The 2012 Fall Performing Arts Preview

Shangri-La Chinese acrobats at Caltech on Oct. 6


Compiled by Linda Fields Gold



131 S. Saint John Ave.
Pasadena Symphony, Classics Series
Oct. 6: Rachmaninoff season opener
Nov. 3: Tchaikovsky’s Fourth
Jan. 12: Brahms and Sibelius

3352 E. Foothill Blvd.
Sept. 29-Nov. 18: Shakespeare’s “Cymbeline”
Oct. 20-Nov. 25: Shaw’s “The Doctor’s Dilemma”
Dec. 8-23: Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol”

145 N. Raymond Ave.
Southwest Chamber Music
Oct. 24: Opening night benefit
Nov. 6: Music from Cambodia and Vietnam, at Colburn School of Performing Arts, 200 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles.

70 N. Mentor Ave.
Oct. 13-Nov. 11: “Creation”
Oct. 19: Swedish Songbook: Night of Romanser
Oct. 20: O-Lan Jones
Oct. 27: Cellopera: A Night at the Opera
Nov. 2-3: China Forbes (of Pink Martini)
Nov. 9: Evening of Piano and Percussion
Nov. 10: Bruno Louchouarn: Voces en el Polvo

332 S. Michigan Ave.

Various locations on campus
626-395-4652 or 888-222-5832.
Oct. 6: Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats
Nov. 17: Lunasa, Celtic music
Dec. 15: Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Jan. 25: Wild Kingdom’s Peter Gros

Beckman Auditorium
Coleman Chamber Music Association
Oct. 7: Emerson String Quartet
Nov. 4: Imani Wind Quintet with Anne-Marie McDermott
Nov. 17: Lúnasa
Jan. 20: Escher String Quartet or

Beckman Institute Auditorium
Caltech Folk Music Society
Oct. 13: Jez Lowe
Oct. 27: Cathy Barton & Dave Para
Nov. 10: Kristina Olsen
Dec. 8: Brocelïande
Admission: $15

In Beckman Auditorium (building 91)
Nov. 17: Lúnasa
Presented along with Caltech Campus Programs.
$19 to $29


1222 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
Nov. 12: String Theory meets “String Theory”

Pasadena Community Orchestra
3700 E. Sierra Madre Blvd.
Nov. 9: Violinist Paul Stein, “Delius,” excerpts from “Swan Lake,” “Tristan and Isolde.”

89 S. Fair Oaks Ave.
Parson’s Nose theater series:
Sept. 29-30: “She Stoops to Conquer”
Oct. 27-28: “Rip Van Winkle”
Nov. 17-25: “Tales of Hans Christian Anderson”
Dec. 22-23: “A Christmas Carol”

Rose Palace, 835 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena:
Oct. 8: Rock ‘n Roll Will Never Die
Castle Press, 1222 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena:
Nov. 12: String Theory meets “String Theory”
Tickets at 626-539-7085.

835 S. Raymond Ave.,
Muse/ique presents:
Oct. 8: Rock ‘n Roll Will Never Die

301 N. Orange Grove Blvd.
Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra
Nov. 12: In Memory of the Masters

300 E. Green St.
Distinguished Speaker Series of Pasadena
Oct. 23: Steve Wozniak
Nov. 14: Vincente Fox

Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra
Sept. 18: Handel, Mozart, Telemann and Vivaldi

39 E. El Molino Ave.
Sept. 11-Oct. 7: Under My Skin
Nov. 6-Dec. 2: Intimate Apparel
Dec. 13-23: A Snow White Christmas
Jan. 29-Feb. 24: Fallen Angels

835 S. Raymond Ave.,
Muse/ique presents:
Oct. 8: Rock ‘n Roll Will Never Die


216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale.

Los Angeles Ballet
Dec. 1-2: The Nutcracker

Musical Theatre Guild
Sept. 24: Death Takes a Holiday
Nov. 19: Call Me Madame

555 N. Third St., Burbank
June 16-July 8: The Savannah Disputation
Aug. 11-Sept. 2: Blame It on Beckett
Sept. 29-Oct. 21: American Fiesta
Nov. 17-Dec. 16: The Morini Strad

1000 Fremont Ave.,
South Pasadena
Through oct. 7: How Obama Got His Groove Back
Oct. 12-Nov. 18: Slice

324 N. Orange St., Glendale
Through Oct. 6: Little Shop of Horrors

1151 Oxford Road, San Marino
Camerata Pacifica; concerts are at 8 p.m.
Sept. 25: Beethoven, Berio, Huang, Tomasi
Oct. 16: Brahms, Chopin, Crumb
Nov. 13: Caplet, Debussy, Jolivet, Ravel
Jan. 15: Brahms, Mozart, Ravel, Rubinstein

320 S. Mission Drive, San Gabriel
Oct. 1, 2: Flower Drum Song
Oct. 7, 8: The Golden Era
Oct. 15: Seussical the Musical
Oct. 30: Organ concert
Nov. 4: Charlotte’s Web

Thorne Hall, 1600 Campus Road, Los Angeles
Santa Cecilia Orchestra
323-259-3011; $7 youth, $20-26 adults
Nov. 18: “Triumph”: Beethoven, Brahms; Robert Thies, piano
Feb. 10: “Celebration”: Corelli, Vivaldi; Melissa Phelps, violin; Catherine Biagini, cello

87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre
Sept. 21-Nov. 10: Ruddigore
Nov. 23-Dec. 23: A Christmas Carol

Restoration Concert Series
1115 El Centro St., South Pasadena
Sept. 16: Pantoum Trio
Oct. 21: Chamber Ensemble
Nov. 11: Pete Christlieb + 10, Jazz


135 N. Grand Ave.

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Los Angeles Opera
Through Oct. 9: The Two Foscari
Sept. 22-Oct. 14: Don Giovanni
Nov. 17-Dec. 9: Madame Butterfly

Glorya Kaufman presents Dance at the Music Center:
Sept. 22: L.A. Dance Project
Oct. 19-21: National Ballet of Canada with Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland


1531 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Dec. 8: Master Chorale, Festival of Carols
Dec. 12: A Chanticleer Christmas
Dec. 14: Holiday Organ Spectacular
Dec. 15: Master Chorale, Festival of Carols
Dec. 16: Master Chorale: Rejoice! Bach Magnificat
Dec. 17: Messiah Sing-Along
Dec. 20: Don Tiki’s Hot Lava Holiday Show
Dec. 21: Swingin” Christmas with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Dec. 22: 11:30 and 2:30, Holiday Sing-Along and 7:30 Master Chorale, Handel’s Messiah
Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve, Idina Menzel
L.A. Phil:
Oct. 17: Bach Keyboard Cycle, Andras Schiff
Nov. 7: Helene Grimaud, piano







What’s new to do? ASID home tour Oct. 14

Designer Tracey Troop has remodeled and decorated this 1915 Colonial Revival home with classic lines and modern touches, Photo by Walt Mancini


The Oct. 14 American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Pasadena Home and Kitchen Tour will open up five homes for public tours to show lots of good ideas for homes to suit every taste.

The drive-yourself tour of homes in Pasadena,  South Pasadena and La Canada Flintridge offer  a selection of spaces,  color palettes and design details to show how interior design can transform ordinary houses into beautiful  homes. Among the featured houses:  a 1916 Colonial Revival with a garden cabana; an 1896 Victorian Carriage House;  a 1911 Craftsman-style home; a 1930s Cliff May Spanish Ranch-style home; and a contemporary post-modern French style home. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 14.

Addresses are provided with purchased tickets. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 on the day of the tour. Call 800-237-2634 or check Tickets are also available at Anthony’s Framing Gallery, 1120 Huntington Drive, San Marino 800- 237-2634; ASID, Pasadena Chapter, 1000 Walnut St. Suite 108, Pasadena 626-795-6898; Pzazz Hair Salon, 840 Foothill Blvd., La Canada Flintridge 818-790-1334; Sierra Custom Kitchens, 2534 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena 626-792-8080. For group sales, call Margaret Renzullo at 626-577-8810.

What’s new to do? Day of the Dead

Works by Susana Hernandez are featured in The Folk Tree Gallery’s Day of the Dead exhibit.


Mexican culture is a vibrant part of the Southern California lifestyle and one of the most intriguing traditions is the celebration of death. The Folk Tree in Pasadena will present the exhibit, “29th Annual Day of the Dead Altars & Ephemera,” Oct. 6-Nov. 4. The show will include traditional altars, as well as artwork.
Among the altars, Edna Torres and Victor Solis will honor their parents, Rita Almanza will remember Dick Clark and Elizabeth Espinoza will focus on teen suicide victims. There will also be an interactive altar from Nancy Ann Jones where you can share your own messages.
In addition, there will be pieces by more than 50 international and local artists, such as papier mache by Joel Garcia and Ulla Anobile, mosaics by Mary Clark Camargo, jewelry by Rone Prinz, Spike Dolomite’s paintings, sculptures from Nelda Costner and nutcrackers by Susana Hernandez. There will be mixed media, photographs, T-shirts and sugar skulls as well.
An opening reception for the exhibit will be held 2-6 p.m. Oct. 6, during which Whittier musician Martin Espino will perform music on traditional instruments.
29th annual Day of the Dead Altars and Ephemera, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Oct. 6 through Nov. 4. Folk Tree, 217 S. Fair Oaks Ave.
Free. 626-795-8733.

Physics forest takes root at Kidspace

Michael Shanklin, center, Chief executive officer of Kidspace Children’s Museum showing Lucus Errico and Juan Carlos Gathman looking through a Kaleidoscope at the Robert & Mary Galvin Physics Forest at the Kidspace Museum. The exhibit opens July 12. Photo by Walt Mancini

Opens Thursday July 12. 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Kidspace Children’s Museum
480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena

By Jennifer Errico
One, two, three — pull.”
“One, two, three — pull.”
On the edge of Kidspace Children’s Museum, CEO Michael Shanklin has challenged
two local 7-year-olds to a pulley race. After safely buckling into three seats
surrounding a metal tower, the race is on, with each trying to be the first to
lift himself to the top using ropes and pulleys.
“Pulleys make hard work easier,” Shanklin explains.
The boys counter that they “need more pulleys.”
Shanklin had agreed to take my 7-year-old son, Lucas, and his friend Juan
Carlos Gathman on an early tour of the Robert and Mary Galvin Physics Forest,
which will open July 12. Passing by a “big kids working”
sign, we enter the new 30,000-square-foot area that will feature 13 hands-on
 exhibits laid out around a dry stream bed shaded by Coast Live Oak and
Sycamore trees. Though some zones are still under construction the boys
are instantly engaged, crossing logs, touching every exhibit and reading
 the signs.
After the pulleys race, the boys try the kaleidoscope, each gazing into
 different ends.
“There must be a million of you,” Juan Carlos tells Lucas.
We move past some unfinished exhibits that the boys can’t wait to try when
the Forest opens. There’s the Tennis Ball Launcher, which uses a pulley system
to lift a bowling ball; when released, it causes the pressured air in a
 cylinder to launch a tennis ball high into the air. And the Sun Spotter,
which uses optics to project the image of the sun onto an angled screen for
 the safe and easy viewing of the solar image.
Then it’s past the kid-powered fan to the ball range. Each boy takes turns
 aiming a tube. Once a target is selected, the boys push a plunger forcing
air into the tube, shooting out a ball onto a marked area that reveals the
distance traveled.

“What do you think happened?” Shanklin prods.
“The air goes into the tube and then we push this and the air is pushed out
the tube and the air makes the ball shoot out,” Lucas says.
Shanklin smiles.
“If you hear about a concept, it’s still basic. But if you hear it and
see it and do it, that is the trifecta,” he says.
Shanklin, who became the museum’s CEO last year, came from a museum
 in Tyler, Texas, where he was known for his science expertise. But his
 background is in education and art.
“This is the best job in the world,” he said of his position with Kidspace.
 “I see kids learn on a daily basis. It doesn’t matter what their income
level is, how old they are... This is a safe place for them to learn.”
The Physics Forest has been in development for two years and has taken
six months to construct. It’s the largest expansion of Kidspace since
the facility opened at Brookside Park in 2004.
The museum staff is optimistic that the Physics Forest marks a new phase
 of expansion. A $13 million Campaign for the Future of Kidpsace was
recently announced.
“This is a huge step and the Physics Forest is just the beginning,”
said Shanklin. “We want to always be having something new and exciting at
the museum — maybe not on this scale, but something new every year.”
At the end of our tour, a man with a wide grin and even wider brimmed hat
 comes over. Charlie Shaw, master fabricator of Hand On! Inc, who is
installing the exhibits, whispers in Shanklin’s ear. They announce that
the boys can try the bottle launcher.
Push a button and water and air mix. Push the next button and the bottle
blasts up to the sky and lands with a spray of water. Shaw explains that
different mixes of air and water create pressure that affect how high
 the rocket goes. The boys nod.
“That was fun,” Juan Carlos says. “Can we do it again?”

What’s New to Do — Spring 2012

Tae Kwon Do, sumo wrestlers and martial artists help the Pacific Asia Museum kick off its third season of Fusion Fridays, where you can get your art and a drink on all in one night. The evenings break from the museum norm with DJ Yuki spinning music in the courtyard, a cash bar and food trucks. Karaoke, live performances and even a fashion show will complement featured exhibits each night. Cocktail or Asian attire is encouraged for this indoor and outdoor event.
7:30-10:30 p.m., May 18, June 15, July 20 and August 17.  $15. 46 N. Los Robles Ave. 626-449-2742,

A good story doesn’t always come out of thin air. The Children’s Services Division of the South Pasadena Public Library will offer a series of three, hour-long reading roundtables in the library’s community room. Aspiring writers, ages 10-15 will work with mentors to discuss writings and how to become better writers and readers. Contact librarian Maida Wong for registration.
April 13, 20 and 27. Free. 1115 El Centro St., South Pasadena. 626-403-7358,

If you’ve got your bags packed and are ready to land on Mars, don’t miss the update by Thomas Gautier on the latest discoveries from the Kepler mission. The mission is to survey the Milky Way to discover Earth-size and smaller planets that might be habitable. So far there are a few dozen discovered, so get on the boarding list.
May 10, 7 p.m. The von Kármán Auditorium at JPL, 4800 Oak Grove Drive. May 11, 7 p.m. The Vosloh Forum at Pasadena City College, 1570 E. Colorado Blvd.

Catherine Sloper will inherit a fortune from her ailing physician father. But the plain-looking young woman must live under his malevolent scrutiny, as well as his cold-hearted demeanor. The good doctor also disapproves of her passionate suitor, certain the penniless young man is after Catherine’s inheritance. When circumstances lead her to misinterpret the boyfriend’s intentions, “The Heiress” reaches an unforgettable conclusion. Richard Chamberlain, Heather Tom and Julia Duffy star. The director is Dámaso Rodriguez.
April 24 — May 20. $25-$100. Pasadena Playhouse, 39 South El Molino Ave. 626-356-7529,

In Anton Chekov’s “The Boor,” a Russian widow passionately mourns her husband as only a Russian widow can. Her lamentations are interrupted by a no-nonsense landlord who matches her step for step. “A Marriage Proposal” gives us Russian courtship at a fever pitch. Barry Gordon, Mary Chalon, James Calvert Marisa Chandler and Lance Davis star in this pair of one-acts at Lineage Performing Arts Center.
April 21, 22, 28, 29 and May 5,6. $20. Lineage Performing Arts Center, 89 S. Fair Oaks. 626-403-7667,

Capitol Steps, a troupe of former Congressional staffers, returns to Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium for the 18th year. Putting the “mock” in democracy, the Steps leave no issue untouched with A special brand of satirical humor and scathing parody. They monitor events and personalities on Capitol Hill, in the Oval Office, and in other centers of power and prestige around the world and then present a humorous look at American politics.
May 5, 6. $28-$38. 332 S. Michigan Ave. 626-395-4652;

Nights at the Los Angeles Opera

There’s nothing like opera: the music, the costumes, the sets, the fabulous voices that fill the theater without microphones
So mark your calendar for the Nov. 5 open house at Los Angeles Opera, when the behind-the -scenes secrets will be revealed, including backstage tours, screenings, and up-close looks at scenery, props, costumes and wigs. There are even art workshops for children and two free concerts, although you need to reserve a spot ahead of time.
It’s all because the opera company is celebrating its 25th season. and they invite you to enjoy the fun.
The concerts are “The Prospector,” at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., a 30-minute children’s opera inspired by Puccini’s “The Girl of the Golden West” and “Sing Out Loud”, a concert of opera’s “greatest hits”, at 11:45 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
A scenic and costume presentation will be at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. in the lobby. A screening of the 2003 “La Damnation de Faust” will be at 1:30 p.m. and the 2006 “La Traviata” (starring Renee Fleming) will be shown at 4 p.m.
– Catherine Gaugh
9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 5
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Los Angeles Music Center
135 N. Grand Ave.
Downtown Los Angeles
Free; the concerts and backstage tours require advance reservations and $1 ticket fee, (213) 972-8001
“Roméo et Juliette”
Six performances, Nov. 6-26
Directed by Ian Judge
Starring soprano Nino Machaidze and tenor Vittorio Grigolo, making his Los Angeles debut, in the title roles.
Conductor: Placido Domingo

“Simon Boccanegra”
Seven performances, Feb. 11-March 4
Directed by Elijah Moshinsky
Starring Placido Domingo as Boccanegra and soprano Ana María Martínez as Boccanegra’s long-lost daughter Amelia.
Conductor: James Conlan

Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin”
Mozart’s “Così fan tutte”
Gounod’s “Roméo et Juliette”
Verdi’s “Simon Boccanegra”
Britten’s “Albert Herring”
Puccini’s “La Bohème”

Celebrating Japanese Culture

This year, the people of Japan were faced with unthinkable hardships from natural disasters, but their culture survives. Get a glimpse of it during the Japanese Garden Festival, where you can watch Taiko drum performances, a tea ceremony and origami demonstrations; you can even sign up for lessons in paper folding. Don’t pass up the chance to sample the cuisine of Japan in a special tasting event of sushi and sake pairing. Most activities free with $8 garden admission, but the Sushi-Sake Tasting, at 6 p.m. Nov. 4, is  $75. Reservations are equired: 818-790-3663.
Nov. 5-6, Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge.  (818) 949-7980.

Story of Hollywoodland

Hollywood represents a lifestyle different from any other, one of fame, glamour and prestige, and one that draws tourists from all over. It also has a wide and rich history. The book “Hollywood land” (Arcadia, $22) outlines the development of Los Angeles’ upper Beechwood Canyon, which was the first hillside themed development. The neighborhood features architecture that takes its inspiration from elegant European homes. It also features a historical and recognizeable landmark: the Hollywood Sign.  In this lecture and book signing event, author Mary Mallory tells the story of this neighborhood, from its most famous residents to the movies that were filmed there. Books will be available for purchase and a reception follows the lecture.
Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m., $10. Pasadena Museum of History, 470 W. Walnut St., (626) 577-1660,

Were the Mayans Right?

The Mayan calendar inexplicably stopped counting the days in 2012, leading some to say that means the world will come to an end. But before you go on a major spending spree and frantically marking items off that bucket list, delve into the controversial topic a little more deeply. The “2012 and the End of Days Phenomena” lecture will attempt to separate fact from fiction of this much-discussed topic. The talk will feature Dr. Don Yeomans, a manager of NASA’s Near-Earth Object Program Office at JPL.
Dec. 9, 7 p.m., free. Vosloh Forum at Pasadena City College, 1517 E. Colorado Blvd., (818)  354-0474.

Choose Your Treats

All the ghouls and goblins come out on Halloween night, but you and your kids can go trick-or-treating within the safe haven of the Heritage Square Museum grounds. $5 for adult, $2 for children. 6 and younger are admitted free.
Oct. 31, 4 to 7 p.m. Heritage Square Museum, 3800 Homer Street, Los Angeles. (323) 225-2700