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All The Great Books (abridged)

All The Great Books (abridged)
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The Reduced Shakespeare Company made a name for itself by performing all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays… in 97 minutes! How can this be done, you ask? Hilariously, according to the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times and the theatre-goers of London, who made it that city’s longest-running comedy to date. Radi Os it is […]

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

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

For the 19th 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 eleven. The jokes weren’t […]

Nrityagram Dance Ensemble at Caltech

Nrityagram Dance Ensemble at Caltech

In a strange bit of scheduling, the second night of the Caltech Dance Show has been programmed opposite the Nrityagram Dance Ensemble, a professional troupe blending classical Indian Odissi dancing with some modern practices and ideas. Nothing against Caltech’s homegrown dancers, but one wonders how they stack up against this. In addition to being an […]

Step Afrika! at Caltech

Step Afrika! at Caltech

What do you call a tap dance with no shoes? A band with no instruments? According to Caltech, you call it Step Afrika!, a Washington, D.C.-based troupe of professional steppers. Steppers? Steppers. Stepping is percussive dance—kicking, stomping, clamping, chanting—sans shoes, and with, as the name suggests, an African dance heritage. Step Afrika! purports to be […]

Country Joe, sans Fish, at Caltech

Country Joe, sans Fish, at Caltech

Attention old hippies of Pasadena: Country Joe—yes, that Country Joe—is playing Caltech this Saturday. Although known mostly for the “I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-To-Die Rag,” Joe McDonald, who turns 70 next year, has made more than 30 records, including a Woody Guthrie album way back in 1969—you know, before it was cool to like Woody. Evidently he’s become quite […]

Katy Moffatt at Caltech

Katy Moffatt at Caltech

Country music gets a bad rap. If you like country, depending on who your friends are, you are either a) quite accustomed to defending the genre, or b) thinking, who doesn’t like country? Lots of people. I myself am not crazy about it, with some exceptions. Katy Moffatt, we hope, might number among them. The […]

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 […]

Caltech Goes Blue(grass)

Caltech Goes Blue(grass)

The Caltech Folk Music Society continues to showcase the finest grass there is: Bluegrass! This time it’s Chris Stuart and Backcountry, a talented multigenerational outfit. Stuart, the lead singer and rhythm guitarist, was nominated the 2009 Songwriter of the Year by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (or SPBGMA for … […]

Ladysmith Black Mambazo at Caltech

Ladysmith Black Mambazo at Caltech

What do you get when you mix the intricacies of South African musical traditions with the sounds of gospel? You get a fragment of what Ladysmith Black Mambazo has to offer. At it for 50 years now, Ladysmith are the world’s preeminent isicathamiya practitioners. So successful were they in their native South Africa that they […]

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, […]

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