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.
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
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.
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.
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:
Arcadia Parade Takes Lead for Fourth Festivities
A Fiery Fourth at Rose Bowl
Sizzling Salsa, Smoking Guns at the Autry
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.
Music and Discussion at the Huntington
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.
Join the Beasts, Hear the Beats
“Written in California” Series Closes at PMCA
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
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.
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
The Garden As Art
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com. 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.
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
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
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.
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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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
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
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
“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.
“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.
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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
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.
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.
“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.
“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.
“500 Days of Summer”
Directed by Marc Webb
Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt,
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.
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?
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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