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Cosmic Thunder: Taiko Drumming

Cosmic Thunder: Taiko Drumming

Taiko is “drum” in Japanenese—“great drum” or “wide drum” specifically, though the word is now used to refer to several different Japanese drums. Taiko have been around since the Yayoi Period (300 B.C.E. – 300 C.E.), and they play an important role in Gagaku, one of the oldest styles of court music still in existence [...]

Cal Phil at the Old Mill

Cal Phil at the Old Mill

Which Mill? Why, the Old Mill—the one in San Marino that’s been there since 1816 and is the oldest commercial building in Southern California. It was a grist mill. Now, it’s an historic treasure, as well as a venue, playing host to a California Art Club gallery, Bar Association Dinners and the titular summer concert [...]

Olivia Munn at Vroman’s

Olivia Munn at Vroman’s

If you’re much of a geek, chances are you already know who Olivia Munn is. Because, you know, she’s a goddess. For geeks. For everyone else, she’s the woman from that TV station you flip through occasionally, the G4 Network. As of a month ago, she’s also a correspondent for The Daily Show (upgrade!), and [...]

Party on the Bridge

Party on the Bridge

This Saturday on the Colorado Street Bridge, that is, courtesy of Pasadena Heritage. There’ll be live music on three stages, dancing, antique cars, children’s games and food and drink (no-host) from around twenty local vendors, including Craftsman Brewing (!), Eagle Rock Brewing, Big Mama’s Rib Shack, Garlic Jim’s Gourmet Pizza, Cha Da Thai, Los Tacos [...]

Caltech Is so Hot Right Now

Caltech Is so Hot Right Now

Summer is hot. Wild Weather—Heat, a NASA-funded hi-def documentary, is also hot, but only figuratively. Tracing the arrival of summer from desert swelter to northern idyll, from the jungles of Belize to the inside of a lightning bolt, the doc is part of NASA’s “Summer of Innovation,” a program designed to get kids—or anyone, really—a [...]

Saturday at the Levitt: Alejo Aponte

Saturday at the Levitt: Alejo Aponte

The Levitt Pavilion’s free summer concert series continues. We’re particularly excited about this Saturday’s performers, Alejo Aponte y Latonera, who have a really excellent MySpace page.*  They’ve got a new album out, Gente (that’s “people” for you gringos). It’s the culmination of a long musical journey: Aponte spent nearly a decade traveling through his native [...]

Arcadia in Sierra Madre

Arcadia in Sierra Madre

English playwright Tom Stoppard has made a career out of writing absurdist tragicomedies, full of mistaken identities, epigrammatic dialogue, predetermined chaos and other metaphysical, metatheatrical mischiefs. He would approve then, probably, of the Sierra Madre Playhouse’s latest production: his Tony Award-winning Arcadia. It’s not so much about the San Gabriel Valley city of 60,000 as [...]

Jazz at Descanso

Jazz at Descanso

Every Thursday until August 12, some of L.A.’s finest jazz musicians will grace Descanso Gardens for “The Evolution of American Jazz,” a seriously ambitious name for a concert series. In an unusual bout of permissiveness, Descanso is allowing outside food to be brought in for these shows—picnic suppers. Take advantage, if only so you can [...]

Earl Okin and the Oxford Belles

Earl Okin and the Oxford Belles

Earl Okin has been around for a while. He recorded his first single in 1967—at Abbey Road. He’s opened for an eclectic bunch of acts: Jean-Luc Ponty, Van Morrison and, in 1979, Wings. He’s skilled at performing jazz, and bossa nova—and standup comedy. What’s his show like? Who knows! [YouTube knows – ed.] The evening’s [...]

Wine Tasting… and Stationery?

Wine Tasting… and Stationery?

That’s right, tonight brings a free wine tasting and educational talk at Webster’s Fine Stationers in Altadena, an event planned in partnership with neighboring (but separate) business Webster’s Liquors. Since the 4th is coming and summer is here, the focus is on wine and summer barbecues. Anne Louise Bannon and Michael Holland of OddBallGrape.com will [...]

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