Arts Are Essential | What’s on in the Arts October 23-30

What we're checking out around town and online this week

PHOTO: provided by Pasadena Playhouse | The South Pasadenan | Bob Baker Marionettes in Halloween Spooktacular on Playhouse Live

Pasadena Playhouse – Gather your Goblins and Ghoulies and settle in for a haunting night of family fun, streaming exclusively on PlayhouseLive. Bob Baker Marionettes’ Hallowe’en SpOoKtAcUlAr will send chills down your spine as you delight in this spectral showcase of sweet, spooky spirits featuring beloved characters Purple People Eater, Dracula, the Invisible Man, and nearly one hundred of their closest puppet pals. Rent through PlayhouseLive for $14.99,  available through November 18. After initial purchase, the show may be watched on the PlayhouseLive apps including Apple OS, Android OS, Roku, FireTV and more.

PHOTO: Fizzo | South Pasadena News | The Jazz Cartel

Jazz Wednesdays at Jones Coffee Roasters is becoming quite the South Pas happening featuring those 50’s era, slim suited, cool cats, The Jazz Cartel. As South Pasadenans stroll Mission Street around sunset, the street comes alive with friends and couples dining al fresco at Aro, Bistro de la Gare, Teamorrow, and La Monarca, they hear the jazzy tunes wafting through the air coming from Jones’ patio. Guest singers and musicians sometimes surprise us with their unique gifts while revelers can’t resist the chance to dance on the sidewalk. Wednesdays 5:30pm to 8:30pm on the Jones patio at 1006 Mission Street in South Pasadena. Tip the guys @thejazzcartel

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The Pasadena International Film Festival is offering 46 short films, carefully curated by their team along with Q&A and Special Spotlight Conversations online for the first time in their history. They hope of course to be back in person next year with all the usual glitz, glamour, and open bar! For now, pop open some bubbly and enjoy Virtual PIFF now through November 1st for the nominal $20 All Access Pass.

PHOTO: courtesy LA Phil

LA Phil’s Sound/Stage episode 5 is “Beethoven”, featuring Gustavo Dudamel leading the orchestra in Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony. Though his hearing loss had steadily become more pronounced, the composer decided to conduct the premiere of the work in 1813. That concert became Beethoven’s most successful, and the success of the celebratory Seventh has continued to this day. Also in this episode is classical music enthusiast Armando Iannucci exploring Beethoven’s Seventh in an essay and a short experimental film from Lilli Carré, an interdisciplinary artist, filmmaker and cartoonist. Sound/Scene performances are filmed outdoors at the Hollywood Bowl adhering to public health guidelines. Tune in at

PHOTO: The Met Opera | The roles of Marie Antoinette in John Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles (streaming this week) was created by the celebrated singing-actress soprano Teresa Stratas

Beginning Monday is Politics in Opera week at, featuring Verdi’s Don Carlo and Simon Boccanegra (with Placido Domingo), Handel’s Agrippina, John Adams’ Nixon in China, Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov, John Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles (with Renee Fleming), and Philip Glass’ Satyagraha. Programs begin streaming at 4pm PT and are available for 24 hours.

The closing weekend of LA Dance Fest begins with Fringe Show Friday featuring Fuse Dance Co, Psychopomp Dance Theater, The PGK Dance Project, Ruby Karen, Jamie Burton Dance Collective and more. Saturday features guests from the Seoul International Dance Festival, Yoon Sumi, Kim Youngmi, Lee Jihee, Kim Jubin, Kim Hyunsun, Kim Ok, Yoo Gawon, and artistic director Moonea Choi. Sunday will feature the Luckman Theater’s Picks of The Festival from all four weekends. Tune in at