Jim MacQuarrie

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Kiss Me, Kate at the Pasadena Playhouse

Last Saturday, to celebrate my birthday, Terri got us tickets to see Wayne Brady in Kiss Me, Kate at the Pasadena Playhouse. I expected Brady to be very good in the role of egotistical actor-director-producer Fred Graham, but what I didn’t expect was how good everyone else in the cast would be, nor how effectively Director Sheldon Epps would reinvent Cole Porter’s classic backstage musical about a theater company staging a production of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew.

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What’s on “Awesome Mix: Vol. 2”?

Guardians of the Galaxy is the box office hit of the year, and the soundtrack album “Awesome Mix: Vol. 1” is selling like crazy, putting one-hit wonders like “Hooked on a Feeling” back on the charts, all of which raises the obvious question: What’s on Volume 2? We’ve done a little speculating and kicked around a few likely candidates, so here are our best guesses as to what Peter’s mom was likely to have put on the cassette for her little boy.

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Food is Memory: The Hundred-Foot Journey

The Hundred-Foot Journey, starring Helen Mirren, is an engaging new film from Dreamworks, which opens on August 8. Directed by Lasse Hallstrom and based on the novel by Richard C. Morais, the story concerns a family from India that moves to France and opens up a restaurant directly across the street from Mirren’s upscale establishment, and the conflicts that result.

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Who’s That Duck? The Guardians of the Galaxy Cameo

If you’ve seen Guardians of the Galaxy (and if you haven’t, beware, yonder be spoilers), you may have noticed a certain character of the aquatic bird persuasion. You may even have asked, as a young friend did, “why is Donald Duck in there?” Fear not, all your questions shall be answered.

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Weird LA: The Stuff We Missed

I hope you’ve enjoyed our exploration of some of the interesting things to see around LA; we plan to continue to show you around town as we find things to show you. Meanwhile, here’s a look at a few destinations we had to skip due to distance, traffic, or time constraints.

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Weird LA part 4

After Koop dropped us at home and headed on his way, Paul and I jumped into my car and went north. About 40 miles north of Pasadena, we arrived at Vasquez Rocks; you’ve seen it in dozens of movies from Stagecoach to the Flintstones. For the geeky, it’s where Captain Kirk fought the Gorn, and where the creepy insectoid “Xanti misfits” were left in another classic episode of Outer Limits.

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Weird LA part 3

On the road with Paul, Koop and Jim…
From the Bradbury Building, we made a jaunt over to the Silverlake area to see the “Music Box” steps, famous from the Laurel & Hardy short of the same title, wherein the boys attempt to deliver a piano to a residence at the top of the stairs. I can tell you from firsthand experience, it takes almost two minutes to climb the whole thing.

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Weird LA part 2

On Saturday morning, joined by another friend, Tim Kupins AKA Koop, we set off on a day-long adventure in Los Angeles. Because we got a late start, we had to cut several destinations from our schedule; I’ll cover those in a separate post.

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Weird Los Angeles

An online friend that I’ve known for years and had never met in person came to LA recently for a visit, and I got to show him around Tinseltown. He lives in Australia and this is his first visit to the US, so I wanted to get it right. Fortunately, he’s at least as geeky as I am, so I knew the kind of things he’d want to see.

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Learn to Draw for Free!

Back when I was a kid in the early 1970s, I spent a lot of time at the Torrance library, most of it in the Dewey Decimal System’s 700 section, which is where they keep the art books. I spent hours there reading about everything from the great comic book heroes to the history of …

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