Author: Jana J. Monji

President Lance Tibbet follows in his dad’s footsteps as a volunteer with the Tournament of Roses

For Lance Tibbet, president of the Tournament of Roses Association, the annual Rose Parade and Rose Bowl football game have always been a family affair. He recalls crisp mornings begun with hot chocolate and donuts. “My first memory was when we used to camp out. My parents and I camped at a vacant lot close to the Orange Grove and Colorado start. We’d spend the night and have hot chocolate and donuts. Then we’d go to the grandstands,” he said. They would attend the game, then, “Afterward, we’d go to my grandmother’s house. It was a whole daylong event...

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USC Pacific asia Museum celebrates the modern relationship between China and Mexico with ‘Winds from Fusang’

As Santa Ana winds blew across the Southland, the USC Pacific Asia Museum’s grand re-opening joined the hottest recent trend of celebrating Mexican culture with the exhibition “Winds From Fusang: Mexico and China in the Twentieth Century.” Last weekend, Disney-Pixar’s Dia de los Muertos-themed animated feature “Coco” won the battle of the box office for the third week in a row, and Cirque du Soleil returned to Dodger Stadium with an appreciation of Mexican culture with its colorful “Luzia,” which opened Friday — the same day that the USC Pacific Asia Museum opened again to the public after a...

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Cassini explorer keeps transmitting while burning up in Saturn’s atmosphere

Pasadena takes center stage Friday, Sept. 15, as a nearly 20-year journey to Saturn, the mysterious ringed, gaseous jewel of our solar system, comes to a spectacular, flaming end. The unmanned spacecraft once known as Cassini-Huygens, now simply Cassini, is set to become a fireball early Friday morning as it enters Saturn’s atmosphere, ending a trip that began for many scientists well before the spacecraft’s Oct. 15, 1997 launch. The public can watch Cassini’s final moments live on NASA TV and online, beginning Thursday night. “The mission has been insanely, wildly, beautifully successful,” Curt Niebur, Cassini program scientist at...

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‘Red Shoes’ and Grand Ball lead a lengthy list of local dance events

T he two biggest dance events for Pasadenans simply have to be the New Adventures production of “The Red Shoes” and the annual Victorian Grand Ball. Matthew Bourne’s Olivier Award-winning adaptation of the 1948 Academy Award-winning movie is certain to delight dancers. This version of “The Red Shoes” has a new score arranged by Terry Davies and will be at the Ahmanson Theater Sept. 15 to Oct. 1. Who better than Bourne to look at the dangerous obsession of dancing? Victoria Page lives to dance, but her ambitions become a battleground between the two men who inspire her passion....

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Pasadena’s fall theater scene offers something for everyone with tales of life, death, love, politics and science

American and world premieres, racial diversity, old standards, new musicals, comedies, dramas, operas, the Science Guy, a former vice president, a reimagined founding father — there’s something for everyone this fall at local theaters. On Oct. 25, former Vice President Joe Biden will be speaking at the Ambassador Auditorium as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series. Next up: Bill Nye, TV’s Science Guy, who now heads the Pasadena-based Planetary Society. Nye is scheduled to speak on Nov. 29. Speakers in 2018 include former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, newsman Ted Koppel, author and basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and travel...

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Family Fun Sunday at Shoseian Te... @ Brand Library Park
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3:00 pm Drag Queen Story Hour at Vroman’s @ Vroman's Bookstore
Drag Queen Story Hour at Vroman’s @ Vroman's Bookstore
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3:30 pm Coleman Chamber Music Concert @ Caltech's Beckman Auditorium
Coleman Chamber Music Concert @ Caltech's Beckman Auditorium
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The concert features the St. Lawrence string Quartet performing works by Haydn, Janacek and Tchaikovsky, at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 to $55.
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Book Signing at Flintridge Books... @ Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse
Jan 21 @ 4:00 pm
Author Thelma T. Reyna discusses and signs “Reading Tea Leaves after Trump,” a collection of poetry and fictional prose marking the first anniversary of the Trump administration, starting at 4 p.m.
4:00 pm Restoration Concert @ South Pasadena Library Community Room
Restoration Concert @ South Pasadena Library Community Room
Jan 21 @ 4:00 pm
The concert features Pittance Chamber Music, a group of extraordinary musicians from the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, joined by members of the LA Opera Chorus, performing works by Beethoven, Vaughn Williams and Brahms, starting at[...]

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