News and notes from our community
By Carl Kozlowski 06/05/2014
Tours and tunes
‘Moonlight at the Castle’ features Janet Klein & Her Parlor Boys for a night of fun
Castle Green stands out as a beautiful yet mysterious landmark of Pasadena, with the general public kept at bay by imposing gates and tall bushes on all but two days per year. Friday marks a rare opportunity to explore its often-eccentric environs, with the Friends of the Castle Green hosting the annual spring tour, titled “Moonlight at the Castle.”
This year organizers have stepped it up a notch by enlisting the popular band Janet Klein & Her Parlor Boys to entertain. Klein and her band will perform their broad array of “obscure, naughty and lovely” tunes from the 1920s and 1930s after the tour, which also covers the famed building’s Grand Salon and Turkish and Moorish Rooms.
The night serves as a fundraiser for the Friends of the Castle Green, a nonprofit which works to preserve the historic building in exact detail. The Castle Green is a 113-year-old nationally registered historic monument and an officially designated Pasadena treasure designed by architect Frederick Roehrig and built during the Victorian era.
“Moonlight at the Castle — The Spring Tour” is from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, with a 7:30 p.m. concert by Janet Klein & Her Parlor Boys, at the Castle Green, 99 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission is $40. Vintage attire encouraged by not required. Call (626) 824-8482 or purchase tickets at brownpapertickets.com or at the door.
New film fest at Noor
The So Cal Creative & Innovative Film Festival debuts Tuesday
Starting Tuesday, The So Cal Creative & Innovative Film Festival makes its debut with four nights of programming from Tuesday through next Friday in the spacious environs of Noor Pasadena at the Paseo Colorado mall.
With over 100 shorts and feature-length movies to offer, the event is sure to offer a few cinematic surprises. Each night features an Opening Night Red Carpet Premiere starting at 5:30, with screenings each night starting at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. and an after party nightly at 10 p.m.
A screening pass that entitles holders to see one film, and attend one red carpet event and one after-party costs $12, while VIP passes allowing holders to attend all screenings, parties and red-carpet events costs $75. Pasadena residents pay just $10 for single tickets and $25 for all-access passes.
Friday night is the fest’s closing night and should be particularly memorable as it also marks the “Horrorfest” portion of the fest’s programming, with an emphasis on horror films. The Best of the Fest screening also takes place at 9 p.m. Friday before the closing night party.
The So Cal Creative & Innovative Film Festival is Tuesday through Friday at Noor Pasadena, 260 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 793-4518 or visit socalciff.com.
Get your kicks at the Autry
Epic new ‘Route 66’ exhibit opens Sunday
Fans of Jack Kerouac can get some exciting, up-close looks at his artifacts Sunday when “Route 66: The Road and the Romance” makes its debut at the Autry National Center museum.
Featuring countless objects from the 1950s and ’60s, the exhibit includes the actual scroll on which Kerouac typed “On the Road,” a complete set of Burma Shave signs and eight new prints from Ed Ruscha’s “Twentysix Gas Stations” alongside the Jeff Brouws photos that replicated those exact shots decades later. Visitors can hear over 120 recordings of “Get Your Kicks on Route 66” and examine songwriter Bobby Troup’s family map of his own road trip.
The museum also displays a classic Corvette, a mondo neon motel sign and a Phillips 66 gas pump. In addition, the handwritten page of “The Grapes of Wrath” upon which John Steinbeck wrote the term “mother road” will be on public display for the first time ever.
Adding to all that excitement is an early Jackson Pollock landscape, which will be seen alongside classic WPA Dustbowl photography and American Scene paintings by Maynard Dixon and Thomas Hart Benton. Also included are Woody Guthrie’s guitar, Roy Rogers’ boots and many of the design sketches and storyboards from Pixar’s “Cars.”
The Autry National Center, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles. Call (323)667-2000 or visit theautry.org.