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Black news from Pasadena - Arts - Joseph Marcell as King LearJoseph Marcell was born in Saint Lucia, a Commonwealth of Britain, located in the Caribbean. When he was nine years old, his family moved to England. As part of his school curriculum he learned about Shakespeare and Chaucer among others. After completing his schooling, he took training to become an electrical engineer. Marcell shared that when he was 18 years old he saw a performance by a "Negro Ensemble" at the World Theatre in London. This was his introduction to a new Black world which led him to "his road to Damascus." He realized that he wanted to be an actor. He attended the Central School of Speech and Drama in London where he learned the ropes and earned a diploma. Marcell described himself, at that time, as an inexperienced actor.

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Collectors in Conversation: Monomaniac LA

Discussion & Screening

Date & Time: Saturday, November 8, 2014, 2:00 p.m.
Location: Allendale Branch Library
Address: 1130 S. Marengo Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91106
Information: (626) 744-7260 or visit pasadenapubliclibrary.net

"Since I've been working on this, I've almost become a collector of these monomaniac collectors themselves. I mean, they're such an interesting, diverse, slightly crackpot but really smart and historically indispensable bunch of people, for people like us who care about the city." ~ David Kipen


The Allendale Branch Library continues its "Collectors in Conversation" series with "Monomaniac LA," a series of short videos directed by Joris Debeij which focuses on three unique Los Angeles-based historical collections and the collectors behind them, on Saturday, November 8, 2014, at 2:00 p.m., at 1130 S. Marengo Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91106. Light refreshments will be served.

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Olympia Youth Orchestra to Perform Free Community Concert

Black news from Pasadena - Arts - Olympia Youth Orchestra free concert DuarteDuarte, CA (October 23, 2014) - The 80 youth members of the OLYMPIA YOUTH ORCHESTRA, will be showcasing their talents at a free community concert on Saturday, December 6, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. in the Duarte Performing Arts Center, 1401 Highland Avenue, Duarte, CA. The event, sponsored in part the City of Duarte and the Duarte Unified School District, is designed to bring residents together to enjoy an enriching, cultural, and family-oriented experience.

The mission of the Olympia Philharmonic Society is to promote classical music in Southern California communities in the form of orchestral and chamber music, solo recital concerts with a specific emphasis on youth music education. Based in the San Gabriel Valley, the Olympia Youth Orchestra was founded in 2000 for the benefit of young musicians. Semi-annual performances are given at the Historic San Gabriel Mission Playhouse under the direction of Maestro Fung Ho, a member of the faculty for both Cal State University, Los Angeles and the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. He is a professional violinist.

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