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OUT OF THE SHADOWS
Dashiell Hammett’s granddaughter joins discussion on noir novels
Bestselling author Denise Hamilton will lead a discussion tonight on 20th-century noir featuring writers Kim Cooper and Tom Nolan.
Also on the panel is Julie Rivett, granddaughter of Dashiell Hammett, the writer who Hamilton said is credited with inventing the archetype of the loner private eye.
“I think it’s fascinating to hear her talk about noir and how it evolved,” Hamilton said of Rivett, a scholar and editor of some of her grandfather’s works.
Cooper, the author of two books, “is kind of a historian and she knows everything about noir and where these scenes take place,” said Hamilton, author of seven novels — five of them part of the Eve Diamond Series — and editor of two anthologies, “Los Angeles Noir,” a short story anthology, and “Los Angeles Noir 2: The Classics.”
“Tom Nolan wrote a biography of Ross MacDonald, one of the founding pillars of the noir genre. They can all tell stories that will captivate you for hours,” said Hamilton.
The event begins with a reception at 6 p.m. today at the Pasadena Central Library, 285 E. Walnut St., Pasadena, followed by a discussion and a Q&A session from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Call (626) 744-4066 or visit ci.pasadena.ca.us
~ André Coleman
CITY AS CANVAS
Robinson to kick off second phase of city’s art exhibition program
Pasadena City Councilwoman Jacque Robinson will host a ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday at the corner of West Washington Boulevard and Glen Avenue to open the second phase of the city’s Rotating Public Art Exhibition Program.
“This is a great program because it provides access to the arts throughout the city,” Robinson said. “So far, we have had some amazing art. I am looking forward to the second phase of exhibits.”
The program, which began in 2012, places artwork throughout the city to stimulate discussion and enhance neighborhoods. The artwork remains on site for about two years and can either be loaned or developed by the artist specifically for that site.
For more information, visit cityofpasadena.net/arts
~ André Coleman
LET THERE BE LIGHT
Art Center celebrates opening of its spacious South Campus facility
With institutions like the Armory Center for the Arts, the Norton Simon Museum, Lineage Performing Art Center and Pasadena Playhouse, the Crown City is certainly no stranger to the world of art.
Now add Art Center College of Design’s new campus at 870 S. Raymond Ave., which is home to the school’s Fine Arts and Illustration departments.
“Developing new spaces for learning — both in the physical and virtual sense — is a key focus of Art Center’s strategic plan; but only in as much as it enhances the quality of the education we can offer,” Art Center President Lorne M. Buchman said in a prepared statement. “In creating this new home base for our illustration and fine art students we have indeed added to the vibrancy of our campus community, which will no doubt expand the learning opportunities available to our students — and we couldn’t be happier.”
A highlight of the facility is the campus’ architecture, which makes abundant use of available natural light as well as fluorescent lighting, making the property aesthetically appealing, highly efficient and environmentally friendly.
“This new space enables us to expand and develop our programs while enhancing our capacity for teaching, learning, creating and collaborating,” said Provost Fred Fehlau. “In doing so, we ensure that Art Center is able to fulfill its mission as a college and its promise to students now and into the future.”
~ Alexis Young