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My Year at the Moulin Rouge

My Year at the Moulin Rouge

After the phone call, Cliff Simon got a one-way ticket from South Africa to Paris and spent the next year dancing at the Moulin Rouge. One moment, after which his “life was changed forever.” On August 14, Simon and his co-author Loren Stephens read from Paris Nights: My Year at the Moulin Rouge, followed by […]

End of Summer at the Levitt Pavilion

End of Summer at the Levitt Pavilion

We hope you’ve been enjoying another summer of free concerts at Pasadena’s Levitt Pavilion. This Saturday, Dustbowl Revival gets the crowd up on its feet to dance and stomp. On site food trucks on Saturday: Lobsta Truck, Mary Sue’s Homemade Eats, Erva Yerba Mate, and Nomad Ice Pops. A “kid zone” is set up for […]

Walter Askin: Through the Eyes of Artists

Walter Askin: Through the Eyes of Artists

We never miss a chance to mention one of our favorite artists, Pasadena native Walter Askin. His work is currently included in the Los Angeles Metro’s “Through the Eyes of Artists” exhibit at Union Station along its new photographic light box passageway. Speaking with Kirk Silsbee of the LA Times during his “Mainstreaming the Muse” exhibit at the […]

CatCon for Lovers of the Feline

CatCon for Lovers of the Feline

We had to click the link to confirm the reality, and yes, there is such an event as CatCon and it is coming to Pasadena this weekend, August 12-13. CatCon, now in its 3rd year, calls itself “the convention with cattitude,” which might lead some folks to stop reading and others to say, “Aw, cute!” […]

From Butterfly Hub to Gardening for Your Dining Table

From Butterfly Hub to Gardening for Your Dining Table

It’s never too early to grab your calendar and start planning for fall classes at the Arboretum. From Creating Your Own Butterfly Hub and Plant Combinations for Pots to Garden Rocks, Beekeeping: A Symbiotic Relationship, and Gardening for Your Dining Table, the Arboretum offers numerous ways to pump up your garden, all the way to […]

The Blue Boy’s Makeover

The Blue Boy’s Makeover

“The Blue Boy has been using his defiant stare and unique fashion sense to transfix viewers for centuries.”¹ Thomas Gainsborough’s 1779 full-length, life-size portrait in oil The Blue Boy is about to get a makeover. On August 8, this work of art will be removed from its dominate position in the Huntington’s Thornton Portrait Gallery—where it has hung since […]

Fierce Kingdom

Fierce Kingdom

It’s been fifteen minutes since I read the last line of Gin Phillips‘ Fierce Kingdom and still my heart is lodged in my throat. It’s described as a “thrill ride” and an “exploration of motherhood.” Yet, the word “thrill” has a positive connotation and the intensity of Fierce Kingdom is not a result of pleasure. As to the […]

Helping One of Our Own

Helping One of Our Own

Of course, Pasadena, Altadena, and the environs are large enough that we can’t know everyone, but this area often feels like a village rather than a city (cities), especially when we’re out with friends like Ann Erdman, Vicki Laidig, and Peggy Sue Davis who seem to know someone—or someone x 2 or 3—everywhere we go. That […]

The Spy Across the Table

The Spy Across the Table

Barry Lancet brings PI Jim Brodie back for a fourth appearance in The Spy Across the Table, which he’ll be discussing and signing at Vroman’s on August 10. Lancet has lived in Japan in for the last 25 years and in reviewing his first novel Japantown (2013) Steve Sacks writes… Lancet’s fluency in the Japanese […]

Shout, Sister, Shout!

Shout, Sister, Shout!

Bob Dylan remarked that Sister Rosetta Tharpe was “a powerful force of nature, a guitar playing, singing evangelist.” Through August 20, Tracy Nicole Chapman portrays Sister Tharpe in a production directed by Randy Johnson who received a 2014 Tony Award nomination for his production of A Night with Janis Joplin. Chapman has portrayed Shenzi in […]

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