Arts Features | Pasadena Weekly https://www.pasadenaweekly.com Greater Pasadena's Free News and Entertainment Weekly Fri, 15 Jun 2018 22:04:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 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 Director Morgan Neville examines the ideas of beloved children’s television icon Mr. Rogers in ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor? https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/06/14/director-morgan-neville-examines-the-ideas-of-beloved-childrens-television-icon-mr-rogers-in-wont-you-be-my-neighbor/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/06/14/director-morgan-neville-examines-the-ideas-of-beloved-childrens-television-icon-mr-rogers-in-wont-you-be-my-neighbor/#respond Thu, 14 Jun 2018 13:10:49 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=104208 When he committed himself to creating his moving documentary about children’s television series creator and host Fred Rogers, director Morgan Neville consciously avoided making a traditional “bio-doc.” Instead, in “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” he chose to focus on Mr. Rogers’ ideas. In so doing, he presents a more honest picture not only of the […]

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Artistic Director Danny Feldman helps put on a block party Saturday to celebrate the Pasadena Playhouse’s centennial https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/06/07/artistic-director-danny-feldman-helps-put-on-a-block-party-saturday-to-celebrate-the-pasadena-playhouses-centennial/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/06/07/artistic-director-danny-feldman-helps-put-on-a-block-party-saturday-to-celebrate-the-pasadena-playhouses-centennial/#respond Thu, 07 Jun 2018 13:00:00 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=104019 Birthdays and anniversaries are significant transition points always worth celebrating, but something more than cake and candles is called for at the 100-year mark. This is particularly true when the celebrant in question is a local institution. The Pasadena Playhouse, which arose from the Community Playhouse Association of Pasadena established by Gilmor Brown in 1917, […]

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In ‘Bordertown Now,’ Culture Clash updates its 1998 hit to address immigration with humor and heart at Pasadena Playhouse https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/31/in-bordertown-now-culture-clash-updates-its-1998-hit-to-address-immigration-with-humor-and-heart-at-pasadena-playhousebliss/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/31/in-bordertown-now-culture-clash-updates-its-1998-hit-to-address-immigration-with-humor-and-heart-at-pasadena-playhousebliss/#respond Thu, 31 May 2018 13:10:55 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=103880 How do you keep political satire funny when the president of the United States is in legal peril from a porn star, cabinet members and press reps speak fluent Orwell, and Dr. Strangelove could be tweeting what passes for foreign policy? That’s a challenge for renowned political satire trio Culture Clash as they prepare “Bordertown […]

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‘Her Portmanteau,’ Mfoniso Udofia’s play about mothers, daughters, immigration and identity, gets its West Coast premiere at Boston Court Pasadena this week https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/24/her-portmanteau-mfoniso-udofias-play-about-mothers-daughters-immigration-and-identity-gets-its-west-coast-premiere-at-boston-court-pasadena-this-week/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/24/her-portmanteau-mfoniso-udofias-play-about-mothers-daughters-immigration-and-identity-gets-its-west-coast-premiere-at-boston-court-pasadena-this-week/#respond Thu, 24 May 2018 13:00:47 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=103702 It’s a revealing sign of the times that both Boston Court Pasadena and the Pasadena Playhouse are premiering immigrant-themed productions this week. But the two plays move in very different directions.. Strong women and the sacrifices they make propel “Her Portmanteau,” which is receiving its West Coast premiere at Boston Court Pasadena and is part […]

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LitFest Pasadena brings 150 authors, artists and speakers to the Playhouse District Saturday and Sunday https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/17/litfest-pasadena-brings-150-authors-artists-and-speakers-to-the-playhouse-district-saturday-and-sunday-2/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/17/litfest-pasadena-brings-150-authors-artists-and-speakers-to-the-playhouse-district-saturday-and-sunday-2/#respond Thu, 17 May 2018 13:00:13 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=103587 Savvy culture consumers shouldn’t be surprised if they spot the likes of bestselling “White Oleander”/ “The Revolution of Marina M.” novelist Janet Fitch, poet/filmmaker Edoardo Ponti, or Emmy and Peabody Award-winning “Inside Amy Schumer” writer/producer Jessi Klein enjoying a literary pub-style trivia contest or a walking tour around the Playhouse District this weekend. Thanks to […]

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Vicki Lawrence shares the stage with her beloved character Saturday in Arcadia https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/10/vicki-lawrence-shares-the-stage-with-her-beloved-character-saturday-in-arcadia/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/10/vicki-lawrence-shares-the-stage-with-her-beloved-character-saturday-in-arcadia/#respond Thu, 10 May 2018 13:00:24 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=103456 In an age when most stars have millions of fans they interact with anonymously via social media, Vicki Lawrence holds a special place in her heart for traditional snail mail. That’s because she rocketed to fame during her senior year of high school after sending the legendary comic actress Carol Burnett a fan letter that […]

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Bestselling author Christopher Moore discusses his hilarious new novel ‘Noir’ at Vroman’s tonight https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/03/bestselling-author-christopher-moore-discusses-his-hilarious-new-novel-noir-at-vromans-tonight/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/03/bestselling-author-christopher-moore-discusses-his-hilarious-new-novel-noir-at-vromans-tonight/#respond Thu, 03 May 2018 13:00:30 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=103256 That bestselling novelist Christopher Moore’s page-turner “Noir” opens with discovery of a dead body and wraps its prologue with foreboding mention of a blonde — “the dirty kind” — is de rigeur in a mystery set in 1947 San Francisco. That said corpse is leaking blood alongside an empty crate labeled “DANGER!” and that irreverent […]

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The Lettermen celebrate 60 years of singing pop hits at the Alex Theatre Sunday https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/04/26/the-lettermen-celebrate-60-years-of-singing-pop-hits-at-the-alex-theatre-sunday/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/04/26/the-lettermen-celebrate-60-years-of-singing-pop-hits-at-the-alex-theatre-sunday/#respond Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:00:27 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=103126 Tony Butala might be 79, but he speaks with the same infectious enthusiasm with which he launched his musical career as the leader of the vocal group The Lettermen 60 years ago. That inherent joy shouldn’t be surprising to anyone. After all, it is that passion for great tunes and soaring melodies that has kept […]

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The new Pasadena Playhouse play “Belleville” explores a marriage rocked by dangerous secrets https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/04/19/the-new-pasadena-playhouse-play-belleville-explores-a-marriage-rocked-by-dangerous-secrets/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/04/19/the-new-pasadena-playhouse-play-belleville-explores-a-marriage-rocked-by-dangerous-secrets/#respond Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:10:14 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=102980 Do you ever wonder how well you really know your life partner? Nearly everyone has moments in which that question crosses their mind, and the new Pasadena Playhouse play “Belleville” explores that dilemma with a starkly riveting two-person cast, as a couple faces off over shocking discoveries during one dark night of the soul. Starring […]

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Colleen Ballinger brings her YouTube alter ego to the Alex Theatre Sunday https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/04/12/colleen-ballinger-brings-her-youtube-alter-ego-to-the-alex-theatre-sunday-2/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/04/12/colleen-ballinger-brings-her-youtube-alter-ego-to-the-alex-theatre-sunday-2/#respond Thu, 12 Apr 2018 13:15:27 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=102795 Ten years ago, Colleen Ballinger was like millions of other people worldwide who were fascinated by the still relatively new world of YouTube videos. Seeing countless odd people posting videos of themselves that reflected either amazing talents or even more amazing levels of self-delusion, she decided to start making videos of her own that spoofed […]

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