Author: Rochelle Bassarear

TRAX – 04.12.18

JOYANN PARKER, Hard to Love (Hopeless Romantics): *** Blasting forth defiantly (“You say you’re gonna change/ But I ain’t staying to find out”) with the throbbing “Memphis,” the Minnesota blueswoman throws down a gauntlet and sets a high bar of expectations that the rest of this 13-track album generally meets. It showcases her as a singing, songwriting (with guitarist Mark Lamoine), guitar-playing, self-producing, self-aware powerhouse, but the driving force is unquestionably her voice — a formidable instrument she wields with soul and taste. RIYL Shemekia Copeland and Janiva Magness. Joyannparker.com THE TURBANS, The Turbans (Six Degrees): ****½ Thirteen musicians...

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Antaeus Theatre Co. brings to life Richard Wright’s ‘Native Son

In 1940, when Richard Wright wrote the novel “Native Son,” the story of an African-American youth named Bigger Thomas living in utter poverty on Chicago’s South Side, the book caused an immediate sensation, selling 250,000 hardcover copies within three weeks of its publication. It also sparked widespread controversy for showing the harsh social conditions imposed on African Americans by this country’s white male power structure. A fast-paced and harrowing tale in which protagonist Bigger lashes out at the oppression around him, the novel was accused of being sexually graphic, profane and explicitly violent, leading it to become one of...

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Forceful Changes New bill would require officers to use deadly force as last resort

A new law could make California the first state to place stronger restrictions on when police can kill suspects. Assembly Bill 931 — which has yet to be formally introduced — would make it easier to charge officers who shoot civilians by making two changes to existing law. First, officers could use deadly force only if it was necessary to prevent imminent severe bodily harm or death. The change would allow prosecutors to take into account whether officers attempted to de-escalate the situation. Second, the bill would allow prosecutors to look at prior actions taken by officers that could...

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Live Music- 03.29.18

Thursday March 29  through Wednesday April 04 Please note: Deadline for Calendar submissions is noon.  Wednesday of the week before the issue publishes. PASADENA, SOUTH PASADENA & ALTADENA 1881 Bar 1881 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena (626) 314-2077 facebook.com/1881bar Fridays—Live jazz Saturdays—Gypsie jazz Wednesdays—Reggae The Blue Guitar Arroyo Seco Golf Course 1055 Lohman Lane, South Pasadena blueguitar.club Thursday—Mark Goldenberg Trio The Boulevard Bar 3199 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena (626) 356-9304 blvdbar.com Fridays—Drag performances hosted by Tia Wanna every Friday Cabrera’s Mexican Cuisine 655 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena (626) 795-0230 cabreras.com Thursdays—Live jazz Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays—Karaoke Coffee Gallery Backstage 2029 N....

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Live Music – 02.01.18-02.07.18

Thursday Feb. 01 through Wednesday Feb. 08 Please note: Deadline for Calendar submissions is noon.  Wednesday of the week before the issue publishes.   PASADENA, SOUTH PASADENA & ALTADENA   The Blue Guitar Arroyo Seco Golf Course 1055 Lohman Lane, South Pasadena blueguitar.club Thursday—Adam Miller Trio   The Boulevard Bar 3199 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena (626) 356-9304 blvdbar.com Fridays—Drag performances hosted by Tia Wanna every Friday   Cabrera’s Mexican Cuisine 655 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena (626) 795-0230 cabreras.com Thursdays—Live jazz Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays—Karaoke   Coffee Gallery Backstage 2029 N. Lake Ave., Altadena (626) 798-6236 coffeegallery.com Thursday—Salty Suites Friday—Tish...

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Upcoming Events

Apr
20
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8:00 pm “The Immigrant” at the Sierra Ma... @ Sierra Madre Playhouse
“The Immigrant” at the Sierra Ma... @ Sierra Madre Playhouse
Apr 20 @ 8:00 pm – May 26 @ 8:00 pm
“The Immigrant,” a play by Mark Harelik is set in rural, central Texas in 1909, as a young, Russian-Jewish immigrant settles in a small town, banana cart in tow, after having escaped from pogroms in[...]
Apr
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all-day Art on Palm @ Arlington Garden
Art on Palm @ Arlington Garden
Apr 21 all-day
The event features local artists presenting distinctive work, including ceramics, collage, digital art, glass, leather, metals, mixed media, photography, pastels, pencil, textiles, watercolors and exotic woods, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A minimum donation[...]
all-day Color Festival @ SPUSD Parking Lot
Color Festival @ SPUSD Parking Lot
Apr 21 all-day
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NEW DATE — Join us on April 21 to celebrate Spring with a burst of color! A family-friendly event, in the spirit of the India Holi Festival celebrating the coming of Spring, that brings together[...]
10:00 am Computer Pals at La Pintoresca L... @ Pasadena Public Library, La Pintoresca Branch
Computer Pals at La Pintoresca L... @ Pasadena Public Library, La Pintoresca Branch
Apr 21 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Computer Pals invites guests of all ages to learn basic computer skills, create an email account and how to use software for various projects, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
10:00 am Shambhala Meditation Center Pres... @ Shambhala Meditation Center
Shambhala Meditation Center Pres... @ Shambhala Meditation Center
Apr 21 @ 10:00 am
The Center presents “Sitting Down While Locked Up: Meditation in LA County Jails,” featuring Kate Summers and John MacAdams discussing their work as Buddhist chaplains and meditation instructors in the LA County Sheriff’s Department jail[...]

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