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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 […]

This Week at the Levitt

This Week at the Levitt

      Free Music Under the Stars rolls on. This week’s lineup is especially potent. Thursday it’s Blame Sally, a Bay Area phenomenon who’ve been compared to Jane Siberry, the Indigo Girls and The Joy of Cooking (?), which is a roundabout way of saying they are folk rockers. Friday it’s Adele Jacques/Paris Loves […]

Cal Phil, John Williams, and Assorted Rings

Cal Phil, John Williams, and Assorted Rings

Last month it was Brian McKnight. This month, the California Philharmonic continues its Festival on the Green with a “ringing” tribute (oh jeez) to John Williams, Howard Shore and Richard Wagner. Cal Phil will play from several Williams-scored films: E.T., Superman, The Terminal, Schindler’s List and Star Wars (during which there’ll be a laser light […]

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 […]