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Berthe Morisot's Villa by the Seaside

The Norton Simon Museum presents a series of short videos exploring the lives and careers of a few of the women artists represented in the Simon collections. Streaming at, these videos are part of the museum’s Encounters with the Collection series, which tells the fascinating stories behind some of the remarkable objects housed at the museum. Included in this episode are French artist, Berthe Morisot, whose Villa by the Seaside is a highlight of the Norton Simon’s 19th-century galleries,

The Traveler by Liubov Popova

Dutch artist Rachel Ruysch, whose Nosegay on a Marble Plinth from c. 1695 exemplifies the artist’s capacity to enliven and dramatize a simple bouquet of flowers, and French artist Elisabeth Louise Vigée-LeBrun, exploring her early training and professional success, her friendship with the infamous queen Marie Antoinette, and how she rebuilt her career after the French Revolution. The artist’s arresting portrait of Theresia, Countess Kinsky, painted in Vienna in 1793, now graces the Norton Simon Museum’s 18th-century art wing. And finally, Russian artist Liubov Popova, whose 1915 painting The Traveler hangs in the Norton Simon Museum’s modern art wing.


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Tune in to for this week’s Wine and Song episode 31 featuring  Michael Johnson, Andrew Gold, Kenny Edwards, Kate Wolf, Utah Phillips, Lowen & Navarro, and Richie Havens.

Join those hep cats from The Jazz Cartel for Jazz Wednesdays at Jones Coffee Roasters. As the holiday local shopping kicks in to high gear, Jonathan “Fizzo” Frias on string bass, Shaun Valentine on drums, Kyle O’Donnell on tenor sax and the smooth vocals of Curtis Perry will serenade you as you #StrollSouthPas South Pasadenans know that our local mom and pop shops are what make our town unique, so let’s get out there and shop till we drop and grab some takeout on your way home and “cut a rug” on the sidewalk with The Jazz Cartel. 1006 Mission Street in South Pasadena. Tip the guys on Venmo @thejazzcartel

The California African American Museum presents Man of Change: August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom on Tuesday December 1, 5:00-6:30 p.m. The new film adaptation of August Wilson’s play Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom stars the late Chadwick Boseman and Viola Davis and is coming soon to Netflix. In it, tensions and temperatures rise at a Chicago music studio in 1927 when fiery, fearless “Mother of the Blues” singer Ma Rainey joins her band for a recording session. Listen to cast members Colman Domingo, Glynn Turman, and Michael Potts as they explore Wilson’s work, their roles, and this upcoming release adapted for the screen by playwright, director, and actor Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth., which profiles Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Wilson. Free RSVP for Zoom instructions.

Wagner’s Die Walkure at The Metropolitan Opera

METOPERA.ORG continues Family Drama week with Wagner’s Die Walkure streaming Saturday Nov. 28, for 24 hours. The second installment of the Ring cycle combines the mythical machinations of gods and demigods with the deeply human love story of the brave hero Siegmund and the dignified Sieglinde, whose passions are undiminished even when they discover that they are long-lost brother and sister, separated at birth. Starring Christine Goerke, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Jamie Barton, Stuart Skelton, Greer Grimsley, and Gunther Groissbock. Philippe Jordan conducts a stellar cast in an exquisite performance of this Wagner masterpiece.

PHOTO: Lisa Whiteman | South Pasadena News | Bob Baker Marionette Theater’s Holiday on Strings.

For the kids and kids at heart, Pasadena Playhouse presents an exclusive streaming of Bob Baker Marionette Theater’s Holiday on Strings! on PlayhouseLive. Filmed in front of a live audience, this holiday tradition for generations of Angelenos is available now through January 3, 2021 and can be rented for $14.99. After initial purchase at, it can be watched on any of the PlayhouseLive apps including Apple OS, Android OS, Roku, FireTV and more. Closed captioning available in both English and Spanish.