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Mary McNamara

Mary McNamara

Even if you’re only the most casual reader of the Los Angeles Times, you’re sure to have read lots of pieces by Mary McNamara, a 20-year veteran of the paper who’s been an entertainment reporter, features writer, columnist (family travel and driving being just two of her specialties) and, now, the paper’s TV critic. The [...]

Lian on The Race to Nowhere

Lian on The Race to Nowhere

Pasadena writer Lian Dolan is not only a Satellite Sister and the author of the upcoming novel Helen of Pasadena—she also writes for Oprah.com. And her latest piece about the documentary Race to Nowhere, which screened recently in South Pasadena to sold-out crowds, hits home big time in our community, which is packed with high-pressure [...]

Battle of the Beef Rolls

Battle of the Beef Rolls

If you have not yet had the good fortune to try a beef roll, a creation from the northeastern Chinese province of Shandong, then you have not discovered what is really China’s great contribution to the sandwich gene pool. In this case, the bread is a layered wheat pancake fried with perhaps a little more [...]

Peter Hannan

Peter Hannan

When I was growing up in L.A., Glendale was considered anything but creative, and it certainly wasn’t the least bit silly. Today, however, it’s home to many talented and creative people — people like painter/writer/producer/songwriter/cartoonist Peter Hannan. A clue to his genre came early in his career, with the title of one of his books: [...]

Levitt Needs Volunteers

Levitt Needs Volunteers

Sunday brings the main summer fundraiser for Levitt Pavilion, which hosts a remarkable roster of free summertime concerts five nights a week in Pasadena’s Memorial Park. The fundraising concert, in case you haven’t seen the plentiful ads and promos, stars the legendary Dionne Warwick; proceeds from the $40 to $75 tickets go to support the [...]

Remembrances of Food Past

Remembrances of Food Past

If you’ve been around Southern California for a few decades, or even if you just wish you’d been around, you’re not going to want to miss the new KCET special Things That Aren’t Here Anymore 3 (the first two parts were made years ago and were so popular that they still run regularly). It’s apparently a [...]

Art on Millionaire’s Row

Art on Millionaire’s Row

For further proof of Altadena’s wonderfulness, head to the library’s first annual Art on Millionaire’s Row, a free, all-day festival celebrating visual art. It includes a juried art show featuring works by 18 local artists, 30 booths showcasing works for sale, and booths from Altadena’s best food purveyors, including Park Bench Deli, Amy’s Patio Cafe, [...]

Corpse Flower About to Pop

Corpse Flower About to Pop

Update:  Enthusiastic crowds turned out to see the Corpse Flower over the weekend, after it began to bloom Friday afternoon at about 2 p.m.Now the bloom is closing up and will soon get down to the business of producing fruit. The flower was at its fullest (and foulest) during the first 12 hours of its [...]

Old Pasadena Restaurant Week

Old Pasadena Restaurant Week

Editor’s note: Old Pasadena’s Restaurant Week has been extended through June 15th, so there’s still time to indulge. Click here for participating restaurants. With the success of the city of L.A.’s prix-fixe restaurant week promotions, Old Pasadena has jumped on the bandwagon, announcing the second annual Old Pasadena Restaurant Week. Running from June 1 through [...]

Rosso Wine Shop

Rosso Wine Shop

Tiny Rosso doesn’t try to compete with the big guys; instead, owner Jeff Zimmitti focuses on France, Spain, Italy and California, selecting the best-value wines that go well with food. The result is a user-friendly shop that’s a great addition to north Glendale’s burgeoning “gourmet gulch” on Verdugo Road. Pick up a bottle to enjoy [...]

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