Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca: Antigona

“Never, until I saw Santangelo’s ensemble, their heels stamping, their arms cutting through the air, had I seen a chorus whose physical force could support the fate-heavy songs that Sophocles wrote for his plays. As for Barrio, though she spoke rarely, dancing seemed better than words: no rhetoric, no explanations, but just passion, majesty, absorption.”
The New Yorker

Don’t miss Antigona, Martín Santangelo’s stunning flamenco interpretation of Sophocles’ Antigone, performed by Noche Flamenca and starring flamenco superstar Soledad Barrio as a disenfranchised woman struggling against patriarchal authority. At its heart, the story of Antigone resonates with the roots of flamenco, which is based not in any one culture or religion, but on the strength of family. Antigone’s story is her humanity and her quest to bury her brother regardless of the circumstances.

Admission is free and open to everyone.

Photo: Chris Bennion


GLOBAL CURRENTS Celebrating World Cultures & Earth’s Shared Resources

Water is life. It sustains us, and everything around us. It’s the original “highway,” linking us together. And it inspires us—the subject of poems, songs and dances.

VPAC celebrates water on February 25. A daytime performance festival in the VPAC Courtyard features six Los Angeles ensembles with origins in six regions of the world. These traditional artists have one thing in common — music and dance that honors and evokes water.

VPAC honors arts and culture from around the globe, and uplifts the artists who honor what is most elemental to all of us — H2O.

Six Los Angeles Ensembles Representing Six Regions of the World

BRAZIL — Ballet Folclorico do Brasil

WEST AFRICA — Futa Toro West African Drummers & Dancers

HAWAII — Halau Keali’i O Nalani

MEXICO —Las Colibri

JAPAN — On Ensemble

MIDDLE EAST — Yuval Ron Ensemble

Special Appearance by The Nile Project

Wendy Whelan / Brian Brooks / Brooklyn Rider in Some of a Thousand Words

Wendy Whelan, who spent 30 years with the New York City Ballet, is widely considered one of the world’s leading dancers. Brian Brooks is an award-winning choreographer and director of the acclaimed Brian Brooks Moving Company. They will come together to perform their tour-de-force duet First Fall along with luminous new work they have created with string quartet Brooklyn Rider, “one of the wonders of contemporary music” (Los Angeles Times).

The stunning First Fall bears testament to Whelan and Brooks’ friendship and effervescent artistic chemistry. Their new collaboration with Brooklyn Rider, Some of a Thousand Words, illuminates the intimate relationship between music and dance, featuring music by John Luther Adams, Tyondai Braxton, Philip Glass, Evan Ziporyn, and Brooklyn Rider’s own Colin Jacobsen.

This production was co‐commissioned by the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, The Joyce Theater, The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, and the Modlin Center for The Arts at the University of Richmond.

Admission is free and open to everyone.

Photos: Erin Baiano

Holidayfest on South Lake Avenue

South Lake’s 2016 Holiday Celebration!

Pasadena’s South Lake Avenue kicks off its holiday celebration at 12:00pm on Saturday, December 3rd with family friendly activities around the district! Presented by the South Lake Business Association with fun for the whole family! Guests can enjoy:

  • Complimentary Parking, Admission & Holiday Activities
  • In-Store Specials and Promotions
  • Photos with Santa
  • Horse and Carriage Rides
  • Holiday Characters
  • Live Music and Carolers
  • A Scavenger Hunt
  • Holiday Crafts for the Kids
  • Free Parking available at the Corporate Center Pasadena parking structure located at 251 S. Lake Avenue (View Map!)

The Shops on Lake Stage: 345 S. Lake Avenue, Pasadena

Corporate Center Pasadena Stage: 251 S. Lake Avenue, Pasadena

  • 1:00pm & 3:00pm: LUCKY DIAZ AND THE FAMILY JAM BAND – Latin Grammy Winners, Multiple Emmy nominated Children’s Artist; People Magazine’s #1 Pick as seen on Sprout, CNN, PBS, NPR & Univision!


  • Please call 626-792-1259
  • View pics of South Lake’s 2015 Holiday Celebration!
  • Follow South Lake on Facebook , Twitter, and Instagram!
  • Details subject to change

Rocky Dawuni + DJ Drez

Rocky Dawuni – Ghanaian musician and activist straddles the boundaries between Africa, the Caribbean and the U.S. to create his appealing Afro Roots sound that unites generations and cultures. A galvanizing performer, Dawuni has shared the stage with Stevie Wonder, Peter Gabriel, Bono, Jason Mraz, Janelle Monae and John Legend, among many others. Named one of Africa’s Top 10 global stars by CNN, he has showcased his talent at prestigious venues such as The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center and The Hollywood Bowl.   Influenced by the soulful beats of Fela Kuti, the positive messages of Bob Marley and the infectious, sing-along anthems of Michael Franti and K’naan – Rocky Dawuni’s sixth album, Branches of the Same Tree, was released by Cumbancha in 2015 and was nominated for a GRAMMY for “Best Reggae Album” for the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards. The first single “African Thriller” and striking accompanying video have been making serious waves around the world! 
DJ Drez is in demand as a producer, musical director and sound ambassador. A master of his craft in the studio and on stage, Drez cuts and composes profoundly original tracks that facilitate body movement practice of all forms— be it dance, yoga asana or after-hours intimate/ecstatic.http:/// 



On Birds Say, the Massachusetts-based quartet’s wide-open arrangements are marked by the skillful vocal interplay of the four singers. When bassist Dave Senft, guitarist and banjo player Don Mitchell, classical violinist and folk mandolinist Auyon Mukharji, and cellist and guitar picker Harris Paseltiner gather around a single microphone and let their richly-textured voices loose, they splash their melodies with a sunny melancholy that brings their lyrics to vibrant life. Subtle musical shadings take cues from 60s folk, chamber pop, bluegrass, classical music, and modern indie rock, while aching harmonies are complemented by tones from the harmonium, frailing banjo, 12-string electric guitar, Wurlitzer, auto-chord organ, and grand piano. The result is a collection of quietly passionate songs that defy easy categorization.


Memorial Park 85 E Holly , Pasadena, California, 91103

Summer Nights In the Garden at NHMLA!

At Summer Nights in the Garden, unwind under the stars with great music, nature-inspired cocktails, hands-on garden and science projects, botanical tours, food trucks, and more. Get outdoorsy and spend your Friday nights at NHM!  Free Admission. Advanced Reservation Required. For more information please visit:

Dustbowl Revival

Dustbowl Revival is a Venice, California-based collective that merges old school bluegrass, gospel, pre-war blues, and the hot swing of New Orleans to form a spicy roots cocktail. Their Americana sounds are the perfect soundtrack for the 4th of July!

Festival begins at 6:30 p.m.

Music begins at 8:00 p.m.


Live Classical Music YOGA w/ KCRW 88.7, The Music Academy of the West + the Jenny Schatzle Program

Come join The Music Academy of the West, the Jenny Schatzle Program, and KCRW 88.7 for an epic event – live classical music yoga at the Carrillo Recreation Center on Sunday, June 26 at 2 pm. FREE
Grab your yoga mat and join us for LIVE CLASSICAL MUSIC YOGA!
Visit for more information!
At this one-time-only, free event, participate in a yoga class led by the Jenny Schatzle Program with live classical music performed by Music Academy fellows.

After the class, stay for the after-party, featuring KCRW DJ Aaron Byrd and enjoy healthy refreshments.

2 pm / Yoga Class featuring classical music performed by Music Academy fellows
3 pm / KCRW after-party with Aaron Byrd

aaron byrd

Presented by The Music Academy of the West, in partnership with the Jenny Schatzle Program and KCRW 88.7 and