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The JPL Trail After the Station Fire

The JPL Trail After the Station Fire

Our friend Bruce Moision — JPL engineer, dad, jogger, Bungalow Heaven resident and bicycle commuter — rode his bike up the usually busy Gabrielino Trail yesterday (what some of us call the JPL Trail, because it’s just east of the JPL campus), as far as the Nino picnic area. He followed the big road, on [...]

The Night Is a Child

The Night Is a Child

We hit opening night of the Pasadena Playhouse’s new production, The Night Is a Child, and came away the better for it, if not exactly cheerier. This is a serious drama about how a woman and her two adult children deal with a family tragedy, and while it does have its moments of levity, it [...]

A Genius Show Ends the Pops Season

A Genius Show Ends the Pops Season

This weekend brings to an end the Pasadena Pops summertime series at Descanso Gardens, and they’re going out with a smart bang. The theme is Genius Loves Company; to quote from the web site: “Geniuses have always been drawn to other geniuses. Brubeck loves Bach, Copland loved Lincoln, Lincoln loved Verdi, Bernstein loved Voltaire and [...]

Get Your Wiggle On

Get Your Wiggle On

No one likes a walk around the Rose Bowl more than a dog, and on September 27th, the 5K walking route around Brookside and the Rose Bowl will be full of more happy dogs than you can possibly imagine. That’s right, it’s time for the annual Wiggle Waggle Walk, one of the highlights of the [...]

Michelle Huneven at Vroman's

Michelle Huneven at Vroman's

One of our favorite hometown authors, Michelle Huneven, will be reading from her third novel, Blame, on Thursday at Vroman’s, and signing copies afterward. Huneven is an Altadena native and longtime resident, and this new novel (which is earning great reviews) is set here in Pasadena and Altadena. You don’t want to miss this one. [...]

Amazing Station Fire Time-Lapse Video

Amazing Station Fire Time-Lapse Video

Ah, the circuitous routes that get traveled in cyberspace. My friend Nancy Ransohoff, who lives in Santa Barbara and has had close calls with both of the recent SB fires, sent me an e-mail from her friend, who got it from her friend, who is a teacher at St. Francis, which is three miles from [...]

The Five-Dollar Lunch

The Five-Dollar Lunch

Some people seek wealth, some, love and some, inner peace. And some of us just need a good cheap place to eat lunch. And so we at hometown-pasadena.com have been on a quest to find good spots for a bargain lunch. We’re starting the series with the greatest challenge: the $5 Lunch. We’re not talking [...]

Janis Mann Sings at the Langham

Janis Mann Sings at the Langham

The Langham Huntington’s occasional series of jazz concerts continues on September 5th with a performance by vocalist Janis Mann, who Christopher Louden of Jazztimes describes as “cool and sultry… crystalline as Baccarat’s finest yet smoky as a Dietrich film festival.” The concert is happening in the swank Lobby Lounge and will have seating for just 70 people. [...]

Free Art on Friday

Free Art on Friday

This Friday is the first one of the month, which means admission is free to the Pasadena Museum of California Art — and two exhibitions on view right now are well worth seeing. The first focuses on the life of visionary ceramicist Edith Heath and her influence on design, mid-century modernism and California pottery. The [...]

Mt. Wilson Threatened; Station Fire Update

Mt. Wilson Threatened; Station Fire Update

It looks like the hillside residential neighborhoods from La Crescenta and La Canada to La Vina and north Altadena are in less peril as of Monday morning; concern is more focused on the homes in and near Acton, where at least 18 structures have burned, and Mt. Wilson, home to many telecommunications towers that serve [...]

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Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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