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Shakespeare in the Old Zoo

Shakespeare in the Old Zoo

Yes, to experience free Shakespeare in the park means traveling west on the 134, but only just past Glendale, so 15 minutes away, give or take. And, when we’re talking free Shakespeare, we lean in. Our thanks to Caroline Purvis (and her daughter Haley who’s volunteering) for bringing this summer series to our attention. The […]

DuoFest 2017

DuoFest 2017

Boston Court reimagines it summer music series with a weeklong festival. Each evening features two or more artists, performing separately and together, showcasing new and rarely performed work. Monday, July 10 @ 7 p.m.: Student Composer Readings (free event) For serious lovers of new music, this evening event is a behind-the-scenes look at the creation […]

Independence Day 2017

Independence Day 2017

At the moment, the high on July 4th is forecast to be 84℉ in Pasadena. We assume that will send thousands to the shore, but for those who remain in place, here are some July 4th celebration options… Pasadena 4th of July Lunch Party: The Pasadena Showcase House sponsors an Independence Day party lunch at […]

A Very Special Evening with Lisa See

A Very Special Evening with Lisa See

Helen Simonson of the Washington Post writes that local author Lisa See‘s new novel The Tea Girl Of Hummingbird Lane is a story that “balances moving on with returning home.” The story begins with Li-yan in a remote Chinese mountain village and eventually incorporates the story of Haley, a Chinese orphan adopted by a wealthy […]

Hold These Truths

Hold These Truths

Hold These Truths is currently playing at the Pasadena Playhouse. Saw this play last night. By far, one of the best I’ve ever seen. Deep, heart wrenching yet ironically entertaining true account of the Japanese concentration camps during WWII. Hits home on so many levels. E.G: Did you know American families were confined to live like […]

The Last Five Years

The Last Five Years

Brian Elerding is Executive Director of Lineage Performing Arts Center. We first met him through the Ensemble Shakespeare Theatre Company, which now performs at Descanso Gardens. Elerding is one of the good guys. He’s creative, approachable, generous with his time, passionate, and philanthropic—and supports events and productions in the same vein. If you see his name connected […]

“Magical Synergy” – Beata Bermuda

“Magical Synergy” – Beata Bermuda

Three violins. Three voices. A Swedish trio called Beata Bermuda performs at Skandia Hall on June 9. Beata Bermuda is three women who sing original songs as well as 100-year-old music, both contemporary and traditional folk music. This event in Pasadena is the last stop on Beata Bermuda’s first American tour that spanned the length […]

Oasis Garden for Working Moms

Oasis Garden for Working Moms

One of our all-time favorite films—made by locals Mary Trunk and Paul  Sanchez—is the 2013 documentary Lost in Living. If you missed the many screenings in the area, here’s a chance to do so—while also enjoying what promises to be a rather luxurious evening. Coach 2 Edify hosts “Oasis Garden Lounge for Working Moms” on June […]

Evening in the Arroyo & Wildflower Hike

Evening in the Arroyo & Wildflower Hike

The Pasadena Sierra Club is leading a 3 mile hike—”Evening in the Arroyo“—on May 24. These Sierra Club hikes are free and open to the public. The trail is level and the hike is suitable for children 8 years and older. Various leaders—David Czamanske, Don Bremmer, Bill Joyce, Elizabeth Pomeroy, Bonnie Strand, and Pat Zeider—will […]

The Poetry Circus: It’s an Experience & It Needs our Generosity

The Poetry Circus: It’s an Experience & It Needs our Generosity

From HP, September 2015: Imagine reciting lines while riding a lion. How about riding one’s steed while being regaled with verse? Well, the “poetic rides” are free at Griffith Park’s historical and restored merry-go-round at The Poetry Circus. Favorite local writers and poets will be reading such as Ron Koertge, Kim Dower, Nicelle Davis, Douglas Kearney, […]

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