Events


Wall to Wall Public Art

Wall to Wall Public Art

For the uninitiated, Side Street Projects is an off-the-grid (sort of) nonprofit that encourages and enables artists to take their art-making into the community. There are lots of rigorous art-theoretical phrasings for their activities (“an alternative practice” of “complex public negotiations;” “meta-public art”), but the results are often accessible and enjoyable, even… family-friendly (!). They […]

How to Age Well

How to Age Well

Every stage in life brings unique challenges, perhaps none more vexing than the ones that begin around the time the AARP card comes in the mail. Which is why those folks—in conjunction with Kaiser, the Pasadena Senior Center, the City of Pasadena, Right at Home, and the Royal Oaks Manor—have organized a free conference on […]

Gershwin Alone at the Pasadena Playhouse

Gershwin Alone at the Pasadena Playhouse

The revivified Pasadena Playhouse continues its musical new life with a short run, 10th anniversary presentation of George Gershwin Alone, Hershey Felder’s “play with music” (not a musical?) about Gershwin, America’s great synthesizer of popular and classical styles, cut down in his prime by a brain tumor. Felder, of course, is a concert pianist himself, […]

Sitar at the Music Circle

Sitar at the Music Circle

The Music Circle is a new one for us, a concert series dedicated to Indian classical music at Occidental’s Herrick Chapel. The next show is this Saturday, when Sitar virtuoso Shujaat Khan and tabla (percussion) performer Abhiman Kaushal take the stage. Khan is a 7th generation Sitarist, with a Grammy nomination and gigs at Carnegie […]

The Perilous Streets of Pasadena

The Perilous Streets of Pasadena

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 have recently […]

Feathers, Fashion, and the Cawston Ostrich Farm

Feathers, Fashion, and the Cawston Ostrich Farm

Once upon a time, there was an ostrich farm in South Pasadena, the Cawston Ostrich Farm, founded in 1886 by Edwin Cawston. In addition to providing visitors with rides in ostrich drawn carriages, Cawston made a living selling ostrich-feathered products: boas, capes, fans, and, of course, hats, which just so happens to be the area […]

The Toyota Farm to Table Tour Comes to South Pas

The Toyota Farm to Table Tour Comes to South Pas

We don’t usually feature events with such forthright corporate credentials, but Toyota’s “Farm to Table Tour” seems worthwhile. It brings top local chefs to honest-to-goodness farmers markets to provide complimentary (!) nibbles to potential Toyota customers, who are given “the opportunity to experience Toyota’s newest hybrid vehicles”—a small price to pay for free eats from […]

Brahms’ Requiem with the Pasadena Master Chorale

Brahms’ Requiem with the Pasadena Master Chorale

Last time we checked in with the PMC, in January, they were performing Mozart’s Requiem—fitting music for what passes for winter in these parts. With spring now in the air, it’s only fitting that the PMC would do… another Requiem? Yes! Brahms’ Requiem, in fact, which is a staggering piece of music. Brahms wrote an […]

Gary Allegretto at the Coffee Gallery Backstage

Gary Allegretto at the Coffee Gallery Backstage

If anyone knows harmonica virtuosos, it’s American Cowboy magazine, which has the highest praise for five-time Western Music Association award nominee Gary Allegretto: “This good-natured cowboy singer-songwriter blows you away with his talent on that mouth harp.” He’ll be playing that mouth harp at the Coffee Gallery this Saturday with Ian Espinoza, also a singer-songwriter […]

The California Art Club at the PMCA

The California Art Club at the PMCA

Yesterday was the opening of the 100th Annual California Art Club Gold Medal Juried Exhibition in the Main Gallery of the ever-delightful PMCA—a mouthful of the best the CAC’s artist-members have to offer. The CAC, as California art hounds know, is a little more than a hundred years old now, and remains dedicated to supporting […]