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Red Hen at Boston Court

Red Hen at Boston Court

If you believe what you read, poetry has been in crisis for a decade or two, or three or four, or nine. There’s too much of it, or it’s not any good, or it’s really weird. While it’s true that the volume of contemporary verse can be intimidating to initiates, there is a fairly straightforward [...]

Make Much Ado

Make Much Ado

Glendale’s 18-year-old classical repertory company, A Noise Within, continues its season with Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare. Directed by Michael Murray (runs February  27 – May  21)  this classic comedy concerns itself with the battle of the sexes between Beatrice and Benedick. (But the state of our local theaters are no laughing matter; [...]

Youth Orchestra Day

Youth Orchestra Day

Think music education is important?  So do a lot of folks in town, including Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard, who has declared this Sunday Youth Orchestra Day. And everybody is invited take part in an afternoon “summit” demonstrating the joys of music making. Nearly 300 high school and college students from four youth orchestras (the Los Angeles [...]

The Wailin’ Jennys at Caltech

The Wailin’ Jennys at Caltech

All the way from Canada come the Wailin’ Jennys, an all-lady vocal folk trio, none of whom are named Jenny. They’ve won a Juno Award (Canada’s Grammys — a CanadaGram?) for best “Roots & Traditional” album and have been making regular appearances on A Prairie Home Companion. Their repertoire includes jazz and bluegrass as well, [...]

Singing Nuns

Singing Nuns

Monty Python this is not. Rather, it’s a choir of Carmelites from all over the Southland, putting on a rare show for those outside the convent’s walls. The program spans centuries, from old-timey Gregorian Chants to ultramodern contemporary Christian, but has a unifying theme: light. Because, as Mother Regina Marie says, “Times are dark.” The [...]

Pasadena Showcase House

Pasadena Showcase House

One of the largest and oldest house and garden tours in the country, Pasadena Showcase House of Design is an annual fundraiser disguised as a month-long celebration of an historic property. This year that property is the Cravens Estate, an official Pasadena Cultural Landmark as well as a Landmark of Historical Significance. In addition to [...]

Katrina Kenison Reading & Book Signing

Katrina Kenison Reading & Book Signing

Katrina Kenison, author of The Gift of an Ordinary Day and Mitten Strings for God and the series editor for 16 years of The Best American Short Stories, will be reading and signing her books this Thursday at both the La Cañada Presbyterian Church’s Family Life Center and at Flintridge Bookstore. Despite the title and [...]

Pasadena Babalon: The World of Jack Parsons

Pasadena Babalon: The World of Jack Parsons

This weekend and next bring another fun theatrical production from Brian Brophy and the fine thespians of Caltech’s TACIT, this time about the whack job who co-founded JPL: Jack Parsons. Supposedly acknowledged by Wernher von Braun as the father of America’s space program, Parsons pioneered the use of solid fuel and helped develop jet-assisted takeoff (JATO) units [...]

Chinese New Year Family Festival at The Huntington

Chinese New Year Family Festival at The Huntington

The Year of the Tiger will soon be upon us once again — that’s right, this weekend the lunar (i.e. Chinese) new year is upon us. Traditionally, this auspicious occasion is celebrated with tiger maulings for one and all. If getting clawed at by large felines is not your thing, the Huntington is having a [...]

Greg “Eternity Soup” Critser at Vroman’s

Greg “Eternity Soup” Critser at Vroman’s

Greg Critser, friend of Hometown Pasadena and author of Eternity Soup: Inside the Quest to End Aging, will be at Vroman’s this week to sign and discuss his latest book. Named for a 16th-century Renaissance man’s health food concoction, Eternity Soup chronicles modern anti-aging science and medicine, now a multibillion dollar industry. HP’s very own [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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