Dancing, east of Lake

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Li Chang Rothermich and Michael Nickerson-Rossi dance in the Pennington Dance Group’s piece “Missing Pluto” Thursday night at the hot new performance space ARC — A Room to Create — on East Colorado Boulevard on Thursday night: www.arcpasadena.org. It was a friend-raiser for the Bella Lewitzky-trained John Pennington’s new dance space, with the interior redesigned by the great L.A. firm Brenda Levin & Associates — overseen by Levin’s Andrea Rawlings of Pasadena.

I don’t know from dance, but it was really very cool. Music too: That’s singer Kate Conklin and her banjo man below.

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Life drawing at the Armory

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At the Armory Center for the Arts’ biannual Off the Wall auction and party Saturday night, I am told that there was also a male model sans culottes upstairs. Couldn’t say. Didn’t make it upstairs myself. I hadn’t even noticed that the downstairs model was nude until she stood up to slip her clothes on …

The benefit was a great success and I do believe I heard over the P.A. that a big oil by local painter Margaret Caldwell went for a sweet $5K in the live auction portion …

Tigers, moms: But not Tiger Moms

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Sandra Tsing Loh, left, and Wendy Mogel, right, at the Tiger Mother Emergency Response S’lon in Pasadena on Sunday chez Sandra. Wendy’s new book is “Blessing of a B-Minus,” and ain’t it the case — sometimes a B- is just fine. Not getting-into-Princeton fine, but … well, my theory was always that the A- was the best of all possible grades, ’cause it showed that you had kicked butt, but not in a striving way. Most Princetonians would probably prefer an A.

Marnie Weber at the Armory

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Marnie Weber, the great Los Angeles conceptual artist and former Party Boys bassist who has a studio in Altadena, has an installation as part of the show currently on view at the Armory Center for the Arts on Raymond Avenue in Old Pas.

I got to peek in at her spooky fine piece, part of which is pictured above, in the honored former ammo bunker space at the rear of the building — now dubbed the Joseph A. Belloli Gallery — while attending an event for the Pasadena-based California Alliance for Arts Education on Sunday.