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Bukowski at the Huntington—The Final Weeks

Bukowski at the Huntington—The Final Weeks

Like many a young Angeleno, I was weaned on Charles Bukowski. At 15 or so, I bought Love Is a Dog from Hell—from Vroman’s. Despite being a collection of poems, it was in the fiction section, inches away from Burroughs. It was supposed to be a Christmas gift, but I ended up keeping it for [...]

Camino Real at Boston Court

Camino Real at Boston Court

Before choking to death on an eye-drop bottle cap (which he supposedly kept under his tongue while administering eye-drops), Tennessee Williams wrote a great many plays. None of them are as surprising, perhaps, as Camino Real, in which 40+ characters (including Don Quixote, Lord Byron, and Esmeralda) mingle in the plaza of a walled-in desert [...]

Dangerous Beauty at the Pasadena Playhouse

Dangerous Beauty at the Pasadena Playhouse

“Courtesan” is one of those words that’s due for a comeback. Stage one: feature it prominently in a cultural artifact likely to be widely disseminated. Dangerous Beauty, a new musical opening for previews this Tuesday, is poised to do just that. Adapted from the New Regency screenplay The Honest Courtesan (which itself is based on [...]

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand… is at Vroman’s

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand… is at Vroman’s

We’ve been hearing great things about Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, the debut novel of Helen Simonson. It follows the retired Major Ernest Pettigrew, living out his autumn years in the small English village of Edgecombe St. Mary (oh those English). When Ernie’s brother dies, the Major (for reasons not discussed in the jacket copy) finds [...]

Santa Anita Food Truck Festival

Santa Anita Food Truck Festival

One wonders how much longer The Food Trucks will draw a crowd. Is there a name yet for a gathering of them, their very own collective noun? Dolphins have pods, hyenas have cackles (despite what HuffPo says), rooks have parliaments—do food trucks have… wagons? Yes. Wagons. There will be a wagon (or maybe gaggle is [...]

Katy Moffatt at Caltech

Katy Moffatt at Caltech

Country music gets a bad rap. If you like country, depending on who your friends are, you are either a) quite accustomed to defending the genre, or b) thinking, who doesn’t like country? Lots of people. I myself am not crazy about it, with some exceptions. Katy Moffatt, we hope, might number among them. The [...]

Eclipse String Quartet Performace at the Armory

Eclipse String Quartet Performace at the Armory

Eclipse String Quartet, a group of women celebrated for their new music performance, will be giving a concert of various works at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena on January 25th.  The evening will include works by composers Meredith Monk, John Cage, Lois Vierk and Emmy winner, Stephen Cohn.  The quartet by Cohn, [...]

Another Farce Within

Another Farce Within

The first A Noise Within production I ever wrote about for this site was Noises Off, Michael Frayn’s 1982 British “farce from behind,” a play within a play, in which a band of ill-equipped actors strive to put on “a dreadful sex comedy.” It was a smashing success—the play, that is (my post was ho-hum): [...]

When Worlds Collide, a Free Film Screening

When Worlds Collide, a Free Film Screening

The 16th century meeting of the civilizations of Europe and the Americas is one of the most influential periods in the history of the modern world. The processes set in motion by the “Contact” have shaped, and will continue to shape, the lives of countless people. As with so much else in the popular imagination, [...]

Kenton Nelson Speaks to the Masses

Kenton Nelson Speaks to the Masses

Kenton Nelson, as if you didn’t already know, is a Very Big Deal around these parts. Something about his neo-WPA style absolutely screams Pasadena. The Castle Green turret used to be his studio, but now he resides in a compound of old cottages off the Arroyo, in an artists’ colony of his own making. He’s [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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