The list

The list
Pasadena’s Biggest Show  
The Tournament of Roses Parade, moved this year to Jan. 2, offers a chance to see the floats up close. 
Jan. 2 — The 123rd Tournament of Roses Parade is scheduled for Monday because New Year’s Day falls on Sunday this year. At 
8 a.m., the parade launches from West Colorado and Orange Grove boulevards and travels to Sierra Madre Boulevard.
Jan. 2 and 3 — View the floats parked at the end of the parade route, at the intersection of Sierra Madre and Washington boulevards in Pasadena. Viewing runs from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, with viewing for seniors and disabled viewers from 7 to 9 a.m. Tuesday. Float viewing tickets cost $10; park-and-ride shuttle tickets are $3 for round-trips, free for children 5 and younger.
For tickets and information on shuttle locations, call Sharp Seating at (626) 795-4171 or visit sharpseating.com.  
 
Cabin Fever Cure for Kids
Jan. 2 through 6 — Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock offers Winter Art Camp Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Local artists combine art history, play-based learning and their own studio practices to create a curriculum for kids ages 6 to 11 that also includes visual art, crafts, yoga, dance, performance, cooking, ceramics, gardening, sculpture, textiles and more. The cost is $250 ($225 for members).
Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock is located at 2225 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles. Call (323) 226-1617 or visit cfaer.org. 
A Noise Within Reprises Hilarious Farce
Jan. 6 through 15 — The classical repertory theater company A Noise Within revives the celebrated British farce Noises Off by Michael Frayn, in which a bumbling troupe of seasoned stage thespians, whose penchant for drama is more personal than professional, prepare for a world premiere. Geoff Elliott and Julia Rodriguez-Elliott direct. Curtain times are 8 p.m. Jan. 6, 2 and 8 p.m. Jan. 7, 2 p.m. Jan. 8, 8 p.m. Jan. 13 and 14 and 2 and 7 p.m. Jan. 15. Tickets cost $46 for Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday matinees, $42 for Sunday evenings and Saturday matinees.
A Noise Within is located at 3352 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 356-3100 or visit anoisewithin.org. 
Nature on Canvas, in Person at Descanso
Jan. 7 — Local artist Jay R. Ewing conducts a watercolor class on painting the natural world from 10 a.m. to noon for six Saturdays, today through Feb. 11. The class costs $120 ($90 for members). Call (818) 949-7980 to register. 
Jan. 21 — The practice of using mulch to plant beds has encouraged the growth of rare fungi. In “Mushrooms and Gardens: What? Why? How?” Florence Nishida of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles explores this plant family and its place in nature and your home, at 9:30 a.m. The cost is $10 (free for members).
Jan. 21 — Hybridizer Tom Carruth, a.k.a. “The King of the Roses,” presents an illustrated lecture on the newest varieties on the market. “Meet the Roses” starts at 1 p.m. Free with Descanso admission.
Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge. Call (818) 949-4200 or visit descansogardens.org.    
Norton Simon Offers Winter Diversions
Jan. 8 — The “Afternoon Salons” series features “Madonna and Child: From Heaven to Earth” from 2 to 3 p.m., a discussion examining the transition between late medieval and Renaissance works depicting the Madonna and Child.
Jan. 14 — “Paper Engineering” is a workshop designed to educate guests on the simple mechanics involved in the art form, as they take inspiration from the museum’s collections, then create original works using basic on-the-fold pop-up structures, glued pop-ups, spirals and straddles. Curator, book artist and teacher Carol Barton conducts the class from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $30 ($24 for members). Advance registration is required by visiting nortonsimon.org/education/adults. 
The Norton Simon Museum is located at 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 449-6840 or visit nortonsimon.org.  
 
Celebrating the cello
Jan. 14 — The Pasadena Symphony’s “Classics” season continues with Ambassador Auditorium performances of Elgar’s Cello Concerto, plus Sawyer’s “The Gale of Life” and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3 (“Scottish”).  The concert features Principal 
Cellist Andrew Shulman, and David Lockington is scheduled to conduct. Concerts begin at 2 and 8 p.m. Tickets cost $35 to $100.
The Ambassador Auditorium is located at 131 S. St. John Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 793-7172 or visit pasadenasymphony-pops.org.  
Chinese Crafts, Chamber Music Launch Huntington Year 
Jan. 15 — “Welcoming the Dragon” celebrates Chinese culture from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., marking the start of the Lunar New Year and the Year of the Dragon. Artists and performers from Jiangsu Province, China, present a traditional puppet opera and demonstrate crafts including inner-painted glass, paper-cutting and sugar sculpture. Dragon dancers and musicians also perform. Free with Huntington admission. 
 
Jan. 18 — The chamber music ensemble Camerata Pacifica performs Bach’s “Goldberg Variations for String Trio” and Chausson’s Piano Quartet in A Major, Op. 30 at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $45. Call (800) 557-BACH or visit cameratapacifica.org.
Jan. 27 and 28 — “Sociable Places: Locating Enlightenment and Romantic Culture” is a conference exploring various social gathering places, including clubs, assembly rooms, exhibitions and seaside resorts, that influenced late-18th- and early-19th-century British literature and culture. It meets from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. The cost is $25. Call (626) 405-3432 or email researchconference@huntington.org to register. 
The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens is located at 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino. Call (626) 405-2100 or visit huntington.org. 
Local Art Centers Host “Pacific Standard Time” Events
Jan. 21 and 22 —This weekend, five local museums coordinate events as part of the Getty Institute’s “Pacific Standard Time” regional celebration of post-war art in Los Angeles. The Armory Center for the Arts (armoryarts.org), The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens (huntington.org), the Norton Simon Museum (nortonsimon.org), Pacific Asia Museum (pacificasiamuseum.org) and Pasadena Museum of California Art (pmcaonline.org) all present performances, exhibition openings, tours, admission specials and more.
A highlight is the Armory’s presentation of “Accidents in Abstract Painting” at 4 p.m. Sunday,  an outdoor spectacle in which Pasadena artist Richard Jackson will demonstrate the element of chance in abstract painting by crashing a remote-controlled military aircraft filled with paint into a 20-foot wall in Arroyo Seco, near the Rose Bowl. “L.A. Raw: Abject Expressionism in Los Angeles, 1945-1980, from Rico Lebrun to Paul McCarthy” at the Pasadena Museum of California Art features works by 41 figurative artists in a variety of media, highlighting the pivotal role played by L. A. artists in postwar American art.
Visit the museum websites and pacificstandardtime.org for information.  
Mostly Mozart at the Alex
Jan. 21 — As part of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s “Mozart (Mostly)” series, Principal Cellist Andrew Shulman conducts an 8 p.m. concert at Glendale’s Alex Theatre. The program includes Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major, K. 216, featuring violinist Nigel Armstrong, a student at the Colburn School Conservatory of Music; Mozart’s Symphony No. 29 in A Major, K. 201; and Sonata for Strings by British composer William Walton, who wrote the coronation march for King George VI. Tickets cost $24 to $105. The concert repeats at 7 p.m. Jan. 22 at UCLA’s Royce Hall.
The Alex Theatre is located at 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Call (213) 622-7001 or visit laco.org. 
Art Creates Conflict in Tony-Taking Play
Jan. 24 through Feb. 19 — The Pasadena Playhouse production of Art by playwright Yasmina Reza opens and continues. The play, directed by Emmy Award–winner David Lee, stars Bradley Whitford, Michael O’Keefe and Roger Bart. Art is the story of three close friends who run into conflict when one spends a small fortune on a controversial painting. The comedy won the 1998 Tony Award for Best Play, among other honors. The show begins at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 19. Tickets cost $29 to $59, with premium seating available for $100.
The Pasadena Playhouse is located at 
39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 356-7529 or visit pasadenaplayhouse.org. 
Pop Goes the Playhouse
Jan. 29 — Pop and folk singer/songwriter Brett Perkins performs at the Sierra Madre Playhouse at 7:30 p.m. Perkins was lead 
vocalist for The Sneaks and a featured dancer on Soul Train 20 years ago before going solo. In the 1990s, he served as CEO of the National Academy of Songwriters and has worked with music legends including Burt Bacharach, Joni Mitchell, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills and Jackson Browne. Tickets cost $20 for adults; $17 for seniors and students ages 13 to 17; and $12 for children 12 and under.
The Sierra Madre Playhouse is located at 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre. Call (626) 355-4318 or visit sierramadreplayhouse.org.  

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Depression Blues at the Pasadena Playhouse
Nov. 1 — The Pasadena Playhouse opens Blues for an Alabama Sky by Pearl Cleage, continuing through Nov. 27. The play takes place in Harlem during the summer of 1930, as the Great Depression does battle with the Harlem Renaissance. Characters struggling to survive the economic maelstrom include a blues singer, an out-of-work costume designer and a social worker trying to organize a family planning clinic. Sheldon Epps directs. Performances are at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays. Tickets cost $39 to $69; premium seating is available for $100.

The Pasadena Playhouse is located at
39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 356-7529 or visit pasadenaplayhouse.org.

 


Kidspace Happenings
Nov. 1 — Free Family Night from 4 to
8 p.m. offers storytelling, dances, songs and powwows evoking the lives of the state’s Native Americans, particularly the Acjachemen Nation, which inhabited Southern California for hundreds of years before Spanish missionaries arrived.
Nov. 12 — The Kidspace Flea Market, run by kids, helps prepare them to be successful entrepreneurs as they sell and swap gently used items, homemade goods and more, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration fee is $10.

Nov. 25 — The Holiday Day Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with fun and holiday games from various cultures, science projects and more. Morning sessions from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. feature a workshop for making candles and wrapping paper; afternoon sessions from 1 to 5 p.m. include an art and cookie-making workshop with a Native American theme. The cost is $60 for a half-day session, $100 for all day. Register on the website.

Kidspace Children’s Museum is located at 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 449-9144 or visit kidspacemuseum.org.   


Sushi, Sake and Other Delights at Descanso

Nov. 4 — In honor of the Japanese Garden Festival, a sushi and sake tasting from Patina Restaurant Group runs from
6 to 8 p.m. The cost is $75 per person. Call (818) 790-3663 for reservations.
Nov. 5 and 6 —
Descanso’s annual Japanese Garden Festival celebrates the East Asian country’s culture from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Taiko drummers perform at noon both days, and Yami Yamauchi creates a large-scale origami with an 8-foot-square sheet of paper at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday. Guests can also learn the art of paper folding from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Japanese tea ceremonies (tickets cost $10) start at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday. Other activities are
free with Descanso admission.

Descanso Gardens is located at
1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada
Flintridge. Call (818) 949-4200 or visit
descansogardens.org.


Chamber Orchestra Brings Bach Brandenburg Cycle
Nov. 5 — The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra performs the complete cycle of Bach’s beloved Brandenburg Concertos at 8 p.m. at Glendale’s Alex Theatre. Each concerto is composed for multiple soloists, showcasing the talents of many of the orchestra’s virtuoso principals. LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer (pictured) leads the performance and solos. The concert repeats at 7 p.m. Nov. 6 at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Tickets cost $24 to $105.
The Alex Theatre is located at 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Call (213) 622-7001 or visit laco.org.
 


Native American Arts Market and Films at The Autry
Nov. 5 and 6 —  The Autry National Center presents its annual American Indian Arts Marketplace from 10 a.m.
to 5 p.m. Native American artists from around the country sell works of art and cultural items; the event also includes
Native dance, musicians, storytellers and children’s activities. At 5:30 p.m. Saturday, following the festival, the Sundance Institute at the Autry presents free public screenings of films by emerging Native filmmakers, starting with Grab, Billy Luther’s intimate short portraying Grab Day in Laguna Pueblo tribe villages, followed by Shímásáni by Blackhorse Lowe, a narrative short based on the filmmaker’s grandmother’s life as a young woman in the 1930s. A reception with the filmmakers starts at 7 p.m. The feature film On the Ice by Andrew Okpeaha MacLean starts at
8 p.m.; it explores a tragic fight among Alaskan teenagers during a seal hunt.

The Autry National Center is located at 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park. Call (323) 667-2000 or visit theautry.org.


Walk for Hope Benefits Cancer Research
Nov. 6 — City of Hope’s Walk for Hope,
presented by Staples, takes place at the medical center’s campus in Duarte. Proceeds support research, treatment and education programs for women’s cancers. The event, part of a nationwide series of walks, features sponsor giveaways, a survivors’ pavilion, live music and entertainment, team photos and more. Registration and festivities open at 8 a.m. and the walk starts at 9:45 a.m. Sunday.
City of Hope is located at 1500 E. Duarte Blvd., Duarte. Call (800) 888-5323 or visit walk4hope.org to register or donate.

Portrait of an Exhibitionist
Nov. 10 — The Pasadena Museum of History celebrates Los Angeles’ 230th birthday with book signings and lectures on art depicting the area’s people and places. April Dammann discusses and signs her first book, Exhibitionist: Earl Stendahl, Art Dealer as Impresario, at 7:30 p.m., about a young Midwestern candy maker who came to Southern California in 1909 and, with a showman’s zeal and an eye for art, opened one of the most influential art
galleries of the last century. Tickets cost $15 ($10 for members).

The Pasadena Museum of History is located at 470 W. Walnut St., Pasadena. Call (626) 577-1660, ext. 10, for reservations and visit pasadenahistory.org for information.


HEAR Center Celebrates Founder’s Centennial
Nov. 10 — The HEAR Center in Pasadena celebrates what would have been the 100th birthday of its late founder, Dr. Ciwa Griffiths, a pioneer in the testing, training and treatment of hearing-impaired children, with an open house starting at 4 p.m. The organization helps those challenged by hearing loss to develop and maintain communication skills in order to lead a normal life. The public is invited to visit, tour the facility and receive free hearing screenings.
The HEAR Center is located at 301 E. Del Mar Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 796-2016 or visit hearcenter.org.


Art for Art’s Sake
Nov. 11, 12 and 13 — The nonprofit Creative Arts Group in Sierra Madre hosts its annual art festival, featuring works by more than 70 artists. The event opens Friday with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. for Erica Oller’s exhibition, Fragments. The show continues from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. The weekend includes a student art sale.

Creative Arts Group is located at 108 N. Baldwin Ave., Sierra Madre. Call (626) 355-8350 or visit creativeartsgroup.org.



Double-Headed Weekend at Norton Simon
Nov. 12 — Damon
M. Willick, associate professor of modern and contemporary art history at Loyola Marymount University, lectures on “A Meditation on the History of Los Angeles Art: Thinking Through Dennis Hopper’s Double Standard” at 4 p.m. Hopper’s 1961  photograph — his view of a three-way West Hollywood  intersection from the driver’s seat of his convertible — inspires a broader discussion of commercial and car cultures and landscape and feminist art, significant
elements in the city’s art history. Free with museum admission.

Nov. 13 — Linda Lyke, professor of art at Occidental College, conducts a workshop in Pronto plate lithography, a new process involving a nontoxic form of lithography printing. Participants tour the current exhibition Proof: The Rise of Printmaking in Southern California, then use the printmaking lab at Occidental. Attendees should bring a drawing, photo or found image to use in the imaging of the plate. The workshop runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $30 ($24 for members), which includes materials and gallery admission. Register at nortonsimon.org/education/adults.
The Norton Simon Museum is located at 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 449-6840 or visit nortonsimon.org.
 


Five Acres Kicks off Holidays with Dance and Fashion Fundraiser
Nov. 13 — Five Acres, the Altadena-based child and family services agency working to prevent child abuse, hosts its second annual “Bella Winter” holiday kickoff and fashion show at The Americana at Brand in Glendale, benefiting the organization’s Grace Center, which helps women and children affected by domestic violence. The event includes a photo op with Santa, performances by Silverlake Contemporary Ballet and the Future Dancing Band, a runway fashion show, cocktails, wine-tasting and silent auction. The event starts at 4 p.m.; a VIP after-party starts at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $20 for youth, $45 for adults and $150 for the after-party package.
The Americana at Brand is located
at 889 Americana Way, Glendale. Visit 5acres.org/events/bella-winter.



Gliding through

Pershing Square
Nov. 17 — The “Downtown on Ice” outdoor skating rink returns to L.A.’s Pershing Square through Jan. 16. The rink is open every day, including holidays. Admission costs $6; skate rental is available for $2.
Pershing Square is located at 532 S. Olive Ave., Los Angeles. Call (213) 847-4970 or visit laparks.org.  


Desire at A Noise Within
Nov. 19 — The repertory theater company A Noise Within presents the American classic
Desire Under the Elms by Eugene O’Neill through Dec. 18. Dámaso Rodriguez directs the story of young Eben Cabot, who covets the family farm as his voluptuous step-mother sets her cap for him. Sexual tension and hatred explode as the two vie for the plot of land. Tickets cost $42 for Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings and Saturday matinees and $46 for Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday matinees. Special group rates are also available.
A Noise Within is located at 3352 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626)
356-3100 or visit anoisewithin.org.   

 

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 SUMMER ENTERTAINMENT GETS HOT AT DESCANSO

 July 5 — The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum performs Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at 5:30 p.m. as part of the Summer Family Series. Guests may bring picnics. Free with Descanso admission. 

July 7 — The 10-week “Music on the Main” summer jazz series presents Gonzalo Bergara’s  jazz with gypsy and tango influences at 5:30 p.m. The audience may picnic on the grounds. Free with Descanso admission.

July 12 — The Summer Family Series presents reggae-influenced tunes by the Aaron Nigel Trio at 5:30 p.m. Free with admission. 

July 14 — Drummer Sammy Miller and his band perform danceable jazz and soul at 5:30 p.m.

July 19 — The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum pre-sents The Merry Wives of Windsor at 5:30 p.m. Free with admission. Guests may bring picnics. 

July 21 — Mitchell Long and Café Atlantico perform Brazilian music at 5:30 p.m. 

July 28 — At “Music on the Main,” bassist and vocalist Kristin Korb plays California cool jazz at 5:30 p.m. 

Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge. Call (818) 949-4200 or visit descansogardens.org. 


 

 

Soul, Samba, Surf Rock and Global Sounds at Levitt Pavilion 

Through July — The Levitt Pavilion’s eclectic Summer Concert Series is in full swing on Pasadena’s Memorial Park stage Wednesdays through Sundays. The free music and dance concerts start at 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Sundays and at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays until Aug. 28. Wednesdays feature children’s entertainment, from music to puppet shows. A few of this month’s highlights:

July 1 — Grammy Award–nominated percussionist Souhail Kaspar performs traditional Armenian music at 8 p.m.
July 8 — Sambadá fuses Brazilian funk, samba, reggae and surf rock, creating a beach party atmosphere, at 8 p.m. 
July 13 — Pasadena’s Theatre 360 pre-sents a family-friendly version of the hit 
musical Hairspray at 7 p.m.  
July 14 — Salaam Ensemble aims to promote peace and coexistence through its performance of Middle Eastern music, at 8 p.m. 
July 21 — Grammy Award–nominated singer/songwriter Ximena Sariñana plays pop rock with Mexican contemporary soul and folk artist Carla Morrison at 8 p.m. 
July 23 — Singer/songwriter Bettye Lavette (pictured) performs classic soul, blues and rock at 8 p.m. 
July 30 — Pasadena’s Lineage Dance Company performs Defining Moments, a joyful journey through life-changing interludes, with live music by soul singer Chris Pierce at 8 p.m.  The Levitt Pavilion is located in Memorial Park, at Raymond Avenue and Holly Street, Pasadena. Call (626) 683-3230 or visit levittpavilionpasadena.org.  

Arcadia Parade Takes Lead for Fourth Festivities 

July 2 — “Arcadia’s Best Patriotic Festival,” a parade and street fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., offers an early start on Independence Day in the city’s downtown area, on First Avenue south of Huntington Drive. The parade, starting at 10 a.m., will include a dozen former Rose Parade queens who represented the city from the 1940s through the 2000s, plus a team of Clydesdale horses, the Arcadia Mounted Enforcement Team, a car show with classics and antiques, motorcycle units and more. A baby photo contest, performances by local bands and a song-and-dance group from Theaters of Vision Productions are all part of the free event.
Call (626) 538-5431 or visit arcadiasbestfoundation.org.

A Fiery Fourth at Rose Bowl

July 4— The Fourth of July means fireworks, food and fun at the Rose Bowl, site of “Americafest 2011,” Pasadena’s 85th annual Independence Day celebration. The event opens at 2 p.m. with the Family Fun Festival and Food Court in Rose Bowl Area H and  continues until 9 p.m. Gates open at 6 p.m., and the live show starts at 7 p.m., featuring the Jan & Dean Show with Dean Torrance plus Mariachi Divas, Drum Corps International with five top units performing, the Ives Brothers and an FMX motorcycle stunt show. At 9:05 p.m., Southern California’s biggest fireworks show explodes with a pyrotechnic display by PyroSpectaculars by Souza. Tickets cost $13, free for children 7 and under and for active-duty military personnel; they’re on sale at the Rose Bowl ticket booth, Gate B. Parking, opening at 8 a.m., costs $20.
The Rose Bowl is located at 1001 Rose Bowl Dr., Pasadena. Call (626) 577-3101 or visit rosebowlstadium.com. 

Sizzling Salsa, Smoking Guns at the Autry

The Autry National Center in Griffith Park offers “Sizzling Summer Nights,” a season of Thursday twilight dance parties with top L.A. salsa bands, food and drink, a separate children’s dance floor, dance lessons and fun. Dances run from 6 to 9 p.m.; the museum and store stay open until 8 p.m. for the festivities. This month’s lineup:
July 7 — Octavio Figueroa and La Combinación Salsa Band open the series. 
July 14 — Johnny Polanco y su Conjunto Amistad
July 21 — Orquesta Son Mayor
July 28 — Yari Moré y su Orquesta
Admission is free for Autry members and children under 3, $10 for adult non-
members, $6 for students and seniors, and $4 for children ages 3 to 12.

July 23 — A permanent gallery installation on “The Colt Revolver and the American West” opens in the Greg Martin Colt Gallery. The exhibition looks at the history of Samuel Colt’s revolutionary weapon and its impact on the American frontier and the contemporary West. A special section is devoted to the Colt Single Action Army Model Revolver, the so-called “handgun that won the West.” All the firearms featured are of historical significance, finely engraved and extremely rare, such as Theodore Roosevelt’s Single Action Army Model Revolver. A large array of Colt-related art and artifacts will be on display, including Samuel Colt’s first patent. The Autry National Center is located at 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park. Call (323) 667-200 or visit theautry.org.


A Vermeer Comes to Visit
 
July 9 — Woman with a Lute, an oil painting by Johannes Vermeer on loan from the Metropolitan 
Museum of Art, goes on display at the Norton Simon Museum. At 4 p.m., Walter Liedtke, the New York 
museum’s curator of European paintings, speaks on “Vermeer’s Women: Discreet Objects of Desire,” discussing the diverse women in Vermeer’s paintings and what they meant to him, as subjects in Dutch art and as reflections of his distinctive 
approach to the visual experience. 
The Norton Simon Museum is located at 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 449-6840 or visit nortonsimon.org.    

Music and Discussion at the Huntington

July 9 and 10 — The Grammy Award– winning Southwest Chamber Music ensemble visits the Huntington Art Gallery’s loggia at 7:30 p.m. This summer’s series is “Mozart and More,” a complete cycle of Mozart’s string quintets, plus works by living composers. Guests may bring a picnic or dine at the Rose Garden Tea Room. The concert costs $45 for loggia seating, $28 for lawn. Call (800) 726-7147 or visit swmusic.org. 
July 10 — John Bidwell, Morgan Library and Museum curator of printed books and bindings, discusses “Early American Paper Mills: 500 and Still Counting,” drawing on his research into the nation’s paper mills from 1690 to 1832. He explores the history of the trade that provided an important source of cheap newsprint — a vital aspect of book publishing in the early industrial era. The free lecture starts at 2 p.m. in Friends’ Hall. No reservations required. 
July 21 — “An Evening with L.A. Opera: Music of the Regency” showcases company artists at 7 p.m. on the Art Gallery loggia. The performance is staged in conjunction with the “Revisiting the Regency” exhibition at the Huntington. Mary Robertson, exhibition curator, provides commentary on the works’ historical context.   
July 26 — Excerpts of Chinese Kun opera and conversation between impresario Peter Sellars and Kun opera star Hua Wenyi make for a special evening, exploring the art, expression and modern interpretation of the oldest and most refined form of Chinese opera. Admission to the 7:30 p.m. event is free, but reservations are required and can be made by visiting brownpapertickets.com or calling (800) 838-3006. 
The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens is located at 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino. Call (626) 405-2100 or visit huntington.org.  

A Watershed Anniversary

July 14 — The Los Angeles and San Gabriel Rivers Watershed Council, which works to improve water quality, monitors supply and leads efforts to end Southern California’s dependence on imported sources of water, celebrates its 15th anniversary with a fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Metropolitan Water District Courtyard near downtown Los Angeles.  Contributors toward an environmentally friendly future for the region will receive awards; the event will also honor Pasadena City College’s National Public Radio affiliate, KPCC-FM. The evening includes food, music, an auction and a historical re-enactment of career highlights of Southern California water pioneers like William Mulholland, architect of the California Aqueduct. Tickets cost $50.

The Metropolitan Water District Courtyard is located at 700 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles, near Union Station, accessible by the Metro Gold Line. Call (213) 229-9945 or visit lasgrwc.org. 

Join the Beasts, Hear the Beats

The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) offers “Music in the L.A. Zoo” — two nights of after-hours animal encounters against a backdrop of live music. The nonprofit GLAZA helps fund exhibits, plant and animal species conservation, capital projects and educational and community outreach programs. Food and beverages are available for purchase, and guests may bring picnics. The events run from 6 to 9 p.m., with animals on display until 8 p.m. Admission each night costs $17 for adults and $11 for children ages 6 to 15 ($13 for GLAZA members and $8 for their children). 
July 15 — “Local Scene Night” offers 
performances by some of L.A.’s top 
indie bands. 
July 28 — “Classic Rock Night” features cover bands playing music of icons like the Beatles and Led Zeppelin. 
The Los Angeles Zoo is located at 5333 Zoo Dr., Griffith Park, Los Angeles. Call (323) 644-6042 or visit lazoo.org. 

“Written in California” Series Closes at PMCA

July 21 — In the year’s last Pasadena Museum of California Art “Written in California” lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, Grace Krilanovich reads from her debut novel, The Orange Eats Creeps, a surreal coming-of-age horror story about teenage hobo vampires, heavy metal and punk rock. Galleries open at 6 p.m. Admission to the event and the museum are free.
The Pasadena Museum of California Art is located at 490 E. Union St., Pasadena. Call (626) 568-3665 or visit pmcaonline.org.   

New Cirque Work Surveys Cinema 

July 21 — Cirque du Soleil returns to the Kodak Theatre with its latest grand spectacle  — Iris: A Journey through the World of Cinema. The Quebec-based company’s circus theater production takes a lyrical, fanciful journey through the history of cinema in its various forms  — illustration, animation, silents and talkies, black-and-white and color. (“Iris” refers to the adjustable opening controlling the amount of light passing through a camera lens). The task is accomplished through acrobatics, dance, live video, filmed sequences and animation, using 72 performers, 200 costumes, 174 loudspeakers, more than 600 lighting features, 20 video projectors and 166,000 watts of sound. Philippe Decouflé, founder and artistic director of French dance troupe Compagnie DCA, wrote and directed the production. Grammy and Emmy Award–winner Danny Elfman composed the score. Performances begin at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sundays through December. Tickets range from $43 to $253. The Kodak Theatre is located at 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. Call (877) 943-IRIS or visit cirquedusoleil.com. 


“Heavier Than …” Remixes Myths at Boston Court

July 23 — The Main Stage at Boston Court Performing Arts Center opens a production of Heavier Than… by Steve Yockey (pictured). The play conflates several Greek myths, with action taking place in a labyrinth where Aster the Minotaur contemplates turning 30 in a world that sees him as a murderous oddity. He must deal with warriors out to kill him, a deceptively enticing chorus, a scheming sister and Icarus, a sexually obsessed boy with wings, all while longing to see his estranged mother. Dry wit, lyric text and legend combine to tell the story of the families we’d like to have, rather than the ones we actually have. Abigail Deser directs. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 21. Tickets cost $32; $27 for students and seniors.
Boston Court Performing Arts Center is located at 70 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 683-6883 or visit bostoncourt.com 

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The List
Summer Fun and Enlightenment at Pacific Asia Museum
June 3 — In conjunction with the exhibition “Through the Colonial Lens,” the Indian Film Festival examines the country’s colonial era, opening with an 8 p.m. screening of Junoon, a film on the 1857 uprising against British rule.
June 5 — As part of the museum’s 40th-anniversary celebration, a free family festival runs from noon to 4 p.m., with performances, hands-on activities, crafts and free admission to the museum’s galleries. 
June 26 — Bea Roberts, author of Vanishing Traditions: Textiles and Treasures from Southwest China, discusses village life, customs and costumes of the people of Guizhou, at 2 p.m. Call the museum store at ext. 20 for reservations. 
The Pacific Asia Museum is located at 46 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 449-2742 or visit pacificasiamuseum.org. 

Curtain Call for A Noise Within at Glendale Home
June 3–5 — The 
classical repertory theater company 
A Noise Within bids farewell to its Glendale home with three benefit performances before moving to its new Pasadena location next year. The special events feature performance highlights from the company’s 19 years in Glendale. A Champagne and dessert 
reception and silent auction follow 
each performance. The curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 
2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $100.
A Noise Within is located at 234 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Call (818) 240-0910, ext. 1, or visit anoisewithin.org.

 


Folktree celebrates pasadena’s cultural mosaic

 

June 4 — In honor of Pasadena’s 125th birthday, the Folk Tree opens “Pasadena: 

A Cultural Mosaic” with a reception from 2 to 6 p.m. The multi-media art exhibition, continuing through July 2, reflects the city’s diverse cultural influences before its 

incorporation in 1886, starting with the native Hahamogna inhabitants. 

The Folk Tree is located at 217 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 795-8733 

or visit folktree.com.    


Will, Wine and Watercolors at The Huntington
June 4 — The 
Independent Shakespeare Co. presents Shakespeare at 
Sunset: Hamlet at 6:30 p.m. on the south terrace of the Huntington Art Gallery. Wine and cheese will be served at intermission. Tickets cost $35. Call (800) 838-3006 or visit brownpapertickets.com. 
June 11, 18, 25 — Beginning and intermediate watercolor painters can join botanical artist Lisa Pompelli in an illustration class exploring roses, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. over three Saturdays. The cost is $295 ($275 for members). Call (626) 405-2128 
to register. 
June 25 — In “Appetizing America,” chef and art educator Maite Gomez-Rejon leads a tour of the Scott Galleries, with an eye toward the influence of culinary culture. Afterward, she teaches a hands-on cooking workshop focusing on appetizers. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and costs $90 ($80 for members). Call (626) 405-2128 to register. 
The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens is located at 
1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino. Call 
(626) 405-2100 or visit huntington.org. 

About…Los Lobos
June 4 — Pasadena’s About…Productions presents a benefit concert and the L.A. premiere of Stories & Songs: An Intimate Evening with Los Lobos’ David Hidalgo & Louie Pérez, at the Los Angeles Theatre Center. The evening offers a retrospective 
of the pair’s 40 years of making music and a preview of Hidalgo’s collaboration with About…Productions on the original theater work Evangeline, Queen of Make-Believe. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $25 to $75. VIP tickets range from $125 to $1,000, including premium orchestra seats and a hosted reception with Hidalgo and Pérez.
The Los Angeles Theatre Center is located at 514 S. Spring St., Los Angeles. Visit aboutpd.org for tickets and information. 

Dine and Dance on the Boardwalk 
June 11 — Five 
Acres, which serves abused, neglected and at-risk children, hosts its annual fundraiser, “Eastside Boardwalk,” (formerly known as “Swingin’ on a Star”), at 6 p.m. at the San Gabriel Country Club. The Prohibition-era, Atlantic City–themed dinner-dance honors 
philanthropists Bob and Gregg Smith 
of Smith Brothers Restaurants. Tickets 
cost $250.
The San Gabriel Country Club is located at 350 E. Hermosa Dr., San Gabriel. For tickets, contact Jasmine Abghari at (626) 798-6793, ext. 2244, or jabghari@5acres.org. Visit fiveacres.org for information.

California art on the block
 
June 14 — John Moran Auctioneers holds its “California and American Art Auction” at the Pasadena Convention Center. Going on the block at 6:30 p.m. are more than 200 paintings and other artworks from private estates and collections, including pieces by California Impressionists Hanson Puthuff, John Gamble and William Wendt. Also on sale will be works by post-war artists Lorser Feitelson, Leroy Neiman, Ogden Pleissner and Henry Koerner. According to the auction house, the sale abounds in art valued at over $50,000. The works will be displayed on the salesroom floor for public viewing starting at noon; the catalogue will be posted at johnmoran.com on June 1.
The Pasadena Convention Center is located at 300 E. Green St., Pasadena. For auction information, call (626) 793-1833 or email info@johnmoran.com.

N’Orleans-set Twist Takes New Turns 
June 14 — The Pasadena Playhouse 
presents the new musical Twist, based on Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist. The production, set in New Orleans on the eve of the Great Depression,  tells the tale of an orphaned boy born to a courageous white mother and talented black father, who must navigate Southern street life and racial intolerance. The contemporary score ranges from ballads to jazz, blues, gospel and tap numbers. The music and lyrics are by Tena Clark, who has written for Chaka Khan and Patti LaBelle; Debbie Allen 
directs and choreographs. Twist opens 
at 8 p.m., continuing at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays through July 17. Tickets range from $39 to $100.
The Pasadena Playhouse is located at 
39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 356-7529 or visit pasadenaplayhouse.org. 

Levitt –– You’ll Love It
June 18 — The Levitt Pavilion Pasadena launches its ninth 
annual “50 Summer Concert Series” in 
Memorial Park from 
6 to 9 p.m. with a performance by Rocky Dawuni (pictured) ­and the Afro Funke Soundsystem. The free international music series continues Wednesdays through Sundays, from June 22 to Aug. 28 (except July 4). Lawn seating is available, and performances usually begin at 7 or 8 p.m.
The Levitt Pavilion in Memorial Park is located at 85 E. Holly St., Pasadena. Visit  levittpavilionpasadena.org for the summer schedule. 

A Fiery Performance
June 18 — The Pasadena Pops will light up the skies as it kicks off its summer concert series with a fireworks display and multimedia presentation celebrating Pasadena’s 125th anniversary. Selections include 
the 1812 and William Tell overtures, California Dreamin’ and Everything’s Coming up Roses. Guest conductor is Michael 
Krajewski. Gates open for pre-concert 
picnicking at 5:30 p.m.; the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $25 for adults, $10 for children 14 and under.
The Rose Bowl is located at 1001 Rose Bowl Dr., Pasadena. Call (626) 793-7172 
or visit pasadenasymphony-pops.org. 

Descanso’s June: Twilight Tea, Barbecue and Barbara
June 19 — Celebrate Father’s Day with a barbecue, serenaded by the Jet Set Quartet. Patina Catering has food for purchase from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; music starts at 1 p.m. Tables and chairs are limited, so guests may bring folding chairs and blankets. Free with Descanso admission. 
June 21 — The Camellia Lounge in the Japanese Teahouse opens from 3 to 
8 p.m., offering appetizers, snacks, specialty cocktails and beverages during extended summer hours through Sept. 15.
June 23 — Jazz and blues star Barbara Morrison kicks off the “Descanso Jazz 
Series” at 5:30 p.m., which continues Thursdays throughout the summer. Guests may bring picnics (not usually permitted). Free with Descanso admission. 
Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge. Call (818) 949-4200 or visit descansogardens.org.   

Four Faces of Native Drama at Autry Festival
June 16–18 –– Native Voices at The Autry National Center’s “Playwright’s Retreat and Festival of New Plays” culminates in staged readings of four new works exploring cultural dilemmas at the Autry’s Wells Fargo Theater. Cikiuteklluku (Giving Something Away) by Holly Stanton is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Ungipamsuuka (My Story) by Susie Silook takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, The Bird House by Diane Glancy will be read at 1 p.m. Saturday and The Woman Who Was Captured by Ghosts by Julie Pearson-Little Thunder begins at 4 p.m. Saturday. Tickets cost $10 per play or $25 for a four-play pass; half-price for students, seniors and military; free for Autry members and La Jolla Playhouse subscribers. Call (323) 667-2000, ext. 354, 
or visit nativevoicesattheautry.org.   
June 20 — The Autry offers training for 
aspiring docents from 1 to 4 p.m., 
continuing Mondays through “graduation” on Sept. 19. The classes cost $100, which includes materials and museum membership. To register, contact Susan DiCato at (323) 667-2000, ext. 237, or 
sdicato@theautry.org.
The Autry National Center is located at 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park. Visit theautry.org.  

Pan-handling by star chefs helps needy kids
June 25 — Rosemary Children’s Services hosts the 44th annual “An Evening with Star Chefs” fundraiser, from 6 to 10 p.m. at Santa Anita Park, this year showcasing women chefs, including Theresa Lin, the “Julia Child of Taiwan,” and Bravo TV top chef Danielle Keene. Also on tap: live music, dancing, wine, opportunity drawings and silent and live auctions. The live auctioneer is Fox 11 news anchor Christine Devine; Val Zavala, anchor of KCET’s SoCal Connected, presents awards and Lisa Nichols, author of two Chicken Soup for the Soul books, emcees the evening. Tickets cost $125 before May 31, $150 thereafter. 
Santa Anita Park is located at 285 W. 
Huntington Dr., Arcadia. Call (626) 844-3033, ext. 211, or visit rosemarychildren.org for tickets. 

Vintage Castle Open for Visits
June 26 — Pasadena’s Castle Green opens its doors for a summer tour from 1 to 5 p.m. 
Visitors can get a rare glimpse inside the 1898-vintage building, now private apartments for designers, musicians, artists and others. Highlights include the Grand Salon, the Moorish and Turkish rooms, the Palm Room, sunroom, penthouse and veranda. The tour, organized by Friends of the Castle Green, includes refreshments and live music. The cost is $20, free for children under 12. Pay at the gate; reservations are not required (although groups of 15 or more must pre-purchase tickets).
Castle Green is located at 99 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 577-6765 or visit castlegreen.com. 

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The List
Winds Sweep into the Alex 
May 1 — The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra ends its 2011 Family Concerts Series  with “Whimsical Winds” at 2 p.m. at the Alex Theatre. The program introducing children to wind instruments is hosted by KUSC-FM (91.5) radio host AlanChapman. Kids’ activities prior to the 1 p.m. concert are organized by Kidspace Children’s Museum, the California Science Center and LACO. Tickets cost $10 and $16.
The Alex Theatre is located at 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Call (213) 622-7001 
or visit laco.org for tickets. 

Symphony Offers Music for Kids and Connoisseurs
May 1 — The Pasadena Symphony 
presents its free Musical Circus for children, at 2 p.m. at the Americana at Brand. Jamie Shaheen hosts “Rach and Roll” — an edutainment about the piano. The event also includes an instrument “petting zoo,” where kids can try out 
orchestral instruments, 
May 7 — Maestro Maximiano Valdés conducts the orchestra in “Rachmaninoff 2” at 2 and 8 p.m. at the Ambassador Auditorium, as part of the Symphony Classics Series. Chu-Fang Huang (pictured) is featured piano soloist in a program of Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 and Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2.  Tickets range from $30 to $80. 
The Ambassador Auditorium is located at 131 S. St. John Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 793-7172 or visit pasadenasymphony-pops.org. 

Celebrating Mother Earth, New Film Series at the Autry
May 1 — The Autry National Center celebrates Earth from a Native-American perspective with numerous family-friendly activities, free with museum admission, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event offers planet-friendly advice from environmental groups, backyard farmers, green-build architects and wildlife and gardening experts as well as musicians performing the sounds of Hawaii, Peru and Brazil. Also featured are a community mural project hosted by Apache/Zacatec artist Bernie Granados, traditional games, Native dances and more. 
May 14 — The “What is a Western?” screenings of classic films in the Wells Fargo Theater spotlight the complexities of life, justice, violence and heroism on the frontier, and are tied to the Autry’s collection and exhibitions. Jeffrey Richardson, associate curator of Western history and popular culture, will lecture before and after the screenings. This month’s offering, at 
1:30 p.m., is 1962’s Lonely Are the Brave, starring Kirk Douglas and Walter Matthau. 
Museum admission costs $10 for adults, $6 for students and seniors and $4 for children ages three to 12; free for Autry members.
The Autry National Center is located at 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park. Call (323) 667-2000 or visit theautry.org. 

California Dreaming
May 3 — The California Art Club continues its centennial celebration with the “California Dreamin’” exhibition at the club’s Gallery at the Old Mill in San Marino,  featuring some 40 California landscapes and seascapes capturing iconic sites. The exhibition, which runs through Aug. 28, opens officially with a reception May 5 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 
A centennial companion book, California Light: A Century of Landscapes — Paintings of the California Art Club by Skira 
Rizzoli, is also available.
The California Art Club Gallery at the 
Old Mill is located at 1120 Old Mill Rd., San Marino. Call (626) 449-5458 or 
visit old-mill.org.  

Hillside Homes on Display
May 6 — La Cañada High School’s annual 7/8 PTA Spring Home Tour runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m. The docent-led tour features four homes — a Cape Cod, a Spanish Colonial, a ranch home and a traditional Hamptons estate. Admission includes luncheon from The Spot Gourmet in the first session and El Cholo cocktails and appetizers for the second. The Hamptons estate also includes the Home Tour Market Place. On-site parking will be limited. Tickets cost $40 in advance, $45 the day of the tour (available until 7 p.m. at Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge). 
For information, visit lchs78.org/hometour. For tickets, call (818) 790-0419 or visit 
albrooks.com.

Enlightening Entertainment at Pacific Asia Museum 
 A sampling of Pacific Asia Museum events this month:
May 5 — Award-winning documentarian John McDonald discusses Beijing Opera at a 6:30 p.m. reception. The cost is $25 ($15 for members).  
May 7 — A Chinese tea ceremony at 
1 p.m. illuminates Chinese history, culture and Taoist and Buddhist philosophies. Free for members, free with admission for non-members. 
May 8 — Artists with L.A. Opera’s Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program explore opera’s fascination with China at 2 p.m. Free with admission.  
May 13 — Pacific Asia’s “Fusion Fridays” summer series returns at 7:30 p.m. with “Friday Night Fever,” an evening of performances, lessons, gourmet food, drink, hands-on activities and open galleries. Guests are encouraged to wear Asian or cocktail attire or, in honor of the museum’s 40th anniversary, dress in their 1971 finest. Admission is $15 (free for members). 
The Pacific Asia Museum is located at 46 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 449-2742 or visit pacificasiamuseum.org. 

Tomorrow’s Artists and Writers Today 
May 7 — “Art.Write.
Now,” an exhibition of 100 visual and literary works by teens from around the country (including four from L.A.), opens at Pasadena’s Lineage Dance Performing Arts Center with a public reception from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and runs through June 3. The participants were culled from Scholastic Art and Writing Awards’ top 1,200 winners out of 185,000 submissions. The 2011 winners will be celebrated at a May 31 ceremony in New York, where Scholastic alumnus and prominent L.A. artist John Baldessari will also be honored.
Lineage Dance Performing Arts Center is located at 89 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena. Visit artandwriting.org/artwritenow.

Spanish Horse Spectacular
May 5–8  — The annual “Fiesta of the Spanish Horse” starts at 3 p.m. May 7 at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank. The cancer charity spectacular features a multicultural, Broadway-style show, including a demonstration of equestrian elegance and agility set to music. An accompanying multi-breed horse show, including Andalusian, Lusitano, Pure Raza Espanole, Paso Fino and other breeds, runs from May 5 through 8. Tickets cost $25 for adults and $20 for children ages 5 to 12 and seniors 65 and older; admission is free for children under 5.
The Los Angeles Equestrian Center is 
located at 480 Riverside Dr., Burbank. 
Call (818) 842-8444 or visit fiestaspanishhorse.org.  

Derby Dinner Honors Historic Preservation 
May 7 — The Blinn House Foundation hosts the eighth annual Dr. Robert Winter Award Dinner with cocktails, a silent auction, raffles, entertainment and a viewing of the Kentucky Derby, at the Edmund Blinn House in Pasadena. The event honors Payton Hall of the Historic Resources Group for his architectural preservation of the Gamble House, the Rose Bowl and other landmarks. Activities start at 2 p.m. Cost is $150 per person. 
The Blinn House is located at 160 N. Oakland Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 796-0560 for tickets.  

Eichler Examined 
May 13 —  Author David Weinstein speaks on “Joseph Eichler and His Architects: The Men Behind Eichler Homes” at 7:30 p.m. at Art Center College of Design’s Ahmanson Auditorium. This Gamble House Lecture examines the people who worked with the real estate developer to create Southern California’s subdivisions of the 1950s, the distinctive modern tract housing epitomizing the California lifestyle. A tour of Eichler’s Balboa Highlands homes is offered on Saturday. Lecture admission costs $12 (free for Friends of the Gamble House) and reservations are required. Tour tickets, available only in advance, cost $45 ($35 for members).
Art Center College of Design’s Ahmanson Auditorium is located at 1700 Lida St., Pasadena. Call (626) 793-3334, ext. 52 or visit gamblehouse.org. 

 


L.A. Children’s Chorus Wraps Season

 

May 14 — The Los Angeles Children’s Chorus closes its 25th anniversary season with a spring concert honoring past members at 7 p.m. at the Ambassador Auditorium. LACC alumna and composer Caroline Park has created a new work for the concert, a soundscape of her U.S. and world travels, with text by her sister and fellow alumna Jennifer Park. Tickets cost $26 to $52, half-price for children.

The Ambassador Auditorium is located at 131 S. St. John Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 793-4231 or visit lachildrenschorus.org.  


Jazzy Day in the Park

May 14 — Live jazz comes to Pasadena’s Central Park for the first time in years. At the “Jazzy Jam Pasadena: Education for Empowerment Benefit Concert”  from noon to 

8 p.m. KKJZ radio personality Bubba Jackson hosts contemporary saxophonist Everette Harp, Latin jazz band leader Johnny Polanco, jazz violinist Karen Briggs and more. The concert, co-chaired by Pasadena Councilwoman Jacque Robinson and event producer Jackie Snell-Brown, supports enrichment programs for Pasadena students and benefits child and youth services of the Flintridge Center and Charity Event Outreach Services. Tickets cost $25 for general lawn seating; children under 13 are admitted free.
Central Park is located at the corner of Fair Oaks Avenue and Del Mar Boulevard, Pasadena. Call (626) 744-8081 for information or visit jazzyjampasadena.com.  

Arroyo Museums Come Alive
May 15 — For Museums of the Arroyo Day, five museums along the historic Arroyo Seco open their doors for free from noon to 5 p.m.. Participants include The Gamble House (4 Westmoreland Pl., Pasadena), Heritage Square Museum (3800 Homer St., Los Angeles), Los Angeles Police Historical Museum (6045 York Blvd., L.A.), the Lummis Home and Garden (200 E. Avenue 43, L.A.) and Pasadena Museum of History (470 W. Walnut St., Pasadena). This year’s theme is “Hats” –- also the subject of a current Pasadena Museum of History exhibition — and guests are encouraged to wear distinctive headwear. The day includes musical performances, storytelling, art, crafts and more. 
Visit museumsofthearroyo.com or call (213) 740-8687. 

Fabulous Ferraris on Display
May 22 — Some 
140 fine classic 
and contemporary cars will be on display in Old Pasadena from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Ferrari Club of America Southwest Region’s 2011 Concorso Ferrari along Colorado Boulevard. Included is the rare 1956 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Berlinetta, s/n 0515 GT, created by the design house of Carrozzeria Zagato.  Top club member vehicles will receive awards at a 1:30 p.m. ceremony.
Concorso Ferrari runs along Colorado Boulevard between Raymond and Pasadena avenues. Visit fca-sw.org. 

Mexican Composers Highlighted 
May 22 — The Santa Cecilia Orchestra presents “México Sinfónico!,” celebrating Mexican composers, at 4 p.m. at Occidental College’s Thorne Hall. The program spotlights the music of the late Daniel Catán with the “Intermezzo for Oboe d’amore and Orchestra” from his opera Il Postino, “Caribbean Airs” and the overture from El Vuelo del Aguila. The concert also includes “Noche de los Mayas” by Silvestre Revueltas, with 12 percussionists providing the driving rhythms. Tickets cost $26, $20 and $7.
Occidental College’s Thorne Hall is located at 1600 Campus Rd., Eagle Rock. Call (323) 259-3011 or visit scorchestra.org. 

Ellington Night Ends Master Chorale’s Season
May 22 —  The Los Angeles Master Chorale’s 47th season ends in a salute to Duke Ellington’s spiritual side with a performance of highlights from his Sacred Concerts at 7 p.m. at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Music Director Grant Gershon directs the chorus, sharing the podium with flutist, composer and conductor James Newton. The concerts — blending jazz and church music performed by a chorus, gospel singers, jazz band and dancers — include works written during the last decade of  Ellington’s life, from 1965 to 1973. Tickets cost $19 to $124.
Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. Call (213) 972-7282 or visit lamc.org. 

The List

The List
Curtain Rises on Pasadena Playhouse Gala
April 1 — The Pasadena Playhouse hosts its annual benefit gala, “Opening Night,” at 7 p.m. The theater will be transformed into a grand ballroom for cocktails, dinner, dancing, live entertainment and general merriment. Tickets cost $250. 
The Pasadena Playhouse is located at 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena. 
Call (626) 921-1156 or visit 
pasadenaplayhouse.org.  
Celebrating Women Authors
April 2 — The 2011 Pasadena Festival of Women Authors sponsors discussions and signings at the Pasadena Senior Center from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This year’s lineup includes Naomi Hirahara (Mas Arai mystery series), Attica Locke (pictured) (Black Water Rising), Maile Meloy (Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It) and Marianne Wiggins (Evidence of Things Unseen). The moderator is novelist Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey. Tickets (including lunch) cost $80 per person  and benefit the Senior Center.
The Pasadena Senior Center is located at 85 E. Holly St., Pasadena. Call (626) 685-6760 or visit pasadenafestivalofwomenauthors.org. 
Satire, Saris and Chamber Music at CalTech
Caltech’s arts performances this month are in Beckman Auditorium unless otherwise noted.  
April 2 — The Nrityagram Dance Ensemble blends the classical Indian dance form of Odissi with contemporary dance concepts, at 
8 p.m. Tickets range from $10 to $26. 
April 8 — Aquila Theatre, described as “a classically trained, modernly hip troupe” by the New York Times, presents an inventive production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at 8 p.m. 
April 10 — In a Coleman Chamber Music Concert, the Dutch group Rebel performs music by Leclair, Purcell, Rossi, Marini, Fux, Corelli, Handel, Pergolesi and Telemann. Tickets cost $15 to $45. 
April 17 — Winners of the Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition perform at 3:30 p.m. in Ramo Auditorium. Admission is $10 to $20. 
April 29, 30 and May 1 — The Capitol Steps, a satirical troupe of former Congressional staffers, performs song parodies and pokes fun at politicians and other newsmakers in three shows: at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission costs $10 to $38.     
Caltech is located at 1200 E. California Blvd., Pasadena. Parking is located at 332 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 395-4652 or visit events.caltech.edu. 
 
California Gold on Canvas
April 3 — The California Art Club celebrates its centennial with the 100th annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition, opening today at the Pasadena Museum of California Art and running through April 24. An artists’ reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday costs $75 per person, $100 at the door. The exhibition of some 200 works creating a visual journey through California coincides with the publication of  California Light: A Century of Landscapes/Paintings of the California Art Club by Skira Rizzoli. A lecture and booksigning is scheduled for 1 to 3 p.m. April 10.
The Pasadena Museum of California Art is located at 490 E. Union St., Pasadena. Call (626) 568-3665 or visit pmcaonline.org. 
 
Historic Music, Historic Locale
April 3 — The Da Camera Society’s Chamber Music in Historic Sites series continues with a 
1:30 p.m. concert at the Mission-style Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, featuring baroque cellist Tanya Tomkins performing Bach’s six cello suites. Tickets cost $75.
The Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy is located at 440 St. Katherine Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. Call (213) 477-2929 or visit dacamera.org. 
 
A Half-Century of Revelations at Music Center
April 8 through 17 — Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center brings the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The engagement celebrates 50 years of Ailey’s Revelations, considered a modern dance masterpiece and tribute to African-American heritage and Ailey’s genius. Tickets cost $25 to $105. Performance times and dates vary.
The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is located at 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. Call (213) 972-0711 or visit musiccenter.org/events/dance.html. 
LA Opera Celebrates Young Artists 
L.A. Opera presents “25 Recitals for 25 Seasons: L.A. Opera’s Young Artist Celebration” around the greater L.A. area from April 4 through May 15, including these free public performances:  
April 10 — 2 p.m. at the Autry National Center, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park. Call (323) 667-2000 or visit theautry.org.   
April 17 — 2 p.m. at Pacific Asia Museum, 46 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 449-2742 or visit pacificasiamuseum.org.  
April 20 — 12:30 p.m. at Occidental College’s Bird Studio, 1600 Campus Rd., Eagle Rock. Call (323) 259-2785. 
For additional information, visit laopera.com. 
Chocolate for Charity
April 9 — The Junior League of Pasadena, Inc. presents its third annual “Chocolate Chip Ball” at a 
private club in Pasadena. The black-tie dinner and chocolate tasting celebrating the group’s 85th anniversary starts at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails. Local artisan chocolatiers offer their wares as judges vote one of them the 2011 Chocolatier of the Year. Tickets cost $150 each.
Call (626) 796-0244 or visit myjlp.com. 
 
Ionesco’s The Chairs Opens at A Noise Within
April 9 — A Noise Within stages Ionesco’s rarely performed The Chairs, opening today at 8 p.m. and continuing through May 21. The surreal play focuses on the couple Semiramis and General Factotum, as the general prepares for an evening event to deliver a message that has taken a lifetime  to complete. Julia Rod-riguez-Elliott directs. Tickets cost $46 for Friday and Saturday evening and Sunday matinee performances, $42 for Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings and Saturday matinees. 
A Noise Within is located at 234 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Call (818) 240-0910 or visit anoisewithin.org. 
Autism Mom Tells of Trials 
April 15 — Author, autism activist and mother of three autistic daughters Kim Stagliano discusses and signs her book, All I Can Handle: I’m No Mother Teresa, at 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore as part of Autism Awareness Month. Her memoir relates the trials of raising her children and the added stress of loss — of her husband’s job and the family home.
Vroman’s Bookstore is located at 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 449-5320 or visit vromansbookstore.com. 
Celebrating the Earth and Easter at Descanso
April 16 — Descanso Gardens celebrates Earth Day with a daylong festival from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Local country, rock, roots and bluegrass band the Mobile Homeboys performs at 1 p.m., and nature-themed activities for children run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Moo Doo Puppets perform at 11 a.m., and local artists sell their wares from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free with Descanso admission. 
April 29 and 30 — Patina Group chefs prepare an Easter brunch, with seatings at 10 and 11:45 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and Easter egg hunts for children both days. The cost is $50, $42 for members and $19 for children ages 4 to 12. Brunch is free for kids ages 3 and under. 
Call (818) 790-3663 for reservations.
Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge. Call (818) 949-4200 or visit descansogardens.org. 
Art of the Garden on Display
April 17 — Sierra Madre’s Creative Arts Group presents its annual “Art of the Garden” tour of four private estate gardens in the Pasadena area, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Stops include a 1929 Italian Revival home, a Mediterranean dwelling, a post-and-beam structure and a Greene and Greene home. Tickets cost $25 in advance, $30 the day of the tour.
The Creative Arts Group is located at 108 N. Baldwin Ave., Sierra Madre. Call (626) 355-8350 or visit creativeartsgroup.org.  
Auction  Benefits Arts Center
April 17 — Eagle Rock’s Center for the Arts hosts its annual art auction from 2 to 5 p.m., featuring works by more than 100 artists. Tickets cost $25 before April 8, $30 after and at the door.
Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock is located at 2225 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock. 
Call (323) 226-1617 or visit 
centerartseaglerock.org. 
Art Meets Science at Norton Simon
April 22 —  “Where Art Meets Science: Ancient Sculpture from the Hindu-Buddhist World” opens and continues through Aug. 1. The exhibition explores ways the trained art historian, aided by evidence from technical examinations by conservators and conservation scientists, can unveil an object’s history. The exhibition includes items not normally on view at the museum. 
April 23 — Dr. Donald Stadtner, author of Ancient Pagan and Sacred Sites of Burma, presents an illustrated lecture, “Ancient Forms, Modern Copies: The Limits of Connoisseurship” at 4 p.m. He discusses  forgeries produced by workshops in India and Southeast Asia and ways that collectors can spot modern copies. Free with museum admission. 
Norton Simon Museum is located at 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 449-6840 or visit nortonsimon.org.  
Dance Mini-Dramas from the Middle Kingdom
April 28 through 30 — The Shen Yun Performing Arts Show — a classical Chinese dance performance incorporating storytelling, choreography, lavish costumes and an orchestra of Chinese and Western instruments — returns to the Pasadena Civic Auditorium for four shows. Each dance piece is a five-minute mini-drama, telling a story from China’s legends or its 5,000-year history.  Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets cost $60 to $180.
The Pasadena Civic Auditorium is located at 300 E. Green St., Pasadena. Call (800) 880-0188 or visit laspectacular.com.  
At Awards Bash, Poets Score Cash, And It’s No Trash
April 28 — The 19th annual Kingsley and Kate Tufts Poetry Awards are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Claremont College’s Garrison Theatre. The winner of this year’s $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Award is Chase Twichell (pictured), and the $10,000 Kate Tufts Discovery Award goes to Atsuro Riley. The ceremony is free and open to the public. Tickets for dinner following the ceremony cost $150.
Garrison Theatre is located at 231 E. Tenth St., Claremont. Call (909) 621-8612 to RSVP for the ceremony or to purchase dinner tickets. For information, call (909) 621-8974 or visit cgu.edu/tufts. 
 
Dreams of the sky 
April 29 — Fantasy meets historical reality in “Skydreamers,” the Autry National Center’s new exhibition on the impact of aviation throughout history, continuing through Aug. 21. Some 150 items — including works by Alfred Stieglitz, Margaret Bourke-White, Aaron Siskind, Sharon Harper, Michael Light and David Malin — trace flight in the popular imagination, from the 1780s, when the Montgolfier brothers developed a balloon that could carry people over the city of Paris, to images of space exploration.
The Autry National Center is located at 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park. Call (323) 667-2000 or visit theautry.org.  
 
Historic Interiors in Public Spaces
April 30 — The Pasadena Chapter of the American 
Society of Interior 
Designers (ASID) presents the “Historic Pasadena Tour: Stunning Historic Interiors in Public Places” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The self-guided tour visits early 20th-century historic interiors in some of Pasadena’s signature public spaces. Workshops focus on various decorative elements of the buildings visited and styles that defined interiors of the period. Tickets cost $15, including all workshops.
Call (626) 795-6898 or visit asidpasadena.org for tickets. 

The List

The List
Women Wielding Woodblocks at Pacific Asia 
March 3 — “Visions of the Orient: Western Women Artists in Asia 1900 – 1940” opens at the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena and continues through May 29. The exhibition highlights Western female artists’ fascination with Asian cultures from 1900 to 1940. Showcased are artists Helen Hyde, Bertha Lum, Elizabeth Keith and Lilian Miller. All four, trained as painters, designed woodblock prints while living in Japan. “Visions of the Orient” includes woodblock prints, rare paintings, drawings, proof prints and tools used by the artists.
 
The Pacific Asia Museum is located at 46 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 449-2742 or visit pacificasiamuseum.org. 
 
Two Classics Staged at A Noise Within 
The classical repertory theater company A Noise Within opens two classic plays this month: 
 
March 5 — Michael Michetti directs Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors at 8 p.m. The freewheeling farce leads the audience on a wild adventure through the world of identical twins, loony lovers and comedic ineptitude. The play continues through May 14. 
 
March 19 — Tennessee Williams’ The Eccentricities of a Nightingale (pictured) opens at 8 p.m. and continues through May 28. It tells the story of Alma Winemiller, a woman locked in the culturally suffocating, intolerant confines of a small Mississippi town as she bears the burden of unrequited and unattainable love for the boy next door. Michael Murray directs. Performances run Wednesday through Sunday evenings, with matinees Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets cost $44 and $46.
A Noise Within is located at 234 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Call (818) 240-0910, ext. 1, 
or visit anoisewithin.org. 
Chorale Brings Korean Conflict Tale
March 6 — The Los Angeles Master Chorale premieres a new choral work by Mark Grey at 7 p.m. at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The text of Mugunghwa: Rose of Sharon is based on the poetry of a North Korean man who escaped from prison in his country and fled to South Korea at the start of the Korean War, then struggled to reunite with his family. Violinist Jennifer Koh performs. The all-Korean program, conducted by Grant Gershon (pictured), also includes Korean folksongs and “Me-Na-Rii,” a selection for three choirs by Hyo-won Woo, Incheon City Chorale’s composer in residence. Tickets cost $19 to $124.
The Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. Call (213) 972-7282 or visit lamc.org. 
Chamber Music in a Mansion
March 6 — The Da Camera Society’s “Chamber Music in Historic Sites” series features concerts at 2 and 4 p.m. at the Tod Ford House, a Mediterranean estate overlooking the Arroyo Seco in Pasadena. The Pantoum Trio performs romantic works by Schumann, Brahms and Arvo Pärt. Tickets cost $89, which includes a light reception between concerts. Directions will be provided with ticket purchase.
Call (213) 477-2929 or visit dacamera.org. 
Cooking Up Kitchen Solutions
March 10 — Chez Cherie Cooking School in La Cañada Flintridge hosts a design workshop, “9 SOULutions to Cookin’ Up a Fabulous & Functional Kitchen,” presented by Soul Interiors Design; Cherie Twohey, an HGTV guest chef, cookbook author and owner of Chez Cherie; and Ron Brooks of Viking Range Corporation, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The cost is $20 per person, including appetizers and wine.
 
Chez Cherie Cooking School is located at 1401 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge. Call (818) 952-7217 or visit chezcherie.com/schedule for reservations, which are required. 
LACO Ladles Up Ragtime, Bach
The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra presents a variety of concerts and conversations:
 
March 19 — The orchestra presents “Bach’s Birthday,” with selections including Keyboard Concert No. 6 in F major, at 8 p.m. at the Alex Theatre in Glendale. The concert is repeated at 7 p.m. March 20 at UCLA’s Royce Hall. The featured artists are conductor and keyboardist Jeffrey Kahane and mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke. Tickets range from $18 to $100. 
 
March 27 — “Ragtime Xylophonia” (pictured), featuring works by Becker, Cahn J. Green and G.H. Green, is a family concert hosted by Alan Chapman at 2 p.m. at the Alex Theatre. At 1 p.m., LACO opens its “instrument petting zoo” to children, who can also make eco-friendly art with Kidspace Children’s Museum, participate in a drum circle and learn ragtime dance with Louise Reichlin. Tickets cost $10 and $16. 
 
The Zipper Concert Hall at The Colburn School is located at 200 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. The Alex Theatre is located at 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. For tickets, call (213) 622-7001, ext. 215, 
or visit laco.org. 
Beethoven and More at Ambassador Auditorium
March 12 — The Pasadena Symphony presents “Moon Dance” at 2 and 8 p.m. at the Ambassador Auditorium as 
part of its “Symphony Classics” series. The concert includes excerpts from Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, plus “Kanun Concerto” by Avetisyan and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7. Maestro George Stelluto conducts; kanun player Karine Hovannisyan (pictured) is the featured artist. Tickets cost $30 to $80.
 
The Ambassador Auditorium is located at 131 S. St. John Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 793-7172 or visit pasadenasymphony-pops.org. 
California Style’s Migration Down Under Discussed
March 12 — In a Friends of the Gamble House lecture, Pasadena author Ericka Esau discusses “The Transcontinental Bungalow: From Australia to Pasadena” at 4 p.m. at Art Center College of Design’s Ahmanson Auditorium. During a 15-year span teaching art history in Australia, Esau learned that well-known Australian architects, such as James Peddle, became enamored of the bungalow style so popular in Southern California in the late 1800s and early 1900s, which they discovered through 
photos in such publications as Sunset Magazine, Craftsman and Pacific Engineering. The style flourished there until the Great Depression. Admission costs $12 (free for Friends of the Gamble House).
 
Art Center College of Design is located at 1700 Lida St., Pasadena. Call (626) 793-3334, ext. 52, or visit gamblehouse.org for reservations.  
Native American Theater at the Autry
March 12 — America’s premiere Native American theater company, Native Voices at the Autry, continues its season with performances of The Frybread Queen by Carolyn Dunn (Muskogee Creek), opening at 8 p.m. at the Autry National Center’s Wells Fargo Theater. The play traces three generations of Navajo women, tied by marriage and blood, who gather at Lake Powell for the funeral of a beloved son. Through the grieving process, they deal with long-simmering tensions and family secrets that could tear them apart. Performances continue at 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through March 27. Tickets cost $20; $10 for students, military personnel and seniors 55 and older; and $12 for Autry members.
The Autry National Center is located at 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park. 
Call (323) 667-2000, ext. 324, or visit nativevoicesattheautry.org. 
 
Helpful Hints for Aspiring Authors
March 12 — Budding authors can get career tips at “Book Publishing 1-2-3: From the Writer’s Fingers to the Reader’s Hands,” a workshop presented by book editor Laurie Gibson from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore. 
Vroman’s Bookstore is located at 709 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 449-5320 or visit vromansbookstore.com. 
Meditative Retreat, Japanese Spring Festival at Descanso
March 12 — Descanso’s Mind and Body Retreat introduces beginning yoga instruction, mindfulness and healthful living, including a walk and guided meditations for relaxation and stress relief, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The day includes a luncheon at the Boddy House by Patina Catering. The cost is $80 ($65 for members). 
 
March 19 and 20 — Descanso’s new Japanese-themed Cherry Blossom Festival offers fun educational activities, plus cherry trees for sale, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. At 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Saturday, savor a formal Japanese tea ceremony in the Japanese Garden. Tickets cost $5 per person and are available from 10 a.m. The festival is free with Descanso admission of $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and students and $3 for children ages 5 to 12. 
 
Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge. Call (818) 949-4200 or visit descansogardens.org. 
 
Sixties art and Music at Norton Simon Museum
March 18 — Pasadena artist/musician Steve Roden (pictured) and musician/sound artist Mark Trayle present “Cartridge Music,” a 7 p.m. concert of John Cage’s work at the Norton Simon Museum, in conjunction with the exhibition, “Not Wanting to Say Anything about Marcel: 
 
An Artwork by John Cage.” The performance is free with museum admission of $10, $5 for seniors 62 and over (free for members, students with I.D. and patrons 18 and under). 
 
March 25 — The exhibition “Surface Truths: Abstract Painting in the Sixties” opens with 17 large-scale paintings from the 1960s by Larry Bell, Thomas Downing, Helen Frankenthaler, Takeshi Kawashima, Kenneth Noland and Jack Youngerman. The show continues through Aug. 15.
 
March 26 — In conjunction with the “Surface Truths” exhibition, Prof. David Carrier of Case Western Reserve University lectures on the relationship of the exhibition’s artists to their Abstract Expressionist forebears and their rivals working in other genres. The 
4 p.m. lecture is free with museum admission. 
 
The Norton Simon Museum is located at 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 449-6840 or visit nortonsimon.org. 
Street Fair Twines Around Vast Vine
March 20 — The 2011 Wistaria Festival on the streets of downtown Sierra Madre celebrates the world’s largest blossoming plant –– sown in a one-gallon bucket in 1894 and still blooming at a private Sierra Madre residence. Shuttles to view it are available hourly from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., leaving from downtown Sierra Madre. Also that day, the Art and Garden Faire will showcase the wares of some 175 artisans in the vicinity of Sierra Madre Boulevard and Baldwin Avenue. The festival runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Shuttle tickets the day of the event cost $12 ($10 in advance), $7 for seniors and kids ages 6 to 16. Children 5 and under are admitted free. Arroyo Monthly and Pasadena Weekly readers who purchase advance tickets receive $1 off by ordering online at wistariatickets.com and entering promo code PW01. Tickets can also be ordered by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Wistaria Tickets, Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce, 37 N. Auburn Ave., Ste. 1, Sierra Madre, CA 91024.
Call (626) 355-5111 or visit sierramadrechamber.com. 
Choral Concert for the Kids
March 26 — The Los Angeles Children’s Chorus collaborates for the first time with the Angeles Chorale in “For the Children” at 8 p.m. at Pasadena’s First United Methodist Church. The concert features the L.A. premiere of John Rutter’s “Mass of the Children,” plus works by Vincent Persichetti, Dominic Argento, Joshua Shank and Irvine Fine. Tickets cost $25, $15 for students with ID and $10 for children under 13.
 
The First United Methodist Church is located at 500 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 
Call (818) 591-1735 or visit angeleschorale.org. 
A Mighty Voice Rings Out at LATC
March 26 and 27 — The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles presents “A Mighty Voice” at the Los Angeles Theater Center. The concert’s guest conductor is Cristian Grases, assistant conductor of the Miami Symphony, who was recently named to USC’s Thornton School of Music faculty. Works include “Amor de mi Alma” by Z.R. Stroope, Franz Schubert’s “Nachthelle,” Franz Biebl’s “Ave Maria,” “La Sombra Salió del Monte” by Venezuelan composer Antonio Estevez and “Locus Iste” by Anton Bruckner. Tickets cost $35 to $55.
 
The L.A. Theater Center is located at 501 S. Spring St., Los Angeles. Call (800) MEN-SING (636-7464) for information; visit gmcla.org for tickets. 

The List

The List
Hop over to the Huntington as year of Rabbit Dawns
 
Feb. 5 and 6 — Welcome the Year of the Rabbit at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days. The Chinese New Year Family Festival includes performances by lion dancers, martial arts demonstrations, shadow puppet theater, music, mask-changing performances and more. Free with Huntington admission. 
 
Feb. 12 — Art educator and chef Maite Gomez-Rejón presents “A Taste of Art: A Culinary Grand Tour” from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tour paintings portraying ancient Rome, Greece and Egypt, then join Gomez-Rejón in preparing and enjoying a classic Mediterranean meal. The cost is $90 ($80 for members). Call (626) 405-2128 to register. 
 
Feb. 12 and 13 — The Huntington’s 39th annual Camellia Show and Sale showcases a wide selection of camellias in competition and for sale. Visitors can also tour acres of blooming camellias in the North Vista, Japanese Garden Canyon and Chinese Garden. Free with Huntington admission. 
 
Feb. 23 — Brad Owen of Le Cordon Bleu School of Culinary Arts presents a lecture and wine tasting featuring “Pinot Noir from Around the World” from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Learn about areas of production and how wines differ by region. The cost is $90 ($80 for members). Call (626) 405-2128 to register.
 
Feb. 26 and 27 — The “Bonsai-a-Thon” offers exhibits, demonstrations, prize drawings, auctions and more from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free with Huntington admission. 
 
The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens is located at 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino. Call (626) 405-2100 or visit huntington.org.  
 
Love Life Goes to the Dogs 
Through Feb. 19 — Tanna Frederick, star of Henry Jaglom’s recent films, leads the cast of A.R. Gurney’s Sylvia, a  humorous tale of love, marriage, jealousy, dogs and a mid-life crisis, at the Sierra Madre Playhouse. Dircted by Gita Donovan, the play tells the story of an empty-nest couple in a big city and a love triangle involving their poodle. The curtain rises at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 19. Admission costs $20 for adults, $17 for seniors and students and $12 for children 12 and under.
 
The Sierra Madre Playhouse is located at 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre. 
Call (626) 355-4318 for reservations or visit sierramadreplayhouse.org.
Saddle up sundays with cowboys or indians 
Ongoing — The Autry National Center in Griffith Park offers Family Fun Days year-round on the first and third Sundays of every month. The first Sunday is American Indian Culture Day, with stories by Native American storytellers, tours, games and music played on traditional instruments. Activities run from 1 to 4 p.m.  
 
The third Sunday of the month focuses on Western fun. Discover the myths and realities of the California Gold Rush as you pan for gold, do crafts, check out the Western Music Association’s monthly jam, hear frontier sagas, dress up like a cowboy or cowgirl and mount a life-size horse replica for a keepsake photo, view the Our West Children’s Art Gallery and visit the hands-on, interactive Family Discovery Gallery. Activities run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and are free with Autry admission of $9 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and $3 for children ages 3 to 12 (free for members).
 
Feb. 13 — Author, historian, writer and editor Douglas Brinkley (pictured) discusses and signs his latest book, The Quiet World: Saving Alaska’s Wilderness Kingdom, 1879–1960, at 2 p.m. The book, a follow-up to his bestseller, Wilderness Warrior, looks at past and present battles to preserve Alaska’s wilderness. Free with museum admission. 
 
The Autry National Center is located at 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park. 
Call (323) 667-2000 or visit theautry.org.   
 
Flowers, feathers and fungus fun at descanso
Classes and romance bloom at Descanso Gardens this month. Call (818) 949-7980 to register for all activities. 
 
Feb. 5 — Take a walk and hear a talk on mushrooms by Florence Nishida of the Natural History Museum from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Nishida lectures on America’s favorite fungus, then leads a one-hour walk through Descanso Gardens to identify various species. In the Enchanted Forest from 9:30 a.m. to noon, Descanso’s faeries offer flower facts, enchanting stories and surprises. Descanso camellia horticulturist Wayne Walker leads a camellia walk and discussion through the Camellia Garden at 1 p.m. All above activities are free with Descanso admission. 
 
Also at 11 a.m. Walker demonstrates the culinary and wellness uses for the Camellia sinensis plant used to produce Chinese tea. The cost is $20 ($10 for members).
 
Feb. 12 — Joe Kertes teaches a beginning class in birding, including species identification and appreciation of the numerous varieties living at Descanso, from 8 to 10 a.m. Bring binoculars and walking shoes. The fee is $20 ($10 for members). 
 
Feb. 12 and 13 — Cuddle up and take a romantic Tram Tour of Love at 4 p.m. either day, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Visit Descanso’s romantic locales and indulge in two glasses of Champagne or cider. The cost is $35 per couple ($20 for members).  
Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge. Call (818) 949-4200 or visit descansogardens.org.  
Surreal City at Boston Court
Feb. 12 — Tennessee Williams’ Camino Real opens at The Theatre @ Boston Court. This co-production with CalArts explores a surreal walled city that serves as purgatory for the play’s numerous characters –– some famous historical and 
literary figures, others from Williams’ imagination. Jessica Kubzansky directs. Camino Real continues through March 13. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets cost $32, $27 for students and seniors.
The Theatre @ Boston Court is located at 70 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 683-6883 or visit bostoncourt.com. 
from brazil, bach to baroque with chamber orchestra The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra presents a trio of 
concerts this month: 
 
Feb. 12 — The “Bach to Bossa Nova” concert gala at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion features music of Bach, Derek Bermel and traditional Brazilian songs. Jeffrey Kahane conducts and plays keyboards; featured performers are vocalist Luciana Souza and clarinetist Bermel. The event starts at 5 p.m. with cocktails and a silent auction preview, followed by the concert, silent and live auctions and dinner and dancing. Tickets cost $750 to $2,000.
 
The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is located at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. 
 
Feb. 13 — LACO partners with Kidspace Museum to present its first family concert of the season, “Hip-Hop Peter and the Wolf,” at 2 p.m. at the Alex Theatre. Young members of Project Trio (pictured) –– including flutist Greg Pattillo, featured on Nickelodeon’s iCarly –– put a modern spin on the Prokofiev classic. The guest conductor is Lucinda Carver. Kids can create their own animal tracks and learn to identify species by their unique prints. In addition, Culture Shock L.A. Dance Troupe performs and teaches hip-hop dance moves. Tickets cost $10 to $16.
 
The Alex Theatre is located at 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. 
 
Feb. 17 — The orchestra presents “Baroque Conversations 3,” part of a five-concert series, at 7 p.m. at the Colburn School’s Zipper Concert Hall. The program includes works by Muffat, Handel, Bach, Royer and Rameau. The conductor and harpsichord soloist is Jory Vinikour. Tickets cost $45.
 
Zipper Concert Hall is located at the Colburn School, 200 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. 
For tickets to all LACO events, call (213) 622-7001, ext. 215, or visit laco.org.   
Alive and Well in L.A.
Feb. 13 — Pasadena Pro Musica continues its 47th season with “Alive and Well and Living in L.A.,” a concert at Pasadena’s Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church at 4 p.m. The program is an eclectic tour of choral works by living composers who call the city home, including Eric Whitacre, Frank Ticheli, Elaine Bearer, Morten Lauridsen and Stephen Grimm. Tickets cost $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
 
The Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church is located at 301 N. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 628-2144 or visit 
pasadenapromusica.org. 
 
book backers host sierra madre foodfest Feb. 18 — Friends of the Sierra Madre Library host their 41st annual Wine and Cuisine tasting fundraiser from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Sierra Madre’s Alverno High School Villa. A variety of fine wines will be available, plus food from various local restaurants. Guests can peruse works by local artists, such as this year’s featured artist, Djbril N’Doye. General admission tickets are $60 for the 7 p.m. entry; premier admission allows a 6 p.m. entry for an additional charge. (Friends members receive a $5 discount on tickets purchased at the library.) Tickets are available in Sierra Madre at The Bottle Shop, Iris Intrigue, Savor the Flavor, the Sierra Madre Library and sierramadrelibraryfriends.org. 
 
Alverno High School Villa is located at 200 N. Michillinda Ave., Sierra Madre. 
 
Sex and the city zoo 
Feb. 13 — Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the L.A. Zoo with “Sex and the City Zoo 2,” a lighthearted look at animal mating from 5 to 7 p.m. open to adults only. Jason Jacobs discusses relationships in the animal kingdom. Champagne and chocolate refreshments are available. Tickets  cost $35 ($25 for members of the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association).
The Los Angeles Zoo is located in Griffith Park at the intersection of the Ventura (Interstate 134) and Golden State (Interstate 5) freeways. For reservations, call (323) 644-4781 or visit lazoo.org. 
Cage, Stravinsky Explored at Norton Simon
Feb. 18 — Pianist Polli Chambers-Salazar presents “From Stravinsky to Kandinsky: Music in the Time of the Blue Four,” at 
7 p.m. The program explores artistic experimentation among composers and fine artists during the early 20th century. The Blue Four refers to a group of artists promoted by art dealer, collector and scholar Galka Scheyer: Wassily Kandinsky, Lyonel Feininger, Paul Klee and Alexei Jawlensky. Chambers-Salazar expresses a connection between the period’s visual and musical arts in music. Free with museum admission.
 
Feb. 26 — In “Saying Something about John Cage,” Jeffrey Saletnik, lecturer and Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Columbia University’s Department of Art History and Archaeology, discusses Cage’s musical and artistic experiments, exemplified by his piece 4’33", known as his “silent piece.” He also explores the relationship between Cage’s musical creativity and work as a writer and printmaker. The 4 p.m. lecture is free with museum admission.
 
The Norton Simon Museum is located at 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 449-6840 or visit nortonsimon.org. 
Puppet tale updated
Feb. 19 — Deaf West Theatre’s production of The Adventures of Pinocchio, a new adaptation of the classic story dramatized by Lee Hall and directed by Stephen Rothman, opens at 8 p.m. today and continues through March 26. Hall employs the Italian physical comedy tradition of commedia dell’arte, which lends itself to the company’s signature combination of signed and voiced theater. The show, rated PG for mild language and dark themes, goes on at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $25 for adults, $15 for children 12 and younger.
 
Deaf West Theatre is located at 5112 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. Call (818) 762-2773 (voice) or (866) 954-2986 (video phone) or visit deafwest.org.
The Trio’s The Thing
Feb. 20 — The Da Camera Society’s Chamber Music in Historic Sites program visits the Pasadena Civic Auditorium Gold Room for a concert by the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio (pictured) performing masterworks for three pianos, including Beethoven’s “Ghost Trio,” Mendelssohn’s Trio in C, Op. 66 and the “Trio of Ravel” at 4 p.m. Tickets range from $45 to $49.
The Pasadena Civic Auditorium is located at 300 E. Green St., Pasadena. Call (213) 477-2929 or visit dacamera.org. 
Dancing Princesses 
Feb. 26 and 27 — The Pasadena Civic Ballet Company presents a new work, The Twelve Dancing Princesses, who dance through forests of gold, silver and jewels to find the secret palace where they dance until dawn. Animated sets, regal costumes and more than 150 characters cast a fairy tale spell at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse. A Princess Tea starts at 4:30 p.m. Saturday and 11:30 a.m. Sunday; 
performances start at 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $20 for the tea; ballet tickets range from $23 to $29.
The San Gabriel Mission Playhouse is located at 320 S. Mission Dr., San Gabriel. 
Call (626) 792-0873 or visit pcballet.com.   
  
Flames and surround-sound amp up chamber music
Feb. 26 — Southwest Chamber Music continues a season of avant-garde performances with a concert celebrating the works of composer Wadada Leo Smith (pictured) at The Colburn School. Selections include “Taif — Prayer in the Garden of the Hijaz,” which incorporates a four-speaker surround-sound computer montage with string quartet, trumpet and percussion. The program also includes his fourth string quartet, “In the Diaspora,” and “Moths, Flames & the Giant Sequoia Redwood Trees.” A pre-concert talk starts at 7:30 p.m.; the concert starts at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $38 for general admission, $28 for seniors and $10 for students with ID.
 
The Colburn School is located at 200 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. Call (800) 726-7147 
or visit swmusic.org.    
Scoring Extra Points at Staples
Feb. 27 — For the past 85 years, the Harlem Globetrotters have spiced up the game of basketball with comedy and amazing physical feats. Their virtuosity includes the “alley-oop,” the slam dunk and behind-the-back pass. Now they bring the four-point shot to Staples Center and other Southland venues. When basketball’s clown princes play the Washington Generals at noon at Staples Center, the court will include two designated four-point shooting spots, one on each side of mid-court, 35 feet from the basket, 12 feet beyond the official NBA three-point line. Tickets range from $29.95 to $95.15.
 
Staples Center is located at 1111 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles. Call (800) 745-3000 or visit ticketmaster.com for tickets. 

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Tournament of Roses redux 
Jan. 1 and 2 — After the glorious Tournament of Roses Parade floats make their way down Colorado Boulevard on New Year’s Day, you can see them close up at the annual Showcase of Floats on Sierra Madre and Washington boulevards. Hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday for general admission; 7 to 9 a.m. Sunday is reserved for senior citizens and disabled visitors. Pasadena park-and-ride shuttles leave from the Rose Bowl, Arroyo Boulevard and Seco Street, Parking Lot H; Pasadena City College, 1570 E. Colorado Blvd.; and the Community Education Center, 3035 E. Foothill Blvd. Tickets cost $10 for general admission; children 5 and under are admitted free. Shuttle tickets cost $3 round-trip (free for children 5 and younger).
Visit tournamentofroses.com for information. For tickets, call Sharp Seating at (626) 795-4171 or visit sharpseating.com.   
 
Maestro Mester Back With Mozart 
Jan. 8 — Jorge Mester, music director of the Louisville Symphony and Naples Philharmonic and former music director of the Pasadena Symphony, returns to town for one night to conduct the Pasadena Master Chorale’s 7:30 p.m. performance of “Life of Mozart” at the First Congregational Church. This intimate musical and theatrical celebration of Mozart, developed and staged by chorale Artistic Director Jeffrey Bernstein, features his Requiem and two works from the last year of his life: the overture from La Clemenza di Tito and “Ave Verum Corpus.” Actor Dan Selon will read excerpts from Mozart’s letters and writings. Tickets cost $25.
The First Congregational Church is located at 464 E. Walnut St., Pasadena. Call (626) 208-0009 for information. Tickets are available at pasadenamasterchorale.org, from chorale members and at the door. 

Ethnic history and Taxing Exhibition at the Huntington
The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens offers thought-provoking activities this month:
Jan. 10 — Columbia University Professor of History Mae Ngai speaks at 7:30 p.m. about her recent book, The Lucky Ones: One Family and the Extraordinary Invention of Chinese America. She chronicles three generations of a Chinese-American family whose members, including immigrant brokers and interpreters, both protested and profited from Chinese exclusion. Admission is free; no reservations are required. 
 
Jan. 25 — Yale history Professor David W. Blight, the Rogers Distinguished Fellow at The Huntington and author of Frederick Douglass: A Life, lectures at 7:30 p.m. In “Several Lives in One: The Problem of Autobiography in Writing the Biography of Frederick Douglass,” he discusses the 19th-century African-American leader’s three autobiographies, which both reveal and cloak various elements of his life. Admission is free; no reservations required. 
 
Jan. 29 — The late 1800s were known as the Gilded Age in this country, but a new exhibition of American paintings and works on paper shows the tarnish beneath the gilt. “Taxing Visions: Financial Episodes in Late 19th-Century American Art” (pictured) opens today, featuring 27 provocative paintings and seven works on paper, from 31 collections. The works reflect the financial panics and job losses that occurred from the Reconstruction period through the Gilded Age and early Progressive Era. The works, in styles from traditional academic to proto-modernist Impressionism and Tonalism, portray people from every region of the country and income level, from robber barons to homeless children selling newspapers. “Taxing Visions” continues through May 30. 
The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens is located at 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino. Call (626) 405-2100 or visit huntington.org. 
Love Triangle With Leash
Jan. 14 — A humorous tale of love, marriage, jealousy, dogs and a mid-life crisis opens today at the Sierra Madre Playhouse. Sylvia, a 1995 play by A.R. Gurney, directed by Gita Donovan, tells the story of an empty-nest couple in a big city and a love triangle involving their poodle. An opening night gala starts at 7:15 p.m. with a Champagne reception and light buffet. The curtain rises at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays (dark on Jan. 16) through Feb. 19. Admission costs $20 for adults, $17 for seniors and students and $12 for children 12 and under.
 
The Sierra Madre Playhouse is located at 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre. Call (626) 355-4318 for reservations. 
a classical eagle rock evening
 
Jan. 15 — Santa Cecilia Orchestra presents “Natasha Marin and SCO Friends” at 8 p.m. at the Center for the Arts in Eagle Rock. The concert features guest pianist Marin in performance with violinist Yi-Huan Zhao, the associate concertmaster, and cellist Beth Park-Zhao. The orchestra will perform works by Chopin, Rachmaninov, Beethoven, Piazzolla, Schumann and Mendelssohn. Tickets cost $20, $12 for youth.
 
The Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock, is located at 2225 Colorado Blvd. Call (323) 259-3011 or visit scorchestra.org for tickets. 
Gamble House Lectures
This month’s Friends of the Gamble House art lectures take place at the Art Center College of Design’s Ahmanson Auditorium:
 
Jan. 15 — Pasadena resident Erika Esau, lecturer at the Australian National University and co-author of Blue Guide Australia, speaks on the Australian Arts and Crafts movement at 4 p.m. Tickets cost $12 for general admission (free for members). 
 
Jan. 29 — In “Art, Architecture and California Culture: The Works of Kenton Nelson” at 1 p.m., the Pasadena artist discusses his work. His inspirations include American scene painting, regionalism and the work of the Great Depression’s WPA artists. Nelson takes symbols identified with California, such as swimming pools, stylized images of women and exquisite suburban gardens, and creates American landscape works and figurative painting with a contemporary feel. A tour of his studio follows the lecture. General admission costs $12 (free for members). The tour costs $20 ($15 for members). 
 
The Art Center College of Design is located at 1700 Lida St., Pasadena. Call (626) 793-3334, ext. 52, or visit gamblehouse.org for tickets and reservations, which are required.  
Saddle up for equestrian extravaganza
Jan. 19 — The grand spectacle “Cavalia,” created by Normand Latourelle, a co-founder of Canada’s Cirque du Soleil, opens at 8 p.m. under the White Big Top in downtown Burbank. The production, now nearly twice the size it was during its first L.A. run (2004), features 50 magnificent horses from around the world, including nine unbridled Arabians under the hand of Sylvia Zerbini. The multimedia extravaganza includes 33 performers –– including riders, aerialists, acrobats and dancers –– plus live music on a 160-foot stage. The show continues on varying days through Jan. 30. Regular tickets cost $69 to $139; also available are Horse Lovers’ and VIP Rendez-Vous Packages, with post-show stable tours, cocktail and dinner receptions and a gift.
The White Big Top is located at 777 N. Front St., Burbank. Call (866) 999-8111 or visit cavalia.net.   
Written in California
Jan. 20 — The Pasadena Museum of California Art continues its “Written in California” series of author discussions with a 7 p.m. talk by Samantha Peale (pictured), author of the novel The American Painter Emma Dial. The book highlights the plight of young artists locked in the captivity of assistantships and their struggles to showcase their talent. Museum galleries are open at 6 p.m.; admission to the reading and galleries is free.
The Pasadena Museum of California Art is located at 490 E. Union St., Pasadena. Call (626) 568-3665 or visit pmcaonline.org. 
Noises Off at A Noise Within
Jan. 21 through Jan. 30 — The classical repertory theater company A Noise Within presents the British farce Noises Off by Michael Frayn at 8 p.m., continuing through Jan. 30 for 10 performances. Company co-founders and co-Artistic Directors Geoff Elliott and Julia Rodriguez-Elliott co-direct the tale of an under-rehearsed and overworked theater troupe, bumbling toward the premiere of a new play, with chaotic consequences. The curtain goes up at 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays. Tickets cost $46 for Friday and Saturday evening and Sunday matinee performances, $42 for Sunday evenings and Saturday matinees.
A Noise Within is located at 234 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Call (818) 240-0910 or visit anoisewithin.org for tickets and information. 
Brushing Up at the Norton Simon
The Norton Simon Museum offers a pair of evening painting classes this month; both run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.: 
 
Jan. 21 — “The Dutch Perspective” examines the then-revolutionary formulas for portraying space used by painters of the Northern Renaissance, such as Jan van der Heyden and Hendrick van Steenwijck the Younger, who mastered line drawing in one-point and two-point perspective.
 
Jan. 28 — “The Real and Imaginary” explores the interplay between space, detail, color and symbolism that defines the context or attitude of certain paintings, by focusing on identifying and using those relationships to assign a setting or place to the student’s own work. 
The Norton Simon Museum is located at 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 449-6840 or visit nortonsimon.org.
 
Free World City Show  — some strings attached
Jan. 22 — The World City series continues, featuring international artists in free, family-friendly performances. Today’s event features the Chen Kuai Le Puppet Theater of Taiwan, directed by Taiwan’s leading female puppeteer, Shi-Mei Chiang. The show is accompanied by live traditional Taiwanese music. Showtimes are at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in the W.M. Keck Amphitheatre at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Free art workshops for children follow in the adjacent Blue Ribbon Garden.
The Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. Call (213) 972-4396 or visit musiccenter.org.  
Romance Ambassador
Jan. 22 — In “Romantic Dvořák” at the Ambassador Auditorium, the Pasadena Symphony presents Britten’s humorous “Soirées Musicales,” Elgar’s romantic “Enigma Variations” and Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in B minor. The guest conductor is Tito Munoz; the featured cellist is Narek Hakhnazaryan (pictured). Performances begin at 2 and 
8 p.m. Tickets cost $30 to $80, $10 for children under 14.
 
The Ambassador Auditorium is located at 131 S. St. John Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 793-7172 or visit pasadenasymphony-pops.org.  
LACO highlights haydn, goes for baroque
The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) offers three concerts this month:
Jan. 22 and 23 — “Haydn’s Drum Roll,” a pair of concerts at Glendale’s Alex Theatre and UCLA’s Royce Hall, features works by Haydn, Lutoslawski and Mozart. The Saturday concert starts at 8 p.m. at the Alex and repeats at 7 p.m. Sunday at UCLA. Ignat Solzhenitsyn is the conductor and piano soloist. Tickets cost $18 to $100. 
 
Jan. 27 — The orchestra presents the second of its “Baroque Conversations” at 7 p.m. at Zipper Concert Hall, the Colburn School in Los Angeles. The program includes works by Handel, Boismortier, Telemann, Bach and Vivaldi. Tickets cost $45. 
The Alex Theatre is located at 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Zipper Concert Hall is located at 200 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. Call (213) 622-7001, ext. 215, or visit laco.org. 
Myths and Music in a Historic Place
Jan. 23 — The Da Camera Society continues its “Chamber Music in Historic Sites” series with a performance by the Calefax Reed Quintet at the historic Bradbury Building in downtown Los Angeles. The program ranges from mythologically inspired works with “Syrinx” by Debussy and Britten’s “Pan” to Arvo Pärt’s mystical “Summa and Arbos” and the intricacy of Bach’s Goldberg Variations excerpts. Performances are at 2 and 4 p.m. Tickets cost $39 and $43.
The Bradbury Building is located at 304 S. Broadway, Los Angeles. Call (213) 477-2929 or visit dacamera.org. 
Brazilian bodies bounce at music center
Jan. 28, 29 and 30 — The trailblazing Brazilian dance company Grupo Corpo comes to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion as part of the Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center series. The company, whose name means “body group,” blends minimalism and rootsy modernity with pop and urban sounds. Works include “ÍMÃ,” with music by +2, and “Parabelo,” with music by Tom Zé and Zé Miguel Wisnik. Performances, both choreographed by Rodrigo Pederneiras, start at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $25 to $105.
 
The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is located at 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. Call (213) 972-0711 or visit musiccenter.org.  
Avant-garde Opposites Attract
Jan. 29 — Southwest Chamber Music showcases a who’s who of avant-garde composers at the Armory Center for the Arts. The 8 p.m. concert juxtaposes the stochastic geometry of Iannis Xenakis (pictured) against the lyrical minimalism of Phillip Glass, with Anne Le Baron’s artistry holding the middle ground. The concert features Xenakis’s “Theraps,” Glass’ “Songs and Poems” and Le Baron’s “Hsing.” Featured performers are double bassist Tom Peters, harpist Alison Bjorkedal and cellist Peter Jacobson. Tickets cost $10 to $38.
The Armory Center for the Arts is located at 145 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Call (800) 726-7147 or visit swmusic.org. 
Clean comic opens Celebrity Series 
Jan. 30 — The San Marino Celebrity Series opens its 43rd season with a visit from Adam Christing (pictured) of Hollywood’s Magic Castle, who performs comedy, magic and improvisation, with heavy doses of audience interaction. He founded the group Clean Comedians and compiled the book Comedy Comes Clean: A Hilarious Collection of Jokes, Quotes and One-Liners. The 4 p.m. event at Embassy Suites in Arcadia is sponsored by the San Marino Guild of the Huntington Hospital; proceeds benefit the hospital’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Tickets to the four-event series cost $75; single tickets are $30.
Embassy Suites is located at 211 E. Huntington Dr., Arcadia. Call (626) 441-1465. 
Exploring England’s Choral Tradition
Jan. 30 — Music Director Grant Gershon conducts the Los Angeles Master Chorale in “London Bridges,” an all-British program at 7 p.m. at Walt Disney Concert Hall. The program celebrates England’s grand choral tradition, renowned for resonant sound and rich harmonic elements and overtones. Included are John Tavener’s “Song for Athene,” which was performed at Princess Diana’s funeral, as well as Elizabethan composer William Byrd’s Four-Part Mass in D, Britten’s “Missa Brevis” and “Hymn to St. Cecilia” and Vaughan Williams’ “Five English Folk Songs.” Tickets cost $19 to $124; student rush seats cost $10.
The Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. Call (213) 972-7282 or visit lamc.org. 

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Children’s Chorus Marks 
Musical Milestones 
The Los Angeles Children’s Chorus celebrates its 25th anniversary and Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson’s 15th year at the helm with three December programs: 
 
Dec. 4 –– The chorus makes its third guest appearance with the Pasadena Symphony and Pops at 7 p.m. at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. The program, narrated by chorus alumna Alison Sweeney (The Biggest Loser, Days of Our Lives) and directed by Grant Cooper, features vocalist Patrick Mason and the Donald Brinegar Singers performing such classics as “Jingle Bells” and “Sleigh Ride” as well as music from A Charlie Brown Christmas, Home Alone and other holiday films. Tickets range from $18 to $45.
 
Dec. 5 and 12 –– The holiday fun continues with the annual Winter Concert at 7 p.m. at the Pasadena Presbyterian Church. The eclectic program of classical, folk and contemporary music includes Abbie Betinis’ “From Behind the Caravan: Song of Hâfez,” Bach’s aria “Bist du bei mir,” the traditional Hebrew folk song “S’vivon” and “Nigra Sum (I Am Black)” by Pablo Casals. Tickets cost $26 to $44 (children’s seats are half-price).
 
The Pasadena Civic Auditorium is located at 300 E. Green St., Pasadena. The Pasadena Presbyterian Church is located at 585 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 793-4321 or visit lachildrenschorus.org. 
 
Christ lives in song
Dec. 4 — The Ananda Choir presents Christ Lives: An Oratorio, a musical journey through the life and teachings of Jesus, at 7 p.m. at The Church of the Recessional in Glendale’s Forest Lawn Memorial Park.  The evening of sacred music was composed by the spiritual leader Swami Kriyananda as a contemporary oratorio in the tradition of Handel’s Messiah, giving voice to the meaning of Christ’s life. A donation of $20 is suggested. 
 
Forest Lawn Memorial Park is located at 1712 S. Glendale Ave., Glendale. Call (310) 396-9900 or visit anandala.org for information.  
Lighting Up the Holidays
Dec. 4 and 5 — Heritage Square Museum, L.A.’s “living history” museum, lights up the holidays with its 16th annual Holiday Lamplight Celebration. Visit three of Heritage Square’s Victorian-era homes, filled with singing, dancing and historical reenactments, for a glimpse into holidays of the past. One-hour tours start at 4 p.m. each day and continue every 20 minutes until 8:40 p.m. Warm apple cider and  treats will be served. Tickets cost $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under (the program is not suitable for children under 6). Advance reservations required; call (323) 225-2700, ext. 223.
 
The Heritage Square Museum is located at 3800 Homer St., Los Angeles. Call (323) 225-2700 or visit heritagesqure.org for information.    
 
Raphael, Simon Discussed 
at Norton Simon Museum
Dec. 4 — In “Raphael Discovers Leonardo” at 4 p.m., David Alan Brown (pictured), curator of Italian paintings at the National Gallery of Art, discusses the encounter between Raphael and Leonardo da Vinci in Florence in the early 16th century and how it influenced the young Raphael as he created The Small Cowper Madonna.
 
Dec. 11 — Norton Simon Senior Curator Sara Campbell discusses her upcoming book, Collector Without Walls: Norton Simon and His Hunt for the Best, exploring Simon’s aggressive style in pursuing art acquisitions, at 4 p.m. His advertising slogan “Hunt for the Best,” which he adopted for his Hunt Foods company, epitomized his zeal in collecting fine works. Both lectures are free with museum admission.  
The Norton Simon Museum is located at 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Call (449) 6840 or visit nortonsimon.org.   
Green giving, gourmet brunching
Dec. 11 and 12 — The “Gifts and Greens” boutique offers botanical décor and handcrafted items from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Van de Kamp Hall. Rachel Young demonstrates ways to turn natural materials into holiday wreaths, with sessions at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The class is open only to Descanso members. The $30 class fee includes materials. 
 
Dec. 11 and 12 — “Santa’s Brunch,” with seatings at 9:30 and 11 a.m. in Van de Kamp Hall, offers a chance to visit with St. Nick while enjoying a gourmet breakfast from Patina Catering. The cost is $42 for adult members, $50 for non-members and $19 for children 12 and under; brunch is free for children 3 and under. Call Patina at (818) 790-3663 for reservations.
 
Dec. 11 and 12 — The “Botanic Bling Holiday 2010: What to Give and What to Get” trunk show, featuring plant-inspired jewelry and accessories from a variety of vendors and craftspeople, runs from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
 
Free with regular admission.      
Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge. Call (818) 949-4200 or visit descansogardens.org.
Master Chorale carols, mounts “messiah sing-a-long”
 
The chorale offers four holiday concerts at Walt Disney Concert Hall, all conducted by  Music Director Grant Gershon.  
 
Dec. 5 and 19 — The “Messiah Sing-Along” turns 30 with 
a pair of performances. Chorale members sing solo parts, while the audience sings the chorus. Scores are on sale at the door. Performances begin at 7 p.m. Ticket prices range from $19 to $79. 
 
Dec. 11 — In the chorale’s “Holiday Wonders” concert at 2:30 p.m., organist John West plays Disney Hall’s majestic pipe organ and the group sings favorite carols — “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “Silent Night,” “Angels We Have Heard on High” and more. Tickets run from $39 to $89.
 
The Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. Call (213) 972-7282 or visit lamc.org.  
Intimate Opera Moves to New Home
Dec. 16 through 19 — Intimate Opera of Pasadena moves to its new home at the Pasadena Playhouse for five performances of Gian Carlo Menotti’s one-act opera Amahl and the Night Visitors. A gala opening at 8 p.m. Thursday includes a post-performance dinner. Tickets range from $60 to $100. Regular performances follow at 8 p.m. Friday, 
2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $35 to $75.
The Pasadena Playhouse is located at 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 274-7342 or visit intimateopera.net. 
Snow queen’s 3-day reign in Glendale
Dec. 17 through 19 — The California Contemporary Ballet’s adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale The Snow Queen returns to Glendale Community College’s Studio Theatre. Lavish costumes and innovative sets and lighting design set the stage for the story of young Gerda’s search for her best friend, Kai. Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Advance tickets cost $25 for adults and $20 for students ($30 and $25 at the door).
 
The Glendale Community College Studio Theatre is located at 1500  N. Verdugo Rd., Glendale. Call (818) 790-7924 or visit snowqueenballet.com. 
Holiday Comfort and Joy in Song
Dec. 18 and 19 — The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles presents its annual family-friendly holiday concert, “Comfort and Joy,” at 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Alex Theatre. Led by guest conductor Tim Seelig, the chorus performs a wide range of classical and pop numbers, including Handel’s “Comfort Ye,” Bruckner’s “Ave Maria,” Kenny Loggins’ “Celebrate Me Home” and more. Joining the chorus are singing and dancing elves and the “Twelve Days of Christmas Black-Light Puppet Spectacular.” Tickets range from $15 to $55.
 
The Alex Theatre is located at 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Call (800) 636-7464 for information, and visit gmcla.org for tickets. 
 
The nutcracker plays pasadena 
Dec. 22 and 23 — The Long Beach Ballet brings the 28th annual performance of David Wilcox’s production of The Nutcracker to the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, backed by a full symphony orchestra conducted by Dr. Roger Hickman. A flying sleigh, a live horse, pyrotechnics and a cast of more than 200 add to the holiday magic. Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. both nights. Ticket prices range from $20 to $46, with a VIP package available including center orchestra seats, parking, souvenir program, admission to the VIP lounge during intermission and a backstage tour following the performance ($85 for adults, $75 for seniors and $60 for children).
The Pasadena Civic Auditorium is located at 300 E. Green St., Pasadena. 
 
For tickets, call (877) 852-3177 or visit ticketmaster.com. For information, 
visit longbeachnutcracker.com.   
Peeps at parade prep & Previews
Even before the Tournament of Roses Parade takes to the streets, pre-parade activities offer a look at what’s ahead:  
Dec. 28 through 31 — View the floats getting their finishing touches at any of three Pasadena locations: Rosemont Pavilion, 700 Seco St.; Brookside Pavilion, Lot I, on the south side of the Rose Bowl, 1001 Rose Bowl Dr.; and Rose Palace, 835 S. Raymond Ave. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday. Admission costs $10 per person for any two visits; free for children 5 and under.    
 
Dec. 29 — At the annual “Equestfest” at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, parade riders and horses perform drills and demonstrate trick riding and roping from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission costs $15; free for children 5 and younger.
The Los Angeles Equestrian Center is located at 480 Riverside Dr., Burbank.    
 
Dec. 29 and 30 — Pasadena City College’s Robinson Field is the scene of Bandfest, featuring the prize-winning bands that will march in the parade. Performances are from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday. Admission  costs $15 per show, each featuring four to six bands.
 
Pasadena City College is located at 1570 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. For these events, call Sharp Seating Co. at (626) 795-4171 or visit sharpseating.com.  
 
Dec. 31 — The Rose Bowl Kickoff Luncheon features celebrity sportscasters presenting participating coaches, athletes, marching bands and pep squads. It starts at noon under the Pavilion Tent outside the Rose Bowl Stadium. Tickets cost $90. Parking is free in Lot K.
 
The Rose Bowl is located at 1001 Rose Bowl Dr., Pasadena. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com or contact participating universities or their alumni travel organizations. For information, visit tournamentofroses.com. 

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Raphael on Loan 
Nov. 5 –– The Norton Simon Museum is scheduled to display an early work of the Italian Renaissance painter Raphael ––  The Small Cowper Madonna (c.1505), on loan through Jan. 24 from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. The piece, made during his brief stay in Florence (1504–08), is one of only a dozen Raphaels in U.S. collections. On Nov. 6, Linda Wolk-Simon, a curator for The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Department of Drawings and Prints, will discuss “From Urbino to Eternity: Raphael, Prince of Painters” at 4 p.m.
 
The Norton Simon Museum is located at 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 
Call (626) 449-6840 or visit nortonsimon.org.  
Huntington Happenings
Nov. 5 and 6 — “Pacific Spaces: Comparisons and Connections across the Pacific Ocean in Early Modern and Modern Times” brings together scholars to discuss the prominence of the Pacific region in contemporary global economics, politics and cultural affairs and ways in which Pacific migrations fit into the histories of the regions’ maritime areas. The conference runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days..To register ($25, free for graduate students), call (626) 405-3432 or email skrasnoo@huntington.org. 
 
Nov. 9 — In a Distinguished Fellow Lecture, Helen Horowitz, professor of history at Smith College and a Los Angeles Times Distinguished Fellow, discusses Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story The Yellow Wallpaper –– the story of a woman’s descent into madness, inspired by the author’s own experience –– and Gilman’s life in Pasadena. The 7:30 p.m. event is free; no reservations required.
 
Nov. 15 — A 7:30 p.m. screening of the 2003 documentary Bukowski: Born Into This, by filmmaker John Dullaghan, provides a comprehensive cinematic exploration of the poet and novelist’s life. Dullaghan will introduce the film and answer questions afterward. Admission is free; no reservations are required.
 
Nov. 17 — In a Wark Lecture at 7:30 p.m., Jeremy Warren, collections and academic director of London’s Wallace Collection and curator of the Huntington’s “Beauty & Power: Renaissance and Baroque Bronzes from the Peter Marino Collection” exhibition (pictured), discusses the influence of the ancient world –– with an emphasis on Rome –– on artists and their patrons. Admission is free; no reservations required. 
 
The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens is located at 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino. Call (626) 405-2100 or visit huntington.org.
Arts Group Celebrates 50
Nov. 5 through 7 — Sierra Madre’s Creative Arts Group, which offers programs and workshops for all ages, celebrates its 50th anniversary with an art festival of works by more than 80 artists from Friday through Sunday. Opening night runs from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, and a student sale is part of the weekend program, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
The Creative Arts Group is located at 108 N. Baldwin Ave., Sierra Madre. Call (626) 355-8350 or visit creativeartsgroup.org.    
 Discovering Beethoven
Nov. 6 — The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra presents an installment of its Discover series with “Discover Beethoven 7,” a musical exploration of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, at 8 p.m. at the Ambassador Auditorium. Conductor Jeffrey Kahane, also the featured piano soloist, serves as the musical tour guide for the evening. Ticket prices range from $20 to $100.  
The Ambassador Auditorium is located at 131 S. St. John Ave., Pasadena. 
Call (213) 622-7001, ext. 215, or visit laco.org.   
 
Discussing Arts and Crafts at Art Center
Nov. 6 — The Friends of the Gamble House Lecture Series kicks off at 4 p.m. Saturday at Art Center College of Design’s Ahmanson Auditorium with Gamble House Curator Anne Mallek’s discussion of “Patterns for a Movement: The Arts & Crafts in England and Scotland.” The lecture explores the movement’s British beginnings and how that country’s patterns and patternmakers transformed the movement, paving the way for its American successors. Tickets cost $40 (free for Friends of the Gamble House).
 
Art Center College of Design’s Ahmanson Auditorium is located at 1700 Lida St., Pasadena. Call (626) 793-3334 or visit gamblehouse.org.  
  
Latin Passion in Pasadena
Nov. 6 — Con Sabor A Tango, the dance instruction and performance space, and Otero Dance Company present “Latin Passion,” an 8 p.m. performance featuring the three most popular Latin dances –– tango, gaucho and salsa –– with an international cast. The $38 ticket price includes food, drinks and dancing until 2 a.m.
 
Con Sabor A Tango is located at 1368 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena. Call (818) 968-2500 or visit consabor-atango.com.      
A Celebration of Health
Nov. 6 — The first annual Glendale Health Festival, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Pacific Community Center, offers free medical screenings and community education on high blood pressure, obesity, proper nutrition, cancer awareness, diabetes, heart disease, bone health and more. Breast and cervical cancer screening will be available, and a multi-lingual staff will be on hand. Free food and family-friendly entertainment are also planned.
   
The Pacific Community Center is located at 501 S. Pacific Ave., Glendale. Call (818) 980-7777 or email aamsc.com.   
 
A Festival and Buffet at Descanso
Nov. 6 and 7 — The Japanese Garden Festival at Descanso Gardens celebrates the arts, crafts and culture of Japan from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. The event includes a performance by Japanese taiko drummers (pictured), and Japanese food will be available for purchase. Free with Descanso admission. 
 
Nov. 25 — Descanso celebrates Thanksgiving with a buffet from Patina Catering, with seatings at noon and 2 p.m. The meal includes turkey and all the trimmings. The cost is $45, $37 for members and $17 for children ages 4 to 12. Lunch is free for children ages 3 and under. Call Patina at (818) 790-3663 for reservations, which are required. 
 
Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge. For information, call (818) 949-4200 or visit descansogardens.org.   
 
Comedy for a Cause
Nov. 7 — “Fritz Coleman Comedy Night” at 7 p.m., benefiting the Glendale-Crescenta Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross, features the TV weatherman along with four other comedians at the Glendale Centre Theatre. Regular tickets cost $25; VIP tickets, which include dinner at Glendale’s Phoenicia Restaurant from 5 to 7 p.m., cost $50.
 
The Glendale Centre Theatre is located at 324 N. Orange St., Glendale. Call (818) 243-3121 or visit arcglendale.org.     
A French Connection at Disney Hall
Nov. 7 — The Los Angeles Master Chorale, directed by Music Director Grant Gershon, presents “French Connections,” an all-French a cappella program, at 7 p.m. The evening features seldom-performed works from the Renaissance to the 20th century, including Duruflé’s “Four Motets on Gregorian Themes,” Josquin’s “Missa Beata Virgine,” 16th-century French chansons by Janequin and “Trois Chansons” by Ravel. Ticket prices range from $19 to $124. Student rush tickets cost $10 and are available at the box office two hours before the performance. 
 
The Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. 
Call (213) 972-7282 or visit lamc.org.    
Artisans and Authors Showcased
Nov. 7 — The Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center presents an artisan boutique and author showcase from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m, featuring the talents of temple members. Works for sale include jewelry, woodworking, needlepoint, tallitot, Judaic art prints and more. In addition, authors will read from their latest works, which will be available for purchase. Proceeds benefit charitable groups supported by the PJTC Sisterhood. 
 
The Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center is located at 1434 N. Altadena Dr., Pasadena. Call (626) 798-1161 or visit pjtc.net.   
Music at the Court
The Boston Court Performing Arts Center’s 2010 Fall Music Series closes its season on a high note with a trio of performances:
Nov. 12 — Grammy-nominated composer, arranger and jazz pianist Bill Cunliffe (pictured) performs his innovative, swinging songs in a return engagement.  
 
Nov. 13 — Music by the flute and piano duet of Robert Thies and Damjan Krajacic blends classical, jazz, Cuban, Brazilian and Eastern European influences.
 
Nov. 15 — The Brasil Guitar Duo performs traditional and Brazilian works, reflecting the influence of both classical and world music.  
Performances start at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $15 to $25 and are available online or by telephone.
The Boston Court Performing Arts Center is located at 70 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena. 
Call (626) 683-6883 or visit bostoncourt.com.     
Going Uptown at Pasadena Playhouse
Nov. 16 — Leslie Uggams: Uptown Downtown opens at the Pasadena Playhouse. 
 
The vocalist illustrates her professional travels in stories and song from uptown to downtown, from the Apollo Theater to Broadway and from Mitch Miller to Roots. Previews begin at 8 p.m. Tuesday, with opening night at 8 p.m. Nov. 19. Performances continue at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, at 4 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 12; check the website for Wednesday matinees. Ticket prices range from $39 to $69. 
 
The Pasadena Playhouse is located at 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 356-PLAY or visit pasadenaplayhouse.org.  
Porcelains and Paintings at PMCA
Nov. 21 — “Gardens and Grandeur: Porcelains and Paintings by Franz A. Bischoff” opens and continues through March 20, displaying the late Pasadena resident’s early ceramic works and his later paintings. Bischoff gained early fame as a china decorator after migrating from Austria to New York, where he founded the Bischoff School of Ceramic Art. After settling in Pasadena in 1906, he turned to landscape paintings in the plein air style. The exhibition is guest curated by Jean Stern, executive director of the Irvine Museum. 
 
The Pasadena Museum of California Art is located at 490 E. Union St., Pasadena.  
Call (626) 568-3665 or visit pmcaonline.org. 
 
A sweet performance 
Nov. 26 — The two-person play Sweet Mama String Bean, performed by ValLimar Jansen and Frank Jansen, returns to the Fremont Centre Theatre. The play tells the story of legendary blues singer Ethel Waters, who rose from life on the streets to stardom on radio, TV and Broadway and in feature films. ValLimar Jansen portrays Waters, accompanied by her husband and musical director, Frank Jansen. The show runs Thursdays through Sundays, Dec. 2–5, Dec. 9–12, and 16–19, plus Dec. 31.
 
Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Admission costs $30, except Thursday performances ($15). The Dec. 31 show includes dinner, wine, party favors, live music from the Sweet Mama String Bean Combo and a Champagne toast. New Year’s Eve tickets cost $80 until Dec. 5, $95 thereafter.
 
The Fremont Centre Theatre is located at 1000 Fremont Ave., South Pasadena. Call (866) 811-4111 or visit fremontcentretheatre.com for reservations.  

The List

The List
A Night at the Taj
Oct. 2  — The Pacific Asia Museum holds its 33rd Festival 
of the Autumn Moon at the California Club in downtown Los Angeles. “A Night at the Taj” celebrates the Taj Mahal and 
the richness of South Asian culture and honors museum 
supporter and Pasadena business consultant Temo Arjani. Ticket prices start at $275.
The Pacific Asia Museum is located at 46 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena. For tickets, call (626) 449-2742, ext. 28, or visit pacificasiamuseum.org. 
Shining over the Arroyo
Oct. 2 — The Pasadena Ronald McDonald House hosts its sixth annual Shine Gala at 
6 p.m. at the historic Robinson House. The “Moon Viewing Over the Arroyo” benefit will celebrate the autumn equinox with live entertainment, dinner and silent and live auctions. The evening’s honoree is Paul Rusnak of Rusnak Motors. Tickets cost $150.
The Robinson House is located at 195 S. Grand Ave., Pasadena. For tickets, call (626) 585-1588, ext. 103, or visit pasadenarmh.org.
 
ASID Unveils Its Home and Kitchen Tour
Oct. 3 — The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), Pasadena Chapter hosts its 24th annual Home and Kitchen Tour of four residences designed by members of ASID’s Pasadena chapter, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stops include a traditional, Colonial-style home designed by Firoozeh Khorrami, a contemporary two-story residence by Rozalynn Woods, a 1970s ranch-style home reconfigured with modern and Craftsman-style sensibility by Susan Sawasy and a 1941 French Provincial home by Leona Valone. Tickets cost $30.
Visit asidpasadena.org. 
 
Diverse Glendale Homes Open Their Doors
Oct. 3 — The Glendale Historical Society 2010 Fall Home Tour, “Adobe to Atomic: Glendale’s Ranch Heritage,” runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets cost $30 ($20  for members). Tickets can be purchased from 10:30 a.m. the day of the tour at the Casa Adobe de San Rafael, the starting point, or in advance on the society’s website.
The Casa Adobe de San Rafael is located at 1330 Dorothy Dr., Glendale. 
Call (818) 242-7447 or visit glendalehistorical.org 
 
Lighting a Spark for Cancer Patients
Oct. 4 — weSPARK, L.A.’s cancer support center founded by actress Wendie Jo Sperber, presents “Broadway Tonight!” at 8 p.m. at the Alex Theatre in Glendale. The organization’s 10th anniversary celebration features Broadway musical numbers directed by Barbara Epstein. Honorees are director Robert Zemeckis, writer/producer Bob Gale and Fox Broadcasting exec Missy Halperin. The cast includes Matthew Morrison (Glee, pictured), Adam Pascal (Rent), Eric McCormack (Will & Grace), Alonzo Bodden (Last Comic Standing), Wayne Brady (Let’s Make a Deal), Michael Chiklis (No Ordinary Family), Teri Hatcher (Desperate Housewives) and Randy Jackson (American Idol). Ticket prices range from $25 to $250.
The Alex Theatre is located at 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. For tickets, call (818) 243-ALEX or visit alextheatre.org. For information, visit wespark.org.
Fine Wines for a Good Cause
Oct. 9 — The fifth annual Sierra Madre Wine & Jazz Walk runs from 4 to 7 p.m. at Baldwin Avenue and Sierra Madre Boulevard in downtown Sierra Madre. The evening’s offerings include fine wines, live jazz and food from local restaurants. Sponsored by San Antonio Winery and Roboli Family Wine Estates, the event benefits cancer research at the City of Hope in Duarte. Tickets cost $40 in advance, $50 at the door. For an additional $35, guests can visit the San Antonio Winery VIP Wine Garden from 6:30 to 9 p.m.  
Call (213) 241-7266 or visit sierramadrewineandjazzwalk.com.  
 
Celebrating the Dead at Folk Tree
Oct. 9 — The Folk Tree’s annual “Day of the Dead Altars & Ephemera Exhibition” opens with a reception from 2 to 6 p.m. Marking the Mexican Day of the Dead holiday, the exhibition, which runs through Nov. 6, showcases altars by 12 artists, including Robyn Feeley’s "Frida" Mexican (pictured), folk art and related works.
The Folk Tree is located at 217 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 795-8733 or visit folktree.com.  
Beauty, Power and Drama at the Huntington
The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens offers an eclectic array of events and exhibitions this month: 
 
Oct. 2 — As part of the monthlong Big Draw L.A., visitors will create a communal artwork –– a botanical collage, using leaves, twigs, flowers and other materials –– from noon to 4 p.m. in the Rose Garden. The image’s creation and deconstruction will be documented with time-lapse photography. Free with museum admission. 
 
Oct. 2 — “Evolving Ideas: Midcentury Printmakers Explore Process” opens, exploring American artists’ innovative printmaking techniques after World War II. Pieces on display reflect the influences of European Surrealism, process experimentation and the collaborative environment of the Depression-era Works Progress Administration. The exhibition runs through Jan. 3, 2011.   
 
Oct. 9 — “Beauty and Power: Renaissance and Baroque Bronzes from the Peter Marino Collection,” a rare look at 24 exceptional bronze statuettes from the private collection of New York architect Peter Marino, opens today. The collection, on public view for the first time, includes pieces dating back to the 15th century. The exhibition is on display in the Mary Lou and George Boone Gallery through Jan. 24. 
 
Oct. 9 — “Drama After Dark: A Night of the Macabre with Poe and Gorey” features staged tales of Edgar Allan Poe and Edward Gorey, spine-tingling drama presented by actors of the Guild of St. George. The haunting stories, including “The Pit and the Pendulum,” “The Tell-Tale Heart” and more, are enacted throughout the Huntington grounds from 7 to 9:30 p.m. The event is appropriate for ages 10 and up. Tickets cost $35 and are available by calling (800) 838-3006 or visiting brownpapertickets.com.    
The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens is located at 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino. Call (626) 405-2100 or visit huntington.org. 
 
Pasadena ArtWeekend Returns to Town 
 Oct. 8 through 10 — The Friday-through-Sunday event includes free admission to Pasadena’s museums, an open-air art market and gallery walk, a dance festival, edible art, live music and more. The weekend kicks off with ARTNight from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, when major Pasadena museums and cultural venues open their doors for free; participants include the Armory Center for the Arts, Art Center College of Design showing the exhibition "Energy" (middle), Kidspace Children’s Museum, the Pasadena Museum of California Art showing Megan Geckler’s Every move you make, every step you take (above) and the Pasadena Museum of History showing their "Pasadena Patron" exhibition, which will include Benjamin Chambers Brown’s California Poppies (bottom). 
 
On Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., ARTWalk comes to the Pasadena Playhouse District, at El Molino Avenue and Colorado Boulevard, with an open-air market of paintings, photography, sculpture and new media by some 40 artists, a gallery walk, live entertainment, interactive children’s activities and more.
 
The ARTHeritage Parade honoring Latino culture starts at 11 a.m. Saturday at Los Robles Avenue and Howard Street and ends at La Pintoresca Park. Also Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Art of Food offers tastes of local fare along South Lake Avenue. The day ends with ARTRhythm, a free outdoor concert from 5 to 9 p.m. at Paseo Colorado, at the corner of Colorado Boulevard and Marengo Avenue.
 
The weekend concludes with ARTPerformance, Old Pasadena’s Cultural Dance Festival,  featuring dances from around the world, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Levitt Pavilion, 85 E. Holly St., in Memorial Park.
Visit pasadenaartweekend.com.   
 
Jennifer Jones Celebrated at Norton Simon
Oct. 9 through 30 — The Norton Simon Museum pays tribute to the life and career of Academy Award–winning actress Jennifer Jones, the late wife of Norton Simon, with 2 p.m. screenings of her films each Saturday of the month: The Song of Bernadette (1943) is scheduled for Oct. 9; Duel in the Sun (1946) screens on Oct. 16; Beat the Devil (1953), Oct. 23; and Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1956), Oct. 30. Before each showing, Chief Curator Carol Togneri talks with Jones’ son, Robert Walker, about growing up the child of a screen legend. Screenings are free with museum admission. 
The Norton Simon Museum is located at 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 449-6840 or visit nortonsimon.org. 
Luxurious Chocolate
Oct. 10 — Taste TV’s fourth annual Los Angeles Luxury Chocolate Salon runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Pasadena Convention Center. Choco-holics can sample offerings from more than 35 chocolatiers, confectioners and other culinary artists. Tickets cost $20 in advance, $25 at the door.
The Pasadena Convention Center is located at 300 E. Green St., Pasadena. Visit lachocolatesalon.com. 
Half a century of laughs
Oct. 10 — The Ice House marks its 50th anniversary with an “All-Star Comedy Show” including Paula Poundstone, at 6:30 p.m. at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, benefiting the Pasadena’s children’s charity Hillsides. Tickets range from $25 to $100. 
The Pasadena Civic Auditorium is located at 300 E. Green St., Pasadena. For show information, visit icehousecomedy.com. For tickets, call Ticketmaster at (800) 653-8000 or visit ticketmaster.com. 
A Zesty Fundraiser
Oct. 10 — The Pasadena Senior Center celebrates its 50th anniversary with a gala starting at 5 p.m. at a private home in San Marino. “Zest! 10-10-10” serves up catering by Peggy Dark and The Kitchen for Exploring Foods, cocktails, mariachi music by Abel Ramirez of El Portal restaurant and music by Art Deco and His Society Orchestra. KCET host Huell Howser (pictured) will emcee, and Christian Perry of Dancing With the Stars will perform with his Rose City Ballroom dancers. Tickets cost $175. Guests can obtain the event address by requesting an invitation from Pasadena Senior Center Development Assistant Pam Kaye at (626) 685-6756 or pamk@pasadenaseniorcenter.org. 
Visit pasadenaseniorcenter.org. 
Black Ties and Burgers
Oct. 16 — The Boys & Girls Clubs of Pasadena’s “Black Tie and Burgers” fundraiser is scheduled for 6 p.m. at a private Pasadena residence. The evening includes food from In-N-Out Burger and The Spot, silent and live auctions, cocktails and music by the flamenco fusion band Cale and the six-member group Celebration. Tickets, which include sponsorship of one child’s annual $75 membership, start at $150 per person. The event location will be given upon ticket purchase.
Visit bgcpasadena.org or call (626) 449-9100.  
Autumn Air and Plant Fair at Descanso
Fall events for art and plant lovers are blooming at Descanso Gardens this month: 
 
Oct. 16 and 17 — The “Autumn Air” art sale offers a chance to visit with local plein air painters under Descanso’s oaks from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  
 
Oct 22 through 24 — The Harvest Festival and Plant Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. offers plants from Descanso’s plant propagation program and the Mount San Antonio College horticulture program. Descanso staff and other experts present talks, demonstrations and workshops throughout the weekend; family fun includes a costume parade and sing-along for the kids. Events are free with Descanso admission.
Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge. Call (818) 949-4200 or visit descansogardens.org.   

Artful Cars
Oct. 17 — Art Center College of Design’s “Car Classic ’10” brings top automotive designers, collectors and enthusiasts to the Hillside Campus from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 100 rare and exotic automobiles, motorcycles, aircraft, watercraft and other vehicles will be on display. The event includes a keynote presentation by alumnus Frank Stephenson, design director for McLaren Automotive, and the unveiling of the new McLaren MP4-12C. Tickets cost $50 and are available in advance by phone or by emailing carclassic@artcenter.edu.  
Art Center College of Design Hillside Campus is located at 1700 Lida St., Pasadena. 
Call (626) 396-2304 or visit artcenter.edu.   
Illustrating Mini Lai’s Memory 
Oct. 23 — The Mini Lai Scholarship Fund presents a one-night exhibition of illustrations by Art Center College of Design alumni at the South Campus from 8 to 11 p.m. The fund honors the memory of the late Mini Lai, an Art Center alumna and illustrator and grants scholarships to illustration students at the school. 
Art Center College of Design South Campus is located at 950 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Email info@minilai.com or visit minilai.com.
The Victorian Way of Death
Oct. 23 and 24 — Heritage Square Museum hosts its seventh annual Halloween and Mourning Tours this weekend. Witness a Victorian-style funeral procession, visit a fortune teller, learn about hair jewelry and mourning attire and hear an argument about the merits of spirit photography as the living history museum explores 19th-century culture and traditions surrounding death. On Sunday, children ages 2 to 12 can come in costume, play period games, try 19th-century harvest crafts, choose a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch (while supplies last) and listen to spooky stories. The program runs from noon to 4 p.m. both days. Museum admission costs $10 for adults, $8 for seniors older than 65 and $5 for children ages 6 through 12; members and children under 6 are admitted free.  
The Heritage Square Museum is located at 3800 Homer St., Los Angeles. Call (323) 225-2700 or visit heritagesquare.org. 
Go to Peru With the Zoo
Oct. 29 through Nov. 8 — The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) hosts “A Classic Adventure to Peru,” a trip highlighting the country’s history and natural wonders, guided by professional naturalists. The trip takes in Lima, Nazca, the Ballestas Islands, the Paracas coastal paradise, the Amazon, the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve’s rare plants and wildlife and Amazon Natural Park. An optional six-day extension to Cusco and Machu Picchu is also available. The tour, leaving from Los Angeles, is operated by Classic Escapes, an organization providing educational experiences supporting the world’s diverse wildlife and cultures. The package costs $5,995 (based on double occupancy); the optional extension costs an additional $2,695. 
Call Melissa Grossenbacher at GLAZA at (323) 644-4792 or visit lazoo.org/calendar/travel/index.html. 

The List

The List
Pacific Asia Museum
Sept. 4  — Storyteller Sunny Stevenson presents back-to-school stories from Asia, exploring kids’ educational experiences in other countries, at 10:30 a.m. in the Silk Road 
travelers’ tent. Admission for children under 12 is free.    
 
Sept. 9  — The film Raga Unveiled: India’s Voice receives its West Coast premiere, showcasing legendary musicians, Vedic scholars, musicologists, spectacular cinematography and rare archival footage as it explores the ancient tradition that underlies the Indian melodic form known as raga. The event, from 6 to 10 p.m., includes live musical performances, Indian food and an appearance by the film’s director, Gita Desai. Tickets cost $50, reservations required. Call ext. 28 for reservations. 
 
Sept. 12  — “Authors on Asia” presents artist and writer Belle Yang discussing and signing Forget Sorry: An Ancestral Tale (pictured) at 2 p.m. Free with admission; call ext. 20 for reservations. 
Pacific Asia Museum is located at 46 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 449-2742 or visit pacificasiamuseum.org.  
Hillside Happenings
A variety of events marks the end of summer at Descanso Gardens: 
 
Saturdays through September — Descanso Display Horticulturalist Mike Brown leads 
the informal Saturday Morning Garden Chat from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Free with admission. 
 
Sept. 6 — Celebrate Labor Day at Descanso, also known as “Boddy’s Big Backyard,” with an event inspired by its original owner, E. Manchester Boddy, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Activities include a walk through the California Garden with Natives Garden Horticulturalist Rachel Young at 10 a.m.; a reading of the story “Teddy Bear Picnic” at 12:30 p.m.; and music by Mobile Homeboys from 1 to 3 p.m. Guests can bring picnics or purchase barbecue from Patina Catering from 11:30 to 3 p.m. Free with Gardens admission. 
 
Sept. 11 — Jay R. Ewing teaches a watercolor class from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays starting today and continuing for six weeks through Oct. 16. The cost is $120 ($90 for members). 
Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge. 
Call (818) 949-4200 or visit descansogardens.org.  
Botany, Bach and Bottles of the Outback at The Huntington
Sept. 4 — Explorer, collector and succulent plant authority John Lavranos is the keynote speaker at the Succulent Plant Symposium from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is $75, including lunch. An optional dinner is available at an additional cost. Call (626) 405-3504 for registration and details.  
 
Sept. 11, 18 and 25 — Botanical illustrator Lisa Pompelli leads a class in botanical illustrations in the Herb Garden from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $295 ($275 for members). Call (626) 405-2128 to register. 
 
Sept. 14 — The Camerata Pacifica chamber (pictured) ensemble opens its 21st season with works by Joseph Schwantner and Osvaldo Golijob and classics by Bach and Dvorak at 8 p.m. The evening also includes the world premiere of Red Pepper, a new work by Bright Sheng performed by percussionist Ji Hye Jung. Tickets cost $42.
 
Sept. 21 — As part of the Chinese Garden Lecture Series, University of Oregon historian Ina Asim discusses scholars’ gardens in Suzhou, Yangzhou, Sichuan and Lingnan at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free; no reservations are required. 
 
Sept. 22 — Brad Owen of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts presents a lecture on and tasting of wines from Australia and New Zealand, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The cost is $85 ($75 for members). Call (626) 405-2128 to register.
 
Sept. 24 and 25 — The conference “Science and Its Histories” explores approaches to 
the study of science as part of the larger story of world history, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The cost is $25. Call (626) 405-3432 or email skrasnoo@huntington.org to register. 
 
Sept. 29 — A Distinguished Fellow Lecture, “Britain, America and the Written Constitution,” features Linda Colley, professor of history at Princeton University and the Fletcher Jones Foundation Distinguished Fellow, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free; no reservations are required.
 
The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens are located at 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino. Call (626) 405-2100 or visit huntington.org. For Camerata Pacifica, call (805) 884-8410 or visit cameratapacifica.org
 
Cage and Kurosawa at the Norton Simon
Sept. 10 — The Japanese Traditional Performing Arts Organization presents “Music and Dance of Edo,” a 7 p.m. concert in a Japanese theater setting, featuring performers Wakana Hanayagi, Jyorokusho Kineya, Kikusa Katada and Yasoyo Kineya. Free with museum admission. 
 
Sept. 24 — The exhibition “Not Wanting to Say Anything about Marcel: An Artwork by John Cage” (pictured above) opens. The late composer created the installation in 1969 as a tribute to Marcel Duchamp, a personal friend and source of artistic inspiration. The exhibition is on display through March 28, 2011. 
 
Sept. 24 and 25 — Akira Kurosawa’s 1990 film Dreams consists of eight episodes inspired by the filmmaker’s actual dreams and nightmares. The movie screens at 6 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Saturday. Free with museum admission. 
The Norton Simon Museum is located at 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 449-6840 or visit nortonsimon.org.  
  
Cal Phil Visits the Mill
Sept. 11 — The “Cal Phil at the Mill” summer concert series closes with an 8 p.m. performance by ensemble groups from the California Philharmonic Orchestra. The concert takes place at the Old Mill in San Marino. Admission costs $10; advance reservations are required. 
The Old Mill is located at 1120 Old Mill Rd., San Marino. Call (626) 449-5458 or visit calphil.org. 
 
Steve Roden Exhibition Opens at the Armory
Sept. 11 — Los Angeles native Steve Roden’s works include abstract paintings, sculpture, installations and sound art. An opening reception for “Steve Roden: In Between, a 20 Year Survey” runs from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Armory Center for the Arts. The exhibition continues through Nov. 14.
The Armory Center for the Arts is located at 145 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 792-5101 or visit armoryarts.org.  
Interactive Fun at 
 
Sierra Madre Playhouse
Sept. 11 — Kids can be part of the action in June Chandler’s Children’s Fairy Tale Theatre performance of Steve and Kathy Hotchner’s The Tale of the Frog Prince (pictured) at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Young guests can rush to the aid of the prince, who is turned into a frog by an evil witch. Tickets cost $18 for adults, $12 for children under age 12. 
The Sierra Madre Playhouse is located at 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre. Call (626) 355-4318 or visit sierramadreplayhouse.org. 
Available Spaces at Project_210
Sept. 12 — Project_210 Gallery presents a solo exhibition by San Francisco artist Bianca Kolonusz-Partee. “Available Spaces” opens with a reception from 4 to 7 p.m. and continues through Oct. 2. Kolonusz-Partee observes, draws and photographs major ports on the East and West coasts, creating collages directly on the gallery walls using recycled packing materials, some of which have passed through the ports.  
Project_210 Gallery is located at 2888 E. Walnut St., Pasadena. Call (323) 225-2229 or visit project210.org.    
 
Vaudeville Lives
Sept. 19 — An afternoon of vaudeville, presented by the Alex Film Society starting at 2 p.m., includes a variety of live acts headlined by Ian Whitcomb and his Bungalow Boys. A screening of Depression-era short films follows, including Laurel & Hardy’s Hog Wild, a Little Rascals episode and a cartoon. Admission costs $20, $15 for seniors and students and $12.50 for members. 
The Alex Theatre is located at 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Call (818) 243-2539 or visit alexfilmsociety.org.  
Pasadena POPS Salutes Hollywood
Sept. 25 — Pasadena POPS closes its summer concert series on the Rose Bowl–adjacent lawn with “Hooray for Hollywood,” a salute to movie music old and new, starting at 
7:30 p.m. Vocalist Jodi Benson, the title voice of The Little Mermaid, sings hits from Titanic, The Wizard of Oz, Nine and other films. The orchestra, conducted by Rachael Worby, also performs movie music by Henry Mancini, Jerry Goldsmith and John Williams, with a special tribute to Star Wars. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. for picnicking; guests may bring their own meals or purchase dinner onsite. Kidspace Children’s Museum will provide pre-concert family entertainment. Tickets cost $25 to $90, $10 
for kids under 14.  
The Rose Bowl is located at 1001 Rose Bowl Dr., Pasadena. Call (626) 793-7172, ext. 16, for tickets or visit pasadenasymphony-pops.org.  
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Launches Season
Sept. 25 — LACO opens its 14-concert 2010-2011 season 
at the Alex Theatre at 8 p.m. with “Infinite Enchantment” –– works by Mendelssohn, Prokofiev, Pierre Jalbert, Haydn and more. Jeffrey Kahane conducts, and the featured soloist is violinist Leila Josefowicz (pictured). Each of seven Saturday performances at the Alex is repeated Sunday at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Tickets cost $20 to $100; full-season and Flex Series tickets are also available.
The Alex Theatre is located at 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Call (213) 622-7001, ext. 215, or visit laco.org.­­­­ 
 
Season Opens at A Noise Within
Sept. 25 — The classical repertory theater company A Noise Within opens the final season at its original Glendale venue before moving to its new Pasadena home next year. The opening production is Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, the tale of the Duke of Venice, who realizes that through his neglect, society has become a den of iniquity. He transfers authority to the morally upright Angelo, who in turn morphs from saint to beast because of an irresistible sexual attraction to novice nun Isabel. The play begins at 8 p.m. and contin ues through Dec. 5. Tickets cost $42 to $46.
A Noise Within is located at 234 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Call (818) 240-0910 or visit anoisewithin.org.  
 
 

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The List
Art talk at PMCA
The Pasadena Museum of California Art hosts panel discussions of its exhibitions this month:
Aug. 1 — All five curators of “The California Design Biennial: Action/Reaction” –– Rose Apodaca, Frances Anderton, Stewart Reed, Louise Sandhaus and Alissa Walker –– discuss the exhibition at 3 p.m. Aug. 29 — Curator Shirlae Cheng-Lifshin moderates a 3 p.m. discussion of  “Desire: Six Los Angeles Artists,” with exhibition participants Iva Gueorguieva, Tom Knechtel and Monica Majoli. 
Both events are free with museum admission.
 
The Pasadena Museum of California Art is located 
at 490 E. Union St., Pasadena. Call (626) 568-3665, ext. 17, for reservations. 
Free Music Tuesdays
The Pasadena Senior Center hosts a free Concerts in the Park series on Tuesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. this month at Pasadena’s Memorial Park. Guests are welcome to bring a picnic or purchase food from the BBQ Snack Shack. 
Aug. 3 — Pasadena’s Crown City Chorus performs barbershop music.  
Aug. 10 — Lisa Haley and the Zydekats play Americana, Cajun and Zydeco. 
Aug. 17 — The Fishtank Ensemble performs Romanian folk music, flamenco, Swedish folk, klezmer and gypsy jazz. 
Aug. 24 — Billy and the Hillbillies present a bluegrass and country showcase. 
Memorial Park is located at the corner of Walnut Street and Raymond Avenue, Pasadena. Call (626) 795-4331 or visit pasadenaseniorcenter.org. 
Dog Days at Descanso
Descanso Gardens offers a variety of events for hot summer days: 
Aug. 5 and 12 –– “The Evolution of American Jazz” series features two concerts: On Aug. 5, South Pasadena horn player Elliott Caine (pictured) plays East Coast, bebop-inspired jazz; on Aug. 12, percussionist Willie McNeil performs straight-ahead jazz with pop and rock influences. The outdoor concerts, free with Descanso admission, run from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and picnics.
 
Aug. 14 — Rosarium horticulturalist Amanda Everett gives a 10 a.m. talk about the varied displays of the showy clematis flower and ways to prepare for blooms in the spring. The talk is free with admission.
Admission costs $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and students and $3 for children age 5 through 12. Descanso members and children age 5 and younger are admitted free. 
 
Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge. 
Call (818) 949-4200 or visit descansogardens.org. 
 
It’s a Locals Thing at the Zoo
Aug. 6 — The L.A. Zoo offers patrons a rare chance to view the resident creatures after hours against a backdrop of some great music. Part of its Music in the Zoo summer series presented by the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA), Local Scene Night features a lineup of L.A. bands from 6 to 9 p.m. Bands scheduled are Happy Hollows, Voxhaul Broadcast, Useless Keys, The Lonely Wild, Walking Sleep and Slang Chickens (pictured). Food and beverages, including wine, are available for purchase. Animals are on view until 8 p.m. Admission costs $16.50 for adults ($12.50 for GLAZA members) and $10.50 for children ages 6 to 15 ($7.50 for members). Proceeds fund zoo exhibits, plant and animal species conservation, capital projects, education and community outreach projects. 
 
The Los Angeles Zoo is located at 5333 Zoo Dr., Los Angeles, in Griffith Park.  
Call (323) 644-6042 or visit lazoo.org/mitz/ for advance tickets. 
Singles Mix It Up in Pasadena
Aug. 7 — A Super Single Mixer for people ages 40 to 59 starts at 8:30 p.m. at the 
Hotel Green’s Romanesque Ballroom. The “casino night,” with a Las Vegas–style, James Bond theme, features a DJ spinning tunes for dancing, raffles, a light supper and dessert buffet and regulation Las Vegas blackjack, roulette and craps tables staffed by professional dealers. Admission at the door costs $25, cash only (exact change gets a raffle ticket). Costumes not required, but men in tuxedos or Bond-theme outfits receive an extra raffle ticket.
The Hotel Green is located at 50 E. Green St., Pasadena. Call (213) 999-9899 or 
visit supersinglemixers.com. 
 
Cal Phil Offers Late Summer Virtuosity
The California Philharmonic, conducted by Victor Vener, pre-sents four concerts at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden and Walt Disney Concert Hall. “Festival on the Green” Arboretum concerts are held at 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and repeat at 2 p.m. the next Sunday at Disney Hall.  
 
Aug. 7 and 8 — “Sinatra, Bennett and The Maestro” is touted as a “cocktails to classics” performance, with hits by Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett and works by Saint-Saëns, Rimsky-Korsakov and Elgar. 
 
Aug. 21 and 22 — “Beethoven & Broadway” features hits from musicals including Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Les Miserables, The Music Man and The Little Mermaid, as well as works by Beethoven. 
 
Tickets for Festival on the Green cost $20 to $98. Arboretum gates open at 5:30 p.m. for live jazz and picnicking. Disney Hall performances cost $40 to $98, with a 1 p.m. talk by the maestro preceding the concert. 
The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden is located at 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. 
Call (626) 300-8200 or visit calphil.org.  
Beautiful Music, Beautiful Venue
Southwest Chamber Music offers four concerts to close its summer festival at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. 
Aug. 7 and 8 — A pair of 7:30 p.m. performances feature impressionistic works by Debussy, Ravel and Satie, and a new work by Anne Le Baron: Sonic Music for Flute and Harp.
 
Aug. 21 and 22 — The group presents music of Mozart, Schubert and Brahms, plus a performance of L’apothéose d’un réve by Alexandra du Bois, at 7:30 p.m. 
 
Tickets for each performance cost $45 for loggia seating, $28 on the lawn.
The Huntington is located at 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino. Call (800) 726-7147 or 
visit swmusic.org. 
Music and Film at the Norton Simon
Aug. 13 — “Twentieth-Century Alchemy for Two Guitars” at 
7 p.m. features the Odeum Guitar Duo of Robert Wetzel and Fred Benedetti (pictured) in a performance of 20th-century guitar duets from France, the Americas and Spain. 
 
Aug. 20 — The documentary film Ellsworth Kelly Fragments follows the artist’s return to Paris, where he spent his early 20s, revealing early influences that he would refine and rework for decades thereafter. The 7 p.m. screening includes commentary from critics and scholars. 
 
Aug. 27 — Flutist Salpy Kerkonian and a violin and cello ensemble perform “Summer Serenade” –– music of Haydn, Telemann and Vivaldi –– at 7 p.m. in the Sculpture Garden.
 
All performances are free with museum admission.
The Norton Simon Museum is located at 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 
Call (626) 449-6840 or visit nortonsimon.org. 
POPS and All That Jazz
Aug. 14 — The Pasadena POPS continues its summer season on the lawn next to the Rose Bowl with “All That Jazz” — symphonic selections from Porgy and Bess and Tony-nominated vocalist Valarie Pettiford singing vintage hits like Don’t Get Around Much Anymore and Come Rain or Come Shine. In addition, jazz pianist Alfredo Rodriguez performs Rhapsody in Blue. Rachael Worby conducts. Gates open for picnicking at 5:30 p.m. before the 7:30 p.m. concert. Tickets cost $25 to $90, $10 for kids under 14.
The Rose Bowl is located at 1001 Rose Bowl Dr., Pasadena. Call (626) 793-7172, ext. 16, for tickets or visit pasadenasymphony-pops.org. 
 
Gay Men’s chorus presents world premiere and classics 
Aug. 21 — The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles presents “Sure on This Shining Night” at 8 p.m. at Walt Disney Concert Hall. The evening features the world premiere of The End of It All for choir and electronica by John Tejada, featuring Tejada on electronica. The concert, conducted by Interim Artistic Director Dominic Gregorio, opens with contemporary choral classics by David Conte, Morten Lauridsen, Eric Whitacre and James Agee and continues with opera selections by Verdi, Bizet, Rossini and Donizetti and excerpts from its Harvey Milk Schools Project –– a blend of music and spoken word about the life of the slain civil rights leader. In addition, the GMCLA Alive Music Project Youth Chorus makes its debut accompanying the veteran group in a medley. Tickets cost $25 to $85; visit ticketmaster.com. VIP tickets, including a pre-concert reception in Disney Hall’s Founders’ Room, cost $150; call (800) MEN-SING or visit gmcla.org.
 
The Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. 
  
Exploring Asia in Pasadena
Aug. 27 — The museum’s summer Fusion Fridays program winds up from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. with a look at the exhibition “China Modern: Designing Popular Culture 1910–1970” and live performances, DJ music, food, an open bar and a chance to visit with curators. Cocktail or Asian fusion attire are encouraged. Admission costs $15 ($10 for members). 
 
Aug. 28 — On Curator’s Tour Day, guest curators offer behind-the-scenes looks at current exhibitions. At 2 p.m., Melody Rod-Ari walks guests through “Visualizing Faith: Buddhist Art in Thailand.” At 3 p.m., Kalim Winata leads a look at “China Modern.” 
Pacific Asia Museum is located at 46 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 449-2742 or visit pacificasiamuseum.org.  
Knitting from the Heart
Aug. 28 — Fans of crocheting or knitting can join other yarn lovers in charitable Projects from the Heart from 1 to 5:30 p.m. at the Pasadena Public Library’s San Rafael Branch. Projects include making cat blankets for the Pasadena Humane Society, hats and scarves for City of Hope cancer patients and teddy bears for children in Africa.
The San Rafael Branch Library is located at 1240 Nithsdale Rd., Pasadena. 
Call (626) 744-7270 or visit pasadenapubliclibrary.net. 
Walking Through Pasadena History
Saturdays in August — Pasadena Heritage teams up with One Colorado to offer free guided walking tours of the historic Old Pasadena district from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Pasadena Heritage docents will discuss some of the 19th-century and Art Deco buildings that have earned the area placement on the National Register of Historic Places and helped it garner acclaim as a noted pioneer of successful urban revitalization. Participants meet at the One Colorado Courtyard; visit onecolorado.com to reserve a space.
One Colorado is bounded by Colorado Boulevard, Union Street and Fair Oaks and De Lacey avenues, Old Pasadena. Call (626) 564-1066. 

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The List
Cool Jazz for Hot Summer Nights
Descanso Gardens offers a summer jazz program, “The Evolution of American Jazz,” from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursdays through July:
July 1 — Robert Kyle plays Brazilian jazz.
 
July 8 — Mitchell Long sings in Portuguese, performing Latin and Brazilian jazz. 
 
July 15 — Reynolds Brothers with Ralf Reynolds perform classic Tin Pan Alley jazz.
 
July 22 — Kenny Sara performs New Orleans blues and gospel. 
 
July 29 — Kristin Korb (pictured) plays “California Cool” jazz.
The concerts are free with Descanso admission.    
Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge. 
Call (818) 949-4200 or visit descansogardens.org.   
 
Happy Mummies’ Day
July 1 — The world premiere of “Mummies of the World” opens at the California Science Center. The exhibit blends state-of-the-art science, culture and history in a never-before-seen display of mummies and artifacts from South America, Asia, Oceania, Egypt and Europe, including an Egyptian antiquities gallery with mummies and objects dating back to 6,500 BC. Other items include the oldest infant mummy ever discovered, the first presentation of an entire mummified family, an ancient friar from the Sicilian catacombs and more. The exhibition runs through November. 
The California Science Center is located at 700 Exposition Park Dr., Los Angeles. Call (323) 724-3623 or visit californiasciencecenter.org. 
A Gem of a Show
July 2 through 4 — The International Gem and Jewelry Show comes to the Pasadena Convention Center Friday through Sunday. Industry professionals and consumers can view and purchase a large selection of diamonds, silver, gold, rubies, watches, earrings, necklaces, rings and more. Onsite sizing, repairs, setting and jewelry cleaning are offered at affordable prices. The show runs from noon to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission costs $8 (free for children under 2). The Pasadena Convention Center is located at 300 E. Green St., Pasadena. Visit intergem.com.   
 
Saluting America at the Rose Bowl
July 4 – “Americafest 2010,” the Rose Bowl’s annual 4th of July celebration, offers a chummy way to celebrate the holiday with family and friends. Festivities begin at 2 p.m. with the opening of the Family Fun Festival and Food Court in Area H. Later, the celebration moves inside the stadium, with Drum Corps International performances by five units and a military tribute starting at 7 p.m. At 9 p.m., Southern California’s biggest fireworks display closes the day’s activities. Tickets cost $13 (free for children ages 7 and under and active military personnel with ID). 
The Rose Bowl is located at 1001 Rose Bowl Dr., Pasadena. For tickets, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000; for information, visit rosebowlstadium.com. 
Music at the Zoo
The LA Zoo hosts “Music at the Zoo” in July and August, benefiting the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association’s efforts to fund exhibits and activities:
 
July 9 — World Music Night starts at 6 p.m., with John Bilezikjian (Middle Eastern), the Marieve Harrington Band (French), Billy Mitchell Presents World Music featuring Marisa Kosugi (Japanese), “Cui Cui” Rangel (Mexican), Incendio (Latin salsa), Paddy’s Pig (Irish), Espino (Latin) and Masanga Marimba, pictured, top, (Zimbabwean). 
 
July 23 — Classic Rock Night, starting at 6 p.m., features tribute bands playing the music of iconic rockers. The lineup is Cubensis, pictured, bottom, (Grateful Dead), The Heist (music of The Doors, Led Zeppelin, The Who and Creedence Clearwater Revival), We Are the Eggmen (The Beatles), Bad Animals (Heart), Heartache Tonight (the Eagles), On the Rocks (the Rolling Stones, Bad Company and Jimi Hendrix) and David Vito Gregoli & the Moulin Bros. (James Taylor, America, Crosby, Stills & Nash and Dan Fogelberg). 
Admission costs $16.50 for adults ($12.50 for GLAZA members) and $10.50 for children ages 6 to 15 ($7.50 for GLAZA members); free for children 5 and under. 
The Los Angeles Zoo is located at 5333 Zoo Dr., Griffith Park. Tickets are available at the zoo, by calling (323) 644-6042 or by visiting lazoo.org/mitz/. 
 
Art on the Hillside
July 10 — The city of Montrose welcomes art and art lovers during the Montrose Art Walk and Sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors can watch artists work and purchase their wares on the street along Honolulu Avenue. Also scheduled is live music.  
The Montrose Art Walk and Sale takes place in the 2300 and 2400 blocks of Honolulu Avenue, Montrose. Call (818) 249-7171 or visit montrosechamber.org. 
Chamber Music at the Huntington
Southwest Chamber Music comes to the loggia of the Huntington Art Gallery for four July performances:
July 10 and 11 — The ensemble performs works by Karl Friedrich Abel, Benjamin Britten, Thea Musgrave, William Grant Still and Antonin Dvorák at 7:30 p.m. 
 
July 24 and 25 — A program of works by contemporary Mexican composer Gabriela Ortiz is included in a program with music of Silvestre Revueltas and Beethoven at 7:30 p.m.
Guests may bring a picnic or purchase dinner at the Huntington’s Rose Garden Tea Room. Tickets cost $45 for loggia seating, $28 for the lawn; advance reservations are required. The series continues in August. 
The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens are located at 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino. Call (800) 726-7147 or visit swmusic.org. 
 
Cosmic Thunder and a String Quartet
The Norton Simon Museum hosts two vastly different music events this month:
July 16 — Taiko master Koji Nakamura directs “Cosmic Thunder,” a 7 p.m. performance of Japanese Taiko drumming by Makoto Taiko Ensemble. The percussion style is known for its precisely articulated rhythm and movements meant to celebrate life achievements, awaken spirits and intimidate enemies.
 
July 30 — The California String Quartet presents “Ravel and Bartok: Two Quartets Shaping the Music of the 20th Century” at 7 p.m. Ravel’s String Quartet lost to its Paris Conservatory competition and critics gave it low marks, although his Quartet in F is now considered a chamber music masterpiece. Bartok’s String Quartet won the Philadelphia Music Society Award and is one of the most frequently performed chamber music works. Both events are free with museum admission.  
The Norton Simon Museum is located at 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 
Call (626) 449-6840 or visit nortonsimon.org. 
 
New California Art + Design 
July 17 — The Pasadena Museum of California Art hosts an opening reception from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday for three exhibitions on display from July 18 through Nov. 1. In addition to the California Design Biennial (see page 38), the museum unveils “Desire: Six Los Angeles Artists,”  showcasing work that exemplifies the contemporary state of desire in the city, not only as an expression of love and pleasure, but as an aspect of alienation, spiritualism, consumerism and cultural and gender identification. “Megan Geckler: Every Move You Make, Every Step You Take” is a site-specific architectural installation assembled from thousands of strands of multicolored flagging tape, resembling an updated, three-dimensional version of string art. The work shares aspects of the Op Art and Light+Space movements. Admission costs $5 (free for museum members).
The Pasadena Museum of California Art is located at 490 E. Union St., Pasadena. Call (626) 568-3665 or visit pmcaonline.org.  
Loving New York
July 17 — The Pasadena POPS season continues in its new home in the Rose Bowl– adjacent lawn with “I ♥ New York” –– selections from Broadway hit makers such as  Irving Berlin, Leonard Bernstein, Cole Porter and George Gershwin. The concert includes tunes from West Side Story, Ragtime and The Lion King. Broadway singers Lisa Vroman and Doug Labrecque are featured vocalists. Music Director Rachael Worby conducts. Gates open for picnicking at 5:30 p.m., and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $25 to $90 for adults, $10 for kids under 14.  
The Rose Bowl is located at 1001 Rose Bowl Dr., Pasadena. Call (626) 793-7172, ext. 16, 
for tickets or visit pasadenasymphony-pops.org. 
 
Cruising Brand Boulevard
July 17 — The 17th annual Glendale Cruise Night Car Show and Street Party takes over Brand Boulevard in downtown Glendale from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. More than 450 pre-1979 classic cars and trucks will be on display. Classic rock will rule the night, with Chubby Checker, the hit singer who invented the Twist, headlining the bill. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the dance and, during the event, dancers will try to set a Guinness Book World Record for the most people doing the Twist at one time. Other scheduled acts include Surfin’ Safari, “The Ultimate Tribute to the Beach Boys,” and The Icons, with former members of The Standells, The Troggs, Quicksilver Messenger Service and We Five. Returning as emcee is KRTH-FM (101.1) DJ Brian Beirne.
Call (818) 548-6464 or visit glendalecruisenight.com.  
 
Glendale Opens Wide to Art Lovers
The city of Glendale hosts its sixth annual Open Studio Tour, as dozens of local artists and art organizations open their doors to the public. 
July 18 — A public opening reception runs from 3 to 5 p.m. at Brand Art Galleries.
 
July 24 — The self-guided Open Studio Tour runs from noon to 6 p.m. at various locations around Glendale.  
Brand Art Galleries is located at 1601 W. Mountain St., Glendale. Visit glendalearts.org 
or call (818) 548-2780. 
Cool Cars Shine at Convention Center
July 24 — The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) presents its annual “Show ‘N Shine” car show from 10 a.m. to 4 pm. at the Pasadena Convention Center. More than 150 vehicles –– including hot rods, classics, muscle cars, special-interest vehicles and trucks –– will be on display. Award-winning automotive designer Chip Foose, returning as grand marshal, will display vehicles from his personal collection.
 
To show your car, sign up at sema.org/shownshine. The $75 vehicle entry fee includes a T-shirt and a chance to win four nights’ hotel accommodations for the trade-only SEMA show in Las Vegas. Proceeds benefit the children’s charities Childhelp and Victory Junction Gang Camp. Admission costs $5 for adults (free for children 12 and under).
The Pasadena Convention Center is located at 300 E. Green St., Pasadena. Call (909) 396-0289 or visit sema.org. 

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A Golden Plate Gala
June 3  — The Foothill Unity Center’s 12th annual Golden Plate Awards Gala is scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. at Santa Anita Park. Honorees include Patti Patton-Bader and her husband, Jeff Bader, founders of the Soldiers’ Angels Foundation, a support organization for veterans, wounded and deployed service members and their families worldwide. Also tapped for an award is Monrovia community leader Les Peterson, who helped unite numerous local church assistance programs into a single, focused effort. Tickets cost $75 per person. All proceeds benefit the center’s aid to low-income families and the homeless. 
Santa Anita Park is located at 285 W. Huntington Dr., Arcadia. Call (626) 358-3486 or visit foothillunitycenter.org. 
 
Visions of Japan 
June 4  — Hiroshige: Visions of Japan goes on view at the Norton Simon Museum and continues through Jan. 17, 2011. The exhibition of  nearly 200 Japanese woodblock prints by Utagawa Hiroshige, one of Japan’s most celebrated and prolific artists in the early to mid-1800s, includes works from the artist’s series Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido Road, One Hundred Famous Views of Edo and Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji. The show provides a view of everyday life in 19th-century Japan, including festivals, rituals and natural beauty. 
 
The Norton Simon Museum is located at 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 
Call (626) 449-6840 or visit nortonsimon.org.   
Huntington Happenings
June 5 — The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens presents “Sonic Garden: An Evening with Composer Huang Ruo,” with Ruo conducting his musical ensemble, Future In Reverse, in a multi-media performance of his concert and film compositions inspired by Chinese folk and Western avant-garde music, rock and jazz. The concert starts at 6 p.m. in Friends’ Hall. For tickets ($20, $15 for members), call (626) 405-2128. 
 
June 9 — As part of Ring Festival LA celebrating Wagner’s Ring operas, LA Opera Music Director James Conlon, Wagner scholar John Deathridge, UCLA musicology professor Mitchell Morris and opera lecturer Desirée Mays conduct a seminar on “Wagner, His World and His Critics” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The registration fee is $65, which includes lunch and a recital. To register, call LA Opera at (213) 972-3157.
 
June 19 — The Independent Shakespeare Company presents an outdoor performance of the Bard’s comedy The Two Gentlemen of Verona, at 6 p.m. on the Huntington Art Gallery South Terrace. The gallery will be open to ticket holders at 5 p.m. Tickets cost $27 ($22 for members), available by calling (626) 405-2128.
 
June 26 and 27 — The Cactus and Succulent Society of America presents its annual show and sale, featuring hundreds of award-winning plants, including rare specimens from around the world, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Friends’ Hall. Admission is free. 
The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens is located at 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino. Call (626) 405-2100 or visit huntington.org.
 
Descanso’s Days of Tea and Roses
June 5 — Celebrate World Environment Day by joining culinary chef and horticulturist Craig Ruggless in an entertaining look at “The Joy of Seeds,” a discussion of ways to get great food from your garden, from 10 a.m. to noon. The event is free with Descanso admission.
 
June 12 and 13 — Tour the Rose Garden where local artists will set up easels and create works before your eyes, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days. Pictures will be available for purchase.  
 
June 20 — Spend Father’s Day at a free concert by Lisa Haley and the Zydecats from 1 to 3 p.m. on the main lawn. Patina Catering will offer barbecue from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (no outside picnics allowed). Guests may bring blankets and chairs.
 
June 24 — The grand opening of the Camellia Lounge (pictured) is scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. at the Japanese Full Moon Tea House. Savor cocktails and small appetizers under the stars. The Camellia Lounge will be open 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through Sept. 9.
 
June 24 — Louie Cruz Beltran (pictured) and his band kick off the eight-week Thursday-night summer concert series, “The Evolution of American Jazz,” from 5 to 8 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and picnics and dance under the oaks. Free with Descanso admission.
 
Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge. 
Call (818) 949-4200 or visit descansogardens.org.  
 
Desperately Stylish
June 8 – Desperate Housewives Executive Producer Marc Cherry (pictured) headlines a panel discussion on “How to design your life” from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. Cherry will talk about his experiences on the show, joined by Production Designer Erik Carlson and Gabrielle Gliniak, who designs sets. The event, hosted by ASID’s Pasadena chapter, will also include a panel of interior designers, architects and building contractors, who will open the floor to questions. Tickets cost $40 and include breakfast and a raffle for a set tour of Desperate Housewives.
 
The Pasadena Civic Auditorium is located at 300 E. Green St., Pasadena. For tickets, call (626) 795-6898. For information, visit asidpasadena.org.
 
A gold medal exhibition
June 12 —  The California Art Club’s centennial celebration continues with the 99th annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition, which opens with a 6 p.m. reception showcasing paintings and sculpture that pays tribute to California Impressionism. The exhibition, continuing through July 3 at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, includes  landscapes, still lifes and figurative works. As part of LA Opera’s Ring Festival LA celebrating Richard Wagner’s iconic opera cycle, it also showcases pieces inspired by scenes from The Ring of the Nibelung. Reception tickets cost $75 per person, which includes a copy of the exhibition catalog.   
The Pasadena Museum of California Art is located at 490 E. Union St., Pasadena. 
Call (626) 583-9009 or visit californiaartclub.org.  
Music, Weaving and Native Voices at the Autry
The Autry National Center in Griffith Park offers an array of Western culture ops this month:
June 13 —  Juni Fisher, the Western Music Association’s 2009 Female Performer of the Year, performs at the Wells Fargo Theater from 2 to 5 p.m. Jerry Hall and Trick Shot also perform. Tickets are available by calling (818) 365-8709 or emailing lindaleegreen@earthlink.net. 
 
June 19 — Weaving demonstrations and a silent auction of Navajo rugs run from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. H. Jackson Clark, owner of Toh-Atin Gallery in Durango, Colorado, will conduct the auction and lecture on the history of Navajo weaving and collecting and caring for Navajo textiles.  
 
June 26 and 27 — The Native Voices Festival of New Plays presents free staged readings of three new works by Native American playwrights:
At 1 p.m. Saturday, Tombs of the Vanishing Indian, a contemporary tragedy by Marie Clements, explores the dreams and sorrows of three Indian sisters against the backdrop of the political, cultural and social currents of 1970s Los Angeles. 
At 1 p.m. Sunday, Time Immemorial by Jack Dalton and Allison Warden offers a wry retelling of how the world was made, in a family-friendly performance. 
 
At 4 p.m. Sunday, Dawn Jamieson’s On the Mangled Beam tells the story of the Iroquois ironworkers who contributed to the rebuilding of New York City after the Sept. 11 tragedy.
 
The Autry National Center is located at 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park. 
Call (323) 667-2000 or visit theautry.org.  
 
American Art Goes on the Block
June 15 — John Moran Auctioneers comes to the Pasadena Convention Center for the California and American Art Auction. Previews start at noon; the sale starts at 6:30 p.m. More than 200 lots of Impressionistic landscapes, still lifes and paintings of historical subjects at all price levels will go on the block. Artists include Paul De Longpre, Emil Carlsen, Millard Sheets, Phil Dike and Milford Zornes. Bidding can be done from the floor, by phone, absentee and online at artfact.com.  
The Pasadena Convention Center is located at 300 E. Green St., Pasadena. 
Call (626) 793-1833 or visit johnmoran.com.    
 
A beastly ball 
June 19 — The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) hosts the Beastly Ball,  its annual fundraiser offering guests an after-hours look at the zoo. The event honors longtime animal activist, GLAZA Trustee and It Girl, actress Betty White, named “Ambassador to the Animals of the City of Los Angeles” in 2006 by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Silent and live auctions, food provided by top LA restaurants, entertainment by world music groups and dancing are included. The event starts at 
6 p.m. Tickets cost $1,000 per person.  
The Los Angeles Zoo is located at 5333 Zoo Dr., Griffith Park. For gala tickets and information, call (323) 644-4753. For zoo information, visit lazoo.org.  
 
Pasadena POPS Inaugurates New Venue
June 19 — The Pasadena POPS, conducted by Rachael Worby, launches its 2010 season at its new location on the lawn next to the Rose Bowl. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. for picnicking before the 7:30 p.m. concert, a “Fireworks POPS Spectacular,” featuring highlights from Carmen, The Firebird Suite, Swan Lake, Bohemian Masquerades and more. Also appearing are guest artists Cirque de la Symphonie, a company of acrobats, contortionists and dancers who perform with symphonies. Guests may bring their own picnics or purchase meals onsite. Tickets cost $25 to $90 for adults and $10 for children ages 14 and under.
 
The Rose Bowl is located at 1001 Rose Bowl Dr., Pasadena. For tickets call (626) 793-7172 or visit pasadenasymphony-pops.org.  
Art from the Ashes
June 19 — The Glendale Parks and Open Space Foundation presents “Art from the Ashes,” a pop-up exhibition and sale benefiting the rehabilitation of Deukmejian Wilderness Park, which burned during the Station Fire last August. More than 40 artists have created unique works of art from debris gathered after the fire, such as scrap metal, ash and wood. The exhibition opens at 10 a.m. and continues through July 24.
 
Art from the Ashes Pop-Up Gallery is located at 216 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale. 
Visit artfromtheashes.org.  
 
Star Chefs Cook for a Cause
June 26 — Rosemary Children’s Services hosts its annual “An Evening with Star Chefs” fundraiser at Santa Anita Park, starting at 6 p.m. Participants include Castle Catering, Soleil & Terroir, Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Dandy Don’s Ice Cream Sundae, Front Runner, Miller Coors Brewing Company, El Cholo, Pasadena Baking Company, Mi Piace, Il Fornaio, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Celestino, Charcuterie and El Portal. The evening also offers music, dancing and a silent auction. Tickets cost $150 each.
 
Santa Anita Park is located at 285 W. Huntington Dr., Arcadia. Call (626) 844-3033, ext. 211, or visit rosemarychildren.org. 
 
Make-Up Artists Converge on Pasadena
June 26 and 27 — The International Make-Up Artist Trade Show (IMATS) comes to the Pasadena Convention Center from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Make-up artists, vendors, manufacturers and enthusiasts gather to discuss, display, discover and collect the latest products, tools and techniques. Also included are fashion shows, body painting, a student competition, samples and sales of discounted items. Ticket prices range from $10 to $60. 
The Pasadena Convention Center is located at 300 E. Green St., Pasadena. 
Call (360) 882-3488 or visit imatsshow.com.  
 
The Return of the Tap Chicks
June 27 — The celebrated Tap Chicks return to the Sierra Madre Playhouse at 7 p.m. The seasoned tap dancers, who range in age from 50 to 84, perform to Broadway hits, 1940s favorites and contemporary songs. Tickets cost $20 for general admission, $17 for seniors and $12 for children under 12. 
 
The Sierra Madre Playhouse is located at 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre. 
Call (626) 355-4318 or visit sierramadreplayhouse.org. 

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Music and Art Reign in South Pasadena
May 1 — The South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce and the South Pasadena Music Center and Conservatory present the second annual South Pasadena Eclectic Music and Art Walk from 2 to 10 p.m. along Mission Street between Fair Oaks and Grand avenues. Dozens of performers will fill six stages (five for free) in the historic downtown district. Two food, wine and beer gardens will offer refreshments. Six art studios will be open to the public, and special exhibitions will be presented by businesses including Zinnia, Sew Jow Stitch Lounge, Mission Yoga, Biologica and others. Local merchants will also host open houses along the route. Anchoring the event will be the Eclectic Stage at the South Pasadena Music Center and Conservatory, 1509 Mission St., featuring David Lindley, The Nervis Brothers, Double Naught Spy Car, Wahid and Moira Smiley & Voco. All-day admission to the Eclectic Stage costs $20 (acts are subject to change without notice); tickets are available online. The other stages feature music, from rock to jazz. A free Artmobile shuttle loops to the various galleries, departing from the Gold Line Mission Station, 913 Meridian Ave.  
Call the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce at (626) 441-2339 or visit 
southpasadena.net. 
Off to the Races for Habitat
May 1 — San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity is off to the races on Kentucky Derby Day at Santa Anita Park with a fundraiser from noon to 4 p.m. at the track’s Club Court. The event includes a no-host bar, buffet lunch, silent and live auctions, a pianist, a jazz band, handicapper, jockey ambassadors and a viewing of the Kentucky Derby. Tickets cost $90 per person. 
Santa Anita Park is located at 285 W. Huntington Dr., Arcadia. For reservations, call (626) 387-6899 or email kentuckyderby@sgvhabitat.org. 
 
Horse Fiesta Raises Funds to Fight Cancer
May 6 through 9 — The annual Fiesta of the Spanish Horse at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank, benefiting cancer research, features a multi-breed horse show all four days and a Fiesta Spectacular Saturday, May 8. Saturday’s festivities feature a multicultural, Broadway-style equestrian and musical experience with Latin and Mariachi music, Flamenco and folkloric dancing, food, raffles and more. The horse show starts at 8 a.m. Thursday through Sunday and admission is free. Gates open Saturday at 3 p.m. and the Spectacular begins at 
6 p.m. Tickets for the Saturday event cost $35 for a reserved box seat, $20 for adult general admission and $15 for seniors 65 and older and children ages 4 to 12. 
The Los Angeles Equestrian Center is located at 480 Riverside Dr., Burbank. 
Call (818) 842-8444 or visit fiestaspanishhorse.com. 
 
CHAP-A-Ret Honors Sen. Kennedy
May 7 — The Community Health Alliance of Pasadena (CHAP) presents its annual gala fundraiser, “Chap-A-Ret,” from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Shakespeare Club in Pasadena. U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy has been invited to accept an award on behalf of his father, the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, for his efforts to expand access to health care nationwide. The evening includes live entertainment, food, a silent auction and more. Tickets cost  $150; VIP tickets, $200; patron tickets, $1,000.
The Shakespeare Club is located at 171 S. Grand Ave., Pasadena. 
Call (626) 993-1221 or visit acteva.com/go/chap.
 
Architectural Treasures in La Cañada
May 7 — The La Cañada High School 7/8 PTA Home Tour hosts open houses at four residences from 9 a.m. to 2 pm. From 4 to 8 p.m., docents lead home tours while LCHS student groups perform music and complementary wine and appetizers are served at one residence. Tickets benefiting the La Cañada 7th and 8th grade PTA cost $40 in advance, $45 the day of the tour at Descanso Gardens. 
Call (818) 790-0419 or visit albrookstickets.com or lchs78.org/hometour.html for information. 
 
Celebrating Mom at Descanso
May 8 and 9 — Descanso Gardens and Patina Catering offer a Mother’s Day Brunch buffet with seatings at 9 and 10:30 a.m., noon and 1:30 p.m. both days. The cost is $50, $42 for members and $17 for children ages 4 to 10. Children 3 and under are admitted free. Reservations are required, and cancellations must be made at least 48 hours in advance to avoid a 50 percent charge. Call Patina at (818) 790-3663 for reservations. 
Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge. Call (818) 949-4200 or visit descansogardens.org. 
A Woman of Independent Means
May 8 and 9 — The California Performing Arts Centre, the nonprofit company based at South Pasadena’s Fremont Centre Theatre, brings back its production of A Woman of Independent Means for two Mother’s Day weekend performances. Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey adapted the play from her best-selling novel  exploring what it was like to be an adventurous woman in the first 70 years of the 20th century. Lissa Layng stars. Performances start at 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, preceded by a 2 p.m. Mother’s Day tea. Tickets cost $35. 
The Fremont Centre Theatre is located at 1000 Fremont Ave., South Pasadena. Call (866) 811-4111 or visit fremontcentretheatre.com. 
 
Pacific Asia Museum Launches Fusion Fridays
May 14 — The museum kicks off “Fusion Fridays,” a mélange of art, music, dance performances, bites from gourmet food vendors and conversation with the museum’s curators and educators. At the inaugural event, starting at 7:30 p.m., celebrate the cultures of Pakistan and India with two exhibitions, Beyond the Page: The Miniature as Attitude in Contemporary Art from Pakistan and Indian Miniature Paintings and Drawings. The event includes a Bhangra DJ music and dance performance, a miniature art project and mehndi, the South Asian art of applying henna as a temporary skin decoration. Galleries will be open until 
10 p.m. Admission costs $10 (free for members).  
The Pacific Asia Museum is located at 46 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 449-2742 or visit pacificasiamuseum.org.  
 
Golfing for a Good Cause
May 14 — Pasadena’s Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services presents its “Shot-at-a-Million” golf event to raise funds for helping abused and neglected youngsters. The event, at Angeles National Golf Club in Sunland, offers five ways to participate: Play golf in the all-day Golf-a-Thon or play the 9-Hole Team Challenge in the 
afternoon ($500 per two-person team); attend the 19th Hole After-Party from 5:30 to 
7:45 p.m. for $50 per person, emceed by KISS-FM traffic reporter Commander Chuck Street; buy a $50 raffle ticket for a chance to win a new 2010 BMW Mini Cooper; become a sponsor; or support a golfer, with a per-hole-played donation or flat donation amount. Competitors have a chance to win $1 million with a hole-in-one. The Golf-a-Thon starts at 7 a.m. and golfers play at their own pace. The 9-Hole Team Challenge runs from 3 to 5:30 p.m.
Call (626) 395-7100, ext. 2516, or visit  hathaway-sycamores.org. 
 
The Griffith Observatory Celebrates 75 
May 15 — The Friends of the Observatory present “Cosmic Conjunction 2010: Diamond Nights * Northern Lights,” celebrating the Griffith Observatory’s 75th anniversary, from 5:30 to 10 p.m. at the Observatory in Griffith Park. The event includes the premieres of Light of the Valkyries, a planetarium show featuring music by Richard Wagner and live narration by surprise celebrity guests. “Diamond Nights” also ushers in the Observatory’s participation in LA Opera’s Ring Festival L.A., joining more than 100 Los Angeles–area cultural and educational institutions celebrating Wagner’s Ring Cycle. Tickets cost $250 or  $500 per person; sponsorships range from $5,000 to $50,000. 
The Griffith Observatory is located at 2800 E. Observatory Rd., in Griffith Park. For tickets and sponsorship information, call (213) 473-0807 or email fotofriend@friendsofthe
observatory.org. For other event information, visit friendsoftheobservatory.org.  
Spring Arts and Crafts Bling in Glendale
May 15 — The Red Rabbit Arts and Craft Market comes 
to the Glendale Civic Auditorium from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
More than 75 craftspeople will be on hand to sell handmade jewelry, ceramics, glass, textiles and more. The family-friendly event also offers hands-on craft projects for all ages. Free goody bags are available to the first 50 visitors. Admission is free. 
The Glendale Civic Auditorium is located at 1401 N. Verdugo Rd., Glendale. Call (818) 243-7326 or visit redrabbitworkshop.com. 
 
Ferraris Rule Old Pasadena
May 16 — From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., more than 150 vintage and contemporary Ferraris line Colorado Boulevard in Old Pasadena for “Concorso Ferrari.” Cars made in 1999 and earlier are eligible for awards presented in 10 classes.  Newer Ferraris will also be on display.  
To enter, call (714) 630-9202. To become a sponsor, call (818) 706-3814. For information, call (818) 971-3300, ext. 2311, or visit fca-sw.org.  
 
Three Productions Close at ANW
May 21, 22 and 23 — A Noise Within wraps three productions this month: Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Michael Murray; Irish playwright John Millington Synge’s romantic comedy The Playboy of the Western World, directed by A Noise Within Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director Geoff Elliott; and the American classic Awake and Sing by Clifford Odets, directed by Andrew Traister. Much Ado closes at 8 p.m. May 21; Playboy wraps at 8 p.m. May 22 and Awake and Sing finishes its run at 7 p.m. May 23. Tickets cost $40 to $44.
A Noise Within is located at 234 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Call (818) 240-0910 or visit anoisewithin.org. 
 
An Arts and Crafts Maverick at the Huntington
May 22 — The Artistic Furniture of Charles Rohlfs is the first major exhibition of work 
by the Arts and Crafts maverick, opening May 22 and continuing through Sept. 6 at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. Rohlfs was a leader in the country’s early exploration of modernist furniture design, along with Frank Lloyd Wright and Gustav Stickley. Rohlfs’ eclectic work combined influences of Scottish and English Arts and Crafts, French Art Nouveau and East Asian and Near Eastern furniture. The exhibition includes 44 examples of his furniture and decorative objects, including items made for his own home and major commissioned and production pieces. Masterpieces in the collection were culled from 10 museums and several private collections. 
The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens is located at 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino. Call (626) 405-2100 or visit huntington.org. 
 
Los Angeles Master Chorale Performs Americana 
Through May 23 — More than 40 Victorian-era dolls from around the world will be showcased in A Child’s Friend: A Look at Vintage Dolls 1840-1920 at Heritage Square Museum in northeastern Los Angeles. Highlights include an American-made 1840s-vintage China doll; an 1880s-era, 26-inch doll from the N.B. Japan Company; and Acme dolls of the 1920s. Interesting details include metal heads, fur eyebrows, glass eyes and celluloid bodies. The display is in the museum’s Mt. Pleasant Home. Exhibit entrance is included in the museum admission fee of $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for children ages 5 to 12. 
The Heritage Square Museum is located at 3800 Homer St., Los Angeles. Call (323) 225-2700 or visit heritagesquare.org.  
 
Vintage Dolls at Heritage Square
Through May 23 — More than 40 Victorian-era dolls from around the world will be showcased in A Child’s Friend: A Look at Vintage Dolls 1840-1920 at Heritage Square Museum in northeastern Los Angeles. Highlights include an American-made 1840s-vintage China doll; an 1880s-era, 26-inch doll from the N.B. Japan Company; and Acme dolls of the 1920s. Interesting details include metal heads, fur eyebrows, glass eyes and celluloid bodies. The display is in the museum’s Mt. Pleasant Home. Exhibit entrance is included in the museum admission fee of $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for children ages 5 to 12. 
The Heritage Square Museum is located at 3800 Homer St., Los Angeles. Call (323) 225-2700 or visit heritagesquare.org. 

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Sculpture Blooms in Pasadena
Through April—Pasadena’s Artworks Gallery hosts “The Rose Collection,” a show of  Michael Kalish’s sculpture celebrating Pasadena’s symbol, the rose. The artist characterizes his approach to flowery metal sculpture, which he creates from the remains of old automobiles, as a “Rust Renaissance.”
Artworks Gallery is located at 59 W. Del Mar Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 229-0700 or visit artworksgallery.com.

From Child’s Play to War at the Huntington
April 3—“Child’s Play? Children’s Book Illustration of 19th Century Britain” opens and runs through July 26. This selection of rare drawings by celebrated illustrators of the era, including Walter Crane, Arthur Rackham and Kate Greenway, enlivened works by the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, Lewis Carroll and others. The show is on display in the Huntington Art Gallery’s Works on Paper Room. 
 
April 17 and 18—The Pasadena Garden Club’s 2010 Flower Show comes to the Huntington with the theme “Beautiful Science! Observation & Perception.” The show, free with Huntington admission, is on view from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. 
 
April 24—“A Clash of Empires: The Seven Years’ War and British America,” a new exhibition of newspapers, brochures and other printed materials, illustrates the conflict also known as the French and Indian War (1754­–63). The show includes a long report by the young Lt. Col. George  Washington to his commander, John Campbell, the 4th Earl of Loudon, whose archive is at the Huntington. “A Clash of Empires” continues through July 26.
The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens is located at 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino. Call (626) 405-2100 or visit huntington.org. 

Hunting down L.A. History
April 11—The third annual L.A. Heritage Day celebration, hosted by the L.A. Heritage Alliance, comes to Heritage Square Museum in northeast Los Angeles from 11 a.m. to 
4 p.m. Local history will be explored through tours of historic structures, a scavenger hunt, presentations, performances and cooking lessons.
Heritage Square Museum is located at 3800 Homer St., Los Angeles. Call (323) 225-2700 or visit heritagesquare.org. 

Blinding Grown-ups With Science
April 15 and 16—The Pasadena Convention Center hosts the 60th annual Los Angeles County Science Fair. More than 1,000 middle and high school students from private and public schools compete for medals, scholarships and special awards honoring their prowess in projects ranging from astrophysics to zoology. Top winners compete in the California State Science Fair. Exhibit halls are open to the public from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday; on Friday, interactive sessions run from 1:30 to 5 p.m., and the awards ceremony follows at 7 p.m.
The Pasadena Convention Center is located at 300 E. Green St., Pasadena. 
Call (626) 793-2122 or visit lacoe.edu/sciencefair. 

How the West Was Won by Women
April 16—The Autry National Center celebrates the spirit and contributions of diverse Western women in “Home Lands: How Women Made the West,” a major exhibition of  nearly 200 objects spanning more than 1,200 years. The show, which opens today and continues through Aug. 22, examines the lives of women like Dr. Justina Ford, Colorado’s first African-American woman doctor; educator, home economist and author Fabiola Cabeza de Baca of New Mexico; and Bertha Knight Landes, Seattle’s mayor from 1926 to 1928, the first female mayor of a major American city. In conjunction with the “Home Lands” exhibition, a new, small gallery at the Autry Store presents colorful glass art by Laila Asgari through June 27.
The Autry National Center is located at 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park. Call (323) 667-2000 or visit theautry.org. 

Sweet Sounds at Caltech
April 17—The 10th annual Caltech Jazz Festival runs from noon to 6 p.m. at Gates Patio, featuring Caltech jazz bands and special guests the Night Blooming Jazzmen—Dixieland jazz favorites at festivals across the U.S., Europe and Asia. Admission is free, and no tickets are needed. Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket and picnic on the lawn. 
Some lawn seating is also available, and snacks are available for purchase.
Caltech is located at 1200 E. California Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 395-3295 or visit bands.caltech.edu. 

Celebrating Mother Earth 
and Botanical Bling
April 17—Descanso Gardens honors Mother Earth in an Earth Day celebration from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit the Butterfly Appreciation Corner on the Main Lawn from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for demonstrations and hands-on activities illustrating the pollination powers of the fragile creatures. A “Jack Rabbit and the Beanstalk” puppet show starts at 9:30 a.m. in Van de Kamp Hall. At the Under the Oaks Theater, “A Faery Hunt,” an interactive show, takes the stage at 10:30 a.m., followed by “Martina’s Undersea Adventure” puppet show at noon. At 1 p.m., rock to the sounds of the Mobile Homeboys on the Main Lawn stage. Eco-friendly barbecue and a selection of local organic foods are available from Patina Catering from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Seating is limited, but guests can bring blankets and folding chairs for dining under the trees. All events are free with Descanso admission.
 
April 18—A jewelry and accessories trunk show takes place at the Rose Pavilion from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free with Descanso admission.
Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge. Call (818) 949-4200 or visit descansogardens.org. 

Big Band Era Revisited
April 18—The San Marino Celebrity Series brings back the 
big band era with “Dreaming and Dancing to Big Band Sounds,” a 3 p.m. performance by the Esquires Big Band. Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association founders Tammy and Erin Stevens will be on hand to teach ballroom and swing dancing. The series benefits the pediatric section of Huntington Hospital’s new Trauma and Emergency Center. Tickets cost $30.
The event takes place at Santa Anita Church, 226 Colorado Pl., Arcadia. For tickets, call (626) 405-0497 or (626) 441-1465 or email smcelebrityseries@gmail.com.

The Garden As Art
April 18—The Foothill Creative Arts Group in Sierra Madre celebrates its 50th anniversary with this year’s annual “Art of the Garden” tour and fundraiser from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The tour visits notable gardens in Pasadena, South Pasadena and San Marino, including those surrounding a 1929 Monterey Colonial home designed by Roland Coate, a 1913 Japanese farmhouse recently the subject of a seven-year restoration, a classic Colonial manor with gardens designed for entertaining and a California traditional home inspired by Coate’s work, with elements of English Soanean Regency design and a newly created English garden. Tickets cost $25 in advance, $30 the day of the event.  
Tickets can be purchased at the Foothill Creative Arts Group, 108 N. Baldwin Ave., Sierra Madre. Call (626) 355-8350 or visit creativeartsgroup.org. 

Touring Historic Caltech
April 22—The Caltech Women’s Club presents the Caltech Architectural Tour Service, offering free tours at 10:30 a.m. the fourth Thursday of each month. Tours of the historic campus run from one-and-a-half to two hours. Groups can also be accommodated. 
Tours meet at the Athenaeum, 551 S. Hill Ave., Pasadena. For reservations, call (626) 395-6328.

Flora by Ellsworth Kelly 
April 23—“Plants, Flowers and Fruits: Ellsworth Kelly Lithographs” opens, featuring 20 images of botanical subjects by the artist, better known for his large-scale color field paintings. The exhibition continues through Aug. 23. 
The Norton Simon Museum is located at 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 449-6840 or visit nortonsimon.org. 

They’re just Wild About Harry at the Ambassador
April 24—The Ambassador Foundation and Theaters of Vision Productions present Harry Who?, a musical celebrating prolific songwriting legend Harry Warren, at the Ambassador Auditorium. Warren’s hits include 42nd Street, Shuffle Off to Buffalo, You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby, I Only Have Eyes for You and numerous others. Tickets range from $15 to $40; a portion of the proceeds benefits school and college music departments in the San Gabriel Valley. Discounts are available for children, seniors and groups. Performances are at 2 and 8 p.m.  
The Ambassador Auditorium is located at 131 S. St. John Ave., Pasadena. For tickets, call (800) 595-4849 or visit harrywho.org. 

Santa Cecilia Orchestra Celebrates Mexico 
April 25—The Santa Cecilia Orchestra presents “Mexico!,” a concert celebrating the bicentennial of Mexico’s independence and the centennial of the Mexican Revolution through the music of prominent Mexican composers. The 4 p.m. concert at Occidental College’s Thorne Hall, conducted by Sonia Marie De Léon de Vega, includes Chavez’s Sinfonia India and Chapultepec, Galindo’s Sones de Mariachi, Marquez’s Danzon no. 4 and Danzon no. 2 and Moncayo’s Huapango. Tickets cost from $20 to $26, $7 for youth ages 17 and under. 
Occidental College is located at 1600 Campus Rd., Eagle Rock. Call (323) 259-3011 or visit scorchestra.org. 

Tufts Poetry Awards 
April 28—Claremont Graduate University’s 18th annual Kingsley and Kate Tufts Poetry Awards ceremony comes to the Pasadena Museum of California Art at 6:30 p.m. The event includes poetry readings by the winners and a book signing. The university awards two poetry prizes annually: the $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Award (the nation’s largest prize for a mid-career poet) and the $10,000 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Past Kingsley Tufts award winners include Robert Wrigley, Tom Sleigh, Linda Gregerson, Matthea Harvey and Yusef Komunyakaa. Matthew Dickman won the 2009 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. The event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required.
The Pasadena Museum of California Art is located at 490 E. Union St., Pasadena. To RSVP, call (909) 621-8974 or visit cgu.edu/tufts. 

The L.A. Garden Show Flowers Again 
April 30 through May 2—The L.A. Garden Show comes to the L.A. County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The West Coast’s largest outdoor gardening event showcases innovative and environmentally responsible garden design in workshops, lectures and displays. Also featured is a marketplace for rare and exotic plants, specialty books and other items of interest. Admission costs $3 to $8 (free for Arboretum members).
The L.A. County Arboretum is located at 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. 
Call (626) 821-3222 or visit arboretum.org. 
 

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Saintly and Sinful Art
March 6 — The Folk Tree in Pasadena hosts its annual Easter season exhibition, “Saints & Sinners XXIII,” which opens with a reception from 2 to 6 p.m. Area artists explore the tension between good and evil and the sacred and profane; Latin American (primarily Mexican) religious folk art and artifacts are also on display. A variety of media are represented, including painting, printmaking, assemblage, cut paper, paper maché, drawing, mixed media and more. “Saints & Sinners XXIII” continues through April 10. 
The Folk Tree is located at 217 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 795-8733 
or visit folktree.com.

The Bard and an American Classic
March 6 — The repertory theater company A Noise Within launches two productions in March. The first is Much Ado About Nothing, which opens at 8 p.m.; Michael Murray directs Shakespeare’s tale of Beatrice and Benedict, who engage in a comedic battle of wills as they struggle with their mutual attraction. The play continues through May 21. Then Andrew Traister directs Clifford Odets’ Awake and Sing!, opening at 8 p.m. March 20. The American classic, chronicling the struggles of the Berger family in economically ravaged New York City during the 1930s, continues through May 23. Tickets cost $40 and $44 for each play. 
A Noise Within is located at 234 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Call (818) 240-0910, ext. 1, 
or visit anoisewithin.org. 

For Whom the School Bell Tolls
March 9 — The Assistance League of Arcadia, a nonprofit organization assisting children, seniors and families in need, celebrates the 40th anniversary of Operation School Bell, a program providing clothes and school supplies to needy children in Arcadia and surrounding communities. An open house runs from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Assistance League Chapter House. Light refreshments and chapter house tours will be offered. 
The Assistance League of Arcadia Chapter House is located at 100 S. Santa Anita Ave., Arcadia. Call (626) 446-7605 or visit arcadia.assistanceleague.org. 

Dark Comedy at the Autry
March 13 — Native Voices at the Autry, America’s leading Native American theater company, continues its season with the West Coast premiere of the one-man show Tales of an Urban Indian by Canadian playwright and actor Darrell Dennis. The dark semi-autobiographical comedy explores life through the eyes of a contemporary American Indian who experiences an often hilarious form of culture shock as he moves from the reservation to the city. Dennis is a veteran of the Second City comedy school, and his play is the basis of a hit Canadian television show of the same name. Herbie Barnes directs. Tales opens at 8 p.m. at the Autry’s Wells Fargo Theater and continues through March 28. Performances begin at 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets cost $20 ($12 for Autry members).
The Autry National Center is located at 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park. 
Call (866) 468-3399 or visit nativevoicesattheautry.org.

Mansions and Music
March 14 — The Pasadena Conservatory of Music presents “Illumination,” part of its Mansions & Music concert series, at 3 p.m. at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy in La Caňada Flintridge. Pianist Mark Robson performs Olivier Messiaen’s Vingt Regards Sur L’Enfant-Jesus. Artist Edward Beckett’s Secular Icons will also be on display. Admission costs $75, and a reception follows the performance.
Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy is located at 440 St. Katherine Dr., La Cañada Flintridge. Call (626)683-3355.

A Century of Plein Air
March 14 — The California Art Club celebrates its centennial with a sale and exhibition, “Plein Air Paintings of the Arroyo Seco,” from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at La Casita del Arroyo Foundation. The event features new works by many of the country’s leading landscape painters, using many of the same techniques first employed by the club’s founders 100 years ago. Proceeds benefit the club’s educational arts programs and the foundation’s efforts to conserve the drought-tolerant gardens at La Casita. 
La Casita del Arroyo Foundation is located at 177 S. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 583-9009 or visit californiaartclub.org.

Treasures Go Under the Hammer
March 16 — John Moran Auctioneers’ first antiques auction of the year features more than 200 lots of decorative and fine arts items from private estates and collections — European and American paintings, bronzes, silver, porcelain, pottery, glass, Arts and Crafts furnishings and Native American artifacts. Highlights include a green Tiffany floor lamp with a green leaded-glass shade and a 1925 figural group of gilt bronze, ivory and onyx, titled Les Amis Toujours  (pictured left), by Romanian/French Art Deco master Demetre Chiparus. The sale at the Pasadena Convention Center is held in two sessions: the 3 p.m. Discovery Sale, an uncatalogued auction open to floor and absentee bidding only, and the 6:30 p.m. Evening Sale of items with estimated values of $400 to $30,000, described in an illustrated catalog available at johnmoran.com. Bidding is available from the floor, by absentee, phone and Internet via Artfact.com.
The Pasadena Convention Center is located at 300 E. Green St., Pasadena. For sale information, call (626) 793-1833 or visit johnmoran.com. 

San Marino League Art Walk Hits the Road
March 19 and 20 — The San Marino League’s Art Walk XXVI visits four Pasadena homes to view private art collections and antiques from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Stops include two historic Vista del Arroyo bungalows designed by noted architect Myron Hunt, a nearby neo-classic residence and a contemporary home in the Oak Knoll area. Tickets cost $35. Home locations are provided with ticket purchase. Proceeds fund scholarships for students at Art Center College of Design and an endowment for the Japanese Garden at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens.
Call (626) 578-8510 or visit sanmarinoleague.org.

Hugh Hewitt Speaks at Benefit
March 20 — Pasadena’s Elizabeth House hosts its annual fundraising gala, “Where Love Embraces Life,” at the University Club of Pasadena. Author and conservative talk-radio host Hugh Hewitt is the guest speaker. The event starts at 6 p.m. with cocktails and a silent auction, followed by the dinner and speaker at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $150. The organization operates the San Gabriel Valley’s only shelter for homeless pregnant women and their children. 
The University Club of Pasadena is located at 175 N. Oakland Ave., Pasadena. 
Call (626) 577-4434 or visit elizabethhouse.net.

Talking Art at Boston Court
March 20 — Boston Court Performing Arts Center hosts “ARTTalk,” a spoken word festival, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event includes live readings, music, poetry, dance and theater, featuring established and up-and-coming performers, poets and authors. The event is free and appropriate for all ages.
Boston Court Performing Arts Center is located at 70 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena. 
Call (626) 744-0340 or visit playhousedistrict.org/arttalk.

LACO Comes to the Alex
March 21 — The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra performs works of Schulhoff, Mendelssohn and Weill at 8 p.m. at Glendale’s Alex Theatre. LACO Music Director Jeffrey Kahane conducts and performs as featured piano soloist; Daniel Hope is the violin soloist. Tickets cost from $18 to $100. The concert repeats at 7 p.m. Sunday at UCLA’s Royce Hall. 
The Alex Theatre is located at 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Call (213) 622-7001 or visit laco.org.

Joyous Inspiration in Arcadia
March 21 — The San Marino Celebrity Series presents the F.A.M.E. Gospel Choir in a concert, “Joyous Inspiration,” at 4 p.m. at Arcadia’s Santa Anita Church. The group will perform traditional hymns and contemporary praise songs, including I’ll Fly Away and Amazing Grace. Tickets cost $30. The Celebrity Series, sponsored by the San Marino Guild of Huntington Hospital, raises funds for the pediatric section of the hospital’s new trauma and emergency center. 
Santa Anita Church is located at 226 Colorado Pl., Arcadia. Call (626) 405-0497 or 
(626) 441-1465 or email smcelebrityseries@gmail.com.

A Call for Cycling Volunteers
Through May 23 — The 2010 Amgen Tour of California travels through 16 host cities from May 16 to 23, and organizers have put out the call for volunteers. The cycling event, which comes through Pasadena May 21, needs volunteer course marshals, media assistants, security staff, site decorators and more. Volunteers must be over age 18 or accompanied by an adult. 
Sign up online by visiting amgentourofcalifornia.com/tour/volunteer.  

Picture This
March 24 — The Clickers & Flickers Photography Network holds its monthly networking dinner at 6:30 p.m. at The Castaway in Burbank. This month’s special guest is Heng Qi, one of China’s top photojournalists, who will discuss “Building a Bridge between America and China through Photography.” He has served as editor and photographer for China’s Xinhua News Agency and is currently based in its Los Angeles bureau. The event is open to all levels of photography enthusiasts as well as non-photographers. The cost is $59. Reservations are required.
The Castaway is located at 1250 Harvard Rd., Burbank. For network information, call (626) 794-7447 or visit clickersandflickers.com.  

Highlighting the Art of Writing
March 25 —The Pasadena Museum of California Art, known for its showcases of art, design and music of the Golden State, celebrates another medium with its “Written in California” series. The program highlights Southern California authors of varying backgrounds and styles who’ve all drawn inspiration from the state’s creative environment. This month’s author is Altadena resident Michelle Huneven, reading from her new novel, Blame, which features arresting descriptions of the Southern California landscape. Art galleries are open for viewing starting at 6 p.m., and the reading — free with the museum’s special admission rate of $5 — starts at 7 p.m. 
The Pasadena Museum of California Art is located at 490 E. Union St., Pasadena. 
Call (626) 568-3665 or visit pmcaonline.org. 

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Discussing Architecture and More at SCI-Arc
The month’s free talks at Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) include:
Feb. 3 —  Florencia Pita, SCI-Arc faculty member and editor of the school’s periodical Onramp, moderates a 7 p.m. discussion of the next wave of architects, showcasing undergraduate and graduate work from 2007 through 2009.
Feb. 10 — Michel Rojkind Halpert, principal of Rojkind Arquitectos of Mexico City, discusses “Risk Contamination” at 7 p.m. Halpert argues that taking the risk of allowing others’ ideas to contaminate one’s mind can lead to bigger thinking and talks about the challenges of building during this time of economic crisis. 
SCI-Arc is located at 960 E. 3rd St., Los Angeles. Call (213) 613-2200 or visit sciarc.edu.

A Multimedia Production at GCC
Feb. 5, 6 and 7 — Bethune Theatredanse celebrates its 30th anniversary with performances of the multimedia production Silent Roar at Glendale Community College Theater. Written, directed and choreographed by Artistic Director Zina Bethune, Silent Roar  incorporates works by environmental artist Wyland as it expresses the hardships experienced by a young gray whale separated from his family and the friendship he forms with a disabled boy on the Southern California coast. Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $18 to $35.
Glendale Community College Theater is located at 1500 N. Verdugo Rd., Glendale. For tickets, call (800) 838-3006 or visit brownpapertickets.com.

A Chinese New Year Spectacular
Feb. 5 through 14 — Just in time for Chinese New Year, the Shen Yun Performing Arts Show comes to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The performance blends ancient culture with modern technology, featuring classical Chinese music and dance against digital backdrops, accompanied by a live orchestra. Hundreds of dancers reenact ancient legends in a two-hour show with bilingual hosts. Ticket prices range from $39 to $240. 
The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is located at 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. Call (800) 880-0188 or visit laspectacular.com.   

Noises Off On Again
Feb. 5 through 14 — A Noise Within has extended its run of Michael Frayn’s Noises Off with eight performances ending Feb. 14. The British farce explores the chaos onstage and off as an overworked and under-rehearsed company of veteran actors prepares for a world premiere.  
A Noise Within is located at 234 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Call (818) 240-0910, or visit anoisewithin.org.    

Shakespeare in a Hurry
Feb. 6 — The Reduced Shakespeare Company, a three-man comedy troupe, presents The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) at 8 p.m. at Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium. An ambitious production condensing all 37 of The Bard’s plays into 97 minutes, this irreverent, fast-paced snapshot was London’s longest-running comedy, playing for 10 years at the Criterion Theatre. Tickets range from $10 to $29. 
Beckman Auditorium is located at 1200 E. California Blvd., Pasadena. The ticket office is located at 332 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 395-4652 or visit events.caltech.edu.  

Celebrating Women Authors
Feb. 6 — The Pasadena Literary Festival of Women Authors returns to the Pasadena Senior Center from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with four award-winning authors scheduled to speak: Reyna Grande (pictured), author of Across A Hundred Mountains and Dancing With Butterflies; Claire LaZebnick, author of Good As It Never Was, The Smart One and The Pretty One and the nonfiction Growing Up on the Spectrum: A Guide to Life, Love and Learning for Teens and Young Adults with Autism and Asperger’s; Nicole Mones, author of The Last Chinese Chef; and Marisa Silver, who wrote Babe in Paradise, No Direction Home and The God of War. Tickets cost $75 and include lunch. Proceeds benefit the Pasadena Senior Center. 
The Pasadena Senior Center is located at 85 E. Holly St., Pasadena. For tickets, call (818) 790-0404 or email pasadenaliteraryfestival@gmail.com.     

Fine Art, Film and More at the Autry
Feb. 6 through March 7— The Autry National Center’s 13th annual Masters of the American West fine art exhibition and sale opens Saturday with a 5:30 p.m. preview and runs through March 7. The country’s most important Western art show showcases the work of 75 contemporary artists in a wide range of subject matter and media. Opening weekend activities include tours and a Saturday chuck-wagon lunch and awards ceremony. Visit autrynationalcenter.org.
Feb. 13 — InterTribal Entertainment presents the fourth annual Creative Script-to-Screen Showcase festival, spotlighting short films produced by emerging American Indian writers, filmmakers and performers. In Search of the World’s Best Indian Taco starts at 7 p.m. The event, free with museum admission, will include previous winners and a Q&A session.
Feb. 21 — The Native Women in Film Series presents Edge of America, directed by Chris Eyre, at 2 p.m., followed by a screening of a film selected by the UCLA Film and Television Archives. Screenings are free with museum admission. The series is a precursor to the April exhibition Home Lands: How Women Made the West.  
The Autry National Center is located at 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park. Call (323) 667-2000 or visit theautry.org.  

A Walk on the Wild Side of Music
Feb. 7 — The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra launches this season’s Family Concerts series with a musical walk on the wild side with Carnival of the Animals, at 2 p.m. at the Alex Theatre. Jeffrey Kahane conducts Camille Saint-Saëns’ work of the same name as young pianists Felix Jen and Kazumi Kanagawa take the stage. The piece is accompanied by original poetry written by young writers from 826 L.A., a group co-founded by author Dave Eggers to help students ages 6 through 18 develop creative writing skills. Before the performance, Kidspace Children’s Museum and the L.A. Zoo host hands-on activities, including touchable “zoos” of animals and instruments. Tickets cost $10 and $16. 
The Alex Theatre is located at 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. For tickets, call (213) 622-7001, ext. 215, or visit laco.org. 

Renowned Theologian Speaks 
Feb. 10 — Claremont School of Theology marks Martin Luther King’s legacy with a dinner and lecture by Dwight Hopkins, a prominent authority on black and liberation theologies and the black church. The University of Chicago Divinity School professor speaks at 7 p.m. at the school’s Mudd Theater. Admission is free. The annual Martin Luther King dinner begins at 5 p.m. in Haddon Conference Center. For dinner reservations, email PASA@cst.edu or call Janis Brown at (909) 447-6355. 
Claremont School of Theology is located at 1325 N. College Ave., Claremont. Visit cst.edu. 

Cover Familiar Ground at Project_210
Feb. 11 — The solo exhibition Abel Alejandre: Familiar Ground opens and continues through March 6 at Project_210 gallery. The artist takes on issues of masculinity, patrimony, sexuality, aggression and isolation through large woodcuts and graphite drawings on primed wood panels. A reception for the artist is scheduled for 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 14. 
Project_210 is located at 2888 E. Walnut St., Pasadena. Call (323) 225-2229 or visit project210.org. 

California Art Goes on the Block
Feb. 16 John Moran Auctioneers presents a sale of fine California and American art — some 200 lots of landscapes, Western works and regionalist watercolors — at 6:30 p.m., after a preview starting at noon, at the Pasadena Convention Center. Artists represented include Frank Tenney Johnson, Edgar Paxson, Olaf Wieghorst (all from a private Orange County collection) and
Nicolai Fechin. 
The Pasadena Convention Center is located at 300 E. Green St., Pasadena. Call (626) 793-1833 or visit johnmoran.com. 

Hearts and Flowers at Descanso
Feb. 14 — Descanso Gardens and Patina Catering offer a three-course Valentine’s Day dinner at the Boddy House. Seatings are at 6 and 8 p.m. The cost is $67 per person ($59 for members). For reservations, call Patina at (818) 790-3663. 
Feb. 20 through 27 — Descanso recreates its past with the Golden Age of the Camellia Festival, recalling the 1950s and ’60s, when the venue celebrated its extensive camellia collection with pageantry, society shows, a Queen of Camellialand contest and walks through the camellia forest. The festival includes Faery Tours of the Camellia Forest at 9:30, 10:15 and 11 a.m. Feb. 20, Charles Phoenix’s Retro Slide Show of Southern California at 8 p.m. Feb. 20, a Brewing Camellias tea-tasting workshop at 1 p.m. Feb. 21 and a Garden Walking Tour of the camellia forest at 2 p.m. Feb. 27.
Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge. Call (818) 949-4200 or visit descansogardens.org. 

A day of dance in pasadena
Feb. 20 — Lineage Dance presents Pasadena Dance Festival 2010 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. From 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., dance lovers and dancers ages 12 and up can attend classes, workshops and showcase performances. The event culminates in an 8 p.m. performance by Chicago dance company Hubbard Street 2, Luminario Ballet, Lux Aeterna, KIN Dance Company, Capoiera Batuque, Revelation Arial Dance Company, Yogen’s Bollywood Dance, Terri Best Dance and Lineage Dance. Proceeds benefit the Pasadena Educational Foundation’s fund for arts in the schools. Tickets for the evening performance cost $30 in advance, $35 at the door. Unlimited passes for the full day of classes and workshops cost $40 in advance, $45 at the door. 
For tickets, visit the Pasadena Civic box office, call (626) 449-7360 or visit ticketmaster.com or lineagedance.org. The Pasadena Civic Auditorium is located at 300 E. Green St., Pasadena.

Chinese New Year at the Huntington
Feb. 20 — The Chinese New Year Festival will be celebrated from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Huntington Library, Arts Collections and Botanical Gardens. Year of the Tiger festivities feature lion dancers and drummers, martial arts demonstrations, a shadow puppet theater, mask-changing performances, readings and signings by children’s book authors, Chinese opera, a display of penjing (potted miniature trees), fresh flowers for purchase and more. General admission is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for students ages 12 to 18 and $6 for kids 5 to 11; children under 5 are admitted free. 
The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens is located at 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino. Call (626) 405-2100 or visit huntington.org. 

Baroque Meets Brazil at Occidental
Feb. 21 — Santa Cecilia Orchestra’s concert season is in full swing, with orchestral concerts performed at Occidental College’s Thorne Hall and chamber concerts at Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock. An orchestral concert Feb. 21, conducted by Sonia Marie De Léon de Vega, showcases the string orchestra, with selections by Vivaldi, Bach and Villa-Lobos at 4 p.m. at Thorne Hall. Ticket prices range from $7 to $26. 
Occidental College’s Thorne Hall is located at 1600 Campus Rd., Eagle Rock. For tickets, call (323) 259-3011 or visit scorchestra.org. 

The Amazing Race Revealed
Feb. 28 — The San Marino Celebrity Series, sponsored by the San Marino Guild of Huntington Hospital, presents Michael Norton, senior producer, and Elise Doganier, co-creator of the TV reality series The Amazing Race, at 4 p.m. at Arcadia’s Santa Anita Church. The producers will discuss the show’s adventures in the 50 countries it has visited, as well as casting and working with foreign governments to map out the most challenging routes. Tickets benefiting the hospital cost $30. 
Santa Anita Church is located at 226 Colorado Pl., Arcadia. Call (626) 584-1512 or (626) 441-1465 or email smcelebrityseries@gmail.com 

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Rose Parade doings and viewings launch new year in style

Jan. 1, 2 and 3 — Pasadena’s signature parade takes off from the corner of Ellis Street and Orange Grove Boulevard at 8 a.m. on New Year’s Day in grand style, with dozens of floats, riders on horseback and bands from around the country. The 121st Rose Parade is themed 2010: A Cut Above the Rest. This year’s Rose Queen is Natalie Innocenzi of Arcadia, a senior at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy. The grand marshal is celebrated U.S. Airways pilot Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger. Reserved parking is available by calling Sharp Seating Co. at (626) 795-4171. Overnight parking on local streets starts at noon Dec. 31, for that night only. General admission float viewing after the two-hour parade runs from 1 to 5 p.m. Jan. 1 and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 2 and 3 at the end of the route, on Sierra Madre and Washington boulevards. Viewing for seniors and disabled viewers goes from 7 to 9 a.m. Jan. 2 and 3. Tickets cost $7; admission is free for children ages 5 and under. Call Sharp Seating for advance tickets. Ticket sales end at 3 p.m. Post-parade park-and-ride locations are Pasadena City College, 1570 E. Colorado Blvd.; Community Education Center, 3035 E. Foothill Blvd.; and Rose Bowl Stadium (Jan. 2 and 3 only), 1001 Rose Bowl Dr. Park-and-ride shuttles cost $3 round-trip and are free for children 5 and under. Visitors can download on iTunes an audio tour produced by the Tournament of Roses.

Call (626) 449-ROSE or visit tournamentofroses.com.


A Salute to Vienna at Disney

Jan. 3 — More than 75 musicians, dancers and singers form the cast of Salute to Vienna. In the style of that city’s annual New Year concert, or neujahrskonzert, they will perform waltzes, operetta excerpts, polkas and marches. The cast includes Hungarian conductor Imre Kollár, Czech Republic soprano Luisa Albrechtová, Austrian tenor Joachim Moser and members of the contemporary dance troupe Kiev-Aniko Ballet of Ukraine. The performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall starts at 2:30 p.m. Tickets, which range from  $42 to $125, are available at ticketmaster.com.   

The Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. Call (213) 365-3500 or visit salutetovienna.com.


Coming Up Roses, Observing  The Heavens at Huntington
Here are some highlights of January events at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens:

Jan. 14  — Rose Garden curator Clair Martin offers a virtual tour of important English rose gardens at 2:30 p.m. The program will feature collections of hybridizers David Austin and Peter Beales and the gardens of Mottisfont Abbey, Hidcote Manor and the Royal National Rose Society’s Gardens of the Rose. A plant sale follows. Admission is free.   

Jan. 23 and 24  — A weekend of activities surrounds Sunday’s Great Rosarians of the World annual lecture. Ticketholders may attend a hands-on rose propagation workshop on Saturday from 1 to 3:30 p.m. as well as both days’ displays of fine art photography of roses, oils and fragrances used in rose perfumery and rare rose books from the Huntington’s collections. Tickets for the entire weekend cost $40. An optional buffet dinner Saturday honoring David Austin, this year’s Great Rosarians of the World honoree, is available at additional cost with advance reservations.
On Sunday, honoree Austin will speak at 2 p.m. about his 50-year career as an amateur rose breeder. He is famous for his English roses, combining the form and fragrance of old roses with the repeat-blooming characteristics of modern blooms. A panel discussion exploring The Best Roses for Southern California Gardens starts
at 10:30 a.m. Another panel, Developing a Home Rose Library, starts at 12:45 p.m. Seating at a luncheon honoring

Austin is also available at additional cost with advance reservations. For details and tickets, call (626) 405-3507 or visit
greatrosarians.com.

Jan. 29  — James Breckinridge, optical scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, speaks at 5 p.m. on California: Window to the Universe, about California’s leading role in advancing telescope technology during the past 130 years. Admission is free.  

Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens is at 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino. Call (626) 405-2100.


The Wait is Over

Jan. 16 — The classical repertory theater company A Noise Within stages the Samuel Beckett classic Waiting for Godot, starting today at 2 and 8 p.m. and continuing with 10 performances through Jan. 24. The wicked yet witty treatise on the nature of human existence is directed by Andrew Traister.
A Noise Within is located at 234 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Call (818) 240-0910 or visit anoisewithin.org.  
The Write Stuff

Jan. 23 —  Join journalist, fiction writer and teacher Paula Panich for a writing workshop from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the L.A. County Arboretum and Botanic Garden. The session offers tips on writing with clarity about your passion, whether it’s gardening, food, cooking, wine or travel. The cost is $65 ($60 for Arboretum members).  

The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens is located at 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Call (626) 821-4623 to register. For information, visit arboretum.org.  


Elliot Engel Returns to Celebrity Series

Jan. 24 — Elliot Engel opens the 42nd season of the San Marino Celebrity Series at Santa Anita Church in Arcadia. The former North Carolina State English Professor and winner of the UCLA Outstanding Teacher Award will deliver a humorous and thought-provoking lecture on The History and Mystery of Wine at 4 p.m., tracing the ancient origins of wine and exploring ways that competitive drinks and religious prohibitions almost destroyed the drink’s popularity. The Celebrity Series, sponsored by the San Marino Guild of Huntington Hospital, raises funds for the pediatric section of the hospital’s Trauma and Emergency Center. Series tickets cost $75; single-event tickets are $30.

Santa Anita Church is located at 226 Colorado Pl., Arcadia. Call (626) 584-1512 or (626) 441-1465 or email to smccelebrityseries@gmail.com.


History Comes Alive

The Pasadena Museum of History offers insights into the roots of Pasadena and the West in a pair of January events.  

Jan. 28 — Tour the Altadena estate of author Zane Grey, whose romanticized tales of the rugged Old West made him one of the 20th century’s first millionaire writers. The Wild, Wild West: Fact and Fiction features a discussion by Nat B. Read, author of Don Benito Wilson: From Mountain Man to Mayor — 1841-1878, about the pioneering adventurer of his book. The event, from 6 to 10 p.m., includes musical entertainment and a supper catered by The Press Restaurant. Proceeds benefit Oriental carpet restoration at the museum’s Fenyes Mansion. Tickets cost $50. Call (626) 577-1660, ext. 10.

Jan. 30 — The exhibition Eva Fenyes, Collector Extraordinaire opens with a reception from noon to 5 p.m. in the museum’s History Center Galleries. In the era of turn-of-the-century opulence, Fenyes acquired the finest furniture, textiles, china, silver, jewels and art then available, filling the mansion with heirloom-quality items she and her husband, Dr. Adelbert Fenyes, purchased during their world travels. The exhibition continues through August.

The Pasadena Museum of History is located at 470 W. Walnut St., Pasadena. Call (626) 577-1660 or visit pasadenahistory.org.


Pacific Serenades Opens Season

Jan. 31  — Pacific Serenades opens its season with To Youth! To Wisdom! The 4 p.m. performance at the Neighborhood Church in Pasadena includes the world premiere of Quintessence by composer Jeff Kryka, 25, the youngest composer commissioned in the chamber ensemble’s 24-year history. The work is written for a quintet of two violins, two violas and cello. Kryka won first prize in the 2006 Turner Classic Movies Young Film Composers Competition. The program also includes String Quartet #1 in F Major by Johannes Brahms and Bela Bartok’s 44 Duos for Two Violins. General admission tickets cost $32 and are available at pacser.org; tickets for full-time students with ID cost $5 and can be purchased only at the door.

The Neighborhood Church is located at 301 N. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena. Call (213) 534-3434 or visit pacser.org.

 


Norton Simon Bids Adieu to the Comtesse

 

Jan. 23 — On the eve of the Jan. 25 return of Ingres’ 1845 portrait, Comtesse d’Haussonville,  to The Frick Collection in New York, Colin B. Bailey, the Frick’s associate director and Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator, presents a lecture at 4 p.m. on The Man Who Never Saw the Comtesse: An Introduction to Henry Clay Frick and His Collection. Bailey will offer a brief history of how Frick formed his stunning collection of Old Master paintings, sculpture and decorative arts, with special attention to the building of Frick’s Fifth Avenue mansion. The lecture is free with museum admission.

Through March 22 — Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn is well known for his paintings, but less familiar is his collection of etched prints, which provided him an outlet for expression and experimentation. Continuing through March 22 is the exhibition The Familiar Face: Portrait Prints by Rembrandt, illustrating the artist’s observational skills and gift for drama and humor.

The Norton Simon Museum is located at 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 449-6840 or visit nortonsimon.org.

 

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Home (Tour) for the Holidays

Dec. 5 and 6  — Four distinctive homes in the Linda Vista, South Arroyo and Madison Heights areas open their doors for the annual Holiday Look In home tour, benefiting the Pasadena Symphony. The homes are decorated for the holidays by some of Pasadena’s top floral designers, and live music is performed at each stop. In conjunction with the tour, which runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days, a holiday boutique at the Pasadena Convention Center is open during the same hours. Tour stops are provided with ticket purchase. Tickets cost $30 advance, $35 at the door. Boutique admission is free.  

The Pasadena Convention Center is located at 300 E. Green St., Pasadena. Visit pasadenaholidaylookin.org or call (626) 793-7172, ext. 11.

Southwest Museum, MENU MELDS MEDIA, ARTS, CULTURES

Dec. 5 and 6  — Guests at the Happy Holiday Weekend Event can enjoy festive music and holiday treats from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is free, and no reservations are required. Dec. 12  — NELAart Second Saturday Gallery Night hosts the opening of a new collection of multimedia works, A New Earth by Sandra Horse, from 7 to 10 p.m. The exhibition continues through Jan. 3.

Dec. 13  — Southwest’s popular holiday event, Las Posadas, runs from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Casa de Adobe, 4605 N. Figueroa St., Highland Park, near the museum. Guests can break a piñata, sip champurrado and sample pan dulce. The event is free, but space is limited; for reservations, call (323) 667-2000, ext. 336.  

The Southwest Museum of the American Indian is located at 234 Museum Dr., Los Angeles. Call (323) 221-2164 or visit autrynationalcenter.org.    

SEASONAL SONGFEST: CAROLS IN MANY TONGUES

Dec. 6 — The Arroyo Singers women’s chorale presents Here We Come A-Caroling, featuring Christmas songs from England, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the Ukraine as well as traditional and modern Chanukah music. The concert at Oneonta Congregational Church starts at 4 p.m.; holiday treats are served after the performance. Tickets cost $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. Admission is free for children under 10.  

Oneonta Congregational Church is located at 1515 Garfield Ave., South Pasadena. Call (626) 755-5792 or (323) 256-5332 for more information

Heritage Square’s  Holiday History Tour

Dec. 5 and 6  — The 15th annual Holiday Lamplight Celebration offers tours of the museum’s historic residences every 20 minutes from 4 to 9 p.m. Costumed actors will perform in vignettes, including an 1890s ball at the Perry Residence where the Rose Parade’s first grand marshal discusses events of the day, and a screen test by silent-film director D.W. Griffith at the Hale House. Tickets cost $20 for adults and $10 for children age 10 and under. Reservations are required.

The Heritage Square Museum is located at 3800 Homer St., Los Angeles. Call (323) 225-2700 or visit heritagesquare.org.

Los Angeles Master Chorale Sings Holiday Praises

The Chorale, conducted by Grant Gershon, presents three December programs at Walt Disney Concert Hall:

Dec. 5  — Holiday Wonders features favorite carols, including O Come All Ye Faithful, Angels We Have Heard On High, O Holy Night and Deck the Halls, accompanied by organist John West. Also included are audience sing-alongs and a performance by the Voices Within Children’s Choir, composed of L.A.–area students who have participated in the artist-in-residency program; they perform original choral works written by fifth and sixth graders. The performance starts at 2:30 p.m. Tickets range from $78 to $24; tickets for children ages 6 to 12 are half-price.

Dec. 12 and 20  —   The Chorale celebrates the 29th anniversary of its Messiah Sing-Along of Handel’s classic. The Dec. 12 concert starts at 2 p.m. and the Dec. 20 performance is at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $68 to $24.

Dec. 13  — The Chorale’s annual Rejoice! concert features Midnight Mass for Christmas Eve by Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols and Conrad Susa’s Christmas Garland. Ariel Quintana conducts Ariel Ramirez’s Navidad Nuestra, with guest ensemble Huayucaltia, starting at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $124 to $19.  

The Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. Call (213) 972-7282 or visit lamc.org 

Seasonal Bling, Wine Tasting and More at Descanso

Dec. 3 — Descanso Gardens kicks off the season with a holiday wine tasting at 5:30 p.m. at the Boddy House. Patina Catering will serve festive hors d’oeuvres. The per person cost is $54 ($49 for members). Call (818) 790-3663 to register.

Dec. 5  — Beautify your home for the holidays with tips from Rachel Young’s wreath-making workshop. The cost is $35 ($30 for members).

Dec. 6  — The Red Rabbit Holiday Arts & Crafts Market runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., featuring glass, ceramics, jewelry, clothing, fiber arts, painting, prints and mixed media by more than 30 artists and artisans. Call (818) 243-7326 or visit redrabbitworkshop.com.

Dec. 12 and 13  — Patina Catering presents a holiday storytime brunch for the entire family, with seatings at 9:30 and 11 a.m. both days. The event includes a gourmet breakfast, cookie decorating, storytelling and rides on the Enchanted Railroad. The cost is $45 for adults, $37 for members and $15 for children ages 4 to 10. Admission is free for children 3 and under. Call (818) 790-3663 for reservations.  

Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge. Call (818) 949-4200 or visit descansogardens.org.

Five Acres Open House Welcomes Community

Dec. 8  — Five Acres, which provides support for families dealing with child abuse, presents an annual holiday open house at its Altadena campus. The free event begins at 6 p.m. with hot drinks and hors d’oeuvres, followed by a musical performance by resident children and an appearance by the Henson puppets. A wine reception follows, with campus tours starting at 8 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring an unwrapped gift for resident children.  

Five Acres is located at 760 W. Mountain View St., Altadena. For reservations, call (626) 798-6793, ext. 224, or email mmorici@5acres.org. For information, visit fiveacres.org.

HOLIDAY VOICES RISE IN CONCERT

Dec. 12 — The L.A.-based women’s choral ensemble Vox Femina presents its Holiday Voices concert at 8 p.m., featuring carols and lullabies in English and Spanish as well as music by Benjamin Britten, Conrad Susa, Z. Randall Stroope, Roger Bourland, Paul Carey and Mack Wilberg. A new work commissioned by Vox Femina and a vocal rendition of the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy will also be performed. Tickets for the concert at Pasadena’s First Congregational Church cost $25 in advance, $30 at the door.  

The First Congregational Church is located at 464 E. Walnut St., Pasadena. Call (310) 922-0025 or visit voxfeminala.org.  

Art of Hard Times at the Autry

Dec. 12 — As part of the Nadine Carson Forum Series at the Autry National Center, New York University historian Linda Gordon, author of the new book Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits, will discuss the purpose of art, particularly women’s art, during hard times at 2 p.m. The lecture is free with museum admission.

The Autry National Center is located at 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park. For reservations, call (323) 667-2000, ext. 250, by Dec. 7.  For information, visit autrynationalcenter.org.  

Angeles Chorale Performs Handel Classic

Dec. 12  — The Angeles Chorale performs Handel’s Messiah at 8 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Pasadena. Donald Neuen, one of the world’s top scholars on the work, will conduct a full baroque orchestra in a historically authentic production. Soloists include soprano Joanna Foote, alto Cynthia Jansen, tenor Todd Strange and baritone

Abdiel Gonzalez. Tickets cost $25. The First United Methodist Church is located at 500 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Call (818) 591-1735 or visit angeleschorale.org.

A New Work, Classic Masterpieces by LACO

Dec. 12 — The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra presents Bel Canto, featuring works by Mozart, Copland and R. Strauss and the West Coast premiere of A Shout, A Whisper and a Trace by Derek Bermel. The concert starts at 8 p.m. at Glendale’s Alex Theatre, with Jeffrey Kahane conducting. Tickets cost $100 to $18. The concert repeats at 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at UCLA’s Royce Hall.   

The Alex Theatre is located at 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Call (213) 622-7001, ext. 215, or visit laco.org 

PARADE PREP OFFERS SNEAK PEEKS

Here’s a look at some of the events leading up to Pasadena’s world-famous festivities on New Year’s Day:

Dec. 28 through 31  — Visitors can watch grand floats being decorated for the 2010 Rose Parade at three Pasadena locations: Rosemont Pavilion, Brookside Pavilion and the Rose Palace. Public viewings are held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday. Admission costs $7 for any two visits; admission is free for children 3 and under.  

Rosemont Pavilion is located at 700 Seco St., Pasadena; Brookside Pavilion is located in Lot I, on the south side of the Rose Bowl, 1001 Rose Bowl Dr., Pasadena; the Rose Palace is located at 835 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. For tickets, call Sharp Seating at (626) 795-4171 or visit sharpseating.com. For information, visit tournamentofrosesa.com/events.  
Dec. 29  — Watch horses and riders (some heading for the Rose Parade) perform drills, dances, trick riding and roping in the annual Equestfest at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank. Demonstrations and exhibits take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets cost $12; admission is free for children 5 and under. Parking costs $5 per car. Food and beverages are available for purchase.  

The Los Angeles Equestrian Center is located at 480 Riverside Dr., Burbank. Call (626) 795-4171 or visit sharpseating.com.  

Dec. 29 and 30  — Bandfest at Pasadena City College’s Robinson Stadium showcases the prize-winning bands that will participate in the parade, in three shows over two days. Performances start at 2 p.m. Tuesday and at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets cost $12.

Pasadena City College is located at 1570 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 795-4171 or visit sharpseating.com.

Dec. 31  —  The Rose Bowl Game Kickoff Luncheon, presented by Trader Joe’s, starts at noon in the Kickoff Luncheon Pavilion Tent at Rose Bowl Stadium. The Rose Queen and her court and the 2009 Rose Bowl Game Hall of Fame inductees will be on hand. Tickets cost $85, and advance purchase is required through Ticketmaster or participating universities and alumni travel organizations.  

Rose Bowl Stadium is located at 1001 Rose Bowl Dr., Pasadena.

The List

The List

Stark Exhibition at Haus

Through Nov. 7 — Magnus Stark’s photography exhibition continues at Haus Gallery. Stark makes images by chemically manipulating unexposed sheets of Polaroid film, fixing the results with a scanner and processing them with Photoshop. The result is a series of provocative images suggesting microscopic life forms, topographic details and planetary constellations.


Haus is located at 517 S. Sierra Madre Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 356-2408 or
visit hausgallery.com.  


Cal State Stars Take the Autry Stage

Nov. 1 — Cal State L.A. music graduate students hit the stage at the Autry National Center for an evening of Latin jazz from 6 to 9 p.m. Members of the CSULA Afro-Latin Ensemble, under the direction of Paul De Castro, perform original salsa, timba, Afro-Cuban and Afro-Caribbean music. Light refreshments will be served afterward. Admission costs $5 (free for Autry members).


The Autry National Center is located at 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park.
Call (323) 667-2000 or visit autrynationalcenter.org.


Walking to Fight Alzheimer’s

Nov. 1 —  The 17th annual Memory Walk to combat Alzheimer’s runs from 9 a.m. to noon, starting from California Plaza’s Watercourt in downtown LA. Some 3,000 participants are expected to take part in the event, sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association, California Southland Chapter. Food, entertainment and a health-and-
wellness expo are also included. Registration begins at 7 a.m.
The Watercourt at California Plaza is located at 350 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. 


Call (323) 930-6228 or visit alzla.org/mw.


(Pajama) Party Down

Nov. 4 — Newborn to 3-year-old children and their parents, teddy bears, silent cuddly toys and blankies are welcome at Pasadena Conservatory of Music’s Musical Pajama Party at 6:30 p.m. Young Musicians instructor Kim Berry will entertain guests with music and a bedtime story. Dress code: jammies. Admission is free. Reservations
are required.


The Pasadena Conservatory of Music is located at 100 N. Hill Ave., Pasadena.
Call (626) 683-3355.


Girl Groups, ’60s Sounds Live at Pasadena Playhouse

Nov. 6 — In the early 1960s, New Jersey housewife Florence Greenberg took on the male-dominated record industry, forming Scepter Records with African-American songwriter Luther Dixon. Scepter launched numerous groups (including the Shirelles) and hits like Soldier Boy, He’s So Fine and Dedicated to the One I Love. The Pasadena Playhouse presents her story in the musical Baby, It’s You!, written by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux (who also directs). The show opens today and continues through Dec. 13.  Curtain time is 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 and
7 p.m. Sundays. Tickets range in price from $48 to $78.


The Pasadena Playhouse is located at 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 356-7529 or visit pasadenaplayhouse.org.


L.A. chamber loves ludwig

Nov. 7 — The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Jeffrey Kahane, performs Discover Beethoven 5, featuring Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67, at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium. Kahane also performs as a featured piano soloist. A pre-concert talk is scheduled for 7 p.m.; the concert starts at 8 p.m. Tickets range in price from $20 to $100.


The Ambassador Auditorium is located at 131 S. St. John Ave., Pasadena.
Call (213) 622-7001, ext. 215, or visit laco.org.


Autry Celebrates Native American Heritage Month

A variety of events highlights Native American Heritage Month at the Autry National Center:

Nov. 7  — The mainstage season of Native Voices at the Autry National Center, the nation’s leading Native American theater company, opens with Carbon Black by Terry Gomez. The suspenseful psychological dramedy, directed by Native Voices Founder and Producing Artistic Director Randy Reinholz, portrays a mother/son relationship and the impact of agoraphobia and media-inspired fear. The play starts at 8 p.m. and continues through Nov. 22. The curtain goes up at 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets range in price from $6 to $10.

Nov. 7 and 8  — The Intertribal Arts Marketplace draws Native American artists from around the country, offering pottery, jewelry, sculpture, paintings, mixed-media items, beadwork, wood carvings and various cultural items. There are hands-on activities for children, music and dance performances, storytellers, Native American food and a chance to interact with the artists. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

Nov. 7  — The Art of Native American Basketry: A Living Tradition opens, displaying the Autry’s collection of baskets from the Southwest Museum of the American Indian. Baskets represent 11 regions and more than 100 cultural groups. The exhibition runs through May 30, 2010.   

 


The Autry National Center is located at 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park. Call (323) 667-2000 or visit nativevoicesattheautry.org.


Tea, mums and drums, plus turkey and trimmings at Descanso

 

Nov. 7 and 8  — A Japanese Garden Festival, which runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, showcases an Ikebana display by Kaz Kitajama of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana and a chrysanthemum show and sale. A taiko drum performance starts at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Guests can call Patina Catering at (818) 790-3663 to reserve a Full Moon Tea House service for $19.50 per person between noon and 2 p.m.

Nov. 26  — Patina Catering offers its Bountiful Harvest Buffet, a Thanksgiving feast  with seatings at noon and 2 p.m. in Van de Kamp Hall. For reservations, call (818) 790-3663.  Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge.


Call (818) 949-4200 or visit descansogardens.org.


Opera on the Big Screen

Nov. 7, 11, 12 and 18 — The Metropolitan Opera’s Peabody Award-winning program, The Met: Live in HD, returns to movie theaters for its fourth season. The series is transmitted in high definition to some 500 venues nationwide, including AMC Santa Anita 16 in Arcadia and AMC Burbank 16 in Burbank. Coming up this month are a live performance of Franco Zeffirelli’s production of Puccini’s Turandot on Nov. 7 at 10 a.m.; recorded performances of Verdi’s Aida with Violeta Urmana in the title role on Nov. 11 at 6:30 p.m. and Nov. 12 at 1 p.m.; and an encore performance of Turandot on Nov. 18 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $18 and can be purchased at fathomevents.com or at theater box offices.


AMC Santa Anita 16 is located at 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Call (888) AMC-4FUN. AMC Burbank 16 is located at 125 E. Palm Ave., Burbank. Call (888) 262-4386.


Nativities, Open House Usher in Holidays at Folk Tree

Nov. 21 — The Folk Tree’s 23rd annual International Nativities Exhibition features crèches created by artisans from Mexico, Haiti, Poland and India, plus ornaments and nativities by some 25 area artists. The exhibition kicks off with a holiday open house from 2 to 6 p.m.

Nov. 21 and 22 — Mexican artisan Sergio Martinez demonstrates weaving techniques and displays a selection of rugs, runners and bed coverings in his contemporary signature style.


The Folk Tree is located at 217 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 795-8733 or visit folktree.com.


One Colorado lights up for festive Season

Nov. 27 — Christmas comes early to the One Colorado courtyard, as Pasadena’s biggest tree-lighting ceremony starts at 6 p.m. Santa comes out to light the 35-foot-tall tree, and the 92nd Rose Queen makes one of her first public appearances. The event also launches the annual Charles Cherniss Tournament of Toys drive. Holiday sing-alongs express the seasonal spirit.  


One Colorado is located between Colorado Boulevard and Union Street and DeLacey and Fair Oaks avenues in Old Pasadena. Call (626) 564-1066 or visit
onecolorado.com.  


Heritage square victorians don season apparel

Nov. 27 — Heritage Square Museum in Los Angeles presents a holiday tour of three of its historic Victorian homes, all decked out in seasonal décor designed by Sarah Barnard, Karina T. Rizzo, Jean Zinner and Sylvia Kouzouian. Tours run from noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays from Nov. 27 through Jan. 3, 2010. Tickets costs $10 for adults, $8 for seniors over 65 and $5 for children ages 6 to 12; admission is free for children under 6 and museum members.
The Heritage Square Museum is located at 3800 Homer St., Los Angeles.


Call (323) 225-2700 or visit heritagesquare.org.


Sierra Madre seniors show they’re not tapped out

Nov. 29 — The Tap Chicks display their high-stepping style, dancing to Broadway tunes, 1940s classics and more, at 7 p.m. at the Sierra Madre Playhouse. The costumed troupe, formed by choreographer/singer/musical accompanist Pam Kay at the Pasadena Senior Center, ranges in age from 50 to 84. Tickets cost $20 for adults; $17 for seniors age 65 and older and students under 18; and $12 for children age 12 and younger.


The Sierra Madre Playhouse is located at 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre. Call (626) 355-4318 or visit sierramadreplayhouse.org for tickets.


Spontaneous Fantasia Returns to Glendale

Through Dec. 12 — Digital artist and virtual world pioneer J. Walt returns to the Glendale Community College Planetarium with a new incarnation of his Spontaneous Fantasia show — The Omnicentric Universe. Marrying art with technology, Walt creates 3-D computer-generated images of a virtual planet in real time and projects them onto the planetarium’s full-dome theater. The show starts at 8 p.m. on select weekends through Dec. 12. Tickets range from $13 to $15 and $5 to $8 for children (recommended for ages 5 and older).


The Glendale Community College Planetarium is located at 1500 N. Verdugo Rd., Glendale. Call (626) 688-0778 or visit spontaneousfantasia.com.


Santa Cecilia Orchestra Launches Season

Nov. 22 — The Santa Cecilia Orchestra performs works by Vivaldi, Respighi and Mussorgsky in its season-opening performance, St. Cecilia Feast Day, at 4 p.m. at Occidental College’s Thorne Hall in Eagle Rock. Tickets range in price from $27 to $20; youth tickets cost $7.


Thorne Hall is located on the Occidental College campus, 1600 Campus Road,
Eagle Rock. Call (323) 259-3011 or visit scorchestra.org for tickets.


 

 

The List

The List

 A Fresh Take on the Grand Canyon
Through Jan. 3 — The Autry National Center offers sweeping panoramas of the Grand Canyon in Charting the Canyon: Photographs by Mark Klett & Byron Wolfe. The exhibition weds contemporary color photos with digital versions of historic drawings and images.

The Autry National Center is located at 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park. Call (323) 667-2000 or visit autrynationalcenter.org.

The Art of Arts & Crafts
Pasadena Heritage’s 18th annual Craftsman Weekend celebrates the Arts and Craft Movement of the early 20th century with bus and walking tours and events. Some highlights:

Oct. 2 — In a prelude to the weekend, the documentary Beautiful Simplicity: Arts & Crafts Architecture in Southern California premieres at 6:30 p.m. at Pasadena’s Polytechnic School. Filmmaker Paul Bockhorst will be on hand to discuss the film. Tickets cost $15.

Oct. 16 — A wine-and-cheese reception from 7 to 9 p.m. kicks off an exhibition of Frances Gearhart’s woodblock prints at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. Tickets cost $40.

Oct. 17 — A tour and reception at Greene & Greene’s Freeman Ford House is held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets cost $85.

Oct. 17 and 18 — The Furniture & Decorative Arts Show and Sale takes over two floors of Pasadena’s Masonic Temple from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $10.

Oct. 18 — The Craftsman House Tour, showcasing several privately owned award-
winning residences, runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets cost $45.
For tickets and details, call (626) 441-6333 or visit pasadenaheritage.org.

Wine, (Men and) Women and Song

Oct. 3 — The fourth annual Sierra Madre Wine and Jazz Walk, presented by Riboli Family Wine Estates/San Antonio Winery, runs from 4 to 7 p.m. to benefit City of Hope cancer research. A new addition is a wine garden open from 6 to 8 p.m., with food and live Latin jazz, for an additional $20 fee. Tickets cost $35 in advance, $40 the day of the event.
The Wine and Jazz Walk takes over Sierra Madre Boulevard and Baldwin Avenue in downtown Sierra Madre. Call (626) 355-0024 or visit sierramadrewineandjazzwalk.com.

Kings and Criminals at A Noise Within

Oct. 3 — A Noise Within kicks off its 2009-10 season with Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of King Richard III, directed by Geoff Elliott, the company’s co-artistic director. The play starts at 8 p.m. and continues through Dec. 12.

Oct. 17 — Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment opens at 8 p.m. and continues through Dec. 17. The production, directed by Craig Belknap, features a new adaptation by Marilyn Campbell and Curt Columbus.
A Noise Within is located at 234 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Call (818) 265-7964 or visit anoisewithin.org.

Population Explosion at PMCA

Oct. 3 — The Pasadena Museum of California Art hosts an opening reception for three exhibitions from 7 to 9 p.m. In addition to Wayne Thiebaud: 70 Years of Painting (see cover story), PMCA unveils Population: The Portraits of Ray Turner, featuring 150 intimate portraits of friends and Pasadena residents, and Behold the Day: The Color Block Prints of Frances Gearhart. The exhibitions continue through Jan. 31, 2010. Admission costs $5 (free for members).
The Pasadena Museum of California Art is located at 490 E. Union St., Pasadena. Call (626) 568-3665 or visit pmcaonline.org.

South Pasadena Salutes the Arts

Oct. 3 — The South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce and local businesses host ArtsFest 2009 from 5 to 10 p.m. The event includes the California Art Club Plein Air Paint-Out exhibition at the South Pasadena Library and live music at two venues: The Main Stage at the Mission Gold Line Station Walking Man Plaza on Meridian Avenue and the South Pasadena Music Center on Mission Street. Participating galleries include Michael Hollis Fine Art, LouWe Gallery, Fremont Gallery, SoPas Gallery, Tah Gallery, SPACE Arts Center and Gallery, Burke Triolo Studio and SOPA Studios.
The South Pasadena Library is located at 1115 El Centro St., and the South Pasadena Music Center is located at 1509 Mission St., South Pasadena. Call (626) 441-2339 or visit southpaschamber.com.

Art en Plein Air

Through Nov. 15  — The prominent French artist Daniel Buren returns to Old Pasadena’s One Colorado Courtyard with his latest large-scale, site-specific work, A Rainbow in the Sky. Forty-two lines of colorful striped flags — 2,268 in all — span some 3,700 square feet above the courtyard.

Oct. 4 — The courtyard is also the scene of the biannual Art + Design Open Market from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The sale hosts more than 100 artists from Art Center College of Design and Pasadena City College. 

The One Colorado Courtyard is located between Fair Oaks and De Lacey avenues and between Colorado Boulevard and Union Street in Old Pasadena. Call (626) 564-1066 or visit onecolorado.com

Home, Sweet Home Tour

Oct. 4 — The 23rd annual Pasadena American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Home & Kitchen Tour runs from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The self-guided tour includes five diverse homes in Pasadena and Arcadia: a 1926 European Revival, a 1963 contemporary, a 2009 midcentury modern, a 1923 English Tudor and a 2008 California Spanish. Tickets cost $30 in advance, $35 at the door.
Call (626) 795-6898 or visit asidpasadena.org.

A Weekend Celebrating Art

Oct. 9 and 10 — Pasadena hails its art institutions with its annual Art Weekend. Friday is ArtNight Pasadena from 6 to 10 p.m., when local cultural institutions open their doors for free, offering samplings of art, artifacts and music. On Saturday, the Pasadena ArtWalk showcases the Playhouse District with an open-air art fair on El Molino Avenue between Colorado Boulevard and Green Street from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The art displays continue at the Walter Hoving Home for women recovering from addiction and prostitution, which is open to the public from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., an invitation-only open house follows, at which Mayor Bill Bogaard presides over a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The cost is $25 per person. For an invitation, call Joyce Racine at (626) 405-0950 or email jracine@walterhovinghome.com.

The Walter Hoving Home is located at 127 S. El Molino Ave. For Art Weekend information, call the hotline at (626) 744-7249 or visit pasadenaartweekend.com.

Oh, For the Love of Chocolate

Oct. 11 — TasteTV presents the third annual Los Angeles Luxury Chocolate Salon at the Pasadena Convention Center from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event features more than 30 chocolatiers, confectioners, wineries and other culinary artisans. Tickets cost $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

The Pasadena Convention Center is located at 300 E. Green St., Pasadena. For tickets, visit lachocolatesalon.com.

Wine and Roses for a Good Cause

Oct. 11 — Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center hosts its 22nd annual “Evening of Wine and Roses” to benefit maternity, neonatal and other hospital programs. The black-tie event at Glendale Memorial starts at 5:30 p.m. with a reception and silent auction, followed by dinner, a live auction and dancing. Tickets cost $200. Sponsorships range in cost from $2,500 to $25,000.

Glendale Memorial Hospital is located at 1420 S. Central Ave., Glendale. Call (818) 502-2375 or email friendofgmhf@chw.edu.

An Oenophile’s France

Oct. 14 through 24 — Marie Meek, sommelier of redwhite+bluezz, hosts an oenophile’s tour of Paris, the Burgundy wine region, Alsace-Lorraine and Champagne, with stops at top wine producers and Michelin-rated restaurants. The cost for the Abercrombie & Kent tour, a collaboration between redwhite+bluezz and Distant Lands Travel Bookstore, is $7,365 per person, double occupancy.

For reservations, visit Palani Havellana with American Express Travel at Distant Lands Travel Bookstore, 56 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, or call (626) 578-0114.

Women and Writing at the Pacific Asia Museum

Oct. 14 — Fashioning Domesticity, Weaving Desire: Visions of the Filipina, an exhibition exploring civilized and wild images of early-to-mid-20th-century Filipinas, opens at Pasadena’s Pacific Asia Museum and continues through Feb. 8, 2010.

Through Jan. 17 — A multi-cultural exhibition focusing on writing continues at the museum. Calligraffiti: Writing in Contemporary Chinese and Latino Art (pictured) explores connections between the elevated writing form of calligraphy and its controversial relative, graffiti.

The Pacific Asia Museum is located at 46 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 449-2742 or visit pacificasiamuseum.org.

An Explosion of Color at the Huntington

Oct. 17 — The Huntington unveils The Color Explosion: Nineteenth-Century American Lithography from the Jay T. Last Collection, featuring some 250 advertising posters, art prints, calendars, certificates, children’s books, color-plate illustrations, sheet music, toys, games, product labels, sales catalogs and more. The show is on view through Feb. 22, 2010, in the MaryLou and George Boone Gallery.

Oct. 24 — Two exhibitions open:
Central Avenue and Beyond: The Harlem Renaissance in Los Angeles explores early 20th-century L.A.’s hub of African-American arts with more than 50 items chronicling aspects of the neighborhood’s culture. Included are original manuscripts by poet Langston Hughes, movie posters for black Hollywood films, including The Bronze Venus starring Lena Horne, correspondence by W.E.B. DuBois and more. The show runs through Jan. 4, 2010.
Drawn to Satire: John Sloan’s Illustrations for the Novels of Charles Paul de Kock (pictured) features satirical etchings portraying raucous behavior and silly plot twists created from 1902 through 1905 to illustrate de Kock’s comic novels. Three dozen etchings and related prints, drawings and books will be on display through Feb. 1, 2010.

The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens is located at 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino. Call (626) 405-2100 or visit huntington.org.

Beer Flows at Descanso

Oct. 24 — L.A. Beer Week concludes its 11-day run through Los Angeles and Orange counties with a final stop at Descanso Gardens’ Rose Garden. Guests can sample some 80 varieties of tasty suds from 40 craft breweries from 3 to 8 p.m. Tickets, which include unlimited 4-oz. tasters, cost $40 and are available at labeerweek.com. Patina Restaurant Group appetizers will be on sale, cash only.

Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge. For Descanso information, call (818) 949-4200 or visit descansogardens.org.

A Famous Beauty Visits Pasadena

Oct. 30 — The Norton Simon Museum presents Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres’ 1845 painting Comtesse d’Haussonville, on loan from New York’s Frick Collection as part of a museum exchange program. The loan coincides with an exhibition opening today — Gaze: Portraiture after Ingres, featuring some 150 works from Norton Simon’s collections chronicling the rise of portraiture due to Ingres’ influence in the early-to-mid-19th century. The Comtesse is on view through Jan. 25, 2010. Gaze runs through April 5, 2010.

The Norton Simon Museum is located at 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena.
Call (626) 449-6840 or visit nortonsimon.org

Goblins in the Garden

Oct. 31 — The Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden hosts little goblins, up to age 10, in a Halloween event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Activities include nature-related crafts, art projects, storytelling, pumpkin decorating, music, face-painting, photo opportunities, tricks and treats. Special surprises are in store for kids wearing costumes. The cost in addition to regular admission is $10 per child.

The Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden is located at 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Call (626) 821-3222 or visit arboretum.org.

 

The list

The list

Last of the Summer Dive-Ins
Sept. 4 — The Langham, Huntington Hotel & Spa bids good-bye to summer with a final installment of its Friday night “Dive-In Movie” series. Hotel guests can relax by the pool or on The Terrace patio and watch a family-friendly movie on a giant screen. The event offers pool floaties for the kids and food and beverages from the pool bar. Jonas Brothers: The Concert Experience starts at 8 p.m.  
The Langham, Huntington Hotel & Spa is located at 1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 568-3900 or visit pasadena.langhamhotels.com.

Carol Channing Raises he Roof in Altadena
Sept. 6 — Broadway icon Carol Channing visits the Altadena Community Church for a special unplugged performance of “Carol Channing Raises the Roof” to benefit the church’s roof repair fund. The 7 p.m. concert includes a preview of her new gospel CD, For Heaven’s Sake, as well as her signature tunes like Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend and Hello, Dolly! Adult tickets range in price from $35 to $125 for VIP seating, which includes a reception with Channing; tickets for children ages 13 and under cost $10.
The Altadena Community Church is located at 943 E. Altadena Dr., Altadena. Call (626) 395-9923 or visit altadenaucc.org. 

Celebrations at “Boddy’s Big Backyard”
Descanso Gardens is searching for former camellia queens and princesses who reigned over its celebrations of the winter-blooming flower during the 1950s. They’re invited to participate in a new festival hailing Descanso’s signature blossom — “The Golden Age of the Camellia” — which will be held Feb. 13 and 14, 2010. Contact Brenda Rees at (818) 949-7984 or pr@descansogardens.org.
In other news:
Sept. 7 — Descanso’s Labor Day festivities salute the heyday of founder E. Manchester Boddy in the 1930s and ‘40s, when locals referred to the area as “Boddy’s Big Backyard.” Events from 9 a.m. to
5 p.m. include a Model A car show and a 1 p.m. performance of Latin jazz by the Louie Cruz Beltran Ensemble. Visitors can pack a picnic or graze at Patina Catering’s barbecue stations from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Table seating is limited, so guests are encouraged to bring blankets and folding chairs.
Sept. 17 through 20 — The Crown City Theatre Company performs A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Under the Oaks Theatre as part of the “Shakespeare in the Gardens” series. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., and the show starts at 6:30 p.m. Patina Catering sells edibles before the show. 
Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge. Call (818) 949-4200 or visit descansogardens.org. For Shakespeare tickets, call (818) 430-7872 or visit crowncitytheatre.com. 

Lionel Richie Honored All Night Long
Sept. 12 — The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) will honor singer/songwriter Lionel Richie with its Award of Excellence during the organization’s 31st annual television special, “An Evening of Stars,” which will be taped at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. Richie will be recognized for his career achievements and support for minority education. The two-hour musical tribute will feature a variety of artists performing songs Richie made famous and will be televised nationwide in January, 2010. Tickets cost $100 and are available at ticketmaster.com.
The Pasadena Civic Auditorium is located at 300 E. Green St., Pasadena. For information, visit uncf.org/aeos.

Heritage Square Museum Turns the Big 4-0
Sept. 12 — The Heritage Square Museum in Los Angeles celebrates four decades of promoting and preserving Southern California’s heritage, cultural diversity and architecture with a fundraiser at the historic San Antonio Winery in Lincoln Heights from 1:30 to 5 p.m. The event includes winery tours and costumed docents. Tickets cost $125.
The San Antonio Winery is located at 737 Lamar St., Los Angeles. Call (323) 225-2700 or visit heritagesquare.org. 

PROMINENT Artists CoLLABORATE on AIDS Gala
Sept. 13 — Bold-faced names from the art, literary and entertainment worlds pitch in to help with  “Art Out of the Box,” a gala benefiting the Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance’s (GAIA) campaign to provide care for people with HIV/AIDS in Malawi. Martin Puryear, Alison Saar, Joel-Peter Witkin and Kenton Nelson will turn cigar boxes into artworks for auction. Rainn Wilson and Jane Kaczmarek will emcee the event, which includes an address by author Anne Lamott and runs from 4 to 7 p.m. Tickets cost $250 and are available at thegaia.org.
The Bistro 45 Restaurant is located at 45 S. Mentor Ave., Pasadena. For information, visit thegaia.org. 

Aron Goldberg at Offramp
Sept. 13 — Pasadena’s Offramp Gallery unveils “Aron Goldberg: A Life in Self Portraits” at a reception for the artist from 2 to 5 p.m. The exhibition, which runs through Oct. 25, features more than 100 self-portraits of the Los Angeles-based artist, from his youth in the mid-1950s to the present.
The Offramp Gallery is located at 1702 Lincoln Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 298-6931 or visit offrampgallery.com. 

Vans Warped Tour on Film
Sept. 17 — The Vans Warped Tour celebrates its 15th anniversary with a special theatrical event at 8 p.m., which will be screened locally at AMC Santa Anita 16 & IMAX. The two-hour movie will feature the best performances from the L.A. leg of the tour, to be recorded Sept. 6 at the Nokia Theatre. Performers are scheduled to include Bad Religion, Katy Perry and Ozomatli. Tickets will be available at the
theater box office.
The AMC Santa Anita 16 & IMAX is located at 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Call (888) AMC-4FUN. For information, visit warpedtour.com

Calling All Top Real Estate Dogs
Sept. 18 — The Arcadia Association of Realtors offers its “Signature Series” training course for commercial real estate agents from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Santa Anita Golf Course. Bob McComb, co-creator of the Top Dogs training series, will conduct the course. Fees, which include breakfast and lunch, are $88 before Aug. 31 and $99 from Sept. 1 until the Sept. 15 deadline.
The Santa Anita Golf Course is located at 405 S. Santa Anita Ave., Arcadia. For information, call (626) 446-2115 or visit theaar.com.

Hot Rods Cruise to South Pasadena
Sept. 20 — More than 400 cars will be on display when the annual South Pasadena “Cruz’n for Roses Hot Rod and Classic Car Show” comes to Mission Street, west of Fair Oaks Boulevard, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event, which benefits the South Pasadena Tournament of Roses, is held in tandem with the South Pasadena Police and Fire Department Safety Fair.  
Call (626) 799-7813 or visit sptor.com 

Raising Glasses for Good Causes in La Cañada
Sept. 20 — A festival showcasing more than 90 wines and dishes from 20 local restaurants and caterers tempts taste buds at Memorial Park from 2 to 5 p.m. A wine auction follows from 5 to 6 p.m. The event, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of La Cañada, the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Endowment Foundation and the La Cañada Chamber of Commerce, benefits Skid Row’s Midnight Mission, the Habitat for Humanity and literacy, arts and health programs for children and youth. Tickets cost $55 in advance, $65 at the door.
Memorial Park is located at 1301 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge. Call (310) 770-6384 or visit lacanadakiwanis.org. 

Lisa See and Harry Brant Chandler at the Autry
Sept. 20 — Los Angeles novelist Lisa See speaks to the Autry National Center of the American West Book Club about her latest work, Shanghai Girls, which explores the Chinese experience in Los Angeles and Hollywood during the anti-Communist mania of the 1950s. In 2000, See curated an exhibition for the Autry — On Gold Mountain: A Chinese American Experience — which traveled to the Smithsonian Institution the following year. She also helped develop the Autry’s interactive Family Discovery Gallery. The event runs from 2 to 4 p.m. Club dues are $10 per year, on top of the Autry membership fee. For reservations, call (323) 667-2000, ext. 326, or email memberinfo@autrynationalcenter.org.
Sept. 25 — “Dreamers in Dream City,” an exhibition of new and vintage photographs taken or manipulated by fifth-generation Angeleno Harry Brant Chandler (of the Los Angeles Times’ founding family), opens Sept. 25 at the Autry National Center. Chandler’s subjects range from surfers to moviemakers, immigrants to billionaires, quacks to rocket scientists. His collection includes images of builders (Abbot Kinney, Frank Gehry and William Mulholland), inventors (Dick Rutan, George Barris and Reeves Callaway) and artists (Ed Ruscha, Jim Morrison and Raymond Chandler), as well as activists, entertainers and entrepreneurs. The exhibition continues through Jan. 3, 2010.
The Autry National Center of the American West is located at 4700 Western Heritage Way in Griffith Park. Call (323) 667-2000 or visit autrynationalcenter.org.

Hathaway-Sycamores Honors Supporters at Annual Benefit
Sept. 24 — Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services hosts its annual “Celebrating Children” benefit from 6 to 8 p.m. at a private Pasadena home overlooking the Arroyo Seco. The evening honors supporters Ardella and Bill Horsfall, who co-chaired the group’s centennial celebration in 2002. Ardella Horsfall also chaired the Board of Directors that year. The celebration includes a cocktail reception and a performance by the Hathaway-Sycamores Children’s Grief & Loss Choir, a group of youngsters from South Los Angeles who are receiving counseling for the loss of a family member. Tickets start at $75 per person.  
To purchase tickets or an ad, call (626) 395-7100. For information, visit
hathaway-sycamores.org.

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Day One Youth Month Offers Wholesome Fun
Day One, a nonprofit that battles substance abuse, celebrates its 15th annual Youth Month in association with the City of Pasadena. The event features 60 free and low-cost activities for young people. Registration is required for all events. Highlights include:
July 31
— Youth Month festivities kick off with “Neon II” — the blue carpet premiere teen dance at Day One — open to ages 13 through 18. It runs from 9 a.m. to midnight and costs $5.
Aug. 15
— A Youth Summit at the Pasadena City College Community Education Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. offers speakers and workshops on healthy relationships, youth empowerment, conflict resolution, peer pressure and media influence on alcohol and drug use. Free breakfast and lunch are provided.
Aug. 28 — Youth Fest Luau at Day One from 5 to 8 p.m. includes games, food and entertainment for families.
Day One is located at 175 N. Euclid Ave., Pasadena. PCC’s Community Education Center is at 3035 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 229-9750 or visit dayonepasadena.com.

The Return of the Tower and Native American Films at the Southwest Museum
The Southwest Museum of the American Indian celebrates the recent completion of repairs to its Caracol Tower, damaged during the 1994 Northridge earthquake.  Also on tap are these free film screenings:
Aug. 5, 12, 19 and 26 — The Southern California Indian Center Native American Film Festival features weekly films from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., starting with Standing Silent Nation (2007). The movie explores the fate of Native Americans like Alex White Plume, who glimpsed a bright future when the Oglala Sioux Tribe passed an ordinance distinguishing industrial hemp from its illegal cousin, marijuana. But then the Drug Enforcement Administration disrupted the hemp harvest. The series continues with March Point (2008) on Aug. 12, Alcatraz is Not an Island (2001) on Aug. 19 and Pow Wow Highway (1989) on Aug. 26.
The Southwest Museum is located at 234 Museum Dr., Los Angeles. Call (323) 221-2164 or visit autrynationalcenter.org.

Cool Cars Show and Shine in Pasadena
Aug. 1 — The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) presents its first Show ’n’ Shine Car Show at the Pasadena Convention Center, with more than 200 vehicles representing a broad swath of car culture — hot rods, muscle cars, exotics and sport compacts. The event, which runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., also features the second annual “SEMA Cares Pinewood Drag Races,” presented by eBay Motors. Chip Foose of TLC’s Overhaulin’ serves as grand marshal of the show, which benefits Childhelp and the Victory Junction Gang Camp. Show admission costs $5 for adults and  is free for children ages 10 and under. Car show entry applications are available at sema.org/carshow. Registration for the Pinewood Drag Races is available at sema.org/derby. Tickets can be purchased at the door.
The Pasadena Convention Center is located at 300 E. Green St., Pasadena. Call (626) 793-2122 or visit sema.org.

Singles Bet on a Good Time
Aug. 1 —Super Singles Mixers hosts an event for ages 40 to 59 from 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the Romanesque Room of Pasadena’s historic Green Street Hotel. The evening features a James Bond–flavored casino night and dance party, with gaming tables and gambling chips included with admission. Also scheduled are a raffle, a dessert buffet and booths offering handwriting analysis and reflexology. Guests in Bond-style costumes receive an extra raffle ticket. Admission costs $25, cash only, at the door.  
The Green Street Hotel is located at 50 E. Green St., Pasadena. Call (213) 999-9899 or visit supersinglemixers.com.

A Green Technology Forum Comes to TOWN
Aug. 2, 3 and 4 — The Green Tech Connect Forum brings together emerging green technology developers, government officials and investors at the Pasadena Convention Center. The event is part of the Helping Hand Initiative adopted by the South Coast Air Quality Management District. Green technology developers will discuss their companies, technologies and funding needs with prospective funding partners. The event runs from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 3 and from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 4. A free pre-conference workshop to help entrepreneurs develop a green technology business plan and identify possible funding sources meets from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 2.  
The Pasadena Convention Center is located at 300 E. Green St., Pasadena. Call (909) 396-2221 or visit greentechconnectforum.com.

Kidspace Family Night Features Children’s Art

Aug. 4  — Artworks by children ages 6 to 10 and by artist-teachers of the California Art Club go on display from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Kidspace Children’s Museum’s monthly Free Family Night. The works were created during a one-week workshop on plein air techniques, offered as part of the club’s centennial. Admission is free.  
Kidspace Children’s Museum is located at 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 449-9144 or visit kidspacemuseum.org.

The Foothills are Alive with Wine and Music
Aug. 6 and 20 — Australian wines and food pairings will be presented Aug. 6, with a sake tasting scheduled for Aug. 20. Both events run from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Call Patina at (818) 790-3663 for reservations. The cost for each tasting is $54 ($49 for members).
Aug. 6 — The warm nights and cool sounds of Descanso’s Summer Concert Series continue with a performance by the Mitchell Long Group from 5:30 to 7 p.m., free with admission to the gardens. Guests are encouraged to bring picnics and blankets to sit on.
Aug. 14 and 15 — The Patina Group and the Pasadena POPS team up for evenings of dining and music about star-crossed love, with selections from Romeo and Juliet, Superman, Batman and Gone with the Wind. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., and the concert begins at 7:30. For concert tickets (from $20 to $90), call (626) 793-7172 or visit pasadenapops.org. For dinner reservations, visit patinagroup.com/descanso. For dinner information, call (818) 790-3663. Dinner orders must be received by 2 p.m. the Wednesday before the performance.  
Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge. Call (818) 949-4200 or visit descansogardens.org.

The Cal Phil Bids Goodbye to Summer
Aug. 8, 9, 21, 22 and 23  — The California Philharmonic ends its summer season with a quintet of concerts, part of its Festival on the Green series at the L.A. County Arboretum and Botanic Garden. The performances repeat at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
On Aug. 8, “Movie Magic” features excerpts from movie soundtracks, including The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by Alexandre Desplat and The Lord of the Rings by Howard Shore. The Arboretum’s gates open at 5:30 p.m. for pre-concert picnics. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. and is repeated at 2 p.m. Aug. 9 at Disney Hall.
On Aug. 21, the Cal Phil presents its Family Night concert at the Arboretum. The free
5 p.m. event was underwritten with a $15,000 grant from the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts. Before the performance, families can visit music education booths offering a conducting class by orchestra founder Victor Vener and have a chance to build their own instruments. On Aug. 22, the orchestra presents “Broadway’s Best” at 7:30 p.m. at the Arboretum, featuring soundtrack excerpts from Gypsy, Wicked, Hairspray, Mama Mia and The Merry Widow. The concert repeats at 2 p.m. Aug. 23 at Disney Hall.  
The Arboretum is located at 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Call (626) 300-8200 or visit calphil.org. Disney Hall is located at 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. Call (213) 365-3500 or visit ticketmaster.com.

Flying Legendsand Virtuoso Youth at the Huntington
Aug. 12 — Aviation pioneer Florence Lowe “Pancho” Barnes is the subject of
a discussion and documentary screening at 7 p.m. Nick Spark and Amanda Pope, the writer/producer and director of The Legend of Pancho Barnes, appear at the Huntington to discuss the making of their documentary and the colorful career of the late San Marino debutante (1901–1975) who became a barnstorming stunt pilot and one of the most accomplished female fliers of the last century. A screening of the film follows. Admission is free.
Aug. 16 — Young musicians from the Virtuoso International Flute Ensemble of Fremont, California, and members of the San Gabriel Valley–based Olympia Youth Orchestra perform a concert of Chinese compositions and contemporary works at 2 p.m. Admission is free. 
The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens is located at 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino. Call (626) 405-2100 or visit huntington.org.

DIVINE DEMONS VISIT NORTON SIMON
Aug. 14 — Buddhist artworks depicting fearsome gods come to the Norton Simon Museum in  “Divine Demons: Wrathful Deities in Buddhist Art,” an exhibition  opening Aug. 14 and continuing through March 8, 2010. Unlike the smiling Buddhas and other serene figures in the museum’s collection, some of these gods are shown baring fangs, drinking blood or wearing garlands of severed heads, embodying the demonic side of the divine and serving as guardians of the Buddhist faith. The show includes 18 sculptures, paintings and ceremonial objects from the Norton Simon’s permanent collection. Admission costs $8 for adults and $4 for seniors ages 62 and above; it’s free for members, visitors ages 18 and under and students with ID. Admission is free for all the first Monday of each month from 6 to 9 p.m.
The Norton Simon Museum is located at 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 449-6840 or visit nortonsimon.org.

Thanks for the Memories
Aug. 22 —  The jazz vocal group Remember When honors the U.S. military and celebrates the 50th anniversary of Hawaii’s statehood with a 7 p.m. performance of World War II–era music at the Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Alhambra. The performance includes classic jazz, big band and swing music, highlighted by a women’s trio singing such Andrews Sisters classics as Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy and Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree. Tickets cost $15.
The Center for the Visual and Performing Arts is located at 1850 W. Hellman Ave., Alhambra. Call (626) 230-5435 or visit cvpaministry.com.

Free Lectures at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music
Aug. 22 — Musicologist Priscilla Pawlicki discusses chamber music that will be performed in Pasadena during the 2009-10 season by Camerata Pacifica, Coleman Chamber Music, Ensemble Green, Pacific Serenades and Southwest Chamber Music. The lecture begins at 1 p.m.
Aug. 29 — Carlos Rafael Rivera discusses “Rhapsody in Blue: How Gershwin Made a Lady Out of Jazz,” an in-depth exploration of one of the 20th century’s most iconic compositions. The talk starts
at 1 p.m.
The Pasadena Conservatory of Music is located at 100 N. Hill Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 683-3355 for reservations or visit pasadenaconservatory.org.

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Music Heats Up Summer at the Autry

July 2 through Aug. 27 — “Sizzling Summer Nights” take over Thursday evenings at the Autry National Center of the American West with Latin bands and dancing to the sounds of mambo, son, Latin jazz, charanga and Afro-Cuban rhythms. The all-ages party features a taco bar and margaritas, as well as free dance lessons from salsa instructor Trish Connery of Dance Chatter. There’s also a separate dance floor for kids. The café and bar open at 5 p.m.; music and dancing run from 6 to 9 p.m.

July 19 — The Autry launches its new book club in an intimate setting, showcasing celebrated authors discussing their latest works. Group conversations are followed by private author receptions. Works selected will focus on these topics: the West as a crossroads, voices of Native America, Western resources and violence and justice. The inaugural event features Craig Johnson discussing “The Dark Horse” from 2 to 4 p.m. Autry book club dues are $10 per year on top of membership; club members receive special discounts on books discussed.

Through Aug. 23 —  The exhibition “Sparkle & Twang: Marty Stuart’s American Musical Odyssey” highlights the country music star’s personal experiences with Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and other big names from country, bluegrass, rockabilly, Southern gospel and other American music scenes. The show includes costumes, handwritten lyrics, personal letters, musical instruments and unpublished photographs. An interactive performance stage, listening stations and ambient audio and video documentaries are located throughout the exhibition.

The Autry National Center of the American West is located at 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park. Call (323) 667-2000 or visit autrynationalcenter.org.


Americafest Celebrates the Glorious 4th

July 4 — Pasadena’s traditional Independence Day fireworks at the Rose Bowl—one of Southern California’s biggest displays—return with the 83rd annual installment of Americafest. The family-friendly event features five of the country’s top drum corps units performing field shows and precision music. The day also celebrates the armed forces, with veterans and active-duty personnel manning exhibits and demonstrations. A military flyover and a tribute to area military members who died serving in the Middle East are scheduled.

Active-duty military members and their families are admitted free. The event, presented by XBOX 360, opens at 8 a.m. in the parking lot, followed at 2 p.m. by a festival in the Family Fun Zone outside the Bowl that will include food vendors, entertainment, crafts, exhibits and rides. Food will be on sale inside the stadium when the gates open at 6 p.m. After opening ceremonies at 6:50 p.m., drum corps performances start at 7 p.m. Fireworks at 9:05 p.m. conclude the program. General admission tickets cost $13 (children ages 7 and under admitted free), and preferred-seat tickets for adults and children cost $25. For advance general admission tickets, call (800) 745-3000, visit ticketmaster.com or go to Rose Bowl ticket booths through July 4. Preferred-seat tickets can be purchased at dci.org/tickets/. The parking fee is $15 per car.

The Rose Bowl is located at 1001 Rose Bowl Dr., Pasadena. Call (626) 577-3101 or visit rosebowlstadium.com.


Celebrating wine at Descanso

July 8 and 15 — The two-part course “Viticulture with Adam Baldwin” includes an overview of viticulture (the growing of wine grapes) and vinification (creating wine from juice), as well as an instructor-led tasting. The course clarifies some widely used and often misunderstood wine industry terms and concepts. Baldwin is a wine buyer and specialist for Whole Foods Market. Sessions run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The cost is $60, $48 for members.

July 9 and 23 — “France al Fresco” wine-tasting sessions take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the Descanso Courtyard. The events feature wines paired with complementary foods catered by Patina. The cost is $49 per session. For reservations, call Patina at (818) 790-3663.

Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge. Call (818) 949-4200 or visit descansogardens.org.


Classic Cars, Good Cause

July 11 —  The San Marino Public Library Foundation and the Classic Car Club of America, Southern California Region, present the first San Marino Grand Classic Car Show in Lacy Park. Guests can get a close-up view of some $20 million in classic vehicles produced from 1925 through 1948. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. General admission costs $30 the day of the event or $25 plus a handling fee in advance. Children under 12 are admitted free. Tickets can be purchased through the event Web site. Proceeds benefit the San Marino Public Library Foundation Endowment Fund supporting the Crowell Public Library in San Marino.

Lacy Park is located at 1485 Virginia Rd., San Marino. Call (626) 300-0779 or visit sanmarinograndclassic.com.


The Fab Four Perform with Cal Phil

July 11 and 12 — The California Philharmonic, under the direction of Victor Vener, presents “Basically Beatles” on Saturday at the L.A. County Arboretum & Botanic Garden and on Sunday at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The show features an appearance by acclaimed cover band the Fab Four, but the program also includes Bach and beyond: excerpts from the musicals “Cabaret” and “La Cage Aux Folles,” Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini” featuring Russian piano competition winner Robert Thies, the world premiere of “Symphony No. 1” by Cal Phil composer-in-residence Roger Allen Ward and Bach’s Toccata and Fugue with  Disney Hall organ conservator Phil Smith. Tickets for Saturday’s concert start at $20 and are available at calphil.org. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. for pre-concert picnicking at the Arboretum. Food vendors will be on-site; advance orders can be placed on the Cal Phil Web site. A live jazz performance accompanies dining, and the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for Sunday’s performance start at $25 and are available by calling (213) 365-3500 or visiting ticketmaster.com. The Disney Hall concert begins at 2 p.m.

The Arboretum is located at 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. The Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. Call (626) 300-8200 or visit calphil.org.


Southwest Chamber Music Celebrates Summer at the Huntington

July 11 through Aug. 23 — Southwest Chamber Music’s 2009 Summer Festival at the Huntington features fine music and optional fine dining during four weekends. Concert One, July 11 and 12, features music of Puccini, Verdi and Chen Yi. Concert Two, July 25 and 26, brings works by Rossini, Mozart, Christoph Willibald Gluck and Thea Musgrave. Concert Three, Aug. 8 and 9, showcases music of W.G. Still, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Alberto Ginastera and Maurice Ravel. Concert Four, Aug. 22 and 23, celebrates works of Aaron Copland, Alexandra du Bois and Schubert. All programs start at 7:30 p.m. Ticket holders can arrive early for a pre-concert meal at the Huntington Tea Room. Guests are asked to arrive for dinner between 5:30 and 6:15 p.m.  Single concert tickets start at $28; tickets for four Saturday or four Sunday programs begin at $100. Dinner costs $55 for one meal, $220 for four.

The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens is located at 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino. Call (800) 726-7147 or visit swmusic.org.


Conservatory Jazzes up Summer for Kids

July 13 through 24 — The Pasadena Conservatory of Music’s Summer Jazz Camp offers instruction in theory, performance and improvisation to students in seventh through 12th grades. The repertoire includes the blues and world music influenced by jazz. All instruments are welcome. Hours are 2 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The tuition fee is $325.

The Pasadena Conservatory of Music is located at 100 N. Hill Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 683-3355 or visit pasadenaconservatory.org.


Ethnomusicology Discussed at Southwest Museum

July 18 — Musician and arts patron Elisabeth Waldo discusses ethnomusicology and her career in this month’s “A View from the Braun” lecture at the Southwest Museum of the American Indian. The recording artist and violinist, who played first chair for Leopold Stokowski, has brought indigenous and ethnic musical instruments and musicians to audiences worldwide. Waldo and her late husband, former Southwest Museum Director Carl Dentzel, were deeply involved in cultivating the institution’s ethnomusicology program. The free lecture runs from 1 to 2 p.m. 

The Southwest Museum of the American Indian is located at 234 Museum Dr. in Mt. Washington. Call (323) 221-2164 or visit autrynationalcenter.org.


Art Center Car Classic BREAKS DESIGN BARRIERS

July 19 — Art Center College of Design’s Car Classic ’09 celebrates vehicles that push the boundaries of design. Titled “By Air, Land and Sea,” the event reflects Art Center’s Department of Transportation Design’s broadened scope to include all types of transportation. The exhibition features more than 100 rare and exotic vehicles, including classic, sports and custom cars, hot rods, motorcycles, aircraft, watercraft and more. The world’s top designers, collectors and enthusiasts gather from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Hillside Campus. The keynote address will be delivered by Burt Rutan, the prize-winning aerospace engineer known for his designs of the record-breaking Voyager aircraft and SpaceShipOne. Rutan — who will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from Art Center and General Motors Design at the event — is currently preparing to launch the Virgin Galactic spaceline with Sir Richard Branson for suborbital space tourism. Tickets cost $60 at the door or $50 online. Art Center alumni can save $20 by making a purchase online at artcenter.edu/carclassic/index.jsf.   

Art Center College of Design’s Hillside Campus is located at 1700 Lida St., Pasadena. Call (626) 396-2200 or visit artcenter.edu/carclassic.

 


Pain and Itch at Boston Court

July 25  through Aug. 23  — The Theatre @ Boston Court presents “The Pain and the Itch,” a co-production with the Furious Theatre Company. This scathing comedy about the politics of class and race focuses on a young girl in serious need of attention, a ravenous creature that may be prowling the upstairs bedroom and a family whose Thanksgiving unravels into a tangle of disastrous choices and less-than-altruistic motives. Dámaso Rodriguez, co-artistic director of the Furious Theatre Company, directs. Call for showtimes and dates.

 

The Theatre @ Boston Court is located at 70 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 683-6883 or visit bostoncourt.org.  


 

A BassQuake Shakes Pasadena

July 25 —  The L.A. Music Academy presents Pasadena Bass Day 2009, co-hosted by the BassQuake organization. The daylong clinic for students of all levels starts at 8 a.m. The guest clinicians are Rhonda Smith (solo artist, Prince and New Power Generation), Byran Beller (solo artist and composer), Sekou Bunch (Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Rod Stewart) and Brian Bromberg (solo artist, Bob James, George Duke, Herbie Hancock, Dianna Krall). Clinicians cover styles including jazz, funk, rock, R&B and fusion. The day will include performances, giveaways, breakout sessions and private lessons. Registration costs $40 and includes lunch.

L.A. Music Academy is located at 370 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 568-8850 or visit lamusicacademy.edu.


This Summer Camp Rocks

July 27 through 31, Aug. 3 through 7 —  DayJams celebrates 10 years as America’s original rock music day camp at Pasadena’s New Horizon School. Children ages 8 through 15 receive professional instruction on guitar, bass, keyboards, drums and vocals, plus songwriting, instrument and art classes. Campers — beginners through advanced — are placed in a band on Monday and finish the week with a live performance for family and friends on Friday.

The New Horizon School is located at 651 N. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena. Call (800) 295-5956 or visit dayjams.com.

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The List
Glendale Youth Orchestra Performs at the Alex
June 2 — The Glendale Youth Orchestra performs selections by Mozart, Bruch and Mendelssohn at the Alex Theatre. The 7:30 p.m. concert, conducted by Brad Keimach,  features three violin soloists: middle-school student Ashlyn Kaneshiro and high schoolers Hector Gonzales and Aram Garibyan. The program includes the first movements of Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor and Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor. 
The Alex Theatre is located at 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. For tickets, call (818) 243-2539 or visit alextheatre.org. For orchestra information, call (323) 839-8135 or visit glendale-
youthorchestra.com.
Ballet Hispanico at the Music Center
June 5 through 7 — The 2008-09 season of Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center continues with Ballet Hispanico. The 13-member company led by Artistic Director Tina Ramirez performs a fusion of ballet, modern and Latin dance. Programs include “Club Havana,” choreographed by Pedro Ruiz with music by Israel López, Rubén Gonzales, A.K. Salim, Perez Prado and Francisco Repilado; “Ritmo y Ruido,” choreographed by Ann Reinking with hip-hop and Afro-Cuban music by Philip Hamilton and Tobias Ralph; and two West Coast premieres —  the abstract “Tres Bailes,” choreographed by Jean Emile with music by Astor Piazzolla, Gotan Project and Alberto Iglesias, and “Destino Incierto,” choreographed by Carlos Sierra Lopez with music by Rodion Shchedrin after Georges Bizet. Tickets, which range in price from $25 to $105, are available at ticketmaster.com. Performances at the Ahmanson Theatre begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday.
The Ahmanson Theatre is located at 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. Call (213) 972-0711 or visit musiccenter.org/dance.html. 
 
 Folk Tree, Marengo Collection Showcase Latino Folk Art
 June 6  —  Pasadena’s Folk Tree and its sister shop, the Marengo Collection, open new shows of Latino folk art. The Folk Tree presents “Esau Andrade & Friends,” with compositions combining surrealism and naïve art. The exhibition includes works by Andrade, a native of Mexico, as well as his family and friends. The Marengo Collection presents “Latino Visions: A Photography Show,” with pictures shot in Cuba, Mexico and Los Angeles by Andrew Kitchen, Corey Kaplan, Eriberto Oriol, Manuel Martinez and Vicki Ragan. Both shows open with a reception from 2 to 6 p.m. and continue through July 3. 
The Folk Tree is located at 217 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena. The Marengo Collection is at 494 S. Marengo Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 795-8733 or visit folktree.com. 
 
SEEDS and Serpents at Descanso 
Spring swings into summer at Descanso Gardens, with several events this month for children and adults. 
June 6 — The SEEDS (Supporting Education and Excellence at Descanso) gala dinner starts at 6 p.m. “Enchantment, A Magical Evening Under the Stars” features dancing to live music and a silent auction with KNBC-TV weatherman Fritz Coleman returning as auctioneer. The gala is the garden’s main fundraising event. Tickets cost $200. Call (818) 952-4391.
June 14  —  Descanso’s first car show, “Serpents in the Gardens,” features 14 classic Shelby Cobras and custom Cobra Roadsters, which will be on display from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Shelby Cobra, manufactured from 1963 to 1967, was designed by race car driver Carroll Shelby to compete with Ferraris. Kids can participate in a “snake hunt” and attend a show of actual snakes hosted by the Reptile Family at 1 p.m. Activities are free with admission. 
June 19, 20 and 21 — Descanso, the Pasadena POPS and the Patina Group team up for a night of music and dining. POPS Music Director Rachael Worby heats up the evening with Latin rhythms and melodies. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.; the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 7 p.m. Sunday. Guests can order dinner by calling (818) 790-3663 or visiting  patinagroup.com/descanso. Orders must be in by 2 p.m. on June 17. For concert tickets, which range in price from $20 to $90, visit pasadenapops.org or call (626) 793-7172.
June 25 — The indie/alternative music duo the Bird and the Bee, with Greg Kurstin (“Bee”) and Inara George (“Bird”), performs at 7:30 p.m. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., and food, wine and beer are available for purchase onsite. Tickets cost $12. Visit ticketweb.com. 
June 27 — The Beach Boys tribute band Surfin’ Safari recreates a 1961 concert at 1 p.m. Bring a blanket and a picnic. 
Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge. Call (818) 949-4200 or visit descansogardens.org. 
Pacific Serenades Closes Season
June 7 — The Pacific Serenades chamber music ensemble presents its season finale at Pasadena’s Neighborhood Church. The program includes the world premiere of a new piano quintet by film and television composer Paul Chihara, performed by pianist Edith Orloff, violinists Miwako Watanabe and Connie Kupka, violist Roland Kato and cellist David Speltz. The ensemble also performs Dvorak’s Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 81, and Haydn’s Keyboard Trio in A major, H.15/9. The concert starts at 4 p.m. Tickets cost $32 ($5 for student rush). In addition, the adjacent Gamble House offers concert patrons a discounted fee of $8 for same-day tours.
The Neighborhood Church is located at 301 N. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena. Call (213) 534-3434 or visit pacser.org.  
A Family Feast
June 12 — “Dim Sum Funeral,” a film starring Ling Bai and Talia Shire, opens at Laemmle’s Playhouse 7. Directed by Anna Chi, who grew up in the People’s Republic of China, it examines the lives of an overseas Chinese family. Four estranged siblings are summoned to Seattle after their mother dies. While working together on fulfilling her dying wish for a traditional Chinese funeral, they learn about themselves, tradition and the idiosyncrasies of family life.
Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 is located at 673 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 844-6500 or visit laemmle.com.
 
“Granite Frontiers” Explores Yosemite Climbing at the Autry
June 12 —  “Granite Frontiers: A Century of Yosemite Climbing,” a look at the people who pioneered modern rock climbing and their successors taking the sport to new heights today, opens at the Autry National Center of the American West. Yosemite Valley’s sheer granite walls offer some of the West’s most beautiful and challenging mountaineering, first luring native Miwok and Paiute people and, later, climbers from around the world, including naturalist John Muir, Warren Harding and, later Yvon Chouinard. The exhibition features photography by Ansel Adams, Glen Denny, Tom Frost, Greg Epperson and Chris Falkenstein, plus artifacts and video from the 1870s 
to today. The exhibition continues through Oct. 3. 
The Autry National Center of the American West is located at 4700 Western Heritage Way in Griffith Park. Call (323) 667-2000 or visit autrynationalcenter.org.
 
Taste of Old California in Glendale
June 14 — The Glendale Historical Society presents “A Taste of Old California” from 5 to 8 p.m. at the private residence that once housed the Casa Verdugo Restaurant, which operated from 1910 to 1921. The event will recreate the food and ambience of the famous dining spot at the foot of the Verdugo Hills. Guests can tour the building’s interior; view historic photos, postcards and artifacts; and enjoy a four-course dinner recreated by food historian and scholar Charles Perry. Tickets, which cost $65 ($50 for society members), must be bought by June 1. The address will be provided with ticket purchase, which can be made online. 
Call (818) 242-7447 or visit glendalehistorical.org.
Doing the Math at Sierra Madre Playhouse
June 19 — The Pulitzer- and Tony-award-winning play “Proof” opens at the Sierra Madre Playhouse and continues through Aug. 1. In David Auburn’s romantic mystery about love, madness and the limits of brilliance, a former student of a math genius discovers a history-making mathematical proof among the professor’s papers, and the bonds of love, loyalty, faith and commitment are tested. The play starts at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2:30 p.m. Sundays. (The house is dark on June 21.) 
The Sierra Madre Playhouse is located at 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre. Call (626) 256-3809 or visit sierramadreplayhouse.org. 
Sweets and Treats at Norton Simon
June 26 — The museum unveils “Sweets & Treats: Wayne Thiebaud in the Collection of the Norton Simon Museum,” which runs through Oct. 5. The artist is known mainly for his thickly textured paintings of angel-food cake topped with creamy frosting, but  “Sweets & Treats” showcases 1960s prints that display a different side of his work, devoid of the textures seen in his oils. Thiebaud’s prints remove painting’s formal aspects to let viewers focus on the subject matter itself. 
The Norton Simon Museum is located at 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 449-6840 or visit nortonsimon.org.
A Taste for Philanthropy
June 27 — The 46th annual “Evening With Star Chefs,” benefiting Rosemary Children’s Services (RCS), returns to Santa Anita Park in Arcadia at 6 p.m. The evening honoring longtime RCS volunteer Reid Allen, hosted by Good News Foundation chair Wendy Burch, features fare from Pasadena Baking Company, Mi Piace, Castle Catering, El Cholo, Front Runner, Il Fornaio, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse and Celestino. Tickets cost $150.
Santa Anita Park is located at 285 W. Huntington Dr., Arcadia. Call (626) 844-3033, ext. 211, or visit rosemarychildren.org.
A Dreamgirl Joins the Chorus
June 27 and 28 — Two-time Grammy Award–winning actress Jennifer Holliday joins the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles in a performance of show tunes at the Alex Theatre. The concert includes hits from “The Lion King,” “Young Frankenstein,” “Spring Awakening” and “Aida,” as well as music from such classics as “The King and I,” “Zorba,” “Milk and Honey,” “South Pacific,” “Follies,” “Steel Pier” and, of course, “Dreamgirls,” for which she won a Tony. Performances start at 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday and at 
3 p.m. Sunday. (Holliday will perform only in the Saturday concerts and attend the VIP post-reception that evening.) Tickets cost $30 for the concert and $100 for the VIP package. 
The Alex Theatre is located at 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Call (818) 243-ALEX or visit gmcla.org.
Cal Phil Opens Summer Season, By George!
June 27 and 28 — The California Philharmonic summer season begins with performances at the L.A. County Arboretum and Botanic Garden on Saturday and the Walt Disney Concert Hall on Sunday. The concert — “By George!” — features works by George Gershwin, George Handel and George M. Cohan. The program, featuring soprano Henrietta Davis and bass baritone Cedric Berry, includes Handel’s “Music for the Royal Fireworks” and excerpts from Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess.” Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Guests are encouraged to picnic on the grounds prior to the 7:30 p.m. performance. Ticket prices range from $20 to $95; call (626) 300-8200 or visit calphil.org. Sunday’s Disney Hall concert starts at 2 p.m. Tickets cost from $25 to $90; call (213) 365-3500 or visit calphil.org.
The Arboretum is located at 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. The Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles.  

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The List

May 29
“Drag Me to Hell”

Directed by Sam Raimi
Starring Alison Lohman, Justin Long, Lorna Raver
If you didn’t retch at the sight of a bug crawling up Alison Lohman’s nose in the trailer, then you might be a good candidate for Sam Raimi’s (“Evil Dead” and “Spiderman” franchises) return to horror. It’s all fun and games when a buttoned-up career girl with a permanent smile gets a glimpse of hell after a seemingly kind old woman puts a curse on her. Leave the kids at home.

May 29
“Up”

Directed by Pete Docter and Bob Petersen
Starring Ed Asner
The first animated feature to debut at the Cannes Film Festival centers around an old widower unable to let go of the past and on the child who helps him move on. As always, expect stunning animation, a few laughs, but themes that probably resonate more with the adults in tow. Pack Kleenex and wipes.

June 5
“Land of the Lost”

Directed by Brad Silberling
Starring Will Ferrell, Danny McBride, Anna Friel
There are some things that are best left alone — books that should never be adapted for film (“Even Cowgirls Get the Blues,” “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”) and TV shows that should never be re-imagined.
In the 1970s, Sid and Marty Krofft owned Saturdays. The creators of “H.R. Pufnstuf” and “Land of the Lost,” who were recently honored by the TV Land network, made low-budget fantasy television into an art form. To translate that for today’s audience using the technology currently available is to strip away the essence of the really good, really bad television.

June 12
“The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3”
Directed by Tony Scott
Starring Denzel Washington, John Travolta, John Turturro, James Gandolfini and Luis Guzmán
Attempting a remake of a remake of a book adaptation raises the question: What can you possibly
do that hasn’t been done? Maybe with this cast, anything is possible.
The original 1970s crime thriller starred Walter Matthau and became a TV movie in 1998. Action-packed, intense and thrilling. Given Tony Scott’s proclivity for close-ups, you might want to sit toward the back.

June 19
“Year One”

Directed by Harold Ramis
Starring Jack Black, Michael Cera
Are we sick of Jack Black yet? We can only hope the calming presence of Michael Cera (“Juno,” “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist”), the current “it” boy in geek world, will round out Black’s high notes in this story about slacker cavemen. Chuck Taylor sneakers are mandatory for admittance.

June 26
“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”

Directed by Michael Bay
Starring Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox
The return of last year’s box office king offers more of the same yummies that made the original such a blast: hot chicks, giant robot action and Shia LaBeouf.

June 26
“My Sister’s Keeper”

Directed by Nick Cassavetes
Starring Abigail Breslin, Sofia Vassilieva, Cameron Diaz, Jason Patric
Wait. Cameron Diaz in a serious role? Potentially the summer’s biggest tear-jerker, this one is about a 13-year-old girl who was conceived essentially to save her sister’s life with a bone marrow transplant. Later, when the sister again becomes terminal, the heroic girl sues her parents for emancipation. Pack plenty of Kleenex.

July 1
“Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs”

Directed by Carlos Saldanha, Mike Thurmeir
Starring Ray Romano, Queen Latifah, Dennis Leary
Washed-up actors/comedians provide voicing for formulaic animated franchise? A sure bet for tiny people, but probably a snooze-fest for the grownups. You’ll need at least two shots of espresso in your ice-blended for this one.

July 1
“Public Enemies”

Directed by Michael Mann
Starring Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Channing Tatum
Michael Mann’s films are slow to gestate but worth the wait. Depp takes on the role of infamous Depression-era bank robber John Dillinger, who goes up against the law (Christian Bale) in this potentially Oscar-worthy crime thriller.

July 10
“Brüno”

Directed by Larry Charles
Starring Sacha Baron Cohen, Alice Evans Sacha Baron Cohen is at it again, mocking our most virulent stereotypes and taking no prisoners. People either loved or hated “Borat,” which should also be the case with “Brüno,” about a campy gay man always finding himself in less-than-welcoming surroundings. Originally introduced on “Da Ali G Show,” Bruno can be, uh, quite persuasive.

July 17
“The Ugly Truth”

Directed by Robert Luketic
Starring Katherine Heigl, Gerard Butler
Given her rapid ascent into “it”-girldom, it’s surprising Katherine Heigl remained a “Grey’s Anatomy” cast member as long as she did. Finally killed off in the season finale, we should expect to see even more of her — perhaps not in so many romantic comedies. This one stands out from the pack because of its unlikely leading man, Gerard Butler (“300”). Perhaps it’s not being released July 4 weekend so Heigl and Butler don’t upstage the real fireworks.

July 17  
“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”

Directed by David Yates
Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert
Grint, Helena Bonham Carter
Is there no end? Another in the highest-grossing movie franchise of all time, this one was originally slated for last year but Warner Brothers decided to hold it for extra effect. The trend has been toward a deeper, darker narrative with each successive film.
One wonders if Daniel Radcliffe will ever be free of the Potter association. Only time will tell.

July 17
“500 Days of Summer”

Directed by Marc Webb
Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt,
 Zooey Deschanel
Time to fall in love with Zooey Deschanel all over again. Word is she and co-
star Joseph Gordon-Levitt fantasized about being the next Hepburn and Tracy during filming of this smart, eccentric romantic comedy. You can stop rolling your eyes now.

July 24
“G-Force”

Directed by Hoyt Yeatman
Starring Nicolas Cage, Penélope Cruz, Sam Rockwell
A secret team of trained guinea pigs is charged with the mission of stopping an evil billionaire who plans to destroy the world with household appliances. You’re kidding, right?

July 31
“Funny People”

Written and Directed by Judd Apatow
Starring Adam Sandler, Seth
Rogen, Leslie Mann
Longtime friends Sandler and Apatow (“The 40-
Year-Old Virgin,” “Knocked Up”) team up on this tale of two young comics, one of whom is diagnosed with a terminal disease. Apatow calls it a “demented ‘Tuesdays
with Morrie.’” 

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The list

By now, everyone should know about compact fluorescent lights — those corkscrew-shaped bulbs that use 73 percent less energy for the same light output as outdated incandescent bulbs, and typically last for years instead of months.

Even if you cared little about the planet’s future, the out-of-pocket savings alone (about $30 over the life of one bulb, according to the US Department of Energy) just makes sense, especially in this economy.

Of course, switching off the light when you leave a room, turning off the faucet when you brush your teeth and throwing cans, bottles and newspapers into a recycle bin instead of a trash bin should also be common practice by now.

But where do we go from there?

Not all of us can be an Ed Begley, Jr. type, riding bicycles or driving a hybrid (batteries not plugged in to the grid, but charged by the sun) everywhere we go, solar panels on the roof, a solar oven warming organic vegetables. Lifestyle modification is, well, tough.

There are, however, a lot of easy and inexpensive ways to do right by the planet — small choices that add up, when we all pitch in a little, to making a big difference.
— Joe Piasecki


Buy green power
Many utility companies offer their electric customers the option to purchase “green power,” generated by windmills or other renewable means. How it works is that by paying a few dollars extra per month, a customer subsidizes the purchase of enough renewable energy for the grid to cover his own needs, replacing the cheaper but dirtier coal-generated power.

Buying green power from Pasadena Water and Power would cost the typical household an extra $12.50 per month (just over 2 cents per kilowatt-hour, if that means anything to you), or choose wind power for half your home for about $6.25. For more information, call (626) 744-4409 or visit cityofpasadena.net/waterandpower.

Green power is also available to Los Angeles Department of Water and Power customers, who can opt to green 20 to 100 percent of their electric bills at a rate of 3 cents per kilowatt-hour by calling (800) 342-5397 or logging on to ladwp.com (select “Rebates and Programs” from the menu at the top of the page).

Glendale Water and Power customers can call (818) 548-3300 to ask about green power enrollment options or visit glendalewaterandpower.com/residents and select “Green Partners Program.”


Wear it on your sleeve
Buying clothing without animal and petroleum products is not impossible and can save a lot of energy. Besides visiting thrift and vintage stores to reuse clothes, there are lots of places that offer guilt-free clothing. One of them is Alternative Outfitters, 408 S. Pasadena Ave. in Pasadena, a vegan boutique that utilizes green and animal-friendly materials. Don’t forget to bring a reusable shopping bag.


Go solar
As our environmental problems grow, so do our energy needs. Pasadena-based eSolar, a company that builds and maintains utility-scale solar power plants, predicts that worldwide electricity consumption could as much as double by the year 2040 — that is, if we don’t change our outdated wasteful ways or the planet itself isn’t exhausted by then.
Although it is a sizeable time and resource commitment, becoming part of the solar solution may not be as difficult or costly as it seems.

Under the Pasadena Solar Initiative, residents who install solar panels are eligible for permit fee reimbursement and lump-sum rebates of hundreds or even thousands of dollars, depending on how much power is generated. Federal tax credits are also available. Call (626) 744-4409 or visit cityofpasadena.net/waterandpower/solar for more information or to sign up for a free solar power workshop on May 9 or July 30 at the Art Center College of Design’s South Campus, 950 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena.

Other communities also offer rebates and other incentives for going solar. In Glendale, call (818) 548-2750 or visit glendalewaterandpower.com, click “environment,” then “solar solutions.” Los Angeles residents can call (213) 367-4122 or visit ladwp.com/ladwp/cms/ladwp000787.jsp. Southern California Edison customers should visit sce.com/customergeneration/customer-generation.htm.


Cut back on meat
Helping the environment is about more than what you drive. Switching to a vegetarian diet or at least cutting back on the amount of meat you eat can have an enormous impact on your personal carbon footprint. Scientific studies have determined that the amount of fossil fuel energy it takes to raise and slaughter animals (not to mention bovine flatulence and gasses released by manure) and then prepare and transport their meat for consumption makes for ecological disaster. To see if your lunch is fanning the flames of global warming, visit eatlowcarbon.org, which features a carbon dioxide food calculator. Spoiler alert: Tofu is responsible for only about
5 percent of the carbon emissions it takes to produce a similar portion of beef.


Be an Energy Star
Buying Energy Star products — refrigerators, dishwashers, windows and the like — helps the environment and can also be good for your wallet, and in more ways than energy savings. Pasadena offers rebate incentives of $25 to $175 for replacing inefficient household appliances with ones that have an Energy Star endorsement. Glendale Water and Power also offers significant rebates, up to $80 for buying a new refrigerator, $60 for a new air conditioner and $125 for a solar-powered attic fan or high-efficiency pool pump. Los Angeles rebates include up to $100 for Energy Star refrigerators and $50 for air conditioners.

For Glendale information, call (866) 557-1411 or visit glendalewaterandpower.com and click the “environment” link. For Pasadena information, see above left. Call (800) 374-2224 or visit ladwp.com (select “Rebates and Programs”) for Los Angeles information. Southern California Edison customers can call (800) 655-4555 or visit sce.com/residential/rebates-savings.

Also, keep your eye out for Energy Star computers: According to energystar.gov, if all computers were made to Energy Star standards, the savings in energy costs would reach $2 billion each year and the environmental benefit would equal that from taking two million cars off the road.


Don’t be a hoser
The days of cheap and plentiful water are all but over in Southern California, where longstanding drought conditions and restrictions on pumping from out-of-area sources have prompted the Metropolitan Water District (which supplies Pasadena and much of the region with most of its water) to enforce water-use cutbacks of 10 percent this summer.  
In Pasadena, City Council members voted earlier this month to enact permanent water-waste bans, backed up by fines of up to $500 for homes and twice that for businesses. Prohibited activities now include washing automobiles and paved surfaces, unless your hose has a shut-off nozzle (now also required for lawn irrigation), and filling decorative fountains that do not have recirculation systems. For a complete list of prohibited activities and financial incentives for installing water-saving technology, visit cityofpasadena.net/waterandpower.

The amount of water saved by making a few small lifestyle adjustments is staggering. By not watering your lawn after
8 a.m., you save 25 gallons each time, according to the MWD’s bewaterwise.com. By using a broom instead of a hose to clean driveways and sidewalks, the average homeowner saves 150 gallons. Simply turn off the water as you brush
your teeth, and you save three right at the start of your day.


Drive the point home
Hybrid and electric cars are pretty cool. I mean, have you seen the Tesla Roadster (teslamotors.com)?!
While not everyone is in the market for such a marvel (or able to rely exclusively on bicycles and public transportation), there are more than a few ways to green your way of getting around that have nothing to do with giving up gasoline. While it’s getting to be common knowledge that proper tire inflation can add several miles per gallon to any car and that driving a little slower burns up less gas, there’s also an emerging school of thought that buying a used car instead of a new one is a lesser-of-two-evils choice.

 

According to a recent article at wired.com, buying a used Toyota Tercel may be not only a much cheaper option than buying a new Prius, but also a greener one. The reason: Manufacturing a Prius uses about 113 million BTUs (British Thermal Units, about a third of a watt), which is like consuming 1,000 gallons of gas before it leaves the showroom. A 1998 Tercel, on the other hand, comes with no such “carbon debt,” as writer Matt Power put it — meaning the new Prius will have to go for about 100,000 miles before its energy efficiency surpasses the Tercel’s 35-miles-per-gallon highway rating. So take pride in your old beater. Or buy a used Prius.


Put money on it
The way you manage your personal investment portfolio can also have a great impact on the health of the planet. Firms that specialize in socially responsible investing (SRI) can screen out from your portfolio companies with environmental issues, all as well as that which use sweatshop labor, perform product testing on animals or have ties to the military-industrial complex. The late Green Party co-founder and activist Peter Camejo, a three-time California gubernatorial candidate and investment guru, won investors consistently better-than-average returns through his Eco-Logical Trust, the first environmentally screened fund for a major Wall  Street firm, Merrill Lynch. For more information, check out Camejo’s book, “The SRI Advantage: Why Socially Responsible Investing Has Outperformed Financially,” or get started at coopamerica.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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California Art Club California Art Club
April 25 through May 17  — The California Art Club celebrates its centennial year with the 98th annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition and related events at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. The exhibition, which opens  April 26 and runs through May 17, features nearly 300 paintings and sculpture by some of the nation’s leading representational fine artists, many of whom have helped spark interest in the club’s plein air heritage. An artists’ gala reception at the museum kicks off the exhibition from 6 to 9 p.m. April 25. Tickets cost $75 per person and include the catalog. Other events include a lecture at 3 p.m. May 3 by Jean Stern, executive director of the Irvine Museum, on the early Los Angeles art community and club founder William Wendt. An artist-led tour of the exhibition and membership open house will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. May 17.

The Pasadena Museum of California Art is located at 490 E. Union St., Pasadena. Call (626) 568-3665. For information about the California Art Club, call (626) 583-9009 or visit www.californiaartclub.org.


Historic Preservation Highlighted in Pasadena
April 1 — As part of its annual meeting at the Pasadena Conference Center, the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) hosts a public colloquium on historic preservation in Pasadena. The day wraps up with a bus tour of the city’s important preservation projects. The event begins with registration and coffee at 9 a.m., followed by panel presentations from 9:20 to 11:45 a.m. Panelists include Sue Mossman, executive director of Pasadena Heritage; Julianna Delgado, associate professor at Cal State Poly Pomona and former president of the Bungalow Heaven Neighborhood Association; Jeff Cronin, principal planner for the City of Pasadena; and Teresa Grimes, senior architectural historian for Christopher Joseph & Associates. The cost is $75 for SAH members, $95 for non-members and $60 for students. Pre-registration at sah.org is required. 

The Pasadena Conference Center is located at 300 E. Green St., Pasadena. Call (312) 543-1365 or visit sah.org.


Exploring Lincoln at the Huntington
April 3 and 4 —
The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens hosts a conference on Lincoln’s legacy to celebrate the bicentennial of the 16th president’s birth. “A Lincoln for Our Time” features a distinguished group of scholars, including Pulitzer Prize–winning historians James McPherson and Daniel W. Howe, exploring Lincoln’s times and his historical impact. Discussions include his reaction to the Mexican-American War, his relationship with Mary Todd Lincoln and his role as commander-in-chief. The conference runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. The cost is $25.

The Huntington is located at 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino. Call (626) 405-3432 to register. For information, visit huntington.org.


“The Birds” Fly at LA Opera
April 11 —Los Angeles Opera Music Director James Conlon conducts a new production of “The Birds” (Die Vögel) by Walter Braunfels, with performances at 7:30 p.m. today and April 23 and at 2 p.m. April 18 and 26 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. “The Birds” is part of the opera’s “Recovered Voices” project, which revives the works of composers suppressed under Hitler’s Third Reich. This whimsical work, based on the Aristophanes comedy, chronicles two disillusioned men who find a utopia in the sky as they intercept burned sacrifices to the gods. Cast members include sopranos Désirée Rancatore and Stacey Tappan, tenor Brandon Jovanovich and baritones James Johnson and Martin Gantner. Darko Tresnjak directs.

The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is located at 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. Call (213) 972-8001 or visit laopera.com.


900 Years of Chinese Art
April 11 —
The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens presents “Treasures through Six Generations: Chinese Painting and Calligraphy from the Weng Collection” through July 12 in the MaryLou and George Boone Gallery. Culled from a private collection of Chinese art considered among the nation’s greatest, the exhibition features 41 masterworks spanning 900 years as well as personal objects collected by the Weng family in China, most during the 19th century. The collection, which has traveled to Boston and Beijing, was formed by Weng Tonghe, a prominent scholar-official. Surviving unscathed through more than 150 years of dynastic changes and warfare, it was passed down to his great-great grandson Wan-go H.C. Weng, a New Hampshire–based scholar, poet and filmmaker, who consulted with the Huntington on the design of its Suzhou-style Garden of Flowing Fragrance.

The Huntington is located at 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino. Call (626) 405-2100 or
visit huntington.org.


Easter at Descanso Means Egg Hunts and Brunches
April 11 and 12 — You know it’s Easter at Descanso Gardens when it plays host to a small army of excited children hunting for 6,000 multicolored eggs. On Saturday, hunts run from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. The cost is $5 per child per hunt, which includes a gift basket. The Easter Bunny will hop by for photo ops. Patina offers an Easter brunch in the Rose Pavilion on Saturday and Sunday with seatings at 9 and 10 a.m. and noon and 1:30 p.m. Call Patina at (818) 790-3663 for reservations, which are required.

Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge. Call (818) 949-4200 or visit descansogardens.org.


An Exceptionally GiftedExhibition at Norton Simon
April 17 — “Exceptionally Gifted: Recent Donations to the Norton Simon Museum” goes on view at the Colorado Boulevard venue through Aug. 31. The selection of art donated since 2002 includes some 160 works in a variety of media from various time periods and countries. Indian and Southeast Asian paintings, manuscripts and sculpture are showcased, along with 20th-century California prints, paintings and sculpture and photographs from the 1960s and ’70s.

The Norton Simon Museum is located at 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 449-6840 or visit www.nortonsimon.org.  


A Noise Within Performs “The Rehearsal”
April 18 — A Noise Within presents “The Rehearsal” through May 24. In the acclaimed work by Jean Anouilh, Count Tiger is disillusioned by a life of pleasure but seems to find salvation in the purity of a young court visitor. When jaded court members feel threatened by the disruption of the court’s fragile status quo, they set about annihilating the innocent newcomer. A Noise Within co-founder and co-Artistic Director Julia Rodriguez-Elliott directs. The play starts at 8 p.m.

A Noise Within is located at 234 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Call (818) 240-0910, ext. 1, for dates and tickets or visit anoisewithin.org.


Two Pianists, Four Hands, One Piano
April 19 —
The Russian-born husband-and-wife team of Yelena and Vladimir Polezhayev, known as the Long Island Piano Duo, headline this month’s Restoration Concert at the South Pasadena Library Community Room. The couple, who often play together on a single piano, perform classical selections by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and others, as well as folk tunes from around the world and original jazz compositions. Light refreshments will be served. Tickets for the 4 p.m. concert cost $18 at the door and benefit the library.

The South Pasadena Public Library is located at 1115 El Centro St., South Pasadena.
Call (626) 799-6333.


Sundays with Coleman at Caltech
April 19 —
Coleman Chamber Music’s “Sundays with Coleman” season is in full swing at Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium. The Amelia Piano Trio, the grand prize winner at the Yellow Springs Competition, performs works by Shostakovich, Harbison and Chopin at 3:30 p.m. Trio members are violinist Anthea Kreston, cellist Jason Duckles and pianist Rieko Aizawa.

Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium is located at 332 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 395-4652 or visit colemanchambermusic.org.


A Grand Home on Display
April 19 —
The 2009 Pasadena Showcase House of Design is on view through May 17. The annual event, presented by the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts, celebrates its 60th year benefiting community arts programs. This year’s Showcase House is a 1917 Italian Renaissance Revival structure, designed and built by George Lawrence Stimson, with some 10,000 square feet of living space on more than two acres in San Marino. Twenty-five interior designers transformed rooms on three levels, honoring the home’s past while showcasing the latest in style and design. Nine exterior designers have enhanced the property’s gardens and terraces. The property is not handicap-accessible or child-safe, and children under 12 are not admitted. Tickets cost $35 in advance, $40 at the door for “prime time” (weekdays 9 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. and weekends 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.). Tickets for “weekday matinees” (Tuesday from 2 to 3:45 p.m. and Wednesday through Friday 2 to 7:45 p.m.) cost $30 in advance, $35 at the door.

For advance tickets, visit pasadenashowcase.org or call (714) 442-3872. For information, call (626) 578-8500 or visit pasadenashowcase.org.


A Wicked Kiss at the Alex
April 20 —
The Musical Theatre Guild presents “Kiss of the Spider Woman” at the Alex Theatre. The Tony-winning musical, with a book by Terrence McNally and score by John Kander and Fred Ebb, tells the complex story of the jailed Molina, who seeks escape from prison life by imagining that his favorite B-movie actress, in her role as the sinister Spider Woman, visits him before she delivers a final, fatal kiss. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.

The Alex Theatre is located at 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. For information, visit musicaltheatreguild.com or call (818) 848-6844. For tickets, call (818) 243-ALEX or visit alextheatre.org.


A Country Fair in La Crescenta
April 24 and 25 —
The Crescenta Valley Chamber of Commerce hosts a two-day “Hometown Country Fair” in Crescenta Valley Park. The fair opens Friday with carnival rides and live entertainment. Saturday festivities include a car show, craft booths, games and more carnival rides and entertainment. Admission is free. The fair runs from 3 to 9 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Crescenta Valley Park is located at 3901 Dunsmore Ave., La Crescenta. Call (818) 248-4957 or vist lacrescenta.org.


Waldorf Festival Offers Diverse Art Fest
April 25 — The Pasadena Waldorf School presents its second annual Festival of Art from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., featuring a wide array of paintings, sculpture, knitting, quilts, dolls, jewelry, ceramics, weaving, glass art, furniture and more. A silent auction of art chairs, created by local artists, is included, along with organic and local food, live music and a children’s area.

The Pasadena Waldorf School is located at 209 E. Mariposa St., Altadena. Call (626) 794-9564 or visit pwsfestivalofart.com.


F. Scott Fitzgerald Parsed in Lecture Series
April 26 —
The San Marino Celebrity Series continues with English scholar Elliot Engel’s discussion of “The Rise and Fall of F. Scott Fitzgerald” at 5 p.m. at Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena. Tickets cost $30. Proceeds benefit Huntington Hospital’s pediatric intensive care unit.

Lake Avenue Church is located at 393 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 441-1465 or (626) 405-0497. 

 

 

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 Alvin Ailey danceCelebrates 50 YEARS

March 18 through 22 — “Dance at the Music Center” continues with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Led by Artistic Director Judith Jamison and Associate Artistic Director Masazumi Chaya, the company celebrates its 50th anniversary with a collaboration with the women’s a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey In The Rock. Opening night features the Southern California premiere of “Go in Grace,” the short film “Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at 50 — A Golden Anniversary Celebration” and Ailey’s classic “Revelations.” Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is located at 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. For tickets, call (213) 365-3500 or ticketmaster.com. For information, call the Music Center at (213) 972-0711 or visit musiccenter.org


Music in a Historic Place

March 1 — The Da Camera Society of Mount St. Mary’s College brings its Chamber Music in Historic Sites series to Pasadena. The Leipzig String Quartet performs Beethoven quartets in the 1931-vintage Pasadena Civic Auditorium, which boasts dramatic two-story windows overlooking the plaza and an ornamented ballroom with a coffered ceiling. The program includes an early quartet, Op. 18/3 in D; a middle-period piece, Op. 59/3 in C; and a late quartet, Op. 127 in E flat. The performance starts at 4 p.m.
The Pasadena Civic Auditorium is located at 300 E. Green St., Pasadena. Call (213) 477-2929 or visit dacamera.org.


Life’s a Picnic at Sierra Madre Playhouse

March 6 — William Inge’s Pulitzer Prize–winning drama, “Picnic,” opens at the Sierra Madre Playhouse March 6 and continues through April 11. The play centers on a charismatic drifter who transforms the lives of a beautiful small-town woman, her tomboy sister and a lonely local spinster. The haunting tale, which takes place over the course of a long, hot summer, examines the dangers and beauty of longing and love in the American Midwest of the 1950s. The Sierra Madre Playhouse is located at 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre. Call (626) 256-3809 or visit sierramadreplayhouse.org.


Oz for a Good Cause

March 6 and 7 — The Shakespeare League of Pasadena presents “The Wizard of Oz” at the Ambassador Auditorium. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and 1 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets range from $15 for children ages 12 and under to $38. A VIP reception at 7:15 p.m. each evening costs an additional $7. The performance benefits the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure and the Ronald McDonald House.
The Ambassador Auditorium is located at 131 S. St. John Ave., Pasadena. Call (800) 595-4849 or visit shakespeareclub.org.


Native Voices and Jewelry Showcased at the Autry

March 12 through 29 — Native Voices at the Autry launches its new season with the world premiere of “Wings of Night Sky, Wings of Morning Light,” a one-woman show by Myskoke tribe activist, musician, poet, songwriter and playwright Joy Harjo. The wild theatrical ride features spoken word, storytelling, music and song, with Harjo on the jazz sax. Randy Reinholz, the Choctaw artistic director of Native Voices, directs the show. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays.

March 14 — Arizona’s Shiprock Trading Post presents a sale of vintage Native American jewelry, known as “old pawn.” The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Autry National Center of the American West is located at 4700 Western Heritage Way in Griffith Park. Call
(323) 667-2000 or visit autrynationalcenter.org.


Calligraphy by Alex Kerr at Shumei Hall Gallery

March 13 — The Shumei Arts Council of America presents a calligraphy exhibition by author, Japonologist, Asian art collector and calligrapher Alex Kerr. The show opens March 13 and continues through May 10 at the Shumei Hall Gallery. Kerr has been enthralled by Japan since his first visit at age 12. Formerly an East Asian Studies scholar at Yale and Oxford, he has worked in that country as a traditional Japanese arts administrator since 1977. Since 2006, he has served on the Prime Minister’s Committee on Tourism in Japan, where he is best known as a writer and public speaker. Kerr developed his own calligraphy style, inspired by that of the imperial court. His trademark style uses bright colors mixed with gold and silver and the exquisite lines of court calligraphy.
The Shumei Hall Gallery is located at 2430 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 584-8841 or visit www.shumeiarts.org shumeiarts.org for more information.


A Theme of Rebirth by THE Pasadena Symphony

March 14 —  Just as the Orchestras of Pasadena face a rebirth at a time of adversity, the Pasadena Symphony offers a performance with a theme of renewal. The orchestra performs “Spring” from Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons,” Copland’s “Appalachian Spring” and Schumann’s “Spring Symphony” at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. Music Director Jorge Mester conducts the orchestra, starting at 7:30 p.m.
The Pasadena Civic Auditorium is located at 300 E. Green St., Pasadena. Call (626) 584-8833 or visit theorchestras.org for more information. 


Going Green at the Arboretum

March 14  — The LA Environmental Education Fair comes to the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Families and teachers can sample hands-on activities, lesson ideas and resources offered by environmental educational organizations. Fun is also on the agenda, with live music, crafts and storytelling planned throughout the day. Guests can see wild animals, receive a free pine seedling, participate in environmental challenges and take an eco-tour of unique arboretum areas. A treasure hunt for students in grades 4 through 12 challenges them to use a map and compass as they explore ecological treasures. To participate in the hunt, call Gary Widdison at (562) 922-6889.
The Arboretum is located at 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Call (626) 821-3222 or visit arboretum.org. 


Tournament of Gems Visits San Marino

March 14 and 15 — The Pasadena Lapidary Society presents its 51st annual “Tournament of Gems” show at the San Marino Masonic Center. Crystals, gems, minerals and jewelry from members’ collections will be on display, and select dealers will offer a wide variety of gem materials, beads and tools. Society members will demonstrate lapidary crafts, silver work, wire-
wrapping, gemstone carving and beading. Kids can sift for gems and other prizes in a “sand scoop” game. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
The San Marino Masonic Center is located at 3130 Huntington Dr., San Marino. Call (626) 564-0935.


“Ghosts” Haunt A Noise Within

March 14 through May 9 — Critically acclaimed classical repertory theater company A Noise Within continues its 2008-09 season with “Ghosts” by Henrik Ibsen. The play is set in Scandinavian fjord country, where Mrs. Alving eagerly awaits the homecoming of her artist son, Oswald. The independent woman who bravely bucks the rigid moral code of a male-dominated society anticipates a bright future with her precious son, but past sins and secrets of the dead reach out and shake her world’s foundation. Michael Murray directs.
A Noise Within is located at 234 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Call (818) 240-0910, ext. 1, or visit anoisewithin.org. 


Neil Diamond Tribute Benefits Huntington Hospital

March 15 — The San Marino Celebrity Series presents Dean Colley in “Hot August Night — A Tribute to Neil Diamond.” Colley performs such Diamond hits as “Cherry, Cherry,” “Cracklin’ Rosie,” “Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon” and “Sweet Caroline.” The series, sponsored by the San Marino Guild of Huntington Hospital, raises funds for the hospital’s pediatric intensive care unit. The concert starts at 5 p.m. at Pasadena’s Lake Avenue Church. Tickets cost $30.
Lake Avenue Church is located at 393 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 441-1465 or (626) 405-0497 for tickets and information.


Elizabeth House Gala Supports Homeless Women, Children

March 21 — Elizabeth House, the only San Gabriel Valley shelter for homeless pregnant women and their small children, presents a gala fundraiser called “Where Love Embraces Life.” The dinner speaker is philosopher, scholar and author Richard Mouw, president of Fuller Theological Seminary. The 6:30 p.m. event at the University Club of Pasadena begins with a cocktail reception and silent auction. Dinner follows at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $150 per person.
The University Club of Pasadena is located at 175 N. Oakland Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 577-4434 or visit elizabethhouse.net.


American Girl Fashion on Display

March 27, 28 and 29 — The Flintridge Guild of Childrens Hospital presents seven fashion shows at Pasadena’s Brookside Country Club. Local girls will model American Girl fashions for children and their dolls. On Friday, dinner will also be served at 7 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, refreshments include tea sandwiches at 10 a.m., fruit at
1 p.m. and sweets at 4 p.m. At each show, one girl will win the latest America Girl doll, Chrissa, and walk down the runway. Bronson Photography will be on hand on Saturday and Sunday to shoot girls and their families. Girls are encouraged to bring their dolls. Tickets cost $40 per person on Friday night and $35 Saturday or Sunday.
The Brookside Country Club is located at 1133 Rosemont Ave., Pasadena. Call
(818) 952-7978.  

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