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Sierra Madre Playhouse Presents the West Coast Premier Musical “Battledrum”

Sierra Madre Playhouse presents “Battledrum,” a West Coast premiere of a new musical. Directed by Christian Lebano, music by Lee Ahlin and books and lyrics by Doug Cooney. “Battledrum,” set during the Civil War, depicts the stories of three drummer boys serving in the Union Army. There’s Rufus, a Kentucky war orphan recruited after his ...


Gene Kelly: The Legacy Returns to Pasadena Playhouse

(Originally Published on Mar 14, 2014) The Pasadena Playhouse is pleased to bring back by popular demand “Gene Kelly: The Legacy An Evening with Patricia Ward Kelly,” for three performances only – Friday, April 18 at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 19 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Gene Kelly was a joyous performer. A ...


Tomorrow: Pasadena Public Library Celebrates Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday

The 450th birthday of William Shakespeare will be celebrated at the Pasadena Public Library-Allendale Branch on Saturday, April 19, with dramatic readings and new book features. “This will be a fast paced mentally-engaging, heart pounding celebration of stage and cinema’s big daddy himself, William Shakespeare,” said Abel Prudhomme, event coordinator at Ross M Ross Productions, ...


Celebrating Women With Artworks at the Historic Blinn House

Women’s City Club of Pasadena will showcase dozens of paintings celebrating womanhood at the historic 1905 Edmund Blinn House on Saturday, April 19, at 2:00 p.m. The exhibit is sponsored by the California Art League (CAL). Bobbi Moline-Kramer, a well-known Southern California painter, painstakingly chosen the artists whose works will be included. A total of ...


California Art Club to Unveil the 103rd Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition

John Burton, Glory, oil on canvas, 26 x 36 inches. Photo courtesy of California Art Club The California Art Club will present the 103rd Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition at the Autry National Center of the American West in Los Angeles from March 30 to April 20, 2014. This annual display of contemporary-traditional fine art ...


Artist Uses Vintage Books, Old Piano Rolls as Materials for Installations

Artist Susan Sironi turned vintage books into intricate 3-D collages for her intriguing and thought-provoking installations that are being featured at Offramp Gallery till Sunday, April 20. “Forget Me Not,” Sironi’s third solo exhibition, showcases four of the gallery walls wrapped with a “timeline” collage using old piano rolls and left-over cuttings from the vintage ...


Actor Mike Farrell Stars in Caltech’s One-Person Play on Global Warming

Theater Arts Caltech will combine science and arts as it stages “Dr. Keeling’s Curve,” a play about one man who came to discover the impact of carbon dioxide on Earth’s health and well-being. Actor and environmental activist Mike Farrell will perform the one-person play at Caltech’s Ramo Auditorium on Tuesday, April 22, from 8:00 to ...


Dvorak’s Cello Concerto, with Han Bin Yoon, Featured in Pasadena Community Orchestra’s “Most Romantic Concert of the Season”

Music Director Bethany Pflueger described the Friday, May 16th, concert of Pasadena Community Orchestra as the “most romantic of the season.” With two giants of the Romantic period – Dvorak’s Cello Concerto in B Minor and Mendelssohn’s Symphony #5 (the “Reformation”) – appearing on the program, audiences will be rushing out to find dozens of ...


Actors/Actor(Es)pañol Youth Academy Scholarships Available for Youth Ages 5-18

Actors/Actor(Es)pañol Youth Academy is looking for youth ages 5-18 who are bilingual (Spanish/English) and who have some experience or training in acting to participate in auditions for the chance to win a 3-month scholarship for bilingual (Spanish/English) Film and Television Acting Classes. Auditions will be held at Essick House, 550 West Sierra Madre Blvd, Sierra ...


Dream With Me Foundation Highlights Local High School Students in Broadway Showcase to Benefit Music Education

Dream With Me On Broadway is part of Dream With Me Foundation’s continuing concert series. The concert will feature high school students performing selections from their spring musicals. Alverno High School will perform from Legally Blonde The Musical, Marshall Fundamental High School from The Music Man and St. Francis High School from Titanic. Other local ...


JPL and NASA Celebrate Earth Day with Public Events and Online Activities

This view of Earth comes from NASA’s Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer aboard the Terra satellite. › Larger view   NASA will celebrate the 44th anniversary of Earth Day with a variety of live and online activities April 21-27 to engage the public in the agency’s mission to better understand and protect our home planet. This ...


The Pasadena Playhouse Presents The One Pearl and A Sphinx Production of “Letters from Zora”

The Pasadena Playhouse (Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director and Elizabeth Doran, Executive Director), announced today that they will present the hit production of Gabrielle Pina’s “Letters from Zora,” in association with One Pearl and a Sphinx. The production, which returns by poplular demand, will play a limited engagement of eight performances and stars Vanessa Bell Calloway. ...


Pasadena Symphony Closes Season with Pianist Shai Wosner

The Pasadena Symphony celebrates the best of the best Russian music with international piano star Shai Wosner and guest conductor Jahja Ling. The 86th season concert finale explodes with Tchaikovsky’s dazzling Piano Concerto No. 1 and Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony on Saturday May 10, 2014 at Ambassador Auditorium with matinee and evening performances at 2:00 p.m. ...


A New Production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s “The Gondoliers” Opens at Sierra Madre Playhouse

A new adaptation re-sets the action to the U.K. in 1952 with Gilbert & Sullivan’s comic opera, “The Gondoliers,” on May 16, 8:00 p.m. at the Sierra Madre Playhouse. From the libretto of W.S. Gilbert, and music by Arthur Sullivan. The play is adapted and directed by Alison Eliel Kalmus. Musical Director is Leonardo Sciolis, ...