Events


Thiebaud at the Norton Simon

Thiebaud at the Norton Simon

Wayne Thiebaud’s richly textured, vividly colorful paintings of food, especially cakes, are among the best-known works of 1960s and ’70s California painters. What are less known are his monochromatic prints of the same subject matter, but with its new show, the Norton Simon is aiming to broaden our understanding of Thiebaud’s range and work. Called […]

Sligo Rags at the Coffee Gallery

Sligo Rags at the Coffee Gallery

Celtic folk-rockers Sligo Rags head north from their Orange County base to the cozy Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena for a concert on Friday, June 26. They’ll be performing songs from their new album, The Whiskey Never Lies, as well as favorites from their previous album. Expert instrumentalists and lively vocalists, the Rags weave jazz, […]

Swinging at Heritage Square

Swinging at Heritage Square

On Tuesday Dennis Kay and the Pasadena City College Swing Band are putting on a free concert as part of the Concerts at the Square series at the Heritage Square Museum. Located just off the 110 Freeway south of Pasadena, Heritage Square is a remarkable museum-as-neighborhood, made up of restored and not-quite-restored homes and buildings […]

Chalk Action

Chalk Action

This Father’s Day weekend brings the return of the Pasadena Chalk Festival to the Paseo. On Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., some 600 artists (from all over Southern California and even the nation) will be filling almost every inch of the Paseo’s concrete promenades and open spaces with vivid chalked murals. […]

Father-Daughter Book Signing

Father-Daughter Book Signing

Just in time for Father’s Day is an unusual book signing at Once Upon a Time in Montrose: Glendale resident Dan Pollock, author of the new crime thriller The Running Boy, will be signing books alongside his 14-year-old daughter, Jane Pollock, who has just published her first book, Titus and Otis and the Arctic Adventure, […]

Francesca Lia Block at Vroman's

Francesca Lia Block at Vroman's

If at any point in the last fifteen years you were a 13-year-old girl, you read Francesca Lia Block. If  you’ve known any 13-year-old girls, you saw them carrying around those neon and black paperbacks. So for all of us who are, who were or who know one of those girls, here’s your chance to […]

Summer Shows at PMCA

Summer Shows at PMCA

The summer season is bringing four new shows to the Pasadena Museum of California Art, starting with a recently opened exhibit of the work of five seminal faculty members from the early years at UC Davis: Robert Arneson, Wayne Thiebaud, Manuel Neri, Roy De Forest and William T. Wiley. Equally compelling is the exhibit called […]

Blood & Dumplings

Blood & Dumplings

L.A.’s favorite quirky-historic tour company, Esotouric, returns to the San Gabriel Valley this weekend for its popular Blood & Dumplings tour, hosted in conjunction with Vroman’s Bookstore. Departing from Vroman’s at noon on Saturday, the bus adventure cruises Alhambra, Temple City, Monterey Park, Rosemead and El Monte, with a stop for a picnic of dumplings […]

Alice Hoffman at Vroman's

Alice Hoffman at Vroman's

Magic realist novelist Alice Hoffman, author of Here on Earth, Practical Magic, the Ice Queen and many other novels, including some for young adults and children, will be speaking and signing at Vroman’s on Friday about her new novel, The Story Sisters. The book tells the tale of three sisters who become recluses after tragedy […]

Smogtown at Aloud LA

Smogtown at Aloud LA

Pasadena author Chip Jacobs takes center stage on Tuesday night at the Los Angeles Central Library for its Aloud LA lecture series. Moderated by Kevin Roderick of LA Observed, this free event is really a panel discussion, not a lecture, featuring Jacobs and his co-author, William J. Kelly; author and former state legislator Tom Hayden; […]