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8 Works, 2 Takes: A Room to Create

8 Works, 2 Takes: A Room to Create
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Nancy Evans Dance Theatre: This is the dance that makes you think, makes you stop and wonder about what you value and how you want to be in the world. Evans’ musicianship (as seen in others pieces as well) is embedded in her craft. Music, dance and expression all as one. —Beth Megill, dance instructor/choreographer, […]

In Case of Emergency

In Case of Emergency

For the past nine years, Chalk Repertory Theatre has been creating some pretty unusual theater in the Los Angeles area. On Saturday night, I witnessed their latest production, In Case of Emergency. The play takes place in the garage of a young lady tormented by fears of disaster, so the venue for the play was, […]

Artes Vocales

Artes Vocales

Artes Vocales comes to the beautiful and acoustically superior sanctuary at First United Methodist Church, performing Bach’s St. Matthew Passion on June 4. This story of Jesus’ suffering and death as told in the Gospel of St. Matthew had its premier in Leipzig on Good Friday in 1727. The Kapellmeister’s Magnum Opus in terms of length, […]

2016 LitFest Pasadena

2016 LitFest Pasadena

It’s the 5th LitFest Pasadena on June 4 with award-winning authors, panel discussions, Q&A, readings, prizes, and micro-narratives. And, it’s all free. The day begins at 10 a.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore then meanders around the Playhouse District to Zona Rosa Alley and the Playhouse’s Carrie Hamilton Theater. Jonathan Gold speaks and takes questions in regard […]

“Third” by Wendy Wasserstein

“Third” by Wendy Wasserstein

Regarding the late Pulitzer Prize-winning Wendy Wasserstein’s last play Third, which was written shortly before her death in 2005, Mark Favermann at Berkshire Fine Arts writes, “It is among her wittiest, wisest, and perhaps most personal play.” Favermann continues… Set at an unnamed, elite, New England liberal arts college, this play’s central character, Professor Laurie Jameson, […]

Artists at Play

Artists at Play

Since 2011, “a collective of Asian American creative professionals” have been telling ‘the stories of communities underrepresented in theatre.” Artists at Play debut on the local theater scene was its production and the L. A. premiere of Lauren Yee’s “cheekily subversive comedy” Ching Chong Chinaman, which was followed in 2012 by Edith Can Shoot Things and […]

Enduring Heroes

Enduring Heroes

Todd, JP, Willie, Sergio, Cory, Rogelio, Joe, Adam, Dion, Carla, and Scott. They “are a diverse group of young soldiers who, nonetheless, have much in common. Those lucky enough to have known them, remember their bravery, selflessness, and the love they brought into the world.” They are… Army 2nd Lt. Todd Bryant Marine 2nd Lt. James […]

The Golden Dragon

The Golden Dragon

The Golden Dragon, playing at The Theatre @ Boston Court through June 5, is a Chinese-Vietnamese-Thai fast food restaurant in a city somewhere in the present day world. The story is simple, but the story telling, not so much. We watch as a kitchen worker writhes in pain from a rotting tooth. The solution is […]

Live Well, by Bike

Live Well, by Bike

What could be better than popping in here and there—cafés, restaurants, bakeries, and specialty shops—from the Pasadena Playhouse District to Old Pasadena and sampling delicious treats and burning calories as you go? Not much in our estimation. One of our happiest times was as a young woman of seventeen and fresh out of high school. We roamed […]

Gamma Yog’Art Nature Jam

Gamma Yog’Art Nature Jam

It’s a yoga art jam. In the park. Or a garden. On May 15, Landa Curtis hosts another Gamma Yog’Art Nature Jam, this time at Arlington Garden. Last month, folks practiced yoga and painted. This month it’s time for rock mandalas and spiral graphs (and yoga). Curtis says it’s BYOR, bring your own rock, though when […]

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