Jana J. Monji | Pasadena Weekly https://www.pasadenaweekly.com Greater Pasadena's Free News and Entertainment Weekly Tue, 23 Oct 2018 18:29:43 +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 Stan Lai’s ‘Nightwalk’ at the Huntington mixes portions of a Chinese romantic tragicomedy with tales of early 20th-Century California https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/09/20/stan-lais-nightwalk-at-the-huntington-mixes-portions-of-a-chinese-romantic-tragicomedy-with-tales-of-early-20th-century-california/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/09/20/stan-lais-nightwalk-at-the-huntington-mixes-portions-of-a-chinese-romantic-tragicomedy-with-tales-of-early-20th-century-california/#respond Thu, 20 Sep 2018 13:05:20 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=106340 Walking at night along paths of the Chinese Garden at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens can be an intoxicating experience, one in which it’s easy to imagine being rich and living on your own estate somewhere in China. Beginning Sept. 21, The Huntington and the CalArts Center for New Performance, the professional […]

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‘Five Fingers of Marseilles’ illustrates the aftermath of apartheid and the weaker aspects of human nature https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/09/13/five-fingers-of-marseilles-illustrates-the-aftermath-of-apartheid-and-the-weaker-aspects-of-human-nature/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/09/13/five-fingers-of-marseilles-illustrates-the-aftermath-of-apartheid-and-the-weaker-aspects-of-human-nature/#respond Thu, 13 Sep 2018 14:00:33 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=106237 What we see at first could be somewhere in North America: plains of golden grasses, reddish rocks, even a cow. It is only when the narrator begins to speak that the spell is broken: “Five Fingers for Marseilles,” which quietly subverts the traditional American Western in the context of post-South African apartheid where the cowboys […]

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Greater Pasadena offers a fall theater playbill full of spooky fun and other creative offerings https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/08/30/greater-pasadena-offers-a-fall-theater-playbill-full-of-spooky-fun-and-other-creative-offerings/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/08/30/greater-pasadena-offers-a-fall-theater-playbill-full-of-spooky-fun-and-other-creative-offerings/#respond Thu, 30 Aug 2018 13:15:06 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=105917 “Ain’t Too Proud” to say it’s impossible to resist The Temptations this autumn, especially a Broadway preview, but fall also brings the opportunity to contemplate the dangers of letter writing, Canadian hospitality, horticulture, variations of Shakespeare and just how much Pasadenans love Halloween. At the Ahmanson Theatre, three musicals — two inspired by true events […]

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Pasadena’s fall card is full of Flamenco, Salsa, Swing, Ballet, Modern, Experimental, even Victorian styles of dance https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/08/30/pasadenas-fall-card-is-full-of-flamenco-salasa-swing-ballet-modern-experimental-even-victorian-styles-of-dance/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/08/30/pasadenas-fall-card-is-full-of-flamenco-salasa-swing-ballet-modern-experimental-even-victorian-styles-of-dance/#respond Thu, 30 Aug 2018 13:05:40 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=105925 Pasadena has plenty of opportunities this fall to turn dancing into romancing, even if that love is for an era or an author.     Of course, one can just stay off their feet and watch others dance — from modern and ballet to experimental. Watching Ballet Hispánico (from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15), Ballet […]

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Dancer Marjani Forté-Saunders explores the power of culture and family in ‘Memoirs of a… Unicorn’ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/08/23/dancer-marjani-forte-saunders-explores-the-power-of-culture-and-family-in-memoirs-of-a-unicorn/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/08/23/dancer-marjani-forte-saunders-explores-the-power-of-culture-and-family-in-memoirs-of-a-unicorn/#respond Thu, 23 Aug 2018 13:05:56 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=105740 If you’re looking for a fanciful tale about unicorns, you might be disappointed. Marjani Forté-Saunders’ “Memoirs of a…Unicorn” isn’t about a one-horned creature so much as “the power of culture and the ingenuity of black men,” as seen through the eyes of a Pasadena-native who went on to become a 2014 Princess Grace Choreography Fellow. […]

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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ creates a cinematic sensation while challenging film and TV casting practices https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/08/16/crazy-rich-asians-creates-a-cinematic-sensation-while-challenging-film-and-tv-casting-practices/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/08/16/crazy-rich-asians-creates-a-cinematic-sensation-while-challenging-film-and-tv-casting-practices/#respond Thu, 16 Aug 2018 13:00:39 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=105655 “Crazy Rich Asians” is more than a movie. It’s a book of the same name, and it’s also a social movement, one you might want to hop on despite personal tastes in romantic comedies. The book, written by Kevin Kwan, and the film, co-written for the screen by Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim, begin with […]

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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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