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JPL Open House 2010

JPL Open House 2010

JPL has quite an interesting history. The more outrageous episodes, however, will probably not be on display at this weekend’s open house. Instead, visitors will be treated to exhibits and demonstrations of the lab’s ongoing research into space exploration, time travel, and ALIENS. Mostly the space exploring, though. There will be fun things for kids [...]

How Birds Can Save the World

How Birds Can Save the World

Those devoted nature enthusiasts at the Pasadena Audubon Society have a treat planned for their next general meeting: a visit from Dr. John Fitzpatrick, the director of the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. Dr. Fitzpatrick’s illustrated lecture will examine the vital role birds play in the conservation of biological diversity, and in international diplomacy. Canaries in [...]

This Week at Vroman’s: Laura Bush and Justin Halpern

This Week at Vroman’s: Laura Bush and Justin Halpern

The former First Lady surely needs no introduction. She lived in the White House for eight years, and then she wrote a book — a memoir. She’s famously private, so the book’s supposed candor could be a pleasant surprise. One thing: She still, of course, gets Secret Service protection, so the rules for attending her [...]

One Night Only: Glee!

One Night Only: Glee!

No, not that Glee, but another, better, finer Glee. Among the finest, in fact: the University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club, older than dirt (since 1859) and considered one of the best men’s choirs in the world. As part of their 150th Anniversary Tour, they’ll be appearing at Pasadena Presbyterian alongside the newest sub-choir of the [...]

Photo Exhibit at Jones Coffee

Photo Exhibit at Jones Coffee

What do three physicians, an architect, a retired labor organizer, a retired manufacturer, a filmmaker, a scientist and a converted potter all have in common? They’re the members of a “ƒ8 Pasadena,” a salon of deeply committed photographers who, for three years, have been meeting every week to hang out and talk about photography. Their [...]

“An Oscar for Mom” at Theatre Americana

“An Oscar for Mom” at Theatre Americana

Last February, we welcomed Theatre Americana back to the neighborhood after a ten-year hiatus. Its second production is a pre-Mother’s Day revue, featuring musical performances about parent-child relationships, excerpted from popular movies. You know, like Ordinary People. A special Momma’s Day lunch will be served before the show. As with Polterheist, all proceeds from the [...]

South Pas Music Festival & Art Walk

South Pas Music Festival & Art Walk

David Lindley is weird. The San Marino native has played with Warren Zevon and Jackson Browne; he plays the acoustic and electric guitars, standup and electric bass, banjo, lap steel guitar, mandolin, hardingfele, bouzouki, cittern, bağlama, gumbus, charango, cümbüş, oud, weissenborn, zither and probably a bunch more instruments I’ve never heard of. Now, he will [...]

Capitol Steps; or, How to Laugh (Harder) at the Government

Capitol Steps; or, How to Laugh (Harder) at the Government

For the 18th year in a row, this troupe of former Congressional staffers will bring to Caltech its patented mix of political parody and scathing satire. Leaving no lobby unturned, the Steps make light of left, right and center. I actually bought one of their CDs once, by accident. I was 11. The jokes weren’t [...]

Busch Gardens: Not Just for Roller Coasters Anymore

Busch Gardens: Not Just for Roller Coasters Anymore

When my East Coast friends come to visit, occasionally (okay, rarely) they express a desire to visit an amusement park. When, in the course of that discussion, I mention Knott’s Berry Farm, the reaction, invariably, is: “Huh? That doesn’t sound like an amusement park.” I would wager the same is often said of the Busch [...]

Armory Opening: The Trees on My Block

Armory Opening: The Trees on My Block

Speaking of trees, the Armory has a new installation up, a collection of about 90 oil paintings by Pasadena artist Elizabeth Saveri. As you can probably discern, the paintings are all of trees (or tree leaves or tree seedpods) on her block. That block is Heather Square, in the neighborhood of Washington Square. The paintings [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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