Rockin’ Return

Arroyo Seco Weekend concert passes go on sale Friday morning

After a hugely successful launch last June featuring Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Mumford & Sons as headliners, the two-day Arroyo Seco Weekend music festival will return to the Rose Bowl Stadium on June 23-24. This year’s lineup will be headlined on Saturday by Neil Young & Promise of the Real and Jack White, and on Sunday by Kings of Leon and Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters.

The Saturday lineup will also feature The Pretenders, Belle and Sebastian, Kamasi Washington and The Specials atop a bill of 18 acts. Sunday’s lineup will also spotlight Gary Clark Jr., Alanis Morissette, Third Eye Blind, Violent Femmes, The Bangles and Prince’s legendary backing band The Revolution.

Tickets are $149 for single-day and $249 for two-day general admission seating, $349 for single-day and $449 for two-day VIP seating. Children 10 and under are free with a ticketed adult. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at​ (Pass pricing below). New to this year is the $999 Weekend Clubhouse VIP pass option, featuring incredible amenities, exclusive access to intimate upfront guest viewing areas at both main stages, and lots more; click here for all the details.

‘Hat’ Trick

Pasadena Opera performs ‘The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat’ Saturday and Sunday at Caltech

Opera fans will have something to sing about this weekend, as Pasadena Opera performs “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat” at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Dabney Lounge in Dabney Hall of the Humanities at Caltech, located at 320 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena..

Based on the extraordinary book by famed physician/researcher Oliver Sacks, the intimate chamber opera by Michael Nyman invites audience members into the living room of “Dr. P,” a renowned singer experiencing some odd problems with his ability to recognize objects. As Sacks solves a medical mystery, he teaches us about the astonishing power of music and the counter intuitive nature of the brain.

The performance will be introduced by the play’s director, Caltech neuroscientist Dr. Indre Viskontas, drawing on her personal connection to the late neurologist.

Tickets are $38 to $45, with tickets for a post-show VIP reception on Saturday night costing $65. Call (800) 595-4849 or visit 

DIY Deliciousness

Duff’s Cakemix offers customers the chance to decorate their own cakes and cupcakes

Nearly everyone loves to eat cake, but a new Pasadena business is offering aficionados the chance to make their cake and eat it too. Duff’s Cakemix, located at 165 S. De Lacey Ave., Pasadena, is a do-it-yourself cake and cupcake decorating studio.

The location is the second in a budding chain started in West Hollywood in 2012 by Food Network star Duff Goldman (“Ace of Cakes,” “Kids Baking Championship”) in an effort to pursue his passion for inspiring creativity in others. Since then, the studio has become a hot spot for family outings, birthday parties, team building activities, corporate events, and charity events.

Regardless of skill level, Team Duff is there to inspire the super hero cake decorator in everyone, à la the artists featured in Duff’s TV series, Ace of Cakes. Guests walk away with a delicious, one-of-a-kind creation to enjoy at home with family or friends, or to share as a personalized gift. When it comes to design, the sky is the limit – from pop culture inspired rainbow unicorns, and holiday themes, to any special occasion, from bachelorette parties to graduations.

Team Duff can also bring the party offsite to private residences, offices or public spaces. Customers can walk in or make reservations in advance, which are encouraged on weekends and holidays. In addition to serving as a venue for all kinds of celebrations, the studio hosts an on-going array of cake decorating classes, workshops and kids camp

Call (626) 249-0500 or visit