Author: PW Staff

Clean money comeback

Proponents of adopting public financing systems for candidates in local and state elections will gather next week in Pasadena for a “Clean Money — Clean Cities” conference. Praised by many on the left as a way to limit the influence of lobbyists and large donors, public financing systems allow qualifying candidates to forgo collecting contributions and receive a flat sum from the government to run their campaigns. Last year’s Proposition 89 would have allowed public financing in state races, but was trounced at the polls. The conference, which will feature activists and legal experts, is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of California and will take place March 15 at the Pasadena Conference Center, 300 E. Green St., Pasadena. For more information, visit . — Joe...

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The Boys are back in town

It must’ve taken courage for the Boys of the Lough to sell traditional Celtic music to the general public back in 1967. After all, British Invasion rock, flower-power anthems and soul held a virtual full-nelson lock on record sales at the time. However, the Boys persevered, and it worked. Some 40 years, 60-plus US tours and numerous recordings later, they’re still alive and cooking. While band members have come and gone over the years, the legend stays alive. Friday night, you can see the fruits of their labor at Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium. These five guys are the original deal. They hail from the lands that gave a home and a voice to the genre. Members come from the far-flung realms of Scotland, Ireland and the Shetland Islands. They’ve melded the diversity of their individual homelands into a well-oiled sound machine. The band consists of composer Dave Richardson on mandolin, cittern, English concertina and button accordion; Kevin Henderson on fiddle; band founder Cathal McConnell on flute, whistle and vocals; Brendan Begley on button accordion, melodeon and vocals; and Malcolm Stitt on guitar. Music aficionados recognize their incredible technical expertise and their ability to play traditional Scottish and Irish styles with integrity. Fans love their ready wit and humor, and original arrangements that stitch a seamless weave between Celtic subgenres. The music is complex yet accessible.   — John...

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A Clazzical gas

We’re going to take the club concept to the next level this time with something really different. Clazzical Notes is a regularly occurring free music and discussion program that is part of the Pasadena Symphony’s educational outreach efforts. It’s designed for adults, as a way to bridge the often yawning gap between the classical and jazz communities, and to offer enhanced cultural experiences for all members of the community. Monday night, the program comes to Pasadena’s McKinley Elementary School auditorium. This event should be of interest to serious music fans as well as working musicians. The topic before the house: “The Studio Musician.” Studio musicians are the people who perform a large portion of the recorded music that you hear on the radio, on TV and in the movies. Monday’s performance features Latin jazz saxophonist Justo Almario. Locally he’s known for playing with Poncho Sanchez, but he’s also toured and recorded with the likes of Placido Domingo, Linda Ronstadt, Charlie Mingus, Chaka Khan and Queen Latifah, among others. His film credits include “Dirty Dancing,” “Trading Places,” “The Mambo Kings” and “The Birdcage.” Representing the classical side of the equation, Pasadena Symphony cellist Roger Lebow has performed for decades. He’s worked with the LA Opera and the chamber ensemble Xtet, served as principal cellist for the Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra and is the founding cellist of the Armadillo String Quartet...

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Women with a mission

March 8 marks International Women’s Day, which acknowledges women’s past, present and future accomplishments throughout the world. To encourage and celebrate women across the globe, the Afghan Women’s Mission in Altadena presents a special screening of Meena Nanji’s “View From a Grain of Sand,” followed by a Q&A discussion with the Los Angeles–based filmmaker, beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday at Laemmle’s One Colorado Theater in Pasadena. “View From a Grain of Sand” explores the loss of Afghan women’s basic human rights, which were stripped from them over the last 25 years, starting with King Mohammed Zahir Shah’s rule and continuing through the current regime of Hamid Karzai. Nanji follows Shapire, Roeena and Wajeeha, three Afghan women she met in a Pakistani refugee camp and documents the trio’s efforts to rebuild their lives, as well as to help, and educate housands of refugees. Intimate interviews, thorough research and compelling footage of refugee camps throughout northwestern Pakistan and the war-torn city of Kabul convey the hardships Afghan women face. However, Nanji also acknowledges the impact organizations are making, such as Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA). This independent political/social organization was founded in the late 1970s by Afghan women fighting for human rights and social justice. All proceeds from the Saturday screening will benefit RAWA. —Tracy...

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Film Critic, Jazz Vespers at All... @ All Saints Church
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Sierra Madre Playhouse Event @ Sierra Madre Elementary School
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Performances à la Carte @ Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church
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