Jana J. Monji | Pasadena Weekly https://www.pasadenaweekly.com Greater Pasadena's Free News and Entertainment Weekly Tue, 14 Aug 2018 20:53:23 +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 Jana J. Monji | Pasadena Weekly https://www.pasadenaweekly.com 32 32 136211528 Acquiring financial aid is but the first of many challenges in a fulfilling college experience https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/08/10/acquiring-financial-aid-is-but-the-first-of-many-challenges-in-a-fulfilling-college-experience/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/08/10/acquiring-financial-aid-is-but-the-first-of-many-challenges-in-a-fulfilling-college-experience/#respond Fri, 10 Aug 2018 17:00:33 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=105541 College isn’t for everyone, but if higher education is a life goal then it’s never too early to start investigating the possibilities, just as it’s never too late to try. Students in Pasadena Unified School District who are headed for college can easily get help on financial aid applications through any number of workshops offered […]

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‘Summer 1993’ and ‘Most Unknown’ send messages we can all understand https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/06/07/summer-1993-and-most-unknown-send-messages-we-can-all-understand/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/06/07/summer-1993-and-most-unknown-send-messages-we-can-all-understand/#respond Thu, 07 Jun 2018 13:00:42 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=104031 In her first feature film, director Carla Simón draws on personal experiences for “Summer 1993” (“Estiu 1993”), a poignant tale of tragic loss, bewildering anger and finding love through tears. Beginning in Barcelona, the 6-year-old Frida (Laia Artigas) is being taken away and must say goodbye to her friends. She does not cry but looks back […]

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The ‘Star Trek’ franchise and other sci-fi shows, books and comics had a profound effect on Caltech and JPL scientists https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/31/the-star-trek-franchise-and-other-sci-fi-shows-books-and-comics-had-a-profound-effect-on-caltech-and-jpl-scientists/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/31/the-star-trek-franchise-and-other-sci-fi-shows-books-and-comics-had-a-profound-effect-on-caltech-and-jpl-scientists/#respond Thu, 31 May 2018 13:15:33 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=103809 For some, the journey to Pasadena and its science community began on a flight of fantasy into a final frontier with the voyages of the Starship Enterprise. In fact, in some ways Pasadena could be considered an informal “Star Trek” convention that convenes every day.     “If it weren’t for ‘Star Trek’ I don’t […]

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‘RBG’ offers an inside look at the life of pioneering Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/31/rbg-offers-an-inside-look-at-the-life-of-pioneering-supreme-court-justice-ruth-bader-ginsberg/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/31/rbg-offers-an-inside-look-at-the-life-of-pioneering-supreme-court-justice-ruth-bader-ginsberg/#respond Thu, 31 May 2018 13:00:06 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=103869 You won’t understand the full import of the scenes we see or the music we hear at the beginning of Betsy West and Julie Cohen’s intelligent, intimate documentary “RBG,” and I’m not just talking about the male statues around Washington, DC. By West and Cohen’s estimation, she’s a hero, an icon and a dissenter, but […]

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‘Boom for Real’ offers a mostly nonjudgmental look at the life and art of Jean-Michel Basquiat https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/10/boom-for-real-offers-a-mostly-nonjudgmental-look-at-the-life-and-art-of-jean-michel-basquiat/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/10/boom-for-real-offers-a-mostly-nonjudgmental-look-at-the-life-and-art-of-jean-michel-basquiat/#respond Thu, 10 May 2018 13:00:27 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=103436 If you’re not familiar with Jean-Michel Basquiat’s brief life you might be mystified at first by the affectionately crafted documentary “Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat.” The documentary begins with grainy black and white footage of New York City in 1975, with then-President Gerald Ford’s voice heard talking about a city […]

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‘White Savior’ storyline leaves tracks on ‘Isle of Dogs’ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/03/29/white-savior-storyline-leaves-tracks-on-isle-of-dogs/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/03/29/white-savior-storyline-leaves-tracks-on-isle-of-dogs/#respond Thu, 29 Mar 2018 13:00:48 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=102412 Wes Anderson’s animated feature “Isle of Dogs” isn’t really about Japan any more than is W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan’s “The Mikado,” but not everyone will know that. Don’t misunderstand; the movie gets many things right while mixing old American ideas about Japan with contemporary aspects of the country’s culture. Driven by the urgent taiko […]

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When fiction passes as truth, Caltech helps the public see the difference at Science for March Saturday https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/03/29/when-fiction-passes-as-truth-caltech-helps-the-public-see-the-difference-at-science-for-march-saturday/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/03/29/when-fiction-passes-as-truth-caltech-helps-the-public-see-the-difference-at-science-for-march-saturday/#respond Thu, 29 Mar 2018 13:00:34 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=102377 Last year, Caltech students organized a March for Science. This year, they are asking scientists and future scientists to find their way to Caltech for Science for March, an open house of exhibits and TED-style talks from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at Beckman Mall, 1200 E. California Blvd., Pasadena Organized by […]

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USC PAM Director Christina Yu Yu accepts post at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/03/15/usc-pam-director-christina-yu-yu-accepts-post-at-museum-of-fine-arts-boston/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/03/15/usc-pam-director-christina-yu-yu-accepts-post-at-museum-of-fine-arts-boston/#respond Thu, 15 Mar 2018 13:00:23 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=102029 Christina Yu Yu, director of the USC Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, is stepping down to serve as the Matsutaro Shoriki Chair of Art of Asia at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. “Christina did a marvelous job of elevating a local Pasadena gallery into a world-class museum that is drawing a diverse group of […]

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The immigrant experience takes center stage in ‘My Own Story Greatest Hits’ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/02/22/immigrant-experience-takes-center-stage-story-greatest-hits/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/02/22/immigrant-experience-takes-center-stage-story-greatest-hits/#respond Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:00:46 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=101469 Cross-cultural understanding blooms at the Rosebud Coffee house on East Colorado Boulevard, nurtured by a man who survived the Vietnam War and came to California as a young refugee. Currently a resident teaching artist with the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Alex Luu and his family left Vietnam on April 30, 1975. At the age […]

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Olympian Mirai Nagasu of Arcadia carries on a long local figure skating tradition https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/02/22/olympian-mirai-nagasu-arcadia-carries-long-local-figure-skating-tradition/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/02/22/olympian-mirai-nagasu-arcadia-carries-long-local-figure-skating-tradition/#respond Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:00:34 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=101473 At 24, Mirai Nagasu has become a competitive ice skating legend among peers and fans alike in her second Winter Olympics appearance.    Born in Montebello, raised in Arcadia, trained at the Pasadena Ice Skating Center, and currently living in Colorado, Nagasu has gained this distinction not by winning medals, but by completing a triple […]

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