Author: Jana J. Monji

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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People gear up for a coast-to-coast total solar eclipse

Predicting a solar eclipse won’t win anyone the keys to any kingdoms, as it did in Mark Twain’s “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court,” but it will give people time to be prepared. Scientists and astronomers have been making preparations for the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse for years, but average folks still have time to observe an event which hasn’t happened since June 8, 1918. On that date, a total solar eclipse swept across the United States from the Pacific to the Atlantic coasts. Solar eclipses are either total or annular (a ring of light is visible)....

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1:00 pm Castle Green Wedding and Event O... @ Castle Green
Castle Green Wedding and Event O... @ Castle Green
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1:00 pm Sierra Madre Playhouse Event @ Sierra Madre Elementary School
Sierra Madre Playhouse Event @ Sierra Madre Elementary School
Feb 25 @ 1:00 pm
In conjunction with the current production of “Nothing Is the Same,” the Playhouse presents a free family event, a tour of the school’s Japanese Goodwill Garden, plus tea and Japanese tea snacks available for purchase,[...]
4:00 pm Book Signings at Vroman’s @ Vroman's Bookstore
Book Signings at Vroman’s @ Vroman's Bookstore
Feb 25 @ 4:00 pm
Local Author Day features Chiqeeta Jameson, author of “Don’t Sell, Let Them Buy: Master the Sales Conversation and Guide Your Customers to a Successful Outcome…Every Time,” Colette Barris, author of “Claretta Street” and Belinda Busteed[...]
4:00 pm Performances à la Carte @ Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church
Performances à la Carte @ Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church
Feb 25 @ 4:00 pm
Performances à la Carte and Girls on the Run Los Angeles present the performance, “The Innas, Ettas, Annas & Donnas of Mozart’s Operas” is an afternoon of concert arias and duets featuring a variety of[...]
4:00 pm Restoration Concert @ South Pasadena Library Community Room
Restoration Concert @ South Pasadena Library Community Room
Feb 25 @ 4:00 pm
The concert features the Los Angeles Piano Sextet, consisting of current and former members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, performing works by Mozart, Poulanc[...]

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