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Saturday, April 29, 2017

EVENT: Open Mic @ The SouthPas Eclectic Music Festival 5/6/17

Join us for an Open Mic at The South Pasadena Eclectic Music Festival. Please RSVP HERE.

EVENT: 4th Annual San Dimas Gospel Fest (Dennis Agajanian + The Gutierrez Bros. + The Chloe Addison Band, & more) 5/6/17

Join us for this great event, free of charge, at Civic Center Park in San Dimas with Pastor David Diaz and Musical Guests Dennis Agajanian, The Gutierrez Bros. & The Chloe Addison Band. Looking forward to a time of inspirational gospel music, the preaching of the Word of God, and fun for the whole family! Noon to 4:00pm on that Saturday. 

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Pasadena rapper Nicky BeacHouses talks New Music, Hardships, and Lyrical Composition

Pasadena rapper Nicky BeacHouses talks New Music, Hardships, and Lyrical Composition

Mistah Wilson: Yo, BeachHouses! You already know! It's an honor to have you
here for this exclusive interview with ThaWilsonBlock Magazine. What's tha latest & greatest?

Nicky BeacHouses: It's an honor to be interviewed. All glory to God. I appreciate the opportunity to grace your platform. What's the latest and greatest you ask? Look out for that Black Ray Liotta, soon and very soon. It's already done.

Mistah Wilson: Real quick, let's talk life growing up in Pasadena. What was it like for you?
Nicky BeacHouses: To be real, I’m from everywhere man. I was actually born in Duarte, Ca, and spent a majority of my upbringing in Pasadena with a lot of stops in between. But, Pasadena is home for me. That's where I honed my craft and met all of my greatest influences and best friends. I never really understood how blessed I was to be living in such an affluent area with access to so many resources and diverse and dynamic people until I wasn’t living there anymore . lol

Mistah Wilson: I have to say that you were among tha very first Pasadena artists who jumped on ThaWilsonBlock movement back when we had the social network up. How has everything been since?
Nicky BeacHouses: Ups and downs man. Since then I’ve been married, divorced, had a son, moved to Vegas and some more. lol and Bing i don’t know if you know, but we had some complications during the birth of my first child. he was somehow disconnected from his mothers umbilical cord in the midst of his delivery, unbeknownst to the doctors. So he went about 45 minutes without breathing. As you would imagine this caused several complications, especially to a newborn. he was diagnosed with severe cerebral palsy among a host of other
things. Its a blessing that he is here at all, and i am thankful to have him. He’s been a source of strength and motivation for me. He is completely dependent on his mother and I, and that has taught me a lot about patience and consideration.

Mistah Wilson: What led you to become a rapper and when did you start?
Nicky BeacHouses: Man, I'm singer truth be told. and my knack for poetry made rapping kinda like second nature to me. Also being raised in church allowed me to digest and understand music in a certain way. By the time I got to biggie I was done for. lol

Mistah Wilson: Name some DENA artists that you've worked with and would like to work with...
Nicky BeacHouses: I’ve worked with a lot of dena artists man, and I’m thankful. rESidue Riggins, King LaPlaya, Relly 2euce, WE55, Kawshus, Yancy Deron, Phat Rat, Paco, just to name a few, cuz the list is actually kinda obnoxious lol . I'm also in groups with CoNS my brother (Better Music) as u know, and well as JKizzle626 (Animated Minds, Beasthood), both of whom i regard in my personal upper echelon of MCs period. but my bucket-list list would include you my friend, Bing Bing, first and foremost, Orbit aka the Grinch, and my homie JoJo from school. maybe the kid Bullet. He kinda nice too.

Mistah Wilson: Since becoming a fan of Hip Hop way back when, would you say it has gotten better or worse? Why? 

Nicky BeacHouses: It's gotten better, as everything tends to. The good shit is just a little harder to find because of the over saturation of people trying to rap period. A lot more people rapping = a lot more trash people to weed thru. But I appreciate the new dudes as long as they saying something. Kendrick is probably the best to ever do it. So I can’t knock the direction it's going in. But it's always going to be an audience for ignorant shit cause that's just a reflection of our society these days. Sad but true. However, none of that shit I condone.

Mistah Wilson: You have a way with words! What are some techniques you use to come up with catch phrases and punch lines?
Nicky BeacHouses: I look for ironic shit, and I’m kind a name dropper, so I tend to look for names that stand out to me and/or are hard to rhyme with. I also work a lot with entendres and I don’t know if that's just programmed into me or not. But studying punchlines helps equips you to make them.

Mistah Wilson: Would you say you are a better freestyler or songwriter?
Nicky BeacHouses: Songwriter, although the way I record most of my songs is
somewhere in between the two. A lot of times I record my songs unwritten, maybe 4 bars or so at a time. lol a lot of cuts and a pain in the ass for any engineer, but the songs come out a lot stronger and more authentic this way I’ve found. So I guess I’m a hybrid.

Mistah Wilson: Yo, BeachHouses! It's been awesome, bro. Thanks for coming through for this exclusive w/ ThaWilsonBlock Magazine. We look forward to working with you in tha near future. If you have any shout outs, let's hear em...
Nicky BeacHouses: On behalf of the city, I just wanna thank you Bing Bing. You've been a personal inspiration to me, and I look up to you a lot, my brother. This thing you got going is gone fuck around and be all of our way out. Mark my words.

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

EVENT: 28th Annual Bungalow Heaven Home Tour in Pasadena 4/30/17

28th Annual Bungalow Heaven Home Tour

Sunday April 30th, 2017 @ 10a to 4p 

Bungalow Heaven, Pasadena, California, United States

On Sunday, April 30, visitors can experience the beautiful historic neighborhood of Bungalow Heaven as they stroll through Pasadena’s first Landmark District. Bungalow Heaven is located north of the 210 Freeway, between Lake and Hill avenues. It is bordered on the north by Washington Blvd. and the south by Orange Grove Blvd. During the self-guided tour visitors will be invited to view the interiors of several homes with docent led commentaries. They will also be treated to demonstrations of restoration work, music, and refreshments. Food trucks will be on hand for those who wish to purchase lunch.

More information on the tour or on ordering tickets can be found online at or by calling (626) 585-2172. Tickets are $25 per person if purchased in advance or $30 on the day of the tour. In addition the Bungalow Heaven trolley will again offer 45-minute narrated bus tours of Landmark District architecture for $10 per person. Tickets, maps and an informational tour brochure, will be available at McDonald Park at the intersection of Mar Vista Avenue and Mountain Street.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

EVENT: Autism Speaks Walk @ The Rose Bowl 4/29/17

The Rose Bowl, Pasadena April 29th, 2017 (8a - 1p)

Autism Speaks Walk is the world’s largest autism fundraising event dedicated to improving the lives of people with autism. Powered by the love of parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, relatives, and supporters, the funds raised help ensure people of all abilities have access to the tools needed to lead ‘their best lives’.

The commitment of individuals like you plays a critical role in raising the funding needed to fuel innovative research and lifelong supports and services. Working together, there is no limit to what we can achieve. Please register and fundraise for an Autism Speaks Walk near you.

To learn more about autism, visit or contact our Autism Response Team at 888-288-4762 or en EspaƱol 888-772-9050, or email

EVENT: Grand Opening of new Marengo Gallery 4/29/17

Marengo Gallery: Grand Opening

The Marengo Gallery, 18 N Marengo Ave., Pasadena, United States

Saturday April 29th, 2017 @ 6:00 pm

The Marengo Gallery is celebrating it's Grand Opening! The opening will be held on Saturday, April 29th from 6-9pm. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. 

For the current exhibit, the gallery is featuring thirteen contemporary artists from China. This is their first time exhibiting their work in the western United States.

Parking is available in front of Pasadena City Hall on Holly Street and at a nearby lot located at 254 E. Union Street.

Learn more about the gallery by visiting:

Questions can be directed towards Christina Hobbs at or (626) 219-6831

Friday, April 21, 2017

"600 Alpine Street" Pasadena, California T-Shirt by Mistah Wilson Photography

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ThaWilsonBlock Magazine is raising money for 'Walk to End Alzheimer's' in Pasadena

Buy a Copy of ThaWilsonBlock Magazine   //   Make a Donation   //   Join Our Team!

Mistah Wilson (or Michael Taylor), publisher of ThaWilsonBlock Magazine, is leading the "Achiever Believers" team in this year's Walk to End Alzheimer's in Pasadena, California. It all started in September/October of 2011 when Michael received the tragic news of his mother Bernice Taylor passing away to Alzheimer's disease. "To this day, it remains the biggest tragedy of my life," says Michael. And this is coming from a guy who spent the best part of his years in foster care, taking psych meds, and being institutionalized. 

Bernice Taylor was Michael's long-term foster parent from weeks old to about the age of 8. He was taken out of her care as a child when his behavioral issues began to spiral out of control. Since
being taken away from Ms. Taylor in 1998, Michael has been to countless different group homes, foster homes, and even juvenile detention facilities. After aging out and emancipating from the foster care system, Michael has been on a mission to make a difference ever since. And after hearing that Ms. Taylor passed away to Alzheimer's, Michael has pledged to join the fight against this horrible disease...but not just for her sake...

When Michael researched about Alzheimer's disease, he learned that it actually effects us more than we may think. With all the natural threats known to man, Michael found it quite alarming that Alzheimer's is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States of America. And that every 66 seconds, someone is developing symptoms of this disease. The future outlook on care providers for Alzheimer's patients are gradually diminishing by the year and we MUST do something about it! 

Michael participated in his first 'Walk to End Alzheimer's' in Century City (2014). "It was a real emotional thing for me," explains Michael. "Because I went by myself, I wanted to take

some pictures with people. But, I found myself warring tears as I shared my story with others so that they might take a photo with me." It was an event that gave Michael a sense of purpose. For the next two years, Michael was attempt to raise money for the walk but would ultimately fall short. This year, Michael is keeping his dream alive! And he has set out to honor his mother Bernice Taylor by raising a minimum of $1,000 and joining the Grand Champion's club. His vision is to perform on stage at one of the walks some day. 

In 2014, Michael also successfully ran the Los Angeles Marathon and raised $1,000+ for transitional age foster youth like himself. So, there is no questions that he has what it takes. However, Michael knows he cannot do it alone. He needs your help! Here is what you can do to help make a difference:

For more information about our walk...

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

EVENT: UNITE THE VIBE @ Old Towne Pub 4/21/17


Old Towne Pub Pasadena, 66 N. Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, United States

$10 / 21+ / Doors at 7pm
4/21 @ Olde Towne Pub - Pasadena, CA

10:50-11:45 NATE HANCOCK
9:55-10:35 RIVERS
9-9:40 VEIL

More TBA!!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

EVENT: Dinner with Cheech Marin @ The Rose 4/20/17

Join us for an intimate evening with counterculture legend Cheech Marin as he takes the stage, sharing personal stories from his new memoir “CHEECH IS NOT MY REAL NAME: … But Don’t Call Me Chong”, and answers audience questions.

April 20, 2017
Doors 5:00pm VIP Reception 7:00pm Event Starts at 8:00pm
$150 + applicable fees

Limited VIP Packages available & include: Best Seats, Pre-Event
Meet & Greet, Personal Photo & Signed Book
$98 + applicable fees

Preferred table seating, includes signed book
$80 + applicable fees

Table seating, includes signed book
$60 + applicable fees

Theater seating, does not include signed book
$39 + applicable fees

General Admission


If you purchase a ticket at a table, you are required to purchase dinner. Minimum spend is $25.00 per person. You must arrive by 6:00pm.

Under 18 Must Be Accompanied by a Paying Adult

You may also like the following events from The Rose:
This Friday, 21st April, 06:00 pm, Big Bad VooDoo Daddy in Pasadena
This Saturday, 22nd April, 06:00 pm, Richie Kotzen in Pasadena
Next Friday, 28th April, 06:00 pm, Marc Cohn in Pasadena

EVENT: Join Pasadena Heritage on tour through Architecturally-rich & Historic Churches 4/22/17

St. Andrew, First Baptist, All Saints, First Congregational, Fuller Theological, Pasadena Presbyterian, First United Methodist, and the First Church of Christ Scientist are all impressive examples of the many inspiring sacred spaces that can be found in downtown Pasadena. This guided walking tour will focus on the distinctive architecture and interior decorative devices that uplift the eyes and the spirit -- carved ceiling beams, hand-painted murals, and richly stained glass motifs. Our previous church tours have been sell-outs, and this one will offer the chance to enjoy work by leading, regional architects designing inspired ecclesiastical buildings.


Churches of Pasadena

Saturday, April 22 | 9:00am - 12:00pm

Tickets: Member $20 | Non-Member $25
Please note that the tours include only exteriors.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Gallery: Mos Hi Exclusive Interview on WilsonBlock100 Radio (Photos by Percy's Portrait Photography)

Robert Winter, father of LA Architecture, Questions the Motive of Real Estate Developers in Pasadena

Robert Winter at home in the Batchelder House in Pasadena.

How do you he describe LA's current architectural landscape?

RW: That's wonderful. That's just wonderful. I remember when I taught at UCLA [after World War II], I lived first on Wilshire Boulevard, but then I got an apartment in Santa Monica. And I wouldn't have recommended anybody coming to Santa Monica. And now, like, my god, it's a changed place. And all around it ...

The best building in town in my estimation is the Frank Gehry Disney Hall. It makes me proud when I see that. When I used to go to concerts there, I carried a cane. It's no place for people with problems! Because no carpets on the floor and nothing to hold onto. But I remember with such pleasure going in. And the exterior is just lovely. The library and City Hall and so on still stand beautifully. But what gets me is when I first came to Los Angeles, I taught at UCLA, and in Westwood, you had the feeling that you didn't have to go anywhere else. I didn't have exactly that feeling, because I knew about Greene and Greene and all the people and how good Pasadena was... 


There are a lot of mixed-users and apartment complexes being built today that all look the same and are cheap-looking. Do you think someday in the future, Angelenos will think these buildings are cool, sort of like how dingbats are now popular?

I don't want to predict too far into the future. You know what's going on at Walnut and Lake in Pasadena. Where are all those people going to come from? I don't think anybody made a study whether these are needed or not. And that totally goes against the idea of Pasadena, which was a suburb.

So the idea that it's advancing into the future heroically, it's so absurd. I'm not sure what the motivation is. I think it's probably a developer sees open land, and they think money, and they want to increase density. Right up to the sidewalk. It's not Pasadena. But I don't want to be an old fogy. And if they put lower-income people in those houses, eventually, it's a great advance...

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Pasadena Heritage supports Kimpton Hotel Project in Civic Center

 Pasadena city officials this week put a hold on a Kimpton Hotel project proposed to occupy the vacant Julia Morgan-designed YWCA building on the edge of that city's historic civic center plaza after the developer sought more than $30 million in concessions.

Local preservation group Pasadena Heritage supports the hotel because, "it is an ideal reuse for the former YWCA building, which has sat vacant now for 20 years, complies with the original Bennett Plan that called for a future building in this location, would do much to enliven the Civic Center and provide public amenities, and increase pedestrian activity throughout the day and evening hours," the group said in its April newsletter.


Thursday, April 6, 2017

WilsonBlock Wednesdays Episode 7 featuring Mos Hi (April 5th, 2017)

music producer Mos Hi talks Upcoming Projects, the meaning behind his Alias, and how Persistence overcomes Resistance in an interview that is first of it's kind on WilsonBlock100 Radio w/ Mistah Wilson...