Author: Bliss Bowen

Nomadic singer-songwriter Nikki Talley and husband/guitarist Jason Sharp park their van in South Pasadena to play Wine & Song Wednesday

As van life culture attracts more Millennials, artists and other free spirits striving to live outside 9-to-5 lines, Instagram accounts are proliferating with glamour shots of artfully framed beachside campouts, yoga breaks and roadside picnics. But reality is more awkward, as North Carolina singer-songwriter Nikki Talley and husband/guitarist Jason Sharp discovered after a recent hilarious-in-the-telling-but-not-in-the-moment encounter with a blood-sucking “kissing bug” in the van they call home as they crisscross the country on perpetual tour. A swiftly booked night at a roach motel was followed by “Operation Scorched Earth,” a long day of scrubbing and saging everything in their trusty...

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Ryan Yu stars as Japanese-American civil rights hero Gordon Hirabayashi in ‘Hold These Truths’ at the Pasadena Playhouse

“No person shall be … deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.” — Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due...

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Trax – 05.25.17

LITTLE HURRICANE, Same Sun, Same Moon (Mascot): 3 STARS The San Diego duo spiff up their minimalist approach with some production polish, for a lean, hard-bottomed sound most effective on tracks like rubbery blues-rocker “Bad Business.” Celeste Spina’s girlish harmonies add a touch of vulnerability to “Take It Slow” and “Slingshot” but she mostly (and wisely) remains on her drum throne; Anthony Catalano’s emotive cries and reverbed guitar easily command the space. Highlights: the slinky “Lake Tahoe Eyes,” instrumental “March of the Living,” “Moon’s Gone Cold.” At the EchoPlex in Echo Park Thursday, June 1. littlehurricanemusic.com THE HOT 8 BRASS BAND,...

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The nonpartisan speakers series ‘Democracy Wise’ addresses civil liberties at Vroman’s Wednesday night

As the seemingly endless parade of scandalous allegations, improprieties, leaks and momentous policy changes marches forward from Washington DC, voters in blue and red states alike seethe with anxious questions. Witness the number of highly publicized confrontations at town halls nationwide between righteously incensed voters and politicians such as Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton, New Jersey Rep. Tom MacArthur and soon to depart Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz. It doesn’t matter where you live — whether you’re in western Pennsylvania, defending neighborhoods and farmland against fracking wastewater; in Texas ranch country, facing the potential loss of land to the Trump administration’s...

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Matthew Aucoin conducts ‘Mozart: Truth Through Beauty’

Composer. Conductor. Musician. Poet. Matthew Aucoin, whom peers and opera leaders have glowingly likened to a young Leonard Bernstein, inhabits all those roles well. The Boston Globe, NPR, The New York Times and Wall Street Journal, among other national outlets, have depicted him as a rising visionary in the classical world. Grounded and confident onstage, Aucoin (pronounced “oh-KOIN”) is articulate and limber of thought in conversation, and laughs easily. The Massachusetts native, who recently settled in Pasadena with his partner, has conducted orchestras in several US cities (and Rome), and composed a handful of operas, including 2015’s warmly reviewed...

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Upcoming Events

May
28
Sun
12:00 pm Lanterman Historical Museum Foun... @ Lanterman House
Lanterman Historical Museum Foun... @ Lanterman House
May 28 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The Foundation hosts its annual Summer Whites Picnic and Ukulele Rendezvous from noon to 4 p.m. Guests are welcome to bring food and dine, admire the work of local artists and dance in the ballroom[...]
2:00 pm Stories in the Afternoon at Nort... @ Norton Simon Museum
Stories in the Afternoon at Nort... @ Norton Simon Museum
May 28 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Stories in the Afternoon features the story “The Big Orange Splot,” which motivates Mr. Plumbeam to paint the house of his dreams, as guests imagine and draw their idea of a dream house, from 2[...]
4:00 pm Book Signing at Vroman @ Vroman's Bookstore
Book Signing at Vroman @ Vroman's Bookstore
May 28 @ 4:00 pm
Local Author Day presents Patricia Benke discussing and signing “Qudeen the Magnificent” and Priscilla Rose discussing and signing “The Future Belongs to Those Who Dare” at 4 p.m.
May
30
Tue
2:00 pm Coloring at Pasadena Public Libr... @ Pasadena Public Library, Villa Parke Branch
Coloring at Pasadena Public Libr... @ Pasadena Public Library, Villa Parke Branch
May 30 @ 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Kids are invited to spent the afternoon coloring and check out books with stories commemorating those who died serving in our country’s armed forces, from 2 to 5:30 p.m.
May
31
Wed
9:00 am Pasadena Sales Career Fair @ Hilton Pasadena
Pasadena Sales Career Fair @ Hilton Pasadena
May 31 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Pasadena Sales Career Fair @ Hilton Pasadena | Pasadena | California | United States
Southern California Professional Career Event – Sales & Management Specific Here at HireLive, we take a personal approach when working with both companies looking to hire and candidates in search of a career change. Our[...]

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