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Chalk Fest

Chalk Fest

Renditions of masterpieces, abstract compositions, portraiture, movie images, 3D effects, and animation can be found, seen, enjoyed, and admired at Pasadena’s Chalk Festival this weekend, June 15th-16th, at Paseo Colorado. Five hundred artists from all over Southern California will create 200 murals in pastel chalk—the pavement as their canvas. Children can make art and have [...]

Levitt Pavilion’s Summer Concerts

Levitt Pavilion’s Summer Concerts

Most of us probably remember Donna Summer’s disco version: MacArthur’s Park is melting in the dark All the sweet, green icing flowing down Someone left the cake out in the rain I don’t think I can take ‘Cause it took so long to bake it And I’ll never have that recipe again Likening love to [...]

Summer Nights, L.A. Opera, & CA Phil

Summer Nights, L.A. Opera, & CA Phil

We’ve got music coming out our ears. This past weekend Pasadena was swarming with pedestrians hunting for the 150 free concerts that made up Make Music Pasadena. We could hear the music and fans during the silences as we sat in the intimate surroundings of the First United Methodist Church on Colorado Boulevard enjoying an [...]

Michael Feinstein Leads the Pasadena Pops

Michael Feinstein Leads the Pasadena Pops

To be named successor to the late Marvin Hamlisch of the Pasadena Symphony and Pops seems to have come as a surprise to “singer, pianist, and renowned interpreter of the American Songbook” Michael Feinstein. He also sees it as an honor. His inaugural season begins this Saturday, June 1st. This “musical grab bag” of an [...]

Being Julia! Mezzo-Soprano Julia Metzler

Being Julia! Mezzo-Soprano Julia Metzler

  Pasadena Pro Musica celebrates the return of the prodigiously talented mezzo-soprano Julia Metzler to Southern California by featuring her in Benjamin Britten’s Cabaret Songs and Henry Purcell’s Orpheus Britannicus. The program will include the chorus performing Britten’s Lift Boy, I Lov’d a Lass, Choral Dances from Gloriana, Rejoice in the Lamb, and Hymn to St. Cecilia. Accompanists will [...]

All Beethoven Fantasy

All Beethoven Fantasy

It will be an aural feast with a dazzling piano soloist joining the chorus and orchestra in the Choral Fantasy, then the exciting and sublime Mass in C for four (terrific) soloists, and our wonderful chorus and orchestra, writes Claudia Bailey, member of Chorale Bel Canto. The Chorale Bel Canto is a community masterworks chorale that [...]

Scribners at Gale’s

Scribners at Gale’s

The artists: George Scribner and his daughter Laurel. His works: oil paintings. Laurel’s: linoleum block cuts. The weekend came to an end with an artists reception Sunday evening with wine and appetizers at the lovely Gale’s Restaurant. The entranceway into Gale’s small bar area was softly lit to highlight George’s smaller paintings of flowers in vases [...]

Jacarandas Blooming Again

Jacarandas Blooming Again

Have you noticed the second coming of the burst-of-purple-trumpets, sweet smelling jacaranda blooms? It’s so nice to have them back. Mop heads of purple that line Marengo in South Pas or California near Lake, and dotted here and there on El Molino…carpeting the sidewalk, littering into the street, and polka-dotting parked cars. During this second blooming, [...]

It’s Fusion Fridays

It’s Fusion Fridays

The Pacific Asia Museum is ready to jump into summer mode, starting with Fusion Fridays. Once a month throughout the summer, PAM will present a “mix of art in the galleries, interactive experiences and live performances,” as well as variety of food trucks and a cash bar—their partner Angel City Brewery pouring at the bar. [...]

Museums for Free: MOTA Day

Museums for Free: MOTA Day

It’s one of our favorite days of the year: MOTA. Five museums for free. One day. Museums of the Arroyo Day, Sunday, May 19th. Besides free access to the Gamble House, Heritage Square, the Los Angeles Police Museum, the Lummis Home & Garden, and our own Pasadena Museum of History—which is a whopping gift in and [...]

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