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March 2018


A SELECTIVE PREVIEW OF UPCOMING EVENTS COMPILED BY JOHN SOLLENBERGER THE LIST Fantastic Worlds Revealed by JPL Scientist March 1 — Jet Propulsion Laboratory Senior Research Scientist Bonnie J. Buratti discusses her new book, Worlds Fantastic, Worlds Familiar – a sort of guided tour of the solar system. The book describes landforms similar to those on Earth, but far more fantastic, such as nitrogen glaciers on Pluto, hydrocarbon rivers and lakes and more. The event starts at 7 p.m. Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse is located at 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge. Call (818) 790-0717 or visit Microtonal and Moscow Music at Boston Court March 2 — “Microfest: Bach and Bartok Retuned for the 21st Century” features vocalist Sara Cubarsi and violinist Madeline Falcone reimagining the composers’ works using microtonal tuning, plus pieces by Ben Johnston, Catherine Lamb and Wolfgang von Schweinitz. March 3 — “Synchromy” spotlights the Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble performing new and contemporary classical music, including works by California composers Nick Norton, Vera Ivanova and Jason Barabba, as well as Russian avantgarde composers Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Roslavets and Polovinkin. March 9 — “Piano Duo: Women’s Voices” celebrates International Women’s Day with pianist Nic Gerpe and violinist Pasha Tseitlin performing music by women composers, including Sara Graef, Kaija Saariaho, Thea Musgrave, Juhi Bansal, Vera Ivanova and Gilda Lyons. March 17 — The Con Gioia Early Music Ensemble celebrates the 350th anniversary of the birth of French composer Francois Couperin with selections from his repertoire. Boston Court Performing Arts Center is located at 70 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 683-6801 or visit Acts Span ’60s to ’90s at The Rose Here are highlights of The Rose’s top musical acts this month. Doors open at 6 p.m. and headliners start at 9 p.m. March 3 — Grammy-nominated blues-rock guitar ace Kenny Wayne Shepherd displays his musical prowess. Tickets cost $49 to $69. March 8 — Stone Temple Pilots turned alternative rock into stadium rock in the 1990s, winning a hard-rock Grammy for their 1993 CHERRY TREES IN BLOOM AT DESCANSO Unless otherwise noted, activities are included in regular Descanso admission of $9, $6 for seniors and $4 for children 5 to 12; free for members and visitors under 5. Saturdays and Sundays through March — Spring Bloom Walks are scheduled for 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through March, as guests stroll through the gardens to learn about cherry blossoms, flowering trees and other seasonal favorites. March 3,4,10 and 11 — Experts conduct hands-on origami demonstrations from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. March 25 — Kendall Brown, professor of Asian art history and a Japanese garden expert, explores the diverse and evolving role of cherry blossoms in Japanese wood-block prints, poetry and other art forms, starting at 1 p.m. Cost is $10 (free for members). Call or visit the website to register. Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. Call (818) 949-4200 or visit hit, “Plush.” Tickets cost $38.50, March 9 — Missing Persons, featuring Dale Bozzio, performs hits including “Walking in L.A.,” “Destination Unknown” and “Words.” Tickets cost $24 to $34. March 10 — The 1960s hit group Gary Puckett & the Union Gap present hits including “Young Girl,” “Woman Woman,” “Lady Willpower” and “The Girl is a Woman Now.” Tickets are $28 to $68. March 24 — Morris Day & The Time was prominent in the Minneapolis–St. Paul dance club sound of the 1980s, and Day was a founding member of Prince’s band. Tickets cost $58 to $89. Art Workshops, Dance Docs at Norton Simon All events are included in regular museum admission of $15, $12 for seniors; free for members, students and visitors 18 and younger. March 3 — “Mindful Creating: Exploring Personal Symbols” is an adult art-making workshop from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. led by artist Naomi Buckley, who invites guests to study some 17th- and 18th-century paintings and find meaning in images through the lens of archetypes and symbols. After discussion and mindful meditation, participants create a personal symbol collage reflecting themselves and their experiences of the world. March 16 — In the Steps of Trisha Brown, a 2016 documentary screening at 6 p.m., follows the choreographer in the weeks leading up to the first Paris performance of her seminal, 1979 contemporary dance piece, “Glacial Decay.” March 30 — The 1983 documentary One Day Pina Asked… follows the work of choreographer Pina Bausch and her avant-garde Germany-based dance company on a five-week European tour. The screening starts at 6 p.m. March 31 — In “Pet Project,” a Family Day event from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. aimed at children 4 to 10, guests will examine 20thcentury animal sculptures, then create their own using non-messy, air-drying clay, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The Norton Simon Museum is located at 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 449-6840 or visit Tea and Magic March 4 — The Langham Huntington, Pasadena presents “Imagine Tea” for children, with magic by junior performers from the Magic Castle and a specialty tea menu of sandwiches, desserts, pink lemonade, milk and fruit-infused, caffeine-free teas. Seating 1 is from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Seating 2 is from 1:30 to 3 p.m. The cost is $48 for adults, $36 per child, ages 4 to 11. Proceeds benefit Milk + Bookies, a national nonprofit promoting reading and philantropy by children. The Langham Huntington, Pasadena is located at 1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 585-6218 for reservations and visit for information. Chinese Music, Bugs, Ballet at Huntington March 5 — Wu Man and the Huayin Shadow Puppet Band features pipa virtuoso Wu Man and the band for an evening of Chinese folk music and shadow puppetry, in a performance rarely experienced in the West. Wu is regarded as a leading ambassador of Chinese music and culture worldwide. The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. Visit calendar for tickets. March 8 — Arboricultural consultant Rebecca Letta discusses invasive insects in an era of climate change, how to detect them and the diseases they carry, starting at 2:30 p.m. Free; no reservations are required. –continued on page 49 46 | ARROYO | 03.18

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