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Chamber Music at the Huntington

Chamber Music at the Huntington

Southwest Chamber Music is wrapping up its summer season with two nights of music at the Huntington. On the agenda are works by Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, as well as one piece by a contemporary American composer, Alexandra du Bois: L’apothéose d’un rêve, which etymological intuition (and Google) tells me means “the culmination of a dream.” [...]

Mark Haskell Smith Is Baked

Mark Haskell Smith Is Baked

Excuse me, that should say “Mark Haskell Smith wrote Baked,” a pot-laced Los Angeles crime and revenge novel. Experimental botanist Miro Basinas wins Amsterdam’s Cannabis Cup with a strain that tastes like mangos, after which he is promptly gunned down and jacked of his prize-winning stash by an enterprising gangster, whom Miro then goes in [...]

Rhapsody in Bess

Rhapsody in Bess

The Pasadena POPS has quite the jazzy evening lined up for this Saturday. Pianist Alfredo Rodriguez, a native of Havana who was “discovered” by Quincy Jones at the Montreux Jazz Festival, will play Rhapsody in Blue. Actress and Tony-nominated vocalist Valarie Pettiford—best known perhaps for her role as Big Dee Dee Thorne on Half & [...]

Americana Summer Concert Series

Americana Summer Concert Series

Every Wednesday this August, the Americana at Brand is having a free outdoor concert in their courtyard. Produced by Chris Isaacson of Upright Cabaret, the lineup looks to be mostly solo vocal artists of some repute. Last week it was Steve Tyrell, a Grammy-winning vocalist. This week it’s Natasha Bedingfield, the UK’s self-proclaimed biggest female [...]

Design Biennial at PMCA

Design Biennial at PMCA

We’re very fond of the Pasadena Museum of California Art, especially their extra-curricular programming. The fourth installment of their Design Biennial, which began two weeks ago and runs until Halloween, is using a new format. Rather than have a juried competition, the PMCA asked notable professionals from five fields to curate their discipline’s category: Rose [...]

Chris Holden’s Block Party

Chris Holden’s Block Party

Chris Holden is the Pasadena City Councilperson for District 3, which has a funny shape and includes most of Old Town and the Playhouse District. This Saturday, he is hosting a summer block party for District 3, which you can attend even if you are from District 9. There will be live music, hot dogs [...]

Ancient Future Benefit Concert

Ancient Future Benefit Concert

The Ancient Future Quintet, one of the band’s many configurations. Ancient Future is a band, I think. They’ve been playing world fusion music, a term bandleader Matthew Montfort claims he coined, since 1978. Their upcoming date at the incredibly atmospheric Folly Bowl (an amphitheater in the yard of a private Altadena home) is but one [...]

The Laramie Project

The Laramie Project

The Milestone Theatre Company is nearing its third birthday. Founded in the fall of 2007 by restless PCC theater students, The Milestone has grown into a community of dozens of local artists. Their latest production is The Laramie Project, by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project. It is the true story of [...]

Ryan Bingham at the Levitt

Ryan Bingham at the Levitt

Hyperbole: When Jeff Bridges won an Oscar for his portrayal of Bad Blake in Crazy Heart, it was on Ryan Bingham’s coattails. Not hyperbole: Ryan Bingham is a great alt-country singer-songwriter, who won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for his tune “The Weary Kind,” which Jeff Bridges performs in the movie—with Bingham and his [...]

This Week at the Old Pasadena Film Festival

This Week at the Old Pasadena Film Festival

The hits keep coming in the Old Pasadena Film Festival’s third week: Thursday is noir classic Sorry, Wrong Number, in which hypochondriac, bedridden millionaire’s daughter and Oscar nominee Barbara Stanwyck overhears two thugs plotting a woman’s murder in a crossed phone connection. As she tries to unravel this telephonic mystery, she becomes convinced she is [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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