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“The Black Man of Happiness”

“The Black Man of Happiness”

“What is a happy Black man?” This, according to Mike Sonksen of KCET, is the simple question that Peter J. Harris asks in his nonfiction “meditation” The Black Man of Happiness. Before he defines this in a myriad of ways, he also identifies the obstacles that get in the way. Harris not only debunks negative [...]

Feminist Stories: Celebrating Women’s Rights

Feminist Stories: Celebrating Women’s Rights

“The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” So stated the joint resolution as submitted by the sixty-six Congress of the United States of America “begun and held at the City of Washington on Monday, [...]

The Leopard in the Land

The Leopard in the Land

On August 12th, we will be showing The Leopard in the Land, a documentary about Joe Rohde’s month-long trip to Mongolia to support the endangered snow leopard. Joe went to Mongolia last September to create paintings that could be sold to raise money for snow leopard conservation, but ended up doing and learning far more [...]

In Want of Water

In Want of Water

On January 17, 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown proclaimed a state of emergency and requested that all state residents voluntarily reduce their water use by 20%. (Gov.CA.gov) How’d you do? News outlets reported that we cut our water usage by a measly five percent. According to Jennifer Guess of Pasadena Water and Power, the city [...]

Major Barbara

Major Barbara

A bomb-maker, a classics professor, and a female evangelist walk into a bar… This is the tease for Explicit’s newest production Major Barbara written by George Bernard Shaw. Major Barbara is described as one of Shaw’s “discussion plays” (SparkNotes). Andrew Undershaft is a military industrialist, Adolphus Cusins is a Greek scholar, and Barbara is Undershaft’s daughter [...]

Piano Jam

Piano Jam

Carnival of Piano. Harpsichords to iPads. Toy piano to Grand. Bach collides with Gershwin. Influences explored. Varieties juxtaposed. Merriment embraced. Remixed by five distinguished Los Angeles pianists with unique backgrounds and dynamic personalities synthesizing their artistry.  Rhapsody in Blue, “Piano Man,” Carnival of the Animals, “‘Round Midnight,” and the 1812 Overture. Rachael Worby’s MUSE/IQUE, “a counter [...]

La Casita del Arroyo: Grand Reopening

La Casita del Arroyo: Grand Reopening

As early as 1917, the Pasadena Garden Club was looking to engage with the beautification and restoration (after forest fires) of the Arroyo Seco. There seems to be no mention of Club plans for almost a decade. In 1932, discussions are had about a wildflower sanctuary that would be created by unemployed construction workers and using [...]

“Chalk It Up”

“Chalk It Up”

Number of stores and services: 282 Number of floors: 2 Total retail floor space: 1,300,000 square feet. What’s Up? Regarding all the first floor common area—now stripped down and bare—the Westfield Santa Anita Mall owners have decided to call on local chalk and airbrush artists to come have fun. All accepted artists will be given a space [...]

SparkleBlob

SparkleBlob

It’s being called an “Art Action.” SparkleBlob is the creation of Julianna Parr and is characterized as an arts and performance collective. On Saturday, August 2nd, they are having a full day of art exhibitions, an auction, live music, a DJ, food, and “artsy carnival games…and a fabulous live show at 8 p.m.” Jason Myers [...]

Naughty, Bawdy Puppets

Naughty, Bawdy Puppets

Here’s what naughty puppets do after you put the kids to bed. (Time Out New York) Bawdy blast from Kermit’s evil cousin. (Sun-Herald) PUPPET UP! – Uncensored consists of 80 original Jim Henson puppets manned by six puppeteers who are as part of the show as their inanimate counterparts. In 2006, PUPPET UP! (executive produced [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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