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Mad Catfish Blues

Mad Catfish Blues
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  “What do you scat when you scat?” asks Barbara Morrison during a performance at the Australian Music Institute. Someone in the audience answers, “Nonsense syllables.” Barbara: “Hey, I like you. Nonsense syllables. You try to get down into the intervals, you try to make sense of where the song is going—just by nonsense syllables.” […]

Mad for Modern

Mad for Modern

It’s been called “satorially splendid” and “slow-burning,” and “a morality tale.” For the season finale, Mad Men pulled in 4.6 million viewers. The series opens in 1960, the dawn of a new decade, yet with the remnants of the prior decade still front and center—beautiful suits wrapped around beautiful men, and women donned in hats […]

Artisans Union & Solo Performers

Artisans Union & Solo Performers

The 3rd Annual Solo Performer Empowerment Day will be held on Saturday, August 29, at Fremont Centre Theatre. Empowerment Day is a day full of workshops and panels designed to empower and enhance the careers of solo performers, in particular. However, the information presented may benefit all performing artists. Workshops & Panels: • Creating a […]

Play Music on the Porch Day

Play Music on the Porch Day

August 29th is Play Music on the Porch Day. Worldwide. How many porches is that? Will yours be one? Highland Park artist Brian Mallman founded Play Music on the Porch Day in 2014. We’ll let him “speak” for his event: Throughout history, it has been common to hear live music played on porches, as well […]

Fur, Latex & Fishnets

Fur, Latex & Fishnets

“I’ll be in fur, latex, and fishnets,” writes poet Nicelle Davis. “You?” Perhaps we need to ask the other poets—Louise Wareham Leonard and MacGillivray with appearances by Tom Janikowski and Kim Dower—what they will sport at The Edison in downtown L.A. on September 2 when Pasadena’s Red Hen Press launches “the first of what hopes […]

Zov Comes to Cook

Zov Comes to Cook

Zov Karamardian’s Greek salad recipe has all of the traditional ingredients: cucumbers, plum tomatoes, red onion, feta cheese, and Kalamata olives. Ready for a twist? One-quarter cup of thinly sliced mint and one teaspoon of crushed dried mint. Why both? “It adds an extra layer of refreshing coolness.” The Arboretum’s September Fresh Cooking Class features […]

Poetrypalooza Pasadena

Poetrypalooza Pasadena

According to the critic Coleridge, prose is “words in their best order,” while poetry is “the best words in their best order. (Maeve Maddox at DailyWritingTips.com) Who knew that poetry could be fun? Not only inventive, reflective, thoughtful, calculated, precise, and written to evoke emotions. Poetrypalooza Pasadena is making an evening of it with free […]

Sue Grafton In Conversation

Sue Grafton In Conversation

One mystery writer, a local, in conversation with one mystery writer who’s PI lives in a town that “looks” surprisingly like a neighbor up north, Santa Barbara. Bestselling author Sue Grafton comes to Vroman’s via All Saints Church on August 27, and partakes in conversation with local mystery writer Denise Hamilton. Sue Grafton is the […]

Van Leeuwen for Our Dog Days of Summer

Van Leeuwen for Our Dog Days of Summer

New York Magazine gives it a critic rating of 5 out of 5 and says the ice cream appeals to the “impulsive tot who dashes out into traffic after the Good Humor man,” as well as the hormone-free, pasture-raised foodies, and styrofoam and plastic-dissing “politically correct environmentalist.” One may argue that enjoying food that is […]

Planet Bernstein: Rewriting the Rules for Jazz

Planet Bernstein: Rewriting the Rules for Jazz

Swing, jive, feel alive. Muse/Ique artistic director and conductor Rachel Worby is taking Leonard Bernstein to another level during a jam session on August 8th with Dee Dee Bridgewater who, according to the Amsterdam News (3.26.2015), is “the most dynamite female jazz vocalist of this century.” In this raucous evening—”Jazz/Genesis” on August 8th—the artists of MUSE/IQUE […]

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