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Real Women Have Curves

Real Women Have Curves
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My primary reason for recommending the Pasadena Playhouse’s newest production, Josefina López’s Real Women Have Curves, is Blanca Araceli. Playing Carmen, mami of the well-read, restless, feminist, ambitious Ana and the creative, stressed, worried, and relentless Estrela, Araceli inhabits her character completely. She doesn’t need half of the first act to breathe and get into […]

Ink & Clay

Ink & Clay

Ink & Clay 41 is a juried exhibition now in its 41st year. Delightfully, Milagro Charter School artist-in-residence and City of Pasadena Art Commissioner Meriel Stern has had some works, including Sisters (porcelain, pictured right), accepted into this national competition. Artists from all 50 states compete with works in the areas of ceramic ware, clay […]

She’s Pretty Funny…for a Woman

She’s Pretty Funny…for a Woman

She’s Pretty Funny…for a Woman: The Changing Face of Ladies and Laughter (Official text below) The year 2015 has been a big one for women in comedy. Amy Schumer’s smash hit  Trainwreck upended the traditional rules of the rom-com. Former Daily Show correspondent, Samantha Bee’s been building excitement for her own late night show on TBS, while Unbreakable Kimmy […]

Mainstreaming the Muse

Mainstreaming the Muse

Mainstreaming the Muse by Walter Askin To be an artist is to engage in the wonderfully fulfilling, dangerous, and intensively social act of creating images and propositions as we search for visual ideas resonant with emerging beliefs and values. It is a privilege, a joy, a delight, and quite often a dire necessity to be […]

Mad Catfish Blues

Mad Catfish Blues

  “What do you scat when you scat?” asks Barbara Morrison during a performance at the Australian Music Institute. Someone in the audience answers, “Nonsense syllables.” Barbara: “Hey, I like you. Nonsense syllables. You try to get down into the intervals, you try to make sense of where the song is going—just by nonsense syllables.” […]

Mad for Modern

Mad for Modern

It’s been called “satorially splendid” and “slow-burning,” and “a morality tale.” For the season finale, Mad Men pulled in 4.6 million viewers. The series opens in 1960, the dawn of a new decade, yet with the remnants of the prior decade still front and center—beautiful suits wrapped around beautiful men, and women donned in hats […]

Artisans Union & Solo Performers

Artisans Union & Solo Performers

The 3rd Annual Solo Performer Empowerment Day will be held on Saturday, August 29, at Fremont Centre Theatre. Empowerment Day is a day full of workshops and panels designed to empower and enhance the careers of solo performers, in particular. However, the information presented may benefit all performing artists. Workshops & Panels: • Creating a […]

Play Music on the Porch Day

Play Music on the Porch Day

August 29th is Play Music on the Porch Day. Worldwide. How many porches is that? Will yours be one? Highland Park artist Brian Mallman founded Play Music on the Porch Day in 2014. We’ll let him “speak” for his event: Throughout history, it has been common to hear live music played on porches, as well […]

Fur, Latex & Fishnets

Fur, Latex & Fishnets

“I’ll be in fur, latex, and fishnets,” writes poet Nicelle Davis. “You?” Perhaps we need to ask the other poets—Louise Wareham Leonard and MacGillivray with appearances by Tom Janikowski and Kim Dower—what they will sport at The Edison in downtown L.A. on September 2 when Pasadena’s Red Hen Press launches “the first of what hopes […]

Zov Comes to Cook

Zov Comes to Cook

Zov Karamardian’s Greek salad recipe has all of the traditional ingredients: cucumbers, plum tomatoes, red onion, feta cheese, and Kalamata olives. Ready for a twist? One-quarter cup of thinly sliced mint and one teaspoon of crushed dried mint. Why both? “It adds an extra layer of refreshing coolness.” The Arboretum’s September Fresh Cooking Class features […]

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