October 10, 2010 |
Sometimes, a litchi box is more than a litchi box. In a designer's hands, it can become a work of art, a cultural artifact or a piece of propaganda. "Graphic design can be put to a number of services and uses," says Bridget Bray, assistant curator at the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, where a new exhibition explores "the ways such artistry and relativity were in full effect in 20th century China. " "China Modern: Designing Popular Culture 1910-1970" features more than 160 posters, porcelain figures and everyday objects produced, says Bray, as the country moved from imperial dynastic rule to Western-influenced capitalism to Communism under Mao Tse-tung.
March 31, 2005 |
We've seen it in a hundred samurai movies -- the long, curved blade shimmering, then slicing through the air with a "whoosh," piercing an enemy torso or lopping off a body part. Today the celebrated katana, or Japanese long sword, has lost its function as a weapon of personal destruction. It's more likely to be seen in museums, shrines and antiques shops, and when publicly brandished, it's for demonstration only.
April 20, 2002
I got a real kick out of the Eastside versus Westside piece in Calendar Weekend ("The Ultimate Turf War," by Leslee Komaiko and Christopher Noxon, April 18). As the ultimate Eastsider, I love this argument but, sadly, the strongest points in our favor weren't included. Here in Pasadena there are cultural institutions of international (not local) importance: the Huntington, the Norton Simon and the Pacific Asia Museum. These treasures pack a powerful punch and make Westsiders run with their tails between their legs.
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July 26, 1996
Nearly all 400 of the Pacific Asia Museum's volunteers worked at a frenzied pace Thursday, preparing for the 10-day Pasadena visit of his Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama, Tibetan Buddhism's spiritual leader. Staff and volunteers laid carpet in the auditorium and hung flags and tapestries throughout the museum, said Paul Little, director of communications for the museum. "I believe we are even getting a large Thanka painting," a religious painting depicting reincarnations and deities, he said.
October 10, 1994 |
On Saturday evening, for once, the elaborate gilding and murals in the Biltmore's Crystal room didn't outshine the crowd. Many of the women and several of the men attending the Festival of the Autumn Moon benefit for the Pacific Asia Museum were bedecked in Oriental splendor. "I only get to wear this about three hours a year," said Everett Palmer as he pointed out the five-clawed dragon woven amid the silver and gold threads of his Chinese robe. "It really shouldn't be worn at all.
July 17, 1997 |
"The Magic of Story," a new performance series at Raven's Flight Bookstore in North Hollywood, is made to order for families who may want to explore the pleasures of a form of entertainment that still stirs the imagination even though it's about as old as human speech: storytelling. The once-a-month series, spotlighting respected professional storytellers who are part of the Los Angeles Dreamshapers, kicks off Friday with performances by Leslie Perry, Nick Smith and Bill Howard.
August 13, 1998
11am: Festival The Armand Hammer Museum and Cultural Center will host "L.A. Impacts II," a daylong family festival celebrating the positive impact local arts organizations have made on the community since the 1992 riots. Activities will include art workshops, a community arts resource fair, dance performances by Kim Eung Hwa Korean Dance Company, African doll-making, storytelling with David Prather and lectures by writers Riua Akinshegun ("Home Grown Africans") and Mike Davis ("City of Quartz").
August 17, 2013 |
This walk is easy on the legs but full of wonders for the eyes and mind -- beautiful buildings, weird history and more -- through the lesser-known side of Old Town Pasadena. 1. Begin near the corner of East Green Street and South Raymond Avenue, along Pasadena's Central Park. Walk north past the lovely Hotel Green and Castle Green Apartments -- a 1903 construction financed by Col. G.G. Green, who made his fortune in patent medicines. Continue north across Colorado Boulevard. 2. Turn right on East Holly Street, pausing to look left at Jensen's Raymond Theatre, which at the time of its 1921 debut was the West Coast's premier vaudeville theater, containing 2,000 seats, sweeping spiral staircases and interior fountains.