Author: Carl Kozlowski

‘Black Panther’ gives the world its first full-on black superhero film

T here have been nearly 20 movies in the pretentiously titled (yet wildly entertaining) Marvel Cinematic Universe since “Iron Man” kicked off the tidal wave of superhero cinema that has overwhelmed audiences worldwide since 2008. In a prime example of just how overly dominant white culture is in Hollywood, none of these stories centered on a character of color, with the only black actors in these films relegated to supporting roles. All that is changing this weekend, with Marvel’s latest film “Black Panther” hitting theaters with the tale of a heroic prince named T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) who comes from...

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Comic writer Laurie Kilmartin reads and signs her book ‘Dead People Suck’ at Vroman’s Tuesday

There are normally five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. But Laurie Kilmartin has discovered a sixth: laughter.    A standup comedy star and longtime writer for the late-night show “Conan” on TBS, Kilmartin has processed her own dad’s death in recent years via both a standup special called “45 Jokes About My Dead Dad” as well as a new book titled “Dead People Suck: A Guide for Survivors of the Newly Departed.”   Filled with darkly comic essays on topics like dying, cremation, funerals and the afterlife, it’s a bracingly funny tome that Kilmartin will...

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Comic writer Laurie Kilmartin reads and signs her book ‘Dead People Suck’ at Vroman’s Tuesday

There are normally five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. But Laurie Kilmartin has discovered a sixth: laughter.    A standup comedy star and longtime writer for the late-night show “Conan” on TBS, Kilmartin has processed her own dad’s death in recent years via both a standup special called “45 Jokes About My Dead Dad” as well as a new book titled “Dead People Suck: A Guide for Survivors of the Newly Departed.”   Filled with darkly comic essays on topics like dying, cremation, funerals and the afterlife, it’s a bracingly funny tome that Kilmartin will...

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Richie Furay headlines Wild Honey Orchestra tribute to Buffalo Springfield in autism fundraiser Saturday at the Alex

Sometimes the most seemingly random meetings change the course of our entire lives. That was certainly the case for Richie Furay, a singer-songwriter who found his life altered thanks to stopping at a traffic light on Sunset Boulevard in 1966.    He was riding in a car with another young musician named Stephen Stills. They were heading east on Sunset when Furay noticed two other musicians — Neil Young and Bruce Palmer — heading west to get to the 405 Freeway en route to San Francisco. A new transplant to Los Angeles, Stills had met Young while on a...

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Bulletin Board – News & Notes From Our Community

Stepping Up Pasadena Tournament of Roses selects 20 marching bands for 2019 Rose Parade The Tournament of Roses Association has selected 20 of the marching bands that will participate in the 130th Rose Parade, themed “The Melody of Life.” The bands will travel to Pasadena from across the United States and places around the world, including Puerto Rico, Canada, Costa Rica, Japan and Sweden. There are two bands that will be added to the line-up when the universities participating in the 105th Rose Bowl Game are determined. The 20 bands selected are: Alabama State University Mighty Marching Hornets, Montgomery,...

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Upcoming Events

Feb
17
Sat
10:30 am NEA Big Read Project Activities ... @ Pasadena Public Library Central Branch
NEA Big Read Project Activities ... @ Pasadena Public Library Central Branch
Feb 17 @ 10:30 am
As part of the NEA’s Big Read Project, which highlights the book “When the Emperor was Divine” by Julie Otsuka, the library presents various activities, including a discussion by Megan Asaka of the US government’s[...]
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
Feb 17 @ 11:00 am
A zumba class for all ages and skill levels starts at 11 a.m.
1:00 pm Guided Tour at Norton Simon @ Norton Simon Museum
Guided Tour at Norton Simon @ Norton Simon Museum
Feb 17 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
A guided tour visits works in the museum’s collections containing images of lovers, from 1 to 2 p.m., included in museum admission of $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, free for members, students and those[...]
2:00 pm Pasadena Symphony Concert @ Ambassador Auditorium
Pasadena Symphony Concert @ Ambassador Auditorium
Feb 17 @ 2:00 pm
The concert features Stravinsky’s “Firebird” suite, with performances at 2 and 8 p.m. David Lockington conducts, with featured cello soloist Inbal Segev. The concert also includes Dvorak’s “Cello Concerto,” and a new work by Dale[...]
4:00 pm Book Signing at Vroman’s @ Vroman's Bookstore
Book Signing at Vroman’s @ Vroman's Bookstore
Feb 17 @ 4:00 pm
Chris Finan discusses and signs “Drunks: An American History” at 4 p.m.

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