Author: Carl Kozlowski

The new Pasadena Playhouse play “Belleville” explores a marriage rocked by dangerous secrets

Do you ever wonder how well you really know your life partner? Nearly everyone has moments in which that question crosses their mind, and the new Pasadena Playhouse play “Belleville” explores that dilemma with a starkly riveting two-person cast, as a couple faces off over shocking discoveries during one dark night of the soul. Starring Anna Camp of the smash-hit “Pitch Perfect” films — and a Drama Desk Award-nominated actress to boot — and  Tony-nominated actor Thomas Sadoski (HBO’s “The Newsroom”), “Belleville” fits the mold of the great thrillers of Alfred Hitchcock. In it, Zach (Sadoski) and Abby (Camp)...

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Dwayne Johnson’s monster-studded ‘Rampage’ will wow your inner 8-year-old

It often seems that the more Hollywood’s special effects technology improves the worse the storylines and characters of the films they’re used in become. Not so with “Rampage,” which raises the bar on blockbuster entertainment, offering a wow-inducing time at the movies by following its own bizarre internal logic and featuring well-motivated characters with brains and heart. The film stars Dwayne Johnson as a US Special Forces soldier-turned-primatologist named Davis Okoye (yes, you read correctly) who teams with a giant albino gorilla named George to save Chicago from a 30-foot-tall flying wolf-bat creature and a massive alligator with giant...

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Bulletin Board – News & Notes From Our Community

Homegrown Talent Singer Mayita Dinos presents special Earth Day-themed concert Sunday at Arlington Gardens Earth Day is Sunday, and area nature lovers will have a special way to celebrate the occasion on when singer Mayita Dinos performs “The Garden Is My Stage” concert at 7 p.m. at Arlington Gardens, 275 Arlington Drive, Pasadena. The location holds personal significance for Dinos, who served as the landscape designer for the three-acre grounds, which is the only dedicated public garden in Pasadena. Dinos will perform standards from the Great American Songbook, along with a mix of English-language classics from her youth considered...

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Investigative journalist Mark Ebner reflects on an often shocking career in his ‘Grey Zone’ podcast

There once was a time when great journalists became stars, their latest exposés eagerly awaited by readers and feared by the powerful. But as the Internet and cable TV networks started making devastating inroads over print journalism, the industry has become increasingly irrelevant as millions of Americans get their news from social media and late-night talk-show monologues.    Investigative journalist Mark Ebner stands out from that pack as one of the rare breed of reporters who has managed to not only survive but thrive in this new age. That’s because he’s built a reputation for bringing a tough-talking, hard-charging,...

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Bulletin Board – News & Notes From Our Community – 04.12.18

Cinematic Celebration William Holden Centennial to be celebrated at South Pasadena Library on Tuesday William Holden was one of the top stars in Hollywood’s Golden Age — but more importantly, he’s the most famous native of South Pasadena. Once the most in-demand movie star in the world via such films as “Sunset Boulevard” and “Born Yesterday,” he’s maintained an indelible presence in film fans’ memories for a century. The South Pasadena Public Library will pay tribute to Holden on the centennial of his birth, April 17, with a special celebration to be held in its historic Community Room. The...

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THIS WEEK’S COVER

Upcoming Events

Apr
20
Fri
8:00 pm “The Immigrant” at the Sierra Ma... @ Sierra Madre Playhouse
“The Immigrant” at the Sierra Ma... @ Sierra Madre Playhouse
Apr 20 @ 8:00 pm – May 26 @ 8:00 pm
“The Immigrant,” a play by Mark Harelik is set in rural, central Texas in 1909, as a young, Russian-Jewish immigrant settles in a small town, banana cart in tow, after having escaped from pogroms in[...]
Apr
22
Sun
7:00 pm Mayita Dinos Performance at Arli... @ Arlington Garden
Mayita Dinos Performance at Arli... @ Arlington Garden
Apr 22 @ 7:00 pm
Vocalist Mayita Dinos performs jazz standards from the Great American Songbook, and Spanish songs from her childhood in Puerto Rico, performing with the Rich Eames Trio, starting at 7 p.m. Picnicking is permitted. Tickets are[...]
Apr
23
Mon
7:00 pm Book Signing at Vroman’s @ Vroman's Bookstore
Book Signing at Vroman’s @ Vroman's Bookstore
Apr 23 @ 7:00 pm
Christina Lynch discusses and signs “The Italian Party” at 7 p.m.
7:00 pm Carnegie Astronomy Lecture Serie... @ The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
Carnegie Astronomy Lecture Serie... @ The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
Apr 23 @ 7:00 pm
A Carnegie Astronomy Lecture Series presentation features Joseph Masiero, NASA/JPL scientist, discussing “You Can’t Make a Solar System without Breaking a Few Asteroids: The Tale of Asteroid Families,” exploring how the asteroid families in our[...]
7:30 pm Altadena Historical Society Pres... @ Altadena Community Center
Altadena Historical Society Pres... @ Altadena Community Center
Apr 23 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Historian Paul Ayers presents a program on once-popular lost trails of the Altadena foothills, with vintage photographs included, as he shares his research methods, starting at 7:30 p.m. Free.

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