Senatorial candidate Carly Fiorina at the KPCC debate Wednesday during the after-party Q and A with journalists.

She did fine with the facts and figures, but comes off a bit … cool.

Most uncomfortable moment of the debate was when Patt Morrison asked her which were the “extremist” environmental groups that she says support Barbara Boxer.

The pause wasn’t Arizona Gov. Brewer-long — but it was several seconds. Then she half-laughed “heh, heh” and declined to say. She did say that her mother used to donate to the Sierra Club.

Finally, live in Old Pasadena at POP


I complained in a column in our Cheers magazine several months ago about the decades-long dearth of live entertainment in Old Pasadena. Yes, the British Invasion-inspired young rock band playing Zep covers in the Old Towne Pub was fine — and it was the only game in town that night, along with a sax man at Red, White and Bluezz.

Otherwise it was all canned.

Pasadenan Monica Lee Copeland, pictured above, and cohorts are out to change all that in a new monthly performance series called Indelible Ink at POP, the champagne (and sliders and deviled eggs and dessert) bar at 33 E. Union St.

Tuesday night’s lineup was a revelation. This isn’t just live entertainment — it’s an eclectic melange that, finally, gives going out on a weekday evening in Pasadena a good name. Music, spoken word, dance, the indescribably in-between — what a night. Plus, unlike so many open-mike evenings down at the corner bar, this was ridiculously professional. Not only was there not a lull between acts — they had actually rehearsed it, with one performer seamlessly following another onto the small stage.

Singer Eric Schwartz, below, started out — he’s a funny guy, primarily, and a good guitarist as well — he recently won the top award from a national comic-songwriting competition for his tune about Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky with an unprintable title.

Then San Diego rapping poet Gill S.O.T.U, also below, who knows all his verse by heart and gave a strong performance.

Then Monica herself, a former national champeen of the slam poetry style that she helped create.

Then belly dancer-plus Jennifer Tehani Sarreal, also below, beating the pants off as it were your average Middle Eastern feast show.

Monica performed again, as did poets Swil Kanim and Taffy Wallace.

The audience was enthralled throughout, and properly so.

May this beat go on forever. And it will go on for now for sure, last Tuesdays of every month excepting December, beginning around 6:30 p.m. Go to www.indelibleink.net for ticket information.


The silent type

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Wednesday, the cool tech guys at the Norton Simon Museum were installing “Not Wanting to Say Anything About Marcel” by John Cage in the edgy little gallery off the main entry hall where edgy little exhibits are increasingly put on view by the cooler-than-before Pasadena museum.

From the museum: “In 1969, while he was the composer-in-residence at the University of Cincinnati, Cage was prompted by art patron Alice Weston to create his first visual artwork, Not Wanting to Say Anything About Marcel. The year before, the art world lost one of the founding fathers of conceptual art, Marcel Duchamp, who was both a friend to and an influence on Cage. At that same time, an uncited art publication solicited several artists, Cage among them, to do something to honor Duchamp. He and Jasper Johns, a fellow artist and friend, were discussing the publication’s request, and it was Johns who said, “I don’t want to say anything about Marcel.” Cage took this statement and used it for the title of his first venture into the visual art world. The Museum is pleased to spotlight this seminal work, Not Wanting to Say Anything About Marcel (1969), from September 24, 2010, to March 28, 2011.”

Duchamp has a history with Pasadena: His career retrospective of 1963 was presented by the Pasadena Art Museum, antecedent of the Simon. The prankster himself was there, in the current home of the Pacific Asia Museum on Los Robles, as were Andy Warhol, Ed Ruscha and Robert Irwin.

Multiple Universes at PCC


The studio art faculty at Pasadena City College is fantastic — and to prove it, Chair Alex Kritselis’s crew, adjunct and permanent, put together a show that opened at the central campus art gallery Wednesday. Above is Kay Yee’s “Enameled Bowls.”

Next month, the college will break ground on its new arts building, which will be two years in the making.

David Em’s “QED,” below, was painted digitally: entirely within his computer. The artist honed his computer-art chops over the years working with huge computers at JPL before today’s desktops got so smart, his wife Michelle explained to me at the opening.