Author: Bliss Bowen

Cuban-Canadian Soñero Adonis Puentes brings his Voice of Cuba Orchestra and new music to Caltech Saturday night

A life devoted to making music is rare enough. A life in which said musical career begins in childhood and then spans from Cuba to Canada and California and back to Canada again sounds like a relic of the 20th century, or a figment of some novelist’s creation. But that has been the geographical arc of Cuban-Canadian soñero Adonis Puentes’ career. Born south of Havana in 1974, Puentes and fraternal twin Alexis grew up playing guitar and later performing in their father Valentín’s band. It was after touring through Canada with their father in the mid-1990s that the ambitious siblings...

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Pasadena Museum of California Art exhibit offers more boldly immersive feminine perspectives on nature and the environment

“Has there ever been a better time to discuss women and the environment?” So asks artist Constance Mallinson in conversation about “The Feminine Sublime,” an exhibit she curated that opens at the Pasadena Museum of California Art this weekend. Addressing themes of feminine perspective, environmental degradation and the artistic concept of the sublime, “The Feminine Sublime” upends preconceived notions of what constitutes landscape painting with bold, large-scale pieces by Mallinson and four other women artists based in Los Angeles: Merion Estes, Yvette Gellis, Virginia Katz and Marie Thibeault. The phrase “landscape painting” tends to conjure musty visions of gilt-framed...

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Trax – 01.18.18

ANDERSON EAST, Encore (Low Country): 4 STARS Reteamed with sympatico producer Dave Cobb, native Alabaman East organically fuses Southern soul, gospel and traditional country throughout his sophomore album, a hooky, rhythmically muscular keeper. Show-stopping ballad “If You Keep Leaving Me,” co-written with Chris Stapleton and Aaron Raitiere, sounds like a lost Otis Redding cut, replete with knife-edged confessions (“If you keep hurting me, I’ll keep wanting you”) and churchy organ swells. Willie Nelson’s “Somebody Pick Up My Pieces” is transformed by similar all-in commitment, horns and harmonies blazing behind East’s fervent testimony, while the raucously unapologetic “Girlfriend” kisses funk. East’s...

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2017: A Year of Recklessness and Reckoning

2017 was a year of bridge-burning recklessness and reckoning, the consequences of which were addressed by beloved veterans as well as younger artists finding their voice. Varied themes of loss rippled through much of their music, alongside recurring messages of hope, community, and personal resolve. SAMPHA, Process The South London singer-songwriter and onetime Drake keyboardist dove into personal caves of loss with this powerfully affecting full-length debut, which won the UK’s Mercury Prize in September. His raw falsetto haunted, as did ballads “(No One Knows Me) Like the Piano” (“in my mother’s home”) and “What Shouldn’t I Be?,” and spare,...

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Kristin Hersh, Legal Weapon, Neon Music, Phranc, Azalia Snail and Patty Schemel join the Women of Rock Oral History Project fundraising launch party

It has long been the case that, with a handful of exceptions, women have been relegated to the sidelines of rock history — at least as it’s been written by (mostly) men. In the year of #MeToo and women refusing to be silenced, archivist Tanya Pearson’s Women of Rock Oral History Project feels increasingly necessary. Pearson has been interviewing artists such as Alice Bag, Tracy Bonham, Spitboy’s Michelle Gonzales, Brie Howard Darling, Tanya Donelly, Black Flag bassist Kira Roessler and Donita Sparks since 2014 for the Women of Rock collection, which currently contains 30 video interviews and written transcripts....

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Upcoming Events

11:00 am Ines Di Santo Trunk Show and Per... @ Lovella Bridal
Ines Di Santo Trunk Show and Per... @ Lovella Bridal
Jan 19 @ 11:00 am – Jan 20 @ 5:00 pm
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Be sure to book an appointment with Lovella Bridal for their exclusive trunk show and personal appearance by bridal couture and eveningwear designer, Ines Di Santo. Ines Di Santo’s exquisite Fall 2018 Collection will be[...]
9:00 am Rose Villa Neighborhood Walking ...
Rose Villa Neighborhood Walking ...
Jan 20 @ 9:00 am – 11:15 am
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Just east of the Caltech area, this district showcases Pasadena’s growing “middle class” between 1913 and 1916, at the end of the craftsman era in residential architecture in Pasadena. This was a popular neighborhood for[...]
11:00 am Zumba Class at Lamanda Park Library @ Pasadena Public Library, Lamanda Park Branch
Zumba Class at Lamanda Park Library @ Pasadena Public Library, Lamanda Park Branch
Jan 20 @ 11:00 am
A zumba class for all skill levels starts at 11 a.m.
1:00 pm Guided Tour, Lecture at Norton S... @ Norton Simon Museum
Guided Tour, Lecture at Norton S... @ Norton Simon Museum
Jan 20 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
A guided tour visits works reflecting Rembrandt’s rough manner, from 1 to 2 p.m. George Shackelford, Deputy Director of the Kimball Art Museum discusses Degas’s lifelong preoccupation with the human body, particularly the female nude,[...]
4:00 pm Spirit Chorale of Los Angeles Co... @ First United Methodist Church of Pasadena
Spirit Chorale of Los Angeles Co... @ First United Methodist Church of Pasadena
Jan 20 @ 4:00 pm
The Spirit Chorale of Los Angeles performs a concert featuring work of African-American composers, starting at 4 p.m. Free; voluntary offerings are accepted.

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