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Trike Squadron

Trike Squadron

We’ve learned they’re called “recumbent tadpole bicycles.” Thank you, Trike Asylum. Of course, this name doesn’t make me think any less that this is a sport for chillin’ aquatic larvae that are systematically going insane, but that seems not to be the truth and we don’t want to promulgate alternative facts. Not only is a Trike […]

Making Black Los Angeles

Making Black Los Angeles

Drawing from an extensive database of all African American households between 1850 and 1910, historian Marne L. Campbell will share the stories of middle-class African Americans who lived, worked, and established a community of their own in the growing city of Los Angeles in celebration of Black History Month on February 21 at Pasadena Museum […]

God Looked Away

God Looked Away

He was born Thomas Lanier Williams in Columbus, Mississippi and would become known to the world as Tennessee Williams. His father was a traveling salesman and so often away for work that young Williams lived the first ten years of his life with his grandparents. Cornelius Coffin Williams has been described as loud, a “hard” drinker, […]

Hiatus

Hiatus

Dear Hometown Pasadena reader: I have some news, which I’m sorry to share as Hometown Pasadena readers and subscribers have been so supportive of this online magazine. I am taking a hiatus. For about five weeks (more or less). My 82-year-old mother has been fighting breast cancer, though it’s toward the end of treatment. Thankfully, she’s doing […]

“Delightfully Strange” Piallat

“Delightfully Strange” Piallat

What started as a career as a travel and documentary photographer evolved into large scale installation-making, blending painting, drawing, and sculpture—and with the elements of light remaining as the primary and key instrument. Christophe Piallat was born in Queens, New York in 1970 and followed his artistic desires—camera in hand—while in his early 20s. He […]

Fifty Shades of Pianissimo & Salsa Is Not Necessarily Sex

Fifty Shades of Pianissimo & Salsa Is Not Necessarily Sex

Just these titles make it worth taking a deeper look… Fifty Shades of Pianissimo Salsa Is Not Necessarily Sex Music @ Boston Court presents its Summer Main Stage Series with Piano Spheres’ Vicki Ray, a musical theater extravaganza, “an ear-bending evening including Stockhausen’s magnum opus Kontakte,” and a Bolivian chanteuse. The series opens Friday, July […]

The Huntington: Relieve the Heat of Summer

The Huntington: Relieve the Heat of Summer

A few weeks ago, our earthly oven rose to 106 degrees. To put it mildly, it was ghastly. By midday, if one was not in an air-conditioned setting, it was difficult to put words together and actually make comprehensible sentences. In other words, our brain was mush. Then our dear parents came to town for Hometown Pasadena’s teenage […]

8 Works, 2 Takes: A Room to Create

8 Works, 2 Takes: A Room to Create

Nancy Evans Dance Theatre: This is the dance that makes you think, makes you stop and wonder about what you value and how you want to be in the world. Evans’ musicianship (as seen in others pieces as well) is embedded in her craft. Music, dance and expression all as one. —Beth Megill, dance instructor/choreographer, […]

In Case of Emergency

In Case of Emergency

For the past nine years, Chalk Repertory Theatre has been creating some pretty unusual theater in the Los Angeles area. On Saturday night, I witnessed their latest production, In Case of Emergency. The play takes place in the garage of a young lady tormented by fears of disaster, so the venue for the play was, […]

Artes Vocales

Artes Vocales

Artes Vocales comes to the beautiful and acoustically superior sanctuary at First United Methodist Church, performing Bach’s St. Matthew Passion on June 4. This story of Jesus’ suffering and death as told in the Gospel of St. Matthew had its premier in Leipzig on Good Friday in 1727. The Kapellmeister’s Magnum Opus in terms of length, […]

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