Author: Carl Kozlowski

In his latest film, ‘Roman J. Israel, Esq.,’ Denzel Washington is guilty of self-indulgence

Is it possible to make a vanity project built almost solely around the idea of not displaying any vanity? The bizarre new Denzel Washington legal drama “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” makes viewers answer that question. Washington stars as the titular character, a lifelong social-justice crusader who has served as the legal adviser for another attorney who has always handled the actual court hearings in a nonstop array of public defender cases. But when his boss has a sudden heart attack, Israel is told explicitly by the firm’s secretary to only ask for continuances that would enable the lead attorney...

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All is right with the world in SMP’s ‘A Christmas Story’

There are few pop culture phenomena that have placed such a unique hold on the American radar as the classic 1983 film “A Christmas Story.” Following a young boy named Ralphie growing up in 1940 Indiana who is obsessed with owning a Red Ryder BB gun, yet faces unimaginable comedic obstacles along the way, the movie has become an annual tradition for millions watching it during its annual 24-hour marathon on the TBS cable network each Christmas Day. The film’s improbable fate as a beloved classic is a surprising result for a movie that was only a minor hit...

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Pasadena retailers follow the trend of more stores giving workers Thanksgiving Day off

Bucking a recent trend in which “sales creep” had led to retail stores opening on Thanksgiving Day more than 75 major national retailers have announced that this year’s Christmas shopping season will kick off on Black Friday, the day after the national holiday. The trend was started two years ago when the REI outdoor-clothing chain gave all its employees both Thanksgiving and Black Friday off. Last year, 60 national retailers gave workers Thanksgiving off, a move that was hailed as a return to sanity amid the over-commercialized holiday season. The trend has also been praised for giving retail employees...

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The Pasadena area offers several impressive light displays to share with loved ones

There’s something uniquely alluring about the magic of Christmas lights, especially when they are festooned by the thousands across an assortment of natural wonders and historical locales. The Pasadena area has several of the most spectacular displays in the entire Los Angeles area, and each year they provide a great opportunity for families to bond and romantics to share warm memories that foster Yuletide romance. Whether enjoying the official tree lighting at Pasadena City Hall or the splendid charms of an entire neighborhood banding together to put on a show along Altadena’s Christmas Tree Lane or Pasadena’s own Upper...

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The Alex Theatre serves up its 20th annual Three Stooges retrospective Saturday

Each Thanksgiving weekend the Alex Film Society has provided families with a great way to escape the holiday chaos at home and share some laughs at someone else’s expense at the theater, serving up an annual array of classic comedy shorts by the indomitable Three Stooges. This Saturday marks the show’s 20th incarnation with “Crème de la Cream Pies: Celebrating 20 years of Delicious Madness!” The afternoon will feature five classic Stooges shorts in the now all-too-rare format of 35 mm film, starting with 1934’s “Men in Black.” In this Academy Award-nominated short, Larry, Moe and Curly bring their...

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Upcoming Events

10:00 am Flintridge Coffeehouse and Books... @ Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse
Flintridge Coffeehouse and Books... @ Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse
Nov 25 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
The store’s Small Business Saturday features guest authors, artists, live music and activities for all ages, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free.
1:00 pm Guided Tour at Norton Simon @ Norton Simon Museum
Guided Tour at Norton Simon @ Norton Simon Museum
Nov 25 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
A guided tour visits high drama depicted in baroque art, from 1 to 2 p.m., included with museum admission of $12 for adults, $9 for seniors, free for members, students and guests 18 and younger.
2:00 pm Alex Film Society Screenings @ Alex Theatre
Alex Film Society Screenings @ Alex Theatre
Nov 25 @ 2:00 pm
The Society presents its annual Three Stooges Film Festival, screening episodes including “A Plumbing We Will Go” (1940), “An Ache in Every Stake” (1941), “Disorder in the Court” (1936), “Men in Black” (1934), “Oily to[...]
2:00 pm I Love You NO Matter What!” -Sel... @ ONE LIFE YOGA
I Love You NO Matter What!” -Sel... @ ONE LIFE YOGA
Nov 26 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
I Love You NO Matter What!” -Self-Love Experience @ ONE LIFE YOGA
This workshop is an invitation to love yourself intimately. It is an experience of how to recondition your body to be in the most empowered states through the power of word, breath and movement. As[...]
6:30 pm Dietary Supplement Discussion at... @ Cancer Support Community
Dietary Supplement Discussion at... @ Cancer Support Community
Nov 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Dr. Amaliya Santiago discusses how dietary supplements and the right foods can improve a patient’s ability to fight cancer, reduce the side effects of treatment and enhance recovery, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free, but[...]

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