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LitFest on the Prowl

LitFest on the Prowl

From Central Park to the Playhouse District, LitFest 2014 is on the prowl. In Vroman’s courtyard, restaurant critic and Ruth Reichl will chat with L.A. Times’ Arts & Entertainment Editor Laurie Ochoa about Reichl’s debut novel Delicious, followed by a discussion about “the state of food culture” with Taco U.S.A. author Gustavo Arellano. Wine will be [...]

Letters from Zora

Letters from Zora

The first book I read of Alice Walker’s was not The Color Purple, which still surprises me because outside of a college campus, I’m devout when it comes to fiction reading. My mother, I believe, was the person who recommended Walker’s In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens:  Womanist Prose (1983). In Walker’s essay “Looking for [...]

Bombastic Fifth Symphony

Bombastic Fifth Symphony

The Pasadena Symphony closes its 86th season with Tchaikovsky’s “dazzling” Piano Concerto No. 1 and the “bombastically popular” Fifth Symphony by Shostakovich. Jahja Ling conducts and Shai Wosner’s on piano. NPR’s All Things Considered says, “Shai Wosner’s fingers are at the service of a keen musical mind and deep musical soul…he’s downright thrilling.” Pasadena Symphony’s [...]

Second Saturdays at Jones’

Second Saturdays at Jones’

If you like original music, as well as a bit of Bowie, Neil Young, and Amadeus Mozart, head over to Jones Coffee Roaster for the first of their Second Saturdays. CoNcEnTr8s will lead the evening, featuring violinist Tylana Renga Enomot, cellist Peter Jacobson, and “the incomparable” William Logan on drums. The trios’ first album, RawBits, [...]

Earth & Arts Festival

Earth & Arts Festival

Set the kiddies down at Drumtime and go get a cold one at the “Sustainable Beer Garden.” Next, let them be mesmerized by Clair Mills’ puppets and stories-with-costumes while you slip off to jam to Blackwater Jukebox. The 12th Pasadena Earth & Arts Festival on May 3rd is hosted by the City of Pasadena and [...]

South Pasadena Goes Eclectic

South Pasadena Goes Eclectic

Over three dozen musical performances will be conducted during the afternoon and evening on the streets of downtown (okay, three or four streets worth) of South Pasadena for the 5th Annual Eclectic Music Festival & Art Walk. On stage at the Gold Line Metro stop, at the South Pas Music Center, in galleries, and even [...]

CA Bookstore Day

CA Bookstore Day

Independent bookstores are not just stores, they’re community centers and local anchors run by passionate readers. They are entire universes of ideas that contain the possibility of real serendipity. They are lively performance spaces and quiet places where aimless perusal is a day well spent. California Bookstore Day is a statewide party on May 3, [...]

Table 50 at Showcase

Table 50 at Showcase

For the 50th anniversary of Pasadena Showcase House of Design, Natalia Pedroza and Melissa Corkern Davis of TasteBuds Culinary have created Table 50. Ticketholders may partake of breakfast and a light lunch menu, as well as a dinner menu that includes daily soups, grilled entrées, quiches, made-to-order salads, and the Golden Anniversary Salad. For the [...]

Koertge at Boston Court

Koertge at Boston Court

The drive is okay:  A.C. on high (it’s torrid in Los Angeles, with the usual muslin-yellow sky), radio up, some gratifying amiable/envious/admiring/lubricious glances. At the mall, she has to park at the top of a new structure, following a ramp so circuitous it’s like an inner ear. Is she going to emerge under the invisible [...]

World Book Night

World Book Night

At the 2010 Book Industry Conference in London, a round table discussion came up with an intriguing and ambitious concept:  what if bibliophiles shared their favorite books with people who don’t regularly read? As a result, World Book Night was born. Authors of selected books waive royalty fees so WBN can afford to print editions that [...]

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