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Francophilia at Boston Court with Sandra Tsing Loh and Mark Robson

Francophilia at Boston Court with Sandra Tsing Loh and Mark Robson

It is hard to know precisely of what this event will consist. There will be music, we’ll wager—it’s called “Pianologues”—and probably some humorous rhetoric concerning the French and their foibles, and, it seems, an extended discussion of Babar, the industrious elephant king. Aside from biographical information, the entire description is as follows: “I AWOKE SUDDENLY, [...]

Modern Works: A (Non-Residential) Architectural Tour

Modern Works: A (Non-Residential) Architectural Tour

It’s that time of year again: home tour season. Really there are home and architectural tours all year round because after all this is Southern California and why not walk through strangers’ homes in any month you please, but there do seem to be a lot more of them around now, as spring slips into [...]

Le Reading with Les Figues at the PMCA

Le Reading with Les Figues at the PMCA

Rojelio Cabral, Comfortably Numb A, 2008, acrylic and aerosol on paper, 6.5’ x 11.5’, now showing at the PMCA. Les Figues Press is Los Angeles’s most prominent avant-garde publishing outfit. They put out plenty of cool books by cool people. They also do stuff with artists (as opposed to writers, though this is a distinction [...]

At the Huntington: Annoying: The Book

At the Huntington: Annoying: The Book

NPR’s Joe Palca gets annoyed easily. He was so annoyed by Washington, DC in early 2009 that he decided to spend the summer at the Huntington, as the science writer in residence (he is a past president of the National Association of Science Writers). Then he wrote a book about it. It’s called Annoying: The [...]

Young Opera at Boston Court

Young Opera at Boston Court

Unless you are a devotee of the subculture, there aren’t many opportunities to hear live opera singers outside of the concert hall. There’s an opera-singing magician who shows up to Indelible Ink sometimes, but besides him, the only time I’ve heard opera is, well, at the opera. There’s no “Behind the Music” for the opera [...]

MOTA Madness

MOTA Madness

This Sunday we’re welcoming back the popular Museums of the Arroyo Day, where five museums located along the Arroyo Seco in Los Angeles and Pasadena open their doors free of charge. MOTA Day, as it is known in some circles, showcases five history-based museums that preserve and perpetuate the diverse mix of art, architecture and [...]

Feel the Rhythm with “Gershwin Alone”

Feel the Rhythm with “Gershwin Alone”

I wasn’t so sure what to think as I walked up to the Pasadena Playhouse the other night to see George Gershwin Alone, the one-man show created by pianist, actor ad composer Hershey Felder and focused entirely on the works of George Gershiwn. I do love theatre and music (and, most of all, musical theatre), [...]

Musica Angelica’s Baroque String of Pearls

Musica Angelica’s Baroque String of Pearls

“Bach Concerti” happens to be Italian for “Baroque String of Pearls”—at least when rendered idiomatically. A more literal reading might be: Musica Angelica’s upcoming performance of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerti Nos. 3, 5, and 6; Double Concerto for Violin and Oboe; and Suite No. 2 for Flute and Orchestra. (You wouldn’t necessarily think so, but Italian [...]

Rachmaninoff’s Second with the Pasadena Symphony

Rachmaninoff’s Second with the Pasadena Symphony

Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony, if you haven’t heard it, sounds like this. Liszt’s Second Piano Concerto, like this. And that’s just on YouTube. For whatever mysterious reason, art experienced firsthand—not through recordings and reproductions—has the capacity to affect us in ways that copies do not. Something about the physical proximity of the artifact—you might call it [...]

Heavenly Curves at the Norton Simon

Heavenly Curves at the Norton Simon

Well, “Accentuated Forms” is the actual name of the Norton Simon’s ongoing discussion series focused on “representations of the female form” from East to West and then to now, but this week’s session is perhaps more aptly described by the title of this post. The topic of conversation, guided by a museum and limited to [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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