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Have Something to Say? TEDxPasadena Women

Have Something to Say? TEDxPasadena Women
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The theme at TEDx Pasadena Women is “momentum.” How have women built momentum historically? How do women define momentum? How do they utilize it? Where has momentum brought women? Is women’s momentum different from human momentum, men’s momentum, or cultural momentum? What fuels momentum? What kills it? How have women used momentum to succeed and/or […]

To Light a Candle

To Light a Candle

His articles have titles such as ” ‘If You Think That’s  Painful’ ” and “The Regime’s New Dread in Iran.” Maziar Bahari is a former Newsweek reporter and the author of the memoir And Then They Came After Me, which was adapted last year into the feature film Rosewater by Jon Stewart. After being imprisoned […]

LAMC Celebrates Pasadenan Terry Knowles

LAMC Celebrates Pasadenan Terry Knowles

It’s been fifteen years. Fifteen years in which Monica Hubbard says Pasadenan Terry Knowles “has lived and breathed the Master Chorale…and it shows.…She is a visionary and has taken LAMC to new heights. She is a phenomenal leader.” On March 1st, the Los Angeles Master Chorale will hold its annual gala at Disney Hall to […]

Singing for Centuries

Singing for Centuries

It was founded by Emperor Maximilian I in 1498 and Franz Schubert began his musical life with the Wiener Sängerknaben—or, as may be more familiar, the Vienna Boys’ Choir. Today, this choir of altos and trebles is divided into four touring choirs and each sub-group is “named after famous Austrian composers associated with the choir’s […]

PIFF’s Gatsby Gala

PIFF’s Gatsby Gala

D: Gwen writes, drops that hat and acts, then drops that hat and edits—she’s a triple threat. G: Minus the singing and dancing. D: We’re working on that. “D” and “G” are Douglas Elford-Argent and Gwendolyn Garver who were enjoying the success hot hors d’oeuvres offered to them by white-gloved waiters at the Pasadena International […]

It’s Spring!…Isn’t It?

It’s Spring!…Isn’t It?

Today, our sister in New Hampshire—where the estimated snow accumulation is 48 inches—had to shovel her snow banks because they’re too high. After clearing an older relative’s driveway, which she’s done repeatedly these past weeks, she came home to shovel the snowbanks, to bring ’em down a notch in anticipation of another storm. She was […]

All You Need Is Love: John Lennon

All You Need Is Love: John Lennon

He say, “I know you; you know me” One thing I can tell you is you got to be free Come together, right now, over me “Come Together,” by John Lennon, Abby Road (1969) “Everything is clearer when you’re in love,” Lennon is quoted to have said. He also said, “Creativity is a gift. It […]

Discover Mozart’s Requiem

Discover Mozart’s Requiem

Anonymous messengers and laying false claims—the story of Mozart’s Requiem is the stuff of intrigue, though much of it appears to be misconception thanks to Hollywood. In reality, Mozart was not poisoned and driven mad by the Italian composer, conductor, and teacher Antonio Salieri, as was so brilliantly conceived in the film Amadeus. Rather Mozart […]

Underworld Clown Bar

Underworld Clown Bar

Underworld. Clown. Bar. These three words existing in a single sentence catapults us—instantaneously—down, down, down to a cold, dark place to which we’d rather not go. And, upon further reading, our initial visceral reaction may not be far off. Clown Bar, currently enjoying extended shows at Red White + Bluezz (and in conjunction with the […]

Inside the Story & Pierre Huyghe: Falling Down the Rabbit Hole

Inside the Story & Pierre Huyghe: Falling Down the Rabbit Hole

For the Frieze Art Fair in 2011, Pierre Huyghe created and installed “Recollection.” Pierre brought in an aquarium, installed some purpley-pink coral rocks, a live hermit crab, and a copy of a Brancusi scuplture. Supposedly, hermit crabs are known for taking discarded shells and adopting them, and Pierre’s crab took up residence in the Brancusi […]

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