ARTS & CULTURE SECTION


Pasadena Central Library Holds Free Screening of 1942 Romantic Comedy “The Palm Beach Story”

The Pasadena Central Library will hold a free public screening of the 1942 romantic comedy “The Palm Beach Story” on Wednesday, April 23, at 1:00 p.m. “Palm Beach,” with its lively musical score and fast-phased music, will fit viewers of all ages. “People will enjoy this event to escape from the cares of today into ...


“Roaring 20s” Poetry Night for Teenagers at Pasadena Central Library

Local teenagers will bring their self-written poems and share it to their families and guests during the Pasadena Public Library’s “Roaring 20s” poetry night on Thursday, April 24, at 6:00 p.m. The visitors may come in wearing Roaring 20’s costumes and accessories. Themed decor, headbands and bow ties will be provided by the organizers. “I’ve ...


USC Pacific Asia Museum Presents ‘A New Way Forward: Japanese Hanga of the 20th Century’

The last quarter of the 19th century brought profound changes in Japan as it transformed from a feudal society into a modern nation. Japanese artists went through equally fundamental changes as new theories were introduced from the other side of the world through books, magazines and increased travel by both Japanese and Westerners. In the ...


College Students Get Discounts, Free Admission, Exclusive Tours at Norton Simon Museum

Norton Simon Museum will hold a one-night event exclusive for college students giving them the chance to meet artists, explore their favorite exhibits and get food discounts on Friday, April 25, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The museum’s annual College Night includes exclusive tours and gallery talks that feature behind-the-scene information about various paintings and ...


Caltech’s 14th Annual Jazz Festival to Take Place at Gates Annex Patio on Caltech Campus

The Caltech Jazz Bands, directed by Barb Catlin, present their 14th Annual Jazz Festival featuring the Caltech Monday Night Jazz Ensemble directed by Barb Catlin. Also on the program is the Nick Broten Group, Pasadena City College Jazz ensemble directed by Andrea Baker Wilkerson and Lounge-O-Rama. This event will take place on Saturday, April 26th ...


Local High School Students to Perform Broadway-Style “Ovations” Musical

A cast composed of over 100 students ages 5 to 18 years old from different local schools will stage Broadway-style musical theater revue “Ovations” in Blair High School’s amphitheater from Thursday, April 24, to Saturday, April 26. The performers range from sixth to 12th grade and are currently enrolled in Blair High School, Willard Elementary ...


Special Story Time and Give Back Event with Sydney Paige

On Sunday, April 27, 2:00 p.m., Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse hosts a special story time with Courtney Brockmeyer, a La Cañada resident, social entrepreneur and founder of Sydney Paige (www.sydneypaigeinc.com), a buy-give business whose mission is to provide kids the tools and self-esteem to stay in school. Courtney will be reading the story “Sydney Page: ...


NASA Finds Drought May Take Toll on Congo Rainforest

A view of the entire African rainforest area (green) transitions into a view of the region included in the Nature study, primarily in the Congo forest (mostly brown). The study area represents intact areas in the Congo rainforest where satellite data are high quality. Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio A new analysis ...


Athens vs. Sparta War Portrayed with Sensual, Hilarious Slant at PCC Play

The war between Athens and Sparta has been depicted in both theater and film dozens of times, but Aristophanes’ “Lysistrata” is one of the few, if not the only one, which portrays it in the light of sex and comedy. Pasadena City College Center for the Arts will stage Germaine Greer and Phil Willmott’s adaptation ...


Pasadena Playhouse Stages Improvised, Unscripted Play Inspired by Shakespeare

The theater group known for its improvised plays has gone to Pasadena Playhouse to stage till “Shakespeare Unscripted,” a performance inspired by the classical artist’s Italianate romantic comedies. Impro Theater’s play pays tribute to Shakespeare’s work such as “Much Ado About Nothing,” “Twelfth Night,” “The Taming of the Shrew” and “Two Gentlemen of Verona,” among ...


Travel to Nature Settings Through Music

Visit mountains, seashores, forests and other relaxing places outside the city through music written and composed in nature settings. The Pasadena Conservatory of Music’s Travel Music history class will feature scores of composers created in beautiful settings, some of which were written for friends, others for future performances, and quite a few just for the ...


Taste Bungalow Heaven’s Hospitality Through Its Signature Cookies During 25th Annual Tour

  The tour of the historic Bungalow Heaven in central-northeast Pasadena will not only give its visitors a peek to the Arts and Crafts-era homes, but also to a friendly neighborhood known for their homemade cookies that symbolizes their hospitality to the guests. Pasadena’s first landmark district will open eight of its homes to the ...


Sandra Tsing Loh is the Madwoman in the Volvo

The Madwoman in the Volvo is the much-anticipated memoir based on the 2012 Best American Essay by Sandra Tsing Loh, originally published in The Atlantic Monthly. By turns hilarious, dark, candid, and surprisingly informative, Loh’s stream-of-consciousness account of her menopausal madness was virally Xeroxed and shared from woman to woman. These women are part of ...


The San Marino Celebrity Series Presents ‘Barbershop, Ballads, and Broadway’

“Barbershop, Ballads, and Broadway” is the theme of the final event of the 2014 San Marino Celebrity Series. An elite group from the Harborlites Chorus will perform on Sunday, May 4, at 4:00 p.m. at the San Marino Community Church, 1750 Virginia Road, San Marino. To encourage barbershop singing the Harborlites were formed in 1960 ...