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Esotouric’s Pasadena Confidential

Esotouric’s Pasadena Confidential

A wife screams through the phone, “If you hang up on me, I’m going to kill myself.” The husband does not hang up, but a severe storm cuts the phone lines. The husband tells a friend, “I think my wife just committed suicide.” Such is the one of many story lines in the life of [...]

Smokey Joe’s at the Playhouse

Smokey Joe’s at the Playhouse

When we read, see, or hear “Hound Dog,” many of us think, Elvis Presley. This song by composer Mike Stoller and lyricist Jerry Leiber was originally a hit in 1953 for blues singer Big Mama Thornton. Three years later, Elvis would bump and grind and the song would forever be linked in people’s minds to [...]

A Musical Legacy

A Musical Legacy

The names of the time were there: Harry Belafonte, Marlon Brando, Sidney Poitier, Paul Newman, James Baldwin, even Charles Heston. And the musicians: Josephine Baker; Lena Horne; 22-year-old Bob Dylan; Joan Baez; Peter, Paul & Mary. August 28th, 1963. The March on Washington. “I have a dream today!” roared Martin Luther King, Junior. To commemorate [...]

Grammy Award-Winning Quetzal at Levitt

Grammy Award-Winning Quetzal at Levitt

Quetzal, who are known for their activist musical perspective, use of traditional instruments and the soulful vocals of lead singer/scholar Martha Gonzalez, won a 2013 Grammy Award for “Best Latin Urban, Rock, or Alternative Album” for their latest release “Imaginaries.” (San Francisco Son Jarocho Festival/sfsjf.com) In 2006, Agustin Gurza of the L.A. Times observed that [...]

Les Miz & Bernstein

Les Miz & Bernstein

This Saturday is the last Festival on the Green event with the California Philharmonic at Santa Anita Racetrack for the 2013 season. From the Broadway National Touring Company, Les Misérables stars Randal Keith and Melissa Lyons will be special guests. Lyons was born and raised in Orange County, attended UCLA, and played Lady Larken in Once [...]

SIP-tember: a Celebration of the Cocktail

SIP-tember: a Celebration of the Cocktail

Pasadena Chamber of Commerce’s SIP-tember kicks off on August 15th to honor the birthday of “culinary pioneer” Julia Child. Just as with the inaugural Julia Child Pasadena Cocktail Party last year, this year’s event will take place at restaurants all over the city with a citywide happy birthday toast at 7 p.m. Guests are encouraged [...]

Julia Child: A Salute

Julia Child: A Salute

“I always give my bird a generous butter massage before I put it in the oven. Why? Because I think the chicken likes it—and, more importantly, I like to give it.” Julia Child, born in Pasadena 101 years ago this August 15th, 2013, had a voice we’ll always hear—slightly grating—in our ears, though her laugh, [...]

Val Kilmer as Citizen Twain & Vanessa as Zora

Val Kilmer as Citizen Twain & Vanessa as Zora

From Iceman, Batman, Jim Morrison, and Doc Holliday to Citizen Twain. For four performances only, Val Kilmer will portray “the greatest American humorist of his age” and “the father of American literature” at the Pasadena Playhouse. Each performance will end with a live post-show Q&A with Kilmer, though for an extra 25 bucks, you can [...]

Block9

Block9

There’s a lot of numbers here, but Day One Pasadena is a community-based nonprofit that strives to build “vibrant, healthy cities by advancing public health, empowering youth, and igniting change.” They are celebrating 20 years of Youth Month with Block9. Block9 is a nine day series with free activities and events attempting “to make Pasadena [...]

Farmers Market Opens in Old Pasadena

Farmers Market Opens in Old Pasadena

Organic fruit and locally grown vegetables. Orchids in a pot and cut flowers and bouquets. Artisanal jams and chutneys. Fresh baked goods and homemade tamales. Gourmet olive oils and spreads. All of this and more will be found at Old Pasadena’s first Farmers Market at Holly Street and Fair Oaks Avenue. Another Farmers Market? Well, [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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