The theatre is dimly lit and intimate, almost like a secret closet hidden in the old school building. The worn, faded seats are empty except for the director, brimming with enthusiasm as she waits for the student on stage to recite her lines from her favorite playwright.
The lights dimmed in the Center for the Arts Theater as music began to play and help set the mood for what would be a powerful and moving tale of tragedy and its aftermath in the town of Laramie, Wyoming.
It was the mid-70s and the art of miming was in. Naturally, colleges that offered arts courses would be looking for teachers to fill positions in theater arts and PCC was no exception. Whitney Rydbeck, mime and acting and directing professor, came to teach at PCC in 1975. He started as only a part-time teacher at the time but dedicated 40 years to teaching what he loved. He later moved up to the full-time position in 1997 when it became available. Most teachers hope to …
A neon “Press Start Here” sign invites the visiting gamer to take a step back into the 80s at the Neon Retro Arcade. Greeted by banks of brightly colored, back-lit vintage video consoles with neon glowing pinball machines like marching soldiers, the arcade sings in a competitive din like carnival barkers.
PCC’s Center for the Arts unique design elements qualified it for “exemplifying a level of excellence in architectural design” for an Institutional Building for design firm AC Martin, winning the firm the Design Excellence 2014 Citation Award from San Fernando Valley Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) earlier this year.
The PCC Chinese Music Ensemble flooded the Westerbeck Recital Hall with sounds of China earlier this month, featuring songs such as “Butterfly Dreams” and “Colorful Clouds Chasing the Moon.”
In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide this past Friday, Pasadena City College’s own Armenian Student Association, showcased the documentary, “Screamers” on campus last Wednesday night.
The stage was full of over 30 percussion instruments as the PCC percussion ensemble made a lot of noise on Friday in the Westerbeck Recital Hall
Saturday’s performance of “Southern Harmony: Music of the American experience,” put on by the piano ensemble class in the sold out Westerbeck Recital Hall deviated from those in the past because it didn’t feature any European composers and relied solely on those penned in the states.
Mary Weatherford remembers her first and most influential experience viewing art as the time she visited UC Santa Cruz at the ripe age of 5 and saw “The Fruit Room”. It was a student art exhibition in a vacant room underneath the dining hall that consisted of supermarket fruit advertisements pasted over every visible surface. “I saw it in 1968 when I was 5 years old and it really stuck with me,” said Weatherford. “As young artists, there may be things you saw when you …