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Twist-An American Musical

Twist-An American Musical

The Pasadena Playhouse stormed back onto the scene this year and rounds out this season’s schedule with Twist, a new American musical inspired by the Dickens’ classic Oliver Twist. If Saturday night’s SRO opening is any indication, this show will be a quick sellout and on its way to Broadway in no time—so see it now and [...]

Bryan Denton, Our Eyes in Libya

Bryan Denton, Our Eyes in Libya

Local boy Bryan Denton, now all grown up, was featured today in the New York Times blog, Lens, which covers Photography, Video and Visual Journalism. Denton, a photojournalist and product of Sequoyah School, Flintridge Prep and NYU, is currently behind enemy lines in Misurata, Libya. C.J. Chivers, who is with him in Libya writes: This [...]

Well Done, Little Rover

Well Done, Little Rover

Every now and then we need to be reminded that mind-blowing history is being made daily, just two to three miles to the northwest. Jet Propulsion Laboratory, truly one of the finest feathers in our cap, has played a part in the nation’s space program since the early 1930s. And it’s right next door! This [...]

Old Town Cooking School

Old Town Cooking School

Pasadena can now boast a cooking school for the rest of us, one that doesn’t require a second mortgage to finance. Owner Deb Swartz has been cooking and studying food for nearly thirty years, having started at the ripe old age of eight. Five years ago, giving in to the clamoring for classes, she launched Old [...]

TOR Gives Back $98,000 to Community

TOR Gives Back $98,000 to Community

A little known fact of Pasadena’s New Year’s Day parade-and-football machine is that they give back a considerable amount of money to our local non-profit organizations each year. Last week the Tournament of Roses Foundation announced this year’s grants – a total of $98,000 – to a mix of 25 civic, educational and cultural organizations [...]

No Boundaries PUSD Art Show

No Boundaries PUSD Art Show

Art Night may have come and gone, but you can still dip your toe in the fresh stream of the PUSD “No Boundaries” student art show.  In consideration of those of us with busy schedules and good intentions, this excellent PUSD show will run through Sunday, May 29 in the space just below Trader Joes’s [...]

Classic Homes of Los Angeles Lecture

Classic Homes of Los Angeles Lecture

We can boast some truly fantastic homes here in the Pasadena area — all throughout Los Angeles, in fact. A new coffee-table book, Classic Homes of Los Angeles, celebrates this fact, offering an exclusive look into the homes and gardens of legendary neighborhoods in and around Los Angeles — Hancock Park, Beverly Hills, Malibu, San [...]

Brown Bag Tuesdays at the Gamble House

Brown Bag Tuesdays at the Gamble House

Hot tip: Every Tuesday, when most cultural institutions are closed, the Gamble House throws open its proverbial doors for lunch-time tours.
 Whether you work here, live here or are simply visiting, whether you are ladies-who-lunch, co-workers or merely a passer-by, you can add a little culture to your Tuesday lunch break with a visit to the [...]

It’s Golden Poppy Award Time

It’s Golden Poppy Award Time

Forget the Oscars. Altadena Heritage’s annual Golden Poppy Awards have arrived. Awarded each year, the Golden Poppy represents achievement in beautifying Altadena through the gardening and landscaping of private homes. Says Altadenan Michele Zack, one of the judges, “What we look for every year are gardens that ‘give to the street’ and make their neighborhoods [...]

Vroman’s Bestsellers 5/15/11

Vroman’s Bestsellers 5/15/11

Hardcover Fiction Drop of the Hard Stuff, Lawrence Block Dead Reckoning, Charlaine Harris Buried Prey, John Sandford Sixkill, Robert Parker Leaving Van Gogh, Carol Wallace Tigers Wife, Tea Obreht Land of Painted Caves, Jean Auel Those In Peril, Wilber Smith Calebs Crossing, Geraldine Brooks 2030, Albert Brooks Hardcover Non-Fiction World As It Is, Chris Hedges [...]

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