Events


The Portrait, from Raphael to Modigliani

The Portrait, from Raphael to Modigliani

Someone at the Norton Simon has a thing for portraiture. It’s been a little over eight months since the close of their exhibit, Gaze: Portraiture After Ingres, which featured prominently a loan from the Frick, Jean-Auguste-Dominque Ingres’s Comtesse d’Haussonville, 1845. Now they’ve got another famous portrait on loan, this time from the National Gallery in [...]

The Artist and the Shopping Destination

The Artist and the Shopping Destination

Christmas is nigh. If you are like me, and I am like everybody else, then you are being bombarded with an unceasing barrage of holiday media: jingles, songs, trinkets, images. This is what the holidays are all about, and is delightful—up to a point. Sometimes one needs a break from all the reds and greens, [...]

Young Artist Nights

Young Artist Nights

Founded to help young musicians navigate the murky waters of being a young musician, the Young Musicians Project helps young musicians learn the music business through workshops and professional mentorships. They also put on shows periodically, like the one this Friday at the South Pasadena Music Center, featuring Dylan Kario, Shani Shousterman, and Hometown Pasadena [...]

Swing Dancing Saturdays

Swing Dancing Saturdays

Swing dancing: keeping poodle skirts in style since 1953. Don’t even think about coming to the Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association’s weekly Swing Dancing Saturday without one. You’ll be shunned. And who wants to be shunned? Not I, and probably not you. Even the men have to wear poodle skirts. Ok, not really. Swing dancing is [...]

The Intimate Opera of Pasadena

The Intimate Opera of Pasadena

The Intimate Opera of Pasadena, in addition to having a good name, has also found a good home: the Pasadena Playhouse, where they will be making their debut this weekend, from the 16th to the 19th, with an intimate production of Amahl and the Night Visitors, a one act opera by Gian Carlo Menotti about [...]

Lian Dolan at the Huntington

Lian Dolan at the Huntington

Helen of Pasadena has been kicking butt and taking names. So has its author, Lian Dolan of the Satellite Sisters, whose latest butt-kicking tour stop is none other than The Huntington Library, where more than a little of Helen takes place. If you’ve been waiting for an excuse to buy the book, this is a [...]

Boston Court’s New Play Festival

Boston Court’s New Play Festival

Boston Court is one of our favorite venues in Pasadena. They do music, poetry, and, of course, theatre, including most recently a play about a font, Futura, which set our typographer’s heart ablaze. Though they’re technically between seasons now (their production of Tennessee Williams’ Camino Real premiers in February), nevertheless they are keeping things dramatic [...]

20th Century Holiday Tunes with the Pasadena Master Chorale

20th Century Holiday Tunes with the Pasadena Master Chorale

In this season of inescapable nostalgia, putting together a holiday concert with music (almost) entirely written in the last 110 years is an impressive feat. The man behind this restraint is PMC’s founder and artistic director Jeffrey Bernstein, whose seasonal selections for this weekend’s concerts include O Magnum Mysterium by Morten Lauridsen, Stopping by Woods [...]

Holiday POPS Concert

Holiday POPS Concert

What would the Christmas season be without huge mega extravaganza Christmas concerts featuring special celebrity guests, adorable singing children, and heart-warming tunes? Why, it just wouldn’t feel like Christmas at all! Luckily, the Pasadena POPS is putting on just such a blowout this Saturday. Guest Conductor Grant Cooper will be guiding the POPS, the LA [...]

Pasadena Pro Musica: Baroque Advent Cantatas

Pasadena Pro Musica: Baroque Advent Cantatas

Christmas seems to bring out the Baroque in Pasadena Pro Musica, a chorus and orchestra committed to the performance of “distinguished yet less frequently-performed masterpieces.” Last year’s Christmas concert featured two composers we’d never heard of. This year’s show—a program of four sacred Advent cantatas—has only one name new to us: Dietrich Buxtehude, whose Kommst [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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