Thursday, October 7, 2010

Coming Attractions: Old Pasadena Cultural Dance Festival; IndieCade; Bob Baker's Halloween Hoop-De-Do; The Hub Sneak Peek

Performances showcasing dances from such countries as China, Mexico, Russia and Africa will take center stage at the inaugural Old Pasadena Cultural Dance Festival on Sunday, Oct. 10 from 1 p.m.-6 p.m. at Memorial Park.

This free event, the finale of the three-day Pasadena ArtWeekend, will encourage audiences of all ages to not only watch the multicultural dancing but also to participate in it.

Workshops in traditional Korean, West African and Rumba/Tango will be offered at the Lineage Performing Arts Center.

Old Pasadena Cultural Dance Festival
All performances are free and open to the public

Levitt Pavilion at Memorial Park
85 E. Holly St.
Pasadena, CA 91103
Lineage Performing Arts Center
89 S. Fair Oaks Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91105


Gamers can nerd up this weekend in Culver City at the International Festival of Independent Games, aka IndieCade.

From Oct. 8-10, downtown Culver City (Main St. and Culver Blvd. will serve as the hub) will be transformed into a gamer's paradise, as local galleries and cafes will open their doors and host Game Walk, a free opportunity for visitors to play video games and meet their developers.

In addition to panels, informal conversations and tons of game play, Mom, Dad and the kiddos can head over on Family Day (Oct. 10) to check out game presentations.

While there are free events, some presentations require a pass ($95) or ticket ($10-$30). Click here for more info.


"Bob Baker's Halloween Hoop-De-D0"
(photo courtesy
© Bob Baker Marionette Theater)

Halloween is fast approaching, and the Bob Baker Marionette Theater is showcasing its holiday-themed production, "Bob Baker's Halloween Hoop-De-Do," from now through Oct. 31.

Featuring more than 100 spooky marionettes, from the Purple People Eater to Roaring '20s Skeletons (pictured above), the show will give kids a live-action trick-or-treat alternative. And, of course, after the show, they can indulge in edible treats in the Party Room.

As an added bonus, the theater will offer a $5 discount for every ticket purchased.

CC and I caught a performance of Baker's "It's a Musical World" in July, and she absolutely loved it. The experience is really a must-do for L.A.

"Bob Baker's Halloween Hoop-De-Do"
Bob Baker Marionette Theater
1345 W. 1st St.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Oct. 2-31
Tickets: Adults and children ($20); Seniors ($15); Under age 2 (Free)


Another kid-focused network is prepping its debut on the airwaves. The Hub -- taking over from Discovery Kids channel -- will launch on Oct. 10 (10-10-10) and offer tons of child-friendly programming that's new and not so new.

The joint venture between Discovery Communications and Hasbro will offer original programming, such as "Clue!" based on the whodunit board game and "My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic," as well as classics including "Fraggle Rock" and "The Wonder Years."

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