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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 [...]

Hot House at the Playhouse: Big Money

Hot House at the Playhouse: Big Money

In a deep underground chamber of the Pasadena Playhouse is the Carrie Hamilton Theatre, which hosts, by day, performances of mind control experiments, and, by night, free readings of new, sometimes experimental, plays. The series is called Hot House at the Playhouse, and is designed to give playwrights access to the staff and resources of [...]

Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra Plays Bach

Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra Plays Bach

His songs and organ works, to be precise. But not all of them. To be even more precise, Musica Angelica, one of So Cal’s premier Baroque ensembles, will perform 1) the Schemelli songs and arias, 2) the Toccata and Fugue in d minor, 3) the Passacaglia in c minor for Organ, BMV582, and 4), Prelude [...]

PMC Hosts the CGC

PMC Hosts the CGC

Or, in real words, the Pasadena Master Chorale will be hosting the Cornell Glee Club this Sunday. The PMC will open with performances of the “Introit” and “Kyrie” from Mozart’s Requiem (the PMC is all about the Requiem this month, it seems), to be followed by the CGC and their multi-cultural choral repertoire: American folk [...]

Wendy and Wendy at Vroman’s and Vroman’s

Wendy and Wendy at Vroman’s and Vroman’s

This is actually two readings in one (post). The first is this Friday, when Wendy Mogel, author of the beloved parenting manual The Blessing of a Skinned Knee, discusses and signs her latest, The Blessing of a B Minus­: Using Jewish Teachings to Raise Resilient Teenagers. You don’t have to be of the chosen people [...]

PCC Flea Market Moved to Next Sunday

PCC Flea Market Moved to Next Sunday

Like everything else in town, the PCC Flea Market was displaced by the Rose Festivities. Ordinarily held the first Sunday of every month, the Market has been moved to next Sunday, the 9th. It’s an earthly paradise for record collectors, supposedly one of the best record swaps in Southern California. For everybody else, there’s everything [...]

“Life of Mozart” with the Pasadena Master Chorale

“Life of Mozart” with the Pasadena Master Chorale

Mozart died before finishing his Requiem, one of those ironies that meet at the intersection of the personal and the historical and are ripe for good storytelling. This story well get a more documentary telling this Saturday, as the Pasadena Master Chorale performs portions of the Requiem (only those Mozart himself wrote) interwoven with readings [...]

Sunday Cassoulet at Vertical

Sunday Cassoulet at Vertical

If you follow the Pasadena restaurant scene, you probably know by now that Laurent Quenioux, currently of Bistro LQ and formerly of Bistro K, has taken over the kitchen at yet another bistro: Vertical. Quenioux is something of a wild man in the kitchen—eel sliders, anyone?—so it will be interesting to see how much autonomy [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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