Arts Features | Pasadena Weekly https://www.pasadenaweekly.com Greater Pasadena's Free News and Entertainment Weekly Tue, 25 Sep 2018 20:21:23 +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 Arts Features | 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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Author Glen David Gold tells of his uniquely Dickensian formative years in ‘I Will Be Complete’ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/09/13/author-glen-david-gold-tells-of-his-uniquely-dickensian-formative-years-in-i-will-be-complete/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/09/13/author-glen-david-gold-tells-of-his-uniquely-dickensian-formative-years-in-i-will-be-complete/#respond Thu, 13 Sep 2018 13:00:50 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=106219 The adage that truth is stranger than fiction certainly applies to the extremely colorful life of author Glen David Gold, who attained worldwide smash-hit success with his 2001 debut novel “Carter Beats the Devil” and its 2009 follow-up, “Sunnyside.”. Those two works of historical fiction — with “Carter” based loosely on the life of underrated […]

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Moody Blues leader Justin Hayward looks back at his 50-year career Saturday at The Rose https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/09/06/moody-blues-leader-justin-hayward-looks-back-at-his-50-year-career-saturday-at-the-rose/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/09/06/moody-blues-leader-justin-hayward-looks-back-at-his-50-year-career-saturday-at-the-rose/#respond Thu, 06 Sep 2018 13:05:34 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=106035 As the lead singer and songwriter for the Moody Blues, Justin Hayward has spent the past 50 years confounding expectations. First, Hayward shot the band to fame with the incredibly haunting yet beautiful hit “Nights in White Satin,” singing of romantic regret between youthful affairs at the age of 21. The epic orchestral sound of […]

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One woman’s garden is a man’s weeds in ‘Native Gardens,’ directed by Jason Alexander and opening at Pasadena Playhouse https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/08/30/one-womans-garden-is-a-mans-weeds-in-native-gardens-directed-by-jason-alexander-and-opening-at-pasadena-playhouse/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/08/30/one-womans-garden-is-a-mans-weeds-in-native-gardens-directed-by-jason-alexander-and-opening-at-pasadena-playhouse/#respond Thu, 30 Aug 2018 13:05:44 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=105883 That trusty old maxim about good fences making good neighbors leaps to mind — along with a host of recent political headlines — while talking with playwright Karen Zacarías about her comedy “Native Gardens,” opening at Pasadena Playhouse next week. Set in Washington, DC, and directed by Jason Alexander, the new production stars Christian Barillas, […]

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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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Ways to support our buzziest pollinators and protect threatened native bee habitat https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/08/16/ways-to-support-our-buzziest-pollinators-and-protect-threatened-native-bee-habitat/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/08/16/ways-to-support-our-buzziest-pollinators-and-protect-threatened-native-bee-habitat/#respond Thu, 16 Aug 2018 13:15:50 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=105643 hive: “a box or other shelter for a colony of domesticated bees” apiary: “a place where bees are kept for their honey, generally consisting of a number of hives”  —per Webster’s trusty dictionary In recent years, as urban farming has become more prevalent throughout Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley, backyard beekeeping has become more […]

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After 44 years, Air Supply’s Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock are still singing ‘silly love songs’ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/08/16/after-44-years-air-supplys-graham-russell-and-russell-hitchcock-are-still-singing-silly-love-songs/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/08/16/after-44-years-air-supplys-graham-russell-and-russell-hitchcock-are-still-singing-silly-love-songs/#respond Thu, 16 Aug 2018 13:15:44 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=105630 Graham Russell was an Australian singer trying to break into the music biz in 1975 when he was hired as part of the 34-member chorus of a Sydney-based production of “Jesus Christ Superstar.” Knowing no one else in the chorus, he was afraid he’d get lost in the cracks until he noticed the amazing tenor […]

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Actor Greg Sestero turned his role in the legendarily bad film ‘The Room’ into best-selling book and acclaimed film ‘The Disaster Artist’ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/08/09/actor-greg-sestero-turned-his-role-in-the-legendarily-bad-film-the-room-into-best-selling-book-and-acclaimed-film-the-disaster-artist/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/08/09/actor-greg-sestero-turned-his-role-in-the-legendarily-bad-film-the-room-into-best-selling-book-and-acclaimed-film-the-disaster-artist/#respond Thu, 09 Aug 2018 13:05:24 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=105471 Greg Sestero might be one of the best real-life examples of someone who put the adage “if life gives you lemons, make lemonade” into practice. The longtime South Pasadena resident was a struggling actor in 2002 when he was cast by his eccentric fellow acting course classmate Tommy Wiseau to co-star in an independent film […]

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Journalist Jean Guerrero discusses life and death, daughters and fathers, borders as metaphor and her piercing memoir ‘Crux’ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/08/02/journalist-jean-guerrero-discusses-life-and-death-daughters-and-fathers-borders-as-metaphor-and-her-piercing-memoir-crux/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/08/02/journalist-jean-guerrero-discusses-life-and-death-daughters-and-fathers-borders-as-metaphor-and-her-piercing-memoir-crux/#respond Thu, 02 Aug 2018 13:15:45 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=105311 When investigative reporter Jean Guerrero moderated the “Border as Character” panel at LitFest Pasadena in May, she raised provocative points about the metaphorical as well as material dimensions of borders, and how the infamous border wall created by the Mexican and US governments has also created and shaped us in complicated ways. Her outside-the-box thinking […]

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Gino Vannelli continues to evolve after 40 years in the music business https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/08/02/gino-vannelli-continues-to-evolve-after-40-years-in-the-music-business/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/08/02/gino-vannelli-continues-to-evolve-after-40-years-in-the-music-business/#respond Thu, 02 Aug 2018 13:10:08 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=105325 In an era of auto-tuned vocals and endless overdubbing in the backing tracks of pop music, Gino Vannelli is a true throwback to the days of dramatic singers who put their vocals and passion front and center in their songs. That approach took him to worldwide success with the hit singles “I Just Wanna Stop” […]

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