Slider Image | Pasadena Weekly https://www.pasadenaweekly.com Greater Pasadena's Free News and Entertainment Weekly Fri, 18 May 2018 19:45:00 +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 Slider Image | Pasadena Weekly https://www.pasadenaweekly.com 32 32 136211528 New LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner wants to change the conversation about public education https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/17/new-lausd-superintendent-austin-beutner-wants-to-change-the-conversation-about-public-education/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/17/new-lausd-superintendent-austin-beutner-wants-to-change-the-conversation-about-public-education/#respond Thu, 17 May 2018 13:00:36 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=103566 Austin Beutner calls himself “an unconventional choice” to lead the 650,000-student Los Angeles Unified School District. Few would call that an understatement. Beutner, who on Tuesday became LAUSD’s fourth superintendent in seven years, has no formal administrative experience in the world of public education. He made his fortune as an investment banker, co-founding the global […]

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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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While flat earthers seem to trust and support scientific methods, what they don’t trust is scientists https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/17/while-flat-earthers-seem-to-trust-and-support-scientific-methods-what-they-dont-trust-is-scientists/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/17/while-flat-earthers-seem-to-trust-and-support-scientific-methods-what-they-dont-trust-is-scientists/#respond Thu, 17 May 2018 13:00:06 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=103563 Speakers recently flew in from around (or perhaps, across?) the Earth for a three-day event held in Birmingham: The United Kingdom’s first ever public Flat Earth Convention. It was well attended, and wasn’t just three days of speeches and YouTube clips (though, granted, there was a lot of this). There was also a lot of […]

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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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Finalists vying for PCC president’s position back out https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/10/finalists-vying-for-pcc-presidents-position-back-out/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/10/finalists-vying-for-pcc-presidents-position-back-out/#respond Thu, 10 May 2018 13:00:09 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=103432 The last candidate in the running to replace Pasadena City College Superintendent-President Rajen Vurdien withdrew his name from the search last week. Vurdien was scheduled to leave the college at the end of June, but late last week worked out a deal with the PCC Board of Trustees that will keep him at the college […]

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Psychologist Lorin Lindner discusses inspiring new book ‘Birds of a Feather,’ about sanctuary for wounded veterans and parrots, at Vroman’s https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/10/psychologist-lorin-lindner-discusses-inspiring-new-book-birds-of-a-feather-about-sanctuary-for-wounded-veterans-and-parrots-at-vromans/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/10/psychologist-lorin-lindner-discusses-inspiring-new-book-birds-of-a-feather-about-sanctuary-for-wounded-veterans-and-parrots-at-vromans/#respond Thu, 10 May 2018 13:00:00 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=103427 Serenity Park, founded by clinical psychologist Lorin Lindner, is a nonprofit sanctuary for parrots and military veterans with trauma issues, tucked inside the 387-acre Veterans Administration Medical Center grounds in West LA. Strolling between its 16 spacious aviaries, the mad vehicular rush on Sepulveda Boulevard and the 405 Freeway sounds as muffled as eucalyptus leaves […]

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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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Interim Pasadena Police Chief John Perez talks about about transparency, reform and a brush with death that changed his life https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/03/interim-pasadena-police-chief-john-perez-talks-about-transparency-reform-and-a-brush-with-death-that-changed-his-life/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/03/interim-pasadena-police-chief-john-perez-talks-about-transparency-reform-and-a-brush-with-death-that-changed-his-life/#respond Thu, 03 May 2018 13:00:21 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=103241 Pasadena police Deputy Chief John Perez, who was recently chosen by City Manager Steve Mermell to serve as interim chief in the wake of former Chief Phillip Sanchez’s sudden departure and retirement from law enforcement last month, has worked most of his adult life as a Pasadena police officer. But today, after 33 years as […]

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Santa Anita Park reinvents itself to survive in a world filled with entertainment options https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/03/santa-anita-park-reinvents-itself-to-survive-in-a-world-filled-with-entertainment-options/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/03/santa-anita-park-reinvents-itself-to-survive-in-a-world-filled-with-entertainment-options/#respond Thu, 03 May 2018 13:00:07 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=103238   An exuberant Greg Park slapped the bills on the table, yelling, “Here’s the money!” He had collected $21 for his bet on the winning horse, Hayabusa One, at Santa Anita Park racetrack. “I bet the jockey,” said Park, a Korean-American who lives in Glendale, explaining his choice of the winning horse. “I read the […]

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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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