Bliss Bowen | Pasadena Weekly https://www.pasadenaweekly.com Greater Pasadena's Free News and Entertainment Weekly Fri, 19 Oct 2018 22:07:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 https://i1.wp.com/www.pasadenaweekly.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/cropped-jgpw-512-px-copy.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 Bliss Bowen | Pasadena Weekly https://www.pasadenaweekly.com 32 32 136211528 TRAX – 10.18.18 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/10/18/trax-10-18-18/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/10/18/trax-10-18-18/#respond Thu, 18 Oct 2018 13:00:54 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=107074 DOYLE BRAMHALL II, Shades (Mascot/Provogue): **** Playing with Tedeschi Trucks Band seems to have rubbed off on the veteran guitarist in productive ways. Lean arrangements and songwriting depth make this Bramhall’s strongest and most consistently enticing album, as his guitar expressively colors the gospel-cadenced “Break Apart to Mend,” slow-burning Norah Jones collaboration “Searching for Love,” […]

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Grant Langston at Wine & Song Wednesday https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/10/18/grant-langston-at-wine-song-wednesday/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/10/18/grant-langston-at-wine-song-wednesday/#respond Thu, 18 Oct 2018 13:00:48 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=107082 Grant Langston has long been familiar to local audiences, thanks to roadhouse-style gigs with his Supermodels band at clubs like T. Boyle’s and songwriter nights such as the Wine & Song showcase he’s playing Wednesday. With at least 10 albums to his credit, he’s a prolific veteran of LA’s independent Americana scene. By day, the […]

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Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter C.J. Chivers tells the story of America’s longest wars through the eyes of ‘The Fighters: Americans in Combat in Afghanistan and Iraq’ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/10/18/pulitzer-prize-winning-new-york-times-reporter-c-j-chivers-tells-the-story-of-americas-longest-wars-through-the-eyes-of-the-fighters-americans-in-combat-in-afghanistan-and-iraq/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/10/18/pulitzer-prize-winning-new-york-times-reporter-c-j-chivers-tells-the-story-of-americas-longest-wars-through-the-eyes-of-the-fighters-americans-in-combat-in-afghanistan-and-iraq/#respond Thu, 18 Oct 2018 13:00:22 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=107019 Last year, veteran New York Times journalist C.J. Chivers won a Pulitzer Prize for “The Fighter,” a feature for New York Times Magazine. In his probing depiction of PTSD-troubled Marine Samuel J. Siatta, Chivers observed that “the waste and shame of a respected vet being warehoused in a penitentiary for a crime he could not […]

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Bestselling author Anne Lamott discusses ‘Almost Everything: Notes on Hope’ Tuesday at All Saints https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/10/11/bestselling-author-anne-lamott-discusses-almost-everything-notes-on-hope-tuesday-at-all-saints/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/10/11/bestselling-author-anne-lamott-discusses-almost-everything-notes-on-hope-tuesday-at-all-saints/#respond Thu, 11 Oct 2018 13:00:42 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=106842 “I have known hell, and I have also known love. Love was bigger.” One of the more endearing qualities of Anne Lamott’s books is that she writes like she’s in a thoughtful one-on-one exchange with the reader. So it isn’t a surprise — in fact, it’s somehow reassuring — to discover that the bestselling author […]

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TRAX – 10.11.18 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/10/11/106891/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/10/11/106891/#respond Thu, 11 Oct 2018 13:00:35 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=106891 JOSE JAMES, Lean On Me  (Blue Note): *** The R&B/jazz chameleon again contextualizes his music with respectful homage to an artistic mentor — here, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bill Withers. James doesn’t rearrange songs (as he did for 2015’s sterling Billie Holiday tribute “Yesterday I Had the Blues”) so much as refine them for […]

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Moonie Moonie, Who Can Sleep, JazzZone, Wreck N Sow and others will perform at ArtNight exhibits and installations across town Friday night https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/10/11/moonie-moonie-who-can-sleep-jazzzone-wreck-n-sow-and-others-will-perform-at-artnight-exhibits-and-installations-across-town-friday-night/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/10/11/moonie-moonie-who-can-sleep-jazzzone-wreck-n-sow-and-others-will-perform-at-artnight-exhibits-and-installations-across-town-friday-night/#respond Thu, 11 Oct 2018 13:00:10 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=106845 Come Friday, musicians will once again be performing half-hour to 45-minute sets at formal as well as impromptu venues across town as part of ArtNight, Pasadena’s twice-yearly, multigenerational celebration of creative expression. Coordinated by the city’s Cultural Affairs Division, the free, family-friendly event is a convivial affirmation that art, in all its myriad forms, is […]

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Community and celebration remain the focus at Saturday’s Eagle Rock Music Festival https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/10/04/community-and-celebration-remain-the-focus-at-saturdays-eagle-rock-music-festival/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/10/04/community-and-celebration-remain-the-focus-at-saturdays-eagle-rock-music-festival/#respond Thu, 04 Oct 2018 13:10:30 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=106674 “By locals, for locals” remains the byword for the 19th Annual Eagle Rock Music Festival, which will take over a stretch of Colorado Boulevard in Eagle Rock with music, visual artists, food and crafts vendors Saturday afternoon and evening. Once again produced by the Center for the Arts Eagle Rock in tandem with Councilmember Jose […]

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Shared values are the ties that bind Best of Pasadena Night Life winners https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/10/04/shared-values-are-the-ties-that-bind-best-of-pasadena-night-life-winners/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/10/04/shared-values-are-the-ties-that-bind-best-of-pasadena-night-life-winners/#respond Thu, 04 Oct 2018 13:05:58 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=106725 The more things change, the more they stay the same… So goes an age-old maxim that proves true when assessing this year’s Best of Pasadena Nightlife winners. Pummeled by constant political drama and wondering what fresh chaos the next day’s headlines will deliver, PW readers continue to declare fealty to establishments that reward their loyalty […]

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‘Good Time Charlie’s Got the Blues’ and ‘Covered Wagon’ composer Danny O’Keefe returns to Coffee Gallery Backstage https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/10/04/good-time-charlies-got-the-blues-and-covered-wagon-composer-danny-okeefe-returns-to-coffee-gallery-backstage/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/10/04/good-time-charlies-got-the-blues-and-covered-wagon-composer-danny-okeefe-returns-to-coffee-gallery-backstage/#respond Thu, 04 Oct 2018 13:00:48 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=106680 M any songs that achieve enduring popularity are considered “standards,” but popularity alone is not the only quality that elevates them to that status. They also tend to emulate or build on the melodicism of mid-20th-century pop. Danny O’Keefe’s “Good Time Charlie’s Got the Blues” didn’t become a Top 10 hit until 1972, and its […]

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Sarah B. Mantell’s ‘Everything That Never Happened’ wrestles characters away from the anti-Semitism and misogyny in Shakespeare’s ‘Merchant of Venice’ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/09/27/sarah-b-mantells-everything-that-never-happened-wrestles-characters-away-from-the-anti-semitism-and-misogyny-in-shakespeares-merchant-of-venice/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/09/27/sarah-b-mantells-everything-that-never-happened-wrestles-characters-away-from-the-anti-semitism-and-misogyny-in-shakespeares-merchant-of-venice/#respond Thu, 27 Sep 2018 13:00:18 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=106574 Matching Shakespeare’s poetry was the least of the challenges confronting playwright Sarah B. Mantell when she decided to write a play expressing her difficult response to “The Merchant of Venice.” Challenging the Bard, the penultimate genius of theater and the English language? Heresy! But that is what Mantell has accomplished, with more respect than reverence, […]

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