Arts Features | Pasadena Weekly https://www.pasadenaweekly.com Greater Pasadena's Free News and Entertainment Weekly Fri, 14 Dec 2018 23:25:07 +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 Radio play production of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ at Pasadena Playhouse enhances core joys of Frank Capra’s iconic Christmas story https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/12/13/radio-play-production-of-its-a-wonderful-life-at-pasadena-playhouse-enhances-core-joys-of-frank-capras-iconic-christmas-story/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/12/13/radio-play-production-of-its-a-wonderful-life-at-pasadena-playhouse-enhances-core-joys-of-frank-capras-iconic-christmas-story/#respond Thu, 13 Dec 2018 14:00:49 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=108325 In the 1930s and ’40s, when the Golden Age of radio reached its apex, television was not yet a mainstream entity, and Americans struggling through the Depression and World War II congregated around radios to listen to favorite programs, entertainers like Jack Benny and Bing Crosby, and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s legendary fireside chats. By […]

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Get Your Own 12.13.18 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/12/13/get-your-own-12-13-18/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/12/13/get-your-own-12-13-18/#respond Thu, 13 Dec 2018 14:00:01 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=108330 HOLIDAY JAZZ A Pasadena Playhouse District Holiday Concert features jazz by Kira & the Major 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Vroman’s courtyard, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Free. Call (626) 744-0340 or visit playhousedistrict.org. CHRISTMAS JOY The Christmas Joy Concert is performed by choirs of all ages, handbells, the Modern Brass Quintet, […]

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Theater leaders hope broadcasts of the Bard’s timeless plays from London to American cinemas will spark interest in Pasadena productions https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/12/06/theater-leaders-hope-broadcasts-of-the-bards-timeless-plays-from-london-to-american-cinemas-will-spark-interest-in-pasadena-productions/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/12/06/theater-leaders-hope-broadcasts-of-the-bards-timeless-plays-from-london-to-american-cinemas-will-spark-interest-in-pasadena-productions/#respond Thu, 06 Dec 2018 14:00:38 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=108205 On this side of the Atlantic, we often hear of fabulous productions of Shakespearean plays being staged over on the West End and elsewhere in London, with renowned actors like Benedict Cumberbatch, who starred as “Hamlet” in 2015 at the National Theatre. Rarely are those shows revived in New York or LA, so unless we […]

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Petula Clark brings eight decades of entertainment success to The Rose https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/11/29/petula-clark-brings-eight-decades-of-entertainment-success-to-the-rose/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/11/29/petula-clark-brings-eight-decades-of-entertainment-success-to-the-rose/#respond Thu, 29 Nov 2018 14:15:00 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=107987 petula clark

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Sierra Madre Playhouse brings back its smash hit production of ‘A Christmas Story’ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/11/21/sierra-madre-playhouse-brings-back-its-smash-hit-production-of-a-christmas-story/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/11/21/sierra-madre-playhouse-brings-back-its-smash-hit-production-of-a-christmas-story/#respond Wed, 21 Nov 2018 17:27:44 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=107866 A Christmas Story

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Freedy Johnston, Jimmer Podrasky & Syd Straw play Wild Honey benefit in Eagle Rock Sunday afternoon https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/11/15/freedy-johnston-jimmer-podrasky-syd-straw-play-wild-honey-benefit-in-eagle-rock-sunday-afternoon/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/11/15/freedy-johnston-jimmer-podrasky-syd-straw-play-wild-honey-benefit-in-eagle-rock-sunday-afternoon/#respond Thu, 15 Nov 2018 14:00:35 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=107727 Uncertain times like these prompt many of us to seek familiar voices we’ve trusted in the past to help us make sense of an upside-down world. For Gen X-ers, such voices may belong to a list of singer-songwriters who offered melodic alternatives to grunge bands that dominated rock in the 1990s — a list that […]

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Pasadena author, historian and activist Roberta Martinez makes her acting debut in ‘Remembering Boyle Heights’ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/11/08/pasadena-author-historian-and-activist-roberta-martinez-makes-her-acting-debut-in-remembering-boyle-heights/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/11/08/pasadena-author-historian-and-activist-roberta-martinez-makes-her-acting-debut-in-remembering-boyle-heights/#respond Thu, 08 Nov 2018 14:10:33 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=107603 Roberta Martinez may be best known in Pasadena as an activist who helped create the city’s Latino Heritage Parade and Festival. But along with that distinction, Martinez has also come to be regarded as one of the top scholars exploring the history of the city’s Latino community. She’s also served as a teacher at St. […]

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USC student actors perform Dominique Morisseau’s timely drama ‘Detroit 67’ at Carrie Hamilton Theatre https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/11/01/usc-student-actors-perform-dominique-morisseaus-timely-drama-detroit-67-at-carrie-hamilton-theatre/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/11/01/usc-student-actors-perform-dominique-morisseaus-timely-drama-detroit-67-at-carrie-hamilton-theatre/#respond Thu, 01 Nov 2018 13:05:59 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=107457 Throughout America’s “long, hot summer” of 1967, police brutality exacerbated combustible racial tensions and cities burned nationwide: Atlanta, Boston, Buffalo, Cambridge, Chicago, Cincinnati, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Newark, New York, Saginaw, Tampa … 159 riots, in the final tally.  Detroit’s five-day rebellion emerged as the bloodiest, and the worst US riot in a century. Forty-three people died, […]

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Novelist Jonathan Lethem reads from ‘The Feral Detective’ at splashy Red Hen Press benefit at Castle Green https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/10/25/novelist-jonathan-lethem-reads-from-the-feral-detective-at-splashy-red-hen-press-benefit-at-castle-green/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/10/25/novelist-jonathan-lethem-reads-from-the-feral-detective-at-splashy-red-hen-press-benefit-at-castle-green/#respond Thu, 25 Oct 2018 13:10:54 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=107266 Often it’s what’s right in front of us — what we think we know best — that deceives us most, and is the most dangerous. . So it is with Jonathan Lethem’s new novel “The Feral Detective,” a surreal mystery crackling with wit and menace, set in the general vicinities of Claremont and the Mojave, […]

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Unbound Productions celebrates a decade of mortifying entertainment in Altadena https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/10/18/unbound-productions-celebrates-a-decade-of-mortifying-entertainment-in-altadena/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/10/18/unbound-productions-celebrates-a-decade-of-mortifying-entertainment-in-altadena/#respond Thu, 18 Oct 2018 13:00:03 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=107112 Cemeteries and mausoleums normally aren’t on the top of anyone’s list as places to go for a good time. But for the past decade, Jonathan Josephson and his theater troupe Unbound Productions has defied expectations by staging some of the most popular events of the Los Angeles-area Halloween season at the Mountain View Mausoleum and […]

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