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Beethoven at the Race Track

Beethoven at the Race Track

What: Music of Beethoven and John Williams by the California Philharmonic Chorale and Soloists Program: Beethoven’s Ode to Joy from Symphony No. 9 and John William’s scores from Star Wars, Superman, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Amistad, and Saving Private Ryan. When: Saturday, August 25th Where: Santa Anita Race Track, on their “specially renovated lush infield” […]

What a Long, Strange…

What a Long, Strange…

“What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been: 35 Years of the Pasadena Doo Dah Parade.” Yes, that’s quite a mouthful. But it also makes sense; our local Doo Dah Parade is a spectacle that assaults all of our senses. Our eyes widen as we see a table set for eight, complete with china, hot food, […]

710 Freeway Meeting

710 Freeway Meeting

Wednesday, August 8th, the Metro’s Community Liaison Council Meeting will now be held at the Pasadena Scottish Rite Center at 150 N. Madison Avenue from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This meeting is in regard to the “SR-710 Study” project that’s looking into the idea of connecting the 710 Freeway with possibly the I-210 Freeway […]

Curiosity Lands on Mars!

Curiosity Lands on Mars!

The target was Gale Crater (a mere 94 miles wide). Fourteen minutes after the 1-ton spacecraft Curiosity touched down on Mars’ surface, a radio telescope in Australia picked up the “text message” from the orbiting Mars Odyssey satellite and Australia sent it on to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory here in Pasadena. On receiving two thumbnail […]

Landing on Mars

Landing on Mars

It’s happening. Right now (and tomorrow). The Curiosity rover hits Martian space at 13,000 mph—154 million years from earth—but will be braking and landing on the planet “with the grace and lightness of a feather.” The Planetary Society is offering a weekend of complete immersion in everything space at the Pasadena Convention Center that includes […]

Elegy for John Bogert

Elegy for John Bogert

This is a piece I never wanted to write. My dear friend John Bogert succumbed to cancer on July 29, 2012. He was 63, a longtime newspaper columnist, a Pasadena resident, and a devoted dad to his three darlings, Caitlin, Rachael, and Ian. I was a latecomer to his life, having met him in 2010. Back […]

Dancing Upstream

Dancing Upstream

“This place rocks, so bring your dancing shoes and prepare to dance.” “This place” is Farnsworth Park‘s ampitheater in Altadena, and you’ll be dancing Saturday night to the beat of Upstream, a reggae band and one of HP fan Peggy Sue Davis’ favorites. Actually, Upstream is a reggae and a Soca band. Two of Upstream’s members are […]

Going Indie in NoCo

Going Indie in NoCo

NoCo: North of Colorado Boulevard. From Monday, July 30th to Sunday August 5th, enjoy special discounts, free gifts with purchases, and even a glass of wine in celebration of unique, independently-owned businesses in Old Pasadena. Blo Out Lounge is offering 20% off any of their services or a free summer tote with any product purchase […]

Eight Pianists, Two Quartets

Eight Pianists, Two Quartets

“Pasadena must be the place to be for eight-handed piano ensembles.” So declared the Northern Bavarian Courier in review of eight pianists from Pasadena City College who traveled to Marktoberdorf, Germany to participate in the 8th International Competition for Six and Eight Hands. The competition aims to encourage ensemble playing at one or two pianos; […]

A Night at the Mausoleum

A Night at the Mausoleum

And now for something completely different. That mantra seems to be the driving force behind Jonathan Josephson, Paul Millet, and Jeff Rack of Unbound Productions. This past May, they presented History Lit, which was short stories by three women authors that were condensed and adapted into short plays. Fascinatingly, the audience walked with, followed, stood or […]

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