meets the Sublime

The Happy-Absurd Meets the Sublime

Intimate Opera Pasadena’s Summer Young Artist Program presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s Trial by Jury and Puccini’s Suor Angelica preformed by a cast of emerging artists aged 16 to 28. The dual productions organized by IOP artistic director Stephanie Vlahos and funded by the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts will juxtapose the simple divinity and […]